Sampling Batman V Superman:Dawn of Justice

Monday, March 28, 2016

Tinsel & Tine's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Post

By Editor, Le Anne Lindsay

T&T would have loved to give away tickets to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice the way I did for Deapool (click for T&T fb post), that was a great Subscribers contest! But most of the BvS preview screening tickets went to outlets like The Black Tribbles which cater to a Superhero fan base, which is understandable. 

I did however get to attend the preview and took part in the post screening Black Tribbles podcast, but they haven't posted it yet.  Instead it looks like they're doing a call in show this Thursday to discuss the movie and the expansion of the D.C. Comic Universe:
I think most of us would agree, although the movie's opening scene takes place at the crux of the battle which occurred in Superman: Man of Steel (click for T&T post) Batman V Superman is really another Batman (Ben Affleck) reboot, with a Superman (Henry Cavil) guest starring role and a Wonder Woman cameo.  Gal Godot, by the way, is Okay. I like that she's of indeterminate race, and she looked fierce fighting Lex Luthor's Doomsday... but Linda Carter with her amazing figure and sparkling eyes will always represent Wonder Woman for me; so when I picture a new Wonder Woman, I still feel she needs to have thick thighs, a round butt and fabulous breasts, call it sexist. I don't care.

Director Zack Snyder states, “We felt an interesting way of beginning this story was to examine Superman from another perspective, Batman’s perspective. Bruce doesn’t know who Superman is; all he knows is what the public knows. He blames him for the lives lost in Metropolis, lives that he felt responsible for. His hatred has been building up inside, and now, all this time later, he’s finding reinforcement of those feelings in the media.”...

“When we find Superman, he’s been dealing with everyday life as a Super Hero, but there’s a distinct shift happening in how his heroic efforts are viewed, thanks to the unintended consequences of those acts,” Snyder continues. “Every action has a reaction; one guy’s rescue leaves another in distress. We wanted to explore the reality of saving people and what intervening can really mean. The classic idea with Superman is that he’s a good guy trying to do the right thing and that he isn’t political, but in truth, in today’s world, it’s impossible not to be, no matter your intentions.” - Batman v Superman:Dawn of Justice Production Notes

I think the critics have been way too hard on the movie (29% RT), not that it dampened the box office - $424M seizing total control of the box office around the world opening weekend, making it the sixth biggest opening ever for a super hero film. The largest overall domestic debuts of all-time are now Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($248M), Jurassic World ($208.8M), The Avengers ($207.4M), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191.3M), Iron Man 3 ($174.1M), and BvS ($170.1m).

Bottom Line: I will say in terms of criticism, it takes longer than usual to get into the meat of the movie. It's typical for action/adventure films to have a number of short set up scenes in the beginning that may feel a little disjointed, but necessary. Batman V Superman has probably like 3 or 4 too many of those types of set up scenes, keeping you on edge, but not through cinematic tension, more like you're waiting to settle in.

Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor, could definitely be stronger. I feel like he was trying so hard to create a memorable villain that he over thought it. He went for a borderline schizophrenic, recently off his meds, kinda Lex Luthor, it's not wrong, but I kinda feel for future Justice League movies, they should consider a recast.

But on the whole, I was very engaged with the entire movie. Thought it was visually artistic, the philosophical and politically relevant plots were well written. Loved when Superman gave Batman  the cut out the vigilante crap speech, accompanied by a menacing warning look, before shooting straight up like a rocket. Then we cut to Batman giving his signature under-eyed masked stare, which clearly said, Superman, you're not the boss of me.



I was watching the Sheldon's birthday episode of "The Big Bang Theory" and they were ranking the actors who've portrayed Batman in order of their preference - #1 being your favorite. Here's mine:

1. Michael Keaton
2. Val Kilmer (because of the way his perfectly shaped lips looked under the mask)
3. Ben Affleck
4. Christian Bale
5. Adam West
6. Wil Arnett (Voice of Lego Batman)
7. George Clooney.

Hit me up on social media to give me your listing!

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Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

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