Review: Wonder Woman

I’ve had a good reason to be hard on the efforts of the DC Extended Universe over the past few years; especially last year considering my thoughts on their previous two pictures: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. This year, the producers of the DC Extended Universe look to turn the page on last year and seek to do so with their first superhero adventure starring Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

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The film opens with Gadot as Diana Prince who receives a parcel from a new friend that compels her to reminisce on her earlier years. From her upbringing on the island of Themiscyra, home to the Amazons, where she was raised by her mother Queen Hippolyta, trained by her aunt Antiope, and encountered a man named Steve Trevor, who would guide her to the world of man on a journey that would change her life and the world at large forever.

To reiterate: I’ve been hard on the DC Extended Universe and I had good reason to be so. Their previous films have compelled me to set the bar low on their films going forward and I had to go into Wonder Woman with a low set of expectations. That being said, I must be blunt: THIS. MOVIE. IS. GOOD!

I must give credit where credit is due. Producers Geoff Johns, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Charles Roven, director Patty Jenkins and screenwriter Allan Heinberg crafted a solid origin story with coming-of-age themes that culminated in a very engaging, charming and the most entertaining DC movie to come out in years! I was satisfied with how they handled this movie; it wasn’t perfect but this was a great effort that really paid off!

I thought that the strength of this movie lied solely with Gadot’s performance meshed with Heinberg’s script and Jenkins’ execution. Wonder Woman is basically looking at the outside world with the perspective of childlike innocence, guided by a man who exposes her to the good and bad that a world at war has to offer someone who doesn’t exactly need to help.

If Gadot’s introduction in Batman v. Superman didn’t sell you on her ability to embody this iconic character, than this movie will most assuredly convince you! It was a treat watching her carry this movie and her on-screen chemistry with Chris Pine is splendid! Whether Diana is trying ice cream for the first time or feels concern or sympathy for the wounded soldiers on No Man’s Land, she just embodies the strength, compassion and innocence in this iconic character and she is relatable to audiences.

While I enjoyed watching this film, I only wish that the film could have done more with the supporting characters such as Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremmer, Eugene Brave Rock, Lucy Davis, Elena Anaya, Danny Huston and David Thewlis. I also hoped that the film would take more time to explore and examine Themiscyra, the Amazons and their cultures.

The cinematography of Matthew Jensen was solid, Rupert Gregson-Williams’ music was satisfactory, Martin Walsh’s editing was solid, the production design of Aline Bonetto was good, Lindy Hemming’s costumes were very good, the visual effects were to my liking and technically Wonder Woman was very well put-together to give this character the strength to stand on her own.

Wonder Woman clearly raised the bar for films coming from the DC Extended Universe because what separates this movie from the films that came before it: fun! This movie allowed itself to have its own natural fun and that allowed the audience to have fun watching it; this is leaps and bounds better than any DC film that came before it!

A New Age of Justice Is About To Begin!

The death of the last son of Krypton, shown in the final few moments of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, sent shockwaves throughout the world and beyond. The actions of Lex Luthor invited someone from beyond the stars to Earth and this being is not of peace, apparently. Bruce Wayne with the assistance of Diana Prince must scour the world to recruit warriors powerful enough to repel this invasive menace and assure the world that the sacrifice of Superman was not in vain. Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg are the Justice League.

Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Amy Adams, J.K. Simmons, Ciarán Hinds , Jesse Eisenberg, Willem Dafoe, Amber Heard, Kiersey Clemmons, Connie Nielsen and Henry Cavill. Written by Chris Terrio and directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League bows into theaters on November 17, 2017.

God Bless Comic Con! Why? TRAILERS!!!

I just knew that I would be blogging something today. Didn’t know how, but I knew. At first I thought I would throw up a surprise review on Star Trek Beyond, which IMO wasn’t all that; I’m not a Trekkie, I fail to see the appeal in Star Trek but I’m being honest, fans of the franchise will get a kick out of Justin Lin’s addition to the franchise and its attempt to appease its audience with classic nostalgic tones but for those non-Trekkies like myself: meh.

In case it hasn’t dawned on you: San Diego Comic Con is underway. It is in this time where fellow nerds, pop-culture enthusiasts, comic-lovers, practically people I can get along with confluence together to ooh and ahh all of the new grounds being broken in the worlds of comics, video games, television, films in the coming weeks, months or years even. You can always count on Comic Con to deliver something to wet your pop-culture appetite. While I was distracted by Star Trek Beyond, I returned home to catch up on what I’ve missed and I have missed much!

Kong: Skull Island

When Godzilla roared his mighty roar, someone at Warner Bros. and Legendary must have realized that this could be the beginning of something truly extraordinary but the creatures Godzilla faced did not pose enough of a challenge for the giant! Who could possibly stand against such a foe? The answer: KONG! An expedition led by Captain James Conrad, takes a team of explorers onto an island laden with danger and reigning over this treacherous-loaded-paradise is a creature who has existed long before the time of man but formidable and fearsome enough to hold dominion over his world and he won’t bow before anyone who dares stand in his way! Behold the trailer for Kong: Skull Island!

Kong: Skull Island is written by Max Borenstein, Derek Connelly, John Gatins and Dan Gilroy and is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The film stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Toby Kebbell, John C. Reilly, Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell. Kong becomes King on March , 2017.

Doctor Strange

Just when I FINALLY calmed from seeing that ridiculously trippy trailer from Doctor Strange, they set this on us! I’m not complaining it looks spellbinding all the same! BY THE EYE OF AGAMOTTO ENCHANT US!

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Michael Stuhlbarg and Scott Adkins, Doctor Strange is written by Jon Spaiths, directed by Scott Derrickson and will land in theaters by November 4, 2016. WOW!

The LEGO Batman Movie

I confess, I regret not giving The LEGO Movie a chance while it was in theaters. It did prove to be quite the delightful adventure. The film went on to enjoy a LOT of success in 2014, and in typical Hollywood fashion success usually equals sequels or spinoffs and in The LEGO Movie’s case, both. While the sequel is a ways off, a spinoff starring one of the films most popular characters is completely put together and fans are eagerly awaiting for the unveiling of The LEGO Batman Movie.

Chris McKay is the director guy in charge of assembly, who co-wrote the film with Seth Grahame-Smith and Eric Sommers, with the assistance of Jared Stern and John Whittington. Will Arnett will lend his voice to Batman, and rounding out the cast is Ralph Fiennes, Rosario Dawson, Michael Cera, Zack Galifianakis and Mariah Carey. The LEGO Batman Movie will hit theaters with excellent reflexes on February 10, 2017.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Harry Potter’s magical age has come and gone but renowned literary genius J.K. Rowling has started a new story about a new magical hero. Famous magizoologist Newt Scamander’s arrival in 1950s New York City has coincided with strange happenings within the American wizarding community and these bizarre events have involved some form of magical beast or two. Scamander must put his expertise to the test to remedy the problem before the fallout falls onto the non-magical population. This is the latest trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is written by J.K. Rowling, directed by David Yates and stars Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Carmen Ejogo, Dan Fogler and Samantha Morton. A new age of magic begins on November 18, 2016.

Wonder Woman

One can say she made her long-awaited debut in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, many can argue that she stole the show in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Either way, whether you liked Batman v. Superman or not-I didn’t-Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was a revelation and a statement; badass heroes don’t have to be men. Before she stepped back into the light in that intense battle, she had a story and this trailer is a preview of said story about how Princess Diana of Thymiscara set foot onto the world of men, guided by Steve Trevor.

Directed by Patty Jenkins and written for the screen by Geoff Johns and Allan Heinberg, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Lucy Davis, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Saïd Taghmaoui and Florence Kasumba. Wonder Woman rides into battle June 2, 2017.

 Justice League

Perhaps no movie will be under no greater scrutiny than the follow-up to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Judging by this trailer, Justice League is saying and doing all of the right things but trailers have been deceiving before. Essentially, Batman is recruiting a team of meta-humans including Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg. This team of extraordinary individuals with great power will combat a coming threat. Justice League is coming together.

Zack Snyder directs, Chris Terrio contributes the screenplay for this superhero ensemble piece starring Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amber Heard, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, J.K. Simmons, Willem Dafoe, Jeremy Irons and Henry Cavill. Justice League bows into theaters on November 17, 2017.

I have never attended Comic Con before but one day I hope to go and be a part of so much nerdgasmic excitement! Any more trailers come out, I’ll bring them here for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy and GOD BLESS COMIC CON!

Major Announcement Regarding Justice League

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was my most looked forward to film of 2016. It bombed. Badly. The aftermath of the highly anticipated follow-up to Man of Steel sent shockwaves reverberating throughout Warner Bros; some new additions were made, some losses were suffered, things had to be shuffled around and yet, it is all leading up to Justice League, the film that will bring together the major heroes of the DC Universe to combat a never-before-seen threat to Earth and humanity. Today, a major announcement has been issued regarding the production of Justice League, including a new logo and a new synopsis.

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Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.  Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat.  But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions-via Collider

Here is what is known about Justice League at this point in its production:

  • Batman will assemble the team with the assistance of Wonder Woman
  • The film is essentially a recruiting story; how the team is brought together
  • The League will consist of Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher)
  • Superman (Henry Cavill) will return in the film, perhaps after the climax or prior to the 3rd act
  • Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) will play an unspecified role in the feature
  • J.K. Simmons (Commissioner Gordon), Amber Heard (Mera) and Willem Dafoe (Vulko) are confirmed for Justice League
  • Steppenwolf has been confirmed to be the antagonist of the film. He has yet to be cast

  • The three Mother Boxes are of interest to Steppenwolf and have a connection to both Wonder Woman and Aquaman
  • The tone of Justice League will be lighter than that of Batman v. Superman
  • Justice League will NOT be a two-part feature. Instead the story will be condensed into one film with the possibility of a sequel or two to introduce Darkseid
  • The film will occur several months after the events of Batman v. Superman
  • Junkie XL will score the film; Hans Zimmer has elected to retire from scoring superhero genre films but his themes from the previous films will be utilized
  • Fabian Wagner is in charge of cinematography; he will take over for Larry Fong
  • Geoff Johns will step in and act as a producer/godfather for not only Justice League but for all upcoming DC-based feature films in the future.
  • Ben Affleck has been promoted to be an executive producer on the film while shaping his upcoming Batman feature

Zack Snyder will return to direct and the screenplay will once again by crafted by Chris Terrio. Also Amy Adams and Jeremy Irons are also on board the cast. Justice League will bow into theaters on November 17, 2017.

Updated: Rick Famuyiwa Will Not Direct The Flash

I’m going to be honest, my stock in the DC Entertainment Universe right now is low and not much of anything, except Zack Snyder getting a demotion or termination, is going to restore it, but yesterday I received a little bit of news that truly piqued my interest.

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The Flash will be featured in Justice League, portrayed by Ezra Miller who already made his brief debut in Batman v. Superman, but a few weeks ago Seth Grahame-Smith left the standalone The Flash feature over creative differences, much like Michelle MacLaren did with the Wonder Woman feature. DC and Warner Bros took time to find a suitable replacement for MacLaren in Patty Jenkins and they did the same for The Flash by landing Rick Famuyiwa, credited for acclaimed indies such as The Wood, Brown Sugar and last year’s smash hit at Sundance, Dope.

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Warner Bros is looking for the right chemical mix on its superhero picture line based on the DC Comics heroes that started with Batman V Superman, and the feeling internally was that Famuyiwa provided a vision that would resonate with young viewers and that vision was very compatible with the script that the studio is moving toward the starting gate with. That vision was executed to strong reviews in Dope, the 2015 film about a young geek trying to survive in a tough Los Angeles neighborhood

I LOVE this move! Dope was one of the best films I saw in 2015 due to its fresh approach, savvy direction and excellent execution all around and I credit Famuyiwa for such an excellent change of pace picture. I can’t wait to see what he can bring to The Flash; perhaps that fresh and funny appeal from Dope will rub off on the rest of the films in the DCEU lineup. Justice League Pt 1 will bow in theaters on November 17, 2017. The Flash races into theaters on March 16, 2018.

Update: It has just been brought to my attention that due to creative differences with producers, Rick Famuyiwa has elected to leave The Flash, thus marking the second time the superhero feature will be without a director. It also puts the timetable to get The Flash into production into jeopardy as Warner Bros. now races to find a suitable replacement.

Five Reasons Why Zack Snyder Should Not Direct Justice League

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It has been almost a month since I witnessed firsthand the cataclysmic meltdown that was my most anticipated film of 2016. In case you missed it, I went into my screening of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, thinking that this movie would take off like a harrier jet capable of breaking the sound barrier. Instead, the result was worse than the Hindenburg if you ask me. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice laid the foundation for the DC Cinematic Entertainment Universe, that will set forward the foundations of films such as Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, Green Lantern Corps, Ben Affleck’s standalone Batman feature and (hopefully) Shazam! (If Dwayne Johnson can seriously commit to the project). Again, it has been a month since the fallout and the more I think about it, the more I believe that the future of Justice League Pts I and II, would be in better hands instead of Zack Snyder’s. I have, at least, five reasons why Zack Snyder needs to be removed, demoted, replaced, whatever you wish to call it!

  1. He has taken the franchise as far as he could-With Man of Steel & Batman v. Superman, Zack Snyder has sewn the seeds of a universe that could reap vast sums of money for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. He’s laid out Superman’s revamped and reimagined origins story, he has effectively introduced Batman and other key members of the league, but I feel that he has gone as far as he could go with this and furthering his position at this juncture and leaving Justice League in his hands, I feel is a recipe for disaster. I think Zack Snyder has taken this enterprise to a place where he or the powers that be (the executive producers at Warner Bros.) need to sit down and find someone else to give Justice League the gravitas it deserves.
  2. Justice League needs more than just visual appeal!-“Pretty to look at but not much beneath the surface,” no I’m not describing a stereotypical supermodel, I’m describing Zack Snyder’s body of work thus far. Be it 300, Watchmen, Sucker Punch, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder always has this tendency to favor the aesthetic visual tone of his films at the expense of subduing the plot and that cannot happen with Justice League Pts I and II! These two movies have a lot riding on them and they need a filmmaker who can appropriately balance the visual and the narrative in order to win audiences over, whether they liked Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice or not. There needs to be a compelling plot that can draw audiences in and drive the films forward and it needs to balance with whatever gorgeous imagery will come.
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    The results speak for themselvesBatman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice shattered records on its opening weekend, which isn’t surprising considering many, including myself, had high expectations for the film when it was released. The next weekend, it’s box office earnings plummeted amidst of mostly bad-to-mediocre reviews and word of mouth. Next thing we’re hearing is that Warner Bros. is planning to reshuffle its release volumes considering that they haven’t had a great degree of success with their pictures, not to mention they didn’t see the profitable returns they were hoping for from Snyder’s anticipated superhero outing. Now attention turns to Suicide Squad, which coincidently had to implement reshoots to infuse a little humor in an abundantly dark plot. The studio recognizes that there is an issue that needs to be addressed, which leads to

  4. Actions must have consequences-When Fantastic Four bombed-and boy did it!-director Josh Trank was thrown in the proverbial “director’s jail” along with all of the baggage he brought with him during production. The aftereffect was that it cost him his opportunity to direct a Star Wars movie, supposedly Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice didn’t so much as bomb but extremely disappoint yet Zack Snyder is reportedly confirmed to be locked in to direct Justice League Pts I and II. With the fallout of his highly anticipated sequel-of-sorts to Man of Steel, growing more and more, there needs to be consequences for what happened. I’m not saying “fire him” but I beg the producers at Warner Bros. to sit down and actively discuss the idea of “finding a director who can bring Justice League to its zenith that is not Zack Snyder.”
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    Zack Snyder’s movies just don’t do “it” for me-When I was in high school, almost everyone was going gaga over 300. When I finally had my opportunity to see it, my impression was “really? This is what everyone was going crazy over?” My next Snyder film I believe was Watchmen and that wasn’t exactly a winner for me either. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole was alright, Sucker Punch was dreadful, I appreciated Man of Steel for what it was but it was certainly different, and you all know my stance on Batman v. Superman. My track record with Zack Snyder’s films is not good and I cannot express how much I don’t want to hate Justice League when it arrives in theaters! As a fan of comic book mythology you cannot imagine how much I don’t want to hate Justice League! I want Justice League to hit the grand slam when it makes it into theaters and I want to love Justice League Pts I and II! Under Zack Snyder’s direction, that is venturing into particularly dangerous territory!

I want it on record saying that I’m writing this out of respect of the work Zack Snyder has done so far and out of concern about the future of the DC Cinematic Entertainment Universe. I thought the Supergirl crossover with the CW’s The Flash had more entertainment value than Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice; that’s just the place I’m coming from. Here is the lineup for all of the DC movies going into the future. Count on the fact that I’ll be in line waiting and ready to blog about all of them!

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“Suicide Squad” – August 5, 2016
“Wonder Woman” – June 2, 2017
“Justice League: Part 1” – November 17, 2017
“The Flash” – March 16, 2018
“Aquaman” – July 27, 2018
“Untitled DC Film” — October 5, 2018
“Shazam” – April 5, 2019
“Justice League: Part 2” – June 14, 2019
“Untitled DC Film” — November 1, 2019
“Cyborg” – April 3, 2020
“Green Lantern Corps” – June 19, 2020

Review: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Where to start? How to describe? I’m wrestling with ideas and questions after last night’s early screening but I can’t find the ideal place to begin, so I suppose it is best to begin at the beginning.

The setting for this week’s feature film takes place nearly two years after the events of the high-grossing 2013 summer blockbuster. The film follows three principle characters.

The first is Bruce Wayne, who spends his nights ushering vigilante justice in Gotham City. Two years ago, Wayne witnessed firsthand the assault on Metropolis at the hands of the invaders from another world. Wayne harbors resentment towards the last alien standing at the end of the battle; he saw one of his buildings collapse, his employees displaced, maimed and traumatized.

The second principle character is Lex Luthor, the favored son of Metropolis with an major axe to grind and a hidden agenda to boot. While Wayne is resentful toward the third principle character to be named later, Luthor is certifiably off his rocker with hatred and fear over the last extraterrestrial and his paranoia leads him to believe that the alien threat is only in its infancy and he must take steps to ensure the survival of the human race.

The third and final principle character is the man himself, Superman and he has the whole world talking. He’s being hailed as a hero, a savior and in rare instances a god while simultaneously being labeled a menace, a threat, an interloper, a man “who answers to no one. Not even, I think, to God.”

Principle character B (Luthor) harbors deep fear and resentment towards Principle character C (Superman) and he also happens to despise Principle character A (Wayne’s vigilante alter-ego, Batman) so he hatches this elaborate and sinister plot to augment the rising tensions between Principle characters A & C with an insurance policy of world destroying proportions in case his goals don’t see the light of day. His ambition:

The greatest gladiator match in the history of the world. Black and Blue. God versus Man. Day versus Knight. Son of Krypton versus Bat of Gotham!

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This is Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the highly anticipated follow-up to Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder and written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer. I’ve been waiting, rehashing all of the important tidbits of news and information related to this feature ever since I first caught wind of it’s production and after all of that time, all of my anticipation, all of my excitement and hype, I can proclaim with deep reverence that Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is an epic…letdown!

I want to get this out of the way though: the film sets out what it wants to accomplish. This is the film that will be the bedrock, the cornerstone of the DC Entertainment Universe culminating in the assembly of DC Comics most celebrated heroes down the road into the future; in this Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is successful.

The cast does a respectable job. This is quite a collection of actors including Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, who does a passable rendition of Bruce Wayne/Batman (I just want to throw that out there), Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Tao Okamoto, Scoot McNairy, Holly Hunter and Callen Mulvey; I’d say the standouts of this cast would be Gadot and Eisenberg and everyone else simply ties for 3rd place.

Let’s get back to the main point shall we? I’m not exaggerating when I say this, I’m legitimately serious, when I left the theater after attending an early screening of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, I HAD A HEADACHE!!! This was an unmitigated and completely unnecessary fiasco that did not need to occur!!! Oh my Lord the elements that this movie needed to succeed were there and it just failed to take advantage of all of it!

For starters, the screenplay read as though it were inspired by a massive car wreck, just endless brutal collisions and cutoffs that made the film feel so disjointed and jagged, it was difficult to find a moment and allow myself to settle in and feel comfortable. Chris Terrio won the Oscar for his screenplay on Argo and while I felt that there were strong points in the writing, which were few and far between, this is the best he and David S. Goyer could up with?! Looking back, someone needed to shout “Is there a (script) doctor in the (production) house?!” Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was handling so many subplots it felt as though it was doing an amateur’s effort at juggling bowling pins!

The run-time for this movie was little over two and a half hours long and I vehemently believe that if a few superfluous scenes were left on the cutting room floor, I would not have to be so, let’s say, “passionate” in my review. I don’t want to spoil this movie but there was no need for the film to begin with the Wayne family getting killed; Zack Snyder, you already made it clear that Batman is already established in this universe and the whole world already knows how he became the Dark Knight, you did not need to go over an already obvious detail to start this film! This is just an example of an unnecessary scene that did not need to be in this movie.

The editing, courtesy of David Brenner, was at the intersection of choppy and sloppy. Every time I tried to settle into the action, the movie haphazardly jumps to another character arc. I think the reason why I left the theater with a headache is because my brain suffered from whiplash from the times this movie zoomed from one action to another!

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The directing? I personally don’t have an opinion on Zack Snyder; most of his movies have been average in my eyes and I think he’s brought this franchise and the mythology of Superman as far as he could take it but I think the folks at Warner Bros. need to take a moment, sit down and inquire whether or not he is the right filmmaker to helm the Justice League because this is something they cannot afford to get wrong! Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was sloppy and anticlimactic and he engineered it.

I understand that there was a lot he wanted to cover in this movie but the film suffers because he wanted to do so much.

The film wasn’t an entire mess though! I thought Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL collaborated on an stellar score, Michael Wilkenson did a great job with the costumes, the visual effects were glowing, the art direction team did a superb job, the production design of Patrick Tatopoulos was solid, Larry Fong’s cinematography was decent, just allow me to reiterate that this did not need to be a bad film! The elements for this to be good were there and it accomplished what it set out to do, but the execution was an epic washout and it is so disappointing because this was a historic event for superhero genre films and my most anticipated movie of the year!

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice had the celestial makeup of a star and instead it just became Jupiter.