Justice League – Teaser Trailer

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I have to admit that I enjoyed the first trailer for Zach Snyder’s Justice League. but if I say I weren’t concerned I’d be lying.

Reason being, he had two chances to make movies based on Batman and Superman.

The first attempt, Man of Steel is enjoyed by many, but in its way is as divisive as its follow-up, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

And the worse thing is, his task was relatively easy in that all he to do is work with two characters that between them have somewhere in the ballpark of 150 years of history.

Relatively little in in the way of a rethink was necessary, or warranted.

Acknowledge that history, and go from there. Such an approach works really, really well with Marvel Studios, as well as Guillermo Del Toro’s uber-faithful interpretations of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy

My question is why did Zach Snyder, and by extension Warner Bros., though that they could so greviously misinterpret–some say ‘reinterpret,’ though the problem with that reasoning is that you can’t reinterpret something that wasn’t interpreted correctly in the first place–these characters.

Never mind that they were seeking to differentiate themselves from Marvel Studios, because I get the feeling that most people don’t confuse Batman with Spider-Man or Superman with Thor.

 

 

Marvel’s The Defenders – Teaser Trailer

For fans of Marvel Television and their work with Netflix, ComicCon 2016 is as close to nirvana as you’re likely to get because that’s where they premiered the teaser trailer for The Defenders, a street-level super team in the vein of the Avengers. 

They will consist of Daredevil (which has been renewed for a third season), Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

The trailer is less interesting for what it shows–which is next to nothing–than what it says about what the new show will be like tonally, which is very gritty and realistic.

When you take into account the two seasons of Daredevil and the single season of Jessica Jones already released, it should fit in quite nicely.

Why Doctor Strange Is Crucial To The MCU

It’s been a long time away!  I’ve hopefully straightened out all the hullabaloo revolving around my domain, and things should be back to normal.

Most recently I haven been thinking about how it is that Marvel’s Doctor Strange is perhaps one of their most important releases, and crucial to the future of the MCU, or Marvel Cinematic Universe.

I explore the two most pertinent reasons why in the video below:

And here’s a radio play, Chandu the Magician, the character that directly inspired the creation of the good Doctor.

And if I weren’t giving enough, here’s the Dr. Strange telefilm, starring Peter Hooten and executive produced by Phillip DeGuerre.  And sure, it’s a product of its time, but it’s pretty nifty in its own way.

X-Men Apocalypse Wobbles To The Finish

I’ve said for a long time now that Fox doesn’t know how to manage the Marvel Studios properties–currently the X-Men and the Fantastic Four–that they currently control.

So what do they do? They go and prove me right.  X-Men: Apocalypse, after a Memorial Day premiere of $79.8 million–enough to beat the competition handily–fell a dizzying 66 percent the following week.

And I don’t think anything to do with ‘superhero fatigue,’ a myth, like the Yeti or its domestic cousin, the Sasquatch.

Though what I think it does show is that moviegoers are wising up, and after an initial surge of viewers (composed mainly of fans of the characters) they’re staying away.

Which is why Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opened so strongly. This interest, as I said, driven by the fan community (though it didn’t hurt that the movie was released all over the world at the same time, which mitigated the extremely negative word of mouth that would have otherwise done it significantly more damage) is enough to open a movie big, but in the long run, not enough to maintain it.

This process of front-loading–and typically high initial profits–makes studios way more optimistic about a movie’s performance than perhaps they should be.

But it’s whether or not a movie has legs is what matters most, especially in these days of $250 million+ budgets.

And Batman v Superman had relatively weak legs.

And apparently those of X-Men: Apocalypse aren’t much better.

 

Trailer into Reaction: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition

I honestly don’t understand the point of an “Ultimate Edition” of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice because I don’t know what’s it’s supposed to do.

Make a confusing narrative a bit less so?

Offer some sort of information why it is characters that in some instances have existed for 80 years have suddenly been reinterpreted in such a controversial manner?

I have no idea, but as far as I can tell, the only way to make this movie make any sense at all would require–at least a 3 to 4 hour cut.

Independence Day: Resurgence Extended Trailer

I’ve said it before, but with movies like Captain America: Civil War and the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse it’s hard for other movies to get any oxygen, particularly big-budget tentpoles like Warcraft and Independence Day: Resurgence

Mixed reviews certainly don’t help, like in the case of Warcraft though I honestly think that people are getting tired of big-budget blockbusters (a tendency not helped by the pessimism-fest that was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice).

As I have said before, I don’t believe in superhero-fatigue as a thing, though i do think that too much spectacle gets a bit old.

3 Things Warner Bros Should Do To Fix The DCEU

Indeed. Opinions are just like buttholes. 

By DCEU, I mean the DC Extended Universe (which sounds to me like someone’s working really hard not to sound in any way similar to Marvel Studios’ MCU or Marvel Cinematic Universe).

In any case, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has earned just over $868 million at the foreign and domestic box office, and it’s theatrical window is closing.

Now that’s a lot of money, till you take into account that the movie features three of DC’s biggest characters–Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman–and it’s running out of steam not having earned $900 million, never mind a billion.

And while Warner Bros executives put on a brave face, there’s no way that the movie’s performance can be considered anything but disappointing.

While Marvel Studios’s Captain America: Civil Warhas been out less than ten days and has earned $789 million, well on it’s way to earning a billion.

And why that happens to be the case I explore further in the video, though I’m sad to say that much of the problems are very much self-inflicted.