Reasons to See Batman v Superman

Prelude

2016 is a year full of action-packed superhero films, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is not only one of the most anticipated movies this year, but of all-time. Visionary director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) helms this film three years after the events in Man of Steel. BvS is now a cultural phenomenon, and the kind of movie that people usually seem to either love or hate. I won’t spoil it, but instead provide insight as to why this movie will be worth your time and money.

Wonder Woman in action

The Terrific Ensemble Cast

The movie has a large, talented cast of actors that grant this film unprecedented credibility. Gal Gadot (Fast and Furious 6) adds the first big-screen portrayal of the most iconic female superheroine, Wonder Woman (who is getting her own movie next year). Meanwhile, Ben Affleck (The Town, Gone Girl) takes on a The Dark Knight Returns / Batman: The Animated Series version of the caped crusader, with Henry Cavill reprising his role as Clark Kent/Superman.

Lex Clark and Bruce

The much debated Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) is locked-in as the film’s main antagonist, billionaire Lex Luthor. He is publicly adored after helping rebuild Metropolis – while showcasing clear hatred for Superman as the end of human achievement. Other notable actors in the film include Jeremy Irons (The Lion King), Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead), Callan Mulvey (300: Rise of an Empire), Amy Adams (American Hustle), Holly Hunter (The Incredibles), Scoot McNairy (Non-Stop), and an appearance by former Green Bay Packer halfback Ahman Green.

Supes on set

Brawling on the Big Screen

For the majority of this movie, we’ll see the two titans facing off. Many initially wondered why they are fighting each other. Batman sees Superman as an alien threat to mankind after the destructive battle in Metropolis during Man of Steel, and blames Superman. On the other hand, Superman sees Batman as a brutal vigilante – stating, “[Batman] thinks he’s above the law.” In essence, they are two sides of the same coin. Affleck recently stated in Empire Magazine, “Rather than just ‘Alien v Predator,’ where you have two monsters and they’re going to fight, you have two people who really, truly believe they are doing something heroic and necessary in their conflict.” Both the comic-con trailer and the final official trailer indicate this brawl (among other action sequences) will be a spectacle for the ages.

Supes and Bat engaging

Soundtrack

Returning to compose the epic score is the collaboration of Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight) and Junkie XL (Mad Max: Fury Road, Deadpool). They both masterfully composed Man of Steel, and while Zimmer is doing most of the soundtrack again, Junkie XL will be taking on the new Batman theme. Four officially released 90-second samples can be found on YouTube and SoundCloud from their production company, WaterTower Music. Rumor also has it they will score the Zack Snyder directed Justice League: Part I due out in late 2017.

LexCorp

The Crew Behind the Cameras

BvS reunites Affleck with the film’s new writer, Chris Terrio, as they worked together closely on the critically-acclaimed film Argo, winning Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2013 Oscars. Terrio’s writing has been endlessly praised, especially for intellectual ideology, and most notably by Jesse Eisenberg, “[Terrio is] addressing geopolitics in this movie and not in a way that’s pretentious and esoteric.” Jeremy Irons has also been quoted saying the film, “[H]as an amazing screenplay. It’s a blockbuster written from the heart.” BvS is going to exude a dark, grounded tone while still embracing the lighter comic-book side of the mythology – delivering improved humor, characterization, and dialogue.

Ben and Zack BvS

Dawn of the Justice League

At the end of the day, while Batman and Superman will be adversaries in this film, they can’t remain enemies forever. As the subtitle hints, there’s always a chance we might see other DC Comics superheroes (or villains) briefly appear. Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Broadway actor Ray Fisher, and Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) are destined for heroic cameos in the film, and in the case of a Doomsday scenario, perhaps a few cameos could help protect the people of Earth.

Trinity in action

Final Thoughts

On Easter weekend, March 25, this huge Warner Brothers DC film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, will be remembered for decades, and in the best way possible.

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The Flash: The CW’s fantastic TV-series made better from where it originated

The Flash logo

The Flash is one of the most popular shows on TV today. It has the young, science-like feeling of Kyle XY and also the magic of DC Comics all put together with its combined, grounded universe with Arrow, another hit CW TV-show. Not only does it have a wonderful score, and some “flashy” special effects (no pun intended), it has a wonderful cast that includes Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/Flash, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Rick Cosnett, Jesse L. Martin, and Tom Cavanagh as Dr. Wells. They really excel in every scene of every episode they are in. I also can’t forget to mention the amazing guest stars they have: notable names are John Wesley Shipp (from the former same-titled show back in the 1990’s), Robbie Amell (The Tomorrow People), Wentworth Miller (Prison Break), Greg Finley (Secret Life of the American Teenager), Mark Hamill (Star Wars IV-VI), and Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead). This show might have the best overall cast on television (even better than NCIS). Not only do these specific people just bring credibility, but also build upon the wonderful, already-existing chemistry that this show has. Without a doubt though, Grant Gustin (Glee) and Tom Cavanagh (Ed) are the definite lead actors in the show, and it wouldn’t be able to sustain such high ratings and viewers without them both. They are perfect for the roles they play, and bring a presence and personality that makes viewers ecstatic.

The Flash 2

The show was created by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, who have both written every episode so far, and probably will the rest of the first season. Geoff Johns – Chief Creative Writer at DC Comics – has also been involved with the writing process, having helped written 11 of them so far. That’s a huge plus when it comes to knowledge and familiarity with the characters in the comics, and helps a lot when it comes to bringing those characters onto the screen. The Flash has a long list of directors so far, but David Nutter and Glen Winter have both directed two episodes so far, and have a pretty good resume and reputation in the business when it comes to directing television. One of my favorite parts of the show is how they have universal themes tied into each episode and keep the story flowing very smoothly, keeping good continuity. With those themes come the dialogue that are also brought into the show that deal with speed in some sort of way. It’s another nice touch when it comes to adding depth to the show (and just makes it sound that much more awesome – in my opinion). In addition to that comes the sunny, brighter lighting that contrasts really nicely with Arrow – which we will discuss in further detail below – and also resonates with the WB/CW show Smallville, which ran ten seasons from 2001-2011.

Barry Allen Dr. Harrison Wells

Another area it excels is in its storyline. Each week adds a new villain for Barry and the team at S.T.A.R. Labs to face, and without doing the whole villain-of-the-week quota where they disappear after that episode – they re-introduce them in other episodes that tie-in together with what’s currently at hand. This allows Barry and the gang to keep learning more not only about Barry’s potential with his powers, but also something new about themselves. Another element included in the mix are the suspenseful plot twists that each show unfolds – particularly in the ending scenes of each episode – that really carry the story on to the next episode successfully and in a way that makes the viewer (especially me) want to watch the next one right away. Of course, these kind of scenes usually involve one specific person: Dr. Harrison Wells. The particle accelerator which he developed was supposed to be a big advancement in the field of science, but instead the core lost control and ended up sending that matter into the sky. That ultimately created havoc throughout the city and led to the loss of S.T.A.R. Labs employee Caitlin Snow’s fiance (portrayed by Robbie Amell – cousin of Stephen Amell from Arrow), and also gave Dr. Wells paralysis . . . or so everybody thought. With little hints dropped in and major plot twists in every episode, The Flash evolves more and more into a must-watch spectacle of action, science, drama, romance, mystery, and even a little comedy.

Flash vs ArrowArrow

Many people are probably wondering how does this particular TV-show fit in with Arrow? It’s a really interesting question to answer, and will be my pleasure. On Season two of Arrow, they introduced Barry Allen as a CSI for the Central City police force. He was visiting Starling City and while there ended up becoming close friends with Felicity Smoak, who is Oliver Queen’s right-hand girl at the helm in the Arrow-cave. She came to Barry when Oliver’s life depended on Barry’s ability to save him. He then left for home intent on keeping Oliver’s secret identity of being the Arrow, when it’s shown that he is zapped by lightning in his room. Now ever since he woke up, he has been going to Oliver for advice and even to team up in the two-episode crossover between the two series in both of their eighth episodes in their current season. The first one was titled “Flash vs Arrow”, and the second “The Brave and the Bold.” Both were spectacular, earning a 9.5 rating (out of 10) on IMDB, and also a 9.1 rating. Another interesting fact they incorporate into both shows is how they add little “Easter eggs” into the background of scenes that involve the other show. For instance, I just re-watched the first episode of Season 2 of Arrow recently, and in one of the scenes you see a television showing the news and before it gets into the intent of what’s being shown (Oliver returning to Starling City), the broadcaster tells how the particle accelerator will be up and running soon. Another example is in the follow-up episode to the last crossover titled “The Climb,” when Felicity is seen sitting in the Arrow-cave at a computer and the very first thing on the screen is a picture of the Reverse Flash, which is a reference to The Flash‘s follow-up episode to their crossovers called “The Man in the Yellow Suit.” Plus, Felicity Smoak and a new character on Season 3 of Arrow named Ray Palmer (a.k.a. The Atom, portrayed by former Superman Returns star Brandon Routh) have been and will continue to cross over independently into episodes here and there as well.

DC Comics

One last cool thing before I turn you loose to go watch The Flash: the blended, incorporated small references to the DC Comics and also the DC Cinematic Universe. In one of the early episodes, Dr. Harrison Wells and the rest of the crew at S.T.A.R. Labs discover a meta-human whose skin is metal-like strong. Wells next words once Barry describes his encounter with this meta-human were “‘Interesting . . . a man of steel,” which is a reference to not only the full-length film Man of Steel, but that main character well-known in the comics known as Superman (the king of all superheroes, and my favorite superhero). Dr. Wells in a different episode also referred to Barry as “The light and hope to inspire people” in the city (referencing Superman again), and also when speaking about the Arrow arriving in Central City made it sound like he called the Arrow “Batman,” although he said “That man,” which is an indirect reference to the allusion of The Flash and Arrow being the TV-universe’s version of Batman and Superman, which is a cool image juxtaposed to the sequel to Man of Steel titled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The Flash

Now with all this mentioned, I think it’s time to stop questioning the show based upon a first glimpse of seeing or hearing about it. It has one of the highest ratings of any TV-show and one of the most-watched shows on screen. Even if you have no clue who the Flash character is or what the show is about, I suggest to start from the beginning and follow along. It’s the kind of show that you can talk about for hours on end. Thank you for reading my article, and I have plenty more coming in the future. If this hasn’t helped make you want to watch The Flash, I’m not necessarily sure what will. Go watch it!