DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee praises Justice League for being a step in the right direction for the unofficially titled DCEU. Warner Bros. finally launched their DC Comics-based universe with Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016 – a follow-up to his 2013 film, Man of Steel – and the studio continued expanding the newly-formed shared universe with David Ayer’s Suicide Squad and Patty Jenkins Wonder Woman. While the latter film earned rave reviews (and is considered the highest-rated superhero film on Rotten Tomatoes), the former didn’t show much promise for the DCEU.
The first teaser trailer for Incredibles 2 welcomes us back to Pixar’s superhero world. Theaters are packed with more superhero movies than ever before, and next year will be no different. Not only are live-action versions taking center stage, but animated flicks like The LEGO Batman Movie or next year’s Animated Spider-Man Movie also look to get in on the action. Pixar is set to do the same with the long-awaited sequel to The Incredibles hitting theaters next summer.
October was a rough one. After September 2017 — bolstered in large part by IT — set a new box office record, last month saw the industry take a significant nosedive, to its lowest total in a decade. Partly, the disappointing performance of Blade Runner 2049 is to blame, as is the disastrous earnings of high-profile releases like Michael Fassbender thriller The Snowman and George Clooney’s latest directorial effort Suburbicon. The month’s only real success stories seem to be playing into the unmitigated triumph of horror cinema this year. Both Happy Death Day and Jigsaw turned tidy profits in their opening weekends, with the former already having earned nearly $50 million as of this writing based on a reported $4.8 million production budget.
Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has explained why Hulk is so much smarter in the new Marvel Cinematic Universe adventure. The mean green character has had quite an evolution since his days in Marvel’s comic books, beginning with the classic TV series The Incredible Hulk, starring Lou Ferrigno as the title character and Bill Bixby as Bruce Banner from 1977-1982; to the film versions Hulk in 2003 (starring Eric Bana) and The Incredible Hulk (starring Edward Norton) in 2008.
Blade Runner 2049 is expected to be a box office flop in China. One of the year’s great commercial disappointments, Denis Villeneuve’s acclaimed, potentially Oscar-worthy sequel fell short of expectations out of the gate in North America and never recovered. It’s on track to barely make more than its huge production budget, reportedly costing as much as $185 million to make not including marketing.