Mainstream Matters III
So, there’s a lot of comic book movie action coming later this year, but for now, we’re just going to focus on the present or the near future. The very near future in fact because we’re going to start with…
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
I began writing this little column about four days before the Friday premier of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and I have to say, I’m excited. I have my tickets and I’ll be seeing it opening night. The early buzz from a New York screening was extremely positive with the most accolades falling on Gal Gadot’s performance as Wonder Woman. Ben Affleck also received positive notes for his performance as well.
I started out as big a sceptic as anyone. I just have never been into Zack Snyder’s style of filmmaking, but in my opinion, every trailer has gotten better and I think he’s going to deliver. Is it weird that one of the actors/characters I’m looking forward the most to seeing is Jeremy Irons as Alfred? Yeah, that’s weird. But hey, he’s always been one of my favorite actors.
Captain America: Civil War
I hope this film rights the Marvel ship. I’m fully aware not everyone sees it this way, but I thought some of “Phase 2” was a bit of a mess. Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy were both tremendous. Everything else in my opinion was a little uneven and I thought Thor: The Dark World was the worst of the Marvel movies.
I love that Spider-Man is part of this and I think the most recent trailer looks excellent. It’s on you, Russo brothers.
Daredevil Season 2
I just finished watching, and I thought it was excellent. If I had to pick, I would probably say I enjoyed Season 1 a bit more, if for no other reason than Vincent D’Onofrio’s diminished role in the new season.
As it has been pointed out many times, Marvel does casting extraordinarily well. Jon Bernthal was so good as Frank Castle. In the entire MCU, my two favorite characters have become Frank Castle and Luke Cage based solely on the performances given by the respective actors.
It looks sufficiently epic in scope. I’ve enjoyed most of the other X-Men films and I have little doubt that I’ll enjoy this one.
I would be remiss not to mention Suicide Squad, which is the comic film I’m looking forward to most this year. However, that’s not until August, so we’ll do another one of these when the time comes.
So, what do you think? Do you share my optimism or are we in for some rough times ahead?