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There is part of me that’s very unsure about this, but I am also starting to get kind of excited. With the casting of Ben Affleck, Warner Bros is essentially, permanently, closing the door on Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. This is, in actuality, an amazing thing. It may go down as the definitive Batman film series, and while the character will be rebooted and revived countless times in our lifetime, that trilogy will be special and permanent. If Batfleck is connected in anyway to that series, I think it would be a bad move.
Batfleck should be a timeless Batman. I could picture a scene in the Batcave where Batfleck walks into his garage and all the film versions of the Batmobile, from Adam West to Michael Keaton to Christian Bale, so I mean ALL of them. It would be a great wink and nod, as if to say “this is a different Batman, but still the Batman you know and love”.
I know the reaction yesterday was swift and negative, and I’m partly to blame. The comparisons to Heath Ledger some have been making are a bit off. Heath was coming off Brokeback Mountain and Christopher Nolan is a profoundly unique filmmaker. Affleck carries a lot of baggage and Zach Snyder is far from being Nolan. This is more like Michael Keaton being cast as Batman, and the venom journalist spewed at the choice back in the 80’s. That worked out great, and I hope that happens here.
I do, however, feel bad for Henry Cavill. This sequel should have defined his Superman, and it may be over shadowed by Batfleck. I’m hoping that Superman gets his proper time in the spotlight.
As I said upfront I’m excited, but I’m still unsure. If the news read “Ben Affleck is directing and starring in the next Batman film” I would be elated. Affleck is a rising director, and a very impressive one at that. The films he’s made so far scream for him to direct a Batman movie. Unfortunatly, he will not be directing.
I was cautiously optimistic about Man of Steel, and while I enjoyed it, the film was not a home run. The announcement of Batman vs Superman (or whatever they plan to call it), got me excited again. But now I find myself back to being cautiously optimistic for the next film, instead of blindly excited. With that, I want to say a sincere congratulations to Ben Affleck. I know you will bring 110% to the role and I hope you kick major ass. I’m rooting for you sir.
So, that’s how I feel….. now where is the Wonder Woman movie?
Interesting ideas from Bryan at DCU.
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Seriously though, do we really have to wait until a Justice League film, or Man of Steel 3, or whatever, to see Wonder Woman on film? She is one of the most iconic characters in comics, yet can’t get a film green lit? I don’t buy it. I really don’t.
Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment, when asked why WW has no film on the way, was just quoted as saying:
The reasons why are probably pretty subjective: She doesn’t have the single, clear, compelling story that everyone knows and recognizes.
That’s a pretty lame reason, and also not true at all. Her story summarized: She is an Amazon champion/warrior who leaves her home in order to save the world of man from themselves. Has the story changed over the years? Yes, but right there you have a simple concept to build a three act structure on.
What if that “compelling” reason already exists? How about this alternate idea for Man of Steel 2: Wonder Woman leaves Themyscira because she is the only one capable of stopping this “Superman” who just destroyed a small town and a large city. Special effects, misunderstandings, moral lessons, Lex Luthor, and Steve Trevor. Boom: Superman/Wonder Woman makes a billion plus dollars.
There, you’ve got a Wonder Woman movie.
Now, I’m excited to see Batman and Superman side by side in a movie. But I would trade that in a heart beat to finally see Wonder Woman have her chance to shine.
In closing: I’m happy that Batman/Superman is happening, but DC Entertainment missed an opportunity to make it a Wonder Woman/Superman movie. I hope they correct the ship by putting WW in her own film before moving forward with a JLA film.
I continue to agree with Daily DCU.
Also this quote is bullshit, “She doesn’t have the single, clear, compelling story that everyone knows and recognizes.” I see that quote, and raise you a Green Lantern movie…
Superman/Batman 2015: What DailyDCU.com Would Do
Are you listening Warner Bros? Good. Here’s how to handle this story: Bruce Wayne (played by Christian Bale, and you pay him ALL the money to return) is having tea in Europe with Selena and Alfred. Bruce quickly becomes distracted by the television and the report on Superman and what just happened in Metropolis (basically the end of Man of Steel). Alfred says something like “You picked a good time to retire, looks like this bloke can handle any crimes you…” then, a grainy video from a phone shows Superman…SPOILER ALERT…break Zod’s neck. Bruce is stunned. He would never kill. The Dark Knight returns to stop this Man of Steel. What happens then? Special effects, misunderstandings, moral lessons, Nightwing, and Lex Luthor. Boom: Superman/Batman makes a billion plus dollars.
(STILL WAITING FOR CONFIRMATION THAT THIS MOVIE IS A REAL THING)
I must stand firmly with my friends at Daily DCU. They know what’s best.
Man of Steel - Official Trailer 3
DC at Midnight.
I’ve been mediocre on Zack Snyder’s movies in the past so I’m cautiously optimistic here.
DC Comics and Kia - The New York International Auto Show
I went to the NY Auto Show this weekend and aside from photo booths using iPads I also so a weird Kia Motors / DC Comics crossover. From the stand next to the cars:
Kia Motors America has joined forces with comic book publisher DC Entertainment to bring the World’s Greatest Super Heroe’s to life by combining automotive styling with comic book art. The partnership, which includes yielding eight individually customized vehicles, harnesses the talents of legendary comic book artist and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher, Jim Lee, who has collaborated on the design of each car with his vision for each iconic member of DC Comic’s Justice League - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg. As part of the partnership Kia is teaming up with DC Entertainment’s “We Can Be Heroes” giving campaign to bring help and hope to the children, women, and families affected by drought and famine in the Horn of Africa (www.WeCanBeHeroes.org).
So apparently there are eight vehicles, but only the three pictured (Superman, Batman, and Green Lantern) were at the Auto Show. I looked for the others, but no luck. It’s a cool, if not weird, crossover and it’s happening for a good cause.