The Watchers: Issue #3 Upcoming Movies
Sorry Omniverse has been quiet for a while. However we are back with a new edition of The Watchers! This time around, we are going to be talking about a few of the new movies from the Marvel and DC Cinematic Universe that are set to release soon. As well as some of our predictions and or wishes of what we want and don’t want to see. Yes Deadpool was originally on the list but seeing how it has already dropped, we instead decided to write a review, which you can check out! Either way, there are still plenty of movies coming out in the next few years. The ones we are going to be talking about are, Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War, and X-Men: Apocalypse. Without further ado, let’s get started.
Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice
It is the age old debate among many comic book fans. Who would win in a straight up, all out brawl between The Man of Steel and The Caped Crusader. This sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel and the undoubtable prequel to the Justice League movie coming out next year, might actually give us an answer. With Batman Vs Superman coming out the 25th of this month, You can definitely bet that we are waiting with bated breath for this, hopefully epic movie.
However there are definitely some things they can do to cause the movie to ultimately enter hit or miss territory.
First thing first, knowing where we are in the timeline of Batman and Superman would be nice. going into the movie and having no clue “when” we are in comparison to the timeline we know of will be very disorienting and might turn a fair amount of people away. Another “make or break” for the movie are the characters and actors. Truth be told Superman’s portrayal in Man of Steel was lackluster to put it nicely. Something closer to the comics, would benefit the movie exponentially. In other words, Superman is not an angst filled, wannabe deity. Also, with the apprehension towards Jesse Eisenberg playing Lex Luthor, quite a few people believe it could be a stumbling block for the movie. However there is a chance for Eisenberg to take the very intricate role of Lex Luthor and run with it. There is also the, albeit minor, amount of what has been seen of Doomsday. First impressions of doomsday have it looking like we are going to have a rewritten, redone backstory. Which is not exactly a good thing for the movie. The truer they keep to the basics of the comics, the less confusion there will be and the more the movie will benefit from doing so. Also giving a few nods and sliding in a few references to the comics, perhaps even the most recent adaption being Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight, would be some well needed fan service. That being said, it doesn't need to be a carbon copy of the comics. The creative liberty that they have the ability to take is what gives the movies their own appeal that is entirely different from the comics. So some new perhaps even crazy gadgets for batman would be welcome.
Overall Batman Vs Superman has a handful of things that can either set DC up for a great run for the rest of the movies lined up or will lead to an infinite crisis of running out of support.
Captain America: Civil War
If you have been keeping up with comics at all in the past few years you are well aware of the Civil War storyline. One of the best story arcs to drop from Marvel in quite some time. Now it is getting an adaption into the MCU and needless to say we, along with many other comic fans, are stoked! With the movie dropping May 6th this year, We can’t wait to see what is in store.
Out of the three movies in this discussion, it is pretty much agreed upon that this movie is undoubtedly the one with the most hype behind it. That said, this movie is undoubtedly a huge defining moment for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As it should be. Civil War is and should hold major consequences for the future movies. No matter what happens, every decision by the writers should matter. No retcons, no rewrites. Also this movie should be the gateway to the future of the MCU. Civil War should be a taste, an introduction, of what is to come. It should make us want to see what happens next. That being said, the last thing that needs to happen is haphazardly tossing in characters like Spider-Man just because. Maybe a quick cameo or two, but not without reason. Also there doesn't need to be a cliffhanger that ultimately causes the movie to feel like the movie is missing its ending. There is a danger to the “leave them wanting more” mentality and it is that it closely borders on the “unfinished script” mentality.
Ultimately it is needless to say that there is nothing but high hopes for Civil War. However small details might lead to a not so shining moment for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ultimately if the movie lives up to either trailer that dropped, we're golden.
Let’s face it. The X-Men Cinematic Universe has had a bumpy road. Getting a bit smoother with First Class and with the mixed reviews of Days of Future Past, got slightly bumpier yet another time. With Apocalypse dropping May 27th this year, we can all but hope we are hitting a smooth patch of road again.
First things first. Major controversy has arisen from Apocalypse looking like a poorly executed rip off of Ivan Ooze from the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers movie. All we can hope for is that Apocalypse is portrayed better by the actor than the costume and CG. The story arc that is Age of Apocalypse held great ramifications in the comics and it only makes sense that the film should be no different. Taking it too lightly and treating it like just an event that happens will just leave a bad taste in viewers’ mouths. Also treating Apocalypse like just another “bad guy” that a few of the X-Men just need to punch in the face a few good times won’t help anything. Apocalypse is one of the most powerful villains in the X-Men universe, they need to treat him as such. That said we don’t need to see just an all out slug-fest. Yes, intense, well paced, action scenes are very welcome and undoubtedly, much needed, but if the very heavy storyline gets lost behind all the choreographed fights and special effects, then what’s the point of having the movie correspond with one of the greatest story arcs in X-Men? Honestly as wonderful an actor Hugh Jackman is and as iconic a character Wolverine is the last thing needed is for this movie to turn into X-Men Wolverine: Apocalypse. Let’s see some more variety from the ranks of X-Men. Perhaps even get some influential screen time for some of the young guns. For those characters to be able to have their moment in the spotlight and to be executed by their respective actors/actresses would be a breath of fresh air that the X-Men cinema could very well use. That said the classics don’t need to be totally forgotten. A well balanced mix of both sides would without a doubt help the movie very much. And essentially if the ending doesn’t bring it all to a good conclusion or fails to meet the bar that the Apocalypse story arc sets, it will hurt the movie and possibly the entire X-Men side of the cinematic universe exponentially.
Ultimately this is a serious point in the X-Men cinematics. Both story wise and business wise. Apocalypse could very well be the pick-me-up that could bring the wonderful team of mutants back to the rightful place amongst the rest of Marvel’s epic cast of heroes. And we are definitely hoping that is the case.
So what do you think? What would you like to see and not to see in these movies? Also, will you be checking out these movies when they hit your local theatre? Let us know down in the comments!
Until next time G1s,
-The Omniverse Crew