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James Gunn’s New DC Slate Appears Like a Actual Mess

Newly-installed DC Studios chiefs James Gunn and Peter Safran laid out their imaginative and prescient for what’s referred to as “Chapter 1” of the rebooted DC Universe, and it seems to be to me like an actual mess.

Superhero fatigue is already a problem affecting not simply DC however the as soon as invincible Marvel, so I’ve some sympathy for Safran and Gunn. It’s like taking on the Completely satisfied Days franchise proper across the Joanie Loves Chachi period.

Nonetheless, they know this, so you’ll suppose they might purpose to supply moviegoers one thing really cool, completely different, and thrilling.

As a substitute…

Extra Superman.

Extra Batman.

One thing-something Inexperienced Lantern.

One thing-something Marvel Girl.

One thing-something Supergirl.


As soon as Shazam! Fury of the Gods (March 17), The Flash (June 16), and Aquaman 2 (December 25) hit this yr, these two take over, and it sounds not solely like extra of the identical however a complicated universe that’s extra like a multiverse as a result of there will probably be two DC Universes… To which I can solely ask, Why?

See for those who can observe this…

We’ll get Superman: Legacy someday in 2025, which we’re promised shouldn’t be one other origin story. However we’re additionally going to get a Black Superman film.


Superman: Legacy is a part of the DC Universe. Black Superman is a part of one thing referred to as DC Elseworlds.

We’ll additionally get a DC Universe Batman with one thing referred to as The Courageous and the Daring. However then there can even be a totally separate DC Elsewhere Batman with the sequel to final yr’s The Batman starring Robert Pattinson.

Oh, after which there’s a 3rd Batman universe with the upcoming sequel to Joker.

You want an abacus to maintain this straight.

Supergirl: World of Tomorrow guarantees us a “hardcore” Supergirl. Appears like she’ll be 14 and bitter. That appears like quite a lot of laughs.

Marvel Girl goes to TV — HBO Max — particularly. The sequence will probably be referred to as Paradise Misplaced and happen on Marvel Girl’s all-female island, which is “full of political intrigue and scheming between energy gamers.” The vibe is Recreation of Thrones. No matter. The one query I’ve is, Will there be cleavage?

There’s a few different dumb TV exhibits, together with one starring Viola Davis “because the ruthless and morally ambiguous head of a authorities process power,” which she performed in Gunn’s dreadful Suicide Squad film. One other one is known as Lanterns, that options “area cops with energy rings. ”

Granted, I’m not an under-employed, 35-year-old virgin residing in an effectivity condominium with a blow-up doll named Ginger however does something right here sound recent or cool or new or completely different or definitely worth the effort to go and see?

The error, I believe, is that this exhausting “universe” stuff. When Marvel was hitting on all cylinders, the “universe” concept was a great one. You needed to see all the pieces to catch up however you additionally needed to see all the pieces. That concept feels performed out, like it should dissuade individuals from seeing your film: Oh, man, I haven’t saved up with the films and TV exhibits, so let’s skip it.

Why do all these titles have to attach?

Why not make good films because the concepts come alongside?

These days, it seems like there’s homework connected to each new superhero film.  

Observe John Nolte on Twitter @NolteNC. Observe his Fb Web page right here.

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