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The DCEU Needs A Comedy

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    The DC Extended Universe started out in the hole. Determined to do things differently than Marvel, they held onto the cherry bomb too long and lost a lot of fingers. Man of Steel wasn’t loved, despite how much someone *cough* enjoyed it. Then came Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Somehow, the film was worse than the title it was given. Suicide Squad was fun, in places, but a turd sandwich for the most part. Now, there is a bit of light in the tunnel.

    Wonder Woman is apparently a great movie. Apparently, because some people *cough* don’t care for the character and turned down offers to see it. But, for the sake of conversation, let’s say it was a home-run. Now what should Warner Bros. do? Well, Justice League is less than 100 days away, and they’re attempting to scrape the pot and make a decent stew. Josh Whedon reshoots, plus a new ending could equal success. But, the one thing they haven’t tried yet is a comedy. Marvel is unafraid to have audiences holding their sides (while still developing it’s characters) so perhaps it’s time for DC to be more flexible.

    The Flash film, rumored to be Flashpoint Paradox, should have been the comedy hit that Iron Man was for Marvel so long ago. But, with the tone they’ve already established, and all of the story’s events, it’s going to be difficult to let Flash fire off comedy gold. But, there’s still hope, and they go by the names Booster Gold & Blue Beetle. These two could easily go from D list comic heroes (Iron Man and Deadpool did it) to being what every kid dresses as for Halloween.

    The DC Extended Universe started out in the hole. Determined to do things differently than Marvel, they held onto the cherry bomb too long and lost a lot of fingers. Man of Steel wasn’t loved, despite how much someone *cough* enjoyed it. Then came Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Somehow, the film was worse than the title it was given. Suicide Squad was fun, in places, but a turd sandwich for the most part. Now, there is a bit of light in the tunnel.

    Wonder Woman is apparently a great movie. Apparently, because some people *cough* don’t care for the character and turned down offers to see it. But, for the sake of conversation, let’s say it was a home-run. Now what should Warner Bros. do? Well, Justice League is less than 100 days away, and they’re attempting to scrape the pot and make a decent stew. Josh Whedon reshoots, plus a new ending could equal success. But, the one thing they haven’t tried yet is a comedy. Marvel is unafraid to have audiences holding their sides (while still developing it’s characters) so perhaps it’s time for DC to be more flexible.

    The Flash film, rumored to be Flashpoint Paradox, should have been the comedy hit that Iron Man was for Marvel so long ago. But, with the tone they’ve already established, and all of the story’s events, it’s going to be difficult to let Flash fire off comedy gold. But, there’s still hope, and they go by the names Booster Gold & Blue Beetle. These two could easily go from D list comic heroes (Iron Man and Deadpool did it) to being what every kid dresses as for Halloween. Let’s find out who they are:

    Booster Gold: Booster Gold

    Booster Gold is a time-traveling super-hero from the 25th Century who uses high-tech equipment to fight crime, alongside his robotic side-kick Skeets. Not taken very seriously by his peers because of a careless and somewhat egotistical attitude, he is frequently under-estimated. He has been a member of the Justice League. His best friend and most regular partner is Blue Beetle.

    Blue Beetle: http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Blue_Beetle

    Growing up, Ted Kord was extraordinarily bright. He was good at science, business, and everything else he tried. When Ted’s uncle made an attempt to take over the world, Ted set out to stop him, recruiting the help of his archaeology teacher Dan Garrett – the first Blue Beetle, who could call on superhuman powers from an ancient scarab he had found in Bialya. In the course of the adventure, Dan was fatally wounded and asked Ted to carry on the legacy of the Blue Beetle, passing the scarab onto him. However, Ted couldn’t get the scarab to work for him, and eventually set it aside, electing to go ahead without it. Ted trained himself to his physical peak, constructed an aerial vehicle affectionately nicknamed the “Bug”, made himself a Blue Beetle costume, and set out to establish his own identity as a superhero, using his wit, agility, and a large number of gadgets to stop evildoers.

    A little father son squabbling
    Now, in the last post I mentioned that we don’t need to blackwash characters, we just need more diverse comic heroes brought to the screen. I stand by that, but if one (or both) of these two were changed it wouldn’t be a horrible decision. And, the current version of Blue Beetle is Hispanic, so there’s that direction.

    What about a villain? Look no further than Booster Gold’s own father Jonar Jon Carter aka Supernova. He’s got an interesting backstory that would involve plenty of time-traveling, just like Booster’s introduction would show us the future and present day. Seems like almost anything involving time travel wants to show us the past. No thanks, I know what lies back there, how about jumping forward and using your imagination.

    These two heroes are renowned for how funny their adventures are. So, casting is going to have to be handled very well. If race weren’t a factor, I’d go with Michael Pena and Anthony Mackie. But, if we’re looking for two white actors with excellent comedic timing, I’d go with Adam Devine and Zac Efron. Just let that image sit in your mind for a second. Feels good, right? They’ve shown themselves to be incredible comedic talent, and fit each character’s physique like magic.

    So, there you have it. Justice League may be awesome, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Flashpoint Paradox, The Batman… may they all see success. But, in case they don’t, DC just announced they are working on a Joker origin film that will be under a new banner. Something outside of the DCEU, where they can tell stories and put different actors in roles we may be accustomed to seeing a familiar face in. So, if that’s the gameplan they just created a great opportunity for Booster Gold and Blue Beetle to become their new cash cows. The film has been rumored for years, so let’s stop dragging out feet and pay someone to write this thing.

    Thoughts?

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