Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice‘s box office performance has been making headlines, but not always for the reasons Warner Bros. would probably like. The film set a new domestic record for a March opening, raking in $166 million at home and another $254 million worldwide in its first weekend… and then dropped a precipitous 68% in its second weekend, despite facing no heavy competition.

Whether you’re mourning or celebrating this turn of events probably depends on how you felt about the movie. But studio Warner Bros., for one, insists it’s not worried, pointing out (not incorrectly) that Batman v Superman is still on track to make a hell of a lot of money.  Read More »

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The Flash Movie

One of the chief complaints about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been a convoluted, unnecessarily complex story. But from my perspective, one of the more enjoyable and promising elements of the film were the seeds planted for the movies that will feature the rest of the heroes who will form Justice League. Even though the little teases of heroes like Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg aren’t pulled off as smoothly as the movie-stealing appearance of Wonder Woman, they certainly piqued my curiosity.

Now a new interview with producer Deborah Snyder gives a hint as to what we can expect from a standalone The Flash movie, and it involves teaming up with Cyborg, who had one of the more confusing Justice League appearances in Batman v Superman. Find out what Deborah Snyder had to say about The Flash movie after the jump. Read More »

Batman v Superman Box Office Drop

UPDATE: Variety reports estimates that peg Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice taking in $52.4 million for its second weekend. That’s a 68% drop from its opening $166 million weekend. It’s not an unexpected drop, but the movie may not have long legs at the box office. The 81% drop from Friday-to-Friday still stands, but these are the whole weekend numbers that are now coming in. Our original story from April 2nd, 2016 follows below.

Even though Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice raked in a huge amount of cash with a record-setting haul of $166 million, the second weekend box office was less impressive than anticipated. For its second weekend, the comic book battle landed $15.35 million at the box office, and that puts the full weekend estimates at about $51 million, which is less than the $58 million that was projected going into the weekend. That means the second weekend for Batman v Superman box office saw an 81.2% drop, which is one of the biggest Friday-to-Friday drops any blockbuster has ever seen.

More on the Batman v Superman box office drop and what they mean for the movie’s future box office success after the jump. Read More »

david goyer batman v superman

Eventually, someone is going to write the comprehensive book about the superhero movie boom of the past fifteen years and it’s going to be a fascinating read. In the meantime, all we can do is pick through the rubble, dredge up trivia, and examine the broader strokes of how this genre, and the people making these movies, have changed.

And sometimes, an interesting nugget of information bubbles to the surface. In this case, it’s a quote from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice screenwriter David S. Goyer, who called the mere idea of a Batman vs. Superman movie terrible. Over a decade ago. While promoting Batman Begins. Which he also wrote.

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Robin in Batman v Superman Robin

Ben Affleck proved to be an excellent Bruce Wayne. Even some of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice‘s harshest critics admitted the actor was suited for the role. We got an angrier, more vulnerable and more damaged Bruce Wayne. As depicted in the film, this version of Bruce Wayne has plenty to be angry about. In a new interview, Snyder discusses one particularly painful moment in Batman’s backstory.

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Lex Luthor in Justice League

In just a few weeks, Justice League starts production. Since this will be the first time Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg will be seen on the big screen at the same time, it’s bound to be bigger than even Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Of course, that all depends on whether or not the fans who were disappointed by Zack Snyder‘s comic book battle are willing to give him another chance for the DC Comics superhero ensemble.

We’re still not sure what the story will be in Justice League, but it sounds like Jesse Eisenberg may not be reprising his role as the villain Lex Luthor, at least for the first part of the two-part DC Comics flick. Read what Eisenberg had to say about Lex Luthor in Justice League after the jump, but beware of spoilers for Batman v Superman. Read More »

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Ben Affleck Has Already Written a Solo Batman Movie

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We’ve had a lot of negative things to say about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice over the past few weeks, but everyone seems to agree that Ben Affleck is the least of the film’s problems. I’d argue that, under the right circumstances, he could be the best cinematic Batman yet. Someone just has to give him the right material.

And that someone could very well be Affleck himself. We learned last year that Affleck was looking to direct and star in a solo Batman movie and now, we’ve learned that he’s apparently already written a solo film for his take on the Caped Crusader.

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loki

Superheroes are forever. Even the ones that don’t count immortality among their special powers have a way of surviving, provided they’re popular enough that it makes more financial sense to resurrect them than to let them stay dead. But the humans behind superheroes are not forever, and even as these characters’ stories continue on and on for decades, the people helping to tell those tales will come and go.

 

All of which brings us to two stories today of two comic book movie staples who seem ready to move on. In the DC corner, composer Hans Zimmer says he’s done with superhero scores after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, while over in Marvel-land, Tom Hiddleston suggests Thor: Ragnarok could be the end of the line for fan-favorite villain Loki.  Read More »

golden age superman

Over the past few days, many people (myself included) have taken Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to task for how it chooses to portray its title characters. The superheroes played by Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck don’t act like the characters we know and love. Take them out of those classic duds and they’d be unrecognizable.

But we only arrived at our common view of these characters because the decades have shaped them and molded them into that form. Sure, the version of Superman directed by Zack Snyder doesn’t act like the Superman most people know, but neither does the original Superman created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster in 1938. So, in the interest of education, I dove into the oldest Superman tales and read the first year of stories from the original run of Action Comics.

I don’t want to write a defense of how Superman is portrayed in Batman v Superman, but I do want to explore how the “Golden Age” version of the character, the original incarnation, is often as different from the accepted version as Snyder’s. After all, Clark Kent has been around for 81 years – he’s been many different things to many different people.

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