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Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice Official Trailer

July 12, 2015

I need to go back and rewatch Man of Steel. I was exhausted when we rented it and fell asleep half way through.

So, watching this trailer, which looks good, by the way, got me thinking about the casting of superheroes. There is a certain impossible physicality required on the part of the actors if they are going to properly, and literally “fill” the role of a DC Superhero. I don’t expect the casting to be perfect, but the Batman movies, with the exception of Christopher Nolen’s flicks, have all been utter rubbish in their matching of thespians to the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman: Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, and George Clooney? At least Christian Bale had broad shoulders. Now they have Ben Affleck, because, one assumes, there are no other men in the world who have the desire and capability to take on the role. Did you know that Ben Affleck is 6’2″? I sure didn’t. He is one of those rare men that actually looks shorter than he is. And for this viewer, he is completely typecast as….Ben Affleck. In every movie he plays, he is Ben Affleck, so his appearance is this trailer isn’t Batman, it’s poker playing, JLow lovin’ Ben Affleck (and I never even watched Gigli). I know, it’s not fair, he even played Daredevil. I should have more respect.

Then, in contrast, you have the Superman movies. Portraying the ’70s/’80s Superman, Christopher Reeve was a perfect fit. He understood all the nuances and played the dual personality role of the blameless alien messiah wonderfully. From 2001 to 2011, Tom Welling did a fine job of playing the kiddie X-Files-ish Clark Kent in Smallville. Even in the surprisingly awful Superman Returns, Brandon Routh was so appropriately cast, rumor was they needed to airbrush his groin to take away the distraction from his biceps. Most recently, for the grittier, blood-on-his-hands Man of Steel, a more realistic (i.e., not utterly boring) Superman, Henry Cavill is a perfect fit.

Ironically, in this photo, Affleck looks bigger and tougher than Cavill. So why is his screen presence so off-putting for me? Anyway, BvS looks entertaining, and if viewers are as lucky as they were with The Dark Knight, they will be challenged to consider the moral questions faced by people with power.

  1. Blankman permalink*
    July 12, 2015 11:51 pm

    Suns, you’re a bit late with the criticism of Zach Snyder’s choice of Affleck as Batman. Ha! We’ll have to wait and see Affleck’s version of Bats. Bale expressed interest in revising his role, but Snyder wanted to take it in another direction. I thought on our last visit in XBL party chat that you had no interest in Batman v Superman:DoJ? Did I hear you incorrectly?

    I’ve been quietly following Batman v Superman: DoJ ever since it was announced at SDCC two years ago. This week’s second trailer released at SDCC looks absolutely amazing. For those that don’t know why Batman would challenge Superman, it loosely follows Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns storyline. However, Miller’s story features a much older Batman & Superman. Absolutely brilliant story. You guys owe it to yourselves to read it. If you don’t want to know more about the synopsis of the upcoming film and their direct follow-ups, read no further. Spoilers ahead…

    Ok, you’ve been warned. Last chance, folks.
    Alright, in Man of Steel, Superman & General Zod’s battle resulted in many deaths due to collateral damage. Snyder wanted to use that as the main reason why Superman was forced to kill Zod. Otherwise, Zod would not have stopped in his relentless mission to kill Superman by killing those that meant the most to him- humans. Thus, diehard Superman fanboys revolted against Snyder’s treatment of Superman’s no-kill policy and slammed the film. Snyder understood that this was going to cause a great deal of controversy, but he already had Batman v Superman in the works with David Goyer (co-writer of Nolan’s Batman flicks).

    Now back to the upcoming movie. Since Superman is now viewed as a “god” because there’s no force that can stop him; statues are erected to pay homage to him and nations begin to fear/worship him. Batman understands the danger of this because he must be held responsible for the shear destruction of his battles, collateral damage, and the danger that this poses for the world. If Superman can be corrupted, the world is screwed. Supes doesn’t view himself as a vigilante even though he treats Bats as one. The hypocrisy, right? In other words, don’t tread on Gotham. Batman feels that he has to knock him down a peg to demonstrate that even Superman can bleed. He dons an armored Batsuit & other gadgets (I won’t spoil everything) to wage battle with Superman. Wonder Woman also plays a significant role in this film because a greater threat emerges (more on that in a bit). Jason Mamoa of Game of Thrones & Conan reboot will have a cameo as Aquaman. An Aquaman flick is scheduled for 2017. You can see where this is going because this film serves as the precursor to the upcoming Justice League flick.

    Now enter Lex Luthor played by Jesse Eisenberg. Luthor convinces politicians to place pressure on condemning Superman. Supes refuses to give into the powers that be because he’s above it all. Luthor’s immense wealth and intellect reanimates General Zod’s body to create Doomsday. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Doomsday, he’s the villain that killed Superman in the comics. Although Superman didn’t exactly “die,” it revamped declining comic sales for DC because it generated enormous publicity & brought forth a new generation of comic book readers. I personally think that Eisenberg is miscast as Lex Luthor. Really, the dude that played Zuckerburg in the Social Network? Come on, Snyder. Anyways, Superman “dies” in Batman v. Superman:DoJ. Batman and Wonder Woman manage to defeat Doomsday, but realize that they were overmatched. Hence, the JLA is tentatively formed to combat super-villains. This leads us to the follow-up flick, Suicide Squad, coming out shortly after BvSM:DoJ. The Suicide Squad are a bunch of super-villains that handle black ops missions deemed too difficult to handle with conventional forces. The U.S. sanctions but disavows any knowledge about the squad AKA Task Force X. What happens when you release a group of super baddies thinking that you have them on a leash? Well, since they’re villains at heart, they are hired by Lex Luthor to kill Batman since Lex believes that he’s succeeded in “killing” Supes. Jared Leto’s Joker wants in on the action because he’s Bat’s arch-nemesis, but the Suicide Squad wants nothing to do with the psycho. Batman manages to defeat the Suicide Squad because he’s well- Batman. JLA follows this film as a direct response to the emergence of super baddies. And yes, you need to re-watch Man of Steel, sleepy head.

    • July 13, 2015 1:13 am

      Thanks for the explanation. My exposure to Marvel and DC heroes and villains is limited to what has been presented in the movies. Just never got into comics.

      My objection to a Superman v Batman story is, the same that I had at the end of this trailer. Really, Batman with his gadgets is going up against Superman?! It just doesn’t make sense. Not even an mosquito challenging a human demonstrates the disparity in power/capability. So, when you say he wears a special suit, I am assuming it is made up of Kryptonite.

      The idea, however, of these heroes struggling with the question of power, collateral damage, the value of life, the greater good, that is good stuff. That makes for interesting story telling.

      Your enthusiasm prodded me to give it a second look. It looks very cool, but I still have a problem with the fundamental idea of BvS. Also, agreed about the casting of Jesse Eisenberg. Again, Smallville cast better with Michael Rosenbaum.

    • Blankman permalink*
      July 13, 2015 2:18 am

      No, the suit is not made of Kryptonite. That would be a cop out. 🙂 The entire point of BvS is the idea that even a human, a mortal, can make Superman bleed; that he can be defeated. Here’s one of the most memorable quotes from Miller’s masterpiece, “I want you to remember, Clark…in all the years to come…in your most private moments…I want you to remember…my hand…at your throat…I want…you to remember…the one man who beat you.”

      Another miscast character is Jeremy Irons as Alfred. Alfred serves as Bruce’s mentor, confidant, assistant, and the only one that can be deemed as family. I know that Snyder can’t use Michael Caine or Morgan Freeman in their respective roles as Alfred and Lucius, but come on! Jeremy Irons does nothing for me as an actor. Snyder could have used someone like Colin Firth or Mark Strong in aged make-up. Either one of those guys would have made a better choice as Alfred than Irons. Irons commands no presence at all imo.

    • Herandar permalink
      July 13, 2015 9:29 am

      Colin Firth has a more COMMANDING presence than JEREMY IRONS!?!?!! Go back to your comics, blank, because you’re wrong wrong WRONG!

      I totally forgot what I was going to post before I read that curious opinion… Oh yeah. NSFW/Kids, but totally relevant to the conversation. Enjoy.

    • Blankman permalink*
      July 13, 2015 5:58 pm

      Hey, I’m not a fan of Colin Firth at all. However, his acting in the recent flick, Kingsman: The Secret Service, changed my ‘meh’ impression of him. I’m basing my preference of him solely on that performance. If you haven’t seen that movie, you won’t understand why I mentioned him.

      Jeremy Irons just grates on my nerves in both his looks and the slurry speech that he uses. He always looks like a cancer patient or a malnourished homeless person. Irons neither plays a decent villain or a hero. Even though Die Hard 3 was plain awful, his performance as the villain was atrocious. When you absolutely can’t stand an actor, it makes it easier to dog pile on him.

    • July 13, 2015 6:36 pm

      I love Jeremy Irons with Robert DeNiro in The Mission (1986), as the Jesuit priest who gets sent down the river on a cross. And that’s it. I thought he would be my favorite actor, but I haven’t liked him in a role since. He was typecast as the priest for me.

    • July 15, 2015 6:18 am

      Sean Pertwee should be Alfred, as he is in the TV series, Gotham. He does an excellent job in the role, and the show is about as good as regular broadcast TV can provide in the Superhero realm.

  2. July 13, 2015 6:59 pm

    And Ant Man, from another Superhero Universe is getting reasonable reviews.

    • July 13, 2015 8:19 pm

      Yikes, that first vid that you put up seems like it’s chock full of losers. Never heard of that site/preview team. Ha!

    • July 13, 2015 8:38 pm

      Hey, be nice. 😉 Loser is all in the eyes of the beholder, especially when doing a 360 at a comic con. Some people think adults who read comics are losers. LOL (I don’t, but the L on the forehead means different things to different people.) For me, it is someone who deliberately tries to harm society through overt action (e.g., extortion) or free loading (e.g., livin’ off welfare when work is available and the person is capable). People running around geeking out over their favorite comic villains, and arguing whether or not Supes would, in fact, lose to The Batman, or whether or not Han Shot First, does not a loser make. LOL!

      Actually, you have heard of these guys, you just didn’t realize it was them. They are the makers of the “Honest Trailers”. Unlike Yahtzee, and Zero Punctuation, their schtick didn’t get old (at least not for me).

      Also, they have this new series, which is quite funny: “Honest Action”

    • July 13, 2015 8:52 pm

      I’ve never checked out Honest Trailers. I recall hearing you mention them before, but I didn’t recognize the name, Screen Junkies, on their shirts. “Loser” may be a bit harsh, but I mainly did it for the lawls.

    • July 13, 2015 11:40 pm

      And I lauled. Thank you! 😀

      Check out Honest Trailers when you have time, seriously, you can probably just do a random choice and it won’t be a let down. It’s good stuff. Some of them are downright hilarious.

      And to stay on topic, here is their treatment of Man of Steel

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