Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

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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Grant Gustin in The Flash

By just about any measure, Grant Gustin‘s take on the iconic superhero known as the Flash is a hit. His CW series is beloved by both discerning critics and casual TV viewers, hardcore comics geeks as well as audiences who’ve never so much as set foot inside a comic book store. When it came time for Warner Bros. to cast a big-screen version of the character for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the other DC movies, however, they went in an entirely different direction, tapping Ezra Miller to don the red suit.

The choice has inspired some head-scratching and grumbling from fans loyal to Gustin’s take on the Scarlet Speedster. Why anoint a new Flash when a perfectly good one is sitting right there and ready to go? But Zack Snyder has now gone on the record to explain why TV’s Flash won’t show up in the DC films. His answer will probably not surprise you. Read More »

new joker images

There is a lot going on in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and it remains to be seen exactly how the film will find time for the Man of Steel, the Dark Knight, an immortal Amazon warrior, an intrepid journalist, an insane industrialist, a badass butler, and whoever the heck Scoot McNairy is playing. On paper, the film looks as stuffed as any major movie in recent memory.

And, at one point, there was even more. In a new interview, director Zack Snyder revealed that the Joker and the Riddler, two of the most popular members of Batman’s Rogue’s Gallery, were once going to appear in the film.

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Gerard Butler in 300

Despite being a massive box office success and arguably one of the most influential films of the past ten years, Zack Snyder‘s 300 has yielded only one sequel so far, the tepidly received 300: Rise of an Empire. Still, Snyder has hopes the series could keep going — albeit in a slightly different way than we might have expected.

Earlier this month, Snyder revealed he was considering a 300-style movie about George Washington during the Revolutionary War. Well, as it turns out, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Snyder says he’s looking at “different incarnations of 300” set in various locations at various points throughout history, including the Alamo.  Read More »

batman v superman r-rated cut

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is only six days away. After all the trailers and TV spots, we’ll finally get to see whether Zack Snyder‘s superhero picture delivers the goods. The film screened for an army of junket press this past week, but all reactions and reviews are embargoed until Tuesday.

The film we’re seeing next weekend isn’t the only version Warner Bros. is releasing, as an extended, R-rated edition of the movie will later hit DVD and Blu-Ray, which may or may not feature a sequence shot on 16mm.

Learn more about what to expect from the Batman v Superman R-rated cut below (minor spoilers ahead).

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batman v superman - dc movie universe

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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the tone of the flash movie

Shortly after the massive success of Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight, Warner Bros. wanted to take the DC universe in a more grounded, possibly darker direction. Not all fans were pleased by the decision, but thankfully this is now old news. No, not all DC Comics movies will be filled with brooding and glowering. The tone of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which Snyder says isn’t as joyless as some suspect, does not completely reflect what we should expect from, say, The Flash or Cyborg.

After the jump, learn more about the tone of The Flash movie.

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Batman v Superman

Warner Bros. has a lot riding on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Not only did it cost a ton to make and market, it needs to do well enough to set up the next five years of DC films, including two Justice League movies and a solo Batman outing. So it’s gotta come as a huge relief to hear that the film is doing well in advance ticket sales — really well, actually, beating out pre-sales for other recent hits like DeadpoolFurious 7, and The AvengersRead More »

Christian Bale in Batman V Superman

Based on the trailers, the tone of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice couldn’t be further removed from Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight trilogy, because there is no way Doomsday or Wonder Woman would’ve felt right in Nolan’s reality. Director Zack Snyder is taking Batman in a new direction, which is why having actor Christian Bale in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice probably wouldn’t have been such a hot idea.

Snyder knew he couldn’t have Bale play the character again, but he would’ve loved to have had the actor play another role in his upcoming superhero epic.

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