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The 5 Best (& Worst) Things about ‘Suicide Squad’

[Warning: Suicide Squad spoilers ahead]

Suicide Squad is finally here, and naturally everyone on the internet has a strong opinion about it.

Critics have been largely united in their disdain for DC’s latest “superhero” flick, but audience ratings have told a whole different story.

The film received an utterly pathetic critic score of 27% on Rotten Tomatoes (the same score as Batman v Superman), while audiences were more generous, giving the film a score of 75%. So who is right: the critics, the audience, or your old High School classmate who ranted about the film in not one, not two, not three, but four separate Facebook posts?

In truth, it’s hard to say.

Suicide Squad is by no means a perfect film, but from beginning to end, it manages to hold its own as a devilishly run thrill ride.

One could speak for hours on end about the film, but for now, let’s focus on a mere handful of the best (and worst) things from the film:

Best: The Concept

Superhero flicks are permanent crowd pleasers, but the basic concept of these films has remained frustratingly stagnant: A brave hero arises to save the city/world from certain destruction, but will he (or she!) be able to save himself from his own mind?

Throw away the fork and grab the fire extinguisher – this concept is beyond done.

Suicide Squad forgoes the heroes and focuses instead on the perfectly imperfect DC rogues gallery, providing audiences a refreshing escape from the cliches of the cinematic superhero world.

After sitting through generic (yet spectacular) superhero films for the better part of a decade, I think we all desperately need that escape.

Worst: The Pacing

Clocking in at a modest 2 hours and 10 minutes, Suicide Squad somehow feels more like a summarized LEGO video game of itself than a major DC blockbuster.

A good portion of the first half of the film is dedicated to character introduction (via flashbacks), leaving little time for these characters to develop and interact with one another before the inevitable boss battle. As a result, all “developments” by our ragtime band of villains felt forced and insincere.

Had the film been allowed more run time, these problems would have likely worked themselves out, but alas, the cinematic fluidity was never meant to be.

Best: The Cameos

Nearly everyone knew that Batman would have a small role in Suicide Squad, but the addition of his Justice League comrade, The Flash, was a welcomed surprise.

These cameos brought an air of superhero familiarity to the film, while simultaneously keeping the story fresh and new to senior audiences and new audiences alike.

Can we please see Jason Momoa as Aqua Man again, though? Thanks.

Worst: Enchantress

Cara Delevigne was an absolute vision as the powerful ancient witch (or is she a demi-god? An alien? IDFK), but her character’s story was completely butchered by choppy and lazy writing.

So Enchantress is possessing the body of archeologist June Moon, who unleashed the witch by purposely tearing the head off an ancient figurine for some unknown fucking reason (please switch careers). Now the only way to destroy the witch is to destroy her ancient heart. This is definitely the plot of The Last Witch Hunter, but okay, we’ll roll with it.

Suicide Squad curator Amanda Waller conveniently happens to possess the witch’s heart, but she loses it instantly (also convenient), unleashing the witch upon the world. Because plotkai.

Enchantress then lays waste to Midway City with the help of her newly released brother, the only motive for her actions being that she wants humans to bow down to her as a God. No daddy issues, no sibling rivalry, no ancient heartbreak story… nothing.

Simply put, Suicide Squad‘s Enchantress is a villain with absolutely no depth, existing in the film solely as a convenient villain.

The writers did Enchantress super dirty… and I don’t even think they called her the next day.

Best: The Action

The gorgeous visuals and breathtaking action in Suicide Squad almost make up for the film’s crudely stitched together plot. Almost.

Worst: The Joker

Who exactly is The Joker in Suicide Squad? Is he…

A. A suave gang leader with an affinity for the theatrical
B. A dangerous psychopath
C. A loving boyfriend
D. All of the above

If you guessed D, then therein lies the problem with Jared Leto’s Joker.

Different mediums (comics, film, animation) have portrayed The Joker in different lights, but in general, Batman’s greatest nemesis is a heartless psychopath who uses people (including Harley Quinn) as disposable tools.

So awful as it sounds, Leto’s Joker would have been more believable had he been the occasional dickbag to Quinn (as he was in Batman: The Animated Series), rather than a lovesick puppy dog.

It’s as if the writers weren’t sure what creative direction they wanted to take with The Joker, so they just threw everything in there and hoped for the best.

Despite it all, Leto’s confused Joker still managed to be entertaining, so as far as this writer is concerned, all is forgiven. For now.

Best: Harley Quinn

Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn, on the other hand, was funny, sexy, and absolutely spot on.

Suicide Squad‘s version of The Joker’s insane girlfriend was a dead ringer for the Quinn portrayed in Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995), the series where the character first debuted. The writers celebrated Harley Quinn’s history by retaining her origin story, stuffing the film with little nods to the original source material (including Quinn’s jester costume, her New York accent, and her tendency to call the Joker “Mr. J”), and keeping her psycho-sexy persona in tact.

And speaking of sexy… Robbie’s costumes were sexy to the max, but her enviable physique never outshone her bright personality and prowess as a violent and dangerous criminal.

If there’s a character we’re desperate to see more of after Suicide Squad, it’s Harley Quinn.

Annnnnd Deadshot. And Diablo. And Katana. And “bitch I’m fabulous” Killer Croc with his BET.

Just start filming the sequel already, David Ayer. We’re ready.

What did you think about Suicide Squad? Let us know in the comments!

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‘Suicide Squad’ Character Posters are Here!

It appears that Warner Bros. has been throwing all their pennies into a wishing well for Suicide Squad. 

The company’s advertising strategy for their latest flick has been simple: keep Suicide Squad as tonally different from the widely panned Batman V Superman as humanly possible.

Now, in what appears to be an overachievement of this goal, the company has released not one, but two sets of character posters for the film.

And boy, these posters could not be any more different. Check them out below!

Edition #1: Standard and “Sweet”

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Edition #2: Comic Book Mayhem

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Someone clearly went a little too crazy with the Photoshop brushes in the second set, but whatever – we like them all the same.

Suicide Squad hits theaters August 5.

Which poster set was your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ is Coming to Theaters!

Batman: The Killing Joke may be heading straight to DVD, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to check out the latest Batman flick on the big screen!

Fathom Events will be airing The Killing Joke for one night only in select theaters on Monday, July 25 between 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. (local time).

The special event will include an introduction from Mark Hamill and a never-before-seen documentary about how Hamill’s role in the film as an actor and fan. The event will also feature a behind-the-scenes look at how the Joker’s musical number from the comics was recreated for the film.

Batman: The Killing Joke is a brand new animated movie based on the comic book of the same name.

The story follows The Joker as he is transformed from a failed stand-up comedian into Batman’s greatest nemesis. The film includes the vocal talents of Mark Hamill (The Joker), Kevin Conroy (Batman), Tara Strong (Batgirl), and Ray Wise (Commissioner Gordon).

Tickets are available now, so check to see if your local theater is hosting the viewing event!

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‘Batman v Superman’ is Getting the R-Rated Treatment!

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is jumping on the R-rated superhero movie bandwagon!

Warner Bros. recently released the trailer for the film’s ultimate edition, which will include 30 minutes worth of never-before-seen scenes and action sequences, the latter of which were apparently too gruesome for PG-13 audiences.

Characters who didn’t make the theatrical cut will have their time to shine in this edition, including Hunger Games star Jena Malone, who portrays a mystery character in the film.

This R-Rated edition may be a little too post-mortem for the film, which was largely panned by critics and audiences, but hey, better late than never.

Check out the trailer for the ultimate edition:

 

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits digital shelves June 28 and store shelves July 19. The ultimate edition will be available only in Blu-ray combo packs, which will include the ultimate edition and the theatrical edition.

Will you be picking up the ultimate edition? Let us know in the comments!

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Film Friday: ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice’

GeekGirl Nicole got the chance to see a sneak peek of the latest in the superhero action movie genre, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Starring Henry Cavil reprising his role from Man of Steel as Superman and Ben Affleck making his debut as Batman in the DC cinematic universe, this film is expected to be huge at the box office. What we really want to know is, does it live up to all the hype? Is this film all you expected it to be? Is this really DC and Warner Bros answer to the juggernaut that has become the Marvel cinematic universe over at Disney? We have our own thought on that and Nicole is here to share hers with you! Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Orlando vs London: Where’s the Better ‘Harry Potter’ Experience?

When it comes to the magical world of Harry Potter tourism, two champions rise above the rest: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida and the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London, England.

I had the pleasure of visiting both of these locations within the span of a year, and while one can argue that these locations couldn’t be any different (one is in a theme park, the other is a tour), I actually found many similarities between the two.

But which one is most worth a visit? I’ll give a run down of what each establishment has to offer (and supply my own photos!), then spell out the pros and cons of both before giving my final two cents on which one offers the absolute best Harry Potter experience.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

There are actually three locations of the Wizarding World (one in Tokyo and another currently under construction in Hollywood), but the first and most popular is located at Universal Studios Orlando in Florida.

Universal Studios Orlando expanded their Islands of Adventure area in 2010 to make room for their Harry Potter themed area, which just so happens to be a very realistic replica of Hogsmeade Village – snowcapped buildings and all.

Throughout the village you’ll find plenty of souvenir shops modeled after actual businesses in the film (such as Honeydukes), and their window fronts are compatible with interactive wands, which is a great perk if you’re traveling with children (or if you’re an overzealous adult, no judgement!). There are routine street performances, and there’s even a fully functioning Three Broomsticks restaurant that serves traditional English food (which I found to be delicious and incredibly well presented), butterbeer, and probably the best warm apple pie that I’ve ever tasted.

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And, of course, there is a replica of the most famous building in Harry Potter, Hogwarts castle itself.

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The castle is naturally not to scale (duh, that would be absurd), but it is still pretty large. The castle serves as a line queue for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, a cinematic roller coaster that takes you on a Quidditch adventure gone horribly wrong. You won’t be bored waiting in line for this ride, either, as the line takes you through famous sites throughout the castle, and prerecorded holograms from the original cast pop up at nearly every turn to greet you. Plus, it’s air conditioned. When you’re done with Hogsmeade Village you can hop on an exact (but again, scaled down) replica of the Hogwarts Express and travel to Diagon Alley, which is located in the normal Universal Studios Orlando park. The train ride itself is extremely entertaining and has a lot of surprises and special effects, and they even decked it out so that you are actually sitting in booths like in the film, rather than in generic tram seats.

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And just as a note, in order to access both areas via the Hogwarts Express you will unfortunately need to purchase Park to Park admission, rather than admission to just one section of Universal.

Like Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley is a near exact replica of the film set, and it includes plenty of  functional stores that are familiar to fans of the film, including Ollivanders and the Weasley’s joke shop. This section also is home to its own ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, which is yet another 3D cinematic ride.

A word of advice for travelers: Orlando is extremely crowded during peak travel times, so if Universal Studios Orlando is on your list of places to go, then I highly suggest planning your trip around typical school vacation schedules. I was fortunate enough to visit the park just before October of last year, and the maximum wait time I encountered was only 2 minutes!

But based on all the detail and care that was put into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I can say with absolute certainty that I will happily wait in line for even 3 hours just to be able to experience the magic of this park once more.

So if you’re a Potterhead like me, then this place is absolutely worth checking out!

PROS:

  • Visually stunning and exciting rides
  • A working Hogwarts Express
  • Fun gift shops
  • Butterbeer (frozen varieties available, because Florida) and authentic dining
  • Street shows
  • Pre-recorded content from the films stars
  • Domestic travel if you live in the United States

CONS:

  • The Orlando heat somewhat takes away from the illusion, as it’s strange to be looking at snow capped buildings when you’re in shorts and a tee.
  • American employees with ridiculous fake english accents, or no accent at all
  • Very crowded if you are visiting during peak tourism times (aka, when children are on vacation!)
  • You need to pay for Park to Park admission to gain access to both parks and the Hogwarts Express

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

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If you’re a Harry Potter devout, then the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is your temple.

This is the actual studio where the cast and crew filmed the Harry Potter franchise for over a decade, and today the location is basically a huge museum full of original sets, props and costumes from filming.

After entering the studio and going through the line queue, fans are first brought into a small theater where they are shown a pre-recorded video from the stars of Harry Potter, who introduce the location and share some insight into their time there. When the video ends, the tour group is then moved into different areas of the studio indoors, where you’re free to explore and check out everything.

20150911_111103You’ll see the Great Hall, Hagrid’s hut, the Gryffindor common room, Dumbledore’s office, etc. etc. You name it, they have a set for it. There even is a full set outdoors, which includes Privet Drive, Godric’s Hollow, Hagrid’s (well, Sirius’s) motor bike, and the Knight Bus. Perhaps the most notable props are the original Hogwarts Express and Hogwarts Castle, both of which make for an amazing photo op.

And speaking of photo ops, there are plenty of opportunities throughout the tour to get your photo taken with their green screen technology. You can soar above the Hogwarts Express in the Weasley’s Ford Anglia, Hop upon a broomstick and test out your flying skills, or get your photo taken on the train. Guests are able to try out the green screen technology totally free, but you do have the option of purchasing the photos later if you so please. It’s definitely good fun, but the only problem is that the attendants don’t always angle the cameras correctly – both my head and my sister’s heads were chopped off in the photos during the broom ride, rendering our photos totally useless (they did try to rectify the situation by allowing us to skip the lines to retake them, but we passed on that opportunity as we were short on time).

Butterbeer is readily available during the tour if you get thirsty, and you even have the option of purchasing one with a souvenir glass. But beyond chugging down some butterbeer, there really aren’t many dining options available on site except for a Starbucks and a small cafe.20150911_122837

As far as souvenirs go, there are a few small shops throughout the tour, but at the very end you’ll exit through a very large gift shop, which pretty much has all the Harry Potter swag you’ll ever need.

The full tour takes approximately 3 hours, so visitors are going to want to plan accordingly. You’re also going to want to purchase your tickets well in advance (at least a month), as they sell out extremely fast. Your ticket will be for a specific time slot, and only a certain amount of people are let into the tour per time slot, ensuring that it’s never over crowded once you get in there. Once inside, you’ll also have the option of purchasing an audio guide.

And just as a big FYI, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London isn’t actually in London, but rather in Leavesden, which is about an hour drive from Central London (without traffic). If you plan on staying in London, then I highly recommend booking a charter bus to bring you to the studio and back. I booked my visit to the studio through Evans Evans Tours, which included admission to the studio, complimentary hotel pickup (which many tours do not offer), and drop off at Victoria Station in Central London.

Visiting the studio is kind of an all day commitment, but hey, if you’re in London and you have the opportunity to go, I say absolutely take it. The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is definitely an experience you won’t forget.

PROS:

  • Original sets, props, and costumes.
  • Prerecorded intro by the cast
  • Green screen activites
  • Authentic feeling experience
  • Controlled lines
  • Plenty of photo opportunities.
  • Butterbeer
  • Stand where Harry Potter stood!

CONS:

  • Need to purchase tickets well in advance
  • Limited food selection
  • Green screen experience is fun, but results aren’t always impressive.
  • Expensive and long trip for foreign travelers
  • Not ideally located if staying in London

Ultimate Decision:

To be fair, both of these Harry Potter tourist traps offer pretty much the same thing: incredible sets, fun activities for muggles, and butterbeer. The souvenirs that you will find in both of these locations are also EXACTLY the same (literally; the only difference is the establishment name branded on the products), so you wouldn’t be missing out on unique swag if you decide to go to one location over the other.

But honestly, if you’re stuck between choosing between these two, I’d tell you to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando. This location doesn’t have the real props like the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London does, but Universal did an INCREDIBLE job with their craftsmanship and attention to detail when making the Harry Potter expansion. Couple that with the live performances, adorable shops, an unforgettable visit to The Three Broomsticks, and you’ve got yourself an experience of a life time. Oh, and there’s rides.

It’s also way cheaper and easier to get to Universal Orlando if you live in the United States, but if you are by chance going to be in London, I’d absolutely recommend planning a full day to visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. There is absolutely nothing as magical as experiencing the world of Harry Potter in London, but it’s just not worth planning an entire vacation around.

I hope that all of you Potter fans are able to visit both of these amazing locations during your life time like I was, but if you can only choose one, then Orlando has my vote as the absolute best Harry Potter experience.

Which Harry Potter location would you prefer to visit? Let us know in the comments!

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First Images of ‘Fantastic Beasts’ & American Word for ‘Muggle’

Warner Bros. is finally revealing some of its well kept magic secrets!

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s logo reveal, we now have some official photos from the set of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!

These eight new photos from the set of the highly anticipated Harry Potter pre-quel (of sorts) come courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, who exclusively shared them online today in a preview of their latest print edition.

Check out the photos (along with the original captions) in our gallery:

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It’s difficult to garner any real plot information about the film based on these photos, but take a close look at the seal that Eddie Redmayne’s character is standing on. The words inscribed upon it are ‘The Magical Congress of the United States of America’, which (thanks to EW), we now know is the American equivalent of the Ministry of Magic.

The MACUSA is located within the Woolworth Building in New York, which at this point in time would have been brand spankin new.

By the looks of it, the place is SUPER Art Deco, which isn’t too surprising as the film will take place in New York City in the 1920s.

We don’t know much about how the American wizarding world works, but we do know one thing: the American word for Muggle. According to Rowling, American’s refer to Muggles as No-Maj [no madge], which is short for no magic.

Aren’t we Americans so clever?

More insight into the story and world will be revealed when the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly hits newsstands on Friday!

Do you think that Fantastic Beasts will have the same magic as the Harry Potter franchise? Let us know in the comments! 

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Official Logo for ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Unveiled

Warner Bros. has released the official logo for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and needless to say  it’s pretty damn epic!

Check out the logo, which was shared on the film’s brand spankin’ new Twitter page earlier today, below:

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a new film written by J.K Rowling that takes place in the Harry Potter universe decades before the boy who lived even, well, lived.

The film will star Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, and Ron Periman (to name a few), and is currently scheduled to be released on November 18 2016.

And for those of you that are bad at mental math (guilty), that’s more than a year. Ugh.

But fear not, GGW will keep you updated on all the latest news regarding the film!

Liking the artwork for the film so far? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Official Trailer Released

It’s here! It’s finally here! The official trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was released today to much fan fare. An unofficial leak swept the internet yesterday, but Warner Bros. dropped this official one in case you missed it – or wanted to see a version that wasn’t blurry. Check it out:

This is the first real glimpse that we’re getting of the Batsuit (remind anyone of the Dark Knight Returns Batsuit?) and it’s awesome! We also get a little bit of Alfred mentoring Bruce – and a peek at the inevitable standoff between the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016, almost an entire agonizing year away!

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Our First Glimpse of the New Supergirl

Warner Bros. just released the first images from the upcoming pilot of the Supergirl TV series they have in production for CBS. Melissa Benoist (of Glee fame) looks bold and powerful as the Kryptonian super heroine.

Oscar winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, Alice in Wonderland), came up with Supergirl’s new look for the series.

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In designing Supergirl, I wanted to embrace the past, but more importantly, thrust her into the street-style action hero of today,

– Colleen Atwood, costume designer

If this superhero style looks familiar, it’s because Atwood is also the designer behind current hit series based on DC Comics titles, The Flash and Arrow, which air on The CW, a network that is a joint venture between Warner Bros. and CBS.

No word yet on whether Supergirl has been officially picked up by CBS, but production is already underway with Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal) and Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy) among the cast.

Source: Mashable.com
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