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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is now officially out and playing in theaters! Lots of critics loathed the film, but personally, I thought it was pretty good. It wasn’t perfect, but I found it very enjoyable. I’m even seeing again later today! Many of the people who have seen it now want to talk about what happened! I know I do! So here are some things from the film that really surprised me! Careful, there are spoilers in this article! So, if you haven’t seen the film yet, go out and see it then come read this article!
One thing in this film that caught a lot of people off guard was the fact that Batman clearly kills people in this film. Although it’s never directly him killing someone with his bare hands, (except in that dream sequence) he definitely uses his environment.
Personally, I’m torn about this. On one hand, Batman is supposed to never kill anyone (even though he totally does in the other films). But on the other hand, perhaps something happened in his past that pushed him over the edge. Maybe the death of Robin drove him to a whole new level. However, at this point, that is just pure speculation. It’s definitely something they could’ve and should’ve addressed in the film. They definitely had the time to.
Justice League Teases
I’ve heard many critics complaining about how they teased the Justice League in the film, even comparing it to the overload of setup in Avengers: Age of Ultron. My counterpoint to that is, with Age of Ultron they didn’t need to set anything up. Yes, I get Marvel will be introducing a lot of new characters soon, but people will go see those films purely because they have the name Marvel attached to them (e.g. Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy). However, with WB/DC they need to set up the rest of this universe. It’s a necessity. People aren’t sure about this new DC Extended Universe yet. So they need to know what they can expect in the future.
On the topic of the actual teases, I thought they worked extremely well. While I didn’t love the film as a whole, it did a fantastic job getting the audience excited to see where they go from here. In case you didn’t notice, the order in which the characters were teased was the order in which their films are to be released. The photo of Wonder Woman was taken directly from the set of her solo film which hits theaters next year.
I thought both of the teases for The Flash were great, granted he’s my favorite superhero! When he talks to Bruce in that vision (probably time-travel), the whole audience was captivated by what they were seeing. However, they should’ve done a better job explaining to non-comic-book readers who that was. The video of him stopping a robbery in a convenience store was pretty cool as well.
Even though Aquaman is in all of the merchandising for this film, he’s barely in it. The Flash is in this film more than he is! His tease was a little disappointing. It was really interesting how you could see his eyes in the depths of the ocean first, and then he swam into view. But then he just kind of stayed there and did nothing. He looked really cool, but he did absolutely nothing. I thought the tease for Cyborg was pretty good as well. It gave audiences a clear look at how this character became who he is. I’m very curious to see where they take his character
A Clear Winner
The actual Batman vs Superman fight was a little short-lived, but it was fantastic while it was happening! You could tell that Batman really had planned out every little detail, which made the fight very interesting to watch because you never knew what would happen next. Also, I thought Batman turning Kryptonite into a gas was a great idea! One thing that did bother me a bit was that Superman really didn’t want to fight Batman. Yes, they had set up earlier in the film that Superman didn’t like him, but when they actually fought, it was because Lex Luthor kidnapped his mother and forced Superman to fight Batman. It gave a valid reason for the fight to happen, but it would have been so much more investing had Superman wanted to fight Batman.
One of the best decisions I believe they made in this film, is to have a clear winner of the fight. A lot of people (including myself) thought it would end up being a draw. No, Batman quite obviously won this fight! He was even about to kill Superman when he was told about Clark’s mother Martha. (Seriously!?! How has the fact that Batman’s and Superman’s mothers share a first name gone unnoticed ‘til now!?!)
The Death of Superman
This is the part of the film that I feel really divided people. Warner Bros and DC took a chance and did something nobody expected them to do. They killed off Superman, kind of. When Doomsday stabbed Superman with that spike, immediately I thought they’ll probably just put him in the sun again. I mean, he did just survive getting nuked. Nope, he actually died! Personally, I really thought this worked from a narrative point of view. The movie starts with Superman being a very divisive person in the world and many think they can’t trust him. When Superman dies to save mankind; however, it really shows the world that he had nothing but good intentions. It gave people a reason to like Superman. Also, I really enjoyed how they had two funerals going on simultaneously. One in Metropolis for Superman, and one in Kansas for Clark Kent. It really made it more emotional seeing people mourn for both sides of the character.
That being said, DC really dug themselves into a hole by doing that. Now they are going to have to start the Justice League film by explaining how Superman is alive again. I realize that the dirt was floating at the end just like it did in Man of Steel when he was about to start flying, and I thought I heard a heartbeat but maybe that was my imagination. But DC is really going to have to think of some truly believable reason to bring him back to life almost right away.
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It’s finally here! After two-and-a-half years of waiting, Batman v. Superman is officially playing in theaters! This film has had quite a long road to reach this point. After Man of Steel left audiences divided, DC Comics really needed a film to knock it out of the park to get people on board with their new cinematic universe. Cue Batman.
Here’s the official plot synopsis from Warner Bros., “Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.”
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Lawrence Fishburn, and Holly Hunter. This film is potentially the most anticipated film of this year, so does it live up to the hype?
Going into the film, I believe Warner Bros. had two goals in mind. Address the controversial ending of Man of Steel in an organic way, and pave the road for the future Justice League characters to come. While I won’t spoil anything, I can tell you that they achieved both of these goals. The teases to the expanded DC Universe worked extremely well. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is, in many ways, an awesome film. That being said, no film is without its flaws, and Batman v. Superman has plenty of them.
Let’s start with the good. Ben Affleck’s take on Batman is perhaps the best we’ve ever gotten on the big screen. Affleck was able to balance both the suave detective and brutal vigilante sides of the character incredibly well. You understood the motivations behind his character. Bruce Wayne was a damaged character who sees Superman as a potential global threat. Everything Batman does in this film has a reasoning behind it.
Visually, this film was stunning. Zack Snyder has always been great at crafting beautiful looking films. The film got off to a really good start with an excellent opening credits sequence. The fight scenes in this film were fantastic! The brutality of Batman came across extremely well, and you would wince in pain for whoever got in the Caped Crusader’s way.
Where this film fails is with the basic writing. There are moments of dialogue in this film that seems a little clunky and probably could have been cut a little better. Also, I was not a big fan of Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor. His character seemed a little too cartoonish at times, and his motivations weren’t clearly stated. The film simply expected you to believe that this man hated Superman without giving any real reasons as to why he felt that way. Lex Luthor in this film was just such an odd character, and he really wasn’t that interesting. This is a cause for major issue in the film as he is an essential part of it. They really need to fix this if they want to use him again later on.
Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman was something that I was extremely apprehensive about going in. I can tell you that the character as a whole is extremely intriguing, and you’re legitimately interested in her. Gal Gadot did a fine job portraying her. While she wasn’t bad, she could have been a little better. Seeing Wonder Woman fight, however, was amazing! She really was a standout in this film, and I cannot wait to see where they go with her in her standalone film next year!
The film was too long. There were several scenes and sequences that could have been cut out of the film completely, and the film would have been better off for it. There could have been at least half-an-hour cut out of this film, easily. While I don’t mind long films, they have to keep the energy up the whole time. Batman v. Superman failed at that. I was never necessarily bored, but there simply wasn’t enough happening in the first hour-and-a-half to keep the momentum up. The first two-thirds doesn’t nearly have enough action in it, and then the last third has an overload of it. It became very uneven, and while the action scenes were great, they would have worked much better had they been more spread out.
The music in the film very good. While I personally don’t think it’s quite on the level of Man of Steel, it does a great job building the atmosphere. The new Batman theme is much different than anything else we’ve had before, which was appropriate for this new Batman. Wonder Woman’s theme, on the other hand, was fantastic! When she shows up, you’re already excited simply by the fact that it’s Wonder Woman, but then her theme kicks in. That’s when your blood really gets pumping!
While I won’t say don’t take your kids to see this, I will say that you should be prepared for bored and/or scared children. As I mentioned above, there isn’t nearly enough action in the first two-thirds that will keep their attention. This is a very dark film, with a lot of political messages in it. Adults will understand what’s going on, but kids might just be confused. Also, the intensity of Affleck’s Batman may be a little too much for them at times. This is a very adult Batman for older audiences. So it really depends on how much you think your kid can handle.
While I won’t spoil anything, I do want to give props to Warner Bros. and DC for the ending of this film. They took a chance. They went for something a lot of people did not expect. Some people will love it, some not so much, only time will tell.
At the end of the day, I would say that Batman v. Superman is pretty good. While it isn’t nearly as good as it had the potential to be, I would still recommend it. Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor was a little ridiculous, and some of the writing is a bit sloppy. That being said, Ben Affleck kills it as Batman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman is extremely interesting, and the film does a great job setting up the rest of the DC Universe. If you’re a fan of comics, you’ll enjoy this movie (especially if you love DC). If you don’t read comics, prepare yourself because this film might not be what you expected.
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A year ago, the first season of Marvel’s Netflix series Daredevil took everybody by surprise. Nobody expected that series to be nearly as good as it was. Then, Jessica Jones was released last fall, and many consider that show to be just as good if not better. So, expectations were pretty high going into this second season of Daredevil.
Daredevil Season 2 stars Charlie Cox, Jon Bernthal, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, and Elodie Yung. It follows Daredevil (Cox) as he continues his crusade to protect the people of Hell’s Kitchen. When a new, more violent, vigilante in the form of The Punisher (Bernthal) hits the streets. He faces a dilemma with himself and people from his past. So does Daredevil Season 2 live up to the expectations set by Season 1?
Daredevil Season 2 is a great follow-up to the fantastic first season. It has many of the things that we loved about Season 1, as well as added plenty of new characters and conflicts.
By far, the best new addition to this series is Jon Bernthal as The Punisher. He absolutely captured the essence of this character. He was such a complex and different character, and he really brought a whole new level to this show. All of the physical and mental conflicts going on between The Punisher and Daredevil were extremely interesting to watch.
Another new character brought into the fold was Elektra portrayed by Elodie Yung. Personally, I found her character to be entertaining when she was on screen. However, that being said, I was never actually looking forward to her scenes. They weren’t bad, but compared to everything with The Punisher, Elektra seemed like more of a distraction rather than an actual story that needed to be followed.
This season of Daredevil is rated TV-MA just like Season 1. However, if they were translated to the MPAA rating system, Season 1 would be a hard PG-13. Season 2 would, without a doubt, be rated R. They did not pull any punches when it came to Bernthal’s Punisher. While there was a lot left to the imagination, in terms of violence, there was still enough to make it extremely graphic.
Sometimes it felt like the plot this season was biting off a bit more than it could chew. It was jumping back and forth between the stories revolving around The Punisher, and those revolving around Elektra. It got a bit complicated at times, and it was a little hard to follow, especially when it came to Elektra and the mysterious organization The Hand.
The costume design in this season was extremely well done. I enjoyed Daredevil’s new look immensely. It kept the basics of the costume from the end of last season while adding the classic red eyes from the comics. It translated really well off the pages. Also, I enjoyed the looks they gave Elektra and The Punisher. They seemed more functional rather that fashionable.
One of the standout things about Season 1 was the intro song and animation. Come Season 2, and that intro is still just as great. However, the theme song seemed to be incorporated into the series as an actual score more so this season. It worked really well, and it really added to the atmosphere that was built.
Season 2 of Daredevil is a great follow-up to the fantastic first season. It does get a little too complicated at times, and I wasn’t a big fan of Electra. However, Jon Bernthal’s take on The Punisher was awesome! I really hope that they decide to give him his own series after this. It wasn’t quite as good as Season 1, but it was still great!
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The Dark Knight is one of those films that you must see in order to consider yourself a fan of superheroes or film in general. Heath Ledger’s take on The Joker has, in less than a decade, become one of the most praised film villains of all time, in the same conversation with the likes of Darth Vader; and Christian Bale’s Batman voice has been cause for a string of impressions and jokes throughout pop culture. With the newest take on the Batman character set to hit screens this Friday, in Batman v Superman, I figured now was the perfect time to review this highly acclaimed film.
The Dark Knight is directed Christopher Nolan, and it stars Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, and Morgan Freeman. It tells the story of Batman as he continues his battle to take down the mob in Gotham City. When the Joker arrives, Batman has to face new challenges he’s never faced before. The Dark Knight is regarded as one of the best superhero films of all time. Does it really deserve that title?
The Dark Knight is, without a doubt, the best comic-book film ever to be produced. This film is an experience. Not only is it an absolutely fantastic superhero film, to put it simply, it’s just an amazing film overall!
This take on the Batman character and mythos goes for a more realistic approach, and it pulls it off in spades. Director Christopher Nolan and his brother Screenwriter Jonathan Nolan were able to craft such a complex and interesting story about mankind, and who we become in dire situations while simultaneously keeping the spirit of the Batman character alive. You don’t have to be a fan of the Batman character to enjoy this film.
To add to the brilliant storytelling, the acting in the film is stupendous. As I mentioned earlier, Heath Ledger’s take on the Joker has now become iconic. His performance in this film is awe-inspiring. The ways in which this man transformed himself into the character gives you chills. The voice and laughter that Ledger created for the Joker fit the character so well. He also added many little nuances to the character that add to the overall presence. Whenever the Joker is on screen in this film, you cannot look away, even if you wanted to.
Christian Bale was also terrific as Bruce Wayne/Batman. He was able to portray both sides of this character so well, and he really made you feel the inner turmoil he is going through. The entire supporting cast is just as notable. Michael Caine was great as Alfred Pennyworth, and Gary Oldman was the perfect Commissioner Gordon. Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Morgan Freeman were also very good in their respective roles.
Despite the two-and-a-half hour runtime, you are never bored watching this movie. This is due to the excellent dialogue, interesting characters, and thrilling action sequences. Immediately from the first scene of the movie, you are hooked! The overall aura of intensity that this film creates is unlike any other superhero film to date.
The Dark Knight is as amazing as a film can get. Heath Ledger was magnificent as the Joker, and the film as a whole is a marvelous look at how we as humans react when put in intense situations. All of this was made possible because of the brilliant directing by Christopher Nolan. If you have not seen The Dark Knight. Do it. Right now. Don’t waste any more time! You won’t regret it!
I usually don’t like to give 10's to a film. People say films are perfect way too much nowadays. But, I give The Dark Knight a perfect score, and I'm not even thinking twice about it. It's that good! (You can see what other films I’ve given a 10 to by clicking the category on the side of the page) This is a breathtaking film. What do you think of The Dark Knight? What would you give it out of 10? Let me know by commenting on this post! Also, if you enjoyed this review, share it on Facebook and Twitter. It really helps! Don’t forget, I post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, so check back then for more movie reviews and miscellaneous movie thoughts!
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