Like most recent spring and summer movie seasons, the warm months of 2016 will once again be dominated by comic book/superhero movies, but with a twist. This will be the summer of what I like to call “Squad Shade.”
In Captain America: Civil War and Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice viewers are going to see DC and Marvel movies like they have never seen before, as packed full of super powered beings and high stakes as any comic adaptations ever have.
Both highly-anticipated features are now only months away and they have dropped official trailers with a lot to talk about so let’s break them down.
Captain America: Civil War
Marvel Studios is fresh off a surprising successful run for its Ant-Man movie, which closed out the planned “Phase 2” of its film universe. Kicking off Phase 3 of their movies with the third installment of the Captain America franchise, which uses one of the biggest comic book story arcs in recent time to bring big changes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
If you don’t bother to read the comic books that source these blockbusters than you might not have heard of the Civil War story line, which in an unprecedented level pits superhero vs. superhero, friend vs. friend and family vs. family.
In the Marvel universe, the government passed a new legislative bill called the Superhuman Registration Act because of a series of incidents with superheroes. Like the Twilight series, there are teams. In Civil War you have Team Captain America and Team Ironman which leads me to the official movie trailer and one word, DAMN!
The movie kicks off with Captain America (Chris Evans) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) finding The Winter Soldier, Cap’s long lost best friend, Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) after he went off the grid at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Next we see what is to be a U.S. politician basically introducing the Superhuman Registration Act to Captain America.
Like in the comic book story arc, Iron Man sides with the government and back the SHRA and is sent it to “persuade” Captain America to fall in line. Obviously, that doesn’t happen and the Civil War begins.
In the trailer you begin to see who sides with whom. Team Captain is Falcon, The Winter Solider, Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). Team Ironman consist of War Machine (Don Cheadle), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson,) and the introduction of Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). Other superheroes expected to appear in the movie like Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Vision (Paul Bettany) and just reported Spider Man (Tom Holland).
The movie looks like another smart, dramatic and action-packed home run for Marvel Studios but you will never see a comic book based movie with this many superhero’s fighting each other! This is a first day must-see movie for me. Remember to stick around for the Easter Eggs after the credits, this movie should only be the start of new big things in the MCU!
Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice
As Marvel digs in with its Avengers saga, DC and film partner Warner Bros. invites us to explore a dormant conflict that will finally explode across the screen to fan boys’ delight — Bruce Wayne vs. Clark Kent…Batman vs. Superman.
I have to admit I’m a HUGE Batman fan. He was the one superhero as a kid I wanted to be. Rick, good looking, got the ladies but was also a super detective with a mean streak like no other, and who would beat the living crap out of you, but the greatest thing about Batman was he didn’t have super powers, just his mind and gadgets.
As depicted through the mind of director Christopher Nolan in his trilogy, the Batman mythos became elevated to a work of art. While directors haven’t been so successful translating Superman’s greatness in recent times you can always fall back on the fact that this character is basically a God walking amongst men. In short, this movie will ask what will happen when humanity’s “Dark Knight” rallies all his resources to take down a power that can’t be controlled by the human race, even if that power may be the savior of humans.
The trailer opens up Bruce (Ben Affleck), Clark (Henry Cavill), and Lex (Jesse Eisenberg) meeting for the first time. Bruce and Clark throw major shade at each other without even knowing it. The next scenes and dialogue sets up the movie perfectly. Superman is being worshiped like a God and Batman is seriously completing coming out of retirement to beat some Superman ass.
While those two are beefing, Lex Luther creates Doomsday from the body of General Zod (Michael Shannon) who Superman neck snapped in Man Of Steel. Once Doomsday appears and begins to blow shit up, here comes the Amazon Warrior Goddess Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). Let the Dawn of Justice begin.
Now the trailer looks very exciting, dark in tone, and gives fans their first glimpse of DC’s 3 iconic characters side by side ready for battle but I’m kind of worried about this movie. From the look and sound of Jesse as Lex, Affleck playing Bruce Wayne (do you remember Dare Devil), Zod is Doomsday (did anyone read the Death Of Superman) and yes it might sound sexist or “body shamming” but I’m not buying Gal as an Amazon Warrior Princess.
The trailer itself looks rushed and just complete thrown together. I seriously thought the movie was going to be based on the great storyline of The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller but director Zack Snyder did a complete 180 with the movie.
Instead of going the route Marvel took of giving each hero their own stand-alone movie, we get a prequel to the Justice League in this movie with appearance by Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and rumored The Flash (Eraz Miller). I’m definitely going to see Batman vs. Superman
This summer of “Squad Shade” should be a very rich, interesting and debated one.
As a fan of both DC and Marvel, I’m happy with seeing my childhood obsessions come to such vivid life on the big screen. Nothing beats a good comic book movie but nothing can piss me off more than a promising comic book movie done wrong.
Good luck to both of these, they will likely both entertain, but I have a feeling that like the Golden State Warriors, Marvel will continue its unprecedented winning streak while DC will have to keep building itself up before it can truly win over critics and fans.
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