Avengers: Infinity War writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus were guests on the latest episode of Kevin Smith’s “Fat Man on Batman” podcast. Avengers: Infinity War has seen tremendous success, recently passing the $2 billion mark at the box office, so Smith wanted to know what they’d do to “fix” the DC Extended Universe.
“You guys have made wonderful films about people,” Smith said. “You don’t make movies about super heroes, you make movies about people and they happen to have these powers. That being said, if somebody offered you a f*ck ton of money and swayed you to the dark side and said, ‘Fix these f*cking movies,’ how would you fix the DC universe?”
“I mean, I would look at what Marvel did out of necessity, in that they didn’t have their A-list characters,” Markus replied. “They didn’t have Spider-Man. They didn’t have the X-Men. They went down a line and found, I mean, he’s pretty f*cking famous, he’s Iron Man, but he wasn’t there, and they made a really good movie out of it.”
“I might put Batman and Superman and everybody else, I mean Wonder Woman is doing fine, aside for a second,” Markus continued. “Go through the vast world and go, ‘That guy,’ or ‘That girl,’ and go, ‘Let’s just make a really good movie, and not a universe, and see what happens.’ There’s a lot of spaghetti being thrown at the wall.”
“My familiarity with the DC universe is not that great but I can just go, strategically, ‘Make one,'” McFeely added. “To quote Justice League, ‘Save one person.'”
“Oh my God! You would fix them with their own advice!” Smith exclaimed. You can watch the exchange in the video below around the 1:54:32 mark.
Do you agree with Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus that Warner Bros. should push well known heroes like Batman and Superman aside and focus on making great movies with lesser known characters? What would you do to help the DCEU become more successful? Let me know in the comments below.