Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is still splitting creators right and left as to what it did well and where it went wrong.
Watchmen Co-creator Dave Gibbons is no different, and during a trip to MCM Comic Con (via Flicks And The City), the talented artist and writer was asked about what he thought of Director Zack Snyder’s ability to helm a possible Watchmen integration into the DC Cinematic Universe if that ever came to be.
To start things off, Gibbons talked pleasantly about Snyder’s work on Watchmen.
“Well I think Zack Snyder, or Zack as I call him, is a very talented filmmaker and I thought what he did with Watchmen was about as good as anybody could have expected to do, and he put a lot of time into it, a lot of passion, he had complete understanding of the material he was dealing, and I was really happy with that movie. It’s a flawed movie, nothings perfect, but I really thought they gave it the real proper try.”
As for Batman v Superman, well, let's just say he doesn’t look at it as fondly as he does Watchmen.
“I feel that the, what’s happening now with the DC characters in film to my mind is going in the wrong direction. I did a panel earlier on where I was talking about films that influenced me. What Marvel seem to have done is take their characters, with their dark side and their light side and their humor and their pathos and their human emotion, and they’ve actually had a long vision of what they’re going to do. They put together films that are really entertaining, that are exciting, and do have threat and jeopardy, but do have humor and a human quality to them, and a sense of hope. But I feel what DC had done, particularly with the Superman vs Batman movie, is that they really have taken a misstep on it.”
He reiterates the point by comparing it to another Batman and Superman conflict arc, which he wrote, called World's Finest.
“I mean, I wrote a comic book called World's Finest which was Superman vs Batman, and what I honed in on, and I’m not saying this is the only take, but it might have helped, was you know you’ve got Batman who’s a dark, hidden creature, who lives in a dark evil city, whose antagonist is a brightly colored clown. You’ve got Superman who is a brightly colored figure. He’s yang if you like to Batman’s yin. He lives in a bright hopeful city, but with a villain, an opponent who is a dark great scheming business man. So the whole universe is completely complimentary.”
Gibbons brings up some great points, especially in relation to World’s Finest. With all the changes DC has made over the last few months, hopefully, Justice League: Part One can learn from the mistakes of BvS.