With all the hype surrounding Batman V Superman: The Dawn of Justice, one very poignant factoid is that Warner and DC decided that Easter Weekend would be the “perfect” time for this violent (based on trailers) portrait of DC’s two greatest heroes. Easter Weekend seems like a bad timeslot for a potential blockbuster.
A great number of people are engaged in various festivities both secular and religious. The hunt for hidden eggs and assorted activities are the elements of the first weekend of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
It is understandable that the powers at Warner Bros. did not want to go against Marvel’s onslaught of Captain America: Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse in the crucial month of May. Does this reveal a sense of intimidation or a very clever marketing strategy which could set the tone for future releases?
Batman vs Superman has had its share of questions over the last year from the fans of comic lore, reviewers, as well as devotees. Based on the trailers The Batman is definitely a different incarnation than the Dark Knight Trilogy or the previous Batman movies.
He’s older and more hostile and very violent, especially when he rams Superman with the Batmobile. Those who wrote, directed and produced this version probably have good reasons for this version of this middle-aged Gotham Knight.
However, based on his age, he definitely has the moves. Taking out a whole host of bad guys in the “final trailer” is a tribute to the Caped Crusader’s legacy. In many ways this film is about The Batman in this new persona.
Violence has become a thirst in our society; perhaps, it is a sign of the times. Many would like to be The Batman of this film to mete out justice to those who should be dealt with speedily without bothering with a courtroom or lawyers.
Every evening newscast depicts a society living on the edge of sanity. Fear grips many because of the massing forces who seem invincible.
So there is a hunger created—a need for superheroes to vanquish the disruptors of society or of our own lives. The world is a scary place.
No one knows where the next violent incident will rear its ugly persona. Unlike an actor the wake it leaves behind is always sadness and grief.
Going back to the film, it seems like a busy film with a number of characters being tossed into the mix. A good martini is a perfection of ingredient ratios, but this film seems to be a concoction dreamed up by the mixologist Joker with too many extra ingredients. As any good bartender knows, this can muddle the contents of the glass.
Perhaps Wonder Woman will be the calming influence to get the two testosterone-charged boys to play nice with each other. Of course, based on the comics both of these guys have a thing for the lovely Amazon Princess.
In one of the trailers Bruce Wayne seems to be attempting to add Diana Prince to his amorous wall of conquests:
“I’ve known a few women like you,” he says in an intimate fashion to her.
Her coy response:
“I don’t think you’ve ever known a woman like me.”
Wonder Woman has always served as a bastion for the liberated woman.
“Wonder Woman was the creation of Dr. William Moulton Marston who based her on two of the women in his life, his wife Elizabeth Holloway and his administrative assistant Olive Byrne. He wanted to give the girls a role model who was as brave, strong, and intelligent. Her beauty and skills would rival those of Superman.”
We all know Batman and Superman will become allies against the cosmic forces that arise in this film. However, an alliance based on mutual defense can unravel down the road once the threats have been neutralized.
The USA and the Soviet Union after World War II are excellent examples of an alliance which deteriorated into the nightmare of the Cold War. Imagine what the world would be today if after the war these superpowers had continued to make this world a better place for all humans.
Will Batman V Superman: The Dawn of Justice be the ticket that Warner and DC are hoping for to launch a nuclear strike against the Marvel Universe domination of the box office? Only time and receipts on the cinematic screens and eventually the small screens will tell if a March gamble is a winning hand or will Warner and DC share the fate of Archie Karas?
Drew McWeeny of HitFix believes that the film needs to make a billion dollars in order to be a success. It is coming in under the shadow of Marvel’s R-rated Deadpool which is filling studio coffers like Jack Sparrow’s gold doubloons.
However, Warner and DC buried treasure map may have their latitude and longitude off the magical X on the cinematic beaches. By the middle of April the fates will have decided if tears are running down the cheeks of Warner Bros. and DC—be they sad or joyful tears.
Treasure Island’s Long John Silver:
“And then, all of a sudden, he stopped, and his jaw dropped as though he had remembered something.
“The score!” he burst out. “Three goes o’ rum! Why, shiver my timbers, if I hadn’t forgotten my score!”
And, falling on a bench, he laughed until the tears ran down his cheeks. I could not help joining; and we laughed together, peal after peal, until the tavern rang again.”
G. D. Williams © 2016
Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros. will debut the hugely anticipated “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” on March 25. It will mark the first time the studio has opened a major superhero film outside of the May-to-August period since “Supergirl” in 1984.
Domestic Total Gross: $14,296,438
Release Date:November 21, 1984
Genre: Action / Adventure Runtime: 2 hrs. 5 min.
MPAA Rating: PG
Production Budget: N/A
Box Office Mojo
January 1, 1984
The appearance of “Supergirl,” so soon after “Superman III,” is an indication that the producers of the “Superman” movies have forgotten, if they ever consciously knew it, the real secret of the movies. We do not go to “Superman” and “Supergirl” movies to laugh condescendingly at the characters (which is what the writers, directors, and even some of the actors have started to do). We go to recapture some of the lost innocence of the whole notion of superheroes. The gift of Christopher Reeve, in his best scenes and when the filmmakers allow it, is to play Superman without laughing, to take him seriously so that we can have some innocent escapist fun. Helen Slater has the same gift, but is given even less chance to exercise it in “Supergirl,” and the result is an unhappy, unfunny, unexciting movie. Why even go to the trouble of making a movie that feels like it’s laughing at itself?
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As far as DC’s future slate is concerned, McWeeny believes a lackluster critical and box-office reception would push back the Justice League starting date. He would be “equally surprised” if Zack Snyder gets rehired to help the project. McWeeny guesses Justice League will falter under a failed “springboard,” and Warner Bros. will likely hop into a new Batman project to “rebuild” the fan base and win back some geek cred.
All of this sounds like a doom-and-gloom proposition, but that seems almost fitting after those darkened trailers that one can barely see. So, will Dawn of Justice be a massive clunker of a comic book movie?
Will this guy have the final laugh in 2016?