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Movie Review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman Dawn of JusticeFearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the man of steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis.

Directed by Zack Snyder, the over 2 hours 30 minute Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice feels like a patchwork of ideas mashed together into a film that works on some levels and fails on others. Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer share writing credits and the film feels like moments geared towards comic fans in a sequel of a movie for a film trilogy that hasn’t happened yet. The film feels like we missed something, an interesting twist to comic films that both works and fails here.

The plot is in some ways good and bad. Integrating the events of Man of Steel perfectly, the film sets up why Batman would distrust Superman and why the world would be mixed in their trust of a god like being without a check in place. In comes Lex Luthor, a tech giant channeling a mix of the Joker and X-Men villain Arcade in a new take on the character. Luthor wants to create a deterrence, and if the film left it at these three it’d be a much stronger narrative, but it also mixes in Senate hearings, plots to setup Superman by Luthor, some kidnappings and eventually Wonder Woman and Doomsday. The film could have easily been two films, a criticism of The Dark Knight, another film Goyer had a hand in the story. You can feel Terrio’s hand in the political and moral aspects of the film. He worked with Affleck in the solid film Argo.

The film attempts to do too much, but with Snyder’s name attached, subtlety isn’t something we should expect. The film is not just a battle between Batman and Superman, but also an assault on the sense, both visual and audio. While many crap on Snyder’s style, I enjoy the look of his films, he can set up over the top action and deliver in empty battle. Where Snyder fails here is creating a greater visual contrast between Batman and Superman, the light and the dark. While that theme is discussed over and over in dialogue, we don’t see it visually, a missed opportunity and the director’s biggest fail in the film.

When it comes to the actors, Ben Affleck, Jeremy Irons, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot steal the show. Due to the screen time and focus of the film, the movie feels more like a sequel to an Affleck Batman film instead of the follow up to Man of Steel. Affleck’s Batman is excellent as a mix of scary boogeyman and an actual detective who is weary, tired, and grizzled after 20 years of fighting crime. Irons Alfred is a voice of reason and mechanic who sees the weight on Bruce’s shoulders. As I stated Eisenberg is a different take on Lex Luthor, a crazy genius. And finally Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman is mysterious until the end of the film where Wonder Woman really makes her presence known and in many ways saves the day. I’ll admit seeing Wonder Woman on the big screen kicking ass put a massive smile on my face and gave me warm fuzzies inside. She’s the most surprising part of the film. But is not all great. Her introduction to Bruce is rather flimsy, it’s not until she dons her costume does Gadot work, and it’s hard to not cheer as she throws out her lasso.

Where the film fails is many of the holdovers from Man of Steel. Henry Cavill as Clark Kent only looks pensive, never once smiling. That lack of emotion, he’s almost a walking Blue Steel, creates a lack of chemistry with Amy Adams‘ Lois Lane. Adams, along with Diane Lane as Martha Kent, are woefully underused and play the damsels in distress too much.

But the film is really about what’s to come, an ambitious slate of films that’ll introduce us to the massive DC Universe on the big screen. It’s no spoiler to say we are introduced to many including the Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman, and much is teased as to what’s to come. Comic fans will be explaining all of this to their non-comic reading friends for weeks. And while some of those introductions are cool, the flashes to the future to come is a massive fail in many ways.

Then there’s also…. well that’s a spoiler… but my 90s comic reading teen self had flashbacks.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a missed opportunity in many ways, but it also has a lot on its shoulders and sets up what looks to be a possibly exciting future when it comes to DC Comics’ movie universe.

Overall Rating: 6.65

Affleck Says Daughter, Not Son, Can See Batman v Superman

affleck batmanA certain award winning site ran a craptacular clickbait headline cherry picking information to create a sensationalist article suckering readers in for the clicks concerning actor Ben Affleck being concerned his son was too young to see Batman v Superman. The title of the article? That’d be “Affleck Says Son Is Too Young for ‘BvS”: “I Don’t Want Him to Have Nightmares.”

Well, two can play that game…

While talking to The Hollywood Reporter Affleck, who plays Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, commented on his children being able to go see the PG-13 film. In the interview, Affleck said he thought his four year old son was too young to see the film, not wanting him to have nightmares. A decision that’s completely reasonable (and responsible) for a parent. However, his oldest daughter Violent, who is 10, can see the film.

See how the fact his son is four is key information that makes things a hell of a lot less sensationalist?

His children are part of the reason Affleck took on the role, and he’s looking for ways to edit the film so his son can see it, though as he states his son as a short attention span so the two minute trailers work for now.

On a more serious note a friend of the site saw the film’s premiere last night and I’ll just quote his reaction:

WAY different that expected. WAY more than I hoped for. HUGE win. Until this point, I was a dyed-in-the-wool Marvel junkie. DC might have just caught up. Go. Soon and often.

PS: Affleck’s Batman was great. No one was more surprised than me.

When asked the age appropriateness for the film, the friend of the site is planning on bringing his 6 year old and wasn’t concerned about the violence as much as the plotline which younger children might not totally get.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Teams Up With NASCAR

As the world braces for the most iconic Super Heroes of all time to square off in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (in theaters March 25), legendary NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. have chosen sides and are preparing to go toe-to-toe in an epic race for the record books! Johnson’s No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet and Earnhardt’s No. 88 Nationwide Chevy are now branded with logos representing their favorite hero, Superman and Batman, respectively, and will face off at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA on March 20.

On the Warner Bros. lot, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill visited with NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to get an in-depth look at the vehicles.

The One:12 Collective Presents Dawn Of Justice – Batman

From the highly anticipated upcoming motion picture Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice comes Batman. Batman is ready for the unthinkable; Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs.

Featuring a incredible digitally modeled portrait sculpt to craft an exceptional screen-accurate likeness of award winning actor Ben Affleck. Batman is assembled on a newly designed One:12 Collective body featuring over 44 articulated points of movement. This figure is costumed in a film accurate outfit utilizing ground breaking methods to achieve a remarkably authentic look.

The One:12 Collective Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Batman features:

  • 1:12 accurate real fabric uniform and cape as seen in the movie
  • Incredibly detailed sculpted costume
  • – Hyper-realistic portraits

Included with this figure:

  • Regular head
  • Alternate angry head
  • Fists (L & R)
  • Posing hands (L & R)
  • Holding hands (L & R)
  • Batarang holding hands (L & R)
  • 3 Batarangs
  • Bat brand
  • Grappling gun
  • Grappling hook with rope
  • Grenade
  • Utility Belt
  • Display base with posing post

Each figure is packaged in a deluxe, fifth panel window box with translucent acetate slipcover. Designed for collector convenience, the packaging allows for both maximum protection as well as ease of removal for display.

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Batman swoops into stores in June/ July and is available for pre-order.

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Ben Affleck Confirms Senator Leahy will be in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Actor Ben Affleck, who will be donning the cape and cowl as Batman in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, confirmed at a Senate hearing that Senator Patrick Leahy will indeed be in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Affleck is a co-founder of the Eastern Cong Initiative and was testifying before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Diplomacy and National Security about the situation in the Congo (alongside Bill Gates) where he said:

To Senator Leahy, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge my co-star in Batman. The role is marginally smaller than mine but I understand you’re quite good.

Senator Leahy is a diehard Batman fan, and has appeared in numerous films and voiced characters which led some to speculate if he’d be in the latest film to feature the Dark Knight. Leahy is also a vocal proponent for Hollywood (especially when it comes to intellectual property), often fighting their battles for them in the Hill, which calls into question his numerous appearances.

(via ABC News)

When Deadshot met Batman in Jersey Girl

It was announced today that Will Smith will play Deadshot in 2016’s Suicide Squad. Will Smith had a brush-in with another DC alum, Ben Affleck, in a previous film. Affleck who will don the cape and cowl as Batman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

In what movie did this happen?

That’d be comic geek Kevin Smith’s Jersey Girl who was at one point attached to write a script for a Superman film, a character Affleck played (as actor George Reeves) in Hollywoodland where he “slept” with Diane Lane who played Superman’s mom in Man of Steel…. Phew….

Man of Steel Sequel has a title, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

We’ve been referring to it as Batman vs. Superman for almost a year now, but the sequel to Man of Steel, officially has a title, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film will not only feature Batman and Superman, but also Wonder Woman, and many more rumored individuals.

Filming is underway on the film which is being directed by Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, and Ben Affleck as BruceWayne/Batman. Also appearing are Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from Man of Steel, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film.

The movie will open worldwide on May 6, 2016.

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