Mainstream Matters II
So we did this once before, and it turned out well, except for the part where I wrote the following sentence. “I’ve very much liked what I’ve seen thus far of the most recent attempt at making a watchable Fantastic Four film.” Sigh. The lesson here: I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about. Anyway, a lot has happened and there’s a lot coming, so let’s get to it.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
After the latest trailer, I am surprisingly on board. I thought “Man of Steel” was a pox on humanity and I had no hope for this film. Okay, that was overboard, but my expectations were not very high. I’ve never taken a position on the Gal Gadot casting previously, but I think she looks beautiful and great for the role in the limited clips we’ve seen. I think every trailer has gotten better and it just all works for me now. I wasn’t thinking this six months ago. I’ve actually surprised myself with the turn I’ve taken. But again, this is coming from the guy that thought the Fantastic Four trailers showed promise.
Here’s a question that someone who follows these things closely may be able to answer for me. I actually have always liked the Affleck casting, but why make Batman/Bruce Wayne older? If they are going to make Justice League films, wouldn’t it have made more sense to have Batman be more in his physical prime? I don’t have a problem with an older Batman I just wasn’t sure why they made that choice.
Captain America: Civil War
I loved everything about Phase 1 of the MCU. Phase 2 was a different story. I thought Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy were terrific. I thought Thor: The Dark World was the worst MCU movie ever. I thought Ant-Man was fun and I thought Avengers: Age of Ultron was… Well, the Honest Trailer for it echos my thoughts perfectly.
I think the demands of Marvel/Disney really did break Joss Whedon. In my opinion, Marvel needs to right the ship a little bit. I know the box office results were good, but the momentum they once had seems to have died down a bit. I love this trailer, and I think the film will deliver. No sign of Spider-Man yet, a character I do love, so I’m looking forward to that. Can we just get to freaking Thanos already?
I know we already have a lot of feedback on this, but I can’t binge watch a series so it took me longer to get through this than others. I thought it was terrific. I did think they could have done in ten episodes what took them thirteen, but that’s nit picking. I thought it was a perfect casting job all around. With all due respect to everyone else in the series, I thought Mike Colter, an actor I never heard of, playing Luke Cage, a character I knew nothing about, was brilliant. The best part of the entire series. I suddenly can’t wait to see what the standalone “Luke Cage” series has in store.
I have some conflicting thoughts on “Supergirl“. I don’t think it’s a great show. I’m not even so sure it’s a good show. But I find the actress who plays Supergirl so incredibly likable that I have watched every episode and plan to continue doing so.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
I’m excited. HM is excited. The world seems rather excited. I’ll say this. J.J. Abrams can make a movie. I’m not saying everything he’s done has been great, but all of his movies have at least looked good. This needs to work. I need good Star Wars films movies in my life again.
I don’t know a damn thing about Deadpool, but it looks rather entertaining. They’re just going to keep casting Ryan Reynolds in these things until one works it seems.
I don’t know a damn thing about Suicide Squad either, but I may be looking more forward to this than anything else. I think it looks brilliant. I’ve always been a sucker for the Joker, and I think Jared Leto is going to nail it.
I’m know there are plenty of things I didn’t cover. X-Men: Apocalypse, Wonder Woman began shooting, Iron Fist, Season 2 of “Daredevil,” “Agent Carter,” “Agents of Shield” and so on. What looks good to you? What looks, you know, not so great?