Reactions for DCEU films have been diverse not just in India but in other international markets as well
Our favourite celluloid superheroes hail from two worlds — the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The latter is yet to match up to the Marvel effect till now; it has seen mixed success, both on the home turf as well as in India.
DC kicked off its Extended Universe with Man of Steel in 2013 and, since then, has produced four films revolving around superheroes. While DCEU’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League stood strong at the Indian box office with collections to the tune of Rs 76 crore and Rs 57 crore respectively, its other two films did less to impress the Indian audience.
Although DCEU’s Man of Steel dominated its Indian counterparts, there were no strong releases to compete with. It was a face-off with small size films like Fukrey and Ankur Arora Murder case. The Hollywood offering with a screen count of 800 had collected Rs 44 crore in India.
But Wonder Woman did not find too many takers in the country as the film could only rake in over Rs 18 crore. The first woman superhero film released on 329 screens and began its India journey with a low opening at Rs 2.50 crore.
The third installment from the DC universe, Suicide Squad, surprisingly and against negative reviews minted Rs 12.78 crore during its first weekend. The collections came from its English version alone as the film was not dubbed in other languages.
The performance graph of the aforementioned films does not give a definite response from the Indian cine-goers. While Justice League was ruling the Indian box office, taking the top spot after fighting off its Bollywood competitors, Aksar 2 and Vidya Balan’s Tumhari Sulu, the film’s collections were not very strong.
On the other hand, the highest scoring DCEU film in India, Batman v Superman, received tepid reviews and mixed audience response in US and other international markets. While the debate whether the film was massive hit or a giant disappointment continued, Warner Bros claimed that with this film, it has launched DC cinematic universe.
However, its next venture Suicide Squad was called an embarrassing failure but it opened in the first place in India. Hence, the reactions have been diverse. This makes it hard to predict the chances of success for the upcoming DCEU film Aquaman. The film will hit Indian theatres sooner than US as it will release on December 14 instead of December 21.
Be it any market, DCEU has been constantly compared with MCU. But it is important to note that the journey of the former began five years after Marvel’s first film Iron Man in 2008. Yet, DC has a chance to turn the tide in its favour with the line-up it has.Apart from Aquaman, the franchise has in store films like Shazam and Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) scheduled to release in 2019, Wonder Woman 1984 to hit theatres in 2020, and Cyborg.