March 2016

The Dawn of the Review

Here at TruffleShuffle we stock what we think is a super range of products, and amongst our expanding collection is of course our Batman v Superman Merchandise.
Because of this our Chief Geek at TruffleTowers ventured out into the dark night to see the battle unfold for himself.

**Just a little note to say that this review contains Spoilers**

What is Batman v Superman?

If you have been hiding from the comic book boom that is flying around, this is the latest movie in the DC line-up. Batman and Superman are taking their positions ready for what was anticipated to be a showdown of super proportions.

Is there a story to it?

Yes, there is a story, however it is rather disjointed in places (lots of quick changing between locations, dreams and time zones), making it potentially hard to follow for non die hard fans.

If you haven’t seen “Man of Steel” there are certainly areas of the film that will not make sense.

Man of Steel: In Short

This was the origin story for Superman, you get to see how Kal-El came to Earth, how he grew up and became the Man of Steel.

During this film an escaped convict from Superman’s home planet comes to Earth, this escaped convict is General Zod.

Long story short, Superman and Zod end up leveling/decimating/anihilating/destroying (heck insert any word for total destruction) the city of Metropolis. SPOILER: Superman wins and destroys Zod….queue Lois Lane and Superman becoming an item and roll credits.


But what is this story about?

Whilst Superman and Zod were destroying most of Metropolis, Bruce Wayne was racing to Wayne Tower to do what he could to help his staff. Unfortunately he gets there just in time to watch helplessly as his building is leveled.

Believing that someone helpful from another planet (Superman) could potentially turn nasty in the future, Batman decides that the only right thing he can do is destroy the Man of Steel.

Insert into the plot a healthy dose of the public questioning the motivation behind superheroes, mix in the public misunderstanding their intentions and you end up with quite a good concept.

Lex Luthor was potentially the most annoying character in the film (this was apparently his rushed origin story as well). He wants to create weapons to destroy Kryptonians / find people with abilities (Cyborg, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Flash) / set Batman up to fight Superman / manipulate Superman (by kidnapping Martha Kent and Lois Lane) and generally play with things he doesn’t understand.

Batman and Superman go to head to head whilst Lex brings General Zod back to life by playing with Alien technology, the result is a very powerful creature called Doomsday.

Doomsday starts destroying Metropolis. This results in Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman working together to destroy Doomsday.

Superman is fatally wounded by Doomsday as he deals the final blow.

Batman and Wonder Woman discuss how they need to get a team together to deliver Justice.

What were the highlights?

- Batman: Ben Affleck (AKA Batfleck) wasn’t that bad a Batman, the script didn’t help him in the slightest, but still he put in a very strong appearance.

- Wonder Woman: Not much to say other than the fact that she simply put in a blinding performance, the Wonder Woman movie is one that I am looking forward to.

- DC introduces: As you will see / hear DC are heating up ready for a Justice League movie (This was is “Dawn of Justice”……..bit of a hint), during Batman v Superman you are introduced to Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and Flash.

- Batman v Superman: The actual fight scene between these two giants was actually well done, Batman has Kryptonite gas, Superman gets weakened and it is a pretty even fight.

- Batman v Supergoons: Once Batman and Superman realise that their mums have the same name they become Super-friends. At this point Batman takes out a warehouse full of armed guards where Martha Kent is being held. He does this in what can only be described as a level out of the Arkham game series, for those who haven’t seen the game series it involves stealth, gadgets and pure skill.

- Superman Returns: At the end of the film Superman paid the ultimate price and was buried in a coffin………however the last second of the film shows that Superman may just be back again for Justice League.

What were the lowlights?

- Superman “The Monster”: Most of the scenes where you find Superman you will find destruction and death, in total there must have been around 5 minutes of Superman showing any sign of Humanity.

- Lois Lane: Magically decided to retrieve the Kryptonite weapon when she didn’t have a clue about the existence of Doomsday.

- Martha Mad: The reason that Batman and Superman stop fighting is because they both have mums called Martha, alternatively Batman realises Superman has a mum. Either way this moment of revelation stops the fight instantly.

- Jumpy Scenes: There was a lot of jumping from one scene to another……and then into Batman’s dream scenes. At times it was disjointed and irrelevant to do so.

- Runtime: The runtime was 2 Hours and 31 Minutes!!!!

What did you think about it?

Well honestly I thought it was a very visually pleasing but very dark film (not just the story, the actual colours used as well). That doesn’t mean it was a bad film though!!!

Batman v Superman is the creation of a world where every action has seismic collateral damage, where not only life is lost, but where the superhero loses a sense of who they are. This leads to a very dark and gritty film (that we would expect from Snyder and his cynicism).

To finish off it may not have been the best entry for DC (especially when you compare it to the Marvel Cinematic Universe), however it opens the way to:

- A Batman prequel movie (well a potential prequel to BvS)

- Wonder Woman movie (2017 release) [IMDB]

- Justice League movie (2017 Release) [IMDB]

It is a gateway film to what is an ever expanding DC Universe and for that reason it is worth a watch.

TruffleShuffle gives it 3 Chunks out of 5.

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Not this might come as a slight supersize to many of you, buuuuut the amazing teen flick that is Save The Last Dance turns a cool 15 years old today! Yep released here in the UK back on March 30th 2001, this icon is still very much in our top books and we think there is still plenty to love about this legend.

Now, teen films are admittedly a total guilty pleasure and are usually enjoyed on lazy Sundays with ice cream and perhaps a friend or too. You can love it and generally won’t give you a headache trying to understand it which is sometimes perfect! But! Save The Last Dance is so much more than that, instead taking on real life situations like dating, pregnancy and crime. Tick! Tick! Tick!

First up of course it’s….those dance moves! Whoever you are, watching this film was a sure fire way to get the itch to throw some shapes right there and then, because….why not!

Taking on the big issues like racism like a champ. Sadly, too many times in teen movies involve perfect couples with perfect relationships. Save The Last Dance actually looked at the struggles more everyday couples, such as racism faced in inter-racial relationships.

The music! With total classics from Pink, Ice Cube, Montell Jordan, Snop Dogg and Chaka Demus & Pliers, there’s plenty to love about this. While we wouldn’t recommend just listing to this film, you could and still have a blast!

Make over extraordinaire! No, yes we know that most teen flicks include the vital make over moment turning the shy dull one into the coolest thing on the campus. Well….you guesses it! Sara is transformed from an awkward newbie into a sassy strong figure who is rocking clothes we could only dream about wearing at school.

It showed us that, “hey, you want something you bust your butt to get it!”, and you just might. Nobody achieves a dream without trying , so do something about it.

It got real! By real we mean, still actually a film but hey it dealt with perhaps more real world issues. Rather than perhaps a cheap bet or a match that must be one, Save The Last Dance handled the death of a parent, teen pregnancy, racism and shootings.

The lingo – back then we thought nothing of hollerin “Slammin outfit” to a bud. Oh 00s how we miss you.

So what are YOUR memories or favourite moments of this teen classic? Let us know below.
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Whenever the great movie gods reveal and amazing new adventure from one of the top superheroes, it’s a pretty big deal right? We’ll imagine getting to see something from the likes of Batman, Superman AND Wonder Woman all rolled into one full throttle, action-packed adventure! Imagine no more because this is reality!

Now… this is probably no huge surprise to many of you (unless you’ve been living underground for the last few years….if so…welcome back! The Kardashians are still a thing and Leo finally bagged an Oscar), but perhaps one of THEEE most anticipated films of recent times is just days away and we’re pretty gosh darn excited!

So what’s it all about?? Well…. fearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the man of steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman at each others throats, a new threat known as Doomsday, created by Lex Luthor might force them to put aside their differences to help save Metropolis. Take a peep at this trailer for a slice of the action.

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So! Are you ready? Here at Truffle Towers, to help us get into the swing of things and make sure we’re looking the part for our staff cinema trip, we’ve been feasting on all our latest and greatest Superhero TShirts and accessories. Check out some of our favourite items from this huge range….

Batman V Superman Merchandise

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