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Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Directed by Zack Snyder

Starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg and Gal Gadot

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Bruce Wayne believes that the world are looking through rose tinted glasses at Superman, a false god from another planet who has the capability of destroying Earth. So he takes it upon his alter ego of Batman to take him down for good and prove to be the real hero that everyone needs.

 

It’s Batman against Superman. Actually its bad angry Batman against Superman. Well it is until he, and everyone else, realise that both of their (earth) mothers are called Martha so they forget all the troubles and become best friends. Really that’s exactly what happens. Then a big bad comes along and they have to team up to defeat it, as well as throwing in Wonder Woman for girl power and a change of atmosphere with the beat of the drum.

I have always been a massive fan of both Batman and Superman and I had hope for this film. I didn’t think Man of Steel was as bad as people say and I was in hope that the DC film universe could follow in the footsteps of the Marvel film universe and what that has done for comic book films. The problem they have is that they want to be different and create their own universe that fans can get in to while not following the same processes as Marvel. Unfortunately the film appeared to have quite a few missing parts. Yes we don’t need to see a Batman origin story again but why and how is Bruce Wayne the way he is being angry with everyone, thinks he is the only good guy left, Wayne Manor is burnt down, what happened to Robin and the constant frowning. Oh and that’s not just him, it seemed like every character in the film spent most of their screen time frowning.

A quick note on Jesse Eisenberg’s performance as Lex Luthor. I enjoyed most scenes with him in but didn’t really see him as Lex. It’s as if Jesse might have auditioned and missed out on the part of the Joker, to which Jared Leto is playing in the Suicide Squad film, so he decided to play Lex a bit pre joker in the maniacal sense. He just came across a little too crazy. Peeing into a glass to make someone drink it does not sound like Lex.

 

Something that the Marvel films have done very well is the introduction of new characters or small cameos teasing them for future appearances by having the post credit scenes that everyone knows to stay behind for. It adds an extra excitement and intrigue into what to expect. The team behind Batman vs Superman came out before the release of the film and said for fans not to bother waiting around as there will be nothing in the credits. What they attempted to do was introduce all the future characters in one quick 5 minutes scene via some secret files that Lex had showing what they can do. This unfortunately just didn’t have the same excitement that you would have expected especially with it coming half way through the film.

Don’t get me wrong there were some good bits to the film. The fight between Batman and Superman was pretty cool and what some fan boys and girls have been waiting for, for a long time. And having Wonder Woman turn up to save the guys was pretty cool, even though we had seen that in the trailer. However for a film that has been in the making for a long time there were a few too many issues with it and when I try to picture my favorite part of the film I struggle. And what was with Bruce’s dream? Mental, old age, or a vision of things to come? It was just a bit weird.

Oh and the ending (slight spoiler alert) If you know the DC comic universe and certain characters you know what is going to happen and what will happen afterwards. Maybe because I’m in that boat that the final scene of the film wasn’t a surprise!

 

Recommend

If you are a loyal follower of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and were hoping of something similar with DC I’m afraid it hasn’t started off all that well. Is it worth seeing at the cinema? Not really especially when it clocks in at a whopping 151 minutes and half of that is all the frowning. Will I watch it again? Doubtful, although I have heard some people say it is better on a second watch.

I am excited to see Suicide Squad and to see Leto’s take on The Joker not to mention Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn but as for Aquaman and The Flash and other Justice League members, I have no feelings for them at all. As a big fan of the DC TV shows of Arrow and The Flash, to which they will be completely ignoring for the film franchise, I am more than happy to stick with them as my DC needs.

 

TheFriedGold rating – 4/10 – Time to turn that Bat signal off

 

Film Thought

Who knew Gotham and Metropolis were so close……….

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Man of Steel

Man of Steel (2013)

Directed by Zack Snyder

Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon and Russell Crowe

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Having landed on earth and adopted by his earth parents, Clark/Kal-El must embrace his Kryptonion heritage to do battle against the war criminal Zod and his henchmen to become Earths saviour.

 

The film is an origins story which flashes back and forward between Clark’s/Kal-El’s life and how he has had to grow up on earth knowing that he is different to everyone else. The film does come across darker than any other superman film we have seen in the past, this could be to do with Nolan having a hand in it, but doesn’t take anything away from his history.

The fight scenes in the film are very fast paced but look excellent and not too CGI-ie. There are a few things that have been changed in the film to freshen things up a bit, like no red pants on the outside of the suit (very minor)and how Jonathan Kent dies (how Clark lives his life going forward), but they don’t detract from the feeling that this is a very good origins story.

My only niggle I have with the film is the flying scenes which didn’t look great and looked very green screeny. I’m glad I didn’t see this is 3D either as I think it might have produce some motion sickness.

As for character portrayals Henry Cavill, who is born on the exact same day as me (I could have been Superman), looks the part as Superman and fit in to the role perfectly. Michael Shannon was very good as Zod although Terrance Stamp will always be Zod to me and Russell Crowe (I’ve never been his biggest fan) as Jor-El was brilliant and came across as the father that everyone would wish to have.

Obviously this film is hoping to be the beginning in a Justice League franchise so it will be interesting to see if those plans go ahead and how they will do them. They did throw a couple of easter eggs in for fans with something written on a satellite in space but a more obvious one was the LexCorp logos which showed up. Could this be a glimpse of what a possible sequel would entail?

 

Recommend

The film is ultimately an origins film and is all about how Clark wants to grow up and what kind of man he wants to be. They play with that during the film and by the end he definitely decides his future and what matters most to him. Superhero films are all the rage at the moment with the expert job that Marvel are doing and the hopes are that this will help start the DC revival. The film was very enjoyable and I recommend this as a big summer blockbuster film that fans of old and new will enjoy.

TheFriedGold rating – 8.5/10 – Hope has returned to the Superman franchise

 

 

 

Film Fact

Russell Crowe (Jor-El) and Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent), who play both of Superman’s fathers, have shared the role of Robin Hood. Costner in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Crowe in Robin Hood.

A new Man of Steel trailer

Yes Yes Yes.

Superman was always my favourite of the superheroes and this has never changed. Ok so the most recent instalments might have been a bit on the dodgy side but this latest version looks awesome.

Check out this new trailer and I think you will feel the excitement too.

Man of Steel is out 14th June 2013

Announced at Comic-Con yesterday, July 14th, were the titles of the next Marvel offerings of Thor and Captain America. There was also some concept art released for Guardians of the Galaxy and some test footage of Edgar Wrights Ant-Man. On the DC side of things we had the first poster reveal of the next Superman film.

Thor 2 is now officially called Thor: The Dark World and will be released on 11th August 2013

Captain America 2 is now officially called Captain America: The Winter Soldier and will be released on 4th March 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy will be released on 1st August 2014

 

 

Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man currently does not have a release date but with Edgar doing it you know it is going to be epic.

 

And lets not forget Iron Man 3 which is due for release on 3rd May 2013

 

 

Here is the first Man of Steel poster. With this now finally released and some footage shown at Comic-Con the rumours coming out are that we will be getting the first trailer run in front of The Dark Knight Rises which would make sense as they are both DC properties. Man of Steel is due to be released on 13th June 2013

Megamind (2010)

Megamind (2010)

Directed by Tom McGrath

Starring Will Farrell, Jonah Hill, Tina Fey and Brad Pitt

 

 

Another animated film where the main character is the bad guy. Megamind and Metroman both travelled to earth at the same time, both ended up at the same school and both wanted to be popular with the special powers they possess. However Metroman was just too good and nice so Megamind decided he had to be the villain of the piece. They became legendary rivals, battling each other over the years with Metroman always just winning, as the superhero always does. Until one day the fight doesn’t go to plan and Megamind is left all by himself. Bored of having no one to battle with it is up to Megamind to fix this.

 

The film has some very funny moments and quite iconic adaptations of other superhero films such as the home planets destruction and the parents sending their baby off to earth. With a massive A-list cast this film delivers in the alternate way, much like Despicable Me, because it has you viewing things from the villain’s side and rooting for them throughout the film. This is another film that people of all ages will enjoy watching and the animation looks fantastic.

 

Film Fact

 

Megamind lands in a prison, where he is raised to be a criminal. This alludes to ‘Superman: Red Son’, a graphic novel which demonstrates what could happen if the infant Superman had crash-landed and was raised in a location other than a Kansas farm (in the story it was the Soviet Union). Both also have similar denouements: the hero retires, goes into hiding and leaves his work in the hands of his former nemesis.