Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the topic of the week. While the critics are panning it and the fandom is divided, the movie is doing just fine at the BO.
But financial success or not, if you want to build a long-living franchise, you have to listen to the fanbase nowadays, otherwise the future of your “cinematic universe” could look bleak. Talking of bleakness, that’s the aspect the executives at Warner Bros. will try to tone down in future instalments. As already reported today, apparently reshoots for Suicide Squad are being prepared right now, to add more jokes and levity to the happenings. Good idea?
Zimmer leaves, Batfleck arrives
Composer Hans Zimmer will leave the DCEU behind, retiring altogether from writing music for superhero movies, understandably exhausted from the genre after scoring all Nolan Batman movies and the latest Superman films.
But replacement has been found already. Director Zack Snyder has been aware that Zimmer’s atmospheric, often non-melodic score has been received controversially among fans, who have been clamouring for the return of a “hummable” theme.
“I think we found a replacement that everybody can agree on.” Joining Zimmer’s former co-composer Junkie XL will be none other than Trent Reznor, mastermind of the Industrial Rock band NIN and soundtrack composer for the David Fincher- movies The Social Network (2010), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) and Gone Girl (2015).
But for his initially rumoured, now confirmed standalone Batman movie that he might also helm as director, Ben Affleck will go even a step further: “I’ll bring back the artist who made the score of the first Batman movie so unforgettable. Yep, you guessed it, it’s Symbol. I mean, Prince.”
And really, the eccentric musician already teased his involvement in the project by posting four song titles for the upcoming soundtrack album on his facebook page: “Ra’spberry Beret”, “Diamonds and Purrs”, “Party like it’s 1989” and “When Bats Cry”. The post had to be deleted on behest of WB.
New directors are coming
Just today we learned that Terry Gillam’s long-gestating, “cursed” project, the Don Quixote movie adaptation, might be realized after all and soon afterwards it was revealed how Gilliam will finance his dream. It seems he struck a deal with WB in which the company agreed to finance Don Quixote, if the former “Monty Python” helms the upcoming Green Lantern reboot first. Is this excursion into the mainstream cinema a stretch for the adamant indie-director? Apparently not. “Looking closer at the material, it’s a perfect match for me. Green Lantern is a tale about the power of imagination and how it helps us to transcend our trivial existence”, Gilliam stated.
What do you think? Can the DCEU be “fixed” this way? Does it need to?