Britney and Keith are delaying their hiatus (again) to continue discussing the ongoing drama at Warner Bros. and DC Studios. If last week’s bombshell news of Patty Jenkins walking away from Wonder Woman 3 wasn’t enough; this week, we got confirmation that Henry Cavill will not be continuing as Superman — despite announcing his return barely two months ago. It’s a mess, and Hard NOC Life is here to make sense of it all!Continue reading “Hard NOC Life 296: The Death and Reboot of Superman”
Hard NOC Life will eventually go on hiatus. However, Britney and Keith couldn’t avoid talking about THR’s bombshell report that James Gunn and Peter Safran might be blowing up the current DC Universe after all. Later, Keith is joined by President Obama’s former chief speechwriter, Cody Keenan, about his new White House memoir, Grace: President Obama and Ten Days in the Battle for America.Continue reading “Hard NOC Life 295: DC in Disarray (Feat. Cody Keenan)”
It’s no secret that Disney has found some critical but much commercial success with their live-action adaptations of animated classics. But these film adaptations help introduce a new telling of an old story to a young generation. And in a way, it is a great way to introduce the animated original to them as well.Continue reading “D23Expo: ‘Snow White’ Teases a New Telling of an Old Story”
Netflix has shared the official trailer for Red Notice as well as multiple new posters! The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds. Rawson Marshall Thurber serves as director and writer. Red Notice will be released in select theaters November 5 and begin streaming November 12 on Netflix.Continue reading “Watch the New Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Red Notice’”
Netflix has just shared an exclusive sneak peak into the new film, Red Notice at TUDUM: A Netflix Global Fan Event. Dwayne Johnson took virtual stage to introduce the film and preview the new clip. Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot star in Red Notice, which will hit Netflix on November 12.Continue reading “Dwayne Johnson Shows an Exclusive Clip of ’Red Notice’”
Red Notice stars Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds. The film is directed and written by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Producers include Beau Flynn for FlynnPictureCo, Rawson Marshall Thurber, as well as Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia for Seven Bucks Productions. Netflix has just released an official teaser trailer and new images from the film!Continue reading “Netflix Has Released the First Trailer for ‘Red Notice’”
Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds star in Netflix’s new film Red Notice. The official release date has just been revealed as November 12. Red Notice is directed and written by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Along with Thurber, other producers include Beau Flynn for FlynnPictureCo as well as Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia for Seven Bucks Productions.Continue reading “Get All the Details on Netflix’s ‘Red Notice’”
Despite our best interests, we caved and watched the Snyder Cut of the Justice League movie. All four damn hours of it. Here’s our review.
Today is the day. Zack Snyder’s Justice League has finally been released to HBO Max and people can now see the director’s four-hour magnum opus as he bids adieu to the DC Universe. And while a lot has been made about the restored scenes and characters that were left on the cutting room floor of the theatrical edition, I was most struck by the differences between shots that appear in both versions. Below you will find side-by-side comparisons of several of these scenes.Continue reading “‘Justice League’ Side-By-Side”
Long time readers of this site will know that I have a a complicated history with Zack Snyder’s take on DC’s most iconic characters. While my opinion on his first foray, Man of Steel1, has waxed and waned over the years, I’ve never been able to see Batman v Superman as anything more than a convoluted mess of bombast and pretension feigning to be more profound than it actually was (Batman’s fight in the warehouse was cool, I guess). Moreover, the ferocity of the online debate about these films — both the religiosity of Snyder’s fans and the unnecessary cruelty of his detractors — turned me off to the whole enterprise. Talking about these movies on the internet was not worth the hassle or the harassment (says the guy who actively engaged in online arguments defending The Last Jedi for at least three years).Continue reading “NOC Review: The Snyder Cut is Good, Actually”
We recorded this on Tuesday, before the fuckery of Wednesday sooooooooooooo kinda fuck everything. We talk about what it would take to get us to go back in to theaters when we’re all immune to the ‘rona.
We are joined by the wonderful Hanna Flint to discuss Wonder Woman 1984 in this special bonus episode! We discuss the various ups and downs of the film, how well we thought the actors did with the script and story they had, and whether this movie did Diana Prince/Wonder Woman justice. We also discuss the many racist and Orientalist aspects of its depiction of Egypt and Egyptian people, and how detrimental it is for MENA representation. There’s a LOT to discuss, and we go through it all. Enjoy listening!
Spoilers for Wonder Woman 1984 begin around 11:26.
TW for discussion of rape and sexual assault 11:44 -12:57
So real talk time: I’m sure this won’t make me very popular, but I’m not a fan of 2017’s Wonder Woman. I think it’s a movie with a lot of really good ideas, some really terrible villains, a lot of bad acting (the terrible, cartoony “Boris and Natasha Show” that is Danny Huston and Dr. Poison, along with Mortal Kombat Lupin at the end), and a terrible final act that invalidates some of the best themes introduced in the first two-thirds of the movie (Steve explains to Diana that wars don’t just end because one person dies, then 20 minutes later she kills Ares and the war ends). So for me to go into Wonder Woman 1984 expecting more of the same, but coming out, not just surprised, but actually quite happy should be a testament to how much I think the film improves on its predecessor. As a film, I think it’s not only going to make the millions of fans of the first happy, but also make believers out of the skeptical, like myself. And that, I think, all comes from the incredible storyteller that is Patty Jenkins (with a great assist from Geoff Johns).
**Please note, it’s a bit difficult to get into the intricacies of what I liked about the movie without diving into some spoilers, so please be warned, and feel free to skip ahead to the final verdict if you don’t want details spoiled for you! (Then come back and read this after you see it.)**Continue reading “NOC Review: ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Wish Granted”
You may be looking at the title of this article and saying to yourself, “yeah… but what does that really mean?” Truth be told part of it was my self-indulgent way of pretending to be clever by using the double entendre about the long-awaited screen return of Diana Prince, courtesy of the amazing duo of director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot.Continue reading “Bringing the ‘Wonder’ Back with Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot of ‘Wonder Woman 1984’”
This month we’re discussing films we watched as part of Washington DC’s Arabian Sights Film festival. With films from Palestine, Lebanon, Tunisia, and more, this festival conveys the array of work being done by MENA filmmakers and we are so excited to share our thoughts with all of you! But before that, we discuss the exciting news of DC/Warner Brothers casting Iranian-American actress Sarah Shahi for Black Adam, the not-so-exciting news of Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins teaming up for a Cleopatra film, and a continuation of our discussion of “cancel culture” regarding a certain Chris (he’s a rich white cis-het man, he’ll be fine y’all). Enjoy listening!Continue reading “The Middle Geeks Episode 18: DC’s Arabian Sights Festival and DC’s MENA Heroes”
By Contributing Writer, Stephanie Wu
Wonder Woman 1984’s second trailer debuted at DC FanDome, kicking off DC Comic’s first virtual fan event. With a generous sprinkle of sweet moments shared by Diana and a much more wondrous Steve after their reunion, the film’s second trailer featured several fight sequences and gives a solid glimpse at Cheetah, Diana’s colleague-turned-villain played by Kristen Wiig.
I am a Marvel fanboy. I always have been. DC has been kind to my youth, don’t get me wrong, but as the last several years have attested, it’s been difficult holding our collective breath for a superhero movie from DC that didn’t get immense flack. I won’t lie to you — I’ve goaded friends, some more than others, for rallying behind something like #TheSnyderCut back in 2017.
Fast forward a handful of years and a whole lot of headlines to Saturday’s Snyder Cut panel at DC FanDome and… I’m sold.
Way back in June, the first details about the DC FanDome, DC’s fan-driven virtual convention, began to emerge. In said article, I said stay tuned to The Nerds of Color for more news on DC FanDome. And well, loyal readers, I aim to keep that promise, and do the opposite of what my dad did that time he promised to take us to Disneyland but didn’t!
What will DC stans tweet at Warner Bros., now that Zack Snyder’s Justice League has officially been announced as part of the HBO Max lineup in 2021?
In other news, HBO Max will be available to more cable subscribers — including Cox and Verizon — which means if you already have HBO, then you’ll also have it to the Max.
See the official Snyder Cut press release after the jump.
This month on The Middle Geeks, we’re recording from home, per usual, but it feels different this time as we literally have no other choice of location to do so. It’s Quarantine Edition! In the midst of the craziness that is COVID-19, we discuss how the entertainment industry has been affected, with various movie and tv productions having been pushed back, why some celebrities aren’t taking this situation so well, and ultimately what is needed on a public policy level to alleviate this crisis. We’re keeping up that balance of fun and serious stuff as always! Enjoy!
If there was ever any doubt that the Fast & Furious franchise was the most important movie saga in cinematic history, the trailer for its ninth and latest episode (tenth, I guess, if you count Hobbs & Shaw) basically solidifies that The Fast Saga has surpassed Avengers and Star Wars. I mean, just look at this:
Dominic Mah returns to guest co-host Hard NOC Life as he and Keith speculate about the future of DC Entertainment!
This week on Hard NOC Life, Dominic Mah returns as guest co-host to join Keith for additional spoilery Endgame thoughts. This time with more Spider-Man: Far From Home!