Are There Too Many Superhero Films?

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During a recent interview Jodi Foster stated “Studios making bad content in order to appeal to the masses and shareholders is like fracking — you get the best return right now but you wreck the earth.” Then in a final jab she said, “It’s ruining the viewing habits of the American population and then ultimately the rest of the world.” Is she on to something?  Is she off the rails?  We discuss in this episode.

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Justice League Review: We’ll Fix It In Post

Justice League is why I hate group projects. My idea for a project is to work on it early as possible, plan ahead, and retain one specific vision. What’s frustrating about group projects is having to rely on other people to not screw up the assignment. What’s really frustrating is when the teacher wants you to submit a draft, so they can give you tips to make your grade better or in this case, for a film to earn more money.

Teacher: You have too much Darkseid. Can you add more Steppenwolf?

Me: AHH shit okay, I mean I guess. I was kinda trying to have him appear at the end and I was going to spend more time on Cyborg but—

Teacher: Get him to say mother a lot.

Me: Oh like in Advent Children? I mean that could be kinda cool, but he works for Darkseid.

Teacher: If you have to leave it in just let him mention Darkseid.

Me: I mean…okay but why would he call three boxes, mother? Should I animate a lady when the boxes are together??

Teacher: NO, you’re making too complicated. But add the mom stuff. DC characters love their mom.

Suddenly a project you were focusing on your own, turns into a bunch of people yelling out ideas to make it better. Everyone wants to add their own spin to the story.

Group Member: AQUAMAN IS A BAD BOI.

Group Member: Flash is bad boi but cute boi too.

Group Member: Batman is the OG bad boi.

Group Member: No, too many bad boi’s.

Group Member: I WANT SUPERMAN TO BE EVIL IN ONE SCENE.

Me: He’s not in the movie right now?

Group Member: Let’s Frankenstein him like Zodd.

Me: WHAT another giant creature!?

Group Member: No! Do a smol superman…but evil and BRITISH MAYBE? Just for like a minute. Then back to normal. It will be cool scene.

Me: Jesus FINE.

Group Member: Superman came to set with a moustache now we have to film everything with a moustache in it.

Group member: Nah, just CGI remove it. We have plenty of money. Who gives a shit.

At this point I’m just trying to get this project done.

Me: Let’s get together on Friday to film.

Group Member: Nah, Wonder Woman can’t meet then.

Me: Okay Sunday?

Group Member: Flash is busy on that day.

Group Member: No worries man, I’ll just film all the scenes where they’re together with mostly close up shots. No one will be able to tell.

Me: TF that’s not going to work.

Group Member: Yeah it will. Just get b-roll of them reacting to stuff and then we’ll figure it out in editing.

Group Member: SOMEONE MAKE SURE TO GET CYBORG TO SAY BOOYAH

Group Member: When I recorded Aquaman he kept yelling, can we keep it in?

Me: I mean, I GUESS. It’s too late now, isn’t it?

Group Member: OOPS. I filmed Batman with a beard, does he have a beard in the rest of the movie?

Me: WHAT NO HE DOESN’T

Group Member: No worries, I’ll fix it. I just put some shaving cream on his chin and make it look like he was shaving real quick.

Me: BUT WHY DID HE HAVE A BEARD.

Group Member: IT WAS COLD WHERE HE WAS IT WILL MAKE SENSE I PROMISE.

Me: Okay we have them all together for 2 days. Let’s story board what we need.

Group Member: I think we’ll be okay winging it. Just need to get them jumping out of stuff, right?

Group Member: Yo, someone crank Batman’s voice modulator UP. MY BOY NEEDS TO BE SICKENING

 

Zach Snyder had a personal tragedy that pulled him out of post-production, but consider Joss Whedon (his replacement) has a completely different style than Snyder.

Also weird, because Joss Whedon liked this tweet.

Producer Charles Roven said “The goal is to make sure when you’re watching the movie, it all feels cohesive… That imprint that Joss had, some aspect of it is going to come out in the direction, but the actors are already pretty much down the road on their arcs…Let’s just say 80, 85% of the movie is what was originally shot. There’s only so much you can do with other 15, 20% of the movie.”

YIKES MY BOY IT DID NOT WORK.

But in a weird way the movie does work…just only in the same way The Room works.

He did not hit her.

Like The Room, you kinda help but can’t laugh at some of the attempts at humor, the overuse of cutaways, the ham-fisted way the story progresses, and like I said earlier, the same use of close-ups over and over again.

There’s this one scene where Cyborg is talking to his dad and then in the middle of his dad talking, he uses his jet boots to hover in the room, “I couldn’t do that yesterday.” He says. It’s meant to come across I think as snarky, but the cut and timing of the moment made it accidentally hilarious. When I guffawed at this moment in theaters, I realized no one else chuckled. It felt like when you laugh at someone falling and then realize your friends aren’t laughing so you feel like a jerk.

My favorite part personally was where Justice League turned into a Lord of The Rings fan film. HOT DARN. I wasn’t even mad. I laughed and cheered, and I couldn’t believe it. When Galadriel Wonder Woman was telling the story of the 3 rings—err I mean boxes, the scene was quintessential Snyder. It looked beautiful, had a distinct atmosphere. I mean it was Lord of the Rings, but I’m giving it to him because it looked so cool, and was a really needed aspect of a superhero film which had another forgettable villain. The scene managed to add some beauty to the film besides Wonder Woman’s smirk and Aquaman’s abs.

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It’s really stupid, but I enjoyed Justice League for the giant mess that it is. There were even a few moments that weren’t too bad. I think it did it’s job in introducing new heroes, and setting up for another film relatively easily, even if it is an easy target to poke fun of. Batman is in on how much of a joke he is. Aquaman is a bad boy who tries very hard to be a bad boy. Cyborg is moody and sad, but his voice is just lovely and they hinted at him lightening up in the future. Flash is GOLDEN; he’s truly funny and his relationship with his dad was very cool to see. Wonder Woman is delightful. Superman was there. Injustice the video game has better CGI than this film.

THANK YOU FOR THIS SNYDER

 

The film just barely scrambles together to get the minimum level required to not be as bad at Batman Versus Superman. It’s a real mess. It felt like I was watching a movie while on my phone, but I wasn’t. I was sober, very awake, and somehow it’s still so forgettable, but again, it works if you accept how hopelessly silly it is. So for Justice League, I give it 1 participation trophy out of 1.

 

Betty Windsor is a film snob and co-host of  Geek Versus Week. Her favorite DC character is Cyborg. She believes a polished turd still smells.

What did you think of Wonder Woman?

Wonder Woman podcast spoilers

Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

Take home Wonder Woman on Blu-ray!

DC Douglas: You Can’t Tame the Beast, You Can Only Ride the Dragon | Geek Versus Week podcast #147

DC Douglas Live

During Dragon Con 2017 we had the luxury of hanging out with DC Douglas. It was the last night of Dragon Con, and a few people were hung over and some were salvaging booze from the night before.  What made it even better was the Geek Versus crew was out until about 3am (if you’ve been to Dragon Con, you know how it goes) and not to be outdone DC Douglas was out til about 5am drinking Fireball with some military vets.  That’s just how DragonCon goes, you never know who you’re gonna meet, and who you’re gonna talk to.  So enjoy our talk with DC Douglas.

His voice-over career encompasses video games, television and radio commercials, film and voice-matching celebrities like Val Kilmer and Kevin Spacey.

Voice over credits include The Master in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer video game, Albert Wesker in Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, Resident Evil 5 and Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, Raven in Tekken 6, AWACS Ghost Eye in Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation, Commandant Alexei in Tales of Vesperia, Legion in Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, Grimoire Noir in Nier, Hector Birtwhistle (H.B.) in Xenoblade Chronicles X, as well as several national campaigns (including the GEICO Celebrity campaign from 2006 – 2008, the McDonald’s Be the Sizzle campaign from 2009 – 2010, Radio Shack’s Holiday Hero campaign in 2010, and a 2014 Experian spots featuring Douglas and SpongeBob SquarePants voice Tom Kenny as computers). Douglas is the voice of Chase in The Hub’s Transformers: Rescue Bots, Dylas in Rune Factory 4. Douglas also voices Azrael in the video game BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma and Coburn in Ubisoft’s racing game The Crew.

You can find more from DC Douglas:

On his website:  https://www.dcdouglas.com/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/lancebaxter

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/DC_Douglas

Joss Whedon Batgirl Movie in the Works

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I don’t have much to say about this one other than I’m excited.  I’m still a big Joss Whedon fan, and I think he could do a good with this material, ASSUMING DC let’s him have some free reign.  I find it funny he swore off Superero movies, but now he’s back, and jumping ship at that.  Maybe it’ll even the playing field?  I’m looking forward, are you?

Image: DC Comics. Batgirl is coming to DC’s cinematic universe, and she’s got one hell of a name directing her: Joss Whedon himself. Confirmed by Variety today, Whedon is closing in on a deal to write, direct, and produce Barbara Gordon’s entry into DC’s cinematic universe.Source: Joss Whedon Is Set to Direct a Standalone Batgirl Movie

The Avengers Aren’t Fond of the Justice League Trailer

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Marvel or DC, the age old question?

Fortunately we live in the future where we can have both, in the form of blockbuster movies at that.  That doesn’t mean the Avengers have to like it though.  Check out this hilarious video from Youtuber Dr.Machakil.

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

Justice League heads to theaters on November 17.

Justice League Dark Review

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The creepy-crawly heroes of the DC Universe have come out to play for Justice League Dark, the latest animated effort from DC Entertainment and a stark departure from what viewers have come to expect. Instead of featuring the statuesque, beautiful icons of the Justice League, this story pulls back the curtain on the supernatural heroes who might be mistaken for villains if you didn’t know any better.

Source: Justice League Dark Review