[SPOILERS] Here’s how Josh Brolin’s Thanos proved how epic DC can make Darkseid7 min read
If not for Justice League , 2017 would have been a perfect year for Comic Book Movies ; with each studio doing their job to perfection. However Justice League was a prey to a lot of studio politics and a lot of bad mouthing from its prequel to fall on its face. Justice League has multiple flaws but it doesn’t require an intensive critical analysis to find out that the movie could have been a lot better with a better and more threatening villain.
Ciarán Hinds’s Steppenwolf had a lot of potential considering his comicbook counterpart. When I heard that he is old and weary and wanted to free himself from Darkseid , I was pumped to see a bit of a dramatic pull-over in him. I was surprised to see none of that and just a mother-obsessed villain in the movie. But lets just consider we are lucky for they did not commit the mistake to involve Darkseid in that. DC still has got the silver bullet packed in and they got to use it correctly.
Josh Brolin’s portrayal of Thanos in Avengers : Infinity War proves that you can still make good villains and/or complex characters from CGI , if done perfectly. TRUE , the incarnation is a bit controversial to its comic book roots and involves more drama and human compassion ; but that’s what makes the character so rich. He is not just a megalomaniac but a man on a destiny he feels can benefit all in the universe. Not once in the movie , did he do anything for himself. Instead along with the Avengers , the journey cost everything from him. But he is willing.He saw the end of his world , and wishes that other doesn’t face the same , at any cost.
There is a difference between a villain and an anti-hero and the impact they have in a movie ; with grounding being an essential factor nowadays in good comic book adaptations. Josh Brolin’s Thanos is not a mad lover or does not torture his grand-daughter for no practical reason at all. He does believe in a higher calling and is willing to sacrifice everything for it. This guy is certainly not the guy from the comics just like Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark but has the essential attributes to be a good cinematic villain with a complex psyche.He does the right thing but in our own infrastructure of an idea of how we differentiate heroes from villains , he qualifies as the bad guy.
But doesn’t this relate to someone else ? Back in 1970s , Jack Kirby had an idea for a villain. What if Hitler and his narcissistic motivations could be embodied into a comic book super-villain who could cause a threat to not just the greatest superhero alive but also the entire Justice League. Son of King Yuga Khan and Queen Heggra, Prince Uxas aka Darkseid has came a long way since then. Posing a formidable threat in the DC lore and striving for the anti-life equation , Darkseid has a rich heritage in the plethora of gods.
Similar to Thanos , he believes in a higher calling and likes to reside in a higher plane of existence.That is why he sorted out for the anti-life equation in the first place. It’s hard to believe now but yes…Thanos was inspired by Darkseid back in the day. But what’s important is that the change Russo Brothers and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely brought in Thanos from his comic book counterpart , can be done exactly with Darkseid. If done right, I would even say it is easier with Darkseid.
From a one-dimensional cosmic tyrant to a son living under his father’s fame to a simple man rising to glory….there is a ton of stories from the lore to mix and create a stand-point from where general audience can relate Darkseid. Recently , it was heard a New Gods movie is apparently in works and if it is , it has the possibility of introducing Darkseid. Whether it will be in the DC Films is still unknown , but Darkseid is a villain which works best against Justice League much like Thanos who works best against Avengers. However , the New Gods movie can flesh out the world of Apokolips and New Genesis and put some impact on Darkseid and Orion’s relationship.
Zack Snyder chose to affirm the nightmare he passed in Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice as an apokoliptian future of Earth where Superman has gone on the wrong side. It was a shame that Warner Brothers chose to remove that as it would have been the perfect tease before introducing the great villain. In my experience with Hollywood studios invested in comic book franchises , I have noticed a sort of studio fetish towards a particular character. Something which they believe can churn in lots of money. Sony has an relentless attraction towards Venom and Warner Brothers has a long history with Justice League. I have never seen anything like this in MCU , that’s one of the many reasons as to why we keep getting great characters who were not so important in comic books.
At the end of the day , the truth is simpler than water. Comics and Movies are different. You need to write your own history otherwise it won’t pay off. Standing in 2018 , if someone thinks he can monetize the 80 year old legacy of a character , it’s not a very wise decision to make. Films like Doctor Strange making more than Justice League and Man of Steel is just a reminder of the fact. Marvel Cinematic Universe have started from nothing with just a simple rule of developing fictional characters which people can love , and it has paid off.
If DC is willing to succeed in major block buster market , they need to loosen themselves of Snyder’s perspective of viewing superheroes. Avengers : Infinity War is just a reckoning that developed characters on screen makes more impact to a audience than a new one , irrespective of their position in comics. People love characters who want to happy but can not , thanks to natural consequences. Not someone whose grief seems pretentious at a point of time. Same applies to the villains as well.Let us know if the thought of Darkseid crossed your mind while watching Thanos in Avengers : Infinity War , in the comments section below. And follow us for more superhero updates.