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WB is Considering a 70mm Release of 'Batman v Superman' in March

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December 18, 2015
Source: THR

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This could be interesting. With the upcoming release of Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight in 70mm, at least 100 different theaters have now been setup with 70mm projectors to properly run the roadshow version. Tarantino has been advocating for equipping more theaters with proper 70mm film projectors, and he has made things happen, though it has yet to be seen if it will pay off. Part of the concern is additional use in the long run. In article on THR about 70mm, it's mentioned that "a lot of people" are thinking about other things to show in 70mm - including classics like Lawrence of Arabia. But also hinted is that Warner Bros is considering a 70mm release of Zack Snyder's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Really?!

Here's the quote direct from the article on Hollywood Reporter about The Hateful Eight showing in 70mm:

Sources say Warner Bros. is considering the possibility of having a 70mm release for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which was shot in part in 65mm Imax and opens in March. There’s also some murmurs suggesting that others are considering 70mm rereleases of classics that were originally made for the format, such as Lawrence of Arabia.

“I think a lot of people are entertaining that," says Hateful Eight producer Shannon McIntosh, noting that with the projector availability, “it becomes a no-brainer.”

That does make sense for exhibitors who always need good content to show. After seeing The Hateful Eight in 70mm, you'll wonder the same thing - how many times can I come back and see beautifully-shot films like this projected like this - as long as there are no projection mishaps. It's interesting to note that apparently some of Batman v Superman was shot in 65mm IMAX, for the full IMAX release, but maybe they can convert that and change the rest over to 70mm somehow and package this as a special show. It also depends on if the 70mm roadshow version of Tarantino's The Hateful Eight is a success, and maybe if enough people show up, it'll become a regular event to host 70mm screenings. As for Batman v Superman, they only have three more months before it's out if anything might happen. Until then, go see The Hateful Eight in 70mm.

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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments

1

While it would be cool, actually quite cool, does this film really need it? I mean to say THE HATEFUL gets it because of the style it was filmed in, QT's style. But Snyder's digital look just seems better fit for digital IMAX and the like. 70mm in THIS particular regard just sounds like a gimmick to sell more expensive tickets to an effects driven spectacular.

DAVIDPD on Dec 18, 2015

2

Completely agree with you.

Joker's hideout on Dec 18, 2015

3

I think it would be cool for the film but, wouldn't it have been better if the director had that in mind while shooting? Is it like converting from a 2d filmed movie to 3d after production?

Adam on Dec 19, 2015

4

These guys should go full Abrams and shut the hell up about this movie. But no, they keep shoving stuff to your face to try to convice you "hey, guys, it is really, really, really good."

capitandelespacio on Dec 20, 2015

5

Why would they bother...?

cuckoozey on Dec 21, 2015

6

Whats the point in taking advantage of 70mm film when the images are just coated in CGI anyway?

jay on Dec 21, 2015

7

Civil War tbh

OfficialJab on Dec 22, 2015

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