PART 3 OF 3
JUSTICE LEAGUE REVIEW:
Yeah, it’s bad. You already knew that. But how did something get THIS bad?
How does a project with so much at stake go so wrong in such a profound, all-encompassing way? At moment when the comic-book superhero genre is at its zenith, BATMAN V SUPERMAN was seemingly holding a winning hand: A celebrated, stylish director. A powerhouse cast. 80+ years worth of cherished American pop-mythology to draw from. Some of the most popular characters of all time. Dumptrucks full of Warner Bros’ money to spend. And on top of all that, a moviegoing public hungry enough for an alternative to the Marvel Cinematic Universe formula for a pitch like “depressing, ultra-violent, pitch-dark 9/11-themed SUPERMAN movie” to sound (almost) like a good idea.
And yet, the end result was among the great cinematic calamities of the last decade; receiving scathing reviews, a near record-setting box-office dropoff, enraged notices from many fans and sarcastic “thank you’s” from people named Martha. Even today, the shockwave from the film’s negative reception are being felt as the studio continues to reshuffle the slate of films it was meant to inspire, JUSTICE LEAGUE continues to be transformed in post-production and the word “reboot” begins to fill the air. While not unprofitable or without its own unironic fans, the film seems destined to go down as one of the most infamous releases in the history of the genre.
In PART 3, we close out on a close look at director Zack Snyder’s career and relationship to the superhero genre and ask whether or not there was ever a chance for this project to work out, if the DCEU franchise it was meant to establish can still be salvaged and look into the future of the superhero genre itself.
“Black Vortex”, “Disco Lounge”, “Marty Gots a Plan”, “Oppressive Gloom”, “The Curtain Rises”, “Ultralounge”, “Wizardtorium,” “Inspire”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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