Come on, DC, get it together.
Seriously, it’s getting really embarrassing.
We all tolerated Man of Steel. Some people even actually enjoyed it, which is—in and of itself—a testament to the human capacity for stubborn ignorance.
Batman v Superman really disappointed the majority of comic book fans, but we made it through. We were promised a new, lighter tone in later movies, and there was enough Dark Knight goodwill in the air to allow many fans to keep some modicum of faith in Warner Bros.
Then there was Suicide Squad. Wow. We’re all still cleaning rainbow vomit out of our ear canals.
Still, though, stalwart, faithful fans keep the flame alive. The next movie will be better, they insist, as it’ll be more optimistic, without heavy reshoots destroying the film’s pacing and continuity.
Except, of course, that naysayers have already begun surfacing.
An unnamed source has informed Movie Web that our worst fears are confirmed: Wonder Woman is just as awful as anything that’s come before in the DCEU:
“So, I don't want to throw anyone under the bus. We have somebody within our community who has gotten insider information that broke my effing heart this week, because I have tremendous belief that Wonder Woman is gonna be awesome and I heard it stinks from the same person who told me that they heard that BvS stinks...The person who I spoke to...their response was 'I'm very disappointed in what I saw, and it seems like all the problems are the same problems. It's discombobulated, it doesn't have narrative flow. It's just very disjointed.”
First and foremost, it’s important that we take this with an enormous pinch of salt.
Unnamed sources are always a murky issue with movie news, especially with a cinematic universe like the DCEU that is, unfortunately, a popular thing to hate.
That said, the very fact that these comments can’t be dismissed out of hand, suggests that we’re all already gearing up for the worst.
After all, no matter how good the Wonder Woman trailers are, we’ve been here before. DC movies (at least all since Man of Steel) cut down into two-minute chunks exceptionally well, but the studio seems to be really struggling to make a cohesive narrative that fits together in a logical, enjoyable fashion.
Heck, even The Dark Knight Rises had its moments of disjointed instantaneous continent-hopping, as time sped up and slowed down depending on the needs of the plot.
Let’s make things clear: nobody genuinely wants Wonder Woman to be a bad movie.
(Nobody except for Kevin Feige and his worshippers, but that’s beside the point.)
Good comic book movies will always be welcomed. Heck, good media in general should be celebrated.
The problem with the DCEU, though, is that you can only burn people with poorly represented trash movies so many times, before they stop giving you the benefit of the doubt.
DC Entertainment has now got to the point that when a mysterious rumor circulates about an upcoming movie being awful, the majority of fans are completely willing to believe it, no matter how awesome Gal Gadot is in the trailers.
Perhaps going into this movie with rock-bottom expectations is the best course of action, though.
It’s increasingly unlikely that DC is going to knock any movie out of the park in the near future. If, instead, we all clench up and expect the worst from Wonder Woman, we’ll be pleasantly surprised when it’s slightly better than Suicide Squad or BvS.
At this point, that’s really all we can hope for.