2014’s The LEGO Movie may be the most absolutely delighted I have been by any film since starting this site, and I named it my Movie of the Year. The film was beloved by many, so naturally now there is an entire slew of LEGO films on the way (two this year alone). The first features the breakout star of The LEGO Movie‘s supporting cast: Will Arnett’s Batman. Is it the awesomeness of The LEGO Movie or that the trailers seemed to promise? No. Sadly, in that respect, it’s a bit of a disappointment, but that doesn’t mean The LEGO Batman Movie is not a quality outing into the LEGOverse. Continue reading Movie Review: The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) “Good, but not Awesome.”
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”
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.
After August’s Suicide Squad, the next installment on DC’s road to Justice League is the Wonder Woman solo film. The first trailer for the film was unveiled at Comic Con. The second full trailer is out now, along with three gorgeous posters. “Gorgeous” is really the best word to describe WW so far. It looks stunning. However, every time I hear dialogue, I wince. Geoff Johns didn’t get hired to start righting the disastrous rollout of the DCEU until after Wonder Woman was done, so his influence isn’t going to be felt until Justice League. Question is: by the time we get there, is anyone going to care when Marvel is throwing no-hitter after no-hitter? Starring Gal Gadot, Robin Wright, Chris Pine, and David Thewlis, Wonder Woman is scheduled to open June 2, 2017.
Well, Alan Moore finally has a seriously legitimate beef when it comes to DC adapting his work. Moore’s 1988 original graphic novel, The Killing Joke, is widely regarded as one of the three best Batman stories of all-time. It has been incredibly influential in the development of the involved characters in the comics, influenced Tim Burton and Chris Nolan’s Batman films (Heath Ledger was given a copy of The Killing Joke when he signed on, and the interrogation scene in The Dark Knight has a lot of parallels with the graphic novel’s final showdown), and along with Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One, ushered in the modern grim and gritty Batman that has been the standard take since. When DC announced that its 24th animated feature would be its first R-Rated film, and would tackle The Killing Joke, fans initially got very excited. Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill would return to voice the iconic roles. The first trailer seemed to pull directly from the graphic novel, and got fans even more excited. Then, around Comic-Con, details started leaking about exactly how DC was padding the 48-page OGN into a 78 minute film. Thus began the slow reveal of the worst animated project DC has ever released. It fails the source material, it inflames concerns over aspects of the graphic novel, the script by Brian Azzarello is dull and poorly written when not cribbing for Moore, in short, this is an utter disaster. Continue reading Movie Review: The Killing Joke (2016) *DC is in Flames*