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Is ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice’ In Trouble?

Is 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' In Trouble?

We’re just over a month away from the release of “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice,” and if you were to look over at Warner Bros.‘ rivals Marvel, this is usually the point in their marketing campaigns where the fans are already totally onboard, and the extra advertising push is there to stoke that anticipation further, ensuring the excitement starts really resonating with more casual moviegoers as well. But things couldn’t be more different for Warner Bros. After three trailers for ‘Batman v Superman,’ there are generally still plenty of mixed feelings about what Zack Snyder has cooked up for the movie, and in recent days, rumors have started floating that the studio has serious concerns about the picture and how it will perform.

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Hitfix‘s Drew McWeeny really got the chatter going recently when he shared some of the word that he had been hearing that ‘Batman v Superman’ was not the slam dunk Warner Bros. had hoped, and he predicted that the studio might even change up their slate of DC Films as a result. Here’s an excerpt of what he said: 

“Warner is a little bit worried. This movie is starting to scare them. It’s scaring them because they’re showing it to people now, people are actually laying eyes on the film now, and the response has not been what I think they wanted. If I were going to lay a bat on how it may happen, ‘Suicide Squad,’ they’ll go all-in on. They’ll push all their chips in on that and I think ‘Suicide Squad”s going to be a hit for them. I think ‘Wonder Woman’ will be finished the way they’re working on it right now and they’ll release it. I would be surprised if ‘Justice League’ starts shooting when they say it’s going to, and I would be equally surprised if Zack Snyder directed it.

“My guess is what’s going to happen is based on what I’m hearing…I’ve talked to enough people who have seen the film now that I’m starting to sweat a little, is ‘Justice League’ is going to get moved back and that Ben Affleck Batman movie, that’s what’s going to end up in that spot. My guess is they’re going to throw whatever money it takes at Ben Affleck to make that Batman film happen sooner rather than later. They’re going to need to rebuild again, they’re going to need to win people over, they’re going to need to lay some different groundwork. I don’t think this is going to be the springboard into the Justice League that they wanted it to be.”

Again, this is conjecture at this point, and Latino Review is taking a slightly different angle on McWeeny’s report that WB is “worried” by saying the studio is “nervous.” According to their intel, the budget on Zack Snyder’s film is now around $400 million including marketing, which means it needs to make about $1 billion to be considered a success (both “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises” managed to hit that benchmark, but “Man Of Steel” didn’t). Moreover, the bigger concern is that movie is apparently more “polarizing” than “Man Of Steel” was, though in what way isn’t exactly clear. 

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Needless to say, this is not the kind of talk Warner Bros. wants floating before their film opens, and it’ll be interesting to see how things play out in the weeks ahead. For now, the cast members are sticking to their talking points. Ben Affleck recently hit “Good Morning, America” and declared “I really care about it and I want it to do well. I got to work with some really talented people and I’m really proud of what we were able to do.”

Meanwhile, in an interview with Playboy, Jesse Eisenberg said his villain “is in line with what audiences want to see now, which is a more modern, psychologically realistic concept of Lex Luthor. His motivations are multifaceted; he has a way of using language that’s specific to the way his mind works; he struggles with interesting philosophical dilemmas like that of the individual having too much power, even if that individual is using that power for good. For instance, Superman has so far been using his powers to do some good, but is it safe to have someone like that walking the streets? It’s great that all of this happens in the context of a very exciting superhero movie.”

Will WB still aim to start shooting “Justice League” in April? Can they turn around the narrative on ‘Batman v Superman’? It will be fascinating to watch unfold, but at the end of the day, the buck stops with the movie, and audiences will have their say on March 25th.

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Comments

Gerry Shidey

This is what film hype has become… guys calling themselves Drew McWeeney and the bozos at Latino Review. I’ve seen them all at the junkets… they get to chill at the Four Seasons, be fed, get gift bags, They are all pompous entitled a-holes. I work for a rival studio but I hope the film does great because my son wants to see it. All of this is rumor. The audience will speak. F chatternet hype sites and their editors.

Mars

McWeeny is an unintelligent hack. Please don’t devolve yourself by adopting his clickbait-y ways.

-

"People want trash. Snyder doesn’t compromise his artistry"
The fact you put Snyder’s name and ‘artistry’ in the same sentence

Alex

Snyder doesn’t compromise his artistry. Still trying to wrap my mind around that. First, I’m sure the problems with the film aren’t because Synder "compromised" anything. Second, Snyder’s on the level of a music video director. All directors are artists, but Snyder is a lousy one.

Fairportfan

Well, since what was mostly "polarizing" about "Man of Steel" was Superman killing people, and since the trailers for this film show Batman apparently murdering a bunch of people…

Dean

"… the budget on Zack Snyder’s film is now around $400 million including marketing, which means it needs to make about $1 billion to be considered a success"

Can anybody explain to me why this is? If the cost is 400 million all in, would breaking even not be the first step? Why is 600 million profit a success?

fuckyou

@plzfail you bitchass bullshit no one cares about your opinion and it does not do any greater good you trash

DougW

People don’t want trash, they want "The Dark Knight." Snyder seems to still be working off "300." "Sucker punch" was pretty much unwatchable. Some of "Watchmen" worked. The ending of "Man of Steel" seemed to make no sense for Superman’s character. He would have done everything to move the fight away from civilians. Hope the new film works, but from the trailers it looks like it’s trying to do too much.

David

This deep lore, and its vast emotional and psychological reach is why I prefer the DC universe immensely over the Marvel universe. Marvel’s ridiculous sorryline crossovers are bad enough in comic book form, but are downright ludicrous on film. Joss Whedon managed to make a decent movie, putting to good use the elements he had to work with. But even he can’t compete against the tide of meaningless garbage he had to cram into his second attempt. The closest a director has come to something ofsubstance from Marvel may be the turns by the Russo boys. We’ll see soon enough. On the other hand, it’s hard not to make something of substance in the DC franchise because the source material is so rich. I, for one, am very excited to see this movie.

Jeffrey

Wait what? After three trailers, only now there’s a sense that the film is no good? I could have told you that after watching the first one. It’s ludicrous and campy from the word go.

John

Snyder did compromise on "Sucker Punch". Snyder wanted to make a R-rated film, but WB wanted him to make the film in PG-13 (and no more than 2 hours running time), and Snyder eventually compromised.

Alphabet

When Snyder refuses to compromise, we get Sucker Punch (which nobody wants). The whole situation would seem to require nuance – not Zack’s strongest suit.

3k

The movie will do well.

Baldur Konagava

This blog post is based on something already debunked as a troll which means no journalists today properly research their material.

The trolling community which hates the possibility of BvS success started hitting the web and I sure hope people get smarter.

Daniel

Wow, that’s three "really"s from Ben Affleck in two sentences. It’s a personal observation of mine that people mostly use the word ‘really’ when they’re trying to convince themselves that they aren’t lying. So this quote pops out at me.

ROLAND RAT

This film should feel like a fresh new take on the material and from what we’ve seen so far it looks like a stale, generic, videogamey mess that takes itself way too seriously. I couldn’t care less about Marvel v DC – I just know an overlong, mind numbing, po-faced, bore-fest when I see one, which is why I will not be spending an uncomfortable evening at the movies watching this, looking at my watch and apologizing to Kevin the Gerbil like I did with Man of Steel. Errol the hamster still wants to see it, but he can go on his own.

Seandoe

It’s not that he doesn’t sound credible, it’s just that without really knowing the sources or specific complaints it’s hard to know how serious to take the claims. There have got to be a number of WB execs who wanted to scrap Superman/JL in favor of more Batman (their cash cow) immediately after, or even before, MOS was even released. I’m fairly certain regardless of how BvS does critically or financially, if Batman/Affleck is even decently well-received, another solo Batman movie will be fast-tracked regardless of what that means for the roster/JL/Snyder. On the flip-side, WB pressed on with Snyder’s vision after MOS, and the movie has been in production for a few YEARS now. I’d find it extremely hard to believe that they didn’t have a very good idea of what they were getting and only now are being surprised/scared with the result. For all the snark and preemptive hate the movie has gotten from the beginning, there haven’t been reports of troubled reports of production clashes like on F4 or anything, in fact, quite the opposite from everyone involved. The fact that all this news is stemming from one report which doesn’t cite his sources or specifics, dropped on the same day as the most well received trailer, has me at least a little skeptical.

Matt

@REZ Comparing Zack Snyder to Edgar Wright is a joke. Wright is a comic genius who doesn’t needs maybe a few million to make a classic movie. Snyder swallows hundreds of millions with his movies and they are generally shallow, pornographic & bland.

BreakerBaker

McWeeny was one of the better reads when he was at AICN. In the last few years, as he’s tried to be a bit more of a pseudo-journalist, he’s broken a few bits of news (particularly with regard to WB and DC) that have generated plenty of buzz/hits, but have not panned out in the end. He was the guy who broke the "No Jokes" mandate that recent trailers for both BvS and Suicide Squad seem to have revealed as bunk. Before even Man of Steel was released, McWeeny was claiming that Joseph Gordon Levitt was going to be Batman in a still unannounced Justice League installment.
This is not to say that he has no credibility–and like I said, I think he’s a pretty good read sometimes–but it puts his exclusives into a questionable context.

Ben

Why was my comment stating the fact that his absurd and stupid to believe a blogger with questionable soruce

Steve

Jeez, that "source" sounded like a donald trump rant. I didn’t learn one damn thing, it just spun me around in a few circles and now I’m back at the beginning.

9403u249032u

It’s amazing how only ONE source has claimed this and how many entertainment outlets are running with it. Really speaks to their lack of credibility as opposed to the film’s. What is the point of keeping a franchise like DC down??? Are people so ridiculously basic that all they want is the same Marvel-esk tone for EVERY single superhero movie? Just because you drink starbucks coffee and like it doesn’t mean it’s the best coffee around.. far from it actually.

WHATEVER

I’m so sick of reading this. One guy that has no credibility at all claims this crap and places just keep on posting it. Oh and here’s the other thing. If he’s right and they’re worried because the movie is too smart then that’s a stupid worry.

LEKO

KKKKKKKKKK

ANOTHER CLICKBAIT

STOP WITH THAT, FOR REAL

loudrockmusic

Henry Cavill look fine as hell in that sweater.

Ben

Since when we take Bloggers as a reputable source of information, did we forget 3rd grade reading comprehension, the entire thing is based on assumption and questionable source, this is not the first time Drew assumes and said “ a reputable source” check his history on batman films and WB where someone “told him” or “ensure” some bs story like the one where Joseph G lovit was supposed to be the new batman… do you research.. the movie will be amazing and the I believe he made a smart assumption that the studio is having pre game jitters, which is the case with every movie coming out not matter who the director is, I never seen so many people hating on this guy for no apparent reason…
And If you still don’t belive go to Hitfix and search for Gordon levitt already set to play batman

Faysal

What is wrong with people to want movies to fail even before they’re out. Honestly is it just a DC thing? Because civil war has the same premise and all I see for it is love.

rez

Same thing happened with the epic-ly talented Edgar Wright, where the yearning for trash got him booted from Ant Man.

rez

People want trash. Snyder doesn’t compromise his artistry. Superhero myth is where he belongs, but the market has co-opted the superhero genre into having literally only one purpose: make bank.

PLZFAIL

How many overall fails does Zack Snyder get? Because he’s used up like 6 now and they keep giving him high-profile work. He’s obviously NOT a director who can connect with the mainstream, and doesn’t fully connect with fandom either. Anyone with a brain should have known that before he ever walked into Man of Steel. There’s something going on in the shadows of Hollywood to keep this guy afloat. If this is the final bomb to get him out of my news feed and film viewing forever then so be it, Batman will happily make a noble sacrifice for the greater good.

Eddie

Drew McWeeny sounds credible

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