What If WB Made Lex Luthor A Vagabond in ‘Man of Steel 2′

by on August 17, 2013

in Entertainment

If you were to go see the next Man of Steel movie starring Henry Cavill, and in it…  well, trust me!  I’m making a point here about the Marvel/Disney movie Iron Man 3.  What?  Yes… read on.

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Henry Cavill as Kal El in Man of Steel

So we’ve heard that the Dark Knight will be appearing in the next Man of Steel movie, tentatively named Batman vs. Superman.

But we don’t know much more than that at this point in time.

Now I don’t know about you, but I like it when less is more.  Meaning when there are fewer movie trailers and clips, it leaves a lot to be discovered in the movie when you go to see it in the first week or two after opening in theaters.

I’m not sure how you feel about excessive movie trailers, but what if WB went nuts with their marketing of Man of Steel 2 (aka, Batman vs Superman)?

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The following is a ‘conjecture/what if’ fantasy section, looking to make a point.  Nothing more.

In the movie trailers, what if you were to see/learn from the trailers that along with Batman, the Justice League makes an appearance, that Lex Luthor, makes threats against Superman in trailers with monologues about his going down.  That from the trailers (And supposed leaked info and photos) that The Toyman is also in the next movie.

Then as we get closer to the film’s release date, we see clips and trailers that show Kal-El losing his powers, we see Lex Luthor gloating over Superman, and a few random scenes with Toyman in there.

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As the movie hits theaters, people pile in on opening weekend.

The story is well written, but as the story develops, anything that would have been a super awesome twist or surprise to see on the silver screen was shown in all the movie trailers.  All twenty-five or thirty of them.

And along the way, the real surprise that was kept under wraps was that as Superman finds Lex Luthor’s hideout.  You know all hell is going to break out.

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In other words, WB spills almost every single cool surprise from the movie in trailers and clips.  So basically, there’s nothing cool waiting for you in the wings when you go to see the movie.

To me, something like that devalues opening weekend and future potential business in subsequent weeks.  With all the deets spilled, there’s nothing exciting to hold in your back pocket to tell and share with your friends and peers, because they’ve seen it all on the TV.

But wait, there’s that red herring in the room, the title of this piece.

We discover that Luthor is a sham, a homeless guy hired by The Toyman to distract everyone away from his evil doing.

Boom!

Nothing like adding insult to injury, WB takes one of the most iconic villains in the DC universe and makes him a stupid sham of what he really is.

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So there you were, racking your brain for months wondering how Lex Luthor is going to tackle Superman and where the Toyman fits in it all?

Those months were fun, playing through the conjecture from different angles.  And it was all de-valued with all the twists and turns spoiled by trailers.  There ends up being nothing extra to make this an exciting theater experience.  And the biggest let down, for comic franchise fans, was how Lex was changed for the movie.

From super villain to a useless, drunk homeless guy.

Absurd? Sure.  How would you feel if that’s what you found in the new movie?  That all the cool twists were spoiled and

Me, I’d be frustrated and pissed.  Oh wait, I was just that with Iron Man 3!

For those who may not know, The Mandarin and Iron Man have gone toe-to-toe over the years since the 60′s, with Tony usually being the man and his mind, that defeats the ring wielder.

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Iron Man 3 Spoilers Are About to Commence

IRON MAN 3 movie spoiler discussion about Mandarin, Rescue and More

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WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF IRON MAN 3!

Writer/actor Drew Pearce and writer/director Shane Black took the most iconic villain of the Iron Man franchise and made The Mandarin into nothing more than a drunken tool to be used by Killian as a distraction for his Extremis project.  They skipped over Tony Stark using Extremis himself, but rather, made his new armor a Wi-Fi controlled, faulty piece of shit that barely got him through one scrap or another.

His latest armor, one that I was excited to see in action (Because I presumed poorly that Tony used Extremis) was a suit that was still under development and was a huge disappointment for me.  (And I’m sure other comic franchise fans.)

Black even pulled out all the AC/DC music that we’ve all come to expect and love from the first two movies.

Yes, Black put his touch on this third entry on the Iron Man movie franchise.  This was a very different movie from the previous two and I sorely missed Jon Favreau’s touch in the film.

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Sure, Black and Pearce pulled together a great story and the story sold itself to millions of movie goers.  Non-fans loved it.  Franchise fans were mixed.

Sure, franchise fans got to see the Extremis project realized on the big screen, and sure, we got to see ALL of Tony’s armada of armors that he had built up over the years.

But where Favreau was able to pull together and deliver years of franchise history smoothly, Black did the same with quick, deft leaps of the pen, leaving much to be desired, considering what direction he ended the movie on.

In the end, some pretty important aspects of the franchise were slapped in as an afterthought, during a closing monologue by Tony Stark.

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As a movie, it was good. A great story with our hero being challenged on multiple personal levels.  Yet with the devil in the details, long-time franchise fans were dissed about as bad as I’ve ever seen fans dissed.

What added to my frustration with the movie was that this might have been a digestible experience had Disney not spoiled so many details from the story in their marketing campaign.

Hell, there were two or three scenes that should have been eye-popping, jaw-dropping moments of surprise or suspense.  But instead, they were just more scenes in a movie because we already knew about them.

Thanks tons Disney… your marketing ruind the movie for me.

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Sure.  Iron Man 3 made a billion bucks.  With so many movie tickets sold in 3D, IMAX and overseas where ticket prices are much higher, it was easy to hit that mark.

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Yea…  the lesson I’ve taken away from this is that

A:  Disney will market the living crap out of a product, willing to remove all the fun twists one might experience in the theater to get as many patrons in the theater as possible.

B:  Never trust a Shane Black movie to be what it’s marketed to be.

To some degree, I understood his putting his own unique stamp on the movie.  Everyone does it.

But to add insult to injury, he made some seriously lame excuses about his twist up on the Mandarin character.  Case in point, what he said about his decision on the character,

And what was of use about the Mandarin’s portrayal in this movie, to me, is that it offers up a way that you can sort of show how people are complicit in being frightened. They buy into things in the way that the audience for this movie buys into it.

“I think that’s a message that’s more interesting for the modern world, because I think there’s a lot of fear that’s generated toward very available and obvious targets, which could perhaps be directed more intelligently at what’s behind them.”

I read that and thought, seriously?

He lost a lot of respect from me with that weird sense of logic/excuse.

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Despite my disgruntled perspective from the perspective of a victim of Disney marketing, and a dissed Iron Man fan, IT WAS A WELL DONE STORY and I recommend it to anyone who might be interested in catching it.

If you’re a fan, you’re now prepared.

The movie comes out on DVD/Blu-ray on September 24th.

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A Brusimm BTW:

Man of Steel 2 aka, Batman vs Superman, is due out in theaters in 2015, from director/writer Zack Snyder with David S. Goyer slated to create the screenplay.

'The Dark Knight Rises' - Batman

Other hopes and guesses out there are saying the it would be cool to see Bryan Cranston playing Lex.  Other suggestions say Mark Strong (Low Winter Sun on AMC) might already have the role in the bag.  And that WB is dangling a huge chunk of change in front of Christian Bale to reprise the caped crusader.  Bale… Cranston.  If that were to be, that would be cool, since I’m having a tough time imagining anyone else picking up the cowl after Bale made it his own.

But that’s all nothing but unsubstantiated yak that is spreading about the wilds of the internet.

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Bruce has been been writing for the web since 1999. He likes to take a more pragmatic approach to most of the news and marketing that gets floated out there while still keeping a light tone about it.

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