Final Justice League Trailer

We finally get to see Clark Kent/Superman

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Flashpoint Is The Smartest Choice For A Soft Reboot of the DCEU

Flashpoint is one of those recent comic book storyline events that I feel is a tad overrated. I remember when it came out that I was happy as to how short it was (five issues) but I still felt that it was padded out. It could have been a three issue event. I think why it is somewhat remembered fondly is because of all the events surrounding it. The alternate world that The Flash created where everything was the same but just slightly tweaked. Batman was now Thomas Wayne and Bruce Wayne was killed instead. Kal-El was never found by the Kents and instead picked up by the government and was something of an invalid. Aquaman and Wonder woman were monarchs waging a world war with one another. The actual event of the miniseries with The Flash trying to fix the world from his own mistake seems to go unmentioned a lot when actually talking about the event.

So at San Diego Comic Con 2017, Geoff Johns announced that The Flash movie would be based on the series, it got people excited. The best thing about Flashpoint is that it is an interesting way to tell an origin story. The Flash’s origin plays an important role in the story as the whole event kicks off when he travels back in time to prevent his mother’s murder when he was a kid. It was done by his arch enemy; the time travelling Reverse Flash. ¬†You can tick many boxes by going this route instead of just showing the hero getting his powers and fighting his arch enemy route that many superhero movies take. Plus we’ve already seen The Flash in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Justice League by that point.

The movie also serves as a way to do a soft reboot of the DCEU. There have been a few questionable choices made through the earlier films that many would like to see be gone. There is the whole Ben Affleck not wanting to be Batman thing as well. A key detail in the comic Flashpoint and even the animated adaptation, they show the world pre Flashpoint and post. The pre Flashpoint versions of the heroes look very different from the post Flashpoint ones, mostly in costumes. But the films can go a different route by showing Ben Affleck as Batman before Flashpoint and then post, have his replacement in the role. After X-Men: Days of Future Past, I think movie going audiences are a bit more understanding of how these things work.

Flashpoint was already very loosely adapted in the currently running Flash television series. That version left a lot to be desired. So one thing that the movie has going for is a larger budget and the ability for cool cameos from other actors in the DCEU. I’d be interested in seeing a skinny and tiny Henry Cavill. But the movie is still a ways off so who knows. Since the DCEU is very different from the DC Comics, it will have to make its own Flashpoint and that leaves things exciting. I honestly hope that the film smooths the bumpy road that the DCEU has faced and it’s a good ride afterwards.

Not Worried About Justice League Reshoots

A recent trend I’ve noticed is that everything concerning the DC Extended Universe gets analyzed and dissected more than most big budget movies. Ever since Joss Whedon took over directing duties for Zack Snyder on Justice League, the microscope has been further analyzed on the film. Recent reports came out that the film was deemed “unwatchable” by Warner Bros. execs. Now if this is true or not, who is to say. But I know personally I am not worried about the reshoots or additional photography, whatever you want to call it, as it is clear that the studio is trying to make the best film possible.

I don’t know why reshoots came to be such a taboo thing. If you see a problem with a film and you have the ability to fix it, why not do it? The fact that everything must be perfect from the start is an insane concept in itself as well. So if there are problems with Justice League and I do think that there are, then take the time to fix them. If the film came out “unwatchable” and was released as that, people would jump on the film even harder than if they didn’t. So it’s kind of a lose lose situation.

Sure these reshoots are a bit more than typical but sometimes that happens. Does not necessarily mean that the film will be a wreck. Apocalypse Now and the recent Rogue One are examples of films that underwent massive reshoots and the films turned out fine. Of course it can turn out the other way but that can happen on films that did not undergo reshoots. So it’s all just a process.

You don’t necessarily turn in a class paper with your first draft. Some people feel content with that and it turns out fine. Others work on it until the very end and it also turns out fine. The opposite effects happen for both situations as well. Making a film is similar to this. I hope that the film is a success as I love the DC superheroes and want them to prosper on film.

So here’s a sort of new poster for the Justice League film

 

Justice League Trailer Takeaway

First thing first, no Superman. We all know that the Man of Steel is in the movie and probably more than a cameo. They even brought Henry Cavill out at San Diego Comic Con 2016 to show that he was in the movie. We know Lex Luthor and Lois Lane both play important roles in the movie. We even see a brief shot of Lois Lane looking towards the sky. Maybe she’s looking at her returned love. Who’s to say? But I can commend Warner Bros. on playing coy about Superman.

But other than that, I think it was a good trailer. We see how Batman is the one to bring the team together. This was hinted at in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. We still don’t know the extent of Wonder Woman’s role in forming the team. She really does not play that much of an element in the trailer. Instead it mainly focuses on the three new heroes who were introduced in cameos in BvS.

The Flash was always going to have the hardest time. The superhero already has a hit television show on The CW. We even see that they have the same origins with the father being in prison after being falsely accused of murder of Barry’s mother. The way that The Flash’s powers work in this universe make him much more faster than any other live action incarnation. Plus Ezra Miller is the total opposite of what Barry Allen traditionally looks like and younger as well. He does look much like Robin than Allen but he looks to be Batman’s sidekick in the movie.

Cyborg is the one who gets the least amount of screentime in the trailer. I figure this may be due to the heavy special effects nature of his character and these shots might not be done. But we do get a sense of his abilities and what he is capable of. In BvS it looked like a Mother Box (powerful tools used by the New Gods…it’s complicated) helped form him into what he is now. We know that the forces of Apokolips play an important part in this movie as the main antagonist but it makes you wonder what Cyborg will function as.

Aquaman looks to be the life of the party. The one who gets off on the thrill of battle. Nothing cooler than seeing Aquaman ride on top of the Batmobile while Batman can only smirk. There is a quick shot of Mera in the trailer as well. It is known that a Mother Box resides with the Atlanteans but we do not know Aquaman’s status with Atlantis. It will be interesting to see his dynamic with Batman as he seems to grate on Batman at best.

We also see a lighter side of Batman in this. I was not a fan of the way Batman was in BvS. Talking about how “you’re not a man” and “men are brave” and all that. It was all a little too xenophobic for me. But this movie seems to have taken a step back. While Batman will probably not be cracking jokes, he does have a dry wit about him. This is apparent in most of his interactions shown in the trailer with Aquaman, The Flash and Commissioner Gordon. By the way, J.K. Simmons looks great as Gordon.

There is not much to the trailer other than mostly battle scenes which are good and bad. Hopefully WB does not do what they did with BvS and ruin all the set pieces before the movie even premieres. Justice League looks to be fluffy fun which is something that the DCEU can use at the moment. Remember The Avengers in 2012, there was not much in terms of plot when it came to that moment. This movie looks to be following suit as well as assemble the team (and possibly resurrect Superman) and kick ass. I honestly hope this movie does not suck.