Jan
04
2018
6

Warner Bros. taps Walter Hamada as new overseer for DCU.

Oh, Warner Bros, why must you taunt me with hope?

As part of a shake-up of its DC film operations, Warner Bros. is promoting Walter Hamada to oversee its comic book movies, Variety has learned. He will serve as president of DC-based film production. In December, the studio decided to replace Jon Berg and Geoff Johns as the heads of the DC movies. Berg became a production partner with Roy Lee, the producer of “The Lego Movie” and “It,” who has a deal on the lot.

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Dec
07
2017
7

Warner Bros.’ Jon Berg expiates dishonor for Justice League.

Jon Berg’s the guy who was keeping an eye on the production of the DCEU on behalf of Warner Bros. And he’s been removed.

 

Jon Berg, co-president of production at Warner Bros. Pictures, will leave his post at the studio to become a producer with filmmaker Roy Lee, who has produced successful movies for the studio including “It” and “The Lego Movie.” Berg, who ran point on DC movies and was credited as a producer on “Justice League,” has been an executive at the studio for about a decade. Toby Emmerich, president of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, said it was Berg’s decision to step down.

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Nov
21
2017
1

My mini-review of Justice League.

Short version: Justice League, perhaps surprisingly, did not actually suck. There is even a hint of a suggestion that the people who put the movie it may have tried to have fun in the process. I dunno just how much each one of you have felt betrayed by DCEU to date, but this is at least matinee-worthy.

Somewhat longer version: ach, well, it’s not a Marvel film, for better or for worse. I’m not going to get in on the relative merits of DC vs. Marvel comic books (largely because I was always on Team DC, so I’m obviously prejudiced there) but there are things that one IP can do more easily than the other, and vice versa. It’s hard for Marvel movies to achieve gravitas, and it’s bloody difficult for DC ones to shed their excess. If Justice League was trying to do anything else, it was trying to get out from under the gloomy nature of the DCEU films that preceded it. And I think that it did a better job than I expected it to.

Also: the movie actually rectified a nigh-constant complaint that I have had in the past. I won’t say more because spoilers.

Nov
15
2017
2

So. Justice League is gonna suck, huh?

I mean, we’ll know in a half hour, when Rotten Tomatoes ends an embargo on Justice League that everybody’s largely assuming signifies that the reviews aren’t going to be great. Certainly the New York Times, which doesn’t need no stinking embargoes, isn’t saying the same things about it that people said about Thor or Wonder Woman. And the Times didn’t even hate it! They graded it on a curve, but they didn’t hate it.

It’ll likely make a ton of money, though. If not here, overseas. So how to correct the DCEU? Well, if only there was a director with a proven ability to make a blockbuster film – preferably, one set in the DCEU universe – that was also widely applauded as being a good blockbuster film. But where could DC find such a wonder?

Oct
27
2017
3

Is this Gary Clark cover of Come Together for Justice League good, or bad?

I dunno. I kind of started out wanting to love it, then I kind of wanted to hate it, and now it’s growing a little on me.

Come Together, Gary Clark Jr.

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Oct
08
2017
3

New Justice League trailer.

Weird: it looks like the characters might be having, ah, fun or something. This is absolutely unnatural for any DC movie that doesn’t have Wonder Woman in it.. oh, right, Justice League has Wonder Woman in it.  Never mind: that explains it.

Jul
22
2017
2

The new Justice League trailer.

Hey! They discovered that the color wheel includes red!

I dunno, folks.  It presents more like a proper superhero movie than every DCEU movie that isn’t Wonder Woman so far.  Is it a proper superhero flick?  Guess we’re going to find out!

Moe Lane

PS: I like how they’re doing Aquaman, at least. So they’ve got that going for them.

Jul
13
2017
--

New international TV trailer for Justice League.

And, I admit: I’m kind of surprised that they haven’t succumbed to temptation and shown any Justice League footage yet of Superman.

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Jun
27
2017
2

Some helpful suggestions for DC, given the Wonder Woman thing.

The ‘thing’ being that the Wonder Woman movie is almost certainly going to be their best-grossing DCEU movie by the end of Fourth of July weekend.  In light of that, I feel that DC should review their character conceptions. Potentially drastically.  Here are some suggestions. (more…)

Mar
25
2017
11

The Obligatory ‘Justice League’ trailer.

Well. It looks more… actiony? That’s good, right? Still: SOMEBODY TAKE AWAY COSTUMING’S BLACK INK. THEY HAVE ABUSED THE PRIVILEGE OF THE DYE CLOSET.

Jul
23
2016
4

And, lastly (for right now): the Justice League Comic-Con footage.

Wow.  It’s like somebody said Hey. Maybe if we make a fun movie, people will want to see it.  No, wait, hear me out!  There’s this thing called ‘interaction’ that the Other Guys have their superheroes do with each other. We should try it! What do we have to lose?

Indeed.

Jun
28
2016
7

Dammit, somebody take away Zack Snyder’s black crayon.

This is getting absurd.

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