OPINION: Supergirl and the Future of the DCEU
On Monday, August 6th, Deadline Hollywood broke the news that Warner Bros./DC Comics are in early development of a feature-length film on Supergirl. The 22 Jump Street and The Cloverfield Paradox writer Oren Uziel confirmed to be pen the script. It is unclear whether or not if Superman himself, Henry Cavill would appear in the film, based on the fact that Superman is Supergirl’s cousin.
Is it a good idea to put Supergirl this late in the game? What could it mean for the DCEU? Let's dive right into these questions.
It Hurts the Continuity
Bringing in Supergirl this late in the franchise could raise some questions. “Why wasn't she in Man of Steel?” “Why didn't Zod know about her/Why didn't Zod go after her, too?” Oren Uziel would have a lot to deal with when writing the origin of Supergirl.
After the events of Man of Steel, surely Supergirl could have gone looking for her cousin. That would lead to even more questions, including “Why didn't she come to aid the Justice League to get Superman back from the dead and defeat Steppenwolf?” This all points to the worst and could very well hurt the continuity.
What Does it Mean for the DCEU?
Well, this could expand the universe even more. It could bring more to the story of Krypton, what life could still be out there, etc. So while it may hurt the continuity, it could expand the universe to something more. This is a positive but it doesn't balance out the fact that it does hurt the continuity.
The Supergirl news comes on the same day where Batman's deadliest foe, Black Mask, confirmed to be the villain of the Birds of Prey film. Birds of Prey is expected to begin production early 2019 with Margot Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn and Cathy Yan set to direct.
Warner Bros. and DC Comics seem to announce something new every day. News on a new project in development or a writer set to pen a script for a project. DC doesn't really have their film's constructed well after Wonder Woman 1984. No film ahead has a date intact, let alone set to be in production. Could DC be setting themselves to disaster?
DC Should Take it Slow
Announcing a new project almost every day seems bad. It's like they just want these projects to go into production, have a release date, and that's how they construct their universe. That is not the way. DC has a lot of projects that they have their eyes on. There's the Ben Affleck Batman movie, the Deathstroke movie, the Dwayne Johnson Black Adam movie, the Green Lantern Corps, and so much more. They don't have a production start date, let alone a release date.
Riding just on luck and giving the movie's a release date is not helping anyone. The story needs to be told smoothly but if every movie is out randomly, it won't work. Who's to say that these film's story is good to be told after Justice League? It's dangerous and should be handled thoroughly.
DC really isn't looking pretty after Wonder Woman 1984. The films are not looking to be going the way that they should. The addition of Supergirl could come across good or bad, however, there are questions that must be answered. DC should take it slow on announcing projects and focus on the ones that are in plain sight. Otherwise, they would be pointing for disaster.