Venom Review: An Entertaining Mess

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Venom is Sony’s first instalment into their Spider-Man spin-off universe. But after watching Venom, I’m not sure how successful this universe will be. Before I start this review, I just want to preference it with this. I’m a huge comic book fan. Spider-Man is my second favourite superhero after Superman. I have to say a Venom movie without Spider-Man doesn’t bother me too much. Ever since the film was announced a lot of comic book fans have been against it because of the lack of connection to Spider-Man in this movie. And I totally understand their complaints. But speaking for myself, I was actually really looking forward to this movie (mainly because of Tom Hardy). Would I love to see Venom go up-against Spider-Man? Of course, but you can’t always get what you want. So, I went into the movie last night open-minded and hoping for the best…

What they got right

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This film has a lot of issues but hands down the best thing about it is Venom himself. Venom is brutal, scary and surprisingly very funny. Not to mention he looks great too. The VFX team did a great job with the character’s design. Watching Venom and Eddie Brock go back and forth was really the highlight of the movie for me. I’ve seen this movie be described as a buddy cop movie. And honestly, I could just watch them two walk the streets of San Fransisco for two hours. One of the main reasons why Venom as a character works so well in this film is because of Tom Hardy’s performance. Granted he wont be getting nominated for any Oscars with this performance. But I think his take on Eddie Brock is a lot better than I expected. And of course, if you didn’t know he also voices Venom too. That’s probably one of my favourite aspects of the character, I just love his voice. The voice is so out there and crazy it bounces off Eddie Brock perfectly. Also, I can hear everything he’s saying this time. The relationship between Venom and Eddie Brock is so good, I just wish we got to that point a lot quicker than we did. Because to be honest, the film is pretty boring at the start until Venom is introduced.

The bad…writing

The biggest issue I had this with movie is the writing. Going into this movie I wasn’t expecting a masterpiece in storytelling and character development. However, I expected a lot more than what I got. I just don’t know where to start and how best to describe it to you. I’m so confused at the some of the decisions that were made. As I just stated the relationship between Venom and Eddie Brock was the best thing in the movie. It feels like that’s where all the attention went in the writers room. Because everything surrounding it was just bad. From the dialogue, story and character motivations, a lot of it felt so rushed and underdeveloped.

The biggest causality of the writing in this movie is easily the TONE of it. To put it simply, it’s all over the place. It doesn’t know what it wants to be. At certain parts the film is a straight up comedy. And in the next scene they’re trying to be super serious. I’m fine with a film having a dark/light tone but Venom, didn’t strike a good balance at all to me. For the most part I really enjoyed the comedic parts of the film. Like I said Venom was really funny in this movie. But I couldn’t help think during certain parts of the film “was I meant to laugh at that?”. It was hard to tell when they were being funny on purpose of if it was done unintentionally. This is where I have to also lay a lot of the blame at the feet of the studio here. I don’t think they knew what they wanted with this film. Is it going to be PG-13 or R-Rated? Eventually they’ve opted for the PG-13 route in order to make more money and create a universe that would be Spider-Man friendly. Personally, I feel the studio should’ve gone the Deadpool route. Make it R-rated, go all the way with it. Think about how you want to incorporate Spider-Man later.

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Comic book movies today for the most part are defined by their main villain and Venom is no different. The main villain of the movie Riot, (played by Riz Ahmed) who I think is an amazing actor suffers from once again, bad writing. From the moment we’re introduced to his character you just know he won’t be that compelling. The final fight between the two only lasts for what felt like five minutes. It was also hard to tell what was going on during their fight. What doesn’t help is how Venom and Riot look similar when it comes to colour and size. And when you have them fighting in a poorly lit environment it just became hard to follow the action. Granted, I haven’t seen many people bring up this issue, it might’ve just been me. The action in the rest of the movie was great and it flowed really well. It also helped show why this character is loved by many because of how differently he conducts himself from Spider-Man.

Is it really that bad?

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Now I know it may sound like I’ve just been beating this movie to death. But I can’t lie, despite all of its flaws I have a fun time with Venom. Look, If you go in expecting an incredible film you’ll be setting yourself up for failure. I have a love/hate relationship with this movie which I haven’t experienced in a long time. If you go in looking for flaws you’ll definitely find them. If you just want to have a fun time for two hours I believe you would be satisfied for the most part here. The aspects that work (mainly Tom Hardy) are really entertaining. Take Tom Hardy out of this film I don’t think it would work at all. Yes, the movie is riddled with issues but it never got to the point where I wanted the movie to end. I’ve seen this movie get compared to the likes of Catwoman and Batman & Robin. I 100% disagree with these views. The film is getting a lot of undeserved hate. However, let me clarify this, I totally understand why some may not like this film. But in the era of superhero movies Venom is no way near one of the worst comic book movies ever. It’s kind of in the middle for me. I don’t hate it, but I also don’t love it. Will I be picking it up on Blu-ray? I’m not sure yet. If the studio decides to release an R-Rated cut along with some extra footage, then they will definitely be getting my money.

Venom: 6.5/10

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First Look At Joaquin Phoenix As The Joker

In case you didn’t know already. There is a solo Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix  (directed by Todd Phillips) currently in production. Filming only just started last week and thanks to Just Jared, we have gotten our first look at Phoenix’s Joker in action. Also director Todd Phillips, I’m guessing has responding to these leaked by giving us our first official look at Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker.

See below for the set photos and Todd Phillip’s post:

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Just a couple of minutes after these set photos leaked. Director Todd Phillips took to Instagram and gave us our first official look at Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker (Arthur).

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This Joker movie is going to be an origin movie which is set in the 80s. It will not feature Batman. But, it will feature his father, Thomas Wayne. The movie is not going to be connected to the DCEU at all. And it will stand alone in its own universe.

The Joker movie is set to be released on 4, October 2019

What’s Going on With X-Men: Dark Phoenix?

Despite its chequered production behind the scenes Fox’s upcoming instalment in the X-Men franchise: X-Men: Dark Phoenix is still set to be released next year. However, with reports that the project is set to go under reshoots fans have been questioning whether this film will actually be released on the intended date of 14 February (2019). The upcoming reshoots has left many fans worried about the project because various reports have started claiming the reshoots are set to last for three months to just a couple of weeks. With this article I hope to clear up the mess surrounding X-Men: Dark Phoenix along with the impact of the impending Disney/Fox deal.

What we know about the production so far

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As of right now the shooting for X-Men: Dark Phoenix has been completed for some time now. Filming initially started at the end of June last year and was completed by October. This three to four month filming process is perfectly normal for any major blockbuster film. What worries fans is how apart from one or two stills from the movie, we haven’t seen much at all from the project. However, this just might be the way in which Fox Studios operates. I remember not seeing anything from Logan (Fox’s last X-Men movie) until a couple of months before its release. Logan was released in February 2017 and we didn’t get our first trailer until October prior that year. With X-Men: Dark Phoenix releasing in the same month as Logan I wouldn’t be surprised if we got the first trailer in October again.

Reshoots

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Just like with every other major Hollywood project X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set to go under reshoots. The reshoots were initially set to start earlier this year but due to the likes of Sophie Turner having to shoot the final season of Game of Thrones the reshoots were pushed back. However, it was Pierre Moreau comments and a report which surfaced yesterday on the upcoming reshoots which left many people like myself worried for the future of this project.

When questioned on the reshoots Moreau responded with:

“They are returning the last part of the film. It’s a nice surprise” – LA PRESSE

The report would also state that instead of three weeks of additional photography the reshoots are going to last up to three months. If true this is roughly the same amount of time they spent with the initial shooting for the film. While the third act of the movie is set to be reshot, we could see a totally different film altogether after three months of shooting. As a DC fan a lot of this just feels like Justice League all over again. The Hollywood Reporter reported on the studio looking to reshoot the final act of the movie earlier this year.

The mutant film will now undergo some reshoots as it heads toward a new opening date, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The movie was in postproduction, and insiders say it had come in slightly underbudget. But sources say that the third act will need some reworking, thus reshoots.

The extent of the new material isn’t known as Simon Kinberg, the X-Men franchise writer-producer who is making his directorial debut with Dark Phoenix, has yet to pen anything. But one insider expects the shoot to cost under $10 million and to take place in late summer/early fall. – The Hollywood Reporter

Shortly after the report containing Pierre Moreua’s comments on the reshoots Collider reached out to people who are close to the project. They stated that contrary to reports the reshoots are only set to last for “a couple of weeks”. To me this just sounds like they’re trying their best to reassure everyone because when it was revealed the project could potentially go through three months of reshoots comic book fans in general were not happy. In fact I saw many fans who weren’t even surprised by this report. It just led to more calls for the film to be cancelled altogether. Regardless of the various reports the film is set to go through reshoots. And that’s fine, it’s just how long are these reshoots going to last?

What’s Disney’s role in the movie?

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With the Disney and Fox deal being approved by shareholders last mont it’s all but confirmed now that both the X-Men and Fantastic Four will be coming to the MCU. I’ve seen people questioning Disney’s role in this project and calls for them to pull the movie. Although, the X-Men will eventually join the MCU this doesn’t mean Disney has control over Fox’s current projects. The deal won’t be finalised for another couple of years with reports stating both franchises will be integrated with the MCU in 2020-21. While the deal won’t directly impact the movie I do think with how public the impending deal is it’ll impact the general audience. Some people would probably be thinking “What’s the point of watching this movie when I can just wait a couple of years to see them with the rest of the Avengers?” Unless you’re really a fan of the characters and the cast what’s the draw to go see this movie? What comes after this film? Nothing… except for a new chapter with a different cast.

As it stands X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set to release on 14 February next year despite the period of reshoots it goes through. If it does go through three months of reshoots I wouldn’t be surprised if we see this release date get pushed back again.

Confirmed: Joaquin Phoenix To Play The Joker In Standalone Film

The standalone Joker movie has been picking up steam behind the scenes ever since it was first reported on last year. A standalone Joker movie that didn’t feature Jared Leto seemed far fetched at first given how studios like to build universes in a linear fashion. But Warner Bros. has decided to expand their DC universe by pretty much creating another one. This will allow them to produce these standalone movies that aren’t connected in anyway to the DC Extended Universe that we know so well. The biggest question surrounding this Joker movie was if Jared Leto isn’t going to be the Joker then who will? For as much as this project has been reported on there were only two names that were linked to the iconic Joker role, they were Joaquin Phoenix and Leonardo Dicaprio. Today it has been confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter that Joaquin Phoenix will now star as the Joker in the movie with Todd Phillips directing. The standalone Joker movie is set to follow in the same footsteps as the Birds of Prey movie by using a much smaller budget compared to the recent DC films. THR has estimated that the standalone Joker movie will have a budget of $55 million.

As for the story itself it has already been revealed that this film will follow the work of Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke. The film will be set in the 80s and it will be focusing on the Joker’s life prior to what has made him one of the greatest villains ever. The film will follow the journey of a failed comedian just like in the iconic graphic novel. The most important thing to take away from this scoop today is how the studio are looking to start shooting the film in September this year. We might not have to wait that long before we see this movie on the big screen. THR claimed it’s possible that it could be set for a late 2019 release.

Let me know your thoughts on this news

 

Geoff Johns To Write/Produce Green Lantern Corps Movie

The Green Lantern Corps movie could be one of the most important movies of the DC universe. If done right they could really strike lightning in a bottle which will blow the cinematic universe wide open. There are endless possibilities in how to approach this character and the universe that comes long with it. Luckily it won’t be up to me that’s now the job of Geoff Johns. Today it was reported by The Hollywood Reporter that Johns would step down from his role as executive at DC Comics into a new one. Geoff Johns has signed a writer-producer deal with the studio letting him have influence over the movies in the DC universe. Johns has already contributed to Aquaman, Shazam and both Wonder Woman movies. Now we have to add the highly anticipated Green Lantern Corps movie to that list. Geoff Johns is set to both write and produce the movie. This is a field in which he has a lot of experience in, comic book fans like myself and around the world love his runs on Green Lantern. They can only hope that he brings some of what he done on the page to the big screen.

Johns also launched his own production company which is called ‘Mad Ghost Productions’. The site is already up and it details his current and previous projects. It already has the basic description for the Green Lantern Corps movie and it states:

Once of DC Comics’ greatest Super Hero universes, the film will feature Hal Jordan and John Stewart…

As of now both Hal and John are confirmed for the film which is great news. But the beauty with the Green Lantern Corps movie is that they don’t have to focus on one or two members, there are hundreds to choose from. And I believe Johns is the right person be in charge of this project. I’ve seen people bring up his involvement with the previous Green Lantern movie and yes that film was a mess. However there were a lot of things that went wrong with that movie other than Johns’ ‘co-producer’ role. Clearly you can see Johns is currently and will play a crucial role in the future of the DC cinematic universe.

As a DC fan I’m happy with this news and wish him the best of luck!

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Jared Leto To Get Standalone Joker Movie

A solo Joker movie is something that is clearly high up on the list of priorities in the boardrooms of Warner Bros. It was reported a couple of months ago that the studio were developing a solo Joker movie but with a different actor. While it was never confirmed there were reports of the studio talking to Joaquin Phoenix for the role. It was even reported at some point that a script would be submitted soon and production would start later this year. As if fans weren’t confused enough with this potential Joker movie Variety today has reported that the studio are developing a solo Joker movie starring Jared Leto. This movie is set to take place within a universe which consists of the characters form Suicide Squad. I’m all for Jared Leto getting another chance with the Joker role but a whole movie? I thought this would have been a perfect opportunity to put him as the main villain for the Suicide Squad sequel, learning from their previous mistakes. Suicide Squad 2 is still in development and according to reports it should go into production later this year. It will be interesting to see his role in this film. As for what I would prefer? I rather go with Leto’s Joker playing a more prominent role in Suicide Squad 2. I can’t lie though a solo Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, produced by Martin Scorsese set in the 80’s does sound like a great idea. But I think ultimately they need to set their sights on one solid idea. I mean there are more characters in the DC universe that deserve this kind of priority.

Let me know your thoughts on this news down below

Feel free to check out my other articles on the potential solo Joker movie:

Do we need a Joker origin film?

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

 

 

Comic Book News ‘Weekly Roundup’ (Week 2)

Welcome to the second week of this ‘Weekly Roundup’ series. There has been a wide range of news/stories that came out last week and mainly a lot of rumours. However I picked the ones that are both official and the ones that I felt were most interesting to talk about. Today we will be looking at Wonder Woman 2 casting news, more Shazam leaks, Black Panther’s Box Office numbers, X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The Joker movie.

So let’s get started with the first story!

Wonder Woman Casting Announcement (Cheetah)

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It was reported last week that Warner Bros. were in talks with Kristen Wiig to star as Cheetah in the Wonder Woman sequel. While there are rumours surrounding the DC extended universe everyday this story just felt different to me. Maybe it was because of the outlets that were reporting the news such as TheWrap that made it feel like there was something to this than just rumours. Well last week Patty Jenkins confirmed these rumours to be true as she welcomed Kristen Wiig to the Wonder Woman franchise with a tweet. Gal Gadot soon followed with her own welcoming message to Kristen Wiig on Twitter. Spending a lot of time on social media I’m still seeing a very mixed response to this news just like when the rumours first appeared. I for one have learned especially with the DCEU not to judge casting announcements until the film comes out because thankfully I have been proven wrong a few times.

Wonder Woman 2 is set to be released November 1 2019 and is expected to start shooting this summer. 

Black Panther crosses $1 Billion at Box Office

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One of Marvel’s most successful movies ever… Wait one of the most successful movies ever! Honestly I didn’t think this film was going to be as big as it is now I’ll admit that. I’ve lost count of the number of records it has already broken having been out only for a month. Well the film’s latest biggest achievement came just a couple of days ago when it reach $1 Billion at the WorldWide Box Office. That’s insane for a comic book movie! Honestly at best I was thinking it would be around the $800 Million mark but this has blown my expectations out of the water. And it’s fully deserved I loved this film I think it’s a win for the comic book movie genre in general. It’ll be interesting to see how Infinity War’s numbers will compare to Black Panther’s which is only a couple of months away.

Joker Movie To Follow The Killing Joke Plot

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Now this is a movie that when I first heard about it I thought was a long shot. At best I didn’t expect to hear anything about this film for a number of years. However this film seems to be a priority for Warner Bros. It was earlier last year when reports started to surface about a script being written and plans to start production late 2018. Then we heard that this Joker film would be an origin story but without Jared Leto’s Joker. The studio were reportedly looking at Joaquin Phoenix to play the iconic role. Well just last week we got even more developments as the plot details about the project emerged. It’s believed that this Joker origin movie will be heavily influenced by Alan Moore’s ‘The Killing Joke‘ with a Joker who was a failed stand up comedian. Honestly I’m not sure what to make of this… I mean the more DC films the better right? But I just feel like they could be putting their efforts into a character that really needs it. I’d love to see another Superman film, Cyborg film even a Deathstroke movie. I’d rather hear about developments on those films. However what I took from this whole story is that Warner Bros. with this film are attempting to create a separate DC universe where standalone films such as this will exist. Now I think that’s a great idea I love the thought of putting out these DC storylines in film which require no build up or universe building at all. If this goes well this could be the start of something great for DC.

More Shazam set photos leak
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Last week set photos from the upcoming Shazam movie leaked and the internet as it usually does went crazy. Some loved it and some just outright hated it. I’ll be honest I didn’t like what I saw but I knew this was a bad picture in general. Shazam is a character where the costume in live action is going to require a lot of VFX because of his powers and you’re just not going to see that until we get the final product. Thankfully with these newly leaked images which I must say are with a MUCH better angle I really like the suit. My biggest worry from the original suit was it looked like the material was cheap. However with these recent images the material for the suit looks good and the suit is heavily detailed which is another worry I had. Overall I’m seeing a lot more positive reactions to these latest images. Also leaked from the set were images of Zachary Levi’s Shazam going up against the main villain Doctor Sivana played by Mark Strong which provide for an interesting look.

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First look at X-Men: Dark Phoenix costumes

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Just like with Shazam another movie that is currently shooting is X-Men: Dark Phoenix also experienced leaks of a set image. Granted there aren’t as many set photos that leaked it’s only one really and it’s not the best quality so I’ll keep this short. In this set photo you see the cast standing around not doing much. But what got fans talking about this set photo is that we get a glimpse of their costumes for the film. The look of the costume resembles Frank Quietly’s work on the New X-Men series with the blue uniforms that have the Yellow X on them. While writing this a report also came out earlier claiming that this X-Men film will be more of a drama than a Superhero film. I personally feel that this has been the case for the majority of X-Men films and I can’t wait for this film especially after the disappointment of X-Men: The Last Stand. I’d also like to add that this film is reportedly going to be scored by Hans Zimmer too, without a doubt one of my favourite film composers ever. An X-Men: Dark Phoenix described as a drama scored by Hans Zimmer is music to my ears.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set to be released on November 2 later this year 

There you have it for this week!

Let me know your thoughts on the stories I covered and any feedback is welcome

See you next week!

Black Panther Review (non-spoilers)

Finally it’s here! I feel like I’ve been waiting for this movie for decades. I can’t remember being this exited for a solo Superhero movie in a long time. While I was already looking forward to this film before seeing the King of Wakanda on the big screen for the first time in Captain America: Civil War. I was already anticipating his solo film mainly for one reason… Ryan Coogler. Long story short but one day I decided to watch a film on Netflix called ‘Creed’ (directed by Ryan Coogler) not knowing what the hell to expect and I loved it! When I heard Coogler would be in charge of Black Panther and the fact that he was also bringing Michael B. Jordan with him (one of my favourite actors) I couldn’t be more hyped for this film. Well I think I’m talking too much here I’m guessing what you guys want to know is did it live up to the hype? In every way possible yes it did! I’m not overreacting when I say this is one of the best comic book movies ever.

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Everything about Wakanda is beautiful in this film with how its depicted from the way it looks and how it feels. Ryan Coogler does a great job at really immersing the viewer into the world of Wakanda. If you have never picked up a Black Panther comic you maybe worried about being lost in this world. Well I came into this film almost as a beginner to the country of Wakanda and I left feeling like an expert who knew everything to do with Wakanda but still knowing that we had only scratched the surface with this film. I have to give huge credit to the writers Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole for guiding me through this beautiful fictional country. I just love the way Wakanda is depicted in this film, its scary how far ahead they are compared to the rest of the world in the MCU. I found this really refreshing to see because we all know that Africa isn’t just what they show us in the news and media. Its not this continent that is full of countries that are poor and lack development. Here you have a blockbuster film celebrating african culture and tradition while showing us its just as wealthy and advanced as other continents around the world.

As for the story without going into major plot details I really enjoyed it and I found myself more invested in it compared to previous MCU instalments. After the events of Captain America: Civil War T’Challa is left to take over the throne from his father which isn’t as easy as it sounds. We get to witness him become the protector of Wakanda but that doesn’t come without its challenges. There’s this underlying theme throughout the movie with Wakanda being so advanced and wealthy should they come out of hiding to help people who are suffering around the world. I won’t spoil it for you but I love the way the film handles this issue with the ending. I must say the ending of this film is beautiful, just the message behind it. It comes off as so inspirational and I just had a huge smile on my face when I was walking out of the theatre.

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Before watching Black Panther I knew one of the strongest aspects of the film would be the acting because of the star studded cast that came with the film. Honestly I could be here for a long time just talking about how great each performance is but i’ll pick out a few that stood out to me. First with the star of the show Chadwick Boseman who plays King ‘T’Challa’. I thought Boseman was great in this role, he really gives you a sense of what it’s like to go from a Prince to a King with all the highs and lows that come with that transition. Boseman does well at playing multiple T’Challa’s in this film. Let me explain… You have of course the T’Challa ‘the King’, the hardened diplomatic leader who tries his best for his people as we see in scenes where he is talking with the other tribal leaders in the council meetings. Then you have the T’Challa who when has the Black Panther suit on gives off this almost over-confident persona, in a good way. This is the T’Challa who is very confident in his own abilities and sometimes feels like he can complete the mission by himself. Then of course you have the family man T’Challa, the more emotional and heartfelt one. You see this in scenes when he is interacting with his mother, love interest and younger sister. Chadwick Boseman really showcases a wide range of abilities while performing this role proving any doubters wrong that he was a great choice for this iconic character.

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Now to address one of the main issues that the MCU has faced for a number of years which is not having strongest main villains in their films. I tend to agree with that argument because apart from Loki and The Winter Soldier I find it hard to really care for the main villain in the MCU so far. Well its safe to say that has now changed for me with Michael B. Jordan’s performance as ‘Killmonger’. Now I maybe biased because he is currently my favourite actor but I can’t praise him highly enough for his role in this film. It’s not only his performance here, the writing for his character is one of the strongest I’ve seen in a long time. Without going into spoilers ‘Killmonger’ has a really tragic background which fuels the motivations for his ultimate goal. One thing that makes a great villain in my opinion is that even if you don’t like them you can understand their motivations. Killmonger does at certain points come across as a sympathetic figure but its his ruthlessness that he shows when trying to take the throne that makes you hate him. Overall ‘Killmonger’ is a very interesting character, written well and Michael B. Jordan’s performance just tops it off.

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As much as I loved Michael B. Jordan’s performance he was not my favourite. Letitia Wright as ‘Shuri’ stole the show for me. Her character is compared to Tony Stark which is understandable but honestly she makes him look like an amateur. You really believe that she is the smartest person in the world. ‘Shuri’ might be the most crucial character in this film because without her mind and technology skill ‘T’Challa’ would definitely have his work cut out for him. I cannot praise Letitia Wright highly enough with her performance too. She looked like she was just having fun when shooting this film and every time she was on the screen she would get a reaction from the audience. I must add that the way women were portrayed in this film was great too. Nearly every female character was smart, strong and stood up to any man especially when it came to conflict.

With that being said this film is not perfect and there are some issues that I have with it that cannot be overlooked. With Ryan Coogler directing Creed I was looking forward to the action in this film and apart from the challenge scenes a lot of the action came across as generic and just ok like we’ve seen throughout the MCU. One glaring issue I had with the film was with the CGI. Granted the CGI in this film isn’t horrible but it isn’t great either. With the action scenes in particular where T’Challa is in the suit it looks too unrealistic almost taking me out of the film at certain points. One last thing I would like to add is for as much as I have praised the cast in this film its almost to the films detriment. I feel T’Challa really gets overshadowed by the characters around him, they just felt more interesting to me than the star of the show. But that maybe a good thing overall because Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa is a strong character who is surrounded by numerous strong characters too.

Look I could talk about this movie all day and I can’t wait to get into the spoilers later in the week. I love this movie, in a time where some people complain about Marvel’s cookie cutter formula this breaks the trend for me. This is a comic book film that touches on aspects such as politics, race and helping each other. I cannot recommend Black Panther highly enough. As for where I rank this film MCU… Its definitely top 2. Right now it’s a tie between this and Winter Soldier for the number 1 spot. I may have to watch it again before putting it over Winter Soldier. For the future my only worry for the next Black Panther film is that they have set the bar so high how do they top this? However with Ryan Coogler at the helm this franchise can only get better.

SCORE: 9/10

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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

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HD Digital Release: February 13th

Blu-ray/DVD: March 13th

 

John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein In Talks to Direct The Flash Movie

According to Variety John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are in talks with Warner Bros. to direct the solo Flash movie starring Ezra Miller. Given the pairs background in film it looks to be a reasonable choice as they were the script writers for one of the most successful movies of last year Spider-Man: Homecoming. The studio are hoping that they will bring some of what they brought to the Spider-Man film to the Flash as they ‘eye a comedic tone for the film’. It’s also interesting to note that the studio also approached Ben Affleck to direct the Flash movie who actually turned it down. As someone who loved Argo and The Town which Affleck directed, It would’ve been interesting to see what he would have brought to the Flash.

Either way as a huge fan of the Flash it’s great to see that this film is being pushed into production by the studio. After seeing numerous directors leave the film I was worried for the future of the project but they look to be going in the right direction now and rightly so! Ezra Miller’s portrayal of the Flash and Barry Allen in Justice League became a fan favourite for many. Personally I can’t wait to see Ezra Miller as the Flash starring in his own movie because in a short time he has already shown what he can bring to the role.

Click here to read the full article from Variety 

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