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Call a mulligan: The DC universe should get an immediate reboot

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Call a mulligan The DC universe should get an immediate reboot

After failing miserably with, well, every DC Comics movie other than Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. should consider calling a mulligan. They had some good ideas, ambitious plans, strong casts and great directors. They just couldn’t make it all fit together properly.

It’s still early. They can start from (almost) scratch. Keep the things that worked, such as some of the casts, and dump everything else. Here’s how that would work…

Keep some cast, lose others

Gal Gadot is as much Wonder Woman now as Robert Downey Jr. is Iron Man. Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher are great as The Flash and Cyborg. Jason Momoa may or may not be right for Aquaman, but if he stays he’d need to change his persona. Lastly, J.K. Simmons makes for an interesting Commissioner Gordon.

Everyone else should go. Replace Ben Affleck with Jon Hamm. Get an American, any American, to play the Man of Steel. Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor is ludicrous. All of the side characters can be bumped as well.

As for the cast of Suicide Squad, why don’t we just pretend that storyline is gone. Speaking of storyline…

Start from the middle

Marvel was able to put together a strong origin story for all of their superheroes. They did it in chronological order for each individual character, then brought them in at a good pace (with the exception of Hulk, but that’s their double-mulligan and they got it right eventually).

DC tried to do pretty much the same with one notable exception: Batman. He’s older and grizzled in this DC universe. Robin is already dead. He’s already dispatched with some of his old foes and is now into Justice League mode. This was a great way to frame the whole story and they should try a different variation with the whole DC storyline.

Forget about pitting Batman versus Superman. That was intended to drive the formation of the Justice League itself, but it was amateur in execution and convoluted in delivery. Don’t get me started with the Martha incident.

Pick up the story from the middle. The Justice League and Legion of Doom are already formed. They’ve already fought some battles. Perhaps the storyline can launch with a conspicuous absence of the Legion for a year or two and the Justice League is focused on preparation for other potential dangers to the planet. So far, every movie has seen existential threats. Tone it down. Hint at previous stories that can be told in future movies. It’s challenging to make good movies when the main character is known to have survived, but addressing those concerns and still maintaining tension makes it possible to have incredible story telling and even stronger movies. They did it with Wonder Woman by introducing her first, then telling her origin story later. Do it with all of them.

Another option would be to bring Superman in later. It’s always been one of the biggest dilemmas in the DC universe to find foes worthy of Superman. Imagine a universe where Superman is just Clark Kent for the first 30+ years of his life. He’s just a guy trying to get by at the Daily Planet. He doesn’t become Superman until the Justice League meets its match, perhaps in a movie after the first Justice League reboot movie when other aliens/demons/whatever attack. Then, Clark Kent can safely reveal he’s also not from here.

All of this would be risky, but at this point they have nothing to lose. Their on the verge of having a break-even outing for what was supposed to be their biggest blockbuster to date. That doesn’t bode well for the “safe” storyline they’ve been using so far.

Scratch everything else

New directors. New writers. New look and feel. That’s not to say they didn’t have talent on the crew, but let’s face it. None of it meshed properly. Wipe the whole board clean, take a couple of years to flesh it out, make a real plan that doesn’t have to rely on superheroes whose mothers have the same first name, and let’s put a real DC universe together on the big screen.

+Jesseb Shiloh is not-so-new to blogging. He enjoys things that most don't and doesn't mind and occasional nap. And he's never ambiguous nor contradictory most of the time. Find him on Twitter.

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  1. ed

    December 6, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Get rid of all the gay and queer scenes on all DC shows & movies.

    Supergirl is almost unwatchable because of the homosexuality and feminism that is forced into every scene – whether it advances the storyline or not.

    Flash is quickly becoming unwatchable and DC Legends (though they usually have great story-lines are almost unwatchable as well because despite the hot ladies & handsome men on the show, all the attractions appear to be homosexual in nature.

    If DC is trying to say that becoming a superhero starts with becoming homosexual, they will deserve to continue to lose their audience and their movies & TV shows deserve to fail.

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Don’t watch the trailer for 15:17 to Paris. Just see the movie.

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Dont watch the trailer for 1517 to Paris Just see the movie

You’ll thank me later if you do exactly as I say. On this story, you’ll notice a trailer. I’m obligated to put it up there because most of you won’t heed my warning. You’ll hear that there’s a true story directed by Clint Eastwood starring the actual men who lived through the experiences of that day and you’ll watch the trailer.

I wish I hadn’t.

I wish I would have done what I used to do, which was to not watch trailers of movies I already know I’m going to watch in theaters. Lately, I’ve been writing more entertainment stories so I’m compelled to watch trailers. It’s my burden to bear.

It doesn’t have to be yours. Plan on seeing this movie next February. If you need a refresher on the events from 2015, here’s the synopsis of the movie:

In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris—an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe. The film follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack. Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than 500 passengers on board.

There. Now do yourself a favor and skip the trailer. Just watch the movie itself. You’ve been warned.

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Do feminists really want to win awards for anything other than merit?

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Do feminists really want to win awards for anything other than merit

I don’t dive into stories about feminism very often. One story caught my eye and brought out the “fairness” tingling I usually bury in my gizzards. The claim being made by many feminists following the announcement of the Golden Globe nominations is that the absence of a woman for the Best Director category is wrong, not because there were women who were more deserving but because the nomination should be a reflection of the diversity in society.

In other words, they’re saying there should have been a token woman in the mix even if she didn’t deserve it because women need more women to be given things they don’t deserve. Or something like that.

Here’s the story from DailyWire that compiles many of the complaints by feminists:

Feminists Angry Over Golden Globes Snubbing Female Directors

https://www.dailywire.com/news/24608/feminists-angry-over-golden-globes-snubbing-female-paul-bois“Award shows are only relevant insofar as they provide an interesting portrait of the zeitgeist,” writes Zeba Blay at HuffPo. “We can debate all day about which movie is better than which or who deserved what trophy, but as a collective, these nominations and accolades are supposed to say something about the culture as a whole, and that’s perhaps the only thing that makes them worth talking about at all.”

“The main thing the Golden Globes give a nominee is visibility,” tweeted Rebecca Keegan, the Hollywood correspondent for Vanity Fair. “Another reason why it’s depressing they went with an all male director category. Few women directors will achieve power of Spielberg, Nolan, Scott without the opportunity to be seen.”

Actress Amber Tamblyn chastised Spielberg and Nolan on Twitter for failing to campaign on behalf of women directors, which is rather anti-feminist considering that her call is for men to help women up when they should be able to do it themselves.

“The men nominated here should speak to the fact that they don’t share this honor with a single woman in their category,” Tamblyn tweeted. “That something is glaringly missing from this list. Be an ally. This is not acceptable.”

Gerwig aside, the other lady directors that feminists have alleged were snubbed are: Patty Jenkins for “Wonder Woman,” Sofia Coppola for “The Beguiled,” Kathryn Bigelow for “Detroit,” and Dee Rees for “Mudbound.”

My Take

These awards (and any like them) should come down to one thing: merit. I already hate that there’s politics involved in so many of them; it still stings that Zero Dark Thirty was so thoroughly snubbed over politics. I also can’t stand that they use a round-robin system at times. They like to spread the love, so if an amazing performance is put out by someone who has already won and another person in the same category hasn’t gone on stage before, they’re often given the nod. This last complaint is minor, but it’s there.

What’s not minor is the notion that we need to express cultural diversity through awards nominations. If feminists want more women to win awards, help get more women to make movies. Support those movies financially by going to see them. One of the names on the feminists’ list of snubbed directors is Sofia Coppola for The Beguiled. Nobody nominated it because nobody saw it. The period piece had a total domestic gross of just over $10 million and scored a respectable 78% on Rotten Tomatoes. Respectable, but not award-worthy when you consider the lowest score among the movies with directors nominated is an 86% for Steven Speilberg’s The Post.

This is just another way of adding politics to Hollywood. Is it too much to ask that Hollywood simply focused on entertaining us? Leave the social justice, political correctness, and cultural righteousness out of the movie business.

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Send Rodman to North Korea. At this point, it couldn’t hurt.

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Send Rodman to North Korea At this point it couldnt hurt

This isn’t The Onion. I’m not using satire to make a point about the state of foreign relations with North Korea, nor am I taking a jab at NBA legend Dennis Rodman for requesting to mediate between Kim Jong un and Donald Trump. I’m being absolutely serious.

Most in the media are mocking the request. Since September 1, travel to North Korea has been barred following the death of Otto Warmbier, a student who had been imprisoned in North Korea for theft and returned in a state indicative of trauma while incarcerated.

I think it’s a plausible idea. It’s not that I trust Rodman’s negotiating skills, but he and the North Korean dictator have rapport. That’s more than can be said about any other American.

The controversial power forward solidified his stardom by doing two things better than anyone else at the time: defending big men and grabbing rebounds. His flair gave him notoriety, but he delivered when he took to the court. Every other shot we’ve taken at North Korea has missed. Can Rodman make one last rebound off a missed shot?

Right now, relations with North Korea are at their lowest possible point without being in armed conflict. If relations deteriorate further, somebody’s going to attack the other. Nobody wants that. The chances that Rodman could be the catalyst for war are minimal. The potential that he could actually make a difference is better, though still a long shot. At this point, it may be time to put our money on the long shot. Otherwise, we’re an itchy trigger finger away from the potential for millions of deaths.

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Dennis Rodman wants Trump to let him travel to North Korea

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/12/12/dennis-rodman-north-korea/943443001/Dennis Rodman has urged President Trump to allow him to travel to North Korea as a peace envoy, according to media reports.

The former NBA star’s plea came after the State Department barred American passport holders from travelling there starting Sept. 1, after the death of Otto Warmbie r, a U.S. student who had been imprisoned for theft in the reclusive nation.

Rodman, who wanted to travel to the North’s capital Pyongyang for a sixth time, said during an interview in Beijing with the Guardian that American officials said of his travel plans: “it’s not a good time right now.”

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