“Learn to Love the C-List” and more advice for the DC movie-verse

dc universeIn this week’s “Geek Beat” column, I offer up some advice for Warner Bros. regarding the best way to build an expanded universe with the DC Comics characters akin to the multimedia franchises that Marvel and the Star Wars caretakers have cultivated.

Given how much potential there is in DC’s history, it’s frustrating that we still don’t have a unified movie universe for Superman, Batman, and the rest of their world-famous characters. In my latest column, I offer up three suggestions for WB that could put them on the path to rectifying that problem.

Here’s an excerpt:

Learn to Love the B-list (and C-list)

This piece of advice is simple: Take a deep dive into the DC stable of characters and be willing to take some risks with the heroes – and villains – you find there.

Iron Man was far from an A-list superhero when Marvel made the armored Avenger take point position in its grand experiment with the 2008 solo film, but the gamble paid off. And when the studio repeated the wager with Thor and Captain America, it ended up going three-for-three with lesser known heroes. Over the next few years, Marvel is expected to roll out projects featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy – a team no one outside of comics has ever heard of – as well as Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Daredevil and the Defenders. It’s all pretty amazing – especially if you consider that Warner Bros. is still working out how to get Superman and Batman on the same screen.

Sure, Warner Bros. is reeling a bit from the debacle with Green Lantern, which was intended to be the studio’s answer to Iron Man and the first piece in a larger universe, but it shouldn’t let that stop it from going back to the character pool – after all, Marvel didn’t hit a home run with the first two Hulk movies, either.

You can read the rest of the column at Movies.com.

Dear Oscars… It’s not me, it’s you.


For this week’s “Geek Beat” column, I decided to have an important heart-to-heart that I’ve been meaning to have for a few years now.

Here’s an excerpt:

I remember the moment I fell out of love with you, Oscars.

It wasn’t something you did that came between us. It was something you didn’t do. And you can probably take solace in the fact that most people wouldn’t get upset about it. Heck, they’d probably agree with you. But this was the proverbial straw that broke my back, Oscars. It was the spark that ignited the inferno. It was the, well… you get the idea.

Specifically, it was that time you didn’t nominate The Fifth Element for a “Best Costume Design” Oscar.

I know, I know… it’s pretty ridiculous. Of all the rough patches we’ve overcome, that was the reason I stopped taking you seriously?

You can read the rest of the column at Movies.com.