The DC Extended Universe: Stop It

By: Cal Parsons

Getting Batman and Superman in their first live-action movie together should be one of the biggest superhero movies ever made that crushes any box office records set by superhero films before, right?

Well, if you put Zack Snyder in control of everything, you can kiss that dream goodbye.

This is just gonna be a rant on why the DC Extended Universe is kinda terrible.

Getting this out of the way, yes I am a big Marvel films fan, but I would love to see DC make compelling and great superhero films featuring THE most iconic and popular superheroes of all time. Getting Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman in the same movie together with a great cast to portray them should be a no-brainer hit. Just make a compelling and cohesive story that clearly defines character motivations and conflicts to lead to exciting action sequences and character development. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice didn’t even come close to that.

The first mistake Warner Bros made when starting the DC Extended Universe was attempting to immediately hop on the Marvel Cinematic Universe success and create a superhero crossover/team-up film immediately following only one superhero film (Man of Steel) three years after it came out, when the only movie you’ve made in your “cinematic universe” didn’t even hint at the possibility of other heroes existing in the same world. So they rushed the monstrosity that was Batman V Superman, and it didn’t even make as much money as Spider-Man 3. This decision resulted in a movie whose sole purpose is to extend the world beyond Superman on earth and bring in Wonder Woman, Batman, Lex Luthor, Doomsday and Steppenwolf that feels like a cluttered mess.

The second mistake Warner Bros made was putting Zack Snyder in charge of almost every aspect of production for both Man of Steel and Batman V Superman. Snyder is most known for creating distinct and beautiful visuals while containing little to no engaging story arcs to match them. The Batman action scenes in Batman V Superman were perhaps the only fun moments in the entire two and a half hour film. The rest is a boring build up of nonsense that poorly links together multiple side plots that somehow culminate to a five-minute brawl between the iconic heroes that is resolved because their moms have the same name?

COME ON.

You’ve got Batman and Superman fighting each other in a live-action movie, Warner Bros. All you had to do was release a competent, enjoyable two hours of conflicting principles that result in a last resort to violence that ends with high tensions leading into other standalone films before Justice League, and you just HAD to add a bunch of unnecessary filler and side plots in an attempt to flesh out the universe, when instead it detracted the film from core character development and poorly-executed conflict resolution.

And don’t even get me started on Suicide Squad.

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4 Responses to The DC Extended Universe: Stop It

  1. mediaphiles says:

    I never saw the movie, but to be honest, I agree with this disparity between DC and Marvel plots – Marvel is so successful because of it’s engaging story arcs. It sounds like this film was an extreme disappointment that could’ve been so great.

    -Meg Schmit

  2. mediaphiles says:

    I agree with you on how DC really rushed the creation of the Universe because they felt they were falling behind Marvel, and they have really suffered because it. Before Marvel released The Avengers, they had done a much better job establishing the characters and the universe they inhabit. It is shame that the DC films aren’t better because some of their characters are really great.

    -Walker Rise

  3. mediaphiles says:

    You make some valid points and I agree entirely. Putting Batman and Superman, the two most popular characters in DC history, in a film together is extremely hard to screw up. It seems like Zack Snyder had the mentality that their popularity alone would carry this movie and, to his surprise, the audience saw through this. What a shame.

    -Shelby Halliman

  4. mediaphiles says:

    So I really enjoyed reading this post and was laughing to myself through it because I can just feel your disappointment about this film. I have not seen this film because I have not heard one good review about it. I don’t know a ton about superhero moves, but I do know that they should never feel slow and should be action packed. No wonder it has awful reviews.

    -Kendra Thornton

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