Zack Snyder’s follow-up to 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has none of its predecessor’s thematic ambition and theological inclinations. The crowd-pleaser we get instead is consistently entertaining, even if lacking in a central, grounding theme.
It cannot be doubted that Zack Snyder has created one of the biggest spectacles in the superhero world with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Even among the negative critic reviews it continues to build its own fans, confusing the landscape for potential viewers even more. But is it really any surprise that such a polarizing film should elicit mixed opinions? Even so, there’s more going on in the film that just a gritty take on violent vigilantism.
The greatest test of the secondary characters of the Batman mythos has always been how to stand apart. Sure, people like Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, etc., but is that just an extension of the Dark Knight? And if so, are these characters actually good, or are they just a knock-off stand-in similar to shoddy fan fiction?
It’s hard to believe that it’s barely been a year since DC jumped on the cinematic universe bandwagon, announcing Batman V. Superman and moving to expand their horizons. More recently, DC and Marvel have announced exactly what movies they’re making and when, leading to a sort of nerd euphoria in the coming decade. It’s easy to loose track, so here’s a concise list of all comic book movies to be released through the year 2020.
Snyder’s newest tale is a tall order, dropping an epic return of one of DC’s most formidable villains, but it’s hard to find interest when the story doesn’t slow down enough for us to appreciate what’s happening.
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a nerd movie update, so this time I’m combining it with some news going around from other movies. Not all of this will necessarily be news to everybody, but it’s still some pretty cool stuff.
The internet exploded last night with (finally) official reports confirming what we’ve suspected for months. Zack Snyder will direct a Justice League film following the Man of Steel sequel.