Just when you think that the DCEU news couldn't get any worse, more negative updates are released. The latest DCEU film victim is Wonder Woman. The film that everyone assumed would be a safe-bet is now rumored to lack cohesiveness and has many fans face-palming. Let us not forget that in other recent DCEU news that it is also rumored that Justice League is being considered "a mess". Before we get too carried away let's just take a look at the situation as it currently stands.
'Wonder Woman' Is Discombobulated
Above is the latest episode from the YouTube channel Schmoes Know. If you skip ahead to the 1:41:33 mark in the video, host Sasha Perl-Raver drops some news that DC fans might want to plug their eyes for:
"So, I don't want to throw anyone under the bus. We have somebody within our community who has gotten insider information that broke my effing heart this week, because I have tremendous belief that Wonder Woman is gonna be awesome and I heard it stinks from the same person who told me that they heard that BvS stinks...The person who I spoke to...their response was 'I'm very disappointed in what I saw, and it seems like all the problems are the same problems. It's discombobulated, it doesn't have narrative flow. It's just very disjointed."
Like I said, it's not exactly the news that fans of DC or Wonder Woman want to hear. After the year filled with criticism for the DCEU last year ( courtesy of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad), it looks like they are getting off to a rough start again this year. Although, it is worth noting that the films did perform quite successfully at the box office with Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice hitting over $873 million worldwide and Suicide Squad racking up a solid $745 million worldwide. So what's the deal? Why do DCEU films keep falling short with the critics?
Started From The Top Now We're Here
Let us quickly reflect back to Suicide Squad this past year. Many fans (including myself) were outraged at the fact that Jared Leto's Joker was falsely advertised to have more scenes in the film than what he was actually given. So to fix the problem, Warner Bros. released an extended cut of the film. Which was pretty much their solution for the lack of coherence in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice as they released an ultimate edition for that film. Rumor had it that the higher-ups were to blame for both films change in direction by their theatrical release dates. So maybe the damage is being done in post-production? Still, that's hard to confirm when just a little while back Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara stated to the New York Times how confident he was in Wonder Woman:
That doesn't sound like a man who thinks Wonder Woman is in trouble. Maybe he's just covering up? After all, why would someone bad-mouth a film that they want people to go see, right? Even so, it still seems that post-production is what is killing the current DCEU films. Or maybe they are just at a disadvantage?
The Marvel Factor
I can't even begin to express how many times that I have seen DCEU films being compared to those of Marvel's. While I understand the reasoning why fans often compare, it is really an overall unfair comparison. Marvel's Iron Man was without a doubt a ground-breaking film for the comic book film genre back in 2008. It was the film that gave Marvel's its edge to becoming the giant that it is today. Their formula of high-action and humor has clicked well with many audiences ever since the beginning. That's when the DCEU came along with a more dark and brooding tone. Which to me seems fit considering how dark the DC comics are. Unfortunately many suspicioned this to play a role in why the critics have been so harsh to all of their films despite the DCEU's first three films actually out-grossing the MCU's first three films. I personally call this 'The Marvel Factor'. While it may or may not be happening in the world of film critics, I think it's definitely worth acknowledging that fans of gotten used to what a comic book film should look like due to Marvel's constant output of films.
I would like to add that Warner Bros. has also been rumored to be taking a new and more light-hearted direction with Justice League. So who knows? Maybe they are trying to resemble more of MCU?
At the end of the day, I think it's important that we all just take what we hear with a grain of salt. Anymore fans will decide whether or not they like a film before they even go into the theater. Wonder Woman's release is still a ways off, so a lot can change. Let the waiting game continue!
What do you think? Is the DCEU crumbling? Let me know in the comments down below!