Director Zack Snyder's 2013 Superman movie franchise reboot Man of Steel was the starting point of the DC Extended Universe, but it was last year's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (also directed by Snyder) that truly opened the floodgates to the larger DCEU. Snyder will return to the DCEU for a third time later this year with his Justice League movie in the fall, after Patty Jenkins releases her Wonder Woman film - headlined by Batman V Superman's Gal Gadot - this June.
While Batman V Superman proved to be a box office success worldwide, it received mostly negative reviews from critics and has proven quite divisive within the larger comic book superhero movie-loving community. Various people have since come out both in favor of and against Snyder's Caped Crusader/Man of Steel blockbuster - and as it turns out, actor/director Jay Baruchel now officially falls into the former of those groups.
During a recent interview with JoBlo, Baruchel came out in support of both the theatrical cut, but especially the Batman V Superman "Ultimate Edition" (aka. Snyder's preferred, extended, R-Rated cut of the film). Baruchel said that Batman V Superman is "Probably the film I've seen the most from last year," adding that he prefers it to the more positively-reviewed Captain America: Civil War:
"THANK YOU! This is what I said, even when I saw the theatrical one and didn't love it. In its weakest moment, it has more choice, style and commitment to it than the best moment in CIVIL WAR. CIVIL WAR, I can't tell you what it's about or who made it. You watch BATMAN V SUPERMAN you know exactly what it's about and he fucking committed to a choice and DC always does that... I think history's going to regard [BATMAN V SUPERMAN] as the world's most expensive indie film."
Baruchel is perhaps best known as the voice of Hiccup in the How To Train Your Dragon movies. He has also costarred in such hit comedies as This is the End and is currently promoting the ongoing run of his FXX sitcom, Man Seeking Woman. The actor also made the jump to directing feature-length films with his work on the upcoming sports comedy sequel Goon: Last of the Enforcers (which Baruchel also co-wrote and costars in).
With Warner Bros. Pictures/DC taking steps to ensure that Wonder Woman and Justice League are better-received than their predecessors in the DCEU, it will be interesting to see whether history sides (or doesn't) with Baruchel on Batman V Superman's place in the large DC movie universe, in the end. As for the DCEU's Batman and Superman (played by Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, respectively), both will be returning in Justice League this year - before getting their own new solo movies, in The Batman and Man of Steel 2, sometime thereafter.
- Wonder Woman (2017) release date: Jun 02, 2017
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
- Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020