I actually think the big problem for them is the characters are just too out of date. The characters were created 75 years ago, even the newest major character was created 68 years ago, so they’re in a really weird time… You can get away with stuff in comics that in live action’s just a bit sucky – the best one is definitely Aquaman. Aquaman can’t even talk under water. If you think about it in comics it’s fine, you just have a speech balloon, but how do you have Atlantis and people talking under water? Are they gonna talking telepathically? Is it going to be body forms? The actual logistics of each member of the Justice League is disastrous, and you put them all together and I think you get an excellent way of losing $200 million.
I’m unsure about how much I agree about this, to be honest; certainly, there’s an argument to be made that DC’s characters are the product of a specific time that is now long-gone, but I find the idea that the DCU characters are inherently more flawed or cinematically-unsuitable than the successful-in-celluloid Marvel heroes somewhat more ridiculous. Is “World’s Most Powerful Telepath” really more suited to movies than “World’s Fastest Man”?