Batman and Superman get a title…

…and it’s a doozy.

Are you ready  for 2016’s planet-bashing team-up picture, the luxuriantly-titled “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice”?

Well, it's a title, I guess?

I’ve got to admit, that’s on the cheesier end of the spectrum of proposed titles for this Zack Snyder-helmed, uber-franchise.  But if you’re going to go big, you go titanic, I suppose.  I still think that the WB are onto a loser by not using my Batman Vs Superman: The Smashenating” title, but you don’t want to give away all your eggs in one basket, do you?

The shenanigans erupt on 6 May 2016 – if the film doesn’t back down from another two-fisted, titanic clash – going up against Marvel Studios‘ “Captain America 3″ on the same weekend…

Batfleck Revealed

Ben Affleck as Batman, Image (c) Zack Snyder/Warner Bros
Ben Affleck as Batman, Image (c) Zack Snyder/Warner Bros

So, after teasing us mercilessly with a tarp-on sneak peek at the Batmobile on Twitter yesterday, cheeky rapscallion Zack Snyder only goes and drops our first look at Ben Affleck as his Batman in the still-untitled cinematic dust-up between the Dark Knight and the Last Son of Krypton.

Early nerd word is pointing to the close resemblance to the Jim Lee take on the character – which I can see.  I’m also getting a bit of Frank Miller‘s two-fisted battler from the costume and from Affleck’s physical heft.  This is one Gotham Knight who looks like he can wipe the floor with the reimagined Superman.

Well, for a few seconds at least, until Supes drop kicks him all the way to Star City.

Zack Snyder’s next exercise in filmic shock and awe is still scheduled for 29 April 2016 – the same weekend, currently, as Marvel’s yet-to-lens “Captain America 3”.

Beware…The Benman!

The Dark (Coated) Knight
The Dark (Coated) Knight

Oh, internet – when will you learn?

No sooner had the news broken that heart-throb-turned-hypethenate Ben Affleck had signed up to play Batman in Zack Snyder’s 2015-bound follow-up to “Man of Steel”than forums, comment sections and social media went into full-on nerd meltdown mode.  Really – it’s not pretty.

Stepping back for a second, can you imagine the proverbial hot mess Snyder would have unleashed by casting, say, Robert Pattinson in the role?  It would almost have been worth it just for the epic, NeoGaf off-topic forum craziness.

Affleck, lest we forget, is actually a pretty decent actor when he’s not being a fantastic director.  Naysayers can try to skew the debate by invoking “Daredevil” (which he’s not that bad in), “Gigli” or – shudder – “Pearl Harbor” as evidence of his limitations as an actor, but it’s just as easy to remember that he did sterling work in “Dogma”, “Changing Lanes”, “Hollywoodland” (eerie!) and the double-bill of “The Town” and “Argo”, to name but some of his back catalogue.

I’m the first to admit that some of his nineties and early 2000’s output lacks, shall we say, a certain delightful consistency, but which working actor can’t ‘fess up to the same problem?  You can’t hit a home run (or a cricket century) every time you’re up batting.

How about we step back for a second and – you know – let the cameras actually roll on the movie before we wade in and start ripping about a movie project which could be seriously fricking cool?


Superman Vs Batman – the movie!

Oh San Diego ComicCon,with this news you are spoiling me...
Oh San Diego ComicCon,with this news you are spoiling me…


Zack Snyder, fresh from annoying a great many people with this summer’s “Man of Steel” – haven’t seen it yet, so I can’t comment – truly chucked the feline incursionist  amidst the pigeons yesterday by announcing that he and Warner Brothers are now working on a “Superman”/”Batman” team-up movie.

Can you say ‘license to print money’?

According to Warner’s official PR blurb, Henry Cavill and his “MoS” cast mates Diane Lane will return – no actor has yet been cast in the Batman role.   Snyder and Warner will have to get a move on, though – this out-of-left-field franchise flick is due in the summer of 2015.  Alongside, lest we forget, such small scale fare as J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars – Episode Seven” and Joss Whedon’s newly christened “Avengers 2: Age of Ultron”.

Start saving money now, fellow fan-girls and fan-boys – 2015’s going to be a busy summer…