For all you comic book movie makers out there, keep doing what you do. But ask yourself this: Are you ready for a throw down?
It’s the question that
Bobby Flay the decision makers at Fox, Sony and Warner Bros. must ask themselves as they develop their superhero slates opposite the record-breaking and critically-revered Marvel Studios, what with 2014’s very successful “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and this month’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Of course, there’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on the horizon, with Joss Whedon once again stepping in to shepherd Earth’s mightiest heroes to the big-screen.
Whedon knows a thing or two about bringing superheroes to life by now. Not only did he direct the first “Avengers,” not only is he directing the second “Avengers,” but he’s also a noted comic book creator, and he famously attempted to bring “Wonder Woman” to cinematic life. Now, with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment developing a cinematic universe starting with “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Wonder Woman included, it seems like the DC side of the comic book movie aisle is finally stepping up its game.
However, Whedon wouldn’t exactly put it that way; in his eyes, there’s no need for Warner Bros. and DC to step up their game, because what they’re already doing works in its own way.
“I think that both studios have kind of different agendas, different ways of approaching the superhero genre, and the ethos of the thing, and the aesthetic,” Whedon said during an interview with Nerd HQ at Comic-Con (via ComicBookMovie.com). “They go very dark and serious and sometimes it works amazingly, and Marvel tends to be a little lighter.”
“I would not want them to do what Marvel does,” he continued. “I like what they do when they get it right. When you get a Heath Ledger [performance], and ’Batman Begins,’ and those things that really grip you. That’s something nobody else is doing, and I like it. I want them to do what they’re doing.”
We’ll see how WB and DC handle the balancing act of maintaining the serious tone of “Man of Steel” while creating a cohesive cinematic universe ala the Marvel Studios model when “Batman v Superman” lands in 2016.
Before then, we’ll see Whedon’s next superhero movie in the very near future: “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” in theaters on May 1, 2015.