Marvel is responsible for changing the blockbuster, franchise film-making in both good and bad ways. I've written hundreds and hundreds of words on this subject by now that you are probably drained by reading them. It just so happens that one company that tried harder than hell to emulate the Marvel formula was DC studios and Warner Brothers. They saw what could happen with a shared universe and they wanted in. With arguably, or maybe not so arguably, smaller results. It's a new decade now though. It seems DC is turning a new leaf. It doesn't seem like they are interested in shared universes or grand plans right now, and perhaps that will lead them to some success.
I mean, they already have. "Joker" may not have been my cup of tea, but I can't deny that it found its audience, it made some money, it won awards, all of that is great and I hope its fans are basking in that glory. About a week ago or so, DC announced its future for DC movies, and the future looks bright. I am a huge Batman fan, but "The Batman" really appeals to me in a big way. I hope its just as amazing as it looks. Robert Pattinson looks rad, and I knew, I knew he would be good. People were quick to jump on the hate train when he was cast, but I was optimistic. I've seen what he can do when he isn't playing a vampire. He truly is a talented actor. Let it be known that after "Twilight," he had no interest in going back to blockbuster filmmaking. So I hope its apparent that something special drew him to Batman, and I hope people give him a chance to see what that is. Oh, and Colin Farrell as Penguin? Yeah, I've been starring at the image for days now. I still don't quite believe its him.