Review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

A perfect stepping stone for the DCEU and the Justice League. Sofistication and popcorn action in a perfect mix.

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There is so much i wanna say about this movie, but i am going to be as spoiler-free as possible for my readers sake who hasn’t seen the movie. With that out of the way:

I would put Batman v Superman in terms of sheer epicness, anticipation and comicbookness on the same level as The Avengers and The Dark Knight. There are not many comicbookmovies that will match “BvS”in terms of sofistication, screenwriting and acting, the only one i can think of is Watchmen.

The writing in Batman v Superman really stepped up its game since Man of Steel (which i absolutely love) and Chris Terrio really shows of his talent as a screenwriter – the nerve is there, the tention between Clark and Bruce and he managed to produce some great stuff for Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor who in my book stole the show together with Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot.

The story of Man of Steel flows very well into Batman v Superman where the human population is split about how to procieve Superman after the destruction in Metropolis when Superman fought against General Zod – Is he a threat or a savior? Henry Cavill plays the part of a conflicted Superman perfectly and does it much better than in Man of Steel. He conveys so many emotions and we can truly see his struggle with the fact that the human race doesn’t trust him.

While Jesse Eisenberg might have been a controversial casting for Lex Luthor at the time when the movie was in development, that doesn’t compare to the enormous backlash from “fans” that Ben Affleck got when he was cast as Batman/Bruce Wayne. And let me tell you this: Ben Affleck is the best on-screen Batman. Ever. He embodies every single thing that makes Batman and Bruce Wayne so compelling, he got the Bruce Wayne persona perfectly, he fights like in the comicbooks/animation/Arkham-games and he his grumpy, angry, brutal and cynical just like Batman is supposed to be portrayed. All cred to Christian Bale but he pales in comparison.

I must also talk about Gal Gadot and her portrayal of Wonder Woman and i shit you not, the entire theater was applauding and sheering when she made her entrance, it was 100% fangasmic. She will define this role just like Christopher Reeve did with his portrayal of Superman. My hype for her own standalone movie slated for release next year just skyrocketed.

There are several easter-eggs and cameos in the movie that hints toward the Justice League without it being forced and i really liked that and it didn’t make the movie feel crowded like many feared it to be. The soundtrack is amazing but i must say that the sound in some instances was to loud but overall a fantastic soundtrack by Hans Zimmer and Mad Max-composer Junkie XL. I did see it in IMAX-3D it was packed with fans and other moviegoers.

So my closing thougts.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is everything i wanted it to be and it delivered on every level – Superb acting from the entire cast, great VFX and sound design plus it’s pure fanservice which i don’t mind.

I will give it 4,8 of 5! 

Go and see it – NOW!

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8 Reasons Why Batman v Superman Is Going To Be a Success

We are now only less than 2 months away from the premiere of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the marketing campaign has gone into full gear. I would like to take your time and try to convince some of you doubters on why Batman v Superman will be a success, both at the Box Office and with the critics.

Here are my 8 reasons why Batman v Superman will be a success:

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A classic black and grey Batsuit

– They actually have a comic book-accurate Batsuit that is black and grey – something that i have been wanting ever since Batman (1989).

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An Academy Award winning screenwriter

– An Academy Award winning screenwriter in Chris Terrio. All due respect to David S Goyer but i’m glad that Warner Bros brought in Chris to rewrite the script. He showed what he is capable of in Argo. One of my favorite movies for the last 15 years.

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Will Afflecks Batman be the most Comicbook-accurat yet?

– Batman actually feels (and acts at it seems) like the comicbook-counterpart. I didn’t feel the detective side of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the Nolan-trilogy and his Batman-voice was to over the top for me. They were still fantastic movies though.

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The possibility of seeing the Bat-family on the big screen

– We may finally get the entire Bat-family from the comics with a dead Robin (maybe a Red Hood down the line?), Nightwing and possibly even Oracle/Batgirl.

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Can we see villains such as Clayface down the road? 

– There are big possibilities that we are going to see more fantastical villains in these new set of DC-films compared to the more grounded and realistic portrayals of classic DC-villains in The Dark Knight Trilogy. We already have Killer Croc and Enchantress (Suicide Squad Villains but still).

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A fantastic cast! (BvS-cast to the left)

– A fantastic cast. You can’t deny the stellar cast of this movie: Ben Affleck, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Gal Gadot, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Amy Adams and the list goes on. This mixed with Snyders fantastic comicbook-style of filming and the writing talent of Chris Terrio.

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– Ben Affleck is a massive Batman-fan and he knows his stuff. He is even rumored to direct his own stand alone-movie.

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Ben Affleck have matured since his early films in the 90’s 

– Ben Affleck is not the same actor he was over 10 years ago, he has like many actors evolved as an actor.

This is just a few of the reasons why i believe Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will crush at the box office and be well received by the fans and critics.

What are your thoughts? Leave your comments down below!

//Markus Mattila

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Top 5: My Most Anticipated Comicbook-Movies Of 2016

2015 has been a fantastic year for comicbook-movies but it seems like 2016 will be even more epic in terms of the sheer amount of big budget movies based on comic book properties. So here is my top 5 list of my most anticipated comic book movies of 2016!

 

5. Deadpool

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This is a dark horse for me because it can go either way (we saw how it turned out last time), but neither the less. We are finally getting a proper R-Rated Deadpool movie with Ryan Reynolds (Who by the way is born to play this role) playing the merc with the mouth. And with it possibly being part of the X-Men Universe makes it even more anticipated.

4. X-Men: Apocalypse

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The X-Men franchise have found it’s grove again after the missteps of X-Men 3: Last Stand and the atrocious X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Both X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past have been fantastic movies in their own rights. But the flaws with those movies is that the X-Men haven’t fought against cosmic and larger than life beings. Apocalypse will change that and we will see him for the first time on the big screen.

3. Captain America: Civil War

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This has been on many people’s most anticipated comic book movies of 2016, but the reason why it’s not my top 1 is because there are two other movies that are more anticipated for me. Having said that, this is basically an Avengers movie (with The Hulk and Thor excluded in the rooster) and the core conflict will be between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark were superheroes must stand accountable of what happened in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Steve Rogers doesn’t agree with the government and it sparks a war within the Avengers. Also add the inclusion of Spider-Man (played by Tom Holland) and we will get an action packed superhero-flick!

2. Suicide Squad

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This is a make it or break it movie for DC and Warner Bros, this is their first movie in the DCEU after the events of Batman v Superman and with a group of characters that are for the most part unknown for the general audience (with the exception of Batman and The Joker). But my anticipation level for it is sky-high because we are going to see our first big screen representations of Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Katana, Deadshot and many more and with the inclusion of The Joker played by the extremely talented Jared Leto gives this movie big expectations.

1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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The title of this movie says it all, it is not only about the conflict between Superman and Batman, it is also a semi-prequel to the Justice League movie that will be released in 2017. This is a movie that all comic book fans have been looking forward to for decades. The trinity may have existed for over 75 years but they have never shared the big screen in the same movie. It’s a behemoth of a motion picture and it has a lot of thing going for it: Ben Affleck looks amazing as The Dark Knight, Gal Gadot as the Amazonian Warrior and Henry Cavill reprising his role as the last son of Krypton, Jason Momoa as Aquaman: The King of Atlantis , a fantastic screenwriter in Chris Terrio and a visual director in Zack Snyder.

This is not only my most anticipated comic book movie of 2016: 

It is my most anticipated movie  of all time. 

//Markus Mattila

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Editorial: No, The Batman v Superman Trailer didn’t show to much

Around a week ago, a new trailer for the uppcoming Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice released together with Jimmey Kimmel (seriously what is it with him and getting every big trailer?…  anyway).. The reactions of it, is split to say the least. Some loved it, others says it ruined the whole movie.

The trailer is just basically the synopsis in action. How people that follow this movie says that they spoil everything in the movie (which it clearly does not) when they have read the synopsis is a headscratcher! The only thing that the trailer spoiled is Doomsday. And is that really something to be spoiled at the moment, with all the reports that has been done for months?

There is still tons of question that hasn’t been answered.

1. Where is Aquaman? (Which is confirmed to have a cameo with Jason Momoa playing him)
2. Who is Jena Malone playing (is she even in this movie)?
3. Who is Scoot McNairy playing?
4. Why is Wonder Woman there (she is in the party for instance that is shown in the start of the trailer, she isn’t just magically appearing at the fight)
5. Where is Vic Stone? Will he become Cyborg in this?
6. What about the bandage on Lex hand?
7. When and how will he become bald?
8. Will we see the mechsuit for instance?
9. Why the *beep* is Superman behind him when he says “The Devil will do it”?
10. How will they fight Doomsday?
11. Will Doomsday kill Superman in this? And if so, will Superman come back in the same movie?
12. Is Flash going to have a cameo, and if so where is he?
13. WTF happend to Wayne Manner?
14. Is Aquaman causing the flood?

I could go on.

Avengers Trailer 2, Avengers Age of Ultron trailer 2 (and 3) and Winter Soldier trailer 2 spoiled a  ton of stuff as well. You see several big moneyshots in the Avenger trailer 2. You see the end fight in Avegers Age of Ultron trailer (as well as the big fight between hulk and iron man which is the best part of the movie), you see every big action scene AND Winter soldiers face in the Winter Solider trailer 2. And no one seems to complain about that… Not to mention the Star wars the force awakens poster which spoiled a certain famous plot device that every Star Wars fans is familiar with.

But then again, fans no matter what fan-base seems to have selective memory and only remember what they want to remember.

If you don’t believe me, check the links below

I just like the line that’s all.

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If there is something i agree on however, then it is the fact that it is a bit clunky edited in the end (it could just have ended with the roar our the bodyshot of Doomsday and it would been perfectly fine), if you really think about this trailer was for the casuals. The housewife’s, the grandparents. Everyone that is not in to comicbooks like we sweaty nerds are. The one’s that is the majority of moviegoers and has questioned why are they fighting because they are both meant to be good guys and haven’t want to see this because of that sheer fact. The classic “Superman could just kill him in one sec so what’s the point” argument.

I think Armin from Comicbookcast on Youtube said it the best.  In a way, DC was the one that needed to show the cards so to say, because unlike the Captain America Civil War trailer (that obviously had a ton of moneyshots as well) this trailer is the one that will be analyzed to pieces.

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“Batman never uses a gun”

It was basically… If you give us you’re money you will get this and this and this… And if they had shown to little, the same people had said… They are not showing enough… they are scared about the movie like Fox was with fantastic four (which basically had the same trailers all over all the time with some of the footage not even in the movie) It was a dammed if you do dammed if you don’t. And if they hadn’t shown Lex and Doomsday, they would also been accused for false marketing by the same fans that claims that they show to much.

NYCC: Lex Corp Announcement Video And Website Released

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Warner Bros Entertainment and DC Entertainment seem to have been shifting gears with the marketing of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice because they released a “Lex/OS” announcement video, in the style of something like Apple would present. You can watch it below:

They have also launched a website for LexCorp with the same message as the video but with: “We’ve got a lot to show you – Winter 2015”.

We will keep you updated.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will hit theaters 25 March, 2016

//Markus Mattila

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NYCC: New Batman v Superman Merchandise Unveiled at – “Nightmare Batman” Statue Revealed

With New York Comic-Con in full swing, we are now getting some pictures from the showfloor that the crew of Comicbook.com have published and in this case: pictures of hats and actionfigures! Check it out below:

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Nightmare Batman? Hmm.
Nightmare Batman? Hmm.

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Wonder Woman themed hat!
Wonder Woman themed hat!
Lex Luthor.
Lex Luthor.

The thing that caught my eye was the “Nightmare Batman” figure wish seemingly confirms the rumor about that scene in the Comic-Con trailer being a dream-sequence.

I’ll keep you updated through-out this convention!

//Markus Mattila 

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SDCC: In-Depth Analysis of the Batman v Superman Comic-Con Trailer

There is no surprise that i’m very very enthusiastic about Batman v Superman and that we have covered it a lot here on Capes and Heroes (probably more than we should have) but it is to many people the most anticipated movie of the decade next to Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens.

There is a funny story about how i came across the trailer, i was at my friends birthday and i scrolled through my Twitter-feed and all of a sudden i got a message on Facebook from my friend who also runs this blog and he simply said: “The Batman v Superman trailer” and a link to the Trailer, and i almost screamed to my friend to start the trailer on his home-theater with surround sound and we watched it. And o’boy did i scream like a schoolgirl or what? The trailer was amazing, flatout amazing!

So here is my favorite bits in the trailer:

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Superman stands outside the congress and there is group of protesters that are against Superman. This how people in the real world would react if someone like Superman would appear. Real heavy stuff.

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Bruce Wayne was in Metropolis during the Superman vs General Zod fight at the end of Man of Steel and he seems to be on the phone with someone who possibly were in the building that collapsed when Zod used his heatvision for the first time. But who was it? My guess is that it was someone close to Bruce. Maybe Lucius Fox?

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I think that this scene won over a lot people who previously have bashed Warner Bros and DC for casting Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. This really shows his heroics in a way that Christian Bale never would do. Just an amazing shot and bring up memories from the 9/11 attacks in New York.

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The destruction of Metropolis and the Wayne Finances tower will be one of many driving forces for Bruce Wayne to put on his Batman-suit once again after years of retirement as the Caped Crusader.

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This must be a very rundown Wayne Manor and it may also be a small reference to the Flashpoint storyline where Thomas Wayne was Batman and the Wayne Manor was rundown and the Batcave was intact and in use. This confirms that Batman hasn’t lived there for quite some time.

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Here is our first look at the Batcave and it looks very much like in the comics but less cave-like and more of an elaborate basement. And it seems to have water in it so does that mean he have a Bat-boat?

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This is an interesting shot, who sent him this Newspaper article? Some people are speculation that it is the Joker, but this means that he would know that Bruce Wayne is Batman. I’m actually thinking it’s Jason Todd aka Robin aka The Red Hood. Why i think that is because he know for a fact that Bruce Wayne is Batman and that he used a red marker to write the message. Maybe i’m over-analyzing this but it’s an interesting theory.

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There seems to be a training montage in the movie where Bruce is getting in shape to take on Superman.

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Here is our first glimpse of Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth. They seem to take a more younger approach and he maybe like the incarnation in the Graphic Novel Batman: Earth One where Alfred is an ex British Special Forces or Secret Service Agent. I like it.

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First look of the batarangs in action.

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Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor looks like a combination of Curt Kobain and the Lex Luthor from the graphic novel Superman: Birthright where he also have long hair.

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This seems to be Lex Luthor’s assistant Mercy Graves who also appeared in the animated Superman TV-series by Bruce Timm.

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The corpse of General Zod! This indicates that Lexcorp is conducting experiments with either Zods DNA or his body as a whole. Maybe they are making a mechsuit of Zod’s armor or are they making him Doomsday?

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This is our confirmation that Robin or even multiple Robins have existed in this DC Extended Universe, and i believe it actually is Jason Todd and not Dick Grayson who some people believe is killed by The Joker. And The Joker have also spraypainted on Robins suit to remind Batman of his failure. A nice nod to the Death in the Family storyarc.

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Here is our first look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in motion! She looks absolutely stunning as Diana Prince, she seems to be attending a fundraiser or a party for the more upper class.

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Bruce having a flashbacks to the day his parents got murdered? It seems like it.

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Geoffrey Dean Morgan confirmed as Thomas Wayne. He is rocking that mustache. He also played ‘The Comedian’ in Watchmen.

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Young Bruce Wayne witnessing his parents murder. Maybe Batman is talking to Superman about his motives as a crimefighter?

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This is huge, this is our first look at Wonder Woman in action on the big screen and she looks amazing as the amazonian warrior and princess. I believe she will own this role.

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This scene really intrigued me, it looks like Batman in the dessert and the wierd thing is that the ruins in the background looks very similar to the temples in Athens on Akropolis. So maybe this is Themyscira and Batman is looking for answers about Wonder Woman?

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Here it alse seems that Batman is fighting the military group that seems to fight for Superman. But this got me thinking, maybe it’s just a dreamsequence where Batman is picturing the worst case scenario? His outfit looks very reminiscent of the “Gotham by Gaslight” Batman.

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Someone or something have caused a lot of damage at Lexcorp, can it be Superman and Batman or is it something else? Maybe Doomsday?

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Kryptonite confirmed and Lex Luthor have of course gotten his hands on it.

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Batman and Superman fighting, here is Batman stomping on Superman so he is falling through a roofwindow!

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Another beautiful shot of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. I now see what Zack Snyder saw when they cast her. The question is what or who is she fighting here? Because the trailer is edited so it looks like she is battling Superman but is actually Doomsday or Lex Luthor in his mechsuit that she is getting attacked by?

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Superman getting ready to use his heat vision and the trailer is edited in a way that it looks like he is firing on Batman but he would have been killed instantly if the heat vision hit him.

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This shot gave me goosebumps because of it being a homage to the cover of Frank Millers classic The Dark Knight Returns graphic novel. Nice touch Zack Snyder!

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Another beautiful shot of Batman using his grapplegun that looks very similar to the one in the Arkham games.

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An awesome shot of Superman walking towards the crashed Batmobile in slowmotion. Zack loves his slow-mo!

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And the closing shot in the trailer, Superman rips of the doors from the Batmobile and Batman just rises from the seat and stands up against Superman. This scene gave me goosebumps of the ages!

So there you have it.

My In-depth analysis of the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Comic-Con Trailer. What did you think of it?

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016

//Markus Mattila 

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