Possible Spoilers, Obviously.
It’s rare that a movie can actually be better with a more footage added in, most of the time a film can be bogged down and forced to be trimmed to make more coherent movie but the Ultimate Cut of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is a much more coherent film then it’s theatrical predecessor. I was not a fan of the original version when it hit theaters. Superman was a horrible person in how he seemed to just neglect people who needed help, Batman just came across as a complete sociopath, and the populated world was so stupid to believe that a man who could fly, shoot heated rays from his eyes, and juggle planets would use a gun to kill anyone, which is a major plot point of Lex Luthor’s plan to get the world to turn against Superman and for the much anticipated throw down between the two DC titans.
Why does the world believe Superman shot those people? Why is Batman terrorizing the port area in Gotham? How come Superman didn’t realize a bomb was about to go off during a Capitol hearing? All of these questions and much more are answered which not only help the overall flow of the film but also flesh out Henry Cavill’s Superman and alter ego Clark Kent as he investigates who The Batman is. Lois Lane (Amy Adams) gets more to do as she begins to pull the threads of the mystery surrounding the murders that seem to follow Superman wherever he goes. It’s a nice little mystery we are actually following along with that held my attention despite a few dumb moments sprinkled in just to move the plot along.
Henry Cavill shines a lot more as Superman given the added footage and Ben Affleck is still an amazing Batman, Jeremy Irons, Laurence Fishburne everyone is pretty much bringing their A-game except the main villain of the film.
Despite all the good, the film is still plagued with problems, namely Jessie Eisenberg, who continues to be awful as Lex Luthor. I did enjoy him more when he begins to lay out his plan to Superman just before the main event fight, but his performance will go down on future list as “Worst Villain Ever” for years to come. The fight between Batman and Superman now takes even longer to get to given the added footage and is still really short compared to all the build-up. Then you have Doomsday. The CGI looks better and I could tell what was going better then I could in theaters, but I still stand that they should have waited to bring Doomsday in and kill Superman until WB had built up the DC Universe a bit more. It would have been nice to see the members of the Justice League walking behind his casket in Metropolis in tandem with a select few at the actual funeral in Smallville.
Originally I hated the first half of the theatrical cut because it was boring and confusing but with the Ultimate Cut I am able to enjoy the film much more as a whole. Usually when someone releases a “Director’s Cut” with added footed it’s usually a cash grab with footage that doesn’t help the movie slightly *coughGreenLanterncough* if at all but in this case, the thirty extra minutes does bring a lot to the film but it still has the same problems with the useless dream sequences, the bloated final third of the film when Snyder wants to just conveniently drop hints of the future members of the Justice League. It still doesn’t work, feels really crow barred in and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) is still useless until she’s called upon to be the warrior she is.
With the added footage you are now forced to sit through a three hour cut which is really taxing to sit through on anyone who have a thousand things to do every day and it comes with an R rating which it earns with a lot of CGI blood added into the fight scenes and a character dropping the F-bomb. If you are interested, I do recommend giving the film another look, it’s definitely worth it checking out if you want to see a better, yet exhausting, version but if you completely hated the original theactial released film then you’re better off skipping it all together. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice hits shelves today!
I’m just going to say right now that there is a possibility that the film could be spoiled for you here. I’m not going go through every aspect of the film, but in order to discuss my issues thoroughly, I really have to divulge into the larger problems, so you’ve been warned.
It’s surprising that after all these years that WB still hasn’t figured out how to market any of their large line-up of rich characters except Batman. We seem to go through the same routine every few years where they put all their chips on Batman, and don’t really use logic when it comes to their other characters. Superman Returns and Man of Steel were both troubled yet enjoyable films. Green Lantern was a horrible mess, and yet Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy has gone down as one of the greatest live action interpretations of Batman we’ve ever seen, at least until now. It seems that WB has once again shifted the focus into their new Batman while leaving Superman off on the sidelines.
While I did enjoy, even largely defend defend 2013’s Man of Steel, the problems the film had were more in the writing then the direction. The film had the action many Superman fans had been craving for ever since we’ve seen what CGI was capable of but a weak script had the characters saying and doing things that didn’t make much sense. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was WB/Snyder’s chance to correct those problems and issues Man of Steel created and would reverberate throughout the future movies and they have failed more then they succeeded.
While BvS promises to address the destruction, character motivations, and the fact that Superman doesn’t really act like Superman it tosses all of this to the side to show you a bunch of cool stuff. I always defended Superman’s actions in Man of Steel because it was literally his first day on the job, I was willing to overlook that he didn’t start out as the Superman we know and love because he hasn’t yet learned how to be THAT Superman. I am willing to watch him grow over a couple movies before becoming the leader of the Justice League and becoming that beacon of hope he’s been promised to be, but this did not happen.
I felt like I was sitting next to Zack Snyder and every time I had a question, he’s dangle some platinum diamond keys (or in other words something pretty from the movie) to distract me from anything that didn’t make sense. “Zack Snyder, why did Lex Luthor hate Superman so much?” I asked. “Well, he just does.”, Zack replied. “He hates him in the comic.” “Yes, but we know he hates him in the comic, but in this film, why?” Zack suddenly whipped out a cool action scene or something pretty for me to look at in hopes that I would forget my questions.
How did Batman know to dream, in such detail, about the Omega sign and Darkseid if he never met or heard of him before? Why didn’t he just dream of Superman going nuts and destroying the city like any normal nightmare? Well because Snyder and company wanted to show you something really cool and make a Batman figure to sell to kids. There is a weird moment where, at first, we’re lead to believe that the Flash (Ezra Miller) had ran back through time to warn Batman about Superman, only to have Batman wake up again like it was a dream. Leaving the audience to wonder if this really happened or if it was really a dream. We’re lead to wonder about Lex, as he keeps mentioning his father. Perhaps this isn’t the real Lex Luthor because it wouldn’t take anything for Snyder and company to go, “Oh, no, he wasn’t the real one, his dad is the real Lex Luthor.”, and here goes my underlying problem with BvS is it doesn’t commit to anything.
The film carries enough good stuff to keep it from dropping into Green Lantern level of horrible but, and this is putting it bluntly, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is a cluster fuck of a film. Don’t ask for a plot because there really isn’t one. BvS feels more like Snyder wanted to direct a Batman movie more then a sequel to his Superman as the Cavill is left without anything to really do except be a punching bag for Batman during their inevitable match-up and serve as a plot point later in the film. There was a moment in this film where I felt that Cavill was going to deliver a strong speech about helping mankind and how he was going to be a better hero and who we need him to be when he’s called to Washington to answer for all the problems he has been causing but just when he’s about to speak there is a giant explosion before Henry Cavill has a chance to utter a single word.
Which leads me to my biggest complaint and yet a small compliment is Jessie Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, or Lex Luthor’s son because the movie left it open so the film makers could very easily change gears and say he isn’t the real Lex and his father could show up later on as the real Lex Luthor in later films. It’s not so much that he played Lex Luthor, but how he played him. Superman’s greatest villain has changed his backstory and motivations many times over the years but Eisenberg’s performance is kind of all over the place except near the end when he turns out to be really psychotic which I loved it’s just that the two performances just didn’t mesh well together so it’s jarring when Luthor switches.
BvS is nothing but a bunch of cool moments strung together in some vague attempt at a story, even the fight, which the entire movie is being touted around, is a lie when it gets down to the real reason they’re fighting which is extremely disappointing. Iron Man 2 and The Avengers: Age of Ultron caught major complaints from fans when they turned out to be basically trailers for what was coming later in the MCU and DC should not be left off the hook. There is no reason that WB/DC can’t make movies of the same caliber or better then the MCU but for whatever reason they seem content walking the line of mediocre.
Now that I’ve railed against this film, you should know I didn’t exactly hate it, in fact I enjoyed many things about it. It’s ironic that people did nothing but complain about the casting of Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman and he turns out to be the best thing about it. This is THE best live-action Batman we’ve ever had. He fights and moves just like Batman should, he uses his gadgets and environments to pretty amazing results and I can’t wait to see what Affleck does with the character in his solo outing which he is directing and writing. Gal Gadot is pretty amazing as Wonder Woman, once again silencing the critics over her body type as she melds very well with Superman and Batman and it is great that anyone who has a daughter finally has a female superhero they can cheer on because Gadot really breathes new life into a character who has never appeared on a movie screen before.
BvS is a beautiful disaster, a film that hurts so much because of all the things it gets right is wrapped in mediocrity and it’s frustrating to see. This isn’t just a Marvel thing, or a chance to jump on the idiotic fanboy argument of which is better, Marvel or DC. Twenty years ago we would have been happy with whatever comic book movie we could get because no one was taking them seriously but times have changed and the power has shifted. The fans are now in charge of creating these films and the bar has been raised thanks to The Dark Knight Trilogy, the Marvel Films, Deadpool, the whole comic book movie craze kicked off with the small budgeted Blade, something no one really thought had a chance to do anything.
If you are a DC lover and you’ve been waiting for this movie and you’re going in with the mentality that you’re going to love it regardless, then by all means go and I hope you enjoy the film. There is enough here that you can nerd out on but let’s not kid ourselves here, there are major problems with BvS and it has me worried for Justice League because Zack Snyder couldn’t handle this simple story line how is he going to handle seven other main characters? This worries me because WB/DC is coming so late into the comic book movie game that they can’t afford to reboot this again and hope to start churning out their roaster of hero’s, they need to buckle down and start utilizing every tool they have to make a good film and start gaining some control over these film makers so we don’t get anymore Green Lantern’s or another film with so much wasted potential.
When The Avengers took in 1.4 Billion dollars during its theatrical run all DC fans reverted their eyes to Warner Bros who has been sitting quietly in the corner for years living off of Batman. They quickly put plans into effect to jump start their shared universe. It should be said that, unlike Marvel, WB owns ALL the DC characters and could have started this shared universe idea years ago, but that’s in the past and DC silenced it’s large list of doubters when it released the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer that was shown at Comic-Con.
“What we are doing is ground up all the way. It is one giant story,” Zack Snyder told Empire Magazine. “The first thing we had was the Justice League concept. The other movies, in a way, have to support that. That is our Wonder Woman, our Aquaman. They have their own creative concepts that supports them, but they do serve Justice League in the coming together of those heroes.”
And while the interconnected nature of DC’s cinematic universe will obviously put some parameters on projects like Suicide Squad and the after-mentioned solo films, Snyder—who’s essentially godfathering the entire universe—is giving each team as much creative freedom as possible.
“I want all the other directors of the other films to be able to stretch their legs and do what they want, but at the same time there is a big interconnected universe,” he said. “I have given everyone amazing access to our story, to me, and what we are doing. All the films have like minded conceptual jumping on points.”
In fact, DC producer Charles Roven even has an official name for his structure: The sandbox.
“We call it the sandbox. It has borders around it, but everybody gets to play in the sandbox. On Suicide Squad, David Ayer has a lot of specific control over his area of the sandbox. Even if he crosses the line a little bit, we see if we can push our boundaries back a little bit.”
I’ll be the first to admit it, I wasn’t behind what DC was doing, I even had an entire article written was was ready to post about how WB/DC just didn’t seem like they cared about their characters but that trailer shut me up. I like the difference in tone between DC and Marvel, and like Marvel is doing with their Netflix shows, I hope WB will branch out and make some of their future properties lighter in tone and play some in that giant sandbox they are creating.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016!
Well, the debate has now ended and Chris Pine has signed on to play Steve Trevor in the Wonder Woman movie. Recent rumors suggested he might instead be headlining Warner Bros. Pictures’ Green Lantern Corps, along with Tyrese Gibson, who has been campaigning hard for the role.
Steve Trevor is he romantic interest of the Amazon Warrior (Gal Gadot), Trevor debuted in the comics right alongside Wonder Woman in 1942’s “All Star Comics” #8. Although the character has been rebooted several times over the years, the original version of Trevor was a US soldier whose plane crash lands on Paradise Island, exposing the secret civilization to the world. Not sure if this will play out considering Wonder Woman is going to debut in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice next summer or they’ll just show it in flashbacks.
WB has a real opportunity to create the first good female-lead movie and not repeat the dreadful Halle Berry lead atrocity Catwoman.
Gal Gadot will return as Wonder Woman, which will be directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster) and will play an important role in Justice League Part One, hitting theaters on November 10, 2017.
The new official trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice – In UK cinemas March 25, 2016 – directed by Zack Snyder and starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons and Holly Hunter.
When Ben Affleck was cast the world was suddenly divided, yet again, with believers and doubters. I for one am a believer, I’ve always been a supporter of Ben Affleck, even through his crap movies and I’ve always thought he looked just like a reiteration of Bruce Wayne. So when he was cast I thought, great, he’s been on quite a hot streak with his last three films and starred in two of them. Despite winning an Oscar even Ben Affleck had his doubts when he was given the call.
“My first reaction was, ‘Are you sure?’” he tells Entertainment Weekly. “At the time I was 40, 41, and had just finished Argo, and I felt like ‘This seems like a strange way to get to Batman.’ But Zack convinced me.” Reiterating that this version of Batman is a little older, Affleck added that Bruce Wayne will still very much be keeping up the playboy facade from the comics. “He really keeps up the image of the playboy, actively. So you have more of a dichotomy which I thought was really fun, and a little sad, like the aging playboy.”
Affleck also confirmed that the reason Batman decides to go after the Man of Steel is that Superman destroyed more than just one of Bruce Wayne’s satellites. “One of the things I liked was Zack’s idea of showing accountability and the consequences of violence and seeing that there are real people in those buildings,” he revealed. “And in fact, one of those buildings was Bruce Wayne’s building so he knew people who died in that Black Zero event.”
While I will defend Man of Steel I also won’t say it doesn’t have problems. They showed such destruction but then quickly brushed it off with the whole “You’ll never find where I hang my cape” scene and nothing will convince me that Zack Snyder and company completely thought about that when then made the movie. They never thought anyone would have an issue with it but we did which I’m sure molded how they constructed the sequel, it’s good they are going to address this because while I’ll defend the destruction between characters that could juggle planets, I can’t defend how they handled it.
Now that it’s confirmed they are going to address the issues Man of Steel had, it appears that DC is finally starting to solidify their shared universe plans, although it’s been shaky ground, there is good news. Affleck has long been rumored to directing many comic book movies. Justice League being one of the bigger ones and while directing duties for that one has fallen upon Zack Snyder and Affleck has gone to great lengths to counter the rumors that he will direct a comic book movie, it appears that is no longer the case. “I thought if I was going to direct a movie like this, which I would like to do at some point, I need to have something of a refresher course of how these movies are done.”
It has been rumored that WB is going to give him the reigns to direct his own character in the upcoming solo Batman film, possibly titled, The Batman. With the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, we now have a gateway to what could be one of the greatest comic book movies let alone a Batman one. We’ll just have to wait and see how things unfold, but I am really looking forward to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Entertainment Weekly has released some still from the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and they look pretty amazing. We finally get a glance at Gal Gadot, and Lex Luthor, and we see more of Batman and Superman as they square off before their big fight. We also get come conformation about Ben Affleck from the current Bruce Wayne himself.
Affleck describes Batman as being the American version of Hamlet, saying “We accept that he’s played by actors with different interpretations.”
Word was that this version of Batman would be much older version having been a vigilante for years to which Ben Afflec confirmed. “He’s at the end of his run and maybe the end of his life. There’s this sort of world-weariness to it.”
The description of Wayne Maynor is also interesting, which is said to be “a desolate husk, overtaken by weeds and water-stains after years of neglect.”
I remember when I saw The Tumbler for Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and having some hesitation on it’s design, that was until I saw it in action and by the end of the scene I wanted one. I can already tell you I want one of these. I just hope we get to see the Batmobile in some serious actions scenes next summer.
Apparently Chris Pine is going to be in every DC movie out there because his name is attached to everything in one form or another. The two big one’s are rumors that he is up for a role in the Wonder Woman movie as Diana Prince’s love interest, Steve Trevor, which I can see and I’m sure he would be fine in, but recent rumors are circulating that he is also up for the role of Hal Jordan in the Green Lantern movie (reboot/just forget the first one ever happened) which isn’t set to come out until 2020.
Apparently WB has listened to the gripes and complains of the horrible Green Lantern movie that came out a few years ago and is actually planning on having several Green Lanterns show up and not just have it focus on just Hal Jordan, we’re talking many of the Green Lantern’s from the comics along with John Stewart. While Tyrese (Transformers, Fast & Furious) has been campaigning hard for the role of John Stewart, nothing has been confirmed.
I like the idea of Pine taking on Hal Jordan, I am worried about it taking a huge toll on him given his currently set to play Captain Kirk in more Star Trek movies, but I do like the idea of him way over Ryan Reynolds. It does seem that WB, while throwing together their shared universe with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which I’m still holding out hope for, but with them pushing back the Green Lantern film five years does show promise since they’ve realized releasing it now *ahem Amazing Spider-Man, isn’t the smartest move given just how horrible the first one was.
The suits behind next summer sure-fire blockbuster have released the official Synopsis for the film which is being directed by Zack Snyder and written by Chris Terrio (Argo) and while it officially states what we’ve already known, it also raises more questions.
“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. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.”
So…what is this new threat? Is Doomsday actually going to show up and cause mayhem like rumors have been suggesting? Or could Lex have something more sinister planned? Guess we’ll have to find out next March.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on March 26, 2016 and also stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Scoot McNairy, Jason Momoa, and Holly Hunter