Recently I shared the #SuicideSquad
trailer into my feed. It is a movie from the stable of Warner Brothers +DC Entertainment
Properties that I am genuinely interested in. All of the information to date paints the picture of a film that features actors who care about the roles they play; perhaps scarily so for Jared Leto; and a production staff that takes the roots of the Suicide Squad seriously. I find myself intrigued, not alienated, by the possible update to the backstory of #HarleenQuinzel
; aka #HarlyQuinn
In many ways the Suicide Squad movie is as much a throw-away movie along the lines of +James Gunn
's (still not sure if valid account) #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy
or +20th Century Fox
's take on #Deadpool
. It's a film scheduled to be released in a traditional "Dumping Ground"
time slot; featuring characters that may or may not have any quote/unquote "Mainstream"
appeal. If the title succeeds, great! If it fails, then the studio can say they at least tried to do something that did not resemble a cookie-cutter sequel approach; which only justifies canning any other edge projects.
So it is with much morbid interest that I watch the promotion for a film that Warner Brothers could not possibly care less about be entertaining and fun. It is also with morbid interest that I watch the promotion for a film that Warner Brothers has banked a significant amount of resources behind; up to shooting completely new footage and re-shooting significant chunks of already processed footage in order to focus the film on a single actor's performance; turn into a complete train-wreck every time something happens.
I am of course talking about #BatmanVsSuperman
... or #DawnOfJustice
... or the #BenAffleckBatShow
... or the #BatFlackAttack
... or any other hashtags that have no doubt filtered through the social media circles. The director, #ZackSynder
, went on record saying that the choice of #BenAffleck
was a quote/unquote #NoBrainer
After watching the already posted footage; I agree. It took absolutely zero brain power to cast Mr. Affleck in the role. As per almost every other film ever featuring Mr. Affleck; he's got this silly little smirk regardless of the scene in play. The smirk is quite obvious in the the trailer scenes pitting #BruceWayne
; and shows up again during the trailer footage introducing #WonderWoman
. Yes, Bruce Wayne is supposed to be very epitome of confident; but the character is also supposed to be one of the most talented actors within the DC Universe.
Case in point: #MatchesMalone
. Within the DC Universe Bruce Wayne routinely appears before his enemies as the thug Matches Malone. The performance is so effective that not even #DickGrayson
realized that Matches Malone was really his mentor Bruce Wayne.
So... just from the trailers? Ben Affleck's usual inability to change his expression to at least fit the character he is supposed to be portraying is downright infuriating. It's almost like Zack Synder never actually read any Batman comic books or even watched the #Timmverse
version of Batman to get a handle on the character that he cast Ben Affleck to play. Well... I've seen the most recent Superman movie... and I think I've leveled commentary before on Zack Synder's inability to understand DC characters.
Ben Affleck isn't the only issue with Dawn of Justice. There is also #JesseEisenberg
; who is portraying #LexLuthor
according to +IMDb
; or #LexLuthorJr
according to a number of fan sites actually tracking Dawn of Justice production notes.
I think it was Ryeata... might have been Foxcat... who commented upon the release of the second Dawn of Justice trailer that watching Jesse's Lex Luthor was akin to watching colliding dirigibles. The logic followed that given the average mass, average density, average physical size, and average air speed of a dirigible; it would take not just one or two errors in order to produce a collision; but a succession of errors the likes of which would create a statistical anomaly so great that reality would force every human within a 100 mile radius of Richmond Virginia to pick winning Powerball numbers.
Last year on January 27th I commented here on G+ that the editorial direction from #DanDidio
; combined with Zack Synder's directorial focus; would likely result in another film like #BatmanAndRobin
. Seems fitting then that Jesse Eisenberg's portrayal of a Lex Luthor is over-the-top and exaggerated; it feels like like the performance was directed to blend in with a 1990's Batman film. I seriously found myself questioning whether or not Zack Synder was walking around on the Dawn of Justice sets shouting: #RememberWeAreMakingAComicBookMovie
Suffice to say then; Suicide Squad has been doing everything correctly; Dawn of Justice has not... and then things got... more... blimp wreckish. The short version is that Zack Synder took to twitter asking his legion of followers who would win in a fight between Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent. This wasn't the normal; shall I say; clash of theologies. This was an attempt to get fans to cheer for one side or the other... DURING THE UPCOMING MOVIE
Several major problems with that.
First Problem: the title is Dawn of Justice. The whole POINT
of the entire film is that Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent establish some sort of Detente between their superhero identities.
Second Problem: the fight against Doomsday which is displayed in the already released trailer already shows the two standing down their fight against one-another.
Third Problem: the trailer itself already spoils, verbally, that the lack of a fight between the two Titans is Exactly why Doomsday was unleashed to begin with.
Fourth Problem: A DC Entertainment Special that pulled back some of the curtains on #WonderWoman
used verbiage to place Diana Prince as a character who could flatten both Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne. Quote/Unquote: #SheIsTheBestFighterInTheDCUniverse
So... what exactly is Zack Synder indulging in? It is like asking who is going to win in the 2015 World Series: The Toronto Blue Jays or the Chicago Cubs. The event already happened, and featured neither of those two teams. There is absolutely zero point to be picking one side or the other in Dawn of Justice as within the limitations and constraints of the film's already established plot: NEITHER SIDE CAN WIN.
There are several significant differences between events that drive good Public Relations; and complete failures to understand any concepts of chronology. Zack's admission that his casting choice(s) involved the use of Zero Brown Power certainly calls into question if anything he has done in relation to Dawn of Justice has involved exercising his grey matter.