I’m MCU All the Way. DCEU Fans, Fight Me

I’m a big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. My favorite superhero is Iron Man. The first Iron Man movie (2008) blew my mind.

How about the D.C. Extended Universe, you ask? Mmmm …

For me, the Avengers franchise was simply awesome moviemaking, comparable to Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films. I watched every single one of the MCU movies.

As for the DCEU, I lost interest sometime during the many remakes of Batman and Superman. I saw Man of Steel (2013) and found that version of Superman sad and depressing. He made me want to crawl into a hole and cry myself to sleep.

I also was disappointed with Justice League (2017). I found the script and special effects cheesy. The CGI looked fake. Most of the movie seemed to take place in darkness. I also thought a few of the actors (and by that I mean you, Ben Affleck) phoned it in.

That said, I was really impressed with Wonder Woman (2017). I particularly liked the casting of Gal Gadot in the starring role. Gadot is beautiful, athletic and very plausible as an Amazon goddess.

I also liked 2019’s Shazam!, albeit a very different movie from Wonder Woman. Shazam! was a comedy with action, while Wonder Woman was a serious superhero action movie.

I recently watched Aquaman (2018) and I liked that as well. I think Jason Momoa makes a great Aquaman. The movie was action-packed. The special effects and battle and fight scenes were good. The set and creature designs, including the Karathen and the seahorse steeds, were spectacular.

And that’s my main problem with the DCEU—the inconsistent quality of the movies. They also lack continuity and don’t fit together as nicely as the MCU flicks. I’m uncertain as to how the DCEU characters co-exist in their shared universe.

The MCU movies, on the other hand, have a certain look and feel, even the ones that are more tongue-in-cheek like Ant-Man (2015). Their quality is consistently high and I know what to expect. I know I'll have a blast. I know the order in which they should be watched. 

All in all, the MCU is much better planned and executed.

The question remains as to whether I’d consider watching Suicide Squad (2016), Birds of Prey (2020) or Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021).

The consensus seems to be that the Snyder Cut is the better movie than Justice League. Is it good enough to make me a fan?


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