Suicide Squad & Deadpool Sitting In A Tree…

k.i.l.l.i.n.g.  (though based on the tone of Deadpool‘s Valentine’s Day trailer, you’d be forgiven if you thought the latter).

Both Deadpool and Suicide Squad seem to be exploring the darker sides of their prospective universes though if you ask me I think DC Films should thank whatever deity they worship that Fox’s entry is coming out six months before because while both films promise a darker–and certainly more violent, if the former’s R rating is any indication–take on superhero movies only one of them seems to be really innovating in the space.

The trailers for Deadpool promise a sense of irrelevance and fun that would be a serious differentiator if the two films were competing against each other directly.

That’s a line of commentary that’s pretty much negated by both coming out months apart, though its an interesting thought exercise.

 

Fantastic Four – Review

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I have to say that I didn’t hate this movie.  It’s not the Fantastic Four movie I would have made if given the chance, but it’s not terrible; though it is needlessly grim–pardon the pun–but that’s not necessarily the same thing as bad.

And you might also be wondering what took me so long to actually see it, and I’d answer that Josh Trank’s movie was one of the worse reviewed movies of last year, so I wasn’t in any particular hurry to catch it.

The fact that I rented it via iTunes for $5.99–as opposed to $10 or more for a movie ticket–may have a little to do with my feelings as well.  (What also might is that Josh Trank was demonized in various media ways few people who haven’t been accused of either peodphilia or poisoning the water of their constituents have been).

Dr. Allen (Tim Blake Nelson) is the goverment man who intends to use the intrepid team as weapons, though the thing is, he makes a lot of sense.  Not only is the government financing the Baxter Institute, but he had the audacity to suggest that NASA be brought in to explore the new world the transporter opens up. 

The thing is, that’s what NASA does!  Yet because of a little Dutch courage, our four intrepid voyagers decide to journey into mystery.  

The movie makes little sense, in that why would the inventors of a teleportation device, knowing that it opens a door into an alternate world–the word ‘dimension’ isn’t interchangeable with ‘world’–even want to be the first humans to use it?

That’s like the people who invented the first atomic bomb actually flew aboard the planes that dropped them on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which is dumb for all sorts of reasons. 

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Suicide Squad – Official Trailer #1

Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is a pretty bold choice as far as musical accompaniment goes–I am reasonably comfortable in saying that it probably cost Warners a pretty penny to secure the rights–but I am still not sure how to feel about the new trailer for DC Films upcoming Suicide Squad.

My problem is that it’s hard to tell the tone of the movie from the trailer.  Is it dramatic? Comedic?  A combination of the two?

I am assuming the former–after all, it’s a pretty grimy looking movie.

Though I have no idea (though why do I get the feeling that Deadpool could be a problem).

Postmortem: Catwoman (2004)

If you’re expecting me to say something to the effect that Pitof’s 2004 super hero movie Catwoman is some sort of lost classic then you’re definitely barking up the wrong tree…because it’s not.

And while the buck usually stops with the director, I don’t think that that’s entirely fair in this case, mainly because the writing is so bad that not even Orson Welles could have saved it. Theresa Rebeck, Michael Brancato and Michael Ferris (the latter two are quite prolific writers for movies and television, though it’s telling that they also wrote Surrogates, Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines and Terminator: Salvation.  And as not-so-good as those three movies are, they also wrote The Game, which is awesome).

That being said, the pseudo-mystical angle the writers took is sort of clever in that it doesn’t necessarily invalidate other versions of the character, though it’s a perfect illustration of what happens when you don’t have knowledgable people overseeing development of a property.

That’s exactly why, no matter how much flak Kevin Feige gets from various quarters, no matter what you think about Marvel Studios or superheroes in general, having a unified voice as far as your characters go is pretty useful.
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Can We Stop With The ’67 Characters’ Nonsense?

Screenshot 2016-01-13 21.10.48.pngRecently quite a few venues are running with the idea that the Russo brothers (Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War) are going to have 67 characters in their upcoming two-parter. Avengers: Infinity War.

This is, on the face of it, nonsensical because last time I checked Marvel Studios haven’t even introduced 20 characters, never mind 67.

Besides, it would be also be outside the typical method they use to introduce new superheroes (most of their main characters were introduced via solo movies, expect for the Falcon, Black Widow, War  Machine, Scarlet Witch, Black Panther, Quicksilver, Vision, and Winter Soldier, most of whom are supporting characters–with the exception of Winter Soldier and Black Panther, the latter whom will have a solo movie).

And if it were true, we’d more than likely be talking about cameos–extended or otherwise–typically a most unsatisfying way to introduce new characters.

Which is why I believe that what the Russos are talking about is that they are considering from 67 characters to use, as opposed to actually including 67 characters.

Similar wording, huge difference.

 

Marvel’s Daredevil – Official Season Two Trailer

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The first season of Marvel’s Daredevil had a huge hurdle to overcome.

When Fox released the 2003 movie based on the character, he was treated pretty much as a red-suited Spider-Man, which anyone familiar to the character could tell you isn’t the way to go.

In any case, the movie didn’t do badly from a financial standpoint, so Fox intended to proceed with a sequel (though likely without Ben Affleck) and were gearing up to do just that when they lost their director (David Slade, who went on to direct Hannibal on NBC).

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Marvel’s Daredevil, Season 2 Pictures

When I heard that Fox had not only lost the rights to Marvel Comics’ Daredevil, but Marvel Television–not Marvel Studios–had relaunched the character in a 13-episode series on Netflix I have to admit that my interest was definitely piqued.

(It’s worth mentioning that I’ve seen Fox’s version, and its biggest shortcoming was that the producers tried to make Daredevil too similar to Spider-Man).

Daredevil was the first salvo in the deal, Jessica Jones was the second, Luke Cage will be third, followed by Iron Fist and culminating in The Defenders.

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