The DC Cinematic Universe is without a doubt the most controversial between itself and Marvel. Some believe that to be negative but I really think it's a good thing. To me, the DC movies and upcoming slate of movies are sure to bring on even more skepticism and discord among comic-book movie fans in the years to come. But is that a bad thing?
Sure Man of Steel was met with divided criticism, but we're still talking about it today, and I think 10 years from now people will still have something to say about it. I really can't say the same for some of Marvel's movies. Everyone knows Iron Man 2 and the Thor movies aren't very good but no one talks about them. Everyone knows what to expect with Marvel's films. Green Lantern was hated, much more than MOS, but no one talks about it. It all has to do with Man of Steel's edge. Some love it and some hate it, but at the end of the day that movie sparks discussion between every CBM fan. I think some of the criticism against DC is the fact that they make unexpected choices. For Batman v Superman alone you could list almost every actor they've cast. Batfleck was met with overwhelming dislike by fans, but now seems to be mostly liked. However, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor is the one that caught everybody off-guard. To me, the main reason for the hate is pretty irrational. The popular choice seemed to be Bryan Cranston, but any logical fan of movies should be able to admit that Eisenberg is a good actor. Now we have the recently released photo of Jared Leto's Joker. That also threw everyone for a loop, but why? Because it wasn't what people wanted or expected. I was expecting something similar to "Batman: The Man Who Laughs" Joker, but each time I see the photo I like it more and more. He looks extremely psychotic, which is exactly what the Joker is.
Choosing actors that we don't expect isn't the fan favorite thing to do, but in my opinion it could end up being the better call in the long run. Let's be honest, if DC gave us Bryan Cranston as Lex, that would have been awesome, but we were expecting that. If they cast Josh Brolin as Batman, cool, but we were expecting it. Point is I'm glad they didn't give us the obvious choices because sure it would have been cool but I think the fun would have worn out. DC took a risk knowing the castings would be divisive, but they're still getting high-quality actors. Think of it like this; the most memorable gifts are the one's we don't see coming. With the upcoming DC movies there are sure to be downfalls but that comes with being edgy and taking risks. There will be disappointments, but there is sure to be greatness as well.
The reason I love the DC movie's and the direction they're heading is because at the end of the day I feel inspired but what I'm watching. I honestly can't say anything close to that for Marvel. By the way I really enjoy Marvel's films, but I always say "that was good fun" or something along those lines. None of the movies resonate or get any deep emotion out of me, except popcorn fun and laughter. Not to say that that's a bad thing; I'm glad both Marvel and DC are complete opposite, but It is possible to enjoy two different style of movies. At the end of the day everything is subjective, so this is only my opinion. I feel that years after the current slate of DC movies have been released, they will be more memorable. People may not like them, but they're being edgier and taking risks which will bring discussion for years to come.