Hope you like superheroes, because this week’s End Credits is all about them (so you know for sure that Vince isn’t taking part in this one). We’re going to talk about the latest superhero movie released in theatres, Dark Phoenix, and we’re also going to talk about the legacy of the 11 X-Men films prior to it. And in a special anniversary Re-View, we’re going to return to the Gotham City of Tim Burton and remember a man called “Bat.”
This Wednesday, June 12, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Peter Salmon will discuss:
X-Men, We Hardly Knew Ye! It’s been 19 years and 12 movies, but the release of Dark Phoenix (or maybe the eventual release of New Mutants next year), marks the end of a cycle. Bryan Singer’s original X-Men helped set a trend for how comic book movies are made, but now the characters are all being absorbed into the Marvel Studios machine, where they’ll be one of hundreds of characters jockeying for screen time. Will we ever see the likes of the X-Men film series again?
ReVIEW: Batman (1989). It was 30 years ago this Sunday that Batman hit the big screen. Although not the first Batman move – and definitely not the last – the Tim Burton smash changed the way people perceived comic book movies generally, and the Dark Knight specifically, all while changing the Hollywood blockbuster game in a way not seen since 1977 and Star Wars. So this week, we’ll revisit this classic and its continuous charm.
REVIEW: Dark Phoenix (2019). Thirty years after Batman, which started a profitable superhero franchise, we come to the end of another. Dark Phoenix marks the final outing for the First Class iteration of the characters, and it seeks to remake loyally one of the X-Men comics’ most seminal stories. With so much riding on the film for fans, and so much disinterest in the finished film in the post-Disney/Fox merger era, could Dark Phoenix possibly succeed?
End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 2 pm.