Here we go again. After producing a video about Marvel Studio's poor choice of coloring, video essayist Patrick Willems is back with a brand-new video. And, this time, the comic book fan is going for the jugular of the DC Extended Universe. In an attempt to explain why fans have so insistently panned films like Suicide Squad, Willems breaks down the litany of DCEU films out there. And, when it comes down to it, the scholar says the cinematic universe's biggest sin does not rest with its stories or visual effects but its static characterization.
"So far in the DCEU, there are no well-defined dynamic characters. By that, I mean characters with clear motivation, growth, and personalities. We haven't been given a good reason to care about any of them. The movies have been coasting on great marketing and the built-in popularity of the brands."
The video goes into the inevitable comparison between Marvel's cinematic universe and that of DC. Using Tony Stark, Patrick Willems breaks down how the former studio managed to make one of its lesser-loved characters into a pop culture juggernaut. When it comes down to it, Tony Stark became a massive success because of Iron Man's well-rounded characterization. The film started off by showing Stark as a greedy man who hungered for little more than women and booze. But, by the end, Willems makes the claim Stark has become dynamic through his ventures as Iron Man.
Willems then goes on to tackle the problem of Superman's characterization. Using Man of Steel, the creator questions how Clark Kent changes between the first time he appears and his final moments. "If this is an origin story and he's already a hero from the start, then what's the point?" he asks, referencing Superman's undying need to help those in need.
Clearly, Superman and Iron Man are not remotely similar in their character trajectories, but the point Willems makes is not about similarity; It's about difference. The Marvel hero has a clear and distinct change of heart in the MCU while many of DC's beloved heroes have failed to execute that shift so openly.
And, according to Willem and a legion of fans, the DCEU would do well to make sure its heroes undergo a change or two.
In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder, from a screenplay by Chris Terrio, and features an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Ciarán Hinds, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons and Jesse Eisenberg.
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Justice League hits theaters on November 11, 2017.