Henry Cavill admits the style WB and Snyder were going for hasn’t necessarily worked but Wonder Woman is a step in the right direction…
After Nolan finished up his Batman trilogy, then Marvel began creating their own successful superhero franchise, Warner Bros. decided it was time to get more serious about their superhero IP. Their first Endeavor was rebooting Superman and after Bryan Singers failed attempt at rebooting the character back in 2006, the team at Warner Bros decided they were going to take their next Superman movie in a much different direction than previously.
One of the many reasons for the tonal shift of this new Superman movie may have been inspired by the fact that Nolans “grounded” and “more serious” take on Batman was so successful.
For better or worse Zack Snyder and the team at Warner bros. managed to create one of the most divisive superhero films of all times with Man Of Steel. Supporters of the film argue the tonal shift was a necessary update for the character in modern times and was only a minor change that didn’t affect the essence of Superman. While the people in opposition argued the tonal shift was a complete misunderstanding of the character and actually went against the essence of what makes Superman great.
Regardless of which side you fall on you have to admit Zack and his team created a movie that divided the fanbase. Especially after Suicide squad and BatmanvSueprman received mixed reactions many were left wondering if this was a smart direction for WB to take their shared universe. Even the Superman actor Henry Cavill has expressed his opinions towards the current state of the DC film universe. Speaking with The Rake magazine, Cavill Said,
“Even if Marvel didn’t exist, we’d struggle,” admitted Cavill. “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 that sensation which superheroes should give the viewer.”
“I think it is a wonderful time for the female hero,” Cavill said about Wonder Woman. “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,” Cavill added. “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.”