« on: August 4, 2016, 06:22 AM »
Going into this whole conversation I've got to be upfront about having been much more of a Marvel guy than a DC guy when I was actively reading/collecting comics. I did read some DC titles back around the time when they had the Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline running, but it was a short run for me. I just found Marvel characters to be a bit more accessible.
While I did go to see Batman V Superman in the theater, the general feeling coming out of that film was just kind of a downer. And mind you, I thought that Man of Steel was an interesting reboot of Superman following Superman Returns. But I had very mixed feelings about rebooting Batman after we had such a solid trilogy of films in the Nolan-Bale movies. As for the Suicide Squad team? I barely knew who any of them were, to be honest. Yes, the Joker is in there. I thought that I knew who Deadshot was, but I think I actually mistook him for Deathstroke. I never really had any experience reading books with Harley Quinn. And I always saw Killer Croc and Captain Boomerang as third tier villains. I really don't know any of the other characters.
The general concept of the story seemed interesting. A team of bad guys that the government can use for the purposes, and if they die so what? Conceptually it sounds interesting. But I just don't feel into spending the money to see this in a theater now after these reviews. Now, in the case of an MCU film like Ant-Man? I barely knew anything about Scott Lang as Ant-Man, and very little about Hank Pym in that role. I knew a bit more about the Wasp. But generally speaking, when I went into that movie I had concerns that Ant-Man might have been the movie where the Marvel Cinematic Universe jumped the shark and things fell off. Especially considering director Edgar Wright getting fired from the project. But I knew that up until that point Disney/Marvel studios under Kevin Feige's guidance have been good stewards of the Marvel material. So I took a chance even though I was a little skeptical about the character, and I went to see Ant-Man. I turned out being pleasantly surprised because the story, characters and actors won me over. And the MCU has just built on Ant-Man in a cool way with Captain America - Civil War. I just don't get the sense based on everything I'm reading that Warner Brothers and the DCCU is going to win me over. I'm not really interested in the Wonder Woman movie. Maybe I'll check out Justice League. But it's telling to me that I'm far more interested in the production images that have been released from Thor - Ragnarok, which won't be released for quite a while than a project that's in theaters now.