Should you see Batman v Superman?

The short answer to this question is maybe. It depends on what kind of movies you enjoy. Here is some background information on the latest big-budget superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

  • Batman v Superman is directed by Zack Snyder who is famous for 300, Watchmen and Man of Steel. If you have seen any of these films then you have a basic idea of Snyder’s style. Personally I find his films visually striking but often lacking in the narrative department. How much you enjoyed Snyder’s previous films will determine how excited you are for Batman v Superman
  • The stakes are very high for this movie. There is a lot of money invested so the risk/reward associated with the success of this movie is leveraged. Estimates are that this movie will need to earn somewhere in the range of 800 million to 1 billion dollars to be successful financially. Unfortunately for this film the early reviews have been overwhelmingly negative. It might be worth seeing but don’t expect the level of quality of a marvel film or Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 
  • Batman v Superman proves that money does not automatically ensure success when it comes to movies. If people aren’t willing to pay to see Batman v Superman then the movie will be a disaster. This is sad because movie are collaborative works of art. A lot of hardworking people will suffer if Batman v Superman flops.

I will not see Batman v Superman in theaters. I probably wouldn’t even watch it if it were free on Netflix. A superhero movie has to be pretty interesting for me to even consider watching it. They simply don’t appeal to me in their present forms. However I acknowledge that many people will see this movie and they might even like it a lot.

Marvel’s success making movies will lead other studios to try to copy Marvel’s formula. While Batman v Superman may not be an entertaining movie, it is interesting to examine as a cultural phenomena. I have accepted the fact that superhero movies are here to stay and the failure of one movie, no matter how massive, will not derail the trend.

 

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Star Wars is making a lot of Money

Everyone is seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

Today, The Walt Disney Company reported that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to pull in 900 million dollars domestic today and 2 billion dollars global in a few days. This is a very large amount of money. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the first film in history to reach the 900 million dollar milestone. This is great news for Disney, J.J. Abrams, and fans of the franchise. What’s even more incredible is that it only took 50 days for Star Wars to reach this milestone.

Here are some of the records Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken:

  • Biggest opening day domestically ($119.1 million)
  • Biggest opening week domestically ($390.8 million)
  • Fastest film to $1B globally (12 days)
  • Biggest film of all time in the U.S and the U.K.

Star Wars: The force Awakens is doing really well in the U.S. and abroad. It has gone well over its $200 million dollar budget. The fact that Star Wars is doing so well proves that movies are more capable than ever of bringing in revenue. Or perhaps this merely shows the degree of economic inflation over the past few years. What do you think?

Please check out my review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and let me know what you think.