The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including everything from DC’s terrible week like The Flash director leaving the movie, Ben Affleck’s Batman script having “serious issues”, Wonder Woman’s reshoots (just days after the new trailer was released) and more…
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Warner Bros’ DC Expanded Universe hasn’t been the critical and commercial success everyone hoped. The three entries so far, Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, have scores of 55%, 27% and 26% respectively on Rotten Tomatoes. By the review aggregator’s count (ironically part owned by WB), the DC films are getting worse.
But there’s always the next one! The one that can change it all around! The Marvel Cinematic Universe didn’t really properly take off until Avengers, and that was six films in!
The latest trailer for Wonder Woman (the ‘next one’) was released this week. The response in the Flickering Myth’s writers room ranged from ‘LOVE IT’ to ‘meh’.
The most common criticism was the amount of Zack Snyder-esque slow-motion – so I recut the trailer in real time. It was 20 seconds shorter.
But other fan re-edits showed how good the film could be, though. Hopes were raised.
Then came news of the reshoots.
The film will be heading back for reshoots in two weeks’ time – which is perfectly normal for a major studio blockbuster. It happens all the time, and the movie’s still over half a year from release in June 2017. It’s just…we’ve been here before with Suicide Squad’s reshoots (and look how that turned out), and earlier this year, the film was claimed to be “a mess” by an ex-employee.
This comes just a week after Rick Famuyiwa became the second director to leave The Flash, using the good ol’fashioned excuse of “creative differences”. Apparently he wanted to make “a movie with more edge,” and Kiersey Clemons – who he cast as Iris West – is very upset over his depature. The film was meant to start production in just four months, so the March 2018 release will likely be delayed.
And to round off WB’s awful week of PR, Ben Affleck’s Batman script is said to have “serious problems” and the studio apparently don’t care because the film will make loads of money regardless.
At least we have The LEGO Batman Movie, which got yet another brilliant trailer this week.
Thankfully for DC, their television properties are bringing in over $1 billion a year in revenue. Which will just about cover Henry Cavill’s caloric intake to maintain his Superman body.
Warner Bros isn’t the only studio experiencing superhero property difficulties. Following director Tim Miller’s departure from 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool 2 (for rumoured clashes with star Ryan Reynolds), Justice League composer Junkie XL has followed him out the door. Daredevil’s Drew Goddard and Luke Cage’s Magnus Martens are reportedly on Fox’s shortlist to replace the director.
Miller has landed on his feet, though, to then run at a ridiculous speeds while grabbing gold rings. He’s now developing a live-action Sonic The Hedgehog movie.
Marvel, likewise, haven’t missed a step. Doctor Strange made $86 million with its international opening, and is heading for an $80 million+ domestic this weekend. Weirdly, its star Benedict Cumberbatch has signed onto appear with Spider-Man actor Tom Holland in The Current War – about the rivalry between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. Thanos will still probably find a way to appear in the end-credits sequence…
Head to the next page for rumours that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story might not have an opening crawl, the first trailer for Trainspotting 2, Kevin Feige reckons an Inhumans movie will still happen and more…