Release Date: 25 March 2016 Certification:12A Running Time:151 min Director: Zack Snyder Starring:Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Gal Gadot
After decades of development hell and countless fanboy arguments, pop culture icons Batman and Superman are finally squaring off on the silver screen in Zack Snyder’s sequel to the 2013 Superman reboot Man of Steel. With a reportedly massive budget and hopes for a new franchise of shared universe superhero films, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has a lot riding on it.
So unless you’ve been living under a rock this week -and I mean literally- you’ll know that this week’s biggest movie news was the announcement that Ben Affleck is to don the cape and cowl in the upcoming Batman/Superman flick. You’d be forgiven for thinking the world had actually ended, seeing the absolute fury that’s been pouring out of the internet in response. Personally, I would’ve gone for Grant Heslov from that Oscar-winning Argo trio, seeing as Clooney’s already done Batman and risked ruining the character forever (has everyone forgotten?). Either that or Heslov would make a sweet Robin. Basically I demand Heslov, I miss him from his 90s action side-kick days.
So aside from that news, whatever you make of it (or whether you even care), this week also saw Fright Fest take place down in yon London, so we’ve compiled some of the news from down there for you to check out. We’ve also got this week’s trailer round-up, and of course no internet film news site would be complete without a weekly Nicholas Cage video. Enjoy.
This week has been monumentally nerdy, in the best possible way. Punctuating my three (yes, three) viewings of Gizmo Del Turbo’s kaiju pow-wow Pacific Rim has been an unstoppable stream of trailers, teasers, panel highlight reels, photosets, gifs and Vines straight from San Diego Comic Con 2013. Every year the convention manages to be a highly-potent antidote to the dearth of content in TV-season limbo, and this year continued to uphold this tradition in earnest.
Elsewhere in the world, Netflix revealed some insight into their future plans to distribute original documentary and comedy programming, infamous Harry Potter fanfic ‘My Immortal’ becomes a web series, Terrence Malick is being sued for being too damn productive, and the world bids adieu to beloved character actor, Dennis Farina.
1997’s Batman & Robin commonly ranks amongst the worst films of all time. Widely dismissed as a feature-length toy commercial, it proved the death knell of the gothic franchise established by Tim Burton and even prompted a public apology from director Joel Schumacher. An undiscerning seven-year-old at the time of its release, however, I was oblivious to the movie’scritical lambasting and can remember forcing my parents to endure at least six showings in the cinema – not to mention countless more at home on VHS. With Christopher Nolan having successfully restored the Dark Knight’s reputation, then, I decided to revisit Batman & Robin and find out why it’s so often considered “the Citizen Kane of bad films.”
Earlier this year, I was introduced to Jason and Brandon Trost’s joint directorial venture, The FP — a post-apocalyptic, adrenaline-fuelled homage to both 80s cinema and Konami’s Dance Dance Revolution, packed top-to-tail with an infectiously immature wit played with admirable sincerity. Shortly after watching, I had the opportunity to interview Jason about the film and his upcoming ventures. Tomorrow sees the US VOD release of his latest film, All Superheroes Must Die — a comparatively dramatic outing which sees a group of four superheroes stripped of their power and forced to complete in a series of challenges in order to save a town of civilians held captive by the villain, Rickshaw (James Remar).
Check out the trailer below and read on to hear about Jason’s journey to release, opinions on VOD distribution, his surprise film of the year and a tease or two about his upcoming projects.