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David Ayer Clarifies the Confusion Over Dick Grayson’s Death in the DCEU

Earlier this week when Zack Snyder confirmed that the dead Robin in the DCEU was Dick Grayson and not Jason Todd, some people were confused because they believed that Suicide Squad director David Ayer specified that it was Jason Todd that died.

Ayer said today that it was Zack Snyder’s original intent to have the Joker kill Dick Grayson:

He went on say that Snyder had a master plan and people are reading way too much into the whole situation:

Zack’s “master plan” was Robin was to stay dead until they introduced Carrie Kelly:

It seems people are trying to hatch crazy conspiracy theories about the identity of Robin changing at some point. Hopefully these Tweets from Ayer will stop some of that.

The bigger controversy over confusion over the Robin identity is still the fact that Dick Grayson was the Robin killed and not Jason Todd. Meaning that without Grayson in the DCEU, Nightwing couldn’t happen. But with The Flash movie being based on Flashpoint; it’s always possible to retcon and change Grayon’s death in the future…

Zack Snyder Confirms Dick Grayson is the Dead Robin in the DCEU

For a long time it’s been suspected that Dick Grayson was the dead Robin in the DCEU, as there was a “Grayson” headstone in the graveyard near Wayne Manor on the set of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. While there is some confusion based on comments about Suicide Squad that said it was Jason Todd, today we have confirmation it’s Dick Grayson.

Zack Snyder confirmed on Vero today that it is indeed Dick who was killed by the Joker and Justice League would’ve had a hint about it:

Everyone who reads DC Comics knows how one of the higher ups there who is no longer with the publisher (no, not Geoff Johns) famously hated Dick Grayson so much that it was almost a meme. Was it his idea to off Grayson or Snyder’s?

Here’s How WB Can Make a Successful Superman Film

There’s been a lot of talk going around the internet about a rumor that Warner Brothers doesn’t believe a solo Superman movie can be successful.

Which is completely divorced from reality, as a solo Superman film can absolutely be a success. WB just needs to not repeat past mistakes and not be afraid to do something new, while at the same time embracing what Superman is and not trying to drastically change him into something they think would “resonate” more. Superman has been around for eighty-five years. He resonates fine. He’ll be around long after the people currently in charge of WB mess up some movie slate and bail out in a golden parachute. Superman is also bigger than petty Hollywood ego politics, and WB needs to realize that.

Here are some key ways they can make Superman successful again, if they’re not afraid to try them:

Be Inspired By Donner, But Don’t Copy

As good as Superman: Returns is, one of its biggest problems was trying to continue a movie series that began twenty-five years before its release. That plays to nostalgia, but it alienated a large portion of the potential audience who had no connection to those films. You can mine the Donner films for inspiration both on screen, in terms of the themes they got so right, but also behind-the-scenes with the philosophy that went into the first two films.

Verisimilitude. That’s the word Donner mandated the movies abide by. They made the films realistic and believable, while giving Superman the respect and reverence he deserved. Hell, they had the guy who wrote The Godfather write first draft of the script. Superman deserves that level of reverence. WB wouldn’t have a DC film franchise if it weren’t for Superman in the first place, so they shouldn’t treat him like some throwaway cameo.

Let Donner’s idea of Verisimilitude once again be the driving force behind a new Superman movie. Have Superman be an inspiration as he was in Donner’s films. But don’t try to make a carbon copy of them. Let their spirit show in what’s done behind and in front of the camera, but don’t be afraid to make it a modern superhero film.

Give Audiences a Villain They Haven’t Seen in Multiple Films

While they’re taking inspiration from what Donner did, don’t repeat the villains again for a very long time. Audiences have seen Lex Luthor and General Zod far too many times. It’s time to break that cycle and introduce new villains from the comics.

The Superman: Lives script in the 90s, which Kevin Smith was famously involved with, had the right idea. Brainiac was the main villain in that movie (and the script even had a Batman cameo at the funeral). That script obviously had some famous late-90s DC movie quirks, but it got the main villain right. And I have to admit I do kind of love it; even with the polar bear guards and giant spider.

Superman has more, and better, villains than Luthor or Zod. WB should not be afraid to use them. I’d love to see a full-on comic Brianiac on the big screen; Skull Ship, Bottled City of Kandor, and everything. How amazingly cool would that be?

Metallo, Parasite, Eradicator, Cyborg Superman, even Bizarro. There are a lot of villains to choose from, WB just needs to not be afraid to break the Luthor/Zod time loop they seem to be stuck in.

Do NOT Do What JJ Abrams Tried To

On the other side of the coin, do not try to do what JJ Abrams attempted with Superman: Flyby ever again.

He tried to reboot Superman with an edgy modern take. Krypton didn’t explode. Luthor was a secret Kryptonian. And they basically made a new Zod with Ty-Zor. It was Superman fighting a Kryptonian Civil War, and the action was pretty much identical what we eventually saw with the Neo vs Smith fight in The Matrix: Revolutions.

Every single person who ever complains about Man of Steel should be required to read JJ Abrams’ Superman: Flyby script to truly see how terribly wrong a Superman movie could be. With the rumors of WB wanting JJ involved in a Superman movie, I really hope he learned his lesson from the backlash over that script.

Superman Does Not Need to be ‘Reinvented’

This is something you see a lot of people preach when it comes to making a new Superman, and it’s the exact philosophy that led to that blasphemous JJ Abrams Superman: Flyby script. For 85 years Superman has been a shining beacon of unwavering morality, always standing up for what’s good over evil. Sure, there have been reboots and revisions in the comics over the decades, but the core of who Superman is has never changed. And there’s no reason why he has to change for the movie.

People will turn up for a good Superman standalone film. But WB also has to respect their audience and realize that we’ve all seen Krypton blow up multiple times before. We’ve all seen Superman’s origin. And we’ve all seen way too much Lex Luthor and General Zod.

WB doesn’t need to reboot Superman again. They have the perfect man with Cavill. We’ve seen his origin. We’ve seen him deal with Zod and Luthor. It’s time for WB to give Cavill an epic solo outing where Kal can save the world from one of Superman’s many threats.

Henry Cavill is also very well read with Superman. He knows the character as well as any of the comic writers. Give him a seat at the table creatively. Trust him. He will give you an ideal to strive towards. You’ve already stumbled and fallen. It’s time to join him in the sun. Cavill can help you accomplish wonders.

Zack Snyder Streamed Batman V Superman Instead of Watching the Physical Blu-ray

With the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of people are doing viewing parties on social media where everyone watches a movie together. It’s become a pretty common thing over the last couple of weeks, and Zack Snyder just did one on Vero were he watched Batman V Superman and provided a live commentary.

A user on the r/DC_Cinematic subreddit noticed that Zack was actually watching the streaming version of the movie as opposed to the higher-quality version on physical Blu-ray:

OTHER: Zack Snyder streamed ‘Batman v Superman’ instead of watching the Blu-ray from r/DC_Cinematic

To be fair, the streaming version is in 4K, it’s just not at the same bitrate as the physical 4K UHD Blu-ray disc. People in the Reddit thread were wondering why he’d watch the streaming one instead of the disc, and it was likely just due to convenience. I’m sure if Zack wants the absolute best quality he probably has a film print of the movie.

Ben Affleck Has Closed the Door Forever on Batman

Despite the excitement for seeing Matt Reeves’ The Batman among DC fans, there remains that small group who are holding out hope that in some way the Snyder era Batman will continue with Ben Affleck. It seems like that door is closed. Forever.

In an interview with DeWayne Hamby for his new movie The Way Back, Affleck is asked if that door is closed forever and he said:

“Yeah. I had the opportunity to write, and direct, and kind of star in a standalone Batman. And it, you know, kind of just happened at a point in my life when I kind of lost interest in those stories. I’ll go see Robert’s, I think it’s gonna be great, he’s great but this is the kind of story I’m interested in telling now.”

He was asked about twenty years in the future with a Dark Knight Returns and he laughed:

“Maybe a very old Batman would be interesting, with a walker.”

That interview makes it sound pretty definitive that he’s done and completely moved on from the cowl. Hopefully fans online will as well and look forward to more coming about The Batman over the next year before its release in summer 2021.

Square Enix’s Awesome Batman V Superman Figures

Square Enix has revealed their Play Arts Kai figures for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and they’re pretty awesome. While these aren’t the sculpted display pieces that Hot Toys are, they’re about a hundred dollars less than one of those figures and more like actual action figures. Square has all of the figures (including a limited-edition Black & White) version of Batman on their site for $150 each. They’re still a bit expensive, but these are some of the coolest figures from the movie yet:

Everything Added to the Batman V Superman Ultimate Edition (Spoilers)

The Ultimate Edition of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives on Digital HD this week, and we have the details of what was added to this new three-hour cut of the movie. Overall this is the definitive version of the movie, fixing all of the editing and pacing problems from the butchered theatrical cut while fleshing out Luthor’s insane plot much better. How Luthor manipulated Batman and Superman into fighting is explained in clearer ways in this extended version of the movie. The additional thirty minutes restores excised subplots supporting Luthor’s plan, and gives Clark Kent and Lois Lane more scene to shine in.

A note on the R rating: Much like the extended version of the third Hobbit movie, there doesn’t seem to be anything extreme that would cause an R rating here. There’s some additional CGI blood in the gunfire during the Africa scene at the beginning, but it’s no more intense than what you saw in the PG-13 original.

Opening Credits

The opening credits now say “Ultimate Edition” and there’s a shot of Martha Wayne’s face right before Joe Chill pulls the trigger.

The Day the World Met the Superman

When Bruce Wayne makes it to the ruins of the Wayne Financial building, he sees a woman leading a train of children away from the building.

Africa

The Africa sequence is greatly expanded. It begins with Lois meeting Jimmy Olsen for the first time, and when Jimmy is killed you see his death from the infra-red on a drone. That lets you know the CIA was watching the whole thing.

Then comes the scene with the horses from the trailer. These are CIA guys going into the compound to mop things up since Jimmy as killed.

In addition to the horses, the CIA sends in a drone that is going to wipe out the entire compound with two missiles. Superman destroys both of them.

After Superman takes out the warlord, the CIA gets to the compound and sees the corpses left from Luthor’s guys and Lois finds her journal.

Zack Snyder & WB Muzzle the Biggest BvS Hater Critics

Today you may be seeing some tweets from critics and bloggers who are visiting the Justice League set in London. A lot of these bloggers were some of the biggest Batman V Superman haters this year, and some thought this was a way for Warner Bros. to win them over. However when they arrived in London they found out the truth.

As most people with half a brain expected, everyone had to sign a NDA when they got there. This is common practice for set visits. The studio wants to hold all information the people learned via their visit to closer to the film’s release as part of the promotional plan for the movie. So any interviews they get or impressions are naturally going to be held until next November.

However, there’s a side effect to having these specific bloggers sign NDAs they aren’t able to run Justice League rumors on their sites. Some of these people used negative Batman V Superman rumors (some of which were completely bogus) to shape perception of the movie before it came out, and now they can’t do that thanks to their Justice League set visit. Sure, some will run rumors on their sites via a different writer, but the big names can’t do it themselves.

This was actually a pretty brilliant way for Snyder to shut up those people who are trying to spread bogus rumors of him being fired from Justice League.

BvS Cinematographer Now Says EVERYONE Will Love the Ultimate Edition

Last week when the Ultimate Edition of Batman V Superman was announced, Cinematographer Larry Fong made news when he basically said it wouldn’t change anyone’s minds about the movie. Now he’s changed his opinion.

He tweeted that after watching the Ultimate Edition again, he’s now sure that everyone will love this version of Batman V Superman:

We’re only a couple weeks away from the digital release of it, so we’ll know then if he’s right. But this has happened before. Ridley Scott’s theatrical cut of Kingdom of Heaven wasn’t well received, but his extended directors cut is one of his best movies. The same thing goes for Zack Snyder’s Watchmen, where the Ultimate Cut is the vastly superior version.

Possible Rumors About the BvS Ultimate Cut

We’re only a few short weeks before the Batman V Superman Ultimate Cut hits Digital HD, but lots of people are claiming to have information about what’s new. The trailer released last week gives a good idea of some of the things added, but of course DC fans want more details.

Before you read these, be aware that they are from Reddit and that place does have a reputation for being somewhere where people can just make up whatever they want. However, some of this is backed up by comments by Zack Snyder (which I’ll post below):

  • The African woman who speaks at the beginning of the film is an actress paid for by Lex Luthor.
  • Mercy was uncomfortable with what Luthor was doing. Knowing this, Lex leads Mercy to her death out of spite for being unfaithful to him.
  • The Justice League cameos are not via an email in the Ultimate Cut.
  • Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg are seen in “action” during the end credits. Due to time constraints, they had to cut this sequence and their stories within the film. The email scene was a last minute idea to be able tease the Justice League characters in a short amount of time.
  • Luthor comes across as a more grounded character. His story makes much more sense with all his important character moments included and in the correct order.

Back in March, Zack Snyder gave an interview to Collider where he discussed the Ultimate Cut:

“We call it the Ultimate Cut because to me it’s a deeper dive into that world and there are storylines in there that get fleshed out by the longer version… I would say that we didn’t really take out much of the Superman/Batman story because I felt like, you know that’s kind of the movie, but there was some sort of interstitial stuff that surrounds the story, that kind of finishes some of the ideas that we trimmed back, and I think that’s what you get.”

“There’s a little bit of action, there’s a little bit of violence that we trimmed out for the MPAA that we put back. The Batman warehouse rescue, there’s a couple shots of Doomsday that were too intense. Then there’s a little bit longer ending, sort of the ending sequence, and the opening of the movie, the North Africa sequence is really much different.”

The longer ending sequence could refer to the rumor of the Justice League cameos taking place there. El Mayimbe at Heroic Hollywood said a few months ago that the closing credits would be the setup for Justice League. So those bits from the Reddit rumor do line up with things that have been said before.