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Will WONDER WOMAN’s Success Be Enough to Change the DCEU?

Ever since Man of Steel introduced moviegoers to the bleak and sometimes colorless world of the DC Extended Universe, fans have asked for a film that embodies the ideals of the superhero comics that inspired them. We’re happy to say that Wonder Woman delivered on that front and in several other ways. Wonder Woman has already translated its critical acclaim into box office gold, and the film is on track to have an excellent opening weekend. The question now is where will the DCEU go from here? Today’s Nerdist News is examining the possibilities!

Join senior editor and guest host, young Daniel Casey, as he asks whether the success of Wonder Woman is enough to cause a major tonal shift in the DCEU. Who knew that there could be sunshine, hope, and optimism in a DC superhero movie? It’s almost as if Gal Gadot‘s Amazon heroine actually likes the people she’s saving!

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Good reviews are always welcomed by the studio, but money is always going to be the ultimate barometer for any changes to the DCEU. And as happy as we are with Wonder Woman, it appears to be on course for a lower opening than Suicide Squad. There is definitely an audience for darker superhero films, especially when Batman is involved. That said, the recent DC Rebirth initiative has revitalized the company’s superhero comics by reminding fans of everything that made those characters great to begin with. That includes giving the heroes and heroines more than just grim and gritty stories and personalities. At their best, the DC characters offer hope and inspiration. There’s no reason that the movies can’t do that as well.

Patty Jenkins has already signed on for a potential Wonder Woman sequel, and we’re pretty convinced that it’s gonna happen. But we believe that Jenkins deserves a much bigger role in the DCEU going forward, and we’ve got a suggestion that shouldn’t be as radical as it may sound. Is there any reason that Jenkins can’t helm the sequel to Man of Steel and bring out Superman’s humanity again? Jenkins has done phenomenal work on this film, and she could still reach even greater heights if given the chance.

Do you think that future DCEU films should adopt the brighter tone of Wonder Woman? Unleash the lasso of truth and share your thoughts below!

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