With the success of motion pictures based on Marvel Comics characters (an entity edging toward the $10-Billion mark with the second Avengers film), DC Comics is struggling to play a game of catch-up. The question… are they already out-paced? Is the Warner-owned franchise still tying its running shoes while Disney’s Marvel is in view of the finish line?
The Hollywood Reporter recently published an article[ref]Hollywood Reporter[/ref] that chronicles the difficulties DC has had with rivaling the Marvel Universe. This includes:
- The struggle with getting a script for a Wonder Woman film
- The struggle with getting a script for an Aquaman film
- The exodus of Christopher Nolan… leaving Batman vs. Superman without his input
- A big question mark regarding The Flash (which Greg Berlanti has transformed into a hit television series
- Prime focus being given to Lego Movie sequels and J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts” trilogy
Granted, Kevin Feige has created a master architecture for the Marvel Studios way forward… one that will be difficult to duplicate without a Feigeian mastermind on the Warner/DC side of the cinematic battle.