Weekend Box Office Forecast for March 25-27, 2016
By Tim Briody
March 25, 2016
We head into Easter weekend with one of the most anticipated film events in years. Yes, of course, I’m talking about My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. (Just kidding.)
All right, let’s discuss Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The elevator pitch? Batman ventures out of Gotham City and heads to Metropolis, ostensibly to stop Superman, who he feels would become a major threat to the world if his power is not controlled. Stuff explodes. The end.
As time has gone on and more details have come out, the film has become more than just “hey, it’s Batman and Superman! In the same movie!” It’s a direct sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel, but what Dawn of Justice really is is DC’s attempt at The Avengers. As kind of given away by the second half of the title, the eventual result of the events in the film is the formation of the Justice League, a superhero group consisting of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg, plus some others that may have already had a movie made about them so we won’t mention them in this movie (coughTheGreenLanterncough).
As a sequel to Man of Steel, it brings back virtually everybody relevant to that movie, with Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Diane Lane as Ma Kent and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White. Here’s where it gets interesting, or stupid depending on your point of view: Ben Affleck takes on the role of Batman, in a move that generated a tremendous amount of controversy when it was announced in 2013(!), with some portions of the internet declaring they wouldn’t even bother with the movie due to his presence.
In other important casting details, perennial Superman nemesis Lex Luthor is portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons takes on the role of Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred, and Gal Gadot, best known for a couple of the Fast & Furious movies, is set to become very famous as Wonder Woman. This is exceptionally notable because this is the first time the iconic female superhero will be portrayed in a live action movie. The second, of course, is a standalone Wonder Woman movie set for release next year. Zack Snyder, who also helmed Man of Steel, is your director, and is also penciled in for 2017’s Justice League movie, showing that DC has pretty much put all of their eggs in his basket, for better or for worse.
The teasers and trailers released over the last year have been the subject of much speculation, with key details gradually being revealed, such as the presence of other superheroes besides Batman and Superman. While the Wonder Woman reveal was meant to be a money shot, it’s hard to shake the feeling that they’ve given everything meaningful away. Man of Steel was met with a polarizing reception, and Dawn of Justice is pulling in even worse reviews, currently rating 31% Fresh at Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus saying the story and characters are buried under a bunch of fighting and special effects, which definitely means it’s a Zack Snyder movie.