Did you watch Batman v Superman and feel that Clark Kent’s alter-ego was shunted to one side somewhat to make room for more unnecessary Justice League cameos?
Are you annoyed that Superman was killed off at the end of BvS, and worried that he might not be around much for the next movie in the franchise?
Do you feel that Man of Steel and its sequel did a poor job of characterizing one of the most important superheroes in popular culture, substituting heroism and bravery for grumpiness and a disregard for the value of human life?
Zack Snyder has promised to fix two of these problems in his upcoming Justice League movie.
If you want a Superman who’s caring, kind, and altruistic, this movie might not be for you. If, on the other hand, you’re not picky about what version of Superman you want to see, Snyder has promised that what the movie lacks in quality, it’ll make up for in Man of Steel quantity.
Even the scenes that don’t have Superman in will be filled with important Superman subtext!
No, really, that’s what Snyder said, in an interview with Empire magazine:
“Superman does play a big part in this movie. His presence, and lack of presence, are big story points…”
So Superman is going to be really important to Justice League, even though he isn’t in the film until halfway through, huh?
Of course, even a naïve DCEU fanboy can likely spot that this is just a case of Snyder attempting to appease audiences who were put off by the lack of meaningful Superman action outside of montages in BvS.
The director doesn’t actually plan to focus on Superman in every single scene, even when the character is dead, simply because watching Ben Affleck do his sad face while repeating “I miss Clark” every few minutes would be incredibly dull, even by Snyder’s standards.
But the scenes that don’t feature Superman aren’t the problem. We should all be far more worried about what happens after his return.
The death and subsequent resurrection of Superman in nineties comics was an attempt to cash in on the dark, edgy wave of sentiment that DC assumed readers wanted from their spandex-clad superheroes. This, you’ll note is still the same imaginary audiences that the company is attempting to captivate with their shared cinematic universe.
When Supes returned from the dead, he was darker and edgier than ever. He had a mullet, which was how you could tell that he was dark and edgy. He had a black costume. Edgy. Grr. He made angry eyes a lot. Darkness, no parents, etc etc etc.
With the Justice League movie, we get to see how Zack Snyder will interpret this edgy darkness for the big screen. Bear in mind that Snyder’s take on the traditionally friendly and heroic Superman was to turn him into a neck-snapping monster, so any hope you might have for a more optimistic Justice League is likely misplaced.
Instead, there’ll simply be a never ending wave of bad jokes from Ezra Miller, as Superman razes buildings and smashes through military vehicles like a tiny alien Godzilla.
If you wanted more Superman, you’ll get it, as Zack Snyder is now finally able to take his gloves off and blame all of the character’s war crimes on his time spent at the bottom of a six foot hole.
If, on the other hand, you wanted a caring, loving beacon of truth, justice, and the American/Canadian way, you’re probably out of luck.