Will Zack Snyder’s Justice League tip the scales?
Ask any comic book fan which franchise has better movies, Marvel or DC, and I will bet you that nine times out of 10, the answer will be Marvel. DC fans in general have yet to experience the climatic high at par with the likes of what Marvel has produced since the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) started. As much as DC has tried to put things together, it just hasn’t come up with the magic that its potential screams for. We’re talking the BIGGEST names in comic book history: Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman—the OGs who, for the longest time, just couldn’t be toppled—falling to a far second tier in the movie realm (I would’ve given Wonder Woman more credit but then Wonder Woman 1984 happened).
Any DC movie coming out has its work cut out for it, given such a ruthless fan base and how goddamn awesome the MCU just is.
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Bleak hopes from the get-go
Before I continue, I have to say, I’m a comic book fan. Growing up with the comics, cartoons and fanboy cousins, I stood no chance; the outcome was inevitable. This made me extra cautious when the movies came out, mainly because I saw these characters on pages and trading cards long before anything on the big screen came out. I was attached to a lot of them.
When Justice League came out in 2017 I was hesitant for two main reasons:
- None of the previous DC films were outstanding. They generated average reviews, but that was nowhere near what fans expected them to be. If none of the solo films were clear hits, why would I think putting them together would be better, right?
- I also saw the other side of the fence. I saw how the MCU and The Avengers were built, and I felt like it was too early in the game for DC to be pulling out the Justice League card. When the movie came out, it felt like they tried to do too much and, at the same time, too little. You had six heroes, with stories not fully fleshed out yet, packed into a single 2-hour film, not to mention an “obscure” villain with almost zero clout.
What was supposed to go head-to-head with The Avengers ended up being a film in limbo and, with all the huge names thrown into the mix, the ultimate disappointment for fans everywhere.
Bitter but with reason
So yes, I’m a bitter fan. But why do I keep the flame of hope going? Why bang my head against a wall that seemingly will need a reboot before it changes? Firstly, because Zack Snyder’s Justice League lifts the time restriction of a theatrical movie. That may not sound like much but, this time, the guy at the helm gets to tell the story the way he wants to, the way he envisions thanks to the internet. Now, I’m not saying it will be great, in fact, it could well be a four-hour mess but now one of the original problems is out of the way: time.
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Beyond that, I may be bitter, but I am still a fan and I still want to see the stuff from the pages on screen. I still want to be blown away the same way I was blown away as a kid. I’m just a bit older now, and it’ll take more than what DC has done thus far to impress fans like me.
Words Yosu De Erquiaga
Art Matthew Ian Fetalver