EDITORIAL: Warner Bros. DC Cinematic Universe Plan

I give my opinion on an idea of what Warner Bros. DC cinematic universe plan could be like, if they took a certain approach. Click to read on.

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By yonny616 - 11/9/2013

Hello ComicBookMovie community! Obviously if you clicked onto this article, you have an idea of what it'll be about. I keep hearing the various different "plans" that Warner Bros. could have for their DC cinematic universe thrown around by fans, and I decided to share my opinion on the subject at hand. This article will ignore the "if Arrow's universe becomes canon" because I don't think it will, even if I'd like it to. Anyway, like Bane says:



Okay many, if not all, of us have been wondering since the announcement of the Superman and Batman movie: What is Warner Bros. doing when it comes to the DC cinematic universe? Some of us think Warner Bros. should have taken the Marvel approach, and introduce each Justice League member they are going to use in that said hero/heroine’s individual films. Others think Warner Bros. plan is them skipping the individual films and heading straight towards the Justice League, then spinning off the most popular heroes into their own films. Then there are those (myself included) that think Warner Bros. should build their DC cinematic universe in the same way their doing the Superman and Batman movie – introducing two heroes in one film. Imagine a Green Lantern and Flash movie, or a Wonder Woman and Aquaman movie. This is the fastest, and I believe the easiest, way to get to the Justice League without rushing into it, and at the same time catching up with Marvel. It's also unique and something Marvel hasn't tried doing, yet.

Flash and Green Lantern Film.


I know what you might be saying: “It’ll be too much story for one film to handle”. Now let me tell you why it isn’t too much for one film to handle. First let me start with the Green Lantern and Flash movie, or as many will call it “Brave and the Bold”. Okay, sure, all of us want to see Green Lantern be a space cop and not be on Earth, and the last Green Lantern didn’t do well on neither fronts, but it is really a bad movie? I personally don’t think so. Call it fanboy-ism if you want, but I expected something as bad as Batman & Robin and it wasn’t that. Sure the movie isn’t a good movie, but it does have it moments that show it could have been a great film. I’m not saying make Green Lantern canon to the DC cinematic universe, but semi-canon. We already have a Green Lantern origin film, we don’t need another one. This is what Warner Bros. is doing for Batman, they’re making Batman Begins semi-canon. That just leaves introducing Flash, which is what they can put most focus on. This also gives Green Lantern a purpose to be on Earth most of the time, rather than in space or on Oa, along with there being something interesting happening on Earth while Green Lantern is in space. The only thing they need is a director who can balance Earth and Space, without making one side of the coin more interesting.


Wonder Woman and Aquaman Film


You might be saying: “Okay, this surely is too much for one film to handle, since both characters mythologies are huge”, but that couldn’t be more wrong. The films doesn’t need to be a full out origin of neither Wonder Woman or Aquaman, like it’d be for any other hero since they can explain it, or better yet show it right away. Wonder Woman can be explained to be the princess of Themyscira and a great warrior in one scene, while leaving out who her father is, but dropping hints of him throughout the film. Aquaman can make a grand entrance on Themyscira and say he’s “Aquaman, King of the seas!” or we could be introduced to Aquaman in a scene where they're trying to form a peace treaty arrangement for both Themyscira and Atlantis since more likely both these places, and people, would have known of each other and they could have been at war for sometime. Ultimately both these characters share the same Greek mythology, so I don’t see why it can be that difficult to make and introduce both these characters into one film. I think this is the fastest way to get both Wonder Woman and, especially, Aquaman onto the big screen. Afterall one is a popular heroine, while the other is an underrated hero. Then again, it all goes back to getting the right director and writer for the film. I already have a writer in mind for this film in Steven S. Deknight, whose work on Spartacus makes him a great fit. Ultimately the director is the one who would, like I said with the Green Lantern and Flash movie, have to balance both Themyscira and Atlantis with out making one more interesting than the other.

Now of course this is all my opinion, but what do you guys and gals think? Should Warner Bros. use the Marvel way, head straight for Justice League after the Superman and Batman movie, or use the “Two heroes per film” like they’re doing for Superman and Batman to build into a Justice League? Thanks for your time and leave your opinions below in the comments section!

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GammerDad - 11/9/2013, 9:57 AM
Something must be in the water I just posted my first editorial on this topic.
yonny616 - 11/9/2013, 10:18 AM
@Gammer Something must be in the water, even if we have different opinions on the subject.
Mecha - 11/9/2013, 10:28 AM
Oh Yonny, you silly boy.
raspymanic2 - 11/9/2013, 11:08 AM
Mecha, i love you xxx
superherofan21 - 11/9/2013, 11:39 AM
I can see a Flash/GL movie working. Not quite sold on an Aquaman/Wonder Woman team-up film, though.
yonny616 - 11/9/2013, 11:42 AM
@Superherofan21 Really? I see Aquaman/WonderWoman working better than Flash/GL since they pretty much share the same mythology of the greeks.
Prime - 11/9/2013, 12:02 PM
Levi is that you?
yonny616 - 11/9/2013, 2:08 PM
@Prime If you're asking me, No, I'm not Levi.
yonny616 - 11/9/2013, 2:18 PM
@Omega That'd be interesting aswell. I just want to see a Wonder Woman and Aquaman film since they share the same greek mythology.
yonny616 - 11/9/2013, 2:34 PM
@Annoni Yeah, it'd take some serious thought. That's why if they have space, which they will since Green Lantern in a movie without space will be wierd, they can't make Earth boring. That was the problem with Green Lantern's solo film Earth segments were boring.
yonny616 - 11/9/2013, 2:52 PM
@Martian I agree. Yet, I think this is the one of the better ways to put Wonder Woman in a film before Justice League, along with Aquaman. Practically takeing out two birds with one stone.
Lhornbk - 11/9/2013, 5:06 PM
Flash and Green Lantern-maybe. (Although I think Green Arrow and Flash might be connected to the movie universe, in which case this wouldn't be needed.)

Wonder Woman/Aquaman-no. Just no. IMO, putting Aquaman in the first Justice League would be a mistake. Unless the movie has an ocean component he isn't needed, and general audiences for the most part still consider him a joke. Keep it at five, or have Cyborg be the 6th member (actually, I would probably get rid of Green Lantern for the 1st film and have Cyborg be the 5th member.) So give Wonder Woman her own film, or either have a Trinity film or just introduce her in Justice League. But putting her with Aquaman would just drag her down, limit her chances at success.
yonny616 - 11/9/2013, 7:19 PM
@Lhornbk I said that the article would ignore the "If Arrow becomes canon to the DCCU" factor.

Why No to Wonder Woman and Aquaman film? How would it be a mistake? Getting this character and making him prove everyone who made fun of him wrong by doing some badass shit can get him a huge new fanbase. Sure the "talks to fish" jokes will never end. Also why Cyborg? I hated how they made him a Justice League original when that title belonged to Martian.
LEEE777 - 11/10/2013, 9:55 AM
WONDER WOMAN with the budget and scale of the THOR movie would be breathtaking on the big screen!

AQUAMAN too if done right, like a AVATAR/ABYSS/LORD OF THE RINGS underwater feel and scale to it all = Awesome!


Cool read!
MightyZeus - 11/11/2013, 3:38 AM
Great editorial but i think Wonder Woman deserves her own film. It would be like Gladiator, have the tone of the film dark and gritty but have the film be influenced by Thor's lore.

As for The Flash dont make that film dark and gritty because of the character, make it in the tone of the Spider-man films.
SpanX13 - 11/11/2013, 3:57 AM
I think that if they were going this route, then why not do a JL War with the real live cast.

You can tease with Oa, Atlantis,etc while still focusing on the "team" dynamic. However, they are only doing this (Worlds Finest) due to already establishing each character already.

Atlantis & Arthur should be done in grand scale. Directed by James Cameron with his vision for crafting new worlds.

The same for Wonder Women & her world within our world. With each movie showing the real life fear,paranoia that these beings would create. There would be riots in the streets
GliderMan - 11/11/2013, 8:59 AM
I like the idea of a GL/Flash film, especially if GL is semi canon and The Flash show is canon
bythepowercosmic - 11/19/2013, 9:57 AM
Who said Batman Begins would be semi-canon? Can I get a link?

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