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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.

 

Review: Justice League Doom


DC animated movies are always a treat, and most importantly, the JLA always gives me a reason to laugh at Batman. On his own, Batman is seen as an idiot, and never heroic, in JLA he is always so insecure that he didn’t even joined the team for a long time just because of the fear of getting overshadowed by others still always ready to take help from JLA in his personal missions, Batman all of a sudden just becomes this asshole, a guy so stupid that it gets on peoples nerves.

The story is very simple, what if some personal enemy of the JLA finds some way to take him out? Well, Batman of course as some arrangement for that too happen, and when the villains get a hold on these documents. What follows, is a well executed attack on the JLA using Batman’s methods. Vandal Savage is a under-rated enemy for JLA since a long time. he has fought JSA and various versions of JLA and came closer to destroying earth multiple number of times and that’s why he serves the best replacement for Ra’s-Al-Gul. Also Cyborg was an idiotic choice as the 8th member of the team but that’s a different story.

The voice cast (which reunites Tim Daly, Kevin Conroy, Susan Eisenberg and others) also increased my excitement greatly. Add in a great Legion of Doom lineup with some new character designs and the battle that takes place in the climax where each JLA member taking on their opponent is well planned. Certainly a watch-able movie.

My Rating 4 out of 5 idiotic excuses given by Batman.