Monday, February 15, 2021

Zack Snyder's Justice League looks fine. Just fine.

 

I think "Zack Snyder's Justice League" looks fine. It doesn't look terrible, it doesn't look like the messiah of superhero films either. It looks fine. The DCEU (if we can even call this movie apart of that) has been high and low, basically from the start. There are movies that I really like from that camp of films, and there are films that I don't care for much at all. It's totally okay if you like the films I don't like. Its perfectly okay if you love the entire franchise. If you also happen to be the type of fan that was will gush all over anything that features characters you've grown up loving all you're life? Guess what? That's okay too! 

 I am not here to get in your face for liking the films you like. I don't need to know the reasons why you like the films you like. To tell the truth, the story of how "Zack Snyder's Justice League" is a remarkable one. Snyder didn't finish "Justice League" in 2017 because his child had health complications. No matter what you think of Snyder or the films he's made, that's really sad. I don't wish that type of grief on anybody, and I am glad that he pulled through that time in his life. Joss Whedon stepped in to finish the film. While I like "Justice League" to a degree, its not without its flaws. One of those flaws is how the film kind of feels like a Frankenstein Monster. Two styles of two different directors are fighting for air, and it ends up feeling like a strange experience. 

 The fans for years have been begging DC to allow Zack Snyder to release his cut of the film. Warner Brothers decided to give Snyder a few million to do so and they are now giving the fans what they asked for. It's truly a great story. An artist gets to fulfill the vision he had for the story he wanted to tell. The fans to get to revel in that vision. It's a great example of what happens when fandom comes together and when the establishment decides to listen, and what can come of that. 

With that said, a very specific type of fan asked for this. I think no matter what, those fans are going to love this movie, no matter what it ends up being. That's perfectly okay if they like the movie and they like anything and everything about it. I hope I enjoy it when it comes out. The thing is, Zack Snyder is kind of all over the place when it comes to the movies he makes. There are films of his I really like, but he can also colossally screw the pooch as well. I think he's said some really crazy things in the press before. Overall, he's a decent guy and a decent filmmaker, but maybe not the guy you put in charge of a big franchise like this.

 I've said this thousands and thousands of times, too. I don't get the need to make these characters dark. Or why fans feel the need to bully others into believing that these characters need to be dark. Comedies are funny, horror films are scary. Superhero movies also have a very distinct style to them. If you can't handle that, that's on you, not the genre. I'm not saying I'm against dark comic book movies. It really depends on the character. Punisher should be dark. Wolverine and Spawn should be dark. Batman...it really depends. Because he's been so flexible over the years that you can virtually tell any story with him. There was a time when I only thought dark Batman mattered. When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with the Christopher Nolan movies and "Batman Forever" hurt my heart and all I wanted was dark and serious Batman. As I have gotten older, I still like Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight." I like playing the Arkhamverse video games. But I also like the Adam West era Batman. I enjoy "Batman: The Brave and The Bold." Yes, I still love "The LEGO Batman Movie." Batman can be much more than one thing. Dark, gritty storytelling featuring Batman isn't a bad thing. For me though, the darkness needs to illuminate something or help elevate the story, or features a metaphor. There are plenty of Batman stories that are dark for darkness sake, and I don't tend to like those stories at all. It really depends on the character and what kind of story you want to tell if you are going to create a dark superhero story. I tend to not like dark superhero stories simply to say "gritty is cool!" You have to be saying something if you want to do that. There's also a big difference between dark and serious toned. 

What it looks like we have here is a Justice League movie where heroes will drop F-bombs and acting mopey because someone set off the Mother Boxes and one of the alien invaders is named GRANNY GOODNESS. Overly serious DC is even more silly compared to Marvel because DC is way more engulfed in fantasy and their characters or much more goofy. That's why DC dark works a lot less. Sorry, not sorry. Just my opinion. I'll still check this out. I like SOME of Snyder's work and I hope he can surprise me here. But I never get the need to make superheroes so dark and serious and angsty. Maybe that was cool when I was 16, but as I've gotten older and see comic books as they are, dark superhero stories seem dopey to me. 

If you are excited for this movie though, then be excited. I am not here to take that away from you. I merely want to explain why I'm on the fence about this. You don't have to be on the same fence. I only hope that you allow for others to have their opinions too. Fandom has become so toxic to the point that talking about these franchise blockbusters has lost its fun and we should curate a space for discussion. Not alienate others over their opinions. I know because I used to suck when it came to discussing film. But I caught myself and years ago I decided to quit. You can have your opinion and I will have mine. 

 I would love to see the end of gatekeeping as well. Because here's another thing, whether its DC superheroes or Marvel superheroes, Disney Princesses or Star Wars Jedi's. All of these fandoms are going to last longer than we do. We don't need to alienate fans based upon when they got into a franchise. We don't need to like a certain film or a certain era to fit in or to look a certain way. It's okay to like whatever you want to like. I know I was one of the few that didn't really care for "The Joker" in 2019. Joaquin Phoenix doesn't need to be my Joker, though. There are plenty of Joker's that I hold dear to my heart, and I love that. I'm not going to rail on "The Joker" ever again because I already said everything I wanted to say. If you liked that movie, then Joaquin Phoenix can be your Joker and that's absolutely fine. No harm, no foul. 

 I hope for a day when fandom isn't so toxic and we don't use other franchises as ways to offend others. We already have enough problems in the world, we don't need to be hassling people over which flavor of superhero they like. 

 For right now, Zack Snyder has a new movie coming next month. Let's see how it turns out...

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