When Ben Affleck was confirmed as the new (old?) Bruce Wayne, I couldn't have been happier. Unlike most people, I thought he was an incredible choice! He had the look, the physique, the presence, he had absolutely everything! Batfleck is perfect! Man Of Steel wasn't perfect, but it certainly had its moments and was a solid foundation to build on - and they're building on it by giving us Batman & Superman on screen in the same film - it's like a live action version of The Dark Knight Returns (the best Batman story ever, by the way). Or is it?
It certainly seemed like a match made in comic book Heaven. Okay, so Zack Snyder has had some misses (the Owl thing?) but he'd also had some massive hits (300 springs to mind, and I love Sucker Punch with a fiery passion), and let's not forget - he was fully invested in this universe thanks to Man Of Steel. This flick had absolutely everything going for it, until someone near the top of the DC food chain began to panic.
Marvel have spent 8 years (since their first release) developing and building a deep and detailed cinematic universe, and it's fairly obvious that DC want a part of that shared-universe pie. Now don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with that, as long as you do it right. DC are more than capable of doing it right, just look at the amazing television they're creating with Arrow, The Flash & Legends Of Tomorrow - it's outstanding! The way they're setting up their big-screen universe, however, is wrong. They're diving in head first, with what seems like a poorly thought out plan.
Let's take a look at the characters that are supposed to be appearing in BvS:
- Wonder Woman
- The Flash
- Lex Luthor
- General Zod
That's a lot, right? It feels like DC are almost squandering the first ever Batman/Superman big screen team up so they can play catch up with Marvel. The reason DC are doing so well on TV right now is because they've taken their time with it; they spent two years doing just Arrow, then a year and a half on The Flash and Arrow, and only now are we seeing the third entry in that canon - and it's worked beautifully.
If I'm in charge of DC's first attempt at a shared universe, I put Batman & Superman front and centre. They don't need any backup or support to bring in extra box office tickets because it's freakin' Batman fighting Superman! What more does a fan want? I can almost understand bringing in Wonder Woman, and if you absolutely have to include her, leave it at that with Lex as your antagonist. While we're on the subject of Wonder Woman though, how incredible doe Gal Gadot look in that costume?!
I'm really worried that the flick will feel bloated and each incredible character will struggle to get the screen time they deserve, so I'm begging you Mr. Snyder, please prove me wrong.
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