The DCEU seemed rushed from the start, with all honesty.
The first film to debut in Warner Bros. and DC’s new direction was Man Of Steel, directed by Zach Snyder and fronted by the then not-too-well-known Henry Cavill.
It was fine. That’s about it. It was objectively too dark for a Superman film and as we’ve discovered over the years, Superman’s general lack of charisma and humanity onscreen makes it hard for audiences to connect with him.
So it came as little surprise a month ago when it was revealed that Henry Cavill had apparently cut his ties with DC, and decided to hang up the cape.
Nothing official had been – or since – released, but insiders implied that DC were going to look more towards Supergirl and other characters for a while to deal with the loss.
But it wasn’t just Superman that DC were struggling with. In fact, it was essentially every character but Wonder Woman.
Batman vs Superman was supposed to be the film that made DC contend with Marvel but no-one really liked it. The characters were fairly lazily written and with the best will in the world, Zach Snyder would make an excellent music video director… he’s just not cut out for films.
Justice League was even more of a disappointment. That said, no-one expected anything from that film, but it still managed to leave us annoyed. Zach Snyder had to drop out of that film and was replaced with Joss Whedon who, as you may know, relies entirely on lazy character tropes and CGI; this is why both Iron Man and Thor are intensely unlikable in the first two Avengers films and Captain America wonders around like a naive child.
Anyway, it looks like things are going much the same way with Ben Affleck’s Batman, since, as Variety reports, DC fully intend on casting someone new for the role:
Warner Bros. has been reevaluating its approach to making movies based on DC Comics characters.
The studio is not moving forward with Batman and Superman movies featuring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, respectively.
It is expected to recast the Dark Knight with a different actor.
It had long been rumoured since the commercial disdain for Batman vs Superman that Affleck wouldn’t be reprising the role again, but that was put to bed when he played a huge part in Justice League.
Previously, we had been lead to believe that Affleck would be writing and directing his own Batman film, which had a lot of people very excited, but that wasn’t to be, as Matt Reeves was later picked to direct.
I actually feel slightly bad for Ben. He’s not actually bad as Batman, he’s just being written appallingly. And that’s not even taking into account the whole rehab thing.
Meanwhile, the solo Flash film continues to get pushed back as directors keep dropping out and Ezra Miller prioritises his work on the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
What is going on with DC? They’re just relying on the Joker film – which doesn’t look like it’s part of the cinematic universe – and Wonder Woman now.
Dark times, indeed.
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