Despite being someone who has enjoyed each entry of the still young DC Extended Universe to varying degrees, I’m not going to deny that three out of four of its offerings were highly polarizing amongst critics, diehard geeks and casual moviegoers, or that some didn’t meet financial expectations. Hey, facts are facts, and it’s not on my personal agenda to ignore them.
But something we can all agree on is how much of a success this past summer’s Wonder Woman was, both critically and financially. Really, it’s no wonder why the folks at Warner Bros. are so keen on a sequel. Having said that, we’re hoping the brand can keep the ball rolling this fall with the much anticipated Justice League, a film that many people, myself included, have been waiting pretty much their entire lives for. No pressure, right?
Aside from seeing DC’s top tier of heroes coming together for the first time on the silver screen, one of the biggest talking points of late has been that of the return of Superman. And although the Man of Steel has been absent from a good chunk of the movie’s marketing to no doubt aid in preserving his mystique, we all know he’s coming back.
Admirably, actor Henry Cavill isn’t afraid to admit that not all of the cinematic efforts thus far have been 100% on point, as he had this to say in a recent discussion with The Rake:
“Even if Marvel didn’t exist, we’d struggle. There was a style they [DC] were going for, an attempt to be different and look at things from a slightly different perspective, which hasn’t necessarily worked. Yes, it has made money but it has not been a critical success; it hasn’t given everyone that sensation which superheroes should give the viewer.”
Beyond that, he praised Patty Jenkins’ take on the Amazon Warrior, while also saying the brand is heading in the right direction, a wish that we touched on earlier:
“I think it is a wonderful time for the female hero. It is the perfect setting in social politics right now, we need it, we want that perspective, and Wonder Woman has struck at the ideal time and has become a phenomenal success, which is fantastic. Any success within the superhero universe, especially within the DC Universe, is wonderful, because I want to keep telling the Superman story; selfishly, that works for me.
“I feel like now the right mistakes have been made and they haven’t been pandered [to], and we can start telling the stories in the way they need to be told. It is even better to come back from a mistake or stylistic error into the correct vein because it will make it seem that much stronger. Wonder Woman was the first step in the right direction.”
Justice League opens in theaters on November 17.