By Scott Murray
In a recent episode of the Assembly of Geeks podcast, we discussed which movies pleased and disappointed us the most. With the new year offically underway, I have some specific hopes tied to some of the geek movies coming out in 2017.
The Lego Batman Movie
I am a big fan of The Lego Movie. More importantly, I am a big fan of Lego Batman's role in it. In fact, I once set Batman's self-made theme song as my ringtone for a short time (much to my wife's chagrin). Will Arnett brought the perfect blend of self-deprecating humor and badassery to the character. So, I was pretty stoked when I heard they were giving him his own movie.
The first two trailers for the movie made me laugh out loud and took my anticipation to a whole new level. However, the most recent trailer for The Batman Movie seemed more like a typical Batman animated adventure (with the exception of things like Robin ripping his pants off).
My hope: Is that the movie will have that perfect balance of parody humor and awesome Batman antics.
After Batman & Robin (and the movie lull that followed), my Batman fandom was buried in the weight of disappointment. In a way, the last two attempts to make Spider-Man movies have done the same thing. They never felt completely like Spider-Man to me (or as they say today - it wasn't MY Spider-Man). Tom Holland's appearance as the web-slinger in Captain America: Civil War gave me hope.
The first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming was decent and had its moments. I'm hoping they just held back a little bit as I have big expectations for this one.
I am a fan of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. However, I am not a fan of Man of Steel or Batman vs. Superman (even though I liked the heroes that were featured in it). To me, the DCCU has a messy track record, and it didn't have to be this way. I want 2017 to be the start of something better, and I think Wonder Woman is the perfect character to put things into a better place.
After a failed television revival, a Smallville-style TV show idea that never saw light of day and executives who couldn't figure out what to do with her...I'm so glad she has this movie. However, that makes success even more important. Warner Bros. has shaken things up, and this will be the first film on Geoff Johns' watch. I'm hoping for the best!
I've seen the other Thor movies, and I'd say they were "okay". I find them to be a little underwhelming or just a little "meh". I think the approach to Ragnorok has the potential to improve those feelings. The additional actors like Cate Blancett, Karl Urban, Tessa Thompson and Jeff GoldBlum, along with characters like The Hulk, Doctor Strange and Captain America, gives Ragnarok the chance to easily become my favorite Thor movie.
(See Wonder Woman comments.) Just...get better. Just do it better.
Star Wars Episode VIII
I'm saddened to think that I'll be watching Episode VIII with a heavy heart this year. I loved the idea that General Leia could be instramental in the possible redemption of Kylo Ren. Who knows how things will change. However, I hope we'll get more answers this time around - especially if they will END the Snoke theories. I also hope this will be a fantastic addition to the saga that doesn't feature anything that remotely resembles a Death Star. Oh, and more Captain Phasma, please!
By The AoG Team
The Assembly of Geeks team is devastated to hear about the passing of Carrie Fisher today. As we mourn this difficult loss, we all wanted to share some thoughts and memories.
From Scott Murray:
As a kid, I remember one of the first lines from Star Wars that made me laugh was, "Would someone get this walking carpet out of my way?!" It was the perfect line for the strong, brave, no-nonsense character that re-defined "Princess". I met Carrie at my first Star Wars Celebration in 2002, and it was both a thrill and an honor rolled into one. She made me laugh at that convention as well. She told everyone that George didn't smile much (even after the success of Star Wars), so he asked ILM to digitize one on his face. Her strength, humor and bigger-than-life presence will be missed both on and off screen. I'm so glad she got to be part of this new era of Star Wars...adding to an already incredible and impactful legacy.
From Regina Davis:
The galaxy mourns together today as we bid farewell to Carrie Fisher. She gave us all a precious gift. When she gave life to Princess Leia, she made the universe expand ten-fold. While Leia was not the first self-reliant woman in Science Fiction, she was special, she was groundbreaking. When I was a child,Leia was a symbol of individualism I had not yet been exposed to in any medium. As I grew, I discovered her real-life counter-part was just as inspirational. We should all be grateful to have been given such a legacy of wit, bravery and adventure. She truly was magic.
From Jeff McGee:
To many people, Carrie Fisher is Princess Leia, and that’s where it ends. Her story was winding and tumultuous, and that's part of why I am so heartbroken over her passing. She lived the “typical” Hollywood story of fame at a young age, followed by years of drug abuse. However, she rose above it all and fashioned a career for herself as an amazing writer. She drew on her own experiences and presented them in a way that made us hold a mirror to ourselves. At 60, she was just getting a second wind of renown, and I have no doubt that she had many more stories to tell. I’ll miss her wit, her talent, and her inability to be false. More than that, I’ll miss the work we never got to see. May the Force be with you, Carrie.
From Emily Kelley:
I am absolutely gutted to hear of the passing of Carrie Fisher. Before Hermione Granger, Leia Organa showed me that women could be beautiful and feminine along with being smart and strong. She was a leader and hero in her own right, something I had not seen as a young girl before seeing Star Wars. Aside from Star Wars, Carrie was outspoken about her own addictions and mental health issues — helping immensely to shed light on the stigma and struggle so many of us geeks face — across multiple best-selling books and endeavors. Carrie was also a devoted mother, friend, and geek icon who gave so many of us so much joy and inspiration. She will be greatly, greatly missed.
From Matt Moore:
Because of Carrie Fisher, it was never odd to for me to experience and enjoy works of creative fiction with strong female characters who acted on their own accord in a bold and forthright manner. As the original Star Wars trilogy came out, I was always drawn to her leadership role in the Rebels and wondered how her character, Leia, could soldier on in spite of such crushing loss. That's because of Carrie's acting. She made that role into an icon, one that will far outlive us all. It goes without saying that the Star Wars firmament has lost a bright and shining light, but her presence will always be felt, by old fans and new fans. My daughter is nine. Her ONLY Princess? Leia. She told me the others don't matter.
From Genese Davis:
Thank you for braving the way...inspiring strength, tenacity, loyalty and poise. You embodied the warrior spirit and showcased that there's a leader in all of us. You will have an everlasting place in our hearts. Rest in peace.
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