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Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman 1990s Trailer

Now before you start desperately trying to invent transdimensional travel to find which wonderful alternate timeline lucked out with a mid-90’s Batman v Superman staring John Cusack and Bruce Willis, it turns out the following trailer is actually the masterwork of YouTuber Frank Ireland (under the name ChiefBrodyRules.)

Ireland really did an amazing job of this, extra points too for casting Denzel Washington as Commissioner Gordon. Check it out!

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The 2016 Razzies have been announced and Zack Snyder‘s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has collected 8 nominations and was just beat out by Zoolander 2‘s 9 nominations for the year’s worst film. Snyder, Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Jesse Eisenberg all garnered individual nominations with the ladies of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Amy Adams and Gal Gadot, being the only ones from the film that came away without a nomination. Check out the entire nomination list below. (more…)

One of the biggest things to come out of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice had nothing to do with the movie itself. Well, not directly. You’ll recall that as the negative reviews came pouring in, an interview with Ben Affleck and co-star Henry Cavill gave birth to the meme “Sad Affleck.” As Cavill responded to an interviewer’s question, Affleck looked off into the distance with a grimace on his face, and someone said, “The would look even better set to Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘The Sound of Silence'” and it was. Now, almost one year later, Affleck has broken his silence about “Sad Affleck” and the lesson he learned.  (more…)

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It’s been a fairly dour year at the box office overall, but the it was the most dour for Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. At least that’s the narrative. It’s a bit bizarre for a movie that made over $873 million at the worldwide box office to be considered a flop, but that’s the niche that BvS has been shoved into, and there’s no getting around it. Well, Ben Affleck wants to get around it. Affleck probably has more of a right than most to change the narrative on BvS since he was pilloried personally for years before the movie came out, so what did he think of the backlash?  (more…)

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Now that Batman V Superman has been out of the theaters for a while and available on home release, the time for people warring about it online has all but come to pass. Fans have now set their sights on Justice League, which debuted a fantastically well-received trailer at San Diego Comic-Con. The teaser showed what appears to be a fun superhero team-up film in style of The Avengers, and managed to do the impossible – make Aquaman a total bad-ass. Fans are also giddy over the trailer for Wonder Woman which also premiered at SDCC, which looks like a feminist cross-fitter’s wet dream. Warner Bros/DC really knocked it out of the park at Comic Con and has seemingly won over every fan who ever said anything bad about Batman V Superman. But… about that. The veritable shit storm of negative reviews from critics still linger like stink on a monkey. Why, though… why are people still arguing online about how bad the movie was/is?

There’s plenty of reviews out there that explain in detail the lack of story, characterizations,  and absurd motivations (I, for one, still have no idea why the deuce Lex Luthor had it in for Superman) but it actually all comes down to one fundamental flaw – Forced Moments. What does that mean? Well, because hating on BvS never gets old, watch this new video essay from Youtuber Nerdwriter1 as he attempts to explain what the fundamental flaw is in Zack Snyder‘s comic book sequel. (more…)

‘Batman v Superman’ v Honest Trailers

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It would be generous to describe Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as less than a riotous success. Drawing on a mishmash of ideas from multiple storylines belonging to many, many incarnations of the titular superheroes, a cast of Hollywood greats was not enough to save the convoluted plot from severe criticism. Despite being the fourth highest grossing film of 2016 at the time of its release, the small margin by which it profited compared to the expense spent on it resulted in it being described as “a disappointment” – and that’s not even starting on what the fans or critics had to say. (more…)

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Let’s just start with the preface that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was not a universally beloved film. This was DC’s second outing in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and with Man of Steel’s lukewarm reception to the destructive third act, this film had a lot riding on it. Unfortunately, Batman vs Superman was not well received by critics. With a 27% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it seemed like this franchise was doomed before it could really start. That doesn’t mean that the film didn’t have its fans. In fact, if you check any internet message board within the geek community, there will be full blown arguments to the films merit and how it was a masterpiece and Zack Snyder was just misunderstood. The film was by no means a failure. It’s hard to say a film “failed” when it grossed more than $872 million.

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New Flash

It’s amazing what Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has done to the DC Comics superhero movie world. Zack Snyder wound up taking the heat for the less-than-expected return at the box office and mixed reviews from fans, as well as being unseated as the de facto overseer of the DC Extended Universe, a position that seemingly fell into his lap. DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has been brought in to co-run DC Films. Ben Affleck was made executive producer for the Justice League movie and will direct/write/star in his own solo Batman reboot.

Writer Seth Grahame-Smith was originally tapped to direct ‘The Flash‘, but the studio and Grahame-Smith parted ways due to creative differences over the movie’s direction and production costs. Warner Bros. has chosen Dope writer/director Rick Famuyiwa to direct the DC Films/Warner Bros. solo movie ‘The Flash.’

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The release of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice was prefaced with the news that they would be releasing a longer, darker cut of the movie on home video later this year. In hindsight – heck, even at the time – in seemed like an admission of defeat on the part of Warner Bros., the studio anticipated extremely mixed reactions were already saying, “Well wait for the real version of the movie when it comes out on Blu-ray.” So now it’s almost time. Will the “Ultimate Edition” of Batman V. Superman manage to make up think more fondly on the film with its bonus scenes and added violence? Who can say, but we now have a trailer for it. (more…)