It's been rumoured recently that a Man of Steel sequel is being fast-tracked by Warner Bros, presumably in an effort to sure up their floundering cinematic universe, in much the same way the Ben Affleck Batman movie has been pushed through in the wake of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.  It's important to note that neither of these movies were included in Warner Bros. big cinematic universe announcement regarding their forthcoming superhero movies back in 2014; an announcement which, supposedly, mapped out the trajectory of the DCEU until 2020, when the Green Latern Corps movie was set to be released.  However, presumably in the wake of the critical whipping of both Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. have re-evaluated their their release schedule, and deemed it necessary to push through a Batman and a Superman movie, presumably, before 2020.

All of this uncertainty and lack of confidence regarding their own movies is certainly beginning to show, both in their disregard of their own release schedule, along with their creative tensions in relation to their directors, notably Zach Synder, and not one, but two potential directors of the Flash solo outing, Seth Grahame-Smith and most recently Rick Famuyiwa.  Warner Bros. has also had problems getting their Sandman movie off the ground, clashing with producer Joseph Gorden-Levitt, who ultimately left the project; so this conflict between studio execs and the creative talent behind the cameras clearly isn't an isolated incident within Warner Bros.  

I think the decision to get a solo Batman movie in production as soon as possible, along with a Superman sequel, is a sign that the studio has lost confidence in their cinematic universe building exercise, instead preferring, if only for the time being, to stick with movie properties that they can count on to bring in a certain amount of money.  Both Batman and Superman are recognisable characters that Warner Bros. can count on, regardless of quality.  Remember, Man of Steel and Batman V Superman, both of which were not popular with critics or fans alike, made solid money for Warner Bros.  Hell, even the Joel Schumacher's deplorable Batman & Robin wasn't a catastrophic bomb at the box office when it was released, and if Batman can survive that kind of beating and recover to earn the kind of money the Dark Knight trilogy made, then he can recoup from just about anything.  

I think it also highlights a gap in approach between the Warner Bros. and Marvel approach with regards to their own characters, particularly the lesser known ones.  Whereas Marvel have begun to branch off from their bankable characters, such as Iron Man & Captain America, instead preferring to introduce more of their secondary characters, Warner Bros. have seemingly gone the other way, reverting back to the staples of old, instead of taking a chance on a more obscure character.  

 

Who am I?

My name is Stuart Kilmartin, and I hail from Galway, Ireland.

I studied English Literature at NUI Galway (B.A. & M.A.).  Spent many a moon reading Edgar Allan Poe & I can recite Ozymandias, by Percy Shelley, word for word; it's irrelevant, but I'm proud of it.

Deep-rooted passion for all things film and television.  For those who say David Lynch is too obscure, I agree; and yet, I love him.

I started this blog with the intention of getting my thoughts out there and to gain more experience in entertainment writing; and to prove that all those years watching movies weren't time wasted.

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