tmorrill wrote:I can appreciate (what I'm assuming) to be the intent behind it.
They want to separate themselves from the Marvel movies, and that's understandable. If they tried to duplicate the Marvel formula it'd be a knock off, and icons like Batman and Superman deserve better than that!
I am wondering how they'll have characters like the Flash act. I mean just by nature the Flash is much more of a smart alec than Batman.
Wally was, for sure. haven't been following Barry lately, but he's usually pretty straight.
An actual "mandate" seems a but strong, but I also appreciate and support the intent. One problem with the GL movie was that they tried to make it a jokey Iron Man movie and it should have been a movie about space cops. Even Marvel has had some trip ups trying to recapture the pitch-perfect humor of the original Iron Man.
Also, approaching their material differently (which makes sense given that DC has a more serious tone than Marvel these days) makes them compete less with Marvel. Instead they are simply a different product for a somewhat different audience. (That audience being me! Can't wait!!)
Man of Steel was not universally loved. Some even hated it. But from the significant number it resonated with I'm sensing a TON of passion. Hopefully, as general audiences understand more what to expect from these DC movies, they'll be better primed to appreciate and enjoy them.
With all three Nolan Batman movies it took some warming up for me to enjoy. But now I greatly enjoy that trilogy (with some significant exceptions in the third installment). There are also some eyebrow raising elements in Man of Steel for me. But while unexpected, I accept them as legitimate interpretations of the source material and really enjoy them.
So this move by WB seems like both a smart move and one that is consistent with the source material. I'm all for it!