I’m sorry, did I miss something? The trailer for Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok has just dropped and already comic book fans are losing their minds over it and claiming that it will be the best comic book film of the year. I’m a little confused. Why did DC’s Justice League receive so much hate?
“The CGI is atrocious.” “The film is too dark.” “Why did Zack Snyder butcher a classic song?” “There is too little story in the trailer.” “None of it makes any sense.” “I don’t like Ben Affleck’s Batman.” “Why can’t we see the villain?” “Why are there so many explosions?” “The trailer gave me aids.” This is just some of the strange commentary we’ve seen in the last month. And it’s absolutely ridiculous.
Something is amiss. How can fans love the Thor: Ragnarok trailer more than the Justice League trailer? If you came for answers, I’m afraid we haven’t got any. All we can say is that the mindsets are slightly skewed.
Complaints About CGI
Why does Cyborg look like he's from a PS2 cutscene? ;-; pic.twitter.com/A2wB7YY2GB
— Super Nerd Land (@SuperNerdLand) March 25, 2017
Fans complain about Cyborg looking fake and that the CGI wasn’t well done, but take a good hard look at Marvel’s Hulk. Does he look more convincing to you? Is the giant green toad seriously more convincing than Cyborg? If we’re completely honest with ourselves, it isn’t hard to tell which character looks better.
Complaints About It Being Too Dark
New Justice League trailer is nice but c'mon DC, lets have a little sunshine. Always too dark. Fights don't happen only at night
— Caesar (@the_roman_heir) March 26, 2017
Seriously, if you put the two trailers side-by-side, I can assure you that they both have the same amount of darkness (or dark colour grading, if you will). If it’s the subject matter that is “too dark” or “too serious”, again, if you compare the two side-by-side you will notice that they both have a similar tone – both have humour mixed with action and destruction.
Not Funny Enough
If humor = Marvel formula, then some of y'all might want to steer clear of Justice League.
— Carl (@theonetruecarl) April 8, 2017
Let’s be petty. How many jokes are there in the Thor: Ragnarok trailer? I’ll give you a hint, it’s less than two. That’s right, there is only one joke in the entire trailer. One. In comparison to Justice League‘s five funny moments, that’s a little. So, just on the basis of those two trailers, DC is funnier.
Stop Butchering Classic Songs
I’ve heard many people say that DC is trying to be more like Marvel by using a popular rock song in the trailer – like Guardians of the Galaxy did. Here is the problem though, this isn’t the first movie trailer to use a rock song as the background music. It’s been done for years. Think back to Terminator 2, remember George Thorogood & The Destroyers’ “Bad To The Bone”? What about The Pixies “Where Is My Mind?” in the Fight Club trailer? This isn’t something new and Marvel certainly didn’t invent it. In fact, most editors use popular songs to cut trailers.
Who Is The Villain?
Probably one of the biggest complaints about the Justice League trailer was that we didn’t get to see the villain – mostly because DC has learnt from their mistake of revealing Doomsday in the Batman v Superman trailers. That said, we do get to see a lot of Parademons get killed, leading us to assume that it will either be Darkseid or Steppenwolf. Now, by comparison, how much do you know about Cate Blanchett’s Hela based on what we saw in the trailer? Very little too. We know that she breaks Mjolnir, defeats Thor and destroys Asgard (or at least part of it), but not much more. So again, I ask you, why all the complaints?
Something isn’t right. Somehow fans have become more critical of DC movies. I’m not sure why, but they expect more. They expect perfection. They expect the Godfather, with the Don swapped out for a comic book character. But that isn’t fair and it doesn’t make any sense. I’ll be the first to admit that the editing for Batman v Superman was terrible – I think most DC fans would admit to that – but that’s where the criticisms usually end. It wasn’t a train smash. Despite what critics might have told you, it wasn’t the worst movie you’ve ever seen.
Now watch both trailers again and you’ll notice that they aren’t worlds apart: