Movie Review: Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice – After the Opening, it all Goes Downhill.

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God, the comic geeks must have spooged themselves when they learned that finally, all their ‘batman v superman’ arguments were coming to the movies. I never got that. To me Batman Versus Superman is the same as the ratio of ghosts to snork berries; nonexistent.  But, with the intent of becoming the wet dreams of 13-year-old boys everywhere, director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer put this together.

And now it’s time for a rant. How many times have I said “too many Superman movies”? How many times have I said “too many Batman movies?” So what do they do? Put them together. And, as if they’re making fun of me, they stick Ben Affleck in the lead.

That’s it. I quit. <typing stops abruptly, sound of footsteps, door slams>

Ok, not really. But that’s the kind of abrupt change of attitude you can expect from this newest DC adaptation. Dawn of Justice peaks in its opening sequence, a slow-motion, Sucker Punch-esque dispatching of the Batman origin story in three minutes or less, which sets the stage for the introduction of an older, broken, kinda fat Batman (Ben Affleck), who engages in increasingly violent and futile attempts to clean up Gotham City. The rest of the introductory character work sees Superman (Henry Cavill) grappling with public criticism over his actions in his last cinematic outing and the young Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) attempting to build a weapon capable of stopping Superman.

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After the opening, it all goes downhill. I have to admit; I didn’t hate Ben Affleck in this. He makes a passable Batman. Henry Cavill came across better as Clark Kent. Jesse Eisenberg was almost embarrassing as Lex Luthor. It felt like he was doing an impression of Heath Ledger playing the Joker. Watching Jesse Eisenberg, I wasn’t entirely sure if he’d ever heard of Superman.

Now me, I’m not a person who has a big problem with violence. Heck, I love everything by Quentin Tarantino and he’s turned violence into an art form. But this movie seemed to be rushed in order to get to the next violent fight scene. The characters become completely interchangeable and really, you stop caring about who wins. The problem is there really are no stakes. This is such an obvious cash grab; we know that they’d never kill off anything they can franchise. Hell, if a spork tested well with a focus group, they’d give it a franchise. And I’d watch the Adventures of Sporky just like everyone else.

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It’s not worth the watch, but it’s inevitable. It’s one of those bad blockbusters that everyone will go to, but eventually forget until the next one gets spit out by the studio.  They’re raking in garbage bags of money and we’re watching what they tell us to.

I’d say if it’s a choice between this and a Trump rally, I’d go with the Trump Rally. While the Trump Rally will be violent, at least Ben Affleck won’t be there.

WE GAVE IT: 2 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!

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Batman And Superman Work Together To Crush The Critics, Celebrate With Huge $424 Million Opening Weekend!

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Hey, Ben Affleck…cheer up. Critics might have slammed Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it’s obvious most fans didn’t care. Early predictions from the experts had this film bringing home around $120 million in its domestic debut. The most generous estimates had it reaching the $140 million mark.

Well, the numbers are now in and we can report that Batman V Superman opened with a huge $170.1 million total. And while that doesn’t beat the $207.4 million total in the United States by The Avengers, Warner Bros. did beat Marvel in the worldwide battle.

Batman V Superman had the biggest opening weekend ever for a superhero film. It earned $424 million worldwide, easily beating The Avengers’ $392.5 million worldwide total.

Not only is it the best opening for a superhero film, it’s also a studio best for Warner Bros. In addition to those impressive records, it now owns the records for best pre-summer debut and best Easter weekend opening.

This is a huge victory for Warner Bros., Affleck, Zack Snyder, and everyone else who worked their butts off on this movie.

We have to imagine Ben is feeling better now. It hurt our hearts to see him looking so depressed during this interview…

 

Uh-Oh! ‘Batman v Superman’ Is Not Performing Well With The Critics, Find Out What They’re Saying Inside

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This post contains no spoilers, but it might contain a lot of disappointment. On Monday, we told fans who were looking forward to watching ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice‘ that they could stop worrying. The lucky fans who attended the New York premiere of the film were sharing their thoughts on Twitter, and they were extremely positive.

They were saying things like, “Batman v Superman was amazing, better than Man of Steel,” and one Twitter user even said, “No movie this year will top Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”

Those positive reviews got everyone excited, but unfortunately the critics have stepped in to crash our party. With over 60 reviews counted, the film currently sits at a 40% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s not terrible, but it’s certainly not “amazing” and “best movie of the year” material.

What’s the problem? Why are over 50% of critics giving Batman v Superman a rotten rating? Several critics have pointed out that the film tries too hard to set up the future of DC Comics films. This results in a confusing mess that has some critics saying things like, “No major blockbuster in years has been this incoherently structured,” and the convoluted plot “will hurt your brain.”

But it’s not all bad. There are critics who enjoyed the movie. Richard Roeper gave it a mostly positive review…

“When it sings, Dawn of Justice is a wonder. When it drags, it still looks good and offers hints of a better scene just around the corner.”

Looks like it will still be worth the ticket, but it might not be worth fighting the weekend crowds for. You could probably wait until Monday to see this one.

‘Batman V Superman’ Fans Can Stop Worrying Now, First Reactions From Premiere Have Been Overwhelmingly Positive!

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While critics have been forced to hold back their ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” reviews until Tuesday, regular ol’ fans who were lucky enough to attend the New York premiere of the movie have been sharing their thoughts on Twitter.

And it looks like you hardcore fans can stop freaking out about that second trailer, which allegedly ruined the whole movie for you.  Oh, and the same goes for you Ben Affleck haters. He apparently “killed it” as Batman, and in 2016, killing something is a good thing.

Check out some of the early reactions below…

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Yeah, this is an incredibly small sample size, but these reactions are so positive that it’s hard to see how this movie is going to disappoint. It’s not like they’re saying, “Oh, it was okay. I enjoyed it.” They are calling it one of the best superhero films of all time.

It even made this dude cry.

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We’ll wait until we hear from the professional reviewers before throwing our undies on stage, but things are looking good right now.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters this Friday, March 25. But if you’re a real fan, you already have your tickets for the early screenings on Thursday.

With Just 10 More Days To Wait, Ben Affleck Says He Is “Proud & Relaxed” Before ‘Batman V Superman’ Hits Theaters!

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Most of you already know about the drama surrounding the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice film. Hardcore fans of the series lost their freaking minds when one of the final trailers revealed Doomsday’s role in the movie.

Some fans claimed they weren’t going to support the movie because of the spoilers inside the trailer. But even with all the drama, the box-office projections for Dawn of Justice are looking just fine, which is probably why Ben Affleck isn’t worried.

He talked with The LA Times recently about some of the hateful comments being shared online. The reporter asked him directly if it was possible to ignore the negative reactions…

“Nobody tweeted about ‘Casablanca,’ and look at how they did. [Laughs] From directing movies myself, at this point I always feel too enmeshed with it, where I get this panicked sense of like, “Is it good? It’s horrible, right? It’s going to bomb.” But I have a little more sense of remove from this. I feel relaxed and I’m proud of the movie and excited for people to see it. It’s a much nicer feeling. I’m so glad I’m not Zack.”

Not exactly a surprising response from the actor. He’s not going to say anything to piss off the fans. They are just now accepting him. You all remember the outrage online when it was announced he would be playing Batman.

He’s probably just happy the fans aren’t attacking him anymore. All their anger seems to be directed at Zack Snyder now.

You can click on this link to read the full interview.

Reports Say Jena Malone Was Cut From Batman V Superman’s Theatrical Release

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Fans of Jena Malone will have to wait until the R-rated director’s cut of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is released on Blu-ray to see their favorite actress in action. The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly features a detailed cover story about the upcoming film, and in the middle of the story, they briefly talk about Malone’s character.

And before you get too excited, they still didn’t announce who she will be playing in the movie. And we might not get the answer this month because the report claims her scenes have been cut from the theatrical release.

Does this mean her scenes were just too edgy for the PG-13 release? Probably not. Her role was always expected to be small, so it’s likely they just didn’t have enough room for her in the final cut. We’re already looking at a run time of 151 minutes, and they probably had to work extremely hard to trim it down that much. We have a feeling this could have easily been a three-hour movie.

In any event, some people believe the studio is making a mistake by promoting this R-rated home version of the film before the PG-13 version even hits theaters. Obviously, the film is still going to make a lot of money at the box office, but they might lose some people who would rather wait to see the original/full version at home.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in a theater near you March 25, 2016.

How Much Money Will ‘Batman V Superman’ Make During Its Opening Weekend? Find Out What The Experts Think!

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Before entering 2016, most people believed Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice would be the first huge hit of the year at the box office. But then Deadpool happened and people are still trying to gather up pieces of their toasted brains.

Early projections for Deadpool’s opening weekend were sitting between $60 and $70 million, which would have been considered a success by most people. It ended up bringing in over $130 million during its opening weekend.

And Warner Bros. is hoping Dawn of Justice can produce more shocking results. According to the projections from tracking executives and rival studios, this movie is expected to bring home $100-$140 million in its opening weekend. If it can generate even more excitement before its release from positive reviews from critics, then it might follow Deadpool with another record-breaking performance.

The studio is hoping they can take down The Hunger Games‘ March opening weekend record of $152 million. It’s certainly possible, but it’s going to be close. The opening night will be extremely important. If those fans enjoy it and start spreading their good reviews on social media, then watch out!

One more thing that might help Batman V Superman is the fact that it is opening on Easter weekend. Most everyone will be off for Good Friday, which could create a Great Friday for Warner Bros.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016. Tickets will go on sale this Monday at 7 AM PT.

The Huge Movie Trailers You Should Watch Out For During Super Bowl 2016!

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We all know how big the Super Bowl is. It’s less about the actual game being played, and more about the commercials and performances during halftime. It’s an event. One of the biggest events of the year, and there are a lot of companies putting down a ridiculous amount of money for a 30-second commercial.

Prices have hit a record high this year for a 30-second commercial. According to the reports, the price for a 30-second spot is $5 million. What company has that much money to spend on just a single commercial? Well, big studios wanting to promote their upcoming films do.

For some of the blockbusters listed in this article, $5 million is just a drop in their marketing bucket. We know Fox has purchased at least two 30-second commercials, and one of them is a confirmed TV spot for Deadpool. The film is scheduled to be released just five days after the Super Bowl, so it would be silly for Fox not to promote it during the game.

Disney has reportedly purchased “multiple spots,” and one of those spots will almost certainly go to Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. Disney will probably also promote their upcoming Zootopia animated film, it’s scheduled to hit theaters March 4, 2016. And if you haven’t watched the latest trailer, click on this link to check it out. It’s hilarious.

And while Warner Bros. hasn’t officially purchased a commercial during the Super Bowl, they are co-sponsoring the Doritos fan ad this year, which means they have probably worked out a deal to tease Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice during the big game. I think everyone would be shocked if they didn’t take this opportunity to promote the film.

We’ll find out in less than seven days now! Super Bowl 2016 will air on CBS this Sunday, Feb. 7.

‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Director Zack Snyder Explains Why He Didn’t Hide Doomsday’s Role

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If you’ve been following the marketing for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, then you know a lot of fans are super pissed about the latest trailer. They feel the reveal of Doomsday was a huge spoiler that almost completely ruins the movie for them.

But the director of the film, Zack Snyder, wants everyone to know it’s going to be okay. In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Snyder explained that he wants the audience to start thinking about the bigger picture, outside of the conflict between Superman and Batman.

“I know what’s in the movie, so I know there’s other stuff. We had a long conversation about just taking ownership of that. He [Doomsday] has his own mythology… so that has to be explored. I really wanted to make the audience a promise that… though I’m super excited and happy and fulfilled by the conflict of Batman and Superman, there’s also a bigger world to start to think about.”

It’s a move that makes sense to me, but I’m merely your typical fan who only gets involved when the movies come out. Hardcore fans might not be satisfied with Snyder’s explanation.

But remember, we have only seen a few minutes of this film from the trailers. Snyder has seen and meticulously worked on every single minute of the film. Let’s trust he knows what he is doing.

You can silently judge the film in a theater near you March 25, 2016.

The New ‘Batman V Superman’ Trailer Is Here, And You Need To Watch It Right Now!

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Most people are too focused on the upcoming Star Wars film to worry about Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice right now. We understand, there is a lot going on in movie land, but you should be able to clear out a few minutes to watch this fantastic trailer.

The trailer is full of new footage, which is making some fans wonder if there will be any surprises left while watching the movie. I’m not worried about it. I believe they know exactly what they’re doing. If you watch all the trailers that have been released so far, you’ll notice how this movie seems to be the complete package, filled with dark moments and amusing jokes to balance everything out.

The film hits theaters on March 25, 2016, launching the expanding DC Cinematic Universe, which includes Suicide Squad (Aug 5, 2016) and Wonder Woman in June of 2017.

Check out the official synopsis and trailer below…

“Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’ 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.”