DC/Warner Bros is having a hard time moving forward with its super hero movies. They don’t want to let Marvel/Disney soak up all the profits, but at the same time they have no clear vision on what to do, and like all geeks on the internet I am going to give them my unsolicited advice.
Disney when they bought Marvel they also bought got Kevin Feige. He is the man with the plan as far as the roll out for Marvel based films. DC has no such person. They were hoping the Christopher Nolen would be that person after the success of his Batman movies, but after The Man of Steel comes out he is putting dudes in tights behind him.
DC is longing to do a Justice League movie, but unlike Marvel they have not been following a path to get them there, and establishing their characters, and Batman is at the end of his trilogy, so he will need to be rebooted, or at least recast, so they are hoping that Superman does well in his next outing so they can base the League around him. I think this is a horrible idea. They should be proactive. They should do a Justice League movie with some of the lesser known Heroes in their catalog.
They have tons of people to choose from. Cyclops, Plastic Man, Martian Manhunter, a new Green Lantern, and of course Princess Diana of Themyscira herself Wonder Woman. I think they could make a great JLA movie with Wonder Woman as the lead. DC has done a great job with the new Wonder Woman comics, and she is a fun character, and what is best is that Marvel doesn’t have a great female hero out now to counter her. They could even start the League with her warning the world about some awesome classic monsters attacking the human world and her enlisting some help to deal with them. I think they could also bring in the Green Arrow from the TV show. He is doing a good job, and would be a fun crossover. Plus they would have at least one established hero.
Whatever DC does they should not be sitting back and praying that The Man of Steel does well to build around him. Superman is a hard hero to pull off, and if it does not do well then they are years behind schedule and Marvel will have had five super hero movies out by then.
DC needs to buck up and take a risk on their lesser known cast and let them bring home the bacon for once. Wonder Woman for the head of the Justice League. I am breaking glass ceilings everywhere.