Now that we’re past the hysteria and hoopla around Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I thought I would share some thoughts on three upcoming movies that have grabbed my attention. In no particular order–
Okay, I am at least interested–
Harley Quinn and Deadshot and the Joker (in what may be an even more freakish interpretation, by Jared Leto, than Heath Ledger’s) all in one film– and with Batman (Ben Affleck), too. It looks like a full house of crazies.
Of course, it is entirely possible that for me Bohemian Rhapsody and Freddie Mercury are affecting my emotional reaction to this trailer. You could put Bohemian Rhapsody on a video of a dripping faucet and I’d watch it.
Interestingly, the Comic-con trailer for this same movie has a completely different feel, taking a much more serious and dramatic– maybe even tragic– tone. The producers might want to figure out their marketing approach to this product. Remember what happened to John Carter. Just saying.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
If this film maintains the serious tone of Man of Steel, it will hit the ground– or the screen– with an excellent head-start, as far as I’m concerned. That approach was one of the best things about Man of Steel, lifting me up and over some irritating flaws in the story logic. I’ve never been a big fan of the Justice League, but the trio of Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman is intrinsically interesting. I will be interested in seeing how the film handles the initial conflict between Superman and Batman (rather a traditional element in their respective origin stories) and how their friendship then grows to form the League’s foundation. And, I have to admit, Wonder Woman’s reveal in this trailer is pretty fun.
Captain America: Civil War
Of these three movies, this is the one I am the most jazzed about. I have become a serious fan of Captain America as portrayed by Chris Evans in Marvel’s Captain America and Avengers movies. The whole series of interconnected films that comprise the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a creative stroke of genius, in my biased opinion, the brainchild of fans in positions of power, such as Kevin Feige (and now DC is playing serious catch-up with Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad). It is a great storytelling gimmick and should pay dividends for Marvel and Disney for years to come, even if the quality of the individual films varies (Age of Ultron, for example).
I was never a great fan of Captain America in the comics (for years I was obsessed with the X-Men), but Chris Evans’ portrayal of Cap as a decent regular guy who acquires extraordinary powers and then must cope with being displaced in time is one of the best and most consistent character arcs in the whole MCU. As long as Evans plays the role I will be watching with interest.
On the flip-side, there are upcoming movies that are not particularly on my must-see list–
X-Men: Apocalypse– Despite my deep and long-lasting affection for the X-Men, I’ve found the last several movies disappointing, despite the presence of great actors like Jennifer Lawrence. After Days of Future Past apparently rebooted the series I have some hope, but I’m going to approach Apocalypse with caution.
Deadpool– hmm…no. Not a fan, despite the presence of certain X-Men. Sorry. (Oh, and the trailer’s kinda gory, fyi).
Warcraft– really uncertain about this one, and rather severely disappointed by the look of the trailer. The live action and the CGI characters do not look as if they were matched up very well. I’ve been waiting for a World of Warcraft movie, and now that it’s here it looks…kinda lame, actually. Dang.
Gods of Egypt– please. Overwrought CGI and some sort of battle of the gods that looks like a cheap video-game. No, thank you.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows– oh, hell no.