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Review: Cathy Yan's Effervescent 'Birds of Prey' Flies High, Rules Hard

Birds of Prey Review

Created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, Harley Quinn first appeared in Batman: The Animated Series in September of 1992. A psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum, Dr. Harleen Quinzel was seduced by the Joker into becoming his crazed, mallet-wielding partner-in-crime. 24 years later, the fan-favorite villainess made her big-screen debut in 2016's Suicide Squad, portrayed by Margot Robbie (seen in Bombshell, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, I, Tonya). While that movie, about a team of supervillains saving the world, was an incoherent and aggressively dull mess, Robbie's memorable performance all but guaranteed that we would see the character on-screen again. Enter Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, in which Harley leads her very own girl gang into battle against a Gotham City crime lord.

 Posted February 7 in DC Movies, Review | Comments

Review: 'Birds of Prey' Breaks the Fourth Wall in Harley Quinn's Style

Birds of Prey Review

Harley Quinn. Two words, many meanings, one powerful woman. The woman that she used to be in Suicide Squad is gone. Now, audiences have a chance to experience this badass lady cause some serious mayhem and teach a spoiled man a lesson. The action unfurls swiftly as Harley breezes by in her sparkling roller-skates and breaks bones. Cathy Yan and Christina Hodson demonstrate their phenomenal directing and writing skills with DC's Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. They bestow upon us a thrilling, full of twists and turns, packed with action, entertaining movie. The tale in Harley's narrative jumps back and forth, where past blends with the present. We are introduced to all the characters in their own legendary style. The way the story is told defines the crazy, multidimensional, and complex personality of the former doctor. But before we go further, let's get back to the core plot of BoP.

 Posted February 5 in DC Movies, Review | Comments

Second Trailer for Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn Movie 'Birds of Prey'

Birds of Prey Trailer

"Now that I've cut ties with Mr. J, I'm about to learn that a lot of people want me dead." Warner Bros has debuted a second official trailer for Birds of Prey, the Harley Quinn movie dropping in theaters February, following the badass first trailer from last year. The full-on title is still the glorious Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, starring Margot Robbie as the iconic DC Comics villain, reprising her role from Suicide Squad (it's sort of a sequel but without Joker or Batman). She joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress, and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord. The full cast also includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Ella Jay Basco, Rosie Perez, Chris Messina, Ewan McGregor, Charlene Amoia, Talon Reid, with Ali Wong. This looks even better than the first trailer! Hot damn! Bring on the glory of Harley Quinn in 2020. I'm all in for this.

Gal Gadot Returns in Awesome First Trailer for 'Wonder Woman 1984'

Wonder Woman 1984 Trailer

"Think about finally having everything you've always wanted!" Warner Bros has debuted the first official trailer for Wonder Woman 1984, the highly anticipated sequel to Patty Jenkins' massively successful first Wonder Woman movie (from 2017). This trailer just premiered at Brazil's Comic-Con (CCXP) during a big presentation, and has arrived online for everyone else to enjoy. Once again directed by Patty Jenkins, this sequel takes us right into the 80s - but not much is known about the plot beyond that. Gal Gadot returns as Diana Prince, also known as "Wonder Woman", with a cast featuring Chris Pine, Pedro Pascal, Kristen Wiig, Connie Nielsen, Gabriella Wilde, Kristoffer Polaha, Lyon Beckwith, Natasha Rothwell, Oakley Bull, and Robin Wright. This looks pretty good! The best part of this trailer is the lightning lasso moment, or also the look on Pine's face when the truck flips over. And I really enjoy that music choice, too.

First Trailer for 'Birds of Prey' Starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn

Birds of Prey Trailer

"Isn't this fun?! It's just like a sleepover!" Warner Bros has finally unveiled the first full trailer for Birds of Prey, the Harley Quinn movie arriving in theaters next February. They quietly dropped a teaser in theaters a few months ago, but it never debuted online. Now we have an exciting official trailer to watch and yes this looks badass. The full-on title is Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, starring Margot Robbie as the iconic DC Comics villain, reprising her role from Suicide Squad (it's sort of a sequel but without Joker or Batman). She joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress, & Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord. The full cast includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Ella Jay Basco, Rosie Perez, Chris Messina, Ewan McGregor, Charlene Amoia, Talon Reid, with Ali Wong. So far so good! Lots of slick action, lots of colors, lots of goofy jokes.

Second & Final Trailer for the 'Joker' Movie Starring Joaquin Phoenix

The Joker Movie Trailer

"People are starting to notice." Warner Bros has revealed the first official full-length trailer for Joker, the new solo movie about The Joker, being played by the magnificent Joaquin Phoenix. This trailer is timed with the film's premiere at the Venice Film Festival coming up this weekend, and compliments the excellent teaser trailer from the summer. This new take on the legendary Batman villain is an original standalone, slow burn origin story of the iconic villain not seen before on the big screen. Described as "a gritty character study of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society, and a broader cautionary tale." In addition to Phoenix, Joker also features Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro, Bryan Callen, Shea Whigham, Frances Conroy, Glenn Fleshler, Brett Cullen, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, Bill Camp, and Douglas Hodge as Alfred. This is looking super crazy, and super deranged, but impressively well-crafted and thoroughly captivating.

Tim Burton's 'Batman' Movies + Sequels Return to US Theaters in May

Tim Burton's Batman

"Can somebody tell me what kind of a world we live in where a man dressed up as a bat gets all of my press?! This town needs an enema!" Good news, Batman fans! The original Tim Burton Batman series is returning to theaters this May. Fathom Events has announced a celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Burton's Batman, first released in 1989. They'll be showing the four Batman movies from that series in theaters, one night only (each one), if you want to watch them on the big screen again. This compliments the recent 70mm screenings of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy, which was to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the creation of the DC character (by artist Bob Kane & writer Bill Finger). Book your tickets.

First Teaser Trailer for Todd Phillips' 'Joker' Starring Joaquin Phoenix

Joker Teaser Trailer

"Is it me? Or is it getting crazier out there?" Warner Bros has unveiled the first teaser trailer for Joker, the new solo movie about The Joker, being played by the magnificent Joaquin Phoenix. This new take on the legendary Batman villain is being directed by Todd Phillips (of Old School, The Hangover, War Dogs), taking a step away from his comedic roots to make something a bit more, shall we say… intense. The only real synopsis so far just states: "A failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and becomes a psychopathic murderer." But who knows how much we'll really learn about his roots? In addition to Phoenix, the cast of Joker includes Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro, Bryan Callen, Shea Whigham, Frances Conroy, Glenn Fleshler, Brett Cullen, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, Bill Camp, and Douglas Hodge as Alfred. This is a slick first teaser, gives us enough of a first look at this and how dark, gritty, and twisted it will be.

Nolan's 'The Dark Knight' Trilogy Playing in IMAX 70mm This Spring

Christopher Nolan - The Dark Knight Trilogy

We interrupt this regularly scheduled program to bring you this very important message. Warner Bros and IMAX have announced that Christopher Nolan's iconic Batman movie series, known colloquially as The Dark Knight trilogy, will be returning to IMAX theaters in 70mm this spring for a special one-time event. In celebration of the 80th birthday / anniversary of the DC comic book character Batman, first created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger in 1939, they're bringing this particular big screen Batman series back to cinemas. But unfortunately it's only playing in five different IMAX theaters around North America. The reason being that these special presentations will include a Q&A with Christopher Nolan, who will be on hand for the first event in LA (which will be taped and replayed). This seems like a do-not-miss opportunity.

New Full-Length Trailer for DC's 'Shazam!' Movie Starring Zachary Levi

Shazam! Movie Trailer

"His name is…! Captain Sparkle Fingers." Warner Bros has finally debuted the full-length second trailer for the Shazam! movie, based on the DC Comics character. The first teaser trailer debuted last summer during Comic-Con, and we haven't seen much since then except for a promo spot on TV. With only one month to go until release, they're dropping a last minute look and it's a good one. Worth the wait, I'd say. Zachary Levi stars as Shazam, and the full cast includes Asher Angel playing Billy Batson, plus Mark Strong as the Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, and Djimon Hounsou. Looks like the VFX still need some polishing, but overall seems like it's going to be a super fun movie. I dig the little Batman reference, and music choice.

Editorial: Ben Affleck's Batman Never Got a Chance - In Memoriam

Batman

Well, it is official. After over two years of speculation and rumors Ben Affleck appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live this past week to make it official: he's out as Batman. No more Caped Crusader for him. This should come as no surprise to anyone that is familiar with Affleck's tenure as The Dark Knight. Regardless, it can't help but feel like a colossal disappointment. Despite three appearances over three movies: two leading roles in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017), and a small cameo in Suicide Squad (2016), Affleck never got a chance as Batman. With this official and with the DC cinematic universe heading in a new direction, there's no better time than now to explore why Ben Affleck was so underutilized.

Shazam Needs a Lair & Some Beer in Promo Spot for WB's 'Shazam!'

Shazam! TV Spot

"I'd like to purchase some of your finest beer please." Warner Bros has debuted a new extended TV spot for the Shazam! movie, based on the DC Comics character. This aired during the big football game last night, and is now online for everyone to enjoy. We're still waiting for a full trailer, but between the teaser trailer and this new spot I'm already pretty much completely sold on this. Zachary Levi stars as Shazam, and the cast includes Asher Angel as Billy Batson, plus Mark Strong as the Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, as well as Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, and Djimon Hounsou. This is looking like it's going to be a very fun movie to watch, I am excited to see this. The comedic tone and amusing kid-as-a-superhero vibe is just what we need from DC right now.

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