Batman v Superman Paved The Way For Civil War?


The announcement of Batman v Superman forced Marvel to realize they needed to go in a new direction for Captain America: Civil War

Batman v Superman & Captain America: Civil War. Though the movies couldn’t be more different, both feature beloved heroes fighting against one another. Batman v Superman has of course already released in theaters and raked in successful box office (even if it’s not a successful as some would have predicted). Civil War releases in just 10 days and is expected to possibly be Marvel’s biggest movie to date. But Civil War may have never happened if not for Batman v Superman in the first place.

According Joe Russo, one of the directors on Captain America: Civil War,  Marvel was very content to not shake things up with their film formula until the announcement of Batman v Superman:

"When we finished Winter Soldier two years ago and we were thinking about doing the next one, the only thing that seemed interesting to us was to deconstruct the Marvel Universe — because where else can we go at this point? There have been 11 or 12 movies so far, all with a fairly traditional structure. Our pitch to them was: People will tell you they love chocolate ice cream — until you give it to them five days a week. It’s time to give them some rainbow sherbet. Kevin [Feige] is a maverick and he’s very sensitive to how people are responding to his content. He said he thought we might be right. And after they announced Batman v. Superman, he said, ‘you guys are absolutely right.’ We needed to do something challenging with the material or we were going to start to lose the audience."

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So yeah, without Batman v Superman, we might not have Captain America: Civil War and it seems like it may even have further reaching implications down the line for Marvel, causing them to take more risks with their movies. Maybe this will be the reason we get a Squirrel Girl movie in phase 4! So thanks, Batman v Superman, for making Marvel movies better, now just work on your own damn movies…

h/t The Hollywood Reporter