Man of Steel Sequel costume designer says ‘awesome’ photos are coming!
The untitled Man of Steel sequel begins filming in April and as that gets closer many fans are waiting impatiently to see Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot in their new superhero costumes. According to Michael Wilkinson, the sequel’s costume designer many fans are causing a stir! Check out the tweet right here:
Great photo shoot today with amazing photographer Steven Simko http://t.co/mLeqB7iXob- stand…
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Depends on the timeline……
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Superman - Chris Samnee
DIRECTOR: Jay Oliva
SHORT VERSION: One super-dark Elseworlds winner focusing on Flash (finally!) and one super-dark not-so-good Elseworlds…wait, that’s the REAL continuity now? Goddammit.
LONG VERSION: FLASHPOINT PARADOX plays out almost like someone took a dare to make a story where they could get away with just about every horrible thing you could never subject DC’s money-printing icons to in regular continuity. Characters like Lex Luthor and Steve Trevor meet grisly ends at the hands of Aquaman and Wonder Woman (respectively - I know!) who have gone to war with each other, Superman is held for decades by a corrupt and paranoid government, and it was Bruce Wayne, not Thomas, who died in Crime Alley (causing Thomas to become Batman).
Flash is stuck in this alternate world, waking up with everything he knows having changed (including not having his Flash-powers) because someone changed something in the past. The film bounces back and forth between the mystery of solving this “who?” and “why” pursued by Barry Allen and uneasy ally Thomas Wayne/Batman, while also chronicling the encroaching apocalyptic conflict between Atlantis and Themyscira (largely anchored by Cyborg and his team of misfits, since this timeline has no Justice League).
There’s a LOT of plot in this movie for its lean 81-minute run-time, but it still manages to feel full and worthy of the characters and situations. Part of the weight of the film comes from the opening, where we get Flash and the Justice League (including voices from the JUSTICE LEAGUE animated series and JL:DOOM vets to anchor us to the characters as quickly as possible) before catapulting the viewer and Barry into this darker reality, letting the shock sink in to the audience and the protagonist at the same time.
And while the film feels at times gratuitously violent (it really should be rated R. There’s a “headshot gag” that’s borrowed directly from THE QUICK AND THE DEAD - yes, that one.), but because the entire POINT of the movie is a “worst possible outcome” of a fatal decision, it feels appropriate. And it makes the audience thirst for a return to the “real” timeline.
It’s an emotionally rough ride, but a good one. And it’s nice for one of the characters often relegated to also-ran (haha) status to get a central role here.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR on the other hand, is head-scratching in how empty it feels. Imagine THE AVENGERS with none of the build-up, none of the variation in action locations, almost none of the character work, and odd tone-deaf casting choices, and you’ll have an idea of how wrong it could have gone, and how wrong JL: WAR goes.
I’m sorry to call this the first genuine failure of the DC Animation run (a run that’s included, since 2007, great films like WONDER WOMAN, BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD, and SUPERMAN vs. THE ELITE), but there’s very little redeeming here. JL:WAR plays as an origin story for the league, but also introduces “New 52” versions of all the heroes, almost none of whom have met before (as opposed to THE AVENGERS or even the JL cartoon, which had been built to in the BATMAN and SUPERMAN shows that preceded it). Here, everyone is thrown together long enough for each character to form only ONE actual connection with only ONE other character before an alien invasion starts trashing the world.
And unfortunately, said alien is Darkseid, but because this film is also his introduction, the conflict has no weight outside of the very nebulous “save the world” stakes - there’s none of the familial drama inherent in Loki’s character, none of the lead-up, sacrifice or vendetta of the Animated Universe’s “Apokalips…NOW!”, “Legacy,” or “Twilight” arcs.
Still, a great voice cast with real chemistry could still have made this something enjoyable, but there’s very little of the bond one expects between actors from DC’s previous animated outings. Even the casting itself seems off - don’t get me wrong, I love Alan Tudyk, but him as Superman just doesn’t work.
So the movie boils down to thinly-sketched character engaging in repetitive action scenes for most of the film’s 75 minutes. And even the action itself is somewhat underwhelming - aside from some genuinely awesome Green Lantern constructs, this is the same sort of stuff we’ve already seen done better in movies like SUPERMAN|BATMAN: APOCALYPSE and WONDER WOMAN.
Best to just rewatch literally ANY of the other DC Animated movies. Or THE AVENGERS.
VERDICT: Impressive / Depressing
BONUS: Wonder Woman straight-up murdering a child in FLASHPOINT. DAMN