It may have been The Dark Knight effect—because we all know that Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy remains a stellar piece by any superhero standards—but the striving to make DC superhero movies dark, gritty, and very serious may not have been the best direction.
DC's Geoff Johns admitted this, after evaluating where the DC cinematic universe is going. And he feels that this may be the worst direction that the franchise can turn to for this particular medium.
Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Johns revealed that the most recent DC movies—I guess they're not counting Suicide Squad—have been very grim in terms of what they had tackled in the story. Johns added that the nature of the characters are actually optimistic, instead of the dark and nihilistic approach that it took.
"It's a hopeful and optimistic view of life. Even Batman has aa glimmer of that in him. If he didn't think he'd make tomorrow better, he'd stop. We accelerated the story to get to the hope and optimism a little faster."
Interestingly, during the interview, Johns revealed a little of what will happen in Justice League. Specifically, that the movie will address the extent to which Batman had gone in the previous movie, Batman v Superman.
At this point, any change from where Batman v Superman took off is welcome. Perhaps Suicide Squad was trying its best to go in that direction---how much more optimistic can you get about "bad guys" having such big hearts?—but it hasn't gotten to that good place yet.
We've all seen the Justice League trailer, and even though technically, DC has already delivered three strikes on my count, I'm actually looking forward to it. Maybe it's Ezra Miller's The Flash who got the humor right this time: funny without trying to sound too damn unrealistically ha-ha funny.
But with Johns and Warner Vice President Jon Berg overlooking the production, I'm willing to give it one more go. Hopefully, they'll be starting with the next movie, Wonder Woman, in going down the right path.