The last installment in the ‘Batman v Superman’ saga was somewhat of a disappointment to many, but it seems that audiences weren’t too discouraged to flock out and spend their hard-earned money on merchandise connected to the superhero mash-up.
We’ve been anticipating the arrival of ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ since it was first announced back in March 2015. Thanks to the amazing work of Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck, as well as the directing prowess of Zack Snyder, we were finally able to see a vision of the darker future of our favorite superheroes collide on screen.
The film ended with a cliffhanger, leaving us craving for more, even though it was already nearly midnight and the movies had just finished rolling. Luckily, director Zack Snyder hinted at a sequel in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, allowing us to dream that maybe—just maybe—Justice League is still on the horizon.
‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’
With a combined gross of over $650 million worldwide, it’s clear that moviegoers were more than happy to spend their hard-earned cash on ‘Batman v Superman’. The movie’s impressive box office success can be attributed to many things, but it’s mainly Snyder’s vision that brought the darker undertones of ‘The Dark Knight’ to life in a more youthful and contemporary setting.
The director, who was also responsible for the amazing ‘300′ and ‘Watchmen’, aimed to blur the lines between good and evil by making the two sides extremely vulnerable, using the analogy of bacteria to explain his strategy. Like a virus, Snyder wanted the film to take over a culture, changing the way people think and see the world around them.
“If you look at what we’ve done, it’s almost like a metaphor. The reason that Batman and Superman exist is that the world felt so divided, with people looking at each other with such hate in their hearts, that what was once a dream – a peaceful and just world – had become impossible,” Snyder said.
The film was a massive hit with critics, too, who raved about its groundbreaking visual style and strong story line, with many hailing it as one of the most vital films of this generation.
A few weeks after its release, Snyder revealed that Warner Bros. had indeed given the green light to a sequel, which will be connected to the ‘Justice League’ universe. In fact, the director is so confident that audiences will also appreciate the darker tone of the follow-up that he’s already started work.
While we’re still in the dark about ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ part two, we have one thing to look forward to: the return of Robert Pattinson as Batman, who fronted one of the most popular and acclaimed runs in the history of the Caped Crusader, culminating in the groundbreaking ‘The Dark Knight.’
A lot of pressure came with taking on the role of Batman, especially since it was one of the most recognizable characters in popular culture. Thanks to ‘The Twilight Saga’ and its unprecedented run of success, Pattinson became a major star, and he shined in his role as the Caped Crusader, embodying everything fans loved about the character.
If anyone was poised for a comeback after ‘The Twilight Saga’, it was Pattinson, and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ proved that moviegoers haven’t forgotten about him, electing him as their king of crime. Pattinson went on to star in three more Batman pictures, cementing his place as the definitive voice of the Dark Knight, and ensuring that his involvement with the character won’t be forgotten.
Not content with just one foray into the world of superheroes, Pattinson is now set to star in the highly anticipated ‘Suicide Squad’, which will bring together the likes of ‘Deadpool’, Elle Fanning’s character Rose, and Will Smith’s character Deadshot, in a tale that reportedly mixes superheroes, supervillains, and even a bit of witchcraft.
While we wait patiently for ‘Suicide Squad’, it’s good to see that Pattinson is still choosing to dip his toe in the superhero pool, with talks underway for a ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ spin-off that will see the actor play a “space pirate,” and an appearance in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ in the works. Perhaps, with so much work already under his belt, Pattinson is seeking to establish himself as one of Hollywood’s premiere leading men, and a superhero movie the perfect vehicle to further his career.