Alfred in Justice League

Even though production on Justice League is underway across the pond in London, we still haven’t confirmed the full cast for the first big screen assembly of DC Comics most iconic superheroes. It’s a forgone conclusion that Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher and Jason Momoa will all be back as Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman. It’s also probably likely that Henry Cavill will be back as Superman, though considering the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, maybe he’ll sit the first part of Justice League out.

Now one more member of the supporting cast has been revealed with Jeremy Irons coming back as Alfred, presumably offering guidance and assistance to The Dark Knight as he attempts to round up the other superheroes for Justice League. Read More »

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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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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Ben Affleck Has Already Written a Solo Batman Movie

ben affleck batman screenplay

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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Kevin Smith Batman v Superman

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 »

Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice - Batman

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 »

batman v superman spoiler review

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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Batman v Superman Ending

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 »

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

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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Ben Affleck in Hollywoodland

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 »