There are people who love the DCEU with all their hearts and souls and defend it with a passion that can be overwhelming, and there are those who have mixed feelings about what the films have presented us so far and those who really hate the tone these superhero films have.
While Man of Steel and Batman V Superman were criticised for being a darker tone in the takes of Superman and Batman, Wonder Woman was praised as a superhero origin film focused on hope and compassion, which to many is the reason why we watch superhero films.
One of those people is Henry Cavill, our Superman, who as part of a profile in Poetic Justice (via Collider), admits the tonal and stylistic direction of the DCEU pre-Wonder Woman was not exactly great:
“Even if Marvel didn’t exist, we’d struggle. 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.”
To him, Wonder Woman is the first step in the “right direction”.
“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.
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.”
From what it seems, the DCEU is already in a lighter more optimistic tone, with Justice League been promoted as more “fun” than any previous DC film, so maybe Cavill’s words have a hint at what the future holds for the DCEU.
What do you think about his words? Do you agree with Henry Cavill on his view of the DCEU? Let us know in the comments below!
Currently, Henry Cavill is promoting Justice League, which premieres on November 17.