We're less than two months away from Suicide Squad and we're extremely excited to see Ayer's interpretation of some of DC's greatest rogues. Many fans are hoping that it'll cleanse their palate from the bad taste that was left after Batman v Superman.
Honestly, I believed the movie had many flaws, but it was a valiant effort trying something different. I've fell in love with Smallville and the character, Clark Kent, in the late 2000's.
Y'see, Superman's story in BvS, just missed its mark on telling an amazing arc about the tribulations of a modern superhero. Many fans expected one thing and Snyder delivered something entirely different. Let's take a look how DC is trying to win back support for Superman!
WHY IS SUPERMAN APPEARING ON SUPERGIRL?
Firstly, let's talk about why Superman is appearing on The CW? Is it because they believe it will increase their ratings? Probably. Maybe they're trying to sway popular opinion away from the movies and try to build the brand back up, right?
The last episode of Smallville appeared over 5 years ago. Now, they have their own universe on the CW and it's a perfect place to increase fan support. They'll have over a year to make Supes great again!
IT'S KINDA CURIOUS
Do you find it weird that the DCEU is allowing The CW to use one of their most famous characters? These are the same people that disbanded the Suicide Squad on Arrow and countless other characters from appearing. One must think that the newly appointed, Geoff Johns, had something to do with this.
WILL IT WORK?
If they bring back the amazing, Tom Weilling, as The Big Blue Boy Scout, then rest assure -- it'll work! He has a loyal fan base and more importantly: He's the version of Superman that most fans of The CW think of nowadays (you were great, Christopher, but Tom's my Superman)!
This will make Superman relevant again and it should bid well for the DCEU. I'll get to the main problem behind Cavill's Last Son of Kypyton shortly! Lastly, I believe that with The Flash rescuing his mother, it might allow Kara to be part of the main universe (it could happen). This makes sense on numerous levels and it'd make Legends of Tomorrow way more badass with access to Superman's rogues!
DC IS DOING IT RIGHT IN THE COMICS
Have you read any of the new titles in DC's Rebirth? They're amazing and surprisingly, it's not a reboot. The first issue dealt with the fallout of The New 52 Superman's passing and it was great! You'd have to read the comic to understand where I'm coming from. And there are a couple of great mysteries unfolding as well!
Also, Action Comics, revealed today that Lex Luthor is back, back again, tell a friend! The old (?) Superman is highly suspicious of Lex and this brings him out of hiding. How cool is it that he shaves his beard with his heat-vision? As of now, it looks like DC is doing an admirable job bring back the Superman we all love in the comics first!
IT WAS A GREAT SUPERMAN STORY IN BVS, BUT POORLY EXECUTED
I still cannot get over the abysmal 27% rating on Rotten Tomatoes for Snyder's film. The movie had many flaws and one could argue that one of trailers spoiled the movie big time as well. Yet the movie had many things going for it, sadly, none of them were Cavill's Superman (I loved him in U.N.C.L.E). I believe once the scathing reviews are out of people's minds, then they might think differently about the movie.
BVS FINISHED THE ARC FROM MAN OF STEEL
Snyder decided to have a Kal-El that was unsure if he wanted to be a protector of Earth. There were numerous mentions of this throughout both films and it's an interesting concept to explore. We saw it at the end, when he embraced our world and killed Doomsday. It was so subtle and the story did not do justice to how big of a moment that actually was.
Imagine that your home world was destroyed by your people and your adopted world is completely terrified just from the thought of you. We always took for granted that Superman would always do the right thing and these two movies took the time to explore how that came to past. Why should Superman protect us? It's like asking refugees to partake in the army because we took them in (I'm not trying to get political).
I wished that Congress would have asked Superman why he didn't try to protect the terrorists, instead of ridiculous accusations of murder. They showed Kal saving that poor girl from a burning building in Mexico, but it wasn't enough to have the audience form an emotional connection with The Boy Scout. I believe that if they would have showcased a rescue mission with Supes actually saving groups of people, then we could see how much he truly cares.
Besides his arc for the movie, I'm still not sure why they didn't have him joke more? Superman will always do the right thing, but he's not afraid to talk sh*t and he can come off a bit cocky sometimes.
These are the nuances that help transcend Superman in the ranks of the greatest superheroes of all-time. Hopefully, Geoff Johns can illuminate, Terrio and Snyder, how Superman should be portrayed!
I must bring this up when writing about the problematic storytelling that was in both, Man of Steel and Batman v Superman. Did Kal-El die at the end of BvS because of man's sins (And he's going to come back to life.)? Maybe it's just me, but I have a hard time empathizing with problems that befits a god.
I know DC was trying to separate their heroes from Marvel, but Superman is a farm boy from Kansas. The Religious overtones were too much and made us dislike Clark, instead of rallying behind him. Hopefully, this tomfoolery is over in the next chapter!
THE AGE DIFFERENCE
This is a very minor complaint, but I rather Snyder had the heroes closer in age and more of history between the two in the final product. I believe the conflict would have been more powerful if there was a prior relationship between the two before the movie. I thought Affleck nailed Batman and I'm looking forward to a newly resurrected Man of Steel!
WHY I LOVE SUPERMAN
For the longest time I thought Superman was nothing special; due to his level of power and his do-gooder mentality. After watching Smallville, I realized what a tremendous burden Superman carries on a daily basis.
I cannot fathom the feeling of hearing a terrorist attack on the other side of the world and feeling guilty because I didn't do something about it. That's a daily occurrence for him and yet, we still expect him to be chipper.
It's staggering thinking about having all that power and only using it for good. He's not a god, but a man, who's trying to make the world a better place. I recently had a conversation with a friend -- he was trying to argue that Superman will always be boring because of how powerful he is and his moral compass.
Y'see, Superman will always try to save the day and sometimes he doesn't. This is the moral fiber that we look for in our heroes; to see what happens when they're defeated and nothing makes sense. They always seem to keep their heads up and this is an admirable trait that we all should have in the midst of adversity.
Many people just dismiss comics as children's play, but they inspire a lot of people to be a better all-around individual. Superman proves no matter how much power you have, you should always set out to make the world a better place! Superman enjoys saving people and this was lost in Snyder's iteration.
I'm extremely happy so far with what I'm seeing from DC's Rebirth and I can't wait to see how it translates to screen. I understand the frustration with Snyder's Superman, but it looks like the powers that be are doing everything they can to remedy the situation.
I know Superman is probably not your favorite hero, but he's someone we all should look up to in the comic community. As long as Suicide Squad is critically and financially successful, then we all should be hopeful for brighter days in the DCEU!