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)

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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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Empire Magazine Cover Reveals New Look At Jared Leto’s Joker

We are now less than a year away from the release of DC and Warner Bros adaptation of the Suicide Squad and it seems like they are starting their marketing campaign. The cover of the next issue of Empire Magazine showcases a new look at The Joker from Suicide Squad played by Jared Leto – Check it out below!

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The cane is a nice throwback to the older comics and the purple leather-coat looks very good.

What’s your opinion? Please comment down below!

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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!

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BREAKING: Seth Grahame-Smith Will Direct and Write The Flash Movie!

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AP Images/Invision

This news just broke: THR is reporting that Seth Grahame-Smith is going to direct the stand-alone Flash Movie that takes place in the DCEU:

Seth Grahame-Smith is in negotiations to direct and write The Flash, Warner Bros.’ comic book movie based on the iconic DC Entertainment scarlet speedster super hero, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

The movie project has a treatment from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the Lego Movie duo that were also eyeing it as a possible directing vehicle.

This is very interesting news and it seems like he will also write the screenplay as well.

Seth Grahame-Smith have written the novels Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter andPride and Prejudice and Zombies.

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Report: Booster Gold/Blue Beetle Team-Up Movie In The Works?

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There are reports emerging that there is a Booster Gold/Blue Beetle movie in the works over at Warner Bros. This is what Tracking-board.com has to say:

Booster Gold and Blue Beetle, two DC Comics superheros that have long been rumored to appear in either an upcoming film or TV show, are now being groomed for a team-up feature from Warner Bros. Sources exclusive to The Tracking Board can now confirm that , the force behind the successful DC comics TV seriesArrow and The Flash, will be heavily involved with this one, set to direct and executive produce.  will also executive produce, while will oversee for the studio.

In a massively different approach from Warner’s current slate, the film will team the two heroes together in what’s being pitched as a superhero buddy cop movie. Comedy is the emphasis here, which is a stark contrast to the other titles in DC’s Cinematic Universe, breaking the mold of the uber serious and grounded Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

There has been rumors and whispers for a while that something will happen with Booster Gold and Blue Beetle on the big screen. This could be a good thing for DC to blend their more dark and gritty movies like BvS and Man of Steel with more lighthearted movies like this team-up movie.

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//Markus Mattila