Friday, March 20, 2015

Guest columnist talks 'Dawn of Justice' plot, conclusions

Welcome back to the finale of guest columnist David Hudson's three-part preview of the film "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," which will be released March 25, 2016.

Lex Luthor, seen here in the "Young Justice" animated
series, will be in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."
In the first part, Hudson shares how he believes Ben Affleck will be "an awesome Bruce Wayne" and "has the ability to portray a nuanced Batman." The lifelong Dark Knight and Superman fan also expects "Dawn of Justice" to have a darker tone than "Man of Steel."

Hudson, in part 2, says he believes "Dawn of Justice" and actor Henry Cavill will deliver "a Superman who is closer to the Superman that we all know and love" and will reveal the future members of the Justice League through various cameos. 


This is one of the few on-set photos of
Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne that
fans have seen.
In this final installment of his preview, Hudson talks about how Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor will be "key figures" in the possible plot of "Dawn of Justice" and draws up some conclusions. 

(In Feburary 2014, shortly after Warner Bros. announced Jesse Eisenberg would play Luthor, yours truly wrote a CCC op-ed which addressed the challenges the star of "The Social Network" and "Zombieland" has in portraying the big, nasty, manipulative baddie.) 

Without further ado, enjoy — and share your thoughts in the comments section below! …

Plot:
I expect the "Dawn of Justice" film to deal with the aftermath of the Kryptonian invasion and the destruction of Metropolis. Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor will be key figures in the rebuilding of the city and there were easter eggs of Wayne Enterprises and Luther Corp in "Man of Steel."

Gal Gadot is the first actress to play
Wonder Woman in the movies.
The antagonist usually drives a Superman movie. Since Superman has faced his second most powerful foe General Zod (Darkseid would be No. 1), the logical thing would be for him to encounter the top two intellects in the DC Universe: Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor.

I expect both characters to have an antagonistic relationship with the Last Son of Krypton. Superman's relationship with the Dark Knight will end with respect between both parties, with the seeds planted for a friendship. Lex Luthor will reveal himself to be the Man of Steel's true nemesis. I expect one or both of them to use their intellects to discover Kryptonite.

Finally, this movie is going to serve as a prequel to the upcoming "Justice League" movie. I have a feeling we will meet all of the members of the Justice League in cameo roles. "Dawn of Justice" will serve as the introduction to the new Batman and for the first time on the silver screen, Wonder Woman.

Conclusion:
I have often felt Warner Bros. attempts to make their movies works of art with Shakespearean drama. 

While I am a lifelong comic book fan, I realize comics are more grounded in myth than reality. I think Marvel Studios does a much better job of juggling entertainment with drama and they attract fans of all ages. One of the defining memories of my childhood, which cemented my lifelong love of cinema and comics, was my mother taking me to see a double feature of "Superman: The Movie" and "Superman II." Richard Donner created the formula that Marvel has used that features greater actors with a wink and nod to reality.

My biggest worry is that "Dawn of Justice" will take itself too seriously and be too dark for a film that is appropriate for all ages. I know that it will make over $300 million at the box office, but I have some reservations.

Please feel free to share your thoughts below with Cary's Comics Craze creator Cary Ashby.

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