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Posted on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Over the past few days, many people (myself included) have taken Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to task for how it chooses to portray its title characters. The superheroes played by Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck don’t act like the characters we know and love. Take them out of those classic duds and they’d be unrecognizable.
But we only arrived at our common view of these characters because the decades have shaped them and molded them into that form. Sure, the version of Superman directed by Zack Snyder doesn’t act like the Superman most people know, but neither does the original Superman created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster in 1938. So, in the interest of education, I dove into the oldest Superman tales and read the first year of stories from the original run of Action Comics.
I don’t want to write a defense of how Superman is portrayed in Batman v Superman, but I do want to explore how the “Golden Age” version of the character, the original incarnation, is often as different from the accepted version as Snyder’s. After all, Clark Kent has been around for 81 years – he’s been many different things to many different people.
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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 »
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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 »