BATMAN V SUPERMAN early buzz; no Green Lantern until Justice League 2, Lex’s plan revealed, characters cut, new pics & more!

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Over the last year and a bit we’ve heard a hell of a lot about Batman v Superman: Ham and Mustard (and thanks to one spoilerific trailer, also seen a lot), but of course, there’s still a lot we don’t know as none of us have actually seen the film. But other people have. And one of those people is EW’s Anthony Breznican, who has accordingly been dropping a ton of info in a series of articles over the last day or so. Some of it just confirms unofficial reports, some are exciting, others are disappointing but I guess all of it could be heading into slight SPOILER territory if you haven’t been following this film production at all to go into it fresh (in which case, what the hell are you doing here reading this article?!).

There’s a lot to get through, including Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill talking about their respective titular characters, and director Zack Snyder also weighing on his take on them, so I suggest you go read the full article, but here are the big take-aways:

  • Flash and Cyborg confirmed

This one is a bit of a “duh, as we’ve been reporting on the inclusion of Ezra Miller’s Flash and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg (as well Jason Momoa’s Aquaman), but now it’s actually been confirmed that they’re in the movie. In which capacity though, may be a bit unexpected as it’s revealed that Flash appears to Batman in some kind of vision. Just what the vision is about and why Flash would be in it, we’ll have to wait and see.

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  • Green Lantern will be nowhere to be found… for a while

One Justice League member we won’t see, and not for a very long time, is Green Lantern. Rumours that the emerald ring-slinging space cop would show up in some post-credits tease were seemingly greatly exaggerated as not only will Green Lantern not be in Batman v Superman, but he may not even be seen in Justice League – Part One or Two! Producers Greg Silverman and Charles Roven explain:

“[Green Lantern] is an incredible character. He’s actually multiple incredible characters. There’s real opportunity there. We didn’t do a great job on that first Green Lantern movie. This is a character who deserves to be treated in the same way that Batman and Superman and Wonder Woman are being treated now, which is with great reverence. I guess I can say to the Green Lantern fans: if they can be patient with us, I think they’ll be really happy.”

“Every beat of [Green Lantern Corps] is not yet worked out. So there’s the possibility that he may or may not be in ‘Justice League 2.’ For now, we felt that we were introducing enough characters that the best possible place we could put Green Lantern is some introduction in ‘Justice League 2,’ or barring that, a movie after.”

  • Jena Malone’s secret character cut from theatrical version
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Another character we won’t be seeing for a while is whomever Jena Malone was playing. The character’s identity has been kept tightly under wraps, but there have been several clues and much speculation that she would actually be Carrie Kelly, the female Robin introduced in Frank Miller’s seminal classic graphic novel “The Dark Knight Returns”, which is arguably the biggest comic book influence on this movie. However, it’s now been revealed that Malone has been cut from the theatrical cut of the movie, but will be showing up in the R-rated “Ultimate Edition” Blu Ray release (which implies that her role wasn’t that big to begin with).

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  • Lex Luthor’s Doomsday plan confirmed

And it seems that all of those rumours around the origin of Doomsday are true: He’s an old pal kinda brought back to life by Lex Luthor. According to EW, “Luthor not only orchestrates a mass murder aimed at turning the Batman and Superman against each other but also uses some Kryptonian relics left behind from the Man of Steel aftermath to cook up a cosmic mutant Frankenstein— Doomsday, partially built from the remains of Michael Shannon’s General Zod.”

It’s also revealed that this version of Lex Luthor, played by Jesse Eisenberg is “deeply tormented and emotionally scarred by his father”, and that “This is the Lex who was abused and no God ever rescued him. And so, to get revenge on that God, you know — God kneels, right? Bends to my will.”

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As to the film itself, we’ve been hearing mixed reports from early screenings of the movie. One week it’s incredibly negative, while the next it all looks rosy. Seeing as how Anthony Breznican has actually seen the film, what he did he think about it? The writer (obviously) couldn’t post a full review, so he took to Twitter to just voice some though.

I guess it doesn’t get more clear cut than that: It’s essentially a thematic continuation of Man of Steel with some fixes thrown in, which some are going to go gaga over while others won’t be fans. And honestly, I’m perfectly okay with that. As /Film points out, if a film tries something big and ends up divisive, it’s still a whole lot better than not doing anything and just flatlining the whole way through. Nobody wants to see BatMEHn v SuperMEHn.

Along with all the scoops and tidbits, EW have also debuted some new images which you can check out below!

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016.

Sources: EW, EW, EW

Last Updated: February 20, 2017

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Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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