|Wheel of Morality, turn, turn, turn.|
Tell us the lesson that we should learn
I've been wanting to use that bit from Animaniacs for a while. In fact, I intend to use this as the standard image for all rants moving forward. I've been trying to come up with a good rant theme image and this is perfect.
So yesterday it was announced that Israeli acrtress Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman for the impending Man of Steel sequel for 2015. Given how Warner Brothers has struggled to bring the Amazing Amazon to the big screen, this should be good news. But instead, let me explain why the geek in me is channeling Jeff Dunham's Walter puppet and grumbling.
I'm not happy about this because this is exactly what I was afraid was going to happen when WB announced they were working on getting a Justice League film out in a few years. Marvel's been kicking their a**** since 2008 with the super-hero films (barring the Dark Knight Trilogy's critical acclaim) and they want to jump in on the fun.
Now, as I said last summer, the success of The Avengers was due in part to the buildup seeded at the end of the first Iron Man and then quietly developed across the successive films. The five-year wait whetted fan's appetites and the payoff was ultimately worth it. Despite a few flaws. Phase One works quite well when viewed in order and in one sitting. I did this last year and it was awesome.
But WB's trying to rush into a DC Cinematic Universe as quickly as possible. What we're seeing here is the continued fallout from Green Lantern's failure two years ago. The 2011 film's flop has probably set DC film adaptations back at least a decade. The studio is too scarred by the financial loss of a B-list character's adaption (and Hal should never have gotten a $250 million budget anyway).
So, in the last two years, they've been going back to their traditional bread and butter (Bats and Supes). I wasn't happy about the news that the Man of Steel sequel would feature Bats, but I grant that they had a Catch-22 thanks to Nolan's trilogy. They need to establish Bats for a Justice League film, but doing another solo film is pointless because of Nolan's trilogy. And to be fair, I want to see the World's Finest Team on the big-screen as much as anyone.
So, anyway, my problem with Wonder Woman's inclusion is that throwing Diana into an already crowded mix bodes ill for the attempt to establish a DC cinematic universe. It all but says they're not confident that a Diana solo film would work. She'll probably get a solo film of her own if this proves successful. But they're doing the exact opposite approach that Marvel took to the Avengers and I just don't know how this will pan out.