Film News: New Wonder Woman Official Origin Trailer and Poster

A New trailer and poster have been released for upcoming DC Comics film ‘Wonder Woman’. This June, witness the future of justice. The trailer gives us a look at how Diana was raised and trained to be the ultimate Amazon Warrior.

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Wonder Woman is in theaters June 2, 2017.

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DC Comics News: Justice League Special For SDCC 2016 Footage Trailer

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As a special treat for DC Comics fans, today at SDCC 2016, Warner Bros Pictures released a very special early look at footage for Justice League showing Bruce Wayne recruiting a special team with first look at Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg:

Justice League is set for a November 2017 release.

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DC Comics News: New Stills from Wonder Woman Film Ahead of SDCC 2016

 

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Ahead of San Diego Comic Con 2016 next week, Warner Bros Pictures has released some high quality stills from the Wonder Woman film set to release in Summer 2017. The images show Gal Gadot in her Wonder Woman costume with Chris Pine who will play Steve Trevor in the film. The pictures were published by Entertainment Weekly:

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DC Comics News: New Information on ‘Justice League’ Films

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Today has seen a whole pile of new information on the Justice League films from Warner Bros including the first look at the logo above. They have also revealed that following the destruction of his Batmobile in Dawn of Justice, Batman has indeed built a new one and that was also revealed today:

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Also the news site Collider has today talked about a recent onset visit to the film currently being filmed in London and talks about several scenes in the film and confirm that lessons have been learned and that the two part Justice League films will be much light in tone to ‘Dawn of Justice’ with more natural comedy moments and not so focused on deconstructing the heroes in the eyes of the audience.

The first part will focus on Bruce Wayne recruiting the members of the Justice League with one scene being shown to reporters has Bruce recruiting Barry Allen/The Flash. To avoid spoilers if you wish to learn more please check the link above to the Collider report.

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Ben Affleck has also spoken about how his Bruce Wayne has changed in Justice League and that fans will see more of the Detective side of Batman in the Justice League films and the solo Batman film which Affleck has confirmed to be directing as well as being credited as Executive Producer on Justice League. The script is not 100% completed yet. Deborah Snyder, Producer on the films also commented on how each of the solo character films will exist together:

“All the films kind of fit in a timeline, but they’re independent films. You can see one and not need to see the other. They operate on their own. They all have their own tone and they deal with different characters. Yet they’re all in the same filmic universe and there is little bits of crossovers that we see. But that isn’t essential to the story.”

That is a whole bunch of information on Justice League and the future character solo films and it sounds as though the feedback from Dawn of Justice has very much been taken to heart not just by DC and Warner Bros but by Zack Snyder and the cast. My own feelings on Dawn of Justice were not the same as the overwhelming negativity surrounding it, it had its faults but it was not a complete travesty and fit in with the tone set my ‘Man of Steel’ but with the members of the Justice League now joining it does offer a chance for a much lighter use of DC Comic’s most iconic heroes.

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DC Film News: My ‘Spoiler Free’ Review of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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I have jus returned home after watching ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ (will be referred to as DoJ from this point on) and I am smiling far bigger than I had expected to going into the screening today. The road to the release of DoJ has been a rather troubled one, with spoiler filled trailers and a multitude of clips released in the last two weeks alone along with certain cast choices and a question over the director Zack Snyder being able to handle what DoJ had to deliver. Whilst avoiding any reviews from advanced viewings this week it was obvious that the general feeling was of disappointment, one which I do not share having seen it for myself.

*This will be a spoiler free Review, with no story discussion outside what has been revealed already in trailers*

Essentially DoJ is really three films in one. It serves as a sequel to Man of Steel in that it deals with the aftermath and consequences of the closing momenta to that story. Secondly it also serves as a Batman introduction film, where we see Bruce Wayne impacted personally by those events and his reaction to them and Superman. Finally it has to serve as the prologue of sorts for the upcoming Justice League film, something DC is determined to fast track and unlike the methodical setup to the Avenger by MARVEL having individual character films leading into the big team up. So there is quite a lot that DoJ had to accomplish and for the most part it succeeds, but I do have some niggles.

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There was a huge reaction to how Man of Steel ended with a huge amount of collateral damage and deaths not to mention Superman killing Zod. DoJ does not shy away from it and even uses that reaction to great effect. Set two years after those events, we see a world still in shock over the reveal of Superman and one which is undecided about his place in it. Some see Superman as a hero sent to save and protect them whilst others are afraid of him and his powers , not to mention the fact he is an alien who indirectly was responsible for destruction and death. DoJ does a great job of showing the internal struggle Clark is having in both the reaction to him both good and bad, he simply wants to do good but is clearly struggling with being Clark and his life with Lois and as Superman and what he sees as his duty to the people of the world.

It is delicately handled and Henry Cavill and Amy Adams tell this story well during the film. It is important to remember that we are still seeing Superman as someone still getting to grasp with his powers, his place in the spotlight after spending most of his adult life hiding from the world. What I liked about his character development in DoJ is how he is still learning, still afraid but trying to do the right thing but is aware of the personal cost it could take on him and those he loves.

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The biggest doubt for many about this story was the casting of Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne and ultimately, Batman. When the news broke, myself and a good friend were really the only two even remotely positive about it. The reason why? Because this was going to be a very different Bruce Wayne and Dark Knight than previous incarnations on the big screen. In DoJ we see a Bruce Wayne who has already been Batman for over 20 years, until a dramatic moment forced him to hang up the cowl. So already this is a Batman who is experienced and seasoned when it comes to being a hero. DoJ does give us yet another ‘Death of the parents’ scene to show his parents gunned down. What Affleck brings to the role is a real sense of a life lived as Batman, a Bruce Wayne reacting to the possible threat of Superman in the only way he knows how, to study, prepare and ultimately take action. I really liked this genuinely fresh take on the Bruce Wayne character and the relationship with Alfred, played superbly by Jeremy Irons who adds the dry humour that brings Alfred to life as a true ally to Bruce Wayne. I think there are going to be many waiting their words after seeing DoJ.

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As expected, the true puppet master in the story is the real arch nemesis to Superman, Lex Luthor. This is the youngest portrayal of the character on the big screen and Jesse Eisenberg delivers a version of Luthor that is modern and fresh. A real character of an internet billionaire, his performance has Lex come across as a bit of an oddball but deceptively so. He has used the aftermath to raise his profile as a humanitarian, helping to rebuild Metropolis but as we know, Lex is not a nice man and he schemes to take down Superman by setting up a confrontation with the Bat of Gotham. It is a real moment when Eisenberg flips the personality switch and shows the sinister real Lex Luthor and there is no doubt that he is a real danger to not just Superman but Batman and the world as well.

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I did have concerns about the introduction of the other Justice League members would feel forced and shoe horned into the mix but happily it is a natural process that is fluid in terms of the story. The main vehicle for this thread is Wonder Woman, played with a real elegance and strength by Gal Gadot. Like Bruce Wayne, Diana Prince has walked the road of the hero for many years and at some point chose to walk away, no doubt to be explained in her solo film. Gadot brings a great sense of mystery in the middle of the story as the build up to the big fight between Bats and Supes grows. Diana has her own reasons for having an interest in Lex’s activities and Gadot is so strong in here performance that her presence on screen is not overshadowed by either Superman or Batman. The grace with which Diana is  introduced to the story is just so delicate that when Wonder Woman joins the action it was a real Goosebumps kind of moment, more so than the big match up itself.

The tone of the film keeps in line with the Chris Nolan influence from Man of Steel and has a pace that is slow but purposeful. Those used to the vibrant and colourful MARVEL style will get a rude awakening in DoJ, one that judging by the reaction of the adults who brought young kids to watch it clearly did not expect. The themes are at times very dark in terms of dealing with loss, fear and consequences. There are some laughs, mostly from humour delivered from Lex but joyfully from Bruce Wayne and his interactions with Alfred. The action sequences are big and bold with some nice blending of real life stunts and CGI. The fight between Superman and Batman has a nice twist to it but the inspiration taken from Frank Miller’s ‘Dark Knight Returns’ is evident throughout but is executed well enough to live up to what I expected from it.

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The only niggles I have are with some rather standard Zack Snyder shortcuts taken to elaborate the Justice League element in DoJ, which at times felt out of place with some feeling a tad random and misplaced with no real explanation as to what happened or why which was annoying as the flow of the film being so meticulous and well planned. Knowing that the home release version will be an extended R rated edition of the film may allow for these scenes to have a better sense in their context. The style of story telling is very different to MARVEL which I appreciated, it had a sense of being more written for an older audience with the story themes but really DoJ is setting the pieces and the world up for the Justice League film, and can at times near the end lose its pace because of it. I really like Ben Affleck’s performance and there is no doubt in my mind that going forward he will do great things with the Dark Knight. The original Man of Steel cast were solid once again, and enough the and thought was dedicated to dealing with how Man of Steel left them.

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Dawn of Justice has succeeded in spinning many plates and driving the focused DC cinematic universe forward, I really enjoyed it but will say it’s pace and deliberate timing could require getting used to for man. How DC follow up with DoJ will be vital in how the remaining Justice League members are introduced, Suicide Squad will be intriguing to watch after seeing Affleck’s performance as Bruce Wayne with the promise of learning more about his past as Joker and Harley Quinn are introduced. Dawn of Justice was always going to be the real start of the build up towards Justice League which may be off putting to those expecting to see a full team hero pose at the end. I had my expectations met with Dawn of Justice’, it delivered whatnot had to and gives me faith going forward to see what happens next.

Hoping the time table will have a frequent release for the next films as the wait for the big team up will be strained if it takes too long.

*Standard 2D version of the film was watched and ticket purchased by the reviewer. THERE IS NO POST CREDIT SCENE*

Film News: Dawn of Justice ‘Final Official Trailer’

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After many, many teasers and spoiler filled trailers for ‘Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice’ the official final trailer has been released today. Focusing very much on Batman taking on Superman and with a first look at Batman in action as Batman, it won’t help the wait till the films release on March 26th.

Enjoy!

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DC Comics News: 2nd Full Trailer for Dawn of Justice Released

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The new official trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice – in UK cinemas March 25, 2016 – directed by Zack Snyder and starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons and Holly Hunter.

Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day saviour, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs.  And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

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