Hey everyone, it’s time for our annual year in review special, where we talk about the best and worst things that came out over the span of 2016. We go through our picks for movies, new television shows, video games, comics, conventions, and things to come out of Japan. It’s a pretty broad scope. Before that though, we take a moment to remember the late Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, who passed since our last episode.
Which is pretty damned sad.
This is also Pher’s last episode on the podcast, and we bid him a fond farewell.
On this episode we mourn the passing of Admiral Ackbar himself Erik Bauersfeld, rejoice in the LEGO Batman movie trailers, and question the petition to bring the R rated cut of Batman v Superman to theaters. We also jump straight into the con scene, remembering the Twin Cities’ closing Thunderbird Hotel, comment on the cancellation of yet ANOTHER Yourminicon event, lament issues with this year’s Karoshi Con, and celebrate Who’s Yer Con and the INDYpendent Show for being awesome.
So Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been pretty polarizing. There are a lot of people who love it, and quite a few who kind of hate the thing. My opinion was that it was just kind of “meh.” There were good bits, there were bad bits, and (frankly) there were just too many bits. A lot of the first act was just wholly unnecessary frankly. In fact, I was pretty certain the one negative thing both critics and fans agreed on was that the movie was just too long.
Well, I was wrong.
You see, some jackass calling himself “Bruce Wayne” has started a Change.org Petition to try and get Warner Bros to release the R rated cut of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Super Long Boring Secret Identity Crisis on Infinite Justice. That cut of the movie is an estimated three hours in length, which is a half hour longer than the over-bloated film we got in the first place.
Look kids, if you liked the movie, that’s fine. There are some good bits – Ben Affleck is a really solid Batman, and every moment that Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman is on screen is cinema gold. Amy Adams continues to be a solid Lois Lane, and Henry Cavill does his best with the material he’s given. If you want to see a longer version of the movie, that’s cool too… but understand you are in the minority.
Don’t demand that theater owners and the studio put out something that most of the country doesn’t want to see (mostly because they just watched three quarters of it). Enjoy your eventual Bluray copy and leave the rest of us in piece.
On this installment of The Off Week, Trae digs into Batman v Superman: Dawn of Secret Infinity Wars of Crisis Justice (or whatever) and tells you whether or not it’s worth going out and seeing it.
Spoiler: The answer is “maybe.” But he’ll give you his reasons.
“The Off Week” is a series of videos produced by Nerd & Tie in the weeks where we aren’t producing a full length podcast. The goal is to raise questions and make you think about things that you’ve maybe taken for granted.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of the Planet of the Secret Wars of the Final Crisis on Infinite Earths of Justice has hadseveraltrailers so far, but this newest one is by far the least spoilery one. It’s also the final one, so who knows what that says about the marketing department at Warner Bros.
Pretty much this whole thing just sets up the fight between, well, Batman and Superman — with some Wonder Woman thrown in because whoever cuts the trailers is smart enough to know that there’s a bunch of us more hyped for her than the two characters in the title.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25, 2016.
On this episode of the podcast we discuss the new Godzilla Resurgence teaser, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 trailer excites, the Batman v. Superman trailer confounds, Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s Kickstarter breaks records, some lady went and bit Norman Reedus at Walker Stalker Con, and Touhou Con needs to get their act together and pay back their artists.
Honest to god, I think they’ve literally spelled out every major plot point across the entirety of next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Secret Infinity Crisis in the Zero Hour of Justice in these trailers. There is, of course, a new one out (which I’ve embedded below), but I actually feel weird talking about it – as I feel it’s a little spoilery.
The one thing I will mention is that we get a pretty damned good look at the version of Doomsday that’ll appear in the movie. For those who don’t want to spoil the circumstances of his introduction (which I think the trailer might) but want to take a look, here’s a screen grab:
That’s all I really think there is to say about this — other than the fact that we get a bit more of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman in there too… which makes me happy. The more Wonder Woman, the better.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2015.
According to Latino Review (who notoriously report on just about everything without fact checking it), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel, may be the most expensive movie ever made. They’re estimating that the budget for Batman v Superman has ballooned to over $410 million. That would edge it past previous record holder Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
The reason for the budget likely has to do with the amount of high profile casting in the film (like Ben Affleck), along with how production had to be extended.
Of course, don’t expect the film to hold the record for too long. Both the upcoming Justice League films are likely to have $500 Million budgets, as will Marvel’s next two Avengers movies. It seems cliche to complain about the growing budgets of blockbuster movies, but it’s kind of inevitable as the current batches of films try to pile in more and more characters.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Final Crisis on Infinite Secret Zero Hours of Justice comes out March 25, 2016.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of the Planet of the Secret Final Crisis of Justice comes to theaters next year, and the hype train has completely rolled out of the station and is roaring down the tracks. The newest part of Warner Bros promotions for the film is a viral marketing site for the film under the guise of a LexCorp website.
The LexCorp website lets users sign up for updates from the fictitious company and its “Lex/OS.” One assumes that signing up for said updates means you’re really signing up to get promotional stuff for the movie, but only time will tell whether you’ll get straight PR or something a little more ARG-y.
Either way, it’s nice to see the studio doing something interactive as a part of the promotions.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25, 2016.
When Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice for the Quest for Peace Down Under was first announced, we talked about the film as if it were Man of Steel 2. DC, Warner Bros and Zack Snyder tried to dispel that originally though, demanding that the film was something else, and not just a direct sequel to Man of Steel. At one point there was even a separate Man of Steel 2 on DC’s cinematic road map.
Well, I guess that’s all wrong now.
You see, now that Man of Steel 2 is off the table for the foreseeable future, the message is changing. Apparently Batman v Superman: Dawn of the Planet of the Justice really isMan of Steel 2. When talking with Canoe, Zack Snyder said:
I think in a way Batman v Superman is Man of Steel 2. Justice League is kind of the transcendent, knights-of-the-round-table of the story. It’d be interesting to think about what a standalone Superman movie might be.
The reason for this change in message? Well, with a real Man of Steel 2 off the table, the studio doesn’t want to look like they’re abandoning Superman. DC and Warner Bros are shifting course to focus their cinematic universe on Batman — which while it may seem the safer course, really isn’t.
But hey, now at least some of our old “Man of Steel 2” tags on Batman v Superman posts don’t need to be deleted anymore…