5/19/2016


How much does Superman really talk in the movies? There have been a lot of complaints mixed reviews about the treatment of Superman in the film Batman v Superman, but one of the biggest complaints is that Superman doesn’t act have much Superman.

First, the title to what was supposed to be a Man of Steel sequel was named Batman v Superman. Then, Zack Snyder said the movie isn’t a “direct” sequel to MoS. Finally, a rumor by Heroic Hollywood said that Warner Bros rewrote the film to put in more Batman and less Superman. Whether that rumor turned out to be true or not there is an awful lot of Batman in the flick.

One Reddit user wrote down all of Superman’s lines in the movie and came up with a surprisingly small number of lines. 43 lines of dialogue in all of Batman v Superman? Seems like a pretty small number for a two and a half-hour movie. Like a lot of people, I wondered how it compares with other Superman movies. If the average movie has 40 lines then WB actually improved on it. Did Zack Snyder give him more or fewer lines in Man of Steel? What about Christopher Reeve?

So I set out to find out. I went through every theatrical release of a Superman movie and counted the lines.

How I Counted the Lines

So it’s one thing to say “he has 100 lines of dialogue”, but what does that mean? Do you count all the sentences, words or what? I decided to use the typical screenplay format. Every time the character speaks uninterrupted that’s a line. So if Superman (or Clark Kent) says, “Hi!” or “Hello from the last Son of Krypton, champion of the oppressed and doer of good across the galaxy!” I count them the same. If he’s in the middle of a speech and someone interrupts him that counts as two lines.

What I didn’t count, and coolerthanabagofice did, is noises he makes. So if Superman only says “Hmmm” or screams I don’t count that. For consistency, I’ve dropped the number of lines from the Reddit list by one since it's just a scream.

How Often Does Superman Talk?

Something I thought about putting in, but left out, is the ratio of lines to minutes in the film. Sure Superman talks a lot in Superman II, but is it really more often than in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)? So here are the ratio of lines per minute of film.

Superman and the Mole Men (1951)
Lines: 90
58 minutes
0.6 minutes per line

Superman (1978)
Lines: 114
143 minutes
1.3 minutes per line

Superman II (1980)
Lines: 138
127 minutes
0.9 minutes per line

Superman III (1983)
Lines: 152
125 minutes
0.8 minutes per line

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Lines: 132
92 minutes
0.7 minutes per line

Superman Returns (2006)
Lines: 84
154 minutes
1.8 minutes per line

Man of Steel (2013)
Lines: 96
146 minutes
1.5 minutes per line

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Lines: 42
151 minutes
3.6 minutes per line

The main reason I didn't put it in the graphic is because all of the films except Batman v Superman give Superman about a line a minute.

What do you think of the infographic? Does it say anything about the Superman movies?

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5/16/2016

Michael B. Jordan and Erik Killmonger
Which supervillain should Michael B. Jordan play in Black Panther? Last week Hollywood Reporter ran an article that Creed director Ryan Coogler is working to reunite with his star Michael B. Jordan on Black Panther.

The report says that "it is unclear whom Jordan would play, but one source told THR that it could be a villain." Who is he playing? Marvel has no comment, but here's a list of possible villains T'Challa could face.

8. M’Baku the Man-Ape

Man-Ape
Source: Marvel Comics
First Appearance: Avengers #62 (1969)

Who is He? 
Let's face it. Having a Black man called "Man-Ape" is a tough sell. So let's just call him by his real name M’Baku. He was one of Wakanda's greatest warriors next to T’Challa. But he performed the forbidden ceremony of the White Gorilla Cult by killing and eating a sacred white gorilla. He gained superhuman strength, stamina, and reflexes. Man-Ape challenged T’Challa for control of Wakanda to ban technology and return it to its primitive ways.

Why Would He Be a Great Villain for Black Panther? His history with the Wakandan leader and his challenge for control if the country would make a great storyline for exploring Black Panthers heritage and role as a king.

7. Death Tiger

Death Tiger
Source: Marvel Comics
First Appearance: Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes II #3

Who Is He? 
No one knows who Death Tiger really is, but we do know he's a member of a Wakandan Death Cult and a skilled warrior. In fact, with his blades and clawed hands, he's equal to Black Panther in fighting skill.

At one point he was a warrior for Wakanda and we can only imagine the horrific acts he committed in the kingdom's name. Eventually, he left the African nation and became a mercenary.

Why Would He Be a Great Villain for Black Panther? 
The fact that this psycho was once used by Wakanda would be a real challenge to T'Challa's view of the country. He'd have to come face-to-face with a dark time in the country's history while defeating an enemy as powerful as he is. 

6. Killjoy

Killjoy
Source: Marvel Comics
First Appearance: Deathlok #23 (1993)

Who Is He? Killjoy is a mercenary and assassin who worked for Moses Magnum (see below) and is one of Black Panther's most lethal foes. He's a powerhouse and is skilled at numerous weapons including a set of indestructible Adamantium blades he can connect to make a double-bladed sword. He was created by the noted African-American comic book writer Dwayne McDuffie.

Why Would He Be a Great Villain for Black Panther?
The battles between Black Panther and Killjoy would be incredible. A sword fight between the Black Panther's claws and Killjoy's blades would be the greatest in Marvel movie history. It's doubtful Marvel would be able to use Adamantium since it's owned by Fox, but they could use Vibranium and it would be even better.

5. Montague Hale

First Appearance: Avengers #73 (1970)

Who Is He? Hale was the incendiary talk show host of the show “Black World" and pretended to advocate the cause of civil rights. In reality, he was working to rebuild the racist hate group Sons of the Serpent. Hale was really trying to start a race war.

Why Would He Be a Great Villain for Black Panther? This character would be extremely controversial and timely considering the "Black Lives Matter" movement. Black Panther is an African leader and it would force him to face Africa's own troubled past with racial inequality during the Apartheid era. Jordan would really have to work hard to bring this character to life, but it would be amazing.

4. Salamander K’Ruel

Salamander K’Ruel
Source: Marvel Comics
First Appearance: Jungle Action #15 (1975)

Who Is He? K'Ruel's history is shrouded in mystery, but he first shows up as one of the mercenaries hired by Eric Killmonger (see below) to overthrow the kingdom of Wakanda.

After an encounter with the massive deposit of Vibranium known as "The Great Mound" his body is covered with sharp quills and bumps which ooze a toxic substance. He's also a master archer and shoots explosive arrows.

Why Would He Be a Great Villain for Black Panther? Visually he would be the most disgusting Marvel villain ever created and it would be hard to cover the normally handsome actor in make-up. That said, he's a lethal foe and a battle between the two would be legendary.

3. Moses Magnum

Moses Magnum
Source: Marvel Comics
First Appearance: Giant-Size Spider-Man #4 (1975)

Who Is He? 
Moses Magnum has a pretty complicated past but the short version is that he's a weapons dealer and criminal mastermind who gained the ability to generate concussive force. Where it gets complicated is his past is tied into a lot of characters Marvel doesn't own or have only appeared on TV.

While he has natural toughness from mutant abilities or some other means his vibration powers come from Apocalypse which is owned by Fox. Also, Punisher and Luke Cage Man play into his history pretty heavily since they foiled his plans to use chemical weapons.

So far Marvel hasn't said Netflix characters are going to show in the movies so we can probably forget about Luke Cage too.

Why Would He Be a Great Villain for Black Panther? Besides amazing superpowers, he's also a leader of the rival African nation Canaan. So, he's a political leader like Black Panther and a masterful supervillain.


2. Achebe

Reverend Doctor Michael Ibn al-HajjSource: Marvel Comics
First Appearance: Black Panther #3 ( 1999)

Who is He? Achebe is a criminally insane villain known as the Reverend Doctor Michael Ibn al-Hajj. Some have compared Black Panther to Batman and writer co-creator Christopher Priest said the character is "the Joker to Panther's Batman". He has a love of mayhem and wants nothing but death and destruction.

We don't know much about his past but it's said that he was an African farmer from the neighboring country of Ujanka. Achebe was supposedly left for dead by rebels and returned to kill everyone involved and stabbing them exactly 32 times.

He goes on get a bunch of degrees from American Universities and lead a political uprising in Wakanda with the help of members of the US government.

Why Would He Be a Great Villain for Black Panther? His political ties, brilliant strategic planning and habit of talking to a hand puppet named Daki would make him one of the greatest villains in the Marvel universe.

1. Erik Killmonger

Erik Killmonger
Source: Marvel Comics
First appearance: Jungle Action #6 (1973)

Who Is He? Erik Killmonger was born in Wakanda as N’Jadaka and was enslaved by the assassin of T'Challa's father Ulysses Klaw. He hates T’Chaka because he thinks the former king's kindness (which he saw as weakness) led to all his problems. He hid that hatred from T'Challa growing up in New York until he was repatriated to Wakanda and tried to overthrow Black Panther as ruler of the country.

Why Would He Be a Great Villain for Black Panther? He's a match for Black Panther physically while his brilliant strategic mind makes him T'Challa's match mentally. Killmonger is the great choice for Michael B. Jordan to play and the greatest foe Black Panther has ever faced.

Black Panther (2018) stars Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa, the warrior king of the technologically advanced city of Wakanda. He's the first Black superhero in mainstream comics and the first African superhero as well. Black Panther is scheduled to be released on November 3, 2017

Which of these villains should Michael B. Jordan play
? Is there someone I missed?

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5/13/2016



Chadwick Boseman as rapper T'Challa by Darian Robbins


  1. The Flash: Kevin Smith Teases ‘Insanely Strong’ Season 2 Finale (via Screen Rant)
    Kevin Smith couldn't get any cooler if he tried
  2. First Look: DC's SUPERWOMAN And DEATHSTROKE August Solicits (via Newsarama)
    I'm really excited for the Superwoman series from Phil Jimenez
  3. Independence Day 2 Director Discusses Will Smith’s Absence (via Screen Rant)
    He dropped out because he wanted to make an After Earth trilogy?!
  4. Black Panther Is The Best Selling Comic In April 2016 As Marvel Marches On Marketshare Ahead Of DC Rebirth (via Bleeding Cool)
    As it should be. It's awesome
  5. Budget cuts to crossovers: 5 things Supergirl's move to the CW could mean (via Blastr)
    The budget of Supergirl wasn't that great to begin with...
  6. Captain America: Civil War Nearing $800 Million (via Superhero Hype)
    Cream rises to the top
  7. Producer Simon Kinberg Still Threatening to Make a ‘Fantastic Four’ Sequel (via /Film)
    Please...just stop
  8. Why Is CHLOE GRACE MORETZ Wearing CAPTAIN MARVEL’s Uniform on the Cover of GLAMOUR? (via Newsarama)
    I endorse this
  9. ABC Made a Mistake and Cancelled Marvel’s AGENT CARTER (via Geek Tyrant)
    Haley Atwell had already left to work on another show so...
  10. Lupita Nyong’o May Be Joining Black Panther as T’Challa’s Love Interest (via The Mary Sue)
    Couldn't be happier, but it'll be rough when he dumps her to marry Storm
  11. Chadwick Boseman as a Rapping Black Panther (via Twitter


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5/12/2016

Pacific Rim (2013) - Jaeger fighting Kaiju
The studio has announced that Pacific Rim 2 is moving forward with Daredevil showrunner Steven DeKnight directing and Jurassic Park 2 writer Derek Connolly working on the script.

For those who don’t know, Pacific Rim is a 2013 movie directed by Guillermo del Toro about a future world in the 2020s ravaged by giant interdimensional monsters from the ocean known as "Kaiju". To fight the creatures, an international team builds giant robots called "Jaegers" to fight them hand-to-hand. The movie follows a washed-up Jaeger pilot named Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and a rookie pilot Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) who go on one last mission to defeat the beasts once and for all.



The movie didn’t do well in the U.S. but was huge worldwide - especially in China - pulling in more than $411 million. With that kind of money a sequel was expected and in 2014 they announced the movie was happening with the working title Maelstrom due for release in August 2017. The plot has never been confirmed but rumors ranged from a prequel, a "human\Kaiju hybrid" to a sequel where Jaegers are commonplace. Everything looked good. Then the wheels came off.

Rumors swirled that the huge $190 million budget of the original along with in-fighting between the studios Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures. Finally, Legendary announced the movie was being delayed indefinitely.



del Toro still insists the movie is happening though telling reporters that two of the main characters in Pacific Rim 2 are Geiszler (Charlie Day) and Gottlieb (Burn Gorman). “Charlie Day has a great part but so does Charlie Hunnam,” del Toro said according to Hollywood Reporter, “I think that everybody or most everybody that survived is back. The rest we killed. We killed half the cast.”

The script for Pacific Rim was written by Travis Beacham and del Toro. Several drafts for the untitled Pacific Rim sequel have been written by del Toro, Zak Penn, and Jon Spaihts. It’s unknown if Derek Connolly is rewriting the script or just adapting the current one.



While I’m sad that Guillermo del Toro’s directing. It’s a pretty good team.  Derek Connolly wrote Safety Not Guaranteed, co-wrote Jurassic World and Kong: Skull Island. He also co-wrote Lupita N'yongo's sci-fi drama Intelligent Life for Dreamworks.



Plus, Guillermo del Toro isn't going anywhere. He's going to be riding in the producer's chair for the film. Today we are not canceling the apocalypse!



Via The Hollywood Reporter



Are you excited about Pacific Rim 2? Are you disappointed del Toro isn't directing?

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5/08/2016

How It Should Have Ended returns with their take on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The creators wrote: "With 3 years of hyping BvS we know this episode was a long time coming. We wanted to give you as many scenes as possible making it the most epic of all epic HISHEs in the land. We got to 8 minutes... so I hope that is enough."



How do you think BvS should have ended?

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4/19/2016

If you've seen The Force Awakens (and you should), you probably noticed Kylo Ren's lightsaber looks and sounds different than any other lightsabers we've seen before. You may be wondering why it sputters and has those two crossguard beams coming out of the sides. Here's the answer, thanks to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary.

It goes back to the Knights of Ren, the group who (apparently) lured Kylo to the dark side. While they haven't been fully explained, the key to remember is that they are not members of the Sith. In the new universe, the Sith no longer exist. That's because when Darth Vader killed Emperor Palpatine, the only Sith in the universe died, and took their knowledge with them. The Knights of Ren have to find their own path.

That means there was no one left to teach Kylo Ren how to make his own lightsaber. He basically guessed at how to make one, and did a lousy job. But the biggest problem is the crystal. It's a tradition to teach new students of the Force (for Sith and Jedi) where to get the secret locations of Kyber crystals, which power lightsabers. Without a guide for pure crystals, Kylo had to make do with a cracked crystal. But the crystal produces so much leaking energy that he had to put vents on the side to keep the lightsaber from exploding in his hand. That's where his so-called "crossguard" beams come from.

That's also why Kylo was so desperate to get his hands on Luke's lightsaber. He wants a real lightsaber, since he knows he can't make one on his own.

What did you think of Kylo Ren's lightsaber?

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4/05/2016


Erik Bauersfeld, who performed the original voice of Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, died on Sunday April 3, 2015. He was 93. According to Hollywood Reporter:
He also voiced Jabba the Hutt's staffer Bib Fortuna in the same film. He returned to voice Ackbar in last year's J.J. Abrams-directed blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Bauersfeld's other roles include voice work in last year's Guillermo Del Toro film Crimson Peak and Steven Spielberg's 2001 film A.I. Artificial Intelligence
"The voice work I did in movies was accidental," wrote Bauersfeld on the website for his non-profit, Bay Area Radio Drama. "I was working with Randy Thom on radio dramas at his technical quarters at Lucasfilm. One day Ben Burtt, sound designer for Star Wars, came by and asked if I would audition for a voice in the movie." 
He is also credited with voiceover work for the Ackbar character in Star Wars: X-Wing, a 1993 flight simulator video game. 
I have to say this is especially sad for me, because I have a special fondness for Admiral Ackbar. He's one of my all-time favorite Star Wars characters. Yes, because of his iconic cry of "It's a trap," but also because he's such a unique character. He looks kind of silly with the head of a squid, but has such a gruff and commanding voice. When he did a cameo in Force Awakens, I almost cheered, knowing he was still alive in the new universe. Even if they replace his voice, it won't be the same.

Join me in remembering him with this selection of posts we've done on our favorite Mon Calamari:
Also check out this great interview with Bauersfeld about his role in the movie, and his thoughts on the character.

And, to me, the ultimate tribute came from Adult Swim's Robot Chicken with Admiral Ackbar Cereal...


Happy trails, Mister Bauersfeld. We couldn't repel greatness of your magnitude.

What did you think of Admiral Ackbar?

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3/28/2016

Batman v Superman (2016) - Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) [Source: Warner Bros Pictures]
As you could easily tell from my brother Maurice's post 10 Worst Parts of "Batman v Superman", he didn't care for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In fact, a majority of critics agree with him. However, I'm one of the few (along with the moviegoing public that made it a huge success) that liked it. It wasn't perfect, but it had a lot of great and satisfying moments. Here are some of my favorites. And if you haven't seen it...


1. Lex Luthor - Many have said they found Lex Luthor weird, twitchy, babbling, and just plain annoying. To which I say, that's exactly why I liked him. Lex has pretty much always been presented the same way: arrogant, confident, imposing, and self-controlled. I thought Jesse Eisenberg's Lex broke the mold in the same way Heath Ledger's Joker did. I found myself thinking, "Yes, Lex in Batman v Superman acts crazy. Because he is crazy. He's a mad scientist." Anyone who would think it would be a good idea to create an unstoppable alien monster to kill Superman would have to have a few screws loose. It also made Lex unpredictable, which I found scarier.

2. Batman - Many feared that Ben Affleck would be a disaster as Batman. I thought he did a good job. He wasn't perfect. He didn't disappear into the role the way Christian Bale did, playing Wayne more as Ben Affleck in a Batsuit. But he was just as imposing and powerful and strong. He had an aged gravitas, like a man of power, but with the weariness of a man who faced decades of brutal supervillains. The moment when he single-handedly took on a band of soldiers to rescue Martha Kent, and when he faced off against Superman truly delivered.

3. The Justice League - With the subtitle Dawn of Justice, we knew this movie would set up the Justice League. But how? Going in, I wondered how they were going to work in so many characters. Would tossing in the Flash and Aquaman leave the movie a Spiderman 3-level disaster of tangled plotlines and undeveloped characters? The scene where Diana Prince views video clips of the other heroes was understated, but effective in teasing the way they would be presented in later movies. There wasn't enough Wonder Woman, but that's okay. She'll have her own movie in 2017.

4. The Easter Eggs - If there's one thing comic book fans love, it's Easter eggs, those small little details that reference other comic books. And BvS had a ton of them. To list them all would take too long, but I loved the moment when Batman clung to a wall while lightning crashed behind him referenced The Dark Knight Returns. And I almost squealed like a little girl when I recognized uber-villain Darkseid's winged parademons in Wayne's vision of a dystopian future.

5. The Philosophy - In a popcorn movie blockbuster, you don't expect things to get too heavy. But BvS did. The movie grappled with philosophical questions about power and the role of superheroes in ways never before seen in movies. Even Watchmen, arguably the granddaddy of all superhero deconstruction movies, never tapped into it the way BvS did. When Superman's statue is painted "false god," when people literally kneel and bow to Superman as he goes by, we can see how the world is struggling with his image. The government fears him and his power, holding hearings on how to control him. And Superman stands above it all, uncomfortable with being deified. Batman and Lex see his power as a threat in ways that we can't really argue with. The only problem is that the movie raised the questions without answering them one way or the other.

6. The Fight - With all the somewhat valid complaints, I still enjoyed the actual fight between Batman and Superman. Because it was awesome. When Batman unleashed gun turrets on Superman, and Superman ripped the doors of the Batmobile, it really led up to the excitement. Seeing the two of them pounding each other, Batman spraying Superman with kryptonite and sucker punching him, Superman hurling Batman through walls and ceilings, it all paid off. I loved every second of it, and that's really all I came to see. Everything else was just gravy.

7. The Ending - [LAST SPOILER WARNING] And now Superman is dead. I wasn't sure if they would do that, but thought they might by bringing in Doomsday, who killed Superman in the comics. The scenes that followed with funerals for Clark Kent and Superman perfectly captured the grief of a world without him. Okay, I didn't cry, but some people in the audience I saw it with did. It was a gutsy move, as tough as Superman killing Zod in Man of Steel. It also perfectly sets up the Justice League. With Superman around, you don't really need Aquaman. Without Superman, other heroes will have to step up to fill the power vacuum, especially if Darkseid really is the villain in the next movie.

What did you like or dislike about Batman v Superman?

Update: The original version listed 5. The final version is 7.

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Watchmen (2009) - Night Owl (Patrick Wilson) and Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan)
You'll never believe the movie cameos you didn't notice in Batman v Superman. The movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is full of big name stars like Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot. But hidden among the actors that got first billing are some actors that didn't get the spotlight.

The movie that everyone is comparing Batman v Superman to is Zack Snyder's Watchmen (2009). He's especially proud of it and brought some of the actors from the movie into this film. You probably noticed the first one but you never saw the others.

Warning: Spoilers for Batman v Superman

1. Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Batman v Superman (2016) - Thomas Wayne (Jeffrey Dean Morgan)
Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays the amoral superhero Edward Blake AKA Comedian in Watchmen. In Batman v Superman he plays Bruce Wayne's father Thomas Wayne. Morgan has been coy about whether he has a cameo in the movie.

When asked on Jimmy Kimmel Live whether the leaked painting of Thomas Wayne was him he only said, "It looks a lot like me, Man."

2. Carla Gugino

Man of Steel (2013) - Jor-El (Russell Crowe)
In Watchmen Carlo Gugino plays the feminist superhero Sally Jupiter AKA Silk Spectre. You couldn't miss her in her slinky outfit, but you probably didn't see her in Man of Steel. She does the voice of the Kryptonian robot Kelor.

When asked by a fan on Twitter if she's in Batman v Superman she said, "You might hear me in it if you listen carefully." She reprises her role as the computer that welcomes Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) to the Kryptonian Scout Ship in Batman v Superman.

3. Damon Caro
Damon Caro
Damon Caro was the fight choreographer / stunt coordinator on Watchmen and the second unit director on Man of Steel. Caro also has a cameo in the movie as a U.S. Soldier.

Caro is a second unit director on Batman v Superman and carries on the tradition of having a cameo. He plays an F-18 Pilot.

4. Patrick Wilson

Watchmen (2009) - Night Owl (Patrick Wilson)
Patrick Wilson plays the retired superhero Dan Dreiberg AKA Nite Owl. Created by Alan Moore, he's basically Batman with a cache of devices all themed around owls. In Batman v Superman Patrick Wilson does the voice of the President of the United States. He's responsible for the nuclear strike against Doomsday.

Back when they were casting Man of Steel he said that he'd like to play SupermanBack when they were casting Man of Steel he said that he'd like to play Superman, but that never happened. At least he got to play a small role in a Superman movie.

5. Tiffany Burns

Watchmen (2009) - Tiffany Burns
Tiffany Burns plays news reporter "Tiffany Burns" of Channel 3 News in Watchmen. She's the one that says "knot tops" killed The Comedian. It sends Night Owl on a rampage. In Batman v Superman Tiffany Burns plays an unnamed "Citizen".

So, when you watch Batman v Superman again, keep your eyes peeled for these cameos. You never know who's going to show up next!

Did you notice these cameos in Batman v Superman? Who had your favorite cameo in the movie?

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3/25/2016

Batman v Superman (2016) - Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) [Source: Warner Bros Pictures]
I'm going to start off by saying that if you're dying to see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice then go see it. If you're planning to see Batman v Superman at all, then go see it in the theater. Watching it at home without a 70" big screen and a thundering sound system will be disappointing. I'm not recommending the movie, but I'm not telling you to skip it.

I saw this movie at a special preview screening on Monday (thanks, Dr. Pepper!) and I was sorely disappointed. Since then I spent a week trying to figure out how to write a review that doesn't give away any spoilers, but it's impossible to explain why it's bad without examples, so this is a spoilery (but not completely spoiling) movie review. If you want to avoid the spoilers then just read the brief review at the beginning.

Brief Review

Batman v Superman has amazing visuals and not much else. It's an overly complicated, poorly acted and discordant mess with amazing action scenes and little character development. As a comic book fan, I'm saddened over the mismanagement of my favorite comic book characters. As a movie lover, I'm furious that the studio lazily pushed out a movie that makes no attempt to rise above the medium. That said, if you want the full breakdown then here we go.

Warning: Spoilers for Batman v Superman

The Breakdown

1. Lex Luthor

Batman v Superman (2016) - Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg[Source: Warner Bros Pictures]
When they cast Jesse Eisenberg everyone imagined him from The Social Network and cried "foul", but in fact, his performance is worse than Zuckerberg. He's performance is a stream of twitching and facial tics. Lex Luthor is supposed to be a criminal mastermind and a genius, but Eisenberg makes him into a walking joke.

 Eisenberg said he wanted to give Luthor "a kind of manic intensity", but he went too far with the manic and not enough intensity. In one scene he's giving a speech and stops to mumble incoherently before admitting he forgot what he was saying. This Luthor is an idiot with a love of Jolly Ranchers and a smarmy grin.

2. Lex Luthor's "Genius"

Luthor is supposed to be a genius, but this movie makes him impossibly smart and dumb. He's smart enough to figure out how to break into the Kryptonian Scout Ship when an army of scientists couldn't figure it out. How? By wearing the skin of Zod's (Michael Shannon) fingers which is ridiculous in itself. A technology that's light years ahead of ours can be fooled that easily?

So he's impossibly smart. But he's not smart enough to lock his server room or keep the network cables out of reach? No. Luthor keeps his critical data servers in a glass room a few steps from his living room.

3. Lex Luthor's Hair

In the comics, Lex Luthor starts out with a head full of curly red hair. Jesse Eisenberg's Luthor is bald by the end of the movie, but that's only because he has his head shaved. It feels tacked on. Eisenberg said it's the "greatest scene I've ever done" and I have no idea why.

4. Batman's Guns

Batman v Superman (2016) - Batman (Ben Affleck) [Source: Warner Bros Pictures]
Ben Affleck is OK, but he's just OK. He's not the worst Batman (George Clooney) but not the best. The movie lost me the minute they showed Batman racing down the street dragging a car and flipping it on top of a group of his enemies. Time and again they show Batman mowing people down with high-caliber machine guns.

The Nolan films went to great lengths to keep Batman from being an intentional murderer, but this movie shows a shocking lack of understanding about Batman. He hates guns because they killed his parents. It's true he had guns in movies before, but Batman has never been a mass murderer.

5. Batman's Paranoid

Batman is a genius and a brilliant strategist, but this movie also makes him a paranoid lunatic.  After the Battle in Metropolis, he decides to kill Superman (Henry Cavill). Why? Because there's literally a one percent chance that he could destroy the world. That kind of thinking makes no sense.

With that logic, Batman should be killing everyone who even thinks of holding a gun. But that's his motivation throughout the movie. That's why he spends hours working out, building elaborate traps and a super-suit. It makes no sense and is against everything that Batman has ever stood for.

6. Superman's Sad

Batman v Superman (2016) - Superman (Henry Cavill
Obviously, I'm a huge Superman fan and this movie does a good job of showing his humanity. But it also makes huge mistakes in his portrayal. Superman is dour and sad most of the time which is far from his optimistic viewpoint.

7. Superman's X-Ray Vision

Besides Superman's attitude, the movie takes away some of his core powers.

Superman used x-ray vision in the last movie, but he never uses it here. This is mainly because there are two huge plot points that depend on him not seeing things. First, when a terrorist attack happens. Then, when he fights Batman.

If Superman had used his x-ray vision once or twice the fight would have been over. At least, in Superman (1978) Luthor was smart enough to hide his plans in a lead box. Batman has everything laid out like a buffet for Superman.

8. Superman's Reason for Fighting Batman

Obviously in a movie like this Superman and Batman have to fight. But the biggest unforgivable sin is when Luthor forces him to kill Batman.

Without spoiling it, his motivation makes no sense. Sure he killed Zod in Man of Steel but that was because he was saving innocent people. There's no reason Superman would kill someone just because someone else is threatened.

9. Batman v Superman Isn't "Fun"

Batman v Superman (2016) - Superman (Henry Cavill) and Batman (Ben Affleck[Source: Warner Bros Pictures]
Batman v Superman should be fun. Greg Silverman, president of creative development and worldwide production at Warner said humor "is an important part" of the movie. The movie doesn't have to be fun in a smarmy jokey way like some Marvel movies. But any blockbuster needs to be enjoyable to sit through. That's what makes you go back to the theater to watch it again.

All great blockbusters have that. For example, Jaws is all about death but you still enjoy the experience. Batman v Superman isn't like that. The movie doesn't need a string of one-liners, but you need to walk out of the theater enjoying the experience.

Plus, the movie is trying to be fun. There are jokes that don't work and emotional moments that aren't earned. The "Is she with you" joke is poorly timed and falls flat. No one in the theater laughed once.

The movie doesn't make likable characters, so there's no joy when they succeed and no pain when they fail. Watching two people hit each other only matters when you care about them.

10. Batman v Superman Has No Surprises

Batman v Superman (2016)
The movie has plot twists, but nothing worth waiting for. When I saw the movie Zack Snyder appears in an opening clip begging the audience not to spoil anything. I'm not sure why.

The plot of the movie is completely told if you watch the trailers. Batman sees his friends die in the attack. Superman is saving the world and hated for it. Luthor has Kryptonite. Batman decides to fight Superman. Doomsday shows up. The Justice League make brief cameos and Wonder Woman swoops in to save the day. Doomsday battles the trio. The end. It's all in the trailers. There are some minor twists, but nothing ground-breaking.

A movie like The Sixth Sense has a genuine plot twist. A movie like Batman v Superman does not. There is one twist in the end that had people bawling in the theaters. But it's the same thing that happened in the biggest comic book storyline in the history of comic books. The thing that happened decades ago and covered by all the major news outlets across the country for a year. It's what happens when Superman fights Doomsday in the comics.

Where's the surprise? Only if you know nothing about the history of Superman in the comic books. So, if you're a comic book fan it's not a plot twist. If you're not then it's shocking, sad, and surprising. But after fifteen minutes the moment is gone.

In the end, Batman v Superman is everything you're looking for in a movie with a fight between Batman and Superman and not much else.

What do you think of Batman v Superman? Are you planning to watch it?

About the Author: Maurice Mitchell
I'm an avid science fiction fan, former professional graphic designer and certified blerd. After the death of my Star Wars action figures, I use my powers for good and not for evil.

Visit my Superman site on http://superman.about.com and my concept art blog: http://filmsketchr.blogspot.com

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