Dwayne Johnson is mistaken; a crossover between Marvel and DC would be awful.

The Black Adam actor has suggested that he would try the ultimate act of fan service, although the two properties couldn’t be more dissimilar.

A Crossover between Marvel and DC would be Disastrous; Dwayne Johnson

Will there ever be a DC/Marvel crossover on the big screen? Dwayne Johnson, who is now promoting the upcoming film Black Adam, seemed to agree: “Well, I always have hope. I’d like to believe that would be the case. I believe that anything is possible. Let’s begin with the destination. Let’s get a temperature gauge if fans would like to see something similar if the ultimate aim is to create an engaging, intelligent, and cool crossover, Johnson said this week to Variety.

“And if they do, let’s make it, then. That’s how I run my businesses. I genuinely think that everything is possible. With the proper setting, the appropriate leadership, and the right talks, everything is possible.

Johnson is likely correct when he asserts that anything is possible. In a dark alternate reality where Disney has acquired all of Hollywood’s studios (rather than just Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 20th Century Fox), as part of a cunning scheme to unite characters like Batman, Iron Man, Yoda, the X-Men, the Powerpuff Girls, and Bananaman in one mega-ensemble, it’s possible that a portal in the multiverse could open and transport our planet there. But in the absence of such occasions, it appears improbable that DC and Marvel’s titans will ever clash on the big screen outside of the Lego movies.

This is partially due to how dissimilar the two cinematic universes are. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) was meticulously planned from the start; superheroes like Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man were first introduced to fans in stand-alone films before banding together in 2012’s The Avengers. Since then, the studio has gradually added more and more costumed heroes to the mix, much like a skilled plate spinner adding new dinnerware. Basic quality control plays a significant role in its effectiveness, but the consistent tone is also essential. Because they are all cheerful, carefree, somewhat self-referential, and mildly irreverent, pretty much any Marvel superhero can appear in any other Marvel film or Disney+ series. Directors change, but the CEO remains Every episode has a distinct Marvel aesthetic and feel thanks to Kevin Feige.

DC, on the other hand, is no longer even a universe; this was the result of Justice League’s abject failure to impress fans in 2017. While Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker and Robert Pattinson’s Batman from The Batman may have socialised with Ben Affleck’s Batman, Henry Cavill’s Superman, and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, they occupy quite different worlds. If The Flash ever makes it to theatres, the inclusion of a DC multiverse may cover some of the gaps, but the feeling that no one is truly in command persists.

David Zaslav, CEO of Warner Discovery, made the unusual suggestion that DC would benefit from having someone like Feige in charge of operations on an earnings call in August. It only took them the better part of a decade to figure this stuff out because Man of Steel, ostensibly the first DC movie of the modern era, was released in 2013.

Johnson appears to be ideally suited for the role of serving as DC’s future core, unifying figure, as has been predicted by several. However, the actor’s “give ’em what they want” attitude toward his fans is the reason DC’s slate of movies is so disjointed.

A Crossover between Marvel and DC would be Disastrous; Dwayne Johnson

Let’s be clear: there is nothing wrong with making superhero movies in a populist manner. The difference is that Marvel seems to anticipate what its followers want before even they do, whereas DC’s early superhero mashups frequently gave the impression that Kevin from marketing had created them. More recently, Warner has demonstrated that it is capable of postponing the release of a finished movie because it is ostensibly more cost-effective to never release it, as it did with this year’s Batgirl.

DC can successfully execute director-led, stand-alone projects. No fan would have thought to make a Joker movie that was influenced by Martin Scorsese’s crime films from the 1970s and 1980s. A Batman movie in which Bruce Wayne is essentially a posh Kurt Cobain is exceedingly unlikely to have been crowdsourced on any fan forum or Twitter thread. However, both of these films—which are excellent—are part of the DC canon.

But allowing Warner/DC to co-direct a film in which well-known Marvel superheroes also make an appearance? Giving the producer of The Adventures of Pluto Nash the keys to Star Wars would be equivalent to doing that. It couldn’t and shouldn’t ever occur, not as long as DC keeps releasing such an erratic and unequal slate of movies.

Johnson wants Black Adam to face Superman next, in the meantime. Let’s hope that when the movie is produced, there will be more to it than just two muscle-bound lummoxes beating each other up. Kevin from marketing is also prohibited from entering the authors’ room.

Leave a Comment