The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including the damning, ex-Warner Bros employee’s open letter to the studio about the state of the DC Extended Universe – calling Wonder Woman “another mess”, the new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer, Jared Leto unhappy with Suicide Squad and much, much more…
The Week in Movies is an excerpt from the weekly Flickering Myth Super Newsletter. Subscribe here to get it delivered to your inbox every Sunday.That moment when you see Suicide Squad’s Rotten Tomatoes score on your phone. And you were in the movie.
Those bad reviews were just the beginning for Suicide Squad. As if low Rotten Tomatoes scores and a huge weekend drop off at the box office office weren’t enough, the film now has to fend off criticism from its own cast.He’s not gonna kill you. He’s just gonna disown the film in the interviews…real, real bad.
Presumably still method acting as Suicide Squad’s villain, Jared Leto has let everyone know how unhappy he is with the theatrical cut. According to the Clown Prince of Bling, there are enough deleted scenes of him to make a whole Joker solo movie – many of which are listed here.Joker’s whole work experience in Boots sub-plot was dropped completely.
A flashback on how Joker ‘got up in Batman’s grill’ wouldn’t have gone amiss either.“I IMMEDIATELY REGRET MY LIFE CHOICES!”
I’ve become a tad obsessed with what director David Ayer’s reported ‘original cut’ looks like. I’m half-way through the film’s novelisation now (more on that next week), but in the meantime, here’s how I reckon the soundtrack reveals the movie’s troubled production.“And then we’ll have another musical montage.”
Despite all this, Suicide Squad has already crossed $300 million at the worldwide box office (though it reportedly needs $750-800 million to break even). And besides, negative reviews can always be “motivating”.“This is my ‘I don’t believe you’ face.”
Saying the same of damning open letters from ex-studio employees, however, is a stretch beyond even Plastic Man. Gracie Law – who claims to have worked for Warner Bros. in 2014 – has damned Zack Snyder’s ‘vision’ and the studio executives supporting him while “people in finance and in marketing and in IT” in the company are losing their jobs (a very real reminder of how office employees are affected by studio failures).Never forget.
The juiciest part, however, is when Law describes the studio’s next DC Extended Universe movie: “Don’t try to hide behind the great trailer. People inside are already confirming [Wonder Woman] is another mess.”Not everyone got the ‘period dress’ memo that day.
Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman’s director, has denied the allegations on Twitter. But, to play Devil’s advocate (shotgun Pacino)…what else can she do?“Publicly disown the film the night before it’s release!”
No, Josh Trank. That didn’t work out too well for Fantastic Four, remember? Miles Teller seems to have forgotten, too, as he’s said he’d “absolutely” return for a sequel. Flickering Myth’s Sean Wilson reckons Fantastic Four isn’t actually that bad.Never forget.
With news that Tom Cruise’s CIA spy thriller Mena is being pushed back nine months and getting a title-change to American Made, Neil Calloway has written on the ever increasing ‘production troubles’ epidemic.
Whereas Tony Black just thinks that Marvel’s movie model works…and DC’s doesn’t.
Head to the next page for the new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer, which classic character might feature and has Aquaman found its villain?…