J. Michael Straczynski had some sound words of advice for DC when he spoke at a recent convention. Having written comics for both Marvel and DC as well as being a television and film writer/producer we think maybe DC should listen. He stated during the panel in no uneven terms,“I think Marvel is really kicking DC’s clock.”
“I’ve talked to the people at Warner Brothers and said “What is wrong with you people?” They think that they have a very narrow bench – Superman, Batman and then nobody else. We’re trying to get them to understand that we have a really good bench of characters if you treat them properly.”
He was asked as to what DC heroes he would like to see brought to the screen and jokingly suggesting the 1960s series Brother Power the Geek.
“I would love to see the Flash. Ever see The Man With The X-Ray Eyes? There’s a scientist in pursuit of knowledge and information and receives this power and uses it to try and see deeper and deeper what’s going on on the physical scale and the metaphysical scale, trying to burrow through to the core of the universe to understand things better. Make it obsessive like that I think you could make a really good film about the Flash.
There’s a fan made trailer for Wonder Woman online. Have you all seen that? (Embedded below.) Is that not well done? And that’s what the Wonder Woman film should be. If you treated the Wonder Woman film the way we treated the Thor movie with some seriousness and also focus on her family you’d get a really good film out of that.
Oddly enough, the Haunted Tank could be a really good movie. Set it in Iraq or somewhere the Middle East, update it and it writes itself.”
An audience member pointed out that it appeared as if parts of “Man Of Steel” was drawn from Straczynski’s recent graphic novel Superman: Earth One. Straczynski had this to say;
“I thought that it had one fight more than it should have had. And it was a good movie that could have been a great movie had they put more time in on the characters. IN the end, I don’t care how good your effects are or the battles or the CGI, if we don’t care about the characters you got nothing and nowhere to go.”
It has been suggested that the biggest problem that Warner Brothers is facing is that it doesn’t have some sort of person taking creative lead on their superhero films, in the way that Marvel Studios honcho Kevin Feige has spearheaded the interconnected world-building of their films. Which is really not rocket science to any fans out there. I think Warner needs to think outside of their little box if they expect to catch up to Marvel in the film world.