Presented by James M. Tate / 3/24/2016 / No comments / amy adams , ben affleck , franchise , henry cavill , sequel
BATMAN VS SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
|Newcomer Ben Affleck steps up to the BAT while two-timer Henry Cavill merely stands around looking SUPER|
Imagining Woody Allen filling Gene Hackman's shoes in the 1978 Richard Donner classic, SUPERMAN THE MOVIE, playing, of all people, mastermind genius Lex Luther, is actually a hilarious concept. Only Allen would be much funnier than his wannabe neurotic spaz; and Hackman played for laughs more than drama despite being one of the best serious actors around. But herein, the convoluted plot, involving a hyper-active standup routine spouting Lex using a piece of Kryptonite to, at first, pit Batman and The Man of Steel against each other, he then unveils a formidable beast: an ultimate CGI Plan B providing a fight longer than THE QUIET MAN, and much too loud and downright annoying after a really, really long buildup: an excuse for a prolonged action sequence to make up for the otherwise slow parts.
Kryptonite aside, the superhero battle is really more political than physical. As reactions to false propaganda, Batman thinks an "alien" with powers to save the world could just as easily destroy it (meanwhile, Superman doesn't think much of Batman at all). And hell, maybe it's befitting during this particularly bizarre time for a.... to use the genre-term lightly... Political Thriller. After watching those 15,000 rabid Republican debates with Trump Luther against a dwindling group of doomed FRIDAY THE 13TH style campers, he did acquire a ton of ratings (compared to the few Clinton coronations; one taking place during the Super Bowl to silence her shrill tone, thus letting the Republican's whine, bitch and moan). That could be it: a political showdown in brooding DC Comic form was intended all along. Either way, there are not only a lot more questions than answers, but the questions aren't that interesting to begin with.
|Neurotic Jesse & Woody|
OTHER STUFF: If memory serves, BVS was originally intended to compete with Marvel's CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR on the same weekend, while both do the same thing: pitting superheroes against each other; perhaps they think Cap isn't intriguing enough on his own, because RDJ always is, and he's the co-star • For youngsters to know, Woody Allen was the original "neurotic guy who whines like a girl and thinks too much about everything," pretty much the catapult to a lot of recently funny dudes that girls love giggling over, including Seth Rogen and... much of the Apatow and Hughes bunch: Woody might not be as cute as Ferris Bueller, but he broke the nervy ground • Orson Welles is mentioned in the first paragraph; he wanted to do more projects than was able, and at one point, was planning (or dreaming) to direct as The Joker with Gregory Peck as BATMAN... almost too cool to imagine! • The nod to Mork from Ork was Robin Williams' breakthrough character on one episode of HAPPY DAYS, related to the difference between a main character getting their own franchise or a cameo: and in Robin's rare case, MORK AND MINDY resulted from a guest-spot on a popular series • In the John Wayne classic THE QUIET MAN, he fights a dude for basically the last half (and/or act) of the movie... but that's Dad's favorite, so one should be careful going down certain Golden Era avenues.