SDCC 2015 – New ‘Batman v. Superman’ Trailer

You didn’t think you could make the whole SDCC weekend without some new Dawn of Justice material, did you? The new 3-1/2 minute trailer debuted today, and it’s chock-full of goodies.

Here are some of the things we noticed in the new trailer:

Bruce Wayne’s involvement/intervention/hatred for Superman comes from a personal tragedy suffered from what looks like a 9-11 style attack on downtown Gotham where Wayne Enterprises is located. It could actually be the aftermath of Man of Steel. Bruce Wayne is a billionaire; it’s not unlikely to assume he has business in Metropolis, too.

Wayne receives some manic messages from who we can only assume to be The Joker. Jared Leto might be making an appearance in BvS, if just to tease Batman’s involvement in Suicide Squad. One of the messages is painted on what looks to be a Robin outfit (2:02). Could this allude to a post-Jason Todd era Batman? Todd was murdered by Joker in Death in the Family.

However, Batman looks new to the game. Or at least new to people knowing he’s in the game. He has Batarangs, and he brands the bad guys he corrals with the Bat-symbol – a bit more S&M than we’re used to.

Clark Kent, in whatever weird scale of morality he has, thinks that Batman is a menace and ought to be stopped. This is interesting since Superman, albeit creator of soooo much collateral damage, has stepped into the light and into the court of law to be judged.

We really get a sense of the “False God” perception that was painted on Superman’s statue. People worship him, and he is prophetic in nature. It’s a nice touch. Martha Kent still serves as a lightning rod for Clark’s morality, which will be great as he deals with infamy.

Finally, a look at Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor! He’s a bit neurotic, more befitting to his own personality than the Lex we grew up with. Kryptonite also makes it’s debut here. It’s beautiful. Sexy Lexy thinks so, anyway.

Oh, and there’s Zod’s dead body. Has it just not decomposed yet, have his remains been frozen, or is this movie taking place that soon after the events of Man of Steel?

Wonder Woman is looking FIERCE in this trailer. All the Gal Gadot haters must be so embarrassed. We get an early sneak at Diana Prince (2:03)

Batman lights up his own Bat-symbol. This isn’t standard Bat-protocol, as Jim Gordon and MCU (Major Crimes Unit) get that honor. He’s also doing it in his armored suit, which still can’t look any cooler.

Here’s where it gets weird – there is a major fight scene between Batman and some Superman soldiers? If this doesn’t scream Injustice, I don’t know what does. All I know is that Bats looks silly in a pilot jacket and cargo pants.

Above all, there are going to be some terrific action scenes between Batman, Superman, and even Wonder Woman.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25, 2016.

SDCC 2015 – Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns to Co-Write a Stand-Alone Batman Film

Not surprisingly, this big news was dropped over Comic-Con weekend. Surprisingly, it wasn’t announced at Comic-Con.

Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns will be teaming up to write a stand-alone Batman movie, focusing on the aftermath of the events of Batman v. Superman and how they effected the Dark Knight.

Reportedly, the script is nearly finished and will be complete by summer’s end.

As of now, it looks like this is the movie that is taking top priority at DC Entertainment and Warner Brothers.

Geoff Johns is an acclaimed comic book writer. He is known for his work on comic series like The Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, and Aquaman.

Ben Affleck, whose fame and acclaim has been reenergized since Argo (F*ck Yourself), is a great writer in his own right. His best works include Good Will Hunting, Gone, Baby Gone, and The Town.

When I first heard this news, I was a little skeptical because I just thought Affleck was monopolizing on the character. But then I remembered that Ben Affleck is famous in part due to his writing skills, so I am really looking forward to this movie.

Batman v. Superman premieres March 25, 2016, followed by Justice League in 2017. The untitled Batman flick probably won’t be out until 2018 or beyond

Source: Deadline

RUMOR MILL – Ben Affleck May Direct and Star in a DCCU Stand-Alone Batman Movie

Yaaay… how exciting…

Warner Brothers has been working hard at establishing and building a cinematic universe to rival the MCU. We all know about the upcoming Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad movies and while those films have sufficient buzz the DCCU has yet to really pop. Until now.

Rumor has it that Warner Brothers will make a lot of announcements regarding their DCCU at San Diego Comic Con, one of which will be a stand-alone Batman movie, directed by and starring Ben Affleck. Initially that may not sound that great, but when you really think about it, this could be a game changer for Warner Brothers and DC.

While Marvel is currently launching ANOTHER Peter Parker origin story, DC will likely take a more interesting route with their, shall we say already overdone character. Affleck’s Batman that will appear in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice is an established character; he’s older and wiser and there will be little to no focus on his origins. Enter the solo Batman flick: it won’t be an origin story as that wouldn’t make sense in the timeline. By the time the Batman movie comes out there will be established villains for him from Suicide Squad and he will have already been introduced to audiences. There will be so much more subject matter for the film to cover, and we likely won’t have to see Bruce Wayne’s parents get murdered and him go off the deep end before embracing the bat.

For the Batfleck naysayers, I ask that you give the man a chance before you reject him. Affleck was the butt of the joke for a while, but he has absolutely proved his ability as an actor and extremely talented director. He will be working with Chris Terrio, who worked on the Dawn of Justice script, will be working on Justice League parts one and two, as well as working with Affleck on his Oscar award winning film Argo.

Source: LR (yeah, we know. Take this one with a grain of salt.)