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Ranking the weeks comic book movie reveals

It felt like this was a week where studios with comic book properties decided to reveal character from said properties. I’m not complaining, after all, it is the week DareDevil came out and the first showing of Avengers, so other studios took that chance to get themselves a little buzz.

5. Justice League Cast Reveal

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Coming in at number 5 is a cast picture without anyone actually in costume, which is cool, but it doesn’t beat the rest of the reveals this week. However it does have Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, AKA Adibisi, AKA the man who I hope will end up winning the Game of Thrones, then tipping his crown to the side. He will be playing Killer Croc, and if he channels some of that Beware the Batman Killer Croc, then we’re in for a treat. This picture also made everyone ask where is Jared Leto, which is  the first time that has happened.

4. Jared Leto as The Joker

And here he is taking the picture and channelling the classic Killing Joke cover. Yeah so his hair is gone, which is a shame, because it looked mad soft, but it is what it is. I’m cautious about this film, however I am looking forward to it, probably a bit more than Batman vs Superman, feel like with this one they can let loose a little bit.

3. DareDevil costume

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I’ve written before about how i don’t actually hate Affleck’s DareDevil film, but this series looks like it takes it to another level (I haven’t had a chance to start it yet.) But part of me feels like this costume doesn’t actually suit him, I’m sure it looks better on screen but in this image, just not feeling it.

2. The Thing

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Despite the lack of eyebrows, The Thing looks really good. I have this weird feeling, and it’s probably completely wrong, that this has a chance to exceed expectations, which isn’t too hard considering expectations for it are so low. I didn’t hate the trailer, it had an epic sci fi feel, while I would prefer a more light hearted take on the characters, you can’t write off something based just on the trailer, well you can, that’s kind of the point of trailers, but yeah, I’ll check it out.

1. Vision

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Along with positive reviews for his part in Age of Ultron, this week has been a week of Vision. Marvel has kind of kept him under wraps until very recently, but we got a proper look at him this week, and what a look it is. Taking enough of the comics without looking too cartoony, this shot Vision and the hype around the first responses saying he is the person to look out for has me really excited, which I obviously already was, because it’s Avengers.

Jared Leto comments on Suicide Squad/Joker rumours by not commenting

Rumours have been circling the internet recently that Jared Leto has been in talks to play the Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad and presumably as part of the DC Cinematic Universe. It makes sense, this is a new reboot of the DC universe with a new Batman detached from Christian Bale’s and the Joker is the ultimate Batman villain.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, when Jared Leto was asked he responded with “I’ve sworn to keep my mouth shut,” similar to Jason Momoa’s responses when being asked about Aquaman. With the other rumours about the cast, Tom Hardy and Will Smith, it looks like DC are really planning on making the Suicide Squad film a big deal.

Are we ready for supervillian movies?

Some of the most memorable characters in movies are supervillains. From Darth Vader to the Joker to Magneto, we’ve seen characters become as iconic as the protagonists in their tales. And now we are at a point where we are going to start seeing supervillain movies.

This isn’t the first time this has been discussed for example original plans for X-Men First Class was that it was going to be a Magneto origin story. But now we are hearing plans of 2 full blown supervillain movies being put out as part of the Spider-Man franchise, the Sinister and a Venom and Carnage movie.

Popular media has for years now deviated from the more old school good guys and bad guys trope and instead we see more shades of grey. So we support Walter White trying to provide for his family but we don’t support him poisoning a child. The problem with doing it on film is that we get less time for characterisation. Breaking Bad depicted the slow descent into villainy over 5 seasons, can a film do the same in 90 to 120 minutes?

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Part of me feels that the attempts at going the villains route with the Spider-Man franchise is that Sony don’t really have anything else they can do outside of the Spider-Man character. There is obviously a situation where movie studios have seen the success of the Marvel formula and are now attempting to replicate it. Fox have it alright, they have the whole of the X-Men to choose from and can easily create spin off films with people who are recognised as heroes. Sony not so much. Venom is a very popular character and is instantly recognisable to people who grew up on the 90’s Spider-Man animated series, and for people had, anticipation could not have been higher for Spider-Man 3. Unfortunately in that situation, we didn’t get enough time to spend with the Venom character but on the flip side, is a whole film to much to just focus on him?

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One of the most iconic supervillains of all time, Darth Vader, received his own trilogy origin story which one of the questions that film raised (it raised lots of questions of course, one of them being why?) is do we need to know all of this. Some villains are actually helped by the air of mystery that surrounds them. Staying in the Star Wars world, many feel that Boba Fett was ruined by him being given a back story, part of the appeal of the character was that he was mysterious.

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Staying on the topic of a back story, everyone remembers hearing the Joker telling 2 different versions as to why he got his scars in The Dark Knight, that air of intrigue added to the character, would it have been the same if we had seen  a whole film devoted to the character before seeing him mix it up with Batman?  Speaking of DC, there is talk of a Suicide Squad movie doing the rounds, which I imagine will focus on Harley Quinn. As much as I would love to see a live action Harley Quinn, how would the film actually work? Is Batman a part of it, are they taking him on or maybe working together?

And lets go back to the studio that started this whole franchise wave. Marvel Studios really only have two villains who could get their own film, Loki and the Winter Solider, with the latter looking like he will get his redemption story in the third Captain America film. That only really leaves Loki. Loki scheming in the Thor films and in Avengers is what makes the character so exciting, him playing the hero might take away some of that shine. It’s happened countless times in wrestling, someone becomes popular as a good guy, the writing team decides to capitalise on this by making him a good guy but unfortunately this then dilutes the character and takes away the features that everyone loved in favour of features that writers expect the audience to love. And that there is my main problem with supervillain movies, I feel they run the risk of taking away everything we love in the villain in an effort to make them more likable and marketable. But we’ll see maybe DC and Sony can make it work and we see more developed villains going forward.