Spring 2021 Movie & TV Preview! PODCAST: Zack Snyder’s JUSTICE LEAGUE (SPOILERS)!

Hey Everyone,

Paul here…

On this episode, The World’s Best Podcast crosses over with the Cuff’s Basement Podcast to review Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which recently premiered on HBO Max! Along with Tim and Ryan, we breakdown a film that is vastly different from the original 2017 Justice League theatrical release. In fact Zack Snyder‘s Justice League is more like a entirely new film, than a director’s cut. We go over everything from what worked to what didn’t, as well as what we loved about the film and what we may have disliked. In this fun and far reaching discussion which yielded one of our best episodes this year, so far!

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While promoting the film, Zack Snyder offered up a lot of interesting information, teases, and images about what might have been, had things gone according to plan and the DCEU stayed on the track that began with Man of Steel. Snyder originally envisioned a 5-film “Lord of The Rings” style epic, that included Man of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and culminated in a massive Justice League trilogy. As a result there were a lot ideas and concepts that were played around with that were abandoned. A good example of how somethings could’ve played out slightly differently is, how in one of the subplots in Batman V Superman, involved Wonder Woman attempting to retrieve an old photograph of herself and her comrades-in-arms from WWI. This of course tied into 2017’s Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins. However, before the story for the first wonder woman film had been finalized there was still some to be about exactly how long Diana had been away from Themyscira fighting wars in “Man’s World”. Some beautiful images were commissioned showing Diana fighting alongside soldiers in wars much farther back in history, closer to The Crimean War than World War I. Snyder shared a few of them online that I thought were particularly interesting which you can take a look at right here:

Snyder offered up another sneak peek at The Snyder Cut, whe he confirmed the long running fan theory that General Swanwick played by Harry Lennox (Man of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice) was actually J’onn J’onnz: The Martian Manhunter, hiding among mankind. Snyder revealed that the character would indeed be making an appearance in his Justice League when it premiered on HBO Max, with Lennox returning for the role. DC helped Snyder give fans at hint at the character’s design in the film, by publishing variant covers of the JL comic book a few months back, featuring the movie version of this classic character drawn by the legendary Jim Lee. Take a look…

This is the final design for the character used in the movie

This also wraps up WEEK 1 of World’s Best Media’s Spring 2021 Movie & TV Preview! We have even more great content coming your way in WEEK 2, with exciting new series like Amazon Prime’s INVINCIBLE, from the creator of The Walking Dead!

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-Paul

PODCAST: Wonder Woman 1984 Review!

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Paul here…

To all of our readers, listeners, and supporters, I want to say thank you and extend a heartfelt and sincere Happy Holidays from all of us here at World’s Best Media! We appreciate each and every time you click on one of out article or listen to one of our podcasts. We couldn’t do any of this without you and we’re so grateful for all of your support! We hope you’re all having a safe and Happy Holiday season! As the year comes to an end, keep an eye out for our Best & Worst of 2020, where pick the highs and lows in movies, TV, and comics, over the last year. We should have out Best/Worst Lists posted before New Years Day. We also have big, big plans for 2021, so stay tuned…

    Despite how happy we are that World’s Best Media continues to grow, we know that 2020 has been a brutal year for way too many people. With all of the suffering and hardship so many have endured this year, I’ve been reminded to appreciate the little things in life. I know from experience, that sometimes the simplest of things, can mean the world when times are at their darkest. Which is one of several reasons I was so thrilled that Wonder Woman 1984 was finally available to watch, Christmas Day on HBOMax. 

   When times get tough, going to the movies has always been my favorite way to escape for a little while (Well, my favorite escape that doesn’t involve drugs or alcohol anyway. But there’s no reason you can’t enjoy all 3 at once, right? Go ahead, you’ve earned it!). I think a lot of people out there miss the simple joy of going to their local movie theater to see a feel good, blockbuster and let their troubles slip away from a few hours. I know it’s not much, but folks had the opportunity to watch a great big, superhero, comic book movie, without having to worry about the dangers of going to a movie theater. 

    However, these aren’t the only reasons that the release WW84 is special, this also marks an important milestone for The World’s Best Podcast. Tim Cuff and I reviewed 2017’s Wonder Woman for the very first episode of The World’s Best Podcast! Longtime listeners of the podcast will recognize Tim Cuff and Ryan McDonald as two of my most frequent co-hosts on the show (Tim even helped me co-create the podcast in the first place). In case you don’t know, Ryan and Tim co-host their own podcast, Cuff’s Basement. In the spirit of the superhero comic books that feature characters like Wonder Woman, to review and discuss WW84 we needed a crossover! So get ready for The SUPER-MEGA-AWESOME WORLD’S BEST PODCAST/CUFF’S BASEMENT CROSSOVER EVENT! 

    Since The DCEU (or The World’s of DC or whatever the hell they’re calling it now) launched with 2013’s Man of Steel, Wonder Woman has proven to be the studio’s only true critical and commercial hit. Sure, many of these other DC movies made a lot of money, but they were critically trashed and divisive at best among the Fanbase. Does Wonder Woman 1984 live up to the promise of the original movie? Listen below to find  out! Enjoy!

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I’m always looking for an opportunity to get more people interested in comics. None of these incredible films and beautiful stories would be possible, without the amazing comic book source material. So if you enjoyed Wonder Woman 1984 and want to learn more about the character, takes a look at some of the books I’ve posted below. They’re great places to star for anyone new to comics, if you’ve seen either Wonder Woman movie, you’re good to go! All of these books are available at your local Comic Book Store, I recommend Googling the closest comic book retailer in your area. The Hall of Comics in Southborough, MA is my local spot for comics and graphic novels and I’ve had nothing, but great experiences with them over the years! If you don’t want to leave the comfort of your own home, you can alway read these stories on your tablet with the ComiXology app. Finally, you can always order any of these graphic novels online through Amazon. I posted links below for you to order any of my recommendations. I hope you give them a chance!

Wonder Woman: Year One (writer- Greg Rucka/Art- Nicola Scott)

Wonder Woman by Greg Rucka Vol.1

Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol.1 (W. Grant Morrison/A. Yanick Paquette)

Wonder Woman: Blood (A. Brian Azzarello/A. Cliff Chiang

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Huge News! Warner Bros Will Be Releasing All Major Films In 2021 Simultaneously In Theatres & on HBO Max !

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Streaming platforms like Netflix have drastically changed the way we consume entertainment over the last decade. For quite some time, I believed that streaming was the future of the film and television industry. Last week Warner Bros. made the monumental announcement that Wonder Woman 1984, one of their biggest upcoming releases, would be debuting simultaneously in theaters and HBO Max on Christmas Day. Subscribers to HBO Max will even be available to watch the movie free. This announcement was a very big deal, that sent shock waves throughout the film industry. The coronavirus outbreak has destroyed so many businesses and industries over the last year, with movie theater chains being hit particularly hard. 

  If a vaccine for the coronavirus becomes approved for public use in the next few weeks, the earliest the movie theater industry could expect to see any kind of bounce back, would be early summer 2021. With so many projects already finished, in the can, ready to be viewed by audiences, it was only a matter of time before a major studio made a move like this. Most people expected Disney+ to do something like this with Marvel’s Black Widow, while nothing has officially been announced yet, I think this move all but confirms that we’ll see Black Widow on Disney+ sooner rather than later. The point is that for awhile now, we’ve been heading towards a world where the way we watch movies will fundamentally change. The fact that Warner Bros. chose Wonder Woman 1984 to be the film to test the new format was a clear signal that they were taking streaming more seriously than they ever had before. This wasn’t some random film, this was the is the sequel to what is arguably the most successful DCEU superhero film. All the while Disney has been making it very clear that they plan to invest a lot of money and resources into the success of Disney+ and streaming. The current leadership of the company has seen streaming as a new gold rush (and that was before COVID-19 crippled the country).

Dune based on the classic sci-fi novel

    Which brings me to my main point, today is the day movie industry has been fundamentally and forever changed. Warner Bros. announced today that all of their upcoming 2021 film slate will be available on HBO Max the same day as they’re released in theatres. The company is making sure to emphasize that the films will premiere on HBO Max and in theaters on the same one same day. While some theaters are open and partially operating in the U.S. right now, the main reason for emphasizing a duel streaming and theatrical release, is because many international markets don’t have access to certain streaming service yet. Another factor at play is how the international market, where people are physically going to see films in movie theatres more often. Mainly because most of these countries have the coronavirus under control in a way that the United States does not. Even though, as I mentioned before, Wonder Woman 1984 will be free to HBO subscribers, I am certain that an additional fee will be charged for all of these future releases Warner Bros. has planned for the platform in 2021 which includes 17 major titles such as The Matrix 4, Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel Dune, James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It, Godzilla Vs. Kong and more. One thing is for certain, it cannot be understated how much of a game changer this is for virtually every aspect of the filmmaking industry.  Take a look at this promo trailer:

    I’ve always found the inherent dichotomy in the movie industry fascinating. Half of it creatively motivated and the other half motivated by The Almighty Dollar. First and foremost, movie studios are businesses. Just like any other company, the point is to make money. However, in this case, their products happen to movies. The best filmmakers are incredibly passionate about storytelling and the art of film.  Occasionally, movie studio executives bump heads with directors on set. Executives worry about the bottom line and the filmmaker is worried about the quality of the storytelling in their film. It doesn’t happen all the time, but it happens enough for people to notice it every now and again. Telling a great story and making a lot of money, don’t always gel together well. 

     Because there’s so much money dumped into any given blockbuster, studio executives occasionally give directors “Notes”, which are suggestions, or demands, from the film studio to their directors, that certain changes be made to their movies. “Studio Notes” are often misguided attempts by studio execs who aren’t talented or creative storytellers, trying to influence a film to appeal to the widest possible audience. Executives at these companies don’t think like artists, which is why so many films that are heavily affected by studio interference, turn out pretty shitty. Creative people and business motivate people are basically antithetical to one another. 

James Gunn’s sequel to Suicide Squad

     I brought this up to illustrate that the people who run film studios only care about the facts, how can they have a successful financial year? So making this kind of move, with this slate of major, high profile major films, seems to indicate all that Warner Bros. doesn’t expect movie theaters to bounce back to any kind of  normalcy until fall or winter 2021, at the earliest. In a statement by Warner Bros, The company said that when it is completely safe for people to gather together in a movie theater they, plan on re-embracing the movie theater if you need experience. But the question is, at that point will audiences even want to go back to the old ways? I can think of a lot of reasons why I’d rather watch certain films at home rather than in a theatre filled with people You can be sure we will follow this story as it continues develop…

So, what do you think about this move by Warner Bros and HBO Max? Do you like the idea of watching the latest big movies from the comfort of your own home? Or perhaps you enjoy the movie going experience? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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-Paul

Trailers of The Week!

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Paul here…

UPDATED: In a move that will have a massive effect on the filmmaking business, Warner Bros/DC have announced that Wonder Woman 1984, will be simultaneously released in theatres and HBO Max on 12/25/20. The movie will be free for anyone with an existing HBO Max subscription, there will be no extra charge like Disney+ did with their release of Mulan earlier this year. This is some damn good new and I’m psyched to finally see WW84!

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available….


Trailers are one of my favorite aspects of the moviegoing experience. Even if the final film turns out to be a complete piece of dog shit, a great trailer can be thrilling and rousing, it can spark your imagination. Of course, as i’ve said in the past, in some ways the art of movie trailers has disappeared for the most part, every once in a while a trailer comes along that blows your socks off. Whenever I find an interesting trailer, I always make a point to post it here on the website to share it with my audience. So I’ve been thinking about making it a little bit more of a formal, weekly column series called “Trailers of The Week”. Sometimes there are trailers that I’d really love to share with you guys, but they don’t necessarily marry their own article here on the website. This way I can let everyone know about all of the interesting trailers I’ve come across each week. Some weeks are going to be better than others, but hopefully will get more fantastic trailers than average ones. So without any further do, I think I have two pretty cool trailers to share with you guys this week.

The first, is the latest trailer for Justice League: The Snyder Cut, premiering on HBO Max early 2021. It contains a lot of footage that we saw in the first trailer, but some interesting moments are expanded, we get a better look at some significant characters, and there is some new and interesting material as well. I have made it no secret that I am extremely excited for this project, I really hope Zack Snyder is able to silence his critics and give us something very unique and interesting for those of you who don’t know at this point the Snyder cut is so long that it’s going to be released as a miniseries on HBO max, I think it’s about five or six hours at this point, I’m not 100% sure. One thing is for sure this is going to be damn interesting superhero project to watch when it finally comes out.


On to our second trailer…

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge fan of the DC Animated Movies that come out three or four times a year. This new film, Batman: Soul of The Dragon, looks particularly interesting. I love the whole retro 70s style and the Bruce Lee, Enter The Dragon “vibe”. Bruce Wayne is one of the best fighters in DC Universe, so it’s very interesting to see a younger Bruce training to become a deadly martial artists. DC Animation have put out their fair share mediocre films, but every now and again they knock one out of the park. Hopefully, Batman: Soul of The Dragon is the former. I love the new aesthetic and unique story. I’m definitely looking forward to give this movie a watch.


Batman: Soul of The Dragon: Available digitally on 1/12/21 and on Blu-Ray on 1/26

Justice League: The Snyder Cut: Premiering on HBO Max sometime in the first half of 2021

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Some Thoughts on Wonder Woman…

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With Wonder Woman being released digitally on iTunes and other places this week, I thought this was a good opportunity to take another look at the character of Diana. How she’s portrayed in the film, in other media, and the importance the character should play in our pop culture, especially now.

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What made Wonder Woman DC’s most successful film thus far, at least creatively, is that the film understood what the Marvel films seemed to have understood from the beginning: character is everything. Marvel understands their heroes backwards and forwards and up until Wonder Woman, it wasn’t clear if DC really KNEW who their characters were and what makes them tick. Regardless of what else they have going on, they nailed Wonder Woman in that department. She was a beautifully realized character on screen.

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Filmmaking is a collaboration, but I’m going to give credit to director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot for making this character work so well. Diana is many things, some of them are contradictions. She a warrior and ambassador for peace. She’s a friend, a lover, a mother figure. She’s strong, compassionate, loyal, and resolute. Oh, and she’s also a complete fucking bad ass. These are tough things to make work on screen. But by coming from a place of character first, Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot gave us the perfect Wonder Woman. Regardless of where the DC Extended Universe goes from here, we will always have this beautiful, stand alone Wonder Woman film.

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(I mean, JESUS CHRIST! She even makes BATMAN her bitch)
I’m always fascinated how news and important events in the real world are reflected in our popular culture. I wish there were more characters like Wonder Woman on film and TV. Someone who embodies both strength and compassion, someone who espouses tolerance and love. I know I’d like to see more of that on my TV every day. Wonder Woman reminds us all that we can be BETTER.
It’s interesting that Diana is the DC character on screen right now that most embodies the concept of HOPE. Hope is usually the domain of the Last Son of Krypton, Superman. After all, that isn’t an S on his chest, its Kryptonian, the symbol of The House EL, it means hope.

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I really hope they eventually nail the character of Superman like the nailed Wonder Woman. I think the problem is that most people agree who Diana is and what she’s all about. I don’t think that’s neccesarily the case for the Man of Steel. For a lot of writers out there, Christopher Reeve and everything his Superman was, is all that Superman should be. I not only vehemently disagree, I believe this thinking hurts the character. My Superman will always be the guy from Bruce Timm’s Superman: The Animated Series and the subsequent Justice League shows. The Superman of Man of Steel was a little closer to that guy, which is one of the reasons I like that film.
Anyway, I’ve got Wonder Woman on as I’m writing this piece and for now it’s nice to have one undeniably great stand alone DC film.

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Diana’s message regardless of the medium is a powerful one: love, acceptance, equality, and compassion. When I watch the news, that’s not the world I see, I wish it was. Encourage your friends who haven’t seen Wonder Woman to give it a try. Because if even a little piece of Diana seeps into their subconscious, who knows? Maybe they’ll try a little harder to exhibit some of Diana’s wonderful attributes I was talking about earlier. Since the world can be a pretty scary place these days, that idea, that possibility, makes me feel just a little bit better. She came her to save “Man’s World”. Let’s ALL beat her to it…