TRAILERS OF THE WEEK: Godzilla Vs Kong! Superman & Lois!

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TRAILERS OF THE WEEK is back! My favorite trailers this week are two projects that could not be more different, but they both look cool as hell! We have an awesome trailer for an upcoming movie and and great trailer for a new TV series. Let’s dive in!

Continuing The Monsterverse Series: Godzilla Vs Kong

First up, we have Godzilla Vs Kong! I think the “Monster-Verse”, which includes Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla: King of The Monsters, and the upcoming Godzilla Vs. Kong, is one of the only attempts at a cinematic universe, outside of The MCU that actually works. After the massive success of the MCU, every movie studio in Hollywood wanted to get their own connected universe of films up and running, with very few achieving any kind of success. In 2017, Universal attempted to get a series of interconnected movies off the ground with Tom Cruise headlining their reboot of The Mummy, which even featured Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde. The Mummy would have been the first in a series of films referred to as the Dark Universe, focusing on Universal’s line up of Classic Monster, including the Creature From The Black Lagoon, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and Dracula among others. Stars like Javier Bardem, Angelina Jolie, and Johnny Depp had all signed on to take up roles as the various monsters. After 2017’s The Mummy was a critical and commercial failure, Universal scrapped plans their plans for the Dark Universe. Even Marvel’s main competition, DC/Warner Bros, has struggled with their DCEU or The Worlds of DC (or whatever the hell else they’re calling it). While I‘ve personally enjoyed most of their films, with Justice League being there only out right terrible movie in my opinion, the studio’s only true home run has been the first Wonder Woman. I love Man of Steel and BvS, and quite liked WW84 film, but DC/Warner Bros have yet to recapture the magic of Patty Jenkin’s 2017 Wonder Woman. They do have some pride in some promising projects coming down the pipe, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Anyway, this is all just a really long winded way of saying that these monster verse films yes Have quietly slipped under the radar developing a fan base and a catalog of solid movies. Another bonus as far as I’m concerned, is that the movie has been bumped up to March and will simultaneously be available to watch in the theaters and on HBO Max. Along with the trailer, a new poster for Godzilla Vs. Kong, which I have posted above was dropped looks pretty damn cool. Check out the new trailer right here:

New Series From The Arrowverse: Superman & Lois

The second trailer that I wanted to highlight this week is our best look yet at the upcoming Superman and Lois series on The CW. The latest in TV series to join The CW‘s Arrowverse, the show seems to be telling a Superman story that’s very different from what we’ve seen before. I’ve been a huge fan of Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent/Superman since he first debuted in the Season 2 premiere of Supergirl. It’s been great to see how they’ve chosen to include his character more and more in crossovers and frequent guest appearances. Elizabeth Tulloch has been equally strong as Lois Lane. It’s unlikely the series will significantly include Jon Cryer’s PHENOMENAL Lex Luthor because he’s already been used so much on Supergirl. Which is a shame because we’ve never seen a great Superman going up against a great Lex Luthor in any live action project. Surprisingly Jon Cryer has made for a fucking incredible Lex Luthor when he debuted in Season 4 of Supergirl (the best season of the series due in no small part to Cryer). His character worked so well that he went on to be a major player in the biggest and most ambitious Arrowverse crossover, Crisis On Infinite Earths. By far the best and most comic book accurate, live-action version of the character. Regardless I am really looking forward to this new show. I really love the idea of Clark and Lois at a point in their life where they’re having to juggle being a world famous reporters, parents to two teenage boys, and all the insanity that comes with being a superhero family. This new trailer in particular, is much more cinematic and stylish than I expected from this series. I hope this isn’t one of those situations where the show put all their money into the pilot episode, just so it would look cool enough to garner a larger audience, only to have the quality of the special effects and production value drop in subsequent episodes. On the other hand, as both Arrow and The Flash showed us, if there’s one thing The Arrowverse does well, it’s incredible action sequences and impressive CGI on a television budget.

Unfortunately, as long time fan, it seems like The Arrowverse’s best days are behind it and with Arrow gone the remaining shows just aren’t what they used to be. At one point The Arrowverse was one of my favorite things in the world. It would almost got me excited as Game of Thrones or The MCU! (I’m not comparing The Arrowverse to The MCU or GoT in quality at all, I’m talking about the amount of fun and sheer joy that The Arrowverse used to bring me) The Arrowverse is definitely at a crossroads. Now that Arrow has come to an end, The Flash is the flagship show of it’s universe. Sadly, after 3 seasons of what was once the most thrilling, live-action superhero project in any medium, The Flash has been in a downward spiral that it never recovered from. The series is now a shadow of its former self. With the exception of Arrow, the only other Arrowverse show that has consistently continued to be a blast, has been Legends of Tomorrow. Maybe as long as Legends continues to do it’s thing and this exciting new Superman & Lois series delivers, perhaps The Arrowverse will get its second wind. The two hour series premiere will air on The CW on the February. Check out the new trailer for Superman & Lois right here:

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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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FIRST LOOK: Justice League: The Snyder Cut!

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There’ve been few things in recent popular culture that have been more divisive than Zack Snyder‘s foray into the DCEU. Personally, I’m a big Zack Snyder defender. I think, with the exception of Sucker Punch, he’s never truly made a bad movie.

   Man of Steel is easily my favorite live-action Superman movie. Henry Cavill is much better in the role than people give him credit for and the movie is underrated in general. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is a very flawed film, but I love it. Particularly the R-Rated Ultimate Edition. It’s sad that the films reception and his personal issues forced Ben Affleck to walk away from the character because he was arguably our best live action Batman to date. The only thing in that movie that was truly terrible was the decision to cast Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and his god awful subsequent performance. I understand that, as fans we all have our own beliefs about how beloved character should be portrayed on screen, but I was pleasantly surprised by Batman V Superman, especially because the film was getting such mixed reviews at the time. 

I don’t count Justice League because at the end of the day that wasn’t really Snyder’s film. Almost everything with Superman in that movie was shot after he left the film, for personal reasons. Henry Cavill was well into filming Mission: Impossible Fallout, where he sported a thick mustache. You can tell that all of Superman’s scenes were shot after Zack Snyder left the film, because Paramount, the film studio that was making Mission Impossible, wouldn’t let Warner Bros. shave Cavill’s mustache for JL reshoots. So, instead of choosing the much simpler, cheaper, and smarter option of shaving his mustache and having Cavill wear a fake for the remainder of shooting Mission Impossible, Warner Bros. had to remove the mustache digitally. The god awful result is that the whole bottom half of Superman’s face in JL looks like a creepy mannequin come to life. Of course none of that is Zack Snyder‘s fault because he already left the movie at that point, but it’s a funny story if you haven’t already heard it.

Now, Zack Snyder is finally getting a chance to give us his vision of his Justice League film, or at least something pretty close to it. Justice League: The Snyder Cut is premiering on HBOMax next year, sometime in 2021. It might not be much, but HBO released a brief teaser for the project that you can watch below. Of course, you can’t judge a movie after only seeing less than 60 seconds of footage, but I already dig the darker tone. We’re only shown two quick scenes, one involving Diana played by Gal Gadot that was not in the theatrical cut at all and a quick look at a alternate version of the ancient battle sequence that opens the film where Steppenwolf has been replaced by… Well, I won’t spoil it, but it’s someone much scarier and much more interesting. The thing that both of these scenes have in common is that they’re extremely ominous and they both serve to focus on the appearance of a certain iconic DC villain, not featured in the theatrical cut. Take a look below, I’d love to hear what you guys think:

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