DC v Marvel
Guest Post by Honorary Lady The Goog Full disclosure:
TinyDoom and I recently saw Batman v Superman. I liked it, she felt it was the Wonder Woman Pre-Show but otherwise it was "Fine" (I didn't disagree). The movie was entertaining, but it had some major flaws (Lex, I'm looking at you) and there was a bounty of poor story telling. The dream sequences were confusing and jarring, some of the cuts didn't make a lot of sense, the pacing at the beginning was odd, and then there's the Batman kills a bunch of guys thing, but I'll get into that later.
DC goes "Grimdark"
Sure Zack, killing off a beloved icon of Superman comics (Superman's Pal!), Jimmy Olsen, without even NAMING HIM for the audience to understand what they just saw, yeah, that's a bunch of fun. He also could just not have been in the movie. That was an option, right? Nope, bullet to the head 'cause #$%& 'im, it's fun.
Okay, I got into a bit of a rant. I'll self impose a tl;dr. I don't think Zack Snyder cares about Superman, Batman or the Justice League. Batman straight up uses guns and blows a bunch of people away, and not just in one of the dream sequences. The Batmobile has miniguns that pop out and blow other cars, full of people, off the road, not to mention the unnecessary killing of the guy with the flamethrower. If that right there doesn't tell you that the folks in charge don't give a damn about their characters, then I don't know what does. Ultimately I think Snyder just wants to make a movie that he thinks is "cool" even if that doesn't fit into who the characters are. That may or may not be a bad thing, depending on where you are standing.
Marvel, on the other hand, is hiring folks who DO care about the characters and are fans of the material. Ultimately I think that makes all the difference.
Since I've been working on this post, it's come to light that DC is shooting new scenes to lighten up Suicide Squad. Rumors are that while BvS is doing well (despite a huge drop off in revenue in the second week, with no competition), it's not performing the way the studio has wanted, so perhaps they are listening to the reviews about the movies being too grim, or maybe they are trying to capture some of that sweet Deadpool money. I get the feeling that maybe DC/WB isn't so certain of the direction of their franchise, what do you guys think?
Is light and humorous better than dark and serious, or vice versa? That is a matter of opinion, neither of which is totally wrong or totally right. What do you think?