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Why I think the DC Extended Universe misses the point of its characters

I started this month not really knowing what I was getting into.  I’d always been more of a DC fan than a Marvel fan, but my fandom should be described as casual at best (essentially, I liked Superman more than the X-Men).  And I was burnt out on the whole Marvel movie formula, skipping everything after Deadpool.  I’d also heard that the modern DC canon … Continue reading Why I think the DC Extended Universe misses the point of its characters

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How a unifying theme would have elevated Wonder Woman from a good superhero movie to a great one

For the record, it is much easier to act as an amateur script doctor than it is to write something original (as my paltry screenwriting efforts to date prove).  It is also much easier to suggest improvements to a finished film than earlier in its development or production.  In other words, this is more of an exercise for me than any reflection on how good … Continue reading How a unifying theme would have elevated Wonder Woman from a good superhero movie to a great one

Justice League is suprisingly watchable

I finally saw Justice League almost three weeks after its debut, and by that time all of the negative press about its reshoots, its box office, and its general failure as a film had peaked.  That said, I actually kind of liked it.  It is essentially a DC version of The Avengers from its banter to its magic boxes to its flying robot aliens that … Continue reading Justice League is suprisingly watchable

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How embracing its characters’ point of view could have improved Suicide Squad

For the record, it is much easier to act as an amateur script doctor than it is to write something original (as my paltry screenwriting efforts to date prove).  It is also much easier to suggest improvements to a finished film than earlier in its development or production.  In other words, this is more of an exercise for me than any reflection on how good … Continue reading How embracing its characters’ point of view could have improved Suicide Squad

The Death of Superman Lives provides a glimpse of what might have been

Supposedly, during the filming of Superman Returns, director Bryan Singer carried around a photo of Nicolas Cage as Superman, a relic of pre-production work on Tim Burton’s Superman Lives, a shelved attempt at a Superman movie in the late 90s.  The picture is awful. But it clearly bears no resemblance to the actual costume tests above.  In fact, almost none of the gossip surrounding Burton’s … Continue reading The Death of Superman Lives provides a glimpse of what might have been

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Wonder Woman proves DC can get it right

Calling Wonder Woman the best modern DC movie is a bit of a backhanded compliment. But it is the best, and by a long shot. In contrast to Man of Steel, screenwriter Allan Heinberg crafts a clean origin story with well-defined characters; DP Matthew Jensen delivers some iconic images; and Gal Gadot gives easily the best performance in the franchise to date. While the tone … Continue reading Wonder Woman proves DC can get it right