Henry Cavill, who plays Superman in the DC Extended Universe, admits that the franchise has made some early mistakes, but says that they are the “right mistakes.”
So far, the DCEU, as it is commonly called, has been contentious at best. While it has many defenders, its first film, Man of Steel, was a pretty “love it or hate it” sort of movie due to its darker, angstier take on the Superman mythos. That trend only continued with its sequel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which saw the two superheroes try to kill each other due to the machinations of Lex Luthor, and Suicide Squad, which tried to course correct by changing the tone to one of dark humor.
The first DCEU film to get widespread critical and audience approval was Wonder Woman, which came out earlier this year. A historical drama set during World War I, the title character was idealistic and inspirational even against the backdrop of the conflict, and made good on DC Comics editor Geoff John’s promise to make movies that are more uplifting and fun going forward.
Calling Wonder Woman “the first step in the right direction,” Cavill said “I feel like now the right mistakes have been made and they haven’t been pandered [to], and we can start telling the stories in the way they need to be told. It is even better to come back from a mistake or stylistic error into the correct vein because it will make it seem that much stronger.”
Early reviews of Justice League, about six heroes finally coming together against an evil space god, seem to indicate that it will keep that tone going forward. We’ll find out next month.