A Joker Origin Film Is Not a Good Idea

For almost 80 years, the famous comic book villain, Joker, has been shown in many different varieties  through many sorts of medium such as comic books, film, television, and video games; all portrayed in a different way by the artists and actors.

Some people say he’s known as one of the best villains ever written and has helped change the way writers create characters. Some people also love the mystery about him by having little to no history known about him. Well that’s soon going to change.

Deadline reported Tuesday that a Joker origin movie is in the works. Warner Bros has set Todd Phillips (The Hangover) and Scott Silver (8 Mile) to write the script. Phillips will direct the film with Martin Scorcese producing. This will be the first film where WB will expand the DC canon and make unique storylines with different actors playing DC characters, meaning this film will have nothing to do with the current DC movies.

It has been reported earlier that Jared Leto will reprise his role as the Joker in Suicide Squad 2 and the Harley Quinn spinoff, and since they’re going to get a different actor for this origin film, it means we’ll probably see a younger actor play the character.

Hollywood is now at that point where two actors will play the same character in two movies, and both will have nothing to do with each other timeline wise. It’s another way for them to take our money.

Doing this is a risky business move. WB might be able to get half a billion dollars just because it’s technically a comic book film, but if the final product isn’t good then there’s nothing left for them. This will already confuse many people who aren’t aware of the news. You might hear, “Why are there two Jokers in Gotham now?” This can also take the fun away from the beloved character.27F5FF0200000578-3054834-image-a-10_1429926377124

One of the great things about the Joker is not knowing about his origin. We don’t need to know about it, especially if it has no involvement with our current films. Though the Joker does tell his origin in the comic book, The Killing Joke, it doesn’t mean that’s what really happened. At the end of the comic book he says that his story is “multiple choice.”

In The Dark Knight, the Joker played by Heath Ledger, tells different stories on how he got his scars, which helped add the mystery to the character. We saw how the Joker was made in Tim Burton’s Batman, with Jack Nicholson playing the role, but that was a part of the story that effected the characters and outcomes to everyone’s arcs.

If WB decided to make this canon and be a part of the DCEU, then the idea wouldn’t be as bad. It would actually fit Leto’s Joker. Deadline also reported that film would take place in Gotham city around the early 1980s and have the tone of a a gritty crime film. Leto’s Joker in Suicide Squad fits that gangster / top of the chain villain. So then why is this not canon?

It seems like this is happening because of the backlash WB has been getting for their DC films. Though Wonder Woman was a good film, it’s still clear WB doesn’t know what to do with this franchise. This news makes it sound like the studio isn’t confident in the direction their cinematic universe is taking and they don’t have faith in Jared Leto as the Joker, who has disappointed fans by his performance and the amount of screen time he has in Suicide Squad.

There are many other stories WB can do with the Joker if they ever want to make a movie about him. The studio has plans to make a Harley Quinn spinoff and that’s going to involve the Joker so that has potential of having an interesting story. There are plenty of comic books to get inspired from.

Who knows if this will even get turned into an actual movie. WB has announced so many movies without an official date. The only movies we’re aware of that’s made progress and will be seen in theaters is Justice League, Aquaman, and a Batman and Flash film eventually in the future. WB says their next DC movie they will start filming is Shazam, but that’s still a bit of a ways. If we ever see this Joker origin film come to life, let’s just hope it will be a shocker and offer something new to film.

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Wonder Woman: The Hero That Saved the DCEU

Warner Bros. has put me through an emotional roller coaster since the summer of 2013 when Man of Steel came out. I was excited to see what Snyder had to offer in a new DC film. I walked out disappointed.

When I saw the trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, I hit the replay button many times. Both were easily my favorite trailers that year. Then Warner Bros. released another BvS trailer, revealing big plot points of the movie. I walked out even more disappointed compared to seeing Man of Steel. When I saw Suicide Squad, I laughed multiple times throughout the film because of how bad it was. I walked out saying it was even worse than Batman v. Superman.

I was close to giving up on Warner Bros. and decided to not watch any trailers for both Wonder Woman and the upcoming Justice League. I only did this so I wouldn’t overhype myself or see a huge spoiler. I’ll see the movie with knowing little of the plot. I told myself if Wonder Woman is a mess then I have no nope for this franchise. All it needed to do was just be a little bit better than Man of Steel and that would prove to me that the franchise is heading in the right direction.

I’m fortunate enough to say that Wonder Woman is easily the best film in the DCEU. If that doesn’t impress you and you haven’t seen the Rotten Tomatoes score, then I’ll also say Wonder Woman is actually a good movie. That alone should make you buy a ticket.

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Gal Gadot plays the Amazonian princess, Diana, who is trained by her fellow Amazonians who happen to all be women. A World War I pilot named Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crashed into the Amazon world, and Diana decides to help Steve stop the war in order to end all wars.

The chemistry between Diana and Steve go well, partly because the movie is a fish-out-of-water story that involve Steve teaching Diana the ways to live in their modern era. Yet there was also emotion coming from both characters because the story was able to flesh them out. We had a reason to like and cheer for them; not just because it’s a super hero movie.

Director Patty Jenkins was also able to give Gadot the performance of her career (so far) to prove she is Wonder Woman. Gadot’s performance in Batman v. Superman wasn’t enough to see if she has what it takes due to small amount of screen time / little amount of dialouge. Jenkins direction helps show Gadot’s strengths in her acting by using her a lot for humor and well choreographed action scenes.

Jenkin’s weakest aspect of the entire movie is the action though. Almost every action scene has multiple slow motion moments, similar to some of Snyder’s older films, but it feels distracting and out of date. It may add more to the stylistic approach the DC movies are doing, but it’s repetitive throughout the entire movie. The big showdown at the end goes a little outrageous with the special effects, making it similar to the big fight in Batman v. Superman. Even though it wasn’t as barbaric as BvS, it felt a little out of place compared to everything else the movie had to offer.

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I’ve now accepted that almost every villain in comic book movies are just there to be evil and have little to no development. That’s pretty much how it is in this film as well. It’s not as bothersome though because many of the other things in this movie are executed very well that it’s not a big problem.

Jenkins way of telling that no matter what, evil is always afoot and it’s on us for making the decisions is something that feels fresh and original that not many of the other comic movies have delved into. Her directing gives Gadot a good performance as Diana while also giving strong chemistry between Gadot and Pine. The score’s patriotic and heroic score is used perfectly to help elevate the action scenes, even though the slow motion moments are distracting and the final fight feels like a different director was behind the camera.

Besides that and the uninteresting villains, Wonder Woman is easily the best film in the DCEU that has moments of pleasure and soul. It’s clear that this is the right direction Warner Bros. is heading in while still making it appear different from the MCU. Let’s pray this is the Wonder Woman we get in the upcoming Justice League.

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2017 Summer Films to See

Now that you’re done stressing over finals and getting ready to have a relaxing summer, you’ll probably be going to the movies more than once during the break with the amount of blockbusters coming our way. With the success of Deadpool and Logan both being two rated R films that earned huge success and large amounts of money, you can definitely expect not just family friendly movies on this list.

These are movies that you might want to check out during your summer. This doesn’t mean the movie will be good or bad. This is based off of franchises, past success of similar movies, and word of mouth. There are also many other movies that are coming out this summer that might not be on the list. That doesn’t mean I think people shouldn’t see it, I just think these are the movies people will be most fascinated with. Let’s get started.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5th)

The first film in the Marvel universe that started different genres was a huge success and to some it’s their favorite film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. James Gunn is returning to direct the sequel and has told us little about the story in order for us to not try to figure out the entire plot. Marvel also recently announced that Gunn will return to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, meaning they are that confident with this film. Plus, it’s Baby Groot. How can you say no to that?

 

Alien: Covenant (May 19th)

This is for those who may be a little confused about the Alien franchise, this is not an Alien 5, this is a sequel to Prometheus, hence why Michael Fassbender is in the trailer. Even though some people weren’t pleased with Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s most recent film, The Martian, got him and the film some Oscar nominations, plus he’s returning to do science fiction and it has the Xenomorph alien. This will please fans and those who want a good horror / sci fi / action film.

 

Baywatch (May 25th)

As far as this summer is looking, it seems like we may not have many great comedies. Baywatch has potential of being the comedy of the summer. Director, Seth Gordon, has made this adaptation a rated R flick, so definitely expect so vulgar coming from the entire cast. Gordon directed Horrible Bosses as well and it seems like this movie is going more towards the direction that 21 Jump Street is taking, so this might be the comedy film that people will check out this summer.

 

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (May 26th)

Who knows how this film will turn out. Some people are big fans of the franchise, the last two films made over a billion dollars, while some think the franchise went downhill after the first film. People will see this just going based off how much money these movies make. There has been a good word of mouth from CinemaCon this year, but we’ll have to wait and find out if it’s one of the best in the series.

 

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (June 2nd)

Our first kid friendly film on the list. Captain Underpants is able to appeal to both kids today, and those who read them when the books were published in 1997. The animation feels lively while still giving a two-dimensional feeling, similar to the 2015 The Peanuts Movie. The movie will also feature bigger comedy stars as the voice actors like people such as Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Ed Helms, Jordan Peele, Nick Kroll, and Kristen Schaal. Based off of the trailer, it seems like it will focus on the first three books, so those who have read them can get a good kick out of this.

 

Wonder Woman (June 2nd)

Say what you want about the DC Extended Universe, but it’s obvious that this film will get tons of money. It will be the first comic book film to have a female as the lead and title. Yet, this film needs to succeed critically and financially. If this happens, then we’ll be able to get more female-led superhero films instead of supporting characters. Even though Marvel has announced Captain Marvel with Brie Larson as the lead, this film is what can change Hollywood.

 

It Comes at Night (June 9th)

A24 usually never disappoints. It Comes at Night is one of their upcoming horror films that has the perfect blend of terror, tense, and good filmmaking, which is why A24 is a production company to be on the lookout for. Though their last horror flick, The Witch, was critically well received, regular movie goers who were expecting jump scares and demons were disappointed. It seems like A24 will be able to interest those who are fans of filmmaking and those who want to see a good horror movie. Watch the trailer if you’re interested.

 

The Mummy (June 9th)

No this isn’t a new sequel to the Brendon Fraser series, this is an all franchise that will start Universal’s Monster Universe. That’s right a monster universe. This film will open with Tom Cruise going up against the Mummy, played by Sofia Boutella, along with Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll. We don’t know if this is going to have Easter eggs everywhere about all of the other monsters or if this is going to be a smooth and not rushed slate to the universe. We’ll have to wait and find out.

 

The Big Sick (June 23rd)

If you’re looking for a heartwarming story then this movie might please you. This is the first movie with Kumail Nanjiani, Silicon Valley, as the lead and it’s based off of his real life involving him and his wife. The film involves romance but also delves into the conflict of not wanting to be involved with arranged marriage. It might be this summer’s hidden gem, so check it out when it comes out to theaters.

 

Baby Driver (June 28th)

 Edgar Wright is back after his Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End) and almost making Ant-Man and this time he’s got driving and music. Baby Driver features Ansel Elgort as Baby who has a hearing problem and listens to music when he’s driving robbers / helping them do heists. The film will be heavy with sleek and clean cut action scenes with one great soundtrack. It’s already gotten great reviews after it premiered at SXSW.

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7th)

If you liked Tom Holland as Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War, then you will most likely have a good time watching this new rendition of Spider-Man. Marvel and Sony have made it clear that this will the most unique Spider-Man film out of all of them, since Kevin Feige has said that it will feel like a John Hughes movie. Also if this is a success, maybe we’ll see other studio working together to make more stuff like this happen (please put Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in an Avengers movie).

 

A Ghost Story (July 7th)

Here’s another A24 film. This film might be the most unique on the entire list. It isn’t a horror film, but instead a drama. I would recommend you watch the trailer to get the perfect amount of info about it, but if you really want to try and see something different this summer, then this is the movie you should watch.

 

War for the Planet of the Apes (July 14th)

Apes. On. Horses. That should be enough to sell you right there. If you haven’t seen Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, then you are missing out. This series fooled everyone, thinking it wouldn’t work at all, yet here we are waiting for what could set one of the best trilogies. We’ll get to see Andy Serkis as Caesar again and fight the last of the humans including Woody Harrelson.

 

Dunkirk (July 21st)

Just saying the name, Christopher Nolan, will get people running to the theaters to see what Nolan has to offer. His work has now varied and this time we’re seeing him do a WWII film. Nolan has explained that Dunkirk is more of a “survival” drama rather than a war film. It’ll be interesting to see how he will be able to expand his work and tackle this story. It will also feature Harry Styles in his first scripted film; so many of us are curious how he will turn out as an actor.

 

 Atomic Blonde (July 28th)

If you liked the film, John Wick, then you’re in for a thrill on this since the same director, David Leitch, makes it. Instead of Keanu Reeves, it features Charlize Theron and is based on the graphic novel The Coldest City, Atomic Blonde. It’s set in 1989 Berlin MI6’s most lethal assassin (Theron) is sent to deliver a priceless dossier in Berlin with the help of local station chief David Percival (James McAvoy).

 

The Dark Tower (August 4th)

We won’t know how this anticipated film will turn out. The film was originally going to be directed by Ron Howard, and this has been talked about since 2013 so fans of the books (written by Stephen King), novellas, and graphic novels have patiently been waiting. There have been many push backs of the release and rumors of problems on set, but it has Idris Elba as The Gunslinger who must stop The Man in Black. The film is to set up a multi-platform shared universe on the big screen and on the screens in your home.

 

Detroit (August 4th)

Director Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, are both Academy Award caliber films so this might be an early start of what to look forward to this upcoming Oscar season. This film is about the Detroit Riots in 1967. The film might possibly get some success financially due to the relevance the film will be talking about. It features John Boyega and John Krasinski, but we don’t know the roles they will be playing.

 

Death Note (August 25th)

This is the only Netflix special I put on this list because of the huge amount of fans from the manga / anime. Adam Wingard is directing this American adaptation that seems like the right fit going based off of The Guest and You’re Next, two fun horror films worth checking out. Since it’s Netflix, this film might go in the direction of Stranger Things and 13 Reasons Why with a mix of Death Note, but this film might be Wingard’s biggest audience.