The film had everything it needed, except for a direction. Martin Campbell was a terrible fit for the material, and it’s perfectly obvious that nobody had any idea what film they were trying to make. I wasn’t even aware there was an extended cut — I’ll have to see if I can find some way to check that out for myself.
Part of the problem is that Marvel raised the bar so high. “On par with bottom-tier Marvel” just isn’t good enough anymore.
True. Marvel definitely raised the bar for super-hero films, to the point where very few superhero films NOT from the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been very well-received. The only exceptions I can think of right now are Wonder Woman (though Wonder Woman 1984 has received mixed reviews – for what it’s worth, I liked it), Aquaman, Shazam, and the animated Into the Spider-Verse.
There are two reasons the DCEU failed. One was the ‘grimdark’ approach to the DC heroes, some of which just didn’t fit. Superman doesn’t work as a dark brooding misfit.
And the other was trying too quickly to cross over all the characters, without the slow buildup that the MCU did with Nick Fury and the lead-in to the first Avengers movie. Of course the behind the scenes drama with Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon didn’t help matters any, either.
I still have yet to see this movie. Given that it was supposed to kick off the DCEU, it would have been much more appealing to me if they got it right (from what I’ve been told) instead of what Zack Snyder’s been doing with Batman and Superman.
It definitely would have been a brighter, more hopeful cinematic universe.
I’m hoping that the new animated movie universe will provide that.
Don’t get me started on ‘Apokolips War’. Was a movie about superheroes being unable to prevent the end of the world without rebooting reality REALLY what we needed to see in 2020, in the midst of a pandemic? Where many of us WISHED we could go back in time and prevent said pandemic from ever happening?
And of course the blood and gore. DC animated film producers, just because you CAN do an animated movie where well-known DC heroes and villains are gruesomely dismembered on-screen doesn’t mean you SHOULD. All that put together, Apokolips War was Justice League TOO dark.
Hopefully, the newer DC animated films will be a bit less gratuitously gruesome.
I don’t get the hate this movie gets, either. It wasn’t a great movie. But it wasn’t Manos or Garbage Pail Kids level bad, either. It wasn’t even Halle Berry Catwoman bad or 2015 Fantastic Four bad, or Batman and Robin bad either. It was mostly forgettable, like Iron Man 2.
I’ve only seen it once, but I thought the Green Lantern Corps introduction was good, but most of the film was forgettable. I generally can’t remember the details of Hector Hammond’s plot, as it’s been a long time since I’ve seen the movie. This movie’s worst sin is that it just fails to make a lasting impression, and stand out in a crowd. At least to me. Maybe if I saw it again, I’d re-assess it.
Here’s the thing: This was supposed to be the kick off for the DCEU, not Man of Steel, and if it had been the launching pad for that shared universe we might not have a Superman who snaps people’s necks and a Batman who tells the Joker “I WILL fucking kill you!” We might have gotten a brighter, much more fun shared universe, which is what the DCEU should have been, in my opinion.
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