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“MY THOUGHTS ON.. THE DCEU: IS IT DESTINED TO FAIL?!”

Greetings, ladies and gentelnerds and welcome. 
Today I wish to discuss a question that was brought to me by a friend on twitter (@marvelzombiek) Back when i asked for ideas for my 200th blog. (clearly i saved it for a later blog and i think it comes at a good time too.) 

He asked, “Is The DCEU Doomed To Fail?” and I’ve been contemplating on that for awhile now. At first, i would have said, ‘No.’ But.. I’m not so sure about that now.

 A lot has happened, so allow me a moment to go down some details.

BVS: Dawn Of Justice: 

Was supposed to be the official kick-off of the Warner Bros. Pictures DC centered “Cinematic Universe” (I honestly hate the ‘Extended Universe’ Tag) after the successful, but criticly scrutinized ‘MAN OF STEEL’. Things didnt go according to plan. In, what looked like, an attempt to play catch up with Marvel Studios. WB shoveled in so much plot into a dull plotted movie. It was embarrassing to watch as a fan. They hoped to set up an entire universe with 1 single film. Big mistake. The film was about 2 and a half hours long and they shoved about 3 movies worth of material in to it. (for further thoughts on BvS, check out these past blogs,  https://themarvelincblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/03/what-went-wrong-with-batman-v-supermandawn-of-justice/  and https://themarvelincblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/24/how-dcwb-should-have-set-up-the-dcecu/

SUICIDE SQUAD: 

An improvment over BvS and a big risk for WB.  But still lacked a cohesive plot and suffered from poor editing. Although a much more financial success. But still got rammed up the ass without vasiline by the critics and most fans. 
THE FLASH: 

Is having the absouloute worst luck. The film has lost 3 directors. 2 screenwriters. Is currently on a full page 1 rewrite of the script and has no director at all. Its amazing the shit this project is going through.
NOW: 

Wonder Woman is still dropping in June of this year followed by 

Justice League in November. Those two films are probably WB’s last grasp at making this Movie Universe have continued life. I hope and Pray, WW is going to be awesome. I cant be anymore excited. Justice League.. Is yet another Zack Snyder directed film.. Fingers crossed is all i have to say about that.
Furthermore.. As I am putting this article together.. So much more has come to light from WB and the DCEU. 

BATFLECK:

Has decided not to direct the upcoming Solo batman film. One that he himself has co-written and is executive producing. Its also being reported that He is looking to negotiate out of his contract with WB and no longer be the Bat. So lets see What happens with that.
SUICIDE SQUAD 2: 

WB is looking for a director for the sequal, now that David Ayer has decided to turn his attention to 

Gotham City Sirens (IF that even still happens) On that short list of Directors they are courting, Mel Gibson is one of those people.. (More on that in a later blog.)
Look. It is not DC’s fault. It’s Warner Bros. Fault. For soooo many years.. Decades even. They have sat on the thier DC property as if it was nothing but a small cash cow that they can dip into every couple of years or so, once in a blue moon. Superman and Batman being their get rich quick guys. “Put 40-50 mil into this movie. Get 200+ back in return.” They dont give a flying fuck about anything else..

Until they saw the potential of Billions these “Comic Book Movies” could make, once Marvel studios started doing their thing. 

WB executive: “Hey Disney’s making billions over these picture book movies. Lets buy the rights to some of these things and do the same.”

WB lower executive: “Hey, we own a bunch of these things already!”

“WB Executive: “Since when?!”

WB lower exec: “the 1960’s” 

WB Exce: “Really? Well then.. Get to it! Just do what they’re doing” 

It’s sad really. Warner Bros. Is a fantastic film company. They crank out awesome movies, every year.. But they care about money. They care about awards. They care about profit. If it makes them money, and gets them Oscars and increases revenues.. To hell with everything else. WB’s doesnt care about building a universe. Or what it takes to do that. 

The mistakes they’ve made have been because everything they have done thus far has been in reaction to something else.

Marvel phase 1- Man of Steel

Marvel phase 2- BvS

Guatdians of the galaxy- Suicide Squad

Fans loved Wonder Woman in BvS- make a WW movie.

Fans liked Harley Quinn- give her a stand alone movie.

Batman was awesome in BvS- Push back certain release dates and work in a Batman movie.

All reactionary. They didnt plan any of this ahead of time. Cause they dont really care. As long, as it makes money. 

WB despreatly needs to find the right people to run this show.. And make DC Studios a reality. Do what disney does. “Oh, you need x amount of money for this? Ok. Have fun!” and let DC do what it CAN do best. 

Dont be like Marvel. Marvel has always been known for interconnectivity with its stories for many years. Its what they do best. DC.. Has always been about character and Story. Not universe’s and connectivity. It was always about the stories that made their books stand out from Marvel.

Thats what thier movies needed to do. Have their franchises establish themseleves and then later, if the story was right.. Bring them all together. 

That opportunity has gone and passed. As much as i would like them to just go back to the drawing board.. Its probably too late.. 

“Is the DCEU doomed to fail?”..

Maybe.. Maybe not. Its gonna be a hard road ahead for us fans.. But in order for The DCEU to survive and be successful.. WB needs to.. Backs The Fuck Off!! And find someone or a group of people that can set it all together before its too late.

Look, thats all i got folks.. I hope things work out. But thats my answer. I cant say its doomed or destined to fail.. But as long as WB is involved.. It just might Need to, in order for something to change for the better.

Let me know what you folks think. Until next time folks.. Peace out!

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“Ben Affleck Steps Down From ‘THE BATMAN’ Directors Chair”

“Brrreeakking Neeewwzzz”
As of.. I dont know, 6 or so hours ago, it has been reported by many news sources. Ben Affleck has said.. “I’ll Be the Bat. But I Won’t Direct.”

Not his exact words. I think His exact words sounded more like this..

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.” 

Then, WB added their own statment..

“Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life,” 

Along with this piece of news. Reports are circulating that there is already a short list of Directors set to be approached for the job. On top of that list is “DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES” and the upcoming follow up, “WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES”  Matt Reeves, 

He was also the man behind ‘Cloverfield’ as well. But with Films like the Ape movies on his resume, I like the idea of Matt Reeves to be the guy. I like it a lot.

Naturally, the geek community is in a bit of an uproar. But everyone needs to remember He’s still Batman. He’s still Producing and He’s still writing the movie. So hes still very much attached to The Batman movie. It makes sence that he decided not to direct. That is a very heavy and difficult job. Affleck has also stated that BvS was a new type of movie  making experiance.

He has stated that BvS was a new and unique movie making experiance. If you havent noticed, most of his movies arent very special effects heavy. ‘Argo’, ‘The Town’, just to name a couple of his most Recent, are what can be considered practical movies. No heavy speacial effects. 

That can make one think, that a Batman movie set to be made like how these movies are made now.. Could have proven as too much of a challenge for him as a director. So perhaps its for the best that he doesnt direct. Let him focus on the role and all the other things. 

In closing.. Ben Affleck is still Batman. He will not direct. And Matt Reeves of Planet Of The Apes is probably the front runner for the directing chair. And The Batman movie is still going to happen.

How do you folks feel about this news? Hit me up. Leave a comment. Follow/Subscribe. And Thx so much for reading!

Until next time folks.. Peace Out!

“JUSTICE LEAGUE: SDCC 2016 TRAILER!”

SAN DIEGO: COMIC CON INTERNATIONAL 2016 has also given is our first look at DC’s Cinematic Universe apology for “Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice”. So here you go..

“BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE- ULTIMATE EDITION” MOVIE REVIEW!!

SPOILERS APLENTY!!

Soo.. We finally got The Ultimate Edition of Zack Snyder’s “BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE”

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Well..  This was interesting. I’ll try my best to keep this short.

Zack Snyder and WB/DC’s Ultimate Edition of BVS.. Is literally a big, giant, SHOULDA, WOULDA, COULDA!

It SHOULDA been edited like this!, It WOULDA made more sense! It COULDA been better! To me.. It’s just an apology to the fans.

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THIS.. Is what we were “Supposed” to see in theaters, before the studio asked Snyder to trim it down more to a Two and half hour film. However.. Watching The Ultimate Cut brings to mind more.. Frustrations? I guess?! At least for me.. There are plenty of scenes in the UE, that should have been left in the theatrical cut. Mostly ALL of the scenes with Superman/Clark! His investigation into Batmans actions really helped flesh out Why he was so against what Batman was doing.. The Africa stuff.. Still didnt need to be in the movie/script at all.. But the added footage helped explain the Senate stuff, and the constant mopping of Superman, He tries to do good, but shit still went wrong. he was still questioned at every turn. And, it helped understand Batman’s Major mistrust of Superman.. Now it made sense!

There were still a Good amount of things in this version that REALLY did not need to be in the movie.

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Jenna Malone was Useless! She should have been Batgirl! They completley waisted her and I’m glad she wasn’t in the original cut. There’s more Slow Motion shots ( thank you Zack). “Jimmy Olsen” has a broader role.. But still useless!

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THE POSITIVES: More Superman was great to see! The “added” scenes helped explain and make things run more smoothly.. It makes it more watchable, kinda!

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THE NEGATIVES: It’s the same film! With more! It doesn’t make it better.. It’s still the same poor choices made by the studio and the director. It highlighted the mistakes that was made in the first place. Why would they edit out the Superman parts at all?!? Who was in charge of the Editing in the very first place?

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OVERALL: It’s worth watching to say the least. Just for the superman parts. Batman was the highlight of the theatrical cut.. Superman, was the highlight of the Ultimate Cut! It’s a shame that we have to see it in this fashion.. It should have been what we saw in the first place. But! It is.. A slightly better, more watchable movie.

I give “BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE- ULTIMATE EDITION!” a.. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟💫 8 1/2 out of 10! A whole half star more! Go get your hands on The Ultimate Cut and watch it!

Thats gonna do it for me.. Let me know if you’ve seen the UE and tell me your thoughts..

So, until next time folks… Peace Out!