Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.
I’m sure many of you, like myself, felt a little uneasy about Zack Snyder tackling a Batman movie, more specifically a Batman versus Superman tale. His 2013 take on the Big Blue Cheese in MAN OF STEEL was only half a good movie in my opinion. With DARK KNIGHT helmer Christopher Nolan in the producer’s chair and Snyder taking the controls, MAN OF STEEL was a clash of Nolan and Snyder’s divergent styles. Neither director’s vision was fully realized. Snyder’s characteristic love of gloriously themed atmosphere is given enough room to show, but not enough to shine, while Nolan’s signature explorations of psyche are never afforded the lines of dialogue required to sink their teeth into an audience. And it didn’t help that the last half hour of MAN OF STEEL was a destruction-athon.
But, and that’s a big but, if you watch the new BATMAN V. SUPERMAN trailer that came out of Comic-Con this past week, you might see how Snyder had much bigger plans that we didn’t even know about. So here we were, trash talking the last half of MAN OF STEEL when Snyder knew what he was doing all along and would later completely make up for it by showing us why Batman is angry with Superman in the first place: for destroying Bruce Wayne’s building (killing everyone inside) with his reckless tactics. Or, maybe, Snyder just thought of this after the fact. Either way, he redeems himself in my book. BATMAN V. SUPERMAN looks incredible, and Ben Affleck is going to kill it as the caped crusader.
In addition to the BATMAN V. SUPERMAN trailer, footage of next year’s SUICIDE SQUAD also leaked, which Warner Bros. has since put out the official trailer. This film has perhaps received most of the trash talk on the Twittersphere, mainly because of Jared Leto’s look as The Joker. It sure divided cinephiles. I was one of the few who actually dug his look, even if it was a little over the head (“Ha-ha” tattoos, etc.). But if you also watch the trailer for SUICIDE SQUAD, you realize you should have never doubted David Ayer and Leto’s approach to The Clown Prince of Crime. This is obviously a very different Joker from what we’ve seen before, stepping away from the realistic, Nolan approach and lining more up with the comics.
But that’s enough for now. See so for yourself in the trailers below. You can color us excited. How about you?
BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE – Comic-Con Trailer
SUICIDE SQUAD – Comic-Con Trailer