“If at first you don’t succeed, fail, fail, fail again,” has become an apt description for Warner Bros.’ repeated attempts to duplicate Marvel’s multi-billion dollar exercise in multi-media branding, the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). Stubbornly clinging to a “grimmer and bleaker is better” credo courtesy of Frank Miller acolyte Zack Snyder (Man of Steel, Sucker Punch, Watchmen, 300), Warner Bros. managed to turned the Big Blue Boy Scout, a.k.a. Superman/Clark Kent, into a monosyllabic, fragile, conflicted brooder and the Caped Crusader, a.k.a. Batman/Bruce Wayne, into an ultra-violent, paranoid, amoral sociopath. Not surprisingly, moviegoers rejected – or to temporarily sidestep hyperbole, yawned indifferently – when Snyder’s bloated, nonsensical Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice arrived in multiplexes just four months ago. By then, however, it was too late for the DC Cinematic Universe (DCCU). With Wonder Woman almost completed and Justice League nearing the mid-point production wise (both are set to be released next year), the DCCU and the Snyderverse have become – for better or for worse – synonymous (the latter more than the former).
NOTE: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS CHARACTER BASED SPOILERS (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…)
Most people that are into certain fictional characters will buy a tee shirt to represent it, or even buy a limited edition prop replica from a film they enjoy. Kevin Smith, on the other hand, named his kid after one of his favorite characters.
That’s right, we’re talking about his daughter, Harley Quinn Smith. Kevin has been into the Batman franchise for as long as we can all remember, so it’s no wonder that he would put that much thought into things. When his daughter was born, he and his wife decided that Harley Quinn would be her name and she has fully embraced her namesake. (more…)
The first reviews for Suicide Squad, the much anticipated, David Ayer directed film are starting to come in—and boy, is it a rocky boat we’ve set foot in. Let’s back up for a moment: the film, which is set to release this Friday, has already started going into preview showings (and of course, the premiere in which the aforementioned Ayer said ‘f*ck Marvel‘). The film has been building interest and momentum, with opening weekend predictions setting the sales at around $115 million US. Wow. There is, however, potential that this proclamation of box office gang-busting could be ruined in the following week by bad reviews—something we’ve seen not too long ago. So… just how are the critics sizing up the Squad? (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…)
We’re just a week away from David Ayer‘s Suicide Squad hitting theaters screens in what is looking to be a blockbuster weekend for the Warner Bros. film. Hot off the SDCC 2016 Hall H panel, there doesn’t seem to be anything that can slow down this Suicide Squad Freight Train. There was an interesting difference between what was shown at Hall H and what we’ve seen on television so far and it all comes down to Harley Quinn’s (Margot Robbie) incredible shrinking Hot Pants. (more…)
This time next week we’ll know whether Suicide Squad is the epic turn around that the DC Expanded Universe needs, or whether it’s another sign post in an ongoing disaster. We’re hoping for the former obviously, but Warner Bros. seems to be hedging their bets with news that Batman may not be the only superhero to appear in the film. Perhaps we’ve said too much already, so needless to say if you’re spoiler-phobic and this is information you don’t want to have, click away now. But, if your one of those people that can’t wait another seven days, scroll below to learn the possible truth. (more…)
If you’ve been following the upcoming Suicide Squad film, then you know there were a LOT of costume trails and errors to be had to come up with the perfect fit for one Harley Quinn. As we have seen, the ‘Daddy’s Little Monster’ baseball style tee and sequined daisy dukes, took the cake for the look they were trying to portray. Now, Warner Brothers has released behind-the-scenes footage that is over 9-minutes long and it reveals the classic jester costume! Costume designer, Kate Hawley had her own input for fans. (more…)
Sometimes the simplest disguises work the best; Henry Cavill has proven this before, and he’s gone and proven it again by taking to the floor at San Diego Comic-con, armed only with V for Vendetta-style Guy Fawkes’ mask (perhaps channeling his inner-anonymous). You think on of the major stars of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Justice League would at least turn a few heads—but nope, not for a moment. Not only did get Cavill get to spend time as a regular fan on the convention floor, he got to prank some of his DC Film Universe co-stars along the way—namely, those of the upcoming Suicide Squad. (more…)
Coming off the already exciting trailers for Wonder Women and Justice League (which looks so so good) Warner Bros rounded out their super hero flicks from Hall H with the final trailer for Suicide Squad. This movie has had the best editors and graphic artists. Every trailer, including this one, has been fun and clean. Though with 2 weeks out until the premier, all the footage they’ve been releasing lately has been awfully telling, fearing that the best moments have already been shown in the trailers and TV spots. Much like the problem with Batman v Superman’s feverish marketing, no one should have to go into this movie and have a check list of moments and feel like they’ve seen the whole movie. So while this final trailer is fun as hell, maybe reserve from watching it if you want to go into the movie with some fresh blissful ignorance. (more…)