It is quite clear by now that “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” was a disappointment for Warner Bros. Pictures. It had a complex storyline, too many confusing sub-plots, is brooding, has dark imagery and violence. There was also an obvious sense that things were being rushed for “Justice League.” The end result was that the film was critically derided soit failed to impress audiences worldwide and also under-performed at the box office, based on its budget. According to actor Jeremy Irons (Alfred Pennyworth), the Justice League movies will be simpler.
In an interview with The Daily Mail, Jeremy Irons said, “It [“Batman V Superman”] was very muddled. I think the next one [Justice League Part One] will be simpler. The script is certainly a lot smaller, it’s more linear.” It’s certainly a relief to hear those words from Irons, an actor who can boast of winning an Oscar, a Tony Award, and an Emmy for his work in the three prominent visual mediums of the performance arts.
The Justice League movies are to DC what The Avengers series are to Marvel. If Snyder fails to rectify his mistakes in “Batman V Superman,” then Justice League will spell doom for DC. They have to stop making these movies dark, brooding and complex and inject some much-needed fun and humor without jeopardizing the core story elements. Marvel has been doing it successfully for so many years, DC should be able to do the same.
Jeremy Irons also said that the film deserved the negative reviews it got. “Deservedly so. I mean it took £800 million (about AU$ 1.1 billion), so the kicking didn’t matter but it was sort of overstuffed …” he said. He also said he is a part of these movies mostly for the money. Irons is currently attached to reprise his Alfred character for “Justice League” films and doesn’t mind it “because it’s a bit of income,” he told The Daily Mail.
It is high time DC stopped pretending to be superior to Marvel and in fact, should take some lessons from the latter. “Captain America: Civil War” also handled complex elements similar to “Batman V Superman” but executed them in a manner that everyone understood. “Civil War” not only had a positive audience reception, it was also highly praised by critics. Filmmaker and comic book writer Kevin Smith even compared it with Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight,” which he considered “the Godfather 2 of comic book movies,” noted Cinemablend.
Hopefully, DC and Zack Snyder will learn from their mistakes and make the Justice League films less complex and more entertaining. “Justice League Part One” releases on November 17, 2017 in the United States.