You read the title of this article, so you know what this will be about. Before I get to that, let me get some things out of the way. Rogue One is a beautifully-shot film, using light and scene composition not seen before in Star Wars. George Lucas and the other 2 directors that did the first 6 films focused on telling a story, and, for the most part, did so with little care for ostentatious visual flare, and while Abrams was content to play in the box his predecessors created, Gareth Edwards instead brings a masterfully-crafted visual aesthetic to the film franchise never before seen. If you enjoyed the visually stunning 2014 Godzilla, you’ll likely enjoy the cinematography here too since Edwards re-uses many of his shooting techniques here as well.
Now it’s no secret what my thoughts are on Batman v Superman and the DCEU in general. I’ve thrown up a few articles sporadically on this site espousing my love for this cinematic universe, as most sites capable of holding articles have done. Today is another such article, but one that’s a bit different. I’ve seen it again and again: the complaint that this type of movie should leave people feeling hopeful. The complaint that this movie is too dark. The complaint, essentially, that this movie is too real. I’m not one for overly long intros, so let’s just dive into it.
The DCEU has been through a lot, hasn’t it? From the overwhelming vitriol it became consumed in when Batman v. Superman‘s theatrical edition first hit cinemas, to the paradigm shift in opinions that followed once Batman v Superman‘s ultimate cut (on the Blu-ray cover, it’s called “Ultimate Edition,” but it’s also been called the “Extended Cut,” so I combine them into “ultimate cut”) first hit the digital airways, and now the split opinions as it comes to Suicide Squad. With Doctor Strange on the horizon, and essentially no fanfare being made about it, one thing’s for sure: whether you love or hate the DCEU, you just can’t stop talking about it. Why is that? Because even when these movies falter, they still ask questions without easy answers or tackle elements similar blockbusters wouldn’t dream of. Ultimately, this is why Batman v Superman is a far better film that its contemporaries over at Marvel. Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the top 5 reasons Batman v Superman is better than Captain America: Civil War.