At this point? DC should just freaking reboot. But they aren't going to.
Not even Zack Snyder fans wanted this JL, I would've bought presale tickets the second they were up if WB didn't cut down a third of the movie and brought Whedon to bring some jokes and nothing more.
Not only did they fail to appeal to the audience that hated BvS and MoS but they also lost the smaller much more dedicated audience that actually liked their first movies. Basically one half of the potential audience feels Whedon and Johns couldn't 'save' the movie, the other half feels WB's meddling ruined what could have been a good movie or at least a more coherent one. Literally no one won with this situation. Yeah, Snyders original movie might have been hated but at least it would have committed to what they had in mind before they moved away from it.
Now the literal billion dollar question here is. . . where does DC go from here?
Marvel is going to be releasing three movies in 2018.
Fox is going to be releasing three movies in 2018.
DC is going to be releasing ONE(Aquaman). and it's going be released in DECEMBER.
I can say with COMPLETE confidence the Marvel brand is gonna have a monopoly on the entire Superhero genre until the end of time. By the time DC finally gets the lead out, or reboots, or uses Flashpoint to establish the Multiverse so they can have Standalone. The brand will have been too damaged or the Superhero Bubble will have popped.
You know me. I've been an apologist for Zack's movies and the DCEU. and I think the attacks on him, his personal beliefs (and how they may have impacted the story) have been completely unwarranted. and I thought there still was reason to be optimistic. But after the mess of JL? Ugh. I just don't know guys I just don't know.
This article from cracked I think sums up how I feel.
Yes, (BVS) was mostly dreary, like a comic book filtered through the second verse of a My Chemical Romance song. And even some of the action scenes, which would be thrilling in a different movie, seem weighted down by the insistence that no one be having any fun at all under penalty of death -- or worse, recasting. However, the fist-pumping nihilism only enhances some scenes, like when Wonder Woman "debuts," accompanied by shrieking music, and proceeds to kick all of the ass in the area. After watching Zack Snyder and Bruce Wayne explain Nietzsche to me for two hours, it made it all the more thrilling when such an exciting "CHUG CHUG CHUG" moment was dropped in front of our faces.
It's a Jaegerbomb approach to superheroes and grim philosophy. And while it's not my preferred way of seeing these characters, I can, in a weird way, appreciate it.
Now we have a Justice League film which, from how it's been described, seems like a combination of Snyder's visuals and Joss Whedon's dialogue and character moments. And from what critics have said about it, that's not a very good combination. And it was never going to be. There's this absurd, prevailing idea that you can take a movie and somehow improve it by halfheartedly changing its genre. Didn't we already learn that this doesn't work from Suicide Squad, which was changed from a dark film into a tonally inconsistent DC Comics Family Vacation?
Instead of whatever tone Zack Snyder intended, Justice League will now have two battling for superiority. Imagine if you made a steak. People might disagree about whether or not it's a good steak, but it's a steak that you cooked. And then someone says, "You know what would go good on that steak? Skittles."
Yeah, comedy and odd sentimentality can work in a superhero film. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has shown us as much, and before that, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films were just as goofy as they were exciting. But none of those movies started out as fundamentally different things. Guardians Of The Galaxy wasn't all sobs and boo-hoos before James Gunn decided that it needed some classic rock. Thor: Ragnarok wasn't a parade of mascara tears before Taika Waititi plugged some jokes into it.
Also, have you read Whedon's Wonder Woman script? There are other directors who exist, Warner Bros.
We'll probably never know if Snyder's pure Justice League was any good. But even if it wasn't a masterpiece, I'd prefer it over this method. Even if it was just Batman sobbing over his dead parents for two hours.
The only thing I know for certain is this. the Matt Reeves Batman movie is probably going to be a Standalone w/o the DCEU, probably with a new actor because Affleck got screwed over. So now, like with the Dark Knight Trilogy, Like with BVS, Warner is going to fall back into it's old habits. Putting all their hopes and dreams and efforts on BATMAN and letting the rest of their cinematic properties go hang.
JL may have been a 'competent' movie. But that's not what people wanted from a JL movie. . . and now unless theres a reboot (which we know ISN'T going to happen because they've already put too much time and effort into this_We're never going to get that. The brands been too damaged. Unless they put it on the shelf and wait for the heat to die down? The damage is only gonna get worse.
I give up. . . All hail the Marvel MAster race.