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Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker in NY Subway Footage

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Recently, the first look at Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker began circulating the internet. But now we can see him in the full get-up as filming is underway in NYC. A video of Phoenix at a subway station in Manhattan shows the Joker getting off the train with a mask on as onlookers flee. TMZ was one of the first sites to report on the video. The mask is creepy enough, but his makeup manages to make his Joker look pretty spot on. 

Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker: Phoenix on Wanting the Role

According to Forbes, Joaquin Phoenix previously stated in an interview with comicbook.com.

Three or four years ago, I called my agent and said ‘Why don’t they want to take one of these characters and just make a lower budget film about it, a movie but a character study, and why not take one of the villains? And I thought, ‘You can’t do the Joker, because, you know, it’s just you can’t do that character, it’s just been done.’ So I was trying to think of other characters, and he said ‘I’ll set up a general meeting with Warner Bros.’ And I said ‘I’m not gonna go, I can’t go to a general meeting.’ So I completely forgot about it, and so then I heard about this idea, I was like, ‘Oh that’s so exciting, that’s the kind of experience I wanted to have, with a movie based on a comic character.’ I felt like you could get something on screen.

Is What We See the Joker’s Final Look for the Screen?

Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker

Photo Credit: DC Comics

The footage released is hopefully close to what Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker will be like. The film seems to be going for a more classic look, similar to Cesar Romero’s Joker in the 1966 Batman TV series, but way more unsettling. Appearance for the role is nearly as important as the portrayal of the iconic character. Film-goers will hope that Phoenix does the role justice, as most were blown away by the late Heath Ledger’s Joker performance. You can take a look for yourself in the subway video below.

Phoenix Doesn’t Want to Classify the Movie into a Genre

The Joker is a comic book character and part of the DC comics universe of superheroes and villains. The upcoming flick, set to come out in October of 2019, is a separate spin-off with the Joker as the main focal point. Phoenix, however, told comicbook.com that he “wouldn’t quite classify this as like any genre. I wouldn’t say it’s a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a … it feels unique.”

Whether he believes it fits into a genre or not, Phoenix goes on to say that the characters in the superhero realm are “incredible characters that are dealing with real life struggles. And sometimes that is uncovered and exposed, and sometimes it isn’t, and so I always felt, like, there were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to be kind of studied.”

Take a look at the Joker train video from Hollywood Pipeline’s Official YouTube Channel

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Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker in NY Subway Footage. Featured Photo Credit:  ©  INSTAGRAM @TODDPHILLIPS1

Henry Cavill’s Response to Superman News on Instagram

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In case you weren’t already confused about the recent news concerning the future of Superman, then Henry Cavill took the opportunity to make it all a little bit worse. On Wednesday, we were told that Henry Cavill is most likely hanging up the Superman cape forever. But then Cavill’s manager stepped in to make sure we knew that Cavill may not be exiting the role and the DCEU. Warner Bros. followed by stating officially that there have been no concrete decisions. The main point? There are no Superman projects in the works. The only confirmed project in the Superman universe will be a Supergirl film. While it does seem pretty likely that Cavill won’t be appearing as Superman again, who knows. Maybe WB will agree for another sequel in the near future, maybe not.

Henry Cavill’s Response to Superman News

The actor, who starred in three films as Clark Kent, will appear next in a Netflix series titled The Witcher. As if fans weren’t feeling confused enough, Cavill posted an Instagram video that raised even more eyebrows. In the video, Cavill wears a “Krypton Lifting Team” tee shirt and plays with a Superman action figure. Whatever his intentions, the bizarre post gives a mixed message. 

Below is the Instagram post from Henry Cavill on his official account @henrycavill

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Today was exciting #Superman

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Henry Cavill’s Response to Superman News on Instagram. Featured Photo Credit: Zack Snyder, Vero 

What DC Comics Is and Isn’t Doing Right With Their Films

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For the past decade, Marvel has dominated the superhero film franchise. Since the premiere of Iron Man, the famous comic book company has made millions at the box office. Superheroes like Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and countless others have been the top heroes to watch in theaters. Let’s not forget that Marvel’s rival, DC Comics, have also created some of the most iconic heroes and villains. There’s the invincible caped Kryptonian, Superman, and the dark and brooding Batman. Despite having some of the comic industries most renowned character, DC hasn’t been as lucky in the film portrayal of these characters.

The cinematic portrayal of Batman have been around since the 90s. In 1989 and 1992, Michael Keaton played the famous character and introduced villains like The Penguin and Cat Woman. In 1995, Val Kilmer was passed the baton and took on The Riddler and Two-Face. Out of nowhere in 1997, we get the dreamy George Clooney as the millionaire masked hero. These films never made much headway into becoming a series franchise. Instead they became cult classics. The problem was that DC couldn’t find an actor who would stay dedicated to the role, much less find a way to develop the character efficiently for the box office. Later from 2005 to 2012, we get our hopes up believing we finally found the ideal actor to play Batman. Christian Bale gave us a rich and intense portrayal of the character that fans honestly enjoyed and found fitting for the DC look. The same can be said of the 2006 Superman film. Sadly, it was short lived and the franchise died out.

With Marvel making franchise gold with creating films that not only introduced comic book characters, but films that also lead into bigger plot lines that brought together interwoven storylines, DC started to realize that maybe it was time to do the same. It started with Zack Snyder’s 2013 film Man of Steel. DC hit the jackpot in finding the right actor who not only physically represented the famous hero, but would also stick around for the long run. Henry Cavill became the chiseled and blue eyed hero of our dreams. Despite the film having some bad reviews for it being a bit too dark in lighting, it was the start of something.

From here it seems as if DC was trying to do that. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice gave fans what they craved, but they still had some reservations. No one expected Ben Affleck to play Batman and were a bit skeptical if he could hack it out. The film gave fans a glimpse into what DC could do, but it ultimately flopped. A huge issue is the sequence of cinematography. The film felt choppy in its deliverance of scenes. Adding to that, there were a lot of small details in the story that made no sense to the common fan. How did Superman miss the wheelchair bomb? Or Batman’s dreams. The characters themselves weren’t well executed. Superman seemed like a depressed hero whose constantly fighting the angel and demon on his shoulders. Batman was made to look like a millionaire with toys instead of a caped crusader. Lex Luthor was too much of a giggling weirdo instead of a mastermind. They were too brutal and dark and there was no attempt to make a deeper connection to the audience.

This past year we got the awaited coming together of heroes, Justice League. The problem became that we were introduced to major comic book characters all at once, with little room for character development. We get the speedster The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray FIsher). This left open the introduction for solo installments to come after. The actors seem to fit the bill pretty well. Of Course not everything is perfect and the film had some bad moments and details that didn’t work. *Cough* Henry Cavill’s moustache. The main issues were that the film again was too discombobulated in its scenes. For example, Batman popping out of nowhere hunting in Gotham. There was no smooth transition from one plot point to another. Don’t get me started on the opening Superman scene. Watching the film, you get this feeling that the storyline was not developed to its full potential. It was a bing, bang boom plot. Visually, the film had its good moments like the fight scene of heros against Superman.

Then, we were introduced to the solo film of the Amazonian, Wonder Woman. The film was a box office hit and started a more foreseeable light at the end of the tunnel. Gal Gadot became the ideal woman to portray the strong female role and the film proved to be an improvement for DC. The film had a much more vibrant image and less brooding. DC did a good job at constructing Wonder Woman’s history in a way that was chronological, but also in a way that didn’t leave you bored. The character portrayal was more realistic and natural. The film also had what others lacked, emotion. You become more emotionally attached to the frailty of Diana’s team members and her first love. Diana becomes someone you can relate to instead of just a hero. She also stays true to her values of human worth. It’s an uplifting heroism.

DC’s main issue is trying to find the right formula to make their films work cohesively together and finding actors who can make the characters come to life.

We got the anticipated trailer for the film Aquaman. Jason Momoa seems like a good physical fit for the role. But, all you see is Jason Momoa, not Aquaman. You characterize him more by name than the role. Although, Momoa gives a certain risky and fun personality to the hero. The trailer showed of a much more colorful and entertaining film than the others. There are more witty jokes and we are exploring unknown territory. The city of Atlantis. It seems as DC is doing better at stand alone films than the banning together of heroes.

The biggest excitement is coming from the first time portrayal of Shazam. Finally! We get a film desperately contrasting to what we’ve seen. It more whimsical with Shazam having a boyish attitude. The film seems to be a good mix of laughter, heart and the possible threat of evil. There is also a different tone to the film. It’s not as dramatic and heavy on punchlines and has room for some quirky comebacks.

DC still has some kinks to work out when it comes to their films, but we’ll be seeing a lot more of the beloved comic book characters coming to life.  

 

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Zazie Beetz Joining Joaquin Phoenix in DC’s Stand-Alone ‘Joker’ Movie

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While it’s been a rough ride for the DC’EU, Warner Brothers Studios isn’t slowing down production of their films. The latest film to be highlighted from the studio is Joker, a stand-alone origin film starring Joaquin Phoenix. He’ll be temporarily taking over for Jared Leto, who’s yet to be confirmed for a future appearance. The two actors might not know it but they’re both vying for the top spot as Joker. Though, it’s yet to be seen who lays down a better performance.

 

As far as other casting goes, Zazie Beetz is set to star opposite Phoenix in the Joker stand-alone. A recent report from The Hollywood Reporter indicates Beetz is in talks for the part of a single mother who the Joker takes notice of. No other details were included in the initial report but the information provided confirms that the movie is an origin story taking place before the Joker’s rise.

What’s of more interest is the character Beetz is playing. The single mother she’s portraying doesn’t correspond with the Joker’s associates from the comics but Beetz could be playing a character from The Killing Joke. In that series of comics, the Joker is married to a woman by the name of Jeannie. She’s pregnant with his child but winds up dying in an accidental fire. The result turns the former ACE Chemical employee into the madman we know as the Joker.

The reason Beetz is probably playing Jeannie is that her introduction would help establish the Joker’s backstory. It wouldn’t make sense for Harley Quinn or Barbara Gordon to show up so Jeannie is the logical choice. However, there’s a chance Beetz is simply portraying a single mother who winds up being the Joker’s first victim.

Whatever the case may be, Beetz is a welcome addition to The Joker. She was amazing in Atlanta and Deadpool 2 and we should expect the same in her future films.

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‘Suicide Squad’ Review

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I believe there was a time when the idea of a Suicide Squad (or Taskforce X) film gave me doubt more than anything else. However, I was promptly relieved of such concerns by a spectacular Comic-Con trailer from last year. It was the first in a series of neon soaked trailers that showed so much promise, and dare I say, appeared to be more attractive than Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. That first trailer was perfectly crafted. It was exceptional, and definitely whet the ravenous appetites of comic book fans and audiences alike. It gave Suicide Squad about a year to ride a bullet train of fan anticipation and high hopes. At first look, Suicide Squad appeared to be a dark and gritty action-packed superhero drama, but as August drew closer, the overall theme became distorted by a colorful audience of friendly trailers–which suggested that something changed, and in hindsight, I now realize, I probably should have tempered my personal expectations of this film.

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Oh, a superhero shot! STRIKE A POSE!


Today’s colorfully promoted Suicide Squad doesn’t appear to be last year’s much darker and foreboding Suicide Squad. The bane of DC films, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, cast a shadow of criticism so large that it endangered the advancing Suicide Squad gravy train. Shaken but undeterred, Warner Bros./DC was determined to steer itself away from another critically devastating mishap (BvS), which ultimately lead to some costly last-minute reshoots  and changes that became all too apparent within a slew of new and an unusually upbeat trailers–which leads me to this review.
Suicide Squad is a pretty straightforward story along the lines of the John Carpenter classic, Escape from New York, in that a government agency “recruits” dangerous people to save the day. Among the striking and foolishly courageous cast of motley revengers are standout characters such as Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), and Diablo (Jay Hernandez); all villains, but villains with special abilities the government needs. Throughout the story, there’s plenty of gunplay, twists and turns, and the proverbial third-act light show that comic book movies are known for.
What I like the most about Suicide Squad was Will Smith’s return to form. Smith hasn’t had a definite hit in a long time, but manages to deliver one of the most entertaining performances in this movie. Smith plays Deadshot, an assassin for hire who never misses his mark, and sharing some of the limelight with him is Margot Robbie’s character, Harley Quinn, a sociopathic killer who just wants to be reunited with her equally unhinged psychotic boyfriend, The Joker (Jared Leto). Deadshot and Harley are both given plenty of screen time, but it’s Smith’s character who appears to be the more developed of the two. Deadshot is not only fleshed out and charismatic, he’s given a plot that makes him the most relatable character in the entire cast.
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I smell ‘spin-off’…


Suicide Squad also delivers on one of its trailers promises: action. Director David Ayer, who has made such impressive films like Training Day and End of Watch, knows how to capture the cacophony of big guns and ringing bullet shells. Again, Smith’s Deadshot lends himself well to this type of movie, because guns are his thing–it’s the reason he gets some of the most outstanding moments and it makes sense that a man with his talents could be used. There are helicopters falling from the sky, people and monsters (that look like the Putty Patrol from Power Rangers) dropping like flies, and special effects that constantly fill the big screen from beginning to end.  Quiet moments are far and few in between, and the dialogue between characters are punched up with just enough humor that things never appear to be too dark.
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She’s like an evil Lauryn Hill that sold out to The Man.


I’d also like to add that besides Robbie and Smith, the character of Amanda Waller, played by Viola Davis, is crazy af, and quite possibly, is one of the most feared villains I’ve ever seen in any comic book movie. I refer to her as a villain, because she instills fear in the entire cast and hangs death over their heads throughout the entire run-time of this film. Many of the highlights of this film–Davis, Robbie, Smith (action)–give me hope in future DC movies. DC appears to be finding its footing on producing good comic book movies, but that’s not to say that this film isn’t riddled with missteps.
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So Suicide Squad was one of the best comic books ever?!


I found a major fault in Suicide Squad’s marketing and promotion: the trailers are quite misleading. The promotion and hype promised that DC would provide a dark take on comic book villains. Initially, it looked like these villains were tasked with saving the world against a malevolent force, presumably, The Joker–with a healthy dash of colorful rip-roaring fun! The confusion here is that people like me were expecting one thing, and got something else entirely.  Mixing light-hearted and dark tones in a movie has been done; it’s not something that’s unheard of because this year’s Deadpool masterfully pulled it off without a hitch; but Suicide Squad fumbles many of its attempts at creating a cohesive film.
Here’s the problem(s): the movie doesn’t juggle dark and humorous themes gracefully, which makes the tone, editing, and pacing of the film seem staggered. There are good moments sprinkled into this movie, but it’s a patchwork of hit-or-miss bits and careless developments that work better separately–like in a trailer–but appear messy as a whole movie. It looks like the reshoots were a double edged sword of sorts, in that they were designed to improve the movie, but simultaneously had the effect of damaging it.
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All of that critical chit-chat’s gonna getcha hurt…


Suicide Squad also fails to deliver on The Joker, who had been billed as a main attraction, but for some inexplicable reason is relegated to a subplot that could have easily been excised at a moment’s notice.  I’m sad to say that much of Leto’s performance can be seen in the trailer, and that some parts if not much of his scenes ended up on the cutting room floor. It’s difficult to critique Leto’s take on The Joker because he never seems to really get going in any of his scenes–they’re so short. His scenes are short, and serve only to develop the character of Harley Quinn. The Joker is a bizarre and slithery secondary character, who reminded me of the ecstasy-peddling Russian dude from Bad Boys 2, in regards to his importance to the movie’s story.  The Joker’s physical appearance is striking, but his scenes are unremarkable. Don’t be fooled by the trailer. The Joker is inconsequential.
And that goes for this movie on the whole. I was hyped up to see this film, but found myself underwhelmed the moment I realized The Joker was an unimportant character. It was at that point that I felt I might have been bamboozled.  Despite this, the movie creeps forward with plenty of gusto, light, and noise to appease me just enough to forget that the editing was disturbingly bad. Suicide Squad takes great pains to remind the audience that these characters are not only bad guys, but they’re expendable. Some people die in this film with little consequence; deaths here aren’t mourned for long, and carry very little weight. The stakes never appear to be too high, and when it comes time to shed light on the humanity of the characters, I’m at loss because it’s quite unconvincing.
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Don’t blame the studio. Blame The Squad. Don’t forget, they’re the patsies.


Truthfully, I think this movie is a mess. But it’s an entertaining mess. It’s kind of funny to watch a rain-soaked character walk into a bar, and immediately enter it with dry clothing. Or have the entire cast escape certain death without a scratch on them. Or watch as the film fails at copying the Guardians of the Galaxy’s music motif. Suicide Squad fails to live up to the enticing trailer that rocked the Internet many months ago; however, this film is a step forward in DC’s world-building campaign.
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Review

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Finally, the epic comic book movie our collective childhoods have been waiting for, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Yes, the Batman, the Superman, going one-on-one before our very eyes.  I’ll try to touch on what the movie is about without spoiling anything: Bruce Wayne, played by Ben Affleck, is pissed that Superman’s brawl with General Zodd ruined the lives of, well, pretty much anyone who lived in the surrounding area (see the climactic events of Man of Steel).  Donning cape and cowl to become The Batman once again, Bruce decides it’s up to him to do something about Superman, while Clark Kent, played by Henry Cavill, wrestles with the global criticism of his alter ego’s presence in a world, both terrified and awestruck at the realization that they’re no longer alone in the universe.

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How to explain this situation? He’s Batman. Just go with it.


First of all, Ben Affleck’s Batman is dope. I had my doubts initially, but Ben Affleck really nailed the whole brooding aspect of Batman/Bruce Wayne, and dare I say it, his Batman was actually scary.  I mean, he was incredibly INTENSE, and brooding aside, there’s even more!  He’s dispatching bad guys with a certain Steven Segal-like prejudice, karate-chopping necks and breaking arms left-and-right, branding criminals, and delivering badass dialogue throughout (this is surely a testament to Mark Millar’s interpretation of Batman in The Dark Knight Returns).  I’d have to say everything that was Batman — Batcave, Bat-Wing, Batmobile, Alfred (played by Jeremy Irons, a great casting choice), and Joker references — made it into this movie. With that said, I’m surprised this movie wasn’t titled Batman: Justice League Rising, because Ben Affleck’s Batman steals the show. He’s interesting, he has better scenes, and every time he’s on screen, he’s dynamic — whether he’s a man tortured by the death of his parents, a playboy billionaire, a detective, or even as an unhinged super-violent superhero. Don’t believe me? That’s fine, but the movie literally opens up with Bruce Wayne, and then a brief (and at this point, unnecessary) Batman origin story. This pseudo Man of Steel sequel doesn’t open up with Superman doing super things; no, it’s Bruce Wayne doing Bat-things.
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“Hail Hydra.”


There were plenty of action sequences towards the tail-end of the film, and needless to say, I’d have to pick Batman’s sequences as the standout (could you tell what I loved about this film?).  One amazing Bat-action sequence (Baction?) would have to be the warehouse scene that was briefly shown in one of the film’s many spoilery trailers.  The full sequence looks like something straight out of Batman: Arkham Asylum (video game), because here he is taking on multiple enemies at once while utilizing his Bat-arsenal. If the director of this movie, Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, and Sucker Punch), got something right, it was Batman’s movement in action.  Christopher Nolan, the legendary director of The Dark Knight Trilogy, made masterpieces of film, but (in my opinion) never delivered on any of Batman’s fight scenes. Snyder gets it right, and I’m all the more grateful for this.
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was also surprisingly good. I did not see that coming, because I thought she didn’t fit the Amazonian build; however, she manages to pull it off. She doesn’t get enough screen time to explain her origin — she’s just a part of the movie’s plot — but it’s interesting to see her move about because her part plays out well.  Again, Bruce Wayne/Batman gets the interesting scenes by interacting with Gadot’s character, and later when she shows up in her Wonder Woman outfit, she steals the show.  This movie did a hell of a job introducing her character, even for a brief moment, but what I feel sells her presence is her theme song. I mean, seriously, the theme music for Wonder Woman is crazy! The music rattled me in my seat (a breath of fresh year, I should say); it’s different from the sound of Batman or Superman, and I felt as if her sound didn’t fit with the tone of the movie, BUT, when it plays, it PLAYS, and it demanded my attention. Matter of fact, this is her theme:

Doesn’t that make you want to ride a warhorse into the fiery depths of Tartarus while waving a flaming sword in the air? Or, I don’t know, lift weights? Anyway, it got my blood pumping, and — I won’t lie — I was, at that moment, ready to throw my money at the upcoming Wonder Woman solo movie.  Anyway…
Zack Snyder delivers outstanding visuals as usual, and makes another movie that appears to have been ripped directly from the pages of a comic book — or in this case, an episode from Justice League Unlimited (that’s an animated series).  There are short cameos of future Justice League members in this movie, and it’ll momentarily allow people who recognize them to geek out.  That could be a good thing and a bad thing; in this case, it really took away from BvS as a whole, yet still delivered as a treat for anyone still paying attention.  Which leads me to…
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Me trying to watch BvS…


A laundry list of things I didn’t like, and I wish I wasn’t aware of those things during my viewing, because I wanted to like this movie.  However, right off the bat (not THE Bat), BvS does the same thing Man of Steel did: pooping itself in the second half of the film.  There was a certain scene, a certain possible saving grace that could’ve been the turning point in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  A certain moment when there were hints of an interesting political thriller waiting to happen, but just as quickly as it was introduced, it was instantly removed and forgotten.  Instead, BvS tries too hard to be good.  BvS is like a classroom assignment, a powerpoint presentation that went too long, and failed to bring a message home; but even though it might’ve failed to deliver an informative and cohesive point, it still gets a ‘C’ for effort*.  That’s the thing, much of this movie does drag on, and I caught myself wondering when this was going to end.  I was waiting for it to be over, because it ultimately didn’t feel like a focused movie. I felt like I was just watching things happen in BvS. At one point, it felt like I was watching one scene after the other, and many times I caught it going off the rails because it kept trying to expand the world of Batman and Superman.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to see all these other characters make cameos — that’s cool — but it takes away from the main plot.  The story is no longer fluid. It just doesn’t work.  Everything that’s stuffed into this movie felt forced.  So, as a FILM, this movie doesn’t work. Not one bit.
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“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…”


As for the rest of this laundry list of things I didn’t like, well, where do I begin?  First thing I noticed? Batman is killing the shit out of people in this movie, but Michael Keaton’s Batman (my favorite) killed people as well, so… it is what it is?  Doomsday, that big gray ninja turtle (pictured above) that was in the trailers, looks horribly rendered, and its fight scene with the proto-Justice League (Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman) was anti-climatic.
Let’s talk casting: I’m not a fan of Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor, or Amy Adams’ Lois Lane.  The entire cast did their jobs, but the direction taken with some of the characters wasn’t my cup of tea.  Lex Luthor is apparently The Riddler in this movie, or some form of this jokester, because Eisenberg did not play him as the calm, collected, and composed genius villain that Luther is supposed to be.  Instead, this Lex Luthor is erratic, a man with a nervous ticks, and an inability to speak in front of an audience without falling apart (really?).
On the other hand, Lois Lane is kind of a tool in this movie. Now give me a second to explain myself, because there were attempts to depict her as a strong, go-get’em journalist, but from the get-go and up until the end, she appears to be more of a device to give Superman a weakness (other than Kryptonite). Ultimately, she appears to be a liability, a damsel in constant distress — I actually kind of felt bad for Superman, because he obviously had bigger issues to deal with (being depicted as both a god and an enemy). Which leads me to another problem here: wasn’t this supposed to be a sequel to Man of Steel? It’s more of a spin-off that happens to have Superman somewhere in there. I felt bad for the guy. Like Lois Lane, he isn’t given much to work with. He’s flying around solving other people’s problems, but never given a considerable amount of character depth. It appears that this movie used Superman’s platform to deliver a considerably interesting take on Batman, a pitch for a Wonder Woman movie, and yes, a Justice League follow-up. Superman, the star of this film, is put on the back burner (there’s literally a scene where he just stands and says nothing).  I mean, look at his mug throughout the film.  He looks like he understands what’s happening, and doesn’t like what he sees.  There isn’t one moment here where Superman comes off as a winner, and it’s sad, because I had the same face after watching this movie.
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Look at him. Superman was once Beyonce, and now he’s Michelle Williams…


But hey, it’s Batman versus Superman, of course I’d recommend that you’d go watch it. It’s not a terrible film and it’s not a great film — it’s teetering somewhere in the middle ground, losing its footing several times as it laboriously makes its way towards an anti-climatic end. If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve seen the movie.  The kids are going to love it, and it does enough to kick off this year’s season of blockbuster events. Although, I was disappointed initially, I have to say that it could have been worse. I mean, it’s not like there’s going to be a longer version of this in the near future, right?
*God, I hope that analogy reaches you.
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The Suicide Squad Trailer Is Here!

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After it leaked last week at Comic-Con (much to director David Ayer’s displeasure), the Suicide Squad trailer is here! And it is more terrifying than we could have ever imagined.
Set for release next summer, Suicide Squad has been highly anticipated from DC Comics fans for several months since filming footage leaked online. It also marks the first time anyone has portrayed the Joker since Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning, nightmare-inducing performance in The Dark Knight (2008).
Standout performances include Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot, and Jared Leto as the Joker, as well as appearances by Cara DelevingneViola DavisJai Courtney, and Scott Eastwood. We even get a glimpse of Ben Affleck‘s Batman at the end.

What do you think of the new Suicide Squad trailer? Do you think Jared Leto will make a great Joker? Let us know in the comments below!
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BY MEGAN PORTORREAL
Photograph courtesy of DC Comics and Warner Bros