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5 Things You Deserved to See in the Batman V Superman Trailer 4

5 Things You Deserved to See in the Batman V Superman Trailer

The Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer leaked Thursday night. It felt like decades have gone by since the initial announcement of Batman V Superman at San Diego Comic-con in 2013. They stole the show with just the logo, and the reciting of the most recognizable quote from The Dark Knight Returns book by Frank Miller, and this was the same show that Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron was revealed. No one expected right on the heels of Man of Steel that Batman and Superman would face off for the first time ever on the big screen.

With several outlets reporting it would be showcased in previous Warner Bros. films like the Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Jupiter Ascending to the May release of Mad Max being all wrong, fans were starting to wonder when they would see more.

Now with the trailer out there, here’s what we all deserved to see versus what we got.

5) THE AFTERMATH OF METROPOLIS
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Man of Steel left many questioning the son of Krypton’s morality because of the amount of damage inflicted to the city. Although not all the destruction was his fault, the world will blame Superman because he’s the only one they can. It’s possible that in order to look good in the public eye, billionaire Lex Luthor will work with Bruce Wayne to repair the city. In tandem with that, he may start campaigns that explicitly state, “We can’t trust the alien.” How Superman proves himself to not be the destroyer of worlds like his people will be one of the most interesting aspects of the film.

Reality: The trailer starts off with the government debating if the very existence of Superman is a good thing. They’re giving the Man of Steel two options, either bow to the will of the government or be discharged from the planet earth.

4) A TEASE OF THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE LEAGUE

One of the biggest criticisms of this film is how Synder plans to juggle the other members of the league while introducing Batman into the fold. It can be as simple as showing S.T.A.R. Labs or them appearing on security cameras in the Batcave as Batman keeps a watchful eye on what he may perceive as potential threats to the world. Probably planning a contingency plan while he’s at it. Synder is no stranger in planting Easter eggs. Man of Steel was filled with them that suggested Booster Gold and Aquaman exist in the universe.

Reality: The trailer doesn’t focus on any other members of the Justice League besides Superman and Batman. The focus however is on Superman and how the world views him.

3) LEX LUTHOR PORTAYAL
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Everyone wanted Bryan “Heisenberg” Cranston, (Breaking Bad) before it was announced that Jesse Eisenberg would receive the roll of the cunning yet evil mastermind Lex Luthor. It would appear the bald-headed power-hungry billionaire will be the movie’s main antagonist despite whispers of Doomsday making an appearance. He has a lot of resources at his disposal that could spell trouble for Superman. Fans have been skeptical that Eisenberg could intimidate the Man of Tomorrow. This trailer needs to prove otherwise if this movie is going to appease the faithful.

Reality: Lex Luthor makes a debut but you could miss it if you don’t listen carefully.  His one line adds more fuel to flames as people try to figure out what’s the next course of action against the alien.

2) BATMAN AND GOTHAM CITY DEPICTION

Ben Affleck’s interpretation of the Dark Knight is what this movie is riding on. If not done correctly, this whole movie could fall flat. No pressure. The reception they receive from the trailer could very well dissipate all skepticism of Affleck taking the role or it could send it spiralling down into movie hell. First impression is key. Gotham City needs to be as or more gritty than Batman. It needs to be an extension of the character. The rampant crime is a staple for the city. Everyone knows what Metropolis looks like, so Gotham needs to resemble the complete opposite of hope.
BvSinsert4Reality: Snippets of thugs shooting Batman are seen in the trailer but no visible landmarks are shown.

Affleck’s take on the caped crusaders voice isn’t as nearly as raspy as the Christian Bale version. Which is a sigh of relief because Bale’s voice has been stuck in our heads for years that led to an excessive amount of parody videos.

1) SUPERMAN VERSUS BATMAN

It’s the most iconic battle in comics. What the whole world has been waiting for since the superhero genre took over Hollywood, Batman versus Superman. Batman has always done his research to be one step ahead of the opposition. Seeing how he is a veteran, nothing surprises him anymore, until he meets Superman that is. Realizing some being out there that is capable of destroying the entire planet but claims to be its saviour never sits well with the world’s greatest detective, well, at first anyway. Their first encounters with one another has always been interesting to watch because of the differences in their ideologies always clash.

Reality: No fists were thrown in the trailer. For those that seen the SDCC trailer when it leaked, Superman appears in the sky as Batman readies himself for battle. Something similar happens in this trailer, but you hear a bone-chilling line that Batman says before the trailer jump cuts to the logo.
BvSinsert2The trailer displays Superman has all the odds against him; Luthor and Batman all have different strategies to take him down. The voiceovers give you a sense of how the world would react to a god living among us. The combination of what’s presumably the Batman theme in the movie, and the visuals, convey the tone of what you can expect. It’s darker than Man Of Steel, because of The Dark Knight Returns tribute, but in a reverse fashion, with Superman being the threat rather than Batman. Coming out of all this will be a testament to his character. Will truth, justice and the American way prevail? Find out when Batman V Superman hits theatres worldwide Mar. 25, 2016.

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, playing in select IMAX theatres, you can witness the trailer of the second movie in the overarching DC Cinematic Universe in crisp quality as well as witness never before seen footage.

Let the hype begin.
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Necessary Evil: Villains Of DC Comics (Movie) Review 2

Necessary Evil: Villains Of DC Comics (Movie) Review

For any fan of DC Comics, it’s clear that the company has a deep love and affection for the bad guy. Their lineup of villains is deep and impressive, varying from thugs to gods and offering a stark contrast to their collection of super powered heroes. In September, the company even halted production on all of their regular titles for Villains month. One-off issues about everyone from the Riddler to Darkseid offered the bad boys (and girls) of DC a chance to shine without being filtered through the lens of the goody two-shoes guys n’ gals they fight. The month long celebration also launched Geoff Johns’ new all-villains alt universe series Forever Evil, and the company commissioned a documentary about their long history of villainy. Told through the deep, dulcet tones of legendary bad guy specialist Christopher Lee, Necessary Evil: Villains Of DC Comics is an intriguing little overview for fans, but also something that feels curiously insubstantial and out of place as a standalone release on Blu-ray.

The doc is essentially a guide to being bad in the DC universe, delving into the origins, back-stories, and main events surrounding DC villains on all media platforms the company exploits. It’s mostly a collection of talking head interviews, but those talking heads are all of the big boys at DC and a few famous fans. We’re talking a list that includes the likes of Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, Paul Dini, Len Wein, Neal Adams, Scott Snyder, Dan Didio, Brian Azzarello, Tony S. Daniel, Peter J. Tomasi, Zack Snyder (shudder), and Guillermo Del Toro. With that many legendary faces for the comic book crowd, it’s clearly a geekgasm of sorts and certainly not one without interest.

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The writers, artists, and famous fans dive into what makes all of the major villains so fascinating. The Joker’s sense of anarchy and peculiar love/hate relationship with Batman. The Riddler’s fixture as a figure who challenges the great detective’s intellect. The way that Lex Luthor and Brainiac offer the ultimate foils to both the earthly and alien sides of Superman. Green Lantern’s time as the Spectre and the duality therein. The dark shadow the godly Darkseid casts over the entire universe. All of the essentials are there in broad strokes and discussed with healthy dollops of insight by those who created the characters, wrote the key stories, or have loved the material from afar. For someone who only occasionally peaks into the world of comics, it’s a wonderful introduction and overview of the universe told in a tight, fast, and visually expressive manner involving clips and artwork from decades of DC lore.

Broad themes of how “heroes are only as strong as their villains” or how villains represent primal fears of their heroes and society at large are also touched upon. It’s all interesting, relevant, and entertaining material. Here’s the problem though; there’s really nothing here that any serious comic book fan isn’t entirely aware of and hasn’t considered on their own. That’s an issue because the market for this doc is entirely the comic book fans that will learn little from the hundred minute celebration of comic book evil. The film is certainly slickly made and entertaining, but ultimately you can’t help but wonder what the point of putting this thing out was beyond self-promotion. The doc was clearly tied directly to villains month and Forever Evil, operating as an advertisement for both blockbuster DC events. The film is also filled with clips from DCU animated features and DC videogames like Injustice and Arkham Asylum/City/Origins. So beyond being a celebration of DC, it’s also a big ad for DC that you have to plop down $20 to experience. If it weren’t for the fact that so much A-list talent was involved and contributing interesting insights, Necessary Evil might even feel like an insulting bit of DC shilling.

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Thankfully, the doc is just interesting enough to avoid that ugly labeling. However, why it was released as a solo documentary is somewhat of a mystery. The DCU animated films have been coming with documentaries like this delving into comic book lore and methodology for years now. Those special features are just as strong and well produced as Necessary Evil and in the case of the excellent Frank Miller doc included on the recent Dark Knight Returns Blu-ray, even better. Necessary Evil should have been a special feature and feels like one (it would have been an ideal doc on a Killing Joke DCU Animation disc for example… hint, hint, DC). Why it got a solo release is a mystery. Perhaps it was just considered to be a necessary part of the Villains Month media onslaught. Perhaps the DC brass produced it as a special feature and then felt it was good enough to deserve a solo release instead. Who knows? Regardless, it’s an interesting little doc for fanboys that’s well worth a look, just not something that demands a Blu-ray purchase. Sure, the transfer is nice, but seeing every pore on Dan Didio’s face is not really worth the $20 investment. Definitely seek it out, but wait till it’s on a streaming service or packaged with another disc. Even if DC had included some episodes from their various animated series highlighting villains, this might have been worthy of investment. Instead, it’s merely a weird curiosity piece given a major release for reasons best known to the folks in the fabled DC offices. Ah well, at least Justice League: War is still on the way and chances are the Necessary Evil sales will be low enough that the thousands of unsold copies end up being packaged with the highly anticipated animated feature.