Few films in recent memory have proven to be as divisive as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and despite the film’s relatively underwhelming box office (compared to Deadpool and Captain America: Civil War), it remains the lynchpin for DC and Warner Bros.’ upcoming slate of superhero tentpoles.
While the Patty Jenkins-directed Wonder Woman suggests that the franchise might be getting stronger with each release, the DCEU still has a sizable distance to travel in order to establish the fan goodwill and track record of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At this stage, it’s difficult to say how the DC team will pan out in the long run, since there have been only a few movies released thus far. Here are a few potential problems that DC should address going forward.
1. Lack of a consistent tone throughout
In Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, Snyder established a downbeat tone largely set by his dour, conflicted version of Superman. However, with gleefully over-the-top characters like Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and more laid-back heroes like the Flash (Ezra Miller) on the way, the DCEU will need to establish a consistent tone. This tone will need to be present throughout each individual film and will be central in the creation of a shared universe in which all the various characters coexist.
Think of how Marvel managed to sell moviegoers on the earnest Captain America and the arrogant Iron Man as individuals before perfectly meshing the two together in The Avengers. Fingers crossed that Justice League can pull off the same for its marquee heroes.