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Batman v Superman vs Box Office

by Nicholas Taborsky on Friday, April 8th, 2016

From the thoughts of creative thinkers, to drawings on glossy pages, all the way to the colorful moving images you see on the big screen, comic book movies have become the cornerstone of cinema. The past ten years have seen exponential growth in their evolution, both in popularity and artistic craft. Superhero movies have become an ultimate phenomenon, growing in positive ratings and profit alike, and for good reason. Movies, such as Guardians of the Galaxy or X-Men: Days of Future Past, continue to revitalize the genre with fresh approaches to comics that draw all generations alike to the box offices.

Comic book movies, with their charismatic characters, electrifying action, and enjoyable story, leave viewers feeling consistently satisfied. Every year, these movies seem to become more complex. A comparison that truly may embody this cumulative path of complexity is that between recent releases: Deadpool and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds, is an R-rated action/adventure superhero film that tells the story of a former Special Forces operative turned mercenary, faced with terminal cancer. In an attempt to fix his disease through the help of a secret organization, he is turned into a mutant with invincible powers. Taking on the name of Deadpool, he goes in search of the man who turned him into the mutant and nearly took his life in order to exact his revenge. Released on February 12, 2016, Deadpool became the superhero movie fans have been waiting for. This specific film has set itself apart from almost any other superhero movie by not only receiving solid reviews from Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb with a score of 83%, but by also becoming the highest grossing R-rated movie in all of history, raking in over $750 million in box office ticketing as of April 5th.

What distinguishes this movie from others is not just the dark comedic nature of the movie’s superhero—a conscious, wall breaking individual who spits hilarious line after line within an intense, action-packed story that traverses back in forth between two timelines—but also the passion from the fans and the actors. Ryan Reynolds, who was recently invited to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, revealed his role in getting Deadpool to the limelight, saying “I’ve been trying to get it made for 11 years”.

When he was cast for the same character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, fans and critics alike agreed that Ryan’s portrayal of the character and the way he was written into the movie’s screenplay was a disaster. Some could say the movie Deadpool is revenge for what was done to the character in the past. Hannah Nigro, a die-hard superhero movie fan who recently saw the movie says, “The rebellious, yet captivating personality and the crude, yet clever humor of the protagonist eventually seized the viewer’s heart and sympathy.” Deadpool is not only a great movie that deserves your time and money, but also a superhero success that certainly matches, if not overshadows, all other comic book movies.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, is a PG-13 action/superhero movie that tells the story of Batman’s attempt to put down Superman after Superman has left so many places destroyed in the wake of his battles. Amongst this conflict is the villain Lex Luthor, played by Jesse Eisenberg, who, during the fight between Batman and Superman, engages in his own attempt in bringing about Superman’s doom.

With its intriguing concept, this movie attempted to bring two of history’s greatest superheroes together in an extravagant battle. To top it off, the trailer also featured another one of history’s greatest superheroes, Wonder Woman, and everyone agreed that the movie could not get any better. It was—of course—an idea that would surpass huge success stories such as The Avengers.

Unfortunately, the hype behind this movie was not enough to counteract the poor directing from Zack Snyder. This movie was unable to even please the most dedicated of comic book fans and received a very rotten score of 23% from Rotten Tomatoes. While it has grossed over $500 million, it cannot be considered a success, being compared to past superhero movie failures such as Green Lantern and Catwoman. As framed by critic Robbie Collin from The Telegraph, “No major blockbuster in years has been this incoherently structured, this seemingly uninterested in telling a story with clarity and purpose.” I advise only the most dedicated of fans to go and see it.

Despite the rare comic book movie failures that come out every year, there are always those gems that stand out, and Deadpool is definitely one of them. While I would not recommend seeing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I strongly advise any superhero aficionados to grab a bag of popcorn, relax, and watch as Ryan Reynolds makes Wade Wilson come to life.

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