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TIME TRAVEL, GREEK MYTHOLOGY & MORE: DCEU IS GEARING UP TO PUSH THINGS OVER THE TOP

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‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ if nothing more, was a major foreshadowing of things to come for the DCEU. Director Zack Snyder was the first to clarify after backlash about the involvement of Doomsday so early in the franchise by saying:

“Well, you have Doomsday, right? He doesn’t just crawl out of the ground. He has his own mythology, right? So that has to be explored. To us it really made sense to give him to the audience now. I really wanted to make the audience a promise that… though I’m super excited and happy and fulfilled by the conflict of Batman and Superman, there’s also a bigger world to start to think about.”

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BvS Doomsday Concept

Snyder also went on to speak about the direction of the DCEU:

“It is constantly evolving, but we’re starting to get a handle on where we’re going with the world. That’s fun because it allows us now to be driving toward a goal that we don’t have to make up as much. The rules can be the rules, and the movie can exist in a closed universe… it allows us to tie things together. If there’s a movie over here doing this, and we’re over here doing this, now we’re all on the same page. It allows for a coherent universe, which is important. I think that makes the experience a little more satisfying because we know where we’re going, so the misdirects can be stronger and the reveals can be bigger.”

DCEU movies originally seemed to be taking the path of “Grounded in reality.” The Christopher Nolan ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy established a Batman, who existed in a world of rules, without Superman and rules that could not be broken for the most part. Now it would appear that DC for sure isn’t going to continue in that direction. In fact it seems like they plan to do the exact opposite and beyond.

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Upcoming DCEU films

These images reveal just some of the ungrounded reality that awaits the DC Extended Universe. Everything from immortal beings, soul swallowing swords, intergalactic police and even the possibility of greek mythology. That’s right, Greek Mythology! Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman is the daughter of Zeus and Hippolyta who were engaged in combat and ultimately ended up conceiving Diana. Diana was later told she was created from clay to conceal her true identity from Zeus’s wife.

DCEU has also hinted at time travel being a factor in the upcoming ‘Justice League’ movie.

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“You were right about him!”

I personally loved ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ I think it’s refreshing to see a different type of superhero film. Especially after recently seeing ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ which I enjoyed, but felt it wasn’t much different from any other “Avenger” based film. Both franchises appear to have their place in cinema. I believe that both will benefit from each other by keeping one cinematic style or the other from getting played out. I’m definitely interested to see just how far over the top DCEU will take these stories, considering they’ve tried to take the darker more level approach to their universe.

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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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Todd Phillips Says His ‘Joker’ Film Is Going To Make Fans Mad

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“We constantly thought, ‘God, imagine if Joaquin actually does this.”

Director Todd Phillips’ ‘Joker’ film, starring Joaquin Phoenix, is finally starting to take shape… Or is it? Fans have been trying to piece together what we can expect from this live action origin story about the “Clown Prince of Gotham.” The trailer that dropped a couple months ago, gave us some insight as to the tone of the upcoming DC film. But, in a recent interview with Empire, Phillips told us that we can forget trying to find a comic comparison to his film:

“We didn’t follow anything from the comic books, which people are gonna be mad about. We just wrote our own version of where a guy like Joker might come from. That’s what was interesting to me. We’re not even doing Joker, but the story of becoming Joker. It’s about this man.”

Phillips is already preparing for fan backlash due to the lack of continuity with the DC Comic Universe. The fortunate thing for the Director, is that there has never been a definitive back story for Gotham’s most feared villain. The closest story comes via a 1988 one shot comic titled, ‘Batman: The Killing Joke.’

The man who will become the Joker is an unnamed engineer who quits his job at a chemical company to become a stand-up comedian, only to fail miserably. Desperate to support his pregnant wife Jeannie, he agrees to guide two criminals through the chemical plant where he previously worked so that they can rob the playing card company next to it. During the planning, the police inform him that his wife has died in a household accident. Grief-stricken, the engineer tries to withdraw from the plan, but the criminals strong-arm him into keeping his commitment to them.

At the plant, the criminals make him don a special mask to become the infamous Red Hood. As previously told to the engineer by the criminals, they use this disguise to implicate any accomplice as the mastermind and to divert attention away from themselves. Once inside, they encounter security personnel, a shootout ensues, and the two criminals are killed. The engineer is confronted by Batman, who is investigating the disturbance.

Terrified, the engineer jumps into the chemical plant’s waste pound lock to escape Batman and is swept through a pipe leading to the outside. Once outside, he discovers to his horror that the chemicals have permanently bleached his skin chalk-white, stained his lips ruby-red and dyed his hair bright green. The engineer’s disfigurement, compounded with the loss of his family, drives him completely insane and marks the birth of the Joker. -Wikipedia 

Based on the recent trailer, it appears Phillips will use the “Failed stand up comedian” approach, but not much after that. Only time will tell how Joker’ will turn out. But, one could only imagine, there must be a high level of confidence in this relatively low budget project, knowing how scrutinizing fans can be about their beloved comic characters. Phillips wrote this film with Joaquin Phoenix in mind from the start:

“I think he’s the greatest actor,” the director said. “We had a photo of him above our computer while we were writing. We constantly thought, ‘God, imagine if Joaquin actually does this.”

JOKER: In theaters October 4, 2019

 

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COMING SOON: ‘Joker’ Teaser Trailer Drops Tomorrow

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CHECK BACK TOMORROW FOR ‘JOKER’ TEASER TRAILER!!

Joker is an upcoming American crime film distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and based on the DC Comics character Joker. It is intended to be the first film in a series of DC-based films separate from the shared DC Extended Universe. -Wikipedia

October 4, 2019


TRAILER DROPS TOMORROW

 

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