Why are DC movies so bad?
There has always been a lot of debate about the whole Marvel vs. DC Movies Debate. A lot of criticism has been stemming from various issues like the lack of a dynamic universe like Marvel, the inexistence of heroic characters leaving a long-lasting impact on people, and the absence of a continuous series of the story to hook people onto it. Thus, amidst all this, it is crucial to trace the actual reasons as to why are DC movies are not performing at par with the other Superhero Universe. Is it the DC characters unable to mold themselves into real DC heroes?
The first in line to focus here is the DC heroes, who have laid down the DC movies’ foundation in action. Further down the line, the focus shall be its ability to build a universe, its approach to cater to the viewer, and finally, the potential the DC comic movies hold in the future.
The main problem with the DC universe – its heroes
There is a redundant concept of ‘the superhero mentality’ that takes away dynamism from the DC movies. The Justice League did not open with a grand opening as it was expected. It was launched in a very low-key fashion than the other two Avengers movies launched simultaneously. After the historic Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy was out, very few dynamic landmarks have been accredited to the DC comic movies.
The DC Movies are mostly stuck in a two-side sworded era of heroism. The one is an old, golden-age comic book period showcasing the antique DC movies. The other Universe is the DC Extended Universe, the films in need of a contemporary facelift if they hope to appeal to today’s generation.
The massive mess in the DC comic movies was Batman vs. Superman. The latter messing up the 2013’s Man of Steel city and the former’s concern about it is rolled into a movie has been a landmark failure in DC characters’ history. The execution of the movie was cliché, cheesy, and redundant. Apart from being old-school, this brings forward to the screen other human flaws. The self-realization that Batman is a paranoid person and Superman have inhumanly high moral standards got both these people theatrical problems on-screen. It was a significant down-show on the prestige of the history of DC heroes.
The DC movies and the DC heroes are staged in the 30s and 40s superhero era. They have been picked from the significant happenings in society back in those times. Wonder Woman and Superman, for example, have been the optimistic idols of events like WWII or The Great Depression. The adventures they portrayed spoke volumes about them abiding by the law, order, and values of an ideal American. And that meant that characters like Superman—fair, blemish-free, blue-eyed, perfectly sculpted hair—resembled no one in real life, taking away the viewers’ relatability factor.
Marvel and DC hero comparison
As there have been long-lasting debates between Marvel and DC characters, it shall make perfect sense to compare the historical landmarks of the two Universe.
Since most of the DC heroes and Marvel superheroes have a history of continuation, it makes more sense to compare the modern versions of these combatants.
Among the women superheroes, be it Martin Manhunter or Gamora, Black Widow, or Black Canary, the Marvel side has always had an upper-hand. The latter is often the most significant game-changer within a team, whether it Widow’s work with the Avengers or Hawkeye or Canary’s time with the Birds of Prey and Green Arrow. Black Widow’s stingers can’t compete against the canary cry, though, even if Natasha is a more gifted fighter.
Among the famous comparison between the mutations, Spider-Man vs. Dr. Manhattan, both are the scientific firsts in both the Universe. One was bit by a spider and the other mutated into some god. Though Manhattan has some power advantage, the underdog always manages to triumph. It is where the DC heroes run down in fan-base.
In the Keenest King category, Aquaman is more than just a great man. The king of Atlantis, the wielder of Poseidon’s Trident. It is doubtful that the Wakanda army shall overthrow the rusty, fast, and raw Aquaman in a one-on-one battle. Thus, DC Movies have an edge there.
In the Marvel vs. DC characters Ingenious Inventor category, Batman can be nowhere near to matching the glory of Iron Man. Tony Stark has been Marvel’s most prized possession. His Iron Man suits outclass just about all of Batman’s inventions by a mile. Think about this; Tony’s taken out rage-monsters, maniacal robots, and gods with his Iron Man suits – we’re sure he could handle anything that Batman could throw at him. There might be some hope in upcoming DC movies.
Main DC universe characters and their problems
It has been realized only. Lately, Universes and Grand Empires aren’t built in a day. Although the characters in DC movies have evolved to match the time’s tastes, the main problem is something else. The DC universe is scrambling and making up for it as it goes along.
To compete with Marvel, DC movies are trying to build a universe equally grand and exquisite.
Although with such finesse in executing Batman vs. Superman, the film could not do wonders as it was three to four movies crammed into one. It tried to introduce three new DC characters all at once, namely Lex Luthor, Batman, and Wonder Woman, along with continuing Superman’s story.
Rather than this cramping in the urge to build a universe, the smarter move would have been to introduce it in this order; Man of Steel 2, Wonder Woman, The Batman, Justice League, and finally, Suicide Squad. The fans are looking up to the upcoming DC movies to see a systematic implementation of surprise elements in DC characters.
Does DC have a bright future in the eyes of the viewer?
Although there have been wide-ranging criticisms surrounding the DC movies and their urge to build the DC universe, the future does look promising with a ray of hope.
DC’s outlook being long term for the movies look more promising than its rival, Marvel Movies. Although Marvel had a good run in the last decade, the lasting impression that The Dark Knight trilogy has left in the viewer’s minds brings home a lot of expectations from the DC writers. After the Joker came it, the viewers have showcased extreme amounts of interest in more movies in a similar genre, and thus, the upcoming DC movies look more fantasizing to the viewers.
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