You know, it’s kinda funny. For all the flack the DCEU has received (albeit some has come from me), they have done an admirable job of moving forward. Yes, the direction, the format, and the movie choices made have changed over the years but they haven’t swayed. They’ve stood firm in the eye of adversity and taken every gut-wrenching punch, well, in the gut and they are still doing everything in their power to appease the fans.
And that says something.
I can’t speak for you but when I see someone or something move forward despite all of the criticism, I instantly find myself connected to them. There’s something about watching someone persevere through adversity that I find compelling and uplifting. Some of the biggest successes of past and present have been done by those who don’t give up,
DC is doing it.
Warner Bros. is doing it.
And it’s incredibly commendable.
Aside from Wonder Woman, they have had a slew of commercial hits but not too many critical hits. What makes Warner Bros., DC, and it’s high ranking officials so inspiring is that while they could simply stand pat and keep churning out average movies, they aren’t. They could continue to bring us Batman v Superman or Suicide Squad but they won’t. They have realized that to truly win the hearts of the comic book community, changes have to be made. The DCEU problems are slowly being worked on.
Changes have been made.
From the rotating directors, cast, actors, and even movies, DC continues to fine-tune its formula. Many have defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over expecting the same result. DC and Warner Bros., for all intents and purposes, are not doing the same thing over and over. The are continuously trying new things, and that’s something that each of us could learn from.
Yes, it may be frustrating, confusing, and downright annoying to see our favorite characters misrepresented but at least they are making changes where changes need to be made. At least they are taking action to correct a hauntingly small problem. And at least they have recognized that something is wrong.
Have the DCEU problems and mistakes along the way been costly? Certainly. Justice League was both a commercial and critical flop where an ensemble of characters like that should never have flopped. But, they are doing something.
And that something needs to be commended.
None of us are soothsayers or fortune tellers (I think) who can predict what events will unravel going forward. And that’s a good thing. Let’s let the future do what the future is going to do. Let the powers that be continue to toy around with their thoughts and hunches. And let’s put our faith in the fact that someone, somewhere knows what they are doing.
Time will tell if all the changes, tinkering, and modifications will have been worth it. And you know what? That’s ok. As annoying as the ride has been, I say we let them do their thing and continue to give them chances.
At the end of the day, we just don’t know when/if we will ever experience a gluttony of comic book adaptations hit the big screen. So, I propose that we enjoy, embrace, and relish the fact that the time period we live in allows us the opportunity to see Superman and The Flash in a larger than life format. If, for whatever reason, you can’t embrace it, at the bare minimum, keep the complaining to a whisper.