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It’s Zack Snyder vs. Joss Whedon as we break down the Justice League that MIGHT have been. Did the reshoots and rewrites by Joss Whedon save the film or would Zack Snyder’s original cut be a classic? We use Superman’s bad upper lip CGI to tell you where Whedon stepped in vs Zack Snyder plus an article on Digital Spy to piece together this pieced together superhero flick.

PLUS: We rank every DC film of the past 4 years with Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer Critic Danielle Solzman

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Justice League: Our Review Notes

1.     The pivot to humor: very evident in this film saved it. There’s no question.

2.     Bad upper lip CGi

3.     The Trump of movies; either people loved it or hated it

4.     Superman: Vibrant colors. We actually get a real Superman: full of hope,

5.     Reminded me briefly of Season six of Buffy when he went dark.

6.     No real plot if you think about it

7.     What about that closing scene?Wonder Woman Ben Affleck

SNYDER VS Whedon:

http://www.digitalspy.com/movies/justice-league/feature/a843529/justice-league-zack-snyder-cut/

The Russian family wouldn’t exist in Snyder’s version – the family are a Whedon addition and they don’t make a lot of sense. (Why that family? Where’s everyone else? Why don’t the Parademons break in and eat them? Are Parademons so weak they can’t get through a minor barricade?) But at least it leads to that funny gag involving The Flash pushing the car and Superman carrying a building, so it was worth it we guess?

The first proper meeting of the League appears to have been completely retooled by Whedon, and it’s the first sign that he completely changed the Superman narrative (pretty much every shot of Superman in this film has a wobbly lip, which means his dialogue was totally redone).

This is roughly the same as Snyder’s intended cut structurally, with significant reshoot changes. For instance, we assume we would have had Superman come back from the dead in the comic-referencing black suit we were promised on Henry Cavill’s Instagram in this scene.

Also, sources say a Cyborg premonition sequence – which would have played just before the team enacted the whole ‘bring Superman back from the dead’ plan – would have happened here.

It would have tied the plot more closely to the Knightmare sequence from BvS, suggesting that this is the evil Superman from that vision.

The subsequent fight between Superman and the League was all Snyder, but would have run longer, taken place at dusk, and would have involved more collateral damage. (Cyborg’s cut “You should probably move” line is from this scene.)

In Snyder’s version, we would have had more shots of the world reacting to the threat, as red skies cover everything. We would also have had far fewer lame quips from Batman.

There also would have been a resolution of a thread involving Aquaman’s trident, which Batman gives back to him in one of the trailers (the released film doesn’t tell us why he has it, or show us him handing it over).

Again, all the Superman stuff is Whedon’s, except for a couple of interactions between Superman and Cyborg – which presumably happen after this cut shot of Cyborg trying to deal with the Mother Box on his own (man, Cyborg was hard-done-by in the studio cut).

Also, Snyder wanted Wonder Woman to decapitate Steppenwolf, presumably because he killed so many of her people. Whedon changed it to that whole thing about the smell of fear (what is it with Joss and smells?) leading to his downfall at the hands of the Parademons, who won’t kill a terrified Russian family, but they will kill their boss (anti-climax much?).

The first post-credits sequence, in which Flash races Superman, is Whedon. The second post-credits sequence (aka the one that doesn’t look like it was shot on a VHS camcorder) is Snyder’s

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NEXT WEEK:  In partnership with the History Channel, we preview their new Knights of the Templar scripted series Knightfall! Is this the next Game of Thrones?

PLUS: We interview creator Dai Quan Cain who fulfills a lifelong dream with his new Kickstarter The Silent Descendants

We play “Would You Rather” with our guest Mariano Nicieza, co-creator of Stan Lee’s “Godwoke.” Would you rather…watch Justice League on opening night or binge watch Netflix Punisher? Would you rather…re-watch the Zack Snyder trilogy before going to see JL or re-watch the Star Wars prequels before Last Jedi? And more!

PLUS: Four Reasons the Justice League Movie Can Fail and Netflix Changes The Punisher’s Origin – does it matter?

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Would You Rather?

  1. Go see Justice League on opening night or binge watch The Punisher on Netflix?
  2. Go see either or re-watch Thor: Ragnarok?
  3. Re-watch the first two films from the Zack Snyder Trilogy before consuming JL or re-watch the Disney Star Wars films before Last Jedi?
  4. Binge the Marvel Netflix universe or the DC Arrow-verse?

 

Netflix’s ‘The Punisher’ Totally Reboots His Marvel Origin Story

https://www.inverse.com/article/38383-marvel-netflix-punisher-origin-reboot-mcu-comics

As Marvel’s The Punisher heads to Netflix on November 17, it’s worth observing how much Frank Castle has evolved. On the surface, TV’s Jon Bernthal looks the same as Frank Castle does in the comics: Black clothes? Check. Leather trench? Check. White skull? Ammunition belts? Check, check. But behind the scary arsenal, and inside his actual skull, there lies a different Frank Castle than we’ve known since 1974. In short, the origin story of the character is now totally different from the comics.

 

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NEXT WEEK:  We preview the highly anticipated JLA movie. Will last minute re-writes and re-shoots sink this DC Vessel? Or can Joss Whedon help the film rise above the negative buzz?

PLUS: We welcome Phazer creator Mariano Nicieza to the show to talk about his new William Shatner/Stan Lee collaboration.

We go full #ThorRagnarok! Did it leave you feeling green? Is Loki the Best Marvel super-villain of all time? And what about that Valkyrie casting choice!

Mike & Hasan also pose the question: Did Thor ape the Guardians 2 formula?

PLUS: Brian Michael Bendis jumps the Marvel ship…which DC character should he tackle first?

Thor: Ragnarok Podcast Review

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Brian Michael Bendis Leaves Marvel, Signs Exclusive Deal With DC Comics

https://io9.gizmodo.com/brian-michael-bendis-leaves-marvel-signs-exclusive-dea-1820213198

For years, Brian Michael Bendis has been one of the biggest and best-known writers of Marvel Comics. The author helped create Miles Morales and Jessica Jones and has spent years writing them and other iconic Marvel characters like Iron Man, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Daredevil, and more. And now he’s jumped ship to DC.

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‘Stranger Things’ unscripted kiss ‘stressed out’ Sadie Sink

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/stranger-unscripted-kiss-stressed-sadie-sink-article-1.3613248

Sadie Sink’s first kiss came as a surprise, and not a pleasant one.

The “Stranger Things” star, who joined the cast for the second season of the hit Netflix show, said that creators Matt and Ross Duffer added her character’s kiss at the Snow Ball last minute, despite her objections.

“The kiss was not written in the script,” Sink, 15, said.

“I get there, the first day of Snow Ball, me and Noah (Schnapp) are walking in seeing the decorations and stuff. One of you, I think it was you Ross, you say, ‘Oh, Sadie, you ready for the kiss?’ I’m like, ‘What! No! That’s not in the script. That’s not happening.’ So the whole day I was like stressed out, I was like ‘oh my god, wait, am I gonna have to…’”

Ross Duffer blamed Sink’s reactions for his insistence on the kiss.

“You reacted so strongly to this. I was just joking and you were so freaked out that I was like well, I gotta make her do it now,” he said on “Beyond Stranger Things.”

McLaughlin, 16, also said the kiss left him “feeling weird.”

The forced kiss comes with renewed interest amid a widespread Hollywood scandal of sexual harassment and assault.

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We welcome Dark Tower concept artist Dennis Calero to talk about the new Stephen King film!

PLUS: We take the new Thor: Ragnarok & Stranger Things 2 trailers to task in another round of ‘Trailer Truth or Trash’! Did they give away too much or are your appetite’s whetted properly?

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Here’s an excerpt from the Podcast with guest Dennis Calero:

Michael Dolce: We have to be a 100% honest here, Dark Tower is coming out and we don’t know much bout it. This is why were having you on.

Dennis Calero: I can break it down for you. For those of you familiar with Stephen King, he writes stories about when things go wrong. You have killer clowns from outer space, men in black that save the world from an apocalypse. So Dark Tower, the best way to think about it is the spindle about which, his multi verse revolves. It is the center of reality, both a place and every level of the towers is a dimension in the multi verse. One way to look at it is the reason Stephen King’s world has vampires, wolves, and killer clowns is because there’s something wrong at the Tower. There’s something wrong at the center of reality, its being attacked and our main character Roman the Gunslinger comes from a long line of a combination of cowboys, knights, and Jedi. It is his sworn duty to find the Tower and figure out whats wrong with it and fix it, thus saving all of time and space and reality.

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NEXT WEEK: We welcome the cast of Nerd-friendly web series ‘Adultish’ in studio to talk about hipsters, podcasts, superheroes and a trip to Korea.

We break down ComicCon 2017: Black Panther, Thor, Justice League & more with actress & producer Jordan Elizabeth Gelber of StarBaby Enterprises & ComicCon expert Victor Dandridge Jr.

PLUS: The mustache that could change EVERYTHING for Justice League

What Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s box office means for Marvel as ComicCon2017 begins!

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Here’s an excerpt from the Podcast with guest correspodent Victor Dandridge Jr.:

Michael Dolce: So you got to get in there, we want to know the Hall H, from all my expert analysis and studying the Twitter chatter, Thor: Ragnarok was the big buzz, am I correct? What was the feeling on the floor?

VD: Warner Brothers is in the morning. Marvel is in the evening, so its the last one to close it out. You got people in Hall H waiting all day for the Marvel Studio crowd, so you got the lasting impression and the thing you talk about the most. So while your in there, yeah you can tweet, but your trying to pay attention on whats happening or whats going to happen. It’s a genius move by Marvel and I do feel bad for Warner Bros because they do get overlooked. From my position and first time being there, Warner Bros gave a better presentation.

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NEXT WEEK: We pit all the ComicCon trailers against one another for another round of Trailer ‘Truth or Trash!

PLUS: We go inside the new Dark Tower movie with contributing artist on the film and comic book adaptions Dennis Calero

On the latest episode of Secrets of the Sire we welcome fellow TalkRadio.nyc host Kai Cole and prolific author Dara Lyons on the show to battle it out at Celebrity #PopCulture jeopardy!

PLUS: We break down the Thor: Ragnarok trailer and shwo why DC will NEVER catch up to Marvel with their films

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ABOUT OUR GUEST(s):

Dara Lyons

WHAT DO YOU DO?

In the second grade, Dara (or “Daralyse Lyons” as her angry teacher called her) was sent to the principal’s office for misbehaving. When she arrived, instead of going in to see the principal and accept her punishment, Dara lied about having a stomachache and needing to see the nurse. She’s been telling stories and putting on performances ever since.

Dara is a summa cum laude graduate of New York University with a Bachelors in Arts and Science. A true over-achiever, she double-majored in English Literature and Religious Studies and minored in History.

She has written numerous articles and short stories, sixteen full-length novels, a nonfiction book about yoga, and two children’s books. Her work has been read by over half a million readers.

A few biographical notes:

1. I’ve been skydiving and parasailing and I love rollercoasters (but I’m afraid of heights)
2. I saw Star Wars for the first time last year at 32.
3. I’m a yoga teacher

WHAT DO YOU GOT GOING ON THESE DAYS?
I recently finished writing a memoir that I’m shopping around. (Lots of juicy stuff – the premise for the book is Two of Me about being biracial, bisexual, bulimic and bipolar and finding an integrated sense of self while being torn between extremes).

I’m editing a novel – Yoga Cocaine – which I wrote a screenplay for, and, when that’s done, I’ll be looking for a publisher.

I’m promoting my other books.

https://www.amazon.com/Daralyse-Lyons/e/B00J9NBV9S

YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES (Where can we find you online?)

http://www.daralyonsauthor.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Dara-Lyons-1056439807729364/?ref=hl
https://www.instagram.com/daralyonsauthor/
https://www.amazon.com/Daralyse-Lyons/e/B00J9NBV9S

About Our Guest: Kai Cole:

WHAT DO YOU DO?
Kai Cole of Kai Society (PR & Marketing), Host of Kai Society Radio (about Tribe Architecture) and Partner/Tribe Architect of The Healing Farm (NY’s Premiere farm for herbs and healing)

WHAT DO YOU GOT GOING ON THESE DAYS?
Healing Farm (www.healing.farm) is located in New Hampton, NY (about an hour drive from the city) and is 100 acres of organic goodness where you can come and cultivate your super powers. Our next event is Earth Day – full day of #farmlife. Visit our animals, bond with the land, engage in workshops and healing practices – kid friendly, no cost,

GOT AN OPINION?
I love Hawaiian Shirts and will be wearing one (I hope Hassan will too)
Love the show Legion and the Path (use them as inspiration for my projects)

YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES (Where can we find you online?)
healing.farm
Kaisociety.com
@iamkaicole

NEXT WEEK: The new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer hits the net next week and we’ve got Superfans – Bitcoin expert Tone Vays and Author Brad Szollose – to help break it down!