Why Dawn of Justice Makes Me Nervous
BY WESLEY BOUTILIER→
The internet went nuts last year when it was announced that Batman and Superman would finally be sharing the screen together. It was promised to be the biggest superhero crossover film since The Avengers in 2012 and nerds everywhere began to rejoice. Two of the world’s most widely recognized characters are going to battle it out on the silver screen; so why am I more nervous than excited?
When the announcement was first made, I was beyond thrilled. This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. However, it also raised dozens of questions. We’ve gradually started to get more and more information about the movie, but some of that information isn’t so comforting. First of all, it was revealed that Ben Affleck will be taking on the role of Batman. Personally, I had no problem with this decision. He might not have been my first choice, but I could still get behind it.
Unfortunately, not all of the casting news has been reassuring. It was also announced that Lex Luthor would be played by none other than Jesse Eisenberg. Yes, the quirky kid who played Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network is supposed to be a believable super villain. I really like Eisenberg and think he’s a great actor, but this choice still makes zero sense to me. I remember people were skeptical about Heath Ledger playing The Joker at first, but this seems even more far-fetched. However, Jeremy Irons being cast as Alfred was an excellent decision.
Things got even weirder when we found out that Wonder Woman and Cyborg will be appearing in this film. I understand they want to set up a Justice League movie, but it seems strange to introduce two new characters and a brand new Batman in one movie. DC is trying to catch up with Marvel’s cinematic success, choosing to cram several heroes into one movie, rather than bother with solo films. I suppose they don’t want to copy Marvel’s approach, but a series of solo films would be in everyone’s best interest. Seriously, do you realize how much money a Wonder Woman movie would make?
Recently, we were treated to the first official photo of Ben Affleck in full Batman gear. I may have been critical about a lot of things regarding this movie, but Batfleck looks badass.
Finally, what we had previously been calling Batman vs. Superman, was given an official title: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Maybe I’m nitpicking, but this title is ridiculous. You have Batman and Superman beating the crap out of each other, why over complicate things? Dawn of Justice throws all subtlety out the window and just sounds plain corny. I guess it won’t matter too much, considering most people will probably continue calling it Batman vs. Superman.
Perhaps I’m being a little harsh on a movie that hasn’t even been released, but I’m sure I’m not alone in my skepticism. Hopefully, we can look back on this article and laugh at the fact that anyone ever had any doubts.