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CBMB: Is Trouble on the Horizon for Batman v Superman and DC Films?

By Muuka Muyumba

We are just days away from the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and fanboys and girls out there are sweating. The Rotten Tomato results are now coming in and they are…not good. This was the concern voiced by Drew McWeeny at Hitfix a few week back and this may be coming to fruition.

Batman v Superman

Some of the anticipation is just that: excitement that the film will finally show us the two most popular superheroes of all time on screen at the same time. Despite this fervor, there is also a growing fear among many unnamed sources that Zack Snyder’s version of this universe may be too dark to lead to a successful brand of superhero film with broad appeal.

In particular, concern is growing as the ticket pre-sale numbers come out, and have bowled everyone over like, say The Force Awakens did. Star Wars aside, The Force Awakens was unique viewing experience on its own, but the ticket sales projection is that the film is looking at a $300 Million weekend despite the several concerns.

However, the concerns don’t stop there, as there are many who fear that the film won’t have the broad appeal like most Marvel films considering how grim Batman v Superman appears. That may be reflected in the current ratings, which could suggest a divisive film that has people choosing sides between a great film and a shit story.

Recently, Entertainment Weekly’s Andrew Breznican observed about the film, after being granted early access to the film, that most who loved Man of Steel will love BvS, but those who had problems with Zack Snyder’s Superman film will also find fault in the film. This suggest another film that will not suit all viewers as did Man of Steel.

Sighting some of this sentiment, McWeeny reported that some at Warners had been stewing about this perception, and he posited that it wouldn’t be surprising if the WB moved Snyder off of Justice League if BvS wasn’t an out of the park hit. That may have prompted Synder to tweet out that photo of he and Aquaman’s Jason Momoa prepping for Justice League Part One.

Despite these revelations, Warner Bros is still carrying on with its ‘ambitious’ plan to move forward as they lay out a path for first the Justice League, asn next Wonder Woman, then The Flash, Aquaman, and then Cyborg. In that EW piece, Breznican noted that DC is hitting the idea of a multiverse hard, understanding that the DC TV is well established, and DC Films are lined up with different versions of some, like The Flash, who have been established in that TV world.

Right now the DC Films line up like this,

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• Suicide Squad – Aug. 5, 2016

• Wonder Woman – June 23, 2017

• Justice League – Part One – Nov. 17, 2017

• The Flash – March 16, 2018

• Aquaman – July 27, 2018

• Shazam! – April 5, 2019

• Justice League – Part Two – June 14, 2019

• Cyborg – April 3, 2020

• Green Lantern Corps – June 19, 2020

• Ben Affleck-directed Batman – Undated

So, what will come of the the DC Films slate if Batman v Superman isn’t the critical success many hoped? I don’t think this will change plans much, but a course correction could be in store that sets the film on a lighter path than currently underway. One thing is that McWeeny can feel some vindication for his report though he may have only wished for good things for the film series. However, it is highly unlikely this train is turning around.

Batman v Superman comes out on this Thursday, and I still have my ticket. Will you still be getting tickets too? Do you think the WB takes Justice League out of Snyder’s hands?