Suicide Squad marks the 3rd movie from the DC/Warner Bros cinematic universe that has caused much divide between critics and fans. Coming off the highly critically displeased reception of Batman V Superman, the so-called movie experts are tearing SS apart for its jarring plot, erratic editing, and vapid characters; including but not limited to: the misogynistic treatment of Harley Quinn (those booty shorts kept getting shorter and shorter) and the racial stereotypes of El Diablo being a Mexican gang banger, and Killer Croc being a reptile skinned black guy who wants to watch BET (to watch white girls Twerk no less). Meanwhile, the fans, have been a little more forgiving. The DC loyalists relished in films boss soundtrack of classic rock anthems, its youthful edge style (If Hot Topic could be a movie, this would be it) and the badassery of break away characters like Viola Davis‘ unapologetically brutal Amander Waller, Margo Robbie’s barb-tongued spitfire Harley Quinn and Will Smith‘s “no time for bullshit” Deadshot. These are characters people want to see more of.
So what’s the deal? Why is there such a divide – why does a film like Suicide Squad get a 26% Rating from Critics on Rotten Tomatoes and a 71% Audience Score? Well, that’s what the Internet is for – to fight, bicker, and assert opinion over someone else’s fandom. Tell you what, though, John Ostrander, creator of the Suicide Squad comics, has a different theory. He thinks it’s because critics just “came prepared to hate”. (more…)
Stan Lee. Not only is he one of, if not the most, influential all fathers of comic books, he’s also one of the great orators of our time. This is a man who was once asked if digital comics would replace actual comics and famously said “Comics are like boobs. They look great on a computer, but I’d rather hold one in my hand”. He speaks. We listen.
In a moment that is clearly being blown out of proportions, at the premier for Suicide Squad, director David Ayer said “F*ck Marvel!” while responding to a fan that said that same thing. David Ayer quickly took to Twitter to apologize, saying that he got caught up in the moment. Ayer was just a guy pumping up the building and confident in his movie. Despite the apology, the outburst triggered fans. Hard.
The great Stan Lee has responded to the remarks by David Ayer, settling the matter indefinitely. (more…)
The point of critics is to help provide information to help you, potential audience member, make an informed decision. What you decide to do or not do with that information is your own business. Of course, there is absolutely nothing worse (from an entertainment perspective I mean. There are way worse things… like cancer, Donald Trump, and oatmeal raisin cookies) than being all excited and pumped for an upcoming movie release, only to see said movie get absolutely eviscerated by movie critics. Even for those who do not take much stock in what critics have to say, it does sour the experience of going into a flick without some sort of preconceived notion. It’s deflating is what it is, generating that “ahhh, goddammit” voice inside your head (as well as maybe a vocal one). And that’s just your everyday movie. When it comes to the superhero genre, particularly Marvel (Disney) vs DC (Warner Bros), online angst is turned up to 11. Fans/people are getting flippin’ fed up at critics sucking the proverbial dick of Marvel and their overwhelmingly positive reviews for all but a few of their movies. Meanwhile DC/Warner, which is now into its 3rd cinematic installment with the release of Suicide Squad (Fri 8/5), and the scale is so un-balanced there might as well be a 5 ton brick on it. The particular reviews, in this case, are the ones featured on Rotten Tomatoes. Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice received an infamous low critics score of 27% vs Captain America: Civil War’s 90%. And as of right now, David Ayer Suicide Squad has a critic rating of 37%.
With a system that appears to be rigged (it’s not), has frustrated one DC fan to the point where he has started an online petition to have the review aggregator site shut down. (more…)
Pop quiz. Can you name all the members of the Suicide Squad? Unless you’re a die-hard comic book nerd, you probably can’t. Rick Flag, El Diablo, June Moon… who the deuce are these people? For general audiences, the names do not register, not at all. The only two really recognizable characters would be what, Joker and Harley Quinn? Think about that, think about your typical church-going grandma, that weird kid who hangs out at the bowling alley on Monday nights (he doesn’t go in, he just hangs outside), or that guy that changes your oil at Valvoline. These are regular everyday people that normally wouldn’t have a clue, yet, according to the number’s they’re just as excited about seeing Suicide Squad as you are. (more…)
Over the last 5 years, it has been a tradition at San Diego Comic Con for former Mythbusters star Adam Savage to walk the con floor going incognito, dressed in elaborate cosplays of his own making. He’s appeared in a spacesuit replica from Ridley Scott’s Aliens, the Mercury Spacesuit from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Noface from Spirited Away, Hellboy, Judge Dredd, and more. Given his decades worth of experience in visual effects, prop making, and machine work, he has the tools and the talent to make some truly awe-inspiring cosplays. He also has an incredible amount of patience, an obsession really, to make sure his costumes are 100% screen accurate down to even the smallest of details. For an example, he even spent 10+ years making the spacesuit from Aliens, that’s right, 10 years before he was ready to roll it out at SDCC.
So… at SDCC 2016, what did Savage comes dressed as this year? Well, you might have already seen/heard of his hilarious life-size bear suit from The Revenant complete with a Leo prop! But Adam also came dressed as someone else…. (more…)
Just when you’ve come to terms with the fact that Game of Thrones won’t be back in April – Due to the long-awaited arrival of winter in the season six finale, filming has been pushed back for season seven, with a return date at some point late summer – HBO announces that the hit series will officially end at season 8. The show about warring factions, family disputes, power plays, and….and… bewbz, it will all be over. *insert sad face here* (more…)
Now that Batman V Superman has been out of the theaters for a while and available on home release, the time for people warring about it online has all but come to pass. Fans have now set their sights on Justice League, which debuted a fantastically well-received trailer at San Diego Comic-Con. The teaser showed what appears to be a fun superhero team-up film in style of The Avengers, and managed to do the impossible – make Aquaman a total bad-ass. Fans are also giddy over the trailer for Wonder Woman which also premiered at SDCC, which looks like a feminist cross-fitter’s wet dream. Warner Bros/DC really knocked it out of the park at Comic Con and has seemingly won over every fan who ever said anything bad about Batman V Superman. But… about that. The veritable shit storm of negative reviews from critics still linger like stink on a monkey. Why, though… why are people still arguing online about how bad the movie was/is?
There’s plenty of reviews out there that explain in detail the lack of story, characterizations, and absurd motivations (I, for one, still have no idea why the deuce Lex Luthor had it in for Superman) but it actually all comes down to one fundamental flaw – Forced Moments. What does that mean? Well, because hating on BvS never gets old, watch this new video essay from Youtuber Nerdwriter1 as he attempts to explain what the fundamental flaw is in Zack Snyder‘s comic book sequel. (more…)
Pokemon Go is so big. How big is it? I dunno, why don’t you ask the bulbous Bulbasaur dildo sitting in your significant others sock drawer. Given the insane popularity and influence Pokemon has on the world right now, leave it to the adult entertainment industry to make some f**k toys out of it.
Called “Pokémoan“, the toys come fashioned after the starter Pokémon available in the game. You can choose either Bulby, Charmy, Squirty or Piky. (more…)
After seeing Captain America: Civil War fans were able to decide if they liked the new Spider-Man. Many doubted the young actor could pull it off, but Tom Holland’s performance as the charming, excitable, wisecracking, and incredible natural friendly neighborhood Spider-Man stifled any reservations and shade thrown ahead of his debut. At 19 years old, Tom Holland is a more youthful Peter Parker than previous incarnations but his portrayal was very true to the comics. He seems just as insecure as a teen superhero should be, and he has a great sense of humor. Basically, his incarnation into the Marvel universe achieved more with the character than Sony managed in the past three or four movies, and that’s just how it is. So… going into Spider-Man’s new solo venture under the Marvel banner has fans very excited. Sadly, audiences will have to wait another year to see Spidey swing into action when Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters next summer, but the actor’s recent appearance at SDCC offered some interesting tidbits to get all fired up about. (more…)
San Diego Comic Con. The biggest and best show for everything Comic, Film & Video related took place this passed weekend. With some amazing cosplayers attending too! Sneaky Zebra has put together a great music video showcasing some of the best cosplayers they came across at SDCC.
Zipping between the San Diego Convention Center and Petco Park, they’ve caught on camera some of the finest looking cosplay wandering the streets and halls of the convention. Another wonderful video that shows how wonderful a comic con weekend really is. (more…)