So that Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie is officially happening. Yup, the one that has The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips directing. And HAD Martin Scorsese (yes, THAT Martin Scorsese) producing, but now will just be produced by his production company. It’s Warner Bros’ big attempt to not only differentiate themselves from the superhero movie market, but also try and salvage whatever goodwill they have left after the disappointing critical (and some commercial) performances of Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad, and especially Justice League, as well as maybe get some Oscar play for their studio. While I’ve already made my feelings widely known in regards to the idea of giving the Joker an origin movie, there is a part of me that can’t deny the curiosity I feel regarding this. It’s either going to be brilliant or a colossal mistake, but it could be the thing to save WB’s DC films. Read the rest of this entry
So it looks like Justice League is setting up to be a pretty big box office disappointment. The fact that it couldn’t clear a $100 million opening weekend when that seems to be the norm for comic book movies is pretty troubling, and despite the fact that fan response has been pretty okay (me included), you wouldn’t be the only one to be curious and concerned about what Warner Bros has planned for the future of the DCEU. While I doubt that Warner Bros is going to completely pull the plug on their cinematic universe (Aquaman has finished filming and we’re still getting the solo Batman film and a sequel to Wonder Woman), there’s obviously going to need to be a change in the way DC and Warner Bros approaches these films. And the way they should go is the one that probably won’t happen, but would be really cool.
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It’s safe to say that WB’s long-awaited Wonder Woman is a massive success. Having raked in just over 100 million dollars and earned a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s easily the film DC fans wanted Batman V Superman to be. But Wonder Woman isn’t just a success for studios, fans of the character, or female audiences, directors, and creators. It’s also a success for diversity as a whole. Read the rest of this entry
Ben Affleck has left The Batman.
Well, not AS Batman. Just as the director of The Batman.
While this news is disappointing, it’s not all that surprising. Affleck has been pretty dodgy about answering if he would direct a solo Batman movie going as far back as when he was first cast in the role. After the release of Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad (and the receptions they got), that demand only intensified. Affleck was fielding “when are you working on Batman” for months, and it reached a fever pitch while he was promoting Live By Night, his latest directorial effort. Add in the fact that the head of Warner Bros was pretty adamant that Ben Affleck would be directing The Batman, even going so far as to announce it at a trade show without talking with the star in the first place, and it’s easy to see why Affleck would walk from the directing duties. Read the rest of this entry
Suicide Squad (2016)
Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney
Directed by: David Ayer
Now more than ever, Suicide Squad needs to be a hit. After the “successful failure” of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, all eyes are on David Ayers’ new superhero film. The second of Warner Bros’ DC films, Suicide Squad would be a risky move regardless of how Batman V Superman was received. From the Joker’s tattoos to the look of some of the characters, there was plenty to be worried about when it came to this movie. It’s focused on a team of villains that we’ve largely never met before, and it’s going to be the second move that WB releases for their DC movies? Add in the news of reshoots and poor to mixed early reviews, it’s no surprise that some people are very hesitant to give WB another chance with their hard-earned dollars. And while they are right to be a little hesitant, Suicide Squad’s real strength lies in its characters. Read the rest of this entry
Last week dozens of comic and movie websites got the chance to visit the set of Justice League. Many, myself included, viewed this as a sort of “damage control” on Warner Bros.’ part. After the less than expected final total for Batman V Superman, an executive shake up at Warner Bros, and rumors of director Zack Snyder having more pressure put onto him after the “failure” of BvS, it’s not hard to imagine that this set visit would be designed to try and turn the tide of the public perception of the film. Read the rest of this entry
At long last, it seems like Warner Bros is starting to take stock in their movie output and making changes. After Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice “failed” (as much as a movie that grossed $800 million can fail), the studio has re-structured and has now created a new wing called “DC Films”. Co-run by Jon Berg and Geoff Johns (yes, THAT Geoff Johns), the new Warner Bros imprint will bring a “unifying element” to the studios’ upcoming DC films, and it couldn’t come any sooner. In fact, it kind of makes you wonder why WB didn’t do this in the first place. Read the rest of this entry
It’s almost time to bust out the shorts and t-shirts, cause Summer is coming! And what’s the best part about the Summer? No, not the sunburns, the movies! We’ve got a smattering of pretty great cinematic offering this year; so let’s take a look at what I’m most looking forward to in this year’s SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW!!!! Read the rest of this entry
Did you forget about Rogue One? It’s okay, I almost did too. But we’ve finally got our first look at the film, and holy hell does it look awesome. The first of Disney’s Star Wars “anthology” films, this will be the real test for Disney’s take on the world that George Lucas created. “But Force Awakens made a butt load of money” you say. That’s true, but Force Awakens also had the benefit of not only being the first of the Disney Star Wars movies, but it also had the most connections to the original trilogy. Appearances from Han Solo, Chewbacca, Leia, R2-D2, and more were going to generate interest. It had the curiosity factor. But Rogue One? This is an entirely new story set between movies. Read the rest of this entry
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Starring: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Three years. Three years of casting rumors, movie announcements, news of the studio being afraid of the finished project, and of fans wondering if Warner Bros could pull off their own cinematic universe based on the characters in DC comics. It’s been a long road, but we’re finally here. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has been released, and with it, the DC Cinematic Universe has begun. Read the rest of this entry