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Will Birds of Prey Soar at the Box Office?

Sometimes, I’m excited for Birds of Prey And (the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) and other times I’m not. The trailers show the new Gotham DC is creating, and it looks fantastic. Although reminiscent of Suicide Squad it has a newer, brighter style. With the pinks and yellows and the fashion. Harley Quinn especially looks great with her clear jacket and funky sleeves.

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But I’m afraid that the style of the movie will be all it offers. Harley Quinn is a CHARACTER, so you need a world to match. Around Harley, you introduce other interesting characters like Black Canary and Huntress who are getting their big screen debuts and who can easily fit into Harley’s world.

But that was one of the reasons why Suicide Squad fell flat for me. It focused on all the wrong things. With the heavy stylized editing, we meet each character but we don’t get to really know any of them. Sure Deadshot has a kid he wants to see, Harley is love with the Joker, Diablo killed his entire family by accident, Katana’s sword stores the souls who are killed by it including her husband’s, but some of the others like Killer Croc and Captain Boomerang don’t characterization at all. We learn these facts like we are reading cliff notes before a test in the morning. We are supposed to follow these characters through the entire movie we have to see genuine growth.

 

 

There are a lot fewer characters in Birds of Prey so hopefully, this won’t be much of a problem. But I am still worried that there won’t be a lot of chemistry between them. In Suicide Squad they were forced to be together and by the end, it didn’t seem believable that they actually liked each other let alone that they felt like family. In the new movie, Harley gathers them as a team and again since there are fewer of them we might actually get to know them instead of their plot point important right then.

Obviously we don’t need to know everything about them but it’s presenting itself as a character-driven story. So we have to know more. And in trying to show off each character the actual plot of movie was lost. The Enchantress and her brother wanted to take over the planet which is a generic story beat we’ve seen but it doesn’t add anything to it to make seem new. The antagonists have no qualities but they are bad because the story needs them to be.

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I really do enjoy the idea of Birds of Prey, it’s scaled-down so we are only focusing on Gotham and the heroes and villains in the city. People are coming after Harley after her split with the Joker, simple. Other women are going through the same thing so they team up to solve all there problems, love it. There aren’t any world-ending plots or portals in the sky just a simple story. I have hope so we will see when it comes to theaters this February.

 

 

 

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‘Release The Snyder Cut’ Trends On Twitter

In 2017, Warner Bros. and DC released Justice League, the studio’s answer to Marvel’s The Avengers. Directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen), it follows Batman and Wonder Woman as they recruit other meta-humans in a quest to stop the evil Steppenwolf from destroying the world in the absence of Superman, who died previously in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

 

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Unfortunately, the film’s release was anything but super. Reviews were scathing, criticizing the choppy editing and lack of character development, resulting in the film becoming the lowest grossing film in the DCEU at the time.

 

The film’s failure can be attributed to all the behind the scenes drama. After the negative reviews of Batman v Superman, Warner Bros. was worried about the critical reception of the next film. After production wrapped, re-shoots were ordered. When Snyder stepped down due to a personal tragedy, Avengers director Joss Whedon stepped in to finish the reshoots and rewrite most of the film. This significantly changed the tone of the movie from its darker predecessors, and well as cutting out many subplots that were previously established.

 

 

Since the film’s release, dissatisfied fans have campaigned for the release of a “Snyder Cut”, which would restore the film to Snyder’s true vision without Whedon’s rewrites. There is no word on whether or not a cut of this film exists, but that hasn’t stopped people from letting Warner Bros. know they want it. And now, the film’s stars are joining the campaign.

 

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Justice League actors Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, and Jason Momoa, as well as Watchmen showrunner Damon Lindelof, have all voiced their support #ReleaseTheSnyderCut over the last few days:

 


Snyder, who has previously been quiet after the release of the film, commented on these tweets:

 


Even Marvel actor Simu Liu have joined in on the fun:

 


Whether the Snyder Cut is released or not, the campaign shows no signs of slowing down.

 

 

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Aqualad Swims in New Directions in This Upcoming DC Comic!

DC comics’ character ‘Aqualad’ has a new graphic novel. Jackson Hyde, the new Aqualad will be the main character of this novel. We follow Hyde as he discovers his powers and explores his sexuality. It so important to see stories like this, especially in the super hero genre. There are so many different interpretations of superheroes in different times lines and universes; its great to see variety in their sexualities as well.

 

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You Brought Me The Ocean comes out this coming summer. So do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. It is sure to be good.

 

 

 

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‘The Batman’ Casts Its Catwoman

Batman’s next cinematic adventure, simply titled The Batman, has been slowly filling out it’s cast. Robert Pattinson (Twilight) will play Bruce Wayne/Batman, Jeffery Wright (The Hunger Games) will play Alfred, and Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street) will play Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin. Now, another classic Batman character has been cast.

 

Warner Bros. confirmed that Zoe Kravitz will play Selina Kyle/Catwoman.

 

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The character of Catwoman has had several live-action adaptations over the years. This includes Julie Newmar in the 1960s Batman television series, Michelle Pfeiffer’s portrayal in Batman Returns, Halle Berry’s ill-received standalone film Catwoman, and Anne Hathaway’s version in The Dark Knight Rises. This is also the second time Kravitz will play the character, as she voiced Kyle in The Lego Batman Movie. Kravitz will be joining her stepfather, Jason Momoa, in the DCEU, as Momoa is currently playing Aquaman.

 

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Kravitz has starred in a number of big screen adaptations such as X-Men: First Class, The Divergent Trilogy, and Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. She most recently reprised her role as Bonnie Carlson in the second season of Big Little Lies.

 

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Production on The Batman is scheduled to begin this summer, with a planned release in 2021.

 

 

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Here’s What You Missed at New York Comic Con: DC Comics Edition

Once upon a time, before the integration of all sorts of semi-unrelated media and publications, comic book conventions highlighted exactly that—comics. Now, I’m as grateful as any hardcore fan that the Dragon Ball franchise is getting the mainstream convention attention it deserves, but it’s always important to celebrate the comic book universe that started it all: DC Comics.

 

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New York Comic Con 2019 was truly eventful (especially for someone with a press pass), and DC announced loads to look forward to in the coming year. Here’s a quick run-through of some of the biggest things that DC will be bringing to shelves and more.

 

Year of the Villain

 

It’s Apex Lex Luthor vs. The Batman Who Laughs. Crazy s**t has gone down since comics superstar Scott Snyder broke open the DC Multiverse in his Dark Nights: Metal. The event introduced the already iconic villain, The Batman Who Laughs, who is now running rampant and turning the strongest in the multiverse into an unstoppable private army. Lex Luthor, now a super-powered-semi-alien creature, has released a cosmic being from the Multiverse’s fracture who can alter all of existence.

 

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Only one will be able to do as they please with the world. As writer James Tynion IV of the upcoming Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen series explains, “It’s kind of an Aliens vs. Predator situation: whoever wins, we lose.”

Even the most devout of us DC fans will wonder how our heroes will resolve this one.

 

 

The New DC Timeline

 

The past, present, and future of the DC universe collide. The Doomsday Clock event emphasized that every DC continuity in the last eighty years is indeed relevant and canon. Now, DC is OFFICIALLY streamlining its massive collection of continuities into a coherent timeline, an undertaking that literally made my jaw drop while at the DC Nation panel on Friday.

 

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According to publisher Dan Didio:

 

“We are trying to organize our stories in a way that makes cohesive sense from beginning to end, from the start of DC Comics to today. This timeline will build a continuity that makes sense across all of our characters, show them when they’re first introduced, how they interact with each other in one big story that will be the basis for all DC comics for the future.”

 

If you’ve ever wondered how to get into comics and where to start, DC is about to make it a whole lot easier.

 

 

Batman’s 80th Anniversary

 

While I am biased as a Batman fan (there’d be no Jason Todd/Red Hood without Batman), it’s appropriate to say that the Dark Knight has persisted in the public consciousness for good reason. Batman’s stories have withstood the test of time and have served as inspiration throughout the decades—and they’ve just been so damn good.

 

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The following is a quick interview conducted at New York Comic Con, where I sat down with a few prominent Batman creators to ask the age-old question:

 

“Even after eighty years, why does Batman continue to persist as an iconic figure?”

 

Scott Snyder (Batman: New 52, The Batman Who Laughs): “I think what makes him timeless is the idea that he teaches us that whatever scares us, whatever holds us down, whatever challenges we’re facing, we use those as fuel to get up and conquer, to use those as fuel to be a better person, have an effect that day and matter, so I think that’s a primal and very enduring lesson.”

Jock (Batman: Black Mirror, The Batman Who Laughs): “He can handle any story and any environment that he’s placed in, and that’s all he needs.”

Frank Miller (The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One): “I’d say he brings order out of chaos no matter what era he’s in, and…above all else, he looks pretty damn cool.”

 

Batman be praised—Hail the Bat King—etc., etc.

 

 

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