DCEU Appreciation Thread

The title was Changed from Birds of Prey after its terrible opening weekend. It was just over 2/3rds the projections, and they thought people did know Quinn was in it. Thus they changed the name to that.

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I thought they changed the name (in theaters only) from that long title to “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey”, front loading Harley’s name to try & sell more tickets.

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Wonder Woman 1984 2020

Some things to like here:

  • The best thing about this movie is the score by Hans Zimmer. It’s one grandiose orchestral piece after the other. What a joy to listen to! Reusing “Beautiful Lies” from BvS as “Truth” in WW84 was particularly powerful. Not only did the music take on a different meaning, it tied the two movies together in an unexpected way.
  • Diana learns to fly and then rides lightning with her lasso. Cool scene.
  • Solid acting performances all around. Pedro Pascal & Kristen Wiig were entertaining villains. Chris Pine’s wide eyed portrayal of time displaced Steve Trevor was fun to watch.
  • A good finale. Maxwell Lord going crazy with “more, mooore!” and the world going into complete chaos, coupled with Diana’s speech was very well done. I liked how they tied that speech with the lesson Antiope gave young Diana at the beginning of the movie.
  • Love the golden armor.

In the spirit of staying positive for this thread I will stay mum on what didn’t work for me.

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I’ve always loved Hans Zimmer and his DCEU work is his best in my opinion, particularly Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984!

Absolutely adored this scene, and it comes right after one of the most heartbreaking moments in the DCEU.

Agreed on all of them. Gal Gadot (as always) and Chris Pine are always perfect as Diana and Steve. :grin:

Yup, yup, and yup. And despite the lighting being just a bit too dark, I loved the Wonder Woman vs Cheetah fight scene. And the Golden Armor…shades of Pluto! Seeing that beloved armor in live-action was so amazing! It’s not a one-to-one translation of the Alex Ross design but I love it just as much as his version. :eagle:

Wonder Woman 1984 gets a lot of flak. Personally, I think that very little of it is deserved. It’s one of my favorite DCEU movies because of the comic lore fanservice, the action, the emotion, Patty Jenkins’s directing, and most of all Gal’s Wonder Woman!
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Wonder Woman was scored by Rupert Gregson-Williams, though he did sample some of Zimmer’s work.

I think the criticisms are valid, and have a few of my own that don’t get mentioned as much. I just don’t think they make for an overall bad movie. It’s still a good time, but not as good as earlier entries, and that’s ok.

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My mistake, sorry!

Valid for sure, but I personally think the good in WW1984 outweighs the bad.

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Was th first Wonder Woman good enough to warrant 1,983 sequels?

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At first I thought “huh?”. It took me a second to get it :joy:.

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You have to work on your brooding then.

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The WW84 trailer was amazing

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Ahh- I was just gonna do that joke :rofl:

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Last night I started rewatching Suicide Squad (2016) and even after all this time… I still like it. It brings me back to when I first got into DC and the anticipation for the movie was the first big thing I got to experience as a new DC fan at the time.

I still like it. I look at it as an action movie with fun characters with fun character design. I don’t care about the story or the plot holes and all that. Honestly revisiting it as an adult now is different than when I was 14 and watching it with my mom. I understand context behind certain lines now because I completely missed them when I watched it for the first time and several times afterwards on cable TV, when it has to be reformatted and all that.

I like to think of this as just a fun movie, one where you can just geek out over the characters and leave it at that. For all it’s flaws, it did give us one of the most iconic Harley Quinn looks, for better or for worse. It’s fun, and sometimes that’s all you need.

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I think the performances are generally better in the 2016 movie than the sequel (though plenty aspects of the sequel blow this out of the water), which is why I’d be pumped to see Ayer’s version, or at least all the deleted scenes

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Now that I have completely rewatched the first one last night, I noticed some small slight parallels between both movies, mostly that the Squad is not fully informed on what they’re actually doing and why. I completely forgot that in 2016 they did not know what they were even supposed to be doing. They keep asking Flag for details and he just goes “keep moving”. I thought the entire time they knew where they were going, so most of the movie is just them getting there, but that is not the case. They’re just being escorted by a team of soldiers the entire time, which I completely forgot about.

In 2021, they have a general idea of where they’re going, but they later realize that there’s important top secret details that they were not privy to either because it could destroy the country. I find it interesting that that specific theme shows up in both.

I don’t read any of the Suicide Squad comics, so if that’s a normal thing then I didn’t realize it.

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I enjoyed most of what DCEU had to offer.

There were definitely misses - which is subjective on my part and I won’t name because this is Appreciation - but overall I thought it was a fun universe.

I would like to congratulate the alternate timeline where Christian Bale accepts morbillion dollars to resume the Bat role, and Bale, Cavill, and Reynolds’ GL headline the first JLA movie.

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I would also like to congratulate that alternate timeline :face_holding_back_tears:

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Me seven

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The Suicide Squad 2021

You know how with some movies you want to like them, but ultimately don’t? It was the opposite for me with this movie. I want to not like it, but I do. It’s full of sarcasm, silliness, and gore, stuff I don’t normally gravitate towards. It works really well for me though. Maybe it’s the saturated color palette that makes it look like pages of a comic. Maybe it’s the characters, who despite not exactly being good guys, end up being likable somehow. Maybe it’s the over the top action and these guys fighting a big bad at the end they have no business tussling with. Maybe it’s all the actors nailing their roles. Probably all the above. It just works for me. Not my favorite DCEU movie by a long shot. We’re way past that point now, but it works for me :slightly_smiling_face:.

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It really is a fantastic movie!

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Here are the few nice things I have to say about The Suicide Squad:

-It’s slightly better than Peacemaker.

-It made me appreciate 2016 Suicide Squad more than I thought possible.

-Margot Robbie is always great as Harley Quinn.

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