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Like many of you, I enjoy binging my series and movies on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBOMax, and Disney+. Also, like many of you, COVID-19 has forced me to stay home more then I would like, along with taking a lot more added precautions before interacting with others. The real concern of the pandemic has caused a lot of damage to several companies, including bars, clubs, restaurants, sports, and movie companies. For example, Maryland lost more than $250 million in sales tax revenue in April, due to the shutdown. Shows like Ozark have become saviors to the idol mind because of the timing of the release. Some shows, like Good Girls, had to end their season early due to the realistic threat of COVID-19. Some movies, set to release in theaters in 2020, were pushed back due to fear of studios losing money. While Disney appears faithful with the idea of releasing the movie New Mutants on August 26th, and some other studios are releasing movies on On-Demand, Disney made an interesting decision, releasing their live action movie Mulan on Disney plus for $30.
Here’s where things are interesting, I purchase movies on iTunes to own, I watch them on my phone, tablet or Apple TV, I download them on my devices to watch when I’m on a flight, or at work. I also pay subscriptions to watch movies. Why would I pay a subscription service to watch a movie and content, then pay an additional fee to watch a movie on that service, knowing in a few months Disney will release the movie on the service? One answer, supply, and demand. The world has changed, COVID-19 has wrecked our 1st world luxuries and conveniences, such as sports events and movies. Disney is not in the business of losing money. They also aren’t in the business of being second fiddle. In 1989 Warner Brothers released Tim Burton’s Batman, starring Michael Keaton. 20th Century Fox released X-men in 2000, Sony released Spider-Man in 2002. Disney saw Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman hang out with the Loonytoons for convenient product placement and needed something to compete. Along came the Marvel Studios and The Avengers, Disney has not looked back. When Sony released The Interview in 2014, the studio made $15 million from the comedy. They could have made more from the theatrical release, but there was a real controversy stemming from the film and leaked emails. In 2018 Disney won a bidding war with 21st Century Fox, purchasing the media company, all of its properties, and a majority stake in Hulu for $71 billion dollars.
When the Movies like You Should Have Left, Irresistible, Capone, Trolls World Tour, and Onward were streamed due to COVID-19, Disney weighed the risk versus rewards from releasing movies like Mulan and Marvel Studio’s Black Widow. Disney didn’t get into the streaming service just to be a contender. They got into it to be a champ. What is the championship belt? Revenue! Cash is king, and the Disney theme parks have already lost $5 Billion due to the Coronavirus. Netflix has made a ritual of releasing original title movies all the time. Netflix might go up on subscription fees, but they have never charged for the movie. In July, Netflix grossed $6.33 billion. Hulu, which is now majority owned by Disney, used advertising in the past, which to this day I find insulting that I pay my hard-earned money, and you will still advertise to me like network television. HBOMAX is a new player in the game, they haven’t had a rate hike yet. But, Netflix has been blamed for the death of the video rental industry (Blockbuster and Hollywood Videos). Netflix was also being blamed for the slow death of the movie industry.
In recent months there has been a lot of discussion of Amazon acquiring AMC Entertainment. Disney, again not playing second fiddle, knows Mulan is a highly anticipated film, along with the Avatar sequels, and Marvel Studios movies. If this test run of Mulan being $30 proves successful, how does this change the face of the entertainment industry? Do companies, like Netflix, charge an additional fee for their releases. Mark Millar signed a multi picture deal with Netflix, do we pay to watch Jupiter’s Circle, Nemesis or MPH on the streaming giant? Do we pay for another Breaking Bad movie? Do we pay for a Walking Dead Movie? If this is successful, and it appears Disney has picked the right movie to test this out with, you know corporate greed will lean towards yes. Years ago, the idea of paying $1,000 for a cell phone was laughable until the iPhoneX was released, now the rest is history. Almost a decade ago, paying $300 for headphones to listen to while on the bus stop was a joke until Dr. Dre placed his name on some Monster headphones. The idea of paying to play a video game online was a joke until Microsoft decided to charge for subscription service for X-box, Playstation followed suit with the release of the PS4. Video game companies constantly sell downloadable levels and characters instead of the whole game at retail value. The realm of digital corporate greed is very evident and looks for new ways to devour your pockets while many Americans rob Peter to pay Paul during this pandemic. So I pose you all this question, is Disney+ the Trojan Horse to the streaming service, and will they kill how we experience in-home convenient cinema? I don’t have a magic 8-ball, but I think we are about to head down this path, my friends.
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In a surprising turn of events Anthony and Patrick liked this episode even going as far as agreeing with Stephanie, Moe does nothing but ask questions and acts shocked by all this. So join us as we discuss Star Trek: Picard. Episode 6 [The Impossible Box]. This one we actually liked so just prepare for the good. #StarTrekPicard #Enjoy and as always #Welcome2ThePlanet
Lastly John turturro as crime boss Carmine Falcone is another shocker I don’t think anyone saw coming…
Warner Bros has just released their final trailer for what might be their most anticipated film of the year JOKER! Led by Joaquin Phoenix, Directed & written by Todd Phillips, & co written by Scott Silvers. Other notable stars include the beautiful & talented Zazie Beetz, legend himself Robert De Niro, Francis Conroy, & Brett Cullen. DC might have had a few missteps in the past, but in the last recent years they’ve found their footing, & have had nothing but one home-run after another. Starting with Wonder Woman which single handedly helped reshape the DCEU as we know it. Then James Wan’s Aquaman continuing down that same path being the first ever DCEU film to cross $1 billion dollars at the box office. Followed by David F. Sandberg’s Shazam which won the good faith of both critics & fans alike, & was described by many to be the DCEU’s strongest film yet. DC’s been on a winning streak lately, but it seems like Joker may very well put them back at the top! Yes don’t get me wrong, Avengers: Endgame was good fun, but it’s nothing compared to the madness we’re about to get with this film. Some people may hate me for saying that, but that’s okay. I’m just seeing the facts for what they are. Joker looks to be so much more than just another comic book film. It’s arguably fair to say that, as fun & exciting as the comic book genre has become some of the films recently have begun to feel really redundant, & have caused a bit of a fatigue amongst the public. We’ve seen countless stories that have just felt extremely familiar with one another, & it’s a breath of fresh air to finally see something different. More unique than everything else. It keeps things fresh & opens up the door for new ideas. New stories to be told. A film based on the origins of one of if not THE biggest & most popular super-villain in comic book history. Sign me up, because I’m all over this. How can anyone not be.
The trailer is in every way of the word groundbreaking, & is bone-chilling to its core. It really is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Lots of people have already begun to compare Joaquin Phoenix’s performance to that of Jack Nicholson, & of course the late Heath Ledger who to many people including myself believe him to be the greatest joker we’ve gotten on the big screen to this day. His performance was so good in fact, he won the academy award for Best Actor back in 2009 for The Dark Knight directed by the legendary Christopher Nolan. Now it looks like Joaquin Phoenix may very well surpass that PLUS more! I believe this film has a very high chance at not just winning one but TWO academy awards come next season. Best Actor & Best Picture! Yes I’m serious, & although I’m not as infatuated about the academy awards like other film fans as a whole, I’d love to see the comic book genre transcend past people’s expectations and become something bigger than what we first imagined it to be when it started.
Todd Phillips also mentioned earlier that his take on the clown prince of crime will not hold any ties to past comic book iterations, & will instead be its very own original story entirely. Speaking with Vulture, Phillips had this to say:
“We didn’t follow anything from the comic books, which people are gonna be mad about. We just wrote our own version of where a guy like Joker might come from. That’s what was interesting to me. We’re not even doing Joker but the story of becoming Joker. It’s about this man.”
That’s exactly what I wanted to hear from a movie like this. Not every Comic book film needs to be exactly like the graphic novels to be considered good. Seeing a director who’s passionate & bold enough to take a beloved character such as the joker and bring their own spin to them, is much more exciting if you ask me. That is the mindset all directors who want to work in this genre should have. It’s not about repeating what’s come before. It’s about how you can add onto something that’s already great & loved by many, & if possible what can you do to help evolve the genre even more. That’s how you keep these films alive. By giving them a new voice each time, not being afraid to take risks, & giving the audience something they can really relate to at its core. This film seems to have all of that! A struggling comedian on the brink of insanity who’s left alone with taking care of his sick mother, dealing with a cruel society that is constantly humiliating him until he breaks. Lots of us definitely can see or at least come to an understanding of what it may be like to be in that kind of head space. It’s a fascinating story to think about that I can’t wait to see unfold on the big screen later this October. This looks to be like the CANNOT miss event of the year for Comicbook fans & general audiences alike.
Very proud to see Warner Bros taking the DC property in a different direction than what Disney has given us with the MCU. DC possesses bigger than life characters that require this level of talent to help tell their stories properly, & it seems like Warner Bros has realized that themselves as well. The future for DC is brighter than its ever been, & as a hardcore fan myself I couldn’t be happier! Let us know your thoughts on the trailer, & is there another dc character, villain or hero you’d love to see get the same treatment down the line. Send us a message to our Twitter & Facebook pages Earth2comiccast, & TeamJVS. We’d love to hear from you. Hope you enjoyed everything I had to say. Stay safe & have a great weekend everyone! Peace!
Source: Vulture, Warner Brothers
After years of speculation, countless rumors, & nonstop fan castings, it has finally been reported straight from Variety that none other Hollywood Star Robert Pattinson mostly notably known for his work as Edward Cullen in the widely popular film series Twilight, will don the cape & cowl as the new Bruce Wayne/Batman for this generation come June 25th 2021.
I couldn’t be more ecstatic about this news, & I think it’s phenomenal casting! Despite not having a good rep from the twilight films, Pattinson has gone on to become an outstanding actor that has over time won the respect of a lot of critics, fans, & colleagues for turning his career around. He’s shown numerous times throughout his career to have an incredible amount of range in his performances on a number indie films such as Good Times, Bel Ami, The Rover, The Lost City Of Z, & his most recently released film the sci-fi thriller High Life directed by Claire Denis, which again has been met with rave reviews across the board by audiences & critics. He’s no longer the same actor many people saw 10 years ago during the days of Twilight. He’s completely redefined himself in the eyes of the public with the roles he’s chosen, & is taken a lot more seriously as a performer than before. Of course there will always be those fans out there that will feel differently & express their opinion with the usual “Not My Batman” comments, but give it time and I’m sure those that don’t see it now will change how they feel once they see his portrayal on screen.
Most importantly, Matt Reeves who’s given us a handful of critically well received films in 2008’s Cloverfield, Let Me In, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, & War For The Planet Of The Apes is now attached as Director for the upcoming film, & has been very vocal on wanting to give audiences the definitive Batman story showcasing his detective skills at work proving and reminding us all why he’s known to be the world’s greatest detective first & foremost before being a superhero.
We’ve gotten so many films in the past decade most notably Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, & Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice that have shown only one side of the cape crusader which is the action & spectacle parts, & although that’s entertaining and still very much needed in this new iteration, it’s not the only thing that’s important when bringing a well known beloved character such as Bruce Wayne to life. There’s so much more to him than just cool flips & having him beat up thugs on the street. Bruce Wayne is a character who’s story originates from pure tragedy. A child that watches his parents mugged & killed in an alley right before his eyes for no reason at all, & is then left all alone in a world that looks to have little to no hope. Seeing a film envision what it’s like for someone to grow through all of that can make for a powerful & lasting impact that can spark conversations amongst people for decades to come. That’s the kind of story true Batman fans who’ve loved this character since childhood have wanted for so long. We want a Batman that we can personally identify with, & emotionally fully invest ourselves into. Someone we can follow on a journey through the span of possibly a trilogy or more (if we’re lucky) and realizing why this man is so broken and how inspiring and encouraging it can be to watch such a well respected icon from the comics push through every obstacle that comes his way, no matter how impossible that situation may be. That in my opinion is the true Definitive Batman we need done on the big screen, & I think we are for sure going to get that once cameras start rolling early next year.
We’ve had so many great portrayals over the years starting from Adam West, to Michael Keaton all the way to Christian Bale and Ben Affleck that some people may say that a fatigue is on the way, but I disagree. Each actor I’ve listed has given us something different from the last, and made the role their own. Pattinson will do the same and bring his own distinct tone & feel to his portrayal once the time comes. People just need to take a step back, breathe, & understand this casting won’t ruin the character by any means. I don’t think Reeves or WB would have signed a contract with him if they didn’t fully believe he can deliver on giving the fans something truly special that will for sure leave many of us very happy. It just takes time, & patience.
Another set of good news to come out due to this report, is that we can expect more casting announcements in the coming weeks as filming is about to go underway. Nothing official, but rumors have been circulating the internet that Vanessa Hudgens maybe in the running for Selina Kyle/Catwoman.
If true, this would be another knock out of the park win for Matt Reeves hands down. Hudgens is mostly known for her work on the widely beloved popular Disney film trilogy High School Musical, Greese: Live & most recently RENT: Live, along with other films such as: Gimmie Shelter, Machete Kills, Spring Breakers, & now the newly released action thriller Polar where she co-stars along side Mads Mikkelson who plays a retired assassin helping a young woman who’s forced into hideout having to fight off a group of psychotic killers in order to get her life back. Hudgens has grown into a terrific actress in a short amount of time, & has even gone on to express her love for the character Catwoman going as far as to saying Michelle Pfeiffer’s portrayal partially helped her pursue a career into acting. She’s already got lots of love for the comics, can for sure give an amazing performance in any project she’s involved in, & has already worked with DC before in the past on NBC’s series Powerless. She’s more than capable of handling a role like this, & it would be a huge push for her career going forward if it all pans out. I for one am rooting for her all the way, & it’s one rumor I hope to the gods ends up coming true. Can’t go wrong with a beautiful, fun, full of life actress such as her. WB please don’t miss out on this opportunity. Take a chance & bring her on to this project. This is one casting you can only benefit from. She has a strong following, & will honor/cherish this role like no other. Trust on that.
The Batman is set for a release on June 25th 2021! Also, Expect some more news to come soon with San Diego Comic-con right around the corner. It’s a very exciting time to be a Comicbook fan right now. We can only go up from here. Post all your thoughts on the recent news reported surrounding this casting, & share what you’d love to see done this time with the Batman. We’d love to hear from you, & send us a tweet or message to our Facebook pages @Earth2comiccast or @Tweet_JvS! Enjoy the rest of your day! Peace!
Detective Pikachu is an inspiring & heart-warming adaptation of the beloved Pokemon franchise which has been a worldwide phenomenon for over 2 decades. Directed by Rob Letterman & written by Dan Hernandez & Ben Samit, we’re dropped into a whole new never before seen cinematic universe. Pokemon has been something I’ve cherished since I first played the original games titled Pokemon Red & Pokemon Blue released back in 1998. In fact I was so obsessed with Pokemon that I remember only having Pokemon games for my handheld Gameboy SP when I was younger, & nothing else. So many long time fans including myself have grown up with this franchise, & never believed a live action film would happen let alone be possible. So if you’re someone who’s new to all this, you can maybe start to understand why there is so much hype surrounding this movie.
We start our story off seeing a group of scientists in an abandoned facility performing an experiment on the legendary man-made Pokemon known as Mewtwo which is cloned from the remains of its ancient descendant known as Mew. As expected, things start to go awry, & Mewtwo ends up breaking out of the lab & destroying the facility all together out of anger for being kept in captivity for so long.
Detective Harry Goodman played by Ryan Reynolds manages to escape the facility before it’s destruction, but is later caught in an accident which looks to be caused by Mewtwo leading to his eventual disappearance.
Some time passes, & the story opens up to our main protagonist Tim Goodman son of Harry Goodman played by Justice Smith who when we’re first introduced to him, doesn’t want to have anything to do with Pokemon at all, but is pushed to go out of his comfort zone by his childhood friend Jack played by Karen Soni to catch a wild Cubone as an attempt to help him open up more after the passing of his mother, along with a falling out with his father, & hopefully start a journey as a Pokemon Trainer. This leads to be unsuccessful, & it’s later revealed that Jack plans on leaving their hometown to now go on his own journey & along with Detective Hideo Yoshida played by Ken Watanabe tries to encourage Tim to do the same.
Justice Smith most notably known for his work on the hit Netflix series The Get Down & the most recent installment of the Jurassic Park film franchise Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, does a wonderful job leading this movie. He’s able to bring a really cool timid, & at times chill personality to the character Tim, & effortlessly makes for a very likable protagonist. You feel for him as you learn more about the tragedy he’s been through, & begin to realize just how lost he is until he meets Lucy(Kathryn Newton) & Pikachu later on in the film. As we follow him on his journey we see him rediscover himself, & find a true purpose in who is, & what he wants to be. Justice Smith is another great addition to this cast, & honestly continues to show us just how good of an actor he really is, & will leave you with a more than satisfying performance, & I have no doubt we’ll see more of this actor in the future as well.
Tim is later called by the police concerning the earlier accident with his father leading him to believe he’s passed away. This news breaks Tim’s heart, and causes him to isolate himself from everyone. As he makes his way to his apartment, he’s met by a mysterious young woman known by the name Lucy Stevens played by Kathryn Newton who many of you may know from HBO’s hit show Big Little Lies, and 2018’s critical success comedy film Blockers.
Kathryn Newton brings so much positive energy to this character, that she honestly radiates the room whenever she’s on screen, & you can’t help but fall in love with her charm, witty, & bright personality that honestly comes off very warm & inviting as you follow her through this grand adventure with Tim & Pikachu. Newton is hands down one of the biggest highlights of this movie, & I hope we see more of her in future installments going forward because she really does an incredible job making you feel for a moment like you’re truly a part of this new world as we watch this story unfold. Rob Letterman made the right choice casting her in this role, & once you’ve seen the film yourself you’ll understand why. Most definitely a rising star in the making, & I’m always left excited about any project she does because she’s really that talented.
Lucy Stevens is a news reporter for CNM in Ryme City investigating the whereabouts of Tim’s father Harry Goodman, & approaches Tim in attempt to help her solve the case, & find out what really happened the night of Mewtwo’s escape.
Tim of course ignores her at first, & heads home only to be met by a Pikachu which is later revealed to be Harry Goodman’s partner Pokemon, & on top of that can now communicate with him.
The two are later met by the founder of Ryme City himself Howard Clifford played by Bill Nighy, & during their encounter explains to them that Harry Goodman’s disappearance was no accident and they must find Mewtwo if they are ever to find out what led to the tragedy of that night.
Billy Nighy as expected also gives an amazing performance as Howard Clifford throughout, & is able to display a man that’s genuinely in mourning after the loss of his dear friend Harry Goodman, but then manages to give a complete switch in character showing off a very menacing behavior that in the third act makes for a more than decent antagonist that’s become obsessed & psychotic with his work over the years prior to the start of this film, & is willing to do in his mind whatever it takes to accomplish his goals. Billy Nighy is always a pleasant surprise to see on screen, & is a welcoming asset to any film he’s in especially this one. Great actor through & through.
Pikachu & Tim later decide to partner up together along with the news reporter Lucy Stevens who we we’re introduced to earlier to help save Tim’s father, & throughout the course of their journey they’re met with some insane obstacles such as facing off against an army of Greninjas that were held in the same facility Mewtwo was experimented on and later is forced to outrun moving mountains revealed to be gigantic Torterras also experimented on in the same abandoned Facility Tim’s father escaped before his disappearance.
Pikachu ends up hurt during all this, & Tim is lead into the forest by a pack of Bulbasaurs to a mysterious location in attempt to save him. Only to be caught by the surprise of Mewtwo itself which saves Pikachu from his wounds, and is once again caught by the same scientists that held him prisoner in the beginning of the film.
Tim reaches out to Clifford about his findings and is later shocked by the revelation that Clifford was behind everything including the disappearance of Harry Goodman. His plan all along wanting to combine the human mind & Pokemon mind as one, & later ends up enacting this very plan using a machine that allows him to fuse his mind with Mewtwo’s as to what he calls the next step in human evolution, & then proceeds to perform the same act on the entire city.
Tim & Pikachu are left up to the task to stop Clifford, & reverse the damage he’s done before it’s too late. They end up defeating Clifford by destroying his machine, & reverting everyone back to their original bodies once again.
Mewtwo ends up granting Tim & Pikachu the answers they’ve been seeking their whole journey together throughout the course of the film, & reveals to us Harry’s mind was transferred into Pikachu as a way to save his life from the accident. Mewtwo reverses the affects giving Harry Goodman his body back, & The film ends with Tim & Harry finally having a heart to heart moment with each other as Father & son, leading Tim to make the decision to become a detective just like his dad.
Detective Pikachu gives us a solid straight forward story centrally focused on the message of how not isolating from the rest of the world, & opening up to new people can allow you the chance to rediscover yourself, & help you realize what you’re capable of once you begin to finally commit yourself to a goal you’re passionate about.
Ryan Reynolds voices Pikachu & does a very good job bringing the iconic Pokemon to life, & never once misses a beat with the comedic humor that is absolutely needed in this film due to the tragedy surrounding Tim Goodman. A true comedic relief, but also an incredible co-lead & his chemistry with the entire cast is almost infectious as you see just how well they all manage to play off of each other in this movie. Letterman couldn’t have found a better actor than Ryan Reynolds for this role, & I’m truly happy & satisfied with the performance he gives us throughout this movie. A true delight to watch on screen from beginning to end.
Overall, I had a great time with this movie, & left shocked on how faithful it was to the source material. It’s welcoming to newcomers just as much as it is older fans, definitely a film you want to take kids to, & opens the door to possibly an even bigger cinematic universe for the future. Even if you’re someone who’s not really familiar with the franchise, you may end up finding yourself a fan once you’ve seen this film. Give it a chance and decide for yourself where you stand on it. This movie is not just a first good attempt to a live action Pokemon movie, but also may very well be our best video game adaptation on screen yet! I give Detective Pikachu a solid A!
That’s the end of my spoiler review. Hope you enjoyed it. Have you seen the film yet? If so, send us a Tweet or message on our Facebook or Twitter pages @earth2ComicCast or @Tweet_JVS letting us know your thoughts. We’d love to hear them. Until next time, have a great day everyone!
Lucas&Moe Vs. The Movies Review Pokemon: Detective Pikachu
Synopsis: Ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son, Tim, to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth Detective Pikachu. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to work together, as Tim is the only human who can talk with Pikachu, they join forces to unravel the tangled mystery.
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