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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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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X-Men: Apocalypse – Trailer 1

Screenshot 2015-12-10 22.51.01I have just watched the latest trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse, and it’s…okay.

It teases Apocalypse, his Four Horsemen, his origins and so forth but there’s a problem:  As far as superhero movies go, we’re in a time of wonders.

From the Avengers to Superman, some of the greatest in comics have, or will soon, pop up on either television or movies.

So this trailer had to up the ante somehow, to ensure that it’s sticks out from the pack–something the X-Men films never had to contend with.

Captain America: Civil War did it by the introduction of characters that fans haven’t seen before (The Black Panther) in a scenario from a renown storyline.

Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice did it by showing two iconic characters in combat (credit it loses by seemingly giving away the entire movie).

X-Men: Apocalypse had to ‘Wow’ us to get noticed in such a crowded space, and it’s first trailer didn’t quite do it this time around.

Godzilla: Resurgence – Teaser Trailer

Having seen 2014’s Godzilla–which as far as I am concerned will go down in history as the first Godzilla film where Godzilla was almost a tertiary character in its own movie–I was hoping that Toho Co. Ltd, the original creators of the radioactive-firebreathing lizard, would do a much better job (and the less I say about the 1998 pseudo-Godzilla movie, the better)

Yet having seen the teaser trailer for their upcoming Godzilla: Resurgence,   I am a bit concerned.

The trailer features a lot of people running away from something–a la Cloverfield–which the camera never shows.  Things end with Godzilla’s distinctive roar.

What concerns me is that Godzilla movies are never about the civilians.  In fact, their entire purpose is primarily to avoid being trampled by the monster, though it’s never about them.

Tomorrow is supposed to be the premiere of the new trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse, where I’ll try to avoid comparing how Apocalypse looks to a Power Ranger villain (though probably not very hard).