The Silence is Not on Purpose

I’m still working on some ideas for future posts, here. But to break the silence, I thought I’d let y’all know what my next post is going to be:

A spoiler-free review of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

To be entirely honest, I am both excited for and skeptical about this film. I am not a fan of Zack Snyder, and I thought Man of Steel ultimately failed at what it was trying to do. That said, I’m excited for a couple reasons:

1. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. She is both a feminist and a huge fan of the character. Between watching her interviews, seeing her clips in the BvS trailers, and hearing everything I have about the Wonder Woman solo film (directed by Patty Jenkins, who is also a feminist and a huge fan of the character), I’m basically convinced that she will be phenomenal. I honestly think she might be the best thing about this movie.

2. I am not a fan of Ben Affleck… at all. Never have been. And yet, despite that, the trailers and TV spots have basically sold me on his Bruce Wayne/Batman. This may be the most comic-accurate live-action Batman we’ve ever had, and so I’m looking forward to him.

I should probably add that, while I am indeed a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I have always liked the “grimdark” take on my heroes… it’s why I hold Batman Begins and The Dark Knight in such high regard (in fact, both are in my top ten favorite films of all-time). I don’t have any problem with the darker, more serious aesthetic that DC is taking, or at least trying to take, with their cinematic universe. And Batman, at the very least, fits into that aesthetic extremely well.

Superman, obviously, does not. Man of Steel proved that. And worse, if the spoilers I’ve read (yes, I read… and even seek out!… spoilers; I would honestly read the final script of the film if it leaked today) are any indication, BvS may actually be darker in tone. Although, if they’re to be believed, there’s also somewhat less property destruction and basically no innocent civilian casualties during the major fights, because the heroes go out of their way to keep the fights in areas where there are no civilians. Which is definitely an improvement over MoS.

So anyways… I’ll be seeing BvS at 6pm on Thursday, March 24, in New York City at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square theater in real Imax (not 3D).

My non-spoiler review will hit soon after. A few weeks later, when the audience has had time to digest the movie, I’ll write up a review that relies entirely on spoilers.

In the meantime, feel free to discuss, if you so choose, Batman v Superman, Man of Steel, the DC Cinematic Universe, Zack Snyder, Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, and so on here. The one thing I will ask is that you do not engage in any Marvel vs DC debates. I am a fan of both and believe both deserve to have their cinematic universes be successful. This is a place for Marvel and DC to get along, not fight. Please keep it that way.


  1. Rob Grigjanis says

    As a lad, I was a huge Marvel fan (Thor, Spider-Man, Daredevil mainly; I remember buying Daredevil #1), and mocked DC mercilessly. Not sure why, except that’s what lads did. There was also a (ancient) Spartans vs Athenians thing. Weird.

    Years later…the best Marvel adaptation I’ve seen was the late 60s Spider-Man (“Is he strong? Listen bud— He’s got radioactive blood”), but I’ve been quite impressed with some of the DC adaptations, for example. Quite enjoyed Man of Steel, and the animated version of Batman vs Superman. The Marvel live action movies? Yawn.

  2. says

    Oh I absolutely love the DC animated universe (with the exception of “The Brave and The Bold”, but that was never for me, so that’s okay).

    It’s just that even while I enjoyed Watchmen and 300 to a point, I don’t like Zack Snyder, and I really didn’t enjoy Man of Steel as much as I wanted to. So I’m worried about BvS on those counts. Doesn’t mean it won’t be good (I could honestly come out of the theater praising this film to high heaven… and I would be happy to). Just means that I have my reservations…

  3. Rob Grigjanis says

    300 was hilarious and historically horrifying at the same time, but casting a Glaswegian* as King Leonidas was inspired.

    *Paisley is close enough to a Sassenach.

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