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  1. Dano's okay, but I'm *far* less excited to see him as Riddler than I would have been to see Jonah Hill in the role. Other than Matt Reeves himself, this seems really b-list. To go from Bale / Caine / Hardy / Hathaway / Oldman to Pattinson / Wright / Kravitz / Dano (so far) It's just...uninspiring.
  2. Nah...Mackie's just sore from that time B-Rabbit publically humiliated him back at the shelter. Old wounds heal slowly, man...
  3. The fact that Scorsese had to go to Netflix to do this helps "shine a light" (heh) on why he so dislikes superhero movies. Guarantee you he couldn't get a major theatrical studio to finance this at $150+ million, despite several years of trying. The state of Hollywood today is that, unless you're Christopher Nolan, there's no place for adult dramas that cost $60+ million, let alone $100+ million dollars. Even Dunkirk, at ~$100 million, cost more than 30% less than The Irishman. The fact that Edward Norton was able to secure financing for a theatrical release of Motherless Brooklyn (which is now tracking for an opening weekend of ~$6 million) is amazing. And that's just sad. We need more films like The Irishman, Motherless Brooklyn, Michael Clayton, even The Post (which I disliked and is minor Spielberg at best) that play in theaters and that audiences continue to see.
  4. I'm happy to be wrong on this one. It now looks like it will hold better %-wise than either Wonder Woman or Black Panther did their second weekends and I think $50 million's possible, esp. since the 3-day weekend will boost Sunday's numbers. Also means it's virtually a lock to pass my prediction of a $240 million domestic run. That said, me personally? I'm a *huge* Batman fan and will be skipping this one in the theaters. This weekend my movie is El Camino.
  5. Yeah - I've never understood how Wizard was able to mass-hypnotize us to believe that w/ Valiant books, the end cameos were the first appearances, and thus more important than the first full appearances -- like, I dunno -- held / holds true for 99% of characters from other companies. Rai 0 was important in its own right -- and an instant sell-out. My LCS got something like 40% of what they ordered, and fewer total copies than they'd been given of Unity 0. It never even made it out to the shelves, as they barely had enough copies to cover subscriber pre-orders. But for all of the story's importance to the Valiant Universe as a whole, I don't recall Bloodshot having particular prominence in it. EW # 5 *deserves* to be the money book for Bloodshot, despite its weaker cover than either EW 4 or Rai 0, and the fact that Rai 0 had Bloodshot on the cover. That said, Solar 10/11 is even more egregious, as 11 deserves to be called as first full EW. Granted, again, here -- EW appears on the cover of Solar 10, but is hard to see given the black cover. Rarity-wise? Absolutely. I'd take a CGC 9.8 Solar 10 over a CGC 9.8 Harbinger 1 any day of the week. But while Solar 10 deserves to be valuable for its cover & high-grade rarity, Solar 11 should be a much heavier hitter as the first full EW.
  6. Judging by the character names, these seem unrelated, but Dolph Lundgren seems quite the step down from Clive Owen.
  7. Sure there is. Venom's the precedent. Venom opened to $80.25 million and finished domestically with $213.5 million, a 2.66x opening weekend multiplier. And Venom sucked donkey toes. Joker is currently projected to open at $90+ million. And it's gotten solid critical reviews thus far. Equivalent legs of a 2.66 multiplier from a slightly higher base gets it to $239.5 million total for the run. Keep in mind - I agree with you here, and not Bosco, that this film has limited box office potential. But in this case sub-$250 million *is* limited, given the fame of the character and strength of the talent involved. You're right, though. 2nd weekend has to be at least $40 million for that to be likely. We'll see.
  8. I'm actually with @Jaydogrules on this re. its limited audience appeal and box office potential. This one seems "made for the fans" in a way that won't translate to general public beyond its first two weekends -- it's basically an art-house film. And that's great -- we need more of those -- great comic book movies well-told. Not every superhero (let alone comic book movie) needs to be a blockbuster. So...even if it somehow does open in the $90-$100 million range (which would be *phenomenal* for a film that looks as character-driven & bleak as this) I see a domestic box office cap of $230-$240 million (ahem! "Doctor Strange numbers"). Won't matter, because I think it looks *amazing* and apparently was made for less than $60 million. But the domestic audience for this is going to be far more narrow than many on this board seem to think.
  9. Yeah - and James Cameron fully endorsed the ridiculous turd that is Terminator: Genisys. Hell - George Lucas arguably is Star Wars - and yet he still out The Phantom Menace.
  10. How was Luke projecting himself being a coward? He confronted Kylo in a way that did its job *and* humiliated him in the process -- as Kylo was so consumed by his anger that he failed to even clock that Luke was a projection. Sorry if it didn't match your Luke-force-crushing-AT-ATs head-canon, but that's not what being a Jedi is all about. As Yoda said, "Wars not make one great." Speaking of -- Luke's self-imposed exile and pacifist mindset at the beginning of TLJ is *exactly* parallel to Yoda's hermetic retired / pacifist mindset when we first meet him on Dagobah in Empire. And that's the point. Truly god-level Jedis -- the best of them -- from Kenobi in A New Hope to Yoda in Empire to Luke in The Last Jedi -- all end up alone and retired -- horrified both by war and by the murders they had committed in their prime. Thus, Luke's arc in TLJ is entirely consistent with the arcs (and ends) of old-guard jedis Kenobi and Yoda in the original trilogy.