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Saturday, August 09, 2014 

New Dawn of Justice details sound like it'll be based on Dark Knight Returns

According to this latest news about the Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie, it looks like this is going to draw from the Dark Knight Returns:
My sources indicate that when BvS opens Batman has existed for close to thirty years, which would place Wayne in his 50s (which is why I expected more grey in Affleck's hair). In this version Batman is still an urban legend, a creature of the night, and no one has ever taken his picture. But he's had plenty of adventures, and the Batcave includes a memorial centered around a tattered Robin costume.
What is the point of making Batman an older man here? Doesn't that kind of defeat what most audiences were expecting? Not only that, if Bruce Wayne is going to be in his early 50s, a la DKR's rendition, that compounds the perception this is aimed more at the fanboys even further.

And why do they have to keep on with this Robin-phobia of theirs? If they don't want to use the Teen Wonder, and think he's too hard to handle as a character on the silver screen, so be it, but that doesn't mean they have to push this idea they're so opposed to Dick Grayson, they want to emphasize that he's dead. According to Yahoo's movie news, Robin will have died at the hands of the Joker, suggesting this also borrows a bit from A Death in the Family, the story dampened by a ridiculous publicity stunt in 1988, when DC decided to let the readership decide with a phone-in call. I consider that embarrassing because, while it's one thing for the editors to decide whether to kill off Jason Todd, it's another to take steps that encourage poor thinking on the part of the readers. Some of the people who phoned in probably weren't even Batman devotees, but rather, people who thought voting to wipe out a character, no matter how fictional, is entertaining. It is not, and the worst part is thinking how it might have a chance of translating into lack of respect for human life in reality.

In related news, IGN's reported that WB moved the film's release to March 2016, apparently unconfident it can hold up against the Marvel movies that'll be released in May/June of that same year. Whether the film makes money is anyone's guess, but it probably won't be remembered as a modern day classic.

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