Well, Warner Bros. officially announced that Zack Sndyer will direct the upcoming Justice League movie, and that the movie is likely to arrive either 2017 or 2018. Oh DC, why are you under such terrible management? Despite having faith early on that Warner Bros. and DC might actually be able to pull off decent Batman vs. Superman and Justice League movies, ever since they cast Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and decided to shoehorn Wonder Woman into the next movie, I cannot take Warner Bros. and DC seriously anymore, and choosing Zack Sndyer to direct the Justice League is further decreasing my confidence that DC can make good movies. Sorry DC and DC fanboys, there is nothing except for an awesome trailer or movie that can redeem my hope in the franchise. Maybe there is a small chance that the Batman vs. Superman will either not suck, or big such a giant trainwreck that it is actually entertaining. However, these DC movies have two massive things holding them back: David S. Goyer and Zack Sndyer. For one, Goyer cannot write good screenplays. Aside from being credited with the screenplay for Batman Begins and the "story" (not screenplay) for The Dark Knight and TDKR, which most of the credit obviously goes to the Nolan brothers more so than Goyer, his credits include the disasters, Blade: Trinity, Jumper, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, and last year's Man of Steel (aka Meh of Steel). That is not a good track record no matter which way you look at it. While Sndyer may have been the one to blame for the dull and one dimensional characters of Man of Steel, which is a movie that I still enjoyed, Goyer's screenplay is equally to blame for the movie's faults, and I am sure all of that is going to continue in his future projects. In fact, he was the only screenwriter of Man of Steel; therefore, the lack of good creative minds is likely one of the reasons why Man of Steel did not work. Basically, Warner Bros. should fire Goyer; unfortunately, that is not going to happen.
|This is a fan poster obviously|
Sndyer can make movies with awesome visual like 300, but he displayed his weaknesses in Man of Steel. In short, Man of Steel's absolute biggest problem is that the characters were dull and flat. The acting helped with this problem, but Sndyer's direction never allowed the audience to connect with the characters, and if you are going to make a franchise based around certain characters, allowing the audience to connect with them is the absolute most important aspect. Sndyer's inability to create good characters is painfully evident in his butchering of one of the best graphic novels of all-time, Watchmen (review here). Regardless, if we are ever going to have a Justice League franchise anywhere close to the quality of Marvel's Cinematic Universe, Goyer and Sndyer will not be apart of it. Maybe Warner Bros. can inject a new creative team that could possibly help Goyer and Sndyer make the movies, but that is still a long shot.
Right now, all we can do is wait and see, because until a trailer or the movie is released, there is nothing Warner Bros. can do that will give me confidence in the project, and I enjoyed Man of Steel more than most. What are your thoughts on the Warner Bros. Justice League and Superman plans? Are you as pessimistic as me about their future? Or do you somehow have faith that Batman vs. Superman will be more than an entertaining trainwreck? Please comment below and let know.
Side Note: Until Wednesday, I have a few Final Exams to take before my current college semester ends, so, if I am behind on commenting until Wednesdays, sorry about that, I will catch up then. Also, my arm injury that I referenced a while back is worse than ever, and I think I might have torn something in my elbow, so that is slowing me as well. I can still type for certain lengths of time, but not as effectively as I usually do. Despite this, I will hopefully be seeing The Amazing Spider-Man 2 tomorrow night and have at least a first reaction post by Monday, and then a full review whenever finals end.
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