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Anyways, if you spot any clues, have any theories, or know any information about this situation, please let us know. Beacon's
death disappearance must be avenged investigated.
Edit: Sophia89 has provided me with his exact height:
This blog was made in collaboration with @Nerevarine_11, who came up with the title, helped with the blog, and helped create/find a lot of the images featured on here.
Zachary Edward Snyder. One of the most controversial, reputable, and relevant individuals in both the movie and comic industry. Mere mention of his name could turn well meaning threads with thoughtful discussion, into testerone-fueled flame wars and petty name-calling. He is a person that many regard as the primary reason the DCEU failed. Some look at him as a hero, some look it him as a hack, some look at him as a menace, but one aspect that's primarily agreed upon is that his involvement has hindered the DCEU severely in both the box office and on aggregate review sites such as Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, with movies like Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman suffering massive drops in their second weekend, and Man of Steel performing below WB's expectations. This blog is an indepth critical analysis of Snyder, his movies, and his vision for the DCEU, and why a lot of us personally think Snyder is the one to blame.
First off, is the DCEU's very first entry, and easily it's most controversial and divisive. Man of Steel saw a darker, edgier Superman with a more sci-fi, biblical tone, ditching the character's longstanding roots to cater to a new generation of movie-goers and fans. This led to an uproar in a lot of comic-related sites, criticizing Snyder for "Watchmenizing" one of the most moral and heroic superheroes around. It's no secret that I regard this movie as the worst DCEU film by far, constantly bashing it in PMs and threads in an almost daily basis. I don't think I've ever hated and despised a movie as much as I did with Man of Steel, despite heavily disliking Snyder's movies for a decade ever since I saw his very first movie Dawn of The Dead. Man of Steel might not be as objectively bad as say, Superman IV: A Quest for Peace or Superman III, but it has something that neither movie has: A complete and utter lack of understanding between the creative team onboard the film and the actual source material.
The biggest problem I have with Man of Steel, is Superman himself. He's an alien, an outcast who wants to assimilate into humanity. He may have bulletproof skin, he may be able to leap great distances, fly faster than light and face off against super powered baddies that can rip mountains in half, but if anything, Superman's humanity is his most endearing aspect. He was sent to a planet to become a helping hand to Earth's inhabitants, to strive to become the best he can be, to protect the innocent, and to instill positivity to even the most savage of criminals or the most violent of anti-heroes.
Superman isn't a god, he isn't Jesus Christ, or some sort of higher being. He's not perfect, he doesn't always make the right choice, but he TRIES to and succeeds due to his will and determination. Even with his enormous responsibility resting on his shoulders, he still finds time to be with his family, his friends, and to help anyone in need. He makes the CHOICE to be good, even when not pressured to do so, and he doesn't sulk in defeat when things don't go his way. Superman represents the best of our ideals and our hopes, even in a world just as ripe with ISIS supporters, criminals, murderers, rapists and extremists as the world we live in.
He wasn't born a hero, he became one. That's sadly not the case with this guy over here:
Clark was adopted by two, fiercely moral and good-willed parents, who guided him in his path to becoming one of the most influential superheroes of all time. This Clark, however, doesn't even learn about morality from his parents, he just randomy wants to help people from the very beginning. Johnathan Kent was playing him up as some sort of messiah that should help others, yet when he saves the kids from drowning he tells him that he should've let them die. How is this anything like the Kents from the comics? Not only is he a hypocrite, he threats his son like an object that's going to change the world rather then actually encouraging his son to help others, and when Clark actually does help people, he scolds him for it? How does that make any sense? Why does Clark want to help people when his dad was selfish and hypocritical, when his parents didn't even help him become the man he is like the comic incarnations did? Not only is MoS Clark a flawed, shitty interpretation of a longstanding character, his reasons for being a superhero come out of nowhere, and his father is completely ruined in this movie, just as much as Clark was.
Clark and his nearly constant out of character antics completely ruin his integrity and clashes with the very meaning of the character. Not only is Superman directly responsible for the deaths of thousands upon thousands of people, he lets his father die, he kills Zod when he didn't have to, and makes out with Lois in the middle of a massive goddamn battle with people dying EVERYWHERE. What the hell? At least the Avengers took the alien invasion from the first Avengers seriously and THEN celebrated afterwards with the sharwama scene. He may have been born a hero, but he's nowhere near as moral as the real Superman.
MoS Supes is literally about as emotional as a bag of cheetos from Walmart, despite him having a pretty decent life. Not only is he shallow and egregiously "edgy", he doesn't even embody any of the essense the real Superman had, so much so even famous comic writers like Mark Waid and Geoff Johns viciously attacked the movie after release. Man of Steel is a prime example of Hollywood's bastardization complex, to make everything "relevant" and "cool" at the expense of the source material and movie. It's fake and it's disingenuous, especially when Snyder already admitted he didn't like "regular" superheroes like Superman and Batman and preferred characters like Rorschach and Mr Manhattan. MoS's Superman is a significantly edgier version of New 52 Superman, which is one of the least-liked Superman incarnations ever. Snyder shouldn't have come anywhere near this movie. His overly edgy pseudo-intellectualism simply doesn't fit Superman at all.
Speaking of pseudo-intellectualism, I've got to talk about all the bible imagery in this movie. It completely misses the mark and is downright laughable. If I had a penny for every Jesus reference in this film I'd be richer than Trump. Superman IS NOT A HIGHER BEING. Superman is about as human as everyone else, regardless of his origin. He has successfully guided humanity and himself, not by acting above everyone else, but by working alongside them. Did anyone who worked on the movie even touch a Superman comic in their life? Is Snyder, Goyer, and the rest of the DCEU creative team really THAT clueless?
^ This comment hits the nail in the head. Snyder completely dropped the ball when it came to all the religious undertones in Man of Steel. It's so insultingly poorly done it's almost shocking. At least Marvel makes comic book movies without having to use condescending BS to make the movie look smarter than it actually is.
The villains, oh god are they bad. They could have just terraformed Mars. They didn't have to be dicks and go after Earth. Also, don't use that all too common "omg other CBM movies suffer from the same problem" so what? Just because 1 or 2 other CBMs suffer from the same problem that doesn't excuse MoS having that same exact flaw, coupled with at least a billion other ones.
The cast is underutilised, the dialogue is poor, the villains are idiots, the cinematography is garbage, the characters are grossly out of character, the fight scenes feel fake and weightless, the action is drawn-out and poorly chorographed, the script is probably written by a mentally challenged 12 year old with next to no knowledge on the character, the symbolism is laughable and the film just plainly fails in every single aspect imaginable. At least BvS had okay cinematography. What does MoS have? A good score? That's it?
Give me one positive that isn't subjective. The film is horrificly bad and it deserves to get called out. 1/10.
Maybe if you like seeing two dudes in tights smashing into buildings for 45 minutes, then yeah, maybe you might like the movie, but personally, I fail to see how this movie is anything above god-awful.
Oh lord, where do we begin. The nonsensical plotholes? The bullshit character development? The cringe inducing dialogue? The awful fight scenes? The terrible cast? The constant dream sequences? Batman being a psychopathic murderer? Alexander Luthor being a complete moron? Snyder using both The Death of Superman arc AND The Dark Knight Returns, two of the best comics of all time, and ruining BOTH, in the same movie!? Snyder killing off Superman despite Nolan telling him not to kill him off so freaking early in the DCEU? All the garbage Justice League setup BS that Suicide Squad also suffered from? So many flaws, most of them carried over from the previous movie.
Batman v Superman's biggest problem, is again, character. Superman is an even bigger edge-lord than he was in MoS. He tells Lois that he doesn't know if he should be a superhero anymore. That's complete bullshit. Just because a couple of people dislike you you're going to give up saving people? Bug off. Also, more shitty "OMG IM A GOD" imagery:
Not only is Superman a complete emo moron in this movie YET AGAIN, he almost kills the criminal when saving Lois near the beginning of the film for no reason. Couldn't you have neutralized him in a less violent and dangerous manner? Not only that, he straight up charges Batman through a building in their brief tussle instead of actually telling him that his mum was in danger later on in the movie. Jesus freaking christ.
Also, screw what Martha said, Clark DOES owe the world. He's still partially responsible for the damage caused at the end of MoS, where he directly killed thousands if not millions of people due to his recklessness. Also, stop with the depressed Superman crap. Superman is supposed to be a positive figure, not an emotional teenager.
The fight wasn't even a fight even, it was just a brief part of the movie where they talk and push each other around for a bit. What's the point of even having them fight if it's going to be so crappily choregraphed and paced? Did I mention all the plot-holes? Also, lol at Jimmy Olsen using a 35mm camera. No reasonable photographer uses that shit anymore.
And here comes the second worst character portrayal in the entire movie. Batman isn't supposed to kill or use lethal weapons. He's supposed to instill fear against villains who can't be redeemed, to fight for justice in a city so corrupt and vile that even the most sane men can be driven to insanity. He doesn't have the enormous power of Superman or the willpower of a Lantern, but that still doesn't stop him from trying, even when he fails. He's fought criminals, superhumans and tangled against gods yet still survives everytime. Batman is a tragic tale of a man who lost his parents, his loved ones, yet continues to strive against all odds, even when everything is stacked against him.
Batman is a complete dumbass in this film, going after Superman because of the destruction his fight with Zod caused at the of Man of Steel, despite Superman saving a lot of lives after MoS (well, mostly) and Zod being the REAL reason why the battle even happened. Could Superman have tried harder to save lives in that fight? Yes. Could Superman have minimized the damage caused? I believe so, but for the love god that's the stupidest freaking reason to go after someone. It's only (partially) Superman's fault, and he shouldn't be killed for it.
And no, Batman DOES NOT kill. I'm tired of people defending Batfleck's murder spreeing. Batman made a vow not to kill. It's his one rule. We don't see him explain why he kills or why he's the way he is, and most of his rogue gallery would be completely dead if Batman actually wanted to kill them. It's pathetic and it's dumb. Heck, Harley Quinn was an accomplice in killing Robin and he still spared her in Suicide Squad?! What the hell? Nothing legitimately makes sense in this movie.
Batman doesn't use death as a weapon, he uses fear. Unlike Superman, Batman doesn't strive to be human, he wants to be a symbol of fear and retribution, not a symbol of positivity. It's the only way for him to psychologically affect criminals in such a chaotic, high-death rate city, especially when he has no powers to guarantee his survival. Batfleck is an edgy, murderous and hypocritical psychopath in a bat suit with no sense of morality.
Even if Batfleck wasn't a hypocritical murderious POS, I'd rather see a version similar to the Batman Arkham games instead of The Dark Knight Returns, especially in a cinematic universe that's going to supposedly last for 10 or so years. Why butcher such a popular story arc in Batman's first appearance and in only the second DCEU film? Why not save The Dark Knight Returns and The Death of Superman for later, separate solo movies? Ben Affleck's performance is okay I guess, but nothing special. I'd prefer another, younger, more Batman-like actor to take the cowl instead of him.
This is what a solo Batman movie should really be like ^ A young Batman in his late 20s fighting against the police and a gauntlet of skilled assassins like Deathstroke. Don't shove Batman into a crossover until he's established, and don't make TDKR until way after Justice League Part 3 or whatever is coming after Part 2. TDKR is supposed to be the end of Batman's time in the DCEU, not the beginning. Also, NO ORIGIN STORY. I'm legitimately sick of them and everyone knows how Batman became the way he is. Maybe a short two minute scene of Batman reminiscing about his past life to add emotional depth but nothing big.
Lex Alexander Luthor is EASILY the worst character in this movie. Loud, obnoxious, over the top, predictable, contrived and moronic. HE'S NOTHING like the character he's based on, regardless if he's his son or not. Lex Luthor isn't a shivering wimp, and he isn't an obnoxious teenager-look alike and he isn't The Joker. He's the owner of a massive corporation, one of the smartest people in the planet, who can hold his own and create weapons that can slay even the most powerful of beasts, with a mostly calm and calculated demeanor to disguise his ruptured and sinister ego that blinds him. He's a person who thinks Superman is a negative influence on society, not some basement-dwelling asshole who wants to kill Superman "because lol he's a demon n shit lmao xD". He ruins every single scene he's in. His annoying, downright laughable performance is almost exactly like Rhino from TASM2. His motivations are literally vaguer than the ending of the Future Trunks arc in DBS, to the point where the closest we ever got to an actual explaination for his actions was the demon comparison he made with Superman. What a shit character.
Oh god. Not this shit again.
Doomsday is like the easiest character to get right. HOW THE HELL did he get ruined so badly? Doomsday is a savage, a monstrous abomination that can paralyze even the bravest of heroes with fear. With enormous strength, power and nigh-unkillable abilities, he has arguably effected the DC universe more than any other villain besides Darkseid by successfully killing their greatest hero and terrorising the Justice League for years to come.
Why did you use him so early Zack? Why did you ruin his climatic battle with Superman? Why does he look like a ninja turtle/cave troll hybrid? Why is his creation so different and anti-climatic? God freaking damnit Zack, you talentless hoe. Good lord.
Why couldn't Batman retrieve the spear and toss it to Wonder Woman instead of having Lois get it, fail miserably, requiring Superman to save her for the 999999999th time, and then have a weakened Superman kill Doomsday in a suicidal move? So much bullshit.
The battle with Doomsday was ridiculously boring and short, it was hilarious. 6 minutes of CGI porn. It completely lacked emotional and it felt so........fake. Marvel movies tend to have characters actually injured during battles, instead of having a bunch of CGI dolls smash into each other with music in the background. It's like a bad Naruto AMV.
Doomsday vs Superman is supposed to be a massive, brutal slugfest between two massive giants. An unstoppable force and an immovable object colliding in a battle to determine the fate of millions, not an edgy emo asshole in tights who probably masturbates to Twilight & Grey's Anatomy clashing with a Lord of the Rings reject for like 10 seconds.
^ This what a proper battle between Superman and Doomsday looks like.
Also, remember that Lex Luthor goon guy? Guess what! He's KGBeast!
.......too bad he's unnecessarily killed off like half of the goddamn cast. Thanks Goyer and Snyder. You guys are total geniuses. *sigh* Also, he looks nothing like KGBeast, just like Gal Gadot. Did I mention all the bullshit JLA setup in this film? SMH.
That old guy who Batfleck was talking to on the phone during the Zod/Superman fight flashback was unbelievably calm during the whole attack and didn't even escape until Bruce told him to evacuate the building. Seriously? Was this movie made by 12 year olds or something? This is some Batman & Robin level of bad writing.
All the characters in this movie are completely wasted. Lois Lane is a dumbass, Lex sucks, Doomsday sucks, Superman sucks, Batman sucks, Wonder Woman sucks, KGBeast sucks, Alfred is underutilised etc. What a shitshow.
Batfleck suddenly forgiving Clark because their mothers had the same name has got to be one of the stupidest, crappiest, lolworthy reasons for anyone to stop a fight to the death ever. It's almost like the movie is a comedy. None of the fight scenes were even good.
What was the purpose of the Knightmare scene besides setting up Darkseid? Why did Batman have a gun? Why no post-credit scene? Why did you cheapen Superman's death by copping out and showing that he wasn't actually dead right near the end? What's with all the shitty slow-mo crap? How the hell does Lex + Zod = LOTR cave troll? How the hell couldn't Superman track Martha's location or hear the bomb in the courtroom? Doesn't he have super hearing? If he didn't he wouldn't have heard Lex pushing Lois off a building while he was hiking that mountain. What the hell!? Superman's character arc from the end of Man of Steel isn't even resolved!
Terrible movie. Cinematography is an improvement over MoS's, but everything else is pretty lackluster.
Already covered this one here. I would like to add that the JLA setup and lackluster end credits scene were pretty bad, since those are details I didn't really mention last time around. Not a fan that they made Boomerang a brony. I would lower the score from from a 3.5 to a 2.5 as well.
Overall, pretty shitty, but less awful than the Snyder directed films (he was an executive producer in SS, and even directed a scene).
Also, Leto Joker is even worse than Lex.
The MCU is much, much better than the DCEU, no contest. They don't use nonsensical religious references to make their movies look more intelligent, not to mention their movies are legitimately good most of the time. Even the worst MCU movie is at least light years ahead of any DCEU movie. DC got so caught up on trying to emulate Marvel's success that they butchered their own cinematic universe without even realizing it.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe at least tries to introduce previously obscure characters like Guardians of The Galaxy and Luke Cage/Jessica Jones to mass audiences while staying true to their mythos, not revamping them from the ground up to chase some stupid trend. Nobody cares about Aquaman, Flash, Wonder Woman etc besides hardcore comic fans, and you're doing a crossover movie now? Marvel took their time and slowly built up their characters and THEN did crossovers like Avengers. Not only is Marvel currently kicking DC's shit in movies, tv shows AND merchandise, they're stepping up their game when it comes to video games with Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite, the new Spider-Man game and a recently announced Guardians of The Galaxy Telltale game with more to come. They have a decent understanding of their IPs and (mostly) listen to their fans.
The DCEU needs a complete reboot. Cancel all the other movies you have planned and aren't in production and start over from scratch with a new creative team. Snyder and Goyer are poisoning your biggest IPs and it's going to ruin your financial growth if you don't get of rid of them and all the others quickly. This is your final chance.
Zack Snyder's partner in crime David S Goyer is a fraud and an idiot. It's no secret that this moron has been involved in a lot of Hollywood blockbuster movies, including The Dark Knight Trilogy, despite having an incredibly awful track record. He's a poisonous worm that feeds off other's people work and takes all the credit, yet when he's left to his own devices and attains extremely questionable creative rights without anyone else with actual talent cancelling him out (like Christopher Nolan), horrible, horrible abominations like Batman v Superman will occur.
He's the man responsible for the "Save Martha" scene and a significant amount of script issues that BvS had. Constantly finding ways to sneak his sorry ass into dozens of movies via nepotism to get money. He's the closest Hollywood has in terms of a criminal, and most importantly, he's a complete dick, referring to a significant portion of the DC/Marvel fanbase as virgin basement dwellers. Kind of a peculiar thing to say coming from a guy with literally no talent that worked on Call of Duty, arguably the most pathetic AAA game franchise of all time.
What a pleb.
Zack Snyder is one of the most talentless hacks in the industry today. He literally has no idea what he's doing, has the cinematic talent of Kevin Smith, and is a complete and utter delusional moron. He ruined Dawn of The Dead, 300, Watchmen, Superman, Batman, Lex Luthor, Suicide Squad/Joker (partially), Wonder Woman, Jimmy Olsen, Jonathan/Martha Kent AND Doomsday and he isn't going to stop unless he quits.
Bullshit. If the "sandbox" structure actually existed, then why did Zack Snyder kill off Jimmy Olsen simply because he thought other directors wouldn't utilise him properly? Why did he get rid of not one, not two, but THREE directors simply because they didn't exactly line up with his vision for the DCEU? Why was he fighting with WB executives over creative decisions that they didn't agree with, to the point where they took away all of Snyder's creative rights on the Batman movie AND got Geoff Johns and Batfleck to oversee Justice League because they had zero faith in him anymore?
Zack Snyder isn't an evil mastermind like Michael Bay, who can make billions of dollars by creating low-effort VFX movies, or as talented as Christopher Nolan, who can make a shit ton of money just off his name alone. Snyder abuses his connections within Warner Bros to direct movies. Nepotism is Snyder's greatest and most effective weapon. It's the only reason he's still around, especially considering all his questionable creative decisions and his hilarious lies, besides possible contract negotiations prior to MoS which could make getting rid of Snyder next to impossible until it expires, but there's next to no information on the contract so we can't really say.
I would go as far as to claim that Michael Bay is actually a better director overall than Snyder is. He can film actual action sequences unlike Snyder, AND his movies generally tend to have less flaws in terms of character and movie structure than Snyder's films do. Snyder is really just a Bay wannabe in disguise, trying to emulate his success by creating big budget, low effort blockbusters. The problem is, Snyder tries to incorporate some traditional plot elements to create a decent story but fails miserably at it, while also trying to pander to 12 year olds. Michael Bay's films know what they are and he doesn't try to hide it with pointless 2Smart4Me BS that Man of Steel and BvS was full of. That's why they're so successful. That, and Transformers was a mostly dilapidated franchise before Bay took over, while the DC universe has always been a massive IP, so Transformers movies are bound to get less criticism.
Also, no, changing the tone and making Justice League Avengers 2.0 isn't going to do jack. MoS/BvS/Suicide Squad were almost Fan4stic level bad, and it's negatively affecting your box office. You need better movies. Transformers isn't a cinematic universe so it relies less on quality and more on pointless pandering. You can't pull off a Michael Bay with a cinematic universe even if you want to, especially when your competition is beating the ever loving shit out of you by making actually decent films that people from all demographics want to see.
And for the love of god, don't make every DCEU film the same tonally. Everyone knows Snyder has a hard on for edgy emo flicks, but making every DCEU film the next Dark Knight is going to hamper the DCEU severely.
Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel created an icon, a legend that would continue to inspire millions of others decades after their death. Even though a lot of us have grown out of the character due to DC continuously jeopardizing Superman in recent years (Rebirth brought back Pre-Flashpoint Superman and is a notable improvement over the New 52, so at least DC is improving when it comes to comics) we can still appreciate what the character has contributed to the world and a lot of our childhoods.
Both Siegel and Shuster didn't lead the happiest of lives, with the former living in complete poverty due to DC's draconian business practices at the time, and the later having his father die at a young age and having his eye sight worsen to the point of blindness. DC completely screwed them and their family multiple times and ruined their lives while making money off their intellectual property, until they both died vainfully back in the early to mid 1990s. How did Zack Snyder choose to honor their legacy? How did Zack Snyder choose to portray a character which was meant to inspire others in their darkest moments and times, to do the right thing no matter what? How did Zack Snyder choose to honor Bob Kane and Bill Finger's legacy (even if Kane was a bit of a douche) for creating larger-than life characters like Batman and Joker? You're not passionate about any of these characters, and you're slowly ruining actors like Henry Cavill's entire careers and ruining the DCEU's potential. Just quit already.
You're stuck between a rock and a hard place, Snyder. WB is going to lose a lot of money if JL doesn't succeed (which it won't), you're digging your career in a grave that won't last, and you're destroying everyone's careers and childhoods. Michael Bay at least brings in enough money and actually helps his studio and business partners, all you're doing is making everything worse.
The Snyder train is going to crash and you're going to have to jump off, and you better do it sooner than later. The DCEU was dead the moment that abomination known as Man of Steel hit theaters anyway.
The first 3 Bourne films make up one of the greatest movie trilogies of all time, and my favorite action franchise by a significant margin, so I was very excited that both Greengrass and Matt Damon were returning to set things straight after the disaster that was Legacy and make the franchise great again, but Ultimatum ended Jason Bourne's story in a perfect and nigh-flawless note, and I was beginning to worry that the film wouldn't live up to expectations and just end up being a blatant cash grab, and unfortunately, that's exactly what this film is. Jason Bourne fails to escape from the shadows of it's predecessors. It doesn't have the character development and mystery of Identity, or the thrills and emotion of Supremacy, and it lacks most of the action or soul of Ultimatum. This film is extremely unnecessary and overly familiar, and it executes pretty much everything worse than the films that came before it.
The film opens up 10 years later after Ultimatum, with Jason Bourne isolating himself from the world and participating in illegal fighting rings, until Nicky Parsons finds documents relating to Jason Bourne's recruitment into Operation Treadstone, and tracks down Bourne to inform him, which then leads to a fantastic set-piece taking place in a violent anti-government protest in Athens. However, once the plot kicks into full-gear, the film ends up becoming a huge mess.
The plot is a complete, unoriginal rehash of the previous films, with Jason Bourne trying to find more information about his past (again). The film could've easily went in a different and more original direction, but it instead opts to stick closely to it's guns and not pick up any new tricks to keep the audience enticed. The film feels like a poorly made Bourne Supremacy knock-off, and even though it never reaches the same level of unoriginality and sameness that Stars Wars Episode 7 did (which was practically an HD remake of A New Hope), it still negatively affects the film in a very noticeable way. The story is also hamstrung by a pathetic and pretentious social commentary about privacy that just feels slapped on the film to make it look less stupid than it actually is, and serves no purpose other than to set the stage for the final showdown. Don't even get me started on the numerous technological blunders that make the script look like it was written by a bunch of cavemen and completely ruins any sense of actual immersion. One of the characters early on mentions corrupting a database with SQL, which is a freaking database programming language, and isn't a form of malicious software by itself. You can't corrupt a goddamn database with SQL, unless the film was trying to refer to a SQL injection attack (SQLi) which is basically a code injection technique to attack data driven applications by inserting detrimental SQL commands into data entry fields, which they could've easily stated instead. One character even ends up using an old CIA-issued device to gain access to the agency's network and find important files in a suspiciously titled and easy to access folder, not to mention that Christian Dassault guy, who sticks an encrypted flash drive into his computer, without doing a malware scan, especially when he doesn't even know where it comes from, or that cringeworthy "Zoom and Enhance" cliche that keeps cropping up in pretty much every single tech related movie/tv show. The amount of sheer stupidity in the script is astonishing, especially in a film where technology plays such an instrumental part.
The character development in this film is practically nonexistent. Alicia Vikander's character had unclear motivations and she's barely given any form of actual development throughout the film, Nicky Parsons is criminally underutilized, and Bourne barely even speaks in the movie, he only has like 25 lines. I'm getting sick and tired of this "strong but silent" character trope BS that Hollywood keeps shoving down our throats. It doesn't fit the movie at all, and severely hampers his character and the plot, and he barely even reacts to or mentions Nicky's death at the beginning of the movie, so he's essentially reduced to your stereotypical action hero. This film completely squanders any form of actual development through smaller and quieter moments, something the original trilogy had plenty of, especially in Identity, in order to focus on it's extremely unoriginal and rehashed plot, and utterly fails to make you give a damn about any of the new characters being introduced, and severely mishandles the characters you do care about (Jason Bourne and Nicky).
The performances were mostly fine, but nothing stood out. Matt Damon barely gets to say a word, but does a good job with what he's given, and Alicia Vikander did fine. Tommy Lee Jones probably gave the most convincing performance of the lot, but his character is just your average one-dimensional villainous bad guy. Riz Ahmed was okay, but his character has the least interesting subplot in the entire film, but the Asset however, is complete garbage. His entire motivation is to get revenge at Bourne for "betraying" him and the agency, despite The Asset practically murdering Bourne's father and manipulating Bourne into joining the operation in the first place. His vendetta against Bourne is stupid and nonsensical, and is barely explored in the film. Vincent Cassel isn't even intimidating or convincing in the role, either.
The action sequences can range from amazing to good, with a couple actually standing out. The cinematography gets a lot of flack, but it didn't bother me too much and I thought it was fine, but the unsteady camera and constant zooms made some scenes look rather flimsy and claustrophobic.
This is the most disappointing movie all year, and one of the most disappointing and unnecessary movies of all time, even more so than Legacy, due to the talent involved. The only reason this film exists is because Matt Damon didn't want Jeremy Renner to take control of the franchise, which is strange considering Matt Damon and Greengass have stated on multiple occasions that a fourth installment would be redundant and unnecessary. This film is the perfect symbol of Hollywood greed, and how it can corrupt both people and well respected movie franchises for the sake of money and fame.
I came out from this movie both frustrated, disappointed and extremely angry. I've never been this pissed about a movie since maybe Man of Steel back in 2013. I still remember watching Ultimatum for the first time almost a decade ago, and absolutely loving it, or watching Supremacy and Identity several years ago, with both quickly becoming one of my favorite movies of all time alongside Ultimatum, but as much as I want to tear this shallow and disgustingly disappointing and cancerous movie apart, I still found SOME enjoyment out of it, with most of the action sequences being both intriguing and satisfying, with the Athens sequence being one of the best action set-pieces in the entire franchise, and the movie at least having some form of immersion and tension, unlike Suicide Squad. I can't give it a good score due to all the negatives and the film being a blatant middle finger to the audience and it's fans, and I can't give it a really bad score due to the film at least having some effort put into it, not to mention some great moments and an amazing soundtrack, I literally stayed until the end of the credits just to hear Extreme Ways again on the big screen. I'm giving this a 4.5 out of 10.
Despite not enjoying the previous two DCEU films, I was eagerly anticipating Suicide Squad and had good expectations due to the cast, characters and a talented director helming the project, but I was somewhat worried that the film would end up being disappointing considering DC's less than stellar track record, mediocre trailers and Zack Snyder being an executive producer. However, the film didn't just end up being disappointing, but ended up being a steaming pile of trash.
This film is poorly paced, poorly edited, poorly directed, poorly scripted and has absolutely horrendous pacing and character development for a good amount of it's cast, a terribly bad villain, and a cringe-inducing performance by Jared Leto, EASILY one of the worst performances this year by a long shot. He felt more like a painstakingly annoying mafia gangster than The Joker. His performance isn't as intimidating as Ledger, he isn't as clown-like and as versatile as Nicholson was, and just felt like an overly eccentric parody of the character than an actual performance, heck, he's barely in the film anyway, only taking about 10 minutes total screen-time. Leto was just plain, generic and completely lacked any of the appeal Joker had as a character, and his character design is just awful. I might've liked him more if he had more to do in this film, but from what I've seen so far, that doesn't appear likely, and him being a minimal part of the movie seems more like a blessing than a curse. He's easily the most disappointing aspect of this film, but not the worst.
The rest of the cast however, is pretty good, sometimes even great. Amanda, Boomerang and Harley being the standouts. Viola David absolutely nailed it as Waller, who was both tough and intimidating, and had pretty great chemistry with the rest of the cast. Margot Robbie also did a fantastic job with Harley Quinn, and had the most to work with besides maybe Deadshot. She felt convincing as the character and had some pretty great moments during the film. Unfortunately, like many other reviewers have stated, the film utilises her more as a cringey punchline dispenser than an actual character, frequently having the last word in pretty much every scene for essentially no reason other than to spout forced, pathetic lines. The scene with Katana early on being a fantastic example of this. I really enjoyed Jai Courtney's performance of Boomerang, and thought he was the most entertaining character in the film overall, which is surprising, considering that Courtney is generally considered a pretty untalented actor, but he was pretty great here, even if he's relatively useless as a Squad member and lacked any cool trick boomerangs to actually make him useful, so he's essentially sidelined and the only purpose he serves is for comic relief, which is pretty unfortunate.
I liked Will Smith's performance, even if I didn't buy him as Deadshot, not to mention he was practically playing himself yet again. He's a good actor, but he seriously lacks versatility, but I enjoyed his performance nonetheless, but I wished he wore his mask on more, since he didn't have it on for a lot of the movie. Rick Flag was okay. Katana and Croc were severely underutilized and barely had anything to work with, and just felt shoehorned in, and Croc is just a less interesting version of Groot in this film, and was way too short and unintimidating. Slipknot was pretty much ignored and didn't even get a meaningful scene, Enchantress was awfully embarassing, and everyone else either did fine or was simply mediocre. Batman is also in this film, but only has about 2 minutes total screen-time. Overall a good cast, but not a great one.
The film barely even felt like a movie. It felt off right off the bat, and completely fails to immerse the viewer. Most of the film is spent on fighting off zombie goons, flashbacks, than fighting off more zombie goons etc, it's like the film forgot what it was doing and just unraveled into a complete, utter mess. The CGI is complete trash, almost Ghostbusters 2016 level, the cinematography is a mixed bag, being rather dark and poorly lit for most of the film, and the action felt straight out of Power Rangers than a big budget superhero film. The villains were way too powerful for the Squad to realistically take down, and they seemed to be holding back during the final confrontation, heck, most of the Squad don't even have superpowers and were almost entirely useless. I find it strange that the writers decided to go this route instead of going for a more appropriate mission that is actually within the Squad's league. None of the squad members actually felt like real villains, and any other superhero (with actual useful powers) like The Flash or Wonder Woman could've handled the situation more efficiently, without having to resort to manipulating criminals. The entire plot is just pathetic and generic.
The character development is piss poor, with a lot of characters left hanging, tons of exposition and flashbacks. You don't actually feel for any of the characters, but the film expects you to care. The music didn't mesh well with the scenes and felt extremely abrasive in a lot of moments. The Joker/Harley relationship is not executed very well and is portrayed in a more positive light than the comics/cartoons, which completely nullified a huge part of Harley's character and pretty much strips the song "Sucker For Pain" off meaning, especially since the entire point of the song was to showcase the toxic relationship between the two characters. The film also had a lot of suspension of disbelief moments that didn't make sense and some annoying plot holes, but far less than BVS.
The film was inorganic, and failed in pretty much every aspect besides maybe the cast. Granted, the film reportedly had a production reminiscent of Fan4stic due to WB entering panic mode because of BvS both being a huge critical and commercial disappointment. I hope we get to see an ultimate cut of some sort down the line, and I hope WB learns from their mistakes.
This was a huge disappointment. Even though I liked this more than BvS and MoS, it still suffers from a lot of the same problems. Overall, a pretty terrible "movie", and the DCEU is in some serious thin ice if they don't get their crap together. Literally every film so far has been complete, iredeemable garbage. Hopefully Wonder Woman ends up being good, but I'm not holding my breath. Giving this a 3.5 out of 10.
The Battles forums and the internet is like a circle. One of possibility, debate, innovation and communication. Each of these can lead to great results, coordination and fact-seeking, and these could lead to not so great results like anger, frustration and fanboyism.
It always baffled me whenever I see opinions of the Battles forum on other locations on this site, that it promotes "negativity" and something coined as the "Battle forum mentality", a constant surge of disagreement and anger that travels it's way all across the site. The negative connotations attached to the Battles forums is unfair, unjustified and completely ignores the merits of debating. There is one problem I have with the circle of this community and the Battle community itself, ranging from the one here, to the one on Youtube, the one on Animevice and even the one on Reddit: It's Screwattack's Deathbattle.
Admittedly, I do watch and enjoy their videos, even subscribed to them but damn, are they pathetic. Their videos are poorly researched, with absolutely no context to the feats shown, and with constant and I repeat constant wanking. To the Toph vs Gaara battle, to the one about Superman vs Goku (I'LL DEFINITELY get to that one in a second) and even the one with Kirby and freaking Kid Buu.
Honestly, I couldn't care less about their videos, about their claims, but I always see this sense of undeniable authority attributed to them that I just can't help but feel that it's jogging everything it represents down. The videos are treated as an event, as some godly enlightenment that has a massive countdown on Time's Square. WHAT makes their supposed "facts" so damn special? WHY is their almost click-bait videos treated as it was serious?
The Superman vs Goku one in particular is one that's regarded with intense heat. The feats, the introductions, the ideologies and the facts and context were so poorly done, it blew my mind. Superman isn't limitless, he isn't god, he's the embodiment of hope. There's a clear difference between being omnipotent, and being strong enough to do the impossible. He has limits, but with a combination of hope, power and plot-induced stupidity, Superman will always try to find a way to climb on top. It was never all about his powers, it never will be.
In the recent "Who Could Defeat Superman" video they act as if he's unbeatable because he's "written to be", completely throwing any actual feats and statements out of the goddamn window. Superman can be beaten, can be trumped, just like hope. Superman ISN'T omnipotent, for the last freaking time. The Muhammed Ali vs Superman fight wasn't even fair. They had to severely tone down and handicap the latter to make it even.
In regards to Goku, he does have limits. He gets stronger and stronger everyday, but it's not about his prospectical power, but his feats. Do you really think Dragon Ball would continue by the time he becomes omnipotent? Don't think so, nor does it matter. Themes and far-fetched ideological speculation have no bearing on an actual fight.
It's not about the outcome, but about the evidence. This pathetic, narrow-minded way of debating is just completely and frankly, bullshit. How anyone could take it seriously, is beyond me.
A lot of their videos have questionable, refutable and unrealistic outcomes that speculate too much with any form of logic being completely forgotten. Heck, a lot of the negatives of internet-debating could be attributed to them. Ideology over fact, possibility over certainty. It's all a joke, an annoying one, a misleading one.
I know I'm yelling at a chamber here, screaming at the choir, but honestly, I don't care. I want to know why people are judging the Battles forum over a few bad apples, why good communication and coordination is considered dead among the masses and if popularity truly affects authority.
Thoughts on internet debating, the Battle forums, Death Battle and if popularity truly defines authority are appreciated. Thank you.
Since Superior Foes of Spiderman ended a while ago, I decided to make a blog dedicated to probably my favourite recent series on Marvel and probably one of the best runs Marvel has ever had and is what is surely a modern classic.
Superior Foes is different from most comics published by Marvel. It basically tells the story of a group of D-list and forgettable and unskilled spidey villains teaming up (though they definitely don't work well together) to pull off large-scale heists as well as getting in various situations. The team includes Boomerang, Beetle (The new one), Overdrive, Speed Demon and Shocker but the story mainly focuses on Boomerang while also focusing on the entire cast. The series is absolutely hilarious and has a Hawkeye feel to it. The art blends in perfectly with the writing and the art also features stuff like thought bubbles and panels drawn in a comedic way to fit the book.
This series really focuses on the characters and makes you think these D-list forgettable villains are awesome, heck, I didn't even know there was a new beetle and didn't know Overdrive or Speed Demon. This series really puts obscure characters on the forefront and makes them really likeable.
The series was first created for Superior Month (which was a month dedicated to Superior Spiderman) where 3 new comic titles were released which were Superior Team-Up, Superior Carnage and last but certainly not least Superior Foes of Spiderman. Luckily Superior Foes proved so popular and critically acclaimed it ran even after Superior Spiderman ended.
Superior Foes is a really well written series with art that really compliments the writing. There are several jokes in it as well as call backs from earlier issues of the series. This series was probably the biggest sleeper-hit this year and I really enjoyed it. I highly recommend everyone checks this series out ASAP. This is the one series everyone should be reading right now and considering it has ended it won't be hard to catch up.
This series really fits well with the Marvel Universe and showcases another side of the Marvel villain-verse. This series is spectacular, original, funny and simply awesome, it's a real shame this series had to end.
Many comic fans are really sad that this series ended. It was so fantastic it left comic fans begging for more and the ending to this series was perfect. I'm really hoping Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber make a sequel/spiritual successor to this series.
RIP Superior Foes of Spiderman. This series will be greatly missed.
Warning: This blog will contain some spoilers.
I often hear people complaining that GOTG was unneeded and that Marvel could've and should've made a movie about other characters instead of making one for a team no one knows anything about (or at least before the film's release) so I decided to make this blog to prove why including GoTG to the MCU was a great decision.
1: It introduces another infinity stone.
Considering that the 3rd (and 4th) Avengers movies will be adaptions of the Infinity Gauntlet arc it makes sense for the phase 2 movies to set up the infinity stones.
In case you don't know what an infinity stone is, they're 6 gems with immense power that all serve for a specific purpose (Power, Space, Mind, Soul, Reality, Time), if all of the gems are added to the Infinity Gauntlet your granted god-like powers.
If you noticed, almost each of the films has an Infinity Stone (like how the Aether from TDW is actually an infinity stone).
|The Tesseract||Captain America 1, Avengers||Space Stone|
|The Orb||Guardians of the Galaxy||Power Stone|
|Aether||Thor The Dark World|
Unknown, but I think it's the Reality Stone
|Chitauri Scepter||Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and will appear in Avengers 2 according to the Marvel Movies wiki||Mind Stone|
A new gem is also set to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron but we don't know which gem it's going to be but considering we have two more gems that haven't appeared yet and one that has appeared but is unknown which stone it is, it's possibly either the Reality, Soul or Time stones.
You can't introduce infinity stones without explaining them at some point, right? I can't get into specifics considering it's been a while since I've seen the film but they basically explain that the stone (s) are extremely powerful and might be dangerous to the user if they're not strong enough to carry the gem etc, so yeah, GOTG is really important when it comes to properly setting up the gems.
This is pretty damn important considering the film unlocks a whole other side of the Marvel universe: Space.
Space has a pretty big role in Marvel comics and allows for more characters, more locations and sets up several other stuff and even sets up events like Infinity Gauntlet and Annihilation.
Characters like Captain Marvel, Nova etc will all be able to be in the MCU because of this film and certain events will now be able to happen in the MCU. Space is a pretty big aspect and GoTG is where it begins.
Admit it, space movies tend to be awesome and this film proves that. The film is really fun and awesome and it allows for more CBMs like it to exist.
This is a pretty big one. This movie proves that not all films need to have A-list characters like Spiderman and Batman due to fear of non A-list superhero films failing. This movie sets a standard and is proof that CB movies with characters that people know nothing about can actually work, now characters like Moon Knight and Static Shock can have movies due to this film's success despite it having unpopular characters. This film is a real eye-opener for the Comic industry as a whole.
So thats it for this blog and hopefully it changes your mind if you thought GoTG was useless. Thanks for reading and stay tune!
This review will contain some spoilers. The things marked in a spoiler tag contain some major spoilers so read with caution. (Or better idea, don't read the review at all until you've seen the film or just scroll down to see the rating score)
So since this is my first blog, I just wanted to introduce myself a little. I'm Knightsofdarkness2 and I'm from Somalia but I live in UAE, I'm a comic fan, gamer, science fan and collector. My first name is Mohammed. You can basically ask me more questions in the comment section below or in my ask me thread. :)
Okay, now to the actual review:
This movie was by far Marvel's biggest risk so far. They're introducing a team where basically no one knows or cares about (before the film was announced) but now this movie turns to be one of Marvel studio's best (and one of their highest grossing) films ever, they even put the Guardians of the Galaxy in the Marvel 75th anniversary magazine IIRC.
The film starts off as we see young Peter Quill (Star-Lord) and how he lost someone close to him (not going to spoil it for the sake of this being a "some" spoilers review) and how he's abducted by the Ravagers to bring him back to Peter's father but the leader of the Ravagers, Yondu had a different plan, they chose to take him as their own and never tell him about his father, they trained him to be the perfect thief and even gave him a ship called the Milano, named after Peter's childhood crush Alyssa Milano (and yes the film makes some real life references, mostly from the 70's).
Several years later we see him as the now adult Peter Quill, he's more arrogant and more of a ladies man, he's also an accomplished thief . He stumbles upon the orb, a powerful object which Thanos seeks. He is then chased by Korath the Pursuer but manages to escape with the orb. We then see Gamora (who is known as the daughter of Thanos, even though she really isn't) she is then ordered to find the orb for her "father" but she secretly plans to betray him and sell the orb. We then see Quill travel to Xander trying to sell the orb, but once he told the shop owner that Korath, who chased Star Lord for the orb, worked with Ronan (who also works with Thanos). He then quickly tells Peter to leave since he doesn't want the orb if Ronan is involved, we then see Gamora trying to steal the orb from Star Lord, Groot and Rocket also get involved (who we see earlier in the movie when Peter is trying to sell the orb, they're also thieves as well) who are trying to catch Peter since he has a huge bounty on his head after stealing the orb. We then see them get caught and arrested by the Nova corps. Then she offers to split her payment when she sells the orb to the Collector if Peter, Groot and Rocket help her escape. We then see them form an uneasy allegiance and escape, but things go wary when they try to sell the orb to the Collector and find out that the orb carries an infinity gem, a very powerful artifact that can give someone incredible power, but it usually kills a normal mortal being if the gem is touched, which is why it's sealed in an orb. Things go bad and then they find themselves chased by Ronan and his army and the Ravagers (since Peter quit the the group earlier in the movie and has the orb) and they slowly turn from a bunch of criminal idiots into heroes when they decide to protect the orb so it can't fall into Ronan's hands and cause incredible danger.
I love their transformation from criminal to hero, which is why I love this film so much. We first see them as criminals with sad pasts and we see them turn to heroes at the course of the film. The humor in this film is top notch as well and had me and all the peeps in the cinema pretty much die out of laughter. We also see some easter eggs in the film as well. It also had an end credit scene (as per usual). All the characters in this film were awesome IMO and Chris Pratt played Star Lord so well, same goes to Bradley Cooper who played Rocket Racoon (who stole the movie, he was basically the best thing in the entire film).
The action is great as well. Love all the spaceship action and fight scenes. The end credits, was disappointing however (not going to spoil it here).
I also love all the 70's references and music. That was one of the best things in the film. The film also balances the humor, action and the drama and tragedy pretty well. It also introduces some parts that will surely affect the rest of the Marvel cinematic universe (I will talk about this more on my upcoming blog). The villain of the film (Ronan) wasn't very memorable though, which is another con this film has.
The film was a joy to watch and it's a film worth watching which brings me to my final verdict:
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*ignore the "S" in my score card, damn typo*
That's it for my review. Hope you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading and stay tune!
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