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WTF Happened to Suicide Squad (2016)?

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WTF Happened to Suicide Squad (2016)?
August 6, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

WTF Happened To This Movie? – The JoBlo series that looks at troubled productions, curious creative decisions, box-office failures, surprising successes, and cult favorites!

As the DC Extended Universe was just starting to try and reproduce Marvel’s monumental box office success, SUICIDE SQUAD (2016) was chosen to immediately follow the world-building of Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. David Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch) would put this ragtag team of DC Comics supervillains into action, but the studio’s disappointment in Batman v Superman and competing creative priorities ultimately made a mess of the end result.

With the release of Zack Snyder’s radically different, expanded cut of Justice League, many DC fans have been clamoring for the release of Ayer’s original, much darker cut of the film, with #ReleaseTheAyerCut gaining momentum on Twitter, with stars of both the original film and James Gunn’s well-received sequel, The Suicide Squad, joining the chorus. But what would the new cut be like? Spend some time with the bad guys and find out that and more on “WTF Happened to SUICIDE SQUAD!”

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Suicide Squad: David Ayer blasts the theatrical cut

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Suicide Squad: David Ayer blasts the theatrical cut
July 29, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

With the overwhelmingly positive reviews for James Gunn’s The SUICIDE SQUAD rolling in, fans can’t help but look back at the first Suicide Squad film from David Ayer. Although the 2016 film was a box-office success, critics weren’t overly kind to the super-villain team-up, but it’s no secret that the theatrical cut of the film was far from the vision David Ayer had intended.

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David Ayer took to Twitter to respond to someone who said that he should give up on the idea of a Suicide Squad director’s cut by reaffirming that while he “put his life into Suicide Squad,” the version pretty much everyone has seen is in one way the cut of his movie. “I made something amazing,” Ayer tweeted. “My cut is intricate and emotional journey with some bad people who are shit on and discarded (a theme that resonates in my soul). The studio cut is not my movie. Read that again. And my cut is not the 10 week director’s cut – it’s a fully mature edit by Lee Smith standing on the incredible work by John Gilroy. It’s all Steven Price’s brilliant score, with not a single radio song in the whole thing. It has traditional character arcs, amazing performances, a solid third-act resolution. A handful of people have seen it.” You can check out the whole Tweet below.

My turn… https://t.co/E5uumAwvdp pic.twitter.com/ckr9kzeGFD

— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) July 29, 2021

The Suicide Squad director went on to say that he’s never told his side and the story and never will, but stated that he’s “so proud” of what James Gunn has accomplished with the new film. “I’m rooting for everyone, the cast, the crew,” Ayer wrote. “Every movie is a miracle. And James’ brilliant work will be the miracle of miracles.” Although Warner Bros. have previously stated that they would not be releasing David Ayer’s cut of Suicide Squad, fans haven’t given up hope that it might see the light of day. I remain doubtful, but with the successful release of the Snyder Cut of Justice League, anything is possible.

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The official synopsis for The Suicide Squad:

Welcome to hell — a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

The Suicide Squad will hit theaters on August 5, 2021 and start streaming on HBO Max the following day. You can check out a review from our own JimmyO right here.

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Batgirl: J.K. Simmons in talks to return as Commissioner Gordon

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Batgirl: J.K. Simmons in talks to return as Commissioner Gordon
July 29, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

Here’s a piece of news I don’t think many of us were expecting, but it looks like none other than J.K. Simmons is returning to the DCEU as Commissioner Gordon in HBO Max’s upcoming BATGIRL movie. The film, which is to be directed by Bad Boys for Life filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, just recently signed In the Heights star Leslie Grace for the title role. Of course, Simmons’s deal isn’t done yet, but for those of us trying to make heads or tails of what’s going on in the DCEU, the prospect is enticing. 

Many of us assumed Grace would be playing a Batgirl related to Matt Reeves’s upcoming The Batman, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Indeed, it looks like this Batgirl will be set in the same timeline as the Zack Snyder films, the upcoming version of The Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and more. 

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While fans may be a little confused, I think this is excellent news. Simmons never really got to show what he was capable of in the role, and given that Grace will be playing his daughter, Barbara Gordon, this will likely give him way more to do than he did in Justice League. My hope, of course, is that enough of these DCEU movies do well enough that the powers that be realize the Snyderverse does indeed have come commercial value left in it, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll get that Knightmare movie or show Snyder was teasing us with at the conclusion of Justice League.

Are you excited to see Simmons back as Commissioner Gordon?

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Birds of Prey – The UnPopular Opinion

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Birds of Prey – The UnPopular Opinion
July 1, 2021 by: Alex Maidy

THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We’re hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!

****SOME SPOILERS ENSUE****

The DCEU is a curious undertaking. Originally built to expand on the tone and style of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy via Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and subsequent films, it has since differentiated from trying to mimic the success of Marvel Studios’ cinematic universe by allowing filmmakers to visualize a wide range of genres and themes. Taking a cue from David Ayer’s Suicide Squad and building around the success of Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn, BIRDS OF PREY was meant to be a female-centric, R-rated comic book movie, unlike anything we had seen before. But, despite generally positive reviews, Birds of Prey tanked at the pre-pandemic box office. Whether it be the more comedic tone, the non-superhero look at DC Comics lore or the female-led cast of characters, Birds of Prey had to be remarketed as a Harley Quinn solo film when it truly is a team movie featuring the titular squad of heroines. While a vocal minority online decried the film, I feel that it is easily the best DCEU film released to date.

Birds of Prey first hit everyone’s radar when rumors of a Gotham City Sirens film began making the rounds. With Margot Robbie stealing the show as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, her solo endeavor blended with that female-led team film to become Cathy Yan’s 2020 movie. As much as Joker was a risk for Warner Bros in pursuing a mature R-rated comic book movie, Birds of Prey was even more of a risk. By following the raunchy humor that made Deadpool such a hit, Birds of Prey was also a movie sans any marquee superheroes. Unlike the HBO Max animated series Harley Quinn, which features Joker, Batman, Robin, and tons of other top tier DC characters, Birds of Prey has some passing references to recognizable characters and instead focuses on Huntress, Black Canary, Renee Montoya, Black Mask, Victor Zsaz and Cassandra Cain. Those familiar with DC comics or even the various Arrowverse TV shows may recognize these names, but big-screen audiences likely had not.

The best thing about Birds of Prey is that these characters are not as well known as the core Justice League team. They also all have unique origin stories that pull from comic book lore but ultimately are rooted in nothing we have seen before. Cassandra Cain, best known as one of many Batgirls, is here played by Ella Jay Basco as an orphaned pickpocket who befriends Harley. Renee Montoya, played perfectly by Rosie Perez, is the closest to her comic book counterpart but gets to shine in a way she rarely has on-screen before. Jurnee Smollett is wonderful as Dinah Lance while Mary Elizabeth Winstead is a grittier and more realistic take on Helena Bertinelli/Huntress. I use the phrase realistic loosely as this movie plays fast and loose with what one would consider reality but does so in the service of making a fun movie.

Everything about this film upends what the DCEU had done before it. Gotham City is bright and seen from a rare sunlit vantage, The on-screen graphics mimic Suicide Squad but employ more animation and vulgar humor and the violence is far more bloody and over the top than anything even in the Snyder Cut of Justice League. This is a movie that turns violence into humor while also balancing on the precipice between turning villains into anti-heroes or even downright heroes. Where Todd Phillips’ Joker made people root for the bad guy, Harley Quinn is played here firmly as a villain but one who has a moral compass. While that morality is not ironclad, it is because of Margot Robbie’s full investment in playing her role as more than just Joker’s Girlfriend that we care about the stakes in the story. In Birds of Prey, since all of the characters are morally ambiguous, some look like heroes compared to one another despite the fact they are all still villains.

Even within a cast of villains, the true antagonists shine here. Ewan McGregor, improving every project he is involved with, plays Roman Sionis with such abandon that he is more interesting than the black mask he dons in the film. McGregor plays Sionis very similarly to his recent role in Netflix’s Halston: he is a vain and rich man who wants to be recognized and loved while pursuing power. A complete narcissist, McGregor chews every scene he is in. Joined by Chris Messina as a slimy and dastardly Victor Zsasz, the pair are some of the better villains in DCEU history. Neither makes it out of the film alive, but they exit the movie with one hell of a flourish. While not superbeings like Darkseid, Ares, or Doomsday, Birds of Prey managed to give us two human villains who are every bit as dangerous as galactic or omnipotent threats.

There is also a heart to this story. While everything is over the top and batshit crazy, Birds of Prey still allows you to care for each individual origin story and subplot. From minor characters and acquaintances, every scene in this movie feels genuine. Often, studio movies feel like too many executives had input, a move that hurt the DCEU efforts from Zack Snyder, David Ayer, and even Patty Jenkins. Birds of Prey is an excellent example of the original and refreshing work that is often kept out of mainstream tentpoles. The failure of this movie at the box office is less a creative failure as much as poor timing and bad marketing.

With a soundtrack of catchy covers and new songs from multiple genres and a propulsive score by Daniel Pemberton, Birds of Prey channels the spirit of what James Gunn did with Guardians of the Galaxy. it is fitting that Gunn and Robbie were reunited on this summer’s Suicide Squad as the anarchic tone of this movie fits his sensibility. In only her second feature film, director Cathy Yan takes the bonkers and insane mind of Harley Quinn and delivered what Todd Phillips never could: a worthy Joker movie. It is just amazing that she managed to do it without the Joker himself. Birds of Prey is more than a DC movie or even a comic book film, it is what Marvel Studios has been doing for a decade: it is a twist on what we have come to expect while still maintaining the tried and true formula of why we love superheroes.

But hey, that’s just my UnPopular Opinion. Tell us your take on Birds of Prey in the comments below.

 

Oh, and if you have any suggestions for The UnPopular Opinion I’m always happy to hear them. You can send along an email to [email protected] or spell it out in the comments below. Provide me with as many movie suggestions as you like, with any reasoning you’d care to share, and if I agree then you may one day see it featured in this very column!

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Zack Snyder says Warner Bros. radio silent after Snyder Cut release

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Zack Snyder says Warner Bros. radio silent after Snyder Cut release
June 13, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Zack Snyder had a year of redemption this year after the positive reception of both Zack Snyder’s Justice League and Army of the Dead. The former was a long time coming and after its launch on HBO Max, it was met with enthusiastic responses from fans and it was reportedly successful for the streamer. You would think some kind of congratulations would be in order from Warner Bros. but Zack Snyder says he has heard nothing from the studio since the film was released.

Zack Snyder discussed the situation during a recent interview with Tyrone Magnus on YouTube. The director was asked if he’d heard anything else from Warner Bros. about the Snyder Cut, specifically any additional opportunities to do more work for them, and not necessarily just continuing his DC universe. Here is what Snyder had to say:

“Well, um…no. I haven’t heard from them at all! After I released the movie, I haven’t gotten a phone call. It’s been radio silence. I don’t…the only communication was [Warner Bros. CEO] Ann [Sarnoff]’s article after the movie was released, but that wasn’t directly to me, that was to the people. So I don’t know. As far as I’m concerned, let’s see what happens with Discovery, and that’s cool. Who knows? All I know is that as of yesterday, Justice League was #1 in the UK again, so…”

Ann Sarnoff did address the release of the Snyder Cut during a March 2021 interview. She expressed that the studio was “happy” that they had HBO Max as a platform to allow Snyder the opportunity to “complete his vision in a four-hour movie, which is impossible to do in theaters.” Despite saying she was happy that the director could complete his vision, she was quick to say there were no plans for Snyder to #RestoreTheSnyderVerse because the studio wanted to focus on the future and expanding the DCEU. At the time Sarnoff said “I appreciate that they love Zack’s work and we are very thankful for his many contributions to DC. We’re just so happy that he could bring his cut of the Justice League to life because that wasn’t in the plan until about a year ago. With that comes the completion of his trilogy. We’re very happy we’ve done this, but we’re very excited about the plans we have for all the multi-dimensional DC characters that are being developed right now.”

I guess the lack of communication from Warner Bros. shows there is still some kind of tension between the studio and Zack Snyder. The director hasn’t been shy about discussing his issues with the studio, particularly when it came to Justice League, and it seems like Warner Bros. just wanted to get the Snyder Cut out to quiet down the fan pressure and appease Zack Snyder on some level. After that, it appears their decision is to merely distance themselves from it.

What are YOUR thoughts on Warner Bros. not contacting Zack Snyder after the release of the Snyder Cut?

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League Sequels: The Movie That Almost Was

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League Sequels: The Movie That Almost Was
May 18, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

In the lead-up to Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead hitting Netflix later this week, the director’s been openly describing his continuing, fraught relationship with Warner Bros. With WarnerMedia now being under a new owner, could #RestoreTheSnyderverse still one day become a reality, or is the relationship between Snyder and WB too damaged? Whatever the case, join us as we take a look at what the proposed Justice League sequels would have been! Restore the Snyderverse!
 

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Gal Gadot confirms Joss Whedon threatened her career

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Gal Gadot confirms Joss Whedon threatened her career
May 10, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Gal Gadot has finally confirmed reports that director Joss Whedon threatened her career during reshoots on JUSTICE LEAGUE. The reports were anonymous via an expose from “The Hollywood Reporter” but, in a new interview with Israeli news outlet N12, the actress is confirming those reports herself.

In a “Hollywood Reporter” story released back in April, the alleged mistreatment of Justice League actor Ray Fisher was the focus of the piece. To support his claims, various sources were interviewed for the story but some remained anonymous. One of them mentioned as a “knowledgeable source” said Gadot clashed with Whedon and in response, the director threatened to damage Gadot’s career and he also made disparaging remarks about Wonder Woman director, Patty Jenkins. Gadot confirms this part of the story by saying “He kind of threatened my career and said if I did something, he would make my career miserable and I just took care of it instead.”

The biggest cash between the two came when Whedon pushed Gadot to record lines that she didn’t like, which made him make the threats along with trashing Jenkins. In the story, it states “A witness on the production who later spoke to investigators says that after one clash, ‘Joss was bragging that he’s had it out with Gal.’ ‘He told her he’s the writer and that she’s going to shut up and say the lines and he can make her look incredibly stupid in this movie.”

Previously, neither Whedon nor Gadot confirmed the source’s story to “The Hollywood Reporter.” While Whedon has still remained silent as all of these claims have emerged against him, this is the first time that Gadot confirmed the validity of the claims in the “Hollywood Reporter” article. Before the expose was released, the only comments Gadot made on the matter was “I had my issues with Whedon and Warner Bros. handled it in a timely manner.” 

Back in December, Gadot told the “Los Angeles Times” that “I wasn’t there with the guys when they shot with Joss Whedon, I had my own experience with him, which wasn’t the best one, but I took care of it there and when it happened. I took it to the higher-ups and they took care of it. But I’m happy for Ray to go up and say his truth.” Gadot seems to be referencing that she wasn’t around when shooting with Whedon became problematic for Fisher and the rest of the cast and crew but she did have her own interaction with him that was unpleasant. We now know that interaction was Whedon threatening her career if she didn’t do what he wanted her to do.

Joss Whedon was brought in to finish Justice League after Zack Snyder left the project due to a family tragedy. According to “The Hollywood Reporter” piece, Gadot had multiple concerns with Whedon’s version of the film, including “issues about her character being more aggressive than her character in Wonder Woman. She wanted to make the character flow from one movie to the next.” At this point, Gadot had created a solid working relationship with director Patty Jenkins and they both crafted what the character was meant to be in her solo film. It’s clear that this vision didn’t match Whedon’s and that led to an uncomfortable moment between the director and Gadot.

I honestly think that Gal Gadot has been pretty professional throughout this entire ordeal. She could trash Whedon more thoroughly but she has been careful to express what he did without going into extensive detail. What she has said is enough to get what she went through working with Whedon and it makes it clear that he obviously was going through an absurd power trip that went much too far.

What are YOUR thoughts on Gal Gadot confirming that Joss Whedon threatened her career during Justice League reshoots?

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Army of the Dead: Zack Snyder on his Netflix zombie action movie

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Army of the Dead: Zack Snyder on his Netflix zombie action movie
April 20, 2021 by: Paul Shirey

It’s hard to believe there was a time when we were traversing the globe and visiting movie sets, interviewing talent and entering buildings without masks, but let’s take a trip back in time and remember what that was like. To be specific, let’s jump back to October 2nd, 2019 and touch down on the East Coast, making our way to the oceanside resort known as Atlantic City, New Jersey. Casinos, gambling, nightclubs, boardwalks and…zombies?

Holed up among the high-rise buildings and right on the edge of the beach sits the New Orleans-themed Showboat Hotel, which was not only a relatively inexpensive getaway for tourists, but was doubling as a movie set for director Zack Snyder’s first new feature since his initial run on Warner Bros. Justice League before it was hijacked, recut and dumped in theaters.

Dealing with family tragedy and the wound of losing the fight in his vision for the superhero team-up, Snyder found solace in a familiar place; the place where his feature-filmmaking journey began: Zombies. Snyder, along with Shay Hatten and Joby Harold, concocted the post zombie-apocalyptic heist actioner, ARMY OF THE DEAD, which brings together a diverse ensemble cast to do exactly what the title implies; fight zombies.

Much has changed since October 2nd, 2019, including a real-life pandemic that’s changed the world over and, for Snyder, a redemption of sorts for his troubled experience on Justice League. Within a year of this set visit, Snyder was given the opportunity to complete the film he set out to make for the DCEU, and just a month ago saw its release on HBO Max. I don’t know if that shows how fast time flies or how time drags, but one thing is certain; Zack is back.

For my part, visiting the set was worthwhile just to speak to the man himself. Snyder had gone dark since Justice League was released initially and no one had really spoken to him outside of a Snydercon event that took place at the director’s alma mater, The Art Center College of Design. Even there he was mum on specific details about the Justice League fall out, as well as what he may get up to next. But, the cat’s now out of the bag and it’s a giant zombified tiger at that. While we’ve all now seen Zack’s vision for Justice League, at that point in time it wasn’t a done deal, let alone an announced project or even a fathomable possibility. So, in meeting with Snyder, we were kind of nabbing a moment to see what was really going on with the reclusive filmmaker.

Paul Shirey on the set of Army of the Dead in Atlantic City, NJ, October 2nd, 2019 – photography by Clay Enos

After a day of wandering the mock casino floor of The Showboat, which looked like a warzone, scattered with cards, chips, dust, debris, bullet shells, bodies and blood, we made our way to lunch, which was in a makeshift tent. After filling our plates and settling in, wondering what the rest of the day had in store for us, we were greeted nonchalantly by a man sitting down amongst us, wearing a tattered white t-shirt, set badge dangling around his neck, a plate full of greens and a chiseled, gruff face. This is Zack Snyder.

The visionary voice behind some of the biggest, boldest, darkest and destructive franchise films of the last sixteen years, often ahead of their time, underappreciated, loathed, loved, worshipped, hated and picked apart time and again. From Dawn of the Dead to 300 to Watchmen to Suckerpunch to Man of Steel to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, (the real) Justice League and now Army of the Dead, Snyder has delivered some of the most amazing and viscerally-thrilling works that always seem to rub some folks the wrong way, while filling others with exactly what they need. Perhaps that’s the mark of a true artist…

What surprised me most about Zack (and his wife and longtime producing partner Debbie Snyder) was the down-to-Earth earnestness he exudes, which is something that speaks to his films as well. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they are absolutely the work of one man’s vision and Snyder speaks in that exact voice; calm, affable, passionate and conflicted. While we witnessed Zack at work on set, calling the shots, laughing, directing and even, at one point, firing off blanks from an M4 as an example of what he wants to his cast/crew, this was our moment to finally hear the man out and we were all ears. Well, in between bites of lunch.

Because I know the Snyder fans out there want to hear as much as they can, here’s the entirety of our lunch conversation, which plays even better when you consider how things would play out within the next few years after it was conducted.

Q: What did it mean to find a place you could shoot at?

ZACK: It was super hard. You can imagine that Vegas isn’t shutting down their entire floor for a studio. Here at the Showboat it’s so hard to shut the power off. Casinos aren’t designed to have the lights switched off. Literally, they didn’t know where the switches were. It was crazy. I was like, ‘Can you guys shut the lights off?’ and they were like, ‘What?’ The lights hadn’t been off for 20 years. You can imagine that in a bigger casino that has people in it that, that would’ve been problematic. But, anyway, it’s worked out really great. And it’s kinda fun being in Atlantic City.

Q: You weren’t originally at Showboat, right? You were at Atlantic? Is this a better venue, or?

ZACK: We were still shooting a bunch over there, but with the casino floor itself had a lot of construction going on and it ended up not having the length and breadth that we had here. It needs a big scale, so it’s worked out. It’s funny that the two casinos happen to be kinda close to each other. The Trump was also a possibility, but it didn’t work out.

Q: It’s been 15 years since Dawn of the Dead. Has it been fun to return to the zombie genre?

ZACK: It’s been, well, when we did Dawn it was slightly genre-busting movie in that I was a fan of the original and so didn’t want to remake the movie exactly, but certainly wanted to hit the tropes and all the sort of different aspects of a zombie movie that make it fun and or scary and or, y’know, social commentary-whatever you want to say about the genre. Those were all things that I was super into. But, the movie itself, I wanted to be careful not to destroy the original movie-not destroy, but y’know when you remake something exactly there can be some confusion later about where the ideas come from and how they’re formed and stuff like that. So, I was trying as best I could to homage the movie, y’know. It was more like reference to the original than it was a straight remake, which I find kind of a fun area to be in. And, with this movie it’s a full genre exploration, whether it be like-the movie really was inspired by movies like Escape From New York, or Aliens-Cameron’s Aliens, Robocop-y’know, that world. It’s very much a genre deconstruction in the sense that I love all the tropes, so I’m constantly trying to subvert the tropes by having them not finish as they would. So, you give them a ‘this is what would normally happen’ until you get all the energy moving in the direction of what the trope and how the trope works in the genre and then you have to, at the last second, subvert it, so that it does something else and kind of links up with another one. So, in that way I think the movie has been slightly complicated in the rendering of that tone, that idea. It’s been really fun and rewarding and really cool.

Y’know, we have the different kind of zombie types in the movie. Even in the very first conceptualizing of the movie there was gonna be these sort of evolved zombies. I thought it would be cool if there was a way to have a little bit of sympathy for the bad guy, if you will. It’s always cool when the monster-when you feel a little bit conflicted about what’s happening to the monster, right? But, that’s really hard with a straight shambler, normal zombies-it’s hard to have sympathy. In a weird way, even the guys who kill them seem like they’re doing them a favor a little bit. And, so I thought, if we were able to create this other class of zombie that was semi-conscious…we treat them kind of like wolves, like a dog. Not necessarily fully realized where they talk or anything, but they can organize. Zeus, y’know, he rides a horse (laughter) He has a staff and he’s probably the smartest of all of them. Whether he has hopes or dreams, I’m not sure (laughter). Our humans are like-they give zero fucks about his world. It’s kind of a fun relationship between him and the team. That was a fun thing to think about. Because the film, at its heart, is the relationship between Dave [Bautista] and his daughter, trying to mend their relationship throughout the course of the movie. She shouldn’t have been on the mission but she kinda tricked him into it. So, there’s this really small relationship movie about a father who abandoned his child and is trying to make it right. On top of that is pure genre mayhem insanity.

Q: And you went to the digital side…

ZACK: I did indeed.

Q: What’s that been like? How has it changed production?

ZACK: It’s been awesome, I can say that. Jared at Red Camera about two years ago gave me one of his monstros cameras to mess around with. So, I’ve been shooting with it for quite a while. And, when the movie came up, I talked to him and told him I wanted to shoot it in these crazy, low-light scenarios and would that be a thing that you-and the camera you gave me and the experiments I’ve done with it are really-it’s kind of the right tool. And also, I just felt like if I was gonna shoot the movie myself, I wanted a manageable tool. I mean, look, I was a cameraman for commercials for ten years and I shot exclusively on film and never even close to this. But, I will say that the sort of organic nature of the photography and the way I approached it has been a really fun photographic journey, I guess you could say. I haven’t felt nostalgic and remorseful over my lack of motion picture film, though I’m still a huge advocate of that format.

Q: Do you find it more efficient?

ZACK: It’s more efficient. It’s just different, y’know? A sort of different palate. We were shooting-the whole movie is wide open and don’t ever stop to put on a lens. We just shot the shit out of everything. When we shoot outside it’s all wide open all the time. So, the guys are like “yikes”. But, my camera assistants have done an amazing job. The movie’s way more in focus than I thought it was gonna be.

*proceeds to show images from the phone*

ZACK: I like operating [the camera]. [Inaudible] has done every movie since Watchmen with me and he’s the A camera operator and I’m the B camera operator. It’s been fun to shoot.

Q: You’re coming off a decade of more doing big superhero films and now you’re back doing a zombie genre pic. What does it mean to you coming from that to this now?

ZACK: Yeah, it’s fun. Y’know, we were talking about the process of making a big, giant superhero movie and then your relationship to the photographic process, even the actors and the way the camera’s working. It grows-You grow further and further away from it. Even though, I’d still draw the drawings and draw the shots, but they’re getting made further away. And that’s kind of true of all aspects of the movie. And I think for this, for me, it’s just 100 percent an organic experience where I can take hold of it as a filmmaking process, as a writing process, photographically, as a director, all the things…I find it-it’s a joy to get up and work on. There’s no real politics, there’s no real anything, just make the movie as cool as you can, that’s it. In that way, it’s super refreshing; inspiring.

Q: Deb was saying Netflix has giving you way more freedom to just make your movie…

ZACK: Yeah, collaborative, supportive. There’s been no, like-not to say that they just don’t care…they’re incredibly passionate about it, out of their minds as far as the dailies and way we’re approaching the movie. They’re not asking me…well, let’s put it this way: They’re very comfortable with the movie that I proposed to them and that’s a cool and great experience. It’s been an amazing relationship thus far.

Q: We still haven’t seen the version of Justice League that you intended…

ZACK: Sure.

Q: What’s your thoughts on that? Is there a point where you want people to focus more on what you’re doing now or what you’re going to do?

ZACK: Look, this is how I feel about it; of course I want everyone like, ‘look, I made this movie, let’s talk about it, that’s what I want, yes, there’s this new thing I made’. Hundred percent, I feel that way. But, I will say that I don’t really separate-the work to me is sort of a singular thing and sort of the process is a singular thing. Is there a relationship between this movie and my other films? Of course there is. And like, in the filmography is there a hole? Yeah, there is. That’s just a fact. And so, to have a conversation that fans and/or people who are interested in cinema and stuff be interested in what that is? I don’t know that there’s a time limit on that sort of interest. I sort of see them as two different things. I kind of feel like anyone who’s interested in that movie-whatever that movie was supposed to be and then what I’m doing now. Those things aren’t mutually exclusive. I’m pretty sure that someone who’s interested in that will go see this movie. I don’t think there’s a lot of people who are like, ‘No, no, I just want to know about Justice League and that’s it and I don’t care about what else he does.’ I don’t think that’s a thing.

So, I guess for me, I find that the people who are supportive of that aspect of whatever Justice League they’re interested in and the movie we’re making now, I feel like the relationship is only that, I made a movie and now I‘m making another movie. And so, someone that’s a fan of that, there’s a lot in this movie that they can get into and think is cool, but I don’t think it diminishes and is not meant to diminish their interest in- -Let’s put it this way, I think a lot of people in fandom have sacrificed a lot as far as maintaining their interest in that movie and I don’t want to like, not honor the commitment that people have to that and the interest they have in that, because I find it, just personally as a filmmaker and as an artist, whatever, like, incredibly cool and it makes me happy that there’s that much caring about a thing that they don’t even know what it is. So, I find that really awesome. Do I want to drag those people forward with me into the future? Of course. I definitely don’t want anyone to get this impression that I’m saying like, ‘Move on, forget about it!’ Because I think that dishonors the work that so many people have done in fandom and there’s a lot of money that’s been raised and a lot of strong relationships that have been forged out of this, whatever that is, that struggle and I don’t want to dishonor it-

DEB SNYDER: And it’s been super amazing to me how a movement which could be seen as ‘oh, we want this thing’ could create so much awareness for suicide prevention and so much money. It’s super humbling and it’s been really touching to us.

ZACK: Incredible, yeah, yeah.

DEB SNYDER: I think that fans are not only showing support for Zack’s art, but something very personal to us. It’s meant a lot to us.

Q: Do you have hope that they’ll get what they want?

ZACK: Look, as far as I know, it is what it is, but that doesn’t mean by any stretch of the imagination that it’s a completely dead subject. Every now and then something will come out or some piece of information will be shared and there’s an evolution. The truth is, y’know-I have faith in the sort of universe-it will be what it will be-so, if that were ever to happen, that’s great. But, I’m here now and shooting this and happy to do it.

Q: But, you feel the fans, right?

ZACK: A hundred percent. A hundred percent. Y’know, it has a pop culture aspect to it that I find interesting as well. This sort of Snyder Cut concept has become like a-

Q: Rob Liefeld just published a comic that has “Release The Snyder Cut” said by one of the characters…

ZACK: This is what I’m talking about.

Q: At NYCC they have a billboard in times square…

ZACK: Like I say, I can’t not say that’s awesome. You just can’t.

Q: You ever thought about just calling Ryan Reynolds and asking him to leak the film?

ZACK: (laughing) Ryan’s a good guy probably to do it.

Q: It’s Ryan that did it. He’ll take the bullet for it.

ZACK: What are ya gonna do? What’s anyone gonna do to Ryan? He doesn’t care! (laughter) Zero fucks given (laughter). Good idea.

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Ah, if only we could have time traveled from now to back then. Could you imagine the look on Zack’s face if ‘future me’ could show him his own cut of Justice League from two years later? Army of the Dead blasts its way onto Netflix on May 21st, 2021.

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The Flash: Ray Fisher suggests Cyborg could still appear in the film

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The Flash: Ray Fisher suggests Cyborg could still appear in the film
April 12, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

At one point, Ray Fisher was slated to reprise his role of Cyborg in THE FLASH, but after the unpleasantness surrounding the Justice League reshoots and the subsequent investigation, it was said that Cyborg was being written out of the film. Fisher had said that he would “not participate in any production associated” with DC Films president Walter Hamada, and as Hamada remains the head of the studio, it seemed likely that Fisher’s time with the DC Universe had come to an end. Fisher responded by saying that he hadn’t publicly stepped down from anything, and if WarnerMedia chose to remove Cyborg from The Flash rather than recasting the role, it was only because the studio was trying to “avoid public backlash.” That may have been the end of it, but it seems that Fisher hasn’t entirely ruled out an appearance in the film if things are resolved.

RELATED: The Flash: Ron Livingston will replace Billy Crudup as Henry Allen

While speaking with Empire, Ray Fisher said that he’s spoken with The Flash director Andy Muschietti and that they see eye-to-eye when it comes to superhero stories. The actor also suggested that there’s still a possibility he could appear in the film. “Andy seems to have his head on straight and understood these characters by making it about the relationship more than just a display of superpowers,” Fisher explained. “We were on the same page about that, and it’ll be a bummer if there is no way to resolve the issue.” As production is expected to kick off fairly soon, I’m not about to hold my breath that anything will be resolved. Fisher also further discussed his experience with Justice League during the much-publicized reshoots, saying that a little communication would have helped quite a bit.

Transparency would have gone a long way; if they had said to us, ‘Hey, we don’t like Zack’s movie, we want to shift gears completely and we need you guys to buckle down.’ But they were trying to hold on to this narrative of doing it for Zack and maintaining his vision, all the while completely not doing that.

RELATED: The Flash: Michael Keaton may not be ready to return as Batman

While Ray Fisher had felt welcome to collaborate and voice his opinions with director Zack Snyder and writer Chris Terrio, that same openness wasn’t welcome on Joss Whedon’s set. “Unfortunately, gaslighting occurred by asking for input but, ultimately, biting people’s heads off when you gave it,” Fisher said. The Flash is currently slated for a November 4, 2022 release

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Justice League’s Chris Terrio criticizes lack of DC Universe planning

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Justice League’s Chris Terrio criticizes lack of DC Universe planning
April 9, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

When Warner Bros. started to get the ball rolling on their DC Universe, Marvel was already in the midst of the second phase of their Marvel Cinematic Universe, so Warner Bros. obviously had a lot of catching up to do in a short amount of time, so it didn’t take long for the studio to announce a full slate of DC films. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that there was enough planning done behind-the-scenes with how these films would connect together.

RELATED: Justice League writer calls the Whedon Cut an “act of vandalism”

While speaking with Vanity Fair, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and JUSTICE LEAGUE screenwriter Chris Terrio said that he was in the dark a lot of the time as it seemed like Warner Bros. considered hitting a release date to be more important.

I was not consulted on the order of the films, even though I was the person writing Justice League. They just determined that it was going to be Batman/Superman, and then Wonder Woman, then Justice League, and then Aquaman. So there was never any thought to how the world was constructed before they issued this edict. They said, “Conform to this schedule.”

RELATED: Ray Fisher opens up about Justice League, Joss Whedon in new interview

This lack of planning definitely complicated things for Chris Terrio, as much of the foundation for the DC Universe wasn’t in place when he was writing the script. “The Wonder Woman script wasn’t even finished when I wrote Justice League,” Terrio explained. “So I had no basis to write Wonder Woman other than Batman/Superman. Themyscira didn’t even exist. I was never shown anything on the page for it. I didn’t know whether people could talk underwater. That was a thing that I had to ask, because I didn’t know if I could do underwater scenes with Aquaman and Atlanteans. It was all just from scratch because there had been no [solo] character films.” Terrio added that because of the lack of set-up, Justice League needed to establish multiple main characters, resurrect Superman, and create a long game mythology for the franchise. “I just don’t know how you could do all that in under two hours,” Terrio said. “Maybe the 2017 release proved that you couldn’t.” Since Justice League obviously didn’t perform quite as expected, Warner Bros. have slowly started re-configuring their DC Universe and look to be embracing the multiverse more this time around, with several of their upcoming movies taking place in different universes.

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Ray Fisher: New stunning details on Justice League, Joss Whedon, and more

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Ray Fisher: New stunning details on Justice League, Joss Whedon, and more
April 6, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

It seems not a day goes by that we don’t learn new tidbits and reveals surrounding the Joss Whedon cut of JUSTICE LEAGUE. Weeks after Zack Snyder’s restored vision was released to critical and fan acclaim along with a new rallying cry to #RestoreTheSnyderverse, one person is still not content with the outcome of the entire ordeal: Ray Fisher. Despite having his central storyline restored in Snyder’s four-hour epic, the Cyborg actor still wants the world to know just how complicated things got between himself, Whedon, Warner Bros, and studio leadership.

In a massive article published in The Hollywood Reporter, Ray Fisher goes into more detail than ever before about what exactly Warner Bros. failed to do as well as new insights into Joss Whedon’s behavior that impacted not only himself but Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa as well.

Back in June 2020, Fisher unleashed a tweet that labeled Joss Whedon as someone who exhibited “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable” behavior while on the set of Justice League. In time, an investigation into the matter was launched by Warner Bros., though Fisher found the studio’s efforts unacceptable. When pressed for further action, Warner Bros. said “remedial action” was taken. However, the studio has yet to say what those actions were, stating the punishment is not meant for public consumption. In fact, a spokesperson told THR that for privacy and legal reasons, “our policy is to not publicly disclose the findings or the results of an investigation.”

Meanwhile, Katherine Forrest, a former federal judge who conducted the WarnerMedia probe, says that after interviewing 80 witnesses, she found “no credible support for claims of racial animus” or racial “insensitivity.” WarnerMedia then doubled down by saying it “made extraordinary effort to accommodate Mr. Fisher’s concerns about the investigation and to ensure its fullness and fairness” and has “complete confidence in the investigation process and [Forrest’s] conclusions.”

RELATED: Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Final trailer, post DCEU plans & Marvel praise

Fast-forward to THR’s most recent interview with Fisher, where we find the star laying it all on the line.

“I’m not looking to have any witnesses lose their jobs,” says Fisher about why he hasn’t named names.

Fisher then goes on to say that he was devastated to hear about the passing of Zack and Deborah Snyder’s daughter, Autumn, and understood why they would need to exit the Justice League film. What he was not prepared for, however, was how much his contribution to the movie would change under Joss Whedon’s direction. Fisher says that when he met with Whedon at a bar to talk about the changes, Whedon “was tiptoeing around the fact that everything was changing.” As the two parted ways, Fisher was handed a script that all but erased his character from the film. Suddenly, Cyborg’s backstory was omitted, pivotal scenes that gave the character depth were nixed. Some of those scenes ended up being a part of the Snyder Cut, but the erasure was already done for the theatrical version of the film. “It represents that his parents are two genius-level Black people,” Fisher says about the intended vision for the character. “We don’t see that every day.”

Later, during a meeting about the changes, Fisher says that he tried to offer notes about the cuts to Cyborg’s storyline, but all Whedon wanted was praise for his work. “All he was looking for was the fulsome praise,” says Fisher. Not to be deterred, he attempted to raise his concerns. Sadly, Fisher says he barely got a few words out before Whedon cut him off. “It feels like I’m taking notes right now, and I don’t like taking notes from anybody — not even Robert Downey Jr.,” Whedon responded, according to Fisher.

Feeling dejected, Fisher then turned to Geoff Johns but found no support there either. “We can’t make Joss mad,” was Johns’ response, says Fisher. Publicist Howard Bragman, who represents Johns, denies that but says Johns “recalls suggesting that any creative pitches should happen when Joss Whedon was not preoccupied so he would be most receptive.”

Fisher’s latest tell-all also raises concerns about how Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa were treated while making Justice League. According to a source close to the matter, Gal Gadot had major concerns about how her character was being portrayed in the revised version, including “issues about her character being more aggressive than her character in Wonder Woman. She wanted to make the character flow from one movie to the next.”

RELATED: Zack Snyder’s Justice League isn’t official DCEU canon

Perhaps the biggest issue came about when Gadot was forced to record lines she didn’t care for. Not to be challenged, Whedon reportedly threatened to hurt her career by talking with Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins. While Fisher was reluctant to go into too much detail, an investigator on the WarnerMedia case says that after one instance, “Joss was bragging that he’s had it out with Gal. He told her he’s the writer and she’s going to shut up and say the lines and he can make her look incredibly stupid in this movie.” This prompted Gadot and Jenkins to meet with then-Warners chairman Kevin Tsujihara. In commenting on the result of the meeting, Gadot said: “I had my issues with [Whedon] and Warner Bros. handled it in a timely manner.”

With so many working parts to this story, my suggestion is to read THR’s full report here. It contains some truly damning stuff and will paint a clear picture as to why Whedon has all but disappeared from the face of the Earth. In short, the once sought-after filmmaker has turned into box office poison. Since the Justice League saga began, his name has been stripped off projects he helped create (The Nevers), and fans are in some ways ashamed to support his most beloved properties. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

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Zack Snyder describes Warner Bros. “hatred” for Batman v Superman

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Zack Snyder describes Warner Bros. “hatred” for Batman v Superman
March 25, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Zack Snyder is riding high on the success of his Snyder Cut of Justice League which has garnered mostly good reviews from critics and seems to be a big hit with fans. Despite the glowing reaction this time around, Snyder’s DCEU tenure wasn’t always sunshine and roses. Man of Steel received mixed reviews upon release and that response was even more polarizing for BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. Reflecting on his DCEU past, Snyder revealed Warner Bros. true feelings about the film and it turns out they wanted Snyder to distance that film as far away from Justice League.

While speaking to “SFX Magazine” about his newly-released director’s cut of Justice League, Snyder detailed that in the midst of shooting the superhero team-up film, Warner Bros. made their biases against Batman v Superman very clear:

“I feel like the studio had this hatred for Batman v Superman. There was this pressure on me to divorce the movie from Batman v Superman, which I didn’t want to do, and which I didn’t do. Frankly, it’s a trilogy of movies, so it continues the story. The narrative is affected by the things that have gone before it and that way it’s able to realize this world that sets up the Darkseid invasion, for what was planned to be a five-movie arc. It definitely finishes with this version of the film, with our heroes having mended their personal wounds and joined together as a family.”

Batman v Superman did gross $873.6 million at the worldwide box office and was considered a hit from a financial standpoint at the end of the day but the reaction was pretty polarizing. Critics weren’t kind and graced it with a 29% rotten score on Rotten Tomatoes, although the audience score is better at 63%. Warner Bros. either saw the negative reviews and wanted to ignore the film’s existence or internally they had problems with it but Snyder stuck to his guns. He had a five-movie plan that began with Man of Steel and Batman v Superman was a part of that narrative. It wouldn’t have made sense to back away from it, even if the reaction to it wasn’t 100% positive.

Snyder’s fans have come out in support of Batman v Superman over years, especially after the release of the Ultimate Edition which is widely considered a much better cut than the one we all saw in theaters. The fan reaction has really flipped over to the more positive side of things but it’s clear that the initial reaction to the film made Warner Bros. want to step in to avoid the divisive reactions that could face Justice League if Snyder continued on that road. We all know what ultimately happened with Justice League and that is a saga that has gone on to have a life of its own. 

Are YOU surprised by the reaction from Warner Bros. after the release of Batman v Superman?

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The Amazing Spider-Man TV Series (1977) – Gone But Not Forgotten

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The Amazing Spider-Man TV Series (1977) – Gone But Not Forgotten
March 24, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

As far as live-action superheroes go, fans today don't know how good they've got it. With both Zack Snyder's Justice League and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier coming out recently, it's time to look back to a time when many had to make do with much less sophisticated superheroes. In the seventies, big-screen superheroes were MIA. Things were a bit better on the small screen, with shows like Wonder Woman and The Incredible Hulk doing well in the ratings. This led to the creation of this week's Gone But Not Forgotten subject, The Amazing Spider-Man. A decidedly low-tech take on the Marvel superhero, this short-lived series starred the likable Nicholas Hammond (The Sound of Music and recently Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time in Hollywood) as Peter Parker, aka The Amazing Spider-Man. Join us as we examine this campy but often endearing show.

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Awesome Art We’ve Found Around The Net:Hook, Justice League, Predator, Tenet

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Awesome Art We’ve Found Around The Net:Hook, Justice League, Predator, Tenet
March 20, 2021 by: Theodore Bond

Some cliche somewhere said that 'a picture is worth a thousand words.' This has proven to be the case for me and especially when it comes to fan art. I have always sought out great fan art and have wanted to share it with as many people as possible. "Awesome Art We've Found Around The Net" is the outlet for that passion. In this column, I will showcase the kick-ass artwork of some great artists, with the hopes that these artists get the attention they deserve. That's the aim. If you have any questions or comments, or even suggestions of art or other great artists, feel free to contact me at any time at [email protected].

The 'Burbs by Mark Welser

District 9 by Stephen Sampson

Edward Scissorhands by Nicky Barkla

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier by Fuacka

Hook by David Ribet

Justice League by Kamil Bober

Predator by Nathan Anderson

Taxi Driver by Yvette Chua 

Tenet by Neil Davies 

The Towering Inferno by Daryl Joyce

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Hook, Justice League, Predator, Tenet

Hereditary, Parasite, Raging Bull

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Jaws, Mortal Kombat, Terminator

Doom, Star Trek, Top Gun, WandaVision

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League: What Did You Think?

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League: What Did You Think?
March 18, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

I never thought I’d live to see the day, but the Snyder Cut of Justice League isn’t only a reality BUT it’s also currently streaming on HBO Max! As I wrote in my review, I absolutely loved Snyder’s four-hour epic, which is a startling departure from Joss Whedon’s orange and teal tinted abomination. In the end though, what critics think is of little importance, as this movie has always been for the fans who busted their asses to make it a reality. This is your moment to shine, so strike back below with your thoughts – but please keep it respectful. This is a moment to celebrate, let’s not bog it down with nastiness. 

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Exclusive interviews w/ Zack & Deborah Snyder

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Exclusive interviews w/ Zack & Deborah Snyder
March 17, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

So, I’ll admit – I was skeptical about the Snyder Cut of Justice League ever happening. In fact, when it was announced I was still skeptical, especially when I hear that the movie would run an insane four hours long. That in mind, when I finally sat down to watch it my jaw was on the floor throughout. I didn’t just like Zack Snyder’s Justice League – I full on loved it. Yet, it still left me with some questions, namely how did Snyder ever expect to fit all of this into a studio-mandated two hour cut. Luckily, I had the chance to briefly chat with the man himself in the run up to the HBO Max release, and one of the first questions I had was about the running time, on which he quickly set me straight. It turns out, Snyder was never expected to deliver a two hour movie at all. Check out the interview for the full scoop. 

I also had the honor to walk to Deborah Snyder, who’s Zack’s creative partner (and life partner to boot) who gave me the scoop on who approached who about making this cut a reality, and whether or not the on-going pandemic played a part.

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League Review

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League Review
Zack Snyder’s Justice League Review

March 15, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

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PLOT: Following the death of Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) recruit Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa), Victor Stone (Ray Fisher), and Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) to join them as they try to save the world from the forces of Darkseid, led by the fearsome Steppenwolf.

REVIEW: When I visited the set of Justice League, way back in 2016, I had no idea what a rocky road this film was facing. I vividly remember visiting the London soundstage where it was being shot, meeting the cast, and chatting with director Zack Snyder about his epic vision for what DC hoped would be their answer to The Avengers. Little did I know their obsession with making it EXACTLY like The Avengers would lead to Snyder’s eventual dismissal from the project, with Joss Whedon being brought in to finish the film, which eventually came out in the fall of 2017 to terrible reviews and middling box office.

In the years following, rumors started to spread that Snyder had delivered a fully realized, alternate version of the film long before Whedon got involved. One that was so dark it spooked the studio. Thus the myth of the Snyder Cut was born. When HBO Max announced Snyder was going to finish his mythical cut, jaws dropped. Eyebrows were raised even further when Warner Bros revealed they would be ponying up $70 million to finish the film, which would be R-rated and run four hours. The run time was especially stunning, as the finished theatrical version ran under two.

No one was more of a “Doubting Thomas” than me, as I assumed Snyder had originally been aiming for a two-hour movie and we would be getting a crazy bloated rough cut. Watching the Snyder Cut, or as it’s now officially called, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, my jaw was on the floor throughout. This is no bloated extended version. It’s an epic superhero team-up that’s startlingly original, hugely influenced by Jack Kirby’s The New Gods, and somewhat akin to a DC version of Lord of the Rings. The Whedon cut, for what it is, has almost nothing in common with Snyder’s version. Maybe something like forty minutes of what Snyder originally shot ended up in there, but even the stuff that was used has very little resemblance to the original. Take for example Wonder Woman’s first big action scene, where terrorists try to set off a bomb in a bank. In the Whedon version, they crack wise and it’s relatively lighthearted. In the Snyder version, it’s gruesome and intense. Wonder Woman’s reaction to them is appropriately violent – and deadly.

The vast majority of the film is unseen footage, giving the movie an epic scope that’s striking. While the basic plot is similar, being that Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds ) wants to assemble the three mother boxes to pave the way for Darkseid to kill the planet, the two films have very little in common. Steppenwolf’s look has been changed, making him much more of a Lovecraft-looking baddie, with a strong plot that hints at him being an exhausted character desperate to break free from his enslavement to Darkseid.

The league themselves don’t assemble until much later in the film. A full three chapters of the six-chapter film has passed by the time the now assembled Batman, Flash, Wonder Woman and Cyborg meet with J.K Simmons’ Commissioner Gordon on the rooftop. The first half of the film spends a lot of time among the Amazons, with Connie Nielsen’s Hippolyta having a greatly enhanced role.

It makes the whole ordeal much more of a journey for Wonder Woman, with Gal Gadot getting a lot more to do here than she did even in WW84. She’s fully powered and not pre-occupied with Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor this time. The other character who emerges as more fully formed is Ray Fisher’s Cyborg, who, in essence, the whole film hinges on. He was a nothing character in the Whedon cut. Here he’s perhaps the most significant member of the League. Henry Cavil’s Superman, with his black suit, is also a much darker character, and refreshingly free of a CGI superstache. Ezra Miller’s The Flash also gets loads more screentime, with Kiersey Clemons showing up as Iris West in a cool scene, as well as Billy Crudup as his imprisoned dad. Joe Morton, who was barely in the Whedon version as Silas Stone is nearly a lead in this version. Probably the two characters who were left the most intact in the Whedon cut were Ben Affleck as Batman and Jason Momoa as Aquaman – although there are key differences for both. Momoa’s Arthur Curry emerges as a much more serious character, while Affleck’s Batman gets all the new material in the much-hyped Knightmare sequence which ends the film on a HUGE cliffhanger fans will be desperate to see resolved.

All in all, there’s no doubt in my mind that Snyder Cut devotees will be shocked at just how formidable this new version of Justice League is. Everyone else – my advice is this. Don’t think of it as a director’s cut. It’s really not. The Joss Whedon version of Justice League has barely any footage in common with this, beyond a few heavily modified sequences. This is a new movie and should be viewed as such. Hopefully, it’ll lead to more Snyder in the DCEU. It may seem unlikely but the mere existence of this movie proves nothing is off the table.

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Justice League investigator disputes claims of Walter Hamada interference

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Justice League investigator disputes claims of Walter Hamada interference
March 1, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

The JUSTICE LEAGUE investigation drama is still lingering within the industry despite having wrapped some time ago. Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg in the film, is still claiming that DC Films president Walter Hamada attempted to interfere with the investigation but Hamada is getting a bit of support from the team that investigated these matters.

The drama continued over the weekend as Ray Fisher took to Twitter to once again accuse Hamada of interfering with the outside investigation into claims of wrongdoing on the set of the 2017 film. You can check out Fisher’s latest tweet below:

Do ya’ll remember that time Walter Hamada and @wbpictures tried to destroy a Black man’s credibility, and publicly delegitimize a very serious investigation, with lies in the press?

But hey, Black Superman…

A>E

— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) February 27, 2021

A few hours after Fisher posted his tweet, investigator and former federal judge Katherine B. Forrest released her own statement on the matter and they simply contradict Fisher’s claims that Hamada interfered with the investigation at all:

“I am disappointed by continued public statements made suggesting that Walter Hamada in any way interfered with the Justice League investigation. He did not. I interviewed him extensively on more than one occasion and specifically interviewed him concerning his very limited interaction with Mr. Fisher. I found Mr. Hamada credible and forthcoming. I concluded that he did nothing that impeded or interfered with the investigation. To the contrary, the information that he provided was useful and advanced the investigation.”

Once the investigator released her statement Warner Bros. came out in defense of Hamada by saying “Once again there are false statements being made about our executives and our company surrounding the recent Justice League investigation.” If you recall, in later 2020, WarnerMedia accused Fisher of not cooperating with the investigation but it was a claim that Fisher denied.  You can check out the rest of Warner Bros.’ statement below:

“As we have stated before, an extensive and thorough third-party investigation was conducted. Our executives, including Walter Hamada, fully cooperated, no evidence was found of any interference whatsoever, and Warner Bros. did not lie in the press. It’s time to stop saying otherwise and move forward productively.”

Despite the statements of the investigator, Fisher did not back down from the stance he has maintained since all of this started. Fisher believes Hamada did interfere and it appears nothing will convince Fisher that anything else took place:

“As I’ve said from the start: Walter Hamada ATTEMPTED to interfere with the JL investigation. He was unsuccessful in doing so because I did not allow him to.. Having the investigator make a statement claiming there was no interference is purposely misleading and desperate.”

As of this writing, Forrest nor Warner Bros. have responded to Fisher’s latest statement regarding Hamada or the investigation. Just when it seemed like all of this was over, it appears the war is just beginning. Both sides seem adamant about how things went down so it’s hard to determine who to believe but seeing how Fisher has been since this controversy started, I have serious doubts that this will be the end of his campaign to expose their wrongdoings.

What are YOUR thoughts on the latest drama with the Justice League investigation?

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Justice League: Zack Snyder slams critics that call the fan base toxic

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Justice League: Zack Snyder slams critics that call the fan base toxic
February 4, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

There is no doubt that fandom can be toxic at times and one could accuse several fanbases of stepping into that toxicity more than others. The road to Zack Snyder’s JUSTICE LEAGUE finally arriving on HBO Max next month began when fans rallied for Snyder’s proper of the cut of the film to see the light of day after the 2017 film, which was reworked by director Joss Whedon when Snyder had to depart for personal reasons, was met with a less than enthusiastic response upon release. Fans demanding Snyder’s cut has caused some critics to call the fan base “toxic” because of the extreme movement they made via social media to make it happen but Snyder is defending those fans via a talk with “CinemaBlend” and hitting back at critics who he believes unfairly put them in that category.

“I just think that’s sour grapes. There’s really no other way to say it. We know the people who were the architects of that narrative, and it’s pretty obvious what their agenda is. Those are people that I’ve been held back from confronting, by wiser people in the room. Because I’d love to get at some of these characters. Some direct conversation would be nice. Just to say, one, you don’t know shit about what you’re talking about. And we can break down everything they’ve ever [said]. I can make a list. There’s a few of these guys where I could just get a list of everything they’ve ever said, that they thought was right, and [I could tell them] every single thing they’ve said is wrong.”

The #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement hit a fever pitch in 2020 when WarnerMedia and Zack Snyder made it official that a new and proper version of Justice League was coming to HBO Max. The end result was three long years of campaigning and actually raising money for non-profit organizations via the campaigns that were set up to get the cut released. All of this work could not be ignored by WarnerMedia which led to the decision being made to finally getting Snyder’s cut released. Some believed that this was a win for “toxic fans” who are perceived to whine until they get their way when a film’s narrative doesn’t go in the direction they anticipated. A lot of these campaigns end up being mere social media debates but they were able to make this a movement that worked. Snyder goes on to expand on why their passion for the cut wasn’t toxic and how their movement raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for causes like suicide prevention:

“And so, in what world do you have any credibility anywhere, to any- one? I would love the opportunity to just say to the world, and to fandom in general, who these fakers are and what should be done to them, or with them. It’s just a bunch of BS. In regards to that toxic fandom, or it’s ‘a win for toxic fandom,’ again, in what world does this ‘toxic fandom’ raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for suicide prevention? How is that toxic fandom? They’ve probably achieved more than any other fan base, [and done more] good than any other group. So I don’t understand.”

 In all actuality, I’d call the fan base more passionate than toxic. The #ReleaseTheSnyderCut campaign raised over $200,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention which is a cause close to Snyder’s heart since he lost his daughter Autumn to suicide. This doesn’t even take into account all the other money they raised for other charities and non-profits so if a lot of good came out of fighting to get the Snyder Cut released, perhaps it should be viewed from a more positive standpoint. 

Do YOU think the Justice League fan base is toxic?

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Ray Fisher denies voluntarily exiting The Flash movie

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Ray Fisher denies voluntarily exiting The Flash movie
January 8, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

The Ray Fisher and WarnerMedia drama continues as the actor has taken issue with recent reports that he voluntarily exited his role as Cyborg in The Flash movie. In response to an article posted by “The Wrap”, Fisher is denying that he publicly stepped down from the role.

As has been the case throughout this neverending soap opera between the actor and the studio, Fisher took to Twitter to make his case known. I will say that throughout this whole ordeal Fisher has not wavered in his stance and has been 100% consistent with his truth about the matter. I won’t pretend to know the ins and outs of this debacle but his unwillingness to back down makes me believe that there is a lot of truth to the things he has said. You can check out his Twitter response below:

I strongly suggest that @TheWrap amend this article immediately.

While I appreciate the reporter’s undying desire to do @wbpictures and Walter Hamada’s bidding—it is factually inaccurate.

I did not publicly step down from anything.

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— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) January 7, 2021

If @wbpictures has made the decision to remove me from The Flash, rather than address, in any way, Walter Hamada tampering with the JL investigation—that’s on them.

The idea of removing the role, rather than recasting it, is only being used to try to avoid public backlash.

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— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) January 7, 2021

The @wbpictures pr team has struggled to regain control of the narrative ever since they failed to bury me and the JL investigation with their September 4th hit piece—which, unsurprisingly, was written by the same reporter.

(More on WB pr and Johanna Fuentes later…)

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— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) January 7, 2021

The fact is: the JUSTICE LEAGUE investigation led to @WarnerMedia (and it’s affiliates) parting ways with Joss Whedon.

Geoff Johns will be following suit.

Had Walter Hamada gotten his way, NONE of that would have been possible, and the cycle of abuse would’ve continued.

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— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) January 7, 2021

My team and I are still in deep conversation with @WarnerMedia regarding all these matters and—Flash or no Flash—we fully intend to see this through.

I’ll keep you all posted, but in the meantime—thank you for your continued support????????

A>E

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— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) January 7, 2021

It’s crazy to think that this all started back in July when Fisher used his Twitter to let his true feelings about director Joss Whedon be known. As you know, Whedon stepped in for Zack Snyder when the director had to exit Justice League during filming due to a personal family tragedy. Whedon allegedly changed a lot of Snyder’s vision & commissioned many reshoots & the end result was the muddled mess we got in November of 2017. Since then, we know we’re getting Snyder’s Cut on HBO Max, but allegedly all the real drama was playing out behind the scenes as revealed in the following tweet about Whedon’s on-set behavior:

Joss Wheadon’s on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable.

He was enabled, in many ways, by Geoff Johns and Jon Berg.

Accountability>Entertainment

— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) July 1, 2020

The drama continued in the following months and it all led to an official investigation being launched by WarnerMedia into the events surrounding the making of Justice League. Following the completion of the investigation, Whedon was removed from the upcoming HBO series The Nevers as showrunner. Fisher has stated that even more people need to be held accountable but WarnerMedia has issued a statement after Fisher’s new tweets and they insist that it’s time to move on:

“The investigation was conducted by an outside law firm and led by a former federal judge. More than 80 people were interviewed. We have full confidence in its thoroughness and integrity, and remedial action has been taken. The investigation has concluded, and it is time to move on.”

Judging from Fisher’s dedication to this fight, I don’t think he’ll be moving on until he’s satisfied. I can support anyone sticking to their guns on an issue if they feel it’s right and it’s especially brave of him to do it because this could maybe cost him jobs if higher-ups feel like he’s “difficult.” That label is given to a lot of people when they speak their truth and for Fisher, he’d rather risk being viewed this way instead of laying down and just accepting defeat.

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Justice League: Zack Snyder confirms his cut features 80% new visual effects

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Justice League: Zack Snyder confirms his cut features 80% new visual effects
January 5, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

It seems like every day, there is new information about Zack Snyder’s fabled cut of JUSTICE LEAGUE. One year ago, rabid DC fans pined about redemption for Snyder after Joss Whedon’s maligned take on the Super Friends blockbuster that never was. Now, we have so much information coming about the four-part HBO Max event that we may want to change our name to JoBloSnyderCutDotCom (spoiler alert: we won’t).

The latest bit of intel comes from Snyder himself who has revealed that 80% of the visual effects in his cut of Justice League are completely new. With a budget of $70 million to complete his vision, Snyder is spending every penny to give fans what they have been clamoring for. This should come as no surprise as it was previously revealed that less than a quarter of what Snyder shot actually made it to the big screen.

RELATED: Justice League: Zack Snyder confirms there are no plans for a sequel

Snyder recently told ComicBook Debate that while his newly filmed footage is a small fraction of the final project, the completion of his existing footage is where the work was needed.

Cause like I say, only a very small fraction of the movie is the new stuff that I shot. But that said, I was talking to Tamra, who’s my visual effects producer, and we were talking about the fact that there is, um, like 80 something percent of the movie has never been seen by anyone. Visual effects-wise, and that’s not even including the scenes that you guys have never seen that don’t have visual effects. So that parts really exciting, and I can’t wait for everyone to experience the sort of giant scale and this adventure the way I really had hoped for everyone to experience it.

When all is said and done, Zack Snyder’s vision of Justice League is going to be more than a curiosity like Richard Donner’s cut of Superman II or even Francis Ford Coppola’s re-edit of The Godfather Part III. This looks to be a completely different movie than we have seen and hopefully a better one. While we may never see a direct sequel to Snyder’s film, it certainly should be interesting to finally witness his intended take on Justice League.

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Justice League: Zack Snyder confirms there are no plans for a sequel

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Justice League: Zack Snyder confirms there are no plans for a sequel
January 4, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

If you’re hoping that Zack Snyder will continue making movies for the DC Extended Universe after his version of JUSTICE LEAGUE is released on HBO Max I’ve got some bad news. Recently while appearing as an honored guest on the ComicBook Debate podcast, Snyder confirmed that he’s moving on to other projects now that his version of Justice League is soon to be complete. Originally, Snyder proposed a five-film plan for Justice League, though he’s no longer interested in making that dream (for some) a reality.

When asked about his long-gestating HBO Max presentation for Justice League, Snyder admitted that he never expected to be in a position where he could finish the film.

“Look, I never thought I’d be here doing this. I didn’t think I’d be finishing Justice League,” Snyder explained. “The truth is, and it’s been widely reported, and I have no issue, this is an old movie. This is a years-old movie I’m working on. The DC universe has gone and branched off and done its own thing and that’s fine. As far as what I did and as far as what my vision for what I wanted to do with these characters and the journey I wanted them to go on, it’s well known that I planned on more movies, five movies or something, but I’m busy. I’ve got a lot going on. Is it cool that the fans have so much faith in the trajectory? Yes, it’s amazing, and I couldn’t be happier and I’m excited for them to see Justice League so they can really drink the entire elixir of Justice League. But, would I continue? I have no plan to. But as I said, I didn’t think I’d be here, so who knows?”

RELATED: Ray Fisher boycotting any WB projects while Walter Hamada is in charge

While there’s an army of Snyderphiles who would love to see Snyder’s DC Films tenure extended beyond the release of Justice League, it sounds as if that ship has sailed. As Snyder had pointed out, Justice League is an old film, and since its initial release, he’s had a lot of other ideas that he’d like to see to fruition. Plus, there’s always the possibility of Snyder coming back to DC at a later time. Hell, we might even see a comic book version of his universe make it onto shelves at some point. At the end of the day, it sounds like Snyder has had his fill of the DCEU discourse for now, and perhaps needs a break from all the fawning, fanaticism, and full-on madness that comes part and parcel with his Snyderverse.

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Ray Fisher boycotting any WB projects while Walter Hamada is in charge

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Ray Fisher boycotting any WB projects while Walter Hamada is in charge
December 30, 2020 by: Steve Seigh

Ray Fisher has thrown down the gauntlet. After a much-publicized feud regarding Joss Whedon’s behavior during JUSTICE LEAGUE reshoots, Fisher has upped the ante and firmly stated he refuses to appear in any Warner Bros. projects while Walter Hamada remains President of DC Films.

“Walter Hamada is the most dangerous kind of enabler,” Fisher tweeted on Wednesday. “He lies, and WB PR’s failed Sept. 4th hit-piece, sought to undermine the very real issues of the ‘Justice League’ investigation. I will not participate in any production associated with him.”

Walter Hamada is the most dangerous kind of enabler.

His lies, and WB PR’s failed Sept 4th hit-piece, sought to undermine the very real issues of the Justice League investigation.

I will not participate in any production associated with him.

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— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) December 30, 2020

Fisher planting his “fuck you” flag firmly in the ground comes not long after the evening of December 11th, when WarnerMedia released a statement saying the Justice League investigation was a wrap. While the studio insisted that “remedial action” had been taken, they failed to provide proof of any disciplinary measures actually taking place.

RELATED: Gal Gadot had her own experience with Joss Whedon on the Justice League set

Fisher first announced his accusations to the public in July, to which WarnerMedia responded by launching an investigation in August. Fisher, who has been quick to share any and all developments related to the situation, published the following statement from WB after the investigation was concluded: “WarnerMedia appreciates you having the courage to come forward and assist the company with creating an inclusive and equitable work environment for its employees and partners.” Dissatisfied with the result, Fisher added, “There are still conversations that need to be had and resolutions that need to be found.”

Given today’s news, it appears as if Fisher has zero interest in working with Warner Bros. so long as Hamada is steering the ship. Meanwhile, Fisher will play Cyborg in Zack Snyder’s Justice League when the long-awaited four-part presentation reaches HBO Max in March.

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Wonder Woman 1984 is now the lowest-rated DCEU film on IMDB

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Wonder Woman 1984 is now the lowest-rated DCEU film on IMDB
December 29, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

WONDER WOMAN 1984 has had quite the journey to its release which finally came on Christmas day. After several delays due to the pandemic, Wonder Woman 1984 finally made its debut but the response has been REALLY polarizing. The film currently sits with a 63% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes & the audience score clocks in at 72%. That’s down considerably from the 93% rating for the first film & the 84% audience score as well. Now, as we look at the IMDB rating, the film is taking a beating on that end as well.

According to IMDB, Wonder Woman 1984 holds a 5.7 rating, as of this writing. That puts it just below director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, which holds a 6. The decline from movie-to-movie is significant, as the original Wonder Woman is the top-rated DCEU movie on the site. It currently holds a 7.4 rating. Man of Steel and Shazam! follow, with both sitting at 7. Up next is Aquaman at a 6.9 and that’s followed by Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice at 6.4 and Justice League at 6.3. Birds of Prey rounds things out at 6.1.

IMDB isn’t a true barometer of the quality of a film because there is the issue of trolls giving films low scores, even when they haven’t seen the movie yet. This could be playing a factor in what’s going on with Wonder Woman 1984 but given how mixed the reaction has been as a whole, I suspect that this score isn’t too far off from where it would have typically fallen. I watched the film last night and while it had some positives, it was a definite mixed bag compared to its predecessor and there were major issues with the script. I didn’t mind the shift in tone when compared to the first film because that was to be expected given the more vibrant time period of the ’80s but the pacing was also an issue. After a rousing start that consists of two fun opening scenes, the movie slows to a snail’s pace for nearly an hour before more action transpires. A lack of action can be tolerated if the narrative is interesting enough to hold our attention but the film meanders for so long that you nearly lose interest in being invested.

Despite the middling reviews, the film has grossed $85 million worldwide to date & its $16.7 million 3-day opening is the best we’ve seen during the pandemic. Considering how mixed some are on the film, I wonder how well the movie would be doing in a normal box office climate. Mixed reviews travel fast & it can definitely hurt the box office. The big mystery in all of this is if Wonder Woman 1984 could actually overcome some of the mixed response if moviegoing was 100% healthy.

There is more good news to go along with the as good as can be expected box office. On the HBO Max side of things, WarnerMedia reports that Wonder Woman 1984 was viewed by “nearly half of the platform’s retail subscribers viewing the film on the day of its arrival, along with millions of wholesale subscribers who have access to HBO Max via a cable, wireless, or other partner services. HBO Max also saw the total viewing hours on Friday more than triple in comparison to a typical day in the previous month.”

What are YOUR thoughts on the IMDB rating? Is it deserved? 

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Justice League investigation concluded and remedial action has been taken

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Justice League investigation concluded and remedial action has been taken
December 11, 2020 by: Kevin Fraser

Earlier this year, JUSTICE LEAGUE star Ray Fisher took to Twitter to allege that production on the reshoots of Justice League had been rife with misconduct and specifically singled out director Joss Whedon as well as producers Geoff Johns and Jon Berg. There’s been a bit of a back and forth over what exactly is being done, but as of today, WarnerMedia has announced that the investigation has been concluded.

RELATED: Zack Snyder fought with the studio over original Steppenwolf design

“WarnerMedia’s investigation into the ‘Justice League’ movie has concluded and remedial action has been taken,” reads a statement from the company, but it’s not exactly clear at the moment what that “remedial action” was, but Joss Whedon did recently step down from his upcoming HBO series The Nevers. Ray Fisher responded on Twitter.

The following was relayed to me on behalf of @WarnerMedia at 5pm EST today:

– The investigation of Justice League is now complete.

– It has lead to remedial action.
(Some we’ve seen, and some that is still to come.)

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— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) December 12, 2020

– And this statement (which truly belongs to ALL who participated in the investigation):

“WarnerMedia appreciates you having the courage to come forward and assist the company with creating an inclusive and equitable work environment for it’s employees and partners.”

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— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) December 12, 2020

There are still conversations that need to be had and resolutions that need to be found.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement on this journey.

We are on our way.

More soon.

A>E

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— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) December 12, 2020

It remains to be seen what the investigation uncovered, but it was obviously enough that WarnerMedia had to take action. As Fisher mentioned, we may see more of this “remedial action” take effect in the near future, so I doubt we’ve heard the last word on this. We’ll keep you updated.

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Justice League: Zack Snyder already has ideas for a sequel

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Justice League: Zack Snyder already has ideas for a sequel
November 11, 2020 by: Kevin Fraser

It’s been a wild ride for those fans who have been campaigning for Zack Snyder to bring his original vision for JUSTICE LEAGUE to life, and against all odds, it was announced earlier this year that Zack Snyder’s JUSTICE LEAGUE was actually happening. The project will be taking the form of a four-part series for HBO Max, and although it was initially reported that there would be no reshoots, that all changed when it was revealed that Snyder would be shooting additional scenes with members of the original cast. Little by little, Zack Snyder’s JUSTICE LEAGUE has turned into a massive and expensive undertaking for Warner Bros., but the director may not be done with the Snyder-verse just yet.

RELATED: Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke reportedly back for Justice League reshoots

While speaking during a League of Mayhem live-stream from The Nerd Queens, Zack Snyder teased that he has plans for a potential JUSTICE LEAGUE sequel that would continue the story of Darkseid.

If you said to any of the actors in the movie ‘well what happens in the movie’ or ‘what happens later’ or whatever for any movie. And they go ‘well I got the script and it’s cool and I kind of know this and-‘ so [Darkseid actor Ray Porter] and I were talking about this and what’s cool or what’s the right response to some questions. It’s a fair question to ask me, you know, like what do I say to the world about, you know, what happens when Darkseid comes to Earth? Then what? You know, Is that a thing? And I think, listen, the truth is that, did I write and did I have and conceive a complete- do I know what happens when Darkseid… yes. I do know what happens. To say and to speculate about what that is and that that would be exciting, I think that’s a fine thing.

You might remember that when JUSTICE LEAGUE was first announced, it was originally going to be a two-part movie with Darkseid emerging as the main villain in the second film, so that’s likely where many of Snyder’s unused ideas are coming from. As for whether Zack Snyder will actually get the chance to continue his JUSTICE LEAGUE story beyond the upcoming four-part series, I wouldn’t bet on it, but then again, I wouldn’t have bet on the Snyder Cut becoming a thing in the first place, so what do I know. Either way, we’ll get to see more of Darkseid when Zack Snyder’s JUSTICE LEAGUE debuts on HBO Max in 2021.

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Jason Momoa says serious stuff went down on set of Justice League reshoots

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Jason Momoa says serious stuff went down on set of Justice League reshoots
September 14, 2020 by: Kevin Fraser

When Zack Snyder stepped away from post-production on JUSTICE LEAGUE due to a family tragedy, Warner Bros. brought Joss Whedon onboard to rewrite portions of the film and oversee reshoots. During San Diego Comic-Con 2017, Ray Fisher and his fellow cast-members took the opportunity to promote the Joss Whedon version of the film. At the time, Fisher said, “Joss is a great guy and Zack picked a good person to come in and clean up and finish up for him.” As we know, Fisher took to Twitter in June to “forcefully retract” his previous statements and the actor later alleged that production on the JUSTICE LEAGUE reshoots were rife with misconduct, specifically singling out Joss Whedon as well as producers Geoff Johns and Jon Berg.

RELATED: George Miller’s Justice League: The Movie That Almost Was

The battle has continued, with both Warner Bros. and Ray Fisher firing shots, and Jason Momoa voiced his support for Fisher last week with a #IStandWithRayFisher post on his Instagram account. Well, Momoa has returned with a further show of support and has backed Fisher’s claims. “THIS SHIT HAS TO STOP AND NEEDS TO BE LOOKED AT,” wrote Momoa in an Instagram post. “@ray8fisher AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO EXPERIENCED WHAT HAPPEN UNDER THE WATCH OF @wbpictures NEEDS PROPER INVESTIGATION.” The actor also wrote that news of the FROSTY THE SNOWMAN film which he was reportedly slated to lend his voice to that has Geoff Johns and Jon Berg attached to produce was purposely leaked to serve as a distraction to Fisher’s claims. “I just think it’s fucked up that people released a fake Frosty announcement without my permission to try to distract from Ray Fisher speaking up about the shitty way we were treated on Justice League reshoots,” wrote Momoa. “Serious stuff went down. It needs to be investigated and people need to be held accountable. #IStandWithRayFisher. aloha j”

 

 
 

 

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THIS SHIT HAS TO STOP AND NEEDS TO BE LOOKED AT @ray8fisher AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO EXPERIENCED WHAT HAPPEN UNDER THE WATCH OF @wbpictures NEEDS PROPER INVESTIGATION I just think it’s fucked up that people released a fake Frosty announcement without my permission to try to distract from Ray Fisher speaking up about the shitty way we were treated on Justice League reshoots. Serious stuff went down. It needs to be investigated and people need to be held accountable. #IStandWithRayFisher. aloha j

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If you still think Jason playing Frosty was EVER a real thing—please wake up!

Hopefully now people see the depths that some are willing to go to hide the truth.

To think they believed my brother would sellout the cast/crew of JL for a corncob pipe and a button nose…????????‍??

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— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) September 14, 2020

To-date, the “independent” firm hired by @wbpictures has conveniently avoided contacting key witnesses who gave damning statements to WB HR.

They’ve also started interviews with (and have since ghosted) witnesses that have implicated former and current top level executives.

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— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) September 14, 2020

Others (including an implicated individual that called me to apologize) have already been interviewed.

We will not let ANY investigator cherry-pick interviewees that best suit @wbpictures’ false narrative and scapegoating efforts.

All with stories WILL be heard!

A>E

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— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) September 14, 2020

It remains to be seen just how this investigation will proceed, but it’s clear that it’s not about to go away anytime soon, especially if more JUSTICE LEAGUE actors back up Ray Fisher’s claims. Meanwhile, the Zack Snyder cut of JUSTICE LEAGUE is slated to debut on HBO Max next year.

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Update: Jason Momoa supports Ray Fisher as Justice League/WB fight continues

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Update: Jason Momoa supports Ray Fisher as Justice League/WB fight continues
September 8, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

Update: Jason Momoa has recently raised his trident in support of his JUSTICE LEAGUE co-star, Ray Fisher, posting #IStandWithRayFisher to his Instagram account. Fisher’s public battle with Warner Bros. rose to new heights on Friday after the actor posted on Twitter, “So you can better understand how deep this goes: After speaking out about Justice League, I received a phone call from the President of DC Films wherein he attempted to throw Joss Whedon and Jon Berg under the bus in hopes that I would relent on Geoff Johns. I will not.  A>E” Warner Bros. fired back shortly thereafter with a lengthy response that you can read for yourself in full below.

Now, because Momoa’s support arrived as an Instagram story, the post has since disappeared. Thankfully, the internet has a long memory and fans were quick to snap a photo of the post before it was cast to the bottom of the digital sea.

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Warner Bros. has launched an investigation into Ray Fisher‘s claims that he endured “gross, abusive” conduct on the set of JUSTICE LEAGUE but according to the studio, Fisher hasn’t been cooperating with the probe. Despite their claims, Fisher has responded to their assertion and he’s saying that isn’t the case whatsoever.

The investigation stems from Fisher’s tweet back on July 1, alleging director Joss Whedon’s “gross, abusive” conduct on set. Whedon stepped in to finish directing JUSTICE LEAGUE when director Zack Snyder left the production because of a family tragedy. A Warner Bros. spokesperson had this to say about the investigation and Fisher’s alleged detachment from the probe:

In July, Ray Fisher’s representatives asked DC Films President Walter Hamada to talk to Mr. Fisher about his concerns during the production of Justice League. The two had previously spoken when Mr. Hamada asked him to reprise his role as Cyborg in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Flash movie, together with other members of the Justice League. In their July conversation, Mr. Fisher recounted disagreements he’d had with the film’s creative team regarding his portrayal of Cyborg, and complained that his suggested script revisions were not adopted. Mr. Hamada explained that creative differences are a normal part of the production process, and that a film’s writer/director ultimately has to be in charge of these matters. Notably, Mr. Hamada also told Mr. Fisher that he would elevate his concerns to WarnerMedia so they could conduct an investigation. At no time did Mr. Hamada ever “throw anyone under the bus,” as Mr. Fisher has falsely claimed, or render any judgments about the Justice League production, in which Mr. Hamada had no involvement, since filming occurred before Mr. Hamada was elevated to his current position. While Mr. Fisher never alleged any actionable misconduct against him, WarnerMedia nonetheless initiated an investigation into the concerns he’d raised about his character’s portrayal. Still not satisfied, Mr. Fisher insisted that WarnerMedia hire an independent third party investigator. This investigator has attempted multiple times to meet with Mr. Fisher to discuss his concerns but, to date, Mr. Fisher has declined to speak to the investigator. Warner Bros. remains committed to accountability and to the well-being of every cast and crew member on each of its productions. It also remains committed to investigating any specific and credible allegation of misconduct, which thus far Mr. Fisher has failed to provide.”

The Warner Bros. statement is in response to a tweet that Fisher sent out on Saturday that said “So you can better understand how deep this goes: After speaking out about Justice League, I received a phone call from the President of DC Films wherein he attempted to throw Joss Whedon and Jon Berg under the bus in hopes that I would relent on Geoff Johns. I will not.  A>E”. After Fisher saw Warner Bros. statement saying he wasn’t cooperating with the investigation, Fisher fired off a series of tweets to deny the claims:

Thank you all for the support and for seeing through @wbpictures desperate and scattershot attempt to discredit me to continue protecting those in power.

I met with the investigator via Zoom on Aug 26th. Below is an email I sent to my team and @sagaftra immediately after:

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Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) September 5, 2020

It’s also worth noting that I made it clear to the world on Aug 21st that I would be vetting the investigator to ensure a fair and protected process for all witnesses. @wbpictures has escalated this to an entirely different level, but I’m ready to meet the challenge.

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Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) September 5, 2020

Ray Fisher doesn’t seem like he’s going to back down on his assertions and this JUSTICE LEAGUE drama isn’t going to be over anytime soon.  Fisher was originally very happy that the studio was looking into his allegations against Joss Whedon, Geoff Johns, and Jon Berg, but a lot has changed in a short amount of time with Fisher saying “Warner Bros. Pictures has escalated this to an entirely different level, but I’m ready to meet the challenge.”

Fisher has the support of some DC fans on social with the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement being the most vocal, as they know that things can get tricky behind-the-scenes as we all witnessed with Zack Snyder leaving JUSTICE LEAGUE before reshoots. We’ll have to see how this plays out but it looks like it’s certainly getting ugly.

Do YOU believe that Fisher wasn’t cooperating with the investigation? 

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Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League trailer is here – DC FanDome

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Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League trailer is here – DC FanDome
August 22, 2020 by: Alex Maidy

While it was exciting to learn about Gotham Knights earlier today, we now have our look at the second bit of SUICIDE SQUAD news today in the form of Rocksteady's new video game. That's right, the makers of Grand Theft Auto are taking on a DC property and the results are pretty amazing.

First footage from Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League looks violent and fun! #DCFanDome pic.twitter.com/fZfpx8Nldz

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Evil Superman! Evil Superman! #DCFanDome pic.twitter.com/m4SOlHZu8B

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Evil Superman! Evil Superman! #DCFanDome pic.twitter.com/m4SOlHZu8B

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Will Arnett is talking to the Suicide Squad about their job to Kill the Justice League. #DCFanDome pic.twitter.com/p0trN7ae4Z

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The Squad is made up of Harley Quinn, King Shark, Deadshot, and Captain Boomerang. #DCFanDome

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The game is from the team of the Arkham games and follows the same mythology of those games. #DCFanDome pic.twitter.com/7Pz8kVuxxI

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Why make a game about killing DC heroes? Rocksteady said the premise helped write itself: how the hell can they do this mission? #DCFanDome

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The game is a hybrid of superhero empowerment with awesome gunplay. #DCFanDome

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Metropolis is the fifth character in the game and is brought to life to a level of detail never attempted before in any medium. #DCFanDome

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The structure of the game is 1-4 player co-op. As single player you will have bots/AI on your squad. #DCFanDome

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Yes, you can switch between characters in single player mode at any time. #DCFanDome #SuicideSquadGame

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Zack Snyder teases Justice League trailer ahead of full release Saturday

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Zack Snyder teases Justice League trailer ahead of full release Saturday
August 20, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

The DC FanDome Event is just two days away and since director Zack Snyder is a master marketer, he’s teasing us with a snippet of his trailer for his cut of JUSTICE LEAGUE. The full trailer is expected to drop at the heavily hyped DC FanDome event on Saturday.

While other DC directors have pre-recorded their segments for the event and are patiently waiting for the Saturday, August 22 panel at DC FanDome, Snyder has been ringing the bells to get his fandom primed for a massive reveal during his Snyder Cut presentation. He has spent this entire week sharing exclusive images from his upcoming version of JUSTICE LEAGUE, which has included photos of the pending Hall of Justice, Victor Stone (Ray Fisher) in his football gear, and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) in the heat of battle. This is a director that is clearly happy that his vision for the film will finally be realized and he’s stoked to share it with a fanbase that has been at his side, patiently awaiting its arrival. I’m sure after Saturday, the wait for his cut to hit HBO Max next year will feel even longer.

Are you hyped for what Zack Snyder is going to bring to DC FanDome? 

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