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Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Review/Rant!

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

 

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New Action Heavy Supergirl Trailer!

Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Calista Flockhart, David Harewood, Chyler Leigh, Laura Benanti, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Jeremy Jordan, Helen Slater, Dean Cain, Faran Tahir, Owain Yeoman, Peter Facinelli, Chris Browning, Brit Morgan, Justice Leak, Levi Miller, supergirl, wb, dc, chad posey, screenhallThe hour-long drama centers on Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin, who was born on the planet Krypton and escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she has been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

I’m still really on edge with this series.  The first trailer was so horrible that it nearly turned me off the entire show before it even began.  I understand they’re pushing for more of a female audience but girls can like action heavy shows/movies, it doesn’t have to be The Devil Wears Prada/ever other romantic comedy out there.

Supergirl premieres  On CBS October 26th 2015!

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Comic-Con Trailer!

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.

Ben Affleck Talks Batman!

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.

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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.

Let’s Talk About That Supergirl Trailer!

So the Supergirl trailer was released yesterday and I have to say, I’m really disappointed.  Now, I’ve stated before that I am a huge advocate of watching something first then forming my complete opinion and I have every intention on doing that.  However, trailers are made specifically to show you what you’re possibly getting into to and although trailers can lie, it doesn’t bold well when your first impression makes your product look like crap.

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My main problem with this trailer is, once again, they feel the need to take a female superhero and throw her into this romantic comedy setting.  It’s insulting to women to think that this is all they care about is dating, boys, being a goof, and falling over themselves.  This is old, tired and frankly needs to stop.  Marvel fans have been wanting a Black Widow movie for a while now and anyone who has kept up with the Marvel movies knows that Scarlett Johannson’s portrayal of the character is anything but the standard thought that every woman is just trying to find themselves in that big world and needs a man.  In the films, especially in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Black Widow was a strong and driving force who could be a woman but also stand her ground against aliens, soldiers, god’s and monsters.  SNL even made a skit about it with the joke that when they finally made a Black Widow movie they’d throw her in a Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses, Hitch-like sitting with Black Widow: Age of Me.  Now look at the new Supergirl trailer and see the similar tone.

I want you to take a moment and check out some other trailers.  This is the trailer for the CW’s ArrowFrom the beginning it’s dark, brooding, Oliver is a tortured soul who is coming to clean his city of crime.  He’s surrounded by violence, every season someone close to him dies and he has to fight to bring his city out of the corruption it has fallen into.

Then take a look at The Flash.   Barry Allen’s mother was murdered as a kid and he’s trying to figure out who did it when he suddenly gains his powers.  The show is lighter then Arrow, but you still have the darker side to it which it shows you as soon as the story starts with the murder of his mother hanging over Barry’s head.

In every incarnation of Superman he’s sad but dealing with the fact that his entire planet was destroyed and while some Superman films have lighter then others, the fact still remains, he’s believes he’s the last of his kind, he’s an outsider and different films have explored this.  In the Supergirl trailer Kara is just kind of mildly affected by the fact that her parents were wiped out of existence, and more just trying to make it in the big city.

This happened once before when the CW tried to make a Wonder Woman TV show with the plot: is described as “a reinvention of the iconic DC Comic in which Wonder Woman – aka Diana Themyscira – is a vigilante crime fighter in L.A., but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman….trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life.

Do you see my problem with this?

Now, I understand that not all shows need to be the same and they’re trying to appeal more to younger girls and this entire article is coming from one trailer, I get all that but if a trailer for a show is so horrible and leaves such a bad first impression that I feel the need to write an entire article about it pointing out the flaws I see that should say something too.  It just seems like they are repeating the same mistakes the Wonder Woman (2011) show tried to do and that was be as accessible to as many people as possible and that frame of thinking is exactly what can bring around the blandest product.

Things could change, the tone of the show could slowly turn vastly different then what we’ve been shown but my point is it shouldn’t have been.  Not every single girl out there is prissy and not every woman just wants to find a man, I find the approach to this show is just wrong and I hope there is much more to then what we’ve been shown.  Young girls and women can be strong, many can and are stronger then men both physically and emotionally, and this show doesn’t need to take the ‘romantic comedy’ approach.   So far I’m very disappointed in this and I hope the show really isn’t as bland as they are showing it to be.

Henry Cavill Confirms That BVS: Dawn Of Justice Isn’t A Man Of Steel Sequel!

Every since Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was announced, many have wondered if Superman was getting shortchanged in his own sequel with the introduction of Batman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Lex Luthor, etc.  The Man of Steel himself, Henry Cavill, talked about the DC sequel during a event for his latest movie, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and explained that Batman V Superman, isn’t a sequel to Man of Steel.

“I wouldn’t call this a Superman sequel. This is Batman versus Superman, so it’s a separate entity altogether. It’s introducing the Batman character, and expanding upon this universe, which was kicked off by Man of Steel.  It’s an introduction to the [Batman] character, and ultimately an introduction to Justice League.”

Makes sense to me and I’m perfectly fine with that.

You can check out the interview below:

RUMOR: Could Tom Welling Return As Superman On The Flash?

This is strictly rumor so don’t be surprised if it gets debunked pretty quickly but nonetheless, this is some pretty big potential news but word is circulating that the CW is trying to bring back Welling, but this time as Superman in The Flash.  According to Dccomicsmovie.com:

tom welling, superman, gambitcon, smallville, the flashNow normally we don’t report on rumors, but this one seems to be based on a semi-confirmation. According to Comic Central City Greg Berlanti talked at a CW Event stating that Superman may appear in Season 2 of The Flash and he will be played by Tom Welling, who is known for playing Clark Kent/The Blur on The WB/CW’s Smallville for 10 Seasons.

Apparently the events of the Season Finale will cause Barry to end up in an alternate universe (the Smallville Universe), not only that but Cisco and Caitlin will develop meta-human abilities
Now the idea of Tom Welling appearing as Superman makes sense in the context of the story, when Barry changes his mother’s fate he returns to another version of the universe, Smallville introduced us to the multi-universe concept and with Infinite Crisis being a developing story on The Flash it’s not too far off.

Unfortunately Tom Welling has found very little in the way of acting roles since he played Clark Kent and was even considered to play Superman when Bret Ratner was attached to Superman Returns, so maybe its about time.

It’s important to note that Geoff Johns spoke a while back that Batman & Superman were off-limits “right now” but never said they would never appear and if they were to go along with it would already be established that he was completely different from Man of Steel version of the character.

While I doubt this is the case…I have to admit it would be pretty amazing.  WB/DC has already stated that their movie universe and their TV universe are completely separate so why not just go all out and start bringing in these other characters and make their own Justice League on TV.  I’m all in for this, plus it would be cool to actually see Welling in the suit instead of that garbage ending we got in Smallville.