So after Batman v Superman, the question on everyone’s minds – probably including Warner Bros. – was very likely: when is the Ben Affleck’s Batman solo film? Well, that’s a little tricky, because according to his agent, he’s only contracted to don the cowl again for the two Justice League films releasing in 2017 and 2019. That’s three times he stars as Batman in four years…which is a whole lot of Batman. Understandably, they might decide that it’s could risk over-saturating fan’s appetites.
It’d be remiss of me however if I didn’t point out that in several reviews – both from fans and from the critics (most of whom slammed the film as being dull and a failure) – that Ben Affleck’s Batman was the best received part of Batman v Superman, except perhaps for Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. Morever, Ben Affleck confirmed in an interview a while ago with DC All Access that he and Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment, were collaborating together on a project which he didn’t name at the time.
Bright days are here for Warner Bros and their fledgling franchise, because today at CinemaCon, the CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment officially confirmed that a Batman movie starring Ben Affleck had been greenlit by the studio! Moreover, it has since been confirmed by his agent that Affleck had indeed written a script for a Batman movie. Zack Snyder, a director and architect of WB’s burgeoning franchise, has even confirmed that taking the directorial position was practically a “prerequisite” to go ahead.
So I watched Batman v Supermantwice thrice now, and I loved it. I understand that that’s not for everyone and I respect their opinion. I ask only that you respect mine. Back on track – now that Warner Bros’ tentpole film has entered the market (and seems to be killing it financially, if not critically, at least for now), we can’t help but wonder – what comes beyond Batman v Superman? And yes, we are going to be heading into spoiler territory, as some of this post is based on the Easter eggs shown in Dawn of Justice, as well as interviews with people given after the film was released (and some before, as well). You’ve been warned.
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Gal Gadot
Directedby: Zack Snyder
Written by: Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer
What’s it about?
In the film Man of Steel, Superman ended up fighting a fellow Kryptonian, a man named General Zod. Their battle ended up pretty much destroying an entire city. Batman is not amused, particularly since Superman destroyed Wayne Tower in Metropolis, killing pretty much all of his employees.
He views Superman as a threat to humanity and that with his current near godlike status, he could become a dictator, worse than Genghis Khan and Julius Caesar, Hitler and Stalin…because he truly does have godlike power. Lex Luthor, tech mogul and billionaire shares Batman’s concerns.
For his part, Superman views Batman’s brutal methods of dispensing justice as excessive and a domestic terrorist. And when they finally clash due to the machinations of Lex Luthor, the world is changed forever.
A few days ago, Huffington Post Live asked on Twitter for fans to send in questions. Well, one of our contributors was invited to send in a couple of questions via email. Interestingly, one of them was rejected…specifically, one about whether or not Tao Okamoto’s character, Mercy Graves, would be sporting a cybernetic arm. Fans of the hit animated TV series Young Justice will know that in that series, Mercy Graves actually was a cyborg, equipped with a weaponised cybernetic arm to assist her in her duties as bodyguard to Lex Luthor.
From Young Justice Wiki
As shown in the video below, it can be quite the destructive weapon – which is to be expected considering that Lex Luthor undoubtedly tinkered with it.
Of course, there are some arguments against this – Batman v Superman is already introducing a cyborg, in the form of…well, Cyborg, pictured below. Introducing another part-mechanical character might detract from the magic of seeing Cyborg suited up on screen, so it’s doubtful that Warner Bros would allow for Graves to also be equipped with mechanical parts.
Of course, the fact that the question was rejected isn’t strange – after all, a detail like that is definitely something that they’d like to keep under wraps – but this does raise the possibility that Tao Okamoto’s Mercy Graves might indeed have a few little tricks up her sleeve to protect her employer. At this point, all we can do is wait and see.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice releases into cinemas March 25th.
I believe the answer to be a resounding “yes”. The DC Extended Universe, started off with Man of Steel in 2013 and will really get going this year with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, ahead of Justice League: Part One and a solo Wonder Woman movie in 2017.
Compare this to Marvel Studios’ Marvel Cinematic Universe, which kicked off in 2008 with Iron Man, and a dozen films under its belt, with the entire franchise grossing over 9 billion dollars. Marvel Studios has had several years to build up its cinematic universe with multiple solo films, culminating in its massive hit The Avengers in 2012. Warner Bros.’ DCEU is still in its infancy, with only 1 film under its belt with rather mixed reviews. But there are a number Suiof factors at play here that could see the DCEU nevertheless end up toppling the MCU, even with it playing catch up.
It’s a great time to be a comic book fan. Since comic book derived media proved themselves to be lucrative at the turn of the century, the genre has seen an explosion onto both the big and small screens, with the Marvel Cinematic Universe by Marvel Studios, the DC Extended Universe being launched by Warner Bros. and the X-Men franchise from 20th Century Fox. This year, there’s a grand total of six – yes, SIX – superhero movies coming out next year. Here’s what they’re about and what you can expect in some rough detail.