After the colossal failure of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
and Suicide Squad
, the execs at Warner Bros. knew they needed to right the DC ship immediately. Wonder Woman
’s success instilled a small hope all was not lost, making the anticipation up to the penultimate Justice League
that much more nail-biting.
Let’s be clear about something, everyone wants Justice League
to succeed. Everyone. In comics and pop culture, the Justice League
is iconic and resonates with so many people. Whereas few people understood why Batman and Superman would fight...
Well, we got through the dry and boring month of April where most movies go to die (except The Fate and the Furious
). Thankfully, May is here and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
is about to kick off the season right (or so we hope).
In anticipation for the upcoming summer box office, I've put together this guide to help you navigate the many movies that'll be thrown your way. Because let's be honest, it's hard to sift through this stuff. Of course, there's no real way to know if a movie is going to be good or not until it debuts, but sometimes it's pretty easy to see the red flags. Be sure...!--more-->
When The Lego Movie
came out, I was honestly skeptical. The idea of throwing a popular toy franchise on to the big screen reeked of a get-rich-quick scheme by Hollywood producers, hoping to capitalize only on the brand name and not put much effort into the cinematic experience. Fortunately, I was very wrong, and admittedly, I fell for the same thinking trap again with The LEGO Batman Movie
I figured The LEGO Movie’s
success was nostalgia driven and wouldn’t be able to be replicated in future spin-offs. However, The LEGO Batman Movie
proved you can make a great movie on...
Using criminals to help fight against a greater evil is not a new concept. The Dirty Dozen
and Inglorious Basterds
come to mind though I’m sure plenty of others exist. Suicide Squad
, then, is in good company. Anti-hero stories can be tricky to tell because you have to balance their dark character while also creating empathy. Make your anti-hero too evil and you’ll lose the audience, but make them too relatable and you might wonder why they were ever a bad guy in the first place. If done correctly, the storyteller can blur the lines between the good,...