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    As MCU actors jump to defend Chris Pratt, fans ask: What about Brie Larson? ↦

    As several actors within the Marvel Cinematic Universe jump to defend Chris Pratt from online criticism, fans want to know: Where were they when their non-white, non-male co-stars received far worse harassment?

    This is a great question.

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    Ben Affleck returning as Batman in the Flash movie

    Ben Affleck as Batman

    Matt Patches for Polygon:

    Early talk suggested Michael Keaton could potentially suit up as an older version of Batman, after starring in the original film version from 1989. And now it seems there are even more Batmen in the mix, with Affleck joining the cast. After appearing in HBO Max’s “Snyder Cut” of Justice League next year, the actor will appear alongside Miller in The Flash, set for the summer of 2022.

    The comic book version of Flashpoint was a crazy, mulitverse-spanning event that ended up bringing about the New 52. It completely changed the landscape of DC’s comic books for years. If the intention is to do something similar and correct the course of DC’s movies, the Flashpoint story should do the trick.

    Before Affleck’s return was announced, I think many were assuming the Flash movie would have to take a different direction, given the reception of Justice League, Affleck leaving, Cavill’s future as Superman in question, etc. Now, it’s looking like this will be how DC consolidates their confusing movie continuity and fully embraces the mulitverse, something they’ve built comic book stories around for decades.

    I actually really enjoyed Affleck’s performance in Batman v Superman, despite having a terrible script to work with. His Bruce Wayne was laughably oblivious to the plot he was involved in and driven entirely by rage, something completely uncharacteristic of the world’s greatest detective, but he looked and moved exactly like Batman should and I thought he had good chemistry with Cavill’s Superman.

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    Snyder's Justice League cut hits HBO Max in 2021

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Kyle Pinion for The Beat:

    After years of (extremely) vocal fan enthusiasm, billboard ad buys, and one of the world’s biggest film studios continually course correcting their efforts to match their biggest competitor in the superhero movie wars; WB and Zack Snyder are reuniting to bring his version of Justice League to the small screen where it will debut on HBO Max next year.

    Despite my dislike for Batman v Superman, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little excited to see what Snyder’s Justice League actually ends up being. Polygon has a great breakdown of several major rumoured changes and, assuming there’s enough footage that survived and the rumoured $20–30 million budget helps fill in the blanks, it sounds like it’ll be more interesting than what we got in the original cut.

    This is, for lack of a better term, huge. While we’ve seen studios react to the internet in how they shape their populist leaning offerings, it’s unheard of that a version of a film that was shelved and seen release in a completely different form would then be revised due to the clamor of fandom alone.

    Regardless of your opinion of Snyder, BvS, JL, etc, it’s hard not to get behind an artist that’s given the opportunity to see their original vision come to life. Honestly, I hope it’s everything the fans and Snyder wanted it to be.

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    I finally watched Joker yesterday and really enjoyed it. I was a little worried as we learned more about Arthur’s backstory but blurring reality with his own distorted version of it made it hard to tell what his actual origin really was, as it should be.

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    I loved The Last Jedi. I’m excited for The Rise of Skywalker. That is all.

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    I’m curious if the new Hellboy movie would be so poorly received if Guillermo del Toro’s critically-acclaimed movies didn’t exist. Is it genuinely a bad movie or is it “bad” because it’s not a third del Toro movie starring Ron Perlman?

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    Snyder confirms existence of his Justice League cut

    Britt Hayes for The AV Club:

    While appearing at a fan event to promote (checks notes) the director’s cuts of his various films–an event that proves anything can be an event with the right attitude–Snyder confirmed the existence of what has come to be known as “The Snyder Cut” of Justice League.

    Please just let this movie die already.

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    Despite a pathetic campaign by trolls, Captain Marvel is a massive success

    Brie Larson as Captain Marvel

    William Hughes for The AV Club:

    …the MCU’s latest big-budget offering, Captain Marvel, is on track to make more than $150 million at the domestic box office this weekend, making it the most successful 2019 film premiere to date—and by, like, a lot.

    All of which would seem to confirm what we all probably assumed, on some level: trolling campaigns and half-hearted boycotts from small groups of disgruntled comic fans apparently can’t do a whole hell of a lot to move the needle in the face of the crushing power of a new MCU blockbuster.

    It’s great to see the movie rise above whatever toxic hellstew trolls were trying to build around it. It’s clear now that — as I’ve said before — sexist campaigns made to bring down a female-led movies are an embarrassing waste of time.

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    While I’m still not totally sold on Zachary Levi as Cap/Shazam, the new trailer was a blast. Between this, WW84, and the success of Aquaman, it looks like WB finally has a solid plan in place for the DCEU.

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    Rotten Tomatoes removes pre-release features following Captain Marvel trolling

    Angela Watercutter for Wired:

    “Unfortunately,” the blog post noted, “we have seen an uptick in non-constructive input, sometimes bordering on trolling, which we believe is a disservice to our general readership.”

    This, [no longer showing the “Want to See” percentage score or allowing comments on a movie before it’s released] for fans (and presumably studios), is a long overdue reprieve. It’s nearly impossible to tell which comments are from actual fans and which are from users just out for the lulz.

    What a pathetic way for someone to spend their time.

    As for the need to “save” the Captain Marvel, that seems largely unnecessary as the movie has already crushed other recent superhero movie pre-sale numbers and sits just behind Black Panther — which ultimately went on to make well over a billion dollars and rack up three Oscars.

    Fortunately, it seems clear that a handful of emotionally fragile man-babies throwing a tantrum will have little effect on what will likely become one of the biggest movies of the year.