Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad are DC's must-win movies of 2016. Some fans are more interested in Batman v Superman, while others are eager to see what the Suicide Squad will bring to the table.
At the end of the day, only one film can come out on top as the best DC movie in 2016, and we are going to make a broad attempt to find out which one will take the crown.
What does Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice have to offer?
It is absolutely clear why this movie is so important to Warner Bros. after we all witnessed the moderate success that was Man of Steel and, of course, with Marvel having an enormous control over the superhero genre so far. Furthermore, this is the first time fans will get to see Batman and Superman sharing a screen together.
So far, little is known about the film, but from all the small details revealed by the cast and the leaked set photos and videos, we can summarize that the movie will take place after the events of Man of Steel, and Superman will be the center of most of the attention.
Henry Cavill has returned to reprise his role as Clark Kent (Superman) while Ben Affleck took the opportunity to become the next Bruce Wayne (Batman). On the other hand, we have Gal Gadot coming in as Diana Prince (Wonder Woman), but chances are, she won't have a huge role to play here.
Now, here's the thing: we've seen Gal Gadot in action before and her acting skills should be considered average. Because of this, we were actually very surprised to find out that she had landed the role of Wonder Woman. Probably the boys at Warner Bros. saw something in her, but we have yet to see what they have spotted.
Let's talk about the director and what he can bring to the table.
The director of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is none other than Zack Snyder. We all know him since he was the man who directed Man of Steel, Sucker Punch, 300 and Watchmen. He is well known for bringing to films excellent visual artwork, but not much of anything else.
Yes, Watchmen and 300 were good movies, but we cannot just forget the bad ones that are Sucker Punch and Man of Steel. No doubt the script in Man of Steel was average, but a great director could have worked around the issue and ushered in a good film. Snyder did not because Man of Steel was evidently filled with problems that only a director could have caused.
The odd pacing and the less than stellar ending prove Snyder needs to revert to the drawing board in a big way.
One good thing for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, however, is that writer Chris Terrio came on board to rewrite a script by David Goyer. This could be the redeeming quality for the film, but we still believe Zack Snyder is its biggest weakness at this point, along with Gal Gadot.
Time to talk about Suicide Squad.
This film is special because it is filled with stars. Will Smith is there as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress. Rick Flag will also make an appearance, but it is not certain which actor will take the role since Tom Hardy dropped out.
The most interesting character that will appear in this movie is none other than The Joker, who will be played by Jared Leto. The last time we saw The Joker on film was in the Dark Knight Rises, played by the late Heath Ledger.
We have to say the cast alone screams quality, but a quality cast is not enough to secure success. So, Warner Bros. went ahead and hired a quality director in the form of David Ayer. The man's recent movie is the successful Fury, and while he doesn't have a lot under his belt, he has proven to be consistent.
Which film will be better?
Chances are, Suicide Squad will turn out to be the better movie. Despite Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice having the better writer, we believe it will come down to the skill of the director, and from our point of view, David Ayer is superior to Zack Snyder.