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Are franchise blockbusters too big to fail?

Anghus Houvouras on whether franchise blockbusters are too big to fail…

Sequels, prequels and reboots. Hollywood is in love with the familiar because more often than not it’s a safe bet. This year’s monumental blockbuster clusterfuck Justice League is proof of that. Can you think of a big studio film more maligned? More inherently flawed at a fundamental level? It was the product of short-term thinking and absolutely baffling choices from a studio realizing a creative vision can’t be hacked and slashed into existence.

And yet, in spite of a long laundry list of poor decisions and questionable calls, Justice League will end up losing around $100 million. In comparison, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is projected to lose almost $150 million. Justice League wasn’t just an unmitigated disaster. It was a franchise stress test. Proof that these familiar characters are the safest bet in blockbuster cinema.
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Justice League Is the Highest-Grossing Box Office Bomb Ever

Justice League Is the Highest-Grossing Box Office Bomb Ever
They say that numbers don't lie, but that isn't always the case when it comes to the box office. Since its release almost a month ago, Warner Bros.' Justice League has pulled in $212.8 million domestic (10th highest this year overall) and $615.4 million worldwide (12th highest this year), but a new report contends that Justice League has become the "highest-grossing box office bomb" in cinematic history. While that distinction seems oxymoronic at worst, and facetious at best, there is some logic within this notion regarding this Dceu movie.

This report from Forbes claims that Justice League beat out another underperforming movie from this year, Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight, which posted franchise lows in domestic ($130 million) and worldwide ($605 million), as the "highest-grossing box office bomb." The report clarifies that Justice League won't be the movie that loses the most money, and there's a chance that it still could break even,
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Kingsman 3 Is Still Being Planned by Original Director Matthew Vaughn

Kingsman 3 Is Still Being Planned by Original Director Matthew Vaughn
It looks like we're going to get at least one more movie with Eggsy and the Kingsman. Despite the fact that Kingsman: The Golden Circle took a bit of a step back, in terms of box office and critical praise, it made enough money to justify a sequel from Fox. So director Matthew Vaughn reportedly already has plans for Kingsman 3. But will he actually return to direct the third installment?

Visual Effects Supervisor Angus Bickerton recently did an interview to promote the release of Kingsman: The Golden Circle on Blu-ray. During the conversation, he was asked about the possibility of Kingsman 3, which hasn't officially been announced by Fox yet, but sounds increasingly likely. Here's what he had to say about it.

"We've had the briefest of conversations with Matthew [Vaughn] about it...he's got plans."

That's pretty simple. Matthew Vaughn has plans for Kingsman 3 and the movies have made money.
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Superman: The Movie Added To National Film Registry

Even though we receive at least a half dozen superhero films on a yearly basis these days, the fact of the matter is that we owe a great debt to director Richard Donner and all involved in the production of Superman: The Movie back in the late 1970s. Before then, a blockbuster of that scale centered on a comic book character was simply unheard of, so to think that a genre was handily legitimized with such an effort is indeed commendable.

Taking that and other factors into consideration, the Library of Congress has chosen the movie that made us believe a man could fly to be among the 25 selected this year to be a part of the National Film Registry. And when you consider how many movies the American entertainment industry has produced over the years, that really puts it in perspective as to how much of an honor this is.
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Henry Cavill Says He Has No Plans To Leave The DC Extended Universe

While Justice League appears to have generated some disappointment at the box office, there’s no shortage of additional material accompanying the theatrical release. One such item is Justice League: The Official Collector’s Edition book, which contains a range of interviews and behind the scenes information.

In it, Superman actor Henry Cavill answers the question of whether he spent much time researching the source material before shooting the movie. Apparently, he did, and he looked to Rebirth for inspiration.

“I do indeed — especially with Rebirth, which has just come out. I’ve been really diving into that. It’s fun to see where the DC Comics Universe is going, and to see how closely our movie universe is matching it.”

This raises an interesting point. Justice League is certainly not a faithful adaptation of any single comic book story, but rather is something of a collection of plot
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National Film Registry Adds ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Titles to Library of Congress

National Film Registry Adds ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Titles to Library of Congress
As is annual tradition, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has announced this year’s 25 film set to join the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected for their “cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance,” the films picked range from such beloved actioners as “Die Hard,” childhood classic “The Goonies,” the seminal “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” and the mind-bending “Memento,” with plenty of other genres and styles represented among the list.

The additions span 1905 to 2000, and includes Hollywood blockbusters, documentaries, silent movies, animation, shorts, independent, and even home movies. The 2017 selections bring the number of films in the registry to 725.

“The selection of a film to the National Film Registry recognizes its importance to American cinema and the nation’s cultural and historical heritage,” Hayden said in an official statement. “Our love affair with motion pictures is a testament to their enduring power to enlighten, inspire and
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Matthew Vaughn Mulling Over Ideas For Kingsman 3

After orchestrating a Secret Service and inviting moviegoers into the Golden Circle, it seems writer-director Matthew Vaughn is gearing up to complete his boisterous Kingsman trilogy.

Word comes by way of Cbr, revealing that Vaughn has “got plans” for a potential trilogy-capper, which isn’t all that surprising when you consider that the director has always envisioned Kingsman as a three-film arc.

There is one potential headache, though: since The Golden Circle‘s release, Matthew Vaughn has opened talks to helm Man of Steel 2 for Warner Bros., but with news of an internal shake-up coming out of Justice League, we imagine it’ll be some time yet before Clark Kent’s next solo adventure takes flight.

Couple this with the fact that Vaughn and his team were able to engineer two Kingsman movies in the space of three years, give or take, and the director may find time on his
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‘Titanic,’ ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Ace in the Hole,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Added to National Film Registry

Since 1989, the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress has been accomplishing the important task of preserving films that “represent important cultural, artistic and historic achievements in filmmaking.” From films way back in 1897 all the way up to 2004, they’ve now reached 725 films that celebrate our heritage and encapsulate our film history.

Today they’ve unveiled their 2017 list, which includes such Hollywood classics as Die Hard, Titanic, and Superman along with groundbreaking independent features like Yvonne Rainer’s Lives of Performers, Charles Burnett’s To Sleep with Anger, and Barbara Loden’s Wanda. Also making this list are a pair of Kirk Douglas-led features, Ace in the Hole and Spartacus, as well as Christopher Nolan’s Memento and more. Check out the full list below and you can watch some films on the registry for free here.

Ace in the Hole (aka Big Carnival) (1951)

Based on the infamous
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‘Titanic,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘Memento’ Added to National Film Registry

‘Titanic,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘Memento’ Added to National Film Registry
James Cameron’s disaster epic “Titanic,” the beloved fantasy “The Goonies,” Christopher Nolan’s “Memento” and 1989’s “Field of Dreams” are among the 25 films selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

The 2017 selections range from obscure documentaries to a Mexican-American family’s home movies from 1920s Texas to Disney’s 1941 animated classic “Dumbo” to the 1979 Luis Valdez-directed drama “Boulevard Nights” to 1960’s “Spartacus,” the Kirk Douglas-Stanley Kubrick sword-and-sandal drama that helped end the era of the blacklist.

The titles will be added to the Library’s collection of films designated as having cultural, social or aesthetic significance.

“Our love affair with motion pictures is a testament to their enduring power to enlighten, inspire and inform us as individuals and a nation as a whole,” said Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress. “Being tasked with selecting only 25 each year is daunting because there are so many great films deserving of this honor
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‘Booster Shot’ begins in Action Comics #993, check out a preview here

The new story arc ‘Booster Shot’ gets underway in Action Comics #993 this Wednesday, and you can take a look at a preview of the issue here; check it out…

“Booster Shot” part one! As Superman struggles to cope with Mr. Oz’s true identity, the Man of Steel turns to the only “hero” he knows who can prove once and for all if Oz’s story is true: Booster Gold! But a massive power doesn’t want our heroes venturing through time, and will do anything it can to sabotage their journey!

Action Comics #993 is out on December 13th, priced $2.99.

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Justice League 2 cancelled, Marvel wants Wolverine in McU, Venom poster and more – Daily News Roundup

No More Justice?

Warner Bros. and DC Films announced they were restructuring the Dceu following the poor reception and domestic box office performance of Justice League, and fans at the Brazil Comic Con got their first look at the new slate. On the list are: Wonder Woman II, Aquaman, Flashpoint, Justice League Dark, Suicide Squad 2, Shazam, Batgirl, Green Lantern Corps and The Batman. What’s interesting there is not only the 2020 Cyborg movie off the list and Man of Steel 2, but so is Justice League 2. Interesting. Read more here.

Creed 2 Gets New Director

Although he will be reprising his role as Rocky Balboa once again, Sylvester Stallone has announced via Entertainment Weekly that he’s stepping aside as director on Creed 2, being replaced by Steven Caple Jr. Read more here.

Marvel Wants Jackman

With the Disney purchase of 20th Century Fox and their movie licenses moving forward at a rapid pace,
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Lucifer: Devil Gets Answers. Pierce Not Pierce. Charlotte Meets Trixie.

The moment of truth is upon us. The Devil finally gets some answers from the Sinnerman on tonight’s mid-season finale of Lucifer. We also find out the real identity of one Lieutenant Marcus Pierce. This third mid-season finale did not exactly surprise me as much as the previous mid-season finales. Yes, my eyes went wide when Lt. Pierce stood up after Lucifer stabbed him in the chest. My mind immediately went to Superman-mode but then figured if that were the case, the knife would not go through him as he is the Man of Steel. In truth, Marcus Pierce is

Lucifer: Devil Gets Answers. Pierce Not Pierce. Charlotte Meets Trixie.
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New DC Films release slate reveals Green Lantern Corps and Justice League Dark plans are still intact

When Warner Bros. announced that they were restructuring the Dceu, it got fans thinking about which of its forthcoming slate of films would fall victim to Justice League’s poor performance. Well, worry no more if you’re a fan of Batgirl or Green Lantern Corps, because fans have laid eyes their eyes on the list during this weekend’s Brazil Comic-Con, and here it is:

Wonder Woman II Aquaman Flashpoint Justice League Dark Suicide Squad 2 Shazam Batgirl Green Lantern Corps The Batman

What leaps out at you immediately are the Justice League ramifications; there is no sequel listed, the Cyborg movie, which was pencilled in for a 2020 release date, now appears to be on the scrapheap, and all-of-sudden Justice League Dark is back on the radar, only a matter of days after Guillermo del Toro revealed he wouldn’t be returning to the project.

Eyebrows, and moustaches, will
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The DC Extended Universe Is Actually More Successful Than The McU

It’s no secret that the DC Extended Universe has had more than a few stumbles since its inception. Truthfully, the franchise only has one bonafide hit – Wonder Woman – and it seems the studio continues to make the same mistakes over and over again. It shows in the frosty reception that their films receive, too, with Justice League being the most recent example. Yet, when you actually sit down and look into the numbers – which, let’s face it, are all that really matters in the end – Warner Bros.’ burgeoning cinematic universe is actually more successful than the McU.

Now, before you get out the pitchforks and come after us, allow us to explain. The Dceu currently has 5 movies under its belt – Man of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman and the aforementioned Justice League. Combined, they’ve grossed $1,601,915,700 at the domestic box office. If
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Justice League passes $600 million worldwide but still the lowest-grossing superhero movie of the year (for now)

It may not have been the box office smash that Warner Bros. would have been hoping for (which, reportedly, has led to a major shakeup at DC Films), but Justice League has ticked off another milestone this weekend with the DC blockbuster passing the $600 million mark worldwide.

By close of play this weekend, Justice League has grossed $212.1 million domestically, and a further $401.3 million worldwide for a total of $613.4 million.

Initial reports had claimed that Justice League would need to bank around $650 million to break even, given its $300 million production budget plus hefty marketing costs. While that’s technically still possible, it will soon have to contend with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is sure to suck the life out of almost every other release over the Christmas period.

Should Justice League fall short of that figure, it would also remain the lowest earner of the DC Extended Universe, with
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Warner Bros. Reveals Their Full Slate Of DC Extended Universe Films

It feels unreal to even think that Justice League is the lowest-grossing Dceu movie. It was meant to be the culmination of years of hard work and the granddaddy that reached the billion-dollar club. Instead, Warner Bros. is sweating and worried if it’ll break even and not suffer any further humiliation.

Regardless of your feelings towards the film, it’s evident that the studio will need some time to introspect and rethink its future plans. That being said, they still do intend on pushing full steam ahead with most of their previously announced projects, and they made that known earlier today at Comic-Con Experience 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil by revealing their full DC Extended Universe slate.

According to those who were in attendance at the studio’s presentation, the Wonder Woman sequel was announced first, followed by Aquaman, two films that we already knew were on the way. After that,
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Marvel’s Kevin Feige compares Chris Evans’ Captain America to Christopher Reeve’s Superman

It’s fair to say that a few eyebrows were raised when Marvel first announced that the former Human Torch Chris Evans would be taking on the role of Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, Evans has since won over any critics with his superb performances in the Captain America and Avengers films, and Marvel StudiosKevin Feige has been singing the actor’s praises in an interview with Vanity Fair, where he compared him to Christopher Reeve’s Man of Steel.

“Casting Captain America was super hard,” said Feige. “I started to think, ‘Are we not going to be able to find Captain America, and if we can’t, what are we going to do with Avengers? Is the whole thing going to fall apart?’ And, then, finally opening ourselves up to Chris Evans, who we had initially sort of just looked
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"Krypton" TV Series

Sneak Peek more new footage from "Krypton", the TV series developed by David S. Goyer ("The Dark Knight") and Damian Kindler, set on the home planet of 'Superman', 200 years before the feature "Man of Steel", on the news that DC Comics' 'Adam Strange' will be a regular character on the series:

Adam Strange, created by editor Julius Schwartz and illustrator Murphy Anderson, debuted in DC Comics' "Showcase" #17 (November 1958).

"...Strange is an archeologist suddenly teleported from Peru to the planet 'Rann' through a 'Zeta-Beam'.

"Upon his arrival, he is attacked by one of the planet's predators and rescued by a woman called 'Alanna'.

"She takes him to her father 'Sardath' who explains that the Zeta-Beam was transmitted at Earth in the hopes that whatever form of intelligent life lived there would trace it back to Rann...

"...theorizing that in the 4.3 years it takes the Zeta-Beam to reach earth,
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Marvel’s Kevin Feige Has Some Advice For The DC Extended Universe

As we head toward Avengers: Infinity War, which – as demonstrated by the trailer – is a giant culmination of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe up to that point, the chief architect of the juggernaut franchise is understandably getting a lot of attention. While the McU is the product of the talents and skill-sets of thousands of dedicated craftspeople, the achievements of Kevin Feige in overseeing the film series, and steering it to over $13 billion in global box office receipts, cannot be ignored. For that reason, Vanity Fair recently conducted an in-depth interview with him.

Evidently, the interview was done well into the theatrical run of Justice League, at a point where the financial disappointment was becoming very clear. Unsurprisingly, then, Vanity Fair asked Feige – without specifics – if he had any advice for others who are perhaps “struggling to emulate” the success of the McU:

“The only advice, and I’ve sort of said this already today,
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Justice League Crew Member Confirms There’s Enough Material For A Zack Snyder Cut

Despite the mixed reaction to his efforts on Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, there’s been a fierce outcry from fans calling for Warner Bros. to release a Zack Snyder-helmed Director’s Cut of Justice League.

By now, you’re probably familiar with the behind-the-scenes upheaval that led to Snyder being replaced on the movie with Joss Whedon. Though the studio were confident that The Avengers helmer would be able to sprinkle some of his Marvel magic onto the film, the mixed critical reception and underwhelming box office have proven otherwise. In the wake of that, the best way of appeasing the fans might be to release an extended cut based of Snyder’s original vision for the movie, or at least one that featured more of his footage.

While we await any official word on the possibility of that happening, another crew member
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