Last week And Archie Comics was just the latest comic book company to pass DC Comics by in the TV and Cinematic adaptation lane with their Amazing Riverdale series. At the rate DC Comics is going my SJS DIRECT publishing imprint will be passing them by in a couple of years.
DC Comics is supposed to be the Number two Comic book publisher in the world. But in the world of film and television and film adaptations they are in last place. With poor quality films like Man of Steel, Batman V. Superman and inconsistent TV shows like Arrow, Supergirl, and The Flash it’s looking more and more like Warner Brothers is out of its league when it comes to adapting DC Comics properties.
Seriously, what’s so hard about adapting DC’s Superheroes for the 21st Century? These are the world’s greatest super-heroes. Icons like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Many amateurs can produce films like Batman: Dead End that stay true to the spirit of the characters. And many more free-lance screenwriters like myself would love to adapt DC’s heroes so that kids of the 21st Century can see what’s great about them. So why can’t Warner Brothers with its billons of dollars, and some of the most talented and creative people on it’s billion dollar payroll get their heads out of their collective asses and create superhero movies and TV shows that can compete with Marvel Studios?
It’s clear there are people who can do this currently working at Warner Brothers. Bruce Timm can make cartoons that stay true to the spirit of DC’s characters. And Greg Berlanti on a good day can make episodes of his shows like Arrow, Flash and Supergirl that are just like comic books come to life. So why can’t they get their shit together and make quality product on a regular basis?
It’s a real shame when you consider that Warner Brothers reinvented the superhero genre with Superman: The Movie in 1978. And reinvented it again with Batman in 1989. But in the 21st Century they haven’t been able to get things into gear after The Dark Knight Trilogy. With all the talent and resources Warner Brothers has this should be a HORSE RACE between the Big two for the moviegoers’ dollars and TV Viewers’ attention. But thanks to years of incompetent leadership Fifth place Archie Comics is now starting to pull ahead of the Number Two comic book publisher in the world when it comes to a quality adaptation of their characters.
Embarrassing. Just Embarrassing.
I have to wonder what’s wrong at DC? Why can’t they get it into gear? They have the best catalog of superhero characters. They have the budget and the resources. They can clearly pay the best actors, producers and directors. But when it comes down to the final product it’s just SHIT ON A PLATE.
Damn. Just Damn.
With the way things are going regarding DC Comics superhero properties on film and television they’re going to be in last place and remain there because their management is out of touch, and completely disconnected from its customer base and what it wants.
I know I could make a better adaptation of my own characters than DC and Warner Brothers are doing right now. And maybe seeing SJS DIRECT pass DC by will be the wake-up call Warner Brothers needs to get its shit together in DC Comics Television, film and publishing divisions. Because the way they’re performing right now is EMBARASSING.
There needs to be a Housecleaning at Warner Brothers and DC’s publishing, film and TV divisions. And it needs to happen NOW.