Since I was 5 I think, I was a huge marvel fan, mostly iron man because I like building things and to this day I create electronics, metal weapons, hydrogen repulsors, working grappling guns, and other cool shit. I never saw avengers 1 till I was 10, but I loved marvel characters, especially guardians of the galaxy. (That’s why I’m so excited for the suicide squad). I saw every movie in theaters after 2014 and never read any comics. After infinity war came out I loved it, but wasn’t at all excited for endgame. Not one bit. I watched endgame, thought it was great, but mostly enjoyed it because of all the movies it had behind it, and not as a movie.
Maybe it was superhero fatigue or something. I then rewatched the infinity saga over quarantine but stopped halfway through because I couldn’t take it anymore. I didn’t realize why I didn’t enjoy these movies. (Aside from iron man 2 for some reason, iron man 3, gotg 1 and 2, and ant man.) most seemed to me, more of the same. Most had main characters were were quippy and occasionally funny dudes fighting a villian, losing, and then coming back stronger than ever to defeat them. The scores were lacking (awesome mixtape volume one doesn’t count) and the stories didn’t carry too much depth. To me they felt like fillers to kill some time with few enjoyable moments.
Back in 2016 (pre quarantine) I went to see BVS in theaters. It was my first dc movie and didn’t care much besides seeing Batman and Superman fight. I left thinking the movie was pretty good. I hadn’t seen MOS or TDK trilogy or BATMAN 89 or anything like that beforehand. I then was excited to watch Justice League the year after that because I loved THE FLASH TV show and watched JUSTICE LEAGUE and JLU on Netflix so I was excited to see them on screen. I loved justice league. I didn’t care for WW or Aquaman. I loved suicide squad and Shazam. During this time I got caught up with Gotham and the CW shows more than ever.
During quarantine, after rewatching half the MCU, I got a YouTube recommendation for the BVS warehouse fight scene which I had no memory of because I was a kid and saw it once, years ago. I thought the score was excellent, the colors were very contrasted and interesting, and the action was gory, forceful, and very “techniques”. This was a change of pace from the generic and bland cgi marvel fight scenes in my opinion. I got an HBO MAX subscription from my cable HBO subscription and watched BVS over and over again. I think I’ve seen it 25 times, and maybe 20 more times with it playing in the background. I thought it was an absolute masterpiece with all of its cgi, colors, and depth in the story which I feel got too much shade when it was flawed, but still good and unique. I liked the Lex Luthor in it since I loved zombieland and I though Ben Aflecks Batman was a beast. What really resonated with me for some reason was all of the scores. All of the scores are unique, memorable, and fit the movies they’re in very well. I then watched Aquaman again which was miles better from what I remembered, WW which was awesome, BOP which I actually really liked, joker which I though was pretty good, Shazam which I absolutely loved, Suicide squad which I love despite what others say, and more.
I think I watched most of the modern DCEU movies and then saw MOS when it was added in September and loved the score and they style Snyder has. I enjoy his unique takes and his visuals like in watchmen which is why ZSJL is my most anticipated movie of all time. I then went and saw burton Batman movies which I absolutely love for how whimsical and gothic they feel. I also watched all of the dcamu movies and caught up on the dcau. All of these movies, to me felt soooo much better than marvels movies because of just how much more MORE they are. They are more outgoing and less generic. (I know how many people hate the term cookie cutter, but at the center of most marvel movies is a pretty much cookie cutter movie. Phase 2 and 3 atleast.
I then rewatched justice league which I absolutely loved back in 2017 and hated it now. As I got older I started to like dc’s true dark, violent, outrageous and godly epic movies and less of the bland movies with less of impacts or depth or risks. I still enjoy marvel movies and will watch them when they come out, but don’t have the same level of excitement anymore because they are now less of a movie brand, and more of a mediocre cash dispenser. To be fair, however, most movie studios are just that.
In conclusion, my DC story is that I used to like marvel but now I see that it has become very bland and safe which pushed me farther to the DC side which ultimately made me appreciate the depth and style put into these works of art. Some DC Things are misses though. DC to me is more visual, complex, darker, skillful, scarier, and more I guess advanced. Anyways, that’s my DC story, what’s yours. Hope you didn’t have a hard time finding the comments section after scrolling though my long story.
I plan to rewatch TDK trilogy and watch the older SUPERMAN movies for the first time.