9 Ways DC Entertainment Can Catch Up to Marvel Studios

5. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

We’ve already hinted at the importance of this in the last few suggestions because sometimes the best superhero movies don’t take a traditional approach to the characters and don’t strive to make every beat of the movie be something that was taken directly from the comics.

As mentioned earlier, Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class is a great example of taking an unconventional route to telling a superhero origin story by using the ‘60s environment to its fullest. The Dark Knight took a similar approach by moving even further away from the comics while continuing a path set up by director Christopher Nolan in Batman Begins, and in many ways, that’s become a model for other franchise movies (like Casino Royale and Star Trek), replacing the model for comic book movies originally created by Tim Burton with his 1989 Batman.

Thinking outside the box can mean anything from coming up with different takes on the heroes for the movies, casting unknowns or getting foreign directors who haven’t directed any big budget blockbusters to bring their talents to the properties (see how well that worked with Rupert Wyatt on Rise of the Planet of the Apes!)

DC Entertainment has already taken this approach when it comes to their television cartoons, but they need to carry that through to live action movies. What we heard about The Flash, setting it in the world of police forensics, certainly sounded promising, and there are a lot of different ways characters like Wonder Woman and Lobo can be approached that appeal both to fans of the comics and average moviegoers.