So in a contrast to my last post about the flaws of the MCU I will do the other side of the fence. Even though I liked BvS and MoS, as well as enjoyed Suicide Squad and am looking forward to Wonder Woman and Justice League later this year I can still see the issues with the DCEU management and creative control. However unlike Captain Salt's s*** post this isn't gonna mindlessly insult the DC brand and actually take a critical look at why people are so divisive on these films
The first thing is that WB seems to be micro managing more and more. With MoS and BvS it seems like they just let Snyder do whatever he wanted but with BvS they did cut down the movie to be 2 hours and be PG13 instead of what is generally considered the superior rated R 3 hour extended cut. I assume the idea to this was they wanted the most standard block buster run time to get the most show times and be released in countries where rated R films would be banned but seeing that the movie didn't break a billion and was panned so hard. Now Zack does claim that he was okay with the theatrical cut but we should take this with a grain of salt
Another issue with BvS was the extensive re writes and merging of two very different movies which will come up again. David S Goyer who wrote MoS did return to do BvS but Snyder was apparently unhappy with Goyer's script so WB brought in Chris Terrio to re work it. What we got was a bizarre combination of a political thriller esque film from Terrio and a sci fi film from Goyer. I mean the first half felt very grounded and real and even Superman felt like he could exist but the final half is evil cgi big troll alien shooting lasers everywhere. The issue isn't that it is too insane but the execution was very out of place for this fairly grounded movie. Sure you could argue that it is made by alien tech so it'll be out of place but even that fails because from what we saw of MoS does DD or the tech look like would ever be used by Kryptonians? Maybe to you it does look similar to those fetus plants but to me it just didn't. Maybe if they established it in MoS or had DD just be something else like Bizarro or a cyborg or just make Zod's transformer look less like a cave troll's birth and more like DD birth with his skin thickening to extensive torture and pain and over time he gets more rocky and spikey (maybe even some white hair) it would've looked better. Hell at least give us the containment suit
The next major problem was Suicide Squad which at this point is well known to have been rushed out and had extensive re shoots. The script was supposedly written in 6 weeks and there were numerous reshoots and while several actors and crew did claim the reshoots were not to make the movie funnier it does feel that way. Jared Leto has also been vocal about his disappointment that his part was cut extensively. Even in the extended cut Joker was very under utilized especially when they had one of arguably the most dedicated and diverse actors in Hollywood
The main beef of this is future plans for the DCEU after Justice League. There are none. After JL Flash and Aquaman were meant to come out followed by JL Part 2, Shazam, Green Latern and Cyborg
Ever since then it has been a mess. Rick Fukahawa left Flash for creative difficulties and is now going through extensive rewrites by a first time writer, Cyborg has rumored to be cancelled, and The Batman has no known release date and is being re written by Matt Reeves. On top of that WB seems to be throwing out a lot more Batman spin offs with Nightwing, Gotham Sirens, and Batgirl AND there could be the potential that all four (The Batman, Nightwing, GS, Batgirl) could come out the same year. FOUR Batman related movies in one year. While I am glad to see the first on screen Nightwing and Batgirl (No I dont count Silverstone) this is just too much. Not to mention WB seems to be running back to milking Batman instead of giving their dozens of other heroes the spotlight. There is also a Black Adam origin movie thrown in there and MoS and Suicide Squad sequels. So far it seems the only movie that will make it that was part of the original slate is Aquaman since Wan hasn't walked and still seems like it'll start filming in the spring. Like Jesus Christ WB Slow your roll. The superhero genre isn't dying any time soon you don't need to rush them out. I understand Ben Affleck is on the fence about the DCEU and being Batman and they want to introduce the Bat family to replace Batfleck (The best part of the DCEU) asap but at least get through Justice League first. Also if Ben already feels over worked what makes you think having him so much as cameo in 3 other movies gonna convince him to stay on board? Also what is going on with Green Lantern? He's not in JL, his movie is the second to last but they have a writer and idea for it before half of the other films they plan to release before it?
So to summarize it WB shouldn't mess with the directors' ideas, give them time, plan out a solid movie slate, not just throw movies out there until they at least begin pre production, and STOP MILKING BATMAN. Personally if I were an executive at WB I'd have the DCEU take a year off to get organized. Now from my understanding they are listening to criticisms. JL Seems more light hearted and less 'pretentious' if you will, not spoiling the movie from the trailers, more consistency, and putting Geoff Johns as head of the DCEU but only time will tell if the DCEU will survive or if the're simply reboot it