Fans of the DC Extended Universe were surprised to see that the most recent representations of Batman and Superman are missing from the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood building, throwing the future of these characters into doubt.
Honouring "100 years of storytelling" across a number of its most famous series of films and TV shows, from Friends to Casablanca to Harry Potter, it's clear that the company knows which films people are likely wanting to see from their visit to Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood.
The majority of posters on one side of the building are drawn from DC Comics, featuring Harley Quinn, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman. What's the issue, then? Well, Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman and Aquaman are shown to be portrayed by Margot Robbie, Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa, respectively. On the other hand, Warner Bros have selected representations of Superman and Batman from days gone by - namely Christopher Reeve and Michael Keaton. The fact that the company hasn't chosen Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill's versions of their heroes has been seen as some sort of insult to the actors.
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Of course, Zack Snyder's Justice League was the latest outing for Batman and Superman, however Warner Bros. is not counting those events as canonical to the rest of the DC Extended Universe. The reaction from a vocal subset of fans to the use of Keaton and Reeve instead of Affleck and Cavill has been... interesting. "They're literally trying to erase the movies and characters we love right in from of our eyes. Why tf are Keaton and Reeve here instead of our CURRENT Batman and superman????" asked @theSNYDERVERSE on Twitter, adding "(Yes it's just a billboard but it's a symptom of a larger issue)."
Final touches being put on the brand new Warner Bros Studio Tour building, what are we thinking for the final faces, Harry & Hermione? pic.twitter.com/MgRSveAnJK
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"The lack of respect towards Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck is astounding," said @Snyder_Cut_240. "I swear that if you don't correct this mistake of yours or bring back Henry & Ben back I'll NEVER support you or your products ever again!!" said @JoseCruzLerma1. A little excessive, that one, but it's evident that fans are not happy with the fact that the actors have been seemingly snubbed.
The thing is, though, without Keaton or Reeve there would be no Affleck or Cavill. Let me clarify: Directed by Tim Burton, Batman was a somber exploration of the relationship between the hero and Joker, with attention to bringing elements of the comic book to the silver screen with care. And Superman, released in 1978, was Warner Bros.' most successful film at the time and critics praised Reeve's exceptional performance as the hero. Paying tribute to these achievements isn't at the detriment of the more modern representations. Also, it's a poster on the side of a building. There are bigger fish to fry.
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