It has been a tough road for the DC Cinematic Universe. It was almost destined to be that blow-for-blow competition for fans to see which was better. However, while Marvel had eight years to work on theirs, fans didn’t give Warner Bros. any time to make mistakes. Right off the bat, fans wanted a darker tone. Something opposite of what Marvel was selling, but that didn’t work out so well. After the critical lashing Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad took, it seems that darker was not the tone people really wanted.
Henry Cavill is someone that will agree with you. He would, also, agree that Wonder Woman was a step in the right direction. Cavill has done well with what he has been dealt, but he would agree that the DCU has somewhat missed the mark. In a profile for The Rake, Cavill opens up about the missteps.
“Even if Marvel didn’t exist, we’d struggle,” Cavill told the publication. “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.”
Marvel struggled out the gate. After the success of Iron Man, Marvel had to try and build their universe. It has changed immensely over the last eight years. With the upcoming Thor Ragnarok coming to screens next week, it is a far cry from the original film. However, it seems Wonder Woman is turning it around.
“I think it is a wonderful time for the female hero. It is the perfect setting in social politics right now, we need it, we want that perspective, and Wonder Woman has struck at the ideal time and has become a phenomenal success, which is fantastic. Any success within the superhero universe, especially within the DC Universe, is wonderful because I want to keep telling the Superman story; selfishly, that works for me.
How can you blame the man for wanting to keep telling Superman stories? Personally, I would like to see him continue to play Superman. However, I would like to see him play Superman in an actual Superman story. Unlike DC fans, his view on their attempts is not as bleak.
“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.”