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11/23/2017 23:47:28 •••


Hmm, let's see... Simplistic, derivative plot? Checked. Flat, one-note villain with a bunch of dumb mooks from space? Checked. Dramatic tension and villain menace both completely neutered by the constant quips? Checked. Superheroes snarking and bickering for half the movie? Checked. Too lighthearted to be dramatic, yet not enough to be truly funny? Checked. All par for the course for the MCU. Except for the fact that this was supposed to be a DC movie.

After the interesting and unconventional but unappreciated Batman v Superman, the average Suicide Squad, and competent yet unremarkable Wonder Woman, Marvel vs DC debate has been rendered pointless. Now, DC has completely given up on having its own style and decided to ape Marvel's formula bit by every lousy bit.

If you didn't like the Bv S Biatman, you're in luck! He's a funny guy now! Superman is back too; with less depth but more "hopefulness". Wonder Woman has no character arc to speak of, and, if you didn't read the comics, you won't care about Aquaman and Cyborg.

If you don't like Marvel's by-the-numbers movies, do yourself a favor and skip this one too. If you like them, though, you're in for a treat. This one is utterly indistinguishable, except for the fact that, following DC tradition, it got panned by the critics. One can only laugh at the obvious bias.

11/22/2017 00:00:00

I think the Marvel style in this film could be a thing of Joss Whedon\'s involvement, although it\'s true that Wonder Woman was quite Marvelized already.

11/23/2017 00:00:00

By \"Marvelized\", do you mean \"entertaining for once\"?

11/23/2017 00:00:00

There\'s a difference?

11/23/2017 00:00:00

I think Marvel movies worked, at least critically, is because while they do tend to get carried away by out of place quips, at least their characters have depths. DC tends to treat its audiences like we're all comic fans who should know everything they've put into their movies. Suicide Squad? Mother Boxes? Aquaman and Atlantis? Cyborg, Flash and their dads? Deathstroke? Not everyone would recognize those characters or things.

For Marvel, they don't treat us like we know everything about comics, so they gradually builds up their universe movie by movie so we get to know who those characters are. Ten years ago, I wouldn't know who Star-lord, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, heck, even Iron Man and Captain America are, yet Marvel somehow made me know and care for those characters like I've known them my entire life in a way that DC could not. How bad did they have to screw up to make me not care about freakin' Superman (and this is coming from a fan of the animated Justice League who practically worshiped that version's Superman in my childhood)? Batman not having a solo movie to properly introduce his character before Justice League is a major screw up for DC. We don't know these characters. We don't know why we should care for them. With the sole exception of Wonder Woman (whose solo movie certainly follows closely to some of Marvel's better films), I don't really know why we should root for the rest of the Justice League.

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