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David F. Sandberg

With Disney making major bank off the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the better part of a decade, it was inevitable other movie studios would try to do the same. Universal tried to kickstart their so-called “Dark Universe” with The Mummy just two months ago (they failed). Just as moviegoers have begun to lose interest, Paramount hopes to turn the Transformers series into a shared universe. (Get ready for Bumblebee to have his own standalone movie next year.) Warner Bros. looked like they were best situated to match Marvel superhero for superhero, but stumbled repeatedly over the last few years, finally righting the figurative ship earlier this summer with Wonder Woman. But what’s better than one cinematic universe? Two, of course. Which brings us to Annabelle: Creation, the prequel to the prequel/spin-off of what’s being called the “Conjuring Universe.” Here’s the thing: If Annabelle: Creation, a modestly budgeted, period-set, old-school supernatural flick directed by David F. Sandberg (Lights Out), is any indication, Warner Bros. just might succeed and at a fraction of the comic-book/superhero price.

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One of the most repeated criticisms of the DC Extended Universe series of movies so far has been their bleakness, their negativity, and their general sense of nihilism. There’s literally a line in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice where Superman says, “No one stays good in this world.” Great message from the man who stands for truth, justice and the American way, right? Well, an antidote may be coming in the form of a man who’s very much like Superman in terms of super-powers, but now Shazam! will have to find the fun and light-heartedness of the being a superhero in the DCEU.  (more…)

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