DC Learning Indeed…

Posted: 06/23/2016 in Uncategorized

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This shouldn’t make me giddy with glee but dammit if it doesn’t🙂 REC

STEVE TILLEY, POSTMEDIA NETWORK

Jun 22, 2016

, Last Updated: 2:52 PM ET

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Tony Stark must be positively blushing underneath his Iron Man armour.

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment appear to be unabashedly taking a page from the Marvel Studios playbook with next year’s Justice League, the film that will pick up where the dour Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice left off, introducing fans to the big-screen versions of the Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg.

A whole slew of Justice League stories flooded online this week after a bunch of journalists were invited to the movie’s set at Warner Bros.’ Leavesden Studios outside of London. There, a contrite Zack Snyder explained what went wrong with Batman v Superman, and how Justice League – now a self-contained story, rather than a two-parter told over two films – will atone for those sins by being lighter, funnier and more colourful, while still having great character moments and plenty of action.

Y’know, kind of like a Marvel movie.

(One partially completed scene screened for the visiting journos had Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne showing up at the apartment of Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen, aka the Flash, with an eye to recruiting the Scarlet Speedster for the Justice League. While likely coincidental, the scene sounds an awful lot like Tony Stark paying Peter Parker a visit in Captain America: Civil War.)

JL Batmobile https://t.co/KaMC3hdwgLpic.twitter.com/2dotc8ekit

— Clay Enos (@ClayEnos) June 21, 2016

With Batman v Superman taking a critical pounding and performing below its billion-dollar box office projections, Warner and DC are clearly trying to get a jump on shaping the narrative with Justice League. Having journalists on set for a big-budget superhero movie isn’t all that unusual – just the other week I was at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, watching the cosmos being defended by a certain group of rag-tag, spacefaring misfits for the second time. But allowing the scribblers to share their on-set impressions immediately, rather than sitting on them until the film is closer to release, is very rare indeed.

And I have to give kudos to Warner and DC here. Instead of stubbornly forging ahead with their original plan and established creative chain of command, they’re pivoting, revising and shaking things up in accordance with fans’ and critics’ wishes. (And, yes, with immense financial pressure in the mix, too. If Justice League tanks, the DC cinematic universe might not recover.)

I don’t know about you, but it’s working for me. While I didn’t loathe Batman v Superman the way a lot of critics did, the movie didn’t do much to get me stoked for more DC movies, other than this summer’s largely unrelated Suicide Squad.

But now? Well, colour me intrigued, if not quite yet excited. A Justice League movie that focuses on team-building, led by Affleck’s badass Batman instead of boring boy scout Superman? With nods to the ancient pasts of humans, Amazons and Atlanteans? And where the assembled squad has to fight Darkseid’s henchman Steppenwolf (the Flash obviously needs to make a “born to be wild” joke) and keep him from getting his hands on some Rings of Power-like alien supercomputers? Yeah, I’d be down with that.

Justice League, assemble! Oh, wait. Someone’s using that already.

Twitter: @stevetilley

STilley@postmedia.com

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