Although both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad have been box office success stories, many would argue that the DC Extended Universe has gotten off to a shaky start, While everyone has their own personal tastes and preferences, few would argue that either of DC’s offering stand up to Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, a film that enjoyed both critical and commercial success when released this past May.
Many have weighed in with their own opinions about Batman v Superman, with Civil War’s very own Chadwick Boseman, who plays Black Panther, sharing his thoughts on where the film went wrong. Boseman tells Radio Times that Batman v Superman’s issues stem from there being too many cooks in the kitchen, so to speak:
“I was there the first night to see Batman v Superman, got my popcorn and everything, and I’m not exactly sure what they did wrong, but I feel like sometimes you see a movie – and I could be wrong, or saying this because I’m in the industry – you can see that there’s at times [too] many people deciding something. That there’s not a clear voice from the director.”
“Sometimes when you watch movies you see that the producers are saying something, someone else is saying something, the directors are saying something. And sometimes, it doesn’t work. I just feel like, what I have experienced at Marvel is that the directors are very much making the movie. So maybe that’s it.”
While surely unintentional on his part, Boseman’s thoughts ring as heavily ironic. Warner Bros. is thought of by many in the industry as being a director’s studio and many would argue that some of Batman v Superman’s biggest problems stem from director Zack Snyder having too much control, which is part of the reason why Geoff Johns is now overseeing the development of future DC movies.
On the flip side, Marvel is often criticized for being too hands-on with its movies, which has created friction with past directors like Joss Whedon and Edgar Wright. That being said, it’s certainly reassuring to hear from Boseman that the Russo brothers were given the reigns on Civil War; a possible sign that Marvel is easing up on its tightly controlled filmmaking style.
(Source: Radio Times)