– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Let’s face it. While I personally loved films like Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, the general consensus out there is that they weren’t as good as they could have been. There have been many factors behind this. Some think it has to do with DC trying to catch up to Marvel, but at least one Justice League star doesn’t agree.

Speaking with The Rake (via ComicBook.com), Henry Cavill expressed his opinion that Marvel’s success had nothing to do with DC’s own struggles to achieve mainstream approval.

“Even if Marvel didn’t exist, we’d struggle. There was a style they [DC] were going for, an attempt to be different and look at things from a slightly different perspective, which hasn’t necessarily worked. Yes, it has made money but it has not been a critical success; it hasn’t given everything that sensation which superheroes should give the viewer.”

“I feel like now the right mistakes have been made and they haven’t been pandered [to], and we can start telling the stories in the way they need to be told. It is even better to come back from a mistake or stylistic error into the correct vein because it will make it seem that much stronger. Wonder Woman was the first step in the right direction.”

I definitely agree with most of what Cavill has to say, save for one thing — the idea that superheroes need to give viewers a certain “sensation.” This was perhaps the most frustrating thing for someone like me, coming out of Batman v Superman. There seemed to be this universal idea that superhero films need to be a certain thing. No, they don’t.

Marvel has proven that they can be a wide range of things, and so has DC, with films like The Dark Knight. Batman v Superman had its own set of problems, but none of those lied in its darker tone or more cynical storytelling. That being said, I do agree with him when he says that they were going for a different style and perspective. That much was clear with Man of Steel.

What do you think of Cavill’s comments? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: The Rake (via ComicBook.com)

  • claudiomario

    Or the stories sucked. That kinda sums it up. Mos wasn’t bad.

    • AmiRami

      It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either. And BvS had a literal jar of piss in it.

  • Kronx

    To me MoS and BvS were like the Star Wars prequels. Every time they accomplished something good, a mistake would soon come along to erase it.

    I don’t really want to argue about those movies again. They aren’t horrible. But they had the pieces to be legendary films and just missed the mark.

    BvS especially fell short. It should’ve been about the war for Bruce Wayne’s soul with him teaming up with Lex to defeat Superman. And at the end, when Bruce comes to his senses, Lex murders Superman with the Kryptonite spear. Now THAT would’ve been an amazing ending. Lex wins.

    Still, DC isn’t that far off from where Marvel was after their first few films.

    • Moby85

      Wise words.

    • Victor Roa

      The prequel analogy seems apt because they created a Superman that dies and no one cared.

  • Moby85

    I’ve said it here before that DC hasn’t HAD a direction in the first place. The direction was “un-Marvel”. Look at one of their pre-DCU films – “Watchmen” – before Marvel started to define the style DC could (or couldn’t) be we had, in my opinion, one of the best superhero films ever.

    I think everyone here hopes DC improves because they have potentially good characters.

    • AmiRami

      The biggest mistake they made IMO was doing the team up before the origin movies. They said their movies would be “director driven” but everyone was forced to go with Snyder’s vision because everyone was introduced and got a back story in his movie first.

      • Victor Roa

        the whole “vision thing” is really a huge scandal with WB not giving the royalty fees back to the Siegal and Shuster estate for 20 years. They want to redesign Superman radically different don’t have to pay him any more.

        • AmiRami

          uugghh that SUCKS!

          • Victor Roa

            it’s the thing that comic book guys suffer because their job is mostly freelance commission like a contractor building a patio deck for a home that gets flipped for a higher price.

    • Victor Roa

      If you can name more then 4 then the CW is doing amazing job with the DC license than the film department.

  • Victor Roa

    sigh….. Okay, he’s a actor, lets not put too much on him because his job is to be a beefcake.
    Now, lets be honest, Chris Nolan was the visionary of the DCEU and to some respect Snyder did mimic that with his Terrance Mallick design of the flashback which could have done as a stand alone film…… and then the Nolan bros bailed, then it was David S Groyer, and then he bailed, and then everything got DUMPED onto Snyder success and losses, and for 4 straight years what did we hear, just casting, productions, writers and more casting and more editing and then 3 films. Like again, cavill isn’t talking about that, he isn’t talking about that BvS’s budget ballooned with 400 mil, he’s talking about “everyone is mad at us but we try sniff sniff sniff sad emoji.”
    What’s embarrassing about these production scandals we laugh at is that…. INJUSTICE IS A BETTER EVIL SUPERMAN STORY THAT WE WANT MORE OF! Cavill does get that he’s a part of this larger system of Lego toys and 7/11 Slurpees. And even a T Shirt of the “S” does a better job as Superman then him cross fitting to look like a rob liefeld reject.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.