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Movie Review – Wonder Woman Carries the Fate of DCEU


Wonder Woman has finally arrived and she makes sure that she won’t let DCEU’s fate stay in the dark, literally and figuratively.

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Director Patty Jenkins delivers a cinematic marvel (no puns intended), and finally gives us a DC movie that we all have been waiting for. Wonder Woman is the best of both the world. It follows Patty Jenkin’s style of character drama and human relationships while it also makes sure that Zack Snyder’s visual storytelling is not lost in the process.

Wonder Woman takes place way before the events of Batman vs Superman. The movie takes place in world plagued by the World War 1. The story follows her journey from Themyscira, being raised in women only society as a young Amazonian warrior to the man’s world griped in the fear of war and chaos.

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The movie not only carries itself, but carries the entire DCEU on its shoulders. It is simply incredible how two women save a universe that has always believed that its primary characters Batman and Superman are the only ones to be focused upon.

Diana’s origin story is handled in the very traditional comic book manner. We see her first in Themyscira where Steve Trevor crash lands and is later invaded by the Germans. The first introduction to this feminist utopia is a visual treat. The imagery is nothing like the grim and gritty world in which DCEU has existed so far. The colours are bright, the landscapes are vivid. Overall Diana’s home is a cinematic beauty with an example of beautiful storytelling.

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The supporting Amazonian characters include General Antiope played by Robin Wright and Queen Hippolyta played by Connie Nelson. They have their own persona and character development in the movie. Young Diana, played by Lily Aspell also delivers a strong performance as a warrior in training who knows that she is different but still don’t know her role and purpose in the world.

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Chris Pine plays Steve Trevor in the standard manner befitting of any “companion” to a superhero: he has his own character development and his story progresses with his own narrative. For Trevor, it is in a way that also embodies the message of the movie. At one point, Trevor sets up a strategic move to support Wonder Woman in action. That same maneuver is a direct reflection of something he had seen on Themyscira, showing his belief in Diana and her Amazons.

The movie has its own funny moments. This is probably the first movie that has a corny Marvel like humor. There are also plenty of fish-out-of-water moments with Trevor explaining the world and human nature to Diana. It’s the character building moments like these that give Wonder Woman take a stance in the war

Soon after the action starts and the action delivers, even if Wonder Woman’s high bound leaps suffer from a bit of CGI excess. But even the Overblown Climax — a staple of superhero extravaganzas, especially in the DC universe — works in a big way, and there are consequences felt and checks and balances for every blow thrown.

“Wonder Woman” has action, humor and heart. For a actor like Gal Gadot, who has always been an eye candy in Fast and Furious movies, this has been a big break and a chance to show her acting talent. This is a movie that delivers. Wonder Woman gives you a fresh perspective and is a must watch for every moviegoer.

Rating 4.5 out of 5

 

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6 actors who can take over Ben Affleck as Batman


A recent rumour suggested that Ben Affleck is not interested in reprising role as The Caped Crusader. While it is just a rumour at this point, it might be true and the search for the next Batman actor might be on a large.

For me, it makes more sense to bring Nightwing on the centre stage and let Ben Affleck play the role of his mentor. For Warner Bros, it is important to bring in the next Batman because it is the only character that makes money. If we are going to see the next Batman, here are my choices on who should put on the cape next.

Karl Urban

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Karl Urban, as an actor, has been rumoured to be Batman since Christopher Nolan’s trilogy ended. Karl Urban looks like the persona of Bruce Wayne, it will be a test to see him wearing the cape.

Bradley Cooper

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Bradley Cooper has the person to draw for the ladies and his irresistible charm, charisma, and playboy-like antics would lend well to the Bruce Wayne persona. He’s also shown his action chops in films like The A-Team and American Sniper. A little bit of vocal work and makeover will present him as the perfect Batman in the next film.

Matt Bomer

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As a young talented breakout actor, Matt Bomer has a lot of potential. He has been a solid choice for Daredevil in the past and his looks have made him a perfect choice for Bruce Wayne. Bomer is familiar with DC universe as he played Superman in the 2013 animation film, Superman: Unbound.

Clive Owen

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Clive Owen has EVERYTHING needed to make a believable Bruce Wayne, which is the first thing you need to think about when mentally casting a new Batman. As an added advantage he already has the Batman chin and a brooding persona, much required to play Batman on screen.

Idris Elba

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Elba being casted as Batman, will be the most controversial decision ever. The first Black Batman will make an impact like no one else. With a strong, intimidating screen presence and a towering figure, Elba would make for a solid superhero. He plays the no-nonsense, large-and-in-charge role very well, and he could bring a necessary hard edge to the Caped Crusader.

Josh Brolin

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I know Josh Brolin is Thanos in Marvel Universe but once he was extremely close to play Batman. Brolin is a talented actor and is the perfect onscreen persona for Batman. He can easily nail the role of Bruce Wayne without any difficulty. He’s blossomed with a sort of off-kilter quirkiness that would definitely suit the not-quite-of-our-world ideal image of Batman too.

Personally, I would be really excited to see any of these actors play Batman. If you have any other actor in mind, sign off in the comments section.

 

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Ultimate Edition Review


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Batman v Superman’s extended edition came out last week and I got a chance to watch the much hated and criticized version of Zack Snyder’s epic failure on the box office. I long time back I told you that why a Justice League movie in bound to fail. I was then called a bully by many. But I guess my predictions were almost true after all.

Batman v Superman is as heartbreaking as my last breakup. You wait for something for two years, as the time goes by, you cannot stop talking about it. Then comes the day when it turns out to be a lousy move and you leave for your home, alone and heartbroken.

So who is to be blamed, for the movie (not for my breakup). After extended edition, it turns out that it was totally Warner bros fault who decided to cut down the movie at important parts. No wonder it turned out to be so badly edited. While a lot of things make sense, most of the things don’t. Lex’s plan and how he obtains the files is still unknown, Batman and Superman’s rivalry and that cringe worthy Martha scene are things leave you baffled in the end.

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The best part of Ultimate Edition is that it makes Clark Kent an actual character. The greatest improvement to the film comes from Clark’s expanded story. The biggest problem with theatrical cut was that it shorted Clark Kent/Superman’s real story. The theatrical version didn’t give Clark a whole lot to do while the Ultimate version gives him so much more. Clark has to consider the consequences of his actions throughout the movie and Batman becomes his dark mirror.

There’s a scene prior to the car chase sequence where Clark meets with the wife and son of one of the criminals branded by Batman. All of a sudden the entire sequence and why Superman needed to confront Batman starts making sense. Because of lack of these sequence, the Batman Superman fight scene feels like a random moment in the theatrical cut.

We also get some Superman moments that make him seem a lot less like a cranky and mopey persona and more like a responsible hero. There is a huge sequence after the Capital bombing where we see Superman helping survivors as the carnage of the aftermath unfolds.

The expanded opening gives us flamethrowers scorching bodies which implicates that Superman killed the African warlords. We also get a lot more insight into Lex’s overall scheme and get actual confirmation of every implication about Lex’s responsibility for the bombing of the Capitol. The extra scenes make this plot point feel a little more fleshed out. It’s not perfect, but then things start making sense.

Han Zimmer’s Man of Steel theme does more for the character than the actual performance does. The piano melody is solemn, lonely, but hints at an abundance of hope. Although not the bombastic and powerful ballad given to us by John Williams, it does tease the old theme throughout the soundtrack, and the newer theme is a strong piece that makes up for some of the character’s flaws to create a feeling of greater depth.

Actually, Han Zimmer and Junkie XL did a great job with the soundtrack. With Batman’s Suite we hear hints of Danny Elfman’s take on the character. Some of the music is drowned out in the mix early on in the film, but some songs come through quite powerfully. Namely ‘Is She with You?’ the Wonder Woman Theme, which is an onslaught of heavy war drums and gritty guitar riffs. Well done.

Other tracks are more operatic, perhaps more in line with the great opera Zack Snyder attempted presenting us with. The Lex Luthor theme is whimsical and maniacal all at once, much like the character portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg.

The Ultimate version doesn’t fix everything. If you’re looking for any clarification about the strange dream sequences (aka the ‘Knightmare’), then it still doesn’t make sense. Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor is still badly written character. The bit where Superman says ‘Martha’ and they become best friends: still there. Nothing here helps lighten the overall dark and philosophical tone of the film. The editing becomes better, the direction is still bad so you’ll still have to sit through the three hours of bad filmmaking.

In any case, the “Batman v Superman” Ultimate Edition will be a nice thing to have going forward into the DC Extended Universe. It’s not the best possible version of the movie, but it’s better than being saddled with the theatrical cut forever.

 

Wonder Woman to be played by Fast & Furious star Gal Gadot


Israeli actor Gal Gadot has signed with Warner bros to play Wonder Woman in the forthcoming “Batman vs Superman” movie in 2014.

“Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favourite in the DC Universe,” said Snyder. “Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.”

Gadot, a former model and Miss Israel, tweeted: “Wonder Women! So exciting!!! Can’t express how happy I am :))))”

Linda Carter, 62, who played Wonder Woman on the small screen between 1975 and 1979, tweeted: “Congratulations to Gal Gadot!” within a few hours of the news being broken. However, elsewhere the reaction to the casting news was mixed. Blogger Drew McWeeny wrote: “I’ve met Gal Gadot. She’s very pretty. She also looks like she’d snap in half if I leaned on her wrong,” but others pointed out that the actor had two years in the Israeli army to prepare her for the powerful role.

So far there appears to be no online campaign for a different casting choice such as the one which greeted Affleck’s appointment three months ago. Man of Steel 2 is due to shoot next year for a July 2015 release.

 

Via – The Guardian