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Week of Geek: The DCEU fumbles again, What heck?

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Well Geeklings, it has arrived.  The Justice League movie.

Full disclosure; I haven’t seen it yet.  But I and the rest of the world do know two things about it.  Critics aren’t crazy about it.  And it underperformed at the Box Office it’s opening weekend.

WHAT… HECK?!

This was supposed to be it!  The culmination of… FOUR movies!

The film that brings everyone together, including some we hadn’t really met yet!  What the heck?!  (There might be a bit of sarcasm in there, my bad.)

So what’s going on?  This is the fifth movie in this series thus far, and out of the five of them only one has actually performed well with critics, fans and with ticket sales.

Well, I was reading this article the other day, and I think it really hits the nail on the head.  Give it a read for the full picture but here’s a few things I’d like to highlight…

  • This was really rushed: Four movies may seem like a lot, but only three of them really had anything to do with Justice League (Suicide Squad was more of a standalone).  DC’s decision to go the opposite route that Marvel did (with five movies all tying in to the lead up of The Avengers) while developing a Cinematic Universe means that we now have a Justice League film where we only really know half the members.  Where’s the investment?
  • Over saturation: Justice League only followed Thor: Ragnarok by two weeks.  Someone like me is happy to have several super hero films at once but the average movie goer may not be thrilled.
  • Backstage shenanigans: Though some fans may disagree with me, I’ve never been thrilled that Warner Bros decided to put Zack Snyder in charge of this operation.  I’m not crazy about the decisions he’s made thus far, or about how dark and dreary he seems to be insisting on making this universe.  And the only time the franchise has had any real success was when they put someone else in charge.  Snyder had to back out of finishing Justice League for very legitimate reasons, and WB brought in Joss Whedon to finish the movie.  I love Whedon, but it’s never easy to take someone else’s work and try to finish it, and there were A LOT of reshoots.  Often what this all leads to is two very different visions competing against each other and a very unbalanced final product.
  • Fans are just getting sick of all of this:  From the backstage drama to the bad reviews to the constant disappointment and divisive decisions DC and Warner Bros are making, some fans have likely had enough of the whole thing.  I think I’m starting to get to that point myself.  This isn’t working!  And it makes it all the more painful to know that it can work.  Wonder Woman proved it!

Having said all that, I will probably go and see Justice League.  One thing a lot of critics have been saying is that even though it’s not a perfect film it is fun.  Sometimes that’s all I want from a superhero film, and that sense of fun was sorely lacking in Man of Steel and especially Batman v SupermanSuicide Squad tried to be fun, but only as a last minute add on.  And though Wonder Woman had the emotional depth the story needed it definitely had it’s fun moments.  That’s part of what made it such a great film; it could do both.

What do you think Geeklings?  Will you go see Justice League?  Give it a pass?  Either way, how come?  Post in the comments or for more extensive thoughts head to the WriteIt site and pour your hearts out.

And, just to reassure ourselves that DC can win in other mediums, here’s a list of their TV shows…

And some awesome graphic novels…

Have a great week Geeklings, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek Breaking News: New Justice League Trailer! And Death Note!

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Hiya Geeklings!  How we all doing this gray but double-digit temperature day?  (It’s still March, we take warm weather when we can get it).

Some exciting news this last weekend.  DC’s culmination of their own cinematic universe, Justice League, will be out this November.  The first footage we saw was from last summer’s San Diego Comic Con.  Here it is if you need a refresher (plus Ezra Miller‘s Barry Allen is just fun to watch).

Well, this weekend we got a full-on trailer!  Check it out!

Whaaaaaaa?  *excited noises*

Now, DC’s had some bumps in the road trying to establish the DC Extended Universe, which is what they’re calling their intertwined films.  Man of Steel was alright, but nothing to write home about.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice broke my darn heart (and a lot of other people’s).  And while I disagree with a lot of the reviews that suggest Suicide Squad was worse than BvS, it still was not great.  *Sigh*  I love these characters, and I want better for them.

But what do we think from the footage of Justice League so far?  Though it still looks dark and dreary (Zack Snyder is still directing it, after all) there at least appears to be some humor and lightheartedness, which BvS was sorely missing and that Suicide Squad tried to clunkily throw in at the last minute.  Hopefully it’ll be more organic this time around, with great chemistry among the teammates and with plenty of high stakes and action.  That’s not too much to ask, right?  (And while Aquaman is often mocked in pop culture, this version doesn’t look like someone you could make fun of and get away with it.  I like!)

On June 2 Wonder Woman arrives in theaters, and there’s a lot riding on it.  It’s the film just before Justice League, so we’ll see if DC can get one good film in before bringing everyone together.  Also, it’s the first film from any company to feature a top-tier female superhero.  How it does could set the standard for how other films featuring female heroes are made.  Seriously DC/Warner Bros, don’t mess this up!

Shifting gears for a moment, let’s talk about manga adaptations.  One of the most popular manga series out there right now is Death Noteit’s about a high school student named Light Yagami, who discovers a notebook from the Shinigami, which are Japanese spirits that invite humans to their death.  This notebook will kill anyone who’s name is written into it.  Light takes the opportunity to play God and cleanse the world of evil, but he then has to contend with a detective on his case and the Shinigami Ryuk, who owns the notebook.

Well, there’s a live-action film version coming in August on Netflix.  And we got a trailer!

What do we think?  Any Death Note fans out there who want to sound off?  Any novices who think they’ll give the series a shot?  Post away.

That’s all for now Geeklings.  Stay tuned for more news, find more on the Justice League here, and until next time, End of Line.