DC Films have mostly been known for their dark and gritty vibe. Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Suicide Squad have all had more of a darker tone, which set them apart from the kinds of films Marvel was making. Some fans loved and embraced what DC was doing, other fans didn't like it.
Wonder Woman was the first film to break that mold and have a lighter and more fun playful tone... like Marvel, and everyone seemed to love it! So DC Entertainment is going to continue to roll with what made Wonder Woman so successful. They liked the praise and success that they saw from it, so from here on out we're going to see that tone carry over to the rest of the DC films.
The news comes from DC Entertainment president Geoff Johns, who told The Wrap they want to highlight the qualities of their characters that first made people fall in love with them in the first place. He explained:
“Get to the essence of the character and make the movies fun. Just make sure that the characters are the characters with heart, humor, hope, heroics, and optimism at the base."
Heart, humor, hope, heroics, and optimism is what these characters have been all about since they were first created. I love that they are going back to those core ethics. This is the same approach DC Comics used when they launched DC Universe Rebirth. Before that launched, Johns told CBR:
“It’s beyond the back-to-basics approach. It’s not just going back to square one. It’s much, much more than something that simplistic. We all need to do our best to get this right and everyone has come together to create a cohesive universe and terrific stories that work individually as well as together."
We already know that this will include Justice League. Going into that film they wanted to make sure that it would have a lighter tone and be more playful and fun. Who knows, maybe those reshoots currently being done with Joss Whedon at the helm will include more of that.
I know a lot of fans liked that whole dark and gritty aspect of the DC films and I'm sure some fans will be disappointed by this news. All I want is to see more great DC films get made and I personally think they're getting on the right track. When critics and fans alike praise a film like Wonder Woman, and no one is complaining, it's no wonder DC is taking action and changing things up.
The upcoming films that they have in development include The Flash with Robert Zemeckis up to direct, a Wonder Woman sequel is in the works, Matt Reeves will start working on The Batman soon, and Joss Whedon will start developing Batgirl soon. There's also James Wan's Aquaman and a Green Lantern Corps movie.
What do you all think about the new direction that DC Entertainment is looking to take their future films?