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BIG NEWS PART 3: Warner Bros. Reveal Their Upcoming DC Comic Movies!

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, today I return to you to talk about more comic book film-related news that’s been going down over the last few days. So with the big rumoured announcement surrounding Captain America 3, DC and Warner Bros. deceived to fight back with their own big film announcement and as one person put it online “Go to Defcon 3.”

The following information comes from superherohype:

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While speaking at Time Warner Investor Day, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara fully revealed their DC Comics movie slate, which was previously filled with nine untitled films.

2016 will see the release of the previously-confirmed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but also the Suicide Squad movie has now been placed in the August 5, 2016 release date. Additional releases for the year will include the previously-reported LEGO Ninjago on September 23 and the “Harry Potter” spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on November 18.

2017 will see the release of the just-announced The LEGO Batman Movie on May 26, 2017 with a Wonder Woman solo film coming June 23 and the Zack Snyder-directed Justice League Part One, featuring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles, on November 10.

2018 will see the release of two solo DC films with The Flash on March 23, 2018, starringThe Perks of Being a Wallflower and We Need to Talk About Kevin‘s Ezra Miller in the title role, in addition to Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa, on July 27. We’ll also get a sequel toThe LEGO Movie on May 25 and the second Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them later that year.

In 2019, WB will release Shazam, starring Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam, on April 5, 2019, and Justice League Part Two, once again to be directed by Zack Snyder, on June 14, 2019 .

2020 brings us two more solo films with Cyborg, starring Ray Fisher, on April 3, 2020 and a reboot of Green Lantern on June 19. A third Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will also be released later that year.

Furthermore WB has also confirmed that solo films for both Batman and Superman are also in development though no release date has been set for either. Here are highlights from the press release:

As part of his presentation, Tsujihara announced a bold expansion of the industry’s broadest theatrical slate, built around the largest, most important global franchises. Warner Bros. Pictures will release three LEGO-branded films over the next four years, building upon the enormous success of this year’s “The LEGO Movie” ($468 million worldwide box office), starting with “Ninjago” in 2016, directed by Charlie Bean and produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Batman will take a star turn in “The LEGO Batman Movie” in 2017, directed by Chris McKay, and the sequel, “The LEGO Movie 2,” will debut in 2018. 

The Studio will release three pictures, in 2016, 2018 and 2020, based on best-selling author J.K. Rowling’s original story and screenwriting debut, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Set in an extension of her familiar wizarding world, featuring magical creatures and characters inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook and its fictitious author, Newt Scamander, “Fantastic Beasts” will be directed by David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, and reunite the filmmaking team of David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. 

And, in a massive expansion of the Studio’s DC Entertainment-branded content, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema will release a slate of at least 10 movies–as well as stand-alone Batman and Superman films–from 2016 through 2020 that expands this prized universe of characters: 

  • “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” directed by Zack Snyder (2016) 

  • “Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer (2016) 

  • “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot (2017) 

  • “Justice League Part One,” directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017) 

  • “The Flash,” starring Ezra Miller (2018) 

  • “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa (2018) 

  • “Shazam” (2019) 

  • “Justice League Part Two,” directed by Zack Snyder (2019) 

  • “Cyborg,” starring Ray Fisher (2020) 

  • “Green Lantern” (2020)

Well, damn, this came out of nowhere. Now don’t get me wrong, it isn’t like Warner Bros. and DC hasn’t been making announcements since their Batman V Superman film has been in production, but I didn’t think their progress was real… Until now. Looks like these companies are starting to show some balls now and I’m surprised. They have been cowering in the shadows while Marvel have been taking all the glory in the film department, but now they have a list of films dating up until2020, that’s a long way off, but the fact of the matter is, after all this time, we see that there are plans of DC Comics’ character and they will have a their day in live-action, provided that the film schedule works out. Now I have to say that I am a bit of a Marvel fanboy and I love how much they are owning everyone in the realm of live-action comic book films (with the exception of 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. from time to time), but to hear that some of these films will actually start happening, it does make me super giddy and curious as to how it will turn out.

As for the films chosen, it is interesting the way they’ve structured it. Did not expect there to be a two-part Justice League film, they must have some major story plans for that if they’re calling part one and two. As for the Suicide Squad film, I’m not too fussed, however, having David Ayer behind it does make the project seem more interesting. I know of the SQ and their iterations in Arrow and Batman: Assault on Arkham., but to have a film based on them is a bit risky since they aren’t that well-known, but hey, if Marvel can make something as obscure as Guardians of the Galaxy mainstream, then DC can try it too right? And speaking of risky, I’m not sold on the choice of actor relating to The Flash, now I like Ezra Miller a lot, but he does not come across as superhero material at all, ESPECIALLY when it comes to someone as cool as the Flash, but hey, maybe he and the filmmakers will prove us wrong, but man they will have their work cut out for them, the internet fan boys aren’t too happy about this decision.

As for the rest of the films, Wonder Woman, I dunno, Gal Gadot is gonna have to do something amazing in BvS to prove that she deserves her own solo film. Shazam, I’m sold, I only know a bit about the character from Young Justice, but he seems like such a cool character that belongs on the big screen at some point. Aquaman sounds like a badass in the comics these days, so it will be interesting to see id that cool version of the character can be translated into live action with Jason Momoa. Cyborg is the one I’m not too interested in seeing a solo film about, why? Because as much as I’ve liked him in the animated adaptations of Teen Titans and Young Justice, I’ve always liked him as an ensemble character rather than having a solo film focused on him. And finally, there’s Green Lantern, coming back to the world of live-action after nine years, well it will be by that point, hopefully they’ll get it right the next time.

So all in all this is good news and I’m intrigued for Warner Bros. and DC have coming up in the future beyond BvS, if they can play their cards right.

Anyways, what do you think of this news and which new film are you excited for the most? Please comment below and let me know people! Laters. 😀

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Zack Snyder Officially Set to Direct Justice League!

Howdy ladies and gents, time for some film news and this is definitely something worth talking about as we have some pretty massive news emerging from the realm of comic book movies as you can see from the following info that comes from superherohype:

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Justice League feature film is not only officially on track today, but has also announced a director. The Wall Street Journal reports that Man of Steel helmer Zack Snyder will make the ensemble blockbuster his follow-up to 2016’s Batman vs. Superman.

“It will be a further expansion of this universe,” Warner Bros. president of worldwide production Greg Silverman tells the outlet. “’Superman vs Batman’ will lead into ‘Justice League.’”

Although no Justice League cast is official at this stage, the project is likely to again star Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Ray Fisher as Cyborg (with a view that other JLAers are expected to be announced in the future).

The article also offers a slightly less optimistic update on the status of a Wonder Woman solo film, noting that, while the studio is open to the idea, they feel the right script has not yet been found.

UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter‘s Borys Kit posted the following tweet, indicating that Batman vs. Superman and Justice League will shoot back to back and that we may see the latter as early as 2017.

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Well damn, seems like the people over at Warner Bros. and DC have finally grown some balls and decided to make an announcement that’ll shock and excite their audience. So we finally have the announcement that there is a Justice League film.. And it isn’t Man of Steel 2 aka Batman Vs. Superman! Well with this announcement, I think anyone who was sceptical about this new Man of Steel sequel secretly being Justice League can put those rumours to rest, but who could blame people for thinking that it was the new JLA film? The amount of cast and characters that were being introduced was mad and very in line with the JLA. That being said I guess Batman Vs. Superman will probably be something similar to Iron Man 2, where it introduces characters who will play a bigger role in future films.

I think the bigger aspect of this news story is the fact that Zack Snyder is directing. Now I don’t know if this is a good thing. I mean if you wanted the guy for the visual flair and great presentation, I take no issue there, but I’m curious why Warner Bros. doesn’t want to venture out and try getting a new director. Is Snyder really that great that he can handle more than just Superman, but also Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, etc? Who knows? Maybe the Snyder is really good at what he does, maybe the studio don’t want to lose him, there are a number of factors that could come into play.

Ane then of course there is that 2017 release date and the fact these films may shoot back to back. Shit, that’s quick, but it’s also smart and I like that. Again if this is al true, then the wheels are in motion which means that DC and Warner Bros. may not actually be the scaredy cats some have believed them to be. But hey, I won’t believe anything until filming happens and we get those online photos and videos of these comic book films going down.

Anyways that’s my thoughts on this new announcement, how about you lot out there, what do you think of this news? Is it good or bad? How do you feel about Snyder directing Justice League or the idea that both films will be shot back to back? Please comment below and let me know! Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Warner Bros. is Building a Minecraft Movie! Yay?

Good evening to all who may be reading this blog, time for me to deliver the final bit of late film news and this one came as a surprise as it came straight out of nowhere. The following info comes from superherohype:

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Following the continued success of the studio’s The LEGO Movie, Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. Pictures is looking at developing the hit video game Minecraft into a feature film. The LEGO Movie producer Roy Lee is attached to develop the property.

Minecraft, which just passed 100 million registered users, is officially described as follows:

Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things.

It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean. It’s pretty. Brave players battle terrible things in The Nether, which is more scary than pretty. You can also visit a land of mushrooms if it sounds more like your cup of tea.

Minecraft creator and game designer Markus Persson confirmed the news on Twitter:

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So, Warner Bros. are gonna attempt to make a Minecraft film… Why? And more importantly how? I feel like this is being done because of the success of The Lego Movie, however that is a different kettle of fish altogether, Lego is nostalgia and transcends generations of kids and adults in its various toys, films, TV shows and video games, whereas Minecraft, while it has a pretty big gaming fanbase, doesn’t exactly have that same amount of love or necessary material to make a film adaptation mandatory.

Now I am all for video game adaptations or adaptations for anything if there is good source material to work from, but believe me when I tell you, there is no reason for this film to be made. I’ve played Minecraft just like millions of other gamers and they will all tell you the same thing, that there is no story. All you do in the came in dig, kill and create, the game is very relaxing and you can do a lot of crazy and unbelievable things where you have a lot of spare time, it really is just a time-waster. To try and make a film of a game like this just sounds absurd to me. Granted the game has endless amounts of adventure and exploring and I assume that will be one of the key aspects that this new film will try to emphasize, however I don’t know what kind of story the writers will materialize as there isn’t much to go by in terms of plot to begin with.

So to conclude, I’ll be watch the developments of this film from afar, however I can’t say I am excited for it and I don’t know many fans of the game are interested either, but hey it’s happening, so we might as well get used to it.

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2014 in Films, Media, Video Games

 

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The Lego Movie 2 Release Date Set For 2017!

Howdy ladies nad gents, time for some late film news about The Lego Movie sequel, I would have blogged about this sooner but I was at the cinema for ages earlier on today. But hey it is better to deliver the news better late than never right? The following info comes from IGN:

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“Get ready for more brick-building mayhem! With The LEGO Movie earning over $200 million at the worldwide box office, Warner Bros. has set the planned sequel to open on May 26, 2017.

The LEGO Movie 2 is the first film to be scheduled for that date, according to Variety. As previously reported, the studio has already tapped Jared Stern and Michelle Morgan to pen the script. Meanwhile, The LEGO Movie producers Dan Lin and Roy Lee are also expected to return for the sequel.”

Well this was inevitable so I am not surprised that this is going ahead. Considering the success of the film critically and financially it would be a no-brainer for Warner Bros. not to capitalize on the success of the current Lego film. While I am curious to know where the story or threat would go in the next film, I am glad that this sequel is happening because I really liked The Lego Movie, it was hella fun and it is the kind of animated films that the world needs right now.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Batman vs. Superman Pushed Back to 2016!

Howdy ladies and gents, I know I’m a bit late with this news story but this is something I COULD NOT leave unspoken about on this blog. While chilling at the cinema earlier on today between films I saw this news story and was pretty surprised to say the least. The following info comes from superherohype:

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2015? Haha not anymore it seems.

“Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that the release of Zack Snyder’s untitled Superman/Batman film has been moved from a July 17, 2015 release to May 6, 2016, the same date as a yet-to-be-titled Marvel Studios film.

According to the studio, this will give “the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story. The decision was made following the shift of the start of production to second quarter of this year.”

The studio has also set a July 17, 2015, worldwide release date for its as-yet-untitled all-new Peter Pan adventure. Joe Wright will direct the epic live-action film about the boy who would never grow up, created by J.M. Barrie.

The dual date announcement was made by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

In making the announcement, Fellman stated, “We are happy to take advantage of these coveted summer dates, which are perfect for two of our biggest tentpole releases. We share the fans’ excitement to see DC Comics’ most popular figures, Superman and Batman, together on the big screen for the first time, which will now be arriving in theatres in May 2016. Peter Pan has delighted people of every generation for more than a century, so we are thrilled to bring him back to the screen next summer for today’s moviegoers,”

Kwan Vandenberg added, “We know that there is already great anticipation building for the next Super Hero film from Zack Snyder, and we are equally eager to see what he has in store for Superman and Batman as they share the big screen for the first time ever. The summer release corridor is also perfect for Joe Wright’s ambitious new Peter Pan adventure, reimagining the ageless story of the beloved and forever-young hero for audiences worldwide.”

Zack Snyder’s Superman/Batman film stars Henry Cavill, reprising his role as Superman/Clark Kent, and Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne. The film will also reunite Man of Steel stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, and also stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.”

Well damn, fuck me indeed. Did not even see this coming. So what are my first impressions? Well it’s kind of combination of the following statements: 1) “Haha!” 2) “GUTTED! For DC fanboys.” 3) “Well that sucks.” 4) “Well guess it gives them more time to work on the film then.”

I’m feeling a good few things right now in relation to the release date being pushed back. I mean 2015 is looking like the year of awesomeness for films and this film along with Avengers 2 was gonna be the showdown of the century for nerds and movie-goers everywhere. We had in back in 2012 with The Avengers went up against The Dark Knight Rises where fans still battle about that until this day and we could have had the same kind of fun competitive nerd war again. But now that prospect has been taken away from us. And in truth I am disappointed, I feel like between now and 2015 there would be plenty of time to craft a good cinematic adaptation of Batman going up against Superman and to know that its being pushed back is insane for 2 main reasons:

  1. You promised DC fans at Comic-Con last year and now know that they have to wait longer will not have them in a happy mood
  2. Warner Bros. and DC need to get their shit together, Marvel Studios basically own the superhero film genre and while not all of their films are hits, they’re at least pro-actively releasing material for their fans

Though with all this said it does give the filmmakers time to craft the film, take their time and actually make the best product possible. Because for Warner Bros. and DC if this film fails they will not only be a laughing-stock, but they will also feel the full force of the nerds as they rain all hell upon them with their horrible online comments and letters. As much as I’m not a fan of anything DC besides Batman, I would actually want to see a good Batman Vs. Superman film, I just don’t want to have to wait forever for it. By the time this film comes out I’ll be 26 yo. Don’t make me wait any longer DC, we’re not getting any younger here.

So what do you think of this announcement? Does it make you cry tears of sadness or jump for joy? Leave your comments below yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Gal Gadot Cast as Wonder Woman in Batman vs. Superman!

Howdy ladies and gents, time for some superhero-related film news and after several uninteresting new stories I FINALLY have something to talk about! For the longest time DC and Warner Bros. have been hinting about new Justice League elements being added to the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film and now it seems like after all the rumours, something has come out as concrete. The following information comes from superherohype:

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“Warner Bros. has announced this morning that Gal Gadot, most well known for appearing in the “Fast & Furious” films, has landed the role of Wonder Woman/Diane Prince in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman vs. Superman film.

In a statement, Zack Snyder stated: “Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.”

Batman vs. Superman will feature the return of Henry Cavill as Superman, facing off against Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Also starring Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne, the Zack Snyder-directed Batman vs. Superman hits theaters on July 17, 2015.”

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Well damn! Did not see this coming at all. I thought DC and Warner Bros. were still too afraid to venture outside of their boundaries with Batman and Superman films, but now they’re ACTUALLY doing it. These studio people and filmmakers are actually taking the first steps towards creating their own cinematic universe of DC characters. Now we finally have someone cast as Wonder Woman, and how do we feel about this? Erm, I’m not quite sure.

To be honest I am happy that at least ONE member of the JLA is finally making their film debut and it is great that is such an important female figure like Wonder Woman. But at the same the time it does raise some questions like 1) How much involvement will she have in this new film? And 2) Will she be fully introduced with a backstory or will she just be dropped in?

Also there is the choice of actress. Now Gal Gadot, she is a gorgeous woman, no doubt about that, Gadot has an incredibly beautiful face and a slender body. However I’m not sure if she is WW material. I mean I’ve only known her from the Fast & Furious series and she’s alright in those films, but I’ve not really seen her in much else to judge her acting skills. Also no offence to her but she is very on the slim side, anyone that knows WW knows that she is a strong and firm-bodied woman with tone and muscle too and in order to embody this role, Gadot is seriously gonna have to put on some weight and gym it up to the maximum. And lastly does Gadot have combat experience? Besides some of the action bits in the F&F films, I’ve never seen her in any proper fighting or combat-based stuff. WW is all about the combat, hand-to-hand combat and being able to move around with all the superhuman strength and agility. I hope Gadot will get some proper training and learn to fight hardcore, Gina Carano style and then some.

Overall while I’m glad they cast someone as WW, at the same time I’m not sure Gadot is the right choice. Hey I’m not hating, just expressing my opinion. I’m still kind of sad that Jaimie Alexander won’t be taking up the role because I think she has the screen presence, action experience and acting talent to pull off such a role. However I’m happy for Gadot and I hope she will do okay.

So now onto you people of the internet, what do you think of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman? Are you down with her in the role or did you hope for someone else? Whatever your thoughts, drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review! 😀 😀

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Warner Bros. President Says Christopher Nolan is Not Involved with Justice League

This is only a small news story but it is a significant one that has my attention and news to be blogged about. As per usual this comic book film news comes from superherohype:

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“One of the juiciest rumors to come out in the past few months was that Christopher Nolan, the director of The Dark Knight trilogy, would be shepherding the Justice League movie at Warner Bros. We’re sad to report that this was a case of ‘too good to be true’ as EW has confirmed with Warner Bros. President Jeff Robinov that this rumor is not true.

When asked if it was true that Nolan would be bringing the project to life with his former Batman Christian Bale, he left no room for interpretation and simply said “No, it’s not.”

Christopher Nolan’s representatives also confirmed that Nolan was never involved with the project and is working solely on his upcoming film Interstellar.

We know you were really looking forward to this, but take heart that it would appear the film is still on track to eventually get made. Man of Steel producer Chris Roven says the upcoming Superman reboot will pave the way for future films.

“It’s setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forward, In that, Man of Steel is definitely a first step. Nolan’s Dark Knight series was deliberately and smartly positioned as a stand-alone. The world the films lived in was very isolated, without any knowledge of other superheroes. What Zack and Chris have done with this film is allow you to really introduce other characters into the same world.”

Man of Steel hits theaters June 14 while Justice League is rumored to be targeting a summer 2015 release date.”

Alrighty then so the President of Warner Bros. has ruled out Christopher Nolan, however one can never say never in Hollywood and when it comes to superhero films you can’t always assume things as truth. I pray that this president stays true to his words though.

So what do I think of this news? Well all I can say is…

Yes! Yes! And yes again! This is GOOD NEWS! Now I can see loads of Nolan fanboys freaking out all over the internet saying stuff like “Oh now this film will fail!” or “Why isn’t he attached to the film he made great Batman films!” But there’s the problem; Nolan’s Batman films. Now don’t get me wrong, The Dark Knight Trilogy is great and it works on its own. But attach that to the realm of the Justice League and it WOULDN’T WORK! Why? Because Chris Nolan’s Batman universe is overly dark, gritty and realistic and while that works for Batman, that would not translate well with a live-action adaptation Justice League. Plus add to that the Justice League comics and animated adaptations is anything but realistic, it’s all completely fictional, fantastical and larger than life. Warner Bros. and DC already have problems trying to find a way to adapt their crazy characters to film, if they changed it to the dark and realistic style of Nolan’s Batman films not only would it be unfaithful to the source material, but it’d be horrible. The reason why the film would be horrible is because we’ve endured three “dark” Batman films already, they were good at showing a different style of making comic book films, but I think people have had enough of that and want something different. Many fans and critics have said it before and so have I, Chris Nolan is great, but not for the Justice League movie.

Now just to clarify again, I do not dislike Chris Nolan, I think he is brilliant and there’s not one of his films that I’ve seen that I’ve not liked or loved. But for Justice League I can’t help but think that he’ll turn it into another dark Batman film or some sort of absurdly realistic film with all the good comic book elements taken out. I dunno who would be a good director for this JLA film but I know Chris Nolan isn’t the right fit.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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