2016 is a big year for both Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. Pictures/DC; Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will begin with Captain America: Civil War, while the DC Extended Universe (as it’s currently known) will vastly expand upon the release of director Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Snyder’s latest comic book adaptation is headlined by Man of Steel star Henry Cavill as Kal-El/Superman, along with Ben Affleck in the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman and Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (with other superheroes slated to cameo in the film).
The MPAA has now given Batman V Superman an official PG-13 Rating as was generally expected, though part of the explanation for the rating has raised a few eyebrows. Meanwhile, Jesse Eisenberg – who plays Lex Luthor in the film – is continuing to do his part to promote Snyder’s next DC Comics adaptation as being more than your average superhero movie offering, with his latest comments on the project.
Batman V Superman, like Snyder’s Man of Steel before it, has been Rated PG-13; in the case of the former movie, for having “intense sequences of violence and action throughout, and some sensuality.” The “some sensuality” part of the MPAA’s explanation has already given rise to jokes being made about a potential Batman/Superman romance in the film, though in all seriousness it’s probably connected to a scene with Clark Kent/Kal-El and Lois Lane (Amy Adams) – as their relationship has progressed since we last saw the duo in Man of Steel, to the point that the pair are now sharing an apartment together.
There are other possibilities, too, like the hints of a flirtatious dynamic – one out of a James Bond film – between Bruce and Diana in Batman V Superman. Either way that you cut it, the movie’s rating is further testament to the idea that the DCEU will continue embracing the relatively grittier and more adult tone established by Man of Steel (and, though they are not part of the DCEU, Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films before that). We’ve presented the argument many times over before, but it bears repeating here: it makes sense for WB/DC to take steps like this and better distinguish their superhero movies from Marvel’s, with regard to both their thematic qualities and the architecture of their shared cinematic universe (e.g. Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad serving as the next bricks in the wall).
Jesse Eisenberg, as mentioned earlier, has likewise presented Batman V Superman as being not just a noteworthy addition to the superhero genre, but also one that might appeal to more than your average comic book movie fan. Here’s what he said on the matter, when interviewed by We Got This Covered at a recent event to promote Eisenberg’s new book, “Bream Gives Me Hiccups”:
Since everyone here is obviously interested in writing in some capacity, I’ll tell you that the man who wrote the movie, Chris Terrio, is absolutely phenomenal. He also wrote Argo. He’s such a brilliant guy, so well read. He’s interested in very sophisticated topics and discussions. So in Batman V Superman, even though it’s a superhero movie, people who don’t necessarily see films in that genre, like this crowd, will probably enjoy it. It discusses some very sophisticated and important themes.
Eisenberg has also praised Batman V Superman co-screenwriter Chris Terrio in the past, while at the same time arguing that Snyder’s film deals with modern geopolitical issues in an accessible fashion. It’s easy enough to believe too, since even Snyder has said that Batman V Superman is equivalent to Man of Steel 2 – meaning, it will continue to explore the story of where Kal-El fits in the modern world. The issue will only grow more complicated with the re-emergence of the Caped Crusader, who isn’t all that trusting of Kal-El (much less, inclined to see eye to eye with him on important matters that involve the security of the public, and so forth).
That means that Batman V Superman also has to carry the baggage that comes with being a sequel to Snyder’s controversial Superman mythos re-imagining, as a result. However, no matter where you fall on the Man of Steel reaction scale (love/hate/something in between), it laid a foundation that Batman V Superman can build on in an intriguing and worthwhile manner – again, as we’ve argued in the past – and maybe, just maybe, prove to be less polarizing than its predecessor, in the process of doing so.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Womanon June 23rd, 2017; Justice League on November 17th, 2017; The Flash on March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman on July 27th, 2018; Shazam on April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14th, 2019; Cyborg on April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern Corpson June 19th, 2020. Untitled Batman and Superman solo films will be coming at dates TBD.
Source: We Got This Covered