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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

Darksied Mother Box

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

Ray Fisher Cyborg

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

Barry Allen

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.

Aquaman talks to fish

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.

 

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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.

 

Why a Justice League movie is destined to fail


Let’s compare the number of films Marvel has released in last year vs the number of films DC has released in last year? Is obvious that you can remember way more modern films based on Marvel comics than on DC. Marvel tried and they failed many times with a lot of their superheroes but they keep releasing films and finally manage to craft their art with this new wave of Marvel hero films starting with Iron Man (2008).

These new films that Marvel has released (Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk)  are actually good, decent films. I mean the characters are well-developed and also they are incredibly well adapted to the big screen, the films are entertaining and you can really relate to these heroes

And what about DC? well… Nolan’s overhyped Dark Knight Trilogy was enough to battle all these Marvel superheroes films alone, but now its over, The Man of Steel is the next in line, but , Superman can’t battle alone The Avengers as Batman did. Batman is gone now, Superman alone and DC is pretty much screwed.

But now let’s think this trough Ok? After all those films that Marvel has release, hero film after hero film for this last decade. I’m afraid that there’s no room for DC heroes anymore and from now on DC heroes are pretty screwed on screen.

And these are my reasons why DC heroes are destined to fail in film from now on:

1) Marvel already owns the superhero film genre which is something that they have been exploiting for the last ten years that I’m afraid that real soon people will start to get a little bit tired of superhero films, specially films that introduce a new hero right from the beginning; so right now is a little too late to start releasing films about all the super heroes that you have.

2) And most importantly. With the exception of Batman, DC heroes do not work as well in the big screen as Marvel heroes, and this is the reason why: DC heroes are not as relatable to the audience as Marvel heroes are. Contrary to DC heroes, Marvel heroes are charismatic but the most important thing about them is that, it’s really easy to relate to them (Spider Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Wolverine, even villains like Magneto) everybody can relate with at least one of them in some kind of way.  Almost any teenager can relate to Spider-Man specially nerdy boys, I’m sure that you know someone who behaves like Tony Stark and really relates to him. Anyone who considers himself as a social recluse can relate to any of the X-Men or to Hulk. And this happens because Marvel heroes are imperfect, that’s what makes them relatable and that’s what audiences want.

DC heroes on the other hand, they’re not really that relatable and some of them are just too perfect that you can even consider them they are considered as gods in their universe, Hardly anyone can relate to Superman or Green Latern or Aquaman or Martian Manhunter. But my point is that those heroes just don’t have that same effect and they will not be that interesting in the big screen to watch. And that’s why I think that in an enviroment where Marvel’s imperfect and charismatic heroes rule, there’s no room for DC superheroes and they are basically destined to fail.


And the reasons behind it are

THE PLOT

I can see the plot of Justice League playing out in one of two ways. The first, and most probable, is that WB will stick to a safe formula instead of innovation. The film will focus on Batman and Superman and… not much else. Batman and Superman are DC’s most well known and loved characters, so they will put them at the forefront of the film and push everybody else to the side. Sure, Flash may have a badass moment or two, and Green Lantern’s comments will be funny, but other than that, they will be cardboard cutouts there only to enhance to scale of the film. The bulk of the character development will focus on Superman and Batman’s differing views of how to lead the team, attack the enemy, the importance of Earth, self sacrifice, ect, ect, ect. The rest of the crew (save maybe Wonder Woman becoming a romantic interest) will have almost no sway in the events that are going on and will only be there to increase the CGI fireworks show at the end. Which begs the question: Wouldn’t a Superman/Batman team-up be a much better option at this point? At least until they get the universe up and running properly.

Option B is that they try to include everything. Every character’s background (in some way or another), their personal development, the villain’s development, their team relationship, the people they care for, and more. And this will obviously be a disaster. To pull this off, they’d need a genius/madman to write it and a time window of 4-5 hours. It just can’t be done.

6. LACK OF CONVICTION

When Marvel decided to commit to its vision of an onscreen shared universe, they knew there would be no stopping that train. And yet, they went full steam ahead setting the first major plot points in Iron Man 2, even with their two riskiest films (Thor and Cap) on the horizon. If any of these movies flopped, the universe could come crumbling down. But they stuck by their guns. Hell, when Joss and pals first started filming Avengers, Captain America’s first movie wasn’t even released yet and here he was competing for the most screen time of all the characters. The point is: Marvel took a gamble and stuck by it, and all their hard work paid off big time.

The folks over at Warner don’t seem so confident in themselves. They hope to recreate the success of The Avengers without putting in any on the risks or work. One of the reasons we haven’t gotten any major news about the film is because they’re waiting to see how Man of Steel plays out. They want to know how interested people are with Superman so they can decide how much of the film he should take up. The hesitation about the fate of Green Lantern (To retcon, or not to retcon…) proves this fact more. One of the reasons they’re holding off on the solo movies is to see who people like more in JLA. Warner Brothers can’t just change the plays as they happen and hope for the best, they need to construct a plan with a solid base and buildup and then stick to it. Otherwise the universe becomes a jumbled mess of retconed events and dead plot threads.


5. Lack of foundation

If marijuana is a gateway drug, then Marvel Studios must have been higher than Tony Stark after he first tested the altitude limits of the Iron Man suit off the response of the film. Iron Man earned a 94% Rotten Tomatoes score – identical to that of The Dark Knight – and also went on to earn over $585 million worldwide. Iron Man’s success proved that Marvel Studios could flourish with characters not named Peter Parker, and laid the groundwork for the films that would ultimately comprise the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That universe was the foundation that would generate the audience buy-in that was necessary for The Avengers to be the box office behemoth that it was.

By comparison, a Justice League of America film would have no such foundation. Assuming the screenplay for the film includes the original seven members of the Justice League, only three members have had recent films: Superman, Batman, and Green Lantern. Unfortunately, none of those films are likely to factor in a JLA movie at all. Superman last appeared on screens in 2006′s Superman Returns. Although it was financially successful, Warner Bros. did not feel it warranted an investment in a sequel with President of Production Jeff Robinov stating in 2008, “Superman Returns didn’t quite work as a film in the way we wanted it to.” Being that Batman retired at the end of The Dark Knight Trilogy, Christopher Nolan’s interpretation of Batman will not be part of a JLA film either. Finally, Green Lantern was such a critical and commercial flop that Warner Bros. will probably cut ties with Ryan Reynolds’ take on Hal Jordan also.

4. No Star Power

With no audience familiarity with the characters as they would appear in a JLA film or the actors who portray them, audience buy-in becomes extremely difficult and will rely heavily on marketing. This lack of any real star power makes marketing the film difficult

3. Who is the Leader

Superman is clearly the leader of the Justice League, but for marketing purposes that may not work. Unless Henry Cavill can do what Robert Downey, Jr. did with his take on Iron Man, Warner Bros. will need an actor with whom they can market the film. The director of the Justice League film will have immense pressure to wisely cast the League member roles. Since there will be no test solo runs like there were for Eric Bana and Edward Norton who were ultimately replaced in The Avengers, the casting will be a one shot attempt. The results of miscasting have been seen in flops like Fantastic Four and Green Lantern. If the marketing department ultimately determines that having Cavill as the face of the film won’t work,  the next logical character to use to sell the film will be Batman which is practically impossible to find an actor who could be hyped and prepared to step into Batman’s shoes

2. The Batman Dilemma

The issue with finding an actor to portray Batman is only the start of the problems. As the Joker told Batman himself: “You’ve changed things, forever. There’s no going back.” The Dark Knight Trilogy pushed the Batman character ahead light years from where Joel Schumacher had him. There is no denying that any future take on Batman will be inferior to Nolan’s vision. Batman’s role in the Justice League is pivotal, and so he cannot be written out or minimized in the script. Because a recent take on the Caped Crusader was so groundbreaking, even a decent take on the character in a Justice League film may leave fans underwhelmed.

1. NO SOLO MOVIES

Other than next year’s Man of Steel, WB/DC will have no solo movies to introduce the characters and lead into the JL movie. This raises two major problems right off the bat. The first is that we will have no previous introduction to any character in this version of the DCU other than Superman. While some, like Batman, have had enough time in the spotlight for the general public to know the character; the likes of Wonder Woman and The Flash have never been in any movie to date. And while The Flash’s back-story could be lazily explained in exposition, (“I got struck by lightning, I have superpowers.”) A character like Wonder Woman can’t strive off her name alone and needs a proper, and carefully handled, introduction; as opposed to: “Hey, I’m Wonder Woman. By the way, the Greek gods exist, Zeus is my father, I come from an ancient island of warrior women that have developed super strength over time and my whip is magic! What’s your story, Batman?” The same applies to Aquaman, and his Atlantian history, if WB chooses to bring him in.

So I don’t know what the hell is DC going to do now, a rushed Justice League film is destined to fail and we all know that.

There’s only one thing that I know DC could do, to completely kick Marvel in the balls and reinvent the whole comic book film genre forever. I will summarize this in just one word … Vertigo…

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.

My ideas for how to make a Justice League movie in future


I think everyone agrees about a Justice League movie is needed to be made. As we know, such a film came close to reality a few years ago in the form of Justice League: Mortal, but eventually the project never took off. As of right now, whether or not WB will go ahead with a new project has yet to be determined. A few months ago, it was reported that Warner Bros. would release a Justice League film in 2013, when Man Of Steel was still slated for late 2012. But with that film being pushed to summer of 2013, there’s no way a Justice League movie would be released at the same time. Also, with Green Lantern recently bombing at the box office (barely making its budget), it seemed unlikely that WB would put out a DC property other than Superman or Batman. Then we got the rumor that Warner Bros. would release a Justice League film in 2015/2016, after sequels to Green Lantern and Man Of Steel. That has not been confirmed or denied yet. Few things I want to see done in a possible JLA film.

Set the film in a shared universe.

One of the things that people want to see the most in a Justice League film Characters in previous films to be in the same continuity (similar to what Marvel’s doing with The Avengers). JL: Mortal didn’t had any such plans, they were going to make spinoffs starring Wonder Woman and The Flash. Hopefully that most recent rumor about a Superman cameo in Green Lantern movie and then them being in the future Justice league film, Granted, Nolan’s Batman will be too difficult to fit into a fantasy-filled film such as Justice League, so a Batman reboot a couple years later is just fine. Anyways, there’s no reason Cavill and Reynolds can’t come back. Cavill looks awesome as Superman, and he is really working hard for bringing him to life. And say what you will about the Green Lantern film, but I personally think Reynolds wasn’t a problem at all. He can play serious characters well (see Buried), and Hal Jordan was written as not being very serious one too many times. Reynolds was good with what he was given, and has potential to improve with a better script. With that said, he and Cavill should definitely reprise their respective roles should a JLA film be set in a shared universe.

Establish other characters in Separate movies

I don’t mind if they release films for Atom, Green Arrow or Hawkgirl after the first JLA, and fit Martian Manhunter’s origin in the film itself, but a couple characters need their origins to be told. The Flash has been a project that’s been off-and-on for a few years now, and it seems like WB is ready to release it (hopefully) in a couple years or so. (Then again, with Green Lantern bombing, it could’ve pushed The Flash back) Also, Wonder Woman is a character who should’ve been adapted into film a long time ago. It’s interesting to see Marvel release films for Punisher, Ghost Rider, Blade and Thor before DC can release something for one of its biggest characters (and the biggest female comic character ever). Hopefully DC will release a Wonder Woman film in a few years.

 Keep the original roster.

With Geoff Johns reportedly writing a Justice League treatment, I hope it doesn’t mean we can’t get the original lineup of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter. I don’t mind a few cameos in first JLA movie,What I’d imagine for a JL trilogy is first film, start out with the main lineup; second film/third film, bring in other characters aforementioned like Steel, Hawkgirl, Ray Palmer etc

 Attach a good director, good writers, etc.

As said before, in the recent rumor of Justice League arriving by 2015/2016, Geoff Johns was writing a treatment for the film. That’s what happened with Green Lantern, and we all know how mediocre the script was. But Johns didn’t write the script; the script has 3-4 different writers. Not only is that writing team been hired to pen a Green Lantern sequel, they were also hired to write The Flash. I would be worried of the team doing the Justice League film, but the rumor stated that David S. Goyer was being pursued to pen the screenplay. With his excellent work on Nolan’s Batman trilogy. his storytelling can be really interesting

I’m really enjoying his current work on Justice League (despite the occasional hit-and-miss dialogue), and with a seasoned writer like Goyer doing the screenplay, it should be good then.

As for directors, it’s kind of tough to choose one personally. Christopher Nolan’s out of the question, otherwise Christian Bale could possibly reprise his Batman. Zack Snyder probably won’t do it, and no way in hell should Martin Campbell do it. I’d love to see someone like JJ Abrams (Star Trek), Peter Jackson (Lord Of The Rings), Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) or Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy) directing a Justice League film. I’d add Joss Whedon to the list, but since he’s directing The Avengers…yeah, it would be awkward.

That’s it for now Just hope that a JLA movie comes up soon