DC Comics once used to be the giant of comic books industry. It was the single largest publication. Marvel Comics was the second biggest publication but was outmatched by DC Comics by a high margin. Fast forward to 2021 and the tables have somewhat turned. Marvel Superheroes are just as, if not more, popular than DC Heroes. At the movie level, Marvel is nailing it. The DCEU is still struggling to gain enough of a foundation in the theaters. To that end, the release of Zack Snyder and the Snyder Cut Justice League might aid the DCEU in gaining some more traction.
The DCEU and the MCU are fundamentally different. While one seems light and friendlier, the other seems darker, grittier and more mature themed. Both use their own point of views to shape their respective superhero universes. The DCEU will always be the handiwork of Zack Snyder. He jump-started the DCEU after 2013’s Man Of Steel. His vision has, whether you like it or not, has been the primary driving force shaping up the superhero universe even today!!
Zack Snyder recently opened up about how the MCU and the DCEU Superheroes differ from each other.
“It’s obvious I take these characters and their mythology really seriously. I want them to be fully realized as characters, existing in that world. I don’t think that it’s cool to have fun at their expense. And there was a vision that we had, a complete universe, fully fleshed out, that we really wanted to take all the way. I knew it before BvS, when we made Man of Steel. Marvel is doing something else. They’re doing, at the highest level, this popular action-comedy with a heart. And they have that nailed. An effort to duplicate that is insanity because they’re so good at it. What DC had was mythology at an epic level, and we were going to take them on this amazing journey. Frankly, I was the only one saying that.”
This is also a tried and tested argument within the fan base. The MCU creates heroes that are very relatable to the viewers. They create regular average people who have greatness thrust upon them because of circumstances. The DCEU’s approach is the polar opposite. Instead of creating human-like characters, the DCEU creates behemoths, Gods & Monsters that have very little humanity left in them. DCEU Heroes are grand and mythic. MCU’s heroes on the other hand tend to be more balanced and realistic.
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“No, not at all. I don’t know how to hit a ball any different than I hit it. A director has one skill – your point of view. That’s all you have. If you’re trying to imitate another way of making a movie, then you’re on a slippery slope.”
Zack Snyder has faced rampart criticism over the years for his controversial vision for the DCEU’s future. While Snyder critics are a dime a dozen, there are certainly a sect of fans who like where Snyder is going with this. Otherwise WB Studios may never have bent over to fan requests and let a Director release his version of the movie three years later.
Justice League: The Snyder Cut releases on the 18th of March. Stay tuned for further updates.