Marvel has been celebrated for their big gamble of bridging together multiple superhero movies and creating a “cinematic universe”. But where there’s a winner there must also be a loser, and Warner Bros., which owns DC Comics, has come under fire for not being able to have the same level of success with DC superhero movies. To be fair, DC is under no obligation to follow the same gameplan as Marvel, and it’s not like it would be impossible to have a bunch of great superhero movies that remain in separate universes. Warner Bros. is already leaning towards that approach by putting superheroes like Green Arrow and The Flash on television but not ruling them out as participants in a big screen feature.
Since David S. Goyer wrote the screenplay for Man of Steel, worked on The Dark Knight Rises trilogy, and is now overseeing the DC Vertigo projects Constantine and Sandman, he’s become the go-to guy for inquiring about the studio’s plans for adapting their DC Comics. Hit the jump for what he had to say regarding the creation of DC Cinematic Universe.
In an interview with IGN, Goyer was asked how the TV shows might tie into the movies, and Goyer broadened the topic into the studio’s concern over how to weave together their superhero properties:
I mean, it’s too early. I know that Warner Bros. would love to make their universe more cohesive. There have been a lot of general conversations about that, but it’s really, really early. I’m not sure. Marvel has had enormous success, but I’m not sure that everybody should try to emulate them either. It’s just been vague conversations so far.
Naturally, this response raises the question, “Too early for what?” One of the complaints against Warner Bros. is that they’ve been dragging their feet on a goldmine, and while I understand that there’s a concern of being in Marvel’s shadow if you try to do the exact same thing, DC is getting left behind altogether. I’m sure this is frustrating to DC fans, and Goyer’s comments aren’t going to provide any relief.