The Collapse of the Modern DC Movie

Many modern DC movies like “Man of Steel,” “Batman v. Superman,” and “Justice League,” are successful on paper, but they are straying from what DC could do as a franchise.

Conner McMillan, Columnist

Growing up, I thought Marvel superheros were lame, so I looked to DC to see superheros I enjoyed. And growing up with amazing movies like the original Superman movies, the “Dark Knight,” and “V for Vendetta,” I thought DC was the coolest thing in the world. Now, when I watch these new movies, I want to throw my remote through the TV. I’m disappointed that DC has recently been releasing these bad, unfocused films.

My biggest problem with modern DC is “Wonder Woman.” Many people loved the movie, and when I first saw the movie I didn’t understand why so many people like it. So, I watched the movie five more times to find anything enjoyable about the movie, but I still absolutely hate it. I think that most people only like the movie because they want to see a good female superhero movie, and looking at many of the female superhero movies in the past like “Catwoman” and “Supergirl,” I get it. “Catwoman” was over sexuallized to the point where the movie was unenjoyable, not to mention the bad story and action. And “Supergirl” was too bland; the movie was over simplistic and the characters being two-dimensional made the movie a very boring experience.

With “Wonder Woman” I hate the movie for many reasons. My biggest problem is that the movie builds this intelligent, powerful, strong female character that we can all look up to; in the movie she fumbles around the environment, during the movie she’s portrayed as this ignorant, alienated character that’s very hard to enjoy. The best example of this is with the no-man’s-land scene. Soldiers tell Diana (Gal Gadot) that no advances are being made on either side of the battle because if any move is made, the men will die immediately. So our “intelligent” lead character runs straight at them. Her ignorance is rewarded by all of the American soldiers moving in behind her and the battle lines moving while she effortlessly takes all of the bullets. There are so many ways to make the situation presented so much better, like adding any character struggle at all. When we see this character that runs around fighting people effortlessly and not at all struggling, it becomes hard to relate to the character, making the experience less enjoyable because we’re watching this unrelatable, uninteresting character not at all improve. During the whole movie, there is little to no character development shown. At the beginning of the movie she is a strong fighter who likes to protect the world in a very single-minded way, and at the end of the movie she’s a strong fighter who likes to protect the world in a very single-minded way.

It’s strange to look back to the 2000’s DC movies and see really good movies like “V for Vendetta.” The movie shows how a person remains anonymous to symbolize how anyone and everyone could be this person, can fight and repent a tyranny. And with these new movies, there is almost nothing to take away. “Wonder Woman” tries to tell this complex theme by saying that killing or defeating just one person isn’t going to end an entire war, but situations like World War I are more complex than that. Telling this story in an effective way would have been amazing and the audience would have walked away seeing the world in a new perspective. But it ruins this by adding a big flashy climax that at the end of the fight, the war ends. They had an opportunity to create an incredibly powerful movie with a very strong message, but sadly, they needed to add the aforementioned big flashy climax.

As a whole, these DC movies are bad because they don’t know what they want to be. With Marvel characters, let’s use Thor (Chris Hemsworth) for an example; he’s not meant to be a serious character. With his character, they know that the can make him be serious and have serious moments, but for the most part he a funny character. But with a character like Wonder Woman, they ruined this serious character with these unamusing and out-of-place jokes. So, if these movies were more focused and knew what they wanted to do and knew how they wanted to treat these characters, it would feel more correct and they could better evolve these characters. Look at “Batman and the Joker;” Batman is a serious character with little nonsense, and Joker is an unserious clown with a lot of nonsense. These two characters are evidently contrasting, so it’s easy to show them consistently and evolve them with different stories being told.

Another problem I have with DC (and I know it’s nitpicking) is that the movies look terrible. When watching 2012 “Avengers,” there are moments in the movie where you can believe what is happening on the screen is happening, because the movie looks good you can be more immersed in the movie and get a more full and satisfying experience. But watching 2017 “Justice League,” it’s hard to feel immersed with the characters and the universe because they all look like fake and computer-created. Cyborg (Ray Fisher)looks like an actual toy; according to The Telegraph, the actor for Superman (Henry Cavill) refused to shave off his mustache so they edited over it and it’s maybe the most goofy thing I’ve seen in a long time. I understand how difficult it must be to make these movies look good, but the Computer Graphic Imagery (CGI) just ended up looking bad and it took away from the whole experience.

So, I believe that DC can make good movies. They’ve made amazing movies in the past, but recently they’ve been falling short on things that we expect from DC. With better and more clear stories, actual morals and lessons that we can learn from, and a better editing team, I believe that these movies can be really good.