Finally, we get Deathstroke

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For many of us, Ben Affleck’s latest Instagram video has people buzzing for all of the right reasons.  It is basically confirmation that Deathstroke, everyone’s favorite mercenary, will be coming to the DC Extended Universe.  Rumors are going around as to how he will be featured, with the most prominent guess being that he will be the main antagonist in 2019’s The Batman, directed by and starring Affleck.

Assuming that he will be the villain in The Batman, Deathstroke is a great choice.  If you are unfamiliar with the character, he first appeared as a Teen Titans villain in the 1980s.  He has appeared as a villain in many DC properties, most recently as a villain in Arrow and in the Batman: Arkham video games.  Deathstroke’s inclusion is important; it shows that the DCEU isn’t going to reuse old villains (for now, anyway), and Deathstroke is one of Batman’s more interesting nemeses.  It will be interesting to see how the Dark Knight faces off against this mercenary.  Expect Justice League to set that fight up.

Casting the mercenary is a challenge.  You need someone quite stoic, but driven and able to convey those emotions from behind a mask.  Tom Hardy in my opinion is a shoe-in for the role, but I’ll challenge myself more than that.  If I were in charge of casting Deathstroke, I would get Oscar Isaac on the phone immediately, but that is just my opinion.

What do you think of the recent news involving Deathstroke? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

Green Lantern’s mysterious absence from the DC Extended Universe

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In brightest day, in blackest night, no Green Lantern is in my sight.

Batman? Check.  Superman? Check. Wonder Woman? Check.  Flash? Check.  Aquaman? Check.  Cyborg? Check.  Who’s missing?

Green Lantern, that’s who.  It seems like every other character in DC Comics will appear in the DCEU before or in Justice League: Part One, but that is simply not the case with one of their most popular characters- Green Lantern.  But why the mysterious absence when movie studios everywhere are looking for every possible opportunity to include every property they own in a film.

2011’s Green Lantern was the last DC Comics movie before Man of Steel kicked off the DCEU in 2013.  As Ryan Reynolds reminded us in Deadpool earlier this year, Green Lantern was a steaming pile of horse feces.  I’m purposely not mincing words here, that movie sucked.  My biggest complaint with most big-budget films is they look too fake and not real enough.  Green Lantern offended me to my very core by having a CGI Green Lantern costume for Reynolds.  Remember children, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should when referring to matters of CGI.  Not to mention the horrendous plot and all-around uninspired effort from everyone involved except for Reynolds.  Which is probably the reason that DC opted to keep the character in their back pockets when planning the DCEU.

Audiences have a shot attention span.  Who remembers Brandon Routh?  Of the pre-DCEU movies, Green Lantern was the worst by a longshot.  There were some that had a split jury in terms of quality, but there is no denying the suckfest that is Green Lantern.  By keeping him out of the news and off the movie screen, DC is trying to wipe our memories of the film.  9 years is a long time in the movie business.  Since Green Lantern, we’ve already had two Batmans and two Spider-Mans.  Think of everything that will happen between now and 2020 when Green Lantern Corps. is scheduled for release.  By that time, Green Lantern  will be a memory that feels more like a dream because you couldn’t believe how awful the movie was.

DC is also making the right move by staying relatively quiet about any news about Green Lantern Corps.  Rumors suggest that it will focus on Hal Jordan and John Stewart, and that Tyrese Gibson has been in talks to be in the movie.There have also been rumors that Hal Jordan could appear in Justice League: Part Two, but other than that, nothing is known.

Honestly, I am surprised that Green Lantern has yet to be seen, or at the very least, mentioned or referenced in some Easter Egg.  I guess we’ll just have to play the waiting game until 2020 to see what happens to Green Lantern.  There are plenty of films to fill your schedule though, with Suicide Squad later this year, and a whole slew of other DCEU films between that and 2020.

What do you think of Green Lantern’s absence in the DCEU so far? Let me know in the comments.

My expectations for the Joker in ‘Suicide Squad’

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Suicide Squad is currently the most buzzed about movie on social media, and rightfully so.  For a movie titled Suicide Squad, it looks particularly fun compared to the two previous entries in the cinematic universe it shares, the DC Extended Universe.  What excites me the most about this film is the return of the Joker to the big screen.

The Joker is one of those characters you can never get enough of- the character’s background is so vague that it makes it possible to have multiple versions of the character.  DC confirmed in their Reborn series that there is in fact three Jokers.  When I heard that Jared Leto had been cast as the character, I almost lost it, but it got me thinking: what if the character just doesn’t live up to expectations.  Suicide Squad already looks like a pretty ambitious film that was saddled with the responsibility of salvaging the DCEU in its early stages because of the reaction to both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Let’s backtrack a few years.  The last man to play the Joker on film set the bar for comic book villains portrayed on the big screen.  The Dark Knight, in my opinion, is the greatest comic book movie ever made.  Am I expecting Leto to try and top Ledger?

No, and the answer is simple.  I think they are playing different Jokers, made apparent by Leto’s face tats and metal teeth.  This Joker to me looks like a completely new take on the character- there are plenty of fan theories going around about who this Joker’s identity is, and I think over the course of the DCEU films we will find out.  Ledger’s Joker on the other hand, was without identity.  Think Killing Joke Joker- multiple backstories, doesn’t really know who he is, discussion of a never ending chase between him and Batman.

Leto’s inclusion in Suicide Squad is an interesting choice as well, considering that the Joker isn’t a member of the titular group in the comics.  We’ll just have to wait and see what he is up to.  Could he be better than Ledger? I think so.  Plus, Ben Affleck will be appearing as Batman, so there’s that.

What are your expectations for the Joker in Suicide Squad? Let me know in the comments.

According to Star Wars concept artist, untitled Han Solo film has the ‘best script ever’

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Concept artist Ian McKaig claims that the currently untitled Han Solo spin-off film has the best script ever.  The film, which is directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, is set for a May 2018 release date.

Cue my excitement.  To be honest, I had all but forgot about Han Solo before the buzz of The Force Awakens had me re-watch all six movies before seeing the latest one.  A certain part of me will always associate the words ‘Star Wars’ with the prequels- I remember seeing The Phantom Menace in theaters when I was four years old, as well as the fact that I thought Revenge of the Sith was such a great movie that I felt the need to see it in theaters twice.

However, re-watching the originals(or as close as we have to the originals on blu ray) made me realize that Han Solo is one of my favorite movie characters ever.  I identified with him on a level that I just do not do with many characters.  Here is what I hope the spin-off film is about.

So we do not yet know a whole lot about the film, other than the fact that it is about Han Solo.  There are several directions Disney could go with this.  Unlike his original trilogy counterpart Darth Vader, who is slated to appear in some capacity in Rogue One, Han Solo is getting his own movie.  Will we see his rise to becoming one of the galaxy’s most notorious smugglers? Will it take place before or after the original trilogy?  And how much will Chewbacca be involved (my guess is a lot).

Ideally, I would like to see it set after the original trilogy.  For Disney, it makes sense.  They can use it to bridge some concepts from the main entries in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, which of course is money to their ears.  Second, the Han we see in the originals is very different from the Han we see in The Force Awakens.  To me, he seemed defeated- risking his life for the Rebels and defeating the Empire just to see the First Order rise up took a toll on him.  Plus, the fact that his son killed a lot of Jedi trainees and forced the only Jedi master in the galaxy into hiding while becoming the new apprentice for the Dark Side probably wasn’t so great for him either.  I hope that this film at least touches on Ben Solo’s transformation into Kylo Ren; the novelization of The Force Awakens makes it clear that it happened when he was very young, and it would give us a chance to see how exactly Luke reacted to the whole thing and how he ended up on Ach To.

Of course, that is a very vague idea of what I would like to see from the Han Solo spin-off.  There is a million different directions that Disney could go with this.

What do you think this movie will be about? Let me know in the comments.

 

First set photos of Tom Holland as Spider-Man in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

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The first set photos of Tom Holland of Spider-Man in his MCU solo  debut film have arrived, first published on Looper.  The photos show Holland in character as Spider-Man, wearing the iconic red and blue costume.  Spider-Man: Homecoming is set for release in July 2017.

Our first introduction to Holland’s Spider-Man was in May with the release of Captain America:Civil War.  Holland, while in the film only briefly, was a scene-stealer, and lived up to the high expectations for the film.

Personally, I loved Holland’s take on the character, and I am extremely excited for him to get his own film.  Of course, he’ll finally have some other heroes to play around with due to the deal between Sony and Marvel.  More and more cast members have been announced, including Zendaya, Michael Keaton, and Bokeem Woodbine (who everyone should see in season 2 of Fargo), among others, including Robert Downey, Jr. reprising his role as Iron Man.

As a franchise, Spider-Man can really only go up.  The first two Sam Raimi films were awesome, even though Tobey Maguire didn’t make the best Spider-Man (although there were really inspired casting choices in the first trilogy, most notably Alfred Molina as Dr. Octopus).  Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man series was made to keep the rights out of Marvel’s hands, a move that Sony should have made a long, long time ago.  Of all the forthcoming superhero releases, I think this is the one I am most excited for, even though we’ve seen the character 6 times before.

What do you think of these photos? Do you like what you see? Are you excited for this film? Let me know in the comments.

Daniel Radcliffe may not be done with ‘Harry Potter’

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Daniel Radcliffe has stated that he would be open to return to the role that put him on the map- if the script were right.  Radcliffe states that he wouldn’t return unless he feels that the script was good, which is fair on his part.

What does this mean for Potter fans?  In my estimation, there are several places we (and JK Rowling) could go with this.

Scenario A is we see Harry in a capacity similar to the one at the end of Deathly Hallows Part 2.  Now his children are at Hogwarts, and he could mentor the new generation of Hogwarts students, sort of a passing-the-torch kind of role.

Scenario B, however, is much more entertaining to me.  I, and I’m sure many of you, would like to see Harry’s days as an auror on screen.  What interested me most about the original Potter series was after David Yates took the reins, and the series took a darker turn, filled with dark magic.  I would love to see darker and more visceral films that deal with darker subject matter, not that I think Rowling would write something like that- she is, in essence, a children’s writer, and she knows that if she writes anything that says ‘Harry Potter’ on the cover fans will make a mass Exodus to bookstores that could revive Borders (OK, maybe not).

It’s interesting that Radcliffe says he is open to return to the series under the right circumstances.  He has had a pretty stellar career since he left Hogwarts, taking on both the stage and the screen.  I had the opportunity to see him live in The Cripple of Inishmaan a few summers ago- he was fantastic live.  Plus, he has a new movie, Swiss Army Man, which looks weird but incredible at the same time.

I’d like to see him return to the character again one day, if the script is Force Awakens quality and not Phantom Menace quality.

As always, would love to hear what you think about this subject.  Drop a comment and we can discuss.

How do you make a movie about Tetris?

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Films based on video games have always been a little bit of a tricky subject for me.  Growing up, the films made based on video games were films like Hitman, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.  Those, while not great films, make sense as a story to be adapted for the silver screen.  They all have a plot and a protagonist on which to base a script.  But Tetris? give me a break.

I think the thing that bugs me the most is the fact that the studio behind Tetris has already committed to three movies because they feel the plot is too large for one.  I imagine the plot of Tetris being something like the plot of a Dragon Ball Z.  All of the blocks are doing their best to fight off the villain, but they just keep struggling.  They are all waiting for the four-in-a-row light blue block to come and save them, growing more and more frantic as the minutes pass.  Just like in Dragon Ball Z, when Goku comes, the light blue block will make the other blocks look like crash test dummies who can’t do their job to save their lives (literally).

I just cannot fathom what this movie will be about.  How does falling blocks make for three movies?  It has been confirmed that we won’t see anthropomorphic blocks running around our screen.  The simple fact is, unlike most other video games, Tetris has no plot whatsoever.  Even Angry Birds has a plot, even if it is a stupid one. I think that the world has officially run out of ideas.

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Leave a comment and we can discuss.