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The Warehouse Scene Analysis: Ben Affleck's Batman

Affleck may be gone but his art will live on.

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If you are a fan of comic books then you probably know by now that Ben Affleck is no longer playing the character of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the next solo Batman movie. Further solidifying that Ben Affleck is done playing the Caped Crusader. And while last week has been full mixed reactions ranging from disappointment to excitement, it looks like Warner Bros. is being particularly careful in selecting the next Batman. But we shouldn't forget everything that Batman has done for the role.

Being originally cast in August of 2013 many were skeptical that the actor could pull off the dark and grizzled persona of the "Dark Knight." But Affleck proved them wrong with his portrayal of Batman in "Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)" is one of the few things praised about the film by critics. And while Affleck will forever be known now as the Andrew Garfield of Batmen, we should take a second and look back and appreciate one of my favorite scenes of "Batfleck's" tenure as Batman.

If you have not seen BVS ("Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice") due to critic backlash, I highly recommend that you watch it. Specifically, the Ultimate Edition and not the theatrical version. For the theatrical version was heavily cut down and leaves many plot points unresolved. The film, while not perfect, is still a decent action film to watch and enjoy. Specifically, the "warehouse scene". In this scene, Batman has to save a certain character (No spoilers) from a bunch of mercenaries. And while Fight scenes in Batman films in the past have been decent, this takes the cake.

Warehouse Scene / Batman Saves Martha | Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice (2016) Movie Clip youtu.be

I appreciate that the filmmakers took a realistic approach to Batman fighting a bunch of heavily armed individuals. Movies often make fights look simple. Either by cutting to a different shot each time to give the audience the impression of a "fight" or a character simply punching an individual one time, incapacitating them. In reality just because someone is hit, they don't often stay down. And so we see in this scene how Batman doesn't simply punch a mook and they collapse. Instead, the mook gets back up ready to take another swing at the Dark Knight.

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Above is a clip from "The Dark Knight Rises" (2012) where Batman saves Officer Blake's life. The scene is a memorable one because as an audience member we are excited to see the return of Batman after he was incapacitated for so long. However, we suspend our disbelief as Batman clearly takes these guys down with ease. If you actually pay attention you will notice a man or two falling down without having any contact with Batman. Again we suspend our disbelief for this scene and I don't mind it at all. But compared to Affleck's brutality and realism it is pretty epic.

Another highlight I'd like to point out with the "Warehouse scene" is that it reminds me a lot of the "Batman: Arkham" video games. The series had players obviously playing as the Caped Crusader and what was always praised was the free flow combat. It wasn't just button mashing or specific combos that become boring after the first two hours of the game. It's about timing and reading your opponents, as seen in the video below.


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Getting back to the "warehouse scene" from BVS, I appreciate that Batman uses Krav-Maga in his fighting technique. Krav-Maga is an Israelian self-defense fighting where the main objective is to defend yourself and incapacitate your opponents. I used to train in Krav-Maga during my junior and senior years of High School and I can tell you it really comes in handy. Simple techniques can take down your opponent in an instant. And in this scene Batman defiantly uses it. For example, at the 2:20 mark he uses an advanced version of an arm block to stop his knife attacker. And at the 3:00 mark when another attack tries to grab Affleck's lower half Batman takes the back of his head and slams him to the ground. Like mentioned earlier, Krav Maga is about defense so redirecting the attacker was the smart move in this instance. Throwing him off balance, resulting in Batman to obviously attack him.

It's obviously difficult to appreciate Ben Affleck's warehouse scene from BVS if you don't appreciate martial arts. Or understand how this brutal Batman is a real-world Batman. But I feel like, for comic readers, Ben Affleck's Batman was one of the most comic books accurate Batman since Adam West. And it wasn't just his fight scenes. It was his mannerism and his build. While not perfect, he was still pretty great and will be missed.

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15 Best Disney Princess Songs

Counting down some of the best Disney Princess songs to hit the screen and stage.
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With Disney's Moana coming out on November 23, it's that time of the year to start re-watching Disney movies and listening to soundtracks. Here's my 15 favorite songs sung by Disney Princesses in the movies and on Broadway.

15. With a Smile and a Song

I struggled with a Snow White song. Obviously, "Someday My Prince Will Come" is more iconic, but the message isn't exactly inspiring. This song has at least one great line: "Remember you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine."



14. Just Around the Riverbend

This sets up Pocahontas's desire to find her path. Should she go the easy way and marry Kocoum or strive for something more. It also reveals Pocohontas's playful and adventurous side, something I keep forgetting she has.

13. God Help the Outcasts- The Hunchback of Notre Dame

While not the first song you think of when thinking "Disney Princess," "God Help the Outcasts" is moving in a way none of the others on this list are. In this time of racial and religious turmoil, we can learn something from Esmeralda by looking past our own problems and trying to help others with theirs.

12. To Be Free- Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular

In the original Aladdin film, Jasmine has no song of her own. "A Whole New World" is arguably the greatest Disney love song, but shouldn't this independent princess have a song of her own? The 2014 Broadway musical gave her "These Palace Walls" and there was the deleted "Call Me a Princess," but its the song created for Disney's California Adventure that gives Jasmine her moment to shine.

11. For the First Time in Forever- Frozen

This song perfectly sets up the struggle of the movie and the characters. Anna is naive, fun-loving, and desperate for an adventure. Elsa is insecure, introverted, and struggling to hide her inner self.

10. I Won't Say (I'm in Love)- Hercules

Not your typical Disney love song, but then Meg isn't your typical Disney heroine. Denying to the end she is in love with Hercules, Meg's cynical nature and snarky attitude are defense mechanisms that girls are still using to keep from getting their hearts broken.

9. A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes- Cinderella

Cinderella is far from my favorite princess, but this song has a good message, one that the Disney Formula has been built on. "If you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true."

8. When Will My Life Begin?- Tangled

Rapunzel is a little odd. And so is this song showing her bevy of talents that come form a life of seclusion. She's great at everything and at the start of the day, her enthusiasm is palpable. But as the day goes on, her boredom grows, making Rapunzel a more tragic character, one who is desperate for a life outside her room.

7. Belle (Reprise)- Beauty and the Beast

"I want adventure in the great wide somewhere." Belle was one of the first princesses to want more than love and marriage. She wanted to take an adventure, discover new things, and find someone to understand her. And her The Sound of Music moment of the hilltop is pure movie magic.

6. Colors of the Wind- Pocahontas

Great melody. Poetic lyrics. Environmental message. This is an Oscar winning masterpiece.

5. Almost There- The Princess and the Frog

An upbeat celebration of the power of women, "Almost There" is a song that reminds girls that they can do anything a man can do. Tiana doesn't want to settle down and marry, she has greater aspirations then that. All that matters is her dream and what she's willing to do to get it.

4. A Change in Me- Beauty and the Beast on Broadway

Added when Toni Braxton joined the show, this is a much needed look into the growth Belle went through during her stay with the Beast. Not once does she attribute these changes to love, but rather a result of finally getting the adventure she longed for in "Belle (Reprise)."


3. Let It Go- Frozen

Frozen brought back Disney in a big way. Part of the reason was this song, exquisitely sung by the wickedly talented, Idina Menzel. This song is so empowering, it makes a quiet girl like me want to break out of her shell and sing along.

2. Reflection- Mulan

For a character as strong as Mulan, it is refreshing to see her at her most vulnerable. The feeling of not knowing who you are is something every girl feels when she is growing up. Looking in the mirror and not recognizing the face looking back at you is scary, but it also gives you the opportunity to truly find who you are inside.

1. Part of Your World- The Little Mermaid

This song still makes me emotional. Ariel was the first character I ever connected to. Who can't relate to the feeling of wanting to be more than you are? You can argue that Ariel is a petulant teenager rebelling against her father, but if this song doesn't make you want to be more than yourself, you need to listen again.


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'Avengers: Endgame' Has Marvel Fans In All The Feels

This film was an emotional roller coaster that no one was fully prepared for.

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As the third most expensive film to be made, it should be no surprise that the film, Avengers: Endgame, is doing so well and broke two-billion dollars in the box office the first weekend. A film this anticipated and highly regarded with such a full cast of lovable stars and characters, we knew it was going to be a masterpiece. But we knew we couldn't get away without a few heartbreaks.

For those of you who have not yet seen the film, I highly recommend coming back to this article after you've seen it. Unless you're okay with spoilers, I would see the movie first. Even if you're unsure about seeing it while it's still in theaters, I highly recommend it. Just for the experience. Although, it is three hours, so prep yourself in order to make it through the whole thing without bathroom breaks -- you don't want to miss a thing! Oh...and maybe bring some tissues.

If you are unaware of the plot, basically throughout the entire film, the Avengers are trying to reverse the damage Thanos has done and bring back everyone he made disappear with the snap of his fingers at the end of the last film.

This film was filled with so many highs and so many lows -- and many moments of comic relief which was highly appreciated! Because there was a multitude of moments that had everyone in all the feels, it always makes us feel better to realize that others were struggling during that roller coaster too! So here are some highlights from the film that made all the feels even more intense!

**Below contains spoilers**

Hawkeye looking for his family.

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The first time we hear "I love you 3000."

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Realizing Bruce and the Hulk have become one.

The "America's Ass" Comments.

Seeing Thor for the first time in the film.

Nat sacrificing herself for the soul stone.

Thor going back to "past" Asgard.

When everything seemed fine...and then everything blew up.

The grand entrance of everyone coming back for the final fight.

When the "past" Gamora hits Quill.

When Spiderman starts to cry...

Iron Man's light goes out.

Noticing "proof that Tony Stark has a heart" on the flowers.

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Seeing everyone during the funeral scene.

When we hear "I love you 3000" for the last time.

Captain America's happy ending.

When the credits start rolling.

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