9. WARNER BROS. NEEDS TO BE MORE HANDS-OFF
I’m guessing this suggestion will annoy and irritate the powers-that-be at Warner Bros. more than anything else we suggested so far, but let’s face it, the reason why “The Dark Knight” movies have worked so well is that WB has had enough faith in director Christopher Nolan after Batman Begins to let him do his thing. They hired an intelligent visionary of a director who knows what moviegoers want to see as well as what will appeal to fans of his previous work and he’s delivered for them three times now. (No, we haven’t seen The Dark Knight Rises yet, but we’re including Inception in there.)
Once you have your Kevin Feige, a talented director and cast, then let them do what they do best. A lot of times it’s hard for a studio like Warner Bros. to do this because a lot of the money invested into the production is theirs, but if you look at movies like Catwoman and Jonah Hex and even Green Lantern, you can tell that a lot of the problems came down to there being way too many cooks and a lot of that has to do with not having confidence in the directors involved. In two of those cases, it may have been warranted but Martin Campbell is a solid director who probably had a lot of people telling him what a Green Lantern movie should be.
In conclusion, we hope some of the things we’ve laid out here are obvious enough that Warner Bros. has already tried to implement some or all of these ideas moving forward. Next week, they’ll have their huge nearly three-hour Comic-Con panel, which would be a perfect time to reassure the fans that DC Entertainment is working on catching up to Marvel Studios in building their own superhero movie universe and what they show from Man of Steel may go a long way in achieving that.
That’s it for now. Let us know what you think of some of these suggestions or offer a few of your own in the comments, even if it’s just to say that you think everything Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment is doing is right on the money.