Batman v Superman: The DCEU’s Perfect Start
February 6th, 2016 | by Ryan Mayer
Is there a bigger fan of the current state of the DC Extended Universe that our Ryan Mayer? Here, Ryan makes the case that DC has found the perfect starting place to launch its heroes on to the big screen.
(Spoilers For Batman v Superman Lie Ahead)
The start of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is approaching fast. Those of us who have been waiting for this movie universe since we were kids are now trying to extract as much info as we can, as well as attempting to lay out what the new universe will be like come March. The first thing any fan will have to look at is how the DCEU begins and go from there. Luckily for the brain trust of the DCEU and Zack Snyder, they were able to create an event that will allow them to springboard their universe into the spotlight, without having to do a build-up with multiple films.
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The start of the DCEU began back in July of 2013. Man of Steel had just come out and fans split in half some loving the new take others hating it. However, unbeknownst to them, Zack Snyder and the rest of the DC crew were trying to figure out ways to start their next movie and a wider shared story arc. At that time, the project was simply known as Man of Steel II.
What they didn’t know is that soon it would morph into a film where they would be introducing most of the Justice League and effectively breathing life into DC’s new movie universe.
The “Black Zero Event” which is the name given to Superman’s battle with Zod in Man of Steel, became the link and the groundwork on how they would begin the conflict between DC’s two biggest heroes. The faults that some fans saw in Man of Steel, would slowly become the strength of the first movie in the new DCEU. It also allowed writer Chris Terrio to play with the traumatic relationship meta-humans and superheroes can sometimes have with the people they are supposed to protect.
This reshaping allows the brand new cinematic universe the chance to answer one of the questions that many fans of superhero movies tend to have.
Where is the accountability?
Time and time again in superhero movies the heroes are able to cause damage left and right but tend to get away free of scrutiny. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is going to dive into these complaints and show that the heroes in the DCEU will be held accountable for their actions and that even other heroes will be judging and reacting to events like these around the world.
The most interesting thing about the way that Snyder and co. are building this universe is its initial event involves two of the most famous comic book heroes in the world coming together in the same movie. The movie will be delving deep into the psychological effect of the “Black Zero Event” and not just the repercussions of the damage in a physical sense.
One of the most interesting items brought up by fans of DC Comics is how motivated Bruce Wayne/Batman seems to take down this new alien “threat”. The key to remember will be that Bruce Wayne, in the DCEU, has had things taken away from him left and right. First, as a child, his parents were taken away from him by some thug in an alleyway. After that day, he swore another child would not have to go through what he did. This started the journey from Bruce to Batman. This next personality of Bruce’s is one that is tough, brutal, and is able to do the job which he swore when he was a kid. Through his adventures Batman gained a sidekick and then another one. Time went on and he began to see things he never thought he would. Deadshot, Killer Croc, Harley Quinn, and the one villain that would destroy him again…the Joker.
Thanks to The Joker Batman has to educe something he never imagined would happen again. He lost another family member. Regardless of how tough or good he was at being Batman, he wasn’t able to protect his partner and his family. This was the second time in his life that he lost someone. Bruce Wayne hates feeling that powerless.
Then the day comes, the day that will throw Bruce deeper into the darkness. While visiting Metropolis for a reason not yet to be seen. Bruce is forced to watch as two aliens fight their way through the city destroying buildings and even bringing down Bruce’s own Wayne Tech financial building; killing people he considered family. Now, for the third time in his career, Bruce feels powerless to save the people he cares for. This leads us into Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, where Batman will be determined, above all else, to end the reason he feels this powerlessness again.
“That’s how it starts. The fever, the rage, the feeling of powerlessness that turns good men… cruel.”-Alfred
This can all be brought about through the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Comic-Con trailer released back in July. Everything we’ve covered all occurs due to the “Black Zero Event”. This is why Man of Steel is such a perfect starting point for this new universe. The destruction and death brought about in the movie will bring a psychological element that’s hardly ever seen in comic book movies.
Soon Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will be out and we will get to see these repercussions fall into place as the movie progresses. Power, distrust, good, evil and humanity will all be on display. DC could hardly have picked a better starting point.
Ryan Mayer is a Contributor to ComiConverse. Follow him on Twitter: @RMayer94