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My Favorite Scene: Man of Steel (2013) “Learning to Fly”

In two days, the DCEU looks like it’s finally going to get the blockbuster, critical success it desperately needed.  That success won’t come from Batman or Superman, but Wonder Woman, which at time of writing is holding at a stunning 96% on Rotten Tomatoes.  The film that began DC’s shared super hero universe, Man of Steel, remains divisive (though not as much as Batman vs. Superman).  Man of Steel is the only film I’ve ever reviewed twice on this site.  I really loved Superman Returns so this was a radical departure, but I gave it another chance, and I’m glad I did.  It’s flawed, but nowhere near so the next two DC films, and it has truly great moments in it.  My favorite scene in the film comes after discovering his suit and talking with Jor-El: his first flight.  Henry Cavill is so likable in this role (one of BvS’ greatest sins is painting him as the villain and taking that likability away).  I love how it’s not effortless for him.  He has to keep trying.  But when he gets it down, the pure joy on his face is priceless.  It’s human.  After all, how would you feel if you could fly?
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The Most Expensive Deleted Scenes Ever Filmed

Deleted scenes are sometimes more than just cool features on a Blu Ray; little gems that didn’t quite make the final cut.  Sometimes deleted scenes are deleted swaths of the film that make a huge impact on the film’s tone, budget, and shooting schedule.  Looper (which is a great channel to follow on YouTube for cool videos like this) has put together a piece on the most expensive deleted scenes in Hollywood history from recent films like World War Z and X-Men: Days of Future Past all the way back to The Wizard of Oz.  I’m fairly certain the video was made before the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘s massive reshoots last summer.  Though Disney hasn’t released a figure on how much it cost (and don’t expect them to), bringing in writer/director Tony Gilroy to help with the process cost $5 million before they even began reshooting 20-30 scenes, so it’s safe to say it would make this list as well.  However, when you end up with the #7 grossing film in US history, fiscally it all balanced out.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Director Orson Krennic, Ben MendelsohnThe piece also mentions the $10 million original opening sequence to Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns that was cut in which the film originally opened with a silent exploration of the ruins of Krypton by Superman in his ship.  Superman Returns is a polarizing film, but it’s still my favorite Superman film of the bunch, but this was definitely a good cut.  If you have never seen it, it was released back in 2011 in the Superman Anthology Blu Ray set, but thanks to the awesome power of YouTube, I can just plop it below.

Injustice 2 – Complete Achievement/Trophy List (2017-Xbox, Playstation)

Injustice: Gods Among Us is one of the best fighting games I’ve ever played, not just because the fighting mechanics were great and the iconic DCU environments all perfect.  Injustice got its characters and wove a fantastic story into a genre into which there usually is little to none.  The story of Superman’s fall from grace into global tyrant and the civil war it sparked among the DC heroes was so good it sparked a comic that ran for the five years inbetween the game’s release and the upcoming sequel Injustice 2.

This installment promises to be one of the games of 2017 with more heroes, an intriguing customization and leveling system, and hype built on story, story, story.  A five-part cinematic ramp up entitled Shattered Alliances and included above gives a look at the games roster and serves as a prelude to the DCU’s war with Braniac.  The achievement list looks like a lot of fun and gives some insight into the settings and what appears to be deep replay value of the game.  Injustice 2 will release on May 16, 2017 for Xbox One and Playstation 4.  As always your achievements below are provided by the peerless xboxachievements.com. Continue reading Injustice 2 – Complete Achievement/Trophy List (2017-Xbox, Playstation)

My Favorite Scene: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2015) “Bruce in the Battle of Metropolis”

 

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”

Trailer Time: Justice League Teaser #1 *First Look from Comic Con 2016*

Right on the heels of their release of the first full trailer for Wonder Woman, DC has released the first teaser trailer for Justice League as well as the first look at the full team, official synopsis below:

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot will be reprising their roles as the DC Trinity, Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman in Warner Bros.‘ Justice League, and joining them are Jason Mamoa as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, and Ezra Miller as The Flash. Amber Heard is set to play Queen Mera in the film as well before moving to the solo Aquaman movie in 2018, with Willem Dafoe appearing in a mystery role, and J.K. Simmons playing Commissioner Gordon.

Directed by Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Justice League will debut in theaters on November 10, 2017.