Dark times call for bright lights, and that’s why some of our best-known superheroes were created during America’s most difficult days. For example, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created Superman in 1938, while the USA was still in the depths of The Great Depression and the events that would cause World War II were unfolding. So, as America struggles with polarizing political and social issues, Henry Cavill — who plays Superman in the new Justice League movie — says we need our superheroes more than ever.
Justice League — which also stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Ben Affleck as Batman — opens in theaters this Friday.
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Now out on Blu-ray, the Ultimate Edition of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is a must have for fans of the theatrical cut as well as comic book enthusiasts. This version, which runs 182 minutes, gives a deeper look into Lex Luthor’s (Jesse Eisenberg) ambitious scheme to kill Superman (Henry Cavill) and also gives more screen time to Lois Lane (Amy Adams).
During Lane’s investigation into the Lex Luthor’s nefarious operations, she enlists the aid of Jenet Klyburn (Jena Malone), a scientist who helps trace two terrorist operations back to Luthor. Former Wayne Enterprises employee Wallace Keefe’s (Scoot McNairy) own motivations for taking down the Man of Steel are also made clearer and a twist involving Keefe that wasn’t detailed in the original cut is also divulged in the Ultimate Edition.
Clark Kent’s (Cavill) own investigation of Batman are also fleshed out in this edition, as the repercussions of Caped Crusader’s vigilante style of justice is seen through the eyes of a luckless criminal and his grieving family. Both Kent and Lane’s reporting skills are given much more attention with all the added footage, and an incidental character (Wunmi Mosaku) from the theatrical cut actually proves to be a much bigger piece of Lex Luthor’s puzzle.
Though the original cut is over two and a half hours, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justicedidn’t fully delve into Luthor’s entire chess game, and fans of the character and Eisenberg’s performance will enjoy the added textures to this superior version.
Along with the excellent extended cut, the disc comes with several highly engaging special features. “Uniting The World’s Finest” spotlights the backstories behind Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher), the three future Justice League members who made cameos in Batman V Superman. “The Warrior, The Myth, The Wonder” is an informative look at the history of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and along with various interviews (including Gadot and director Patty Jenkins), the featurette includes footage from the upcoming 2017 feature Wonder Woman (Jenkins is the director).
A further discussion of Batman V Superman: Ultimate Edition will also be discussed on this week’s episode of CinemAddicts.
Henry Cavill’s journey as the “Man of Steel” continues with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Though the centerpiece of the film deals with the conflict between Superman (Cavill) and the Caped Crusader (Ben Affleck), the pair must also deal with the obviously bigger threat of Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg).
“For me, this very much felt like the development of Superman, of the character we know and love from the comic books,” said Cavill. “We’re still not there yet. (Looking at) the guy growing up – he’s become this “super man” after discovering he was Kal-El in the first movie and now he’s facing off against this second guy and it’s a tough outing for him because it’s against a psychological enemy, as opposed to a physical enemy like Zod (Michael Shannon).”
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, co-starring Gal Gadot and Diane Lane, is now playing nationwide.
Click on the media below to hear Henry Cavill talk about the hero’s journey of Superman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Set to open this weekend, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. is a stylish reboot of the ultra-popular mid-century TV series that starred ROBERT VAUGHN and DAVID McCALLUM as combative Cold-War secret agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin. As top members of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.), it was up to them to thwart all enemies of peace. This time around, not much has changed. We’re still in the ’60s, there’s still a Cold War and there are still enemies of peace. Directed by GUY RITCHIE (from a script he co-wrote), HENRY CAVILL and ARMIE HAMMER step into the SOLO and KURYAKIN roles respectively.
Advance word on THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. has been fairly positive and the film’s reception at SDCC was enthusiastic. Addressing the massive Comic Con crowd earlier this summer, stars CAVILL and HAMMER playfully described their on-screen characters. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. opens in theaters August 14.
After spending two films ensconced in the Sherlock Holmes universe, director Guy Ritchie takes on The Man From U.N.C.L.E., a rousing adventure that’s based on the popular 1960s series of the same name. Man of Steel star Henry Cavill stars as Napoleon Solo, a CIA agent who teams with KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (The Lone Ranger’s Armie Hammer) to take down a deadly international criminal organization.
Like most of Ritchie’s films, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.has its share of eye catching and adrenaline fueled action sequences. For Cavill, the most challenging part of shooting the movie didn’t come from fisticuffs.
“I think the hardest thing for me was the accent, because when we started,” said Cavill. “Guy said ‘I want something a bit like Clark Gable but not Clark Gable.'”
Attempting to pay homage to the Gone With the Wind actor proved a bit difficult, and Cavill and Ritchie decided to find a different voice for Napoleon Solo.
Click on the media bar to hear Henry Cavill talk about finding the voice behind Napoleon Solo.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E, co-starring Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina), opens Friday.