The dominant debate between film enthusiasts and comic fanatics alike, is the portrayal of conflict between DC’s two supreme superheroes of the current era. Battles between The Dark Knight of Gotham and supposedly God-like Man of Steel has repeatedly been a matter of controversy. Who would emerge victorious? The emergence of this latest instalment in the DC cinematic universe has been seen as a delicate take on these commanding figures – arguably the top two. Having smashed the box office during the opening weekend, despite the lacklustre reviews that followed from every direction, we ask the question, was it as we expected? It’s so unusual to see superheroes banging heads on screen, we just can’t decide.
Attempting to find a winner in this particular cinematic feature is tough, as there is no clear victor in the focal battle. There is no apparent reasoning behind the aggressive conflict, the duo simply don’t agree on the morals behind justice and what is right for the cities they strive to protect. When it comes down to it, this ideological dispute is there to please the audience, particularly from the production side of the feature. As it is such a controversial debate that many want to see resolved, the task of making this somewhat of a reality is a difficult one. Presenting two of the most iconic and highly regarded figures, not just in the DC universe alone, but across the superhero franchises, is a laborious task to please every audience stereotype. Despite director Zach Snyder’s endeavor to produce an accurate portrayal of the characters inspired by the comics, it’s also his duty to please faithful readers. This attempt faces many obstacles, which may be why the film fell flat in places. We, the audience, are still waiting for the answer.
When Wonder Woman Finally Turns up
The subtle yet exceedingly long-winded presentation of Diana Prince, building up to her appearance in the Wonder Woman cape, was a satisfying and seemingly positive exploration of the somewhat unheralded hero. Audiences were introduced to her splendor in the close-up during the promotion and trailers for the feature, so her sudden appearance was far from a surprise. Critics and audiences now anticipate the upcoming solo feature for Gal Gadot’s character set to be released next year, pleased with how she has so far portrayed the ambiguous woman.
Watching Wonder Woman – particularly in the concluding battle against Luthor’s insane experiment – displays an exciting vigour that wasn’t as evident in the protagonists’ characters. She stood out from the others, although her emergence into the battle did seem unnecessary – aside from the obvious suggestion of a forthcoming Justice League installment. She even agrees with suggestions that she is the dominant one of the trio. Particularly here, we can envisage Wonder Woman as the leading lady,should neither Batman nor Superman emerge victorious
Dawn of Justice vs. Civil War
It’s not just DC that are bringing together popular figures in epic battles, as Marvel’s comic crossover is set to be presented onscreen in April this year. Possibly a coincidence, two superhero spectaculars at the same time, these are big news for comic and film fans alike. The pressure on both Marvel and DC is high, ultimately facing criticism from a wide audience, some more demanding and analytical than others. Either way, the films create more excitement for the comics. Personally, my enthusiasm for the original sources of inspiration and adaptation has risen due to the presence of these new mediums
Now, seeing more and more additions to hero motion picture territory, the industry will certainly reap huge profits. The promotion of these upcoming installments alone bring massive build-up, Spiderman appearing exclusively in the Civil War trailer brought great pleasure for the whole online community. It’s the arrival of these big names that brings both anticipation and a certain degree of doubt for the future of superheroes and their cinematic involvement, and we can only hope that the production of these cherished characters are given the justice they deserve.
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