With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice not doing so well at the box office, and rumors of Warner Bros. not being happy with its performance, we're now looking at the VFX breakdown of one of the biggest movies of the year.
There's copious amounts of green screen used, and I'm sure you're not surprised by that. Zack Snyder said during a recent interview with Empire that it was great to have Batman in the movie, as he got to use more practical effects - compared to all of the digital work with Superman.
He said: "It has been really fun using Batman as the answer to Superman, because he's not flying around and acting crazy. He's just driving around in his Batmobile, doing his Batstuff. We were able to do a lot of this practically. Batman brings that back. Figuring out how to mix Batman's practical approach with Superman has been an awesome experience".
Ben Affleck's performance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was one of the standout parts of the movie, and now news has broken that Affleck has already written a script for the standalone Batman movie.
The news is coming from William Morris Endeavor co-CEO Patrick Whitesell, which is the agency that represents Affleck. While talking with the Hollywood Reporter on how many movies in the DCEU that Affleck has signed on for as Batman, Whitesell said: "He's contracted to do at least Justice League [Part] One and Two, so at least three times wearing the cape. There's a script that he's written that is a really cool [Batman] idea, so that's out there as an option".
There was news a little while ago that Affleck was attached to the standalone Batman movie as the co-writer, director and star - but Whitesell's comments seem to point to the fact that this has changed, and that Affleck will only star in the Batman movie. Affleck commented a while ago, saying that the movie is "in development" and that his completely focused on finishing his adaption of Dennis Lehane thriller Live By Night. Affleck said: "I tend to be a one-movie-at-a-time guy. So, when I'm finished with this movie, I'll then focus on my next movie and figure out what that will be".
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is making Warner Bros. an insane amount of money right now, opening to a huge $424 million weekend - with the studio releasing the new international trailer for Suicide Squad.
The new trailer has appeared overseas, and now online - showing off a few seconds of new footage. The new international trailer is also a little more fun and quicker than the previous trailers, losing the weirdly placed but super-cool "Bohemian Rhapsody" from Queen that was in the original trailers.
While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is being ripped apart from critics, it is making more money than the negative reviews can whinge about it - pulling in over $170 million domestically in its first weekend. For the worldwide numbers, Batman v Superman is crushing it - raking in an insane $424 million so far ($254 million of that from international box office sales).
Considering Warner Bros. had a huge $250 million budget, Batman v Superman will make that back within the next week, pushing against its insanely awful 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. With a $170 million opening weekend haul, it would make Batman v Superman place somewhere around #5 when it comes to opening weekend dominance domestically.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted to the tune of $248 million late last year, and then Jurassic World stomped through earlier in 2015 with its huge $209 million opening. Batman v Superman is breaking other records as well, such as it being the biggest Thursday pre-show on an Easter weekend, too.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is finally here, with the movie beating both The Dark Knight and The Avengers at the box office on Thursday night.
During its preview debut on Thursday, Batman v Superman made $27.7 million at the domestic box office - beating out Age of Ultron which pulled in $27.6 million last year. It also beat The Dark Night, which made $18.5 million during its preview screenings. The all-time record for Thursday night screenings still goes to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which commanded a huge $57 million during its Thursday night screening.
Batman v Superman is still aiming at around $160 million for its opening weekend, even through a sea of negative reviews. It's already scooped up $7 million overseas, as it is flooding international markets. I've seen it and simply wasn't a fan - even after enjoying Man of Steel - seeing it a second time with the disappointment behind me had a more enjoyable feel - but it is definitely very messy with its editing, and its characters are constantly in impossible situations - which feels super forced. The last third of the movie however, is pretty much directly out of the comic book - which is awesome.
Have you seen Batman v Superman yet? If so, what did you think?
While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has flown into cinemas, Marvel is sitting in the shadows with Captain America: Civil War set for release on May 8.
In order to catch up with why Captain America and Iron Man are fighting in the movie - among half the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) - catch up with the story from all of the movies with the 'MCU Supercut - The Road to Civil War'. It's a 7-minute clip that explains everything incredibly well, setting you up for Civil War late next month (in some parts of the world) and May 8 in the US.
On the day that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters, the Blu-ray rip for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has appeared on torrent sites.
The official Blu-ray arrives on April 5, and four days ahead of that The Force Awakens through digital download. In the first 12 hours, TorrentFreak estimates that Star Wars: The Force Awakens had amassed 250,000 downloads - but I'm sure it's into the millions by now.
Disney can't do much to get it off the Internet, apart from the usual DRM and takedown notices. If Disney wants to get ahead of this, they're going to have to bite their tongue - or release it early. I think Disney will be biting down quite hard on its tongue right about now.
The hype surrounding the launch of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been nothing but out of this world, with early reviews really slamming Warner Bros.' new superhero movie.
Some of the reviews, such as Uproxx's review, state: "I am gobsmacked by just how dull this movie turned out to be". Screencrush's Matt Singer said: "In Snyder's formulation, protecting the world from evil isn't a gift or a calling; it's a burden. And that feeling is reflected in the movie itself, a burdensome 150-minute slog about two men fighting over who is in the right when both are very clearly in the wrong".
Todd McCarthy from the Hollywood Reporter says that the writers gave up when it came to pushing Wonder Woman into the movie, explaining: "With just her sword and shield, she doesn't seem meant to mix it up with these big guys right off the bat".
Netflix is spending more money, securing the rights to Bright in a bidding match with Warner Bros./MGM and PalmStar.
Bright is pitched as an R-rated thriller with fantasy elements, costing Netflix a reported $90 million. The streaming giant just secured the rights to War Machine with Brad Pitt recently, to the tune of $60 million, so Netflix is spending big in order to have the names Brad Pitt and Will Smith on its content.
Smith will reportedly play a cop partnered with an orc, who will be played by Aussie actor John Edgerton. $45 million of the total cost will be used to shoot it, with $45 million being spent on talent, and the back end residual fees Netflix won't get because of its anticipated limited cinema release.
The latest trailer to X-Men: Apocalypse is here, with Bryan Singer continuing his directing run after the stellar X-Men: Days of Future Past. Check it out, below:
The trailer highlights the movie's main villain - Apocalypse - reintroducing the concept of his Four Horsemen. In the comics, the Four Horsemen are mutants who bodies and minds are changed by Apocalypse, becoming his slaves. During the war, these mutants are his closest allies, and when he needs to attack someone or something, these mutants carry it out.
The trailer expands on our look of the new Jean Grey and Scott Summers (Phoenix and Cyclops), but the larger battle is still at play. X-Men: Apocalypse kicks off after the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past, with a younger group of mutants taking helm.
X-Men: Apocalypse is in theaters on May 27.