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‘The Disaster Artist’ Review

I did like it, it’s true! It’s not bullshit! I did like it! Oh hi guys!

Back in the late 90s two friends had a dream. To become real Hollywood actors. They wanted the world to know their names. Well Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero congratulations, you were successful in accomplishing your goal. You guys did it; you became real Hollywood actors, and managed to create the “best worst movie” ever made. The Room made in 2003, is an enigma to say the least. It has reached certain cult status like most films dream of; it still gets played in theatres every year. It has become this mystery, where people are so unsure about what the movie is about, the behind the scenes stories of the production. Which was an estimated 6 million dollars, all paid for by Tommy himself. Now Tommy Wiseau is a character. No one really knows much about this man, and I think that’s what makes the movie and this whole story even more insane. The Room has even become a famous movie within Hollywood itself, for guys like James Franco; they wanted to know as much as they could about this project. And when co-star of The Room, Greg Sestero wrote a book titled “The Disaster Artist” a story about the making of the worst movie ever made, people were so intrigued. Now fast forward to 2017 and James Franco wanted to make a movie about this whole story. The making of the movie and about Tommy Wiseau himself. Tommy wrote, directed and financially support this whole thing, something that is so uncommon in Hollywood that it makes for a very interesting story, one that James Franco felt needed to be told. So when Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber wrote a screenplay based off Greg’s book, James knew he needed to be part of this project. Now going into this movie, I think it’s important you are familiar with The Room, maybe even watched it a few times because I think that makes the experience more enjoyable, but that being said, The Disaster Artist is a terrific comedy. It has so much heart; it’s about chasing your dreams, never friendship and most importantly never giving up. Overall it’s just a really fantastic movie.

Just imagine getting to make one of your dream projects along side your brother must be an incredible feeling and that’s exactly what the Franco brothers accomplished with The Disaster Artist. James (Wiseau) and Dave (Sestero), both shine. It’s great from start to finish and James Franco throws himself at this role, he becomes Tommy Wiseau. A very similar situation to that of Jim Carey and Man On The Moon, he has become the character he is playing down to every last detail and mannerism. It’s hard to understand that fully, without knowing anything about Tommy Wiseau or without seeing The Room, because you can’t comprehend all of the work that went into getting ready for this role. You’ll just think James is acting like a weirdo, and won’t fully appreciate what you are witnessing. Everyone is great in their roles; Seth Rogan is fantastic as Sandy who helps with the production of the movie. You can’t have a James Franco movie, especially a comedy without his best buddy Seth. Alison Brie who plays Greg’s love interest, who is actually married to Dave Franco in real life, so obviously those two had terrific chemistry in the movie. All I will say is the introduction to James’s character is mesmerizing and after that scene, you are kind of hooked right in.

When it comes to getting the story right when it comes to the creation of The Room, The Disaster Artist nails it perfectly. The movie is a complete and total disaster, but at the same time it is really inspiring, and heartfelt, because these two guys, these two best friends, set out on a mission together, to create something, and for better or for worse they accomplish that goal. Yes, there are many speed bumps along the way, and the movie captures that beautifully. Whether it’s Tommy getting angry with Greg for getting involved with someone, so he feels left out. Or people not RESPECTING HIS VISION! It’s just a really endearing story, one that people can get behind, because it’s kind of an under dog kind of tale. One thing I was happy about, and I was worried the movie might go a certain way. We weren’t laughing at Tommy and his awful movie the entire time, we all know how it turns out, and we know the story behind it all. They were able to capture the more human side of Tommy and his journey when making this movie, and how he just wanted to make something that he was proud and passionate about. When he starts to realize how his film is being received on opening night, you really feel for the guy. It’s kind of heartbreaking, because he poured his entire soul into this project, only for people not to understand his vision. I don’t think he ever could have imagined the cult status this movie would endure and how much of a star he would actually become.

Overall the movie is just fantastic, I had a lot of fun with it. I think it really helped that I watched The Room before going to see it. I think it just feels more personal when you know the source material, and will understand the jokes better and just get a better sense of the scope of the movie. It teaches you to be yourself, chase your dreams and always have a positive outlook on life. I recommend both The Room and The Disaster Artist; watch them both in the same night if you can. You will not be disappointed.

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Nate’s Movie Tour Review – The Disaster Artist = 85/100

 

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‘Annihilation’ Looks Incredible

This is the female Ghostbusters movie we all wanted.

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Writer and director to the epic sci-fi masterpiece Ex-Machina looks to be following it up with another stroke of genius with Annihilation. This movie and this trailer is shrouded in mystery and it looks like a really great new science fiction movie, something we need right now. Everything we have seen so far regarding this movie has been incredible, and for lovers of science fiction movies, this could quite possibly be their most anticipated movie of 2018.

Natalie Portman stars as a biologist who is headed into the unknown, or as it’s referred to as “the shimmer,” she’s in search of something that has come in contact with her husband (Oscar Issac), and wants some answers. She leads a team of other badass women, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez and others, into this place, where it seems the laws of nature no longer apply. Animals are cross breeding, strange plants are growing and some cool ass monsters are lurking in the darkness. Things are going to go up shit creek for these ladies, and it seems like they all won’t make it out alive. The visuals are simply stunning, but that should come to no surprise, seeing this is coming from the guy who made Ex-Machina. Portman is going all sorts of Ripley in this trailer, and she’s really pulling it off, she’s unloading her gun on god knows what, a bunch of times throughout the trailer. I’m just so intrigued by all of this, the landscapes, the creatures, what a place like this is doing on Earth, and I’m sure we will get all these answers in the movie. Trailers should leave you with wanting more, and this one certainly did it’s job. We have a real winner on our hands here I think!

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‘Ready Player One’ Trailer

Really curious to know how they got the rights to all these characters.

So the new trailer for Ready Player One just dropped and it’s a real doozy. Being a massive fan of the book, when I heard this was being adapted into a feature length film, I was pretty happy to say the least. When they debut the first trailer at Comic-Con this summer, I wasn’t really that impressed with what I saw. I have changed my mind about this movie after this trailer, because it really does look spectacular.

Now I know going into this movie, it can’t be exactly like the book, but from this trailer a lot of things I was hoping would pop up did. There are actually too many characters to even name that appear in this trailer, and I’m really excited to see all these people on screen together. Look it’s Steven Spielberg, you already know it will be an enjoyable film. But he has the ability to make a truly special piece of film, and I think he might be hitting a home run with Ready Player One. It’s got a great cast and it’s based off a phenomenal book. This has all the makings to be extremely successful. Let’s hope so!

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Trailer

The new Jurassic World looks like a yawn fest. They are trying way too hard.

Chris Pratt and dinosaurs. When I heard about this concept before Jurassic World was released I was pretty damn excited. Then the actual movie came out. Made 1.6 billion dollars, 208 million opening weekend, the biggest of all time. After all this, I still found myself thinking “was Jurassic World any good?” This coming from a guy who thinks Jurassic Park is the greatest summer blockbuster of all time. I’d give my middle nut to go back in time as a 25 year old and watch Jurassic Park in IMAX for the first time. Something about Jurassic World just didn’t sit right with me. I think it had to do with the plot, the fact that it just wasn’t scary. And most importantly the whole movie took place during the day. You know what mixes perfectly with dinosaurs? Darkness and rainfall. Just ask this guy.

For me there never was a real iconic moment in Jurassic World. They tried the whole “bigger is better” thing and introduced some stupid new hybrid and it didn’t work. So when I heard about the sequel I figured they would change course and maybe go back to the original formula and it kind of looks like they went the complete opposite direction.

The trailer just isn’t great. I’m going to come right out and say it. I was so underwhelmed. It seems like they are upping the ante but I still thought the trailer lacked any sort of substance. At one point Chris Pratt’s character is running for his life and yells “RUN!” And to me it seems like a fun moment rather than, holy shit there’s a volcano exploding and dinosaurs running beside me, I should fear for my life kind of moment. Yeah, I’m happy Jeff Goldblum is back but I want to see him on the island. Not safe and sound in a court house. Seems like they didn’t listen to it taking place in the dark either. I heard the trailer showed stuff from the first 57 minutes of the movie and that’s it, still this was the biggest weekend opening of all time and the movie grossed an enormous amount of money. For me, you have to swing for the fences with the trailer to your highly anticipated sequel. I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come, but I loved all the trailers for Jurassic World, and for me this didn’t get off to a flying start. It did have a T-Rex, who appears to be friendly in it, so I guess that’s something.

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‘Lady Bird’ Review

Much like the man himself, Larry Bird, Lady Bird is just really good

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Lady Bird is written and directed by Greta Gerwig, and stars Saoirse Ronan as the titled character Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson. She wants everyone in her life to call her “Lady Bird” rather than her given name of Christine. This is a story of discovery and finding out who you are and where you belong in life. It’s a coming of age tale, told in a different way, and Greta Gerwig in her first solo outing as director knocks it out of the park. “Lady Bird” is trying to figure out who she is and what she wants to do with her life, in the final months of her senior year in high school. She’s applying to colleges, meeting boys and all around just trying to find out where she fits in. Living in Sacramento she really wants to go to an out of State school, but financially it just might not work. Unlike most coming of age tales told in the view of a girl, this one doesn’t really focus much on her romantic life, yes she meets boys and has experiences with them, but this tale is all about the mother/daughter relationship. Enter Laurie Metcalf who plays “Lady Birds” mother Marion. She’s a workaholic who does double shifts at the hospital, runs the household, takes care of two kids, and provides for the entire family. Her and “Lady Bird” do not see eye-to-eye. In fact the very first moments of the movie, the two are arguing in the car and “Lady Bird” gets so fed up that she throws herself out the car door, while they are still driving! I honestly didn’t know whether to laugh or cry at this very moment, and it was actually at that exact moment when I knew I would really enjoy this film. I didn’t watch any trailers for this, I simply went because of word of mouth. I enjoyed this movie immensely, it was a nice change of pace, having seen a ton of blockbusters lately. The directing and acting are both phenomenal and I’m sure you will be hearing about Lady Bird come Oscar season.

Like I mentioned above, this movie is all about the mother/daughter relationship. “Lady Bird” and her mother make each others lives very difficult as they are completely opposite personalities and are rarely on the same page. The dynamic between them and their relationship was just really refreshing to watch, because it just felt so real and authentic. “Lady Bird” just wants her mother to accept who she is, and she feels as thought her mother does love her, she doesn’t necessarily “like her.” “Lady Bird” is a very unique individual and everyday she aspires to be something different. From her friends, to the clothes she wears to the school she wants to go to the following year. This all wears and tears on her mother, who is simply just trying to keep up with her daughter. “Lady Bird” isn’t a rebel per say, but she acts in rebellious ways from time to time, mostly to impress others. She joins the school play in an attempt to help her college applications, she works two jobs because her family can’t financially put her through college. Working doubles at the psychiatric hospital can only go so far, due to the fact that “Lady Birds” father is out of work, and is having an extremely hard time finding new work.

All of the performances are incredible, Saoirse and Laurie are probably up for Oscar nominations and rightfully so. They both shine and their banter back and forth and their conversations and interactions felt so real and authentic, that you wonder how much of this dialogue was just improvised. Lucas Hedges who plays one of “Lady Birds” love interests is also really good in this. Everyone just feels so real in this movie. You are just place in the middle of scenes and it comes across so natural but at the same time you wish you knew what these characters were talking about before the scene started. Beanie Feldstein plays Julie, “Lady Birds” lovable best friend. She serves as sort of the comedic relief and the voice of reason to “Lady Bird.” You really start to care for all these people and by the time the movie is finishing you wish you could spend more time with them, because there is a lot more to explore with all of them. The movie is only 93 minutes long so it flies by, so when it’s conclusion rolls around, I was unhappy with the fact that it was ending the way it did. That is probably my only critique of this movie, I was just unhappy with the ending, because I wanted more time with these characters and it kind of just ended abruptly. When that happens you know you just sat through an incredible movie experience and that’s what going to the movies is all about.

Lady Bird is about identity, not knowing who you are and wanting to be someone else, but in the end you realize that you are perfect just the way you are, and you shouldn’t try to be something you’re not. Sometimes finding your way through life can be difficult, but you will always have people supporting you, wether you want to believe that or not. This movie should be nominated for awards and it might even win a few, take you Mom to go see this movie, it’s just a really enjoyable experience.

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Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – Lady Bird = 93/100

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Avengers: Infinity War Trailer.

Holy Santa Claus shit. Christmas has come early folks! I’m sorry for cursing.

Comic book fans rejoice. Remember at the beginning of AmericanPie, when Jim is trying to watch the illegal porn? And it’s all fuzzy and distorted? That was every comic book fan watching the leaked Infinity War trailer from San Diego Comic-Con. For the last four months since that trailer wowed audiences at SDCC, simpletons like myself have been begging Marvel to release a trailer for the highly anticipated conclusion to the Avengers trilogy. Well it’s finally here, they finally listened to all of our complaints. The Infinity War trailer has arrived, and my god is it glorious. Put away those tube socks, because before you know it this will be in front of our very eyes in a theatre near you.

“Fun isn’t something one considers when balancing the universe. But this, this does put a smile on my face” – Thanos.

So that was pretty amazing right? It only took Marvel 4 months to finally drop a trailer for Infinity War, and they did not disappoint. So many questions to consider after watching it. Let’s just get it out of the way. I’ve been waiting almost ten years to see Thanos and it lived up to the hype and build up. I really don’t see anyone beating that guy. He’s menacing, he’s pissed off and most improbably he seems to give zero you know whats. They certainly packed this trailer full, considering it is only 2 mins and 24 seconds. We get to see all of our heroes, some more than others, but remember the movie doesn’t come out for another six months….WHY GOD WHY!?

Thanos is on a mission to collect all the infinity stones it looks like and he doesn’t care who or what gets in his way. No armoured Spider-Man. Not the Hulk, Iron Man or whoever else the Avengers can throw at him. Sorry Vision your time looks to be up, Loki is doing Loki things and handing over a stone to the Mad Titan himself. There appears to be an all out war going on in Wakanda. My guess is that’s where the final infinity stone will be located so they will stop at nothing to protect it. Captain America has an incredible beard, so you know that means this movie will get serious. Thor looks like he has made some new friends, meeting up with the Guardians, not by choice I’d imagine.

Again it looks like Tony Stark will be the focale point in the movie and it almost looks like he’s given up the Iron Man persona, but that is just me speculating. Maybe he semi-retires after the events of Civil War. I just can’t get over how incredible Thanos sounds and looks, kudos to you Josh Brolin. He even looks like you!

I can’t wait 6 months for this movie to come out, I will watch this trailer about 100 times today. Infinity War is shaping up to be everything the MCU has promised it would be for the last decade. Really well done Russo Brothers.

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Trust The Podcast: Power Rankings

Man the Grizz did Fizdale wrong. How’s that for data?

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10.) Portland Trail Blazers (12-8). PPG: 103.2(20h) ORtg: 106.1 (18th) DRtg: 101.9 (3rd). This Week: @NYK Vs MIL Vs NOP

What a shootout Friday afternoon between the Trail Blazers and the Nets. It was nice to see them scrape away that victory, 3-1 on their current road trip which ends tonight in New York. Portland remains to be one the best defensive teams in the league, and when they score 120 plus points should be really hard to beat. Big game against New Orleans who they are battling with for a playoff spot.

9.) Minnesota Timberwolves (12-8) PPG: 108.1 (6th) ORtg: 110.4 (5th) DRtg: 110.5 (28th) This Week: Vs. WAS @NOP @OKC Vs.LAC

So a couple things about the Wolves. First of all, they can’t shoot threes. The perimeter game for the Wolves is getting torched by other teams. Jimmy Butler is finally coming into his own, and being ranked 6th in PPG and 5th in offensive rating, really makes you wonder, considering how bad they are from the outside. Ranked pretty much at the bottom of the league in defence is again startling, this being a coach Thibs team. KAT and Wiggins really need to start playing better two way basketball.

8.) Philadelphia Sixers (11-7). PPG: 109.6 (6th) ORtg: 106.6 (15th) DRtg: 104.5 (9th). This Week: Vs CLE Vs WAS @BOS Vs DET

Joel Embiid thinks he’s the best defensive player in the NBA right now. They rank in the top ten in defence. Maybe theres something here, it’s impressive because of how young this team is. What a tough week for the Sixers, I guess we will see how good they really are come Sunday night. A 2-2 split would be ideal for them.

7.) Toronto Raptors (12-7) PPG: 109.6 (5th) ORtg: 112.4 (3rd) DRtg: 105.2 (11th) This Week: Vs CHA Vs IND

I’m dipping the Raptors a little more than I maybe should. But with a 28-0 run against the Knicks last week, and followed up with a terrible outting in Indiana, I felt this was necessary. The Raptors currently have the leagues best bench aggregate NetRtg at 12.1 The bench is a mob, and when they come in they continue to out work the other team. Van Fleet has been filling in well for Delon Wright in his absences. Maybe he should be getting a few more minutes a game, they need to rebound this week and walk away 2-0 on the week.

6.) San Antonio Spurs (12-7) PPG: 100.9 (25th) ORtg: 106.0 (20th) DRtg: 103.0 (4th) This Week: Vs Dal Vs MEM @MEM @OKC

Good news Spurs fans. Tony Parker is making his season debut against the Mavs this week. Bad news, it’s not Kawhi Leonard. Parker should at least help some of their offensive woes, before Kawhi comes back fully healthy. Still boosting an impressive defensive rating, the Spurs are sitting pretty in the West. Brandon Paul looks to be like a diamond in the rough for Pop. Still on pace for another 50 win season!

5.) Detroit Pistons (12-6) PPG: 103.7 (18th) ORtg: 107.9 (10th) DRtg: 105.9 (13th) This Week: @BOS Vs PHX @WAS @PHI

The Positive Pistons! That’s what I’m dubbing them. Drummond is new and improved, tweeting the most positive things known to mankind. It’s almost 20 games into the season, and they haven’t collapsed yet. I think these Pistons could be for real. Had a really great win in OKC last week. And that improved them to 6-1 against the West this season, this Pistons team is full of energy and really fun to watch.

4.) Cleveland Cavaliers (12-7) PPG 110.8 (3rd) ORtg: 111.9 (4th) DRtg: 111.2 (29th) This Week: @PHI Vs MIA @ATL Vs MEM

Winners of 7 in a row. LeBron James is on a mission. Boy he had some impressive games last week, and the Cavaliers are rolling. Their defence still stinks, and Derick Rose could be done with basketball. Now more than ever do the Cavs need IT back. The defence has been getting better, obviously with winning 7 straight it has to be. Can’t wait for IT to come back and see what this team can truly be.

3.) Houston Rockets (15-4) PPG: 113.5 (2nd) ORtg: 114.3 (2nd) DRtg: 104.1 (8th) This Week: Vs BKN Vs IND @LAL

Chris Paul is back and the Rockets are still rolling. Putting up monster numbers on the offensive end. James Harden is battling LeBron for MVP right now, getting to another level this year. He is taking over the “Steph Curry” Award which is pretty much who hits the most threes in a season. If Paul stays healthy and Harden keeps this pace up, Golden State will have a tough foe come May.

2.) Golden State Warriors (15-5) PPG: 117.4 (1st) ORtg: 114.8 (1st) DRtg: 103.9 (6th) This Week vs Sac @LAL @ORL @MIA

Oh boy. Like lambs to the slaughter. What a schedule for the leagues best offence this week. Here’s the crazy thing. During the month of November, the Warriors have had the leagues best defence……Let that sink in for a second, because they are already the odds on favourite to win the title. The season started and people were questioning their defence, and look at them now. Warriors are just too good.

1.) Boston Celtics (18-3) PPG: 103.9 (19th) ORtg: 107.0 (13th) DRtg: (98.9 (1st) This Week: vs DET vs PHI vs PHX

They finally lost. Didn’t see that coming, especially against the Heat. Kyrie’s play down the stretch in close games is truly something special. He was at one point +40 in games within 5 points with under 5 minutes left. Boston’s bench continues to improve and the two Jayson’s just keep getting better. Brad Stevens has a real winner on his hands.

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Where Does WB and DC Go From Here?

Who did it better? Answer is pretty simple.

94 million dollars. That’s what Justice League made its opening weekend at the domestic box-office. Avengers on the other hand made 208 million all the way back in 2008. It’s one of the most successful movies ever made, and highly regarded as one of the best CBM ever made. Fans alike are in an uproar over Justice League as word has been spreading about WB studios completely and utterly destroying Zack Snyder’s original cut and vision. So all in all, not a good weekend for WB and the DCEU. Now is it time for them to seriously consider hitting the panic button and rebooting all of this? Personally I don’t think so, that would be a terrible move on their part because if you take fragments from Justice League and other DCEU you definitely have something there. Yes it’s not as concrete as the MCU, but that is WB’s problem. It’s time for them to stop trying to “catch up” with Marvel and just do their own thing. That’s how we got into this whole mess in the first place…..

The Success of Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy

Remember back in 1997 when Batman & Robin was released and people said it ruined comic book movies (for the time being) it was a simpler time then, no shared universes, no big summer blockbusters, in 1997 comic book movies just weren’t all the rage they are today. Superman was still dormant after the successful run of the Christopher Reeves movies and Tim Burton’s Batman’s were the talk of the town in the early 90s. When Nolan decided it was time to bring back the Bat in 2005 with Batman Begins, people didn’t really know what to think. Myself included, but I was young and stupid back then and it wowed critics and audiences alike. The new grittier, darker, grounded take on the Caped Crusader really resonated with people and the start of a trilogy was born. At this time there were no big Superhero franchises really occurring other than the Spider-Man trilogy which fell flat towards the end, and the X-Men trilogy that met the same fate. People didn’t think too much of comic book movies during this time. Teasing us with the Joker at the end of Batman Begins well three years later we got him in what I regard as the greatest sequel ever made, The Dark Knight. It made over a billion dollars at the box-office and Heath Ledger even won an Oscar for his portrayal as the Clown Prince of Crime. This trilogy finally finished in 2012 with The Dark Knight Rises which was another smash hit, these movies were met with the highest praise from fans and critics. So WB decided it was time to cash in on other DC Superheroes. They attached Zack Snyder to bring to life a Superman story in Man of Steel. They thought it would be reasonable to build their own universe and bring the same tone and themes from The Dark Knight trilogy and cast it upon these other DC heroes. Questions loomed whether Christian Bale would come back to play Batman for this universe and when he was out, they decided that Man of Steel would be their jumping off point for the DCEU, and that’s where it all began…..

The Success of The MCU

“Tony Stark, I’m hear to talk to you about the Avengers initiative…..” Are words that I and countless others will never forget. Those words were uttered back in 2008, a time when audiences weren’t too sure what a “post-credits scene” meant. We were unfamiliar with comic book universes, hell most of us were unfamiliar with Iron Man himself. But still this started the MCU, and well the rest is as you know is history. Billions of dollars and 17 movies later the MCU is stronger than ever and is still going full steam ahead. In the first four years, they released five movies, all leading up the the highly anticipated Avengers. They had built a solid foundation for their shared cinematic universe, something us fans were not accustomed too. Meanwhile over at DC, they were still going strong with the Batman Nolan trilogy, but they had ZERO plans of following suit, and starting a cinematic universe for their heroes. The Nolan Batman trilogy ended the same year the Avengers came out, and once the Avengers dropped, people realized, that all their movie going experience over the last 4 years had finally payed off! They got too see a real Superhero team up movie, and not only that, it was quite the spectacle. In that moment, WB knew they needed to follow suit and even other Hollywood studios knew that a “shared universe” was the way of the future. This is where things get messy for DC and Warner Brothers. because well Marvel was already six movies deep, built this incredible vast shared universe, and well DC was at ground zero. Even today, as I’m writing this, the DCEU has only put out FIVE movies, and most of those movies have been met with mixed reactions. The biggest problem with DC is they kind of want to be like Marvel, well here’s the thing, don’t be. Do it your own way, you have so many incredible characters and stories to tell, that you don’t need to follow Marvels plan. Just put out great movies, with great directors and tell us those amazing stories we have been reading our entire lives. DC feels the need to play “catch up” well you can’t. When the Avengers came out, WB had no plans for a Justice League movie, that was not on anyones mind, no Batman was planned, no Green Lantern and not even Wonder Woman. The only movie they had coming out of the DC pipeline was Man of Steel. That being said they were so far behind from the get-go that attempting to even do that was so nonsensical and studio heads should have known better. Which leads me into my next segment.

The Reaction To The DCEU Movies So Far

The year is 2013, Nolan’s TDK trilogy is no longer with us, and DC is using Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel has the launching point for the new DC world. I remember at the time, I wasn’t the biggest of Superman fan, I really didn’t know a whole lot about the character except for what I had read in some comics. The trailers started pouring i n and I was hooked instantly. I was intrigued with the new outlook and take on the classic character. Don’t get me wrong, Superman is a very difficult character to bring to life on the big screen. His essentially unstoppable so anyone you pin against him, is no match, his powers are unlimited. Henry Cahill was tapped to play the Man of Steel and he looked like he was literally ripped from the comic books. The rest of the cast was incredible with Michael Shannon, Amy Adams Diane Lane and Kevin Costner. They were trying a new take, and it wasn’t met with the best reactions. They went with TDK template, and they changed his mythos and overall character and it was met with some serious backlash. They wanted to ground his character is philosophy and Snyder certainly had a vision for him. Man of Steel just kind of fell short of expectations and more importantly didn’t do what Iron Man did all the way back in 2008, which was begin a “shared universe.” Personally I loved Man of Steel, from the cinematography to Hans Simmer’s epic score, I fell in love with this Superman, just it wasn’t the start to the new DC universe WB wanted. After the slow start with Man of Steel, WB decided to kick things into high gear, and announced Batman v. Superman and everyone lost their goddamn minds. I remember it was at Comic-Con and they gave the Batman speech to Superman at the end of The Dark Knight Returns, and I thought to myself, “if they pull this thing off in live action, it will be the greatest thing ever made.” Shortly after, they pinned Ben Affleck to play the Caped Crusader, and the internet was very torn. From the get go, I have always believed Affleck would kill it has Batman, and he has honestly been the best thing in the DCEU so far. Later they grabbed Gal Gadot to play Wonder Woman, and no one was on board with that decision. Only being in a few Fast and Furious movies, people didn’t know if she had the acting chops to play this role. That’s all in the past now, because Gal was born to play the warrior princess. Everything behind Batman v Superman, from the trailers, the ads, posters, seemed like this was going to be a home run. Then it was released………..

Shortly after the release of Batman v Superman fans were divided, critics were firmly set in place and executives over at WB were dumbfounded about their situation. They just released a movie with both Batman and Superman and even Wonder Woman, and boy it was not met with a positive reaction. I think this was the start of the downfall for the DCEU, they had this “masterpiece” and they just really blew it. They tried to cram 10 pounds of shit into a 5 pound bag. Essentially they tried to tell, “The Dark Knight Returns” “Introduction to Wonder Woman” and “The Death of Superman” all in one movie. The last 40 minutes of BvS is just a straight up cluster you know what. The movie needed to be Batman vs. Superman, you have so much source material for this epic showdown and I think they really blew it. It wasn’t a great fight, nor lived up to the hype. That could have honestly been 15 of the greatest minutes in cinematic history. I personally think they let us fans down with this movie, I know there are a ton of people out there that love this movie, that love Zack Snyder’s vision. There’s nothing wrong with that, I just think we deserved a much better showdown between Batman and Superman. Not to mention they shoehorned Wonder Woman into this movie, because again WB was trying to play “catch up.”

Now we had another DCEU movie coming out in 2016, Suicide Squad, which was put together with duck tape and glue. Script was written in 6 weeks, and this movie ended up being a complete and utter disaster. The trailers for this movie were incredible, I couldn’t wait and I haven’t watched Suicide Squad since opening night. Biggest take away, was obviously reintroducing The Joker, making Jared Leto a soccer hooligan. Stick to what you know, don’t drastically change this iconic character, especially after what Heath Ledger did in TDK. Leto was just okay, there wasn’t enough of him, and now his future in the DCEU is up in the air. Harley Quinn was the best part of the movie, Margot Robbie was born to play her, and I really hope she comes back, because I think in a better movie, under better direction, she could probably give a Ledger type performance in a future DCEU movie. So 3 movies in a row for WB and the DCEU and three strikes. You’re out right? Well thank the lord for Patty Jenkins and Wonder Woman, because they were up next. We waited almost a year for the next DCEU movie to hit theatres and it was worth the wait. Wonder Woman, the most successful film of the year (so far), 92 percent of Rotten Tomatoes, the highest prior to that was 55% for Man of Steel. People thought this could be the turn around WB needed, Wonder Woman felt fresh, felt like Patty Jenkins had passion behind this project, that is wasn’t rushed and it was just a simple origin story movie. It’s exactly what the doctor ordered. The DCEU was saved! Or so we thought. Well then the marketing campaign started for Justice League and well we all know how this turned out. I already wrote a ton of Justice League, I’ll say this, it’s a bummer what happened to Zack’s movie, that isn’t right, I hope we see his cut of the movie because it does sound amazing. But other than that, it’s honestly just water under the bridge at this point, nothing us fans can do, except bicker and complain on the internet.

What I think WB Needs To Do Going Forward

Batfleck is out, it sucks, but I have come to terms with it. Worst part is, I think Matt Reeves is going to make a special Batman solo movie and only Ben Affleck should star in it. Maybe I’m wrong, maybe he will stick this thing out for one last movie, his solo movie, and if that day comes and he’s in the Matt Reeves solo Batman movie. MY GOD.

Warner Brothers. here’s the thing. STOP, stop trying to be like Marvel. Stop trying to play catch up, just go out your own pace. Stop trying to force these things on us. Great stories take time to tell, just like in the comics. The best comic writers didn’t pile so much shit into each issue, they took their time and flushed great stories out over many issues. It’s time to shift focus not on team ups but solo movies. We have Aquaman coming out next December. Let James Wan do his thing with this movie. Don’t mettle, don’t interfere, you don’t bring on a brilliant film maker like Wan and then make him follow a strict guideline. Maybe sprinkle in a cameo of some sorts. Cyborg? Here’s my thing with Cyborg, he was great, I wanted to see more. Does he need his own solo movie? No! But he can be the League member who pops up in everyone else’s solo flicks. Ray Fisher is the least famous cast member and probably the least expensive, so use that to your advantage. Cyborg is the jack of all trades, he can do so much, so why not have him come help everyone out. That makes so much sense to me. If he sticks with fans and the audiences after a few cameos then yes, green light that solo movie. Find directors and people that are super passionate about these characters and want to tell their stories, that want to bring these characters to life in a grand fashion. You have one year to figure all this out, because you are back at square one. There are so many great stories out there about these characters, more stories than you could imagine, pick one and adapt it, it’s not rocket science. Personally base most of these solo movies off the New 52 comic book run. Geoff Johns wrote a ton of it and he’s the man over looking the DCEU, this isn’t hard to figure out. Don’t make a Joker origin story movie, we don’t need that. We don’t need a Suicide Squad 2, or Batgirl film. Stick to the basics, stick to the basics, stick to the basics. Also call in the big guns, and I mean Dwayne Johnson. Get that man in the Shazam movie, make him badass, and make him a big part of Justice League 2. He dines’t need a solo movie. Black Adam and  Shazam are like peas and carrots, they belong together. The Rock saves franchise, use him while you can and before he bails. I would rather wait a little longer and get great stories, incredible movies and successful ones, then have WB rush all of this out and make the DCEU as forgettable as it’s slowly becoming. DC fans deserve much better than what has transpired thus far, I know and I think deep down WB knows it.

Check ya later.