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)

 

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

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?

 

Everything you need to know about the Infinity Stones and Gauntlet

With the official trailer for Avengers Infinity War set to drop in the next couple of months I figured I’d write about one of the most important aspects of the MCU which is the Infinity Gauntlet. We have been building up to this for several years now and it will soon come to fruition next summer. The Infinity Gauntlet is made up of individual stones that have featured in the MCU from the first Captain America: The First Avenger movie to the latest one in Doctor Strange. With Thanos set to complete the Infinity Gauntlet I would like to provide information on all of the Infinity Stones such as where they are, their purpose and their power. After all Thanos with the completed Infinity Gauntlet could spell the end for the MCU as we know it.

Space stone (Blue)

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The Space stone is one you may be the most familiar with (also known as the ‘Tesseract’) which was at the centre of the Avengers Assemble film. Given to Loki by Thanos himself he was tasked to invade earth with this stone that allowed him to teleport anywhere and create wormholes for the Chitauri army to invade earth. Not only has Loki used the Space stone the Red Skull has developed weapons for HYDRA as we saw in the Captain America film. The last time we saw the Space Stone it was being taken back to Asgard along with Loki by Thor at the end of Avengers Assemble.

Mind Stone (Yellow)

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Again very similar to the Space Stone the Mind Stone was actually located inside Loki’s sceptre which was further explored in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Mind Stone is what allowed Loki take over people’s minds and make them follow his instructions as we saw with Hawkeye. Later the Mind Stone fell into the hands of HYDRA as we saw at the end of Captain America: Winter Soldier who used it to develop the powers for the likes Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. What makes the Mind Stone arguably the most interesting for fans is that it was used to help create Vision which is currently in the centre of his head. For Thanos to obtain the Mind stone surely it would mean that Vision’s life would be lost in the process.

Reality Stone (Red)

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The Reality Stone was introduced to us early on in Thor: The Dark World which also goes by the name Aether. Although when we saw the Reality Stone it was in its liquid form it still counts as an Infinity stone. What we do know about the stone is that it had the power if used correctly to destroy Asgard as we saw from the movie. The stone currently sits in The Collector’s museum who will certainly be getting a visit from Thanos sometime soon.

Power Stone (Purple)

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The Power Stone featured heavily in the Guardians of the Galaxy film as it was at the centre of its plot. First in the possession of Star Lord who obtained it in the temple was looking to cash in on the foreign object without knowing its full potential. Now with a little bit of knowledge given to us by The Collector we know that this stone has the power to destroy planets such as Xander. It gives the holder of the stone the a level of power they never able to reach before. So it was crucial that Ronin didn’t get his hands on this stone it let alone Thanos as he wanted to destroy Xander which he would have accomplished with ease. By the end of the film now knowing the true power of the stone it was give to the Nova Prime to lock in a vault to make sure it was in safe hands.

Time Stone (Green)

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The Time Stone also known as the Eye of Agamotto is the stone we have been most recently introduced to in last year’s Doctor Strange. The Time Stone has been around for centuries and now finally has someone with the right skill and knowledge to use it and its owner is Stephen Strange. This stone allows its owner to control one of the most important aspects of life which is time. As we saw in Doctor Strange the person in control of the stone can manipulate time by stopping it, reversing time and even creating a time loop. The Eye of Agamotto currently is in the possession of Doctor Strange and is sometimes worn around his neck. Given it’s great abilities how important could stone be? Could it be used to bring people back to life? or replay specific events?

Soul Stone (Orange)

The Soul stone is one that may not be too familiar with the average comic book fan mainly because it’s current whereabouts in the MCU is unknown. Kevin Feige recently when questioned if the Soul Stone will be used claimed “Sometime in Phase Three, for sure. There’s a Gauntlet that needs to be filled.” This stone arguably is one of the most powerful ones as stated by its name it gives you control over souls. Not just over the souls of people that are alive but also dead too. To sum it up this stone allows its host to control all types of life in the universe. It would be interesting to see if this stone could be used to bring any characters back to life.

Second Infinity Gauntlet?

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Update: After watching Thor: Ragnarok this second gauntlet it proven to be a fake* 

Yes, there is a second Infinity Gauntlet that exists if you didn’t know! It appeared in Thor: The Dark World blink and you miss it literally. All that we know about this second Gauntlet is that it was located in Odin’s vault and it’s for the right hand. Could this Infinity Gauntlet eventually be used by one of the Avengers? I could totally see Tony Stark somehow getting his hands on this. It’s highly unlikely that we will see Thanos control two Infinity Gauntlets at the same time that would be over the top. Also if you notice one of the most interesting aspects of this second Infinity Gauntlet is that all the stones are there already.

Let me know what you think about the Infinity Stones down below? Do the Avengers even stand a chance once Thanos in possession of all of the Infinity Stones?

 

 

 

 

3 characters who could potentially be a great villain for the ‘The Batman’ film

The Batman movie is one easily of the most anticipated comic book films that is set to come out in the not too distant future. Now granted the film may not even have a script yet and there has been much drama surrounding the project such as the uncertainty of Ben Affleck’s future as the caped crusader. What we do know so far about the Batman film is that it will be directed by Matt Reeves and will star Ben Affleck who is set to return to the iconic role. One question that seems to be on the mind of comic book fans is “Who will be the main villain?”. Having a strong villain is crucial to any superhero movie and Batman is no exception. To some extent one of the main reasons why ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008) will go down as one of the best films ever is because of Heath Ledger’s portrayal as the Joker. What makes Batman so interesting is that there is plethora of great villains to pick from at any writer’s disposal. So here are three characters that I think would make a great main villain in the upcoming Batman Movie that haven’t featured in the DCEU yet. 

The Riddler

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We haven’t seen the Riddler on the big screen since Jim Carrey’s performance in Joel Schumacher’s ‘Batman & Robin’ (1997). Now It’s safe to say that fans wouldn’t want to see that type of performance again as it still haunts some to this day. With that being said the Riddler would be a great choice as the main villain for the Batman film. He would bring out the more detective side of Batman which has been severely lacking in recent projects. What makes the him such a threat is that he won’t go fight Batman fist to fist, he’s more focused on taking people down mentally. With the Riddler as the main villain this could be a film full of many tests and obstacles for Batman to go through and showcase one of his best strengths which is his brain. If the Riddler doesn’t seem like a character that could be the main focal point of the film he could at least team up with someone else. It would be interesting to see who he would ally himself with to take down the Batman. 

The Red Hood

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What could be more compelling than the story of fan favourite Jason Todd finally being portrayed in live action? Once the sidekick to Batman he would eventually become the Red Hood and a foe to his former teacher. The death of Jason Todd from the iconic graphic novel ‘Death of the Family’ is one that comic book fans around the world will never forget. The events from this graphic novel created a clear contrast between the Red Hood and Batman in their methods and ideologies in how they deal with criminals. While Batman prefers to bring criminals to justice the Red Hood opts for a more permanent solution. These contrasting principles are bound to clash at a certain point which would produce a great story and eventual fight between the two.

The framework for the possibility of the Red Hood being a potential villain to Batman has already been laid. The DCEU has made it clear to remind us that Jason Todd did exist in this cinematic universe through recent films. Whether it was in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ (2015) where the camera would linger on Robin’s unoccupied suit. Not to forget Harley Quinn’s introduction in ‘Suicide Squad’ clearly states that she takes full responsibility for Jason Todd’s death. Either way if we don’t see The Red Hood in The Batman film we could see him in his own solo film in the future. 

Deathstroke

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Given the countless number of potential villains that come to mind Deathstroke (also known as Slade Wilson) would definitely make for one the most exciting choices. Deathstroke is someone who is equally on the same level of Batman both skill set wise and tactically. Whether he is wielding his signature Katana or going fist to fist the assassin will definitely be a well worthy match for Batman. Fans of the Batman Arkham Asylum games already know what a great potential this match up could have. If you have any doubts all you have to do is go look up the Deathstroke and Batman fight scenes from the game on YouTube. It did look like Deathstroke was set to be part of The Batman film as Ben Affleck shared some test footage for what seemed to be for the project. Now that Ben Affleck is not only no longer directing the film his script has been scrapped too. One can only hope that in the future discussions of the Warner Bros. boardrooms Deathstroke is at least considered to be in the film. 

Tell me who you think would make for a great villain in the upcoming Batman movie below?

 

The Joker film picks up pace as a script is set to be submitted next week

It was only last month that the internet was set into shock that there could potentially be a solo Joker origin movie. This now seems to be a reality as The Variety’s Justin Kroll confirms the script for the movie will be submitted next week. (Check out the tweet below) Continue reading The Joker film picks up pace as a script is set to be submitted next week

The Punisher Netflix Series: Trailer Review

It’s finally here! The full trailer to The Punisher’s Netflix series so let me give you a quick rundown of what it consists of and my thoughts on one of the most highly anticipated Marvel series in a while.  Continue reading The Punisher Netflix Series: Trailer Review

Why I love Man of Steel

One thing I will always be thankful to Zack Snyder is for introducing me to a new Superman with his 2013 blockbuster film Man of Steel.

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Do we need a Joker origin film?

With all of the rumoured DC projects that are set to be put in motion one announced this week has caused quite a stir with comic book fans on the internet. The latest project added to the already crowded DC slate of films is a Joker origin movie. The film is set to be directed by The Hangovers Todd Phillips and to be produced by the legendary Martin Scorsese. What is also confirmed is that Jared Leto will not being returning to the role as the studio are opting for a younger Joker to fit in the 80’s setting. It’s safe to say Leto is not happy with this decision who responded “I’m a little confused too, but yeah, there are a couple of things happening in the DC world”. One has to feel sorry for Jared Leto given his issues with how little there was of him in Suicide Squad. Also what would make him somewhat angry with the studio is that with this ‘younger Joker’, Leonardo DiCaprio is said to be on the shortlist to play the role. Wouldn’t Leto be preferred as a young Joker compared to DiCaprio? Well I’m no expert I guess with CGI and make up Hollywood could make anything work today.

Now what has been discussed the most about this potential film is the Joker’s origins. If anyone is familiar with the Joker it’s that he has no origin really. That’s part of the mystery with the Joker and why we love him so much. Heath Ledger brought this across the best in the Dark Knight by every time changing the story of how he got his scars. No one knows anything about his past and upbringing which what makes him such an unpredictable villain. Now there have been hints at the Joker’s origins with Alan Moore’s iconic The Killing Joke. This novel was a great take on the character on the Joker by actually making him somewhat of a sympathetic figure and all it took was for him to have one bad day to make him who is he. In comparison this showed the similarities of the Joker and Batman in how the night Bruce Wayne’s parents were murdered he was always destined to become the Batman. This is the worry with Comic book fans, if we get the origins of the Joker does he as a character lose his lure? Can’t this be a character in which we never fully understand and is left to a mystery?

With that being said a Joker film described as a crime Drama set in the 80s under the direction of Martin Scorsese does sound like a great movie either way. It’s just whether it can be executed correctly and keep intact what we have always love about the Joker Character.

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Why Logan is my favourite film so far of this year

It’s safe to say that as comic book fans we have been spoilt this year. The likes of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Wonder Woman were released to high praise from fans and critics worldwide. One film that I feel deserves a lot more credit and attention is Logan, which was released February earlier this year. Given its early release it’s easy to see why it may not be on everyone’s mind right now. But fear not as I am here to remind why Logan is not only the strongest comic book movie that was released this year. But one of the best films this year, overall.

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