It took a while, but I finally feel like DC Films are on the right track. At least, as of the time I’m writing this. While I will give my thoughts on every DCEU film, I think it’s time I give my thoughts on the ones we have gotten so far:
Man of Steel - While I have always respected Superman as a character, he was never a favorite character of mine. I just never really found him that interesting. I enjoyed the first 2 Christopher Reeves films, but obviously those are completely different from this film. I think Henry Cavill is great in the role, but there were a lot of odd decisions made in the film, on a technical level and a story level. But ultimately, I actually did like this film. I actually even like some of the more controversial decisions made in the film. So, I did like this movie.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - The best way to sum up this film is that there are at least 4 different films fighting for the spotlight in one film. I thought there were a lot of cool visuals in the film, so lines of dialogue I thought were cool, and the actual part of the film where the two icons fight was entertaining to watch. The best part of the film was Ben Affleck as Batman. I loved this portrayal of the Caped Crusader, I really wished we could have seen the full story for him that Snyder intended to show. But, I still can’t really call this a good film.
Suicide Squad - Well…I really liked Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn! Oh my god, I think that is the only legit good thing I can say about this film. This is one of those films where I can laugh at just how messy and inconsistent it is. But there is BAD! Even Will Smith is only charismatic as Deadshot for like a grand total of 30 seconds in the entire film. Otherwise, he just seems to be on autopilot. And Jared Leto sucks!
Wonder Woman - Holy crap…this is amazing! Gal Gadot is perfect for this role, the story is very smart on multiple levels, and Diana is portrayed as a strong character, not a strong FEMALE character. Don’t get me wrong, the fact she is a woman is an important part of her character, but it shouldn’t be what defines her. What defines her are the choices she makes, how she views the world and what she is willing to do to be a hero. Yea, we do get a third act climax battle with CGI and a monologuing villain, but at that point of the film you are so into it that you don’t really care and just focus on the good things that are happening.
Justice League - I know there is a movie called “Frankenstein”, but I think this films should have used that for the subtitle. The story is cliched, the villain boring, the CGI lip a unique case of bad effects. But…I do kind of have a soft spot for it. The best part of the film are the characters. Yes, Batman is acting out of character, and Joss Whedon’s directing of Wonder Woman seems oddly regressive in a couple of instances. But I love how they talk with one another, and as a DC fan - especially one who has watched the old animated TV shows like “Justice League” where the lineup included John Stewart, Hawkgirl, and J’onn J’onzz - I have to admit the little fanboy in me got excited. Again, I can’t really call this a good film overall, but there were some cool things in it (like Superman vs the rest of the League in Metropolis). So, yea I have a soft spot for this film.
Aquaman - So…much…MOVIE! This goes beyond superhero films. This is a straight up fantasy epic! The kingdoms of Atlantis look beautiful, Jason Mamoa is awesome as Arthur, the action fun as Hell! The female characters (Mera and Atlanna) have such important roles in this film that they kind of overshadow Arthur, especially Mera. But that is NOT a bad thing! It is amazing that not only did DC beat Marvel at making a good female superhero film (something that, if you ask me, Marvel STILL hasn’t achieved) but DC keeps making such strong characters that happen to be female. Where is my Mera spinoff?! One thing I was surprisingly happy with was the villains. Black Manta was so cool and sympathetic, and Ocean Master had a very justifiable reason for wanting to go to war. It is a shame that we have to wait until freaking 2022 for the sequel.
SHAZAM! - A lot of fun, but not without a lot of heart. Zachary Levi is great, Dr. Sivana was enjoyable, and I just love how even though we have already introduced Wonder Woman and Atlantis, magic is getting a true formal introduction to this universe. While I may be all right with Superman, I have always loved Billy Batson AKA the real Captain Marvel.
So, those are my thoughts. How about you guys?