We’re in that crunch-time now in the lead-up for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Entertainment Weekly has begun to roll out pieces today from their big cover feature:
Inside the magazine is a shockingly detail-filled article (that probably has way too many spoilers for someone wanting to go in cold). I’ll spare you the details on cameos you’d probably rather see in person, but there were a few other points of interest.
- Jena Malone’s character, who remains top secret, has been cut out of the theatrical version of the film and will only appear in the R-rated “Ultimate Cut”
- Don’t get your hopes up on seeing Green Lantern again anytime soon as the character won’t be referenced in the film and likely won’t pop up until Justice League Part 2, if even then.
- Suicide Squad takes place after the events of Batman v Superman. Wonder Woman, which is largely set during WWI, has present day bookends that take place after it as well.
I’ll let you read the rest for yourself, if you’re so inclined. EW’s Anthony Breznican also tweeted out the following thoughts about the film, which he saw prior to writing this piece:
— Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) March 3, 2016
Which sounds like good news for those looking forward to it (I consider myself among that number). On a related note, Deadline has produced the first tracking info for the film’s opening weekend and its expected to pull around $120-140 million over Easter. Admittedly, this seems a bit low for a film of this stature, where WB has put in so much time and investment. Granted, tracking data is often very conservative. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the film beat those estimates but 20-30 million, depending on word of mouth of course. It helps that the next two weeks following its release are basically unopposed, granting the studio some room for legs.
Only 3 weeks away now…
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