Aquaman 2 Gets Release Date

After making over $1 billion at the Box Office this year it was only a matter of time before an Aquaman sequel was green-lit. The underwater sensation has become the flagship of the DCEU since it was released in December of last year. We all knew a sequel was coming, but when? Today, we found out that answer. Aquaman 2 will be released on December 16, 2022. So we’ve got to wait around 3 years before we see Jason Momoa’s Aquaman grace the big screen. I was honestly surprised they announced the date so soon. This would most likely explain that video of Jason Momoa running around the Warner Bros. offices claiming “You have no idea what’s coming next”. Aquaman is clearly the money maker at Warner Bros. I don’t blame them for pushing for a sequel so soon. It wont be long before we get a trilogy. Ain’t that crazy? I never thought we would be getting multiple Aquaman movies. Although it wasn’t stated in the report I would expect director James Wan to comeback for the sequel. It would only make sense right?

Aquaman is set to be released on December 16, 2022

Current DCEU slate:

  • Shazam! – April, 5
  • Joker – October, 4
  • Birds of Prey – February 7, 2020
  • Wonder Woman 2 – June 5, 2020
  • The Batman – June 25, 2021
  • Suicide Squad 2 – August 6, 2021
  • Aquaman 2 – December 16, 2022

Aquaman: The First DCEU Movie to Make $1 Billion

After destroying all of its competition at the box office last month James Wan’s Aquaman hasn’t lost any steam at all. Looking at the numbers during the past couple of weeks it was only a matter of time before it would reach the $1 billion mark. I’ll be honest, I thought the movie was going to be a success. Just not this type of success. There aren’t too many films in that $1 billion bracket. And for Aquaman’s name to be up there with the likes of The Dark Knight, The Avengers and Star Wars is crazy. What an achievement! Fully deserved too in my opinion. Not only is Aquaman one of the few comic book movies to make the $1 billion, it’s actually the first in the DCEU to do it. Keep in mind the movie hasn’t even been out for a full month yet in certain countries. This number is only going to rise. As for James Wan, he now has two $1 billion dollar movies in his filmography as Aquaman joins his 2015 hit, Furious 7. It’s only a matter of when, not if we get an Aquaman sequel now. I wouldn’t be surprised if the studio after this success look at Wan for the next Justice League movie in the future.

Congratulations to the cast and crew involved!

P.S. It’s also nice to show the studio that not only Batman can make money at the box office.

Feel free to check out my review for Aquaman 

Let me know your thoughts on Aquaman’s success down below

Here’s a quick breakdown of the numbers (yet to be updated via. boxofficemojo)

Aquaman officially hits $1 Billion worldwide
In comparison to the rest of the DCEU
The statistics haven’t update yet, but it has now overtaken ‘The Dark Knight’
Aquaman breaks into the top 10 for most highest grossing superhero origin movie

My Favourite Comic Book Movies of 2018

What a year it has been for the comic book movie genre! There’s no shortage of comic book movies today. But it’s all about trying to keep the genre fresh and at the end of the day, producing great movies. And this is the purpose of this article. Of all the comic book movies that were released this year I wanted to give you guys my own personal ranking. Just a heads up, I haven’t included every comic book movie that was released this year. This is just a list consisting of my four favourite comic book movies of 2018.

4. Black Panther

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Black Panther is another solid entry into the MCU. When I think about this movie the first thing that comes to mind is the cast. The cast of Black Panther was easily the highlight of the movie for me. Especially when it comes to the supporting cast. In particular, I really enjoyed Michael B. Jordan’s role in this movie. Killmonger is just behind Thanos when it comes to my ranking of the MCU villains. I also liked how Wakanda as a place was handled from the look and feel of it. You really got to understand why this place is important within the universe. However, I must say that at the time of the movie’s release I think I bought into the hype. While I enjoyed the movie, it’s not as great as I first remembered. It’s just solid. And that’s not a bad thing. At first, Black Panther was in my top 5 MCU movies. But now looking back, it just falls out of my top 5 MCU ranking. However, for this year it was still a strong comic book movie. It’s just that the bar has been set so high. I’m still looking forward to seeing what Ryan Coogler does with the sequel.

3. Aquaman

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The more I think about this movie, the more I love it. Now, don’t get me wrong this movie is far from perfect. For example, some of the musical choices. Yes, I’m talking about that Pitbull song. Also some of the romance didn’t work for me along with the humour. However, when this movie got something right, I couldn’t help but fall in love with it. James Wan really went above and beyond with Aquaman. Just the scale of the movie is something that should be admired. The characters are strong. The action scenes are refreshing for once. The costume design is amazing. It has strong villains. And the third act is one of the best I’ve seen in years when it comes to comic book movies. Although, I hated the Pitbull song. I have to admit I was wrong about the soundtrack as a whole. It’s definitely a lot better than when I first heard it. Aquaman is on pace to make a billion dollars at the box office and it deserves every penny. Warner Bros. should already be laying down the blueprints for the sequel. With James Wan at the helm of course.

Feel free to check out my review for Aquaman here!

2. Avengers: Infinity War

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What else can I say about this movie that hasn’t been said already? It delivered in every aspect to me. It was a dream come true for me to see all these characters interacting with each other on the screen for the first time. And to see them lose? Oh, I loved it! It only makes me more excited to see what happens in Avengers 4. With each viewing this movie gets better. I talked about Aquaman’s third act, Infinity War also has a really strong third act. Sometimes when I don’t feel like sitting through the whole movie I just skip to the fight scene on Titan and let it play out from there. Of course, I have to mention Thanos before I finish this. Hands down my favourite villain of the MCU. In-fact one of my favourite villains ever. Josh Brolin delivered a great performance which was helped by the VFX team who did an amazing job with the character’s look. I can’t wait to see how the remaining Avengers deal with the ramifications of the snap in Avengers 4.

For as much as I loved Avengers: Infinity War, it didn’t take the number one spot for me…

1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Look, I knew Spider-Verse was going to be a great movie. I just didn’t know it was going to be this good! I can’t speak highly enough of this animated movie. As a huge Spider-Man fan, I have to say this is easily the best Spider-Man movie we’ve had to date. And it stars Miles Morales! Which makes it even better. The fact that the up and coming generations get to see a different Spider-Man on the screen is awesome. While Miles is the star the movie I loved the other characters just as much. I could spend so much time just going into detail about how much I enjoyed each character. But to keep it short I’ll just say Spider-Noir was by far my favourite character. The voice acting in this movie is top tier. Not to mention the animation style! The visuals in this movie are breathe-taking at certain parts. Miles’ relationship with his uncle was also a standout for me because of how it played into the overall story. As you can see I loved this film. I’m still struggling to find something I didn’t like about it. And weeks later… I still can’t find anything I dislike about it. So, I’m just going to let the film be great. Please, go see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse if you haven’t already.

There’s my list! As you can see regardless of my ranking I spoke highly of each film. It just goes to show how great this year was when it came to comic book movies. Hopefully, next year is even better. It certainly has the potential to do it.

Let me know what your personal list is down below.

Aquaman: Review (non-spoiler)

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to be invited by Warner Bros. to attend an early screening for Aquaman. So, before I start this review I just wanted to thank the good people at Warner Bros. UK for allowing me to watch one of my most anticipated movies of the year a little earlier than everyone else. I’ve been waiting so long to see James Wan’s take on The King of the Seven Seas. From the moment he was attached to the project I had extremely high expectations. And yesterday, those expectations were not only met, but beyond exceeded. Aquaman showed us that Wan could take the comic book movie genre to another level. The film rises to the occasion and will leave you wanting more as there is still so much that is yet to be explored in this universe.

A very ambitious film!

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The first thing that comes to mind when I think about this movie is the term, ‘scale’. It’s huge in every form. Look, I knew the ocean was huge, but even I was taken back when watching how they interpreted it on the big screen. I lost count on the amount of kingdoms/underwater cities were introduced. Every single one of them were distinct from each other. None of them looked the same at all. This is what I admire the most about the movie, its ambition. They could’ve easily played it safe. For example, have the whole movie take place in Atlantis or another city. But they really went all out, by going full comic book! You’re probably going to see this a hundred times while reading other reviews. Yes, Aquaman feels like a comic book brought to life on the big screen. And I believe this is why comic book lovers and the general audience will enjoy this movie.

On the subject of scale I think it would also be a great time to mention the visuals in this film. Visually, alone this movie is a huge achievement. I mean 80% of it takes place underwater and of course there’s going to be an extensive amount of VFX used, and for the most part it looked great. Every time they were underwater it actually looked natural (helped by the great sound design). In general, I really enjoyed the cinematography. There are some shots in this film that are just epic. The final act/fight between Arthur and Orm played out amazingly! Seeing the two fighting with the lights hitting their costumes provides for an incredible viewing. Once again, it helps this whole comic book aesthetic the film is going for.

Well balanced tone

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Another thing I really liked about Aquaman is how the tone was handled. At the end of the day Aquaman can be a fun movie. It can also be a more serious movie if you want to look at it in that way. It strikes a good balance in between the two. I found this even more enjoyable because not only is the film juggling tones at the same time. Its also doing that with genres too. To me these two elements go hand-in-hand. Honestly, you can find genres ranging from Sci-fi, action, adventure, horror and comedy when watching Aquaman. Like I said, because all these elements are balanced well. It really gives Aquaman this lane of its own when it comes to the comic book movie genre. Having said that, I would have personally, toned down on some of the comedy aspects. A lot of the jokes just didn’t quite work for me. But, I understand why they were there. The audience were laughing quite a lot during the screening.

Strong characters

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I think it’s time I talk about the characters in the movie. Just by looking at the of names attached to this project the acting in this movie was easily, the least of my worries. At this point I feel like I’m giving this movie too much praise. But I cannot lie I loved the characters for the most part in this film. Jason Momoa is clearly having the time of his life as Arthur Curry, and it translates on the screen. I wouldn’t be surprised if we find out a bunch of his lines were improvised on the spot. He just seems to be enjoying the role that much. Arthur’s journey back home and to the throne is one that was entertaining and has me in interested in seeing where the character goes after this.

Orm

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Orm is up there with one of my favourite comic book villains in the past couple of years. This is mainly because of Patrick Wilson’s performance. Much like Jason, you can tell he really enjoys this role too. All you have to do is look at some of his recent tweets. The guy is still in character. Orm’s motivations are both easy to understand and relatable. I think a lot of DC fans will find similarities between Orm and General Zod from Man of Steel. What I liked the most about Orm is how he isn’t just an evil version of Arthur. He can stand on his own. You genuinely believe that he’s a major threat to both Arthur and the surface world. Overall, Orm’s a really great villain in this movie. Not to mention he looks amazing too when he’s fighting in his full costume.

The women in this movie are badass!

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Now, onto the women in this movie. They are straight up badass! Starting with Mera. If you thought she would end up being this damsel-in-distress. Or just there to serve this romance angle. You’re totally wrong. Mera almost steals the show for me. In-fact she carries the movie in certain parts. She can very much hold her own and doesn’t need to rely on Arthur to get her out of difficult situations whenever she finds herself in one. Arthur’s mother too, Queen Atlanna, another strong female character. I can’t really go into detail about her character for spoiler reasons. But trust me, Arthur inherited a lot of his fighting style from his mother.

Black Manta! (major highlight)

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I had to save the best for last…Black Manta! Hands downs my favourite thing about this movie. Black Manta has always been one of the coolest DC characters too me. And seeing him in that outfit moving around on the screen was a joy to watch. I love his backstory too. Again, I can’t really go into detail but, I liked how he tied in with Arthur and a few other characters. If I had to pick out one issue I had with the character it’s that I wanted more of him! Don’t get me wrong I thought he was used well. But, looking back on it now I think they could have split up Orm and Black Manta as main villains in separate movies. I guess that’s still kind of a compliment at the same time by suggesting both characters/actors are good enough to carry a movie as the main villain by themselves.

The Score…was disappointing

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If you know anything about me you would know that I love my scores in superhero movies. I couldn’t wait to see what Rupert Gregson-Williams had come up with for this type of movie. I have to admit I was kind of disappointed. Apart from Orm who has a great theme, nothing really caught my attention. I can’t really tell you what Arthur’s theme is like, because it didn’t jump out to me. Again, a lot was going on during this movie and maybe I was just too caught up in the moment to notice the score. I can only speak for myself. I was going in expecting this Man of Steel/Dawn of Justice level type of score and I didn’t get that. I will still be checking out the soundtrack when it releases. Hopefully, my opinion on the score will change.

Closing thoughts

Overall, Aquaman is about as blockbuster as they come. I had a great time and would recommend this movie to anyone, not just comic book fans. I think anyone will find something they would love in this movie. From the stunning visuals, great characters and the breath-taking action. Or it could be that amazing third act/final fight which is one of the strongest I’ve seen in years when it comes to comic book movies. As for what this means for the DCEU? Is it “saved” once again? I can’t tell you how bored I am of that conversation. To me the DCEU has always been alive to me. Yeah, it’s had a few bumps in the road. But, films such as Man of Steel, BvS and Wonder Woman will continued to be talked about for the coming years. Aquaman, joins those other movies and proves that the DCEU isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.

Aquaman 9/10

Early Social Media Reactions To Aquaman

DC’s biggest movie of the year is only a couple of weeks away from its release. We’ve gone a whole year without a live-action DC movie (minus Teen Titans Go!). It doesn’t feel like that for some reason. It feels like Justice League was only released a couple of months ago. Speaking of Justice League, some would say James Wan’s Aquaman, is an opportunity to take Warner Bros. back into the right direction. There’s a lot of pressure James Wan’s shoulders with this film. Just the scale of the film alone is something that very few people in the industry can pull off. And today, we’ll get to see what the media thought of the film and whether James Wan’s Aquaman lives up to the hype.

As with all major releases the film was screened early to the press. A couple of weeks ago members of the press were shown the film and here are their thoughts:

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Umberto Gonzalez (The Wrap)

Sean O’Connell (CinemaBlend)

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Andrew Dyce (ScreenRant) 

Brandon Davis 

Jim Vejvoda (IGN)

Sean Gerber (SuperheroNewsCB)

Mike Cecchini (DenOfGeeksUS) 

Jenna Busch

Carly Lane (SYFYFANGRRLS/SYFYWIRE) 

Ben Mekler

There you have it. These are most the early reactions to Aquaman. You can clearly see it’s mostly positive for Aquaman. As always I will judge the movie for myself. Roll on December!

 

My Thoughts On The Aquaman Trailer

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My expectations for this trailer were so high to the point where I felt worried about being let down by it in the end. Thankfully James Wan really blew it out of the water with this trailer(pun intended). This 2 and a half minute trailer was enough to satisfy fans like me who have been waiting for an Aquaman movie for years.

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During the promotion run for this trailer people who visited the set compared this film to blockbusters such as Star WarsBlade Runner and Lord of the Rings. And we saw all of these influences in the trailer. I’ve seen people complain about the use of CGI in this film and it blows my mind. Of course, this film would need to heavily rely on CGI, 2/3’s of the film is going to be underwater after all. I don’t think people understand how hard it is to make a live action underwater film look realistic. And to be honest they haven’t gone down the realistic route with this film. They have fully embraced that this is a comic book movie which pulls from multiple genres such as sci-fi and adventure. Visually the trailer is stunning and Atlantis looks even better than it did on the comic pages. There are some shots where the CGI looks choppy but that’s to be expected at this early stage. James Wan and his VFX team still have several months to perfect these shots.

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As for the plot I love how Arthur is seen as an outsider now because he grew up on the surface, almost fully embracing his human side. The story of him coming home after Orm has taken over goes with the movie’s tagline “Home is calling“. It just shows that no matter how much time he spends on the surface world Atlantis is still his true home and I think we’ll see him struggle with the responsibilities he has on both the surface and underwater. Orm already looks like he’s going to be a General Zod level main villain. Patrick Wilson was a great choice for Orm and he has been provided with a really interesting character who will be a great match for Arthur and even someone we could sympathise with at points during the film given his motivations. The climax of the film looks to be an epic battle between Orm and Arthur involving their opposing armies and once again the visuals of the war scenes look amazing. My personal highlight from the trailer is finally getting to see a live action version of Black Manta. The suit looks incredible and Yahya looks great without the helmet on too. I felt like we didn’t get to see enough of him but that’s understandable since Orm is the main villain and Black Manta is being built up to star in multiple movies.

Overall I loved the trailer and it was the perfect appetiser for what’s to come in this underwater adventure. Remember this was only the first trailer, there’s still so much that we haven’t seen yet.

Let me know your thoughts on the trailer

Aquaman Promotion Provides First Look At Major Characters

Fans like myself have been itching to see some kind of content from the upcoming Aquaman film. Although it’s only 6 months away it feels like we’ve been waiting for an eternity. But with the film only being 6 months away and SDCC only around the corner this was the perfect time to start the promotion train for the film. Today it was revealed that Aquaman will feature on the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly. Aquaman will be following in the tradition of the other DC films that have covered the magazine such as Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman. Usually I wouldn’t write about a story like this but the feature actually provides a lot of interesting information and stills from the film. This week’s edition of Entertainment Weekly provides us with our first look at the likes of Orm, Black Manta and Queen Atlanna.

Here are the shots of the cover that feature Arthur, Mera and Queen Atlanna:

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The other shot that was released of Queen Atlanna features her and Arthur as a kid. Although Aquaman is a set after the events of Justice League we should expect to see some flashback scenes to when Arthur was a child.

Orm and Black Manta

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One thing I was looking forward to the most was how the costumes with characters such as Orm (Ocean Master) and Black Manta were handled. With Justice League we know how Aquaman and Mera will look like for the most part but the villains of the movie is a different case. Both characters look great! I especially love the design of their headwear. While we don’t get the full picture of Orm’s equipment it does look to be accurate with the source material. This can definitely be said about Black Manta’s helmet which looks like it has just jumped off the page.

While both villains are prominent in the film James Wan clarified in the interview that Orm (Arthur’s brother) is the main villain of the film:

“Black Manta is a really interesting character who is somehow factored into this story but our main story is about Jason and Patrick,”

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James Wan on Black Manta’s background and costume: 

“He’s part mercenary but full-time pirate who in his suit will look like some crazy alien from outer space,”

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This was something that was confirmed by James Wan on Twitter shortly after the release of Justice League but in this interview he explains it further. Fans were not happy with how the scenes in Atlantis were handled in Justice League whenever someone talked. In the scene with Mera and Arthur a bubble would appear which allowed them to talk. It didn’t bother me too much but it also didn’t look that great at the same time. James Wan has gone on to reassure fans that this won’t happen in the Aquaman movie:

Wan said, “People are overthinking it.” The director added that Aquaman’s characters are “just gonna talk!”  According to EW, the approach to talking underwater is “brilliantly simple and naturalistic-looking solution.”

Synopsis for Aquaman:

“Following the events of Justice League, Arthur Curry, the reluctant ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, is caught in a battle between surface dwellers that threaten his oceans and his own people, who are ready to lash out and invade the surface.”

 

Let me know your thoughts on what we have seen so far

It’s also been rumoured that a trailer for Aquaman should be dropping sooner than expected. If that doesn’t happen we’re only one month away from SDCC so don’t get too disappointed.

Aquaman is set to be released 21, December 

Justice League Home Release To Come With ‘Bonus Scenes’

Warner Bros. Justice League is set to be released on Blu-ray March 13th while the Digital HD release will arrive earlier on February 13th. Warner Bros. announced this news with a new mini trailer promoting the Blu-ray release date. What’s interesting to note from the trailer is that the Blu-ray is set to be released with ‘Bonus Scenes’ yes plural! By the end of the trailer we are teased with a bonus Superman scene. It’s hard to tell what is going on in this scene but speculation has led to fans thinking this is where Superman gets his suit back after his resurrection. That would make sense because that part was skipped over in the theatrical cut. No one really knows how he got his suit back, hopefully this will provide some answers. I will also be interested to see what other bonus scenes they will also include. Personally I would love to see more scenes with Aquaman in Atlantis which we didn’t get enough of in the theatrical cut. As of right now the studio hasn’t hinted at all of a ‘directors cut’ or ‘Zack Snyder cut’ being released in the near future.

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Confirmed Blu-ray art box (via Warner Bros.)

Here is a list of details of what is going to be included in the Blu-ray and standard DVD version: (via. Collider)

Justice League 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack contains the following special features:

  • Road to Justice

o   Journey alongside DC comic creators as they explore over fifty years of the Justice League, from comic books to animated adventures to their cinematic debut.

  • Heart of Justice

o   Discover the heart, soul and mind of the Justice League, as the cast and filmmakers share their admiration for DC’s iconic Trinity: Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman.

  • Technology of the Justice League

o   From Batman’s arsenal to Cyborg’s alien tech, interface with the Justice League database to learn their most advanced secrets.

  • Justice League: The New Heroes

o   Join Ray Fisher on a personal tour to meet the newest members of the Justice League: Aquaman, the Flash and Cyborg.

  • The Return of Superman

o   Bonus scenes not seen in theaters

  • Steppenwolf the Conqueror

o   Join actor Ciarán Hinds and the filmmakers as they reveal the story behind mankind’s ancient enemy and the Justice League’s greatest challenge.

  • Scene Studies: Revisiting the Amazons

o   Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences

  • Scene Studies: Wonder Woman’s Rescue

o   Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences

  • Scene Studies: Heroes Park

o   Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences

  • Scene Studies: The Tunnel Battle

o   Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences

  • Suit Up: The Look of the League

o   Costume Designer Michael Wilkinson explores the innovation and artistry that goes into creating the costumes of DC’s iconic heroes. 

Justice League” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:

  • Road to Justice
  • Heart of Justice
  • Technology of the Justice League
  • Justice League: The New Heroes
  • Steppenwolf the Conqueror
  • Scene Studies: Revisiting the Amazons
  • Scene Studies: Wonder Woman’s Rescue
  • Scene Studies: Heroes Park
  • Scene Studies: The Tunnel Battle
  • Suit Up: The Look of the League

Will you be buying Justice League when it releases on Blu-ray? Let me know down below

HD Digital Release: February 13th

Blu-ray/DVD: March 13th

 

My Top 5 Most Anticipated Comic Book Movies of 2018

Last year was a great year for comic book fans like myself as we were treated to a number of great films. You had films such as Wonder Woman and Logan which were praised by critics all around the world and have a great chance of picking up some awards this year. Spider-Man made his first solo entry into the MCU which was well received too and Thor: Ragnarok was one my favourite films of the year. While 2017 was a great year for comic book movies 2018 looks set to be one of the strongest years for the film genre. So I figured I’d give you an insight into my top 5 most anticipated comic book films to come out this year. One thing to note is that I left out Avengers: Infinity War from my list on purpose because it’s an obvious choice for me and fans around the world. Also I wanted to make my list a little bit different compared to the hundreds of lists you may have already read.

With that being said lets get straight into my top 5 most anticipated comic book fans of this 2018:

5. Venom (5th October 2018)

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I still can’t believe we are getting a Venom film starring Tom Hardy. You have to applaud Sony here for doing something different and taking a risk. They see the success that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is having in the MCU and what their response? To make an R-Rated Venom film starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock. While the first look at Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock was revealed earlier this week and wasn’t the huge reveal as fans expected it to be. What it did make me anticipate even more is the reveal for the Venom suit which you have to think we will get a glimpse of it in the next couple of months. While Tom Hardy is the main draw for me with this film the cast surrounding him isn’t too bad either. Tom Hardy is set to be joined by Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, it has also be rumoured that Woody Harrelson may join the project too. I’m not sure why I’m so interested in this film. Maybe there’s a huge part of me that is still disappointed with Venom’s portrayal in Spider-Man 3 and this is a chance to finally do the character justice.

4. Batman Ninja (TBA: 2018)

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I had no idea that this project existed until a couple of months ago when the trailer dropped and it’s fair to say that the trailer blew me away. Set to be released by the end of this year Batman Ninja is set in a middle ages of Japan and once again it will feature Batman going up against The Joker. However this is a Batman that no longer has his gadgets and is stripped down to his core. It will be interesting to see how Batman has to channel his inner abilities to overcome this new challenge. A lot of the trailer includes shots of Batman training in the mountains which really reminded me of Batman Begins. Other than the Batman and The Joker various other characters from the Batman universe are set to appear in this film such as Nightwing, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Catwoman and many more. We’ve seen Batman go up against The Joker a million of times but this time Batman Ninja brings brings a breathe of fresh air to the never ending feud.

3. Deadpool 2 (1st June 2018)

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The ‘Merc with a Mouth’ is back again with the second Deadpool movie coming in the summer. While returning with fan favourite characters such as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Weasel and Colossus. Deadpool 2 will also be bringing in newcomers who are also fan favourites from the comics such as Cable and Domino. With Tim Miller leaving the film in its early stages after filming the first film you have to give credit to everyone involved here because this didn’t became a huge hinderance to the project as some expected it to be. The studio moved on quickly by bringing on David Leitch as the new director and look where we are today. The release date of Deadpool 2 has actually been pushed up by 2 weeks which clearly shows the confidence the studio has with this film. As for what to expect from the film who knows? That’s part of the charm with Deadpool and especially Ryan Reynolds who is so passionate about the character. All I know is Deadpool 2 will be a great film consisting of great action scenes and endless amounts of humour.

2. Black Panther (February 12th 2018)

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I’ve been looking forward to this film for a long time! Even before Captain America: Civil War came out. With every cast announcement they made with this film it kept drawing me in. Now with the full star studded cast it’s impossible not to look forward to this film. The stand out for me is Michael B. Jordan who is one of my favourite actors after watching his performance in the likes of Creed. Im really anticipating his role as the main villain this time which I think he has it in him to be one of the strongest MCU villains in a long time. The trailers have been great at showing us just what Wanakda is about and its importance in the world. I’m also interested in seeing how this film links in with the rest of the MCU universe. Everything is pointing to the soul stone being located in Wakanda which won’t only be important for this film but for Avengers: Infinity War which is set to be released in May.

As for the story Black Panther looks to be a political thriller with T’Challa taking over the throne since his father’s death in Captain America: Civil War. Being a new king T’Challa will definitely face opposition with people such as Killmonger trying to challenge him for the throne. Also it’s impossible to ignore the importance of this film in today’s society with a person of colour having their own superhero movie. Granted we’ve had films such as Blade but this is different. I have friends who aren’t even comic book fans that are going to watch this film. Currently this film is set to break records as it has already sold more tickets than any other MCU film.

To be honest Black Panther may have been number 1 on this list for me but it’s January already, we are only one month away from its release!

1. Aquaman (21st December 2018)

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Now its no secret that the DCEU is in some trouble after last years Justice League which was a disappointment not only to a lot of fans but most importantly at the Box Office. However just like the Wonder Woman film Aquaman has the chance to just be itself. This film doesn’t have to focus too much on universe building and linking it in with the rest of the films from the DCEU. This is a chance to just get Aquaman’s story out there first. From Justice League I really liked what we got from Jason Momoa’s portrayal as Arthur Curry and while the scenes in Atlantis were too short for me I can’t wait to spend a whole film there. That brings me to the director of the film James Wan who I feel is the perfect choice for this project as he has a rich history in making great horror films which is what Aquaman should consist of. Also I love the choice of Black Manta as the main villain for the film. As someone that is a huge fan of the Aquaman New 52 series I can’t wait to see them battle it out on the big screen and see James Wan’s take on Atlantis.

There you have it that my list!

Let me know what you think of my list down below and also what comic book films are you most anticipating of this year?

 

 

Fabian Wagner confirms scenes of Superman in a black suit were shot for Justice League

For huge Superman fans like myself the return of the Man of Steel was one of the most anticipated moments in this year’s Justice League film. Looking back at the comic book history of the character with the death and return of Superman fans were expecting to see him return in a black suit. This was also heavily teased by Henry Cavill on Instagram who shortly after the release of Dawn of Justice posted what looked to be a close up of a black Superman suit with the hashtag #Superman. One year later to the fans dismay there was no black suit to be seen when Superman eventually returned in Justice League. Shortly after the release of the film a lot of information started to leak about storylines that were changed/scrapped. One of those leaks which I was particularly interested in was the claims of there not being a black suit in the script at all from the start. Now granted a lot of this information at the time came from a Reddit user so we have to take it with a grain of salt. However just yesterday it was confirmed by Fabian Wagner (Director of photography for Justice League) that there was scenes of Superman shot with the black suit which were eventually cut.

Fabian Wagner told Inverse in a interview:

Wagner on the black suit: “There were [scenes shot],” Wagner said. “It’s a cool looking costume. Sadly, we didn’t see that either in the final cut.”

Wagner on scenes that were cut in general: “Zack takes his time with telling the stories, and I’ve always liked that about his movies. There are a few scenes that I was very much looking forward to seeing which unfortunately got cut.”

(Via. Inverse.com)

For some this new information will further frustrate fans who were already calling for a Zack Snyder cut of this film to be released in the future. Personally as a huge Superman fan although I would have loved to have seen the black suit these are just small issues to me. A huge part of me has just accepted what we were given and it is what it is. Maybe the use of the black suit and the beard would have allowed the studio to avoid the whole moustache fiasco. At the end of the day I’m just a fan and I have no idea of what type of pressure and stress comes with the making of a project of this size.

All I ask from Warner Bros. is in the future to learn from their mistakes and just let their selected director finish their vision of the project.

Let me know what you think of these recent developments below.

Did you want to see Superman return in the black suit? Were you let down?