It’s been over a week since BvS Dawn of Justice was released and the reception has been less than super. Rotten Tomatoes has given the superhero flick a whopping 29%. There have been many critics who’ve shared their disdain for the film and some have even called it a flop. But is wasn’t a flop. I mean, it opened with 166 million its first weekend and ranked fourth of all time with a worldwide debut of $422.5 million. Surely that must mean something? Hey, this negativity may even add to the sales as people will want to see what the hype is about.
I know with a title like “Batman versus Superman” a crowd will be drawn, but the numbers don’t lie and the audience had a very mixed reception as well. A major issue people had with it was that it was “too dark and wasn’t fun”. Director Zack Snyder and company were trying to ground the film and touched on many deeper themes, while going for a particular tone. One of the major influences was The Dark Knight Returns, which created a very dark and chaotic world with an aged Batman and a government controlled Superman. So, it make sense that this film adaptation would follow suit.
DC has had a bad run for its take on characters for the big screen and while this film is different stylistically and tonally from those of the Marvel Universe, it works for what it is. Batfleck was amazing and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was far better than anything I could have hoped for. Now, the bigger stage for the DC Universe has been set as the Justice League begins to form and take on bigger threats. As Lex proclaimed, “The bell has been rung.“
Maybe it’s the fanboy in me who was just excited to see his favorite characters on the big screen or maybe it was a different but decent film. Either way, Dawn of Justice is worth a watch to decide for yourself.
Recently the Rock was asked a question on Twitter regarding his involvement in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel, Batman vs Superman.
Initial casting rumors discuss The Rock playing a bounty hunter named Lobo. Lobo is known for his tough guy mentality and has a bit of humor in him. The Rock has the size and attitude to play a character like Lobo but I’m hesitant to say whether or not that would be who he gets cast to play. (If at all considering his tweet is vague) The Rock has been rumored for many other villains and some heroes as well for the MOS sequel.
Doomsday, an abomination with superhuman strength that killed Superman, is also rumored to be a character the Rock may portray. Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa has been rumored for that character and Martian Manhunter as well. Both could be good fits if Doomsday appears in the film. Maybe Lex Luthor is working along with Cadmus and that involves Doomsday’s release? Who knows.
The Rock has been thrown around with the iconic villain Lex Luthor as well. Others tied with the Lexicorp President are Joaquin Phoenix and Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston. I would love to see Cranston take on this role. He has played villainous but likable characters in the past and he would portray a character with legitimate fears (reliance on superheroes to survive) that takes measures to “protect humanity”.
The film being known has “Batman vs. Superman” has a much more expanded cast already as more and more people are cast to play superheroes. It may be better fit to entitle the film something involving the Justice League. As we know, Gal Godot will be playing Wonder Woman. There has already been some backlash because of the casting but it will be interesting to see how she will fit into this universe and film.
To many fans horrors, Batman will be portrayed by Ben Affleck. He could be a good fit in this universe, you never know. Plus, Dare Devil was ten years ago and Affleck has proven he is a capable actor and writer/director.
The appearance of a Green Lantern in the film has surfaced around the web. Denzel Washington is rumored to play John Stewart. I’d rather see Idris Elba play the third Green Lantern from Earth. Fans have made posters with Elba as the character and he has expressed interest in playing the part.
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With the Trinity already cast and rumors on numerous villains and heroes alike, the film definitely looks to establish some sort of team to match Marvel’s Avengers. The film is slated to release July 15th 2015.