Can the DC Universe be saved?


If you have known me long enough, I love going to the theater to watch the superhero movies. Lately that has been one sided! Marvel has gotten all my money he last DC movie that got in my pocket was Suicide Squad since then… none of the movie look like they are worth any form of admission to the theater, let alone my time should I rent it. Frankly the DC universe is stale I don’t plan to see another one of those movies again unless its Suicide Squad.

So that means I now have a problem with the DC movies. Yes I am more a Marvel Missus than a DC dame, and that would just be as a movie goer not a comic reader (i’ll read something I find here or there but not enough to call myself a comic book fan) The TV series I’m sure you’ve read I keep telling DC to stick with that! So it’s not the actual brand, its the quality, at one point even I didn’t want to watch Gotham because  I think this is the first season that seems to be exciting, or maybe ‘interesting’ is a better word. More well rounded and as much as I don’t want to like him…Penguin is my favorite! (isn’t Young Bruce or Gordon supposed to be the favorite of the show though?) I think Gotham is the first show where I’ve rooted for the villians. They are so much fun, and honestly I really wish they could get a cameo from someone from the Suicide Squad movie. This is another thing the movies need to learn to do. While yes there are many earths etc and who the heck knows what earth each movie takes place on and so on. But one of the reasons Marvel is better is they can use a cross over cameo with someone from a show into a movie or movie into show. That makes thing more fun.

I know those who have read and continue to read the comics have their problems with this or that in the Marvel movies. no matter what, there is going to be something we always have a problem with.  My problem isn’t the ‘nit picking’ we all do, that of this part was not done right, or the accent is off or was totally lost like with Taylor Kitsch’s Gambit. I love the actor and all but even I was disappointed when he couldn’t keep it going..

My MAIN problem with the DC universe extended or not… is the tone… it’s one thing if in the Batman movies you go for the dark tone, all black costumes or Muted colored costumes (like that Bronze with red and blue bronze looking Wonder woman one) Also I think Zach Snyder  did all the batman movies,and some of the other DC ones as well? Oh man it looks like he did them all. In that case ditch him. He  can only do let’s say the batman side of things. Get different directors to work on each of the separate characters’ movies and someone else for the Justice league movies.

EVERY movie has the same look, I think Man of Steel was the only one that has any color to it. Suicide Squad if Zach wants to do a group

Something tells me this is NOT the Aquaman we shall see. Though I think I’d rather see this than the Black swan thats in the movie

series besides the Batman movies.. then I was happy with the first Suicide Squad and part 2 is the only DC movie I next plan to see in the theater. Did I see Wonder Woman? honey I had the Under roos but with the crappy casting, and the FX I saw (the background matched her costume) NO I wasn’t paying for a wonder woman in a Batman tone world (not to mention starting off as if it was Captain America First Avenger…honey You are NOT Chris Evans nor Sebastian Stan..) Hel anyone having to do anything with that movie is lucky if I were to rent the disk from Netflix (and how much do they get from each rental disk or stream from Netflix?)  Justice league came out 2 days before my birthday (which is November 19), usually that is my tradiation I’ll go see the superhero movie (or Fantasy movie)  that is out then but They’ve got the wrong guy for the flash, not to mention AQUAMAN didn’t have long hair let alone Brown hair! Oh and let’s not forget Aquaman was colorful. He had orange and Green for his costume. now I know that would be horrible in the movies but why not change it to something blue (or teal)  on his legs and a yellow shirt? (he could be a male dory instead of looking like a freaking eel or shark) as that costume looks straight black in the trailers.Frankly I think I would have preferred the costume to be that hokey green and orange (see my casting choices for one of the Smallville versions of the Aquaman costume and the ‘real’ aquaman!

 

 

Marvel has different tones to each of their movies, different tones in the lighting  as well as for each of the characters. Captain America first avenger was sort of dark and muted but that’s because of the time it was set in (which I can kind o f understand for Wonder woman but it just looked like a rip off of the first Avenger plot. Winter soldier which considering the subtitle didn’t have much of him in it and as Sebastian Stan aka the Winter soldier joked, “I had like what, one line to speak in it?”  That had brighter lighting I guess you could say. While you might say SHIELD being taken over in ‘soldier was darker than the first movie, the cinematography was not. Meanwhile I hear in Spider-man homecoming there was ‘too much’ of iron man and I complained it’s supposed to be THOR Ragnarok NOT HULK ragnarok. I’ve got no problem with the Hulk or other Marvel characters crossing over, but when they have the same or more time than the title character… then I do have a problem.

Another thing is Marvel (Well minus those who did as well as directed the first 2 Thor movies… Let me hit you with MY Mjolnr! (unlike in Thor, Hela spewed me back out of Hel so….she doesn’t have a chance in with me, or destroying my hammer!) And Loki, Thor and Hulk can smash & trash too!Obviously has better writers).  The jokes are varying degrees from ha ha  chuckle  to out right hilarious laughing (sometimes a little too loud)! Yes sometimes there’s a gag that might seem a bit forced but usually still funny even after seeing it a million times in the trailers!  DC needs some help from their writers and a few comedians like Dennis Leary, Jeff Dunham, Foxworthy and a variety of others. No matter what, the jokes are just not funny. I get dark humor, dry humor,  sarcasm, morbid even and usually everything in between. I’m the one who gets the jokes in the vampire movies that  no one else does. Their Jokes just come off flat and when they do hit,  maybe just muster a ha and then its no longer funny like the one with Batman where (Flash?) asks him what’s his superpower and batfleck says he’s rich.

Watch all the DC movies (currently under Snyder or most of them).

Man of Steel.. ruined by WAY of too many trailers. I didn’t even need to buy a ticket, I saw the whole first half of the movie in the trailers. I was also quite surprised at the end as everyone else was with him ‘killing’.   Then there was what was supposed to be the sequel  to man of steel (or so seemed to be)  Superman vs Batman… Honestly it seemed more like a Batman movie with the tone, and cinematography then it did a superman one. Not to mention WHY (spoiler alert) would you kill Superman in what is his 2nd movie? Not a 3rd or 5th? Or even in a another characters.

Suicide Squad while not perfect, this is the series I’d say made for Zach. The tone of the film etc is suited to the types of  characters in the movie. Please DC take his ass out of the rest of the DC universe. That is one way you can make the movies better. He’s a ‘one hit wonder’ in he way every movie has the same bells and whistles of tick this off the outline and here’s that trick covered.

Sadly it’s too late now but you should have used the actors from the TV series, either that or at least if there’s a cameo of a character in a movie, use them that way.  looking at the actors, aside from Cyborg they are all wrong!

 

There are a lot of things that needs to be fixed in DC. I’d say a major upheaval.

Sadly with the actors already set that is one that cannot be fixed. (At least try to get bale back for real!)  Batfleck  sounds like he’s trying to be Bale as well as  phoning it in. We certainly need a new batman.. but who else auditioned or was looked at to replace Bale? I’d love to see the list for the other characters as well. Basically the actors for the characters are fully interchangeable why not have gotten someone unknown to play the flash? Especially being his movie wouldn’t be out before Justice League. maybe an even number of known actors and newbies. if this was years ago I would have said to make Angelina Jolie Wonder Woman but sadly I don’t think she could hold a candle to Linda Carter Either.

For Batman I see jake Gyllenhall may replace Benny boy, I’m not sure about that but even if we have do Batman films with an ever revolving door of actors as batman (ahem like Marvel’s hulk) til finding the right one, that’s fine for me! If David Boreanez wasn’t already in Seal Team I’d say he could be a good choice for Batman! Superman I’m happy with Henry Cavill but I heard about Matt Bomber & Paul Walker almost being cast as Superman.  Where should Joe Maginello go? Aquaman I nominate Alex or younger bro Bill Skarsgard (but mostly Alex) or how about (to me) ‘The Real aquaman’ Alan Ritchson from Smallville. To me he looks like someone grabbed the character right out of the comic book. Though I remember him more often with just shirtless with  green board shorts.

 

Other ideas for actors for various characters Colin O’Donoghue for superman or batman?Zach Efron for Aquaman even Joe Manganiello for Batman (or some other upcoming character) How about Ryan Phillippe? Nah..I’d rather him as a Marvel character just not sure who. Ben robson, Ihe would have made a better long brown haired Aquaman after seeing his surfing scenes on Animal Kingdom. And being as The Rock oh sorry he’s supposed to be a serious actor now… Dwayne Johnson is listed as Black Adam (WTF?) on IMDB’s Suicide Squad 2 cast, how about say Roman Reigns, Finn Balor, I know Dean Ambrose was in one of the 12 rounds movies. How about one if not both of the Hardy Boyz?

The day after writing this up I noticed my current issue (#1492 December 1st 2017)   of Entertainment weekly had their own 4 point version on how to fix the DC Universe. Without going into serious details (and retyping their whole article) they are…

  1. Sign Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins for a three picture deal
  2. Erase  Continuity
  3. Find the Next Christopher Nolan
  4. Let henry Cavill  have some fun

My comments to these, I think I already covered the first with the casting… as for the Wonder woman director… wait it wasn’t Zach Snyder who directed it?!?!?!? Could have fooled me with the trailers…

Erasing  continuity ..with the Flashpoint movie the DC universe could in a sense erase their crappy movie past they also mention to lose Batfleck hot Topic Joker (which I disagree with… And to Keep Gadot and Margot Robbie’s Harley Queen Oh yeah and the obscurous Flash Ezra

On point three I already covered that Get rid of Snyder! or at least just give him one part of the universe!

Let Superman have some fun! first off what the Hel is a mother box? Is that the DC version of the tesseract? How about introducing some red kryptonite and have Superman go batboy? Silver kryptonite for a bad acid trip or maybe some  “periwinkle” so he can lose his inhibitions or even more fun… how about some rainbow kryptonite? maybe a mix of the 3 mentioned?

Hopefully we get our wish and they seal the Bat cave without Ben in it, get new writers (which EW forgot to mention) and a better director with more than one vision (unlike every movie he’s done previous)

 

Movie babble’s DC’s X-universe can still work  Here they have listed past, upcoming movies with dates and projects without.

 

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Legion


FX     Wednesdays 10pm   Marvel         Dan Stevens Rachel Keller, Jean Smart, 

Set sometime in the 1960s or 70s  by the looks of the styles.

Dan Stevens plays psychic David Haller who’s as usual in the X-men world his powers are both curse and gift. His father is supposed to be Charles Xavier The X-men’s Professor X!  It’s not a direct adaptation of the Marvel comics but it’s a trippy mesmerizing head trip that will stick with you.

David has some mind blowing explosive psychic powers which are equating into madness so because of his gifts, he is thought to be schizophrenic.

The nature of David’s psyche is that different people occupy his mind and have an influence on him at any given time, and so is institutionalized.  Where he meets and falls for fellow mutant Syd.  Since she does not like to be touched (because of her power) it’s a romance of the mind. David is rescued by therapist Melanie Byrd from the mental hospital and Division 3 (who the hell is division 3?) agents.

While Therapist Byrd insists what he sees is real,  the way it is filmed David nor the viewers are not so sure, aside from the maze of disturbing memories, or are they memories? Could they be future prognostications or a mind made mad from powers he has yet to learn to control?  How can one tell if we are in his reality or in his head? It’s not easy to watch, you need to give it your utmost attention to keep up. I usually put down my kindle to watch this being if you play games etc while watching it, you will likely need to re-watch it again. 

He acts as both a force for light as well as dark at the same time in different ways. This is definitely a different type of ‘superhero’ show, and a break from all those others  DC or Shield wise. (Where do I get that psychotic bedtime story book?)

I would give a Binge worthy but the way the shows plays out, Your head might explode after watching 2-3 episodes in a row if you do!

 

X-men Apocalypse


The usual suspects Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicolas Holt, Even Peters,James McAvoy, Sophie Turner with McGuyver’s Lucas Till (was he in the past ones?)

I don’t have much to say about this, other than we find out how  Charles Xavier becomes bald.

The plotline stinks, why does it seem centered on Mistique to me? Wasn’t crazy about Angel though glad he now has the sharpened wings. And s a few days later I can’t remember much (nothing that matters) about it.

It’s set in the 80s and starts in Ancient Egypt during a transfiguration Ritual (why not just call Professor McGonagal?)

Some ‘Gods’ or shall I say priests with the masks of their gods as well as soldiers around are protecting the body.

One of these soldiers who is supposed to protect what is going on is in on a plan against the ritual, and upon attacking gets folded up into a ball.

Later Charles Xavier’s school is burning down and Quicksilver goes to save everyone, one being a french bulldog which love the face like it’s in a car and its jsut not letting go of that slice of pizza!

Amusing the movie makes fun of it self!! saying the 3rd one always sucks and honestly.. I’m VERY glad I didn’t waste my money on it seeing it in the theater! I waited for cable!  Definitely a poor (below poor?) outing.

and EssexCorp. What is the Essex corp? I never heard of that before or don’t remember .

Honestly I’m not crazy about this set of X-men films… I like the originals better, but then I do need to rewatch those for a Class Cuts installment

Supergirl


While Supergirl was on CBS, the only episode I watched was the Flash crossover. being as I watch Flash I figured it might be a good idea to watch in case something carries over from the Supergirl episode. With this one episode..

To me in the coming attractions and even this one episode I really could not stand the actress that played Supergirl,to me she came off as insecure/self conscious and there was something else I  still can’t quite pinpoint what it is or was, I could barely watch crossover episode, even with Flash in it.  Also I wasn’t crazy about the overall pace and storyline of the cross over.

So maybe others felt the same way as I in one way or another, and so with the show

Now on the CW for season 2, I thought I’d give it a try (well when its posted to the free on demand channel)

I still can’t figure out why CBS had the show in the first place, especially when all the DC comics shows are doing so well on the CW.

before I get to Supergirl herself  I will say I definitely did not like the actor portraying Superman…in this. I do wish ‘Smallville’ would make an appearance in some way ..sorry I should say Tom Welling and anyone else from that show, After all, this is a multi-earth/dimension universe. Well so far no ‘Smallville’ but we get Dean Cain!!!

So far she still comes off as… maybe its not insecurity but awkward to me and that’s WHEN she’s Supergirl. This is even as I finish writing this up in March (of season 2 with the finale likely to air in May). I would think the ‘Awkward’ and anything I didn’t like about a character or actor would have subsided by now. I do in a sense like the actress, she’s cute Kara wise, even when she’s perky and I hate perky but for her it works. There is still a little something there that bothers me when she’s Supergirl. I will also say the show is a lot easier to watch than when it was on  CBS.

Well if I didn’t watch it before or skipped an episode here and there… I’ve been making sure  I watch each week now that the charming Chris Wood (Vampire Diaries, Containment) in blatant CW fashion has yet again recycled (or is it re-purposed) him into another CW show. For him I’ll watch and see how his story arc goes. Plus I’m waiting for more crossovers of the collective shows…

I heard something about a possible musical but I don’t recall if it was flash and supergirl (which sounds really annoying to me) or maybe the crossover (nope… thankfully)… but I think a musical episode would have been better with Arrow (as long as John Barrowman was in it)

I do hope we get a mini movie with all the heroes in one show (one epiosde) at some point…maybe a 2 hour TV movie special. That would work well as a follow up on (or lead up to) a crossover story or the best way is to finish a season, and even better use for a series finale!

Hello @CW @DC do you hear me!!!! I’ve got some ideas for your show(s)!!! Make.It. Happen.!!!!

(Can we make the #ArrowMusical happen?  I saw @Stephen Amell & @JohnBarrowman singing at SDCC   (San Diego Comic Con)…

Definately IMPROVED (and saved)

 

 

the CW Invasion ~ Heroes vs Aliens


Based on the 1988 comic book miniseries Invasion! event from Keith Giffen, Bill Mantlo, Todd McFarlane, and Bart Sears, the plot of the story is The Dominators descended on Earth to bring an end to the “threat” of Earth’s burgeoning meta-human community.

So Supergirl kicks the whole thing off, however I don’t think I qualify it as cross over material. We just get what turns out to be a few time holes that pop into this scene or that and at the end (like the last 30 seconds…literally!) Barry and Sisco show up . For me that’s just a Supergirl episode, now if they had popped in half way through and participated more in the epiosde I would consider that a cross over. So as far as her episode goes, I’m not happy with it. If this were still on CBS I would chalk it up to that but sadly for me Barry and Sisco feel like they were just added to the story at the end and of course the time holes too. 

I will be re-watching the shows but this one I won’t as I do not recall anything in it having to do with the Aliens (aside from Supergirl herself and Mon-El)

 

I hope the Flash’s entry into the crossover event will be better.

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Captain America: Civil War


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2016  Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, superheroes, Comic adaptation  146 minutes

Chris Evans,, Robert Downey Jr. ,Sebastian Stan Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner, & the rest of the usual suspects  add Paul Rudd as Ant-man and Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther + too many more to list…  via IMDB
Directed by Anthony & Joe Russo one of which makes a cameo!

 

News Update…July 5th captain-america-civil-war-blu-ray-includes-the-usual-bonus-features-plus-a-doctor-strange-preview/

…..Captain America: Civil War Crosses $400 Million At U.S. Box .

“Captain America: Civil War” Blasts Off to $200.2 Million Internationally

Captain America: Civil War Projected For Top Five Opening Weekend  Forget top 5 I’d say #1

Captain America: Civil War #1 Movie In The World TV …

Passes Deadpool at the Box office

Captain America: Civil War Wins Second Weekend At Box Office,

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The Preview

 

Here’s my reviews of Captain America : The First Avenger and Winter Soldier

The Short of it…..Political interference puts our heroes at odds and  pits them against one another.

Fearing the past actions of our superheroes (it’s not like they hurt you, they saved your asses you traitors) our government wasn’t to pass a bill for the “Ant-hero registration act” which limits the heroes actions (& therefore likely with the limitations may not actually be able to help you or the world when in need). This leaves the Avengers divided. After his F** up with Ultron, Tony Stark is pro-act…that if it doesn’t happen cities would keep on being destroyed (I don’t see any way that could be avoided when you have an alien invasion going on). Cap with more common sense feels as though the government can’t be relied upon to protect the world. (They can’t protect us all… not with all those protocols, and going through the ranks to send an order by then the earth may no longer exist!)

Choose your side

Team Iron Man Iron Man, Black Panther, Vision, Black Widow, War Machine, and Spiderman

Captain America: Civil War Producer Explains Why Black Widow Chose Team Iron Man

Team Captain America (Captain America, Bucky Barnes, Falcon, Sharon Carter, Scarlett Witch, Hawkeye, and Ant Man

How they recruited Spiderman and Black Panther

How Spider-Man Joined The Marvel Cinematic Universe

5 Times Captain America Was Your Favorite Avenger

Chris Evans Discusses Captain America’s Global Message, Making More Marvel Movies

 The Review

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Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice


PG-13    2 hours & 31 minutes (or so I’ve read)

Directed by Zack Snyder

Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gardot, Jeremy Irons Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams

Estimated Budget  250,000,000    Opening weekend  166, 007, 347

 The Preview

Originally Foreseen in the 2007  movie I am Legend. I thought it was advertised in the movie as coming out in 2012, or 2014; however upon checking the trivia on IMDB.com for it

In one scene in the deserted street a billboard can be seen with a large Batman and Superman logo superimposed over each other, and the date “5-15-10”. This is an in-joke at the expense of screenwriter Akiva Goldsman. Goldsman did script rewrites for a “Batman Versus Superman” project in 2002. This was just one of the countless attempts to revive the Superman franchise that culminated in the release of Superman Returns(2006). It wouldn’t be until 2016 that Superman and Batman would share the silver screen together in “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

“Deleted” scene from Batman vs Superman

the difference between Capt. America civil war & Batman vs. Superman

Trailer review from the B.A.R. 

am I the only one that sees a likeness between the ‘rock monster’ of this and the Destroyer of The first Thor movie?

I mean they are both elements (one earth and the other metal) and they both shoot that crazy blast out of their eyes.

Batman vs superman interview w with stars and Snyder

Affleck batman vs superman ny times interview

The following Is my Review as well as assorted articles and other fodder and following that is reviews of others and some article links

The Review

In a bit of goofyniess.. I thought I’d add this Tom & Jerry Weigh In On Who Wil Win: Batman  being as I LOVE Tom & Jerry and still do (even the new ones are ok but nothing like the fun of the old ones. as many times as I’ve seen the ones I saw as a kid…they still make me laugh.)

to start a friday march 25th night opening of 82 million sounds pretty good… but with the full opening weekend box office being tallied to $166 million not good for a movie well over 200 million to film.  Which mean the headline of this article “Batman v Superman” Surpasses Marvel’s Preview Night Box Office Record has got to be bogus right? The poor dear people that paid that .1 million more just didn’t know better. While if you go on the day your theater has discount day (tuesday here for $7.50) it’s worth seeing in the theater, otherwise the movie while big time decent FX, the storyline just didn’t cut it for me. It didn’t seem to flow well like they just took a jigsaw puzzle of scenes that looked like they best lined up and put them in as close of an order to make sense as possible.

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