On Patrol- October 19, 2014

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DC Comics Movie News About Everything
DC decided to drop a ton of info on their upcoming movie schedule. Instead of doing an entry for each bit I figured I would cover everything at once. Just a note all of the news I’m using comes from We Got This Covered.

– “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” directed by Zack Snyder (2016)
– “Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer (2016)
– “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot (2017)
– “Justice League Part One,” directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017)
– “The Flash,” starring Ezra Miller (2018)
– “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa (2018)
– “Shazam” (2019)
– “Justice League Part Two,” directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
– “Cyborg,” starring Ray Fisher (2020)
– “Green Lantern” (2020) –

First and foremost is a full schedule going from 2016-2020. While it’s great to see them planning everything out I can’t help but wonder how much of this will actually be made. While Marvel obviously had a plan going into Avengers it didn’t feel as regimented as this. Being on a role helped but they established their tentpole franchises before going into a full fledged crossover and even then they haven’t gone back to some like a Hulk solo movie. All we’ve seen from DC’s attempt was Man of Steel which had a lukewarm reception. Their next step is to do a Batman/Superman movie? Then a Suicide Squad movie? Maybe it’s me but it seems like they are putting the cart before the horse on this.

In some more positive news despite the timing I love the idea of David Ayer doing a Suicide Squad movie. The idea of supervillains having to be heroes hasn’t really been done before. It could also introduce some characters that wouldn’t be showcased otherwise. In addition to this I love David Ayer. The writer and director of Street Kings and End of Watch he has the gritty style that befits this movie.

The last bit of news is the diversity in their heroes and casting. I’m not one to complain about this sort of thing but it really is interesting to see in comparison with Marvel. While a it took until Iron Man 2 for a relatively minor female hero to appear DC wants to make Wonder Woman one of their marquee heroes. Then there’s the fact that the leads differ in everything from race, gender and sexuality. While I don’t think it will make a huge difference at the box office I do commend Warner Brothers and DC for stepping outside of the box on this.

Robert Downey Jr to Join Captain America 3, Civil War?
In some news I am really hyped for they are trying to get Robert Downey Jr to appear in Captain America through. Even bigger is that supposedly they are eyeing a Civil War story. For those not in the know the Civil War storyline it was a Marvel event pitting Iron Man and Captain America against each other over superhero registration. There has been a lot of debate about the storyline but I think it was good despite a botched execution. Considering Marvel doesn’t follow their storylines word-for-word in the movies it can be done correctly. There’s also the fact that I think Chris Evans and RDJ have great chemistry working against each other. It would also make the rumors of Marvel sharing rights to Spider-Man with Fox worth something. Whatever happens I have faith in Marvel being able to execute this perfectly.

Now in a continuation of a few weeks back I’m going to be looking at another season premiere from the past week.

Comic-Con Trailer: The Walking Dead: Season 5 (Screengrab)
The Walking Dead
To the shock of nobody The Walking Dead had a great season premiere. As we’ve seen over the past four years (has it been that long?) if there’s anything Walking Dead can do it is delivering a good season opener. Picking up after last season’s cliffhanger we watch Rick and his crew deal with their captivity in Terminus with explosive results. In a twist, at least for this show, we dispose of an obvious big bad for the season and have our cast set off for Washington DC where Eugene can try and fail to cure the zombie virus. I dig this premise because it gives the characters something new to do and doesn’t keep them confined to a single location like the past few seasons. The level of gore and violence also seemed to be up from the past few seasons. Sure the show has been violent but this was some next level stuff. Obviously it was just for this episode and won’t be a regular thing but I’d be lying if I said the horror fan in me wasn’t marking out.

I also marked out for Carol finally coming full circle as a character. She hasn’t been the battered wife she was when the show started for a couple of seasons. Despite this seeing her go full-on Rambo was a major treat. I don’t think they’ll kill her off yet but to see a character’s arc complete itself without a zombie death was nice. I got the same feeling seeing Morgan in the after credits stinger. As the focus of the show’s best episode (Season 3’s Clear) it was a treat to see him still alive and kicking. No clue how he will play into the season but I can’t wait to find out.

The biggest question is how will I feel a few episodes from now though. As I said the show always starts strong but that doesn’t mean they can keep it up. Without exception a season starts great, gets kind of dumb, some glimmers of hope and then a good-but-not-great season finale. Even last season, by far the best season of the show, fell into this trap. Will the season and it’s gradual reunion of The Wire cast members finally break this spell? We’ll have to wait and see but this episode made me optimistic for what’s to come.
Rating- A-


About Douchebag Batman

If you found this blog, I probably know you personally. Basically I'm using this for movie reviews, MMA previews, and the occasional wackiness from out of left field. Shout out to the horror short Welcome to the Party for the hella boss avatar. I'm not very good at selling this, am I? Anyway just check it out. You'll be filled with laughter. From my actual writing or realizing "Wow this guy needs an editor".
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