David Crow Aug 12, 2016
This past weekend, Suicide Squad opened to roaring success. By enjoying a global same-day launch around the world, the Dceu movie that established two of Batman’s greatest rogues (Joker and Harley Quinn), and a whole slew of DC C-listers like Deadshot and Captain Boomerang, earned its fledgling shared universe an impressive $133.7 million in in the U.S., as well as $267 million worldwide. Presumably, there has been at least some back-slapping going on at the Warner Bros. lot in the aftermath.
Yet, if you simply listened to social media, comment sections, or especially critics, you’d be convinced there is something very wrong with Suicide Squad. And beyond the dismal reviews (it currently sits at 26 percent positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes), it has also »
Here’s our take on the movie trailers released at San Diego Comic Con last month.
Anya: Eh. It doesn’t look that good and there’s nothing that sets it apart from other superhero movies. I’ve noticed lately when watching the trailer that it’s the same thing for every movie. Some dramatic music plays and then one of the main characters gives an inspirational speech. Then, while he’s still talking, the trailer cuts to clips of people fighting, training, and making out. Then, the music cuts out for the comic relief to make one or two jokes. Finally, the music intensifies and a bunch of clips are cut together an play really fast. Then, the character finishes his face and the movie info appears on the screen.
Maddy: It looks okay but I’m probably not gonna go see it. Also, when Bruce Wayne »
- Maddy and Anya Ernst
After being treated to a look at the new Poison Ivy, in addition to the news that proto-versions of both Killer Croc and Harley Quinn are on the way, the Gotham hype train shows no signs of slowing down. Fox has decided to whet our appetites with a new trailer that not only teases the Batman prequel series’ third season, but also Lucifer’s second.
Set to Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” the promo seems to stress the more somber and dramatic themes to be played out on upcoming episodes of both shows. What amazed me was how well it flowed considering that these shows are in no way connected, aside from being based on DC Comics properties.
The Gotham portion of the trailer really plays up the rivalry between Penguin and Fish Mooney, which has been building since the pilot episode. Quite frankly, I’m expecting all out war to erupt on the city streets. »
- Eric Joseph
Gotham is a bit of an odd duck in the Dceu. The show is situated on Fox, isolating it from the larger ‘Arrow-verse’ on The CW. This isn’t a bad thing, as one of the joys of DC not interconnecting their film and television universes opens the door to a varied multiverse experience. But even within the microcosm that is Gotham, some odd choices have been made. Choosing to hew closely to Bat-lore is fine, but when that makes Bruce Wayne a high school freshman and a majority of his future foes already adults, it feels wonky. The only future members of the rogues’ gallery on Gotham the same age as our larval-stage Batman were Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) and Ivy Pepper (Clare Foley). But now even Ivy is leaving childhood in the dust. For Season 3 of Gotham, Poison Ivy has been recast. The new actress, Maggie Geha, is »
- Donna Dickens
Your Monday nights are going to be full of hell and high drama starting this fall!
Lucifer's mom is on the loose and so are all the monsters who escaped Indian Hill on Gotham. In this promo we get a little taste of all the craziness that's in store for these two dramas.
If you remember on Lucifer Season 1 Episode 13, Lucifer traded his life for Chloe's, but "Dad" sent him back. And there was a reason for that as we found out: Mom escaped Hell.
How it happened, who knows. The point is she's on earth and has been trying on various bodies for the perfect fit. She's apparently found it in a human who's almost the same age as her sons.
And her name is Charlotte.
Their "new" mom apparently makes Lucifer and Amenadiel very uncomfortable. After all, who wants a mom around your age? And one who's super hot? »
- Lisa Babick
They were pretty good. And then they were gone, to make way for their big screen counterparts.
Deadshot, Amanda Waller and Katana were among them. Somehow The Flash can be in two places at once.
Anyway. Gotham has also toyed with the characters, in the form of Jerome, for example.
Jerome was what Gotham Executive Producers call a "proto-version" of The Joker.
The last we saw of him, he was dead (we think), and he wasn't intended to be the Joker, but to be the best darn not-Joker ever.
In fact, Cameron Monaghan's performance blew away the audience, and the collective sigh of everyone who learned he was merely a myth-creator and not like Bruce Wayne who is (we think) poised to become The Batman, »
- Carissa Pavlica
Fox’s “Lucifer” has cast “The Sopranos” star Michael Imperioli as the angel Uriel for Season 2, executive producer Ildy Modrovich announced during the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Monday. Modrovich revealed that the brother of Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) will be “coming down in the middle of the season,” which will also see the arrival of the angels’ mother, “Charlotte,” played by Tricia Helfer.
“Mom is the driving force of the season; God was the focus of Season 1, the theme was distant fathers,” fellow exec producr Joe Henderson said. “Lucifer is someone who has yearned for his father’s love, here’s his mother in the flesh, who he clearly has a bad relationship with… she’s the stick of dynamite that we’ve placed in Season 2, and we’re waiting for it to explode.”
“Mum hasn’t always looked like this, so »
- Laura Prudom
Ben McKenzie is 'Jim Gordon'...
...Jada Pinkett Smith is 'Fish Mooney'...
...Sean Pertwee is 'Alfred Pennyworth'...
...Erin Richards is 'Barbara Kean'...
...Robin Lord Taylor as 'Oswald Cobblepot'...
...Camren Bicondova as 'Selina Kyle'...
...Cory Michael Smith is 'Edward Nygma'...
...Michael Chiklis is 'Nathaniel Barnes'...
...and Morena Baccarin is 'Leslie Thompkins'.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Gotham" Season 3...
- Michael Stevens
Chris Sanderson reviews Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 1…
At the Game Awards in 2015 we got our first hint of Telltale Games’ next big project and much to the surprise of many, it turned out to be a new Batman game. With almost no information given since then and only small hints and teasers given, I managed to get my hands on the game this past week and played the first episode, titled Realm of Shadows.
Having played a number of Telltale Games over the years such as The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Back to the Future and Jurassic Park, I was quite interested from the get go to find out what they had planned for a Batman story. The ability to jump into a story centred around Batman is just too good to miss. Since the developers don’t have to worry too much about what different game »
- Chris Sanderson
It wasn't too long ago that the idea of a Man Of Steel 2 wouldn't be a big surprise. In fact, if you'll recall, that was the idea filmmaker Zack Snyder was actively pursuing after the first Man Of Steel was released. We now know that one thing led to another, and eventually, fans were instead treated to the divisive Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, a movie that brought together the trinity that is Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.
Many joked that Superman got usurped from his own sequel, and some even lamented that Superman would likely never get another standalone film in the DC Extended Universe. To their credit, Warner Bros. announced a hefty slate of film back in October 2014 that consisted of nine films through 2020, and not one of them was slated as a Man Of Steel sequel. However, if a new report from TheWrap is to be believed, »
- Joseph Medina
I have lots to say about Suicide Squad. I caught it yesterday, my first day back from a weeklong vacation to Aruba, and I'm still processing my thoughts. I will have everything organized in my head and ready to share with you when we record tomorrow's Los Fanboys Podcast. For now, let's talk about one thing that doesn't require any extra analysis on my part:
They f**ked Batman up.
See, this film was written before Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice came out. And principal photography was completed before then, too. By now, we all know that there were plenty of reshoots after Batman V Superman premiered, as well as re-edits, followed by an entire creative shakeup over at Warner Bros following the reception that Dawn Of Justice got. But something that ended up in Suicide Squad that doesn't jive with the new trajectory for Ben Affleck's Batman »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
“You have offended my family and you have offended the Shaolin Temple!”
Enter The Dragon (1973) plays this weekend (August 12th and 13th) at The Tivoli at midnight as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli midnight series.
In the early seventies America was going through a period of fascination with martial arts, and at the center of the Kung-Fu craze was the actor Bruce Lee. Enter The Dragon (1973) is the best (and best-known) of the five films that Lee starred in. His mysterious and tragically early death at the age of 33 shortly after completing Enter The Dragon only served to heighten public interest in his skills
The plot contains elements drawn from spy thrillers of the James Bond type. The story is set in Hong Kong. The hero Mr Lee (lee) is recruited by British Intelligence on an undercover mission to infiltrate the island hideaway of the villain Mr Han. »
- Tom Stockman
Warning! Danger! Spoilers! I saw the movie, I’m going to talk about the movie, there may be some plot spillage. Yadda yadda yadda.
As we start, I think you should know my biases. I think you should know any critics’ bias. Myself, I use them mostly as consumer reporters. If I find a critic whose tastes largely coincide with mine, I tend to trust them more. The late great Roger Ebert was one. Knowing who is giving you their opinion is important; what does their opinion matter if you don’t trust them?
Regarding the Suicide Squad movie, well, I’m biased. I’m prejudiced. I have a vested interest in its success. I want it to succeed. However, if I didn’t like it, I’d be more likely just to keep my trap shut.
My trap is open.
I really liked the film. Not perfect by a long shot, »
- John Ostrander
Now that Suicide Squad is in theaters, fans will surely be watching this adventure multiple times to try and find every Easter Egg or reference to the ever expansive DC Extended Universe (Dceu). We already learned that the post credit scene helps set up the highly-anticipated Justice League movie, with a scene between Bruce Wayne and Amanda Waller. Today we have word that one seemingly innocuous scene reveals a huge spoiler that could have a drastic impact on the Dceu moving forward. There will be potential Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
During an early scene in Suicide Squad, the criminal history for all of the Task Force X members is shown. For most of the characters, it just mentions the crimes they committed and the superhuman abilities they have, but the scene for Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) includes one shocking bombshell. The Wrap reports that this »
At the beginning of Suicide Squad, each of the main characters are introduced via some stylish, comic book-like promos that flash their criminal history on the screen for a brief moment. I didn't catch this, but according to The Wrap, Harley Quinn's intro reveals that she was actually the one responsible for the death of Batman's sidekick, Jason Todd. Thanks to that scene in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice that shows Bruce Wayne walking past a statue of Robin that's been defaced with graffiti, we all assumed that The Joker must have killed him just as he did in the Death in the Family comic arc - but, it looks like Mr. J had his own sidekick do the deed. This may never be addressed again, but one would assume that if we do get a solo Batman movie that pits The Dark Knight against The Joker, »
“Gotham,” the Fox/DC “Batman” prequel created by Bruno Heller, took a decidedly darker and more daring turn in Season 2. And cinematographer Crescenzo Notarile was rewarded with an Emmy nomination for elevating the “Azrael” episode, starring B.D. Wong as Dr. Hugo Strange.
That’s because in bringing Galavan [James Frain] back from the dead as Azrael, “we got darker and had more fun,” said Notarile. Azrael then becomes a monstrous instrument to prevent vigilante ex-cop James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) from stopping Strange. He has an opportunity to redeem himself in trying to take down Strange, who was responsible for the murder of the parents of Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), and has turned Arkham Asylum into a Frankenstein-like power trip to control Gotham.
The way Notarile shot Azrael was the antithesis of the kitschy look he gave Galavan. And because the dramatic stakes were raised in “Azrael,” Notarile could take more stylistic freedom. »
- Bill Desowitz
Suicide Squad hits theaters this weekend, and we honestly can't wait. This DC Comics installment is all about the villains, but there are also a few other comic book characters who steal the show. While Ben Affleck's Batman makes a few appearances throughout the film, there is also a little surprise cameo at the end of the movie - but you have to wait until the credits! We're breaking down everything that happens and, obviously, there are major spoilers ahead, so read at your own risk. The Final Scene After the Suicide Squad successfully completes their mission, they are rewarded with a few extra privileges in Belle Reve. Not only do they get 10 years off their sentences, but Deadshot (Will Smith) is allowed supervised visits with his daughter and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) gets a fancy espresso machine. As she nonchalantly sips on her cup of joe in her cell, »
- Kelsie Gibson
The “Everything Wrong With” team is back with another one of their movie-sin-counting videos, and this time they’re sticking it to “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” with a 21-minute (!!) look at, well, everything wrong with Zack Snyder’s superhero mash-up. With DC’s latest entry into their Dceu, “Suicide Squad,” hitting theaters today amidst already big box office returns and increasingly poor critical reception, the timing couldn’t be better for DC’s arguably biggest disappointment yet.
The video comes out blazing, upbraiding the film’s opening minutes for its use of non-story-enhancing narration (fair), Snyder’s insistence on showing his audience the death of the Wayne parents yet again (a personal pet peeve) and the “over-goddamn-use-of-goddamn-slow-motion.” And that’s just the first minute.
Read More: ‘Batman v Superman’ Ultimate Edition Review Roundup: R-Rated Extended Cut an Improvement Over the Theatrical Cut
Things don’t get much better from there, »
- Kate Erbland
The titular “get down,” as it is used in Baz Luhrmann’s hotly anticipated and ridiculously expensive Netflix new drama, is the term for the sections of songs that are better than everything that surrounds them. It’s the distilled essence of greatness in the four-measure breakdown, or the 10-second outro — the nugget of brilliance around which the rest of the track is constructed. As Shaolin Fantastic (Shameik Moore) explains to Ezekiel Figuero (Justice Smith), finding the get down is about isolating it from the “wack” that surrounds it, which is sometimes the whole rest of the vinyl record.
The two aspiring musicians — the leaders of a ragtag group of teens named, eventually, “The Fantastic Four Plus One” — spend the second episode, and to a degree, the entire show, searching for the methodology of finding, isolating, and reproducing the get down. It’s both a technical process and a metaphorical one. This »
- Sonia Saraiya
Last week, a report surfaced that Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad will have a post credit scene, which some found surprising since there were no end credit scenes in either Man of Steel or Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Still, given the popularity of these scenes, thanks to the meteoric rise of Marvel Studios, it's not terribly surprising that Warner Bros. chose to add an extra scene for the fans. Today we have a new report which claims to reveal what happens in this scene, which helps set up another important DC Comics adaptation. There will be Potential Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
While these details have not been confirmed by Warner Bros., we'll find out for sure tomorrow night after the first Thursday night sneak preview screenings. This report comes from We Got This Covered, whose source reveals that this scene features both Bruce »
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners