Had planned to compete with the Marvel cinematic universe, the MCU, here are the reasons why Dark Universe finally failed.
Since Marvel Studios has succeeded in enlivening the Hollywood film universe with its cinematic universe entitled Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), now many other studios are vying to do the same.
For example, DC Comics with its cinematic universe called DC Extended Universe (DCEU) which unfortunately still hasn't been able to compete with the MCU.
Then, what's being talked about lately is the studio cinematic universe Universal Pictures named Dark Universe.
After the release of his first film entitled The Mummy in 2007, the cinematic universe of Dark Universe was said to have failed miserably until the project was finally cancelled.
But, what is the real reason that the Dark Universe cinematic universe failed miserably and the production was canceled even though all the concepts were well prepared?
Early Concept of Dark Universe Cinematic Universe
Unlike the MCU or DCEU, the Dark Universe is a cinematic universe filled with classic monster characters from the films they've made before.
The concept of cultivating Dark Universe films is also quite mature.
It can be seen when Alex Kurtzman who is the director of The Mummy immediately announced his presence 7 more Dark Universe movies although the first film was not yet released.
The films include Invisible Man, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, and Hunchback of Notre Dam.
Not only that, they have also included the names of potential Hollywood actors who will play the characters of the monster.
Call it Johnny Depp who will play the Invisible Man character, Javier Bardem as Frankenstein, Angelina Jolie as the Bride of Frankenstein, to Dwayne Johnson as The Wolfman.
From the names of the top Hollywood stars, you must have imagined how much money Universal Pictures will disburse to produce these Dark Universe films?
Dark Universe's First Film, The Mummy Fails
It was rumored to be selling well in the market, unfortunately the opening film of the Dark Universe cinematic universe this actually suffered the opposite fate, gang.
The Mummy which is reboot from the blockbuster film with a similar title released in 1999, it actually received negative reviews from the audience and film critics.
In fact, this film is only able to achieve tomatoometer rating of 16% course on the Rotten Tomatoes site.
Not only that, the failure of the film The Mummy is also increasingly visible when the film has spent as much as $195 million this only grossed box office revenue of $410 million just.
Although it did not suffer a loss, but the income figure achieved by the film reboot This is very small, gang.
The Invisible Man Becomes a Movie Standalone
After failing miserably in the first film, Universal Pictures finally hesitated to continue films from the next Dark Universe cinematic universe.
Worried that they would fall in the same hole, they ended up cancel all Dark Universe film projects including the ranks of Hollywood actors who will be involved in it which has previously been leaked to the public.
However, shocking news suddenly surfaced two years after the Dark Universe project was canceled or to be precise in May last year
Universal Pictures surprisingly announced the development of the film The Invisible Man which was originally going to be part of the Dark Universe.
It was rumored that the Dark Universe cinematic universe would rise, but the director, Leigh Whannel, immediately denied this.
He explained that The Invisible Man was present as film standalone which has nothing to do with the first Dark Universe film, The Mummy.
Interestingly, it's not only the concept of the film that has been changed, the actors Johnny Depp also failed to play in this movie, gang.
The Invisible Man is Successful in the Market
After officially canceling the Dark Universe film project, Universal Pictures has finally released the film The Invisible Man for free standalone in February this year.
Starring Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge, and a number of other popular Hollywood stars, the film The Invisible Man was unexpectedly very in demand in the market.
In addition, this film also received a lot of responses and praise from the audience and critics who were amazed by what this horror film had presented.
In fact, the film The Invisible Man has also managed to pocket tomatoometer rating of 92% on the Rotten Tomatoes website which is very different from the film The Mummy.
The Reason Dark Universe Failed Totally and Canceled
From the discussion in the previous points, what is the real reason for the failure of Dark Universe other than the first bad film?
According to the chairman Universal Film Entertainment (UFEG), Donna Langley, the decision to create a cinematic universe that combines all the classic monster characters Universal Pictures admittedly wasn't a good idea.
The reason is, not everyone wants that. In addition, although each of the Universal monster characters is very iconic, but combines them in the film shared universe it doesn't always work either.
Well, that was the discussion about the failure of the Dark Universe cinematic universe project belonging to the Universal Pictures studio, the gang.
From the discussion above, it can be concluded that not all successful steps taken by the MCU can also be successful in other cinematic universes, including this Dark Universe.
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