This summer brings us to a strange point in the proliferation of modern comic book movies. The superheroes from both major franchises, Marvel and DC, have beaten so many of their most famous villains that they’ve now taken to in-fighting amongst their own friends and allies. Which superhero smackdown movie are you more excited to see, ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ or ‘Captain America: Civil War’?
I like most of the Marvel franchise movies and was especially a fan of ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, so it stands to reason that I’m most eager for ‘Civil War’. However, I must acknowledge that Marvel does sometimes stumble (badly at times), and I’m a little concerned with the way the movie appears to be shoehorning in a ton of peripheral characters as if this were a new ‘Avengers’ team-up project. I really didn’t like the way that ‘Age of Ultron’ introduced straight-up magic and mysticism into the Marvel universe, and it concerns me to see Scarlet Witch get more screen time here. I’m still generally optimistic for the film, but my enthusiasm is perhaps a little tempered. Is Marvel simply getting too ambitious for its own good?
‘Batman v. Superman’ appears to have a similar problem with the way it crams in roles for Wonder Woman and Aquaman (both making their first screen appearances) in what’s been promoted as a mano-a-mano conflict between the title characters. Unlike some viewers, I actually didn’t hate ‘Man of Steel’, perhaps because I set my expectations for it so low. Nonetheless, it was far from my favorite superhero movie, and I’m generally wary of anything Zack Snyder makes. I will reserve judgement on the new Ben Affleck incarnation of Batman until I see how he does, but he looks to be handling the role well in the trailers.
I’m sure I’ll eventually watch both of these movies, but if forced to choose just one, ‘Civil War’ would get my vote first.
Based on what we know of them so far, which movie do you favor?