Didn’t I say there are a few posts for me to do? I wasn’t even planning a post until I realized the last time I spoke of this was critique on Marvel vs. DC. As many of you know, I actually liked Man of Steel, but acknowledged problems. I was interested in their next move, and now we’re less than a month from it’s premiere. Warner Bros. is counting on success and there is a lot of potential; both good and bad.
Ben Affleck is in Peak Form
It’s well known that Ben Affleck’s casting as the Caped Crusader was controversial. I personally didn’t see it. But in a world where seeing is believing, it doesn’t look like Affleck stumbling in a skin-tight outfit like Daredevil. That is BATMAN. He looks so bulky and muscle-bound I’m now convinced of Batfleck, especially after the last trailer. Plus Ben Affleck has recently starred in or directed a number of critically acclaimed movies, including Gone Girl and Argo. So I trust his ability to give a powerhouse performance.
David S. Goyer and Zach Snyder have Shaky Track Records
Talent in front of the camera is very different from talent behind the camera. The first draft of the script was written by David S. Goyer, who co-wrote the Dark Knight Trilogy. It’s being directed by Zach Snyder of fame from Watchmen and the Dawn of the Dead remake. Those sound like impressive resumes, but they’re also responsible for abominations such as Sucker Punch and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Granted, the screenplay was rewritten by Oscar Winning screenwriter, Chris Terrio, who also worked with Ben Affleck on Argo. Fingers crossed.
A Broadened Spectrum of DC Universe Lore
In the second trailer, it was revealed that Doomsday would be acting as a big baddie in the plot, which, depending on how you view things, may or not have spoiled the whole story of the movie. Regardless, a couple months later, a photo of Batman standing in front of a desolate, desert-like city with the Omega symbol. That’s the symbol for Apokolips, the home world of Darkseid, who is perhaps the most powerful villain in Justice League’s history. Though there are rumors that that scene might be a dream sequence, it could still be a potentially great teaser setup for one of the more complex supervillains since his inception in the 1970’s.
Then Again, Overstuffed is More Than Enough
While a broader spectrum could prove useful for fans, it could also be confusing for newcomers. One thing I’ve realized since Age of Ultron was that it was overstuffed with too many quips, pointless fan service, and underdeveloped, forced characters. While Marvel slowly builds their conflicts and relationships over a few movies (for the most part), DC is introducing its key characters right away. Not only will Batman make his debut, but also Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor, Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg, Doomsday, and supposedly Robin. Even with a theatrical runtime of a whopping 2 hours and 31 minutes, that still sounds like a lot of characters and Easter eggs completely shoehorned into the film. Though, there was a recent confirmation that some scenes and characters had been cut and supposed saved for the Ultimate R-Rated Edition.
It looks and Feels Different
One of the most important aspects of a comic book movie is to distinguish itself from others with a fresh tone and vibe. Deadpool was incredibly self-aware and hilarious, The Dark Knight Trilogy was gritty and realistic, and Ant Man was a family-friendly superhero heist movie. After Man of Steel established the darker and edgier tone for the DC Extended Universe, it caught many viewers off guard. This next installment looks to continue with that trend, yet stands on its own by taking inspiration from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns with the major theme of accountability for a reckless vigilante’s actions that could result in major consequences. While it may share a lot of similarities with the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, it does have the advantage of releasing in late March, allowing itself to have at least a month to dominate the box office.
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