What Happened to DC
DC is one of the most prestigious companies in comic book history. It created some of the greatest superheroes of all time such as Batman and Superman. They also created one of the greatest villains of all time in the Joker. With so many great characters why have their latest movies been such disappointments.
All their films haven't been terrible, but other than Wonder Woman ( which was amazing) no other film in the DCEU has been great.
Man of steel wasn't a terrible film, but it wasn't fantastic. Batman V Superman didn't live up to the hype, and is probably their worst film to date. In my opinion the action scenes with Batman and Surperman were great, but everything else (plot, Lex Luther) fell flat. Suicide Squd was one of the most hyped films of the year, and it too fell flat. I personally didn't think it was as bad as most critics, but the film definitely wasn't great. Wonder Women was a fantastic film, it's the only bright spot. Justice League again wasn't terrible, but it wasn't good, so the question is why. With so many great characters and actors alike why hasn't DC been able to put out a great film?(other than Wonder Women)
Is it that DC doesn't have the right material to make a successful film?
Nope that's not it.
Christopher Nolan's Dark Night Trilogy was absolutely amazing. The Dark Night is considered by many as the greatest superhero film of all time, with the other two not too far behind. They have also been active in animated films. The Lego Batman Movie was great. Batman: Under The Red Hood, Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm, and Justice League: The New Frontier were all fantastic films. Which means they have the material they need.
Many people say that DC characters aren't as relatable as Marvel's characters. DC characters are more like Gods and figures of myths. (with exceptions) I do agree with this to an extent. It is easier to relate to a scrawny kid turned war hero (Captain America) than a superhuman alien from Krypton(Superman). However each of these characters have flaws that ground, and humanize them. These characters are complex and usually deal with inner turmoil. Batman in particular has a tragic past, and he also deals with the turmoil of not killing that leads to more problems, and the people close to him usually get hurt.(Rachel Dawes, Barbra Gordon, and Robin)
I believe that DC villains (most of them) are better than those of Marvel. Characters such as Red Hood, Bane, and Ra's al Ghul all have a connection to batman, while Lex Luther has enough motivation that he's understandable enough, and the Joker's just awesome.
So what's the problem? Is it Zach Snyder? Is it the material? Maybe it's the actors. Could be the writers. Well I don't think so.
I just think DC rushed through it. I don't think they planned out each and every movie. It seems to me that their just winging it. Marvel made Iron Man followed by The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America The First Avenger, then The Avengers. They introduced every main character before the team up film. The DCEU started with Man of Steele then instantly went to Batman V Superman. We're thrown into a universe without a strong foundation. Marvel introduced us to every main character before teaming them up in The Avengers. This is the first time we've seen batman, and he's much different than the Christopher Nolan version. To make matters worse they followed it up with Wonder Women then Justice League. Half of the characters in Justice League are just being introduced. The main problem with Justice League was that they had to spend so much time introducing half of the main characters
Some people say it's Zach Snyder and the writers. I agree partially. I personally like Zach Snyder. I thought 300 and Watchmen were good films. I think given the right material Snyder could make a classic. I would personally love to see a Zach Snyder directed Batman film. He's known for his darker toned films. Which I think would work great with batman, but not the entire DCEU.
I think the writers should take some blame, but they weren't given much to work with. The two best films are Wonder Women, and Man of Steel respectably. When you look at it those are the only two films were the writers didn't have to introduce a barrage of characters while also driving the plot. DC gave them lemons and they made lemonade.( it just wasn't very good)
I love the DC characters and casting. I thought Henry Cavil was great as superman. Margot Robie was great as Harley Quinn, and Will smith was great as deadshot. The only negatives I have about casting was Jessie Eisenberg as Lex Luther. Maybe Jared Leto, but it was more about the charter than the actor.
Overall DC just rushed their films out. They Made Man of Steele and ran with it. They didn't put the time in crafting a universe. It seems as if there just moving from film to film and coming up with it as they go.
I don't think the DCEU is beyond saving. They have a great cast and a story worth telling.(at least in the comics) All DC has to do is slow down and organize. Make all the origin storys then bring them together for a movie worth the Justice League name.
It doesn't seem as if DC's slowing down. They already have a handful of films scheduled for release in the coming years.
DC has a lot of great pieces to work with. There their own enemy. If they slow down and take it slow maybe, just maybe they can save the DCEU from disaster.
Do you think DC can be saved
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