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This Deleted Batman v Superman Scene Opens More Questions

Love it or hate it, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set up a lot to come down the road in DC movies. At the end of the film Luthor said “he’s coming” leaving things a bit ambiguous. Is it Darkseid he’s referring to? Brainiac? Someone else?

Warner Bros. has released a deleted scene (that definitely should have been deleted) called “Communion” that has Luthor in the Kryptonian ship communicating with what looks like a weird version of Darkseid’s minion Steppenwolf and what’s definitely Motherboxes.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Rules the Box Office Worldwide

Batman v Superman Dawn of JusticeWhile people were divided, they still packed the box office sending Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice into first place with an estimated $424.1 million worldwide opening. The film set a domestic March opening weekend record as well as setting the record for largest opening ever for Warner Bros.

Domestically, the film earned an estimated $170.1 million which beat the previous record holder by about $18 million. The film also has the largest Easter opening as well as the largest opening for a DC Comics property. While the film has a 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes from critics, the audience score has it at 73%, a clear split between critics and fans. The film also received a “B” CinemaScore. All that together creates a very unknown next weekend, but without major competition, the film should stay in first.

The film earned $254 million internationally which is the fifth largest international opening and its worldwide opening is the fourth largest of all-time. The film also has the fourth largest opening weekend for a comic book adaptation, only $4 million shy of third.

In other film news, Zootopia dropped to second adding $23.1 million to bring its domestic total to $240.5 million and worldwide to $696.7 million.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 opened this weekend as well earning $18.1 million to come in third.

In other “comic” related films, Deadpool is now in seventh adding $5 million to its domestic total bringing it to $349.5 million domestically and $746 million worldwide. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is also still in theaters adding $805,000 to bring its domestic total to $933.7 million and worldwide to $2.06 billion.

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

Is this Doomsday in Batman v Superman?

actioncomics_901The second trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice dropped a little bit ago giving us a better idea of what we can expect in the film as well as a first look at what looks like Doomsday.

The character as been rumored to appear in the film, and it looks like some version of him will. Whether or not he will be called Doomsday is unknown, but judging from the trailer he’s created by Lex Luthor from Zod’s remains to stop Superman.

The character debuted in his first full appearance in Superman: Man of Steel #18 back in 1992 and would go on to later kill Superman in a fist fight that made worldwide news. In one version of his origin the character was a scientific experiment by a Kryptonian scientist to create a perfect being. The character has also appeared in the New 52 DC Comics as a villain who attacked Krypton and then was imprisoned in the Phantom Zone.

In the film it looks like he’ll be more than just physically strong and have some of Superman’s powers such as his projecting lasers from his eyes.

Check out the screenshots and sound off as to what you think.

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Graphic Policy Radio Talks San Diego Comic-Con LIVE This Monday

GP Radio pic MondaySan Diego Comic-Con has come and gone and Graphic Policy Radio‘s own Brett was not only on the ground to cover the show, but also sat on two different panels! We’ll discuss the convention, the panels, and so much more! The show airs LIVE this Monday at 10 pm ET.

On this episode:

  • What announcements stood out at the convention? We talk who “won” the show!
  • Trailers for Deadpool, Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, and X-Men: Apocalypse were all shown, which looked good and which didn’t? We discuss!
  • Toys, comics, movies, television, and tons of celebrities, Brett talked to a lot of people! He goes over what stood out to him, and the stories you might have missed.

We of course want to hear from you! Tweet us your thoughts @graphicpolicy

You can listen in live!

Sen. Leahy’s Batman v. Superman Role Revealed

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy is a huge Batman fan. So much so that he’s appeared in numerous Batman films, and voiced characters. We got word the Senator would be appearing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it was unknown as to what he’d be doing.

The latest trailer that has been released has provided some hints. The Senator is present in what looks like a Senate hearing. So looks like the Senator is sticking to a role he’s quite familiar with.

You can check out a screen shot of the scene below. That’s him in the gray suit standing behind the podium towards the middle.


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