Batman, Superman, Ben Affleck, Henry Cavil, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

In Theaters This Week (3/25/2016) – Batman vs. Superman & My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Superman, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Henry Cavill
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  March 25th has really only two choices, and sadly, I’m not sure which is the lesser evil.

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Hyped for three years, costing $400 million, and delaying the start of DC’s Cinematic Universe by years, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice finally releases into theaters.  I’ve been skeptical of the movie from the start.  It didn’t seem like an organic way to build the DCCU, and as more and more characters got thrown into the pot the whole project had a feeling of being wildly out of control with trailers that were all over the map.  Critical reviews of the film are….bad.   Very bad.  After a big opening weekend, unless fans just don’t care, Warner Brothers is going to have to make some very hard choices about how they want to go forward with the DCCU, because for all their talk about being grittier and more realistic than Marvel’s Universe, the MCU actually exists.  It’s coming up on it’s 14th film and has six tie-in television series.  DC has Man of Steel and this.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Your other choice is My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.  Yes, they made a sequel.  Currently, it’s trailing BvS on the Rotten side of Rotten Tomatoes’ percentage meter….but it’s close.  That pretty much says all you need to know about how disappointing this weekend is.

 

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice ( PG-13, 2hr 31min)

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (PG-13, 1hr 34min)

 

HOW DID WE DO LAST WEEK?
We predicted that Zootopia would lose the top spot to The Divergent Series: Allegiant, but lo and behold, people finally seem to have gotten tired of splitting the final book in YA trilogies into two crappy films as Allegiant opened with only $29 million whilst Zootopia made it three weeks in a row with $37.2 million! Lionsgate, who are idiots who ruined The Hunger Games franchise with a split and prolonged this bloated mess, has already cut the budget for the final Divergent film: Ascendant.  Meaning not only will it be as bad….it will look it.  Hopefully it serves as a scarecrow to other studios.  (Lifetime record 2-1!)

WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
It doesn’t matter how bad the reviews are, Batman vs. Superman is going to win the next two or three weekends.  If it doesn’t, Warner Brothers might burst into flame.  HOW big it opens, who knows, but I’m the biggest Batfan in the world and I’m not willing to sit in a line to see this.  Let’s say Epsisode VII‘s opening record is pretty safe.
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6 thoughts on “In Theaters This Week (3/25/2016) – Batman vs. Superman & My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2”

  1. Arrrgh. Everything wrong with Hollywood is going to be crystalized this weekend. Vardalos deserves credit for the first Big Fat Greek Wedding. You never see that culture on screen, and film was broad enough and benign enough to cut across different ages and demographics.

    But this is the third time she’s drawn from this well, if you count that painful sitcom version, and considering the other disasters she’s been involved with during the last sixteen years, I don’t think magic is going to suddenly happen. As for BvS, I’m pretty sure the nightmare is about to come true. Both of these movies were born of desperation.

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    1. What will be interesting is what happens when the movie doesn’t perform to WB’s standards. Will they finally eat crow and admit they need someone running the big picture or are they going to be responsible for ruining the genre by spamming us with crap super hero films?

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      1. Dave, I won’t know for certain until I’ve actually seen the movie, but I don’t think BvS can be made right. WB is going to realize that, they’re going to do everything short of starting over, they’re going to recast key roles and retool the entire thing, and it’s still going to be a disaster. Everything about the marketing of BvS was a debacle, and the film itself looks to be so misguided that Warner Bros. is beyond help. They’ll blame Zack Snyder, get rid of him, then carry on like they’re the anointed stewards.

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      2. Well Wonder Woman is in production so it’s coming out and Suicide Squad is in the can. It’s what happens after that’s the mystery. I like Henry Cavill as Superman, but I think he’s going to be the fall guy. I think they’ll retool the schedule to make the solo Affleck film next (reviews are still being kind to Batman), recast Superman (I loved Brandon Routh for that matter and he got blamed like this too) and rethink the whole thing. I agree, Snyder is done. I like Watchmen (I know you don’t) but it underperformed, Man of Steel underperformed and now this, three strikes. WB just doesn’t get that it needs someone to run this thing. Their chest beating over being more realistic than Marvel is ridiculous when they have no actual product that gets out. Hopefully, people can separate the MCU from DC’s efforts and not start talking about super hero fatigue. Clearly there is none. Deadpool just opened a whole new audience to the films. Like any genre, if they’re done right, people don’t get sick of them. It’s when they hear something hyped for 3 years and it lands like a wet turd on cement than you get blowback. This can’t be as genre killing as Batman & Robin was, though, even if it was that bad, and I don’t think any film could be, there’s too many other players making these films for one disaster to destroy a genre that’s been a staple since X-Men in 2000.

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      3. I don’t think anyone will be taking about superhero fatigue anytime soon, because even if BvS is as bad as Batman and Robin, people will have Deadpool to compare it against. The fact that movie audiences are embracing characters they’ve never heard of is much more significant than audiences rejecting characters that are a century old.

        I hear people like this latest incarnation of Wonder Woman, so that bodes well for her solo film. And if people go for Jared Leto’s Joker too, maybe there’s a possibility, if only a slim one, that this whole thing can be turned around. We shall see.

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  2. BTW Dave, I read that JGL dropped out of the Sandman movie, and I just wanted to say that I know how much you love Sandman, and I feel for you. I really hope the project doesn’t go forward, because no Morpheus has got to be better than a Morpheus ruined by people who don’t even really want the movie made in the first place.

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