When Marvel made its unified cinematic universe, with the properties they still owned, it was seen as very ambitious. Something like this, on this scale, had never truly been attempted before. Yet, with each new film, and the culmination of Phase 1 with the mega-hit Avengers, people knew they had done something special. Then though, people wondered what DC Comics would do in response.
At the time, they had the Dark Knight Trilogy, where were all major successes. but a full-on universe wouldn’t happen until Man of Steel came out in 2012. Later on, a full on universe was revealed. 10 films, chronicling many of the best DC Characters, along with some surprises along the way like Suicide Squad and SHAZAM!. However, as one producer reveals, there was one flaw in the plan.
Long time producer Charles Roven, who worked for Warner Bros when this slate was announced, as well as producing many of the slates films, noted during a Q&A (reported by ComicBookResources that once the slate was made, he realized that not only were there no definite locations for some of these films, there was no backup plan should one of them fail.
This is interesting considering that all three of the DCEU films have made a lot of money, but haven’t fared so well with critics. Unlike the Marvel films, their reviews are polarizing, often causing arguments as to whether they’re good or not. This is especially the case for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Which some claim were “failures” because it “didn’t meet Warner Bros expectations” or “was a critical hit”. Yet, Roven was adamant that these films were major hits, and its hard to disagree when the films made $873 million and $750 million dollars respectively. Also though, Suicide Squad star Harley Quinn was confirmed to be getting a spinoff movie. Hard to do that if the film was not a hit. Furthermore, Batman is getting his own solo film that will be written, directed, produced, and starred by Ben Affleck.
Now, all eyes are on Warner Bros. and DC Comics next movie, Wonder Woman, which will be the characters first solo film ever (something that can’t have been said for Batman or Superman), along with Justice League which will release a short time after that. How will these films fair? Only time will tell.