The Straw That Broke The Batman’s Back

What?   You thought Bane deserved all the credit?

In the past few months Warner Bros has been on a charm offensive, as far as the movies of their DC Extended Universe go, but I’m not buying it. 

Another thing I’m not buying are those people who claim that what is preported to be a lighter tone for the upcoming Justice League movie was in the cards all along.  

Reason being, Man Of Steel took itself way too seriously.  Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice upped the ante on dourness, if that were even possible–while working with a story so nonsensical that a bit of levity would have made the whole thing that much more palatable–and now I am supposed to believe that all of a sudden Zach Snyder realized that Superman is based on comic books (that were originally meant for children), and not an object of Ayn Rand’s Objectivism?

The more likelier explanation is that Warner Bros executives saw that the DCEU movies with Zach Synder as architect–while not box office failures–were severely underperforming (that you could put three of the most iconic superheroes in the same movie and can’t reach $900 million at the box office, never mind a billion, is the proverbial canary in the coal mine) so something had to be done. 

And what that seems to be is an demotion of sorts for Snyder, in two ways.  The first is that Ben Affleck was appointed as executive producer on the upcoming Justice League, and apparently is very influential over what happens on screen.  And perhaps more importantly, Geoff Johns and Jon Berg were made co-presidents of DC Films, seemingly with a mandate to resort a sense of hope and optimism to movies sorely lacking such virtues.  

My problem is that I am reaching Transformers levels of frustration with the movies of the DCEU (something Suicide Squad by no means changed) so for me it might be a little too late.

And it’s worth mentioning that I have given up on the Transformers, and refuse to see them in theaters.  

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Justice League – Teaser Trailer

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I have to admit that I enjoyed the first trailer for Zach Snyder’s Justice League. but if I say I weren’t concerned I’d be lying.

Reason being, he had two chances to make movies based on Batman and Superman.

The first attempt, Man of Steel is enjoyed by many, but in its way is as divisive as its follow-up, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

And the worse thing is, his task was relatively easy in that all he to do is work with two characters that between them have somewhere in the ballpark of 150 years of history.

Relatively little in in the way of a rethink was necessary, or warranted.

Acknowledge that history, and go from there. Such an approach works really, really well with Marvel Studios, as well as Guillermo Del Toro’s uber-faithful interpretations of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy

My question is why did Zach Snyder, and by extension Warner Bros., though that they could so greviously misinterpret–some say ‘reinterpret,’ though the problem with that reasoning is that you can’t reinterpret something that wasn’t interpreted correctly in the first place–these characters.

Never mind that they were seeking to differentiate themselves from Marvel Studios, because I get the feeling that most people don’t confuse Batman with Spider-Man or Superman with Thor.

 

 

3 Reasons Why Batman v Superman Underperforming Isn’t Necessarily a Bad Thing

No one likes it when movies they support don’t do well at the box office.

Though few fans are as passionate–or as vocal–as those of Marvel Studios and DC Films.

All you have to do is to read the forums for sites that focus on superhero content–like Comicbookmovie.com and Superherohype.com, to name two–to realize that enthusiasms run deep whenever these studios and the characters they control are concerned.

For instance, even fans of Batman will acknowledge that Joel Schumacher’s interpretation wa akin to cinematic arsenic as far that the franchise and the character were concerned.

That being said, if that weren’t the case, would Christopher Nolan ever have  been given the chance to reinvigorate the franchise?

Probably not.

I mention it because it’s another good reason why Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice underperforming isn’t necessarily a bad thing because it’s fairly obvious that Zach Snyder–either through lack of knowledge or by design–doesn’t know how to interpret either Batman or Superman, so a creative refreshening is necessary.

“Warner Bros has already begun playing musical chairs with their executives,” though the question is is it enough.

Only time will tell because–if the Titanic has taught us anything–it’s that sometimes the danger is a lot greater than we assumed at first glance.

Batman V Superman Reviews Are Coming In…

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The Courtyard of the Old Residency by Adolf Hitler, 1914

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice reviews have been filtering in for the last day or two, and while they’re not all terrible–after all, someone probably even liked Hitler’s paintings–they’re pretty disastrous considering that there are literally millions, if not potentially billions, riding on its success.

I intend to catch it tomorrow, and will post a review as soon as i can.

That being said, from many of the reviews I get the impression that Zach Snyder, who also directed 2013’s Man of Steel, not only didn’t learn from the excesses of that film, but actually doubled down on them.

So we apparently get a Batman who’s really into killing criminals–which makes no sense when you think about it because Batman has one of the most extensive rogues galleries in comics, which he wouldn’t have if he were so intent on murder–and lots of destruction.

Now, if were were talking about a movie like Independence Day or The Incredible Huik, I could understand all the violence.

Batman and Superman?  Not so much.  And while I admit that I am partial to Marvel Studios movies, I don’t necessarily want those from DC Films to fail–just not to do as well–though the tone-deafness coming from DC movies is a bit disturbing.

Though what’s worse is that Zach Snyder in interviews often comes off as arrogant, as if he knows better than people that have literally followed these characters for a large part of their lives.

It’s a bad thing, and I get the feeling that among the comic geeks out there, his ego is going to be very expensive for Warner Bros.

 

 

 

(Bruce) Wayne’s World

I didn’t particularly like the first two trailers for Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice  because they’re both filed with much bombast and thunder–as far as I can tell–signifying very little.  And I might be reading into things a bit, but if feels as if director Zach Snyder equates blowing things up with seriousness, which if that were true would put Michael Bay on the same hallowed ground as Martin Scorsese or Alfred Hitchcock.

Though with the third–and apparently the last–trailer Snyder’s finally gotten the tone right, eschewing large scale mayhem for something a bit more intimate as Batman fights a group of well-armed thugs.

The combat seems very evocative of the fighting in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, except more CGI-enhanced .

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Five Reasons Why Batman v Superman Will Not Be As Successful As Some Like To Think

 The full trailer for Batman v Superman dropped last night, and I get a very Transformers-like vibe from it (as in huge special effects in service of a pretty simple story.  And speaking of story, doesn’t this trailer seem to give away a lot of stuff that they maybe shouldn’t have?), which isn’t necessarily a good thing (unless you’re talking about box office, because the Transformers movies have the uncanny ability to get dumber every movie, yet become more profitable).

Though the worse thing is how familiar the trailer feels, with the feeling that Zach Snyder’s goal is to pummel viewers into submission, as opposed to entertaining them.

Though some things bothered me more than others, so here are five off the top of my head.

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