While I tend to enjoy the DC Extended Universe (Suicide Squad not included), it’s clear from critic and fan reception that Warner Bros. has struggled to start its shared DC universe. Thankfully, Wonder Woman turned out to be a massive success, and we can only hope that Justice League will continue that trend and deliver another hit for the DCEU.
Speaking to The Rake magazine, Superman star Henry Cavill discussed the mistakes that the studio has made while trying to find its unique style and tone.
“Even if Marvel didn’t exist, we’d struggle. There was a style they 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.”
“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.”
While it was a risk for Cavill to be this honest in an interview, I completely understand where he’s coming from. As much as the DC Universe has struggled, you can’t really blame the studio for trying to do something different and look at the genre from a different perspective. Hopefully, Justice League will be another success story for the DC Extended Universe and we can look forward to more great superhero movies.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.