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Wonder Woman Shows Women Can Dominate The Superhero World Just As Well As Any Man

With another summer comes another barrage of superhero movies to fill the summer blockbuster lineups. I have often been openly critical of superhero movies and the saturation to the market. For example, we are on the cusp of the second reboot of Spiderman in the last 15 years. Marvel comics have been largely the comic book company pouring out movie after movie with a small smattering of DC movies trying to get their foothold in the market. 2013’s Man Of Steel was the beginning of DC’s charge at Marvel and the beginning of the eventual Justice League movie. Last year we got a bit of a deeper taste with Bateman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Both movies seemed to just miss with fans and critics, unlike their Marvel counterparts which are adored by fans and have been reviewed in a relatively positive light by critics. Putting all that aside, DC has not been swayed and has continued ahead with their lavish plans and massive schedule of films.

This leads us to their latest effort throwing us into the Amazon world of Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot made her debut of Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in the aforementioned, Batman Vs. Superman. There has been quite a bit of buzz since then considering everyone knew this was to be the next DC film leading up to Justice League. For many of us, just the mention of Wonder Woman conjures up images of Lynda Carter spinning into her suit and bouncing bullets off her wrist cuffs. These images may soon be replaced with the new ultimate imaging of the character.

Director Patty Jenkins who is best known for directing Charlize Theron in her Oscar-winning performance as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in 2003’s Monster, was given the task to helm the story of the most powerful woman in the galaxy. In the world where feminism is at as big of fever pitch as it has been in many many years, this was a challenging and delicate task that needed a woman’s touch. Jenkins stood up and embraced the challenge with every bit of energy she has, and it shows.

The film she set out to make is the origin story of Wonder Woman and through her first foray into the civilized world. Diana Prince is learning to hone her skills when a World War I pilot, played by Chris Pine, crashes near her tribe and the Great War is soon brought to their village. After a battle ensues and the pilot is saved from the Germans with the aid of her people, soon Diana goes with the pilot into the modern world of 1918 and discovers a much larger sinister force at play behind the war and one who knows of Diana and all her skills. Diana is now set to save the world for the first of many times.

Wonder Woman has been praised by fans, critics and women everywhere as the blockbuster movie that finally shows how much ass women can kick. Not only quickly becoming the film for the feminist this year, but also the movie that may have DC finally one up Marvel depending on the success of Spiderman: Homecoming. Regardless of the final numbers ad outcome, Wonder Woman has shown that DC is still very capable of competing in the superhero movie market. The correct formula seems to have driven Wonder Woman in the right direction and has left fans dying for more from the queen of the amazon.

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice Is The Biggest Battle Of Superheroes

imageI’m a little bit late to the review party for Batman vs. Superman, but I also took careful measures to not drown myself in all of the immediate reviews and blogs after the film finally was released. While I did happen to see headline and quick lines of people’s thoughts, I did my best to go in with an open mind. I enjoyed 2013’s Man Of Steel and have always been somewhat of a fan of the Superman character. With that said I can’t say I was overly excited for BVS to come out for a few reasons. The first reason was what I think had most skeptics at bay, and that was Ben Affleck playing Batman. Having to follow Christian Bale and the three highly praised Batman films he made almost seemed to big of an undertaking. The second reason my anticipation was not very high was because I don’t know anything about the comic books or anything about The Justice League other than the minimal basics. I’m sorry to say that but I’ve never been a comic book guy, I’ve been a movie guy. The third reason is simply that I thought it was too hyped to succeed. The criticism never stopped from the moment it was announced and then as character posters came out and trailers, it was just relentless. This was probably my biggest reason for putting it off and waiting on my review as well, I wanted to let the dust settle.

The movie begins by showing the battle between Superman and General Zod from an outsiders viewpoint. We see Bruce Wayne frantically trying to get to one of Wayne Enterprises buildings in the midst of the battle. He is there to see the building fall and manages to save an employee who is pinned underneath the rubble.image

The world is now split on their stance of Superman more than before. They had already seen all the good he could do, now they have only scratched the surface of how powerful and destructive he actually could be. One of the most suspicious people is, of course, Batman.

Along with those skeptics is the very wealthy and diabolical, Lex Luthor, whose plan is to pit the caped crusader against the man of steel in an effort to gain inhumanly powers with the remains of the defeated General Zod. Luthor’s plan seems to be working until at the height of their epic battle, they find common ground and refocus their energy. Luthor has since created what he hopes will bring the end to Superman, Doomsday.

imageAnother epic battle ensues which has Batman and Superman fighting side by side along with Diana Prince who has been on the outskirts of their feud, but has been keeping a close eye on everything. When she joins their side, we clearly see the beginning of The Justice League as now Wonder Woman has joined their ranks.

The film is aptly titled, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice because those are the two biggest acts in the movie. I don’t consider it a spoiler to say that there is no winner between the two because it is during their battle that they find the need to work together.

Just barely two years after it was announced that Ben Affleck would don the cape a cowl, we finally got to see if every Batman fans fears were justified. The biggest thing I took away from the movie is that Ben Affleck clearly didn’t drop the ball as Bruce Wayne/Batman. With just the right amount of dialogue to work with, he was given a creation of the character that was just right for his skill set.

Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor is the one performance in the film I imagealmost still don’t know how to feel about. I just can’t tell if he was so over the top as Luthor that it was great or that it was almost distracting. It felt like a very uneven performance with moments that were as good as Gene Hackman in Richard Donners version and yet there were times it felt uncomfortable to watch. It definitely doesn’t ruin the movie, but it does give pause as to using him in future films.

BVS is as dark as any previous Batman movie that has been made. It has some moments that can be almost chilling in the reality of their violence. Like many other Batman movies there is the creation of Thomas and Martha Wayne’s death. This to me, is the most chilling dramatization of their deaths, specifically Martha Wayne and her shattered pearl necklace.

imageSo the final verdict on BVS is that it was better than I expected which is always a pleasant surprise. It’s going to have its super fans and heavy critics but it is without a doubt entertaining and does exactly what it should do and leads directly into the first Justice League movie due out next year. Don’t go into expecting a movie with Batman to be as good as the Christopher Nolan trilogy, because this is a different Batman but it is one that fits well in this telling of these characters. I’ve come to the realization that there is never any pleasing of the hardcore fans, since I fall under the category of average fan and Look at it from a movie fans perspective, I found it to be engrossing entertaining enough to have me excited for the future films to come.

2012 Summer Has Big Blockbuster’s On The Horizon

While we at Love Your Movies mostly look back on films of the past and review recent releases, there is no denying this summer is setting up to be one of the biggest blockbuster seasons in recent memory and we wanted to take a look at what is going to succeed and why and what will fall on it’s face. Some of these movies have been anticipated for years and some have come out of no where. While we haven’t seen any of them, we are going based on plot lines and trailers alone as to what we think will be the summers biggest blockbuster. Here’s how we think they will stack up 10-1 Enjoy!

10. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Yes that’s a real title of a soon to be released movie. No it’s not gonna work. It’s the most drowned genre in history and not even America’s greatest president can save it. It’s a bizarre plot and a bad one at that. It sounds like one of those dreams you have when you are half asleep on the couch with the history channel on the TV in the middle of the night. It’s bordering on offensive to Abe Lincoln.

9. Battleship

Before this one even get’s going, to use what’s going to be an extremely over used phrase, this battleship is sunk. Even the never aging tough guy, Liam Neeson can save this. Based on a game that does not translate to cinema along with a mix of Transformers and all kinds of other hodgepodge of ideas it’s just not gonna work. This without question will be one of two hands down bombs at the box office.

8. G.I. Joe: Retaliation 

Despite what anyone thinks, The Rock can act and is a hands down action star. He’s never gonna win an award other than a WWE Slammy but he makes a decent and flat out entertaining movie. With the first G.I. Joe movie being all but a disaster, a better script and better cast which also includes the great Jonathan Pryce, look for this to be a better movie but the downside still will be that it’s a G.I. Joe which just won’t be that great a series.

7. The Amazing Spider-Man

Taking a page out of The Hulk’s playbook, Spider-Man get’s a re-boot quite quickly after the Tobey Maguire version of the series finished it’s successful trilogy. The difference between Spider-Man and Hulk is that Spider-Man had much better made and much more successful films. Andrew Garfield actually may be a better choice for Peter Parker than Maguire in that he is a better actor and there is more of a believability factor. It will draw decent numbers but don’t be shocked if it doesn’t fly based on the fact that it’s just too soon for this. All that said, the suit looks much better.

6. Total Recall

Maybe the most controversial and temperamental of the summer movies because it is a former well loved sci-fi book and somewhat of a cult movie. It may be way too early for this to be remade but that never stopped Hollywood from making what they are sure will bring in some coin, and Total Recall will most definitely bring in the money. Casting Colin Farrell is a good move he has the edge to wherewithal to take on such a massive undertaking and risk. Look for it to be a decent movie and do fairly well but loyalist to the original won’t be satisfied regardless of how good it truly is.

5. Men In Black 3

This looks to be a safe bet. It will be right in the middle of the pact profits wise and will most likely entertain you. The Men In Black series is just that, entertaining. Will Smith is a safe bet and the introduction of Josh Brolin is a great addition and it appears his best Tommy Lee Jones impression is spot on even though I’m sure he’s been working on it since No Country For Old Men production. Don’t sweat about spending your money on this installment it will not leave you with a still hungry type feeling.

4. Bourne Legacy

Another tough movie to gauge. The fourth installment in a great action series based on highly loved books that had Matt Damon carry the series…until now. Turning the reigns over to Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner who will not play Jason Bourne but continues the story is a fine choice. Renner is coming off a very well received role in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and will fill in nicely but don’t expect the same success as the Matt Damon half of the series but look for more great action and intriguing plot lines. Most likely should be a good one.

3. Prometheus

Not much needs to be said about Prometheus other than this, Ridley Scott returns to his sci-fi roots! For fans of his and of the sci-fi genre in general this will be a massive breath of fresh air. Prometheus was originally planned to be an Alien prequel, but that idea was scraped and it was decided it would be an original idea. A stellar cast that will most likely be a break out for Noomi Rapace who garnered some excellent praise for her role in the original Swedish version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy. Also starring the always fabulous Charlize Theron and Hollywoods hottest leading man Michael Fassbender. Mostly likely due to what is likely to be an R rating this won’t challenge The Dark Knight Rises or The Avengers for profit but it very well may be the best of the summer movies.

2. The Avengers

With all due respect to The Hunger Games and the title of our review for it, The Avengers is the true kick of to summer blockbuster season. With an all-star cast and every major super hero of the past few years and the major stars that played them, The Avengers will no doubt rake in the dough at the box office and have comic book/superhero fans drooling with their need to see all their favorite heroes assemble and take over the box office with what is sure to be amazing action and state of the art CGI. The Avengers will most likely be the one of the two biggest box office draws.

1. The Dark Knight Rises

Maybe the most anticipated of all the summer blockbusters, The Dark Knight Rises also has the most to lose because of what it has to live up to. The Dark Knight quite possibly was the greatest comic book/superhero movie of all time. With no Heath Ledger to carry this production the weight is on Christian Bale who made everyone rabid Batman fans again with his original performance in Batman Begins. With a good player on the opposite end in the gorgeous Anne Hathaway, while one of the best stars of her generation don’t expect her to be able to carry the film the way Heath did. None the less it will be between this and Prometheus for the best of the summer flix.