Still think DC could make a really awesome bold and refreshing move by making a dual-Wonder Woman/Aquaman origin film taking up cues from Flashpoint Paradox. Whether to make it a somewhat JLA origin film by bringing in the world’s finest to settle the matter, I’m not sure, but I can see both working really well.
In any case, I think Themyscira vs Atlantis would be a fantastic setup for both characters, making a hard statement to the audience just how fantastical DC can actually be. (I was of this opinion since before the announcement of the Superman vs Batman).
Maybe it’s me, but I see so many possibilities for DC to BREAK THROUGH the already formulaic ‘hero origin solo film’. Rebooting Batman within a Superman film was already imo a great move (granted we still need a great execution of said move), I’d be so stoked if DC dared to take it one step further. People who think a champion hero can only get their due if they get a solo origin film are imo unnecessarily narrow minded with regard to how iconic storytelling can be achieved.
I just really hope DC is NOT gonna follow marvel’s formula, because it is exactly that, formulaic. That’s why I’m really happy about Batman popping up in what they still refer to as Man of Steel 2. That actually DOES really setup up a cinematic universe, where the lead in one film can be a supporting cast member in another. That organic feel is so much more cooler imo than the Origin 1, origin 2, origin 3, team film, sequel 1, sequel 2, origin 4, team film, origin 5, sequel 3 etc. It’s so freaking stale to keep thinking in those terms.
I really hope WB/DC is not gonna try to copy that. There are so many great refreshing things to do when you have all these franchises in hand. The source material itself proves it. I really hope they do not think in terms of superman-film, batman-film, wonder woman-film, but just think “film”, what would be a great story for these characters, and do whatever makes for iconic well constructed cinema.
I think introducing themyscira and Atlantis in the same film would work really well.
I think GL would only work now if it’s a relatively late film and it’s an all out space opera. Having a lot of massive DC guys in there, but like Flash took the lead in Flashpoint Paradox, GL would in that film/story.
The DCU is just so rich and MoS really opened my eyes to how well it lends itself to a true cinematic universe: where everything is actually always present, and can pop up in different ways. Films where Batman will call in favors with Lois Lane etc. Films where Superman can’t fight a villain who threatens the earth without getting a call from Aquaman saying “It might be your earth, but it’s my seas god damnit.” Films that actually involve characters beyond the stale boundaries of franchise A, franchise B, franchise C. WB/DC are in a unique position to do this, having all their lore in their own hands.
I guarantee you, if WB gets just a few more directing talents with vision like Snyder and Nolan on board, and they show some guts, they can break through the entire concept into a place where people won’t wonder who the next hero getting a film will be, they’ll wonder what the next story will be, and who’ll be in it! The only franchise will be “DCU”. Sometimes it’ll restrict itself to one character’s surroundings, sometimes not. Maybe we’ll even get to a point where we won’t KNOW in advance what’s gonna be the case. How awesome would that be!? Where one hero will make a bad call, get outnumbered, get beat up and BOOM without anyone knowing it would happen, another one comes to save the day, because that’s the world you get with multiple superheroes (and villains!).
My head explodes when I think of the possibilities for refreshing, surprising turn of events. All WB/DC has to do is stop thinking in terms of franchises, stop believing the dissing marvel fanboys who claim WB is “behind” and actually start thinking in terms of stories set within the same universe. Whoever’s involved is involved. MoS2′s inclusion of Batman gives me hope for this to start happening.