In recent DCEU news, the word on the street is that Justice League is "a mess" resulting in The Batman's production start date being pushed back. This is probably the last thing that DC fans wanted to hear at the moment considering that the DCEU has faced nothing but trouble since its dawn of existence. That said, maybe we are just listening to the wrong voices? Perhaps the DCEU is going to be far better off than we think?
'Aquaman' Screenwriter Speaks Out
Recently, Aquaman screenwriter Will Beall sat down to talk with Collider about his thoughts on the current state of the DCEU. What better place to start than discussing his upcoming film Aquaman? Here's what he had to say:
“It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be really fun. What we’ve come up with and James [Wan] especially — he has a really clear idea of the tone he’s going to have, and I think Aquaman is one that’s going to blow people’s minds, not just visually, but I think the story and the scope of it is really great.”
Sounds like Beall has quite a bit of optimism regarding his own work. Given the fact that Warner Bros. has the perfect Aquaman in Jason Mamoa it's pretty exciting to hear that the filmmakers fell so comfortable with the film's script. That said, what is really interesting is what Beall has to say regarding the DCEU's upcoming film Justice League:
“I think Justice League again is, what you’re going to see — I hope I’m not going to get in trouble for saying this — but it’s much more fun, much poppier, than … I haven’t seen Wonder Woman yet, but Batman vs Superman was a little more somber. But Justice League is a lot more fun. And I think that feels to me like the direction those movies are heading now.”
Beall's words seem to confirm the rumors that the DCEU will be trying to shift to a lighter tone in their future films. Remember, Beall did actually write the first draft script for Justice League which was ultimately trashed. All in all, it sounds like there is nothing to fear. Or is there?
The trend that seems to be happening is that every time a DC fan hears that Warner Bros. is going to make their future films "more fun" it gets interpreted as "Marvelized". I personally have shared in this fear (being a fan of both DC and Marvel) because I want DC to keep its darker tone. I mean just read a few DC comic books and you will really get an idea of just how dark these heroes and villains can really get. On the flip side, I do believe there is a happy medium of a DC film being both fun and dark. After all, it's not like DC characters never smile in the comics. It's alright to through in a few jokes every now and then, but it doesn't mean that Warner Bros. are trying to turn themselves into Marvel. Superhero movies are supposed to be fun, right? So I don't see Warner Bros. change to making their films more fun as a sign of conformity, but rather a sign that they want to regain the audience's trust of providing a great film.
In the end, I think this is just a classic case of you can't believe everything you hear. Despite countless negative rumors about the future DCEU films, the filmmakers themselves seem to be pretty optimistic. So maybe we just need to tone out the negative rumors for now and wait for each film to come out. Something tells me that we're in for a treat!
What do you think? Is Beall covering up the truth? Let me know in the comments below!