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.

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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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What Spectre Shows About Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice

Batman v. Superman 1While the budget for Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice, hasn’t been released yet, it’s rumored to be expensive.

And by ‘expensive,’ I mean somewhere in the ballpark of $410 million.  The source of that figure, Latino Review, isn’t always known for the accuracy of their predictions, though if it happens to be true and the movie pulls in, let’s say, $1.4 billion it will be an underwhelming enough performance to be considered a flop.

And that’s a problem.  Keep in mind that some idiot said that Avengers: Age Of Ultron was a flop despite earning over $1.4 billion–it wasn’t, especially when it cost only $250 million to produce; though maybe the person who made the claim based it on what it was expected to earn, as opposed to what it actually did–but the thing is, if Batman v. Superman earns that amount I expect the world ‘flop’ will be thrown around quite a bit.

And while that’s not necessarily accurate, it’s close enough to the truth that it should cause studio heads to pause and reexamine what they’re doing.

By way of comparison, Spectre, is doing really well.  Having been released in Europe prior to North America, it has already earned almost $300 million ($70 million of that is from domestic box office, which has been a bit underwhelming).  And the thing is, despite a strong opening, it will (probably) barely be profitable (which means that it will have to take in at least $900 million).

Batman v Superman 2That’s a HUGE amount of money, which makes you wonder why it is that studios continue to make movies that are so expensive that profitability is barely a distant notion, if that.  Yet, compared to what Batman v. Superman is supposed to cost, Spectre is almost cheap.

And this is taking into account that Zach Snyder’s Man Of Steel did not perform as strongly as many thought it would–which in hindsight shows that turning Metropolis into a crater and Superman’s seeming lack of concern about human life were not such good ideas–and that cost $225 million to produce, so how studio heads come to the conclusion that doubling the budget is a good move is somehow beyond me.

Zach Snyder Needs To Shut Up

i understand it when competitive people talk smack about their opponents, which often goes hand-in-hand with healthy competition.

The same thing can extend to the advocates of particular movie studios, just as it more commonly does for sports teams, and few studios are seen as competitors as much as Marvel Studios and DC Entertainment.

Smack starts flying around 21:40, though it’s worth noticing how diplomatic Joe and Anthony Russo are, as compared to Zach Snyder.

I bring it up because recently Zach Snyder (director of Man Of Steel and the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice) recently commented on Marvel’s Ant-Man movie, calling it the “flavor of the week (which is a pretty silly comment, if only because one of the greatest mistakes Warner Bros. made–and seems to continue to make, though to a lesser degree–was relying exclusively on Batman instead of developing other characters.  His comment also conveniently ignores that DC is apparently developing a movie based on Booster Gold and Blue Beetle, both of whom aren’t exactly well-known).”

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