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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Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The reviews for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice have been generally negative, but almost everyone seems to agree that Gal Gadot‘s Wonder Woman is one of the strongest parts of the film. While Warner Bros. is undoubtedly sweating the not-so-nice press, this reaction must give them a momentary respite – at least people will still be interested in this character’s solo movie when it arrives next year.
And right on cue, a new photo from Patty Jenkins‘ Wonder Woman movie has arrived, offering us a new look at Gadot (wearing some very different armor) as well as first looks at Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, and Lisa Loven Kongsli as the warrior women who train her how to be a total badass.
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We’re less than a week away from seeing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice debut on the big screen, giving DC Comics fans the cinematic match-up they’ve been dreaming about for years. So far the trailers and TV spots have fans divided on their excitement for the battle, mostly due to their enjoyment or distaste for director Zack Snyder, but the box office tracking indicates this is undoubtedly going to be a huge movie.
If you’re desperate for as much footage from the movie as possible, you can check out five Batman v Superman clips. They’re basically extended bits of footage of snippets that we’ve seen in the trailers. We get a bit more of the battle of words between Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) and Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), but characters like Alfred (Jeremy Irons), Lex Luthor (Jesse Eiesenberg) Lois Lane (Amy Adams) and Perry White (Laurence Fishburne) get some more screentime as well. Plus, one clip shows us a saucy exchange between Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince (Gal Gadot).
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One of the more interesting topics of conversation at the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice press conference revolved around the creation of the DC movie universe. Director Zack Snyder revealed that the idea of one cinematic universe was not influenced by Marvel (sure…) but instead was the result of the story he wanted to tell in his Man of Steel sequel. The universe came from that idea, and evolved into a much much bigger plan.
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It’s a shame the buzz hasn’t picked up much for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Bad timing hurt the first teaser, which was released the week we saw the immensely satisfying Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser. The footage revealed at Comic Con was an improvement, but the third trailer was a tonal mess. The reveal of Doomsday didn’t help matters. The fourth trailer we recently saw raised expectations for some.
By this point, we’ve seen quite a bit of footage from Zack Snyder‘s superhero showdown, so, of course, someone cut it all together. Watch the video below.
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Posted on Monday, February 22nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
On paper, Triple 9 sounds like familiar territory, another story of corrupt cops butting heads with police officers and crooks alike. But if you place John Hillcoat in the director’s chair, I’m suddenly very interested. And if you then place Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Anthony Mackie, Norman Reedus, Gal Gadot, and Aaron Paul in front of the camera, you’ve just sold a ticket.
A new batch of Triple 9 clips have arrived on the the heels of those very intense trailers and posters, just in case you need some additional convincing that a crime film with that line-up deserves to be on your radar. Whether it’s ultimately good or bad remains to be seen, but there’s no way this movie is boring.
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Posted on Friday, February 12th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The first trailer for director Ariel Vromen‘s Criminal looks familiar, but in an oddly comforting way. After watching this footage, you can assemble the entire plot of the film in your head, predict every character arc, and call every twist, but it still feels perfectly fine. This is the kind of mid-range, slightly predictable thriller that we need in our lives, a vehicle for good actors to remind your why you like them. If Criminal lives up to its trailer, it will be a perfectly serviceable stepping stone between event movies. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
Plus, it features Ryan Reynolds‘ brain being directly injected into that of Kevin Costner, which is just weird enough to garner your attention for two minutes.
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Posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
With enemies like these, who needs friends, right? The final Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer shows Batman (Ben Affleck) basically preparing to go to war with Superman (Henry Cavill). And to be sure, Batman makes a pretty solid argument in favor of taking down the Man of Steel. “He has the power to wipe out the entire human race,” says Bruce. “If we believe there is even a 1% chance that he is our enemy, we have to take it as an absolute certainty.”
What we know that they don’t, however, is that this is just a prelude a long and beautiful friendship, or at least frenemy-ship. As the part after the colon in the title suggests, they’re eventually going to wind up on the same team against the real villains. But as the Batman v Superman final trailer shows, it’s gonna take a whole lot of action and fistfights and big shiny explosions to get there. Watch it after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice could be a very good movie, but you wouldn’t know if from much of the marketing. The trailers have been all over the place. Some of the clips have been baffling. And yet, I’ve been wondering if the issue here has been entirely about the advertising and not necessarily the movie itself. None of the actual footage looked bad taken on its own, but the way it was being presented to us felt half-baked.
The CW aired a big special about the burgeoning DC superhero movie universe last night (with the stilted title of DC Films Presents: The Dawn of the Justice League) and, naturally, new footage from director Zack Snyder‘s upcoming superhero showdown was unveiled. And while there is enough new footage included here to be worthy of your dissection, what’s really interesting is the footage we’ve already seen. When presented with flair and competence, stuff that looked rough before looks a helluva lot better.
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During last night’s TV special DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League on The CW, in addition to the new trailer for Suicide Squad, the first footage from Wonder Woman was unveiled. We didn’t know if there would simply be behind the scenes footage or actual shots from the film, and thankfully it ended up being the latter.
Gal Gadot can be seen in the first Wonder Woman footage kicking some serious ass with some slow motion shots that would make Zack Snyder proud. Plus we get to see her riding around on a horse and putting on her disguise as Diana Prince back in World War I. Read More »