“It was the first fissure in the columns that had upheld my childhood, which every individual must destroy before he can become himself… Such fissures and rents grow together again, heal and are forgotten, but in the most secret recesses they continue to live and bleed.“ WINGS #3 STIGMA (#1 begin; #2 lie)
I’m so mad at critics thinking that Marvel superhero films have defined the genre and set some standard and set of rules that future filmmakers within the superhero genre have to abide by and incorporate.
Batman V Superman had its flaws. It did. It wasn’t a perfect movie. However, criticisms of it not being funny enough, of it being ‘joyless,’ and it just not offering the same comedic relief that an Avengers movie would is beyond ridiculous to me. This film didn’t set out to make you laugh every five minutes and it didn’t promise to be some hilarious Superhero film so going into that movie wanting to have all this back and forth comedic banter between Batman and Superman when nothing has suggested that it was something you could expect is on you. Not on the film. I felt like this movie explored more serious concepts that Man of Steel introduced and that involves this idea of how humans would react to, first, the realisation that life exists outside of Earth, secondly, those aliens arriving on Earth, and finally, these religious ideologies that talk of a God and seeing Superman as this god-like figure and how the world responds to him being treated as such. Conceptually, Batman V Superman was incredible. I felt like it had so much more going on under the surface that if people just stopped waiting for a witty one-liner every five minutes, they’d grow to appreciate it. Now, I’m not going to get into a discussion of what worked and what didn’t, but my point is: the Superhero genre should allow for many different kinds of films and media and to so harshly rip one superhero film apart because it didn’t follow the same structure of another superhero film is so beyond frustrating to me and it is not a reflection of a film failing but rather a reflection on someone not understanding that Marvel has set a tone and a structure for its cinematic universe and DC Comics is in the process of establishing its own tone and structure for its cinematic universe. We all have our preferences and can dislike something because it’s simply something we don’t like but to be critical that x isn’t the same as y and therefore y is terrible… that’s not a valid criticism.
I tried to stay pretty quiet on this topic of discussion but seeing how much Batman V Superman is still being dragged in the mainstream media in an attempt to praise Civil War has just started to really bug me. And to now see early reviews of X-Men: Apocalypse criticise the film for not being hilarious has just heightened my level of frustration. Concepts within the Superhero genre are very serious and if ANY film wants to take those concepts seriously and approach things differently than a light-hearted action film then let them fucking do it and stop expecting a plethora of jokes to be the basis of what makes a superhero film good. End of rant.