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Fan Film Friday: ‘The Laughing Man’ (The Joker)

Let’s face it: Suicide Squad did not live up to the hype.

While DC fans were initially pumped to see see many of their favorite comic book characters on the big screen for the first time (Hey Harley!), reactions to the film mostly ranged from meh to ohmygoshsomepleasegaugeoutmyeyesJoel Kinnaman, who played Suicide Squad leader Rick Flag, reportedly stopped reading reviews because “they were not kind.” Even Jared Leto, who played the iconic supervillain Joker, was so unhappy with the film that he didn’t even watch it and had exactly two words to say to Warner Bros. (We’ll let you guess which two!). Following the film’s release, there was definitely a want/need for seeing our beloved DC characters do… something else.

Something better.

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The Laughing Man

Enter The Halvis Brothers‘ short fan film The Laughing Man, which debuted on YouTube August 2, 2016 (the same week Suicide Squad hit theaters).

Inspired by Scott Snyder’s Batman: Death of the Family, the film follows the Laughing Man (aka The Joker, portrayed by Zach Avery) and his counterpart Quinn (aka Haley Quinn, played by Whitney Able) as they torture a doctor at a psychiatric ward. The NSFW/Hard R short film clocked in at just over 20 minutes, and it masterfully made every minute second and scene count.

They say the devil is in the details, and that is certainly the case here.

From an artistic and technical stand point, the film was solid. I must have done 2529 screenshots of the film, because every image was beautiful, albeit haunting. Even though there were only 2 main sets, so much care and attention went into the background details: a blood smile on a television screen in the torture room, for instance. The film makers also experimented with different mediums, including animated “flashback” scenes, that really made the viewer feel like they were actually in this topsy-turvy world controlled by the Laughing Man.

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The Laughing Man, NOT a re-run of Gray’s

This project was strong on every level.

The plot was clear and concise. It knew it was a short film, and didn’t cram anything in that didn’t need to be there. In doing so, the performances and characters were really able to shine. Avery was so disturbing as the Laughing Man. Reminiscent of Andrew Scott‘s Moriarty on Sherlock, he managed to insight fear and tension without even raising his voice. I could not get his face(s) out of my head, even long after I finished watching the film! Able as Quinn was everything I loved about Harley Quinn from Batman: the Animated Series. Her voice was perfect and her gestures were subtle but spot on. There’s a scene where Avery and Able are dancing, and mid-move, he just lets her Thump! on the floor, completely capturing the essence of the Joker and Harley Quinn’s complicated relationship: she trusts and obsessively dotes on him, while he merely uses her for his theatrical antics. Such a simple but powerful shot that conveyed so much about the characters’ psyche! Bravo!

Any hard feelings you may have had about Harley or the Joker after watching Suicide Squad will immediately disappear upon watching this short film.

I definitely recommend The Laughing Man to you, GeekGirl World! Watch it below:

What did YOU think GeekGirl World? Let us know in the comments section!

Want more Fan Film Friday fun, darling cinephiles? Be sure to check out our other FFF reviews here!

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Reactions: ‘Suicide Squad’ (Blitz) Trailer

The latest trailer for Suicide Squad just dropped and we get to see more of the team! Set to the music “You Don’t Own Me” by Grace feat. G-Easy and “Ballroom Blitz” by Sweet (hence the trailer being dubbed “Blitz”). We see the entire team interacting with each other, getting their bearings, getting more comfortable with their new statuses, plus bonus glimpses of Jared Leto as Joker and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller. There is a new scene that shows a group of grown men oggling Harley Quinn as she gets dressed in some familiar attire.

Starring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood and Cara Delevingne, Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayer is scheduled to blitz theater screens on August 5, 2016.

To find out what I personally thought of the trailer, you just have to watch the video to get my reaction! Let me know what you think, and don’t for get to subscribe to our YouTube channel!

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Fan Film Friday: ‘Justice League: Trinity Force’

This week Warner Bros. Pictures released the newest Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, featuring an epic shot of the World’s Finest Trinity (Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman). This inspired us to watch and review a fan film by SHIELDS Productions called Justice League: Trinity ForceWas it a super story full of wonder? Or a total joke? Check out our review to find out:

Watch Justice League: Trinity Force and let us know what you think, GeekGirl World!

Want more Fan Film Friday fun? Tune in to past reviews!

Be sure to catch Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in cinemas March 25, 2016.

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Official First look at ‘Suicide Squad’

I’m sure that many of you have already sneaked a peak at the Suicide Squad trailer that was released exclusively at Comic-Con and then (naturally) leaked online, but for those of you who haven’t yet seen it (or for those of you who’d rather view it in HD), don’t worry, we got you!

Check out the trailer below:

For a movie that stars Will Smith as Deadshot, this trailer centers mostly around Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, and we’re totally okay with that!

This will be our first time seeing Harley Quinn translated in a true live-action form, and we’ll most likely be seeing a lot of her origin story.

We see her and what we presume is Mr. J (the Joker, of course) on the run from Batman, whose literally right on top of them.

But as Harley Quinn centric as the film is bound to be (after all, who doesn’t want to squee at Harley?), we’ll be seeing plenty of Smith, too.

Deadshot doesn’t come off as such a bad guy in the trailer, though. He had a special moment with a young girl (who is most likely his daughter) and even proclaimed “let’s go save the world”.

Perhaps he, more than anymore, will actually be repenting for his past wrongs as part of the Suicide Squad…or maybe he’s just as nutty as the rest of them, who knows.

Either way, we absolutely can’t wait for to get more footage from the film as it’s released!

Suicide Squad will be hitting theaters next summer.

 

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First Look at ‘Arkham Knight’ DLC, ‘Batgirl: A Matter of Family’

Barbara Gordon will finally be getting her own side missions in the most recent installment of the Arkham game franchise in the DLC Batgirl: A Matter of Family, according to Entertainment Weekly. Best known as Oracle in the franchise, Barbara has played a pivotal role is assisting Batman with intel on the baddies terrorizing Gotham City. Now she’ll enjoy her own playable arc and Warner Bros. Games Montreal design producer Justin Vazquez promises a unique perspective. The first image from the DLC was released, showing Batgirl taking down some of Joker’s henchmen with gusto.

Those with the season pass to Batman: Arkham Knight will unlock her story on July 14 and the DLC will be available for purchase separately on July 21. In the DLC, Batgirl will team up with Robin to take on the Joker and Harley Quinn in the nautical theme park setting of Seagate Amusement Park to save her father, Commissioner Gordon. One of the great features of Arkham Knight, the Dual Play system, will be present and allow you to seamlessly switch between playing as Batgirl and Robin during timed takedowns of the various enemies. Batgirl will also have unique hacking capabilities unlike any seen before while still maintaining some of the brute strength players are used to with Batman. If her gameplay is similar to the strength we saw in Harley Quinn’s (too short) Arkham Knight side story DLC then I am super excited. Vazquez notes that “hacking is really what separates her from the other characters. It’s a gameplay mechanic with which the player can create situations for Batgirl to really shine.”

Along with the tag-team fight between Batgirl and Robin against Joker and Harley comes side quests, collectibles, and of course Easter eggs for fans. Because the story is a prequel, taking place before 2009’s Arkham Asylum, I expect that it will have a lot of the same feelings that Asylum had with the modern flare of Arkham Knight.

For those either with the season pass or who plan on buying the add-on, what are you most looking forward to? What are your thoughts on the other DLCs for Arkham Knight so far? How are you liking the main story line? Let us know in the comments!

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Fan Film Friday reviews Face Behind the Clown

the old

In 2013, GeekGirl World debuted a feature known as Fan Film Friday (or FFF). Though the segment only included 5 episodes, it celebrated the passion behind fan-made short films that were inspired by all things geeky and wonderful, from Batman to Wolverine. Flash forward to present day! We are going to re-share the old Fan Film Friday videos each week, and new episodes will start up April 10, 2015. If you would like us to review your favorite fan film or perhaps submit a project of your own for consideration, please contact Nicole in the comments section.


the new

An old video does not mean same ol’, same ol’. I want to offer some fresh perspective and fun facts about these oldies but goodies. Though I didn’t mention it in my video, there were a few reasons I made Face Behind the Clown the first FFF. I have been a long-time fan of Batman, but was kind of burned out on all the Dark Knight movies that were coming out at the time, and I didn’t want the Caped Crusader to be the central focus of my review. Additionally, FBtC features my stud muffin boyfriend, Josh Quevedo, in the role of Jonathan Crane. Some thought it was cruel and insensitive that I showed him no mercy in my review, but at least no one can accuse me of being biased or showing favoritism. Sorry, love! Finally, I was present during filming. That scene where the Joker stares out a window at the rain outside? Actually took place in a garage with a hose and a piece of plastic, and I was drenched by take 65397! Brr. Anyway, it was fun to review, and was the start of Fan Film Fridays!



Watch Face Behind the Clown in its entirety here!

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Jared Leto Continues to Prep His ‘Joker’ Look

Jared Leto, who has been cast as the Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, recently cut his hair to the dismay of many fangirls of the pretty ombre style he was sporting.

Now he’s taking the transformation a bit further by going platinum blonde, like in his Fight Club days. You can see just a hint of green tint in the photos he posted on his Instagram.

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Leto was in Paris for Fashion Week, debuting his new look. You get a slightly better view of the green tint in the photo below:

Looks like Leto is really starting to get into the role of Joker. It’s not the first time an Oscar winner has played the role. Jack Nicholson introduced us to his creepy partyman version in the 1989 Tim Burton directed Batman, and Heath Ledger posthumously won the Oscar for his turn as the insane villain in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.
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Suicide Squad is set to hit movie theaters sometime in 2016.

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