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!
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