So I wasn’t initially going to talk about this but after seeing the craziness going on online I thought I should add another pointless opinion out onto the web as well. So what’s the drama? It all has to do with Drew McWeeney and the Justice League is in crisis report.
I talked about this before, but in case you haven’t heard, recently there was a report that Batman v Superman may be in trouble. This report came from Drew McWeeny from Hitfix. He said that Batman v Superman wasn’t testing as well as WB may have hoped for. From that Drew made his own conclusions based off what he had heard, that he didn’t believe Justice League would end up releasing on the date WB initially stated. And also that things would be reshuffled to put out a safer movie first, that movie being the Ben Affleck solo Batman movie. Drew went on to say that he didn’t believe Snyder would end up directing Justice League because of the reactions to Batman v Superman.
Here’s the thing with news like this, and any news in general really: we typically have a desired outcome we want, in this case most fans want Batman v Superman to do well. So when an unconfirmed report came out months ago that Batman v Superman had a standing ovation after its screening, we’re quick to accept that report because it helps achieve our desired outcome. However, when a report comes out saying that maybe Batman v Superman isn’t as good as what we wanted it to be, then we’ll find any bits of information to cling onto to refute that report, because it doesn’t help out our desired outcome. In this case it was reducing the credibility of Drew. Most reporters don’t have a 100% hit rate, it’s impossible to do so when things are constantly changing. So yes he did once report Joseph-Gordon Levitt was going to continue on as Batman and that Warner Bros had a no jokes policy.
Here’s the thing, I don’t have ears inside of WB so how can I be sure that this wasn’t ever a point of discussion at WB? Maybe after the success of The Dark Knight trilogy they wanted to see if they could persuade those involved to continue on. Maybe the no jokes policy was a case of Chinese whispers where WB had discussions on making their superhero movies more serious and that in turn lead to this report. I don’t know, but I’m not going to say that Drew just pulled those reports from his ass, he probably got it from somewhere he thought was reliable. Because Drew and HitFix have been spot on with many things as well (even reporting months before the official announcement that Momoa was Aquaman). That’s typically the nature of entertainment journalism, sometimes you can be very right, and sometimes you can be very wrong.
People claim that there is some kind of hate campaign against DC Films by many of these journalists. Yes I agree a lot of people are unnecessarily harsh on WB and DC (*cough* Faraci) but Drew is by no means some DC hater. He’s one of the few who fully supported Man of Steel after it came out.
The point is that we can’t instantly claim this report is total bullshit because Drew has sometimes made reports that ended up being false, and that he’s a DC hater, because that’s simply not true.
But I get it, we don’t want to hear this news, I’ve been following Batman v Superman since its announcement nearly 3 years ago, I sure as hell don’t want it to be bad. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a possibility that it won’t be as amazing as I want it to be, I can’t simply reject any criticism because I don’t want to hear it, it wouldn’t be fair.
Anyways after Drew’s report simmered online for a little while, WB knew they had to do something to respond to all this negative PR they were getting from the report. The last thing they want is this much negativity surrounding their movie and universe, when they are a month away from the biggest DC movie there ever was. So to counter the report WB, or more specifically Snyder, spoke to EW to announce that Justice League was to begin production April 11.
It’s very clear with how the article was worded that this was a direct response to Drew’s claims that WB were maybe going to be hesitant pushing forward with Justice League. Comments from Snyder in the article discuss how WB are super eager to get started on Justice League as soon as possible. It was a clever PR move that shifted the conversation from, oh is the DC universe in trouble, to, finally the DC universe is moving forward!
So we got some news that was something positive for our desired outcome, and it’s exciting, but that doesn’t mean we need to get our pitchforks out. I’m not going to defend Drew too much, because the writer of the EW article pointed out himself, we shouldn’t use his article to attack Drew. Drew decided not to be as polite and in his article talking about the Justice League production announcement was very, to put it simply, bitchy about the whole thing.
But that doesn’t mean we need to be bitchy back. There’s a terrible stigma surrounding fans online, that we’re all a crazy, sad no-life bunch. Why further that stigma by acting immature and attacking Drew? There’s really no point. From now until Batman v Superman comes out, and even after that, there’s going to be a lot of negative articles surrounding this world, no doubt. But there’s no need to completely freak out every time this happens, and to start name calling journalists because they happen to write something we don’t want to hear. There’s so much nastiness going on right now, let’s not add to it ourselves. Any time I’m feeling angry or annoyed at someone, I just gotta ask myself, what would Superman do? And I really don’t think he would start harassing people online that he had a problem with.
Anyways let’s have a little positivity, like this sweet behind the scenes Justice League image! Snyder the sneaky bastard had to go release a picture in a place full of costumes and concept art that everyone is trying to uncover now. Looks like Aquaman might get a shirt later on, The Flash’s costume looks armoured, there looks to be Mera concept art on the ground, a black suit that may be the underlying for Batman’s suit, and some mysterious helmets that look like they could belong to Atlanteans (are we going down the Throne of Atlantis route here?). Let the speculation begin!
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