BvS caused a lot of soul searching in the months and years that followed the 2015 release of the DCEU blockbuster. So much so that even the studio executives, filmmakers and headline stars have not been able to avoid the issue as they gear up for November 17's premiere of Justice League.
Although the bottom line told one story with a global box office taking of $873.3m, a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 27% told an entirely different version of events. Man of Steel's own Henry Cavill has been part of the set-up since the beginning with his 2013 standalone title and now the Englishman has shed some light on why the franchise started so poorly.
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Sitting down with The Rake prior to returning from the dead in the series, Cavill admitted that the movie attempted to be bold with the style, but it did not compute to audiences.
"Even if Marvel didn't exist, we'd struggle. There was a style they (DC) 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."
Since Patty Jenkins' involvement with 2017's Wonder Woman, Cavill believes the entire franchise has taken confidence and lessons from that installment. Strip away the complexity, seriousness and darkness, and all of a sudden you have comic book characters who come to life.
"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."
Cavill would not be a lone voice in the wilderness. This week, Gal Gadot had some diplomatic words for the filmmakers who made BvS a convoluted mess.
"None of us knew exactly, exactly, the back story of Wonder Woman," she remarked. "And once they decided to shoot the solo movie for Wonder Woman and we started to dig in to understand the core of this character, we realized that, actually, there is no way that Wonder Woman would ever give up on mankind."
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Variety's Justin Kroll outlined on social media that the long awaited Ezra Miller picture Flashpoint is still in a state of purgatory. The green light will hinge on the success or otherwise of Justice League, a movie that promises much but will have to deliver to give that film any progression including a director announcement.
"So I've been tracking tracking various movies in this world director-wise, specifically Flashpoint. I've heard they've slowed that search down to see how (Justice League) does."