Okay, here’s an interesting fact. Both this and the Wonder Woman trailer were released same day and both have clocked up near identical 11.5 million views on Youtube already, which is spectacular. Compare to Doctor Strange’s also good 6 million views for some perspective on how big this is. But isn’t it interested that a solo character who has never had a movie like Wonder Woman is up there with a trailer featuring Batman and the entire DC kitchen sink?
I made a joke years ago that going straight into a JLA movie is the fastest way a studio could lose 250 million and I was kidding, but just a little. This movie is now edging closer to 500 million in terms of costs which means you need to be comfortably over the billion to break even, much moreso when you look at real costs and the fact that you get only one dollar in four raised back from China, for example.
Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are my three favourite characters. I want this to be great like I wanted BVS to be great, even though from the moment I saw those head-to-head boxing posters I really knew it wouldn’t be. Likewise, I wanted Man of Steel to be great and it really sadly wasn’t. I feel that same Cassandra thing going on here only more than ever. Aquaman as Wolverine is interesting, but it’s not Aquaman and the JLA isn’t the X-Men. JLA is the League of Nations, the grown-ups getting together, and having them rage against each other feels off because it’s Marvelising a DC concept. It’s just a misunderstanding of why it works as much as Superman being a bad-ass or Batman burning his symbol into criminals’ skin. The Flash for some reason is being played like Eisenberg’s completely off and irritating portrayal of Luthor when nothing about the character suggests he’s massively socially awkward. Is it because he’s playing another scientist? Why does he have a bat-cave?
Anyway, the previous two movies doesn’t give me confidence and everything from the off-tone to the soft rock soundtrack to Affleck’s scruffy Batman has me worried about this one. I hope I’m wrong. I love these guys so fingers crossed it’s great and I’m beautifully surprised: