A bit of a continuation to my previous post about Deadpool's success and the failure of other such films, notably Zack Snyder's.
Man of Steel:
I gave his film a shot at redemption only to be reminded of the disappointment upon my initial viewing. Fraught with shaky cam, awkward zoom ins and distracting lens flare but much of which can be ignored if not for the unnecessary tonal changes to the character's adaptation (David Goyer's fault for a Batman inspired script); devoid of any joy in its imagery (Metropolis death count?), lack of character development, and visuals drained of colour as if Superman was written with Frank Miller in mind.
To be fair, here is one shot worth appreciating
Dawn of Justice?
The aforementioned issues all of which Zack Snyder seems to have repeated in Dawn of Justice with a glaring addition: abundance of storylines and characters. What I gather from the promotional material and trailers is the inclusion of Batman, Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and a bad impression of Emil Blonsky's Abomination all under 2 hours and 40-ish minutes. Has no one learned from Spider-Man 3 (in defense of which, was better than Man of Steel by a long shot, aside from the point) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2? This year is a popular year for superhero feuds: Daredevil vs. Punisher, Ironman vs. Captain America, and what would be on my list if not for (you guessed it) Zack Snyder, Batman vs. Superman.
Which are especially interesting given that all are the result of conflicted ideologies. The guilt ridden vigilante that won't kill and his self proclaimed superior, the soldier resistant to supervision at personal expense and the ex arms dealer intent on enforcing the law for the sake of international security, and finally, the omnipotent alien and the paranoid mortal. All cases of which have either been developed over the span of about two trilogies, and have the opportunity to do so in an entire season of a TV show. There's a strong likelihood that the clash in Dawn of Justice will lack credibility given how much screentime would need to be allotted for the remaining storylines. Especially considering the difference in time the former examples will be taking and have taken to create a convincing contrast and so begs the question as to whether or not this a simply a poorly written marketing tactic to sell more tickets.
He is also intent on wrecking Metropolis (?) again.
I'll end this post with some snips from the only DC property I am excited for; Suicide Squad, after the casting of Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, and David Ayer helming along with a lack of Zack Snyder's stylistic influence (look at the snips) and a rare, albeit twisted, sense of humor.