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Batman v Superman criticism and the best thing about the movie: Wonder Woman

I've watched Batman v Superman a couples of times now. I enjoyed the movie for the most part. It has some very serious problems with representing women that were hard to look past most of the time and made me cringe. Walking out of the cinema on premiere weekend—fittingly, the Metropolis in Frankfurt—discussing the movie with my sister, I felt that apart from aforementioned issue, something was off with the movie, that it felt like a bunch of snapshots of events put together, making it hard to find any sort of golden thread.

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across this interesting video review with an overly sensationalistic title, capturing this particular issue pretty well:

All in all, it was an entertaining film and the extended edition is a bit better, in my opinion. The shortest and most accurate criticism came from the inimitable @darth on Twitter tonight:

Yes, Wonder Woman was severely underrepresented in the movie but what saved it for me was the feeling that in the few moments Wonder Woman was on screen, the writers, the director, and most importantly Gal Gadot managed to capture the core of the character. She's educated, smart, more experienced and more level-headed than Batman or Superman, strong, a formidable fighter, and a true warrior.

There was a scene in the fight against Doomsday, where she was thrown back by a mighty blow of the creature but catching herself, the look on her face showed determination and the joy of battle.

It reminded me of one of my favourite moments in DC's New 52 run when Superman and Wonder Woman became a couple. Batman was explaining his misgivings about their relationship to Superman by showing Supes a number of boxes stored in a secure corner of the Bat Cave. Each of these boxes contained countermeasures for each member of the Justice League, should they ever go rogue. The only one he didn't have a countermeasure for, was Wonder Woman. He deemed her so powerful that the only way to stop her, if turned evil, would be Superman.

I sincerely hope that the 2017 Wonder Woman and the Justice League movies capture all facets of the character; the grace, the wisdom, the unshakeable belief in doing the right thing, the knowledge that sacrifices are sometimes necessary in battle, and not just the looks and fighting skills. The ComicCon trailer does look promising:


Bonus: "Everything Wrong With Batman v Superman"

Honest Trailers: Zootopia

I didn't get to see this movie in the cinema unfortunately but the second it became available on streaming services, I set aside an evening and watched it with my girlfriend.

This was a couple of weeks ago. I watched the movie four times at this point and I really love it.

The Honest Trailer is great and just makes me want to watch it again.

The new 'Star Trek Beyond' trailer looks promising

I have to say that up until now I wasn't particularly looking forward to new Star Trek movie. Even though I loved the previous two films, the first trailer for this next chapter of the Star Trek saga looked too much like The Fast and the Furious and not enough like Star Trek.

I realise that the new movies are more heavily focussed on action and entertainment—and I'm all for that—but it'd be sad to see the legacy of what made Star Trek such an amazing universe be ignored to create another action flick.

This second trailer gives me hope because we see a few glimpses of the character development the movie might bring with it, some manner of violent commentary about the Federation's expansion, and a plot that appears less straight-forward than the first trailer made it seem.

Take a look for yourself.

3D movies — maybe they're better at home

I had an interesting experience on the weekend.
My girlfriend and I finally got around to watching Ant-Man together and we decided to give it a try in 3D.

Usually we're not fans of 3D, not even if it's as well made as with the Hobbit movies. There are several issues: we both wear spectacles and the 3D glasses they hand out in the cinema never fit well, and it costs an arm and a leg for something that you don't really need.

I watched the first Hobbit movie in both in 2D and 3D. While 3D was a nice gimmick, it didn't make me like the movie more. That's pretty much how I felt about any other movie shown in 3D.

Until watching the 3D version of Ant-Man… which didn't suck.

Maybe it was because we had the choice to watch it in 2D (unlike in the cinema, where movies are often only shown in 3D for the first few weeks),
maybe it was because the glasses LG has are actually more comfortable,
maybe it was the fact that we were sitting in a space controlled by us without a bunch of strangers.

It was an enjoyable experience and we'll be attempting to confirm our hypothesis that 3D movies are best watched at home over the next few months.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE TRAILER 2

I must've watched this trailer over ten times now. I can't wait to see this movie.

With all that we've been seeing over the last few years on TV and the big screen, from Marvel and DC alike, I have to say that it's really a great time to be a comic fan.