Why does the DCEU keep striking out? DC fans have some ideas.
Over the last decade, comic book movies have taken Hollywood by storm. Franchise films are the cinematic standard (and most-likely recipients of box office triumph), but the DC Extended Universe has failed to garner the same critical and box office success as its Marvel counterpart (the Marvel Cinematic Universe). While some DC films boast strong ticket sales, they face critical condemnation. Other DCEU films, like the recent Blue Beetle — which currently boasts a solid 76% critics’ consensus on Rotten Tomatoes — receive critical praise but fail to get butts in seats. So, fans have taken to Twitter to discuss (and try to explain) the franchise’s past and current failings.
DC fans need to step up and support new movies
There’s a DC movie coming out this Friday and real DC fans are crying on Twitter about Superman killing Zod and why didn’t he let Zod murder millions of innocent people. And they wonder why DCEU movies are flopping one after another😭 pic.twitter.com/ldC99ZOU7U
— 𝐺𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑙𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑅𝑒𝑏𝑒𝑙𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑒 🐺 (@Itssan17) August 14, 2023
Does the DCEU need Zack Snyder to come back?
DCeu movies are succeeding critically now, getting 90+ ratings but struggling to even break even at the box office. On the other hand, critics hated the SnyderVerse but none of those movies were a failure.
Yes, DC needs the hype man aka Zack Snyder back. pic.twitter.com/MWRvBlsumd
— 𝐺𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑙𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑅𝑒𝑏𝑒𝑙𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑒 🐺 (@Itssan17) August 19, 2023
— 𝒮𝘢𝘮𝘮𝘪𝘦 🏳️⚧️ | ꜱɴʏᴅᴇʀQᴜᴇᴇɴ ★ ʀᴇʙᴇʟ ᴍᴏᴏɴ (@SnyderQueen_) August 18, 2023
People blame Snyder for the DCEU’s failure; Is it his fault?
“The DCEU failing is Snyder’s fault” grossly and INTENTIONALLY overlooks the fact that if that were true, it would have long since recovered and prospered since his departure.
The DCEU failed because it was never as good as when Snyder was at the helm. https://t.co/NuGqXY7EbJ
— No. XXIII: Reχx (@BladeKnight23) August 21, 2023
Yes, blame Snyder for the fact they’ve only been able to top his DCEU box office once and each time have had diminishing returns on Snyderless movies despite numerous “course corrections” over the last 7 years. Yep, definitely Snyder’s fault. https://t.co/aiAevle4se pic.twitter.com/YUH902WB51
— STEM (@steusmotus) August 21, 2023
TBH, Man Of Steel was a very decent (Decent doesn’t = Perfect Masterpeice) movie (ON IT’S OWN) but BvS and the DCEU afterwards just went down the flusher… I’m sorry but Zack Snyder doesn’t understand DC or it’s characters https://t.co/LSOWRKVCWb pic.twitter.com/bgT6eip7Eg
— PJPandemonium@2003 (@PandemoniumPj) August 21, 2023
DC films got lighter, sacrificing their original dark flair in the process
Erm, people liked the DCEU until after Aquaman. They then started to realise that the tone of the movies were changing (to be lighter & comedic), which they clearly weren’t interested in.
Hence the first 6 movies being in the top ten highest grossing DC movies. pic.twitter.com/AfSpasl8rb
— Stanley Ipkiss (@restoreZSJL) August 19, 2023
Maybe the mystical was the way to go
The DCEU should’ve kept going with the mythical approach. pic.twitter.com/XxxjWxDxDU
— Kam Kenobi 💫 (@kamkenobi) August 17, 2023
Can James Gunn turn the ship around?
Do you guys think James Gunn DCEU will be better than Snyderverse? pic.twitter.com/Yp7EBIQtkp
— Movie Talks (@MovieTalks33) August 19, 2023
Stop comparing DC movies to Marvel ones
We as DC fans have to get out of this mindset of needing to compare to the MCU. That thought process is what sunk the DCEU in the first place. https://t.co/Ul1LmAZLCj
— 🄱🄰🅁🅁🅈 (@kingbchalla) August 19, 2023
Did DC start to copy Marvel, destroying its chances at individual success?
It’s refreshing to see a writer still care if the humor fits the characters. The MCU has spread this horrible believe that it doesn’t matter as long as you make the audience laugh. It leads to bad writing.
Then the DCEU copied it and ruined films like The Flash.#indiecomics https://t.co/KKUJIDXlmr
— Pepe Lacroix (@LacroixPepe) August 21, 2023