Comic book fans across the globe are definitely spoiled for choice in the coming year. With both Suicide Squad and Batman vs Superman set to bow in March and August of 2016 respectively, in addition to Captain America: Civil War, Deadpool, and X-Men: Apocalypse, among others, comic book fans are eagerly anticipating 2016’s fresh slate of new movies.
The most hotly anticipated – likely because it’s one of the first on the docket for 2016 – is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It seems everyone is eager to see how Ben Affleck takes on the role of the Caped Crusader and how Wonder Woman (played by Gal Gadot) and Aquaman (Game of Thrones’ Jason Momoa) will fit into the story. The big question also appears to be why Superman and Batman are at odds and how that will ultimately be resolved.
The packed house at San Diego Comic Con was so thrilled by the released footage from Batman vs Superman that they took to their feet, chanting “Play it again!” Warner Bros. played it smart; rather than waiting for the footage to be leaked online, as seems to be a growing trend, they aired the footage at the star studded event, to the huge delight of the fans.
Batman vs Superman, as has been widely reported, follows the events of Man of Steel and shows how Superman has to deal with what happened in the prequel flick. Perry White, played by the always intense Laurence Fishburne, tells Henry Cavill‘s Clark Kent/Superman that “No one cares about Clark Kent taking on the Batman,” but plenty may care about the darkness and destruction that gets rained on Metropolis as Batman (Ben Affleck, who is truly super in the trailer) and Superman take each other on.
The fans were clearly awestruck by the trailer, as well.
Many of the original players from Man of Steel are returning, such as Diane Lane and Amy Adams, which is sure to provide Batman v Superman with a necessary anchor to events leading to the showdown between comic book lore’s two biggest superheroes. While fans of Wonder Woman may balk at the complete change in uniform that Gal Gadot is wearing as the Amazon princess, it does seem to be consistent with her warrior background – more so than the traditional gold crown and stars and stripes themed unitard. Gadot, who participated with Kathy Bates, Hayley Atwell, and others in the Women Who Kick A** panel at San Diego Comic Con, showed she could more than hold her own within the heavy testosterone that permeates the fighting between the two titular characters.
Regardless of the theories that are no doubt rampant throughout the cybersphere – if not the globe – about what will actually happen in Batman vs Superman, one thing is certain: Batman vs Superman is sure to kick off what will be a memorable year for the superhero and comic book genre of films.
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