Lately, DC has been slouching a little in the movie business, and no one blames them. Marvel's a powerhouse of competition, releasing hit movie after hit movie. With the release of "Antman", Marvel's solidified it's 7th movie released since 2013, the same year DC's latest film, "Man of Steel" dropped. Speaking in terms of sheer volume, DC's losing out for sure, and the reviews for "Man of Steel" were overall positive, but polarizing as well focusing on the over-saturation of violence.
Things are looking down for sure, but with the anticipation and hype building for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, the outcome may very well revitalize DC's long stagnant movie franchises, and here's the top 5 reasons why.
5. It finally sets up DC's cinematic universe
With the new trailers that have been dropping, we can see that we're going to be getting our first glimpses of the Trinity, the big three, the original founders of the Justice League.
Remember back when Nick Fury made his first cameo in Iron Man and we found out that they were going to make an Avengers movie?
Well DC is using that hype and running with it.
It's no mystery that Marvel's great success as of late with their superhero flicks are due to a great amount of care put into continuity. All the movies are tied together, and the Avengers franchise is the culmination of that. It rallies fans from each of the different movies that Marvel's released, and this results in an immensely strong fanbase, spurring more and more crossovers and cameos and ultimately more Avengers movies.
With DC, each movie they've released in the last decade (excluding "Man of Steel") have more or less been standalone. But not anymore.
We KNOW that with the Trinity comes the Justice League, (which is slated for production as well) and to put the last nail in the coffin is the teaser images for Aquaman in BvS:
And with this, DC is going to continue on and create their own brand of continuity with the Justice League, with a rich myriad of JL stories and mythos to draw upon. Heck, Suicide Squad is slated to come soon too, so we know the universe is going to stick. And best of all, Cyborg and Flash have been confirmed for BvS, so we'll have the skeleton of the Justice League from the get-go.
4. It draws inspiration from one of the greatest Batman stories of all time
In 1986, Frank Miller wrote what might still be perhaps the most influential Batman story of all time, "The Dark Knight Returns". In this story, Batman has long retired from his work as a crime-fighter, but that doesn't mean the world didn't need him, he just got fed up with it. After the death of Jason Todd, and his loss of Dick Grayson (who would eventually become the new Joker in TDKR2), Bruce has become somewhat content in the new dystopian Gotham overrun with murderous mutants.
I'm not here to tell you about TDKR, that's a different article in itself, but what I WILL tell you is that TDKR almost single-handedly brought the Batman franchise back to it's dark roots with a complex and mature story-line, and strange twisted versions of the superheroes we all know and love.
Oh yeah, and he beats up Superman with the same suit that they teased in the BvS trailer:
Now what does this mean in the context of the new movie? Well it means that the director Zack Snyder is drawing from material that has literally changed how the pubic perceives Batman, so we know that even though the movie isn't going to follow the plot of TDKR, that at least the inspiration and intention are in good faith, and that it's going to blow some minds, which leads me to another point.
Zack Snyder is familiar with the Frank Miller's work, adapting the extremely successful "300"
So it's safe to assume that Snyder is going to make faithful homages and references to Miller's work, and that fans of TDKR can look forwards to seeing their favorite comic being well-represented on the big screen.
3. DC's been growing their fanbase from other sources
So remember what I said about Marvel drawing in fanbases from multiple franchises? Well DC has been doing the same, albeit not quite as as prominently.
Whether you're a fan of DC's FANTASTIC animated adaptations,
Or you're a fan of their growing live-action television universe,
DC has been growing their fanbase as well, and with the inclusion of their favorite heroes, promising Flash and Cyborg among others, BvS will be drawing in fans from all of DC's different fanbases and franchises, young and old.
2. Big bad villain, imminent destruction, epic scale
I'm sure other articles on moviepilot have asserted that this movie will deal with complex and mature themes that haven't really been explored before, but let me elaborate a little.
Superman has always been a polarizing figure in superhero discussions simply for the fact that he is the superhero. He is what other superheroes aspire to be, he's the pinnacle of ultimate power, and he represents the truth, justice, and the freaking American way wearing red-white-and blue.
Simply put, he has no weaknesses. Sure there's kryptonite, magic, the red sun, what have you, but these are all manufactured so that he's vulnerable to something. He can leap tall buildings in a single bound, he can cancel out a multiverse shattering device by simply singing at a specific frequency, and he can fly around the Earth so fast that he reverses time.
Okay so the last one is a little bit of a cop-out but you get the point: Superman is the ultimate superhero.
Now let me go into why this movie will remedy these past grievances.
In "Man of Steel", we were introduced to a Superman that had to make a choice between his new home and his old, and he cemented his stance by killing General Zod in the final scene. But what most people won't remember is that the humanity that he saved was less receptive of his presence on Earth, and this theme of whether or not Superman is a god, and whether or not he's ready to take on the responsibility to be a champion of the people is again put to the test in BvS
This is great not just for cinematic Superman, but for Batman as well. He has a concrete reason for despising Superman, because he represents the side of humanity that is scared and afraid of the DAMAGE Superman could do given he loses control.
And then we get to the big elephant in the room, the villain, this handsome guy right here:
Now some speculate that it's doomsday, some think it's not, but the fact of the matter is, Supes and Bats are in for a rough time given that he's capable of this:
The scale is perfect for a DC movie, since their comics are known to be huge in scale, and the action sometimes takes place on a multiversal level.
Like I said before, whether or not the big, bad, boss is Doomsday, we know that the fight will be epic, on a huge scale, and it will do the comics justice since it will take the entirety of the Trinity and the future Justice League to combat it.
1. It's a freaking Batman/Superman movie
Imagine this. One day a young, Asian-American boy is sitting at home on a lazy Tuesday afternoon, and he's scrolling his basic cable for shows. He knows Superman the Animated series is on right now, and he flips to channel 11, even though he's a Batman fan.
And to his awe, he's greeted by this beautiful frame:
He couldn't believe it, two of his most iconic heroes together? What was this sorcery? How is this possible?
Those were the thoughts ran through my prepubescent mind as I saw the two titans of the superhero community join forces for the first time.
I'm getting the same anticipation again for BvS, because this will be the first time that these two pillars will meet on the big-screen, and no matter what naysayers or doubters say, they will watch it, because it's a Batman/Superman story.
It's seeing two of the most influential figures in the comics community come together and duking it out, and eventually teaming up to save the day from a threat that may destroy the world. We all know what's coming, but we'll watch it all the same just because it's these two.
And that's it, those are my top 5 reasons why BvS: Dawn of Justice will bring DC back into the movie business, and why they'll bring solid competition to Marvel for the next round of Superhero movies.
Think I left out a reason? Have opinions on what was said in this article? Want to just gush? Leave comments below, and thank you for reading my first post on Moviepilot!