This is pretty much my excuse to have a fan moment before the actual film.
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is my most anticipated movie of all time, more than the latest Star Wars, more than the next Tarantino rollercoaster; more than anything. I recall seeing Man Of Steel back in 2013 and being completely awestruck at just how much it seemed to do what I wanted it to do, I understand it’s a controversial statement to make but I love Man Of Steel, I can and still do watch that film whenever I can, even now I am overcome with chills by the Krypton prologue, when Kal El learns to fly for the first time, the battle of Smallville, the triumph over the tentacle wielding world engine and of course the climactic decision that results in a neck being broken. It’s a film that divided fans like a broken continent, with uncountable naysayers, defenders and those in the middle, I love it though, I’m fairly certain I’m in love with it, and now it seems I get to relive that love all over again.
For the past 3 years, ever since they announced their plans to pit Batman against Superman in Man Of Steel’s follow up, I have waited, more and more anxiously with each passing month, every trailer, every clip released has sent me rocketing into the air and the fact that we finally get the film on Friday, words cannot describe the excitement within. Could I be wrong though? Is this mindset a recipe for disaster? Am I destined for disappointment because my attempts to remain indifferent to prevent such hope crushing have failed? For now I cannot say, I have not yet seen the movie, but I feel my early joy might not be such a bad thing as feedback from screenings have begun to roll in and everyone is shouting at how great it is, while it may not be wise to speculate I believe I’m safe, we’ll have to wait and see won’t we?
Funnily enough I was not all that much into Superman before Man Of Steel, at least as far as movies go (believe it or not, but Man Of Steel follows the comic book Superman extremely well), I understand that the first two Christopher Reeve movies are extremely well regarded and more or less everyone seems to love them, I think they’re ok – perfectly serviceable, call me crazy but I can’t really agree that they are untouchable masterpieces, I can never get past the cheesiness or scenes like in Superman 2 pulls his logo from his chest and flings it like a net, it’s like that that stop me from being on the same page as everyone else, but they’re still good though, don’t get me wrong. Then of course there’s the infamous 3 and 4 which… you know what, I’m not going to waist time on, and Superman Returnzzzzzzzzzzz oh, sorry, what happened? Man Of Steel was the first cinematic incarnation of Superman I loved with all its visual mastery, grand story telling and the kind of action I thought we would only see in Dragonball Z, shame not too many agree with me there though.
Like it or not, Superman has killed in the comics, many times (and even if he hadn’t I’d still say it’s about time he got his hands dirty), and no, he didn’t let Jonathan Kent die because he wanted to hide his powers, I mean did people who complain about that even see the movie or are they jumping on the bandwagon? You can clearly see he’s about to do something when Kent puts his hand up and tells him not to, it’s not like Kal was happy about it either, I mean did he, or did he not start crying once he realized what his father wanted him to do? But it’s ok, while it saddens me that I was one of the few back in 2013, this year things are looking up, could I actually be part of the majority this time around, looks like I could be – could be.
I have quite a few reasons for being as excited as I am, one being my apparently blasphemous love more Man Of Steel but I’m also quite a stickler for Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns and taking inspiration from it was the best thing the filmmakers could have done given the conflict here. Superman and Batman fighting is something nerds, like myself, have talked about since… I don’t know how long for, but I know I’ve certainly discussed it with friends and now we get the first ever cinematic pairing of these two great characters. Now even though Batman stands victorious when they fight in Dark Knight Returns (for a few seconds anyway, long enough to give a cool speech), for the movie, my money’s actually on Superman. I like Batman more than Superman but looking at character motivations, at least what we know from the trailers, it looks like Batman could lose, because he seems to be mistaken about Superman, believing him to be an enemy and losing the fight against him only to be spared would teach him a lesson, and provide a good character arc, that’s not a spoiler, I have no idea what’s going to happen, all just fan speculation.
Speaking of those trailers, bloody hell, are you guys seeing all this? Good God, that last trailer where Superman grapples Batman upwards through that building, and catching what looks like a bullet, and swinging a punch only for the heavily armored Batfleck to BLOCK HIM… sorry about that, I lost my mind for a second. My final reason for being so excited is because, and I’m not ashamed to admit this, I love Zack Snyder, I really truly do, he is one of the best action/comic book filmmakers out there. The Dawn of the Dead remake was awesome, I can’t praise 300 or Watchmen enough, I quite enjoyed Legend of the Guardians, and I cannot believe that Sucker Punch has the reputation that it has, I really like that movie and the hate just doesn’t make sense to me (I’ve looked at reviews to at least try to get some kind of understand, I gave Mark Kermode’s review a try and all he did was say “Zack Snyder” with a squeaky voice so that got no where). I love Snyder’s filmography and I want to see him do well, I hate that his films don’t get the recognition they deserve and I’m anxious that this time he could get his first fresh Rotten Tomatoes rating since 2008.
I can’t wait for this movie, the early positive buzz keeps me sane and reassured but I’m salivating here people, 3 long years I’ve waited for this film and now it’s here I can hardly believe it. I’m hoping, after seeing the film, I’ll be walking down the street like Toby Maguire in Spiderman 3… or perhaps less creepy than that, I’ll be skipping that’s for sure, if the film’s a disappointment I doubt I’ll even have the life-force to get up from the chair. That being said, this Friday can’t arrive soon enough. I know there are concerns, there are whispers that it could have too many characters and so on, but I’m more cautiously optimistic, they asked the studio for more time so they could get the story right and cut out characters from the final cut, not because they had to but because they wanted to, I’d say we’re in safe hands.