There’s be a lot said about Warner Bros’ DC movie universe, and a lot of it hasn’t been complimentary.
Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel kicked off the cinematic universe in okay form, doing well financially ($US668 million worldwide from a $US225 million budget) with mixed reviews. Unfortunately, while again performing well at the box office, the critical/fan thrashing afforded to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and particularly Suicide Squad made it clear that the powers that be perhaps weren’t on the right track with their approach.
And Superman concurs.
“Even if Marvel didn’t exist, we’d struggle,” actor Henry Cavill has told The Rake magazine (via Heroic Hollywood). “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.”
The clouds cleared – at least momentarily – with Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, which earned a massive $US821.6 million (getting surprisingly close to the US873.2 million earned by the Batman-Superman-Wonder Woman team-up that is BvS), was received positively by fanboys/girls and critics, and is now eyeing potential Oscar love. Cavill sees the female-led superhero picture as a much-needed turning point for the DC universe – and his future run as the Man of Steel.
“I think it is a wonderful time for the female hero,” the British actor said. “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.”
In line with Wonder Woman‘s tone and themes, there’s more hope in the air for this cinematic universe. Now, Cavill believes, the DC universe has found its footing.
“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.”
All eyes are now on Justice League.