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DIRECTOR ZACK SNYDER SHUTS DOWN RUMOR MILL REGARDING BATMAN v SUPERMAN & THE DCEU

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In a recent interview with Yahoo, Zack Snyder spilled the beans, and gave us a deeper look into the direction of the DCEU. Snyder, who is in charge of said direction, addressed rumors whilst shutting down some of those out there who think they know it all.

The beginning of the Justice League
The beginning of the Justice League

During the interview with Yahoo, Snyder expressed his desire to stay central to the path of the DC Cinematic Universe.

“I’m staying with Batman vs Superman and Justice League and Justice League 2 — those are my main responsibilities, as well as producing the other movies. That’s the main line. Once you get Justice League, you’re pretty deep in it. But like I was saying, not to be a selfless promoter of our program, what it shows is that we have this giant berth of opportunity with the DC movies now to I think find the opportunities for even young filmmakers to even get involved because there are so many projects.”

Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg

The great Steven Spielberg has come out and said that it’s only a matter of time before the superhero genre will go the way of the western, and implode. Snyder responded to those claims, but not the way you may think. He agreed by saying:

“He might not be wrong. I think it puts more pressure on us, the filmmakers, to not just crank out superhero movies for the sake of it. To me, the one thing I love working in the DC universe is that Superman and Batman and Wonder Woman are American mythology. It’s not about making a superhero, it’s a mythological universe that we live in. That I hope stands the test of time. They stood the test of time. That’s hopefully the sort of magic bullet. But who knows what audiences will want in the future.”

I personally think his response highlights what will set the DCEU apart from the MCU. Their ethos of not releasing films for the sake of it. These movies will be more stand alone, but in the same universe.

Not Confirmed
Not Confirmed

Snyder went further went on to praise all the fans who think up theories on what they believe will occur in BvS. He even let on that some may have been on the right path:

“There are so many, it’s insanity. It’s funny because every now and then someone will touch on something that’s kind of true, but the next thing they say makes me realize that they took a wild guess. They’ll say something and I’ll say “Oh snap, they must have seen the script.” And then they’ll say, “And this happens!” And then I’ll go, They have no idea what they’re talking about. It’s fun for everyone to speculate and take shots and think of things and try to sell it. There’s an industry in selling your guess. [People think], “I’m going to make a fake script and look like I read the real one.” What length are you willing to go? There’s a rumor that my son is [playing] Robin. It’s not true. Now there are all these images of him that people have made where he’s dressed like Robin. It’s fun to hear and see them.”

Snyder's Son, NOT ROBIN...
Snyder’s Son, NOT ROBIN…

I think Director Snyder is on the right path with the DCEU. To reiterate his intentions, he says he doesn’t want to “Just crank out superhero movies just for the sake of it.” At least, in my opinion, this says DC wants each movie to be more stand alone and to have more at the core than just the characters, yet still tied together in the DCEU. No offense to my Marvel friends out there, because I’m sure Marvel has the same thought process. It’s a situation where you let your friend go first so you know what you have to beat or what mistakes not to make.

What do you think of Zack Snyder’s statements and the future of the DCEU?

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Joaquin Phoenix Stares Into Your Soul As The Joker Via “il venerdì di repubblica” Cover

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“Cinematic achievement on a high level.”

Director Todd Phillips has gone on the record stating, his film is going to piss off hardcore comic book fans. The upcoming ‘Joker’ movie will not follow any comic book plot lines or continuity for the villain, and will in fact be its very own stand alone film. With that being said, the movie is already garnering praise from select audiences. Cameron Bailey, co-head and artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival, went on record with Toronto Sun, hailing the film as “Cinematic achievement on a high level.” Bailey continued on, saying:

“First of all it’s terrific. So it should play on our largest stage. But it’s a really original take on comic book movies and on the Joker character in particular. It’s not based on an existing story, it has one of the greatest actors in modern cinema, Joaquin Phoenix, in the lead, and Robert De Niro is in it as well, one of the best actors that has ever lived.”

Bailey, also went on to say, the film is “Very cinematic,” for a low budget feature.

“Has an interesting tone and approach to it. It’s set in the late ’70s, early ’80s and it feels like it was made then. It’s gritty in its look, it has references to Martin Scorsese’s filmmaking and it feels like a cinematic achievement on a high level. Although it’s working with very populist material, it has great ambition. That’s why it’s a Gala.”

Check out the newest ‘Joker’ magazine cover via il venerdì di repubblica.

‘Joker’ hits theaters October 4, 2019

 

 

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Marvel’s ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ To Reveal The One True Mandarin

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‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ was announced at SDCC as part of Marvel’s upcoming phase 4 slate. It is set to be the third film in Phase 4 and will be released February 12, 2021. ‘Ten Rings’ will feature Shang-Chi ( Simu Liu ), a Kung-Fu Master, who will face off against, The Mandarin. You heard that right, THE MANDARIN. But not that Mandarin, The real Mandarin.

‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ will be the first Asian led Marvel film. It will follow the legendary martial artist on his quest to stop The Mandarin (Tony Leung) on his quest for world domination. The Mandarin is villain that many MCU fans know little about, especially after ‘Iron Man 3’ pulled the old bait and switch by having the Mandarin revealed to be an actor played by Ben Kingsley named Trevor Slattery, whose sole purpose was to divert Stark’s attention from the true villain of the film, Aldrich Killian.

Shang-Chi (Chinese: 尚氣; pinyin: shàng qì; literally: ‘rising of the spirit’) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin, first appearing in Special Marvel Edition #15 (cover-dated December 1973) in the Bronze Age of Comic Books. Often referred to as the “Master of Kung Fu”, Shang-Chi is proficient in numerous unarmed and weaponry-based wushu styles, including the use of the gùn, nunchaku, and jian. In later years, he gains the power to create countless duplicates of himself, and joins the Avengers. -Wikipedia 

Check out ‘All Hail The King: One Shot.’ A short from 2013, that teased “The Real” Mandarin. Starring Ben Kingsley 

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Deleted Scene Has Heroes Taking A Knee To Honor The Fallen Iron Man

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The latest news out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t what you’d think. Yes, a new ‘Blade’ movie was announced. Yes, No ‘Spider-Man 3’ was announced. And yes, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ has surpassed ‘Avatar’ as the highest grossing movie of all time (worldwide box-office.) Despite all of this, the single greatest update, comes in the form of a deleted scene via ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ A scene which many believe should have been left in the final cut of the film. The scene in question is the emotional death of MCU legend Tony Stark. The deleted scene shows the Avengers all going down on one knee in honor of the fallen hero. Check out the video below, tell us what you think in the comments. Should Marvel have left this scene in the final cut of Endgame?

‘Avengers: Endgame’ has earned 2.7 billion worldwide

 

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