Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice‘s theatrical cut is a mess. It doesn’t even make coherent sense. The R-Rated cut does make sense, and improves the film, but doesn’t fix the underlying problem that Warner Brothers put too much into a film that only needed Batman and Superman. They begin it beautifully. They pull an absolute masterstroke by taking one of the biggest criticisms of Man of Steel (the mass collateral damage during the film’s climactic battle between Superman and Zod), and placing Bruce Wayne right in the middle of it. He watches as the fight between the Kryptonians claims the Metropolis branch of Wayne Enterprises and holds a new orphan in his arms as he balefully glares up at what caused all of it. THAT WAS ALL THEY NEEDED. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2015) “Bruce in the Battle of Metropolis”
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. February 17th is a four-day weekend for a lot of people in the States for Presidents Day (insert your own joke about the current one here), and there are three underwhelming choices to greet it. Essentially, if you missed John Wick or Lego Batman (I’M GETTING TO THE REVIEW), that’s your best bet if you plan to head to the movies this weekend. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (2/17/2017): The Wall, A Cure for Wellness, Fist Fight
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. February 10th is considered Valentine’s Day weekend, so I suppose that’s the logic for releasing what will most likely be the three films that dominate the rest of the month all in one weekend. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (2/10/2017): LEGO Batman Movie, John Wick 2, 50 Shades Darker
Will Arnett is my fourth favorite Batman of all-time, in any genre (Christian Bale, Kevin Conroy, Michael Keaton precede). His Batman in The LEGO Movie managed to completely mock the character, but stay absolutely true to his core (albeit from a fractured viewpoint). I definitely think an entire movie of this is warranted, and the trailers have left me in stitches. Joining Arnett will be Michael Cera (Robin), Rosario Dawson (Batgirl), Zach Galifanakis (The Joker), and Ralph Fiennes (Alfred). The LEGO Batman Movie is slated for a February 10, 2017, release.
Remastering the previous generation’s games for replay in the current console cycle is something that only a few titles warrant, but undoubtedly the first two installments of Rocksteady’s Batman Arkham franchise deserve the upgrade and revisit. Batman Arkham Asylum and Batman Arkham City (a trilogy finished by the current gen’s Batman Arkham Knight last year) revolutionized the expectations for a super hero game. These games create an entire side universe for Batman. Each character given a new look consistent to the tone and tenor of Arkham’s world. Each game succeeds wholly as a video game experience, and as a Batman story. Return to Arkham has all the DLC and content for the first two games in one package with upgraded graphics (graphics that caused a six month delay to get to the standard Rocksteady established). There feels like there’s still so many stories that could be told in this universe even if Rocksteady says they’re done, they left the ending of Arkham Knight wide open, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see us return to Arkham for another installment in the future. As always, the cheevos are the property and province of the peerless folks at xboxachievements.com. Continue reading Complete Achievement Trophy List for Batman: Return to Arkham Collection (Xbox, Playstation – 2016)