Justice League Official Movie Review

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The time has officially come and here it is. DC’s Justice League is finally upon us and our Resident Super Villain, Jay Washington had the pleasure of checking out the World Premiere in Hollywood.

Was the film worth the wait? Did it live up to its hype? Were there special cameos? What were if any easter eggs? Find out in this SPOILER FREE but fun review.

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Test Screenings of Justice League Are Garnering Positive Reviews

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As of this post we are 9 days away from DC’s Mightiest Heroes converge on the big screen. Now there are many fans both die-hard and casual who are concerned about how this film will turn out. Critics destroyed Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad was constantly asked how did all that could go wrong, actually go wrong with such an incredible ensemble cast.

Then there was the emergence of Wonder Woman which took the world by storm and is still garnering both repeat and new viewers.  So with Justice League the question came caan Warner Bros and DC maintain that momentum.

Well we may have an answer to that. With Warner Bros. being known to test screen their films, they have decided to present it to audiences with no knowledge of comic books and comic backstories, which is pretty much what they did with Wonder Woman before it premiered.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the most recent test screening to Justice League has been seen with audience scores similar to what Wonder Woman earned back in May of this year before it’s debut.

WSJ notes that Justice League is on track for a domestic opening over $100M -which if it’s is getting the same praise as Wonder Woman it’s totally possible.

What do you think? Do you agree it has the potential to hit the $100million mark opening weekends

The League unites on November 17, 2017

Ben Affleck All But Confirms He Won’t Stay On As Batman

We here at the Trusty Sidekick have been claiming for a while now that Ben Affleck would never make it to Matt Reeves solo Batman movies as the lead and this little nugget all but confirms it. In a press junket for Justice League, dropping next Friday, Affleck is asked how many times he’s played Batman and how many times we should expect to see him in the cape and cowl. We have the video set to start with the question – and…

Not even 5 times? With Justice League being number 4? That means, other than a likely pop up in another character’s movie (I’m guessing Flashpoint – if it happens,) Affleck and Reeves will never end up on set together. This obviously becomes more disappointing if Justice League does well and sets the DCEU on the right track as far as films go, and of course further grows my desire to fight Ben in the streets. I will be ranting about this next week on the podcast, but make sure you find our current episode, here!

Has The Focus Of The DC Universe Shifted

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There has been no secret that the DC Extended Universe has had its ups and downs. Now with its biggest team up to date Justice League approaching it’s release in theaters in November and the constant rumors swirling around Ben Affleck.and his involvement many have come to wonder what direction is the DCEU headed.

The BEST way to break it down and explain it would be to have you go check out this very informative and in depth article at Vulture.com by Abraham Riesman

Check out the VULTURE article HERE 

IT’S OFFICIAL!!! Patty Jenkins will direct Wonder Woman 2

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After an amazing showing at the box office and still continuing to make money, it has officially been confirmed that Patty Jenkins will direct the sequel to the immensely successful Wonder Woman.

The story was broken by Variety today and states the film which the script is being written with Geoff Johns, (who oversees the DC film universe) is set to arrive in theaters December 13, 2019.

Gal Gadot is also set to return as the titular  Heroine who is Princess Diana of Themyscira with an alter ego of Diana Prince. After a captivating debut in Batman V. Superman and then a phenomenal solo film debut, Gadot is set to lasso in audiences again in the upcoming Justice League movie due out this November.

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“The Batman” is Not in the DCEU

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Just when it seemed as if the DCEU and Warner Bros. finally was on track and had a plotted course, we get this news that not only is it off track its been beyond DERAILED and placed on an entirely new mode of transportation.

We are now finding out that the future DC “The Batman” film is not a part of the greater DC Extended Universe as well as other news. Check it out from

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To say Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe is in disarray is putting it mildly. They saw their first three films (Man of SteelBatman v Superman and Suicide Squad) endure critical beatdowns and, despite the success of Wonder Woman, the Justice League film has gone through massive reshoots and a director switch, Flashpoint has burned through two directors with a third not yet announced, the Cyborg solo movie has been scrapped and The Batman jettisoned both its original director (Ben Affleck) and script (by Affleck and Geoff Johns). Now, according to a KCRW interview (via Batman On Film) with The Batman director Matt Reeves, the caped crusader’s solo film will be completely divorced from the DCEU.

 “Well I have a vision for a way to do something with that character [Batman] that feels like it resonates with me personally, and a perspective that can grow out into other things,” Reeves said. “When they [Warner Bros.] approached me, what they said was ‘look, it’s a standalone, it’s not part of the extended universe.’”

So what does this mean for the future of the DCEU? If yesterday’s Joker origin movie news gives us a clue, it’s that Warners is trying to attract A-list filmmaking talent to their superhero movies by giving them the option to sidestep the continuity established by the DCEU. Hence, they may be starting their own side label for more director-driven projects like The Batman and Joker film, where other actors can step into those roles despite other performers like Jared Leto continuing to appear in the DCEU movies. It’s a bit like DC’s Elseworlds line in the ’90s, which allowed creators to work outside the continuity of the DC Comics Universe.

As for the DCEU itself, Warners has the option to soft reboot everything they’ve built so far via time travel in Flashpoint if Justice League and Aquaman fail. Having said that, this is still not confirmation that Reeves is recasting Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, despite rumors to the contrary. Given that Reeves sees The Batman as the start of a trilogy, we’ll have to wait and see what his vision entails and if it’s a good fit for Affleck’s established Batman persona. The term “standalone” could also indicate something more akin to Fox’s Logan, which didn’t rely on continuity with other films but kept actors like Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart intact, along with the mythos behind X-Men. So a standalone Batman movie could simply mean you won’t see cameos from Wonder Woman or Flash, etc.

As for the Justice League movie, Batman On Film is also reporting that Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor will have no role in the upcoming team-up movie, despite a tease of his connection to villain Steppenwolf in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

“He doesn’t have one,” they confirm of his role. “If he did prior to all the changes/reshoots, it was cut.”

While this should still be marked as rumor given that Jesse Eisenberg was already confirmed by Warners to return as Lex, it would not be unheard of. For Joss Whedon to have cut Eisenberg’s scenes, or even recast the role (as he did with Bruce Banner in The Avengers) given the poor reception of his stuttering, Mark Zuckerberg-inspired Luthor might even be a welcome change. Still, until we hear it from the horse’s mouth, we’ll have to stay tuned.

Fueled by the hero’s restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Justice League sees Bruce Wayne enlist the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Directed by Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeMan of Steel), the screenplay is by Chris Terrio from a story by Snyder and Terrio. Filmmaker Joss Whedon is directing the additional photography for the sequel and is overseeing the completion of its post production following Snyder’s family tragedy. Justice League is produced by Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns. The executive producers are Jim Rowe, Wesley Coller, Curt Kanemoto, Chris Terrio and Ben Affleck.

Justice League will open in theaters on November 10, 2017.