March 24, 2016
Is 'Batman V Superman' Hurt By Intro To Multiple Characters In Critics' Reviews?

Is Batman v Superman hurt by the introduction of too many superheroes in many critics' reviews? That's one of many questions being asked as Batman v Superman hits theaters this Friday in North America. While those who caught the sneak peek of Batman v Superman have been politely quiet about any spoilers, some important information has been learned from the red carpet.

According to USA Today, having Batman v Superman be a movie about multiple superheroes was a natural fit for director Zack Snyder. Having directed The Watchmen, a movie about a group of superheroes, in 2009, Zack Snyder felt relatively comfortable with the diverse group of characters in Batman v Superman.

"Batman v Superman is about a group of superheroes and I kind of felt like I had a little bit of an idea how to do that. And not to say that it's a repeat, but just as far as preparing I kind of had an idea how to do that."

However, making enough time for everyone's character in Batman v Superman was still difficult, producer Charles Roven added.

"The more protagonists that you have, the more you have to devote time to them, and that's complicated because you want to make sure that the characters are fully realized."

One of those characters in Batman v Superman is Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot. While viewers will recognize Wonder Woman right away, those within the movie take some time in figuring out just who she is, producer Charles Roven explained.

"For most of the movie you just meet this mysterious woman; you don't even know her name. And then she's revealed to be who she is and it's one of the great moments of the movie, I'm excited about it."

While Wonder Woman makes her presence known in Batman v Superman, the movie will leave you wanting more of her, which is good, as she will star in her own movie in 2017. Indeed, Batman v Superman marks the beginning of an expanded DC Universe film franchise, much like the Marvel film franchise starring Avenger characters. Also in 2017 will be the film Justice League that will again feature Henry Cavill as Superman, director Zach Synder said.

"To think that we could make a movie that is bigger than the movie we just made! But (screenwriter Chris Terrio) and I have been working on this amazing story for Justice League, and I really feel like -- I know what happens and it's crazy."

Star Henry Cavill is also excited about reprising his role in the future. He shared his enthusiasm on the upcoming Batman v Superman.

"I'm looking forward to expanding on the DC Cinematic Universe and finally getting a chance to open up that world. There's a thousand and one rich stories in there."
While all of the talk about the future of Superman and the film franchise may be enough to hold fans over until Friday, the biggest question surrounding Batman v Superman is just why the two superheroes are fighting. The trailer for Batman v Superman hints that their feud comes down to just how much power they should be able to wield over humans, but the film will better explain the nuances between the two. Superman portrayer Henry Cavill summed up the conflict between himself and Batman, played by Ben Affleck.

"It's just about us coming to terms with the necessity of the other."
One last component of Batman v Superman is the caped crusader himself, Batman. Ben Affleck is under a lot of pressure to get this incarnation of Batman correct. So far, according to the New York Times, what we know of the superhero comes directly from Ben Affleck.

"He's living in this gray zone. He's more broken, not slick. He's filling the hole in his soul with these increasingly morally questionable nighttime excursions — fighting crime as well as by being this playboy."

Batman v Superman is in theaters nationwide on Friday and will finally answer the question of why the two are fighting. Are you planning on seeing the new movie? Leave your thoughts on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in the comments section below.

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