All anyone can expect is a Michael Bay style movie. The choice for director is Chad Stahelski (John Wick) … because he knows how to deliver a Samurai vs Ninja style blitzkrieg similar to the revenge trilogy and add plenty of crazy violence on top.
By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
There can only be one Highlander movie, and that’s the original. This film’s cult appeal lies in the music and how immorality can be a curse. The finer points which included Ancient Celtic beliefs on taking and owning an opponent’s severed head were probably added later. To do so means possessing their power. “The Gathering” these Immortals felt the calling to was not limited to one culture. Whoever survived to become the last gained knowledge to help advance humanity. But they must feel the pain of everyone who died by their blade and face their ghosts. If they survived this trial known as “The Quickening,” then the winner becomes mortal with the powers of ESP.
I’m rather worried that the reboot of this franchise will not live up to everything the original offered. The sad fact is that studio executives wanted to crank out this product as cheaply as possible and hire talents considered hot properties back then. Nothing has changed over the years. Attempts to reboot the series have had its hurdles. While the original producers seem to be okay with it, not everyone in the fandom community is, myself included.
The problem with the live action Justice League not living up to its pedigree is that it’s missing its seventh member. We have Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) leading the charge. In the film, he’s dead but everyone knows he’ll come back to at some point. Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Flash (Ezra Miller) round off the team. In the comics, there were seven founding members. This number is also very symbolic, usually a measure of completeness. Depending on the culture, just what it means will vary.
As a film which hints at a possible add in the future, the wait will be long to see who that will be. In other mediums, either Green Lantern or Martian Manhunter will become a member. But before this can even happen, a set of solo films are in store for the other half of the team. This baggage is unneeded; let’s just assume audiences know them and offer story arcs which can shake up the DC multiverse (conveniently enough, Flashpoint will be the story in Flash’s solo outing even though no date has been set).
This planet has a tough time of avoiding pending apocalypses in Batman v Superman.
The DC Cinematic Snyderverse (officially known as DC Expanded Universe) is very dark and grim. This director’s vision for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice spells out what’s to come, and in what these heroes—Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot)—are facing is a look in the mirror darkly over what tyranny can look if the heroes are not put into check. That is, can they be allowed to do anything they want because they are super powered? One tease can be found in the trailer for this film, where soldiers are bowing down to the boy in blue and he looks quite angry.
Just how this scene fits in requires watching this movie. Bruce Wayne aka Batman has much to fear about this Kryptonian after the events from Zack Snyder’s last movie, Man of Steel (movie review). He criticizes Clark Kent about all the fluff pieces The Daily Planet published showing the good he is doing. However, Wayne sees the world differently. He lost his parents to a random crime and he saw one of his office buildings get annihilated during the fight between Supes and General Zod. The grudge he holds may never go away.
Holy Heart attack Batman! Can I keep my beating organ at a steady rate when Zack Snyder, director of the Batman Vs. Superman feature film, reveals the newest incarnation of the Batmobile tomorrow? In all honesty, I’ll try. But I make no guarantee I won’t need a defibrillator when Gotham’s sick ride is made known.
Batman Vs. Superman is currently set to debut May 6, 2016 and will star Ben Affleck (Bruce Wayne / Batman), Henry Cavill (Clark Kent / Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Gal Gadot (Diana Prince / Wonder Woman), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White), and Jeremy Irons (Alfred).
DC Fans can rejoice. At San Diego Comic Con 2013, Zack Synder said he will be working on a sequel to Man of Steel and Warner Bros. confirmed that Batman and Superman will meet! The few details revealed confirms that Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane will reprise their roles and David Goyer will write the script. The creative team who brought this reboot of Superman to a new generation will be kept.
Production is expected to begin in 2014 for a Summer 2015 release. Now the big question is, just who will be the Batman? As most viewers will know, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has “retired” and the mantle may well be passed on to a younger passionate John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).