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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There’s an R-rated cut of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice coming to Blu-Ray and DVD that will add about 30 minutes of unseen material to the already lengthy comic book flick. The extra footage is said to include more story details, including the presence of a DC Comics character played by Jena Malone who ended up on the cutting room floor.
But there’s one beloved DC Comics character who actually ended up in the final cut of Batman v Superman, but the character went unnamed and ended up getting murdered. This is something that Zack Snyder describes as fun. Find out more details after the jump, but beware of spoilers. Read More »
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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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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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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Posted on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
After making his name as the most famous young wizard in the world, Daniel Radcliffe is employing a very different kind of magic in Now You See Me 2. He plays a young prodigy determined to steal a high-tech MacGuffin with the aid of the Horsemen (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and Dave Franco, with Lizzy Caplan replacing Isla Fisher as “the girl Horseman”). Mark Ruffalo and Morgan Freeman return as well. Watch the Now You See Me 2 trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, February 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
When Jesse Eisenberg was cast as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it came as a big surprise — not just because Lex is typically portrayed as older (and balder), but also because a massively budgeted superhero flick seems so far outside of Eisenberg’s usual wheelhouse. You can rest assured, however, that Eisenberg isn’t ditching the quieter, artsier indies he built his early career on. Just a couple weeks after Batman v Superman hits theaters comes Louder Than Bombs, an intimate portrayal of grief and love by Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier.
Eisenberg plays Jonah, the adult son of a war photographer (played by Isabelle Huppert) who died two years earlier in a car crash. On the eve of a career retrospective honoring his mother’s work, Jonah returns home to his father (Gabriel Byrne) and teenage brother (Devin Druid). The three men continue to grapple with their loss and their fraught relationships with one another, while also dealing with the true circumstances surrounding her death. Watch the Louder Than Bombs trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Rejoice, children of the world! The real stars of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice finally have their posters. Cancel your letter-writing campaigns! Stop protesting in the streets! Tear down your Batman and Superman posters! Because now, we finally have one-sheets for Alfred Pennyworth, Lois Lane, and Lex Luthor.
I kid. In fact, I kid because I love. I love waking up to the sight of three character posters for a massive superhero movie featuring actors like Jeremy Irons, Jesse Eisenberg, and Amy Adams. Like the rest of the marketing for Batman v Superman, these are more than a little silly, but you’ve got to love how a butler, a reporter, and an evil corporate genius get their own entires in a poster series that also includes a masked vigilante, a powerful alien, and an Amazon warrior.
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Posted on Friday, February 19th, 2016 by Angie Han
For the past forty years, Woody Allen has reliably churned out one film per year. And for the past seven years, Sony Picture Classics has been faithfully by his side to put them out. But even Woody Allen needs a change of pace from time to time. So his next movie is going not to Sony, but to Amazon Studios, which also commissioned his first-ever TV series last year.
Come to think of it, Allen is basically living the plot of one of his own movies. Allen, of course, is the neurotic, intellectual older man who finds himself in a rut, and Amazon Studios is the lively, perky, much younger woman whom he doesn’t quite understand, but nevertheless proves to be just the person to help break him out of that funk. Read More »
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 »