Warning: remainder of post may contain spoilers.
So y'all know that I loves me a superhero movie. I will watch pretty much any superhero movie, including Green Lantern. But without exception, I love the Marvel movies about a thousand times more than any DC movie. And I think what it boils down to is this: Marvel has embraced the fact that superhero movies are inherently silly in many ways. I mean, radioactive spider bites or magical hammers or gamma radiation poisoning giving you superpowers are pretty dumb when you think about it. Marvel has embraced the fact that the concepts are a bit silly, and they ensure that the scripts contain elements of that silliness.
And the thing about this is that it adds a sense of realism. Life isn't all serious all the time, no matter how dire the circumstances. And it's these moments of silliness that give the Marvel movies their heart, and that help the audience relate to the characters. Sure, not everyone is a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist (sorry, Kim. I know how much you hate that line now), but everyone can join the dots on Tony calling Hawkeye "Legolas" or saying "I'm a huge fan of the way you turn into an enormous green rage monster". Even when they're characters with huge responsibilities, they're still human and still entertaining to watch.
In contrast, the DC movies are all about the seriousness, all flash and no depth. While Henry Cavill may be all kinds of hot, the script writing in Man of Steel is such that there's nothing to make the character of Superman (or Clark Kent/Kal-El, if you will) appealing to the audience. He constantly talks about being a citizen of earth, but his actions don't reflect it. In fact, there seemed to be numerous moments where they were comparing Superman to Jesus, and that was just bizarre.
|I kept thinking of Edna in The Incredibles: "NO CAPES". Also, source.|
Much like in The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man, the final battle of Man of Steel takes place in the city centre. Unlike the aforementioned Marvel movies, Superman's role is to defend mankind, not Metropolis. So having the fight continue in Metropolis after a certain point is ridiculous. The entire fight was painful to watch, because Superman shows no regard for the damage he's causing, no acknowledgement of the fact that thousands of people are dying as a direct result of his actions.
Instead, we get the destruction of the better part of the entire city centre and Superman causing damage to multiple buildings while flying along pummelling the crap out of his enemy, only to end with a death that could have taken place much earlier in the piece. And when he lands, the people emerge from the rubble of Metropolis to be all "OMG, Superman totally saved us! Well, some of us at least."
The only human he raises a finger to save is Lois Lane. Even Jonathan Kent dies in a way that Superman/Clark could have prevented. A way, I should add, that trumps even Dawson's Creek to win the title of "Worst Death Ever".
Similarly, Batman displays little interest in the people of Gotham or the destruction he causes in the course of defeating his various foes, despite Bruce Wayne's philanthropic works. Perhaps as a businessman, he instead focuses on the fact that any damage caused will likely lead to new projects for Wayne Enterprises? Watchmen was built almost entirely around Doctor Manhattan and his giant blue wiener. And Green Lantern was more interested in showing off than anything else for a large proportion of the film.
|Just get on with it, Hal. Also, source.|
In contrast, the people of New York rally behind Spiderman to help him defeat Lizard. The Avengers - while they do destroy a decent chunk of New York in the process of fighting off the Chitauri - ensure that a perimeter is established, limiting the damage as much as possible. They also work to evacuate as many civilians as possible minimising the injuries and casualties. Similar things can be said of almost all the recent Marvel movies - the majority of the major fight scenes take place in such a way that civilian casualties and damage are kept to a minimum. The heroes are all flawed, despite their powers. There's witty banter throughout the fight scenes, and constant character development throughout the course of the films.
Plus, Superman's latest outfit bears a striking resemblance to bubble wrap. At least he's not wearing his undies on the outside any more??
Have you seen Man of Steel? What did you think of the final battle? What's your take on the Marvel movies versus the DC movies? And - perhaps most importantly - am I the only one who thinks his outfit looks like it's made of bubble wrap??????