The man who created Babylon 5 — and wrote some awesome comics for DC — is calling out the company for not doing more with its superhero catalog. Welcome to the club.
In a chat with Film Buff Online, J. Michael Straczynski had a great discussion about the state of DC’s big-screen ventures, laying out what he’d like to see from the company in the coming years. Like most fans, he believes it’s high time The Flash and Wonder Woman got a shot at stardom — but he also lamented the fact that the even deeper roster has been all but ignored.
He also wasn’t hugely impressed with the company’s new direction a la Man of Steel, which will serve as a jumping-off point for the expanded DC universe from here on out.
Here’s an excerpt:
“I’ve talked to the people at Warner Brothers and said ‘What is wrong with you people?’ They think that they have a very narrow bench – Superman, Batman and then nobody else. We’re trying to get them to understand that we have a really good bench of characters if you treat them properly...
I thought [Man of Steel] had one fight more than it should have had. And it was a good movie that could have been a great movie had they put more time in on the characters. In the end, I don’t care how good your effects are or the battles or the CGI, if we don’t care about the characters you got nothing and nowhere to go.”
Straczynski makes some good points, and as a successful comic writer and TV producer, his opinion should hold some weight. Here’s hoping DC is listening. Do you agree with his assessment?