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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.

 

Movie Review – Justice League Dark


DC animated movies have evolved themselves to a level where they keep setting benchmarks for live action movies. Previously, Batman: Attack on Arkham, created this benchmark that raised hopes for a live action Suicide Squad movie. Sadly, when the same was adapted in live action, it failed miserably.

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Setting a new benchmark in filmmaking, DC animated universe has come up with Justice League Dark.

DC has been trying to come up with a Justice League Dark’s live action adaptation since 2014. Earlier, Guillermo Del Toro was attached to the project. It didn’t get past writing room because executives at Warner Bros were unsure about how the film will perform. YES, THE SAME WARNER BROS WHO GREEN SIGNALED BATMAN v SUPERMAN.

Justice League Dark is the first outing for DC’s supernatural heroes and antiheroes. Consisting of John Constantine, Zatanna, Deadman, Swamp Thing, and Etrigan, alongside Batman as the ‘outsider’, the team faces an ancient evil threatening to destroy both life and afterlife alike.

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Matt Ryan absolutely steals the show in his return as John Constantine. John is every bit the loveable bastard we’ve grown to love from the show, and his lines are sharp as ever. Jason O’Mara provides the straight man to the rest of the craziness as Batman, Camilla Luddington brings a balance to the team as backwards-talking magician Zatanna, Nicholas Turturro is annoyingly yet endearingly chipper Deadman, Ray Chase plays both man and rhyming demon Jason Blood and Etrigan, and Roger Cross rounds up the main cast as the protector of the Green, Swamp Thing. Jeremy Davies also makes a return as John’s friend Ritchie Simpson, and Alfred Molina is Destiny, the main villain of the piece.

Justice League Dark brings out its characters in a very strong way. While, most of the main cast connects extremely well off of each other, somehow it becomes evident that Batman is shoved in the movie just for marketing purposes. In my opinion, the movie could have worked without his presence. John Constantine is easily the best part about this movie, which is exactly what most of us came here for. If this is the direction for John we’re going for in the CW Seed series, then this is going to be fun.

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This movie was directed by Jay Oliva, a DC animation regular. And since this is an animated movie… how is the animation? It’s actually really good, I mean… for a DC animated direct-to-video budget. But while the animation isn’t the most detailed, it flows very well and looks really good, especially in the action scenes.

Justice League Dark serves as a solid introduction for DC’s supernatural team. If made properly in live action, it can be DC’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The animation team and the voice cast have done a great job, while the length of the movie at 1hr 15mins was just perfect.

Final Rating – 4 out of 5

Review – Batman: The Killing Joke


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The Killing Joke is one of the most popular Batman graphic novel that is even playing a huge role in shaping DC’s mythology till date. When it was announced that this classic tale will be adapted in a animated movie there are no reason for comic book fans to get excited. This 28 year old graphic novel has been one of the finest works of Alan Moore.

Batman: The Killing Joke, centers around Joker and his dark psyche that makes him one of the most popular villains in comic book history, The movie dwells deep into The Joker’s life (Played by Mark Hamill). We meet him as a struggling comedian, to his encounter with Batman (Kevin Conroy) that changes their lives forever. The Joker escapes from The Arkham and now wants to prove that one bad day can make anyone as crazy as him.

Bruce Timm uses killing joke as a foundation of the DC Animated Universe created by him in the 90s. He explores the mythology of Batman Beyond and how Nightwing finds out that Bruce slept with Barbara Gordon. Honestly, I felt that the 30 minutes of backstory does no justice to Batgirl. She could have come out as a strong character, but instead we meet a reckless teenager.

Apart from this backstory, this movie gives you no reason to complain. The moment Joker comes on screen you know that this is where shit is going to get serious. The movie does justice to the Joker’s character and Mark Hamill proves why he is and will always be the voice of The Joker. So many segments of this film had made me feel Goosebumps: Barbara being paralysed, the emotional and sympathetic flashback segments, and the final, immortal panels of the comic brought alive by director Sam Liu,. Also full credits to the voices Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, no one could have done a better job. Trust me when I say that these moments make Batman: The Killing Joke worth watching. Mark Hamill simply outshines Heath Leadger’s joker, because he is so brilliant.

There are a couple of moments that could have been a lot better. Barbara waking up in hospital could have been a lot emotional but she sounded like as if someone reading a book.

Batman: The Killing Joke is awesome if you forget the first half of the film. If not then I hope that it doesn’t repeat again with any other character in future.

Rating 3.5 out of 5

Movie Review – Suicide Squad


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What happens when you hire a director known for his colourful cinematography and ask him to make a movie set in a dark sadistic world? A world where colours don’t exist and daytime is on an average of 8 hours, where everyone goes to work after the sun goes down and the only time people saw the light of day was when a man in blue and (a little bit of) red suit demolished a city to the ground.

What happens when a director with so much creative control is later decided to tone down because a competitor movie studio is successful and well know even with the lighter tone? So what do they do? They decide to reshoot some key scenes and add jokes to the movie.

I think you guessed it; the movie is Suicide Squad (I mean that is the title of the blog.)

Ok so what is suicide squad? Suicide squad is a movie that Warner Bros decided to make because an animated movie called Assault on Arkham got such rave reviews that fans actually demanded for a suicide squad live action movie. Suicide Squad is 40 minutes of flashbacks and 30 minutes of gunfight against monsters (because it makes so much sense). Also Suicide Squad is a movie where Batman and Joker show up in the most abrupt ways without any sense or context.

Suicide Squad suffers the same problem of Batman v Superman, unnecessary cuts and one of the most poorly written villains makes the movie simply intolerable. The soundtrack is really good but at times it doesn’t go with the sequence of the events.

The movie went through unnecessary cuts and the audience was left to understand the chain of events happening one after another by themselves. The film could have been way better if David Ayer was given some creative liberty.

I personally didn’t like Harley Quinn’s costume, while Deadshot, Boomerang and Katana were totally awesome. I was expecting to see Deathstroke in the mix but I am happy that he didn’t show up in the middle of everything that unfolded. I hated how Killer Croc was turned into a comic relief material. Amanda Waller is probably the best part of this movie, she is a dark brooding character and the way she is portrayed really gives a reason for her motivations and mission.

One of the standout characters in the movie for me and for everyone else was Diablo’s character. Jay Hernandez handles his role of a pyromaniac who is seeking redemption very well. I don’t understand why filmmakers go through so many attempts to make a character fan favorite only to kill him in the end.? This is like a growing trend only to get boring in the coming future.

I hope this is the dawn of the age of darkness in DC movies and I hope they have understood the fact that their films need hope and colours rather than silly jokes. If this issue is not resolved quickly then they are going to fail their universe disappointing a lot of fans in the process.

 

Justice League Trailer Breakdown


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Let me tell you a story. After failure of Batman v Superman DC exes sat down with Zack Snyder. They asked Snyder to analyze why their movies get so much bashing while Marvel keeps winning. The same MARVEL THAT ONCE HAD A PLATHORA OF MEDIOCRE CHARACTERS AND THEIR ONLY TOP PERFORMING CHARACTER WAS SPIDER-MAN.

Snyder thinks, he tells the execs – ‘I think it’s the jokes,’

‘Marvel has a lot of jokes in the movies,’ Snyder continues, ‘I think we should add more jokes and shoot a major chunk of the movie during the daytime.’

And hence we got Justice League.

DC is desperate. The early trailer at SDCC proves that the company is trying to gain the trust of the fans one more time. Only this time they have added the element of humor and jokes in their trailer. Finally they have joined Marvel in the line of making funny trailers, on which the fans used to take pride in one calling ‘our movies are dark and serious’ and ‘we don’t make funny movies like Marvel does.’ They can proudly join the bandwagon of DC loves fun and humor.

My only problem is that these jokes are on the level of Green Lantern.

Despite all the hate, I have learned to hold my horses. There are parts of the trailer that made me feel intrigued and like every DC movie that has disappointed me in the past, I am going to watch this movie as well.

Here is my analysis for the trailer

Meet Aquakhal

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Probably the worst addition to the team, Jason Mamoa’s casting was happened in a time when DC was ruled only and only by Zack Snyder. He thought Mamoa will be as dark and brooding character like every character in DC universe. Only then time changed, now he has to be a fun character and it simply doesn’t come out. He looks out of place Old Spice model. Everytime he shows up in the trailer is a cringeworthy moment, but I’ll talk about the cringiest moment later.

A Motherbox

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We move to another scene where we see an ancient king buying a secret. Somehow I hope that he is King Arthur and this leads to a Justice League Dark movie. He and his army men bury something deep underground that looks like a mother box. Either this is the same mother box that gave Cyborg his exoskeleton or it is one of the hidden one that Steppenwolf is seeking on the Earth.

Wonder Woman in action

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If Aquaman is the worst part of the trailer than Wonder Woman is the best. Gal Gadot is the Wonder Woman personified, whether she is in her costumer or not. In the trailer she looks fierce and battle ready. She stares at a foe out of focus from the scene as Diana emerges from behind the shield.

An Alcoholic Aquaman

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If he was not forcibly trying to be dark and brooding, he is also a drinker. We will get to see some tragic backstory may be in a very Snyder style.

Meet Cyborg

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I have never seen Ray Fisher act. We get to see his character before he met with that horrific accident. Here Victor Stone is the high school football player studying at Gotham University. His collage’s name can be seen on both his jacket and in the background. This scene may be a flashback as we have already met a fully transformed Cybog in Batman v Superman.

Meet Barry Allen

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We get to see the best part of the trailer. We meet Barry Allen, Erza Miller is Barry Allen defined on the screen. A confused, one liner cracking superhero who has his own issues. He needs friends.

Now this is the part that worries me. While the scene looks a lot similar to Tony Stark recruiting Peter Parker in Civil War, the jokes are simply out of place. A dialogue sounds forced and the ‘I need friends’ part creates a very Green Lantern’esque nostalgia in my mind. I hope his dialogues are better than this.

Otherwise Erza Miller is the Barry Allen personified, with a sequence he wins the whole trailer.

Justice Four in Action

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Finally we meet the first four of Justice League. Cyborg’s suit looks unfinished while I am still wondering why Barry has an armor suit. They head into an underground tunnel to fight something unknown. Aquaman is not here, he’ll be saved for the final battle to emerge has the king and tell everyone, ‘hey look I am here to help you peasants.’

I am more excited to see Superman with a ponytail. I hope they don’t spoil that in the trailers.

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Just what I feared, there are a lot of worries regarding Aquaman already. I hope they don’t make him a joke in the team. Right now he sounds like a character who his forcibly trying to be serious but his teammates don’t take him seriously.

I can just hope that Aquaman’s baddassery is shown to the audience and we get to see Jason Mamoa wearing his golden armor and in blonde hair.

 

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.

 

7 Characters I want to see on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow


Legends of Tomorrow is a treat for fans who have always wanted to see some goofy comic book style action and storyline. While the story itself isn’t that great till now then idea and the Easter eggs that this show has been dropping is worth mentioning. With a number of appearances announces in future that includes future Green Arrow and Jonah Hex, here are a couple of characters I want to see on the show in future.

 

  1. Booster Gold – I mean come on, a time travel saga without the greatest hero never known is very much impossible and unacceptable. I would love to see Booster Gold following the team’s adventures as he is on a greater mission.Booster_Gold_Vol_2_43_Textless
  2. Hourman – The classic hourman is one of my favorite characters. Like Jonah Hex his appearance can be set in past. His storyline will be one hell of a memento style acid trip.
  3. Calendar Man – What makes Calendar Man so interesting is his style of committing crime. This can be beautifully incorporated in a show that is primarily about time travel.
  4. The Kents – So we cannot see Superman on DC TV but what about Thomas and Martha Kent? Why can’t we get to see them in a story set before little Kal-El came in their life. I would love to see a teenage romance story between this couple. superman-and-the-kents
  5. Shadow Thief  Now that TV shows are incorporating better graphics in each episode I would really love to see an episode on Shadow Thief. He has been such an interesting character and yet so underused. Legends of Tomorrow is the perfect place where he can menace this group of dysfunctional heroes.685853-justice_league_of_america_029_pg_23
  6. Vigilante – Vigilante was one of my favorite characters on animated Justice League series. I would like to see him as a part of a classic gun toting western story.543
  7. Thomas Wayne – Just like the Kents I would love to see Thomas Wayne. May be drop hints of him being this universe’s Batman in future. Won’t it be cool. I know it is a far away thought but imagine how cool it would be.Thomas_Wayne_JLFP_Altered_001