[Movies] J. Michael Straczynski Discusses What DC& Warner Bros Are Doing Wrong With Their Comic Book Properties
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.16.2013
He doesn't know what's wrong with Warner Bros...
During a panel at the New York Comic-Con (via Film Buff Online), comic writer and Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski gave his thoughts on the Man of Steel and more, even going as far as to say that Marvel is "kicking DC's clock." Here are highlights:
On what Warner Bros and DC are doing wrong: "I've talked to the people at Warner Brothers and said "What is wrong with you people?" They think that they have a very narrow bench – Superman, Batman and then nobody else. We're trying to get them to understand that we have a really good bench of characters if you treat them properly."
On which DC superhero he wants to get a movie: "I would love to see the Flash. Ever see The Man With The X-Ray Eyes? There's a scientist in pursuit of knowledge and information and receives this power and uses it to try and see deeper and deeper what's going on on the physical scale and the metaphysical scale, trying to burrow through to the core of the universe to understand things better. Make it obsessive like that I think you could make a really good film about the Flash.
There's a fan made trailer for Wonder Woman online. Have you all seen that? Is that not well done? And that's what the Wonder Woman film should be. If you treated the Wonder Woman film the way we treated the Thor movie with some seriousness and also focus on her family you'd get a really good film out of that. Oddly enough, the Haunted Tank could be a really good movie. Set it in Iraq or somewhere the Middle East, update it and it writes itself."
On his thoughts of Man of Steel: "I thought that it had one fight more than it should have had. And it was a good movie that could have been a great movie had they put more time in on the characters. In the end, I don't care how good your effects are or the battles or the CGI, if we don't care about the characters you got nothing and nowhere to go."