Jeff Snieder, host of Popcorn Talk’s Meet the Movie Press, says early buzz around Aquaman is good — and its action scenes reportedly “put Wonder Woman and Justice League to shame.”
Snieder and Umberto Gonzalez discussed Aquaman’s early test screenings held Wednesday on the Warner Bros. lot and its subsequent positive reception, following first-hand accounts shared to social media sites Twitter and Reddit.
“I heard it was great, man,” Gonzalez said. He added, “Someone else told me it was a palette cleanser for them, for DC, what’s happened with the Zack Snyder films. So high hopes for that one and Shazam.”
“I heard that it plays like an Indiana Jones movie and that the action puts Wonder Woman and Justice League to shame. That is what I heard,” Sneider said.
“And that would make sense — James Wan is an experienced action director, I would expect the action to really be awesome,” Sneider said. “And the fact that I imagine a lot of it is going to be underwater, too, is a different element than we’ve seen in a lot of these movies. So I’m not surprised that I heard reports that the action is awesome.”
Wan, who has directed horror hits Saw and The Conjuring, recently steered Furious 7 to $1.5 billion in 2015. The smash hit blockbuster was praised for its high-octane action and its heart, most notably its emotional sendoff for departed leading man Paul Walker.
Batman-News.com, citing two sources, reported Aquaman has “tons of action” but is “a very emotional movie as well.”
Aquaman actor Jason Momoa made his debut as the classic DC Comics superhero in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice before reprising the role in Justice League, which received a critical lashing and a poor box office performance.
Momoa, who was cast by original Justice League director Zack Snyder, defended the film, saying he tries to “stay the f—k away from what people say.”
“Some of my friends said, ‘Justice League isn’t doing well’ and it kind of bummed me out,” he admitted. “But I didn’t want to look it up. I don’t want to look up the bad and the negativity. I don’t think that’s useful; it doesn’t help.”
“You can’t get into the whole ‘why this, why that,’” he explained “If people love what we did with Aquaman, it’s all [Zack Snyder] — it’s his brainchild. He came in with, ‘I’m going to make Aquaman a badass and I’m going to change stuff, and change the myths about this guy.’ And I busted my ass.”Justice League comes to 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray March 13. Aquaman, starring Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Michael K. Williams, Dolph Lundgren and Willem Dafoe, opens December 21.DC Extended Universe fans may have just gotten their first glimpse of what the ruler of Apokolips, Darkseid, could have looked like in live-action.
This possible first look comes through a behind-the-scenes Justice League featurette. The video is focused on the work that went into developing the Flash’s costume for the film. However, much of the video is shot in a room where concept artwork rings the walls. One piece of artwork, in particular, is standing out to fans as looking like it may be Darkseid.
Take a look below. You can also watch the full featurette above.The image is too blurry to definitely say that it is or is not Darkseid, but the figure does have a frame that fits the character’s usual description and looks to be wearing an outfit that could be a take on Darkseid’s classic sleeveless tunic that was originally designed by Jack Kirby.
While Darkseid was cut from the final theatrical cut of Justice League, he was originally intended to make an appearance. Cyborg was originally intended to plug into the Genesis Chamber on the Kryptonian ship. His connection to the chamber would have revealed a vision of Darkseid on a throne. The vision would have also been a callback to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, since it would have revealed the same “Knightmare” future that Batman saw in the previous film, only with the Hall of Justice’s sign included in the ruins. One dedicated fan did his best to animate this sequence based on the storyboards that Zack Snyder revealed.
Darkseid is arguably the most epic and threatening villain in the DC Comics universe. Created by Jack “The King” Kirby as part of his Fourth World saga, Darkseid has since become one of Superman’s greatest foes and one of the view villains who can pose a threat to the entire Justice League.And yep, that’s Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns’ Batman, with Jim Aparo’s Batman just to the right, and Frank Quietly’s Batman just to the right of that — and Batman: The Animated Series Batman (after the The Adventures of Batman & Robin redesign, naturally) with Tim Sale’s Batman just to his left.
Priest’s arc, drawn by Ian Churchill, forces the Justice League to confront realistic concerns of a public-facing, first-responder group that follows no particular government authority and wields fantastic power, all in the name of lofty ideals like heroism and justice. Putting Batman: The Animated Series’ Batman and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman into Justice League #39 both plays into the core conceit of the Fan as a entitled fanatic and provides a bit of a wink and a nod to readers.
After all, with all those Batmen in one panel, the odds that you’ll be reminded of one of your favorite Batman stories — or one of the stories you really wish had never happened — is pretty high. And it’s exactly that desire for control over his favorite heroes that motivates the Fan in the first place.
One of the worst-kept secrets in the DC Extended Universe was Superman’s “death” being only a temporary solution to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’s narrative, with fans fully expecting the character to return in Justice League. Now that we’ve all seen Superman’s return, Warner Bros. can show off some of the character’s greatest hits in the film, like in the below trailer for Justice League’s Digital HD release.One of the issues fans had with the film was the lack of attention paid to Superman’s return, possibly a result of Warner Bros. trying to make as quickly-paced a film as possible.
With Superman’s previous film lasting more than three hours, Justice League didn’t even crack the two-hour mark, leaving a lot of footage on the cutting room floor. One of these deleted scenes, which will be featured on the Blu-ray, depicts a resurrected Superman walking down the halls of the Fortress of Solitude, with the iconic black suit from the “Death of Superman” comic book storyline making a brief appearance.
If the direct nod to the comic book storyline didn’t make the final cut, we can only imagine what else didn’t make the theatrical cut.Following a disappointing critical and financial reception back in November, many passionate DC fans have spared no expense at trying to get Warner Bros. to release a “Zack Snyder Cut” of the superhero team-up.
One major issue about the concept of a Snyder Cut is whether or not enough footage was even shot to create any sort of cohesive film prior to the director leaving the production following a family tragedy. Joss Whedon stepped in to complete the film, with the two directors typically featuring drastically different tones in their films. This contradiction in tones is one of the many issues audiences raised with the film.Another obstacle in the way of a Snyder Cut being released is, with Justice League being so financially disappointing, Warner Bros. most likely won’t want to sink more money into releasing the film twice, possibly preferring to move on and focus on the future.
While Batman v. Superman wasn’t received well critically, it earned almost $900 million worldwide, demonstrating a large enough audience that was interested in an extended cut. Justice League, however, barely crossed the $650 million-mark worldwide.Justice League is currently available on Digital HD and hits Blu-ray and DVD on March 13th.