Batman

The Batman film + things we want to see in it

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.

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DCEU News: Beyond Batman v Superman – What’s Next? (Spoilers abound)

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So I watched Batman v Superman twice 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.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Film Review

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Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Gal Gadot

Directed by: 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.

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Lego Batman Teaser Trailer

While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the debut of an all-new live-action Batman played by Ben Affleck, there’s another Batman in town, and he’s been here since 2014…the LEGO Batman. First appearing in The LEGO Movie (2014), Will Arnett’s LEGO Batman proved to be so popular that Warner Bros. greenlit a sequel, as well as spin-offs: The LEGO Batman Movie, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, and The Billion Brick Race.

A trailer has just dropped for The LEGO Batman Movie, and suffice to say, interest piqued. The official synopsis reads:

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

The LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, confirmed a while back that the film’s premise is based on the question ‘Can Batman be happy?’. Grouchy, self-concerned, not to mention hilarious, Arnett’s satirical take on Batman seems set to continue, with him hilariously clueless re: his own loneliness. At least, until Robin and Batgirl enter his life. With Batman being largely defined by his darkness, and singular dedication to his crusade – to the exclusion of everything else – it’ll be interesting to see how the filmmakers answer that question.

The LEGO Batman Movie stars Will Arnett as Batman (Bruce Wayne), Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), Michael Cera as Robin, Zach Galifianakis as the Joker and Mariah Carey as Mayor of Gotham City. The LEGO Batman Movie releases February 10th 2017.

Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

4 Things We Learned about Telltale’s Batman 2016 Game

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In December 2015, following the conclusion of the critically (and financially) successful Batman: Arkham game franchise, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, DC Entertainment and Telltale Games announced that a new Batman game was in development, slated for release in 2016. An episodic game, then all that was known was that it chronicles the rise of Batman in Gotham City.

Today at the SXSW festival, Telltale Games announced for the first time some of the finer details behind their game.

  • Unlike the other games, such as the Batman: Arkham franchise, situations in the game may be dealt with as either Bruce Wayne or Batman, with the decisions made by either persona affecting the course of Gotham’s history. As always with Telltale Games’ products, the players’ choices dictate how the game world is developed and shaped. For example, one could encounter a character like the Edward Nygma, and depending on one’s decisions, set him on the path to villainy, or not.
  • The developers teased that the game would allow one to not only play as both personas, but also that it was in fact possible to play as Bruce Wayne for a majority of the game without ever having to don the cowl, in order to allow for a greater exploration of Batman’s oft-neglected civilian identity, similar to The Dark Knight trilogy.
  • No specific characters were announced to be the antagonist of the game, though it was confirmed that there would be more than one.
  • It was also confirmed that while the focus would, naturally, be on Bruce Wayne/Batman, other staples of the Batman mythos such as Commissioner Jim Gordon and Alfred Pennyworth would appear in some capacity.

Whilst no release date has been confirmed, the Batman Telltale Games series is slated for a (northern hemisphere) summer release, so we’ll see how it plays out then. In the meantime, our next dose of Batman will come with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, hitting cinemas in less than a week from now.

Can the DCEU dethrone the MCU?

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.

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Superhero Movies 2016: What to expect

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.

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