Is Batman vs. Superman Falling Apart?

1/22/2014 Stephen Colbert 2 Comments

So, you heard Batman vs. Superman (unofficial title, unfortunately) was confirmed as a sequel to Man of Steel, then the internet exploded when Ben Affleck was confirmed as Bruce Wayne/Batman.  A lot of people tuned out, or just never really plugged in to start with, but what's going on with this movie?  There's a Marvel movie coming out almost every weekend it seems.  DC has some big shoes to fill... Can they even compete?


Well, someone at WB doesn't think they can - At least with the timeframe they originally scheduled.  As the press release this weekend stated

"the release of Zack Snyder’s untitled Superman/Batman film has been moved to May 6, 2016, allowing the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story."


More likely than not, all this means is that the movie has changed considerably from what was originally planned.  The first anouncement gave it a very short production cycle and with the addition of Wonder Woman and who knows what else (rumors say Doomsday, Aquaman, Martian Man Hunter, Lobo, Cyborg, and basically any other DC hero/villain you can think of).

So the delay could be good news, meaning we are getting a bigger movie than was first concieved and they are taking the time necessary to make sure they get it completely right.

On the other hand, production could be a total cluster and they realized rushing production was only going to complicate issues, so they delayed it almost a year.

Either way, I'm confidant the end result will benefit from the delay.  The question is, how good does that make it?  No doubt the movie will be a box office success on branding alone, but can it simultaneously live up to the hype and assuage fan concerns over casting and character representations?

When it comes to Zack Snyder, one thing I don't worry about at all is casting and general asthetic of his films.  Look at Watchmen, 300, Sin City, Man of Steel, and even Sucker Punch.  I was a fan of all of them, but they definitely have their detractors; however, I'm not aware of any major complaints as far as the casting choices go.  This movie, without a doubt, will look, feel, and sound like everything a title like Batman vs. Superman promises.

Now,will the script be any good?  That's the real question.  David S. Goyer has done well with general story elements, but some has criticized his screenplays for TDK trilogy (which was co-written with Nolan) and Man of Steel (supposedly Nolan was involved with that movie in some way shape or form).  It was reported a few months ago that Academy Award winner, Chris Terrio, has been brought in to do some re-writes to the script, which will hopefully polish any of the rough edges we've seen from Goyer in the past.

As always, time will tell.  I'm ready to hear fans cry doom and gloom for the next 2 1/2 years until this movie comes out, but I have yet to see news surrounding it that make me think it will be anything other than epic.

2 comments:

  1. It is really hard for me to get excited for this movie at this point. The Ben Affleck thing is hard for me to get over. He just is not Bruce Wayne to me.

    I will say that I have liked instances where Batman and Superman have squared off. The last great one in my mind was in Batman Hush where Poison Ivy kisses and then controls Superman. The fight sequence and seeing into Bruce's mind as he strategizes how to take down his super powerful friend was pretty freaking awesome.

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  2. Yeah, the Batfleck thing was unexpected,but he looks more like Bruce Wayne than anyone that has ever been cast in the role live action has before. He needs to bulk up some, maybe, but I don't think he's that off the mark.

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