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DC still has hope with the upcoming ‘Justice League’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ films even after another disappointing reception from ‘Suicide Squad’…

3098626-wwThe fallout of David Ayer’s most anticipated movie of the Summer ‘Suicide Squad‘ (Read review here) hit theaters with similar yet better reception compared to Warner Bros. last outing. Many criticized Ayer’s feature of a thin plot with questionable editing that felt as if some holes needed to be filled. The bright spots came from Jared Leto and Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn and The Joker when seen together on screen. We also got a great character in Deadshot played by Will Smith who was the centerpiece of the squad when they teamed together to fend off a dangerous witch in Enchantress. However, after all was said and done and with a $267 million* opening world-wide audiences showed up in droves.

Warner Bros. is trying to match the momentum of Marvel at a rapid pace which is evident in how we’re introduced to so many characters in both ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice‘ and ‘Suicide Squad‘. Trying to build a cinematic universe with backgrounds being crammed in such a short amount of time has really cheated DC from fleshing out their characters in a way that gives the respect their fanbase really deserves. Marvel started their universe building by introducing us to solo properties before getting to the first Avengers in 2012. WB had a different approach by reverse engineering the formula that had us be acquainted with DC characters in two films and then branch out into their individual properties. The approach hasn’t benefited the cause for a promising cinematic universe thus far but having been introduced to many of the characters, we now may be getting the films we are clamoring for.

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Yes it’s been a rocky start but sometimes these things work out for the best and we just have to trust in the system. It’s a different approach and can be ballsy at times with the creative decisions such as killing off Superman in ‘BvS‘ or attaching a post credit to ‘Suicide Squad‘ that can leave audiences scratching their heads. There has to be a method to their madness and DC may be righting the ship when ‘Wonder Woman‘ releases in 2017. As Patty Jenkins takes the reigns in telling the tale of the god’s fiercest female warrior, fans of the comics or of Wonder Woman herself should be excited for what’s to come. This year’s Comic Con in San Diego was a true indicator of the excitement for Wonder Woman as the first trailer debuted.

Soon after Wonder Woman we’ll be getting the ‘Justice League‘ in November that will see Zack Snyder returning to direct. The difference this time is that we’ve already got introduced to the main three of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman in ‘Man of Steel‘ and ‘BvS‘ respectively, so going into ‘Justice League‘ we can get more of a narrative and focus on the most important thing that has been lacking for much of the universe, FUN! This is where Flash (Ezra Miller), Aqua Man (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher), can all make their mark as they are assembled by Bruce Wayne to face the next threat on humanity. If the teaser trailer was any indication we can be in for a treat when justice comes Fall of 2017.

What do you guys think? Are you still optimistic that DC can deliver the goods? Comment below and share your thoughts.

*Source: BoxOfficeMojo

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Suicide Squad (2016) Review

Published by: Anthony Wallace


Suicide_Squad_(film)_PosterIt’s the most anticipated movie of the summer as Warner Bros. rolls out David Ayer’sSuicide Squad‘ into cineplexes. As the story goes, a group of the baddest criminals alive are banded together by the CIA to undergo a secret mission to stop a powerful metahuman that plans to end the world as we know it. With their lives on the line they can only complete their duties and failure is not an option. The movie stars Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Will Smith, and Jai Courtney as DC introduces the next chapter in the growing cinematic universe.

There’s a lot going for ‘Suicide Squad‘ considering the reaction of Zack Snyder’sBatman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice‘ that opened last May. Many complained the movie was too dark and suffered from a lack of a narrative that gave any understanding for the characters motivations. The biggest complaint was the fact that the movie was no fun and disappointed many of the DC loyalists. It’s not to say there weren’t any fans of the movie but overall there was a consensus that ‘BvS‘ could have been so much better. So we head into ‘Suicide Squad‘ where it’s a little different this time around as villains take center stage and hopes to turn things around for the studio.

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My initial reaction to ‘Suicide Squad‘ is that it was entertaining and fun, which was lacking sorely in ‘BvS‘, so that’s definitely a bright spot. The introduction of Jared Leto’s Joker was even a surprise because they went a different direction with his character that worked. His chemistry with Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie, was to me the best in the whole movie and makes me want to see more of them together. Now as it’s been reported the studio made cuts to the movie involving the Joker and may be saving them for an extended edition, if and when that should happen. On the one hand it’s a shame because Jared Leto’s portrayal of the Joker was awesome but on the other hand it may work to its advantage by not revealing too much and will give us something to look forward to in Ben Affleck’s Batman solo film.

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That brings us to where Batman makes appearances in the film and for what he does isn’t crucial nor forgettable. All that can be said is that it was cool to see Batman in the movie and whom he may run up against in his solo outing. We even get to see another DC hero for a brief second but that’s all that needs to be said. One man who certainly takes a commanding role in the film is Will Smith as Deadshot. Even as a villain and after everyone he’s killed that led him to prison is the relationship he has with his daughter. Deadshot can even be considered the leader of the team as they work with CIA in stopping the world from getting destroyed. For Will Smith I’m looking forward to seeing more of him and hope he’ll have some involvement with Batman somewhere down the line.

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Where the movie makes strides in being fun and watching these villains team up with all their own unique powers to save the world, it does suffer from the storytelling and trying to cram every character’s backstory. For a good part of the movie we get a lot of backstory into their characters while also trying to introduce the threat that ends up in Mid City. Because so much attention was put on the villains we got very little into Enchantress and what her motivations were. This even hurt some of the other members like Jai Courtney’s Boomerang or even Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s Killer Croc who didn’t have much to do. I would’ve liked to have seen more of them be involved in some way but ultimately it wasn’t  meant to be.

Coming off of the studio’s reaction to ‘BvS‘ the studio decided in having reshoots to lighten the mood per say. This becomes evident as the movie looked like it had trouble balancing between being dark and having that edge factor with levity. For instance, some of the character’s backstories like Deadshot and Diablo, played by Jay Hernandez, dealt with some heavy material that almost didn’t fit with the tone of the movie. Tone is what threw the movie off and makes you wonder what David Ayer’s version of the film was before the reshoots. The editing was choppy where at one moment your introduced to Enchantress as the main threat and then some 30 minutes later you see the city in chaos without seeing it come to be.

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There’s a lot to admire of Director David Ayer’s take on ‘Suicide Squad‘ with Jared Leto as the Joker. The world we’re introduced to with these villains gives us a good indication of what we can expect when Ben Affleck dones the black cape. Visually the movie grabs you; especially from the opening and end credits. And speaking of the end credits don’t leave too soon or else you’ll miss the tidbit that may lead into future films. But it has to be said, you can’t help but overlook the choppy editing, lack of storytelling, and a desire to see more of Jared Leto and Margot Robbie together as the dark prince and princess of Gotham tearing the streets. This movie is surely better then ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice‘ and entertaining for everyone who watches it. If Warner Bros. is hoping to win over their fans, they best listen to the criticisms and not interfere with the directors who make their movies because their hopes of building a DC cinematic universe is as tender as it gets.

Rating: 6/10

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What do you guys think? Are you looking forward to ‘Suicide Squad‘? If you’ve seen the movie share your thoughts below and if DC can right the ship.

The most anticipated comic book movie of 2016

Published by: Anthony Wallace

As we enter a new year we have the pleasure of looking forward to some of Hollywood’s biggest super-hero films to hit the big screen. While Disney and Marvel continues to ride on with the MCU universe in ‘Captain America: Civil War‘, DC and Warner Bros. prepares to launch what could be the beginning of one of the most lucrative battles to date. Zack Snyder’sBatman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice‘ is building to be the ultimate fan favorite of 2016 when two of the biggest DC heroes shares the same screen for the first time ever! Magic could be on the horizon and history could be in the making should DC start on the right foot.

But that’s not all as other honorable mentions goes out to DC’s other known film ‘Suicide Squad‘, where some of the most violent criminals comes together to wreck havoc along-side The Joker (played by Jared Leto). Then we have Fox’s latest installment to the X-Men franchise ‘X-Men: Apocalypse‘ with returning director Bryan Singer. And lastly, after teases by Ryan Reynolds and leaked footage at Comic-Con that sent fans to the airwaves, ‘Deadpool‘ arrives in theaters with it’s most wanted R-rating.

What will be one of the biggest years in Comics, now is the time to vote which film is your most anticipated of 2016. Vote down below and share your thoughts.