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Kevin Smith’s enthusiasm for the DC Cinematic Universe is infectious…

October 17th, 2017 by Marc Comments

If there’s one thing Kevin smith knows it’s dick and fart jokes. If there’s another thing, it’s comic books.

The guy who arguably became a herd icon when his movies Clerks and Mallrats gave a voice to the legion of comic book fans who were never considered cool has been speaking about his thoughts on the DC Cinematic Universe.

Smith has made no secret of his dislike for Batman V Superman but also his love for Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman. He also has written such characters in the comics as Green Arrow and Batman, so the guy likes him some superheroes.

And we want to hear what he has to say.

With Justice League just on the horizon, Smith chatted to Screen Rant and genuinely seems excited for DC/Warners’ direction with their heroes and the possibility of a fractured universe that may feature different version of characters such at the Joker movie reportedly in development that won’t feature Jared Leto’s current incarnation of the character: “There’s no such thing as a bad comic book movie. Even the ones that people say are quote-unquote bad are better than no comic book movies,” he said.

“I’m a forty-seven-year-old man, so I grew up in an era where there were no comic book movies. And then every once in awhile you’d get one, and it was like water in a desert. You’d get Batman in 1989, or Blade or something like that. So now, we live in an era where they’re like, ‘Hey, we’re not even gonna do an interconnected DC universe. We’re just gonna let Martin Scorsese produce a flick where Leonardo DiCaprio might play the Joker.’ That’s exciting. So, to me, I’m like, the more the merrier.”

He continues: “And I gotta imagine, if Martin Scorsese jumps onto a Batman movie, we’re gonna see some sh*t. Not bad sh*t, the good sh*t that we all dream about. Goodfellas in a DC universe movie? I’m there, take all my money.”

Smith, unlike many people, is embracing the DC movie universe and how it may be moving from the template set out by Marvel and the MCU so far: “I know they’re deviating from the Marvel template of, like, ‘We’ll make a bunch of characters, and then a reunion movie. Buncha characters, reunion movie.’ Instead, Warner Brothers seem to be going with, ‘Well, we tried that, and we’re gonna keep doing it on the side, but we’re not gonna limit ourselves. We’re gonna do a bunch of other interesting things.’ They’re trying to forge their way in the superhero space. So I think it’s interesting, I’m not against that at all.”

As director of episodes of The CW’s Supergirl and The Flash, Smith understands the characters and the importance of a ‘shared universe’, but he’s not convinced it’s the only way to tell stories with these heroes: “And then you have some people—I’m a purist, so I love when things are interconnected, as well, but I grew up in an era where there was a Batman movie, there was a Superman movie, and they didn’t really reference each other. One time George Clooney was like, ‘This is why Superman works alone’ and we got our nipples hard, we were like, ‘Aaah, they know each other.’ So now we live in a world where these movies can cross over and stuff, I’m happy to get the ones that can, but if they don’t cross ‘em over that’s totally okay with me. As long as they’re good, as long as they try.

While we’re still not entirely convinced DC/Warner ARE planning to have some movies set in various universes, Smith’s enthusiasm for the who deal is infectious.

He’s a fan of comic characters and all he’s asking is enjoy them all and be thankfully we’re living in the golden age of comic book movies.

Now THAT is something we can get behind…

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….