There’s been a lot of hype about the new film “Aquaman” – largely because the future of DC’s cinematic universe might hinge upon its success or failure. The franchise that started with 2013’s “Man of Steel” has hit a rough spot after “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” received a lukewarm reception, followed by “Justice League” getting a pretty poor one. Personally, I liked both movies although both had their flaws. Justice League, especially, was a rather obvious mash-up of two different directing styles, which is fortunately a flaw that Aquaman doesn’t share. A large criticism of the DC movies has been their dark, gritty, realistic style – a shift from the comics, which are usually lighter in tone than competitor Marvel’s titles. For this one, director James Wan apparently said “screw it” and enthusiastically embraced the source material. As usual with my reviews, consider this a full-on spoiler warning from here on out.
Took my boys to see “Justice League” this weekend, and honestly after seeing all the negativity online, I wasn’t expecting much. Turns out it was great, though! I honestly don’t see what all the complaining was about. I probably won’t cover the pros & cons in much detail, since it just came out a few days ago, but as usual this WILL have spoilers, so consider yourself warned.
The movie picks up almost immediately after the events of “Batman vs. Superman”, with the world still mourning Superman’s death weeks later. Batman encounters a parademon in Gotham, and believes the creatures to be responsible for several kidnappings of prominent scientists, most of them associated with S.T.A.R. Labs. While investigating, he frequently runs across a motif of three cubes together, something that Diana recognizes as the Mother Boxes – alien devices that were left on Earth after an ancient alliance of Amazons, Atlantians, Gods, and Men repelled an alien invasion of the planet millennia ago. She notes that if the boxes are re-appearing, it won’t be long until another invasion occurs.
I’m a few weekends behind, but I finally watched “Wonder Woman”. I’m not particularly a Marvel or DC fanboy – I like either, depending on the comic and/or character being discussed. I also don’t understand a lot of the hate for DC’s films so far. Yes, they’re dark and gritty and not perfect, but I enjoyed “Man of Steel”, “Batman vs. Superman”, and even “Suicide Squad”. Now, that all said, “Wonder Woman” raises the bar for DC… by a pretty significant margin. As usual, this review will contain spoilers, so keep that in mind before reading…
So I caught the pilot for Gotham last night. I really didn’t see how a TV show about Batman – but NOT actually featuring Batman – could work, but I was pleasantly surprised. If the rest of the episodes are as entertaining as the pilot, we might have a winner on our hands.
For those who don’t know, Gotham takes place roughly 15 years before Batman shows up. Newly-promoted detective Jim Gordon has returned to the city of his childhood, and is partnered with Harvey Bullock – a gruff, possibly corrupt detective who doesn’t like to make waves. Their first big case together is a doozy… the murder of Thomas & Martha Wayne. At the crime scene, Gordon promises young Bruce Wayne that he will find the man responsible and bring him to justice. Unfortunately, in the corrupt city of Gotham, that promise proves difficult.
I finally broke down and bought TDKR Part 2 today, so here’s the promised review of it. I was really hoping that Part 2 would help me get over the nitpicks I had about Part 1 (see that review here), but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. In fact, in a few instances they were worse. But before I get into the details, here’s a breakdown of what happens in Part 2. Consider this your spoiler warning as well.