We Need to Talk About Justice League

There’s a pivotal moment in Justice League where a weary Bruce Wayne champions Diana to lead the team, not him. The film wants to prove otherwise (THE LEAGUE NEEDS BATMAN). Thing is, the idea isn’t half bad. Wonder Woman is a far more efficient warrior; her steadfastness not only gets the job done, it saves Batman’s life. The film wants its team and its hierarchy, the same way Warner Bros. wants an Avengers-level success (so much so they brought in Joss Whedon). But there is no need for either aside from the machine-churning mentality of the studio blockbuster and a larger, interconnected universe – the new norm in franchise filmmaking. 2017 pushed the superhero into its golden age with stellar entries in the genre, making Justice League the sole casualty of the bunch.  Continue reading

‘Batman v Superman’ Review: Extended Cut Ultimately Doesn’t Do the Film Justice

batman-v-superman-blu-ray-cover-slice-600x200I keep going back to the scene in the desert. Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen are meeting with a torrential warlord. Olsen takes harmless photos of the interview when Anatoli intervenes. There’s something distinctly meta about this scene. Olsen, a surrogate for director Zack Snyder, and Anatoli, a stand-in for an overbearing studio with an agenda of their own. Anatoli plucks the camera from Olsen, extracts the roll of film and exposes the negative, desecrating the pictures into ruin. Considering Olsen’s doomed fate, I can’t think of a better metaphor that captures the trials that plagued Batman v Superman in the editing suite. Snyder, the idealistic filmmaker, has a vision. But he is beholden to the studio the same way Olsen is beholden to Luthor’s henchman. This gave us the theatrical cut, which Snyder admirably stood by. The Ultimate Edition (the supposed compromise between the studio and Snyder’s original vision) was meant to realign what was supposed to be the greatest fight card in the history of the world. But does a longer movie equate to a better one? Yes and no.  Continue reading

Dawn of DC

batman-vs-superman-trailer-image-56Comic book fans are still reeling from the whirlwind of footage shown at Comic-Con. Trailers for Suicide Squad and Batman V Superman undoubtedly stole the show, and the anticipation for DC’s long-awaited summer pairing is at a fever pitch. We now have a better glimpse at what Warner Bros. is trying to create. It’s grand. It’s demented. And my, is it perfect. Continue reading

And the Battle of Superhero Movies Begins

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My oh my is it a great time to be alive. Yesterday, Warner Bros. finally pulled the curtain on the 9 untitled DC films that they announced way back at Comic-Con. Some of these films include Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Green Lantern, to name a few. They even unveiled plans for their very own superhero mash-up: the Justice League – a film that will be split into two parts, both of which will be directed by Zack Snyder. That was yesterday. The day before, as you may recall, Marvel dropped some very interesting news of their own, announcing that Tony Stark Robert Downey Jr. had been cast in Captain America 3 to kick off, that’s right, the Civil War storyline. Again, what a great time to be alive. Continue reading

A Fond Farewell To The Dark Knight

At the end of the 20th Century, the future of the Caped Crusader looked bleak at best. With a rather lackluster Batman Forever, followed by a total flop in the form of Batman & Robin, it seemed as though Hollywood would never be able to bring justice to Bruce Wayne’s story. Then, in the summer of 2005, Christopher Nolan reinvented the Batman mythology for modern audiences and gave us hope for the franchise. Batman Begins was a sign of something truly great, only no one could anticipate just how great the upcoming trilogy would be. Its sequel, The Dark Knight, elevated Batman from a mere comic-book adaptation to an enormously thrilling crime saga that stands as one of the defining movies of our time. Now, after a long road of spectacle and awe, Nolan and crew have returned to deliver an epic finale to top off the towering achievement known as The Dark Knight Legend. And on that note, I’d like to take a look back on Bruce Wayne’s journey from a boy who fell into a cave of his own fear to a man capable of rising from the darkness. This is a celebration of my favorite superhero and a dear friend. This is me saying goodbye to The Dark Knight.

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