If you’re sick of DC or Marvel (or superhero movies in general) then you might as well skip the internet this week with Comic Con coming up (for the rest of us it’s time to rejoice at the promise and excitement this upcoming week could bring us). However just before San Diego Comic Con has even started Ben Affleck has taken to Entertainment Weekly and once again points out to the world why DC films are different than Marvel. The “Batman V Superman” star states, “It is more mythic, it is more grand in that way, and it is a little more realistic. Just by their nature, these films can’t be as funny or as quick or as glib as Marvel movies.”
This of course is just reconfirmation after Warner Bros CEO, Kevin Tsujihara, called their films “Edgier” while WB Exec Greg Silverman took a bigger shot at Marvel stating the difference between DC and Marvel is DC/Warner Bros puts their films in, “the hands of master filmmakers”. DC looks like they really want to distinguish themselves from Marvel (Although I don’t think Warner Bros/DC saw the “Daredevil” TV series). Quite frankly I think they need to distinguish themselves. Marvel is good at what they do and DC is much better at bringing a darker film to life. “The Dark Knight Trilogy”, “Watchmen”, “V for Vendetta” and (yes even) “Man of Steel” are well done darker comic book films. Anyone remember when DC/Warner Bros tried a Marvel approach? The result was “Green Lantern” (I would like to avoid watching a train wreck like that again).
Affleck later goes on to talk about how his character will be in the upcoming film, “He’s at the end of his run and maybe the end of his life. There’s this sort of world-weariness to it…he’s on the verge of being swallowed up by anger and the rage that we see haunt this character in other manifestations of it, but this guy is further down the line and has become more embittered and cynical”
These comments are ones that excite. It’s been no secret that this film is taking a lot of influence from Frank Miller’s masterpiece graphic novel “The Dark Knight Returns”. These comments really seem to come from an actor that understands the character (it is no denying he is a huge fan of the source material and the character). If Ben and director Zack Synder can capture a hint of that then we will be in store for a great film. “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” will be released March 25th, 2016.
As an added note check out the animated adaptation that DC did of “The Dark Knight Returns”. Originally released into two parts, I would suggest watching the “The Dark Knight Returns: Deluxe Edition” which combines the two parts for a 148 minute epic of a superhero film that is almost on par with some of the best live action superhero films. (I will eventually do a review for that as well)