Dark Trinity: Superman, Henry Cavill’s state of the DCEU

The most powerful character in the DCEU made some pretty powerful statements about the current state of the DCEU. I’ll stop saying powerful now, my bad.

But he made some comments in an interview with Tom Chamberlin of the Magazine, The Rake, who I’d never heard of until this story. Some people are pissed off by his comments, and I’ll look at some of them.

But before we get into the over-analysis of every word he used, shouldn’t DC fans want Cavill to want more? You can’t tell me you’ve been fully satisfied with everything they’ve churned out, right? Man of Steel? Fine. Batman vs. Superman? Fine. Suicide Squad? Fine (but we’ll get into that one shortly). Not until Wonder Woman, as Cavill noted, has the DCEU churned out a no-doubt, A+, kick-ass movie.

And they could be just as successful as the MCU with the crop of characters they have. Maybe even more since they don’t have to worry about compensating for certain characters’ rights being owned by other studios. (Fox, please just give IT UP!)

That being said, its time to dissect Cavill’s comments:

“Even if Marvel didn’t exist, we’d struggle. There was a style they 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 the sensation which superheroes should give the viewer.”

That’s the perfect assessment of where the DCEU stands. Take Marvel out of the equation altogether – because there’s plenty of room for both to succeed. And The DCEU has the advantage, since EVERYONE loves Batman.

Take it from someone who was VERY excited for Suicide Squad even thought I wasn’t as big a fan of DC at that time. That as the chance to impress me. We were all looking for a movie that’d show Marvel, “DC is ready for a fight.” Instead we got a C+ movie at best with rushed character development and the worst plotline ever. Can’t afford to not have either character development or a decent plot. No amount of action can make up for that.

Cavill continued, and was asked about Gal Gadot and Wonder Woman’s success:

“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 that ideal time and has become a phenomenal success, which is fantastic.”

And:

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.”

On thing he’s got right, without Wonder Woman, the DCEU would have been sca-rewed. The plot was good enough, but we say the development of Diana from childhood to when she realized how different the outside world was. Plus, she was a decent fighter, too.

Furthermore, she hooked the female audience, too. While woman seem to like Marvel as well, they haven’t come out with a movie with a leading female hero like DC did. Closest thing on the big screen has probably have been Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy, and it’s not even close.

And deciding to follow her movie with the Justice League was another good decision by the DCEU. Here’s the other thing Gadot’s done: given me faith in other castings. Jason Momoa’s a badass, there’s really no argument. Having him automatically makes me care about the character he plays, which is more than what I could’ve said previously about Aquaman. With Gadot executing the role and now working alongside Momoa (and the rest of the Justice League), I have the ultimate faith in the other members of the league being great.

So, Cavill’s right to give her a lot of credit. Not to sound lame, but Gadot wasn’t just the hero females have been waiting for, she’s the one the DCEU needed, as well.

Let’s look at the other part of that second statement, minus the part about Wonder Woman being the step in the right direction:

“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.”

Not sure what he means by “right mistakes,” but he’s right for the most part, people haven’t pandered to the DCEU. Some hardcore fanboys and girls have, but that’s only to make up for the MCU continuously out-performing the DCEU.

There’s no question, though, that DC can come back from their shaky start and thrive. Look at Captain America. His first movie was pretty vanilla, then the MCU came up with The Winter Soldier and spiced Cap up big time. In fact, I’d argue it’s the best movie in the MCU, at least for solo hero movies. (Not most important, we know that’s Iron Man.)

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