Batman v Superman: 4 Reasons to Get Excited

Posted: October 23, 2014 by Blaine Grimes in Uncategorized

A couple of weeks ago, John shared some “reasons to hope” in the upcoming Star Wars movie. Now it’s my turn, and this week I want to give you some reasons to get excited about the Batman v Superman film. First, let me start off by saying that I am a huge Superman nerd and was initially very disappointed to hear that it will be a while before we get to see The Man of Steel in another solo movie. I got over it quickly, however; and apprehension soon turned into thrill.

In addition, those of you who follow movie news at all are aware that as plot points, casting rumors, and leaked footage have emerged, skeptics have been increasingly vocal. One of the perennial issues with superhero movies is that studios must appeal to a massive audience, while also trying to satisfy some of the comic book fans—of which I am included—who know and love these characters in mediums other than film. Ultimately, though, the purpose of these films is to make money (a lot of it); and as a result, the diehard fans will never be satisfied with every decision a director or producer makes. Some have ardently opposed the casting of Ben Affleck (more on that later); others have complained that the film will be surfeited with characters—friend and foe alike (a valid concern, in my estimation). That being said, there are several reasons that I’m really, really excited about this movie … and I think you should be too.

BATMAN v SUPERMAN

Sometimes the title tells you all you need to know. We get to see Batman and Superman fight! Knowing that Superman is the best—and would win that battle every time (I’m looking at you, Frank Miller)—doesn’t lessen the anticipation at all. It’s one thing to see this in a graphic novel or in a DC animated film; but to see it on the big screen, with director Zack Snyder at the helm, is a whole new ballgame.

Yet another of the manifold reasons people will flock to theaters to see The Dark Knight face off against Supes is that we are somehow attracted to cinematic spectacle that helps us feel our own smallness. We all need to be reminded that “we are but dust” (Psalms103:14), and at their best, massive action scenes can remind us of this truth. The Batman/Superman fight can remind us that we are very weak.

On the other hand, it just looks like a lot of fun, and it is important to remember that God is not opposed to fun.

BEN AFFLECK AS BATMAN

No, I didn’t make a mistake; this really is a reason to get excited. I know that we all like to think we can do a much better job than the people who get paid to make casting decisions, but let’s put all the outrage on hold until we’ve seen the performance. Remember, people weren’t all that excited about Heath Ledger being cast as the joker in The Dark Knight either. And not only is Affleck a Batman fan, he’s also a terribly underrated actor. His work in Gone Girl should have erased any doubts about his acting chops.

RELEASE DATE

The fact that this film has a 2016 release date is another reason for great anticipation. Let me explain. A long countdown means that Zack Snyder and company have ample time to get it right and give us the movie we want to see. There will likely be advance screenings, cuts and recuts, and hours upon hours of editing—all in an effort to make the the best (read: most profitable) film possible. Basically, we can have faith that the filmmakers—from now until 2016—will be doing everything within their power to make the year-plus wait worthwhile.

DAWN OF JUSTICE

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will actually be a part of the larger DC Universe. The film’s subtitle is DC’s promise that they are paving the way for the Justice League movie, which is slated to release in 2017. Yeah, the gauntlet has been thrown down, and Marvel finally has some competition!

This sort of world-building is a timely indication that—no matter what the postmoderns say—metanarratives aren’t dead. And finally, we should all get excited about Batman v Superman because you can rest assured that, in the end, they will join together in the fight for justice; for that is the mark of a true superhero

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  1. Ruben Cardenas says:

    Despite some of my concerns as well, I also remain pretty optimistic about it.

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