Thursday, April 5, 2018

Shazam Cannot be your Flagship

The article by Heroic Hollywood about Shazam being the jumping on point for DC Extended Universe is pure click bait by those guys and you can read it if you want to.  But no matter what BS they pull out of their ass, Shazam cannot be DC's jumping off point.  He has been and always will be a third teir, Superman knock off.  That's what he is and even his most stringent fans see and recognize that.

DC has eroded so much of their fans enthusiasm over the last 3 years with middling movies and attempting to give a push to a middling character to reinvigorate the franchise is foolhardy at best.  DC would do best to just go ahead and do a soft reboot- starting with Wonder Woman 2.  Do not feel rushed to put out any other movies and build out from there.  They do not need to recast Batman or Superman; although the case can be made to get rid of them both to rid the stink.  Let Wonder Woman be the flagship of the movie universe and build out from Diana.  Stop focusing on Batman and let her build the League and gather new members like Shazam and bring them into the fold... slowly- Not by giving them their own damn movies up front.

I love Zach Levy.  He is one of my favorite actors and is a true geek icon, but this movie is not going to build back hope and trust from the comic book movie fanbase that is skeptical of all things DC right now.

The Producer

Rey's Parents

The folks over at Heroic Hollywood posted this tidbit from Simon Pegg about the different direction director Rain Johnson took with Rey's parents.  To recap( spoiler alert), Ben Solo tells Rey that her parents really weren't shit.  Just a couple of losers from Jakku which really messes up many fans narratives about who they thought her parents were.

In the article, Pegg says director JJ Abrams had a totally different take.  Feel free to the read the article in the link above.

I'll just say this... it was kinda a letdown to learn that her parents were not going to figure prominently in her history, BUT I kinda though the move by Kylo was more of a swerve to get Rey to join him in his conquest to rule the galaxy.  I figured in episode 9 we would learn the real truth and maybe we will since JJ Abrams is back to close this trilogy of movies in 2019.

What do you think?

The Producer

Sunday, March 4, 2018

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We Watched it For You: Game Night

As Black Panther continues to dominate the box office domestically and world wide, studio's still need to offer up counter programming for people who have no interest in seeing a super hero movie or those who have seen the movies 3 times ( me).  Warner Brothers jumps into the fray with Game Night-comedy counter programing starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams as a couple who met at trivia night, fell in love, got married, and are looking to have a baby.  The problem, and this is quite a stretch in terms of plot, Bateman's characters sperm is having a hard time and his Dr and his wife link this to his unhealthy sibling rivalry he has with his brother, played by Kyle Chandler.

The movie plays out on a game night hosted by Chandler's uber successful character as he attempts to take Game Night to a whole new level.  Gone is the idea of charades, Scrabble, or Pictionary- no he hosts a Game Night in which a real life kidnapping will happen and each couple will need to figure out how to rescue the kidnapped person.

Of course, shenanigans reign supreme as Chandler's character is actually involved in some shaky business deals and is legitimately kidnapped and its up to Bateman and McAdams to solve the mystery and rescue his brother.  There are many B plots surrounding the other couples on Game Night, there is a creepy neighbor/cop, and the movie tests your limits on who is in on the game and who is not.  The movie borrows heavily from Date Night, the 2012 movie starring Tina Fey and Steve Carrell as a couple who gets themselves overly involved in something criminally unexpected.

Overall, a fun date night/ Game Night movie.  I would probably reserve it more for a Redbox rental than an actual date night, tho.

The Producer

Greg Land Interview @ComicCon Revolution West Palm Beach

My interview with Greg Land at Comic Con Revolution in West Palm Beach, Florida.  He talks his upbringing in comics and he breaks X-Men comic book news... you heard it hear first!

The Producer

Friday, February 2, 2018

DCEU Fans Stay Being Awful

With Black Panther just a few weeks away from its theatrical release and with early viewings giving the movie great reviews, it seems DC fans are looking to sabotage the positive vibes coming out of the MCU's latest offering by attempting to drop the movies score on Rotten Tomato by negatively rating the movie.

First of all, there is nothing these DC fans or any other person can do to stop the moment that Black Panther has at this point.  Black comic book fans have been waiting for this movie since Wesley Snipes tried to get it made in the 90's.  After seeing Black Panther debit in Civil War and the respect and honor the MCU paid to the character, the anticipation for this movie has been fever pitched for over 2 years.  Nothing anyone does or says is gonna stop that.

Secondly, there is a undercurrent of racism to this campaign against Black Panther.  Whereas there has always been this Brand war between DC and Marvel, at no point in time had there been a moment where DC fans were actively looking to sabotage the success of a MCU movie. I don't remember this around Spider-Man Homecoming or Guardians 2.  It seems the excessive excitement of a MCU movie starring a Black characters has brought out all the Rediit and Make America White again racists to try and prevent this movie from being uber successful.

But lastly, I wish DCEU fans would use this energy to hold the makers of DC movies accountable fro the drek they keep producing.  Since the launch of Batman V Superman, which was awful, they have made one good movie in Wonder Woman- and calling that good is even a stretch.  Suicide Squad and Justice League were both terrible in their own special way and the rest of their extended universe is mirred in production issues( Flash and  Cyborg) or is Aqua man- a film starring a character nobody likes. And that does not even factor in the issues concerning the Batman reboot and if they will need to move on from Ben Affleck.

I really wish DCEU fans would just focus on their own house. Marvel fans aren't out here wanting your movies to fail... in fact its quite the opposite. We want the movies to thrive so this thing we call Comic Book Movies continues for years to come.  But DCEU gotta do their part to put out movies that fans and critics agree that are quality.  Until that happens, enjoy Suicide Squad 2 and please shut the fuck up!

The Producer

F Gary Gray to Reboot Men in Black

F Gary Gray to Direct MIB

This news dropped yesterday that famed director F Gary Gray was looking to head up a Men in Black reboot.   Its been six years since Men in Black 3, the last installment of the series and over 20 years since the original movie debuted in 1997.  Since all things old are new again, its no real surprise that MIB is on the slate to get rebooted.

Word is that Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will not be involved in this project as the new movies look to explore the world around the MIB and not necessarily focusing on the actions of specific agents.  And that sounds good on paper, but when rubber hits the road and money needs to be spent, will the company be strong enough to not fall into the comfortable trope of having Will Smith star in the movie.  Because lets be frank, MIB 2 is a terrible movie no matter what anyone tells you and the fact they didn't have Linda Fiorentino in that  movie still burns me till this day.  MIB 3 was slightly better because of the performance by Josh Brolin,  but neither movie captured the freshness of the original and just became vehicles for Will Smith to be "Will Smith".  Possibly bringing in two new agents and focusing on world building would be a great way for the series to feel fresh again.

I love the original MIB and the cartoon that was on UPN short after the movie debuted.  A more serious tone movie that has more thrills than laughs could make for a refreshing start to a franchise that is really dead in the water at this point.

The Producer