In spite of the latest trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice redeeming itself in the eyes of hardcore fans, some troubling reports have been revealed that raise concerns again.
HitFix claims their sources are hearing that Warner Bros is worried about the reception of the movie during their test screenings. Early reactions have not been what the studio was hoping for, which we can only assume is colossal considering its Batman & Superman. Now Latino Review is claiming the budget for BvS has eclipsed $400 million dollars, and Warner Bros is now considering a profitable margin to be close to $1 billion dollars.
This first report regarding the test screenings is never a good sign. One movie news outlet says that audiences simply respond better to the lighter blockbuster superhero flicks that Marvel produces, and that DC’s darker edgier tone could turn audiences off. I couldn’t agree with that more. Both Hitfix and Latino Review claim that Warner Bros isn’t worried about the quality of Batman v Superman, seeing as Snyder worked closely with Oscar winning writer Chris Terrio (Argo) during a polishing of David S. Goyer’s original script. History has shown us that even the highest quality blockbusters don’t always guarantee box office success. However, we’re talking about Batman v Superman here, and audiences will certainly turn out to see these two onscreen together for the first time ever.
The other thing to consider is if BvS doesn’t get the critical reception Warner Bros is hoping for, it could cause a shift in the entire DC slate. If BvS doesn’t end up being great, there’s a chance the studio could push back Justice League Part One (2017) and replace it with a solo-Batman movie. One of the more consistent reports over the last couple of months have been the praise over Ben Affleck’s performance as Bruce Wayne/Batman. We all know how great of a director Affleck is, so the move would make plenty of sense.
There’s no telling what could happen, but with a little over a month until the movie releases we won’t have to wait long. Does any of these reports change your anticipation for Batman v Superman? Let us know below.
Suicide Squad (August 5, 2016), Wonder Woman (June 23, 2017), Justice League Part 1 (November 17, 2017), The Flash (March 23, 2018), Aquaman (July 27, 2018), Shazam! (April 5, 2019), Justice League Part 2 (June 14, 2019), Cyborg (April 3, 2020) and Green Lantern Corps (June 19, 2020)