Since its release in 2016, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been the source of many nerd debates. Along with pacing issues and questionable casting decisions, one of the more voiced critiques of the film was the portrayal of Superman. Many fans were still not onboard with the darker take on the character that began with 2013’s Man of Steel. Teaming up in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with an already dark character in Batman, Superman should have been the one to be the offset of that tone. And if you want to hear that from someone who has way more clout than I do, take comic industry veteran, Dave Gibbons. Gibbons knows a thing or two about Batman and Superman teaming up as in the 1990s he wrote a little known story called World’s Finest. Gibbons recently spoke with ComicBook.com, and gave his thoughts on where the movie went wrong.
“… I think probably the failure of the Superman-Batman movie was that it was really too dark, and that Superman was made as dark as Batman. And to me, that really doesn’t work, I thought that’s the perfect opportunity to contrast the two characters. Which is something that I did actually, in the graphic novel series that I wrote back in the ’90s, where you know, they were seen as kind of yin and yang, you know, the two sides of the superhero coin, so.”
I can’t say I disagree with Gibbons, while dark and gritty may work for Batman, it doesn’t really work for Superman. I think the DCEU can still be presented as darker and more adult than Marvel’s shared universe while still retaining the integrity of Superman’s character. Let the boy scout be the beacon of light in a gloomy and hopeless world.
It appears as if DC has taken notice to the concerns of the fans, as the upcoming Justice League film appears to have a much lighter tone to it overall. However, since we are yet to see Superman in any of the trailers, we can’t be sure of how his demeanor has changed or not changed. Joss Whedon (who handled the first two Avengers films quite well) is said to have put his stamp on the film after coming in to take over for Zack Snyder. As I have said before, I did enjoy Batman v. Superman for the most part. It had its share of problems, but I still found it to be quite fun and entertaining. As far as the future of the DCEU, I am concerned, yet optimistic for whats to come of it in over the next few years.
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