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Dawn of the Justice League Revealed

Finally! Dawn of the Justice League Revealed

It’s been a long time coming, but Warner Brothers finally revealed our first look at their hotly anticipated superhero team up movie, Dawn of the Justice League and it certainty looks impressive.

The official word from Warner Brothers is that the teaser image is just concept art so there is still room for change when it comes to costumes, and hopefully, logos.

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At the center of the image is DC’s golden trifecta, their big three characters, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Of course seeing these three together isn’t new as they were seen standing shoulder to shoulder in the latest Batman Vs. Superman trailer. We’ve also seen pictures of Jason Momoa’s Aquaman before as well which leaves only the half man, half machine, Cyborg and a new version of the Flash as the truly new reveals.

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Again it’s hard to tell as this is only concept art, and one that reveals only torsos above a big black cloud of ominous, but the Flash and Cyborg look a little off to me. The Flash’s costume looks heavily armored and unnecessarily bulky. He looks more like a reject from the video game Halo than a super fast speedster speedster to me. The Flash should be sleek and slender like a crimson Olympic runner. It’s hard to tell how the entire costume will turn out once it’s fully revealed but it would seem his legs would follow suit and be equally armored. Also missing are the Flash’s trademark lightning bolts on the side of his head. Like the wings on the side of Captain America’s helmet, these would have a hard time not looking ridiculously funny on the big screen, but I would have liked some effort at least to incorporate them into the costume. On that we’ll have to wait and see for more images to come out.

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The bigger concern on my end has to do with the design of poor Cyborg. In case you didn’t know, Cyborg, aka Victor Stone, is a half man, half machine superhero due to injuries sustained from a horrific accident. Like a Transformer, he is able to reconfigure his mechanical parts into different types of machines and weapons. But that’s the problem. He looks just like a Micheal Bay Transformer with all those busy mechanical parts on his body jutting out in all sorts of angles. One would imagine his power to change will take on the similarities of Optimus Prime and friends  with overly complex transformations for the sake of being overly complex. (Can you tell I’m not a fan of the big budget Transformer movies?)

However, props to WB for upping the diversity by throwing Cyborg, arguably the least known of these heroes, into the limelight and beating Marvel to the punch of having the first major African American superhero on the big screen when Cyborg gets his own solo movie in 2020 and the first solo female superhero film for Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017. (Sorry Falcon. And yes sorry, Blade everybody forgets about you.)

Besides the new questionable design decisions on the new additions, it is nice to see the big three, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman square in the middle looking epic as always. Superman is striking a bit of a messiah pose like normal. Batman is brooding of course, as is Aquaman too. And I must admit that while I was a little worried about the casting of ,Gal Gadot for the role of Wonder Woman, she looks incredibly bad ass in the new Batman Vs. Superman trailer, and the recently released trailer for her stand alone film.

Let’s just hope they get around to refining the film’s title logo by the time it hits theaters. The “DC Films presents: The Dawn of the Justice League” is a little lackluster as is.

Marvel vs. DC: Where’s the Justice?

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Comic books movies are big business.

Like the Hulk smashing through downtown New York comic book movies these days are breaking box office records with reckless abandon. Disney’s Avengers: Age of Ultron opened with the second highest box office weekend ever of $191,121,109, behind only it’s predecessor Marvel’s The Avengers which brought in $207,438,708 and slightly ahead of Iron Man 3 at $174,144,585. Just three years ago that record for 2nd biggest opening ever was held by another comic book movie, Warner Brother’s The Dark Knight Rises which brought in a then record haul of $160,887,295 in 2012. With these numbers why would super villains even need to rob a bank anymore? The real money these days is in the theaters not in a safe.

But not all superhero properties are created equal.

Right now there is no dispute that Marvel Studios is killing it when it comes to the development of their cinematic universe (the Marvel Cinematic Universe or MCU) Last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy was, for a time, the highest grossing film of 2014. Not an easy feat for a 3rd tier property centered around a talking tree and space raccoon. After Age of Ultron Marvel has another risky film nearing release with “little” known Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd. However, with Marvel’s recent trend of hits on it’s hand the only unknown risk from Ant-Man it seems would be how many times it makes it’s budget back.

If you want to talk about risk then look no further than the DCU (DC Cinematic Universe). Technically with only one movie within the the universe, 2013′ Man of Steel, the DCU is still in it’s infancy. In an attempt to catch up to Marvel’s huge lead and head start executives over at Warner Brothers (owner of DC comics) announced a full slate of 10 movies to spin out of Man of Steel. Batman v Superman will be their next release in 2016 with a Suicide Squad film to release later in the year.

But with the Batman v Superman trailer earning mixed fan reaction and a recent release of the full cast photo from “Suicide Squad” causing some concern, it seems like the perfect time to examine why DC and their effort to create an epic cinematic universe, is already on extremely shaky ground. What follows are five huge disappointing mistakes that DC has already made in regards to their films as opposed to Disney’s Marvel.