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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//Markus Mattila

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Breaking: Releasedates For Wonder Woman & Justice League: Part 1 Released!

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With DC’s impressive 30 minute special dedicated to the future of the DC Extended Universe we now have the official release dates for next year’s superhero-flicks from Warner Bros and DC Entertainment.

Wonder Woman will be released June 23, 2017 and Justice League: Part 1 will hit theaters November 17, 2017. It will be an awesome year for DC- and Comicbook-fans.

(Via Deadline)

//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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Dates for Justice League & Wonder Woman Filming Confirmed

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There have been a lot of news coming out from the big Batman v Superman-article in Empire Magazine, and we are getting more information about both Justice League: Part 1 and Wonder Woman for a planned 2017 release.

Logistically it is staggering. As Batman V Superman gains its coat of special effects, and the various stages of editing, scoring, grading and sound mixing are completed, Deborah Snyder, along with Roven, is watching over a sandbox that stretches around the world.Jenkins is in London prepping Wonder Woman, which will shoot there this autumn. Suicide Squad, already well underway in Toronto under the earthy gaze of Ayer, will shoot through to September. “I do watch the dailies,” she promises, enthusing about the film’s “street quality.” They are already doing soft prep for the Justice League, which will begin shooting in the spring, and overseeing the script for Aquaman, which James Wan will direct. – Empire Magazine

So now we know that the first Justice League movie will start shooting in the spring of 2016 and the production of Wonder Woman will start this fall.

This means that the internet will be full of leaked setphotos from the production of Wonder Woman. It’s so exciting that the DCEU now is taking shape.

//Markus Mattila

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