Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, widely considered one of the most polarizing movies ever, is finally receiving the RiffTrax treatment. Upon the film’s theatrical release, a number of aspects received healthy amounts of criticism, with everyone from professional comic creators to the actors themselves expressing their thoughts on the final product. Among the most controversial elements were the poor design for Doomsday and the now-infamous “Save Martha” sequence.
Given all this, it was only a matter of time before Batman V Superman wound up in the cross-hairs of the professional bad movie assassins at RiffTrax. For the better part of a year since the movie’s release for home viewing, fans of the online movie-mocking platform have been waiting with baited breath for RiffTrax host Michael J. Nelson and company to take on the DCEU’s team-up.
The wait finally ended with the release of a preview trailer, which you can watch in the space above. It gives viewers a taste of the comedic commentary with a handful of clips that poke fun at Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor and some action set pieces.
Founded in 2006 by Legend Films and former Mystery Science Theater 3000 host Michael J. Nelson, RiffTrax enabled Nelson and his guest performers to mock (or “riff”) blockbuster movies in the MST3K style without having to pay any licensing fees. For a few dollars, fans could download an audio file that synched up with the movie and enjoy comedic commentary on everything from The Avengers to Plan 9 From Outer Space.
RiffTrax fans should surely find the final product worth the wait, as a veritable Justice League of professional riffers were brought together for this long awaited project. In addition to Michael J. Nelson, the Batman V Superman riff will feature Nelson’s usual performance partners, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy. RiffTrax regulars and Mystery Science Theater 3000 alumni Mary Jo Pehl and Bridget Nelson will also be a part of the riffing team, along with Rifftax performers Janet Varney, Cole Stratton, Matthew Elliott and Ian Potter. The riff will also feature, in their performing debut, Rifftrax writer/producers Conor Lastowka and Sean Thomason.
Perhaps the most impressive addition to this already stellar line-up is that of TV’s Frank and Dr. Clayton Forrester themselves – Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu. The two performers – who have been continuing the Mystery Science Theater 3000 tradition with their own live show, The Mads Are Back, have appeared in previous RiffTrax Live shows but the Batman V Superman riff marks their first time working on a prerecorded RiffTrax project.
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