Unless you're somebody who doesn't read titles, you'll know that I'll be talking about the ending to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Obviously this will be riddled with SPOILERS. So, if you have not seen Zack Snyder's latest superhero blockbuster, click away now.
For those of you that like to live life on the edge, I'm going to leave a few lines before I get into it.
They killed Superman! Thought i'd rip it off like a band-aid. It's your own fault.
Okay, so yes. The end saw the apparent demise of the man of steel at the hands of a kryptonite riddled Doomsday. I'll say this now, I think it's too soon. The death of Superman is a story from the comics and people started to speculate after Doomsday was revealed to be involved in the movie; it is what he's most noted for.
Obviously the moment was met with shock, but that's all. Shock. I think that something as big as this should be met with more than just shock. I wanted to be upset, but I wasn't. Obviously, we all know that Superman wouldn't stay dead as this is just the beginning of the DCEU, and the cop out at the last millisecond of the movie ensured us of that. Here's the thing, Henry Cavill still hasn't won over all of the fans. He's won me over, as well as many others; but he's appeared in two movies as the character, and one of them shared the spotlight with the other titan that is Batman. People haven't had enough time to 'fall in love' with this version of Clark Kent, so to speak. The death of one of the most beloved characters in pop culture history should've been huge and tear jerking, like you-know-who's death in the last season of HBO's Game of Thrones, which gave fans a good amount of time to fall in love with. Of course, this wasn't helped by the cop out. I feel like this should've been something to happen a little later on in the DCEU. So much was crammed into this movie in what is feeling like an attempt to catch up with the MCU that's been built over the last 8 years. I feel like Doomsday was a wasted opportunity here. This was the 'big shocker' moment that could've been so much more effective if held off until a little later. Maybe they should't have killed off Doomsday so quickly or perhaps introduced him at all. Like I said, this all feels a bit rushed in an attempt to build the universe to the point it can compete with Marvel.
What does this mean for the future Superman solo movies? All those high stakes and worry and feelings of 'what could happen' are effectively gone, because he's already died and seemingly come back to life. It's already been done. It's kinda like in the CW series Supernatural, where characters have died and come back to life so many times over it's 10 previous and still going strong seasons that it makes it difficult to care anymore.
Nonetheless, with two Justice League movies scheduled and Zack Snyder stating that he wants to crack right on with Superman solo sequels among all the other DC movies planned through 2020, I'm looking forward to seeing where the DCEU leads us in the future.
Be sure to check out my in-depth review of the movie here: