Thoughts on Man of Steel and the leaked Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer UPDATE

Since it was out there already, Warner Bros has released the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer.  It wasn’t done as classily or as coolly as Marvel handled the unintended release of the first The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, though I guess in the end is all that matters is that they did the inevitable.

Men of Steel

I produced this image in Pixelmator, and it looking at it, it got me thinking about what bothered me so much about Man of Steel (the movie that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, is a sequel to).

Which was, in a nutshell, that the film makers took a relatively simple and optimistic character and attempted to turn him into one that is dark, brooding and complex.  Such an approach works well with a character like Batman, not so much in the case of Superman, who’s prior to Man of Steel was all about optimism, often in the face of incredible odds.

Which was part of his charm.  He was a boy scout in a world that needed boy scouts.  He was the best of us that somehow never managed to rub his blatantly obvious superority in.

In fact, I suggest that in making him more complex they took away a lot of what made Superman, Superman.

Sure, they left the costume, and a lot of the superficial trappings that on the surface made the character who he is, but neglected the most important thing of all, namely the hopeful, almost innocent nature of the character.

Which brings me to the leaked version of the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (located here).  I have to admit that it’s better than I thought it would be, if only because it appears to be tackling head-on some of the issues that Man of Steel raised, such as who watches the watchmen, and who is a man with god-like powers truly answerable to–other than himself) and hopefully will do so without a lot of heavy-handed allusions to Jesus (like in Man of Steel, when Supes is falling from Zod’s ship, arms extended like, literally, Christ on the cross) and really twisted moralizing (there’s no way that Clark’s father would even suggest that he should have let a bus full of people die when he had a chance to stop it, just to keep his identity secret).

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Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens : Teaser Trailer

I was thinking that I don’t particularly care about the upcoming Star Wars prequels, till I saw the crashed Star Destroyer in the desert…now I am getting a bit jazzed.

Then there were the melty Darth Vader helmet (which looked like it was gone over a bit too much), new-style Stormtroopers, and various Jedi.

I’m not The Avengers: The Age of Ultron jazzed, nor Ant-Man jazzed, but it’s on the radar.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice – Teaser Trailer

Recently Zach Snyder released a teaser trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and it’s a whole lot of…(wait for it) “Meh.”

It consists of a few pans from the Batman to Superman costumes, with bombastic music reminiscent of that from the Transformers movies.

It’s the epitome of a teaser in that it reveals–literally–absolutely nothing (unless you expected Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill to be running around naked, which would be interesting, though for entirely different reasons).

The Babadook – Review

The Babadook

“The terror of The Babadook starts innocently, with a children’s book, though it will grow to possess you.”

Every since I saw 2009’s Triangle, I knew that Australia was and up-and-comer as far as interesting and innovative horror goes, though Jennifer Kent‘s The Babadook certifies their arrival.

It’s a pretty impressive movie, because–unlike many of its brethren, domestic or otherwise–it weaves its spell gradually, taking its time to introduce us to its main characters, so that what they feel, be it joy or terror, you do as well.

We soon meet Amelia (Essie Davis), who’s been having a difficult time since the death of her husband.  Her work at a nursing home leaves her numb while her son, Robbie (Noah Wiseman) is an imaginative, rambunctious boy who’s misbehavior has her at wits’ end.

Amelia is doing her damnedest to keep mind and soul together, with very little in the way of support; in some instances due to her son’s behavior.

One day Robbie finds a book, Mister Babadook, that neither he nor his mother was aware of owning.  He finds the book terrifying, though what’s more interesting is that despite this, Amelia continues to read to him.

The book is creepy in and of itself.

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Iron Man vs. Ultron

“I’m glad you asked that because I wanted to take this time to explain my evil plan.”

Brilliant writing.  It plays on the cliche of movie villains always monologuing, when they should be instead either killing/kicking the ass of whomever they happen to be fighting.

James Bond villains are notorious for this (particularly pre-Daniel Craig).  If the majority of them would actually just kill Bond instead of talking about how they are going to kill him then the formidable MI6 agent wouldn’t have made it past Dr. No.

And it goes without saying that Ultron doesn’t do it, which is also awesome.

And you know what would be even more awesome?  If Marvel would stop showing trailers that give away really cool moments and character beats.

Though I hope that this means there are many more on offer.

Wolfcop – Review

Wolf cop movie poster

“Here Comes The Fuzz” and There I Go! Far Away!

“If you can make it through the entirely of Wolfcop, you’re a much better person than I am.”

I tried, I really tried but I just couldn’t do it.

What I failed so pointedly to do was to be able to watch Lowell Dean‘s Wolfcop from beginning to end, and tapped out after about 30-40 minutes.

So many things bothered me, like Leo Fatard, who played a sheriff called Lou Garou (Really?  Loup-garou is French for ‘werewolf,” so learning that was his character’s name meant that was a sign of either a very clever, or very lame, movie.

Unfortunately, the occasionally interesting happening didn’t stop if from being the latter.

Where to start?  The first thing I noticed was that Fatard looks like a younger, less lanky, less of a hipster doofus version of Michael Richards.

And it distracted the Hell out of me the entire time.  And if that weren’t bad enough, it lead to a lot of pointless speculations on my part, such as: The producers of Wolfcop had to have had Richards in mind when they cast the movie–or at least noticed Fatard’s strong resemblance. otherwise why hire an actor that looked so much like him?

And that being the case, did they really want Richards in the first place?  And if so, did he prove too expensive, too hoity-toity?

Who knows.

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The New Ant-Man Trailer

Whomever cut this clip deserves some sort of award because it’s THAT GOOD.

No longer exclusive to Marvel.com–here’s the new trailer for Marvel’s Ant-Man.

And it’s glorious.  It has humor, great special effects, and manages to walk that slippery slope that respects the character, while at the same time acknowledging how silly the story actually is.

Initially I was looking for a reason to see Ant-Man (Sure,it’s from Marvel Studios, which has a great batting average so far) but I wasn’t feeling it for awhile.

Now I absolutely am.  It’s definitely a must see at this point.