UPDATE: Diane Lane's representatives have since clarified her comments.
The DC Extended Universe has had one hell of a time trying to gain credibility with fans and critics. While the movies have thus far made quite a bit of money, they’re still not as beloved as they would like. The concern is that after enough underwhelming films, audiences will lose interest in them altogether. But, of course, there is still that lingering hope that fans like myself cling onto. While Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad may not have been great movies, there were glimpses of greatness in certain aspect that really showed the potential this franchise had for greatness.
Will next month’s Wonder Woman and, perhaps more importantly, this November’s Justice League actually bring about the greatness we think is possible in the DCEU? Is it possible that Justice League could somehow live up to the high bar set by Marvel in their Avengers movie? While on the show Watch What Happens Live, Diane Lane (who plays Martha Kent in the DCEU) was asked if she could give any spoilers for Justice League, and if she thought the movie would be better than The Avengers.
Diane Lane’s response was beyond blunt:
"No, and no. Short but honest - I hate to disappoint, but..."
Uh-oh. Does this mean it’s time for all DC fans to panic? While yes, this is quite the disappointing statement, I think it’s worth putting things into perspective. The Avengers, for many fans, is one of those movies that can’t ever be topped. This was the first real superhero team-up movie we ever saw. It was the movie that proved that shared universes were actually possible, and it catapulted the likes of Thor, Hulk, and Captain America into the A-list stratosphere.
To say that a film could top The Avengers — while potentially objectively true — is to ignore the cultural significance of The Avengers. It also encourages a stupid philosophy that if Justice League isn’t as good as what could be considered the best comic book movie of all time, that it’s no good at all. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. They can BOTH be great films.
That being said, the harsh bluntness in which she states that can’t help but fill fans with the slightest bit of dread.
What do you think of Lane’s statement? Should DC Fans be worried? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.
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SOURCE: Watch What Happens Live