A Batman v Joker movie could make Marvel’s Avengers look like the Powerpuff Girls

Could Warner Bros finally match Marvels box office might with a mini-verse featuring Robert Pattinsons caped crusader and Joaquin Phoenixs Arthur Fleck? Where DisneyDC seems hellbent on going in the opposite direction. After 2017s Suicide Squad slumped languidly into the shadows, Wonder Woman, Shazam! all managed to engage audiences without cramming dozens of costumed crime fighters into the same movie. Freed from the need to maintain thematic integrity across multiple episodes, Warners superhero movies have finally found their feet. So much so that it is tempting to wonder if the long-mooted DC Extended Universe, always planned as a Marvel-aping excuse to cross-pollinate the publishers entire back catalogue, has already met an untimely demise. James Gunns upcoming Suicide Squad 2 may …

Sexists assemble! Someone has ‘defeminised’ Avengers: Endgame

An anonymous fan has made a new edit of the Marvel hit with fewer women, fewer feelings, less male hugging and less entertainment Like me, you probably hated Avengers: Endgame because it contained too many components that you ideologically oppose. Like women, for instance. And homosexuality. And feelings. And women. God, women, yuck. So it gives me enormous relief to inform you that this is exactly how Donald Trump chooses to watch movies. If he can manage to cut the fat out of Bloodsport a film that is basically one long unbroken grunt then we should be able to do the same to any films stupid enough to contain any female characters that arent simply two-dimensional submissive sexbots. The question …

Avengers: Endgame fever set to make it first $1bn film in under a week

The climax to the Marvel superhero series has broken pre-sale box office records and is on track to shatter many more If any movie is critic-proof, it is Avengers: Endgame, the culmination of 21 previous titles in the wildly popular Marvel Cinematic Universe, which began with 2008s Iron Man. Pre-sale records have already been destroyed by the cinematic colossus, with the film, which is released on Thursday, a fitting, satisfying and surprising final fling. Avengers: Endgame holds a 6% approval rating on Mashable: At both the screenings I attended, the audience reactions were so loud at certain points that entire lines of dialogue were swallowed up. Which is probably just fine with Marvel: all the more reason for fans to …

Why is Donald Trump obsessed with Bane in The Dark Knight Rises?

Is this supervillain the kind of role model we expect the US president to adopt? There are many superheroes an The Dark Knight Returns features a version of Superman who is in thrall to Ronald Reagan. In the film version of the Avengers in Marvel comics that was put together by George W Bush. With so many virtuous options available to him, it seems bizarre that Donald Trump has chosen the Batman supervillain Bane to cosy up to. Observers first noticed Trumps fascination with Christopher Nolans stole one of the villains lines for his 2017 inaugural speech. This week, which he reviewed positively on his YouTube channel on its release in 2012. But the more interesting question is why on …

Superheroes and freaky cats: how Captain Marvel rewrote the rules

From the story behind Nick Furys eyepatch to the rehabilitation of the Skrull, the latest Marvel film has altered comic-book canon in fruitful ways If theres one thing we should have been primed for, prior to viewing Captain Marvel, it would be to expect the unexpected. Marvel is a studio that, time and again, has chosen to twist comic-book canon to suit new needs, rather than deliver overly faithful adaptations of the original work. The addition of the Skrull, a race of alien shape-shifters, to the Marvel universe, Captain Marvels trailers showed Skrull disguising themselves as human while fighting Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) naturally led observers to suspect they were up to their old tricks. To twist that narrative on …