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There is no denying that is the master of the . Perfectly balancing humor and an ensemble cast, his trilogy of outer space escapades will surely be remembered for years to come. With its rocking soundtrack and comic performances from the likes of Bradley Cooper and , the first Guardians was a runaway success for the back in 2014.

'Man of Steel' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
'Man of Steel' [Credit: Warner Bros.]

Compare that to the 's Man of Steel the year before and it is clear that the two houses couldn't be more different in the tone of their feature films. may be known for his dark take on the genre thanks to Watchmen, Man of Steel, and Batman v Superman, but even he looks like he is softening his color palette with the upcoming .

Elsewhere, Joss Whedon's Batgirl promises to be exceedingly dark but also strangely lighter in tone. Can the former director also inject some light into the DCEU? However, for those ever wondering what would happen if Snyder had got his hands on Guardians of the Galaxy, it really is as easy as 1, 2, DC.

A DC-ent Job

YouTuber Exploring The Internet has done the work for us, adapting scenes from Gunn's first film and giving it a splash of macabre DC magic. With the atmospheric beating of drums and not even a hint of Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling," it is easy to see how different the film could've been. Gone is the bromance of Rocket and Groot, Star-Lord doesn't crack a smile, and the trailer is held up by Thanos and Ronan.

We also hone in on the death of Peter Quill's mother, while Glenn Close reminds us of Ronan's massacres — something Gunn did a great job of glossing over in Guardians. Even Vin Diesel's lovable Groot is turned from loyal sidekick to whomping willow — talk about raining on our parade!

'Guardians of the Galaxy' [Credit: Disney]
'Guardians of the Galaxy' [Credit: Disney]

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Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios have both certainly set the tone for their rival universes, but what is wrong with a little healthy competition? Whether you are a Bat-fan or go gaga for the Guardians, there is something for everyone in the current slate of superhero films. However, I definitely prefer the original Guardians trailer to the Snyder-esque homage.

As hits cinemas and the reviews trickle in, it looks like the sequel could even surpass the original and has thankfully kept its joyful tone. As for Justice League, are and co. finally learning from the mistakes of Batman v Superman and their botched attempt at lightening the DCEU with Suicide Squad? Note, it takes more than some neon lettering to turn DC into Marvel. All we need now is someone to play Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" over Batman v Superman and we can see what their universe would look like the other way round.

Check out the original trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy and don't forget our poll below!


Does the DCEU need to lighten up?

[Poll Image Credit: Warner Bros.]


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