This article is sure to cause some debate. And that's what I love to do.
Now to start this article off, I just want to say that I am a HUGE fan of CBM's (comic-book movies) and I want this genre to be around for a long time.
Enough with that, let's get into the DCCU and how it's receiving hate for all the wrong reasons. I'll break it down for you:
The announcement of a Superman/Batman movie:
The announcement at Comic-Con 2013 put me in a pure state of joy that we're going to see Superman and Batman on screen for the 1st time EVER in live-action. It gave me that little kid feeling (even though I'm 19) and it just confirmed that a DC cinematic universe is coming and an eventual Justice League will show up (even though this upcoming project is maybe Justice League?)
Now the people who were ecstatic like myself, there's always the ones that hate and there's nothing wrong with that. I just want to address a few things:
"Why would Superman and Batman fight each other? They don't fight!"
My answer: Even though the title suggests otherwise, don't have the 'Alien vs. Predator' theme in mind because, logically, that's not the case. They HAVE fought in the comics but not in a way that it's the whole plot of the story and there is crowned a winner. There's a bigger purpose of this epic altercation and we can only find out in 2016.
"Why is Batman in it? Wonder Woman too? I thought it was a Superman sequel?!"
My answer: Zack Snyder stated at Comic-Con that they are just elements that will help tell this Superman story. I think we're letting the popularity of the characters sway our minds into thinking each one is going to have a lead role in this film when it's a safe bet to say that it's not the case.
It makes sense for Batman to come out and confront Supes after a massive alien attack on Metropolis. At least it's the realistic way instead of waiting to see two heroes on screen together until the big team up (Avengers and Marvel's Phase 1). Wonder Woman is hard to picture being introduced in my head but it shouldn't be anymore than an extended cameo. The fact that we have no title yet kinda puts me on the fence that it's not going to have the "Man of Steel" title in it.
"This is just a half-ass attempt to compete with the Avengers"
My answer: IT'S COMPETITION REGARDLESS! When Man of Steel came out, guess what, it COMPETED with other Marvel properties. It's 2 huge comic companies who make big-budget movies, the competition was there before Marvel's Phase 1 even kicked off.
Also, since when is Marvel's way of setting up a cinematic universe the ONLY way to do it. What worked for Marvel, worked for Marvel. It doesn't mean they should copy the formula especially if it worked for them. To be honest, having 1 member of the JL come out to confront Superman (and introducing WW) is way more realistic than "mentioning" a hero in a cliche way. It feels more like a universe that way if 1 of the Big 7 constantly show up in each other movies only to build chemistry that much quicker and better only to make JL that much more epic. Teamup first, then solo movies afterwards.
What seems to be a a running occurrence in comic-book movies is the controversial casting this movie has done. It all started (with MOS2) with Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman and since then every casting WB has made has been met with some controversy.
I've defended the Affleck casting since Day 1. He's physically the best Batman, he's a better actor than what people give him credit for, he's had the biggest career 180 in Hollywood history and WHEN he knocks Batman out of the park, it'll just be the icing on the cake. He has A LOT of past incarnations to either study upon, avoid and learn from in order to make his Batman stand out from the rest. Everything's lined up beautifully for Affleck to own it. He's been cast (to the public) as Bats since late August. It's February. And people still hate the casting? I guess that's them but they've had near half a year to see this for the better and it still hasn't sunk in.
That's it for Pt. 1. I'll continue with the rest of this segment as well as the rest of the article soon!