Marvel Studios and DC Universe have had quite the contest with their movies for years, with Marvel’s movies, of course, winning 100% of the time. But lately after the widely acclaimed success of Wonder Woman, the DC Universe has kind of been able to place their mark in the superhero world with a legitimately decent film while Marvel’s films this year haven’t stood up to the standard, financially and storywise, that they usually do. Guardians of the Galaxy was an unfortunately underwhelming sequel and SpiderMan: Homecoming, while it got positive reviews, didn’t make as much money as expected. Now it did end up becoming one of the highest grossing films this year but it took a long time to get to that point. Now Marvel Studios and the DC Universe have a movie coming out in November to directly combat each other and I’m excited to see how things play out.
The question is, so far, which movie looks more enticing to watch? Is Thor going to steal the show with his short haircut and rad new buddies or is Justice League taking the world by storm with their incredible assemble of beloved characters facing off against a seemingly unstoppable force? Here’s what I think.
So it’s nearly a month until the Justice League movie comes out and a new, and most likely, final trailer has debuted on this magnificent Sunday. And I am pleased to say that this was Justice League’s best trailer yet. It had me riveted from the very beginning to the very end and the music didn’t take away from the trailer’s epicness. Take a look.
I watched Wonder Woman back in June and I loved it. I thought it was a great introduction to the Amazonian warrior and I thought it was a huge step in the right direction for the DC Universe. Wonder Woman was beautiful, smart, benevolent, powerful, everything that you would want Wonder Woman to symbolize and to be. The movie had its flaws but overall it was an enjoyable film.
So, Wonder Woman is now available to watch at home and I was excited to see it again. And I watched it hoping that it would be just as great as it was when I watched it in the movies. And for the most part, it was.
I absolutely loved the section of the movie when Diana was still at her home, Themyscira.
I mean who doesn’t love seeing a land where there are countless powerful women, of all colors, shapes, and sizes, in one place? It’s a girl’s dream to see something that powerful and epic and it involving only women. So the first portion of the film is hands down my favorite section of the movie but the movie still was rather enjoyable even after that.
So Comic-Con is officially over and there were a lot of announcements from Marvel and DC Comics. In terms of Marvel the cast for Ant-Man and the Wasp was revealed, Captain Marvel is going to be an origin film set in the 90s’, and Black Panther released a little bit more from the movie. DC Comics showed off the new outfits for the heroes in Justice League, they announced that their next movie after Aquaman next December will be about Shazam, and they showed a short clip from the actual Aquaman movie. But what was, of course, the biggest reveals were the trailers. I’ve seen them and I have to say they’re pretty good. The first I’m going to show is Justice League. Take a look:
I watched Batman vs. Superman for the first time last year once it was available on Google Play. It came with the extended cut and the theatrical cut. Now because I heard it was such an awful film despite the fact that it grossed nearly a billion dollars I wasn’t very excited to see the film. I watched the extended version and I was pleasantly surprised. The story was cohesive enough to follow, the action was enjoyable, and the dialogue was actually interesting. Yes, there were a lot of nods to the Justice League movie coming out this November but it wasn’t annoying. By the time the movie finished I was thoroughly confused. Why were so many people saying this movie was terrible? What was I missing? Then last week I got a serious urge to watch Batman vs. Superman after the wonderful experience I had with the new Wonder Woman movie. I decided, however, to watch the theatrical cut instead of the extended cut that I watch every time. I was stunned.
The theatrical cut was terrible! It felt like a puzzle that was missing half of its pieces. The scenes didn’t mold together, the direction of the movie was terrible, and it was so confusing I was confused and I’ve watched the movie over five times. Now the final battle with Doomsday was perfectly okay (mostly because of Wonder Woman who was truly the shining light of the film.) The rest of the film, however, was beyond terrible. After it finished I completely understood why people hated this film so much. It was a truly awfully edited movie.
If you have watched Batman vs. Superman and haven’t seen the extended cut you should definitely check it out. It’s thirty-one minutes longer, that’s how much was taken out of the movie. It’ll completely shed a different light on the film and you just might actually like it like I did.
It’s been twelve days since Wonder Woman hit theaters and eight days since I saw it last Tuesday. Last week I wrote a spoiler-free post about the movie. Now that it’s been out for nearly two weeks I think that’s it time for me to truly speak my opinion about the movie, spoilers and all. And so if you haven’t watched the movie I must warn you, there will be major spoilers throughout this post. I hope you enjoy.
My Favorite Moments of the Movie
One of the reasons I loved this movie so much is because of the incredible action. Wonder Woman already let her presence be known in Batman vs. Superman but this movie really displayed her power and sweet moves. My first favorite scene was when all of the female Amazonian warriors led by Diana’s aunt fought the invaders of Themyscira on the beach. It was breathtakingly incredible. The sight of seeing an all female, strong army was like something out of a dream. And even though there was so much slow motion I didn’t even care. In fact it slightly enhanced the action scenes. When it was over I was already blown away by the movie, and it wasn’t even close to over!
The next scene that blew me away was when Diana Prince crossed No Man’s Land. It was such a powerful moment seeing a woman be in that heroic position instead of a man as always that I was literally almost in tears. And then the action coupled with her fun theme music was epic! I was watching with a stunned expression because it was just so incredible. I already liked Wonder Woman but now I love Wonder Woman.
My Least Favorite Moment
As good as this movie was there were some mistakes. One of the biggest mistakes was the romance between Steve Trevor and Diana Prince. Now I’m okay with them having a love story but it led to one of the biggest flaws to the entire movie, the final battle between Wonder Woman and the god Ares. Now I loved the surprise factor they provided with the senator actually being the villain but that’s not what was wrong with the fight between the god and goddess. The battle led up to Wonder Woman being helpess and not powerful enough to defeat Ares for the worst twist of the movie to happen. It all came down to Steve Trevor blowing himself up in a plane stuffed with explosives for Diana to be strong enough to beat Ares. That’s not how I imagined Diana becoming the stern, powerful hero she is in Batman vs. Superman. It was actually kind of devestating to find out it took a man for her to be who she is. That completely contradicts with the whole purpose of the movie. That meant Steve was really the hero because if it wasn’t for him she might’ve given in to Ares’ evil wishes. And that is clearly a huge flaw of the entire movie.
Did I get a little teary when it did the small flashback and Steve told Diana he loved her, yes? It still was an unneccesary twist of the movie I didn’t appreciate. And here’s the perfect example to truly show how they could’ve done things differently.
When Rey faced Kylo Ren at the end of The Force Awakens did she need to see Finn get hurt for her to find the inner strength to defeat him? No. She found a way, by herself, to beat Kylo Ren. And that’s why she is such an incredible character and role model to girls. She didn’t need a man to make her strong.
The Things The Movie Did Get Right
First of all this was the first DC film to actually incorporate humor into the movie successfully. One of the reasons Marvel is such a success is because of the humor in their movies. Now Ant-Man took the humorous aspect a little too far for me but lots of people liked it. Batman vs. Superman and Man of Steel were bashed however for being too dour and people didn’t like it. I found myself chuckling a lot throughout Wonder Woman yet it never waned from being an epic movie.
I also really loved the message it sent, that love is stronger than hate. It was beautiful, especially in this day and age when so many terrible things happen on a daily basis. If more people could hear that message maybe the world could be a better place.
And the cinematography was great. Patty Jenkins did a superb job and kept the look epic throughout the entire movie. I’m so happy a female directed movie about a female superhero is now the best film in the DC Universe so far.
The movie, from a scale of 1 to 100, is a 93. If you haven’t watched it I highly urge you to go see it. You will not be dissapointed in the slightest, even with its few flaws.
Well that’s my post. It’s been a blast to write and I thank you for reading it. Now the next superhero film is Spider-Man: Homecoming and I’m excited to see it this July. I’m hoping it will be as good as this one.
I love movies! I love movies with superheroes. I’m a fan of DC Comics. And I love Wonder Woman. So what’s the perfect way to celebrate my nineteenth birthday? Going to watch Wonder Woman in IMAX. And it was perfect.
First of all, I am a fan of movie theaters because every single one is different. Some are okay, some are really beautiful, and others are just fun to go to. This happened to be a really nice theater.
As you can see there is a giant mural showcasing classic films. I happened to immediately recognize Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan from one of my favorite comedies, Rush Hour, as well as Dorothy and her companions in The Wizard of Oz. The mural was so large in fact that I wasn’t able to fit it all in the picture I took. So that was the first surprise of the night.
Secondly, of course, were the Wonder Woman posters in the lobby. There was one that was lit up and simply beautiful.
And then there was another poster that was so cool I couldn’t resist taking a picture alongside it.
After that, I got the tickets, got a large tub of popcorn and some water, and went into the theater. Now, this was how perfect my birthday was. I went to a 10:45pm showing of Wonder Woman so twenty minutes before the movie came on it looked like this.
I was so excited. So I sat in the empty auditorium with my family for quite a while just enjoying the experience. After a while, a few people did enter the theater as well but it wasn’t near anything close to a quarter full.
Part of the movie theater experience are the trailers. I love seeing trailers in the movies because they are loud, very awesome, and they determine how good the movie you’re about to watch is. So there were a few trailers that were a little boring. There was a trailer for a new movie coming out called Valerian. It’s based on a novel and I have to say, it looked pretty amazing. The colors, the originality, all of it was mind boggling. Then there was, of course, a trailer for The Mummy which is coming out this Friday. It was fun but I’ve seen it a million times on tv so it wasn’t anything to get excited about. There was a trailer for this movie called Kingsman which looked slightly interesting because it just showed a lot of action but no plots for the story. There was a trailer for Transformers and even though it is going to be a CGI-centric film I don’t even care because those Autobots are so impressive in IMAX. And then…there was a special seven-minute preview of Dunkirk.
Now I am a big fan of Christopher Nolan’s movies. They are very intense, very well written, and just very, very good movies. From Inception to Interstellar he creates movies that make you think about life. He even took a superhero film (Batman if you’re not familiar) and turned it into a fantastic rated R, psychedelic, disturbing, dark film that still has not been touched with its brilliance. Heath Ledger’s Joker is beyond scary, he is terrifyingly believable. And his jokes are not funny. Two-Face was once the pride of Gotham City and became a broken man bent on hate and revenge. And then Batman is not your typical hero. He had issues, he wanted to do what was right but was faced with many difficult choices. To this day there has never been a villain, or villains, as carefully written and thought out for any superhero film as The Dark Knight. It was groundbreaking and still is for a matter of fact. So when I heard Christopher Nolan was making a war film I was beyond excited. I’ve seen the commercials but in the movies, let me just say this, you will come away from that movie shaken to the core. I was literally shaking as I watched it. And at one point it got so loud and horribly real I was leaning back in my seat in horrified anticipation. Dunkirk is clearly the film of the summer and, if Hollywood is sensible, will be nominated for Best Picture. It’s that good.
After the trailers finished the IMAX started to count down and I was able to enjoy Wonder Woman. And it was so much fun it was worth every penny. When I left out I was so excited I decided to take another picture.
And then even though it was half through one in the morning my family and I went to Waffle House for a late night meal afterward. It was so much fun.
So yes, this was the perfect birthday. I got to go watch a movie that was actually worth seeing and it will be a memory I’ll treasure forever. Thank you for reading my post. If you want to know a little bit more about how I felt about Wonder Woman check out my spoiler-free review. You won’t want to miss it.