DC Universe: Don’t Reboot, Deboot

I’ve talked before about “deboots.” Coined by the Simpsons, a deboot is a sequel that pretends that the previous movie or movies never happened, like the new Halloween movie that came out recently.

I just wanna start by saying that I am a huge DC fan, I grew up watching the DC cartoons; Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, The Batman New Adventures, Batman Beyond, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. But it breaks my heart that the DC movies are terrible films compared to the Marvel movies. I will defend Man of Steel to the very end, but a lot of people hated it. Batman vs. Superman was a colossal disappointment. I haven’t seen Suicide Squad or Justice League, but I haven’t heard good things. But I have heard that Wonder Woman and Aquaman are pretty good films, and it saddens me that they are small gems in a universe of crap.

So here’s my solution, pretend that Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman, Suicide Squad, and Justice League never happened, and start off from Wonder Woman and Aquaman with a new Batman and Superman movie leading to a new Justice League. I got the idea from when I heard that the new Bumblebee movie was going to be recalibrated as a reboot to the Transformers series. That might not be true, but again, sounds like a great solution. Not to mention, Henry Cavil and Ben Affleck are quitting as Superman and Batman, so just pretend their movies never happened and start off with new actors and new stories. That’s just what I would do, don’t think it will happen. I’m just saying Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman, Suicide Squad, and Justice League makes us DC fans look bad and I think this is the best solution. Keep the good ones, reboot the rest.


The Predator Improvement

You’ve already seen my review of The Predator. The main problem I had with the movie was that the motives of the Fugitive Predator. It indicated that he came to Earth to give us what turned out to be a weaponized Predator armor called the “Predator Killer” to help us fight the Predator. But it makes no sense because if he came to help us, why is he killing everyone in sight? Doesn’t sound like someone who came to help us. This is how I think it could’ve been improved.

Maybe instead the Predator Killer armor wasn’t meant for us. Predators said that there are two types of Predators, like the difference between dog and wolf, the Predators and the Super Predators. The Predator also showed another Predator who juices himself with DNA of the great prey, which would explain where the Super Predators came from. But again, I feel only the Predators who don’t play by the rules should do that, not normal Predators. But the point is, the Predators and the Super Predators are at war with each other. Maybe the Predator Killer was a weapon that the normal Predators invented to combat the Super Predators, and the Upgrade Predator wanted to take it for him and the Super Predators, so the Fugitive Predator was trying to keep it from getting in their hands. So the goal of the story is get the Predator Killer armor and kill anyone who could use it for themselves, Predator, Super Predator, or human. Which might bring a hunt theme to the story, a little.

Another idea is, maybe the Fugitive Predator was killing people because he was testing people. He was trying to find a worthy warrior to wield the Predator Killer armor. He couldn’t just give it to just anyone, he had to find someone who was skilled enough to to wear the armor. That could have worked.

It’s not perfect, but it would’ve made the movie more logical. That’s just how I would try to fix it.

The Predator My Review

I went to see The Predator a few days ago. I knew it was probably gonna be a recipe for disaster, but I was sure “I” was going to like it, because I’ve loved all the Predator films, even AVP. Maybe not AVPR, but the Wolf Predator in AVPR was badass. But in the end. I don’t think it turned out like I wanted it to be, probably because of constant rewrites and reshoots, or maybe it was just a bad idea to begin with.

I mean, the problem I see for this movie was that, it broke the formula of the other movies, and not in a good way. Most films that break the formula don’t work out, sometimes it works out, like Alien and Aliens, or Evil Dead and Evil Dead/Army of Darkness. For example, Terminator Salvation broke the formula of the Terminator movies and I thought it was cool, despite its flaws. But, nobody else liked it, and that’s why Genisys went back to the old formula. Take the Friday the 13th movies, Jason Goes to Hell broke the formula and that’s why it sucked, Jason X may have been set in the future, but at least had the same formula. That’s my opinion regarding Jason Goes to Hell and Jason X, one broke the formula and the other had a stupid idea, but still kept the formula. The formula for Predator is “the hunt”, and this film felt that there was no “hunt” of the story. Predator was the basic principle of an alien hunting mercenaries in the jungle, Predator 2 a Predator hunting cops and gangs in a city, AVP Predators who have lured humans down to the pyramid to breed the Aliens so they can hunt them, AVPR a Predator who has come to hunt the Aliens that have escaped a crashed Predator ship and cover up all the evidence, and Predators humans being dropped on an alien planet to be hunted by Super Predators. All these films are consistent, The Predator didn’t seem to have that formula. I can’t even describe it. I mean, it seems to be about a Predator who comes to give us something can help us against the Predators.

One problem is, if the Fugitive Predator came to Earth to help us, why is he killing every human in sight? I mean, it kinda has the hunt where you have the Upgrade Predator who came to hunt the Fugitive Predator kill anyone who gets in his way. But again, doesn’t make much sense, and the Upgrade Predator didn’t show up until half way through the movie. I know there were ideas where humans and Predators team up, which I thought would be a great idea, but I guess some people prefer Predators as villains, even though its possible to negotiate with a Predator since they’re sentient. But also the, the Predator Killer at the end seemed WAY too advanced for the Predators for my taste.

One thing I liked about it was, it had great character development and characters. I loved the characters and the dialogue, that I will give it credit for. I also like that they were saying about Aspergers, because I myself have that condition, I liked that little boy, I also like that they were saying that the condition was more of a next stage in evolution. Even though it might not be true, probably not. But I think it was a nice to think about that.

I just wonder, could it have been better, was the original cut better, or was it just bad to begin with, and like I said, just didn’t have the formula of the other movies? I kinda hope to see a Director’s Cut of The Predator just to see “could it have been better?”

What The Engineers Could Have been

I heard about this game called Scorn, which was inspired by H.R. Giger art work. I’m sure you know who Giger is, if you don’t, he’s the guy who designed the Aliens. The thing about his art is that it looks like a mix of bio organic material and machinery, people have described it as “biomechanical”, you don’t know where the organic and machinery begins and ends. That’s what Scorn is, it’s like some bizarre world where the lifeforms and the technology kinda merge with each other, the machinery is organic as well. It’s so cool.

I kinda wish that, that is what Prometheus’s Engineers should have been. In Alien, the Space Jockey skeleton looked like, the characters even comment on that, “looks like it’s grown out of the chair” like the chair and the skeleton were merged together. When Prometheus was being made and it was gonna focus on the Engineers, I thought their world and technology was gonna be a biomechanical world where their technology and world could merge with the Engineers. It didn’t work out that way. Not even in Alien Covenant.

The way Scorn looks is what I think it could have been. I think that was a missed opportunity.

Future of Aliens and Predator Under Disney

There’s a rumor going around that Disney is not gonna pursue any Fox projects that are not family oriented, which has scared people to think that this is the end of the Alien and Predator franchises. I was a little worried about that myself. But I think we might be overreacting. I don’t think that Disney is just gonna take the Alien and Predator franchises and put them in a box and forget about them. I mean, they’re both profitable franchises, and if they’ll make money, they’ll probably do them. I mean, sure the last Alien movies didn’t really do well, but neither did the last two Terminator movies and they’re still making make more. Maybe under different studios and different continuities, but they’re still making them. I think what they’re probably gonna do is simply make more movies, but keep the Fox logo to release them under, like how they release the Avengers movies under Marvel Studios or the Star Wars movies under LucasFilm, notice you don’t see the Disney logo at the beginning of either of those franchises. Or, they’ll probably just sell the rights to someone else. Not to mention, don’t they have parent companies so they can profit from non family oriented movies like TouchStone?

Point being, I don’t think this is the end of the Alien and Predator franchises, I’m sure something will get them back on the big screen. Like the Jurassic Park line “life finds a way.”

Friday the 13th: The Birth of Jason

I haven’t posted anything in awhile cause I’ve been busy making my animated movies and I couldn’t think of anything to post that I haven’t already posted. But I got something.

I had a debate one time with my brother about, when did Jason first become supernatural? I argued that he didn’t become supernatural until Part 6, because he was revived by a lightning bolt, but my brother argues that in the third movie, Jason got hit in the head with an ax and came back in Part 4 saying that no normal man could survive that.

Also, I love the ending of the first movie, but, it doesn’t really make much sense to me. I mean, was it a dream? Was it not a dream? I mean, Alice seemed to think it wasn’t with her parting line “then he’s still there.” But also, since they made a sequel, it doesn’t make much sense because Jason came out of the water as a child and in the sequel he’s a full grown man.

But I have a new theory, I was at a comic book convention where a friend of mine bought me a Friday the 13th trivia book, where the Forward was written by Ari Lehman, the first Jason, who came out of the water and grabbed Alice at the end of the first film. In the Forward, he said that he thought that Jason came back to life after his mother’s blood hit the lake and that’s was the birth of Jason. So that the ending of Part 1 wasn’t a dream, that after his mother’s death, it brought Jason back to life to rise out of the lake and grab Alice. After she managed to get away from him, he emerged from the lake, and grew into a full grown man. The idea is that Jason’s evil is so powerful that he can take on a hulking form, he’s a force of nature. I mean, I know it doesn’t make sense, but then again, it also doesn’t make sense that he just can’t die. So if his evil is so powerful that he can’t die, I think it stands to reason that he could take on a hulking form. I actually ran this by someone, and he theorized that maybe Jason grew into a teacher between Part 1 and Part 2, because there’s a 5 year gab between those movies. I mean, his theory is just as good as mine.

One evidence to this theory, is that in Part 6, Tommy Jarvis tries to kill Jason for good by submerging him into the lake, saying that Jason cannot be at peace until he is back in his original resting place, the original place he died, which was under the lake. He’s claiming that Jason died for the first time when he drowned as a child. And again, how can he drown as a child and then grow into a full grown adult. Both of those theories of him growing into full grown man stands to explain that Jason came back to life when he came out of the lake and grabbed Alice and that he has always been supernatural.

I think it’s a pretty good theory and I love the idea that Jason came back to life in response to his mother’s death and I think it make the ending of the first movie make sense. At least in my opinion. I even plan to make an animated movie of this idea someday when I finish my third animated feature. I got this vision of Jason’s mother getting decapitated and a drop of her blood hitting the lake, and the blood snakes through the water and finds Jason’s skeleton, and consumes him where he grows back his organs and flesh, and then attacking Alice. Then growing into a full grown man, with his mother’s voice saying like “I have given you the power to take your revenge!”

Halloween Deboot

First I wanna start with, what is a “deboot.” It’s a word that was coined in the Simpsons that I think describes this new Halloween movie. In the Simpsons, they were talking about the new Radioactive Man, Carl and Lenny describe it like so:

“It’s a sequel.”
“No, it’s a reboot.”
“No, it’s a sequel that undoes the last movie.”
“It’s a deboot.”

So any movie that retcons other sequels, I call deboots, like how this movie retcons all the Halloween sequels. So in this movie, since Halloween 2 never happened, Michael and Laurie are not brother and sister anymore. Even though I love all the Halloween movies (except 3 and Zombie’s H2 of course), especially Halloween 2 and, I also love H20, it was one of my favorite sequels, anyway, I’m kinda glad that they’re retconning Halloween 2. Because Halloween 2 was the movie that suddenly made Laurie and Michael brother and sister. I mean it’s an interesting idea, but I talked about this before, that I felt that the first Halloween was really scary because Michael started stalking Laurie Strode and her friends for no reason. In fact, without Halloween 2, Michael didn’t start stalking Laurie and tried to kill her until he saw her drop off the key at his place. And that’s why I love Michael, he has no rhyme or reason why he kills or why he tried to kill Laurie. And I find that scary that he had no reason, he’s just a killer. But then the sequel came out and we find out they’re brother and sister and that’s why he went after her. Ever since then, he started chasing after a blood relative, in Halloween 4 and 5 he was after his niece, then her baby in Halloween 6, then in H20, which retconned 4-6, he goes after Laurie because they’re brother and sister, and finishes her off in Resurrection. So the whole franchise was all about him trying to kill a relative, and I always wondered what if the series didn’t go in that direction. And again, I like that Michael is trying to kill Laurie Strode for no reason, and I find that scary. Like the line in Scream “it’s a lot scarier when there’s no motive.” Not to mention, John Carpenter said that he only did it because he wanted a reason why Michael would continue pursuing her while the city is on a manhunt for him. And he said he was drunk when he wrote it. So as much as I like Halloween 2 and H20, I think it’s good they’re going back to the idea that it’s just random, I think that would make it a good movie.