The DCEU Can Solve Its Superman And Flash Problems With One Smart Move
The DCEU is facing its share of problems with regard to its future, but issues with two of its biggest heroes – Superman and the Flash – have a remarkably simple solution. DC’s shared cinematic universe didn’t get off to the best start, and the movies that make up the franchise are largely considered divisive at best. The problems of the DCEU are many, and most of them are rooted in its characterization of its central heroes, but solving those issues has so far proved more complex than it would otherwise seem to be. In many ways, the DCEU’s problems began with Superman, as the iconic hero set the tone for the entire franchise in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. The grounded and gritty tone set a baseline for the franchise that it grappled with in its early years, with Snyder’s exit from the DCEU during the production of Justice League further cementing its tonal issues. Without Snyder, it was clear that Warner Bros. wasn’t sure what to do with Superman, and the subsequent mishandling of the character was perhaps the DCEU’s greatest mistake.To compound the DCEU’s significant problems, behind-the-scenes controversies have plagued the franchise, most notably with regard to the DCEU’s Flash actor, Ezra Miller. With two of DC’s most important heroes proving problematic for the DCEU, the franchise seems directionless, but there is actually a very simple fix. With popular versions of the heroes established elsewhere, and The Flash movie set to explore the Multiverse, the DCEU can easily remedy its biggest problems by replacing Cavill’s Superman and Miller’s Flash with other existing versions of the characters.The DCEU’s Superman Problem Explained The problem that the DCEU has with Superman stems from something relatively simple, but it has since become a far larger and more complicated issue. Henry Cavill’s Superman was somewhat divisive at first, due to Zack Snyder’s unique creative vision for the character’s story. Though Snyder had clear plans for Cavill’s Superman future, his exit from the DCEU turned out to be problematic, as Warner Bros. was unsure how to handle the character. As a result, they simply sidelined DC’s most iconic hero and continued to build the franchise around his absence without directly referencing it.The way that Warner Bros. wasted the character was a blatant mishandling of a key DCEU figure, and it is rumored that it led to Henry Cavill rejecting a Superman return when approached on the matter. Exactly what Cavill’s future is in the franchise – if indeed he chooses to have one at all – remains to be seen, potentially leaving a large blue and red hole in the Justice League’s ranks. It seems that Warner Bros. indecisiveness regarding Superman has been its biggest issue, and there’s still no indication of how the problem is going to be resolved.The Flash Presents A Huge DCEU Dilemma The legal troubles of Ezra Miller have been well-documented, but they present another unique problem for the actor’s place within the DCEU and their character’s future. Despite being initially introduced via a brief cameo in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Miller’s Flash has yet to have a DCEU solo movie. Though The Flash has finished filming, Miller’s legal trouble and the cancelation of Batgirl could be a problem for the speedster’s first solo outing, because Warner Bros. has indicated that the DCEU’s future is currently in a state of flux. However, the real problem isn’t just Miller’s off-screen behavior, but the way it affects the franchise in light of The Flash’s story.With The Flash set to introduce the DCEU’s Multiverse and bring Michael Keaton’s Batman into the franchise, Miller’s first solo movie is perhaps the DCEU’s most important story to date. What’s more, Miller’s Flash being the one capable of traveling the Multiverse makes the hero the DCEU’s most important hero – which is a problem, considering the actor’s future in the franchise is looking bleak. Though The Flash was intended to reboot the DCEU, this would put the Speedster at the very heart of the franchise, and Ezra Miller has made that a big problem with their off-screen behavior.