This Fan Is Pretty Sure He Knows What's Wrong With the Action Scenes in DC Movies

Batman and Wonder Woman, undoubtedly hearing some hot takes.
Batman and Wonder Woman, undoubtedly hearing some hot takes.
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Superhero movies are nothing without their big, wild set pieces. And one critic thinks he knows what’s wrong with the DC Extended Universe’s big fights.

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Critic Nerdwriter, whose stuff is always worth watching, has a new video out where he considers why he thinks the fight scenes in the recent DC films—he seems to particularly be considering Justice League and Batman v. Superman here—don’t work. He talks about why and how these fights happen, diagnosing a few specific reasons he thinks they tend to fall flat.

This might be one of my rare moments of disagreement, actually. I tend to barely remember the fight scenes in most MCU movies—they’re a blur of one-liners and escalating stakes—while the fights are some of the only things I remember about the DC movie fights. They’re nasty; people are mad and they’ve got things to prove. You know what people want in those fights. They work for me.

Anyway, check the video out, and sound off on your preferred flavor of superhero set pieces in the comments.

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DISCUSSION

turbotastic
Turbotastic

while the fights are some of the only things I remember about the DC movie fights. They’re nasty; people are mad and they’ve got things to prove. You know what people want in those fights.

This is a pretty valid point, but I think these aspects end up falling flat for me because EVERYTHING in DCEU movies is nasty, and everyone is mad (or mopey) all the time. The fights don’t stand out in my mind because they’re just a drop in the ocean of grimdark pretentious misery that Zack Snyder thinks superheroes should all drown in.

Yet another reason why Wonder Woman is the only DCEU film worth a damn. Characters actually have a full range of human emotions in that film, so when the fights happen and people get angry, it has an impact.

That said, I do think the quipping in some of the Marvel films was starting to get a bit old. Luckily they seem to be switching it up lately: Black Panther, thank God, doesn’t quip, and his film’s final battle is treated more like a large-scale tragedy (with Martin Freeman’s scenes providing occasional comedy relief.)