The Marvel Cinematic Universe was introduced to us back in 2008 with a short but sweet end credits scene at the end of the first Iron Man. Now, DC is a little over two weeks away from officially beginning their respective journey into the connected movie universe realm. Man of Steel did not really have a connection, other than Easter eggs, there was no mention at all to any potential connection to other DC properties, so we are not counting it here.
Marvel has an eight year and 12 movie head start. So how do you think DC is attempting to surpass Marvel, with star power. Well renowned actors with a laundry list of credentials that will bring even the least optimistic of audiences to the theater for a superhero movie.
Alright, so lets break it down. Marvel has been known to cast actors that are at the cusp of stardom, but not quiet there yet. Two actors were cast (one lead and one supporting) that didn't fit the Marvel mold, but had DC type credentials; Edward Norton, and Terrence Howard. Even with those castings, they continued to cast lead actors with very little to no comic fan following whatsoever. DC on the other hand is bringing in actors/actresses that are household names and are very easy to promote.
Ben Affleck, like me, is Boston born and raised. He's been highly criticized for his acting, but has himself a very good resume directing movies like Argo, The Town and Gone, Baby, Gone. He has two Oscar awards under his belt for best picture (Argo) and best screenplay (Good Will Hunting).
Assisting Ben in Batman V. Superman are Henry Cavill, Jeremy Irons, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Holly Hunter, Laurence Fishburne, and Amy Adams who have all been nominated for awards with the exception of Henry Cavill.
This movie is nothing short of star studded to say the least. You have the almighty Will Smith with a supporting cast of Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Ben Affleck, Cara Delevingne, Viloa Davis, Common, Jai Courtney, Scott Eastwood and Jay Hernandez. This is the first movie to follow the events of Batman V. Superman, so they are making sure that it grabs everyone's attention. Will Smith alone has more movie credits than over 90 percent of the cast combined. His addition to the cast doubled the the interest this movie was gathering at the time. Not to mention the reintroduction of the Joker after the late Heath Ledger's portrayed him to an Academy Award for best supporting actor. Jared Leto is now taking over the Joker duties, and he also has a Academy Award for best supporting actor in his resume.
On March 25th, 2016, we will find out if the four year plan they currently have envisioned will take off as they hope, or are they going to have to go back to the drawing board after Suicide Squad.