Review: Avengers Infinity War trailer

“Fun isn’t something one considers when balancing the universe but this… does put a smile on my face” – Thanos

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What should Warner Bros. do next with the DCEU?

If you were to tell me a couple of years ago that the first ever Justice League movie would make $96 million over its first weekend box office I’d call you crazy (making it the lowest box office opening of all the DCEU projects). As big of a DC fan I am and how much I like the film itself I can’t help but agree that this is a somewhat of a disappointment. Is it a total failure as some people are making it out to be? When you compare it to Thor Ragnarok’s numbers which made $122million in its first weekend you could see why some people are calling it that. I’m actually the type of person who doesn’t care at all about box office numbers. When someone says this movie is amazing or bad because it made $10 million or $100 million I usually just tune them out. The only reason why I’m writing this article is because Warner Bros. as a company has a track record of drastically responding to numbers and criticism.

Don’t believe me? let me just give you guys a few examples;

  1. People hated Dawn of Justice but they loved Ben Affleck’s performance, so they gave him his own Batman film which they would let him write and direct it. (any coincidence that he was taken off the project as both director and writer after the performance of his film ‘Live by Night? )
  2. Just look at the drastic changes they made to Suicide Squad because of the backlash Dawn of Justice received.
  3. People hated Suicide Squad but they loved Harley Quinn so they gave her own film with Catwoman and Poison Ivy ‘Gotham City Sirens’. (pretty sure there was also rumours of Deadshot getting his own movie too because of the response Will Smith’s performance)
  4. The one that frustrated me the most was the response to the criticism of Dawn of Justice’s runtime which left us with a two hour Justice League film.
  5. Not to mention the countless films that seem to be in the pipeline which have been officially/unofficially announced.

So what does Warner Bros. do next? How do they respond to the poor Box office numbers and criticisms to Justice League?

Look I get that they want to get the critics on their side but apart from Wonder Woman it just hasn’t worked so far. With Justice League it felt like they were appealing to the masses a bit too much rather than just focusing on a film that they wanted to create from the start. I personally feel that people didn’t go out to see Justice League because they were burnt by the previous DCEU films. There wasn’t really an established universe going into this film. Maybe we should of had a solo Flash and Aquaman film prior to Justice League. One could also argue that we are actually suffering from superhero movie fatigue but I’ll leave that topic for another day.

Currently what’s next for the DCEU is Aquaman which is coming out in December 2018. Now Aquaman has just finished shooting, so there’s no doubt in my mind we will see this film next year. I’ve seen some people say why don’t they just move the date up? Given DC only has one project throughout the whole of next year. That would be the worst thing to do, just look at how rushed and incomplete some of the CGI in Justice League was. Aquaman too is a film that will undergo reshoots just like any other Hollywood film so we have to keep that it mind when asking to push up its release date. Plus how many more December’s in the future are we going to have without a Star Wars film being released, it looks like they have the perfect release date for me.

After that we have Shazam which is set for a 2019 release in April which I will definitely be watching. I’m just worried about how the masses are going to respond to this film, do they even know who this character is? How many people will go out and watch it especially after Justice League’s performance? On the surface with this film it does look like they are targeting the hardcore fans but if it underperforms what are the chances we will get a sequel? Marvel on the other hand have put nearly 10 years into building a universe which allows them to create films such as Black Panther, Ant-Man, Captain Marvel which aren’t their staple characters but people will run out to go and see them. The biggest difference to me is Marvel has built trust with their core audience as well as with the masses.

As for right now Warner Bros. need to just stay the course, don’t reboot now. Also take one film at a time, it feels like every month they are announcing a new film. However I’d hope that they are trying everything behind the scenes to get this Batman film up and running. Ultimately what they need figure out first is who are they making these films for? Is it for the critics/mass audience or the core fans? At the end of the day if its for the critics and mass audience it seems to impacting their creative process which leaves both the fans and the critics unsatisfied.

Let me know your thoughts down below?

Am I being too harsh? Should we cut them some slack? Am I out of my depth with this topic?

At the end of the day I just want to see the DCEU thrive

(P.S. I really liked Justice League)

 

‘Wonder Woman 2’ release date moved up

Originally planned for a release date of December 13th in 2019. Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins sequel to the highly successful Wonder Woman film is set to be released 6 weeks earlier on November 1st 2019. Last week stories started to emerge about whether Gal Gadot will return as Diana Prince due to Brett Ratner’s involvement in the project. But that no longer seems to be an issue as Warner Bros. have cut ties with Ratner.

With that being said with the original release date Wonder Woman 2 would have been released a only couple of weeks prior to Star Wars Episode XI. So this does look to be a smart and logical decision made by the Warner Bros. executives in hopes to gain a much bigger box office. Since its release Wonder Woman has become the second highest grossing film of 2017 making $412,563,408. Not only that but it’s now ‘The most successful superhero origin film ever. It’s no surprise that Warner Bros. are looking at Wonder Woman to lead the DCEU into the upcoming years given the film’s worldwide success and reception. Until then it will only be a couple of days before Wonder Woman graces our screens in the upcoming Justice League movie.

The DCEU’s 2019 schedule looks to be set in stone with Shazam releasing on the 5th of April that year and of course in November Wonder Woman 2.

 

 

My thoughts on Henry Cavill’s comments about the ‘mistakes’ of the DCEU so far

Earlier today Henry Cavill’s interview with The Rake surfaced online and it’s fair to say it caused quite the stir on the internet. With the upcoming Justice League film Cavill was questioned on his thoughts about the past DCEU projects and the heavy criticism they received.

On the criticism and tone of the past DC projects Cavill stated:

“Even if Marvel didn’t exist, we’d struggle. There was a style they [DC] were going for, an attempt to be different and look at things from a slightly different perspective, which hasn’t necessarily worked. Yes, it has made money but it has not been a critical success; it hasn’t given everyone that sensation which superheroes should give the viewer.”

He would would then go on to talk about the so called ‘mistakes’ of the past DCEU projects: 

“I feel like now the right mistakes have been made and they haven’t been pandered [to], and we can start telling the stories in the way they need to be told. It is even better to come back from a mistake or stylistic error into the correct vein because it will make it seem that much stronger. Wonder Woman was the first step in the right direction.” 

Now as a huge DC and Superman fan what did I make of Henry Cavill’s comments? Did I tweet about Cavill being a backstabber to the DCEU? Did I call him a ‘snake’ like some did? The opposite actually, in fact I agree with him one hundred percent here. Let’s be honest regardless of how much you loved recent DC projects (apart from Wonder Woman) such as Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Man of Steel although they made a lot money critically these films were slated. Look as much as I loved Man of Steel I can totally see why some people have an issue with that film especially the tone of it. Dawn of Justice in my opinion is one of the most polarising films ever. For every person that I see who praises the film I feel like there are just as many people who are quick to announce how much they hated the film. The biggest criticism that came from films such as Man of Steel and Dawn of Justice was their tone which is Cavill’s main focus here. Now were these films ‘mistakes’? I feel like this is what a lot of people took out of context as they felt Cavill was attacking fans for liking these films.

At the end of the day Cavill’s acknowledging the criticism that was thrown at these films and he seems agrees with the criticism too. He’s not telling you that if you loved Dawn of Justice or Man of Steel you’re wrong for liking these films. Just by looking at what we have seen so far of Justice League it’s fair to say that the creators of the film also acknowledge the mistakes of the past too. Hence the reason Cavill says ‘right mistakes‘ of the past which look like they’re are being fixed with Justice League. So while some will attack Cavill for speaking out I hate to break it to you but I’m pretty sure he’s not the only one who feels like this about the previous DCEU projects.

Henry Cavill ended the interview praising the most recent DCEU project Wonder Woman which starred his fellow Justice League member Gal Gadot: 

I think it is a wonderful time for the female hero. It is the perfect setting in social politics right now, we need it, we want that perspective, and Wonder Woman has struck at the ideal time and has become a phenomenal success, which is fantastic. Any success within the superhero universe, especially within the DC Universe, is wonderful, because I want to keep telling the Superman story; selfishly, that works for me.

What I took away from this interview was it gave us an insight into Henry Cavill’s character. I came away from this interview respecting him even more. He could have easily with this interview given a safe and political answer. This interview showed that he is someone that actually cares about the characters and projects of the DC universe. It’s actually refreshing to see, I mean shouldn’t we want of this type of honesty from actors who play these iconic roles?

Let me know what you thought of Henry Cavill’s interview

Did you agree or disagree with his views?

 

 

 

Gareth Evans in talks to direct a Deathstroke film

Just a couple of hours ago it was reported by TheWrap that Gareth Evans in talks with Warner Bros. to direct a potential Deathstroke spin-off film. Now what set the internet on fire wasn’t just the fact that there could potentially be a Deathstroke film but who is in talks to direct it. If you are unfamiliar with Gareth Evans work please do yourself a favour and watch some of his films such as The Raid 1 and 2 which contains some of the best action scenes you will ever see.

Joe Manganiello looks set to finally play the role of Slade Wilson, the the katana wielding assassin Deathstroke. You have to give him some credit in how patient he’s been with the role. But really this shouldn’t come to any surprise given the hundreds of interviews he’s done about this role. Joe Manganeiello has always seemed positive and hopeful that one day he would play Deathstroke whether it was in the Batman film or not. Now I can raise my hand up and say never would I have expected him to play Deathstroke in his own movie!

Hopefully I’m not the only one still in shock about this. I for one can’t wait to hear more about the development of this the film such as which other DC characters will be involved. Will we see Batman in this movie? Who knows there is a plethora or characters to pick from.

Let me know your thoughts about this potential movie, does it excite you to see Gareth Evans name attached to the project?

Thor Ragnarok: Review (non-spoilers)

Let me just start off by making two points before giving my thoughts on Thor: Ragnarok. The first is that I wasn’t a fan at all of the previous two Thor movies. In fact I’m not really a big fan of  Thor as a character in general prior to this film, I didn’t feel like his presence was missed in Captain America: Civil War. The second point is there’s been some controversy since it was revealed that Thor: Ragnarok received 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. There are claims of reviewers being biased towards Marvel and criticism of the film itself for following a safe Marvel formula as it has been described as a ‘fun’ film. Personally I have no bias, I love both DC and Marvel and try not to get caught up in the whole light vs dark debates when it comes to the tone of the films. Whether a director wants their film to be more light and funny or more dark and serious is no issue with me. Just do it right, and in this case director Taika Waiti does a great job with a mix of both with Thor: Ragnarok which I feel isn’t only just an enjoyable film but the best Thor film to date.

Chris Hemsworth is back as Thor ‘The God of Thunder, Tom Hiddleston returns as his brother Loki and Mark Ruffalo plays both the Hulk/Bruce Banner. This is why the majority of the humour and fun of Thor: Ragnarok works for me because of this great cast. Chris Hemsworth to me puts in his best performance to date as Thor. If you were to replace him with another actor I’m not sure you will get the same results as I feel there aren’t too many actors that could pull off some of these lines. As for Tom Hiddlestone… well he’s just awesome as Loki. Hiddleston does a great job at showing the inner conflicts of Loki, someone who loves to put himself first but at the same time is faced with a dilemma as his brother and home are in grave danger. Loki’s role in this film provides for a lot of twists and turns that you may not see coming. Hulk is a great addition to the movie as it doesn’t feel like he wasn’t just shoved into the film last minute for marketing reasons. It makes sense why he’s involved and the fight scenes between him and Thor provide for a very entertaining spectacle. New additions to the cast such as Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), Jeff Goldblum (The Grandmaster), Cate Blanchett (Hela) and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange provide for a much welcome surprise to the film without going into the details of their roles.

The story of Thor: Ragnarok was engaging enough to keep my interests throughout the 210 minutes of the film. If you didn’t know Ragnarok means the end of Asgard (not a spoiler) and the majority of the film is spent on how Thor with the help of others can try save Asgard and its people. Thor spends much of his time trying to build his own team trying to get the likes of the Hulk and Loki to fight alongside him. In case you didn’t know Loki has a track record of betraying Thor and being being a hard person to work with. So it was interesting to see the constant conflict between the two. Would Thor eventually get his brother to fight alongside him or will it be the same old double crossing Loki? I won’t spoil that for you. So I guess you could say that the stakes are pretty high in this film also with a very credible main villain of Hela whose main aim is to take over as the Queen of Asgard. By the end of the film it may not end as you expected which was a surprise to me and lets just say there are things that occurred during this film that will change not only the character of Thor but also Asgard forever.

The score of the film is nothing to shout about sadly, if you enjoyed what you heard from the trailers its really more of the same. This more electronic rock type of score fits the theme of the film as well as the look of the film. But other than that I can’t really see myself listening to the soundtrack of Thor Ragnarok in my spare time.

Overall Thor: Ragnarok provides for a great experience and easily the best instalment of the Thor franchise so far. Maybe on a second viewing I could argue that it’s actually Marvel’s best release so far this year as I definitely found it more entertaining than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2. I would need to watch Spider-Man: Homcoming again but there isn’t much that splits the two films in quality. Is it one of the best comic book film ever? Of course it isn’t but the director and the cast deserve a lot of praise for giving a new lease of life to a franchise that previously lacked direction and didn’t really get it’s feet off the ground. I didn’t think I’d be saying this but I can’t wait to see what’s next for this franchise. I guess it really was third time’s the charm for me when it comes to Thor.

P.S. Stay for both the after credit scenes especially the first one 😉

8/10

Review: Justice League Trailer

As expected the final Justice League just dropped at New York Comic Con today. Now usually when writing reviews I like to give these in-depth introductions but honestly I can’t wait any longer. This past week has felt like the lead up to Christmas day for me in a way. So with that being said lets get straight into the trailer and my thoughts as promised earlier this week. Continue reading Review: Justice League Trailer

My thoughts on the Justice League promotion so far and the upcoming trailer

In case you’ve been living under a rock the promotion for Warner Bros. upcoming Justice League movie has been well underway. Just in these last couple of weeks we have been graced with some amazing stills and posters from the movie as well as the reports Danny Elfman’s new theme for Superman. This weekend the promotion for Justice League is set to kick into high gear at New York Comic Con (as you can see from the image below) with the final trailer that is expected to drop. I have to say that so far Warner Bros. has done an amazing job at building hype for this November’s blockbuster. As a huge superman fan I’m so happy I haven’t even seen any shot of him at all in the promotional material. I don’t want to see Superman at all until I’m in the theatres this November. Just based off this alone it seems that the executives have learned from the mistakes that were made with the Batman v Superman second trailer.

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This is the current set up for the Justice League panel at New York Comic Con

What I hope to see from the final trailer?

As for what I want from the final trailer I’m not sure really. I feel like the last trailer we got was good enough, I mean we got over five minutes of footage but thankfully it wasn’t based on the story too much. This trailer I feel has to be shorter than the last and should focus on characters that we haven’t seen much of yet such as the main villain Steppenwolf. The average comic book fan may not know too much about Steppenwolf and why he’s such a threat to the league. However if they don’t want to reveal too much about the main villain (which is understandable). I’d like to see more footage on the likes of The Flash and Cyborg who I feel need it most compared to the other members of the Justice League. Personally what I am looking forward to most from the upcoming trailer is if we catch a glimpse of Danny Elfman’s take on the Justice League score. Either way you can expect me to be glued to my laptop all day on Sunday in hopes for the trailer to drop as well my initial impressions which you will find here.

(One last note, Please don’t show Superman!!)

 

Let me know your thoughts down below

What do you think of the promotion for the movie so far?

Also what are you hoping to see from the upcoming trailer?