Batman v Superman Review

Batman v Superman ReviewLast night I finally got to see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. After the critical mauling the film received – with a score of 29% on Rotten Tomatoes at time of writing – but this is unfair as there is many things to recommend this film. To give you a sense of what I thought of the film I gave it 7 out of 10 on IMDB and would have put it on a level with Ant-man on my count down of 2015 Summer Blockbusters. To explain these thoughts requires spoilers so jump below the break to find out more.
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Review of Hollywoodland

Review of HollywoodlandIt has been a couple of weeks since certain areas of the Internet melted down when the news that Ben Affleck had been cast as Batman in the sequel to Man of Steel. Therefore this is a great time to look at the time Affleck played Superman, well kind of, in the movie Hollywoodland.

The film tells the story of the death and life of George Reeves who played Superman in the 1950s. When he is found dead in this house from suicide, Private Eye Lewis Simo, a fictional character played by Adrien Brody, is hired by Reeves mother to find out the truth. Find out why below the break

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DC’s World’s Funnest

Last week DC upload lots of short cartoon onto its YouTube Channel. Amongst these shorts was a series called World’s Funnest, a Creature Comforts style series starting Batman, Robin, Superman, Catwoman and the Joker. Created by in 1989 Creature Comforts set vox-pops of the general public being performed by plastic animals, now Aardman has tried the same thing but with superheroes.

 

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The Birth of Monster Iconography

This poster includes SPOILERS for the novel and movie of Frankenstein.

In my post Movie Iconography and Why It Is Important, I talked about how for some franchises (for want of a better word) their story elements become iconic. The example I used last time was Superman‘s origin story. Now since Superman‘s launch in 1938 very little of his origin story has changed. The same basic elements are always there. Earlier in that decade Universal Studios was defining the story elements of another character who stands across our cultural history.

Frankenstein‘s Monster is one of the most recognisable characters in horror history – alongside Dracula – however, do you know how he was created? I’m willing to bet that the image appearing in your mind is more the second example than the first:

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Movie Iconography and Why It Is Important

Avengers PosterThe modern box office is run by opening weekends. If you blockbuster fails to make enough money in that time, they are often dropped by their studio and so the film flops. According to Box Office Mojo, presently the Biggest American Opening Weekends Box Offices (not adjusted for inflation) are:

  1. The Avengers
  2. Iron Man 3
  3. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2
  4. The Dark Knight Rises
  5. The Dark Knight
  6. The Hunger Games
  7. Spider-Man 3
  8. The Twilight Saga: New Moon
  9. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
  10. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

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Man of Steel Begins

This poster includes SPOILERS for Man of Steel and Batman Begins.

Last week I saw Man of Steel and while I enjoyed it, it got me thinking about superhero origins stories and remakes. Remakes I’ll get onto in my next post so today I’m focusing on the former.

The standard way of introducing a superhero in modern day cinema is through his origin story (they are almost all male as well!) and most of them suffer from the same problem, the bad guy. The film takes so much time explaining how our hero got his powers and why he has now started using them, the bad guy is only introduced when the hero needs to be tested. This can often make a film feel like a football match and have two distinct halves rather than a complete whole.

Man of Steel Poster

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