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December 5, 2019 10:21 am You obviously feel very passionately about this but SHAZAM! was definitely a disappointment. Again, it's all about expectations and whether or not they are met. (It's a stupid system, but it's the one we've got.) You can't compare it to BATMAN BEGINS because that was in a pre-IRON MAN world. If that same film came out NOW and made the same money it would be considered a disaster.
December 5, 2019 2:22 am SHAZAM! may have been profitable, but being merely "profitable" is not good enough for modern studios and their corporate owners (that's why the major studios stopped making mid-budget films that were profitable but not blockbusters). Putting aside the fact that we don't know (yet) what the actual budget for SHAZAM! was, the budget is not the only cost in a film. You have to take into account, among other things, P&A costs which for a film like that are often as much as the budget itself. And that's putting aside the fact that the studios don't receive all of the box office. A big time live action superhero film based on DC characters is expected to make more than $364M worldwide. (BATMAN V SUPERMAN and JUSTICE LEAGUE were also considered failures despite making $873M and $657M, respectively, because the expectation is that those films would have made more.) Animated films with no true comps like INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE have lower expectations. As a film executive you are judged by how much box office a film does against the expectation of what it will do.
November 4, 2019 6:18 pm After forgetting my socks twice I started carrying ALL my gym socks in my gym bag which probably lead to me using the same few pairs over and over. Once I opened my bag to find I had somehow forgotten to pack all of my gym clothes. I went to the bar next door instead. Once I forgot my gym shoes. I went home. This has been Conor's Stories From the Gym.
October 13, 2019 8:21 pm There's no reference -- it's a descriptive word.
October 13, 2019 12:13 pm @Snts6678 And yet, that wasn't our reaction! Overall, we liked it!
October 5, 2019 1:31 pm I really am bummed we didn’t mention that Bruce and his parents did not come out of a screening of THE MASK OF ZORRO but ZORRO THE GAY BLADE, which stars George Hamilton and was the first Zorro film I remember seeing. This would set JOKER in 1981. It was on the tip of my tongue at one point but then the discussion moved off in a different direction.
September 9, 2019 4:53 pm @Mart: Well, if we are to believe that the scenes are in fact linear, the Supergirl scene would have to take place before BATMAN BEYOND in which Bruce Wayne is alive and well, which makes no sense to me in relation to how old Supergirl is shown to be in her scene.
September 9, 2019 10:13 am The Supergirl part being the most recent didn't make any sense to me. She's a teenager "now" and she's Kryptonian so she ages much slower than a human, so if that was the sequence closest to the present then she should have definitely not looked as old as she did. Really, though, it was more about never having seen so many of the future timelines laid out like that and seeing how together they don't add up. (To me.)
August 29, 2019 6:34 pm Thank you! This is great information.
August 28, 2019 5:30 pm We spent a good amount of time discussing why it was a bad movie (particularly the second half), regardless of how close it was to the books -- though I do believe that the major change to the story from the books was one reason why the movie fell apart. It dramatically lowered the stakes of the story. And if I recall correctly, I was the only one who had re-read the book for the film. I am genuinely glad you liked it, though. As discussed on the show, it was two different actresses both named Peyton List. It's the first time they've ever been in a film together.