In My Humble Opinion: Any attempt by Warner Bros. to make a Justice League movie will end in disaster. Apparently the powers that be over at Warner Bros. have decided to hang the fate of a Justice League movie on the box office receipt totals of Man of Steel (the new Superman reboot directed by Zach Snyder). Personally, I think The Avengers was lucky to perform as well as it did. I liked the movie, hell I pretty much liked all the movies leading up to The Avengers (Captain America was a little lame) but I think the success of The Avengers was a situation where everything came together just at the right time. For Warner Bros. to try to use this formula and apply it to The Justice League is going to end badly. Other than the Batman franchise, Warner Bros. doesn’t have much to lean on in the way of hope with The Justice League being successful. In fact, while we’re being honest, the latest Batman, The Dark Knight Rises was the weakest of them all which doesn’t bode well for trying to sustain momentum going forward; and let’s not forget Green Lantern, which showed more “green” on-screen than it took in at the box office. Anyway, I’m excited about Man of Steel. I hope I’m wrong about Warner Bros. and it is able to move forward with a Justice League movie (I know my son would be excited too)…I just won’t get my hopes up and I’d advise you don’t either.
Part of the Variety article below:
Stakes are high for “Man of Steel.” Other than Nolan’s Batpics, Warners has not been able to effectively exploit the DC library. Its 2011 “Green Lantern” underperformed, and a “Justice League” film wouldn’t likely be in theaters before 2015, as Warner’s top brass has indicated that they are awaiting the results of “Man of Steel,” which opens June 14, before moving further ahead.
In my humble opinion: Katie Holmes left Tom Cruise, not because of scientology, but because Tom Cruise is an egotistical, controlling maniac and Katie had to get the hell out. Wanna hear why I think this…follow me on this ride if you will please. Katie Holmes starred in the original Batman Begins as Rachael Dawes. After appearing in that film she went on to star alongside Aaron Eckhart in Thank You For Smoking. Think back and you might remember that there was this big to do about her having a sex scene with Aaron Eckhart. Tom Cruise apparently even showed up to on set the day the scene was filmed to “monitor” the situation…I also heard that he had so many issues with the scene that it was scaled back before the movie was released. Katie Holmes would later go on to say that she couldn’t do the sequel for Batman, The Dark Knight and opted instead to star in Mad Money. Now I ask you, once Tom Cruise found out that Aaron Eckhart had been cast as Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight do you think there was any pressure put on Katie by her controlling husband to drop out of the franchise? The answer: Of course there was. Tom Cruise couldn’t handle seeing his wife being intimate (even if it was just acting) with another man…Tom’s ego was writing checks his body couldn’t cash when he married Katie Holmes. Whether there is evidence to back this theory up is another story because like I said, this is just my humble opinion.
In My Humble Opinion: I haven’t seen the movie yet, but judging from what I’ve read below…it doesn’t sound like it will live up to what I was hoping for. Personally, I was hoping that Bane would be “the man” but the movie seems to go with the female villain angle….boring !!! And I knew Joseph Gordon Levitt was going to be Robin, I just knew it:
Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, Gotham City is in a state of peace. Under powers granted by the Dent Act, Commissioner Jim Gordon has nearly eradicated violent and organized crime. However, he still feels guilty about the cover-up of Harvey Dent‘s crimes. At a function celebrating Dent, he plans to admit to the conspiracy, but decides that the city is not ready to hear the truth. While following a lead in the abduction of a senator from the function, Gordon’s speech falls into the hands of terrorist leader Bane. Gordon is shot in the process, and he promotes patrol officer John Blake to detective, allowing Blake to report directly to him.
As Batman has disappeared from Gotham City, so too has Bruce Wayne, locking himself inside Wayne Manor. Wayne Enterprises is crumbling after he invested in a clean energy project designed to harness fusion power, but shut the project down after learning that the core could be modified to become a nuclear weapon. Bruce suspects that his business rival, John Daggett, has employed Bane to aid in an aggressive take-over of the company. When he attempts to intervene in an attack on the city’s stock exchange, Bruce comes into conflict with Alfred Pennyworth over his plans to return to the streets of the city as Batman. Alfred finally admits that Rachel Dawes chose to marry Dent, and leaves Bruce’s service in an attempt to convince him that he can no longer be Batman.
Following a trail left by cat burglar Selina Kyle, Batman confronts Bane, who says that he assumed the leadership of the League of Shadows following the death of Ra’s al Ghul. Bane kills Daggett and reveals that he was using Daggett’s construction firms to stage a heist on Wayne Enterprises’ Applied Science Division. He steals Bruce’s arsenal before crippling Batman and detaining him in a prison from which escape is virtually impossible. The other inmates relate the story of the only person to ever successfully escape from the prison, a child driven by necessity and the sheer force of will.
Bane lures the Gotham police department underground and sets off a chain of explosions across the city, trapping the officers underground and turning Gotham City into an isolated city-state. Any attempt to leave the city will result in the detonation of the Wayne Enterprises fusion core, which has been converted into a bomb. Addressing the citizens, Bane reveals the cover-up of Dent’s death, and releases the prisoners locked up under the Dent Act. The rich and powerful are dragged from their homes and put before a show trial presided over by Jonathan Crane, where they are given the choice between death or exile, and the city further regresses into a state of anarchy. After an attempt to sneak Special Forces soldiers into the city disguised as aid workers ends with the soldiers hung from a bridge for the world to see, the government blockades Gotham.
Meanwhile, Bruce retrains himself to be Batman and successfully escapes Bane’s prison to return to Gotham. He enlists Selina, Blake, and Lucius Fox‘s help in liberating the people of the city and stopping the fusion bomb. Batman confronts Bane, but Miranda Tate intervenes as she reveals herself to be Talia al Ghul. It was she, not Bane, who escaped the prison as a child, and Bane was permanently scarred as he tried to help her. Gordon successfully cuts off the bomb’s ability to be remotely detonated and Selina kills Bane, allowing Batman to chase Talia. He tries to force her to take the bomb to the fusion chamber, where it can be stabilized, but she remotely floods the chamber. Batman shoots her truck off the road and she dies in the resulting crash, confident that the bomb cannot be stopped. Using a helicopter developed by Fox, Batman hauls the bomb beyond the city limits, where it detonates over the ocean.
In the aftermath of the explosion, the world believes Batman to be dead and Bruce to have been one of the casualties of the riot. As his estate is divided up, Alfred witnesses Bruce and Selina together alive in a cafe in Italy, while Blake inherits the Batcave.
In my humble opinion: To all those people who have jumped on the bandwagon and keep saying, “Batman will surely die in the third movie” you’re drinking a little too much of the kool-aid. 1. It’s already the most anticipated movie of the year….maybe ever, so you’re not going to kill off the main hero in case sequels can be made (it’s Hollywood, they are all about money). 2. What better way to hype up the most anticipated movie ever made even more?….make it look like Bane kills Batman in the trailers. 3. What other movie series decides to kill of the main character (hero) for dramatic effect? None spring to mind? Yeah that’s because it’s never happened… and as much credit as I give to Christopher Nolan (he is awesome!!!) I don’t think he’ll be the one to start the trend. So rest assured people…Batman will not die. Here’s how it will go down: Bane will have beaten Batman in a fight. Bane, thinking he has killed Batman and tossed him down a deep dark waterfall inside the Batcave will then take Batman’s cracked mask and toss it aside thinking he has won…..then…. later on….when all hope is lost…Batman will show up and save the day, in true Hollywood style….all that said I will still be going to see it…no doubt 🙂