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Snyder's Justice League cut hits HBO Max in 2021

Snyder's Justice League cut hits HBO Max in 2021


Wednesday Zack Snyder announced the existence and planned release of the fabled “Snyder Cut” of 2017’s Justice League on HBO Max during a Q&A with fans following a livestreamed commentary on his film Man of Steel. “The Snyder Cut” consists of Snyder’s edit of the film, based on the version he was creating before exiting the production.

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.

Industry insiders have debated the existence of the so-called “Snyder Cut”, with some saying not enough footage from Snyder’s original vision exists to create his film as intended. Despite this, WB/HBO Max have apparently compiled enough footage from the previous and existing movie along with Snyder’s help to finally give fans the version of the film (or a version of the film) as Snyder initially intended it.

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.

Initial thoughts on Disney+

Initial thoughts on Disney+

I took a quick look at the Disney+ app on Apple TV this morning.

The process of signing up was painless. Creating an account takes a couple seconds and you’re able to link your subscription to your Apple ID so I didn’t have to fumble around with my credit card. The Apple TV app itself is simple, easy to use, and apparently integrates with the Apple’s TV app, though I didn’t see this in action.

I love having profiles for each user including the ability to specify a child account for my son. Signing into his account showed us content that was more suited for him whereas my account featured The Mandalorian, Captain Marvel, etc.

Speaking of content, there’s almost more available than I will ever possibly be able to watch, with more coming in the new year as deals with Netflix and others expire. A couple that I’m looking forward to checking out first are—obviously—The Mandalorian, the 90s Marvel animated shows (Spider-Man, X-Men, Silver Surfer, etc), and some of the Pixar movies we don’t already have.

Overall, great first impression. I can’t wait to dig in deeper this evening.

Zack 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.

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

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

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.

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.

Captain Marvel is already getting review bombed on Rotten Tomatoes

Brie Larson as Captain Marvel

Nicole Drum for

A quick look at the audience reviews page for Captain Marvel over on Rotten Tomatoes has been flooded with negative, angry “reviews” of the film and while there are some genuine comments noting excitement for the film, most have an unsettling common theme: anger about Captain Marvel being centered around a female hero.

What an embarrassing way for someone to spend their time.

Carrie Fisher: 1956–2016

Via Star Wars:

We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Carrie Fisher, who in addition to being both a celebrated actor and author, is a cherished member of the Lucasfilm family. She was adored by all who knew her for her endearing personality and delightfully sharp wit.

Rest in peace, Princess.

Daniel Craig offered a boatload of cash to return as James Bond

Daniel Craig offered a boatload of cash to return as James Bond

Jesse Gormley for CBR:

James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, is rumored to have been offered an astounding $150 million, by Sony, to return as 007 for two more films, according to Radaronline.

It’s been widely noted online, though, that Craig, 48, has expressed little interest in returning to the iconic role. But, with Sony still in the vetting process for the next Bond, the company is looking to secure Craig until the process is complete.

While I understand the idea of transitioning both the character and the audience into a new actor, would anyone really want to see Craig come back for two movies if his heart isn’t in the role at all? During parts of Spectre it was pretty clear that, for Craig, the magic was gone.

Thoughts on Batman: The Killing Joke

The Joker in Batman: The Killing Joke
The Joker in Batman: The Killing Joke

While it isn’t without issue, I enjoyed the animated adaptation of the Alan Moore / Brian Bolland classic. The new prologue created by writer Brian Azzarello brings a layer of complexity (and controversy) to Batgirl and her relationship with Batman. It’s not perfect, as Batgirl’s role becomes fairly inconsistent when the main story begins but I definitely feel like it made for a more complete story overall.

The film earns its “R” rating in keeping many (if not all) of the most controversial scenes from the graphic novel in tact, for better or worse. It’s a violent, disturbing film that stays with you long after you finish watching and the finale will leave you with the same uneasy feeling from Moore and Bolland’s original story.

Batgirl in Batman: The Killing Joke
Batgirl in Batman: The Killing Joke

Speaking of which, the WB animation team have done a great job in bringing original artist Brian Bolland’s art to life with several scenes directly lifted from the pages of the book. Fans of the original comic will certainly find the visuals to be a faithful recreation with a splash of Bruce Timm mixed in for good measure.

It won’t be for everyone but The Killing Joke takes what I assumed would be almost impossible to do and pulls it off reasonably well. If you’re willing to put aside some of your preconceived ideas about the characters, I’d recommend checking this one out.

Brian Azzarello talks about Batman: The Killing Joke controversial new scene

Batgirl and Batman in The Killing Joke
Batgirl and Batman in The Killing Joke

Stephen Gerding for CBR:

“The thing about this is that it’s controversial, so we added more controversy,” explained Azzarello. “I think she is stronger than the men in her life in this story. She controls the men in her life in this story.”

“They both make mistakes, but she’s the one who decides, ‘I have to stop. There’s a problem here, and I need to step away from this,'” Liu explained. “I think that comes from an emotional strength. I think she makes the decisions that strong people make.”

“She comes off as a stronger character at the end of that arc,” Azzarello agreed.

I’ve always felt like Barbara’s role in the original graphic novel wasn’t nearly as big as it should and could have been. I give credit to the team for taking a pretty massive risk on a movie that was already ripe with controversy and, hopefully, expanding her story in a smart and respectful way.

To the people getting particularly upset about this twist, it’s not as if this relationship hasn’t been hinted at or even depicted in the past.

I’ll reserve my thoughts until I’ve actually seen the movie.

10 Cloverfield Lane's ending actually makes a lot of sense

10 Cloverfield Lane's ending actually makes a lot of sense

Tasha Robinson for The Verge:

…ultimately, the ending fits because it’s the necessary completion of a meaningful arc. The film is Michelle’s story. It starts with her, it sympathizes with her throughout, and it dismisses plot points that aren’t related to her story, or important in her character’s mind. It doesn’t end with Howard because it was never really about him. It’s about the long-term effects of abuse, and how one person overcomes them.

Great analysis. I really enjoyed this movie, including the ending.

Batman v Superman slammed with negative reviews

Mike Sampson for ComicsAlliance:

The first critic reviews of Batman v. Superman hit the web last night and early word was… not kind. The film currently sits at 40% on Rotten Tomatoes. By comparison, the divisive Man of Steel had a 56%.

Having now seen the film, I feel like the majority of the hatred for the film seems to stem from pretty minor details. It almost feels like the press was compelled to dislike the movie from the onset and people have just sort of run with it. I mean, it certainly wasn’t great but was it entertaining? Sure.