Wonder Woman is having some great success at the box office and both fans and critics seem to love the movie. But let’s take a little trip into the past to Suicide Squad; a movie that looked really fun in the trailers but the end product just couldn’t deliver.
The idea behind Suicide Squad is nice but they just didn’t work it out properly. The Suicide Squad is mostly used to go on ‘black ops’ missions so when things go wrong there isn’t a connection with the US. In Suicide Squad they fight against Enchantress; a typical villain that could be perfectly combated with Batman, the Flash or any other member of the Justice League. It just doesn’t make sense why they would use the Suicide Squad for something like this. Besides that, Enchantress was another ‘meh’ villain; how many times are we going to see a baddie use something in the sky to destroy the world? It is getting pretty old.
Then there’s the problem of just having too many characters. It worked in The Avengers because they all (well for the most part) had solo movies which set up their character. In Suicide Squad we see a short introduction to the character and that’s where it ends for most of them. Some (like Harley Quinn and Deadshot) get a little more back-story but just not enough for you to actually care about any of them. They also put the Joker into this and I can’t figure out why; OK, he’s an essential part of Harley’s origin but they could have stopped at that. Now we get a bunch of scenes that are just unnecessary because they don’t really do anything to the plot. Jared Leto’s portrayal of the Joker was OK but it’s definitely not my favorite. Taking about acting; none of the performances really stand out. They are all OK but nothing special.
Conclusion:Combine all those things with lackluster action scenes and you have a movie that was destined to fail. It also didn’t help that they re shot a bunch of scenes to lighten to tone because it just doesn’t fit in the grand scheme of things. Suicide Squad could have been a decent film for the DCEU but it ended up being a failure.
This week we get a visit from both Lego Batman and the Punisher!
Lego Batman: Joker Balloon Escape
I haven’t seen the Lego Batman movie (yet) but this Lego set was just too cool to not pick up. I might pick up more of the Lego Batman sets in the near future because they are freaking awesome!
The Punisher (Xbox)
The Punisher is an underrated action game based on The Punisher comics and the 2004 Punisher movie (very loosely based). The game is very violent (mostly because of the executions) and the story is pretty cool. It has a lot of resemblance with how we saw the Punisher in Daredevil; gritty and no-nonsense.
What’s your favorite superhero game of all time? Mine’s probably Arkham City but I also really enjoyed Spider-Man 2 and Marvel vs Capcom 2.
My thoughts: I’m HYPED ! I loved the first Injustice game and this looks to be more of the same; GIVE IT TO ME. I’m still waiting to pre-order it (you get Darkseid DLC if you pre-order it now) until they announce the special edition (there better be one!) ; I missed out on the special edition of the first game and I won’t make the same mistake twice!
The Killing Joke is one of the best graphic novels of all time . Turning it into an animated film is a hard task but DC has had some amazing animated features in the past. I had high hopes for it but did the film deliver?
The graphic novel is too short to fill a 70 minutes movie so they added a bunch of stuff to extend the run time. The first 30 minutes are all about the dynamic between Batgirl/Barbara Gordon and Batman. Some of these scenes are good and help establish the relationship between the two but some of them are just weird and unnecessary. After the 30 minute mark you basically get an animated version of the graphic novel.
So yeah the new stuff is a bit hit and miss but the adaptation of the graphic novel is pretty spot on. The animations are great, the voice acting is solid so it’s not a bad movie what so ever. But I can see why some people were disappointed; the first 30 minutes just aren’t up to the level of the graphic novel which is a shame.
Conclusion; Is the Killing Joke a great animated film? Well I wouldn’t call it great but it’s definitely good. It’s a shame that the first part can’t live up to the greatness of the rest (well the greatness of the graphic novel). It’s not the best animated film that DC has ever made (that for me is still Assault on Arkham) but it’s definitely enjoyable.
Last week I got a fairly big haul but that’s nothing compared to this week! I’ve got a new game, some movies, a graphic novel and more!
The Great Escape and I know what you did last summer (blu-ray)
I had a MediaMarkt gift card laying around and I decided to use some of it on these 2 movies. I already owned the The Great Escape on DVD but the quality wasn’t that great so I upgraded to the blu-ray version. I know what you did last summer is a movie that I had on my ‘wanted’ list for some time and now I finally found it for a decent price. The movie is not really that good (5.6 on IMDB says it all really) but I collect horror movies so it needed to be in my collection.
The Killing Joke Deluxe Edition
One of the greatest graphic novels of all time and a must have for every Batman fan! I’ve read it before but with the release of the animated movie I decided to buy the deluxe edition.
Lego Mighty Micros: The Flash and Captain Cold + Catwoman and Batman
I couldn’t resist completing the DC set of these Lego Mighty Micros . Last week I bought the Robin/Bane one and this week I added the Catwoman/Batman and The Flash/Captain Cold. These sets are great value for money and are a nice addition to my DC collection.
South Park: The Stick of Truth (PS3)
I went to pre-order the new South Park game (the collectors edition in fact) and I realized that I never even played the first one (I did see a ton of videos of people playing it though). I bought it for €14.99 which isn’t too bad and I’m going to complete it before the new one comes out (Fractured but Whole arrives in December so I have a lot of time to complete this one).
What’s your favorite graphic novel? Let me know in the comments!