Hey, remember that superhero movie where the billionaire with the high-tech suit recruits a young version of a fan-favorite, famous superhero to join his team of other famous superheroes? Yeah me too. I’m gonna play two scenes for you, one is from (Captain America) Civil War, one is from Justice League. Got it? Please watch both clips, just don’t skim through because you know, attention span. [Blackpink slaying in background] Bruce: Barry Allen… Bruce Wayne. I know you have abilities I just don’t know what they are. Barry: My special skills include viola, web design, fluent in sign language… Whoever you’re looking for… Barry: You’re the Batman? Bruce: So you’re fast. Barry: That feels like an oversimplification… Bruce: I’m putting together a team… People with special abilities… You see, I believe enemies are coming… Barry: Stop right there. I’m in. Bruce: You are? Barry: Yeah, I – I need friends. So what did we just learn about Barry Allen? He likes to joke around, he hates brunch Barry: …wait in line for an hour for essentially lunch! …and he needs a friend and that’s it. Now, let me ask you a question: Why is he the Flash? Not how he’s the Flash? but why? Why does he want to help people? Why did you want to risk his own life to protect the earth? What are his defining motivations? I don’t know maybe he doesn’t have any, maybe he does, we just don’t know them yet. That’s more interesting. What if he doesn’t want to help anyone yet? What if, through his time with the League, through Batman’s motivational speeches: Batman: Save one. Flash: One? Batman: Save one person. Flash: Oh. Flash: Wh-Which one? Batman: Don’t talk. Don’t fight. Get in. Get one out. Flash: And…and then? Batman: You’ll know. Flash: Okay ..He learns what it means to be a hero, but in justice league, he doesn’t have much of an arc. All right now let’s watch civil war Peter: Hey May Aunt May: Oh, hey Aunt May: How was school today? Peter: It’s okay Tony: Oh Mr. Parker Peter: Hey! I’m – I’m I’m Peter Tony: Tony Tony: Can I have five minutes with him? Aunt May: Sure Tony: Thrift store? Salvation army? Peter: Uh, the garbage actually- Tony: You’re a dumpster diver Peter: Yeah, i was… Peter: A-anyway, look, I’m Tony: Ah, ah, me first That’s you, right? Peter: Uhm, no. Peter: What do you…what do you..? Tony: Yeah? Tony: Look at you go Tony: Wow nice catch 3,000 pounds 40 miles an hour Tony: That’s not easy Tony: You got mad skills Tony: Spider boy? Peter: S…Spider-man Tony: Not in that onesie, you’re not Tony: Who else knows? Anybody? Peter: Nobody Tony: You know what I think is really cool? Tony: This webbing Tony: Tensile strength is off the charts. Tony: Who manufactured them? Peter: I did Tony: Why are you doing this? Tony: I got to know, what’s your memo? Tony: What gets you out of that twin bed in the morning? Peter: Because i’ve been me my whole life Peter: And i’ve had these powers for six months Tony: mm-hmm Peter: I read books, I build computers Peter: and…and yeah I would love to play football Peter: but i couldn’t then so i shouldn’t now Tony: Sure, cause you’re different Peter: Exactly. Peter: But i can’t tell anybody that so i’m not Peter: When you can do the things that I can but you don’t and then the bad things happen they happen because of you. Tony: So you wanna look out for the little guy. You wanna do your part. Make the world a better place all that, right? Peter: Yeah, yeah, yes Peter: Just looking out for the little guy Peter: That’s-That’s what it is. So what did we just learn about Peter Parker? He cares about his aunt, he had this powers for six months, but most importantly, we know why he spider-man. Peter: When you can do the things that I can but you don’t and then the bad things happen, they happen because of you That’s his defining trait. He feels a sense of responsibility to help others. And where is that come from? Guilt. Peter Parker’s defining motivation is guilt. That’s what Tony sees in him because that’s Tony Stark’s motivation as well It always has been. Lady: Who’s going to avenge my son, Stark? He’s dead and I blame you. We know everything we need to know about Peter Parker in less than five minutes. We spend a studio mandate time of two hours with the Flash but never learned what’s important. We learn what makes Barry Allen super, but not what makes him a hero. That’s the difference between good superhero films and bad ones. The good ones focus on the hero not super. The DCEU started to grasp that with Wonder Woman, so hopefully they’ll continue to or you know just hire the marvel guys who wrote homecoming because when in doubt marvel it out. “Before it blows” “Everybody knows” Thanks for watching guys I may have been a little harsh the truth is I don’t hate justice league I think Superman’s great minus the mustache and all it’s pretty enjoyable I just want DC movies to be better I’m a huge DC fanatic For god’s sakes I made a Robin fan film which you can check out the teaser for on my channel. Hope you guys enjoy, remember to share this vid and smash that sub button for more essays shorts and all things comics See ya!