It seems like with DC Films that as soon as you get something positive, you get something negative with it straight away. In this case it was the release of the (probably best) new Batman v Superman trailer, along with the news that the DCEU was in major trouble! So is DC Films in trouble, and what does it have to do with Marvel?
So recently Drew from Hitflix (quite reliable a lot of the time) came out saying that Warner Bros was very concerned with Batman v Superman. He went on to say that the whole DCEU was in trouble and that he would be surprised if Justice League actually happened. Drew stated that his sources who viewed the movie weren’t too impressed but did like Batfleck and Eisenberg as Luthor. This lead to Drew concluding that instead of Justice League, WB would push the Affleck solo Batman movie in its place.
Then came the freak out. Will Batman v Superman be bad??? Interestingly a number of other journalists/bloggers came out saying the opposite, that their sources have watched Batman v Superman and loved it. Really you can’t make much from this because all film is subjective, and what a bunch of suits think about a film doesn’t really reflect what the mainstream audience will think.
After all this we got a report which I’m more inclined to believe. From Batman On Film came the story that Warner Bros is worried about Batman v Superman, because they don’t know how the general audience will respond to it.
It’s clear that WB are concerned that the general audience are more responsive to superhero films that gear towards the Marvel tone, as it is what has been most prevalent and successful recently. Man of Steel didn’t do the numbers they wanted, and looking at Deadpool, a movie dripping in fun and humour, WB may be hesitant as Batman v Superman clearly does not share that same tone.
So should they worry? Is the general audience only capable of watching Marvel movies? Yeah sounds ridiculous. There’s no doubt that Marvel have captured a tone that is very mass-audience friendly, but WB need to stop freaking out and realise that human beings are capable of liking multiple things/tone.
Stepping away from film, looking at what the most popular TV shows are, they’re not exactly always bundles of fun and joy. Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad etc, they’re clearly much darker.
Obviously film is a different experience. Many people go into blockbuster movies wanting some escapism and fun, however that doesn’t mean that people aren’t willing to explore darker or more serious themes.
At the end of the day it comes down to balance. I don’t want to walk out of Batman v Superman feeling burnt out from all the brooding and angst. There should be lighter moments that balance the darker moments out.
I’m hoping that the overall tone of Batman v Superman is closer to the final trailer, in that things are taken seriously yet there’s still a sense of excitement and fun.
However, it’s hard to know how the general audience will respond to the movie either way. It’s clearly going to be dissimilar from Marvel movies, so the question is whether the audience want something different, or want the same? I’m inclined to believe that people appreciate a little diversity. I mean I don’t think Batman v Superman will be radically different from what we’ve seen before but it’s clearly taking a different approach.
The only thing I don’t want WB doing is looking at the success of Marvel movies and now looking at the success of Deadpool and changing what they’re doing to reflect what everyone else is doing. Right now WB need to stick to their guns and see how it goes.
I’m in a bubble that mostly involves already comic book fans or people who are already very much into the superhero genre, so it’s hard to completely grasp what the general consensus for Batman v Superman is so far by the general/mainstream audience. So far it seems good. Watching the trailer during Deadpool most people seemed responsive, and hearing little kids freak out when they saw Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman was pretty awesome (yeah there were little kids at my Deadpool screening).
WB don’t care if critics end up hating Batman v Superman, what it all comes down to is how the fans respond and how much money it ends up making. Now I just need this freaking movie to come out already so I can stop speculating whether it’s going to be good or bad, and finally know for sure!
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