By Strider1992 20 Comments
First of I would like to start out by saying this is not an attack thread on DC movies and not even a critique this is simply an expression of my main concerns for DC's cinematic universe.
First off. I made no reservations about my thoughts on MoS and anyone who has talked me at any length about it will know i'm not a fan. Now please do not twist my words here. I do not hate that movie I was simply so-so about it and would class it simply as "a movie I have seen".
From what I have seen & heard DC seems to be making a lot of what seem to me to be baffling choices when it comes to the direction they are allowing their characters to be taken.
Allow me to elaborate. Now there are a lot of people who have different opinion on the Zod neck snap but my personal one was that it was a detraction not an addition, a twist or a gritty edgy twist. It seemed to be done more for shock value then for continuity or story advancement. Now in MoS's defense I can see how in that specific instance Clarke being inexperienced and panicking when he realized what Zod was about to do. I can get on board with that but what it should have been learning curve however it had a completely adverse effect as shown in BvS when Superman kills not a worldly threat but a terrorist with a gun.
Next we have Batman's character which also seems to have fallen prey to the same problem but I will not go into detail. Suffice to say DC may as well have just run a copyright risk and made a Moon Knight movie.
I can understand Snyder wanting to leave his creative mark on these movies however he seems more interested in making a world full of anti-heroes then actually bringing the characters to life in the way that made us love them in the first place.
However this is a minor thing compared my biggest worry. Seeing Batman how he was in this makes me worry about future DC movies. I'll explain. Lets say this version of Batman continues. Lets say he is always portrayed from here on out as the angry, vindictive and ruthless vigilante that he is in BvS. What happens in future story-lines when they want to introduce on of my favorite DC characters (who has already been hinted at) Red Hood.
In what context could that possibly work in this universe. Batman essentially is Red Hood without the guns. The Red Hood arc in this cinematic universe would go thusly Red Hood would turn up and both him and Batman would end up dancing a jig over Joker's corpse, whilst fist-bumping and comparing notes about how to best break someones neck. There would be no story about Batman trying to pull his old friend and side-kick back from brink and no reason for Red Hood to even hate Batman in the first place. This is just one example of the problems going down this road could take on other characters.
Now please bare with me. I understand that DC is not Marvel it is set in a dark universe and I do believe they should do their best to set themselves apart but I think what some people need to understand is that a gloomy setting with some random lighting is not automatically grim and gritty and therefore awesome. No it is done via story-line and good writing. Not by someone trying to induce epilepsy with a strobe light. Not via people talking in low gravelly voices, talking in riddles and using long words in order to make the movie seem cultured and intellectual which is paradoxically funny given that if they were as smart as the movie thought it was they would have figured out that caving in each others heads was not the answer I digress however and realize I may have unleashed a little hidden bitterness there so moving on.
The thing that really makes me worry about this however is that if every DC movie decides to go this whole dark and grim route. Then characters that actually deserve nay need this treatment like say another of my favorite DC characters Constantine (who a lot of the time makes Batman's world look like a rainbow unicorn happy land) how would they be able to make that movie give the impact it should have if even Superman the beacon of hope is down in the dirt.
They seem to want to make movies at the expense of future character potential. Which is actually making me far more sad than angry.