Zach Snyder, the man who has kickstarted the DC Cinematic Universe, has spoken on the success of the recent installment, Wonder Woman. Among the things he has said was that he has always intended for Wonder Woman to be such a contrast to Batman V Superman and Man of Steel in order for women to be presented with a good role model. However, fans might roll their eyes at Zack Snyder because of his lackluster film. At the same time, studio interference can have something to do with the screwing up of the DC Cinematic Universe.
Studios seem to think that people want DC to be like Marvel. However, movies like Logan have shown that people can handle a dark movie if the story is done right. For instance, it was not that Batman V Superman was dark, it was that the story was sloppily handled and edited. When people went light with Batman back in the 90s, many people complained that it was too campy. Nolan’s Batman series have proven that a dark movie could do well because the stories that were told were intelligent.
With Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins has shown that it is possible for a movie based on DC comic book characters to be intelligent and easy to follow. Given that it has received some good reviews, it is likely that this could be the jump off point for the DC cinematic universe to get everything together. The only thing is that the Zack Snyder directed Justice League has to do well. However, even if it doesn’t do well, this can be expected to be the last of the bad streak for DC.
Each era in show business has a central genre that is very popular. These days, it is the comic book movie genre. Just a few decades ago, it was the gunslinger movies that was considered as the favorite genre. While they are often considered western movies, one thing to consider is that every movie made in the west is technically western. It’s just that the popular settings change.
Back in the 50s, the gunslingers were the favorite action heroes. Then in the 60s, this version of the genre began to die out. This brought forth some attempts at deconstructing the genre. Among the types of movies that have been released in those days are Spaghetti Westerns. One interesting thing about this category is that it has stripped the central hero down to more of an anti-hero. The outspoken morally good hero has been replaced with a soft spoken amoral anti-hero. A similar thing has happened in the east with Japan’s Samurai movies.
After a while, studios have all but stopped making gunslinger movies except every once in a while. However, the themes of the western still remain intact. As a matter of fact, many of today’s action movies can be considered gunslinger movies in an updated setting. The latest forms that the western has taken on is the comic book movie. While they are still as popular as ever, they are already beginning to die down. Some films have been released as a deconstruction of the comic book hero. Among these movies are Watchmen, Logan, and Kick Ass. There is no telling when exactly the comic book film genre is going to fall back into the background, but they are still being enjoyed today with films like Wonder Woman, and upcoming movies like Thor: Ragnarok.
When people think about bad movies, they often go to the movies that are so painful and embarrassing to watch that they are remembered for how “bad” they are. However, those movies have turned out to be very entertaining to the point that they are treated and remembered like classics. When people think about bad movies, they tend to think that those are the movies that are going to be forgotten. However, it is not the bad movie that is forgotten. It is the mediocre movie that people forget about.
The thing with mediocre movies is that mediocrity could fall within a large range. There is mediocre good, mediocre, and then mediocre bad. The thing is that it doesn’t matter how good a movie is in the mediocrity scale. It will still be forgotten. Perhaps one of the reasons that a mediocre movie is forgotten is that it offers nothing new. One of the most recent mediocre movies to be released is The Mummy. This recent Mummy movie is very forgettable. Even Tom Cruise’s star power could not save the film. The story and the effects are really nothing new. Perhaps the only new effect that is worth remember is the pupils of the eyes multiplying.
The Mummy is one of the franchises that have the most movies. This type of movie has also spanned a couple of genres. While The Mummy is mostly a horror type of story, there have also been movies that have taken the franchise to action, adventure and comedy franchises while retaining some of the horror elements. The Brendan Fraser starring vehicle is one thing that comes to mind. It is safe to say that The Mummy franchise is going to lie dormant for a while again.
Robert Downey Jr. has recently said that the first solo outing of Spider-man in the MCU reminds him of the first Iron Man. This may be good news for the movie because the first Iron Man is considered not just the best of the Iron Man of the series but also one of the best movies in the MCU. While there are a ton of strong MCU movies, one thing that is certain is that they don’t stand as well on their own. Another thing is that outside of Iron Man a lot of the movies in the MCU were rather lacking. Shining examples of good movies in the MCU are Captain America: The First Avenger, The Winter Soldier, and the Avenger movies.
Spider-Man Homecoming is looking to be a really promising movie. Probably the best Spider-Man movie since the first two Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies. The interesting twist in this version of Spider-Man is that Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr., is going to be Peter Parker’s mentor. It is interesting what they are going to do to explain what happened to his uncle, Ben Parker. Given that Peter Parker is currently in high school (like in the comic book versions), this is going to play out in an interesting way. Maybe Tony Stark is going to be the de-facto Ben Parker in this series.
It is nice to see that some iconic characters in the Marvel universe are making appearances. They couldn’t include Spider-man right away because that character’s rights were given to Sony. However, they have worked something out so that the character can appear. Also, some fans are wondering if the X-Men are going to be able to join the MCU.
As far as “Deadpool 2” goes, there is some more good news coming from the camp, namely for a major in the movie.
As of now, it has been revealed that actor Jack Kesy will be a part of the cast of Deadpool 2, serving as a major villain in the movie, though it hasn’t been confirmed exactly who that will be apart from some sources calling him “Black Bob” for the moment. This all comes after news has been relatively quiet, apart from Josh Brolin being cast as Cable and Leslie Uggams returning as Blind Al.
Something to consider is that in the comics, there is a real villain named “Black Tom Cassidy,” so it’s really not a stretch to suggest this could be the role, though the production crew may be using that name as a cover. Black Tom, in the comics, is a mutant with the power to bond with and project energy through plant life and create blasts with wooden objects.
The casting of Kesy is quite different from others for the film, because Kesy hasn’t quite had a breakthrough role in film, but this role might be just the one to do it. Kesy is most well known for playing as Gabriel Bolivar, or The Master in the horror drama series, The Strain. As opposed to casting Cable, which had other big name actors like Michael Shannon and Brad Pitt looking at and auditioning for the role before Brolin came in and won out in the end.
One perk of Kesy taking on the role is that he is a fairly new face in the industry for movies and as a result he might find himself having an easier time slipping into the role and working everything out for himself. He won’t have to worry about living up to the expectations of other actors who came before him in a similar role. This is made easier with the fact that he is starring in a war drama film called Horse Soldiers, set to be released in early 2018.
John Wick, where did you go?
It doesn’t seem that John Wick really went anywhere. The violent character played by Keanu Reeves in the original film and its sequel may be heading back into theaters a great deal faster than anyone anticipated.
Reportedly, the third entry in the John Wick series may start filming before the end of 2017. If the film starts rolling that quickly, it would show the studio is incredibly thrilled with the box office receipts the second film earned.
John Wick was a surprise box office hit. Possibly even more surprising, John Wick: Chapter 2 made more money than the first film. Why would anyone be shocked that Lionsgate Films wants to get the third John Wick completed quickly?
Hopefully, the screenplay for the next John Wick film was already written a while ago. If the script is being rushed into completion in order to speed up the release of the film, then thing could backfire. John Wick has the potential to be a long-running franchise. The two films definitely rejuvenated Keanu Reeves’ career.
At least two more John Wick movies can surely be made before the film starts running out of steam. If the two subsequent films are critically acclaimed and crowd pleasers, the series may continue on for several more additional chapters.
Who knows? Lionsgate is bringing back Jigsaw for a new Saw film. Maybe a John Wick crossover with Saw would work? Actually, that would be an awful idea and one only necessary if both films tanked and Lionsgate went ridiculously into crossover universe territory.
Speculation of this nature can be fun, but the odds of anything actually occurring outside of a series of sequels contained in the current world of John Wick would be slim. It won’t be fun if the third John Wick film ends up a rush job intended solely to cash in on the film while its hot.
The John Wick franchise has been able to succeed with audiences thanks to its quirky, unique, and original approach to the “loner anti-hero” adventure film. Both John Wick films succeeded due to the care that went into making great films. The reboot of The Mechanic and its subsequent sequel faltered due to the throwaway nature of the movies.
Let us all hope “John Wick” and “throwaway” are never used in the same sentence.
Mark Hamill has recently came out and actually praised the upcoming Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi by saying that it is definitely different, but really satisfying. One thing that many were faced with after seeing The Force Awakens was the fear that the next episode was just going to be a remake of The Empire Strikes Back. The good news is that Rian Johnson has taken note of the complaints of The Force Awakens and has decided to take the story in a different direction so that people will have something new to enjoy. One thing that people complain about in Hollywood is a lack of originality.
According to Mark, they have corrected this issue. He has stated that the narrative is going to be like nothing that has been seen in the other films. This may actually be a good or a bad thing for the film. Given that it is a dark film, it may take a little while for audiences to warm up to the film. After all, when The Empire Strikes Back was released, the reviews have not been that receptive initially. It took a while for people to catch on and realize the masterpiece achievement in Empire.
One thing that is certain is that the next Star Wars franchise is going to earn a lot of money. All that is needed is for there to be great marketing. For one thing, there are a lot of factors at play. One major factor is the nostalgia factor. Many people have come to know and love the characters that have been associated with the original trilogy. Star Wars can showcase a lot of these characters. Afterwards, they can make sure that the story is well structured and tight.
One thing that is good is that people don’t have to worry about them trying to repeat the formula of The Empire Strikes Back. There will be enough fresh ideas brought to The Last Jedi.
Hollywood has already announced a reboot to the Resident Evil franchise. The interesting thing is that the last movie in the series has just recently been released. This seems a little quick on the studios to try to reboot the franchise. Milla Jovovich has expressed her opinions on the reboot. One thing that she has stated is that this is putting the cart before the horse. After all, it is important to let the franchise rest before exhausting it.
This whole craze with the reboot seems to have started with the Batman franchise with Batman Begins. Since that movie turned out to be a critical success, the industry looked for other franchises they could reboot. However, when Batman Begins was released, there was already plans to reboot the James Bond film franchise with Daniel Craig as Bond. While Batman Begins didn’t make all that much money, it has wowed audiences. However, Casino Royale was a critical and financial success. For Batman, it was when The Dark Knight came out that Batman was cemented as the best character to be a fan of. However, it turned out to be rare for reboots to be successful. Movies like The Amazing Spider-man and Conan have turned out to be failures.
Another issue with reboots is that many series start out with a strong beginning and then fizzle out by the second film because of studio interference and fan service. Star Trek has suffered with its (5th) remake of The Wrath of Khan called Into Darkness. Milla Jovovich has a good point with what the studios are doing about their reboots and remakes. One of the keys for a reboot to be successful is that they have to let the franchise rest. At the same time, they have to take the time to come up with a strong and solid story that not only honors the franchise but also takes it to a higher level in its appeal to its audience.
Star Wars Episode VIII, aptly named “The Last Jedi” is due out in theaters this December and is naturally ranks as one of the most highly anticipated movies for the year.
It was just last month during the Star Wars Celebration that the first trailer for The Last Jedi made its debut, which pretty much set the tone for the rest of the movie. Just recently, fans all over finally were able to get a shot of the full cast for the movie as well as all the locations shown. But one other tidbit of information about the film came from none other than famed franchise actor Mark Hamill himself.
In a short video, Hamill stated that he enjoyed how the film was very different from all of the other movies in the series. Specifically, he said that it was so much different in a ton of ways from the other episodes and for that reason fans would find themselves very satisfied in what they get. This comes after The Force Awakens was criticized for being too close to A New Hope in story, despite the movie being widely praised by nearly everyone. Many fans, naturally, were scared that The Last Jedi would have a ton of similarities to The Empire Strikes Back.
Chances are that there will be some similarities to Empire, but despite this director Rian Johnson has let it be known that he has mixed the formula up for the movie a bit. A good example of this can be found in how new planets have been introduced for the film such as “Crait” and “Canto Bight.” Johnson has also explained how the film will explore more of the Star Wars mythology, such as Luke going on a quest to search for the first Jedi temple.
New additions to the cast will be included, such as actress Laura Dern and actor Benicio del Toro, both of whom are considered mysterious figures for the moment. In any case, many can expect the tone of the film to be darker than some of the ones that came before it.
The popular John Wick franchise is already getting ready to start filming on its third installment. One of the reasons that John Wick is so popular is that it has brought an interesting twist to the revenge genre. Keanu Reeves has also put in a good performance as the one man no one wants to cross. The first one was successful enough that it has brought a lot of attention to the director who has gone on to direct Atomic Blonde. He is also getting ready to helm Deadpool 2.
One good thing about the John Wick series is that it has actually reached out to fans and granted them some really great cinematic moments. Among these moments is the Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne reunion. They both play similar roles to the roles they have played in The Matrix films with Keanu playing the role of a gunman and Laurence playing the role of another character that has known him for a while. The one thing about the John Wick character is that he is one of the most respected characters in his world. He also shows a lot of respect for himself. This is one thing that a lot of people in the audience wish they had.
The second film ended on an open and ambiguous note. This is actually a brave move for the filmmakers to take. Often times, films that end on an open note tend to leave people thinking a lot of what they saw. One thing they have is questions and they want them answered. However, John Wick 3 is going to pick up where the other film left off so that people will get what they came to get from the film.
The director of John Wick 2 has stated that he is very involved with the project and is hoping to keep it that way. This is hopeful for the franchise. For one thing, the right director is what makes a franchise work.