It’s no secret that the fledgling DC Extended Universe appears to be floundering. Both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad met with a critical shellacking upon their releases and some unforgiving comic book fans have already declared the neophyte cinematic franchise dead on arrival.
If the Internet hate brigade is to be believed, Warner Bros would be better off pulling the plug and letting its suffering series die a dignified death. But, is the future of the DCEU really as dire as the naysayers would have us believe?
On the contrary, each entry in the DCEU has been a certified box office hit so far. In fact, judging by the box office alone, the DCEU isn’t struggling at all, it’s actually thriving.
To all you diehard DC fans that are sick of Marvel fans kicking you while you’re down I say rejoice: the future is looking very, very good. DC will not only bounce back from its critical slump, it's most likely going to overtake its stiffest competitor, Marvel, at the box office in the long-term.
There’s a strong case to be made for DC’s inevitable box office domination and here are just a few of the reasons why.
10. DC Has Acknowledged There's Room For Improvement
Even the most diehard DC fans would admit that the DCEU films have been uneven in their execution, which isn’t actually anything to worry about. The DCEU is still relatively young. It often takes time for cinematic franchises to find their footing and establish their own unique voice.
Don’t believe me? Look no further than DC’s arch-nemesis Marvel.
It’s easy to forget that Marvel once had its own franchise issues. Marvel started out on a high note with 2008’s Iron Man only to fumble with its next two films. Marvel’s second feature, The Incredible Hulk, did okay numbers but failed to wow audiences or critics alike, especially in the wake of Iron Man’s success. 2010’s Iron Man 2 fared better at the box office but audiences took issue with the tacked-on universe building Marvel shoehorned into the movie.
The DCEU is experiencing similar growing pains; the important thing is that DC is willing to learn from its mistakes. According to Variety, Time Warner’s Jeff Bewkes recently admitted that the DCEU films could be improved by making them a bit more fun. If the DCEU takes the criticism to heart, the quality and already substantial box office of its films will increase.