Tag Archives: superman

Movie reviews for parents who don’t get out to the movies: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice


I haven’t done this feature in a while, but this movie deserves a write up, I suppose.

Truth be told, I liked Man of Steel the first time I saw it. It was not a perfect movie, by any means, but it was enjoyable on the whole provided I didn’t think that much about what would really happen if two supermen were to fight amongst populated buildings in downtown DC’s New York analog.

So I was looking forward to the sequel where they might… just might… take some of the criticisms of the first movie into account and craft a better Superman story.

Instead, we got Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Spoilers follow.

Being on the internet for as long as I have, I’ve heard all sorts of criticism of this movie, and most of it is true, but a lot of the vitriol behind those criticisms seems unworthy.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice just doesn’t deserve that level of emotion because it doesn’t earn it. It doesn’t earn any emotions really.

For the movie’s greatest sin isn’t turning Batman into a deranged homicidal vigilante or Superman into a joyless mope who is almost a secondary player in his own sequel or Doomsday into a retreat of 2008’s the Incredible Hulk’s Abomination, or the plot holes, the unanswered questions regarding superpowered vigilantes and how they should be treated by people and the government, Jesse Eisenberg’s curious acting choices playing Lex Luthor, or the resolution of the titular character’s pointless conflict based on having a mother with the same name.

The problem isn’t even Batman’s fever dreams of a future where Superman is tyrant of the world.

The movie’s greatest sin is that it is all dreadfully dull.

Zach Snyder and Warner Brothers have managed to take a bright vibrant comic book universe with over the top action and turn it into a movie where I was frequently checking how much time was left on the Blu-Ray.

pg-16-batman-superman-1

“Pointless conflict… pointless conflict… I’m going to murder you… Your mom has the same name as my mom? SQUUUUEEEEEEEE! Besties!” – There I just save you three hours of your life.

It wasn’t a horrible movie, it wasn’t a good movie, it was… just sort of there. The type of movie I might turn on as background noise if I wanted to do housework or workout, but not something I would actively pay attention to and not a movie that demands I pay attention to it.

Even during the finale in which Doomsday faces off against Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, I was asking myself, “Is this it?”

Well, no, it isn’t it, because the ending sets up the inevitable sequel where Justice must be Dawned or something, and I just don’t care.

Next up? The Flying Graysons….


Or maybe the adventures of Hal Jordan, test pilot. Makes as much sense as having a Superman prequel focusing on Supe’s granddad.

Syfy and Warner Horizon Television have teamed for Krypton, a one-hour drama about Superman’s grandfather set at the fictional planet.

Nerd News Roundup


Superman

Happy 75th anniversary. Here’s a video from Bruce Timm and Zach Snyder celebrating it. It’s pretty cool.

Man, I don’t know how much collaboration between the two happened, but if this was the result, I’ll just say that damn, I wish Warner Brothers would get Timm involved in the live action movies too as a writer, producer, consultant, whatever. The guy gets their superhero characters.

Arrow

Hey, Black Canary is in town. Here’s a pic that Stephen Amell tweeted of Green Arrow working with her.

Arrow-Canary-550x366

Kingdom Hearts 3

And here’s a gameplay trailer for the next game in the Kingdom Hearts series wherein your favorite Disney characters team up with your standard JRPG heroes to stop the standard evil threat to the multiverse.

Looks fun.

Nerd News Roundup


With the Labor Day weekend upon us which officially marks the end of the Summer movie season and beginning of that awkward phase before the Christmas movie season ramps up, everyone seems to have packed up their suitcases full of cocaine, piled the hookers in the back of the limo, and headed out of town for the long weekend.

As such, I’ve only got one piece of news today.

Batman v. Superman

The film will start shooting in Detroit next year.

ShootingSuperman

 

Residents are advised to wear the standard flak jackets they were issued upon moving to Detroit and stay indoors until Robocop shows up.

Thank you, I’ll be here all week. Tip your waiters.

 

Nerd News Roundup


Fast and Furious 7

I honestly don’t know how this movie about street racers turned highway robbers became an over the top crazy action franchise, but I’m okay with that. The longer it goes on, the more over the top crazy it gets and the more it just continually gives the laws of physics the finger.

It’s going to get crazier as Tony Jaa joins the cast.

Jaa is a stuntman-turned-actor who spent his youth as an elephant herder. He watched martial arts movies and decided to follow in the footsteps of heroes Jackie Chan and Jet Li. He made three Ong Bak films, which were global hits, and is considered a symbol of national pride in his home country.

Fast 7 will be his English-language debut as well as his first studio picture.

“I have been a big fan of the Fast and Furious franchise,” said Jaa via e-mail from Thailand. “The films are fast-paced, fun and keep the audience involved. There is a great mix of humor and action, something I really appreciate. There is no better film to be involved in for a first U.S. studio production

Unnecessary sequels are still unnecessary, but when you start going over the top with the crazy action, they still can be fun.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Looks like schedule conflicts will keep Stan Lee from showing up in the next X-men movie. Oh well. I am ambivalent.

Batman v. Superman

Per Cosmic Book News, Bryan Cranston has reportedly been cast to appear as Lex Luthor in 6-10 movies. Which doesn’t mean he’d be an active part of them, but probably more along the lines of an evil Nick Fury popping up here and there to chat with a hero or villain.

Of course, they also report that Ben Affleck reportedly has a 13 appearance deal as Batman and that the WB wants (of course) Matt Damon as Aquaman or the Martian Manhunter which just seems like fanboy casting and tells me that is probably weapon’s grade bull****.

Especially since the whole Batman/Superman movie itself puts off the feeling that a bunch of WB movie execs lifted their faces briefly from the mountains of cocaine on their desk, saw how much money The Avengers made, and then decided to do the laziest thing possible (throwing Batman into the next Superman movie), scheduling it to release in less than two years, before they returned face first into the coke.

Nerd News Roundup


Batman vs. Superman

Alright… I suppose I should get this out of the way. Your new Batman is Ben Affleck.

Yeah. So there’s that…

Probably the best reaction I’ve read came from the comments on this thread, where nearly everyone is briefly possessed by the spirit of Southie Batman. Language warning, but still pretty funny to think of Batman talking with a thick Boston accent.

marvel

Star Wars

They have their director of photography:

At an ASC event in LA today regular JJ Abrams director of photography Dan Mindel confirmed he will be lensing Star Wars Episode VII and that he’ll be shooting on 35mm

You film nerds out there will have to tell me the pros and cons of shooting on 35mm vs. digital, because I have no idea.

Agents of SHIELD (Because I refuse to type six periods in a row.)

Here’s a new promo:

Nerd News Roundup


Slow news day. I don’t know… get some work done. Go outside and see that thing called the ‘sun’ that I’ve heard about.

Star Wars

Star Trek fans who recently went through their own two year experience of coy denials, secrecy, and having their chains jerked around by Paramount and JJ Abrams may now officially indulge in a bit of schadenfreude at the next two years of Star Wars as Disney and JJ Abrams start jerking us around with all sorts of coy hints about the next Star Wars movie.

As long as there’s no time travel, Darth Vader and the Emperor stay dead, and we don’t get a scene with Leia getting frozen in carbonite as Han Solo looks on, I think I’ll be okay.

Batman vs. Superman

Useless rumors of the day: Yesterday, Lex Luthor was going to be played by Bryan Cranston. Today, it’s Mark Strong (aka Sinestro from that Green Lantern movie everyone would like to pretend never happened.)

Tomorrow, it’ll be… I don’t know, CGI Telly Savalas voiced by Clancy Brown. Actually, that last one might be sort of awesome.

Nerd News Roundup


Thor: The Dark World

Here’s the trailer, folks

Having watched it, I’m trying to focus on the fact that I really liked the last Thor movie instead of the fact that the last time I watched a movie that involved Natalie Portman jetting around the galaxy with space wizards and aliens, I came away feeling like my childhood had been bludgeoned to death with a Gungan.

Ender’s Game

And the trailer for this one:

Batman vs. Superman

For some reason, I’m less excited about this movie and more increasingly filled with a deep abiding hatred for it. Maybe that’s my nerd brain’s self-defense mechanism kicking in making sure that my expectations for this film are nil so I’ll be pleasantly surprised by it when it doesn’t completely suck.

Or maybe I’m just pissy about it because I can’t stand arbitrary conflict for the sake of conflict.

Or maybe it’s because the whole shebang seems less like it was the end result of a serious planning meeting and more like something someone in Marketing pulled out of their ass so the WB wouldn’t seem like total wankers at ComicCon as Marvel was hyping their movie about the Ent and the talking raccoon and how it fit into their plans for an overall movie universe.

Regardless, I suppose if we’re going for an ‘older’ Batman, you could do a lot worse than Jeffery Dean Morgan.

Spiderman Tu-tu

In addition to the 25 or so confirmed villains in the movie, there may be another hero helping out Peter Parker.

But will it have a dance number?

Nerd News Roundup


Lots and lots of stuff to catch up on.

Doctor Who

The Doctor is dead. Long live the Doctor.

According to Dr. Who fans on the Internet, this is simultaneously the worst and best choice ever made.

Batman vs. Superman

There is a ton of rumors out there surrounding who the new Dark Knight will be in the Man of Steel sequel.

None of it particularly excites me right now, because Zach Snyder is reportedly meeting with Frank Miller to discuss the story of the movie, and seriously, if this movie turns into a two hour grim and gritty comic book fest I think I’d much rather just pop in my Superman II and Batman DVDs and call it a day.

This is going to be a movie with two guys in tights who beat up criminals. Can we possibly have a little fun in it?

Ender’s Game

Here’s a trailer for the trailer of Ender’s Game

I… man… seriously… a trailer for a trailer… Take it away, Jean Luc.

facepalm

Thor: The Dark World

The Norse god of thunder and son of Odin, however, refuses to be outdone by you, Ender’s Game. Nay. Behold, mortals… a picture advertising a trailer for the sequel.

thorcountdown

double_facepalm

Star Wars

ABC and Lucasfilm both having been assimilated by the Disney Collective (motto: Resistance is futile.) are now in talks to bring some Star Wars to your TV.

So, one more point in favor of Star Wars there, Trekkers. Our evil corporate overlords trust that we’re devoted enough to our fandom that we’ll watch a TV show and still go out and pay $15 to see a movie set in the same universe.

Some of you may point out that the last live action Star Wars TV outings were the eldritch horrors known as the Ewok adventure movies, to which I would counter: Enterprise.

Though, seriously, Paramount… make a damn Star Trek show.

Star Trek

Speaking of which, in the event that JJ Abrams has gone to the Dark Side for good and can no longer churn out sequels to his alternate timeline franchise, Paramount reportedly wants to go with Jon M. Chu recently of G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

Speculate now on which character The Rock should play in the Star Trek mythos. I’m going with Sybok.

The Crow

This remake inexplicably continues to be made. And Crow creator James O’Barr lets us all know that this particular film adaptation will be much closer to his original comics than the one with ill-fated star Brandon Lee.

“It was his idea to go right back to the source material and essentially shoot it shot-for-shot, as in the book, but with a little more backstory for some of the characters.”

Would it be irony, justice, or just really hilarious if Brandon Lee came back in full Crow make-up and stormed into the studio meetings where unnecessary remakes were green-lit and forced the executives to watch the remakes of Miracle of 34th Street, Mr. Deeds, and Halloween?

Nerd News Roundup


Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Here’s the latest trailer for the sequel to the rather okay movie with Jennifer Lawrence and lots of random teens that we spent 5 seconds with killing each other.

The largest takeaway from this is that in 20 years, there are going to be a lot of kids flocking into the courts asking to change their names from Peeta and Katniss to normal names. Fortunately, the judge will probably be named Bella and will sympathize with the poor kids.

Avengers 2

Coming out of comic con was the news that the Avengers sequel will not be all about Thanos, but instead will be called:

Avengers2

Yep. Ultron. For those unfamiliar with Ultron, Ultron is basically the Avengers’ Skynet or Master Mold, that is, a homicidal AI that wants to kill all humans. In the comics at least, Ultron was created by Hank Pym AKA Ant Man, but Joss Whedon seems to be of the mind to change Ultron’s origin a bit for the movies:

You’ll have to wait and and see, but you don’t need a Pym to create an Ultron.

Based on the end to Iron Man 3, I’m guessing Tony creates another AI, perhaps modeled on his own brain patterns to be Iron Man, so he can have some down time with Pepper, and then things go horribly wrong, and pretty soon we get little Nazi death robots, as opposed to the giant Nazi death robots in the upcoming X-men sequel.

X-men: Days of Future Past

And speaking of the sequel, there was a panel with the cast and some footage of the movie.

We see a closeup of Patrick Stewart’s eye, and someone (Stewart) asks, “What’s the last thing you remember?” Professor X (Stewart) responds, “I had a glimpse into the past.”Then Professor X tells Wolverine, “You’re going to have to do for me what I once did for you.” We slowly zoom out from Professor X’s aged face, and then we see him with a Cerebro helmet on, and later coming out of the Cerebro chamber.

And this is a dark dystopian future… and Professor X and Ian McKellen’s Magneto seem weary and filled with dread. They’re in a war chamber in front of a table that shows how badly things are going. Wolverine even has a bit of gray in his facial hair.

We learn that Professor X and Magneto have come together “side by side, to end this war before it ever begins.”

Wolverine asks, “So I wake up in my younger body, and then what?” Professor X responds, “Find me, convince me of all this.” And Magneto chimes in that Wolverine will find younger Magneto a different person, “a darker person.”

Give the whole thing a read. It sounds like it will be amazing.

Robocop

Seriously? PG-13? For Robocop?

The movie that had grotesque executions by a hail of bullets as its central premise? Exploding toxic waste mutants? Over the top violence as satire?

Unnecessary sequels remain unnecessary.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Lastly, here’s some concept art from the Guardians movie, showing them in a lineup:

Guardiansconceptart

And here is a description of the footage shown at Comic-con:

As for the footage, it’s staggering what Guardians was able to show, given that they’ve been in production for about two weeks. The clip starts with Star Lord (Pratt) breaking into a non-descript but definitely alien room. He’s holding a glowing blue orb, and he appears to trade it for another when suddenly, men with guns demand he puts the ball down. They ask Pratt who he is. “I’m Star Lord.” “Who?” Hounsou’s character asks. “Aw, c’mon guys. Star Lord?!” Pratt says, incredulously.

That sets the tone for the rest of Guardians which has a very casual, slacker vibe, and anti-hero tone that works very well. The clip plays out with Rhomann Dey (John C. Reilly) going through a police-line-up type of description of each character. We start with Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), move to Gamora (whom Zoe Saldana describes as “an assassin”), fit in Rocket Raccoon and Groot before ending on Star Lord (Pratt). “They call themselves The Guardians of the Galaxy,” Dey says, with disdain. “What a bunch of a__holes,” his second in command says.

Okay, I’m starting to believe that this movie won’t be a complete train wreck. Hopefully it will still find an audience unlike a lot of other geek movies that have come out recently.

Superman/Batman

I suppose I should mention this too.

It would seem that the charade about a Justice League movie in 2015 has ended, and that the WB folks are planning on making a Man of Steel sequel that will also incorporate Batman.

Also, they had an actor recite old man Bruce Wayne’s speech to Clark Kent after Batman beats Superman in a fist fight in the classic The Dark Knight Returns comic, so if you were hoping for a Superman movie that was less grim and gritty than Man of Steel, it would appear that they are moving in the opposite direction instead.