I’m not going to sit here and pretend I am the authority on all things DC comics, nor will I pretend like this mini rant is going to make a difference to the higher ups at Warner Brothers.
When I wrote my open letter to DC comics, I touched lightly on the upcoming Justice League movie, set to release in 2015. While it could work with various spin offs after one main movie, this appears to not be the formula as the latest rumors have Joseph Gordon-Levitt showing up in the Man of Steel movie, showcasing new “talent” Henry Cavill, and cast as Batman in the Justice League movie. Did that sentence make your stomach churn and lip curl in distaste as mine did?
How about the recent revelation that the studio has pretty much set their villain in place for this Justice League movie? Just like almost every single Superman movie has Lex fucking Luther as the villain/antagonist, such is the case with this movie as Darkseid, a New God based on Hitler, is being outed by various geeksources as this group’s adversary.
Yes, he’s the most recognizable villain for them, and yeah, he was the first foe the newly formed Justice League went up against in the New 52 series, but so what?
He will continually be the most recognizable if he is continually used. If these movies are to succeed longterm, there must be at least an iota of fan service. Give us a villain we haven’t seen, a villain the masses can LEARN about and will open then up for other not so exposed heroes (like Martian Manhunter, who is BADASS).
I know I’m not alone in feeling this way, but honestly…what does it matter other than I’ve gotten it off my chest?
Let me know your thoughts, guys!