Wonder Woman’s Marketing Scheme: Brilliance in Disguise?

Wonder Woman’s Marketing Scheme: Brilliance in Disguise?

Over the last few days, people have asked if the Wonder Woman marketing undersells the picture. Considering the history of studios not standing by or hyping female-led CBMs, this worry has some legitimacy. That said, I’m not sure it’s a valid worry in this case. Looking at Wonder Woman in the context of her cultural heft, the dominant narratives surrounding the movie, and the previous entries into the DCEU, I think that the marketing team…

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DCEU AQUAMAN Adds Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus

DCEU AQUAMAN Adds Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus

With the Wonder Woman hype machine about to go into gear and Justice League not far behind, news is beginning to trickle out about the forthcoming Aquaman film. The Jason Momoa led cast has added Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, according to THR. Lundgren, who portrayed such iconic villains as Ivan Drago in the Rocky franchise, will bring his talents to a role little known to all but the few die-hard Aquaman fans. Lundgren is no…

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Affleck Steps Down as Director of “The Batman”

Affleck Steps Down as Director of “The Batman”

In an exclusive report from Variety today, Ben Affleck revealed that he and Warner Brothers have made the “mutual” decision to have him step down as director of the upcoming film “The Batman”. Affleck will remain under the cowl in role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, a role he took on in last year’s “Batman vs. Superman  – Dawn of Justice” before reprising the role in both “Suicide Squad” and in the upcoming “Justice League” film. Affleck will…

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DISCOURSE DISH: DCEU v Supergirl – Tale of Two Supermen

DISCOURSE DISH: DCEU v Supergirl – Tale of Two Supermen

This week, true to form, I return to the DC side of the fence to talk a conflict that’s been brewing for months.  I mean, of course, the conflict between fans of the DCEU and fans of Supergirl over whose Superman is superior. Fans of Tyler Hoechlin‘s portrayal claim that Hoechlin’s Superman is ‘the right’ one.  Meanwhile, Henry Cavill fans claim that Hoechlin just does a Reeve impression instead of bringing anything new to the table….

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Jai Courtney Talks Suicide Squad, Ignoring Hate, and Marvel v. DC

Jai Courtney Talks Suicide Squad, Ignoring Hate, and Marvel v. DC

Two days ago, Batman-News reported on Jai Courtney‘s appearance on MTV podcast “Happy, Sad, Confused!”  In this podcast, Courtney discusses his role in Suicide Squad, the critical backlash, and the differences between Marvel and DC in superhero movies. The relevant portion of the interview: JOSH HOROWITZ: Uh, post mortem on Suicide Squad.  So, what’s, what’s your sense, were you surprised by the reaction, by how divisive it was?  […] It seemed like the fanboys in particular…

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DISCOURSE DISH: Ryan Potter and the Art of the Campaign

DISCOURSE DISH: Ryan Potter and the Art of the Campaign

Two weeks ago, I broke the story about Ryan Potter and the viral campaign #RyanPotterforTimDrake. Starting with a tweet that went semi-viral among DCEU and Batman fans, interest in Ryan Potter (Big Hero 6) playing Tim Drake has only grown.  A successful Twitter campaign, #RyanPotterforTimDrake, peaked at #5 when it trended.  Afterward, Potter stoked fires by making a concept video of himself in character as Tim, playing out a fight scene. Since then, people really…

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DISCOURSE DISH: Geoff Johns Comments on Justice League ‘Tone’

DISCOURSE DISH: Geoff Johns Comments on Justice League ‘Tone’

This past Thursday, Geoff Johns made some comments to the Wall Street Journal about Justice League.  These comments focused primarily on comics-accuracy and the intended tone of the upcoming film. Of course, instead of just focusing on those comments, Wall Street Journal proceeded to get its nasty value judgments all over the article.  Regurgitating tired anti-DCEU talking points like reshoots, second-week drops, and the factually incorrect idea that ‘Neither Ben Affleck’s Batman nor Henry Cavill’s Superman…

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Ryan Potter Drops Tim Drake Fight Scene Fan Film

Ryan Potter Drops Tim Drake Fight Scene Fan Film

Ben Affleck, just let Ryan Potter play Tim Drake already. This past Tuesday, I broke the story that Ryan Potter really wants to play Tim Drake in the DCEU.  Since then, fans have rallied in support, trending “#RyanPotterforTimDrake” on Twitter on Thursday.  That day, the Twitter campaign peaked at #5 on the trend list. Over the last couple of days, Potter posted several tweets about a “little something” he was working on.  He requested fans send him their best…

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Billy Crudup in Talks for Role of Flash’s Father Henry

Billy Crudup in Talks for Role of Flash’s Father Henry

According to a Variety exclusive, Billy Crudup is in negotiations to play the role of Henry Allen in 2018’s The Flash. Variety’s sources state that Crudup, who previously played Dr. Manhattan in the Zack Snyder-directed adaptation of Watchmen, will play Barry Allen’s father.  According to the comics, courts falsely convicted Henry Allen for the murder of his wife.  This sparked Barry to become a forensic scientist, so that someday he could find the real killer. Crudup would play…

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New Set Pics from BVS Show Wonder Woman and Pre-CGI Doomsday

New Set Pics from BVS Show Wonder Woman and Pre-CGI Doomsday

Wonder Woman doesn’t come out for a year, but we can still get a taste of her in battle.  This new set pic tweeted by Gal Gadot shows Diana in battle with a pre-CGI Doomsday, and she looks like she’s having a lot of fun. Gadot, in full kit as Diana, swings a sword at a stuntman in a motion-capture suit.  She howls a battle-cry as she does so.  Despite the lack of set besides…

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