Two years ago, the superhero movie landscape was a very different place. Back then, Marvel was the undisputed king of the hill, but a little studio thought that they could upset the status quo by zigging where the MCU zagged. OK, so I guess it wasn’t that different.
Regardless, what DC executives famously and publicly proclaimed to anyone and everyone who would listen, is that they were going to make it big by producing a “gritty-as-hell” film about a character with previous box-office success, and a boundaries-pushing action-comedy starring oddball anti-heroes no one had ever heard of. “Believe us, they’re going to be amazing!”, they proclaimed.
Fast-forward to present day, and it turns out that while DC was busy bragging and churning out the cinematic equivalent of old vomit stewed in hot garbage, FOX swooped in, stole the idea and executed flawlessly.
If this were a football game, DC would have fumbled, stood around scratching their heads as Fox ran the exact same play back for a touchdown, then did the same thing again. It’s actually pretty amazing.
Deadpool effortlessly out “anti-hero’d” Suicide Squad, while Logan ran circles around the plodding Batman V. Superman. At this point, I kind of hope that Fox comes out with a solo Jubilee film destroying Wonder Woman at the box office, just to mess with them.
HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN???
Seriously, if you are a DC executive, how is your reaction to what FOX just pulled off anything other than handing in your resignation, quitting the movie business and trolling the Fantastic Four remake on RottenTomatoes?
Is there a point to all this?
- Well yeah…first: DC, make better movies. If that’s too tough, then maybe shoot for one watchable movie. Or at least stop telling everyone exactly what you’re trying to do.
- Second, FOX…maybe give up on Fantastic Four. It’s not happening and you obviously don’t even need them.
OK, that’s it. FOX, you can go back to giving Warner’s a swirly.