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Zack Snyder’s Worst DC Justice League Idea Revealed

Even the great Zack Snyder isn’t infallible as arguably one of his worse ideas surrounding the DC movies comes to light in a new interview.  While discussing the Justice League HBO Max release, included in the interview with Vanity Fair is mention of an idea that got shot down by WB executives. The idea involves …

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Snyder Cut: Zack Shows Off Cyborg, Lois Lane, Martha Kent

Director Zack Snyder takes to the Vero app to release new images of Cyborg, Lois Lane and Martha Kent from his version of the Justice League movie. “Love these two,” Zack remarked about Lois and Ma Kent, played by Amy Adams and Diane Lane, respectively. As some fans questioned in the comments, it’s wondered if …

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Superman Moving In Different Direction Says Amy Adams

Amy Adams says she heard Warner Bros. is moving in a different direction with Superman, though if given the chance, she would like to stay on as Lois Lane. A quote from Amy Adams from Empire Magazine was posted to social media: Amy Adams would ‘totally be open’ to reprising her role as Lois Lane …

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Henry Cavill Shirtless In Justice League BTS Images

Cinematographer Fabian Wager has posted an additional behind-the-scenes look at the Justice League movie, which includes a shirtless look at Superman Henry Cavill. “SuperSunday… #superman #behindthescenes #sunday #cinematography #greenscreen #justiceleague #krypton #loislane #zacksnyder,” Wagner posted on Instagram. The images feature a look at Henry Cavill as Superman in front of a green screen, shirtless out …

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Amy Adams Done; DCEU Getting A Reboot

Seemingly confirming the rumors, Amy Adams says she not only thinks she is done with the DC Universe, but that it is getting a reboot. Speaking with Aquaman‘s Nicole Kidman as part of Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” interview series, Adams tells Kidman, “Welcome to the DC Universe.” Amy Adams then says, “I think I’m out …

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Amy Adams Confirms Man of Steel 2 (Video)

Back when DC first announced their DC slate of Justice League movies it was mentioned more standalone Superman movies (and Batman) are being worked on. In addition most recently saw Henry Cavill’s manager state Man of Steel 2 is in development. Now Amy Adams, while doing press with Jeremy Renner for their latest movie Arrival, confirms the …

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Watch: Arrival Full Trailer; Stars Amy Adams & Jeremy Renner

Paramount has released the full trailer for Arrival, the upcoming sci-fi movie starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner.

Arrival has a November 11, 2016 release directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Enemy, Prisoners) also starring Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark O’Brien, and Tzi Ma.

Synopsis:

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

 

New poster!! #arrivalmovie #WhyAreTheyHere trailer out today! What do you think?

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Watch: Arrival Trailer Starring Amy Adams & Jeremy Renner

Watch the trailer below for Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner’s latest movie, Arrival, which is directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Enemy, Prisoners).

Arrival has a November 11, 2016 release also starring Amy Adams, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark O’Brien, and Tzi Ma.

Synopsis:

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

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Batman Vs. Superman Amy Adams Kryptonite Spear Image

Batman Vs. Superman photographer Clay Enos released a new behind-the-scenes image from the movie featuring Amy Adams’ Lois Lane with the Kryptonite Spear.

“I think we underestimate an actor’s ability to stay focused,” Enos included with the tweet.

Interestingly enough, Zack Snyder actually mentioned the Kryptonite Spear during a Man of Steel interview when talking about the opened pod in the Kryptonian ship.

Today also sees the Batman Vs. Superman Ultimate Edition get released in select theaters, and tomorrow the digital version goes live.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is directed by Zack Snyder starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg with Callan Mulvey, Holly Hunter as Senator Finch and Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves. 

Synopsis:

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

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Batman Vs. Superman Review

Batman!(Co-starring Superman)

A Film Review of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

By Lawrence Napoli

 

Not even one day released to the American viewing public and the only headlines regarding this film revolve around poor receptions and dreadful reviews.  Ouch!  Is this film really that bad?  Are the fanboys being too critical?  Are the trolls having too much fun?  Is it being unfairly judged for not being absolutely spectacular?  I’d be lying to you if I didn’t admit just a hint of glee over this project’s initial, global reaction for a number of reasons: poor casting choices, using The Dark Knight Returns plot for introducing a Justice League cinematic universe and Batman upstaging Superman’s sequel (to list a few).  The details of this production had me shaking my head in absurdity light years beyond the casting of Mr. Mom as Tim Burton’s Batman back in 1989 so much so that its present day difficulties seem a foregone conclusion. 

Rather than rubbing salt into open wounds, this review will be more concerned with simply critiquing what we have on the screen, and it begins with this film being Batman’s movie from the very first second to its very last.  In a way, it makes sense for the story to be so Bat-centric because “this” version of the Dark Knight has not yet been established in this particular cinematic universe.  It is more than just the plot featuring Batman or its themes, framework or even the outcome that makes it so.  The feel, sound and look of this entire film are “Batman” through and through.  There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this tactic outside of the cost of sacrificing every other character and their subplots as window dressing to Batman’s mission.  As such, Superman is all but designated as a formal antagonist if the story weren’t also interested in introducing the audience to the Justice League as well as a major tease for a destined conflict against one of DC’s Ultimate Evils in subsequent films.  The fact is that this story is so much more than just Batman and Superman that it crumbles under the weight of its own lofty ambitions.  This leads to a bit of distraction and incoherence which requires the viewer to make frequent leaps of faith to traverse the plot holes. 

Then there’s the pacing of this movie which does a fine job at mimicking the overall flow and tenor of Man of Steel.  We start off pretty slow as Zack Snyder clearly makes conscious efforts at establishing intrigue.  But then, the film stays at that same tempo because we need a ton of exposition fed to us in order to appreciate what is going on thanks to advancing the plot more than a year past the destruction of Metropolis at the hands of Zod.  With little screen time left to build upon any drama or suspense, the burden falls squarely on action sequences to break things up and sometimes they get the job done.  It’s neat seeing Batman drive his car, fly his plane and beat up (and kill) bad guys.  [Yes, this Batman kills – more on that later]  Unfortunately, Batman isn’t Superman; meaning those awesome Dragonball Z live-action combat sequences from Man of Steel are nowhere to be found in this film, not even during the climactic battle against a conveniently placed plot device. 

I understand that Zack Snyder is essentially doing the same thing as the competition, but trying so desperately to differentiate by doubling down on the gravitas.  These films may not be taking place in a Chris Nolan reality, but there is no denying the tone of seriousness here.  I for one am all for making these blockbusters as poignant as any art house, indie obscurity.  However, the fun factor should not be hunted down and eradicated like some Thanagarian Snare Beast.  No one needs to tell this production staff about the importance of finding the right balance between gravity and levity so you can all be assured that the next DC film, Suicide Squad, will be layered with silliness as a counterweight, but hopefully not too much.    

Action Style

When the action happens, it is captured quite well featuring some extremely diverse Batman combat both inside and out of vehicles.  Meta-beings are relegated to flying at stuff, punching stuff and eye beams.

5/6

Action Frame

Fairly static camera setups for dialogue scenes and much more animated during combat.  Better than average.

3/5

Lead Performance

Batfleck wasn’t terrible, but he might have been if he had to “act” his own, gruff “Bat-voice” instead of relying on sound filters.  Henry Cavil is just plain solid, and I am pained that he’s totally overshadowed in this film.  Both men put in the serious wrench time at the gym for these parts.  Speaking of overshadowed: Amy Adams is superb, but did anyone really care?    

4/6

Supporting Performance

Gal Gadot has the right presence for WW, but is basically as skinny as she has been for Fast and Furious films.  Michael Shannon surpasses himself playing a cadaver of the character he played in Man of Steel.  But Jesse Eisenberg produces a whimpering, erratic shell of some character meant to be Lex Luthor – not unlike many of the characters he’s made a Hollywood career by playing.  Also, Jeremy Irons’ Alfred was WAY too sarcastic for me.

1/5

Music

The quality echoed by the iconic theme music of The Dark Knight Trilogy normally gives Hans Zimmer an A+ when it comes to music, but then I heard his theme for Wonder Woman.  Ugh!  Also, not enough Superman’s theme is featured in this film.

2/6

Sound F/X

Fake Batman voices are to be preferred to whatever Batfleck would have come up with.  Thank you audio effects.  Thank you.

3/5

“Moving” = 18/33

Digital F/X

The CGI within this film is text book for pristine excellence for a Hollywood production of this budget.  A full point is deducted for the not so inspired monster design of Doomsday being a gray, Ninja Turtle, knockoff.

5/6

Special F/X

Explosions are solid as is gunfire and bleeding effects.  Practical effects shine during the Bruce Wayne charging into Metropolis sequence.

3/5

Costumes

I wasn’t in love with Superman’s suit in the first film, but it has grown on me.  Batman’s suit is great from the neck down.  Lex Luthor’s apparel is fitting for a genius tweaker who couldn’t be bothered by the concept of “respectable attire.”

4/6

Hair & Makeup

Neither exceptional nor horribly out of place.

3/5

Exteriors

Kent farm exteriors were perfect.  Cityscapes (only slightly) less so. 

4/6

Interiors

I must say that I was impressed by this iteration of the Bat Cave.

4/5

“Picture” = 23/33

Hook

Batman sees first-hand what the damage of meta-humans can do to a city of mere Earthlings and feels mankind may need to go to war with Superman to survive. 

3/4

Conflict

So the world’s greatest detective would not have thoroughly explored all avenues, investigated all the players and exhausted every last resource before forcing a physical confrontation with a god?  If he did, he would not have been played so easily by the bad guys.

1/4

Resolution

Batman and Superman just formally met, so to witness this contrived mutual respect they suddenly upgrade to is ridiculous.

1/4

Dialogue

I sometimes hear Daredevil narration when Batman speaks.  Superman easily has the best lines if for any other reason he isn’t flapping his lips all the time.  Every line of dialogue for Luthor equates to ear rot.

3/6

Exposition

The audience gets just enough to comprehend what’s happening in this film only and absolute zero for everything that happened off screen in the time immediately after Man of Steel.  Also, these scenes aren’t blended particularly well with the action to help with the pacing.

2/5

Character Uniqueness

Superman kills.  Batman kills.  And Lex Luthor is a tool.  These are all certainly unique takes on these particular characters historically, but also demonstrates a fundamental disconnect with the cores of who they are.  If Superman kills, his principles are no longer his greatest strength.  If Batman kills, his ironclad will and excellence of execution and preparation is rusted.  If Luthor has no backbone, no level of intelligence or resources will ever make him a viable threat because above all else, he is defined by his own hubris.

1/6

Character Relatability

Amazingly enough, I relate to Superman the best in this film because despite his amazing abilities he isn’t trying to lord anything over anyone and is really just trying to do the right thing the best way he can.  I’d understand Batman’s perspective if it were based on something more than vengeance.   I have no motivation to relate to Luthor as I mentally switch him off whenever he’s onscreen.

2/5

“Story” = 13/34

Overall MPS Rating:  54/100

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is an average blockbuster.  It wasn’t atrocious, nor was it anything spectacular, but apparently that’s enough for its crucifixion.  An unfocused story combined with questionable casting and inconsistent performances demonstrate major weaknesses for perhaps one of the most hyped and anticipated film fictions of all time.  The expectations were clearly impossible to satisfy, but one film attempting to do so much in a mere 2.5 hours was all but inviting disaster.  A simpler story focusing on an introduction between Batman and Superman and how their credos differ in almost every way would have been more than enough to fill out a full time slot.  Then again, what made this plot work in The Dark Knight Returns is the fact that these two characters had a long history of conflict and disagreement that built up to a direct physical confrontation which clearly doesn’t fit in Batman v Superman.  Simply put, this was not the fiction to rip-off to launch this new generation of heroes, and that is Zack Snyder’s fault.  Taking a risk by inventing a brand new framework for licensed characters is not something indicative of a Snyder production.  His history is adaptation through emulation and that brief stint with originality gifted us all with Sucker Punch.  Need I say more?

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Batman Vs. Superman Cast Responds To Negative Reviews

Batman Vs. Superman is currently getting hammered on Rotten Tomatoes by the critics.

The film sits at only a 32%, while at the same time audiences are more positive with 78%.

I’m going to see Batman Vs. Superman tonight, so I’m going to wait until after to read some of those reviews.

That said, I tweeted this earlier:

The cast of Batman Vs. Superman also weighs in on the negative reviews. Yahoo caught up with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Zack Snyder and Amy Adams. Watch the video below for more.

Henry Cavill:

The interesting thing is that we get the critics who have their personal opinions. And the thing about personal opinions is that they always come from a place. And there’s a preconceived idea which you have to get past a critic before you start writing your article or your review, and that affects everything.

What is really going to matter, I believe, is what the audience says. Because they’re the ones who are buying tickets, they’re the ones who want to see more of this kind of story or not and so the audience’s voice is loudest and after this weekend the audience, at least partly, will have spoken.

Ben Affleck:

I agree.

Amy Adams:

I know that Zack [Snyder] doesn’t make the movies – or none of us – are making the movies for the critics. You can’t go into it with that perspective. I know we really hope the fans like it and so far the reaction has been really positive on that front.

If you’re interested in a film you should see it and form your own opinion rather than just going on the word of somebody [else].

Zack Snyder:

I’m a comic book guy and I made the movie based as much as I could on that aesthetic. And so I don’t know how else to do it 100%, so it is what it is.

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Watch: Batman Vs. Superman Red Carpet Premiere With Amy Adams

Watch footage above from the Batman Vs. Superman Red Carpet Premiere with Amy Adams.

Amy Adams talks about if Lois Lane gets in on any action; how does she play Lois now that Lois knows Clark is Superman; what role does Lois play in humanizing Kal-El; does Lois count on Superman to rescue her, working with Henry for the first time and then coming on to Batman Vs. Superman and the premiere.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has a March 25, 2016 release directed by Zack Snyder starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg with Callan Mulvey, Holly Hunter as Senator Finch and Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves. 

Synopsis:

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

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Batman Vs. Superman: Zack Snyder, Charles Roven, Amy Adams & More Sound Bite Interviews

Check out sound bite interviews below for Batman Vs. Superman featuring Zack Snyder, producer Charles Roven, producer Deborah Snyder, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Holly Hunter and Jeremy Irons.

Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot and Jesse Eisenberg can be found here.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has a March 25, 2016 release directed by Zack Snyder starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg with Callan Mulvey, Holly Hunter as Senator Finch and Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves.

Synopsis:

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

Zack Snyder:

Charles Roven:

Deborah Snyder:

Amy Adams:

Laurence Fishburne:

Jeremy Irons:

Diane Lane:

Holly Hunter:

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Watch: Batman Vs. Superman Amy Adams & Laurence Fishburne Clip

Watch a new clip for Batman vs. Superman above featuring Amy Adams and Laurence Fishburne.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has a March 25, 2016 release starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg with Callan Mulvey, Holly Hunter as Senator Finch and Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves. Justice League is to follow directed by Zack Snyder as well.

Synopsis:

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

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New Batman Vs. Superman Posters & Henry Cavill Promo Video


Batman Vs. Superman Final Trailer
 

New Batman Vs. Superman posters have hit the net featuring Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Jesse Eisenber as Lex Luthor. You can find out all about Alfred here.

New promo images and high-res versions of the new Batman Vs. Superman logo have also been released, and check out Henry Cavill in a video for the Omaze charity experience.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has a March 25, 2016 release starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg with Callan Mulvey, Holly Hunter as Senator Finch and Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves. Justice League is to follow directed by Zack Snyder as well.

Synopsis:

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

Henry Cavill video:

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