Posts Tagged ‘Dawnofjustice’

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The idea of an extended cut of Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman got fans excited for two reasons when it was announced earlier this year. First of all it meant that those who liked the film would get more. Secondly it meant those who had issues with the theatrical cut got a glimmer of hope that this new cut would present a new narrative. What you end up with is a film that does make much more narrative sense. Case in point being the hostage situation and bloodbath revolving around Lois and Superman during the opening twenty minutes. This plot point was not as prominent as it could have been in the theatrical version which is a shame as we are now able to see it has a vital impact on the plot throughout the whole film. Key characters (who are simply glimpsed or don’t appear at all in the theatrical cut) relate directly to this incident and go on to have lasting impacts on the narrative throughout the film.

The purpose of this isn’t to go over what was added in some run down because that would take away the enjoyment of discovering that for yourself. Instead it’s intended as a nudge in the direction of this cut if perhaps you had issues with the theatrical version. Chances are if you flat out hated the version you saw in the cinema this Ultimate Cut won’t win you over (I enjoyed the theatrical version in case you can’t be bothered reading my review haha) but it could present the narrative a lot clearer.

If Warner Brothers did force edits onto Dawn of Justice I’m disappointed. I understand film is as much about business as it is creativity and three hours means less showings of a movie a day (resulting in less $$$) but wouldn’t it be more beneficial in the long run to have an as intended movie up on the screen? Who knows. I don’t work at a studio and have no real idea of how it all works but hopefully moving forward fans won’t have to wait for home releases to see these films as they were intended.

(Pause for irony. WB just announced the Suicide Squad Extended Edition will be available this Winter.)

 

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Wow. Sometimes the internet can get carried away with itself. That is my take away from Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. I’d heard about the mixed reaction; Batman killing! Superman looking down on humanity! Batman branding/torturing criminals! This ‘Martha’ scene (which I felt made total sense within the context of the scene). All blown way out of proportion in my useless opinion. This DC comics fan had a great time.

I loved Dawn of Justice. It’s a bold movie that is very much it’s own take on Batman, Superman and co. The tone that Snyder established in Man of Steel carries over into Dawn of Justice. It feels grounded. Bruce Wayne’s outright horror at the destruction of Metropolis is chilling. The opening of this movie is heart pounding, that sense of dread and urgency carries over to the rest of the action scenes. Snyder and Affleck’s Batman is more terrifying in the limited screen time he has in this than he was in any of Nolan’s movies – not to knock them, I enjoy them but this was the Batman I had been waiting for. He is scary and out for blood. I’m a comic reader and I had no problem with him killing. It’s not like he’s turned into The Punisher all of sudden.  Snyder knocks the Batmobile chase sequence out of the park, plainly put I was in Batman heaven. Ben Affleck is a brilliant Batman and I hope we get a solo movie sooner rather than later.

Cavil’s Superman works well when he is in full on Kal-El mode. It’s cool seeing him question his role on our world and explore his inner turmoil. Dawn of Justice asks should Superman be accountable for the accidents his heroics may have caused? I loved all of that. I’d never seen Superman presented in that sort of light. You go back and watch Man of Steel (the climax of which plays a huge role in Superman’s arc in Dawn of Justice) and the death count as a result of Zod and Superman’s battle must be in the thousands! That idea of a nation divided – some see Superman as a saviour while there are others (like Batman) who see him as a serious threat that must be dealt with. That sort of stuff is great and works as another plus point in favour of the movie.

Gal Gadot makes a impression as Wonder Woman in her limited role when you realise how little screen time she actually has in the film. Gadot gives the character strength. From the first moment you see her she hooks you with an air of mystery and more than delivers when the time comes to kick into full on action heroine mode. Diane Lane and Amy Adams as Martha Kent and Lois Lane both return from Man of Steel and do good work yet again. The real surprise of the film for me was Jessie Eisenberg as Lex Luthor! I knew from the trailer he was gonna be an eccentric take on Lex! In my opinion he nailed it. I didn’t even think it was this new take on Luthor. It IS Lex. He is cunning, his intelligence so great you can sense the frustration he feels at those who aren’t as smart as him, his ruthlessness and the jealousy he has towards the unkown in the form of Superman.

Closing thoughts? The score for the film is excellent. I love Wonder Woman’s theme. It is already iconic. Snyder does more than well with the direction, the acting is solid all across the board (shout out to Holly Hunter & Laurence Fishburne) and the climax is epic! Any drawbacks? I’d have loved if we’d got a scene (maybe replacing the opening flashback?) showing the audience what happened to Robin and a closer look at Gotham City too. I hope when we finally get there proper in whatever future DC movie that happens to be we get a Gotham more iconic than what we have in the Nolan Batverse.

So after all the hype, the mixed reactions and the wait I’m made up with Dawn of Justice. It’s a great comic book movie and I still have yet to see the extended edition which is meant to be even better!! So depending on how different that plays I may take a look at that on here!

Don’t misunderstand me here. I am very happy this movie exists and I feel like Zack Snyder has captured some iconic shots going off the footage released to date which will hopefully translate into a good movie.

Fatigue would be the best way to describe my feelings towards Dawn of Justice at the moment. I have said to friends how pushing this movie back was a mistake. I feel like it could have made it’s 2015 date but was switched solely to give DC a bigger presence in 2016 that could compete with the Marvel two movies a year trick.

It feels like this film has had about 20 trailers going back years and years. I know I’m exaggerating but that sums up my feelings on the movie right now. None of which will matter if the film delivers.

It’s finally out next month. 25th March.

 

We finally get a better look at Dawn of Justice and just how our two heroes come to face off. The trailer basically lays it all out. I think the only thing I can say is lets hope the film turns out to be as good as it looks visually. Love the last shot. Very epic. The footage is full of great nods to the comics so keep an eye out for them.

The movie is out March 2016. Bit of a wait.

Well here he is in all his glory ladies and gents! Last night Zack Snyder gave the world their first glimpse of Jason Momoa in character as DC’s Aquaman. The character will make his debut in NEXT years (I am gutted they pushed it back) Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. I’m guessing his role will pretty much be what his poster is spelling out? Bringing together the Justice League. I’m all for this casting. He looks great, a little bit more like his Game of Thrones character than I would have liked (I’d have cut the hair off) but that’s just trivial. Are you happy with the latest addition to the cast?