Jimmy Olsen in Batman v Superman

Ever since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hit theaters, fans have been buzzing about the possibility of a standalone Batman movie starring Ben Affleck. And after Gal Gadot‘s truly epic debut as Wonder Woman, it’s no wonder people seem hyped for her upcoming standalone movie. But what about the third member of the DC trinity? Will Henry Cavill‘s Superman ever get to fly solo again?

While there’s no Man of Steel 2 on the Warner Bros. release schedule just yet, Cavill and director Zack Snyder aren’t ruling one out. It’s just that they need to find the right time. Or get the right script. Or they’re waiting to see how things shake out with Batman v Superman. Or something.

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golden age batman

Last week, I wrote about how the Superman of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice compared to the original incarnation of the character who was introduced in the pages of Action Comics in 1938. In a nutshell, neither version lined up with the popular vision of the character. Golden Age Superman and Zack Snyder‘s Superman are not the Superman the public knows. Seeing how each depiction diverges from the norm made for a compelling personal study.

And since we’re still talking about this movie, I figured I might as well give the same treatment to Ben Affleck‘s Batman and compare his take to the original Golden Age version, who debuted in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939 via the pen of writer Bill Finger and the pencil of artist Bob Kane. As with the previous Superman article, I based all of these observations on a reading of the first year of Batman stories. And as with that previous article, the character on display here is far from the character we know and love. And also like that previous article, this is not intended to be a defense of how Zack Snyder depicts Batman (so much of it rubs me the wrong way), but rather a peek down the pop culture history rabbit hole.

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doomsday concept art 5

Like it or not, everyone is still talking about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice after its second weekend…and we’ll probably going to be talking about it for some time yet. In this round-up of bite-sized news morsels:

  • Alternate concept art for Doomsday has been revealed.
  • Zack Snyder explains why it was necessary to kill Thomas and Martha Wayne again.
  • Details on how that top-secret cameo was filmed.
  • Check out art showing off a different take on Superman’s statue.

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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 »

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 »

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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 »