“Watchmen” co-creator Dave Gibbons was recently asked his opinion on “Batman v Superman” at London’s MCM Comic Con. The author had a great deal to say about DC’s approach to storytelling, how Marvel has been able to infuse more hope into their stories, and how he would have told Batman’s battle with Superman differently.
While Gibbons had nothing but praise for Zack Snyder’s work on “Watchman,” he didn’t agree with Snyder’s choices on “BvS.” “I feel that what’s happening now with the DC characters in film, to my mind, is going in the wrong direction. I feel that what DC has done, especially with ‘Batman v Superman,’ is they have really taken a misstep with it.”
Gibbons then described his book “World’s Finest,” which was a Batman vs. Superman-type of story released by DC Comics in 1990. “What I honed in on, and this isn’t the only take but it might have helped, is you’ve got Batman who’s a dark, hidden creature who’s antagonist is a brightly colored clown. You’ve got Superman who’s a brightly colored figure, with an opponent who is a dark, scheming business man. There has to be a difference.” In comparing his book to the new film, Gibbons said,”Where the latest film suffered is because they were both these dark, opaque, angsty creatures.”
In the video below you can hear Gibbons full response to the question, including his praise for Ben Affleck’s Batman.
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is directed by Zack Snyder and stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Gal Gadot.
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