J. Michael Straczynski Blasts Warner Bros.' BATMAN, SUPERMAN & Nobody Else CBM Strategy
J. Michael Straczynski has written for television shows, featured films, and the two big comic book entities, Marvel and DC Comics. So, when he speaks we should all listen. At New York Comic-Con he took aim at Warner Bros. for their lousy strategy with comic book movies.
J. Michael Straczynski, is perhaps best known for his long-run on The Amazing Spider-Man, and his Superman graphic novel, Superman: Earth One, that he collaborated with artist Shane Davis. At this year's New York Comic-Con JMS said what most comic book fans have been thinking for quite sometime, that WB is clueless about bringing DC Comics' characters, besides Batman and Superman to the big screen.
"I’ve talked to the people at Warner Brothers and said “What is wrong with you people?” They think that they have a very narrow bench – Superman, Batman and then nobody else. We’re trying to get them to understand that we have a really good bench of characters if you treat them properly."
After Warner Bros. failed to create a respectable Green Lantern film, executives went back to the tried and true formula of Superman ("Man of Steel") and Batman ("Batman Vs. Superman"). And whom would J. Michael Straczynski like to see get their own film?
"I would love to see the Flash. Ever see The Man With The X-Ray Eyes? There’s a scientist in pursuit of knowledge and information and receives this power and uses it to try and see deeper and deeper what’s going on on the physical scale and the metaphysical scale, trying to burrow through to the core of the universe to understand things better. Make it obsessive like that I think you could make a really good film about the Flash."
"There’s a fan made trailer for Wonder Woman online. Have you all seen that? Is that not well done? And that’s what the Wonder Woman film should be. If you treated the Wonder Woman film the way we treated the Thor movie with some seriousness and also focus on her family you’d get a really good film out of that."
Straczynski also had a few negative things to say about Zack Snyder's Man of Steel.
"I thought that it had one fight more than it should have had. And it was a good movie that could have been a great movie had they put more time in on the characters. IN the end, I don’t care how good your effects are or the battles or the CGI, if we don’t care about the characters you got nothing and nowhere to go."
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