Sebastian Stan, the man behind Captain America’s ally the Winter Soldier, has extended an olive branch to the DC Extended Movie Universe.
While audiences and critics alike were not very forgiving of the Zack Snyder-directed superhero mashup, Stan took an opportunity to credit the film for what it did well and the longer implications of what it accomplished.
In an interview with the Daily Beast, Sebastian said he did see Batman v Superman “and enjoyed it.”
“I think visually it was insane,” he explained. “I thought Ben Affleck was an incredible Batman. I thought that fight sequence he had against all the guys, that was sick. Even Jesse Eisenberg was cracking me up at some points. That’s all I got.”
Sebastian Stan said he believes that DC wanted Justice League as soon as possible so they could “kind of get everybody fighting together” and the best way to do that was by pitting Batman and Superman against each other right off the bat.
That said, Stan made no qualms about where his loyalties lie.
“I’m a Marvel guy, man.”
No wonder. Since being cast as Bucky Barnes in Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011, he has gotten to participate in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Ant-Man and, most recently, Captain America: Civil War. His Marvel appearances have grossed a total of $2.359 billion as of Wednesday (May 11), and Civil War has shown no signs of slowing down.
While $519 million of that total was for Ant-Man, a film he was only briefly featured in, the Captain America trilogy has shown consistent improvements from the beginning.
The first film in the threesome grossed just $370 million worldwide while the follow-up, which centered more on Sebastian Stan, almost doubled to $714 million.
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) May 9, 2016
After just one full weekend and three weekday showings, Captain America: Civil War has eclipsed even that, hitting $756 million with $1 billion likely given the great reviews and audience reaction.
The same cannot be said for Batman V Superman, the film Sebastian Stan is defending. While the initial weekend brought a staggering $561 million worldwide, the film pretty much hit a brick wall in its subsequent weeks, topping out at around $868 million against a minimum of $1 billion expectations.
Part of the problem was the public crucifixion that critics laid on it, with the Rotten Tomatoes aggregator showing that just 27 percent gave it a favorable rating. The audience community was kinder but still showed a lukewarm-at-best reception, with just 67 percent giving it the thumbs-up.
Sebastian Stan was even one of the DC Extended Movie Universe’s critics as related in an earlier interview with Collider in which he was responding to some jabs Snyder took at the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“I mean, the Russos (directors) are coming in and taking something people are used to and they’re shaping it up and changing it in a very different way,” he told Collider. “They’re not trying to mimic a better Christopher Nolan movie or something like that.”
— Heroic Hollywood (@heroichollywood) May 11, 2016
It now appears that Stan is okay with Snyder, though the director has yet to respond to his endorsement of the film.
That may be due in part to Snyder’s work on Justice League Part One, while simultaneously duking it out with DC and Warner over the future direction of the films.
With the amount of negatives that have been out there, it’s likely that Snyder will be appreciative of these comments. That said, don’t expect to see Sebastian Stan turn up in the DCEMU anytime soon. He is under contract with Marvel and Disney for nine films as the Winter Soldier character.
What do you think about this, readers?
Is Sebastian Stan right about Batman v Superman? Does it deserve another look?
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