Friday, November 15, 2013

Batman vs Superman Update

One of the central themes we have discussed with the upcoming Chris Nolan produced film, is that primary filming is taking place in Detroit, the first major city in the US to declare bankruptcy after being run by Democrats for 50 years. Now, please try telling me that this isn't significant. It has always been revealed that the well-know Batman suit is going to be completely re-done, something like nothing we have ever seen before. As we speculated earlier, we know for a fact that Dark Knight actor Christian Bale was offered $60 million to reprise his role as Batman but turned it down; then other actors, including Josh Brolin, were offered the role, ending up with Ben Affleck (dubbed Batfleck on Twitter). It is my theory that, had Bale accepted the role, film makers would have taken the film in the direction of Superman and Batman teaming up together to fight some evil threatening the world; given what they had to work with, i.e., Ben Affleck, who is a known Democrat and Obama supporter, they probably decided to take plan B and go in the opposite direction, which has been confirmed with the Batman vs Superman sub-title (or, at least, working title). The reason this is important is really getting trumped by the larger monetary issues: Warner Brothers and DC comics want their own mega-billions Avengers franchise, and with the cast of characters being lined up for Man Of Steel 2 (Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor) it is certainly going in that direction. So, the question is, why would there be superhero who has "turned" bad (if not out and out "evil")? Is there another place where we have seen someone who was supposed to be trusted, and had power, who broke the law rather than enforcing the law? Now You See Me, Mark Ruffalo's character as an FBI agent who turned out to be the villain. We really don't know any of the plot details, so we can only speak in generalities for now, but it has gone on record that a producer for the film said Batman would be "tired and weary and seasoned and been doing it for awhile," rather like Bruce Wayne at the start of The Dark Knight Rises.
This computer is working much better, so hopefully I can get something done. I am shopping for a new laptop and, let me tell you, nothing makes you feel old like all the new technology that comes with these things that you don't need or want and the sales rep looks at you like, "Where's your life?" ANYWAY, here are some FACTS regarding the film and, it has all ready started filming in Detroit.
One: The title seems to be: Man Of Steel 2: Batman vs Superman, so the rivalry between two "good" super-heroes is absolutely epic, I mean, when has THAT been done before?
Two: Semi-retired Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) is going to be using drones to do his fighting,... now, where have we just seen a drone? Man of Steel, when, towards the end, Superman throws down a drone the military was using to spy on him (probably a direct reference to Obama's use of drones against American citizens without any due process).
Penn Badgley of Gossip Girls fame, and Ezra Miller (Perks Of Being A Wallflower, We Need To Talk About Kevin)  join Girls star Adam Driver for the coveted role of Nightwing, aka, Robin, aka, Dick Grayson. Why is this important? Well, we have discussed plenty of times the "cultural baggage" we the viewers take into a film (the roles we have seen characters in previously and what we know and associate with them, just like what we know about Ben Affleck). But the opposite is true as well: when we don't really know anything about an actor, it can be hard to identify with them. For example, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was kind of left the Batcave in The Dark Knight Rises; why isn't he on the short-list to play Robin? Possibly because he's too well know and they want the audience to lack pre-conceptions about what Robin might or might not be before they see the film. We will know more when the final casting has been announced.
Three: Batman is not speaking to Robin. No reasons given,.... yet. Robin is in the film, and casting is going on, for Lex Luthor as well, but this is an important detail, one we will analyze when more information becomes available.
Four: Wonder Woman appears to be, at this point, Batman's love interest. Whether or not they are actually an item is not known, it might just be that Batman admires her from afar,... like he takes out the bad guys from afar with his remote drones,...
Olga Kurylenko (Quantum Of Solace, Oblivion) is in the running with Gal Gadot and Elodie Yung to play Diana Prince, better known as Wonder Woman (Megan Fox? Well, she was being tested to play Wonder Woman in a stand-alone film, which they decided not to do, perhaps based upon Fox's poor box office reputation and the desire of WB to get a Avengers style film out asap). How feminine or masculine is Wonder Woman going to be? Is she going to be a feminist or a more traditional woman? Is she going to be like those two pro-socialist female cops in The Heat (Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy) or like Kurylenko's character Julia Harper in Oblivion? Being that Wonder Woman is probably going to be opposite Amy Adams--although she has surprisingly been absent from discussions--who may or may not reprise her role as Lois Lane from Man Of Steel, that will make for an interesting mix, to say the least.
Okay, so, why is this important? And I do mean important, as in, it should be holding our attention, important like national news important. Artists (in this case, film makers) produce art (in this case, film) which mirrors the society in which they live and they digest current events and cultural shifts in such a way as to produce a metaphor of how they see the world and what is happening and what is causing that to happen. Why is that important? Because art is the consciousness of society. Your ability to reflect upon your own actions is a gift, animals don't have that ability to meditate upon themselves and their motivations and make changes to their behavior; art is like that, it provides society with the ability to reflect upon itself and decide upon changes that need to be retained or take place, and because film is such a popular and expensive media in the US, that kind of sort of rather places it as the premiere are form in America, so these unusual directions the film is taking signals unusual directions for our society and, you can bet your last dollar, since Christopher Nolan is producing it, it will say something, loud and clear.
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