I am a superhero movie fan. Why? Because I’ve seen so many I sometimes can’t remember all of the ones I’ve seen. I’m talking watching even the crappiest ones like Elektra and I even tried to watch Green Lantern (I didn’t make it very far.)
I have even watched all of the DCEU movies (Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman, Justice League, Wonder Woman, The Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman 1984, Shazam!, Aquaman, and Birds of Prey.) My top three are Shazam!, Man of Steel, and Wonder Woman. The rest fall into a pack of not-so-great-superhero-movies with Aquaman just edging out the others as an every-once-in-the-while film.
I went into Zack Snyder’s Justice League expecting it to be better than Whedon’s cut. It was…and that is about it. Snyder’s version is four hours of bloated, testerone-inspired superhero nonsense that left me still confused by the end of the movie even though we supposedly got two extra hours of content to make the story easier to follow.
So, because I have a lot to say I’m going to break this review into pros and cons. And of course, we will take the cons head on first.
Yes, you read the title of this post correctly. Michael Keaton has apparently been cast as Batman in not only the upcoming DCEU movie, The Flash, but also a saga of his own separate from Robert Pattinson’s gritty take on the dark knight.
This is both shocking and wonderful at once. I have always been one to believe that Keaton is the best Batman because he was the one to create that classic bad***ery that has made Batman such a staple in pop culture today on the big screen.
Before him, there was no template for a broody, more serious depiction of Batman who kicks butt and gets the ladies. And considering the fact that Michael Keaton practically still looks the same and is still very current in movies the idea of him returning as an older Batman is honestly one of the best ideas the DCEU could make at the moment.
Now, considering the DCEU’s shaky record for delivering legitimately good movies, will these films actually be good? Geez, I hope so. But for now, I simply can’t wait to see the original Batman don his suit again. It’s going to be epic!
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I’ve just participated in a marathon of The Dark Knight Trilogy spanning a week long and today I finally finished The Dark Knight Rises. It was fun but it was nowhere near as entertaining as either The Dark Knight (which is one of my favorite movies of all time) or even Batman Begins. Why? How could the finale of an incredible superhero trilogy fall just a little flat compared to its predecessors? Today, after watching this film for the fourth time in my life, I think I finally have a definitive answer.
The Dark Knight Rises is a great superhero movie which is apparent with its 8.4 out of 10 star rating on IMDb but what it lacks that The Dark Knight has in such abundance is an easy-to-follow, simplistic storyline.
The Dark Knight follows the growing madness of The Joker and his schemes which takes Batman on quite an emotional journey. There are stunning plot twists and fantastic character developments that leave the viewer riveted.
Batman, he’s a character that is rebooted at least once every decade since Michael Keaton’s portrayal of the character in 1989. And with each iteration comes the fans’ searing disapproval or groveling praise and Robert Pattinson’s take on the dark knight is making fans of the character very, very happy indeedy.
Pattinson has been beloved by pop culture nerds for a while, whether we’re talking about his role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as Cedric Diggory or his role as Edward Cullen in the Twilight movies. But over the years, he’s strayed away from the pop culture scene, proving himself to be a formidable actor in other movies. Now he’s playing the role of his life and it looks like he’s going to be quite the treat to behold. Check out the first teaser released last night for The Batman.
Gritty, dark, and so brutal, this Batman looks like he’s on a mission and you don’t want to be in his way. Matt Reeves announced that they only got 25-30% into filming so I honestly expected to see maybe twenty seconds of live-action looks at the characters…not a full-blown teaser!
The internet is roiling over this brand new look at the Batman and I am just so impressed. Plus, his new saying, “I’m vengeance” instead of “I’m Batman” was an extra cool touch.
I was already a bit excited about this movie but now I’m positively over the moon. People are already clamoring for Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker to meet Pattinson’s Batman and if that did happen I think it would be one of the greatest things to ever happen in comic book movie history.
Gosh, I’m ready to see this movie next year.
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In the light of knowing that we will be getting to the Snyder Cut next year, I’m revisiting this review of Justice League after watching it for only the second time a few months ago. Enjoy!
I haven’t seen Justice League since I went to watch it in IMAX in November of 2017 but after Aquaman, I have obtained an almost troubling desire to watch this movie again. For weeks I have waited to see it and finally, last night, I got to watch it.
My review of Justice League last time wasn’t a scathing review of a terrible film but rather a delighted account that highlighted the film’s strengths rather than its weakness. However, after seeing how incredible Aquaman was and then watching Justice League it definitely was a bit jarring to see the striking difference between the two films. Simply Aquaman is great, Justice League is not.
I found myself slightly cringing whenever Bruce Wayne was on the screen because he looked terribly wooden and slightly if I’m being honest, bloated.
There are lots of actors but there are only several actors that stick out to me among the pack as performers who have delivered some truly outstanding pieces of work.
These actors are: Tom Hanks, Christian Bale, Josh Brolin, Joaquin Phoenix, Russel Crowe, Heath Ledger, Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Denzel Washington, and Morgan Freeman. However, after the past few weeks and getting the chance to see James McAvoy’s performances in the X-Men films as well as Split and Glass, I have assembled him alongside the likes of these exceptional actors because, despite the fact that he’s only been nominated for a Golden Globe for the romantic drama Atonement, the man can act!
Watching him take on a role in Split that features a character who has twenty-three! different personalities within himself could’ve been a disaster. Instead, we get to see him shine as he impeccably switches characters on the drop of a dime just by changing the way he sits, the way his eyebrows crinkle, or the way his voice sounds. He ranges from stern and annoying as Dennis to kind and almost motherly as Patricia and then really goofy and naive as nine-year-old Hedwig and then absolutely terrifying as his horrific alter-ego, The Beast. And this happens all while retaining the idea that Kevin, the person the twenty-three personalities are trying to protect, lies deep within.