This past weekend, I had watch Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice for the Third time. And i was able to watch Marvels Avengers: Age of Ultron for the tenth time. i have to tell you, for the first time i was able to actually think about the creative differences between both of the films. To really put it into respective, you need to take a look at the two prominent figures in each of the Cinematic Universes. Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne.
Anthony "Tony" Stark was born to Howard Anthony Stark and Maria Collins Carbonell Stark, owners of the prominent US firm, Stark Industries. As a boy, Tony was fascinated with building and controlling machines. At the age of 15 Tony entered the undergraduate electrical engineering program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and graduated with two master’s degrees by age 19. Tony went to work for Stark Industries, but showed more interest in living a reckless playboy lifestyle than using his engineering skills. At the age of 21, Tony inherited Stark Enterprises when his parents were killed in a car accident secretly orchestrated by rival corporation Republic Oil (later ROXXON). Still lacking in business acumen, Tony promoted secretary Virginia "Pepper" Potts to be his executive assistant and left the majority of his workload on her so that he could avoid what he saw as a burden.
Millionaire Bruce Wayne was just a kid when he watched his parents get gunned down during a mugging in Gotham City. The crime would define his life, as he dedicated himself to becoming the world’s greatest weapon against crime—the Batman.
Forget his Batarangs, Batmobile, or Utility Belt filled with high-tech weapons. Batman is the most feared superhero of all, because he’s pushed himself to the absolute pinnacle of human achievement. He’s a brilliant detective who’s mastered fighting techniques the world’s barely heard of. An Olympic-caliber athlete with a plan for every occasion, Batman’s seemingly always five steps ahead of his foes. But in his crusade against injustice, two questions always loom: How far will he go to protect the innocent, and will he sacrifice his humanity along the way?
So there is no better place to start than here. If you look at the review listed on Rotten Tomatoes, spins the tales of a movie that is humorless, incoherent story line and any way of describing a movie as the worst ever made. And when you talk to the fans, they spin a different narrative making you ask yourself, who is watching the right film. And i have one more question, when did rotten tomatoes become the authority you bet the box office on? That is a question for another time.
So here we have Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne, both are rich, both had lost their parents in tragedy, both grew up to take over the family company. So where to the differences lie. Well, Tony is a genius. He was older when his parents died, and with his own success he was more grounded and and matured when he was forced to create the Iron Man armor to save his life. So living the life as a playboy, mixing up with the ladies gave him a life which is secure in himself and his identity.
Then we have Bruce Wayne, witnessing the death of this parents as a young child, he grew up looking for the one who did it and vowing to protect the innocent pushing him to the limits like no one has ever been before. learning all sort of martial arts and learning to become the best detective to solve the worst crimes ever committed.
So what does this have to do with the types of films? Well, Tony Stark's life is not a dark life, so for Marvel and Disney, this is a great fit for them. With the right amount of wit, adventure, and heart to keep the film light and fun. Then you have Bruce Wayne, tragic life from a young man, tormented by the visions of his parents death pushing him to the limits and making sure no one will suffer like he has. To the core, this is not a story that is light and fun. There is pain, and torment and he uses this as the fuel that drives him to save his home and the people.
So when you look as these films, you have to realize, that there is no way, these two cinematic universes can be the same. As much as you might want Batman and Superman to be light and fun. You have to admit, Batman's life is not light and fun. There is vain of realism that works and it is dark. Bruce Wayne witness the death of his employees and how he must deal with it and punish the one he blames for it. And for this, Batman V Superman has more heart driving it. So when the critics look at the movie and bash it the way they do. They are foolish to think it would follow the same vain as the Marvel Films. Zack brings a sense of realism to the film that can make you believe it is real. and all the destruction is happening right outside the door. Maybe that is why when the Avengers Destroyed half of NYC, everyone could take it because the film was bright, and funny. MOS, and BVS, had the same citywide destruction, and the critics pan it. This doesn't make sense. The Avenger's series of movies, are wonderful and great in it's own way. It is only right to give MOS and BVS deserve the same respect. The film story is relevant to the harsh times of today and can relate.
There is so much that can be done and stories to develop on either side of the fence in regards to these properties, that it's a fan boy dream to watch both these iconic properties play out on the big screen. We should put away the hate and enjoy this moment in cinematic history. Because these hero's are more than sandwiches. And I'm at the table for the full course meal.