Posted on Thursday, March 31st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
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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It seems like there’s a huge divide between film critics and general audiences when it comes to their enjoyment of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, if you look at what some of the viewers who enjoyed the film have to say, including the more hardcore comic book fans, you’ll see that they have many of the same complaints that critics wrote in their reviews.
In my personal opinion, while there’s a visual feast to be had, and plenty of blockbuster spectacle, the story lacks focus, is packed with far too much disjointed set up for future movies, and has a real problem with taking itself too seriously, despite the studio trying to paint it as an “an enjoyable afternoon at the movies.” That’s not to say it’s not enjoyable at all, as it has plenty of great cinematic moments, but they just don’t add up to a truly fantastic movie.
Still, if you’re still of the opinion that there is a divide between fans and critics, how about we hear from someone who is not only a huge comic book fan, but also has an unfavorable relationship with critics: Kevin Smith. The filmmaker, who is also good friends with new Batman Ben Affleck, doesn’t seem to be pleased with the movie Zack Snyder made. Find out what he had to say below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
Last summer — close to a year before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hit theaters — word got around that Ben Affleck would star in and direct a solo Batman movie with DC’s Geoff Johns co-writing. For its part, Warner Bros. has been pretty quiet about the project, perhaps because they wanted to see how Affleck’s Batman would be received before announcing anything official.
But new comments by Affleck seem to back up those earlier reports. While the actor/director doesn’t confirm outright that he’s collaborating with Johns on a solo movie, he does reveal they’re working on a mysterious “something” together. Read More »
If the box office numbers are any indication, then all of you saw director Zack Snyder‘s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice over the weekend. And why not? Negative reviews or not, the film is a proper event and a gigantic, towering moment in geek culture. Those bad reviews grease up discussion and inspire conversation, even as they try to warn you against actually seeing the movie.
And since you’ve seen it, we’re going to take a slightly deeper dive into the movie today, hand-picking stuff that works and stuff that doesn’t work for the purposes of spirited debate. Think of this as less of a review and more of an opportunity to pick this movie apart and/or defend it. And like it or not, Batman v Superman offers a lot to talk about. Spoilers follow.
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Whether you liked Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or not (and don’t forget that regardless of your opinion, you’re 100% right), there’s no denying that the film is a box office success. We’ll get to the specific numbers below.
However, if box office numbers don’t interest you, the real meaty part of this story is director Zack Snyder talking about the ending of the film, which has been a little controversial for some comic book fans. But since that delves into major spoiler territory, we’ve saved that chatter about the Batman v Superman ending for after the jump, along with some of the director’s thoughts about the forthcoming assembly of Justice League. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 by David Chen
Nearly three years after Man of Steel, Zack Snyder is back with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, an ambitious film that not only attempts to play out the aftermath of the attack on Metropolis in the last movie, but also set up Warner Bros’ DC Universe film franchise. Batman v Superman is a overlong, poorly plotted, thinly characterized, painfully dour mess, but it’s a gorgeously shot mess that has the kind of spectacle and grandeur that you’d hope for from a major big budget release.
Hit the jump to see my full video review.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 by Angie Han
This weekend, Ben Affleck makes his debut as the Dark Knight in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But as fans of the actor already know, he’s played Superman once before, too, sort of: in the 2006 drama Hollywoodland, he plays actor George Reeves, who portrayed the Man of Steel in the 1950s TV series Adventures of Superman.
Naturally, then it was only a matter of time the internet thought to mash up the two performances and pit Affleck’s Batman against Affleck’s own Superman. Watch the Batman v Superman trailer parody Affleck v Affleck after the jump. Read More »
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters this Friday, an event film that my 10-year-old self wanted but could never have imagined would actually happen. So what did I think of the movie? What did I like? What did I have problems with? After the jump you can read my spoiler-free reaction to the film. So if you’ve seen the trailers, feel free to proceed without any worry of plot points, twists, or reveals being spoiled.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
As Warner Bros. prepares to launch Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice into theaters this weekend, it’s locked down release date for several other big upcoming releases — including Live By Night, directed by and starring the Batfleck himself, and Annabelle 2. Get the Live By Night release date details and more below. Read More »