The one redeeming thing that came out of 2016 for the DCEU was Gal Gadot’s performance as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman. I mean, the rest of that film was pretty much nonsensical garbage that occasionally looked neat, and Suicide Squad only seemed decent because it was significantly better than Batman v Superman.
Kind of like how getting punched in the gut is a much more pleasant experience than getting your arm sawed off.
Because of that, we’re all pretty hyped about the upcoming solo Wonder Woman film coming out next year. The cast is good, the director isn’t a certain mediocre someone whose name rhymes with Wack Schmyder, and what we’ve seen so far has looked pretty awesome. Well, we have a new trailer for the film now, and it too looks pretty great.
Not a lot else to say, as we can only tell so much from a trailer. But from what we can see, the film appears to be going in the right direction. Personally, I’m still pretty excited about this thing.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, Trae and Nick fly it alone without Pher (who was busy elsewhere — possibly arm wrestling with the Governor of Minnesota). We talk about the new Power Rangers trailer, how Wonder Woman is (finally) canonically queer, Iron Fist getting a release date, Ben Affleck’s Batman movie maybe (but probably not) having a title, the second Wine Country Comic Con, and how well the Nerd & Tie Expo went.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, the MST3K Revival has found a home on Netflix, SDCC sees the release of Justice League and Wonder Woman trailers, we finally find out who’s in Supergirl’s pod, Ghost Rider’s coming to Agents of SHIELD, Brie Larson’s been cast as Captain Marvel, the new Star Trek show has a name (and ship), and Trae and Nick went to Kitsune Kon.
And our computers barely kept themselves together… it was rough.
Note: Due to the normal server we stream to being down, we were forced to record this on a local machine… that couldn’t quite keep up. It gets a bit unsynchronized and the show goes on. And by “a bit” I mean “a lot.”
So San Diego Comic Con is one of the biggest weekends of the year for Pop Culture, and that means one thing: a crap ton of new movie trailers. While we normally post these sorts of things one by one, we thought we’d instead put together a single massive post — sharing our picks for the most notable trailers from this year’s event.
So come with me, and journey down the rabbit hole of whatever footage was available for these upcoming films that could be hastily cut together for a hungry audience of fanboys and fangirls desperate for morsels from their favorite franchises. It’ll be fun, I promise. Continue reading The Most Notable Trailers From This Year’s SDCC→
Batman v Superman has been out for a couple of weekends now, and it was effectively designed to be the launch point for the DC Extended Universe. While opinions vary wildly about the film, there are two undeniably true things about it: it was a commercial success and Wonder Woman was pretty great in it.
It’s left most of us pretty optimistic for the Wonder Woman solo movie that’s due the middle of next year, and now it seems like we’re going to get the film slightly sooner. THR is reporting that Warner Bros has moved the film’s release date from June 23, 2017 to a few weeks earlier on June 2nd.
This move is likely to avoid competition with Paramount’s Transformers 5, which is scheduled for June 23rd right now. June 2, 2017 has far less competition (with the biggest scheduled release being Bad Boys 3), and will give Wonder Woman its best commercial shot.
Besides the change to Wonder Woman‘s release, Warner Bros has added two more dates to their schedule: October 5th 2018 and November 1st 2019. No word on what those films will be, but some have theorized that one of them may belong to Suicide Squad 2 assuming the first film (which comes out August 5th of this year).
I still think it’s bizarre that the studios are marking out release dates without actual films attached to them yet, but that seems to be the world we live in now. On the upside we’re still getting some pretty decent films.
So Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been pretty polarizing. There are a lot of people who love it, and quite a few who kind of hate the thing. My opinion was that it was just kind of “meh.” There were good bits, there were bad bits, and (frankly) there were just too many bits. A lot of the first act was just wholly unnecessary frankly. In fact, I was pretty certain the one negative thing both critics and fans agreed on was that the movie was just too long.
Well, I was wrong.
You see, some jackass calling himself “Bruce Wayne” has started a Change.org Petition to try and get Warner Bros to release the R rated cut of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Super Long Boring Secret Identity Crisis on Infinite Justice. That cut of the movie is an estimated three hours in length, which is a half hour longer than the over-bloated film we got in the first place.
Look kids, if you liked the movie, that’s fine. There are some good bits – Ben Affleck is a really solid Batman, and every moment that Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman is on screen is cinema gold. Amy Adams continues to be a solid Lois Lane, and Henry Cavill does his best with the material he’s given. If you want to see a longer version of the movie, that’s cool too… but understand you are in the minority.
Don’t demand that theater owners and the studio put out something that most of the country doesn’t want to see (mostly because they just watched three quarters of it). Enjoy your eventual Bluray copy and leave the rest of us in piece.
On this installment of The Off Week, Trae digs into Batman v Superman: Dawn of Secret Infinity Wars of Crisis Justice (or whatever) and tells you whether or not it’s worth going out and seeing it.
Spoiler: The answer is “maybe.” But he’ll give you his reasons.
“The Off Week” is a series of videos produced by Nerd & Tie in the weeks where we aren’t producing a full length podcast. The goal is to raise questions and make you think about things that you’ve maybe taken for granted.
DC is going whole hog with its cinematic universe, announcing that Justice League Part Onewill start filming April 11th. This is just weeks after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes out, which is only the second film set in this particular continuity.
Zack Snyder will direct (again – even though we have no idea if Batman v Superman will be any good), and the whole thing feels like DC and Warner Bros are more focused on playing “catch up” with Marvel’s Cinematic Universe than with making a decent movie.
Honestly, if it works out, being bold will be beneficial — but pushing into production on a film before really knowing whether or not the franchise will hold weight seems a tad risky to me. Sony banked everything on a Spider-Man franchise that they ended up having to scrap, but at least they were able to change course before film started rolling. DC and Warner Bros are just committing regardless…
…and lord knows what’s going to happen. Either way, Justice League Part One is currently scheduled to come out November 10, 2017.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of the Planet of the Secret Wars of the Final Crisis on Infinite Earths of Justice has hadseveraltrailers so far, but this newest one is by far the least spoilery one. It’s also the final one, so who knows what that says about the marketing department at Warner Bros.
Pretty much this whole thing just sets up the fight between, well, Batman and Superman — with some Wonder Woman thrown in because whoever cuts the trailers is smart enough to know that there’s a bunch of us more hyped for her than the two characters in the title.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25, 2016.
We’re all super excited for the upcoming 2017 Wonder Woman film. It’s the first time the character will get her own major motion picture, and as she’s the only remaining member of DC’s “trinity” to have never headlined a film, it’s kind of a big deal. This is only the second time the character has really headlined a major project, the first being the classic Wonder Woman TV show which starred Lynda Carter. In fact, ever since the film was announced, fans have hoped that Carter would appear in at least some minor role.
Unfortunately, it looks like that won’t happen.
Lynda Carter’s publicist confirmed to The Washington Post that she would not appear even as an extra in the film. Carter had previously said in 2010 that she would be willing to show up in any new Wonder Woman projects, but only if the role was meaningful. There don’t appear to be any hard feelings (and Carter is supportive of the new film), she just likely doesn’t want to show up as fan service.
And I can’t really blame her.
Wonder Woman is scheduled to hit theaters June 23, 2017.