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WJEC GCSE Film Studies Superhero Films | Batman v Superman and Deadpool

Rob Miller | Thursday September 08, 2016

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Batman v Superman, Deadpool, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Action Adventure, Superhero, Hot Entries

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Batman v Superman) is a 2016 blockbuster superhero movie produced by DC, and distributed by Warner Bros. From a marketing point of view (common question 3 in Paper 1) it is an attempt to compete with the most successful franchise in film history – Marvel Cinematic Universe, whose recent films have been distributed by the owner of the franchise, Disney Motion Picture Studios.

To simplify, Marvel and DC Comics were, and still are, competing superhero comic publishers who both have now diversified into making big budget superhero films. To fully understand Batman v Superman one must firstly understand Marvel Cinematic Universe who are the more established franchise with 13 commercially successful films. The DC Extended Universe produced its first film, Man of Steel in 2013 while Batman v Superman is the second film in the DC franchise.

Batman v Superman is based on characters that appear in DC Comics and crosses over common storylines, plot elements and characters e.g. the evil Lex Luthor. Lex Luthor first appeared in printed comics in 1940, in film in Superman (1978) and in Batman v Superman played by actor Jesse Eisenberg (Social Network, The Double). The role of actors in the film must not be underestimated with the steely eyed English actor Henry Cavill playing Batman and Ben Affleck playing the darker Batman. Ben Affleck is now an executive producer at DC Extended Universe with films planned up to 2020 including Wonder Woman and Justice League, both movies marketed in Batman v Superman by use of enigma and narrative arcs.

Superhero films often copy, or make intertextual references to each other and in MCU’s Captain America: Civil War, released after Batman v Superman, Marvel had a similar storyline in that two of their iconic characters, Captain America and Iron Man (Tony Stark), were pitted against each other in publicity material and of course...

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