What did I just watch? Returning to the scene of the crime while building on the shaky foundation of 2013’s Man of Steel, a film which turned DC Comic’s moral center into a cold-blooded killer, director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer expand DC’s bleak, joyless universe with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
DC Comics and Warner Bros. rolled out its first full-length Batman v Superman trailer which gives us a better look at the animostity between Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) and more of both Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) as well as something I can only assume is supposed to be some kind of screwed-up version of Doomsday? The longer trailer doesn’t do much to quell my fears that we’re in for another Zack Snyder trainwreck but at least this looks like it could be more fun (i.e. bat-shit crazy) than Man of Steel. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on March 25, 2016.
Screen Junkies offers us this heated debate between Marc Andreyko and our pal Nick Mundy about whether or not Man of Steel is a good movie (it’s not). My favorite line – “Maybe he would have learned not to kill if Pa Kent wasn’t such a dick in the beginning of the movie.” Well said, Nick.
With the box office disappointment of last year’s Green Lantern, the end of Christopher Nolan‘s Batman series, and most of the specifics of 2015’s Justice League still to be determined, DC Comics and Warner Bros. have put all their support behind a new Superman franchise helmed by 300 and Watchmen director Zack Snyder. The result is an often puzzling piece of filmmaking that breaks away from both decades of comic history and the ghost of Richard Donner‘s Superman to create a New 52-ish take on the character (i.e. grittier and largely absent of joy or wonder) that, despite its preponderance of extended action scenes, is one of the most boring super-hero films ever made.