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Zack Snyder Steps Down from ‘Justice League’ after Personal Tragedy, Joss Whedon Steps In

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[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter suffering a tragic personal loss, director Zack Snyder has stepped down from the Justice League movie. Joss Whedon will be taking the helm for some additional scenes.

In March, Zack Snyder’s daughter with his first wife committed suicide. Autumn Snyder was just 20 years old. Initially, the family planned on keeping the awful news private, but soon it started affecting the director’s work schedule.

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Snyder’s current wife Deborah will also be stepping down from her producing job on ‘Justice League.’

“In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was the way through it,” he said in an interview. “The demands of this job are pretty intense. It is all-consuming. And in the last two months, I’ve come to the realization…I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me. They are all having a hard time. I’m having a hard time.”

Warner Bros. is fully supportive of Snyder’s choice. President of Warner Bros. Pictures Toby Emmerich said, “What they are going through is unimaginable, and my heart–our hearts–go out to them.”

Related: Trailer: ‘Justice League’ Mysteriously Ditches Superman

Most of the Justice League film was completed before the tragedy. However, Snyder screened a rough cut for some friends and decided he wanted to add some additional scenes. He brought Whedon on board to write them, but soon realized he didn’t want to leave home to direct them.

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The stars of ‘Justice League.’

“The directing is minimal and it has to adhere to the style and tone and the template that Zack set,” Emmerich added. “We’re not introducing any new characters. It’s the same characters in some new scenes. He’s handing the baton to Joss, but the course has really been set by Zack. I still believe that despite this tragedy, we’ll still end up with a great movie.”

Hopefully Zack Snyder and his family will find a way to get through this difficult time.

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Director Patty Jenkins Confirmed for Wonder Woman Sequel – YES!

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Patty Jenkins Is Back!

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f there’s one thing Hollywood knows how to do, it’s taking something that works and sticking with it. Usually, that just means we get beat over the head with sequels until a franchise is run into the ground. However, sometimes, we actually get more of what we want. Case in point: Patty Jenkins will be returning to direct the Wonder Woman sequel.

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Patty Jenkins hard at work on the set of ‘Wonder Woman.’

Variety reported that Patty Jenkins has officially sealed the deal for the new project. Considering how much she was praised for her work on Wonder Woman (2017), it’s no wonder. The superhero film was highly anticipated due to the fact that it was the first big Marvel or DC pic to focus on a female lead. The fact that it was also helmed by a female director was an added bonus.

Related: ‘Wonder Woman’ Smashes Female-Directed Opening Weekend Record

DC Comics films hadn’t been doing so hot with the critics, so there was a lot riding on this. Luckily, Patty Jenkins delivered. Wonder Woman earned $813 million at the worldwide box office. It also received a 92% “certified fresh” rating on RottenTomatoes.

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Naturally, Patty Jenkins isn’t the only fantastic female to be returning. Gal Gadot, who plays Wonder Woman herself, is also signed on for the project. Gadot was likewise praised for her work on the new movie. She was charismatic, loving, strong, graceful and accepting.

 

Unfortunately, we have to wait a while to see the new movie. Wonder Woman 2 is scheduled for release on December 13, 2019. On the bright side, Gadot’s Wonder Woman is set to appear in Justice League, which has an earlier release date of November 17, 2017.

Will you be checking out Wonder Woman 2 as soon as it’s out? We are already marking our calendars!

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‘Wonder Woman’ Director Patty Jenkins Is the Real Superhero

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[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s official: Wonder Woman is a smash hit. From the day the critic reviews came in to the current box office status, the first female-fronted superhero flick from Marvel or DC is making a big splash. Not only is Wonder Woman an exceptionally fun blockbuster, it’s also paving the way for women in the superhero genre. In fact, it’s the highest grossing opening by a female director EVER.

Patty Jenkins took the reins on the first DC Comics success story. Jenkins had only one previous feature under her belt prior to Wonder Woman (not including a handful of TV movies). However, her one feature was Monster, starring Charlize Theron, so it was a good one to have on her resume.

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Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

Now Wonder Woman has cemented Jenkins’ status as a director to be reckoned with. It opened this weekend to a stellar $100.5 million. That means it passed up the previous record holder, Fifty Shades of Grey, which opened to $85.1 million.

Given all the praise the new movie is receiving, chances are it’s going to make even more people curious about seeing it. More people equals more money, so Wonder Woman is right on track to continue climbing.

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Movie Review: ‘Wonder Woman’ Finally Brings Heroism to the DCEU

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[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter the uneven and garish tones of Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to the first attempt at a Wonder Woman movie, especially after the dismally unfocused failure of a modern TV pilot. But I guess once you’ve crucified Superman and turned the Joker into a Juggalo, there’s nowhere to go but up (I hoped). And while Wonder Woman hasn’t exactly launched DC Comics into the cinematic stratosphere, it has enough spirit to revive my enthusiasm for the future of DC superhero movies in a single bound.

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Wonder Woman makes her big debut.

Before she was slinking in the shadows in Batman v Superman, Diana (Gal Gadot) was an Amazon woman on the hidden island of Themyscira. Tucked away from mortal men behind some foggy force field, her mother is determined to keep her safe from the hearts of mankind, but she’s much too adventurous to pass up the opportunity to explore.

Her infatuation turns into a moral desire for a hero’s calling when the British spy Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) stumbles onto her island. He must be a brilliant spy for the United Kingdom, given his flawless American accent. After he crashes his plane into the waters of Themyscira, Diana soon learns of World War I and how many lives are on the line. She figures that if she can just defeat that pesky Ares, the God of War that filled mankind with violence, she can put an end to the conflict with her god-killer of a sword.

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Chris Pine and Gal Gadot

With such talk of gods during World War I, I fully expected the movie to be an overly dour experience. Batman v Superman had already spoken of gods with such doom and gloom and it sounds rather grim that Wonder Woman has to slaughter a god among men. Director Patty Jenkins thankfully realizes how silly it is that Wonder Woman has to fight Ares to never make the scenario darker than it should be. Defeating such a villain requires a convoluted logic about showing love and compassion, while still trying to find a means to Wonder Woman’s hacking and slashing. Even sillier is the supporting female mad scientist who looks like the Phantom of the Opera and carries the name Doctor Poison! You can probably guess what type of gas she’s developing for the Germans.

Related: ‘Wonder Woman’ Is the Fantastic DC Movie We’ve Been Waiting For

But the key to Wonder Woman’s success is that it never gets too goofy with all these adventurous elements. Gadot and Pine have some amazing chemistry between each other when they enter the war. While Gadot tries to comprehend the complicated nature of politics and diplomacy, Pine attempts to make sure the Amazon warrior doesn’t go strutting around the streets of London with a sword and shield. These scenes could have turned into sitcom material from a different movie, especially with a comedic soundtrack to signal hijinks, but they never veer wildly off course from the mission at hand. You don’t want to get too silly when you have to stop that evil Doctor Poison when she’s developing super mustard gas, as well as a superhuman god drug as a side project.

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Entering the fray.

Naturally, for being during wartime, the movie offers plenty of action scenes where Gal Gadot will literally spring into action on the battlefield. Machine gun fire holding back a defensive line? That’s no sweat for Wonder Woman’s shield. With her super strength and speed, she can easily go from zipping across the front line to flipping a tank with her hands. These scenes are all staged in a manner where the audience is never lost in what is going on in the action, making great use of slow motion when it’s needed. You can see everything in these scenes, including how cartoonish the CGI looks when Wonder Woman climbs buildings and leaps across rooftops. A little motion blurring could do wonders for her CGI body and make her bounds across German rooftops a little more human and less uncanny valley.

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