It sure is a busy day for the fans of the live-action comic book presentations as not only has Netflix begun streaming “The Punisher” but today is the day that the DC Extended Universe goes “All In” as Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg stand united as The Justice League against a common worldwide threat. Yes my friends, the long awaited “Justice League” film opens up today in theaters everywhere and comes care of Warner Brothers Pictures. Below you’ll find the theatrical poster along with premise and casting. I’ll add some additional thoughts afterwards.
The Synopsis: Months after the events of Batman v Superman and inspired by Superman’s sacrifice for humanity, Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince assemble a team of metahumans – The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg – to face the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and the Parademons who are on the hunt for three Mother Boxes on Earth.
Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Henry Cavill as Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman
Amy Adams as Lois Lane
Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman
Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman
Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/Flash
Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg
Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko
Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor
Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth
Diane Lane as Martha Kent
Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta
J. K. Simmons as James Gordon
Ciarán Hinds will appear as Steppenwolf
Amber Heard as Mera
Kiersey Clemons as Iris West
Julian Lewis Jones as undisclosed
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Even though I greatly enjoyed the trailer than was revealed during NYCC, I am a little bit on the fence about this one. It has too much of the video game look that I hated about the action sequences in “Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice” and we all know full-well how that film has been received at this point. Now, the DCEU found great success with the “Wonder Woman” film earlier this year so can “Justice League” work from that momentum? I am certainly hoping so because I’d love for them to continue to build upon this universe as opposed to letting it all go. The timing of the film will not let me see it during the opening weekend and probably not until the middle of the following week so if you see it right away please don’t post any spoilers in the comments. Feel free to let us know if you had a positive or negative opinion only because that is fine. I’ll likely do a spoiler free review a few days after I finally see the film. That’s all I have for now so tell me, are you excited for “Justice League” or are you giving it a pass.
Okay readers, so this one I am rushing to get to your attention because “Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice” opened only a few days ago and its being met with a whole lot of negativity if you can believe that. Since we love these super-hero films here at the PiercingMetal Command HQ, I wanted to give you the low down and would be checking this one out at the Regal Cinema in Union Square. This is the same place that Skeleton Pete and I caught “Deadpool” a few weeks ago and he’d be joining me for this one as well. Here we go.
“Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice” continues the building of what is now being called the DC Extended Universe. If that confuses you just remember what Marvel is doing with all of their films and how they are connecting and building a cohesive universe for the sake of better story-telling. We’ve had Batman and Superman films up the wazoo for many years but now this is all going in a single direction. Here is the plot of the feature in the event you were not up on it 100%.
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.
As the film began I wondered just how much the trailers managed to ruin since there were quite a few of them and each got longer and seemed to show more and more of what I view as “the cool parts”. For instance, the long Batman scene where he is fighting a cadre of hoodlums. Clearly this is central to the overall plot so I was surprised to see it in full well before sitting here in the theater munching on some over-priced popcorn. Since I think every comics fan knows how Batman began and his endless quest after the murder of his parents in a dark alley one foreboding night I don’t think I am spoiling anything by saying that we get a short glimpse of that. Our Batman in the film is played by Ben Affleck who a lot of my friends were really reticent about but I wanted to give him a chance even if he did prevent a second “Daredevil” film from being made some years ago. We shift over to a long desert scene and some antics of Lois Lane (Amy Adams) who needs to be rescued by Superman as usual. The actions of the big boy scout are put under scrutiny and this gives us a morose and rather brooding unconfident Supes. That made no sense to me. Our Batman in the film is older and more seasoned and hence also a lot less trusting and more cynical.
Eventually they meet out of costume which you also saw in a trailer and we meet Luthor who in my honest opinion was more like The Joker based on his actions and attitude. This is not the Luthor I grew up reading about in the comics. The meeting event also gives us a first glimpse at Diana (played by Gal Gadot). It’s here that we get more and more and more backstory before any additional action takes place. There is a great chase scene with Batman and we saw part of that in the trailers where he is threatened by Superman. The bottom line is that Batman thinks that Superman is not too good for mankind and he wants to stop him. Eventually the heroes fight based on a misunderstanding and the machinations of Lex Luthor who has gained access to the Kryptonian stuff from the previous “Man Of Steel” film and believe it or not there were even glimpses of these scenes in the trailers so I don’t feel as though I am spoiling anything yet.
This battle brings us to the even bigger battle with a creature that proves to be Doomsday but he is not exactly the Doomsday we knew from the comics series and he is great at causing a ruckus and putting all of our heroes to the test. Do they beat him? Well, this is where I would risk spoiling the plot and outcome but I will say that I was not expecting the direction that they would take this film when it all came down to it. They are leading us to a big screen presentation of “The Justice League” and of course a solo “Wonder Woman” film and while this slam bang ending was all over I was shaking my head a little bit. The action was fast paced and furious and loaded with explosions (but you saw that in commercials) but when it came down to it a lot of this felt like I was watching a video game play out. There didn’t feel to be a natural flow in anything. I like Cavill as Superman but I didn’t like Superman much in this film. I loved Batman and didn’t think I was going to and Wonder Woman did some ass-kicking but there is so much more to her that I felt audiences were cheated out of. Standout performance by Laurence Fishburne as Perry White and while Jesse Eisenberg excelled in the performance he was doing, I absolutely hated without a second of hesitation the Luthor that he was. Perhaps director Zak Snyder needs to read a few more of the classic tales before he leaves people upset about the Justice League film.
When I spoke to friends later about the film and they asked what I thought I simply replied how I would see “Deadpool” again and that confused them a little. If you are only planning on seeing this for the sake of continuity then I say okay but I think it will still leave you a little empty and very, very tired. This film is almost three hours long and it could have been shaved by about 45 minutes. Doing so would have eliminated a few unnecessary side plot points and brought us to the action faster. Action is what people want to see in a film called “Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice” after all. I’m rating this a 3/5 to be nice but it’s closer to a 2.5 since the bad or boring points outweighed the positives for sure.
Official Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman_v_Superman%3A_Dawn_of_Justice
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.
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. Continue reading Opening: “Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice” (3/25/2016)→
Queue dramatic music………….sound the trumpets and hit that big tympani drum for the title will be…….“Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice” – I just read this on Superherohype.com and had to share it with you all because I’ve been discussing this upcoming presentation on the blog. So what do you readers think? Does it work for you? Let’s examine.
So we already have learned that “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” will star Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman (just as he did with “Man Of Steel” along with Ben Affleck as BruceWayne/Batman, and Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. We’ll also get Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from the “Man of Steel” film portraying the roles of Lois Lane, Perry White and Ma Kent. Jesse Eisenberg will be Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Callen Mulvey, Tao Okamoto (The Wolverine) and Holly Hunter in roles that have been newly created for the film and not disclosed at the time of this writing. They did cast Ray Fisher as Victor Stone and if you have read any Teen Titans over the last dozen years you know exactly who this is. With the title and some of the castings this is obviously going to be a direct lead in to the proposed “Justice League” film that WB has been clamoring for ever since “Marvel’s The Avengers” took home so much $$$. It’s not going to be easy and especially if they are rushing to do it.
I’ve already lined out disappointment in the choice of Ben Affleck as Batman and honestly even though I like him as an actor, do not think we need to keep revisiting Luthor in almost every case of Superman on the big screen. Come on Hollywood, the Big Blue Boy Scout has such powerful and intergalactic of scale enemies at times. Use one of them. The title makes it obvious that our heroes meet and then throttle each other and somewhere along these happenings we meet Wonder Woman. Okay. I am willing to give it a chance. Please Hollywood, make this one good because Marvel has not put out a bomb yet and is way ahead of you in terms of defining their universe on the big screen. What do you readers think of the title? Fans can follow along with the new developments on this film via its official website and its Wiki which I have linked for you below.
Since Batman will go head to head with Superman I decided to embed some links to classic “World’s Finest” tomes since those were some great stories that showcased these heroes cameraderie. See you next time.
“Look up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!!!! Yes its Superman, strange visitor from another planet who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Superman; who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel with his bare hands, and who, disguised as Clark Kent mild-mannered reporter for a great Metropolitan newspaper fights for Truth, Justice and the American Way.”