Marvel's Star-Lord has some ideas for the DC Extended Universe, specifically "Suicide Squad."
While out promoting "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," star Chris Pratt addressed some of the reasons why DCEU movies haven't had the same level of box office success as the MCU's. One problem, he suggested at an i09 junket last week, is that they haven't laid the groundwork like Marvel has. He used the example of "Marvel's The Avengers" -- a film that earned more than $1.5 billion at the box office -- and highlighted how Marvel first built up the characters through other films, like "Iron Man," "Captain America," and "Thor," among others.
"They created a thirst for these characters, and that's when they put them in 'The Avengers,'" he said.
Although many DCEU flicks have brought in very respectable box office numbers over the years, Marvel's biggest blockbusters have often dwarfed them. "Suicide Squad," for example, made just over half of what "The Avengers" did, about $745.6 million. That same "thirst" Pratt described just didn't seem to be there.
"One of the flaws might have been they were introducing too many characters in 'Suicide Squad,'" he said. "They spent 10 minutes telling us why should we care about these characters, rather than creating trilogies for each character and convincing us to care about the characters."
That said, Pratt wasn't throwing shade at DC. He emphasized that he "really [likes] all the Warner Bros. movies" and thinks "they're really cool." Creating a franchise, he says, is "really f--king hard to do."
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