Opening: “Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice” (3/25/2016)

The big day has finally arrived and the film “Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice” is here. Unless you have been under a rock for the last three years when this was originally announced as coming to pass, its an exciting time for fans of the superhero film since not only will two of DC Comics greatest champions go head to head, but its the beginnings of the Justice League as well along with scores of other films tying together the DC Extended Universe. Check out the poster, premise and the cast below. I’ll return with some additional thoughts at the close.

Poster - Batman V Superman Dawn Of Justice - 2016

The Plot:
Following the events after Man of Steel, Gotham City-based vigilante Batman travels to Metropolis to preemptively combat Superman, fearing what would happen if the latter is kept unchecked. Meanwhile, another threat in the form of the powerful destructive monster “Doomsday”, created from General Zod’s corpse by the young manipulative LexCorp CEO, Lex Luthor, quickly endangers humankind even more than before. In order to stop Luthor and his creation from destroying everything, Batman and Superman must put their differences and their showdown aside, and join forces with other beings like Wonder Woman to fight their real enemies.

You can examine the full cast for the film after this image which I captured last week while on the way home from the Megadeth show. It shone brightly as the Bat Signal might have over the streets of 34th and 7th Avenue.

"Who Will Win"
“Who Will Win”

The Cast:
Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Henry Cavill as Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman
Amy Adams as Lois Lane
Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor
Diane Lane as Martha Kent
Laurence Fishburne as Perry White
Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth
Holly Hunter as Finch: a United States Senator
Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman
Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves
Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg
Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman
Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash
Harry Lennix as General Swanwick
Christina Wren as Major Carrie Farris
Michael Shannon as General Zod
Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Lauren Cohan as Thomas and Martha Wayne
Robin Atkin Downes will portray Doomsday
Scoot McNairy, Callan Mulvey, Dan Amboyer, Michael Cassidy and Carla Gugino in unspecified roles
Senator Patrick Leahy will make a cameo

* Jena Malone was cast as Barbara Gordon, but her scenes were cut from the theatrical release, and instead will appear in R-rated Ultimate Edition DVD and Blu-ray.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: There have certainly been a lot of great scenes already shared in the provided trailers which I am almost certain most of you have seen by now since they are EVERYWHERE. Personally speaking, I am going into this film with a very open mind but I am hoping against hope that this is a really good film because its’ going to be the one that leads us into “Justice League” which comes out next year. As its been documented over numerous posts here and across the Interwebs, the biggest concerns were in the overall amount of cast being thrown into a film all at once and as you see in the cast this film will featured Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg in some fashion along with the other big three. It seemed as though WBP were desperate to get that “Justice League” film out to the public and that’s why almost every one of those characters will be here in the “BVS” film. Will this work or make the film sludge along? I am not trying to be biased by saying that Marvel Studios really did this properly by building upon each and every film with teaser scenes and references in other films. You watched those and you knew that other characters lived in their universe just from the inference or scene. I have yet to be disappointed by these films and I so want DC’s Universe to be something that I happily spend my hard earned cash on at the movie theater. Judging by the scenes we have gotten already this film looks to be darker than the stuff from Marvel Studios and maybe that is the Batman inclusion doing this but I don’t know. There needs to be some humor somewhere to lighten a tense mood as it should not be all grim and gritty. I’m not seeing the film until some time next week based on my heavy schedule of to do’s so the heroic effort on my end will be avoiding any spoilers from friends who might be seeing it on opening night or the posts that are already everywhere thanks to the week before opening premiere at Radio City Music Hall. I guess my invitation to that was lost in the mail. Oh well. So what do you readers think about this one? Are you excited or could you care less? Let me know in the comments section below. If you have seen it I am asking you to hold back on any comments in until a full week after the films opening. I don’t want to risk posting or even seeing any spoilers and like I said I am checking this out a few days later. I’ve actually turned OFF comment ability until I get to see it next week.

Comics - Batman V Superman Covers - 2016

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