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Batman VS Superman Casts Lex Luthor and Alfred

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Batman VS Superman has just been delayed for 10 months and will now be coming out in 2016 rather than 2015. When Ben Affleck was cast as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman people took to the internet to complain. I don’t know how people will react to this current casting news as it is very fresh.

Jesse Eisenberg star of The Social Network has been cast as the main villain Lex Luthor. Now I was very surprised by this as everyone was saying that Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong and Joaquin Phoenix would be cast in the role. I understand that they wanted someone younger for the role as they aimed to have him the same age as Superman but I don’t think that Eisenberg has the presence to stand up against Cavill. I thought an older actor would have been more suited to the role.

Bruce Wayne’s Butler has also been cast. Alfred will be played by Jeremy Irons which I think is a great choice. I think he is a great actor and in some ways the role seems to small for him but I reckon he can pull off the same sympathy and conscious of Alfred that we saw from Michael Caine.

We are likely to keep on getting more rumors as well as casting updates over the next few months so watch this space.

What do you think of the casting? Who would you rather see play these roles? Please comment and thanks for reading.

Batman vs Superman (Man Of Steel 2) What to expect

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In June I blogged about if the Justice League movie would happen or not. If it was to happen I suggested a few things. Those things have come true. I predicted correctly. I said that a Justice League movie should not be done till 2017 and that is the case. I said that Batman and Superman should team up in a film first, that is the case. And that other League members should be introduced in others films, so far A Flash movie has been confirmed.

I am happy that Warner Brothers are no rushing into a Justice League movie. I did think a Batman reboot should have been done first but after thinking about it, it is not necessary. We all know Batman’s origin story initially. We know what happens to his parents, we knows he is a billionaire, we know he travels the world to become a detective and a fighter. Why would another film get made to explore that.

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I did really enjoy Man Of Steel and it is a great starting point for a Justicec League movie. I am not sure at the moment how the film will work out. As with the title of the film it is unknown. We can assume that Batman and Superman are going to face off each other and eventually join forces. Will there be a villain they need to take down together? I really can’t say.

I do think that maybe Lex Luthor will appear as a minor role and maybe set up to be the main villain in Man Of Steel 3. Darkseid has been rumored to be the villain in the Justice League movie so I doubt he will be the villain. Others have suggested Doomsday will be the villain for this film. Maybe a Batman villain will be the threat of this one?

I am anxious about this film as I love Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy so much and I am very greatful that his creation is protected by him and will not appear in the Justuice League. If there is a new Batman it will have to be very different from Christian Bales’ portrayal. I think Luke Evans should play the role of Batman in this film. Others are already suggesting Ryan Gosling, Armie Hammer, Michael Fassbender and Idris Elba. Casting needs to be spot on if they are going to make this work.

Overall I am both nervous and excited about this project and I have felt that Warner Brothers only inteneded to make Justice League because of The Avengers. The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel all did well at the box office I don’t want to see this made as a pathetic attempt to try and get one over on Marvel. It should be done correctly or not at all.

What do you think of this film? Who would you like to see portray Batman? Who should the villain be? Please comment below and thanks for reading.

Man Of Steel Review

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A much anticipated film Man Of Steel has just been released. A great deal of anticipation followed this film because of the disappointing Superman Returns and the fact Man Of Steel is produced by same team that made The Dark Knight Trilogy. Christopher Nolan however did not direct this film and people are saying this because he knew he could not make it good. However the film works. Despite many negative reviews from critics I think this is the perfect superman movie.

A lot of the issues that other critics have had I do not see. I mean I can understand why they said what they said but I have to disagree with them. Man Of Steel is a fantastic film. Despite being over two hours long I think it is completely worth it.  Some of the story may have been irrelevant and people suggest plot holes but they are not an issue with me.

Critics have also said that the film takes ages to get going but I think this works. we need to be introduced to this character in the correct way rather than it being rushes. There is also a great deal of action in this film on par with Transformers and many critics have said this distracts from the human story between Jonathan and Clark Kent. I say that this has the perfect balance of action, heart and drama. We get to understand Clark Kent’s mind and how he sees others, and we also get to see how powerful he is as Superman.

The special effects of the film are also amazing. The opening scenes on Krypton looked so real and the fight scenes on earth looked less real but still were breathtaking to look at. The fight scenes also were very good. I hope a lot of it was filmed rather than created digitally. I would like to think that some of Nolan is in this film. Nolan has tended not to use CGI if necessary. I do think seeing it appear on camera is far better than special effects. I can understand the flying fight scenes were CGI but some of the close up fighting looked brutal and real.

The film is perfectly cast as well. There is no one in the film that dissapointed me at all. Some chcaracters were not used as much as they should have been but they all worked. Henry Cavill looks the part and portrays Clark in a realistic gritty way some calling him an emo superman. Michael Shannon was chilling as the villain General Zod, his voice and his presence added so much to the character and I think he was perfectly cast. Amy Adams was a good Lois Lane despite being ginger. I hope people are not put off by the fact it not completely loyal to the comics but that shouldn’t matter. Other cast members gave brilliant performances Kevin Costner especially with his interatction with Clark Kent. Some of the best scenes are between Kevin Costner and different ages of Clark Kent. This performance in particular added a human element to the film which was really quite beautiful

As for the wider universe there is no cameo appearences by any Justice League characters  however there are two easter eggs in the film that show Lex Luthor and Bruce Waynes companies. As for a justice league movie I could see this version of superman starting it, however I feel this may not be needed. Man of Steel can carry its own series and I really don’t want to see a Justice League movie made just for the sake of it to attempt to rival Marvel’s Avengers.

Overall the film is highly entertaining and still included many elements of Nolan’s Batman whilst at the same time being very different. This is a good story with heart and fantastic visuals and even though it may not be loyal to the comics we get a superman who is grounded in the real world.

Rating: 8/10