Justice League reshoots

Everyone’s favorite game coming out of Justice League has been the increasingly fruitless question of “who gets credit for my favorite scene: Joss Whedon or Zack Snyder?”

Joss Whedon took over the reshoots for Justice League after director Zack Snyder had to leave the DC Extended Universe superhero ensemble due to a family tragedy. But the hoopla surrounding the reshoots, which reportedly drastically changed the film at the behest of Warner Bros., sent fans into a tizzy, with many embarking on a treasure hunt for scenes that hinted at Snyder’s “original vision.” (They couldn’t find it, and instead petitioned for a non-existent “director’s cut.”) But in the weeks since Justice League‘s release, we have learned a little more of who shot what — and the newest revelation is a little surprising.

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Shazam could be DC's Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy was far from a sure thing when Marvel Studios released it back in 2013. It essentially served as a test to see how far audiences were willing to go with the studio: if people could accept and enjoy a story involving a talking raccoon and a space tree, there’s basically no limit to the stories Marvel could tell.

Meanwhile, the troubles with Warner Bros.’ DC movies have been well-documented. But former Marvel actor Zachary Levi, who’s starring as the title character in the upcoming Shazam movie that’s scheduled to come out in 2019, hopes Shazam could be DC’s Guardians of the Galaxy equivalent…and he might be onto something.
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ant-man and the wasp genre

“Superhero fatigue” is a term that’s been on the tip of everyone’s tongues for the past decade, but for the most part, Marvel has managed to avoid that condemnation. Why? Because the comic book studio has put a genre twist on their standard formula for nearly every film: Captain America: The Winter Soldier was a political thriller, Guardians of the Galaxy flaunted its trippy space opera inspirations, Spider-Man: Homecoming recalled John Hughes teen comedies.

The first Ant-Man received the genre film treatment with a superhero twist on the heist movie, and its sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp promises to dip into a genre that Marvel has never touched before: the romantic-comedy. I mean, when you cast Paul Rudd, how could you not make a rom-com?

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Brian Taylor Interview

Just in time for Christmas comes a raunchy, bloody show from one of the creators of Crank. Happy!, based on the comic from Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson, stars Christopher Meloni as Nick Sax, a disgraced cop who has a near death experience that allows him to see “Happy,” a blu-furred, flying horse creature. Voiced by Patton Oswalt, Happy is the imaginary friend of a kidnapped girl and only Sax can help save her.

Brian Taylor wrote and directed the Crank movies, Gamer and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance with his partner Mark Neveldine before the duo split up for solo projects. Taylor spoke with /Film by phone about Happy! There are some spoilers for episodes one and two in this interview, but many are so crazy you still won’t believe them. Taylor promises there’s so much crazy to come and these are only the beginning. Happy! premieres December 6 on Syfy.

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Justice League Defense

(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or show or sets their sights on something seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: we’re all too jaded to enjoy a comic book movie as fun as Justice League.)

It’s been two and a half weeks — and three underwhelming box office weekends — since Justice League hit theaters. Some people have already forgotten about the movie.

Fans of DC Comics characters might still be grappling with it. As a comic book collector in middle school, the “Death of Superman” storyline shook my world; in high school, on the Wednesdays when new issues were released, Grant Morrison and Howard Porter’s tenure on the JLA comics title put it at the top of my reading list. But as an adult moviegoer who is not a fan of Zack Snyder’s work, I went into this film called Justice League with low expectations. I had already heard that Steppenwolf was the worst comic book movie villain of all time (a sentiment that Joss Whedon, who directed the film’s extensive reshoots, appears to have enjoyed). It was not even one of those movies where I felt the need to rush out and see it right away. My significant other and I just happened to have a slot in our Thanksgiving schedule.

Maybe the spirit of holiday gratitude put me in an overly thankful mood and has affected my judgment. I know I’m in the minority here. In fact, my Spider-Sense is already tingling, warning me that I was entering Unpopular Opinion territory. As I watched Justice League, I found myself… actually enjoying it.

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justice league animated series reunion

If the fans start a Twitter movement, they will come.

The Justice League animated series was a pivotal part of the millennial Saturday morning cartoon experience. It was part of a brief golden era of animation spearheaded by Bruce Timm, who created and co-created acclaimed animated series Batman, Superman, Batman Beyond, and Justice League, which would tie all of the shows together. It was the standard by which Warner Bros.’ other forays into the DC Universe would be held (at least by ’90s kids) and hasn’t been topped. So, why not return to the golden days of optimistic and compelling storytelling by clamoring for a feature film reunion of our favorite cartoon superheroes? It might just happen.

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Runaways Showrunners Interview

It’s been a big month for superheroes, with Justice League in theaters and The Punisher on Netflix. It’s not over yet because Marvel’s Runaways is on Hulu. Based on the comic created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, Runaways is about a group of teenagers who discover their parents are part of an evil cult called The Pride. They run away and oh yeah, they have superpowers, too.

Producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage adapted Runaways for television. They spoke with /Film about the new series at Hulu’s summer TCA session. New episodes of Marvel’s Runaways premiere Tuesdays on Hulu.

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margot robbie harley quinn solo movie

With Suicide Squad 2, Gotham City Sirens, and a Joker and Harley spin-off in the works, Harley Quinn is about to be all over our big screens. And Margot Robbie says you can add one more Harley-centric project to your bucket list: a solo movie.

As one of the breakout characters of David Ayer‘s massively uneven Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn has become the other female favorite of Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe. And while Wonder Woman will headline her second solo movie and become the central figure of the Justice League sequels (if they actually happen), it looks like Harley is going to get the spotlight on the other side of the tracks.

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batman ninja trailer

Batman Ninja sounds so ridiculous that you may need to see it five times just to believe that it exists. And judging by the first trailer for the new Batman anime, it does exist and it’s nuts.

Batman Ninja is an anime film that follows the Caped Crusader as he and the Batfamily (as well as all of his Rogue’s Gallery) are sent back in time to medieval Japan by the Joker, who declares himself Lord of Japan. Yes, it’s as crazy as it sounds, and yes, we all need to see this right now, immediately.

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