This is some pretty old news, but I’m going to post it anyway. Kristen Wiig has been cast as the villainous Cheetah in Wonder Woman 2. I think that’s a fantastic casting choice!
I really like Kristen Wiig, even though I never watched any of her seasons of Saturday Night Live. There’s just something understated about her comedy and her acting chops, like she’s obviously funny, but there’s an undercurrent of melancholy. And I think that will go great with the Cheetah! I don’t know much about the villain, but Greg Rucka’s recent Wonder Woman comic focused heavily on the character and Wiig definitely fits! Barbara Ann Minerva was an academic first, mystical super-villain second, and I think that’s a good fit for Wiig.
Now that we’re several months removed from the Justice League movie, I think we can all agree that it was pretty forgettable. I was OK with the film when it came out, and I’m sure I would survive a rewatch. The most important thing is that it’s over and we can giggle about the continuing failures of the DC Cinematic Universe.
This is also a good time to remind everybody that there’s an Aquaman movie coming out at the end of the year! How fancy is that?
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Comics! We’ve got comics! So many comics! There are a bunch of cancelled titles out there, but I’ve still got plenty to read. In fact, this week features some of my favorites, like Power Rangers and Mighty Thor! We also get the new Harley Quinn creative team!
Unsurprisingly, Comic Book of the Week goes to Tom King’s Batman. That guy is killing it on this title! And artist Joelle Jones is back to draw Wonder Woman, so everything is pretty much perfect.
Meanwhile, in other comic book news, Marvel announced the upcoming wedding of Colossus and Kitty Pryde. I have zero interest in this union. My introduction to the X-Men came through the 90s cartoon show, where both characters were absent. So I’ve never had any investment in their relationship, unless you count Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men, but I don’t remember that series for Kitty and Colossus.
But hey, if that’s what Marvel wants to do, more power to them, I suppose. I’m sure some fans are happy.
Comic Reviews: Batman #39, Harley Quinn #35, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #23 and Mighty Thor #703.
Just in time for DC to stop caring about a connected cinematic universe comes Justice League, the big screen gathering of some of DC Comics’ greatest superheroes! Coming after the great Wonder Woman solo film and the horrendous Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice team film, Justice League appears to be an attempt to course correct and just make a nice movie for once. I think they succeeded!
Movie Rating: 6/10 – Pretty Good
I liked Justice League better than I expected to. I went in with very low expectations, but had to remind myself in the theater to stop looking for things to dislike and to just sit back and enjoy the film. I’m glad I did.
I don’t know everything about the jumbled creation of this Justice League film, but it’s worth noting that director Zack Snyder had to back out during post-produciton due to a family crisis, and Joss Whedon stepped in to fix it up. I’m still a big Whedon fan, so that was solid news. But there’s also the fact that there were extensive reshoots, a lot of reports of recalibrating the film to be more likable, and the fact that it was originally pitched as a two-parter, but has since been pared down to just the one film. That’s a pretty rocky road to the cinema.
But I’m not one to hold any of that against a film! Join me after the jump for my list-based review of the Justice League movie! Expect FULL SPOILERS! And I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
This is actually an OK Justice League trailer. I like it better than the previous one, possibly because it’s got a touch more Joss Whedon in it this time? I don’t know. I’m still mostly expecting this film to be as dark and crummy as Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. But I suppose anything is possible.
Maybe it’ll be fun. Maybe Justice League will exceed expectations and be a good movie. Or maybe it’ll be another dark, action-heavy garbage pile. There’s only one way to find out and it arrives next month!