Ok DC, it’s time for Nightwing

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With all of the buzz around Deathstroke in the past few days basically confirming his presence in the DCEU, fans around the world are overjoyed at the idea that the mercenary is finally coming to the big screen.  While I am as excited as anyone about the inclusion of Deathstroke in the DCEU, it is time for DC and Warner Bros. to include a character that has received no love in live action movies: Nightwing.

Yes Nightwing, and not Dick Grayson Robin.  There are reasons for this, which I will get into.  But seeing how DC has made no official plans regarding the character, it is time that we make them talk about it.

Dick Grayson is one of DC’s most iconic characters

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Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern…Robin, am I right? When discussing the most important and iconic DC characters, Dick Grayson is top 10 if not top five, easily.  He was the first Robin, the Boy Wonder.  After he outgrew the Robin mantle, he took up the persona of Nightwing.  Heck, he has even taken up the mantle of Batman.  Dick Grayson deserves a spot in the DCEU.  Plus, he is a fan favorite, having been included in nearly all Batman properties- we see Dick as Robin in Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go, as Nightwing in Batman: Under the Red Hood, as well as his appearances in the Batman: Arkham video game series.  In all of those, he has gotten pretty decent treatment.  Speaking of which…

Dick’s last outing on the Silver Screen wasn’t too good

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Maybe “wasn’t too good” is mincing words.  Chris O’Donnell and Joel Schumacher brought the character to life in  Batman Forver  and Batman and Robin, which killed the franchise and almost comic book movies as we know them.  We know now that O’Donnell and the studio had plans for Nightwing, as shown by the costume change and a planned spin-off for the character.  But just as we got to see Deadpool have a shot at big-screen redemption, we need the same for Dick Grayson/ Nightwing.

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That is an excellent question.  As shown in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,we know there is a dead Robin somewhere in the DCEU, which was confirmed by Warner Bros to be Jason Todd.  Assuming the films are keeping somewhat the same timeline as the comic books, Jason Todd was the second Robin, and became the second Boy Wonder after Dick had grown too old to be Batman’s sidekick.  This point also leads to another plea to DC and Warner Bros: please include the Death in the Family and Under the Red Hood story lines in the DCEU somehow.  You’ve already teased us by showing us the dead Robin costume, as well as throwing the curveball of Harley being an accomplice in the murder.  David Ayer gave us part of this story, but to many fans, myself included, this doesn’t mean anything until we see it for real.

He’s got his own story lines, too

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People tend to forget that after fighting side by side with the Dark Knight in Gotham, Dick took up his crime-fighting residency in Bludhaven, not that that is the only place where Nightwing has been in action.  But he isn’t just part of the Bat-family, and should be treated as such.  Plus, Bludhaven is another setting that would add to the DCEU.  With Gotham and Metropolis not going away anytime soon, a new city would be a welcome change of pace.  Introducing Nightwing in a more ensemble-focused DCEU film and then introducing Bludhaven after the introduction of Nightwing would be the way to go.

That pretty much wraps up the case that I have for Nightwing/Dick Grayson’s inclusion in the DCEU.  I hope you have found it compelling.

What do you think of Nightwing’s place in the DCEU?  Should there be other characters in the DCEU that haven’t been? Let me know in the comments!

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!

 

 

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’: The Magic Just Isn’t There

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Harry Potter was more than a book series or a series of films.  Harry Potter was life.  Every summer, it seemed like either a new book or movie was released, and there was always something to look forward to and be excited about.  Then, I graduated high school, and my view on the world has become more and more nihilistic, but the lack of new Harry Potter – related media is only a part of it.

I get excited for movies that I want to see.  Batman? Yes.  Captain America? Yes.  The return of the Joker to the big screen? Yes.  But why am I not exited at all for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?  

First of all, this movie is really flying under the radar.  It makes sense. Between closing out last year with The Force Awakens and leading into another Star Wars movie this year, Batman and Superman going at it, Captain America and Iron Man going at it, Dory coming back, and a new Joker, it is absolutely no surprise that this film is really quiet.

Every studio seems to want to cash in on every property they own right now- just look at all of the movies Disney is putting out.  But why revisit Harry Potter’s world?  There is a big problem with doing so.  Not only am I not excited about Fantastic Beasts, I do not think it will be a very good movie at all, despite all of JK Rowling’s involvement.

Like I said before, Harry Potter was basically my life growing up.  So why am I not excited for another movie about his world?  I am a big fan of revisiting characters and worlds when it feels appropriate- I almost crapped myself when I saw Han Solo on the big screen, and yes I knew he was going to be in it.

But Fantastic Beasts isn’t your typical money-grub.  While it is still set in the same world as Harry Potter, there just isn’t anything that really ties the two together.  What made Harry Potter great for an entire generation of fans was the fact that we could relate to it.  Even though he’s from England and goes to wizard school, he still faces a lot of the same problems that we faced growing up.  It was really a coming-of-age story that happened to be about wizards and magic rather than a story about wizards and magic that happened to have a coming-of-age story included in it.

It won’t have the same feel to Harry Potter because it won’t take place in the familiar setting of Hogwarts castle.  Plus, Ron Perlman and Jon Voight are going to be in it, which just feels wrong for anything related to Harry Potter.  

In short, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them just won’t feel as personal as Harry Potter, and that is why I am not excited to see it.  I grew up with the same timeline as the Harry Potter movies; the last one came out during my senior year of high school.  I just don’t know how I would receive a movie that on the surface is supposed to be like Harry Potter, but I know it won’t be because there won’t be that connection.  Anyways, these have been my thoughts on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

What are your thoughts on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? 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.

DC unveils new posters for Burton and Schumacher films

You have to give DC credit for trying.  While their movie studio’s success is debatable, their marketing efforts are full throttle.  As part of the marketing for Batman v Superman:Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition, they released new posters of the old Batman films.  See one example below:BatmanRobin1997.jpgImage courtesy of Warner Bros.

Along with the rest of the posters, released for Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and of course the film pictured in the poster above, Batman and Robin,it seems like DC and Warner Bros are trying to rewrite the previous Batman films, most notably their most recent one.

As a child, I loved Batman and Robin, one could even say it was my favorite film.  What the poster doesn’t change, however, is how bad that movie actually was.  The movie was trying too hard and not trying hard enough at the same time.  It has aged terribly.  Clearly, 22 year old me has a very different opinion than five year old me.

I have to say though, the posters are pretty cool.  The color palette reminds me of Batman: The Animated Series, which I thought did a great job of accurately representing the visual style of most Batman comics.  But compared to Christopher Nolan’s Batman world, it seems like nothing can compare, which is probably why they did not change it.  Even though they were movies about Batman, Nolan’s trilogy offered and uncompromising and gritty realness to Gotham Danny Devito just couldn’t give us (could you imagine the backlash if they cast Devito as the Penguin today?)

I hope the ultimate edition of Dawn of Justice adds something to the original release.  R-rated Batman is something I’m sure many of us have been looking forward to for a long time.  And this summer, we finally get two in the form of the aforementioned Ultimate Edition and The Killing Joke.  

As always, if you have anything to say, drop a comment and we can discuss it.