‘Justice League’ fizzling is the DCEU’s worst nightmare come true

The DCEU needs a hero.
Image: Warner bros. pictures

The DC Extended Universe is in deep crisis.

With $96 million on opening weekend, Justice League is by far the weakest box office performer of all the DCEU films. This was supposed to be their Avengers. Instead, it was their Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem.

Five movies deep, with all your key heroes activated and united, is this where you want to land on the DCEU opening weekend rankings? 

  1. Batman v Superman: $166 million

  2. Suicide Squad: $133.6

  3. Man of Steel: $116.6 million

  4. Wonder Woman: $103.25 million

  5. Justice League: $96 million

What does Warner Bros. do now?

Now the studio finds itself in a real pickle

This is precisely what the studio was trying to avoid when it pointed Zack Snyder to the exits a year ago, plugging in Joss Whedon to rip out the critical movie’s guts and reshoot them with an all-new, lighter, jokier, ensembley-er tone.

The coming weeks will be worse for Justice League, as its box office returns drop like a stone. Wonder Woman may have the next-lowest domestic opening weekend, but that film had unbelievably powerful legs, holding strong for a stunning 21 weeks on its way to passing all the other DC films and landing in the Top 5 superhero movies of all time.

Justice League will be lucky to crack the Top 25.

And now the studio finds itself in a real pickle. It spent mountains of cash and political capital to pivot away from Snyder’s doleful vision that critics hated but at least was working with a loyal (and, ahem, vocal) swath of DC fans. There’s no going back to that look – that ship has sailed – but the way forward is not exactly clear, either.

Wonder Woman may be one of the most beloved superhero movies of all time; it will be shared and re-watched and talked about for generations. But melding casting, character, and director is a fussy magic, more a result of serendipity than planning or foresight. It’s safe to say that Wonder Woman succeeded in spite of its place in the DCEU, and certainly not because of it.

Aquaman was hardly the breakout character of Justice League, and yet he’s up next December. Neither Batman nor Superman has a date on the calendar, and Wonder Woman 2 is a full two years away. Shazam, Cyborg, and Green Lantern Corps are the only projects with spots on a calendar.

Shazam, Cyborg, and Green Lantern Corps? Are they serious with that game plan?

Shazam, Cyborg and Green Lantern Corps? Are they serious with that game plan?

It’s a mess, compounded by Warner Bros. desire to eject Affleck’s foibles from the Batmobile – how do you do that gracefully, keeping continuity and a straight face? – and the fact that the studio is in the midst of an ownership change. Anyone staring down the barrel of new bosses about to take over knows how paralyzing that can be.

With Suicide Squad director David Ayers out of the picture, not even it has a way forward. That movie was hot vomit but at least it made money; a sequel should’ve been a foregone conclusion the minute tracking came online.

Ahh, there’s that phrase: At least it made money. Something all the other DC films, love ’em or hate ’em, could boast. “We made it for the fans!” the studio crowed, and the fans, at least, turned out.

But for Justice League to fall below that important cosmetic nine-figures domestic opener is a big, blazing distress signal in the clouds that those fans are becoming impatient.

And you better believe someone is muttering that they should’ve just let Snyder finish this DCEU thing. At least that would’ve been a way forward.

Not so sure they have that now.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/11/19/justice-league-box-office-fail-zack-snyder-warner-bros-what-now/

Trump is the biggest villain of all at the NYCC ‘Gotham’ panel

 

“Make Gotham great again.”

An approving crowd cheered for Gotham star Robin Lord Taylor as he remixed The Donald’s campaign slogan at the show’s New York Comic Con panel. Taylor’s Penguin is running for mayor, and his candidacy, entailing a villain running for office, feels like a reflection of the real world.

“At this rate, Penguin looks pretty freaking good,” Taylor joked. “Wouldn’t you say?

“I think the Gotham writers are writing our actual reality right now, and that’s probably the scariest thing you could possibly imagine.”

Penguin’s mayoral run is shaping up to be a major plotline in the show’s third season. From the little we’ve seen so far, Penguin is capitalizing on the public’s emotional distress to turn it against his more experienced opponent.

Sound familiar?

“He tries to present himself as he thinks a candidate should look,” Taylor said. “There is a certain homage to a certain candidate who is out there which is entirely intentional.”

Taylor then pointed out that the show’s flirtation with commentary is nothing new for comics. From the early days of Batman and Superman pushing back against fears over the rise of organized crime to Marvel’s more recent metaphoric forays into intolerance and social justice, Gotham is just a new voice in the mix.

Image: Fox

“Our show is like any comic book in that the stories are written to reflect the times in which we live,” Taylor said. “Comic books are written with that idea in mind, the social climate. So our show is reflecting that.”

The panel moved on to other topics at that point, but Trump came up again after actress Erin Richards, who arrived late and missed Taylor’s earlier Trump talk, laid into the GOP candidate on her own.

“Did everybody hear what he said on Friday about women?” she asked. “It’s embarrassing.”

Taylor then mulled over what would happen if Penguin found himself speaking privately while a hot mic a la Trump.

Taylor laughed. “If Penguin was caught on a hot mic, he wouldn’t say anything nearly as vulgar or disgusting.”

Richards nodded her head in agreement, adding, “Nothing could be as bad as what that man has said.”

She then launched into a full-on anti-Trump stump speech for Hillary.

“Please, please, please vote Hillary. Please. Please vote Hillary. For the world. Please. For me. I can’t vote. I wish I could vote. I can’t vote. Britain is behind you if you vote Hillary. Though I don’t know what we’re doing at the moment, I apologize for Brexit.”

Trump came up one final time, late in the panel, when a fan asked the Gotham stars what they would write if they had control of the GOP candidate’s Twitter feed.

For Taylor, it was: “I’m sorry for making a mockery of the United States. I’m sorry for being embarrassing. I’m sorry. I’m ashamed. That’s what I would say.”

And for Richards: “I am removing myself from the presidential race. And from all races. I’m removing myself from the Earth.”

Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/10/08/gotham-new-york-comic-con-panel-trump/

Homemade ‘Batman’ TV intro still has an old-school feel

With enough cheap effects to make you go “Holy homemade movies, Batman,” this faithful recreation of the 1960s Batman opening credits has plenty of cardboard Bat-signs to go around.

Our CineFix series, Homemade Movies,serves up creative remakes of your favorite movies, trailers and original songs. All videos are exact shot-for-shot remakes created at home without any visual effects.

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/09/19/homemade-movies-batman-tv-show-intro/

Adam West revives his ’60s Batman for a new animated movie

There’s only one appropriate response to news of this magnitude: do the Batusi.

Adam West and Burt Ward, television’s original Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder, are heading back to Gotham City.

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders reunites West and Ward as Batman and Robin in a feature-length animated film set in the universe of the ’60s TV series. The dynamic duo is also joined by the voice of Julie Newmar, who played TV’s Catwoman.

This first trailer doesn’t show off any of the movie, but it does feature West and Ward escaping from one of the TV series’ trademark death traps as they hype the Blu-ray. It’s cute. And super enjoyable if you have any memory of the original TV series.

We don’t know much yet about the story, but it features a familiar cast of villains: Joker, Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman. It also heads to space at one point. Groovy.

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is a direct-to-video release that will be available via VOD on Oct. 11 and on Blu-ray starting Nov. 1.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/08/17/batman-60s-adam-west-burt-ward-animated/