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The Power of Wonder Woman

WONDER WOMANMINOR SPOILERS

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

Batman No More?

batman-f4fc5109-b885-4cb9-b585-23d9a32fecbeBen 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

Movie Review: Suicide Squad!

Suicide_Squad_(film)_PosterSuicide Squad (2016)

Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney

Directed by: David Ayer

MINOR SPOILERS

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

Dawn of the Justice League

Justice-League-Movie-Logo-Black-BGLast 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

Harley’s Little Movie, or How WB Is (Possibly) On The Right Track

4cc46cd25dff5f4dcb3addc6b6f68e79At 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

Summer Movie Preview!

summermoviecoverIt’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

Doctor Rogue Squad

Cf5OyuVWwAEA_gzDid 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

Movie Review: Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

08d16d4567f303c46f16a66041eca2f620352f4bBatman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Starring: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons

Directed by: Zack Snyder

SPOILERS

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

J. Jonah Gordon and the Spectacular Civil War

12803206_10153489823331452_7400272199164835450_nMan, what a week to be a nerd. We unexpectedly have our new Commissioner Gordon, AND a new trailer for Captain America: Civil War. I’ll get to the Team Cap and Team Iron Man showcase later, but first let’s talk about our new Commissioner for Gotham City: J.K. Simmons is James Gordon. Read the rest of this entry

Batman V….

imageThe Batman V Superman hype train is rearing up yet again, this time releasing a brand new (and MUCH better) trailer. With Deadpool out of the way and Civil War dropping in May, it’s clear sailing for WB’s upcoming mega movie to clean up at the box office, But when looking at the marketing materials for this film, it’s looking more and more like WB want you think that this is a Batman movie guest-starring Superman, as opposed to a Batman AND Superman movie. Nearly all of the marketing, especially the newest trailer, have a strong focus on Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight, which begs the question: what’s Warner Bros so afraid of? Read the rest of this entry