Suicide Squad: 8 Biggest Differences With Batman V Superman

They might be set in the same universe, but that is where the similarities end!

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Despite the recently-drubbed Batman V Superman and the highly-anticipated Suicide Squad movie are both set in the same universe, there appear to be quite a few differences between how the two properties are being handled – if the trailers and reports of ongoing reshoots are anything to go by.

This is a bold move on behalf of DC/WB, especially given that the standard bearer of the comic book film genre, Marvel, have opted for an entirely different route in how their films are produced. While there have been minor tweaks in tone and quality throughout the various phases of the Marvel Universe, the product has been remarkably consistent across the board.

If Suicide Squad is a failure and they decide to keep ploughing along with their extended universe, then we may eventually see something more in line with what Marvel are doing. On the flip side, if Suicide Squad is beloved then they might keep changing things up.

Regardless of what the future holds, there are going to be some significant differences between Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad that will probably define how DC/WB goes forward in the ensuing years. These are the eight most significant ones that stand out the most at this stage.

8. The Directors Have Totally Different Styles

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One of the interesting things about the way that DC/WB does business is how they hire auteur directors for their distinct style. This stands in direct contrast to Marvel, who will hire a wide range of filmmakers, but keep them under a tight reign, ensuring their films are all basically the same in tone.

The merits of either approach can be debated for weeks, but that’s not what we are discussing here. What is significant is just how different David Ayer and Zack Snyder are as directors.

While both filmmakers tend to produce dark, gritty, and violent films, they are worlds apart in how they deliver their narratives. Snyder lives in a hyper-tinted universe exemplified by fantasy films like Watchmen, 300, and Sucker Punch. Conversely Ayer resides in a far more grounded reality that has produced films like Street Kings, End Of Watch, and Fury. Both groups of films might be violent and brutal, but that is where the similarities end. Visually, tonally, structurally, and quality-wise, they really couldn’t be any different.

Given how they are poles apart when it comes to directing, it is going to be fascinating to see how these two such contrasting auteurs tackle similar subject matter set in the same universe.


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