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.
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