While there is no denying that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is ultimately a film that was a financial success for Warner Bros., there is also no denying that the movie could have made a heck of a lot more money had it been better received. A film with both Batman and Superman in the title seemed more than guaranteed to break $1 billion at the box office, but at the end of its run, it topped out at less than $875 million.
If the Comic-Con trailer for Justice League wasn't enough indication, it seems like that movie is one giant response to the criticisms of Batman v Superman. In a recent interview with WSJ (via Coming Soon), DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns talked about the incorrect perception that DC films are supposed to be darker fare, and promises optimism in Justice League.
“Mistakenly in the past I think the studio has said, ‘Oh, DC films are gritty and dark and that’s what makes them different.’ That couldn’t be more wrong. It’s a hopeful and optimistic view of life. Even Batman has a glimmer of that in him. If he didn’t think he’d make tomorrow better, he’d stop.”
WSJ went on to state that hope and optimism have always been included in the big picture for the DCEU, but thanks to the criticisms of Batman v Superman, the time table for bringing those back has been accelerated. In addition, they stated that the film would address one of fan's biggest concerns: Batman killing like there's no tomorrow in BvS. Lastly, it's mentioned that there will be fewer Snyder "flourishes," such as the Knightmare Batman sequence.
I, for one, am a bit disappointed that they're being swayed so easily. While, yes, Batman v Superman was a dark film, I always got the impression that they would earn their optimism down the line. If they accelerate the entire ordeal, will that result in a film where its positive perspective is unearned? I worry that, in the same way DC seems to be rushing to squeeze all their heroes and villains into their movies without earning it, they're doing the same in accelerating the time table for the tone. I also feel like nixing the darkness sort of misses the criticism of Batman v Superman, and because of that, I worry that they won't actually address legitimate narrative concerns.
We'll have to wait and see if them being so ready and able to react to feedback ultimately ends up being a good or bad thing.
Below is the synopsis for Justice League:
"Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions."
What do you think of Johns' comments? Are you comforted or concerned? Let us know in the comments down below!