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JUSTICE LEAGUE | Film Review

RELEASED: November 17th 2017
DIRECTED BY: Zach Snyder (& Joss Whedon)
WRITTEN BY: Zach Snyder, Chris Terrio & Joss Whedon
PRODUCED BY: Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Jon Berg & Geoff Johns
STARRING: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Amy Adams, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, Diane Lane & Ciarán Hinds

When Batman v Superman was announced, I was beyond excited. As we moved closer to the release date, I remained adamant that it would be THE superhero movie, regardless of what the critics had been saying; it had to be – the two most iconic characters in comic-books coming together for the first time in cinematic history.

And then I saw it, and it was garbage. Poorly conceived and poorly made; it was long, boring, depressing and worst of all, disappointing.

Fortunately, Justice League is everything that Batman v Superman isn’t. Where BvS was overlong, Justice League sits comfortably at just under two hours. Where BvS was boringJL is full of action, excitement and adventure. Where BvS was depressing, JL is hopeful and overall, a lot of fun.

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And although some critics may be dismissing the film as the mess they expected it to be, in my opinion, it’s risen above that, and as a result is far from disappointing.

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Posted by on July 30, 2018 in DC

 

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BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE | Film Review

RELEASED: March 25th 2016
DIRECTED BY: Zack Snyder
WRITTEN BY: Chris Terrio & David S. Goyer
PRODUCED BY: Charles Roven & Deborah Snyder
MUSIC BY: Hans Zimmer & Junkie XL
STARRING: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Gal Gadot, Laurence Fishburne & Holly Hunter

What if Batman was real?

A figure so traumatised by a childhood event that he dresses up as a devilish creature and administers his own brand of ‘justice’ to those he feels deserves it. He would be brutal, unrelenting and focused; he would have a complete disregard for the lives of those he pursues.

This is definitely the case in this milestone superhero movie epic. Batman takes down criminals with a brutality akin to his fighting style in the Arkham games; his fight choreography is both beautiful and harsh. It works well, until the film gets to its titular battle, at which point all that brutality is focused on Superman. At which point you’re once again reminded just what you’re watching: Something unpleasant.

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Posted by on July 9, 2018 in DC

 

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BATMAN: THE WEDDING | ‘New to Comics’ Review

This post was originally published on my now defunct site, New to Comics.

New to Comics is a segment where I look at various comic-books, explaining their background, reviewing them, and breaking them down for readers unfamiliar to the medium. The title is an reference to a former university project that I carried on as its own site for several years before laying it to rest.


I was originally intending to do a ‘Batman’ week some time ago, but I was going on holiday for a little while, and opted to take a brief break from the comic book front. Now, we’re getting back into it with the most current story we’ve looked at so far – so current, in fact, that it only finished two days ago!

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Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Tom King
Art by: Mikel Janín
Year: 2018
Pages: 87

SPOTLIGHT CHARACTER:

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Real Name: Bruce Thomas Wayne
Affiliation: 
The Justice League
First Appearance: 
Detective Comics #27 (March 1939)

As a child, Bruce Wayne wanted for nothing – the son of some of the wealthiest and most respected people in Gotham City, Thomas and Martha Wayne, Bruce was, in essence, heir to the throne of Gotham. But all that changed when Bruce’s parents were gunned down in front of him, instilling in him a deep hatred for criminals that would hang over his entire life. Committing himself to becoming skilled in multiple disciplines such as combat and detective work, Bruce used the wealth and resources of the company he inherited from his father to become the vigilante known as the Batman. A figure of fear, Bruce now wages a war against crime with his trusty Batmobile and high-tech armoury of weapons, assisted by his loyal butler and father-figure Alfred, police commissioner Jim Gordon and his extended ‘Bat-family’ of sidekicks like Robin.

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THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE | Film Review

RELEASED: 4th February 2017
DIRECTED BY: Chris McKay
WRITTEN BY: Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern & John Whittington
PRODUCED BY: Christopher Miller, Phil Lord, Roy Lee & Dan Lin
MUSIC BY: Lorne Balfe
STARRING: Will Arnet, Michael Cera, Ralph Fiennes, Rosario Dawson & Zach Galifianakis

Since the DC Extended Universe was first announced a few years back, its properties have been plagued with misfortune. Batman v Superman had fans jumping between excited and wary, until it was released and the film became hated by a good chunk of its audience. Justice League, having the same director, had people fearing for the fates of their favourite characters. The Flash has been through three directors already and is currently in the process of being COMPLETELY rewritten. And then there’s Ben Affleck’s The Batman; a film with so much anticipation built around it that the star of the piece dropped out of the director’s chair, and now, rumour has it, wants to abandon the franchise completely. And you know what? I don’t blame him. Poor Ben Affleck.

Luckily, Warner Bros and LEGO teamed up to prove that the DC Superhero properties are salvageable in some cinematic form, by bringing us The LEGO Batman Movie. It’s well-written, steeped in Batman lore and all-in-all a really fun flick.

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