I’ve been a fan of the DC characters all my life. I’m one of those who grew up with Donner’s Superman and Super Friends every Saturday morning. The four issues of Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns were some of the first real comics I ever bought when they originally were released. And in the 90s I read both Superman and Batman very heavily. So of course I was a big fan of the DCEU…but then Justice League happened.
Oh, not the quality of the movie. In fact I re-watched both it and Thor: Ragnarok this week and I still genuinely like the DC movie more than the third Thor film.
What happened was the toxicity of the fanbase soured me on all things DC for the last three months or so. I got death threats for daring to tell people that the run time of Justice League was only two hours (which, after watching it last night again, is something I like about it). And then the whole craziness over the mythical “Snyder Cut” began.
I wasn’t looking forward to Justice League coming out on home video. I stopped reading DC comics each week. The nastiness and toxicity of the fans over a movie just poisoned DC to me for a while.
But then Warner did a test screening of an unfinished version of Aquaman, and the positive reaction coming out from that by people I trust turned things around for me. It made me hopeful that the post-Snyder era of DC movies will gradually silence the more toxic parts of the fan base and DC comics and movies will be enjoyable again.
I’ve picked up the DC issues I missed over the last couple months and am going to get caught up over the weekend and eagerly await the historic release of Action 1000 in April and then Bendis taking over Superman in May. Then we just have about ten more months until Wan’s Aquaman hits theaters…