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
One of the most anticipated films of 2014 is finally here. Gone Girl, based on the 2012 novel by Gillian Flynn, stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as two out of work writers whose marriage has steadily declined over its five year lifespan. When the wife suddenly goes missing, all eyes turn to the husband. Directed by the immensely talented David Fincher, the film beautifully captures the mystery and intrigue of the book through a dark and eerie tone that he has perfected. Add a score by Trent Reznor to the mix, and what you get is a combination destined for glory.
Nick (Affleck) and Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) have fallen upon tough times since they first met. What started as a whirlwind romance has slowly disintegrated over the years. The once successful New York writers have both lost their jobs, most of their money, and more importantly – their love for one another. After moving back to Missouri to take care of Nick’s dying mother, the two of them continued to grow further apart. On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick leaves to clear his head and visit his sister Margo (Carrie Coon) with whom he co-owns a small bar with – aptly named “The Bar.” When he returns home, Amy is gone – leaving behind what appears to be a crime scene. Nick calls the police and what follows is a back and forth chronicle of days since Amy went missing, and the years leading up to her disappearance.
Casting for the film couldn’t have been any more perfect. As someone who has read the book, the announcement of Affleck as Nick Dunne was a slam dunk. In the book Nick says,”Looking at my smarmy grin, my hooded eyes, I thought, I would hate this guy.” Affleck is talented actor, not to mention writer and director. And one of the qualities he has is the ability to come off as smug or arrogant. Think back to Dazed and Confused, or Mallrats – even many of his roles where he isn’t the bad buy. He just has that quality, which works in his favor as Nick. At the first press conference, when he is supposed to be a wreck, yet manages to give off the “insane love me! grin,” described in the book – it sealed the deal. Affleck does a great job of going back and forth between lovable and loath-able, and shows a wide range of emotions.