I’ve seen thousands of men lying on the ground, their dead faces looking up at the skies. I tell you, war is Hell!
– William Tecumseh Sherman
If there is one singular purpose in Fury, it is to convince you of the notion that war is hell. Most people didn’t need convincing of this fact before seeing the film, but they’ll likely leave the theater echoing the sentiment in their heads. Fury brutally beats you over the head with the atrocities of war in its quest to show you the hardship faced by many combat troops in World War II.
The film revolves around the lives of a seasoned Sherman tank crew led by Don ‘Wardaddy’ Collier (Brad Pitt). The crew has successfully made it through Africa, D-Day, and are continuing to cause havoc as the Allied forces invade Germany. Despite their stellar record, they lose one of their members shortly before the film begins. Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman), a fresh trained clerical typist, is thrust into the front lines of war as he replaces the deceased member of ‘Fury’. Over the next two hours we follow Norman as he struggles through the worst parts of war, as he struggles with the inevitable doom facing him on the front lines.
No need to bury the lead folks. There you have it, the DC Cinematic Universe has been set. At a shareholder meeting today, Kevin Tsujihara (CEO of Warner Brothers) made the blockbuster announcement. Not only will Zack Snyder’s Justice League be broken up into two movies, but we will also get a stand alone Wonder Woman (played by Gal Gadot) movie in 2017.
In 2018, The Flash and Aquaman will also make their big screen debut. We know that Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) is playing Aquman and will have a small part in BvS, but to what extent is still unknown. With The Flash, it was also announced today that Ezra Miller (Perks of Being a Wallflower) will be The Flash. What a version of the character (Barry Allen, Wally West, or Bart West) is still unknown. Miller and Mamoa will be in both Justice League films as well. I still don’t understand the thought process behind having two version of The Flash (TV and Cinematic). That’s an odd mindset.
Moving on to 2019, Shazam already has it’s villain/anti-hero cast. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was announced a couple of months as Black Adam. No other news or casting has been announced yet. The second flick for that year is the second part of Justice League.
2020 is an interesting one. The two movies on the slate are Cyborg and Green Lantern. I’ve yet to figure out the push behind Cyborg. I know Geoff Johns loves the character. So much so that he added him to the main roster during his New 52 relaunch of the Justice League. To me, he’s always been a character that works in a team setting (Teen Titans or Justice League), but he’s always been kind of one dimensional. The other big flick is the reboot of Green Lantern. I think the 9 year gap between the last movie and this one is a good thing. We will never be able to forget the complete misfire of the 2011 version, but hopefully with wound won’t be quite so fresh. Again, no word on which version of the Green Lantern (Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, or Kyle Rayner) will appear on screen. I can only assume Cyborg and Green Lantern will debut in the Justice League.
What I find interesting is that there is no Superman or Batman solo flicks on the slate. That doesn’t mean the movies aren’t coming and I’m sure they’re working on something. I just found it strange that they didn’t announce anything. The other question I have is why the Suicide Squad? It’s a third tier book at the most. That was an odd choice.
Overall, it’s pretty exciting to see the DCCU take shape. Now we only have to wait 2 more years…….
This week we spoil The Judge and learn that Robert Downey, Jr. can play someone other than Tony Stark or Sherlock Holmes. Who knew?
We’re down to three this episode but it’s enough for quorum (that’s kinda-sorta legal talk) so join us as we drill down on the legal wrangling and family turmoil of The Palmers.
It’s Reel Spoilers #63 – The Judge.
You’ve been warned.
Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Blake Fehl, Joe Buttice
Don’t listen to this week’s episode. Well, unless you’ve already seen Gone Girl that is. Granted, we have the word “spoilers” right there in our name. But it’s never been more true than this week. Gone Girl is a twisty-turny movie that lives and dies on its spoilers. So see the flick first on this one.
That being said, if you have seen the movie and would like to hear an in-depth conversation about what works, what doesn’t and why…then here’s a good jumping on point for you.
It’s Reel Spoilers #62 – Gone Girl.
You’ve been warned.
Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Kevin Brackett, Dan Graney, Joe Buttice
Run-time: 1hr 32min
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Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.
Cast: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Ed Oxenbould, Kerris Dorsey, Megan Mullally, Jennifer Coolidge, Bella Thorne
Director: Miguel Arteta