I have a confession to make: I don’t like DC.
This is difficult, because as a nerd, I know I shouldn’t be disparaging to other nerds. Life is rough enough without us turning against each other.
But the last thing DC created that I enjoyed was “Batman: The Animated Series.”
I will say that “Arrow” and “The Flash” are challenging my less than stellar opinion of DC in general. On their own, I like these two television shows.
However, I have been avoiding the DC Extended Universe movies like the plague.
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”
When it was announced that Ben Affleck had scored the role of Batman, I nearly wrote it all off.
I did not love the movie. In fact, it isn’t one that I imagine going back to watch again.
I will say that I enjoyed Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth. Not because he was a particularly good Alfred, mind you.
But his performance, along with Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor, was the best acting in the movie, as far as I am concerned.
Affleck fell short — far short — of the mark. He might have the stature of a superhero, but his acting was just bad.
Thankfully, his Batman is rather stoic and the audience isn’t subjected to any long-winded speeches.
There also are unnecessary changes — I don’t recall Batman branding criminals in any of the comic books, but I suppose I could be wrong there.
It is possible that I have been blinded by a casting choice that I think shouldn’t have been made.
And the addition of Doomsday to a storyline that seemed originally to be just about Batman and Superman not getting along was ridiculous.
DC seemed to be trying to cram far too much into one movie here, in a desperate bid to catch up to Marvel’s five-year head start.
DC scores with “Suicide Squad”
On the other hand, “Suicide Squad” pleased me greatly. In particular, Deadshot (Will Smith) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) were cast very well.
Both seem to embody their characters. Smith seemed in his element for the first time since “Seven Pounds” and Robbie simply is Harley Quinn.
Quinn has been shown as many things through the years, but she always has been a little crazy and never has cared what other people think, apart from the Joker. Robbie takes that to another level entirely, though.
The coup de grâce, though, is Viola Davis — how far she has come since “The Pentagon Wars!”
As the woman who assembles the Suicide Squad, she rules with an iron fist.
“Suicide Squad” is new enough that I won’t include any spoilers, but suffice to say, DC finally might have found its stride with this movie.
No one said competing against the Mouse would be easy, but I’d say this installment gives DC a fighting chance.