Saturday, March 20, 2021

Justice League: The Snyder Cut Review

Off and on, it took me about 8 hours to finish Zack Snyder’s Justice League.  I know some people look to Brothascomics for comics and comic book movie opinions so I am going to jump right in.

First, if you know me, you know I am a Marvel Hack and host a Podcast that proudly boasts this.  I didn’t grow up reading DC comics but have always been a fan of their animated stuff from Super Friends, to Batman The Animated Series, to Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, to Harley Quinn.  In animation, DC is far superior to Marvel/Disney and it’s not even close.  Yet somehow with these iconic heroes and characters, their modern movies do not seem to resonate with me.

Zack Snyder was charged with rebooting their universe with Man of Steel. I saw this movie in the theater with my son who was 9 at the time and a huge fan of Superman.  I was not a huge fan of the movie but totally could understand why people liked it; although they killing of Pa Kent took me out.  Plus, this broody Superman was not doing it for me but…. Hey let’s try something new.

Then DC panicked in a big way after Marvel released Avengers.  They saw the money and adulation Marvel/Disney was receiving with their super team and pressed the accelerator on their DC extended universe and rushed out Batman v Superman to get them closer to making a Justice League movie.  BvS is an awful movie and is truly indefensible and the DC Powers that Be should’ve been concerned that they turned over their universe to Zack Snyder. 

The train that was to soon be a train wreck called Justice League came out in 2017 and, even with all my apprehension, I still showed up to this movie at midnight with my kids who were now 10 and 12.  The movie is terrible.  We now know the backstory where Snyder was getting shit from the studio to make essentially a “happier” movie and then tragedy struck when Snyder’s daughter died by suicide and he and his producer wife, Deborah, had to drop out and could not complete the movie.  DC studio heads brought in Joss Whedon to finish the movie which required several reshoots and the infamous fun lip Superman.

The Whedon cut was/is a mess of a movie and essentially killed the DC extended universe for a period.  Almost immediately, Zack Snyder fans began calling for the #SnyderCut; the true version of Justice League that Snyder had intended.  And 4 plus years later, here we are as the WB and HBO Max greenlit an additional 25-35 million dollars to make this 4-hour true version of the film.

And after that long intro, I guess I should review the movie.  I went back to see if I wrote a review of the movie in 2017. I didn’t, we reviewed it on the podcast.  To summarize, I didn’t like it and to push forward with Justice League 2021, my opinion has not changed.  Honestly it’s the same movie without editing for the first half.  I mean there are some deleted scenes but for the most part, it’s just playing scenes out that would’ve or should’ve been cut anyway.  Additionally, throughout the entire movie now, is this slow-mo, cinematic and opera music that plays during scenes; especially ones with Wonder Woman.  It often comes off like a Hype Williams music video and adds nothing to the actual movie. Plus we get to see Cyborg’s origin story played out fully and honestly, he comes off best in this reboot/remake.

Steppenwolf is still our villain but with spikes on his suit as he looks to gather the Mother Boxes to allow Dakseid to come to earth.  The 2nd half of the movie is where you begin to see some new footage in the scene after Superman resurrection.  A much more drawn out and better action sequences as the Justice League (w/o Superman) take on Steppenwolf and the Parademons.  Once Superman shows up, we do get a full Darkseid reveal; although our heroes save the day and we don’t get to see Darkseid do anything other than look on menacingly as the battle rages in front of him.

As I have been saying since 2015, there was no reason to rush the Justice League movie other than money and jealously of Marvel/Disney and this movie rushes all it can into this one off so Zack Snyder can complete his version of fan fiction (Thanks Tito) onto the screen.  The last 20 minutes of the movie is just a fever dream of a director filming stuff that is not going to lead to anything.  Batman’s Nightmare World from Injustice is literally just that…. A dream and a reason to drop the Joker into a movie he has no business being in.  The teaser from the 2017 version with Lex Luthor and Slade Wilson does not lead to anything.  It’s just a longer version of that scene and, now without making a Deathstroke movie, what is the point.  Then, the last part is a Martian Manhunter appearance that makes no sense because there is not going to be another movie based on the era or characters in this movie.  Cavill is out as Superman, Affleck is out as Batman.  Yes, Momoa and Gadot are back for their roles but when are those movies coming out?  Exactly.

Snyder makes visually amazing looking movies but cannot put a film together to have it make coherent sense and giving him free reign to make a movie- essentially with no editing- not a great idea from the jump and it shows in Justice League (2021)

I know people reading this will think I just hate DC and that is not true.  My kids loved DC growing up and I watched more DC shows and read more DC comics with them than I ever did as a kid.  When I heard, they were making movies to compete with Disney, I was happy for my kids and for fans because both companies putting out quality content makes all fans winners. But that ship has sailed, I think. DC is doing unrelated solo movies now with Black Adam getting a movie soon and maybe Shazam will show up (honestly who knows).  There is a new Batman working in a world that is unrelated to any of the movies before it.  DC movie universe is a jumbled mess… just like Justice League: The Snyder Cut.

So, if you like that sort of thing, this is the thing you will sort of like. I was hoping for the best but honestly just got the same movie with some B-side remixes.  Enjoy it.  Don’t try to take it in all at once!

 The Producer

Sunday, February 21, 2021

The COVID Break benefitted the MCU





Take yourself back to the spring/summer of 2019.  10 years of the MCU concluded with a long, but mostly satisfying conclusion with Avengers: Endgame.  We all screamed and shouted when Cap picked up Mjolnir and we all got misty eyed when Tony/Iron Man snapped Thanos out of existence and died on the battlefield surrounded by his teammates and loved ones.  It was a conclusion 10 years in the making and, for the most part, gave fan service to hardcore fans and newbies alike to close the chapter on this version of the MCU.


Of course, Spider-Man Far From Home came after that as a little cherry on top; but for the most part, the chapter was closed and on the horizon was new movies from the House of Mouse and, let us be honest, those new offerings were not as tantalizing as what we had just witnessed.  A Black Widow movie that seemed about 7 years too late.  The Eternals(name one, I double dog dare you).  These movies were not exactly lighting up the blogosphere; especially when most comic fans were hoping for news and movies about the Fantastic Four and X-Men.


As we entered 2020, so did COVID 19 and it had no love loss for movies and movie theaters.  As the pandemic seemed to worsen day after day and month after month, gatherings for nerds and geeks began to disappear or get altered dramatically.  Comic bookstores went to drive up services- if they survived the pandemic at all.  Comic book conventions were cancelled.  And the upcoming slate of superhero movies were delayed or sent to VOD.


And while Disney DID announce a slate of new movies (still no mutants tho) with Blade, Thor, Fantastic Four, Dr Strange, and others, the biggest news was the slate of tv shows headed to Disney Plus- their new streaming service that was set to bridge the gaps between the movies.  But COVID delayed the production of everything and by the time we got our first MCU show on Disney Plus (WandaVision), it had been close to 18 months from Spider-Man and the debut of WandaVision.  That is/was a huge gap in time for nerds and geeks and I think it was greatly needed.


While I do not believe Comic Book Movie fans were suffering from movie fatigue; I do think that we all needed a break from the previous 10 years.  Think about what Endgame gave us and what it concluded.  We saw this culmination of 18 plus movies wrap up in a 3.5 hour bow and I think we were all tired- fans, filmmakers, critics,  and creators combined.  Following up Endgame with an out of continuity Black Widow movie and an Eternal movie would have felt like a letdown- no matter how good those movies are.  The COVID break acted like a big reset button for the MCU and fans alike. The saying is "absence makes the heart grow fonder" and this is a clear example.  We, as fans, had been spoiled a little bit having a movie come out like clockwork every few months.  It became routine, boring, predicatble.  Now, with the pandemic and having our ability to talk, discuss, blog, podcast, etc about those movies taken away, we have become more appreciative of what we had because it can be snapped away just like...


And I think that is why the hype for WandaVision has been so overwhelming; on top of the fact that is so well done.  We had time to heal from the conclusion of Endgame and learned to miss and appreciate those characters again.  Its why people are so over the top about Falcon and Winter Soldier and even the malaise that surrounded Black Widow and The Eternals have lifted a bit.  The world seems fresh and new again.  Nothing seems predictable and the world is now open to fresh and surprising things. (we still want our mutants, tho)


So as WandaVision comes to its conclusion in 2 weeks and Falcon and Winter Soldier leads us into summer 2021 and into Black Widow, Eternals, Shang -Chi, and Spider-Man, let us not forget those dry 18 months without the MCU.  Enjoy the new content- you never know when it might go away again.

The Producer from Brothascomics

The Marvel Hacks Season 11, Episode 6: Enter Bishop


The Marvel Hacks are back with our continued walkthrough of X-Men(91).  This week we get Bishop joining the team officially and a Ghost Rider side story.  We talk our feelings about Bishop and how the character design of Ghost Rider always had us hyped- even tho his books kinda suck. Plus we review the big reveal on WandaVision from last week. Fun listen from your boys @brothascomics

The Marvel Hacks Season 11, Episode 5: Goodbye Omega Red( and dont come back)


The Marvel Hacks are back as we conclude( thank God) the Omega Red Saga.  Omega Red still sucks, we peel more of the onion of Wolverine's origin story, Psylocke breaks out, and Jim Lee has a stunt cock finish the art on his books.  Plus we review the first 4 episodes of WandaVision around the 1 hour mark.  Fun listen with your boys from Brothascomics

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The Marvel Hacks Season 11 Episode 4 - YouTube

The Marvel Hacks Season 11, episode 4: Omega Red


The Marvel Hacks are Back!!!  We continue our walkthrough of X-Men 1991 with issue 4... the debut of Omega Red.  To put it kindly- we are not fans.  Plus Moira has a breakdown, the whole team cockblocks Gambit, and Jim Lee has a stunt cock finishing art on these books.  Fun listen with your boys from Brothascomics

The Marvel Hacks Season 11, episode 3: Adios Chris Claremont


The Marvel Hacks are back as we continue our walkthrough of X-Men(1991) as the dynamic duo of Chris Claremont and Jim Lee breaks up at the end of this 3 issue story arc.  Claremont leaves after 30 years on X-Men and we talk some of our favorite stories written by him.  Plus this issue sees mutant on mutant violence and the debate on the dream vs reality by Professor Xavier and Magneto.  Plus, we preview the books coming after this as Jim Lee is not writer and artist and Claremont's creator owned Sovereign Seven.  Fun listen with your boys from Brothascomics

The Marvel Hacks Season 11, Episode 2


The Marvel Hacks are back with episode 2: Magneto Triumphant!  Magneto battles the X-Men on Genosha along with his Acolytes.  Moira got secrets, and the X-Men finally turn on Professor X( or do they).  Fun listen with your boys from Brothascomics!

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