In Hollywood, the studios have always been ones for jumping on the bandwagon and trying to replicate an established formula for success. Today, thanks to the unprecedented success of Marvel Studios, the 'shared cinematic universe' is the industry's current buzzword. Casting an envious eye over the multi-billion dollar success of the MCU, a raft of interlinked franchise have since been announced; Universal Monsters, Transformers and even King Arthur and Robin Hood are in on the act, while Sony were planning a Spider-Man universe (that thankfully came to nothing).
Perhaps the only other studio that has a legitimate claim to creating their own cinematic universe is the combination of DC and Warner Bros. Marvel's longtime rivals have struggled over the years to create any successful movies that didn't feature Batman or Superman, but, seemingly undeterred, last year they announced their own slate of interconnected movies, ten projects featuring multiple characters all the way up to the summer of 2020.
Recent glimpses of footage from Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad have been hugely promising, but there remain doubts over the idea as a whole. With that in mind, here are eight problems facing the rapidly-expanding DC Cinematic Universe that could really negatively affect the movies.
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