Zack Snyder seems to be very confident in his superhero movies. It is not only his self confidence that drives him forward, but also the simple fact that we are talking about Batman and Superman, legends that have been around for nearly one century and who have undergone a severe, but beautiful psychological evolution. The Batman and Superman from yesterday were refined for today.
Snyder declared that “Batman v Superman transcends superhero movies” and while this can be interpreted as him showing off or promoting his movie, it reveals a very important truth about these heroes and how the movie industry it trying to bypass humanity in favor of cool special effects and money spent by people who want to be entertained in the following 2 to 3 hours.
Snyder compared these superheroes to the flavor of the month, Ant-Man, when he stated that the following movie will transcend the others and if we sit back and analyze it, he is right. Ant-Man, Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, these are all cheesy heroes and you can’t get rid of that feeling when you think about them. Yes, they are fun and the actors are doing a pretty good job with their impersonation, but something is missing.
It is depth. Batman is probably the most complex character, not only in the DC universe, but in superhero history as well. He has evolved so much over the years and has become a unique character that you simply cannot ignore. Superman is in the awkward zone a little bit, mostly because he has superpowers and you cannot empathize with him directly, but the new “Man of Steel” series has begun by shaping Superman quite well, so we can only hope for the best.
But Marvel heroes, they are made for fun, without any real depth. They are also designed so that they can fight well rather than overcome psychological difficulties or make difficult moral decisions. But this can also occur because of this modern revamp. Marvel Heroes, too, have their depth and we surely felt it when we were kids.
So, for the time being, we have to agree with Snyder: Batman v Superman might as well transcend the superhero movie genre. Why, specifically? Because of character maturity.
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