“Fearing the actions of a God-like superhero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.”
With Batman vs Superman fast approaching and more importantly the birth of something potentially very awesome, the DC Cinematic Universe, I’m going to talk about [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) and what it can do for the universe and what we can do for the universe in a way. I plan to focus on what we all know already, the endless rumours and theories (including my own). The post will include opinionated areas like how I feel about the DC Universe, MOS, Ben Affleck as Batman and the Nolan 'verse - what it did right, wrong and what must be better in this movie and universe.
What We Know & Rumours
This is not a proper sequel this is the launch of the DCCU, it’s a character launch pad. Along with the already established Superman, Lois Lane and others in the movie we will be getting a whole range of other DC characters. The main being Batman played by Ben Affleck which has a whole bunch of reasons for being important that being fan reaction and is he going to be better than Bale. Characters like Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) who will play important roles in the movie and the DC Universe. Is Jesse Eisenberg to young is Gal Gadot the right body type just an example of what has been asked of these 2 actors. Other Justice League Members Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) will have small appearances to set up JL Part 1. Scott McNairy, who he will play there have been a few suggestions at one stage it was The Flash and even Metallo the latter being played by Erza Miller as mentioned above. Jeremy Irons as Alfred how hands on will he be? Witty character and with a moustache hopefully.
The teaser trailer had fan boys/ girls, dc fans and everyone else excited some for good reasons some for bad. I personally loved it so much potential was teased in 2 minutes. The first showing of Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader didn’t look bad, it looked good. The shot of Batman with a weapon had some fans in a spin, but now it’s believed to be a Kryptonite spear or something in that general description that’s why it’s important not to read too much into a trailer. Alfred only in voice “That’s how it starts the fever the rage the feeling of powerlessness that turns good men…cruel” The quote just fantastic, Batman will be harder than Bale he will exhibit battle scars both on his costume made of cloth not armour and more importantly personally the death of a previous Robin (most likely Jason Todd). The synopsis was released recently as shown at the top, it’s just right no big reveal but still offers us something.
Rumour and speculation has surrounded this movie from the very second it was announced. It continues to this day rumours high that Doomsday will make an appearance of some description possibly as the “new threat” described in the synopsis of the movie. Lex Luthor in his war suit in some description. Joker (Jared Leto) will cameo in a flashback showing him beating down Jason Todd till he died, highly rumoured.
I have a few ideas of what this movie has in store for us; I’ll start with smaller points to save the best for later.
I’d love a subtle reference to Teen Titans by Dick Grayson/ Nightwing who surely has to appear even if it’s just a 1 minute cameo (could be a flashback). A Green Arrow reference would be great as well as a tease to The Question. Villains could be referenced also such as Penguin, Mr. Freeze, Toyman (Superman has battled him between movies), Mirror Master the list goes on.
When in the batcave I’d love to see a flyer saying a magic show by Zatanna Zatara teasing Zatanna and Bruce’s connection (see Batman The Animated Series episode Zatanna). As well as other things collected from previous battles like in various animated shows eg Jokers Card, Mr.Freezes Gun, Two Faces coin. Most importantly Jason Todds Robin Costume in a display case along with his other sidekicks uniforms.
Victor Stone will become Cyborg but as a Government weapon designed and stated as a state of the art war machine but during the release in front of the public an explosion occurs and the suit becomes a part of him keeping him alive making him half man half machine a Cyborg.
Gal Gadot’s new 52 origin where she is a demigoddess of Queen Hippolyta and Zeus (king of the Greek gods), she will refer to herself upon introducing herself to Batman and Superman as the “God of War”. She will have her new 52 powers which include the traditional powers and she will have her father’s powers Zeus but this suppressed by her bracelets (she would state about her father’s power and how it’s suppressed, not show). I hope she shows romantic interest in Bruce Wayne/ Batman as shown by the photo of them together out of costume.
Kryptonite will be in the movie and Lex Luthor will have it thanks to a deal he has with the Government where his lab got Zod’s ship. Batman/ Bruce Wayne will obtain some that he will use to fight the Man of Steel. Lex Luthor is already developing plans to go for president in the future but sees Superman as his main threat. He wishes to destroy him asking the help of Bruce Wayne and his company who would decline but pursue his own ideas of the Man of Steel as his vigilante persona Batman.
Doomsday will be in the movie as the new threat teased in the first synopsis released made by Lex Luthor’s lab to fight Superman made up of Zod and his army (deferring from his origin but still making him Kryptonian not Ancient Kryptonian) but mutated into the traditional Doomsday look.
Ezra Miller will appear as The Flash first in a news story cross by Lois Lane who says we cross to whoever to talk about the mysterious Scarlett speedster saving people in Central City but you don’t see anything. Later on he would run through Metropolis and stop a bank robbery. And referenced to Batman by Superman as another hero, Batman would promptly say I’ve admired his work but I’m not a hero I’m a vigilante.
Superman the man of steel will be portrayed as a god who is trying to do good despite the fact that he is hated for the destruction he caused (stopping Zod) but is thanked by some people in Metropolis mainly the Daily Planet and its Reporters Lois Lane and “Clark Kent”. The government sees him as an alien weapon that they hope to control as seen in the trailer with the Russian missile/ rocket and to use in wars against both human and any future alien enemies.
Batman will be portrayed as a rugged brutal vigilante who has operated as a shadowy figure for over a decade he is scared from past battles and loses (including the loses of Jason Todd to the Joker and Dick Grayson leaving him to operate as a vigilante in Bludhaven called Nightwing) Barbara Gordon wont have been shot…yet (leaving potential for a solo Batfleck movie). He hanged up the cowl for almost 3 years from when he put Joker in Arkham for killing Jason Todd. Once Superman and Zod arrived he knew Batman was needed again. He will be a very high intellect, exhibit an extensive knowledge of a range of fighting styles and be shown as the world’s greatest detective something none of the other movie incarnations of Batman have remotely exhibited. I also hope he shows some romantic interest in Diana Prince/ Wonder Woman, as seen in the photo of them together out of costume.
How I feel about the DC cinematic universe
The DCCU is growing it may be taking a while from Man of Steel which was released over 2 years ago. But since vital steps have been taken a film line-up that includes a solo Flash, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and even a Cyborg movie as well as the landmark event a Justice League movie which will be it split into two parts. An opportunity has been missed by Geoff Johns and the rest of the people in the decision process of not connecting it to the DCTVU missing out on great characters. The Flash played by Grant Gustin and Green Arrow (Arrow) played by Stephen Amell. With other emerging shows such as Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and a show based on the Teen Titans an opportunity has been missed. They will move on though as we sadly must. Enjoy the lot even though it’s all separate and some characters will be doubled and won’t be as good as the other version.
Why this needs to be better than MOS
Man of Steel left me wanting more we have waited a considerably long time between movies just over 2 and a half years when BvS is finally released. The wait has been worth it just so far with all the exciting casting news that pops up the movie line up that has so much potential. Man of Steel was a good movie but by no means perfect it has set up Superman and a few other characters establishing them as part of the DCCU but it didn’t do much else. The movie’s fight scene at the end was considerably long and got a bit boring. The Batman vs Superman fight needs length but don’t just go on and on. Destruction needs to be done to a point don’t go Michael Bay on us DC it’s a superhero movie not 2 cops on the Miami streets (there good movies though). MOS had a lot of destruction and could be argued too much I felt it was just enough considering Zod’s power.
Ben Affleck is Batman
Around 23 months ago the world was turned on its head Ben Affleck was announced as the new Batman the successor to Christian Bale. Wait sorry it’s just an actor announced to play a character… the world isn’t going to end. Then again its Batman for heaven’s sake it’s damn important. I was fully against this decision from the outset I ranted to friends, co-workers, strangers anyone who would listen it was almost a witch-hunt. It took me to early-mid of last year to start to believe and by the time of the 1 year anniversary of the casting I was in. Ben Affleck is Batman. There are a lot of points I had how good Christian Bale was, the movies they were great look at the story blah blah blah. But then I remembered something I’ve read comics and watched basically every animated episode of anything Batman has been in (besides Beware The Batman). I re-watched the movies with Christian Bale plus the other 90’s Batman movies researched to my eyes and fingers were sore and I came to a conclusion I hadn’t given this poor bastard a chance. I watched movies with Ben Affleck such as State Of Play, Changing Lanes and Argo. I sat back and realised this guy is what we need. Christian Bale was a great “movie” Batman, but we need someone closer to the comics. Someone who can turn his body to fight properly in his suit, use many fighting styles not just brawling techniques a Batman who would be the world’s greatest detective. Ben Affleck hasn’t shown us this yet but his previous roles suggest he can pull it off, I’m not guaranteeing it by any means but he has the potential to be the first real cinematic Batman ever that is truer to the comics/ animated TV shows that what we have ever had something I deeply desire and wish for. Bruce Wayne has never bene portrayed properly I won’t go into detail besides that I see the person as Keaton, Clooney, Bale etc. as themselves not Bruce Wayne a set photo (see below) gives me great hope for Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne. This is just some of my reasons for believing Ben Affleck can be the best Batman yet, one we deserve.
A rant on the Nolan verse, Bale as Batman, what other movies have missed, Bat family, connections to comics/ animated shows and Ben Affleck as Batman
This is a rant so feel free to skip this part, I'm going to go over other points I’ve made. The Nolan verse was fantastic it’s one of the best trilogy’s to be ever made. As superhero movies go it is right up there overall and has to be considered the best DC has produced…so far. The plots were pretty good along with brilliant directorial vision. With a large array of iconic dc characters in the movies they got that part right. Bale he was a great Batman to say it so simply doesn’t do him justice but there were so many things Bales Batman didn’t do at all or right. He wasn’t an expert in multiple upon multiple fighting styles he just punched and kicked where possible in that suit like a street brawler, something Ben Affleck’s incarnation of Batman can’t afford to do. Back to the suit that was its main problem that it didn’t allow Bale and his doubles to fight properly you can’t blame Bale but surely he could have demanded a better suit not just a bigger pay check.
Most of my problems with Bale as Batman aren’t entirely his fault or his at all so that needs to be clear to you all if it isn't by now. He was not the world’s greatest detective far from it so much it bothered me sitting down re-watching the movies every time. Ben Affleck needs to be a brilliant detective worthy of being regarded as the world’s greatest detective through flashbacks and in the movie’s main plots themselves.
Another omission from the Nolan verse was the worst in my honest opinion and the one I could ramble on about for pages upon pages…the bat family. There were no sidekicks besides that crappy shot at teasing Robin with Joseph Gordon Levitt. Look through history, comic after comic, animated tv series after animated series the sidekicks allies of the Dark Knight have been there at his side in some of the best comic and animated episodes. How can you exclude Robin, Batgirl and most importantly Nightwing the original boy wonder. Nolan really pissed me off to my core as not only a superhero fan even more so as a DC fan but really as a long time Batman fan, I don’t care what he was aiming for. He didn’t see the point of them and as Bale wouldn’t be Batman with a Robin it worked perfectly. I’ve heard that Batman’s sidekicks are childish look at the 90’s movies, I agree but so was Batman. No matter how you see Bales Batman he was not childish he was pretty damn aggressive and realistic well for a guy in a Bat costume. They could have done it we could have had sidekicks that made for great plot points and stories’ but for whatever reasons their egos and laziness prevented it. This DCCU has something up on the Nolan verse it has “super” heroes. With the likes of Superman, Wonder Woman etc Robin, Batgirl and Nightwing won’t be a worry their not anywhere near the main attention of the public. I hope deep down we get the likes of Nightwing who is highly rumoured as well as a Robin also rumoured due to the death of Jason Todd at the hands of Jared Leto’s joker. Batgirl would also be a very good as a romantic interest for Dick Grayson, as a partner to the Dark Knight and in some points with Jim Gordon.
The Nolan verse had another problem it had no comics or animated series links of any significance a story directly out of the comics nothing was adapted, but I do love an original story. At least Bale could have said “I am vengeance, I am the night, I am Batman!” hopefully Ben Affleck’s Batman says these words even in a flashback.
On a final note I can’t stand people who don’t have any idea about the comics or animated series and they argue about Bale being the best Batman. You don’t have a bloody clue and it pisses me right off or if they argue about the other cinematic incarnations of Batman that’s not enough to back up an opinion. Bale exhibited only a few of the traits that are Batman through his own acting and the way the script was written, hopefully Affleck is given the right script because I feel he can pull it off with his acting skills. His description of his Batman has me excited “He’s on the verge of being swallowed up by the anger and the rage that we see haunt this character in the other manifestations of it. But this guy is further down the line and has become more embittered and cynical”. It sounds like the Batman we need scared by previous battles and loses as I mentioned earlier someone who sits and broods over the world, his city and how he may best protect it all from the shadows of the night.
There are points that some people may not agree with and want to argue with me that’s fine I respect your opinion. Some people will agree with me that’s great. I hope you enjoyed reading the post. Stay Classy Movie Pilot.