Spoilers for DCEU content, in general.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League
Let us face it: at this point in writing, the DCEU is in shambles, with no clear indication of the direction it intends to head towards over the next few years. Where precisely the blame lies for this wavering franchise, well, that is open to interpretation and certainly not the point of this article. Instead, we would like to present a solution for the current ambiguity surrounding the franchise, a case that could potentially revive the DCEU once and for all: the restoration of the Snyderverse.
1. The Snyderverse has a sizeable fanbase
From left: Ben Affleck’s Batman and Zack Snyder, seen here on the set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Regardless of which camp you belong to, there is no denying that the Snyder films have a strong following. Granted, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea at times as many casual moviegoers currently associate superhero films with the more Marvel format for cinematic experiences, but there are still plenty of fans ready to invest their time and money to explore Snyder’s vision for the DC universe. Furthermore, in case you are one of those individuals that doubt the veritable scale of the Snyder fanbase, you had only look to the existence of Zack Snyder’s Justice League as proof of its substantial influence.
2. There is still plenty to explore in the Snyderverse
The current films in the Snyderverse
Moving right along, it should go without saying that with the current three films in the Snyderverse: Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Zack Snyder’s Justice League, there exists a foundation with plenty of room for growth in terms of great storytelling potential, most prominently with the cliffhangers teased in Justice League. To deny the continuation, or at the very least, completion of these story arcs would be a horrible misstep for the franchise as a whole, only serving to cause the further alienation of pre-existing fans that could very well jeopardize any modicum of momentum the DCEU currently holds.
3. The Snyderverse possesses its own distinct identity
From left: The Flash, Cyborg, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman
Over the years, there has been a myriad of jokes regarding how dark the DCEU is, as opposed to its more colorful, day-time battling MCU counterpart. That being said, as much as people would like to poke fun at the DCEU’s rather grim tone, it can be argued that this more muted color palette and style gives the franchise its own unique identity that separates it from that of its rival. After all, why should the DCEU morph into something more Marvel-like? The whole point of the DCEU at its very inception was to offer viewers an alternative superhero vision to that of the MCU, and the Snyderverse accomplishes just that. Assimilating to the Marvel-type superhero film would only create a jarring presentation that only diminishes its capacity to be original, and therefore, respected, much like the horrendous abomination that was 2017’s Josstice League.
At least, that is what we think.
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