Shots fired? It would appear so after Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara compared future DC movies to the already established movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
We've already seen what Marvel is capable of with the likes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers. Seeing this success, Warner Bros. is preparing to kick start its DC Cinematic Multiverse, but the films that will make this a possibility will not follow the same formula set by Marvel.
When DC enters the fray, the box office will see around six or more comic book movies per year. It means moviegoers might begin to get tired of watching men in tights fighting aliens and robots. However, Tsujihara believes this is not a problem because the DC movies will have a different tone for the sake of diversity.
"The worlds of DC are very different," he said. "They're steeped in realism, and they're a little bit edgier than Marvel's movies."
Not everyone is happy with this route Warner is taking with the DC films, but we believe the studio is making the right decision. If we take a look at the biblical and western film genres, they were all the same for the most part where tone is concerned, and as such it didn't take long for moviegoers to become tired of what they brought to the table.
Eventually the superhero genre will burn out, but if the DC films follow the same model as the Marvel films, then chances are the burnout could come faster than expected.
On the other hand, Warner could be making a big mistake by going down the route of realism. We've seen that it works with the Dark Knight trilogy, but things have changed since then, so maybe Warner should adopt a new twist.
The first film in the DC Cinematic Multiverse was Man of Steel, but it didn't do well where ratings are concerned. It had nothing to do with the movie being edgy or realistic but had everything to do with the direction taken by the director and the script overall.
The second movie in this multiverse will be Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice next year, followed by Suicide Squad.