Zack Snyder Wanted to Kill Batman

Whether fans like it or not, the DC Extended Universe as Zack Snyder envisioned will never fully come to fruition. Following the disappointing box office performance of Justice League, the slate of DC Comics movies on the way is starting to branch out from building a cinematic universe and trying out some new things, like the origin movie for The Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix.

Of course, Justice League heroes Wonder Woman and Aquaman are continuing on their path, even if Henry Cavill’s Superman may not be sticking around. But we still won’t be seeing what Zack Snyder originally envisioned for the characters, especially since there isn’t a Justice League follow-up in the works.

And that means we won’t get to see one of Snyder’s more bold decisions: to kill off Batman, something we’ve never seen done on the big screen before. Read More »

Justice League - The Problem with DC Action Scenes

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a video essay pinpoints an apparent problem found in the movies of the DC Extended Universe. Plus, a Gremlins fan theory proposes the idea that Gremlins 2: The New Batch actually takes place after some kind of apocalyptic event where Gremlins took over the world, and Johnny Knoxville breaks down some of his most dangerous and painful stunts. Read More »

Josh Brolin Batman

In the wake of Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder was meeting with all sorts of actors to potentially play the role of The Dark Knight in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Before Ben Affleck secured the part, one of the frontrunners for the role was Josh Brolin (Avengers: Infinity War), and in a new interview, Brolin sounds extremely relieved that he wasn’t the one who ended up donning the cape and cowl. Read the latest Josh Brolin Batman quotes below, and find out who he originally wanted to direct the 2010 comic book western Jonah Hex. Read More »

Knightmare scene

It’s been a little more than two years since Zack Snyder‘s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice debuted, introducing Ben Affleck‘s Batman to the world. Remember when the Internet was obsessed with arguing about this movie? I never thought I’d actually find myself yearning for those days, but the world was a different place back then. Less bleak. Less grim. Less…Knightmarish.

Snyder has been mostly quiet since he stepped out of the Justice League director’s chair last May, but now he’s resurfaced to explain what the heck was going on in that Batman-centric Knightmare scene in Batman v Superman.
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The Best Superhero Movies You Can Stream Right Now

Movies Coming to Netflix

There’s never been anything quite like Black Panther before. The latest Marvel movie is one of the first major comic book adaptations with a black lead, and it’s already poised to be one of the franchise’s most successful entries, having sold more advance tickets than any other film in Marvel history. And as Candice Frederick put so eloquently in a piece for /Film, Black Panther is “specifically a black movie that celebrates the strength and beauty of black womanhood in an era in which both get tossed aside.” It may be one-of-a-kind for now, but it will surely usher in a new wave of superhero films that celebrate other races and cultures, and ones that emphasize the power and strength of women.

So yes, Black Panther is a singular film, one that comes at an interesting time in the surge of high-grossing – and occasionally prestigious – superhero flicks. If you’re looking to wade through the waters of what came before, there are a surprising number of excellent-quality superhero flicks currently available on major streaming services. Here are some you can mull over while you wait for your Black Panther screening this weekend.

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x-men dark phoenix score

There’s no putting this rock god into retirement. Last year, Hans Zimmer dramatically announced that he was “retiring from the superhero business” after he was beaten down from composing the score for Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

But that retirement was short-lived, as it appears that the Oscar-winning composer is returning to superhero movies to score Simon Kinberg’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

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Jordan Peele - Get Out - Morning Watch

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, Get Out director Jordan Peele addresses the many fan theories and observations that have been made online. Plus, see if you agree with the reasoning as to why Captain America: Civil War seemed to work better than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and check out a trailer for a new documentary about Jim Carrey‘s method acting process in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Read More »

Wonder Woman Box Office Surpasses Batman v Superman

Don’t mess with Diana of Themyscira. Wonder Woman has shattered box office records as the highest-grossing live-action film directed by a woman, and now it’s making leaps and bounds past its DC Film predecessors.

In just four weeks, Wonder Woman breezed past the 14-week run of Suicide Squad and has has become the highest-grossing DC Extended Universe movie, beating Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice‘s 12-week run just before the weekend.

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wonder woman casting

Reddit board members weren’t the only ones initially on the fence about when Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman. Patty Jenkins, who at the time wasn’t yet announced to direct Wonder Woman, said she almost gave up on her dreams of directing the solo female superhero film when she heard about Gadot’s casting.

But in 2015, Jenkins signed on to direct Wonder Woman, and she — and the world — were happily proven wrong by Gadot’s performance in this year’s record-shattering, critically beloved superhero blockbuster.

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2017 Saturn Awards Nominations

If you’re one of those people who gets frustrated because the Academy Awards don’t nominate the science fiction, fantasy, and horror films you love for Best Picture or any of the other categories, then the Saturn Awards are for you.

The 2017 Saturn Award nominations have just been announced, and not only did Rogue One: A Star Wars Story come out on top with 11 nominations, but all those comic book movies that never had a chance in hell of getting a Best Picture nomination landed a bunch of nods. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Doctor Strange, Suicide Squad, Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War and even X-Men: Apocalypse all received nominations.

But this isn’t just a comic book movie celebration, because plenty of other genre films landed nominations too. Star Trek Beyond, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and 10 Cloverfield Lane are just some of the other films that ended up getting nominated for awards, too.

Check out the full list of 2017 Saturn Awards nominees below. Read More »