Posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 by Angie Han
Unless you’ve been living down in the sewers, Killer Croc-style, for the past week, you’ve surely heard by now that Suicide Squad was not much loved by critics. One logical explanation for this is that Suicide Squad just isn’t a great movie — that it’s too messy or overstuffed or ugly. But some people have a different theory. John Ostrander, creator of the Suicide Squad comics, thinks it’s because critics just “came prepared to hate” the movie. Here we go again. Read More »
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At San Diego Comic-Con International 2016, I was lucky enough to catch the premiere of The Giant’s Dream, a documentary about the making of Brad Bird‘s animated classic The Iron Giant. The documentary will be released on the new Signature Edition Blu-ray of The Iron Giant in September, but it’s not your typical fluffy studio-produced featurette. This documentary is a beautiful and heartbreaking look at the Hollywood animation process; a real must see. You can get your first look at the new documentary in a new teaser trailer released by the filmmaker.
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Suicide Squad contains a good amount of Easter eggs for fans of DC Comics. Some are more noticeable than others, like when writer/director David Ayer stages a nice tip of the hat to artist Alex Ross‘ “Tango with Evil” cover for Batman: Harley Quinn, with Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) wearing her signature costume. There are plenty of more winks and nods in the film, and if you think you missed any of them, then you may want to check out the video below highlighting the many Suicide Squad Easter eggs.
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Based on its massive box office over the weekend, chances are strong that you’ve seen David Ayer‘s Suicide Squad. And based on how everyone is screaming about it, chances are just as strong that you have an opinion about it.
I’m not sure what to make of Suicide Squad, a movie that feels compromised from frame one, constantly confused about what it wants to be. I’m not sure if its uglier elements are intentional or the result of too many cooks not seeing the forest for the trees. I’m not sure we’ll ever know exactly what went wrong here until someone from the production decides to speak up in the future. Because right now, this is a baffling misfire of a movie with a few interesting highlights.
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Posted on Monday, August 8th, 2016 by Angie Han
Man of Steel kickstarted the entire DC cinematic universe as it exists right now, opening in 2013 to rake in $668 million worldwide. Despite that, Warner Bros. made the decision to follow it up with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, rather than a straightforward Man of Steel sequel. But the big blue Boy Scout may finally be getting his due. A new report indicates that a Superman solo film is in the works. Read More »
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You’ve probably read by now the long and troubled story of Warner Bros.’ meddling with Suicide Squad, which included extensive reshoots and the studio testing an alternate cut of the film which more closely matched the tone of the popular marketing campaign. We don’t know how much of that is true, but cast members have hinted that there are a lot of scenes removed from the theatrical cut. So what is missing from the film? Let’s take a look at the rumored list of Suicide Squad deleted scenes, followed up with some quotes from director David Ayer and Joker actor Jared Leto.
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Suicide Squad might be a mess of a film, bashed by critics and fans alike, but that hasn’t stopped moviegoers from buying tickets opening weekend. David Ayer‘s comic book adaptation had a huge opening weekend, earning a massive $135 million domestically, shattering the previous August US box office record (Guardians of the Galaxy has held the crown for two years with its $94.3 million opening in 2014). The film has also grossed over $267 million worldwide, but it will need three times that to break even. If the movie’s Saturday numbers are any indication, the bad word-of-mouth buzz for this film will only result in dramatic diminishing returns in the coming weeks. Let’s take a look at the Suicide Squad box office, after the jump.
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This fall brings the Harry Potter franchise spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to theaters. However, this spin-off won’t be following any of the iconic characters from the eight film franchise, and instead follows an expelled Hogwarts student named Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) who heads to 1920s New York City with a magical briefcase full of creatures from the wizarding world.
So far much of what we’ve seen in the Fantastic Beasts trailers has showed off Scamander attempting to keep his briefcase of creatures a secret from the Muggle population (or No-Maj as they’re called in the US). But the most recent trailer introduced the plot element of the magical creatures expert having to track down a bunch of his escaped specimens. Now some new information reveals that Fantastic Beasts will also expand the wizarding world by introducing a new kind of witch with some very special abilities, and it makes us wonder if they might turn out to be one of the franchise’s villains.
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If you’ve already seen Suicide Squad this weekend, you know that there are plenty of references to the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, not to mention some easter eggs and set-ups for future films in the DC Comics cinematic universe. However, there’s one blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-detail that changes our perspective on a certain event that’s only alluded to in the aforementioned superhero battle.
In Batman v Superman, there’s a key moment where Bruce Wayne takes a moment to glance at the suit of his former sidekick Robin as it’s displayed in a glass case. Spray painted on the suit is, “Ha ha ha! Joke’s on you, Batman!” We’ve all accepted this to mean that The Joker killed Robin, however, a little moment in Suicide Squad indicates that he wasn’t the only one responsible.
Find out more about who killed Robin after the jump. Read More »