The year 2016 is already shaping up to be a promising one for films. For kids, there is a Jungle Book remake coming out, a Harry Potter-related flick, and of course Finding Dory, which many expect will break a record or two. For the sci-fi enthusiast however, 2016 will be a thrill ride. Between Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, Suicide Squad, Independence Day: Resurgence and of course Rogue One, how can it not be a good year?
The most highly anticipated comic book movie of the year however, is only a few weeks away, and the hype for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has reached a fever pitch. Batman will don his armored suit and equip himself with kryptonite to protect the world from the potential alien menace that is Superman. The movie will likely be massive, and there is a lot that comic book and movie fans have to be excited about when it comes to this gigantic blockbuster. Here’s a look at 15 reasons why Batman v Superman will be awesome.
15 The Trailers
All the promotional material for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been spot on. The first trailer got everyone excited and teased an epic showdown.
The second trailer showed off great footage, although it probably gave too much away and spoiled the reveal of a big villain in the film. The final trailer brought back some mystery and showed us a brutal Batman that is able to take down armies of criminals and block punches from the Man of Steel.
14 Cool Batman Gadgets and Vehicles
This version of Batman is more true to the quintessential comic book version than any other on screen incarnation of the Caped Crusader. Clips from Batman v Superman have shown Ben Affleck’s Batman utilizing a practical and menacing Batmobile and an iconic Batplane that can be remotely piloted by Alfred, just like a drone. The latest Batman v Superman trailer showed Batman using secret technology to disarm a group of thugs and make their guns useless.
13 It Will Fix The Problems of Man of Steel
To be brutally honest, Man of Steel was terrible at worst and divisive at best. It didn’t connect with audiences like it should have and left most moviegoers with a sour taste in their mouths. However, if Batman v Superman is a critical success many may view Man of Steel in a more favorable light. The upcoming superhero epic looks to address some of the major criticisms of Man of Steel like: Why would Superman let an entire city be destroyed, and why would he murder a villain?
12 Batman’s Backstory
One of the major positives of Batman v Superman is that it’s not an origin story. We saw how Clark became Superman in Man of Steel, and in Batman v Superman Batman has already been fighting crime in Gotham for a number of years. Batman is meaner and angrier. He won’t kill, but he isn’t afraid to break a lot of bones and put even street level thugs through immense pain. So, how did he get this way? It might have something to do with the Joker and the demise of the Boy Wonder. We will have to wait and see what we learn about the decades Batman has been a superhero. Batman v Superman should answer some of those questions.
11 Henry Cavill
Despite all the problems with Man of Steel, Henry Cavill was still a great Superman. It would be really nice if he had a chance to play Superman in a good movie, and Batman v Superman looks like it could be that film. Cavill looks the part and he has the acting skills to be as good a Superman as Christopher Reeve. After the events of Man of Steel, we’ll also finally get to see Clark Kent like he is in the comics - working as a reporter at the Daily Planet.
10 A Bad-A** Alfred
Recent comic incarnations of Batman’s father figure and butler have shown Alfred as a former secret service member. He is incredibly adept at fighting and a useful ally for Batman. This is a version of Alfred we have yet to see on the big screen. Alfred can give Batman medical attention and even remotely control the Batplane. It’s unlikely that Jeremy Irons' Alfred will be making Batman any vichyssoise in Batman v Superman. The version of Alfred we see in Batman v Superman is reminiscent of the Alfred from the Batman graphic novel Earth One. This portrayal is very different from what we have seen before, and that’s a good thing.
Spoilers here! It is Batman vs Superman, but the heroes always make up in the end and have to take on a greater foe. It would be nice if we weren’t aware of the fact that Doomsday is the big bad of Batman v Superman, but unfortunately one of the trailers for the film spoiled that. Still, this iconic Superman villain is one of the greatest in Superman’s rogues gallery. Doomsday actually managed to kill Superman in the comics! Seeing the DC Trinity take on Doomsday will result in some amazing on-screen fighting and massive explosions.
8 Wonder Woman
Little is known about the Amazonian Princess’s role in Batman v Superman. Gal Gadot looks the part, and her battle cry in the final trailer certainly has a lot of people excited to see the most iconic and important female superhero finally make her debut on the big screen. She might even steal the show and be a bigger hit than Batman or Superman. The movie should get fans even more excited to see her solo adventure and origin story in next year’s Wonder Woman movie.
7 It Sets Up The Justice League
Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman aren’t the only DC Comics superheroes that will show up in Batman v Superman. We will also be getting cameos from a number of other Justice League members. Aquaman is said to have a role in Batman v Superman, and the Flash and Cyborg could show up as well. The film will give us a preview of what to expect from next year’s Justice League movie.
6 Zack Snyder
Say what you will about Zack Snyder, but the man knows how to direct action. That’s why he is one of the best choices to direct this movie. Sure, he has made some stinkers in the past that have been light on story and simply flashy action pieces, but Batman v Superman looks like it will be different. Snyder has the experience directing stylish renditions of iconic graphic novels. His experience directing Watchmen makes him a solid choice to direct an adaptation of Frank Miller’s the Dark Knight Returns.
5 Expanded DC Cinematic Universe
Batman v Superman is a taste of what is to come in the DC cinematic universe. Marvel has been going strong for nearly ten years, but a lot of those entries have become fairly stale. The Russo brothers are breathing new life into the MCU, and new and original ideas like Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man have turned out great. It’s finally time for DC to bring out its big guns. After Batman v Superman we get to see Suicide Squad, which will be the first comic book adaptation about a group of villains. We will also get to see Batman again in Suicide Squad.
4 The Fighting
This is the year of the superhero battle. Punisher will be facing off against Daredevil on Netflix. Cap and his crew will be fighting against Iron Man and his team of heroes. However, the showdown of the year, and perhaps decade, is Batman taking on Superman.
It’s the Son of Krypton vs. Bat of Gotham. Comic fans and general audiences have been waiting years to see this play out on the big screen. The Dark Knight Returns is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, comic books of all time. Seeing Supes and the Dark Knight detective have an all out brawl is so important to cinematic history that everyone will have to see it.
3 Lex Luthor
There has yet to be a bad on-screen version of Lex Luthor. Gene Hackman paved the way in Superman: The Movie, and Kevin Spacey was one of the only enjoyable things about the forgettable film Superman Returns. Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor is completely different from those incarnations.
There is a bit of a mad scientist feel to him – perhaps a nod to the earliest version of Lex in the comics. Eisenberg’s Lex is like an evil Mark Zuckerberg. He’s a tech genius and Silicon-Valley-esque savior who has played a large part in Metropolis being rebuilt after the events of Man of Steel. Even if many are still on the fence about his portrayal, it will at least be an intriguing performance.
2 Comic-Accurate Batman
Batman doesn’t kill. He doesn’t throw bombs at goons and gleefully smile as they explode in the sewer. He doesn’t allow Alfred to just let Vicky Vale in the Batcave. He doesn’t quit being Batman after five years and mope around his mansion because the Joker killed his on-and-off girlfriend.
Batman is not incompetent; he would never be so easily duped by Talia al Ghul as he was in the excruciatingly painful The Dark Knight Rises. He is an incredibly skilled fighter, and he doesn’t give up his fight against crime. Most importantly, he is the world’s greatest detective. As enjoyable as the Nolan and Burton adaptations of Batman were, they got many things wrong about the character. The version of Batman we will see in Batman v Superman looks much more like Batman should.
1 Ben Affleck
Are there any Ben Affleck doubters out there still? If there are, what the heck are they smoking? Affleck has already proved he is one of the best actors working today, but still there was near unanimous hatred of him being cast as The Dark Knight.
Slowly but surely even the most nitpicky fanboys have come around, and now Affleck has proved that he will be perhaps the best Batman of all time merely from what we have seen in the trailers.