This week, End Credits gets back into superhero mode! After a long three month drought without any capes and powers, we get back into the swing of things with a movie that’s definitely gong to break a few barriers, Black Panther. In the news, we’ll talk about a superhero director that’s not having such a good time, a legendary director that’s got cashflow issues, and a documentary director that’s having politics interfere with his potential awards glory.
This Thursday, February 22, at 10 am, Adam A. Donaldson and Candice Lepage will discuss:
1) Zack Attack. The course of the DC Extended Universe has not been smooth. While Wonder Woman was a boundary smashing success, and Batman V. Superman and Suicide Squad at least made some bank, Justice League was, by all accounts, a total and complete failure. Whose fault is that? Is it Zack Snyder’s? New rumours say that Snyder was fired from the film weeks before he supposedly stepped away to address a personal tragedy, which suggests that studio suits were fed up with his direction for their valuable franchise. What next for the DCEU?
2) Buck of the Irish. Martin Scorsese is in the process of making his latest film, The Irishman, which is based on the life of mob hitman Frank Sheeran. A murderer’s row of acting talent that’s been assembled for this film including Al Pacino, and Scorsese collaborators from the past like Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Harvey Keitel. So why is it looking to be not only Scorsese’s most expensive film, but Netflix’s too? Might the streaming giant have finally bitten off more than it can chew by giving a near-blank cheque to Scorsese to de-age his older actors?
3) Last Man Not at the Oscars. Getting nominated for an Oscar should be the pinnacle for any filmmaker, a once in a lifetime opportunity for some. Having said that, producer Kareem Abeed and Mahmoud Al-Hattar, founder of White Helmets, will not be allowed to support Feras Fayyad and his film Last Men in Aleppo in-person because they’re being barred from travelling to the United States for the ceremony. It’s the second year in a row where a nominee can’t attend due to politics and travel bans, so why can’t we have nice things?
REVIEW: Black Panther (2018). The latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is perhaps its most audacious yet. Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed) shakes up the formula considerably with this tale T’Challa, the King of the fictional African country Wakanda, so technologically advanced that it might as well be the future. But while T’Challa tries to find his place on the throne, and as the legendary Black Panther, outsiders try to undermine him, and use the riches of Wakanda for their own ends. But that’s only half the story…
End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Thursday at 10 am.