The list of DC Comics-inspired movies at Warner Bros has spanned everything both aesthetically and commercially. Many of his films have been shredded by critics and fans alike, but the ship has continued to sail.

The trend started to be corrected with Patty Jenkins’ version of the iconic Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot in the title role. Ignoring the failure of ‘Justice League’, the studio continued to enjoy critical (if not always commercial) success with ‘Aquaman’, ‘Shazam!’ and ‘Birds of prey’.

That’s not to say that there have been no mistakes along the way and now that ‘ Wonder Woman 1984 ‘ is finally hitting theaters, we’ve thought we should take a trip back in time through DC’s biggest mistakes, according to DC and Warner Bros.

Henry Cavill, also known as Superman, admitted that the UEDC failed to achieve something key: connect with its audience.

Speaking to Rake Magazine, Cavill said: “Even if Marvel didn’t exist, we would have problems. There was a style that was looking for, an attempt to be different and see things from a slightly different perspective that hasn’t quite worked out. Yes, it has made money, but it has not been a critical success; it has not given everyone that feeling that superheroes should give the viewer ”

It’s hard to say exactly what that feeling is, but clearly, Cavill thinks the thing was not fully understood. He called Wonder Woman “the first step in the right direction”, but we all know what came next …

The Justice League

For starters, the film’s cinematographer, Fabian Wagner, had a lot to say about what happened after Zack Snyder left the project for family reasons.

He told Debate that he had “unfortunately” seen Joss Whedon’s final cut, adding: “It’s very hard to tell because I was watching it and I think I cried the whole time. So it’s hard for me to say exactly how much there was changed in the movie, but much changed. ” He added: “It was a great shoot, so it was a shame to see how the movie turned out “: Ouch.

Then there was the premiere date debacle. Although Warner Bros has not explicitly admitted that they made a mistake in keeping the ‘Justice League’ date, the gap between ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ and ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ shows that the company has taken notice.

In the full fallout of ‘ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, Warner Bros went on full blast with ‘Justice League’.

Rather than give Zack Snyder more time, or replace him early on to clean the slate, Warner Bros micro-managed Snyder, re-filmed new scenes, and eventually brought in Joss Whedon to rewrite and direct much of the finished film.

Rather than go ahead with its initial ‘one movie every two years’ show, ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ will come out four years after ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’. Lesson learned.

‘The Justice League’ also suffered a lot while trying to be the Avengers. Forcing a shared universe at UEDC, now renamed The Worlds of DC, did not go as planned.

As a result, then-CEO Kevin Tsujihara revealed to the LA Times that they were moving away from Marvel’s approach to group movies: “The universe is not as connected as we thought it would be five years ago. You’re seeing a lot more focus on individual experiences. around individual characters. That’s not to say that at some point we won’t go back to the notion of a shared universe. But it seems like this is the right strategy for us right now. ”

Last but not least, Gal Gadot also criticized the joint film.

In ‘Batman v Superman’, Wonder Woman says: “100 years ago walked away from humanity. From a century of horrors. Man-made a world where being together is impossible.” But at the ‘Justice League’ press conference in China, Gadot confessed that he did not agree with that line of dialogue. “Sometimes in the creative process, you make something that is not necessarily the right decision. But you can always correct it and change it,” he said.

Darkness and roughness don’t make good movies

DC Comics chief content officer Geoff Johns revealed to the Wall Street Journal : “By mistake, in the past, I think the studio said, ‘Oh, DC movies are gritty and dark and that’s what makes them different. ‘And they couldn’t be more wrong. It’s a hopeful and optimistic view of life. Even Batman has a glimmer of that in him. If he didn’t think the world would get better tomorrow, he wouldn’t save it. ”

This new approach doesn’t apply to new DC worlds like the very dark and gritty ‘Joker,’ starring Joaquin Phoenix , but it’s clear we’ve seen the change in ‘Shazam!’ and ‘Wonder Woman 1984’.