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Birds of Prey – Movie Review

Anybody that watched the Superbowl or visited YouTube last week would’ve seen multiple advertisements for “Harley Quinn’s: Birds of Prey”. This film is connected with the DC Extended Universe, which has changed numerous times in the last few years. Warner Brother Studios has struggled to locate the tone of their universe, unlike Marvel. One of the highest-rated films in their universe is the Suicide Squad, which leaned towards a darkly comedic tinge. Birds of Prey marks the 1st sequel since the Suicide Squad was released four years ago.

This time around, Harley Quinn is entirely a different woman, not dating the Joker anymore and experiencing her adventure. Harley Quinn takes on multiple roles in this film, acting as the narrator and main protagonist. It should be noted that various characters are implemented in this storyline and focus on the female mindset. The DC Universe is the 1st to provide a film that centres entirely around female warriors, with that being Wonder Woman. Her sequel is slated to release late this Summer.

The Film, Tonnage & Backlash

The film starts with Harley Quinn searching for the Bettinelli Diamond, which the famed heroine looks to steal for Roman Sionis. Named by criminal organizations as Black Mask, his protection is needed to avoid any future clashes with the Joker after their breakup. These events have Harley come in contact with Renee Montoya, Black Canary and the Huntress. These four woman meetup with an infamous pickpocket, Cassandra Cain, who inevitably becomes a variation of Catwoman.

After determining that Black Mask will use the Bettinelli Diamond to murder millions, this group of heroines combat the associated gang members of Black Mask. There’s a distinct tone of liberation against dominating men, with these woman breaking loose from abusive boyfriends and psychotic employers. All of this is accomplished without the requirement of male heroes like the Batman, Flash or Superman. Female supporters of Birds of Prey have expressed that this film makes them feel supported and accepted.

The backlash has faced Birds of Prey and the DC Universe, with film analysts and male supporters saying that this franchise has abandoned their core audience. Reports from survey firms indicate that 80% of viewers supporting the superhero genre are male. Warner Brothers are limiting potential profits by a possible 80%. Subsequently, Birds of Prey amassed $53 million on their opening weekend. This is minimal in comparison to the same valuations earned by Man of Steel, which stood at $113 Million. It should be noted that Batman vs Superman earned $170 million on their box office.

Catwoman Confirmed for Matt Reeves Batman

Comic book enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating the upcoming Batman film from Matt Reeves. Rumours circulated for months regarding what this film will offer and how it’ll differ from previous incarnations of the Dark Knight. Information regarding the film has begun being released, with it confirmed that Batman would battle against three rogue gallery characters. This includes Catwoman, the Penguin and the Riddler. Last week it was revealed that Zoe Kravitz is playing the role of Catwoman. However, the actress couldn’t be found for comments or statements regarding her position with this film. That silence has finally been broken, with Zoe Kravitz speaking with Ellen DeGeneres on her role. She first noted that the training has been challenging, with injuries being regular.

This hasn’t stopped the formidable actress from proving herself to Matt Reeves. When speaking with Ellen, Zoe Kravitz noted that she’s fully committed and prepared towards developing her athletic capabilities for the Batman movie. Considering that production on this film has already begun, it’s surprising that this actress is still training. It shows a level of dedication that the actors and director have towards this dark knight reboot. Zoe confirmed that she would be flying to London for filming by January 15th.

Ellen Creates Minor Backlash

Ellen DeGeneres asked Zoe Kravitz if she’d begun preparing her lines for the upcoming scenes. Surprisingly, this actress reported that Reeves told her not to start memorizing lines until on-set. This makes the challenge of playing Selina Kyle dangerous for Miss Kravitz, with film critics bashing Reeves for this uncalled approach. This actress could be performing a life-threatening stunt and mistake herself while trying to remember a line. Incidents have happened in the past with Matt Reeves and his actor’s safety.

The Demanding Workout

The demanding nature for this small woman to perform such an extensive physical routine is unheard of in Hollywood. Actresses like Scarlett Johansson and Elizabeth Olsen haven’t had to work out to this degree. However, it should be noted that Matt Reeves wants to make the most realistic and gruesome Batman film in existence. This will require an incredible level of stamina, dedication and love from his actors. Robert Pattison is fully onboard with this concept, with it appearing that Zoe Kravitz is as well. Those wanting to see Robert Pattison dawn on the dark knight’s cape will have to wait until Summer 2021. We will keep our readers informed of any new details regarding this DC Comics film.

Bright Sequel in Development

The Netflix Corporation is developing a sequel towards one of their most beloved movies in 2017, Bright. This information comes directly from David Ayer, who developed the original incarnation of Bright and expressed that the sequel is in development. Rumours circulated for a prolonged period that Netflix was working on a follow-up film for the Bright franchise, with confirmation coming in the new year. Ayer expressed that numerous fans have requested for a sequel, providing him with insight on how it could be approached via the storyline. Potential storylines can include greater insight into the previous war amongst the Elves and Orcs.

When the original film was released in 2017, it met negative reviews from the critics. Viewers provided it with an average rating, with a select group expressing their unwavering commitment to this universe. This didn’t stop criticism from reviewers, claiming that he focused on clichés and didn’t provide a heartfelt storyline. These horrible reviews came after David’s previous film, the Suicide Squad. This film also was shamed by critics, claiming that the storyline had continuous loopholes that were covered up by computer-generated imagery. However, David Ayer has the chance to redeem himself with the Bright Sequel.

Overall, eleven million individuals watched this film on its Netflix opening weekend. This was one of the highest-debuting films for Netflix in 2017, which prompted the immediate development for its sequel. Fans won’t have to wait to see Joel Edgerton and Will Smith take to the streets of Los Angeles.

Avatar Sequel Details Released

Details regarding multiple sequels were released in the new year. This included Avatar, which has an additional four films in development. The 2009 blockbuster from James Cameron is returning with a sequel that focuses on Neytiri and Jake, eight years after the first films original war. Throughout those eight years, a child is born and plays a pivotal role in the development of this upcoming film. The first of four sequels for Avatar is slated to release during 2021.

Minimal details have been released, with Cameron noting one small percentage of the storyline. He expressed that there’s a scene shot in the viewpoint of their young child, who remained hidden under a structure. James mentioned that developing Jake as a character was challenging, seeing how he’d react as the father of an alien species. It turns into an emotional rollercoaster throughout the four sequels. How the tribe react to Neytiri having a child with a human remains to be unseen.

Uncharted Movie Loses 6th Director

News regarding the highly-anticipated Uncharted film was provided by Deadline. This film has been in rotation since 2007, with numerous scripts being re-built and directors leaving the movie before production. Unfortunately, Deadline confirmed that another director has left the project after disputes amongst studio executives. It’s not known what these issues were from the director of Bumblebee however, it is known that he’s the sixth director to leave the film.

Difficulties with Travis Knight began when Tom Holland had to begin shooting for the third Spider-Man film. Deadline believes that this obligation caused Knight to leave the project, as delays were expected to last upwards of six months. Though Knight has left, Tom Holland remains committed to this film. Going forward, PlayStation and Sony Productions must locate an entirely new director and this could result in slight changes to the storyline. However, Deadline confirmed that whichever director is confirmed going forward, they won’t have any creative control over the storyline. This is just another bump on the 13-year saga of Hollywood’s Uncharted.

Previous directors that were attached to this film include Shawn Levy, who produced Arrival. The Executive Producer of Pixels, Seth Gordon, was signed on to directly afterwards and when he quit, an unknown director named Neil Burger was hired. However, he left after significant creative disputes and that prompted David Russel from Silver Linings Playbook to sign on, who quickly was terminated before Travis Knight.

With the assistance of these six directors, a solidified storyline is available for the next man who takes the helm. It’s known that the Uncharted Movie will act as a prequel to the first came from 2007. This means flashback moments from Uncharted 3 and 4 could be implemented into the storyline. Tom Holland is playing the younger Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg is playing Victor Sullivan. These are the perfect casting choices, as they can pla1y their respective roles for decades going forward.

The Game Franchise

Hollywood was desperate to acquire the film rights for Uncharted, as it supports a similar feeling to Indiana Jones. The video game franchise is considered to be PlayStation’s most versatile and exciting, with players travelling the globe in search of treasure. It spawned four games for Nathan Drake, seeing a character develop from a young man into an adult. There was even a fifth game with re-introduced characters previously seen in other entries. Fans of this series have eagerly awaited another entry, which most likely won’t come until the PlayStation 5. It now seems those same fans will have to wait a few more years for the arrival of the Uncharted Film.

Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Delayed until 2021

Marvel Studios confirmed that Guardians of the Galaxy 3 wouldn’t begin filming until 2021. This is because James Gunn, the director of this new film, is currently working on a sequel for the Suicide Squad. This information didn’t surprise fanatics of the Marvel Universe, who had fully anticipated that this film wouldn’t be released for years to come. Regardless, this will make the finale to the trilogy more exciting than expected.

The starting production for Guardians of the Galaxy 3 won’t begin production for another fifteen months, which was revealed by James Gunn and confirmed by Marvel. Gunn noted this information when he had an extensive Q&A Session through Twitter, where a significant amount of questions revolved around the upcoming Suicide Squad. This didn’t stop dedicated Marvel fans from questioning Gunn on the future of Gamora, Draxx, Groot, Starlord and Rocket Racoon. Production takes upwards of two years with a Marvel Film, meaning fans can most likely anticipate this film to be released for the 2023 Summer.

It won’t take long for James Gunn to begin creating a starter draft for the final iteration in the Guardians Franchise. He has entered the post-production phase for the Suicide Squad, with principal photography completed and editing begins. However, it’s anticipated there will be re-shoots and an extended promotional tour. This will factor into the time for Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3’s pre-production.

The Dramatic History

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 would’ve been released considerably earlier if it weren’t for the decisions of the Disney Corporation. The pre-production was delayed extensively when James Gunn was terminated for making tweets regarding his past girlfriend eight years ago. When Marvel fanatics, actors of the film, and industry insiders began to weigh in on this decision, most concluded that this termination was biased and unfounded. Sets were already being built when this decision was made, resulting in numerous individuals being terminated without any notice.

The Disney Corporation was forced to change their minds when millions of individuals began to come to the defence of James Gunn. There’s a considerable difference between sexual harassment and tweets made in anger after a breakup. Every individual has had thoughts of anger or intense emotion regarding their ex-relationships. When the entire cast of the film threatened to leave, which was noted to the Disney Corporation in a letter, the decision to reinstate James Gunn became official.

Star Trek Reboot Confirmed

The Chief Executive Officer for Viacom CBC confirmed this week that two new Star Trek films are currently in development. This information shocked fans, who weren’t anticipating any other films in the franchise for a minimum of ten years. However, it wasn’t long ago that Viacom CBC earned the complete rights to the Star Trek franchise. It makes perfect sense why the small-scale studio would want to develop a new reboot, even though it been ten years since the last reboot for this franchise was completed.

The last reboot was created by J.J. Abrams, a man infamous for his visionary direction with films. It reached critical success and spawned two sequels, which included Into the Darkness and Beyond. Though both sequels were admired by fans, they didn’t achieve the same critical box office success that the first film discovered. This lack of popularity prompted the switch to television, which has seen viewership numbers of more than a million. Subsequently, the popularity of this franchise is slowly returning. It makes perfect sense that CBC Films and Viacom would want to develop a new trilogy. However, it’s known that this trilogy will center around the television characters. This would mark the first time in decades that Star Trek Actors from TV have moved to film.

Additional Details

Bob Bakish, the newly anointed Chief Executive Officer for CBC Viacom, proposed these two new films to investors at an annual meeting. This meeting was held at the UBS Global Technology Conference, where the announcement of two new movies would be provided first to the Hollywood Reporter. Bob Bakish confirmed that the combination of CBC and Viacom’s capabilities, the next iteration in the Star Trek Film Franchise, would be unlike anything fans have encountered before. This suggests that we could see events and storylines that were never answered in the previous series, especially with the re-introduction of Picard.

The primary purpose for these two new films to create increased synergy between the Television and Film Franchises, which would bring back large percentages of former fans. Though new fans are regularly acquired, Viacom CBC has struggled to obtain older fans.

Disney Issues Warning for the Rise of Skywalker

The Disney Corporation and the Epilepsy Foundation have collectively issued a warning regarding the Rise of Skywalker. The collective noted that they’ve been working together to provide notices to photosensitive viewers, mentioning that several scenes throughout the film have the potential to trigger seizures from a 6 – 10 level. Throughout the collective statement, the Epilepsy Foundation suggested that seizures can be avoided by attending the movie with someone who’s already seen the film. This way, that individual can inform their photosensitive friend of the upcoming scene that’s prone to seizures.

The percentage of individuals who could be exposed to a seizure through the visual patterns and flashing lights from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is roughly 3%. However, considering that this film is watched by billions worldwide, that small percentage means hundreds of thousands are at risk of a seizure. This has forced the Disney Corporation to implement protective steps for photosensitive viewers.

Those who inform their local cinema of their photosensitivity condition will be provided with the appropriate medical requirements if a seizure takes place. This will include a private space to calm the mind, which will be darker with soothing tones. The Disney Corporation is the first large scale film studio to provide this level of safety for seizure-prone viewers. This somewhat guarantees that they can participate in the final entry for the third trilogy. It should be noted that this is the first film in Disney’s Corporations line that has had seizure warnings. This decision came after photosensitive viewers of the Incredibles Two pointed out how they almost entered into a seizure. Since Star Wars isn’t animated, the appropriate actions had to be taken.

Future Warnings

The Epilepsy Foundation requested that the Disney Corporation implement a next warning across all their digital properties with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. This means that all DVD’s, Blu-Rays, Streaming Variations, or Digital Products must provide a warning regarding the strobe and flash-like lights in the film. They also requested that Disney update versions of The Incredibles Two, which would include a similar notice. Surprisingly, Disney Corporation agreed to both requests.

Those who are wondering if they’re sensitive to epilepsy or photosensitivity should contact their doctor immediately. However, it should be noted that this issue is most familiar with adolescents and children. The chances of having this condition are limited due to our exposure to natural sunlight. The Epilepsy Foundation provided this added detail.

Black Widow Teaser Trailer Released

Marvel Studios have officially released the first teaser trailer for Black Widow. This prequel adventure brings the now infamously dead character back to life, after the sacrifice she made in Avengers: Endgame and allows fans to retrace the female warriors’ roots. Along the way, there will be action, romance, intrigue and a unique emphasis on family. Unlike most Marvel Cinematic Movie Trailers, which keep most of the details hidden from viewers, Black Widow opens up plenty for speculation.

The timeline for this film was more accurately revealed through this trailer. This first comes when we see General Ross return to the screen, aged around the period of the Civil War. Subsequently, Natasha Romanov could see herself being followed worldwide by American Forces for capture. Then the trailer skips to a younger version of General Ross, where he discusses her capabilities at fleeing. However, the Black Widow isn’t running away this time from the fight. It appears she makes her way to Budapest, trying to take care of some unfinished business. This could be where we see Clint Barton and Natasha Romanov fight in that infamous but unknown battle in Budapest. However, this could be falsely identified, as her family members surround Natasha in this film.

However, Marvel Cinematic Studios made sure to leave some critical plot details secret from viewers. We don’t have a full insight over the plotline, as it’s known that her family must return to where all their training first started. There are even a few small one-second clips where the Black Widow Program can be seen. What we don’t know is why is she returning to battle the organization, and why must her family be involved?

The Villain

Fans have been wanting to see the villain of Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for some time now. Those fans got their first look at Taskmaster, who has been implemented in a perfect modernized-version of the character. Those who don’t know, Taskmaster is one of the hardest villains to overcome in Marvel Comics. He can mimic the physical motions of any opponent, which will come as a significant challenge for a master assassin like Natasha Romanov. Those wanting to see Taskmaster and the Black Widow fend off against each other can witness the film when it’s released on May 1st, 2020. There’s plenty of time to speculate until then.

Frozen 2 Makes Box Office History

Millions are spent worldwide at box offices whenever a significant film is released to the public. The most recent film to earn substantial sums of money is Frozen 2, the new animated feature from Disney Studios. During its opening weekend in the box office, the film acquired more than $358 million across 37 Nations. Those include the United States, the United Kingdom, China and Europe.

The story in the second chapter in the Frozen franchise is based around Elsa developing her powers as a princess, while Anna and her gang of misfits travel the kingdom in search for their queen. This simple premise was enough to get moviegoers out to cinemas, so much so that Toy Story 4 was dethroned as the highest-earning animated film for an opening box office weekend. TS4 earned $241 million worldwide on their opening weekend, which is $117 million less than Frozen 2.

Frozen 2 also earned more than its predecessor on its opening week. The original Frozen earned $110.6 million in 2013 on its opening week. However, the film quickly gained popularity and would go on to make $1.27 billion worldwide. It’ll be a significant accomplishment if the sequel can earn more than its predecessor after its left theatres in a month.

Film Merchandise & Details

The United States saw the most significant profits made on opening weekend, with the film earning $130 million. This defeats all previous animated films that opened in November, which includes titles like the Grinch and the Incredibles. The United Kingdom came out in folds to engage with this new film, spending £15 million, which is substantial for a country that’s infamous for not spending large sums of money on movies due to low population. Subsequently, Frozen 2 has earned the title of highest-grossing debut for Walt Disney Animation Studios. It’s unlikely that record will be defeated anytime soon.

Since the film released less than two weeks ago, toy manufacturers have actively been releasing new merchandise relating to Frozen 2. This includes everything from castle playsets, to figurines based around the characters. It’s anticipated that upwards of a billion dollars will be spent worldwide on Frozen 2 merchandise during the holiday season. It’s expected that there won’t be any shortage of product this time around, which was a significant issue with the release of the original Frozen. Walt Disney Studios has partnered with multiple manufacturers to account for the considerable demand.

Charlies Angels Flops at Box Office

The reboot for Charlie’s Angeles is an official box office failure, grossing on its opening weekend only $8.6 Million. This comes after multiple commercial disappointments like Doctor Sleep and Terminator: Dark Fate. Since the summer season, Joker has been the only successful film. It hasn’t surprised anyone that Charlie’s Angeles failed at the box office, with no significant buzz centred around the film. The film features Kristen Stewart and is directed by Elizabeth Banks, two women who are infamous for being disliked in Hollywood. Though the film was received well by critics, most believe it was this partnership and lack of originality that forced this film to low profits.

In the films debut weekend, it didn’t even place first as the box office. The film fell below expectations, with Ford Vs Ferrari taking the 1st spot for the November 15th weekend. The Christian Bale and Matt Damon dramatic film earned $31 Million for its opening weekend, with Midway dropping to second place and earning $8.8 Million. Midway has been in theatres for three weeks, which made most believe that Charlies Angels would drop the war films spot in the box office.

The Elizabeth Banks directed Charlie’s Angels was budgeted at $55 Million, which is more than $42 Million than what the film earned on its opening box office weekend. Critics analyzed the buzz and pre-emptive ticket sales, anticipating that the film would generate $13.5 Million for its first weekend. Charlie’s Angels would succeed much past this profit with the introduction of Frozen II and Knives Out to theatres on the November 22nd weekend. Even though all titles speak to different demographics, the popularity of Ford Vs Ferrari and Frozen II will force this film to low budget earnings of $500,000.00 or less. It’s expected that Columbia Pictures will lose more than $40 Million from the Charlie’s Angels Reboot.

Kristen and Elizabeth

Both women have immediately begun defending their film in the worst way possible. Elizabeth Banks mentioned that audiences aren’t ready for three powerful females to take on the silver screen, which caused her significant backlash. Numerous films like Salt and Lucy has earned hundreds of millions at the box office, which both films had powerful female leads. Kristen Stewart went on the defence claiming that her reputation as an actress shouldn’t reflect this film, with most average audience members disliking her performance in the Twilight Saga. Subsequently, it seems that both women can’t handle the fact that this franchise has been rebooted three times and that audiences are tired of re-watching the same story.