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General Batman v Superman Discussion Thread (SPOILERS)

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Via a press release found at Deadline.com:

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BURBANK, CA, August 22, 2013 – Ending weeks of speculation, Ben Affleck has been set to star as Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne. Affleck and filmmaker Zack Snyder will create an entirely new incarnation of the character in Snyder’s as-yet-untitled project—bringing Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen and continuing the director’s vision of their universe, which he established in “Man of Steel.” The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The studio has slated the film to open worldwide on July 17, 2015.

Last month’s surprise announcement of the new movie featuring both Superman and Batman created a wave of excitement and immediately fueled discussion and debate—among fans as well as in the media—about who would put on the cape and cowl of Bruce Wayne’s alter ego.

Snyder successfully re-imagined the origin of Clark Kent/Superman in the worldwide blockbuster “Man of Steel,” which has earned more than $650 million worldwide to date, and climbing. The director will now create an original vision of Batman and his world for the film that brings the two DC Comics icons together.

Affleck will star opposite Henry Cavill, who will reprise the role of Superman/Clark Kent. The film will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

In the announcement, Silverman stated, “We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”

Snyder also expressed his excitement about the casting of Affleck, noting, “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”

Kroll added, “We are so thrilled that Ben is continuing Warner Bros.’ remarkable legacy with the character of Batman. He is a tremendously gifted actor who will make this role his own in this already much-anticipated pairing of these two beloved heroes.”

Affleck recently starred in the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture “Argo,” which he also directed and produced, earning acclaim and a BAFTA Award nomination for his performance in the film, as well as a number of directing honors. In 2010, he starred in and directed the hit crime thriller “The Town.” His recent acting work also includes “The Company Men,” “State of Play,” and “Hollywoodland,” for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. Earlier in his career, Affleck starred in and co-wrote (with Matt Damon) “Good Will Hunting,” for which he won an Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay.

The new Super Hero film is being scripted by David S. Goyer from a story he co-created with Zack Snyder. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller serving as executive producers.

Production is expected to begin in 2014.

The film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, and Batman characters created by Bob Kane, published by DC Entertainment.

I was surprised to read the news but honestly am not sure how to react.

Edited by forst

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What? A thread with Ben Affleck being announced as Batman and people not raging over it? What is this sorcery? :D

Seriously though, I'm probably one of the few weirdos who liked him in Daredevil (In fact I like the Daredevil movie over all, especially the Director's cut) so personally I'll not complain over the choice. He can't do worse than Bale (Yes I went there!). My main worry though is always if he can pull of the complicated double role as Batman vs Bruce Wayne. So few actors have ever managed to truly nail it (then again they could avoid the whole thing by just having him appears as Batman and never as Bruce Wayne). For me only three Actors have truly managed to pull off convincingly for me the double role and one of them is a voice actor. (And no Bale is not one of the two live action actors)

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The full trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been released:

 

 

My first reaction? Way too dark, way too much destruction, way too many attempts to be funny (like Marvel) that feel out of place, and I have absolutely no idea what the movie is about or what the plot is.

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I just can't help but think that DC is getting way too far ahead of itself. It wouldn't surprise me at all if many of their announced future films never get made. The DC "cinematic universe" just doesn't seem to have the same, fun foundation that Marvel has going. Like TJ, I think they've done a much better job with their television properties.

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This was a bad, bad film. DC, and more specifically Zach Snyder, have no idea how to make a superhero film. There are some great visuals, but they make being a superhero into such a burden for their characters that it sucks the life from the audience.

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I agree. I saw it today and thought it was terrible. All of the characters were depressing to watch, the story made no sense, the entire film felt like a setup for the Justice League movie(s), and the fight scenes were either too dark or too explosive. And after all the hype, Wonder Woman was incredibly underwhelming.

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Underwhelming, perhaps, but still one of the best parts of the film, which is,admittedly, a low bar to clear. I was hoping WB would announce a shake-up of sorts in the creative teams behind the upcoming films, but it seems they're committed to this vision of the DC Extended Murder-verse.

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