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Movie Review: Justice League!

MOVIE REVIEW!

justice-league-posterJustice League (2017)

Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Ray Fisher, Jason Momoa, Ciaran Hinds

Directed by: Zack Snyder

MINOR SPOILERS

It’s been a long road to Justice League. After numerous false starts, a George Miller almost directed movie, and Batman V Superman, it’s finally time for DC’s all stars to take the stage on the big screen. But after a troubled development that saw Zack Snyder have to step down due to a family tragedy, which caused Joss Whedon to step in and handle reshoots, the League has finally assembled, and the hopes and dreams of the entire DCEU rest upon it. With so much riding on Justice League, and the amount of work involved in making it, being worried about the end result is a legitimate concern. But amazingly, Justice League does mostly work, especially when it comes to correcting the mistakes that Warner Bros and Zack Snyder made in previous DCEU efforts. Read the rest of this entry

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What’s In A Cinematic Universe Anyways?

indexWarner Bros has been making quite the headlines lately, with the announcement of a solo Joker movie (produced by Martin Scorsese no less), ANOTHER Joker movie set in the DCEU featuring Jared Leto and Margot Robie, and major updates on the upcoming Matt Reeves directed Batman movie: namely, that it won’t be part of the DCEU film universe, only to then be announced that it IS part of the DCEU universe, but won’t feature other characters from the DC movies. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Wonder Woman!

14883647_561931980643670_384850897829389102_oWonder Woman (2017)

Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielson, Danny Houston, Robin Wright

Directed By: Patty Jenkins

At long last, Wonder Woman has her very own movie. While her live action cinematic debut hit in last years’ Batman V Superman, the Amazon Warrior has never starred in her very own movie until now. But now in her 75th year as one of pop culture’s icons, Wonder Woman has finally arrived. There’s already an enormous amount of pressure on director Patty Jenkins already (this is THE major female superhero after all). But when you take into account the lackluster reactions to Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman NEEDS to be a success. Read the rest of this entry

A League United

17349762_1337611299666014_1321506846992253218_oAfter months of nervous anticipation, we finally have our look at Warner Bros’ Justice League, a film that would’ve had a ton of criticism heaped upon it regardless of how Batman V Superman or Suicide Squad were received. By not going the Marvel route and introducing the rest of their superheroes as a team instead of in their own solo movies, Warner Bros is playing a risky gamble. Not only that, but they’ve also had some pretty public shake ups since the release of Batman V Superman, namely in the restructuring of DC Entertainment, which put DC writing superstar Geoff Johns into the co-chair seat. With a lot of the movie going (and comic reading public) hoping for a little more hope in their DC movies, all eyes were on this trailer to give us a taste of what to expect this November.  Now that it’s hit, what’s the prognosis? 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

Movie Review: Batman: The Killing Joke


Batman-The-Killing-joke-movie-posterBatman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Starring: Mark Hamill, Kevin Conroy, Tara Strong, Ray Wise

Directed By: Sam Liu

SPOILERS

Reuniting Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy as Joker and Batman, The Killing Joke is one of the most hyped up DC releases of the year. However, it’s also one of the most controversial releases as well, and not because of what you’d expect (okay, it’s also partially because of that too). Bringing back Hamill and Conroy (as well as Tara Strong as Batgirl), Killing Joke is a faithful adaptation of the Batman/Joker story, but the additional material added to pad out the run time sticks out like a sore thumb. It’s so disjointed that I’m actually going to split up the review score. It’s that jarring. 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

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