It’s official — both the title of the upcoming Batman V Superman movie and that the Twitterverse hates it, which is bad news for a film which has barely started being filmed. What has raised the ire of the Twitterverse, bloggers, and others, is not just that the “s” has been taken out of “vs,” but also that the Zack Snyder-directed flick is subtitled Dawn of Justice.
Besides Batman V Superman being a movie about a confrontation between Batman and Superman (perhaps to put it mildly), it’s no longer a secret — if it ever was — that the flick’s purpose is to introduce the other superheroes who who make up the Justice League. The movie will serve as an origin story for the “dawn,” or formation, of the league of superheroes.
That’s all well and good, and, if the movie depicts the other members of the Justice League in a fairly serious way, rather than in a “Super Friends” manner, then DC fans are in for a potentially awesome movie-going experience.
Still, why the “v”? It so obviously refers to the “justice” part of the subtitle, and law cases, that it’s become the subject of much ridicule. Comic book fans know about at least one version of what might occur in the movie, the version where Batman wins a fight between the two super heroes through the use of kryptonite.
Possibly Batman V Superman will depict this, but if Batman/Bruce Wayne has the attitude that the collateral damage Superman sometimes inflicts when battling super villains isn’t the best way to handle such situations, that would be hypocritical of him, as…well…even the Joker blamed Batman for people the Joker murdered. People died in the latest trilogy of Batman movies. Devastation was wrought, hospitals and city blocks were destroyed. If he tries to confront Superman with this type of argument, Batman would be denying that he, also, has been accused of causing collateral damage.
Maybe the Twitterverse and others are making too much of a big deal about the title. Maybe, just maybe…but, as Jim Croce once wrote a song about, “you don’t tug on Superman’s cape.” If Batman V Superman gets into how they both become — here’s the painful “f” word — “friends” — and how they became integral members of the justice League, alrighty then; all’s well with the world.
Maybe the title of it reminds you of the name of a Steven Seagal comeback movie, as one person, @DoctorFluxx, tweeted; or, possibly, your OCD makes you think of the “v” as the Roman numeral version of “5,” as it did with another person who tweeted about the title, Chris Stuckmann. Or, maybe the title reminds you of a law movie, as it did with @Hello_Tailor.
Production of Batman V Superman has begun in Detroit. The script is being written by Chris Terrio, of Argo fame. Warner Brothers/Legendary Pictures has announced the names of some of the actors cast for various roles, like Henry Cavill reprising his role as Superman in Man of Steel, and the controversial casting of Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. That also had the Twitterverse and DC fans in an uproar, though hopefully, Affleck will do a good job in the role.
Also, as has been announced, Gal Gadot will play Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher will be Cyborg, and cast members of Man of Steel such as Diane Lane, Amy Adams, and Laurence Fishburne will all be returning. Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred, will be played by Jeremy Irons, and Jesse Eisenberg will be the villain, Lex Luther.
Besides Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Cyborg, the original Justice League of America (JLA) included the superheroes Green Lantern, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, and the Flash. Warner Brothers/Legendary Pictures haven’t yet revealed which of these super heroes will be in Batman V Superman. The movie will be filmed not only in Detroit, Michigan, but also in Illinois, the South Pacific (probably because Diana Prince/Wonder Woman hails from that region), and Africa. The movie is scheduled to be released in May 6, 2016, the same day when Captain America 3 is scheduled to hit theaters.
The Zack Snyder-directed movie, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice isn’t out of the gate yet, and yet it’s already been much maligned. Will it be a major box office success despite all of the criticism that’s been leveled against it? What are your thoughts, America? Do you love or hate the movie’s working title, or are you straddling the proverbial fence? Please leave your comments below!
Written by: Douglas Cobb