Scorsese Joker Project: Proof The DCEU Remains Broken

For those of us who thought that the greatest problem with the DCEU (the DC Extended Universe) was Zach Snyder’s stewardship, you were right (sort of).

Though to be fair, that’s like blaming the small (relatively speaking) bit of iceberg that remained above the surface for sinking the Titanic.

Reason being, some executive(s) okayed Snyder’s approach, which is the real issue.

I bring it up because there’s talk of a Joker origin movie that seems to exist outside the DCEU (essentially an Elseworlds-type of story).  And this is a problem because–while Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies were popular, they existed outside the DCEU, which means that everything that this new movie establishes will likely not be a part of the current universe as well.

And there are so many different DCEU’s as it is.  There’s the version that exists in movies, which has finally begun to gain traction with Wonder Woman.  Then there’s the DCEU as it exists on television, which shares characters like the Flash and Superman.

Now there’s what I call the Elseworlds DCEU, that takes characters people are aware of, and places them outside the universe proper.

This is where the Nolan Batman movies reside

If you’re a comic reader, the latter scenario I mentioned is hardly an unusual one (Marvel Comics had their own take on stories based in an alternative Marvel Universe called What if… ) but moviegoers might find it a bit confusing.

Though what’s worse is that the DCEU has failed to establish their mainstream characters with anything resembling consistency, so now they’re creating alternative takes, seemingly independent of the greater DCEU!?

Such a move may be profitable in the short term, but it does not bode well for the DCEU as a whole.

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Silence – Official Trailer 1

Silence, the latest movie from Martin Scorsese, looks absolutely gorgeous, as the two images I have included from the trailer will attest to. 


My problem with the movie–sight unseen–are less with the auteur behind the camera than the subject matter, which revolves around two Catholiic missionaries, played by Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield, who head to Japan in search of one of their number who apparently vanished. 

Being Catholic missionaries, there is literally no way that they aren’t going to try to impose their beliefs on people that aren’t, shall we say, terribly receptive to them (at least initially). 

It’s likely where the central conflict of the movie stems, but the notion of having one’s beliefs forced upon others has always been a very touchy issue for me. 

Another sticking point is Adam Driver, who if he were anymore wooden, you could replace with Keanu Reeves and barely notice the difference 

Doctor Strange – Trailer (2) Into Reaction

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Why does the latest poster for Marvel’s Doctor Strange remind me of the poster for Martin Scorsese’s Hugo?  Looking at the two posters, I think it has more to do with some of the color scheme–lot’s of golden yellows and blues–more than anything else.

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It’s also been confirmed by Scott Derrickson that Doctor Strange will open up what he calls a Marvel Cinematic Multiverse.

(Bruce) Wayne’s World

I didn’t particularly like the first two trailers for Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice  because they’re both filed with much bombast and thunder–as far as I can tell–signifying very little.  And I might be reading into things a bit, but if feels as if director Zach Snyder equates blowing things up with seriousness, which if that were true would put Michael Bay on the same hallowed ground as Martin Scorsese or Alfred Hitchcock.

Though with the third–and apparently the last–trailer Snyder’s finally gotten the tone right, eschewing large scale mayhem for something a bit more intimate as Batman fights a group of well-armed thugs.

The combat seems very evocative of the fighting in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, except more CGI-enhanced .

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‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ Trailer

Martin Scorsese is pretty much a legend at this point, after having directed films like “Mean Streets,” “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” and “Shutter Island” among many, many others.  His latest is “The Wolf of Wall Street,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

I would offer some commentary on the trailer if it weren’t for Youtube loading remarkably slow today.

Lionsgate Aims, Shoots Own Foot?

Lionsgate has been on a roll lately–after purchasing Summit Pictures, makers of the ‘Twilight’ films–and launching “The Hunger Games,” a franchise based upon the novels of Suzanne Collins.

“The Hunger Games,” has earned almost $400 million worldwide, which is remarkable when you consider that it cost $78 million to produce and $45 million to advertise, and has been in theaters for just over two weeks.

So, what do you do when you have a blockbuster that’s the first in a series of three films?

Well, if you’re Lionsgate, it’s possibly to hire another director.

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