Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr A huge superhero film in coming out in November, one that has grabbed media attention and has audiences wondering just what it will bring. I personally can’t wait to see this upcoming comic book film leap off the pages and entertain me with gripping storytelling and powerful action. Did you think I was talking about another movie? Yes, I know JUSTICE LEAGUE is coming out son, and that many people will go see it. I just refuse to be one of them. So, since you already clicked on the article, here are my ten reasons why. Author’s Note: These are all my opinion. You’re free to disagree or agree as you see fit. #10. Superhero Burnout I enjoy superhero movies and will continue to see them next year and years after. However, the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise began in 2008. We’re closing in on a decade of films people and, after awhile, the thrill fades. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 was great, but it hit a lot of beats the first one did (i.e. breaking the team up so they could get over their problems and return in the climax, Peter Quill unlocking powers to fight the bad guy). SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING drew laughs, but it was ultimately a light story that didn’t add anything to Marvel’s greater universe. WONDER WOMAN was great, and THOR is my favorite Marvel movie series, but that’s FOUR movies in one year. JUSTICE LEAGUE may be a big event, but after four movies, I just don’t have the interest in it. And that’s also because… #9. I Didn’t Watch The DCEU Movies Leading To It My interest in comics began as a DC fan but, movie-wise, Marvel had my interest first. I hoped DC would break through and bring their heroes to the big screen. Then they did. I immediately took my wish back. Some people like these films. I do not. MAN OF STEEL tried to remake Superman in the overly serious style found in Christopher Nolan’s BATMAN films. DAWN OF JUSTICE was a dull, sloppy, overly violent mess more concerned with universe building than telling a coherent story. SUICIDE SQUAD tried to copy the fun and dark humor of GUARDIANS and DEADPOOL and failed at both. WONDER WOMAN succeeded because they trusted the character to tell the story, and literally because it didn’t do any of these things the other movies did. DC struck out three out of four times for me and many other fans. So why would I go see the culmination of their mostly failed efforts? 10 Superheroes That SHOULDN’T Get Their Own Movie #8 The Dual Directors Everyone knows the DCEU has struggled to succeed, and that Warner Bros is banking heavily on JUSTICE LEAGUE. However, there have been issues behind the camera as well. Zack Synder began as the director of the film, despite the polarizing reception of MAN OF STEEL and DAWN OF JUSTICE. However, Synder left the film due to a personal tragedy and WB handed the movie over to Joss Whedon. You may have heard of his work. The film appears to be a product of two minds, since Whedon apparently did a lot of reshoots and rewrites. Having multiple directors isn’t necessarily an issue, but I can’t imagine the minds behind BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and SUCKERPUNCH really meshing all that well. Besides that… #7 Joss Whedon Isn’t God Let’s be clear, I think Joss Whedon is an excellent director. He made THE AVENGERS and created amazing TV shows like BUFFY and ANGEL. He directed CABIN IN THE WOODS, a horror film I think is grossly underrated. Whedon isn’t perfect though. I’ve yet to meet a Whedon fan that speaks highly of DOLLHOUSE. FIREFLY received a bad shake from the network, but it’s only a cult hit because it wasn’t on the air long enough to get bad. Yeah, I said it. I think Whedon will improve the film, but his involvement isn’t a guaranteed fix. Even the best electrician can’t fix a fried wire, which leads into my next point. #6 I Hate Zack Snyder (as a director) I conceded before that the DCEU’s problems aren’t solely Synder’s fault, and I can only sympathize with his terrible loss. That said, I despise his directing style. Synder seems, to me, to be a man trying to be a slicker version of Michael Bay; his films are full of well-choreographed fights instead of explosions, but they share a love of violence that appeals more to teens than adults. His filmography is almost all remakes and adaptations, which says little for his creativity. WATCHMEN (Synder’s big comic book film before his involvement in the DCEU) is a no-fault adaptation that glorified the violence and also received a mixed reaction from fans. Finally, there’s the rather persistent rumor that his first cut of JUSTICE LEAGUE was ‘unwatchable‘. That one may not be true, but it doesn’t fill me with hope for his newest movie. #5 It Has to Introduce Three Heroes One thing Marvel did really well was to be patient. They introduced characters carefully, building them up so that bringing them together would seem like an even bigger event. Warner Bros… didn’t do that. WB gave Superman a solo movie, and a follow up with Batman, to set himself up. Wonder Woman got her own film. Cyborg, Flash, and Aquaman have been shoved into JUSTICE LEAGUE so Warner could go after AVENGERS money faster. Instead of an epic team up, this film has to explain why three new characters are worth our time IN A CROSSOVER FILM. If WB and DC haven’t done enough to establish their characters on their own, why should I care about this rushed attempt to bring them all together? And on that note… When Will The Marvel Cinematic Formula Break Down? #4 Aquaman Rides The Batmobile “Hey, how can we make Aquaman cool?” “Show people how he’s the King of Atlantis and ruler of the seas?” “Nah, let’s just have him ride the Batmobile. Instantly cool!” #3 JUSTICE LEAGUE Literally Looks Terrible Take a look at the shot above. That’s the murky gray of DAWN OF JUSTICE all over again. Batman looks like they cut and pasted him from DOJ. Cyborg looks like he’s 80% CGI. Flash… makes me wish for the CW version. Even Wonder Woman, who introduced color to the DCEU, looks muted. Now, go back and look at the THOR shot below and tell me which film looks like more like a good time. #2 Steppenwolf? Really? The Justice League’s best villain is the New God Darkseid. A film with a battle between him and the group would be epic. WB and DC know this, so they are building towards an epic cinematic confrontation. JUSTICE LEAGUE begins that journey with its main villain being Darkseid’s general Steppenwolf and–Wait a minute. After three failed movies, Warner is going to bat with a villain that most mainstream moviegoers have never heard of? That even comic fans don’t think that much of? The franchise had a library of villains to choose from, and they went with a Darkseid lackey just because? Why not someone like Brainiac? He’d be a great threat AND be able to bring Superman back to life (or at least have access to alien tech that could do it). Instead, they chose an Apokolips D-Lister. I’m so excited. #1 I Just Don’t Care My other reasons still stand, but at the end of the day, the truth is the DCEU just failed to grab my interest. I don’t care about their grim, gritty tones or their epic fights. Origin stories that Americans are practically born knowing don’t interest me either. I liked WONDER WOMAN, but that movie feels like something far removed from everything they’ve made. DC and Warner proved to me they’re impatiently trying to jump on a bandwagon they actually started decades ago. They proved they want the money without putting in the work. Worst of all, they proved they put spectacle over character and story. If they hadn’t, I would not have cared enough to write this list in the first place.