Hey DC and Marvel fans! I want to discuss why the DC Universe is struggling to keep up with Marvel. Personally I enjoy the updated DC Universe and am excited to see what they have for the future but many critics and fans are disappointed with the results. I decided to inspect why there is such a hatred for these films and I think I know the reason.
1. Good v. bad DC films
Before DC was updated to the DC Universe fans were treated to great films such as The Dark Knight Trilogy, RED, and Watchmen. The reason these films did well was because there was no real interruptions with studios and directors were allowed to create as they please. Yes, during the early DC era there was some crap (Batman and Robin, Jonah Hex) but the good films always stood out….until one destroyed it all. Green Freaking Lantern. The Dark Knight Rises was still made after this shit storm but the memory of Green Lantern stood in everybody’s mind. Green Lantern was supposed to be the greatest superhero film of the year and was so amped up that it thought it was going to get a sequel. WRONG! This film ended the early DC era. Filmmakers decided that if a big budget film like Green Lantern was going to bomb than they needed to think of other ways to catch up to movie heavy weight Marvel Studios. Two words….Connected Universe.
2. Man of Steel
This film was loved and hated by many different people. Hated because of two simple reasons…1. Superman should not feel this dark. 2.So many people died by the hands of Superman. The film was a financial success due in part that Christopher Nolan would be producing the film and that fans would be dealing with an updated Superman. I generally enjoyed the film but one thing is for certain, this film felt forced. The director kept hiding Easter eggs for possible upcoming films and the villains were clichéd to the max. Man of Steel felt unnecessary for many fans. This is a problem, especially when the whole connected universe is about to rest on its shoulders. The Batman v. Superman film took the main flaw from Man of Steel and made it the main movie plot. Batman wants to take out Superman because he could murder everyone if he wanted to. You can’t take a critically hated film and whine when the sequel does worse. Sorry.
Batfleck is so cool isn’t he? Why is Batman an issue? Because he is the only one people care about! I’m not saying fans want to see the other characters but the films have made Batman the only cool looking hero. Not only that, he straight up is played by Ben Affleck! Henry or Ben….Ben any day. No offense to Henry but Ben looks and feels like the comic book hero. The issue with Batman v. Superman was that many fans only wanted a Batman film. The scenes with Batman were incredible and fun, but everything else felt unneeded and rushed just so they could set up Justice League. The film was all special effects and noise and the only character people wanted more of was Batman. Wonder Woman’s entrance was cool but still felt rushed. EVERYTHING WAS RUSHED!! (Even for a three-hour film). Did I mention rushed?
Batman v. Superman continuously reminded fans of what was going to happen in later films without focusing on the film itself. This is the big problem with the Marvel films as well. Marvel has more fleshed out films that later reconnect down the road though. DC wants to just shove it down our throat right off the bat. Suicide Squad is similar but instead of having separate films for each character they just kicked some ass right away. I don’t understand how these studios think they will make more money by just giving us what we want right away. Fans have to be teased down the road until the final moment as they repeatedly pull out their wallets for lesser films. DC feels very greedy and seems as if they just want to get all the money right away without thinking about the big picture.
5. Tone and Feel
The big thing about the Dark Knight Trilogy was that it had to be dark and realistic. This gave viewers an exciting and twisted environment filled with non-stop turns and chaos. The extended universe decided to follow the formula and it just did not stick. Dark and depressing can get real old real quick if always surrounded by it. There are rarely any chuckles in these films and all are to worried about self interests. Justice League and Wonder Woman look as if they might start travelling through the more humorous route but that is a discussion for another day.
One thing is for certain…Greed and dreams don’t go well together. Thanks for reading and follow for more updates!
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