Cavill: DCEU’s Approach Hasn’t Necessarily Worked

Debates will long rage over the DC Extended Universe, though one thing most seem to agree on is that this attempt to build a cinematic universe by Warners has take a good amount of time to find its feet – not really doing so until its fourth film with “Wonder Woman”.

That film saw a change in tone in a more successful way than was done with David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” which tried to shift gears after the fact. Gone was the dark and serious brooding of Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and out came a more heroic tale with an emotional core, positivity and a more standalone nature.

This week the DCEU’s current Superman, actor Henry Cavill, spoke with Poetic Justice (via Heroic Hollywood) and touched upon the issues with the films so far:

“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.

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.”

The big question now is if “Justice League” will keep moving the DCEU forward in that right direction. The film entered production weeks after ‘Dawn’ was released and the studio made a big show about how they intend for it to be a much lighter and more fun affair despite Snyder being at the helm, and the recent Joss Whedon reshoots are thought to have emphasised or added more quirky character moments.

Speaking of the film, a new featurette and motion poster for it have arrived – both focusing on Ben Affleck’s take on Batman. Check them out below, “Justice League” opens in theaters on November 17th.