23 March, 2016
This is What's Trending Today:
"Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice" is a movie a lot of people are excited about.
You have Superman.
You have Batman.
Even Wonder Woman is in the movie.
Actor Ben Affleck plays Batman.
Since the Batman movie series started in 1989, movies with Batman have sold almost $2 billion of tickets in the U.S. That is according to the website Box Office Mojo.
The same site says since 1978, the six Superman movies have sold over $800 million in tickets.
So, the thinking goes, putting the two characters together, should result in a big movie.
But what happens if critics do not like it?
We will find out on Thursday night, when the film comes out in the U.S.
Some early showings have produced disappointing reviews.
Some critics say the two-and-a-half-hour film is too long.
One critic from the magazine Us Weekly calls it "151 minutes of gloom and doom."
That is a play on words based on the movie's title, "Dawn of Justice."
Phillips writes about a scene with the famous Batmobile car, and calls it "empty noise," with "absolutely no rhythm."
Other reviewers say the film is "too serious."
But not every reviewer hates the film.
Scott Mendelson of Forbes says it is "one of the most visually beautiful comic book movies you have ever seen."
So far it looks like lots of fans ignored the reviews and purchased tickets in advance. The website The Wrap says 90 percent of the tickets sold for this weekend by a service called Fandango are for the movie.
Earlier this week, Deadline reported the film will sell $350 million of tickets worldwide this weekend. If that happens, it will be one of the largest openings ever.
And That's What's Trending Today.
I'm Dan Friedell.
Dan Friedell wrote this story for Learning English. Mario Ritter was the editor.
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Words in This Story
gloom – n. darkness or a feeling of sadness
doom – n. very bad events or situations that cannot be avoided
blockbuster – n. something that is very large, expensive, or successful
rhythm – n. a regular, repeated pattern of sounds or movements
dawn – n. the beginning of something; sunrise
yawn – n. used to describe something that is not exciting
play on words – n. the act of making a pun
slam – v. to criticize harshly