Ghostbusters Too?

And not to be outdone, a new Ghostbusters movie trailer. I have to admit, that I’m 1000% more interested in this than I ever was with that reboot that came out a couple of years ago. Less because it was an all-woman cast – I legitimately don’t care about that – but because they basically completely ignored everything that came before and crapped on the original source material (which sounds familiar with the Star Wars garbage.) This actually honors the original movies. Definitely interested to see what happens next.

Wonder Woman 1984 trailer

Looks pretty interesting. I will admit to not really caring much about her relationship with Steve Trevor, but then, I’m the same when it comes to Superman & Lois Lame. I believe Pedro Pascal is playing Maxwell Lord, so it seems highly likely to me that the Trevor in this actually isn’t Trevor in some capacity since Max is a telepath in the comics; it’s still a toss-up whether Trevor isn’t here at all & Diana is simply imagining him or whether he’s someone entirely different that she’s been conditioned to see/hear as Trevor. Don’t have enough to go on with the Cheetah angle – that’s the other lady talking to her … I want to say Kristen Wiig? But still, Gal Gadot is once again as insanely charismatic as she has been previously …

Wonder if this is going to be another sort of soft reboot?

 

Black Widow trailer

On the flip side, this actually doesn’t look terrible. It helps that I’m actually invested in the Black Widow character, but … she’s dead. She died in Avengers: Endgame so the point of this is … what, exactly? It reminds me too much of Solo which came out after they’re ganked that character in TFA. This certainly should have come out long before Captain Marvel 

No Time To Die Trailer

I absolutely hate to say this, but … meh. Seriously, this trailer looks horribly, horribly blah … though I will admit to already being predisposed toward disliking this based on how flat out terrible “Spectre” was and all of the media reports about this movie talking about how “woke” it is. That last thing I want to watch is a thoroughly emasculated Bond.

I did like seeing the mini-guns behind the headlights at the end, though. That’s classic Bond right there.

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Interesting Realizations

So … it’s been a while since I actually watched Avengers: Endgame and, to my very great surprise, I haven’t had the urge to rewatch it at all. In all honesty, as time has passed and I’ve really digested it, I’ve realized that I actually didn’t like it as much as I originally thought I did. It’s still a tolerably decent flick and, whenever I do get around to watching it again, I’m probably going to fast-forward to some of the more exciting scenes – Worthy Cap remains my hands-down favorite scene – but I’ve come to that uncomfortable realization that some of the stuff in it sort of fell flat for me.

For example:

  • Black Widow’s death makes no sense when you think about the Rules of the Soul Stone. In Infinity War, a superior flick, IMO, they establish that Thanos has to sacrifice what he loves … but Natasha commits suicide so Clint can’t, which means this it doesn’t quite track. I’ll have to rewatch the bit in Infinity War to confirm that this is the rule, but I’m pretty sure it was.
  • Cap’s return to Peggy just breaks his character for me. There’s no way he would just sit on his hands, knowing that his best friend is being mind-screwed and is going to murder a lot of people, including Tony’s parents. I think, in my head-canon, the last scene of Endgame where Steve is kissing Peggy isn’t indicative of their marriage, but just a quick stop-off on his part before he continued on to finish returning all of the other stones. Peggy marries the dude she was kissing at the end of her show and honestly, I’d prefer Cap to end up with Natasha anyway.
  • And how did Cap get to the planet for the Soul Stone or, for that matter, back from it?
  • Restoring everyone who was wiped out by the Snap five years later is kind of a mess. Imagine: Jack and Jill are happily married and Thanos Snapped Jill out of existence. Jack grieves for a couple of years but manages to move on when he meets Jane, whose husband John was Snapped away. They fall in love, get married and Jane is expecting a child … and the Snap is undone. Now Jill and John are back, having lost no time and their spouses are with someone else! Or what about Tom, who was in the plane that Richard was piloting. And then, Richard was Snapped away. The plane crashed and Tom died … but where does Richard return when its undone? That’s a mess…
  • And don’t get me started on Fat Thor. Ugh. It seems like they turned him into a joke so as to further ensure Carol (aka Captain Mary Sue) is highlighted as the most powerful…

Eh. The whole thing was sloppy and that just makes me sad.

And not very optimistic about the next phase of the Marvel movies. We’ve got Captain Marvel with her short haircut, old man Steve Rogers and Falcon-Cap, does that mean Fem-Thor is right around the corner? I want someone to point out to Feige that all of those changes failed 

Alas…

Avengers: Endgame Review

Wow. Just … wow. Ten years has led to this and … in the end, it was pretty damned awesome.

Yes, I have quibbles. I ultimately didn’t like the very last scene (which was a flashback) and thought it was unnecessary, and there’s a Grrrrrrlllll Power moment during the big, climactic battle that irritated me to no end, and they had the same problem with Carol Danvers that Justice League had with Superman, but apart from that, I really enjoyed it.

Plot descriptions can be found online – hell, you can find it on Wikipedia – so I’m not going to rehash all of that. So I’ll break it down into the Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Amazing.

Good

The opening scene with Hawkeye at a picnic with his family and they’re all dusted (though he doesn’t actually see them disintegrate; he’s looking away when his daughter goes and while he’s looking for her, the rest of his family goes) … just oomph. That was brutal. Professor Hulk (aka Banner’s brain in Hulk’s body) was hysterical. Once again, the humor. All of the amazing callbacks to the previous movies. They got Frigga back, and Secretary Pierce, and the STRIKE team with Cap in an elevator with them, and so on and so forth. Beautifully done.

Bad

As stated, I legitimately didn’t like the final scene which is Cap & Peggy dancing in the past. The movie basically has Steve return to Peggy (post-Agent Carter) and apparently marry her where he lives out his life with her. This doesn’t work for me because it means he sat by while the Russians used his best friend as a mind-controlled assassin who ultimately kills Tony’s parents, or Hydra infiltrating SHIELD, or his new friend Natasha raised to have red in her ledger by the Soviets, and all that other bad shit … but he did nothing? He just let it play out? In Civil War, we have that exchange where he talks about not being able to let a situation go south without intervening … yet I guess he was able to do it okay as long as he got laid by Peggy (who, admittedly, is hot.) For that matter, how is it that none of her co-workers (like Howard Stark, for example) actually meet him? Keeping Old Man Cap in the final scene is fine, but drop the flashback so we don’t know who he lived out his life with (even if everyone knows it was Peggy). I was also not a super big fan of how they killed off Nat at Vormir even though I went into it prepared. Would have liked for there to be some sort of way to bring her back like they did with Gamora, even if she’s still “Evil Nat” or something … at the same time, though, I do appreciate that they killed off two of the original Avengers … and they ain’t coming back. The Black Widow movie is evidently a prequel (which means they did the same thing to her that they did to Han Solo: whack her, then give you a prequel movie with her.)

And while I was admittedly pleased that Carol Danvers was barely in the movie – she showed up in the beginning to rescue Tony, then accompanied the team that went to find post-Snap Thanos, then had a brief cameo in the middle and finally showed back up at the climax – it seems clear to me that they’re not quite sure what to do with her yet. Put simply, she’s too powerful. Look, I love Superman when done right, but Justice League Supes wasn’t – once he showed up, the fight versus Steppenwolf was done, and Carol is like that in this movie. She is literally able to take on Thanos while he has an assembled Infinity Gauntlet and overpower him. This makes no sense to me. She gained her abilities via one Infinity Stone in the form of the Tesseract (I can’t remember which one that was and can’t be bothered to look it up.) He had six. He should still be curbstomping her. But … grrrrrllll power is even greater. I dunno … she just felt shoehorned into this story and honestly didn’t add anything to it.

Ugly

And speaking of Grrrrrllll Power. Seriously, there’s a scene in the big battle where all of these powered chicks form up to rush the Iron Gauntlet to Luis’ van, and it is sooooo cringeworthy that it literally made me wince. I legitimately don’t understand how anyone can look at that sort on nonsensical pandering and not be offended. Fat Thor is also pretty rough, although once he summons his armor, he actually looks pretty badass, extra gut and all. Seeing what the Gauntlet did first to Thanos, then to Banner, then finally to Tony? Brutal.

Amazing

Captain America … wields Mjollnir during the big battle. And OMFG, it was freaking awesome. He’s got his shield and Mjollnir! I was literally cheering when Mjollnir jumped back to Steve’s hand for the first and he kicked much ass with it. Not quite enough for me, a certified MCU Cap fanboy (even if I find Chris Evans eye-rollingly dumb at times.) But it was glorious.

So ultimately … yeah, I’m going to watch this again and likely love it just as much. I’m not quite sure where I put this movie on balance just yet, but it is definitely an A- or B+ for me.

MauLer’s review of & My Thoughts on Captain Marvel

Yeah. Sounds like I made the right choice in skipping this mess. Just watching this makes me think some thinky-thoughts about how I think they should have made it. Note that this is pretty much all stream-of-consciousness and would obviously need some more in depth thinkage about various plot points.

  1. First. Recast. Brie Larson is flat-out wrong for this character. Carol should actually come across as tough, not … this. Katee Sackhoff would have been 100% better.
  2. Do NOT set this in the 90s. She should never meet any of the characters back then, particularly Fury. So they couldn’t screw up his awesomeness.
  3. Begin in media res during Thor: The Dark World. Carol and Monica Rambeau are Air Force pilots who are responding to the insane portal stuff that is going on. They are sent tumbling through different portals and Carol crashes…
  4. She wakes somewhere else and discovers that Mahr-Vehl has saved her life. He reveals that they had to make some bio-enhancements to her to ensure that she survived, so she is faster, stronger and tougher than she was before. As this is a post-Avengers setting, she should make a comment about them turning her into Captain America … which they do not get. Mahr-Vehl acknowledges that they had to ensure she was not one of their ancient enemy…
  5. Mahr-Vehl is an older character – I’m thinking mid-50s to early-60s – but in tremendously awesome shape. He knows of Carol’s species because of certain Kree experiments in the past, a clear reference to Inhumans. Eventually, it will be revealed that Mahr-Vehl has been effectively exiled to this world to stand as a sentry or protector or defender – Carol could inject “Avenger?” during this as a reminder that they’re running around at the moment.
  6. Eventually, Carol should be well enough to want to go home, but Mahr-Vehl will reveal that she is stuck here. There is no way off this world because it is “outside reality” (or something like that) and is used to watch for a great and terrible destroyer of worlds that left this galaxy long ago but could always return. The powers that Mahr-Vehl has at his disposal should let him stand against this entity, though they have never been wholly tested and that’s just a theory.
  7. Skrulls attack the Kree community and many are lost. Carol witnesses firsthand the level of power that Mahr-Vehl has at his disposal, but then also sees the toll it takes on him. He reveals that the power he has comes at a cost – it is tearing him apart from the inside (cancer callback to the original Mar-Vell’s death) and the Nega-Bands (rename?) he wears helps him keep this cancer at bay. But one day, it will kill him, leaving the Kree scientists on this world defenseless … unless he can find a proper successor. (Obviously, he’s talking about Carol and she should be smart enough to know this fact.)
  8. Training montage as Carol learns about becoming Mahr-Vehl’s replacement, along with hints by various scientists to her that her human side should prevent the same fate from affecting her … although this will eventually be revealed to be a lie. Also during this, Carol should start noting things that indicate the other Kree (not Mahr-Vehl) are lying to her about stuff. None of them buy this whole destroyer of worlds thing; they’re here to study Mahr-Vehl’s abilities and try to harvest them when he dies. And he’s here because he offended the Supreme Intelligence by not being a mindless drone but rather being a truly honorable dude.
  9. Eventually, Carol discovers that her close friend, Monica, also survived the portal trip but appeared in a different part of the galaxy where she was taken by other Kree … who are experimenting on her! Also, Carol should learn that there is a way to escape this world … but the Skrull have it. So she tries to defect to them…
  10. Mahr-Vehl is given instructions by the Supreme Intelligence to capture/kill her for … reasons, and he swears to do so without actually swearing to do so. Exact words and all. Something like ‘I’ll stop her or die in the process’ with his actual intent being ‘die in the process’ because his arguments with Carol have reminded him of who he was before he was exiled here.
  11. Surprise reveal: the Skrull are as big of scum as the Kree and they use Carol as bait to capture Mahr-Vehl, then blast him with some doo-hickey that mostly strips him of his powers. He and Carol must now fight side-by-side against a “super” Skrull (to establish the precedent should future MCU Fantastic Four want to use this.) In the process, Mahr-Vehl actively sacrifices himself to save Carol, thus ensuring that she is the receptacle of the his abilities … and this should be hideously painful for her, revealing the need for the nega-bands.
  12. Carol kicks some butt (but clearly doesn’t fully know how to use her abilities). She wins clear of the Skrull … then is promptly attacked by the fricking Kree! Both sides kind of suck. She escapes the planet (should be narrowly) and finds herself in space … this part is problematic, I think. Maybe makes more sense for there to be some sort of pseudo-Stargate thing that she can power up with her abilities that takes her to the Kree homeworld? Even then, she’s going to be surrounded on all sides by enemies so … maybe have Mahr-Vehl have provided her with coordinates to Nova Prime …
  13. Oh. Yeah. She needs to arrive at Nova Prime after Thanos has attacked (pre-Infinity War). And then she needs to learn that he’s going after Earth (maybe through John C. Reilly’s character from Guardians of the Galaxy?) That would be a decent ending to the flick, I think.

And then, the stinger. Back on the planet Carol just escaped, one of the Named Kree who survived is picking through the wreckage when an alarm begins sounding. S/He reacts and looks up in horror; to another Kree, she reveals … its coming. The devourer of worlds is coming! (Guess who the big bad of phase 4 to 5 is?)

Episode IX Teaser … Bores Me

 

I fricking hate that I am so utterly indifferent to this trailer. When I watched it, I literally shrugged and realized just how badly The Last Jedi burned me. A friend of mine commented (and it fits my thinking perfectly): “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with this trailer. I just don’t care.

Yeah. That’s perfect.

Note that this teaser is wholly without merit. The fact that it ends with Emperor Palpatine laughing at the end (plus the reveal that Ian McDiarmid is back for EpIX) makes me vaguely interested, but beyond that? I legitimately don’t care about this trilogy’s “big three” (MaRey Sue, Finn, Poe) and the OT cast are all gone or on the way out.

I expect the boss will still take the office out to see EpIX like he did with VII and VIII and Rogue One, but like TLJ, I expect that’ll be the only time I watch the movie.

Also? “The Rise of Skywalker”? Uh … the last actual Skywalker is dead as of TLJ … unless Rey is retconned somehow.

Maybe I’m just getting old and that’s why but this trailer just left me bored. And that makes me sad.

Rewrite: BvS

So. It occurs to me, well after the fact, that I never actually published this here on the blog (though I did put a version of it up on my Facebook page.) What is it? A rewrite of the hot mess that was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in an attempt to undo the egregious OOCness (obviously, IMNSHO) that was so prevalent throughout. I use as much of the canon movie material as I can. I would have called this movie WORLD’S FINEST or some variation therein. Note: this was written before Wonder Woman came out, so some of this clearly clashes with that movie.

Plot Sequence:

  • As before, begin with Bruce at Metropolis during the Kryptonian attack. He witnesses firsthand the raw power at Kal-El’s disposal. And is afraid (although he cloaks this with rage.) I would have changed the first scene though; we don’t need to see the Waynes get murdered again. If anything, change it up somehow, like we start with the funeral, then intercut it with the occasional flashes of The Murder but never actually show their deaths. Highlight the trauma on Bruce but don’t inflict it on us again.
  • Two years later. (Overall notes – more specificity later)
    • In this time, Clark and Lois have had flamed out in terms of romance. Why? Because Henry Cavill and Amy Adams have absolutely zero chemistry together. No, actually, because Clark has spent almost 90% of his waking hours in The Suit, trying to be a Big Damned Hero and running across the globe, righting wrongs and trying to make amends for the Kryptonian slaughter of humans in MoS. As well as making up for his own mistakes.
    • Clark is not a full-time journalist, but rather a freelance one (I think this was hinted at in MoS where he was identified as a “stringer” which is a freelance journalist) as he spends so much time in The Suit. Thus, Perry will barely be in this movie (sorry, Mr. Fishburne) if at all.
    • Clark should be shown smiling all the time while in the suit, even when he doesn’t want to be (which should be visible by his actual expression.) The lack of a genuine smile by Supes really hurts the character – he’s freaking Superman! Not Mopeyman! Make-up team should also go out of their way to make him look tired without him looking old, so sometimes (a lot of time probably), the smiles seem forced. See above-mentioned “in the suit 90% of his waking hours.”
    • Drop or significantly reduce the Jesus motifs.
    • Also, Lois is not the freaking walking disaster she is in the movies. She doesn’t need saving every twenty minutes. I have no idea how anyone can consider this incarnation a “feminist icon,” not with her needing the big, strong man to save her every time she stubs her toe and nearly dies.
    • Recurring leitmotif: in the background, whenever we’re not on an active scene with Kal, television news reports should show Superman being super and doing awesome hero stuff.
    • Ditch the post-apocalyptic flashes. Don’t see the point. Would also remove the retarded Flash visit (not only because I hate the look they’ve given him but because I hate the whole ‘Lois is his entire world’ crap. I’d hate it if they said that about anyone, including my preferred Superman romantic partner of Wonder Woman.)
  • Desert Terrorist Scene
    • First, don’t kill off Jimmy Olsen, CIA Agent, by shooting him in the head. That’s stupid and lame. And the idea of Jim Olsen, CIA Agent? It’s freaking awesome.
    • Instead, Lois and Jim (or James. Not Jimmy) are covering a brutal firefight already in progress – terrorists attacking a UN convoy of which Lois is a part of – when WHOOSH! Supes drops out of the sky and starts disabling the terrorists (but not outright murdering them, because come on!) so the blue hats of the UN can apprehend them or continue their mission.
    • Lois should be able to kick a little ass herself, without having to really on Kal all the freaking time.
    • Aftermath, Clark notes that Jim is bugged and identifies him as CIA to Lois; she reveals that she knows and is using him just like he’s using her. During this exchange, he calls her “Miss Lane” and she calls him “Kal-El” so as to not reveal the truth to Jim.
    • Lex operative (dude from Winter Soldier) gets away.
  • Gotham
    • Human trafficker scene works as originally shown, although the branding is a bit much.
    • Bruce and Alfred bicker with the latter hinting that he knows the former is up to something. Bruce uses the ‘dirty bomb’ lie which Alfred declares is a better use of Master Wayne’s time than the so-called Superman Problem.
    • Alfred departs the scene, leaving Bruce to reactivate the monitors and reveal that he’s obsessed with Superman. Use the monitors to show numerous instances of Kal being Super and helping people. AND FREAKING SMILING WHILE HE’S DOING IT! Said smile can totally look forced and/or tired, but a smile instead of a grimace goes a long way.
  • Lex
    • Meets with Senator … Finch, I think? Holly Hunter.
    • RECAST LEX. he should be more of a smooth operator than the guy they cast and definitely shouldn’t set off the “OMFG, this dude is crazy.” alarms. Hell, the dude they had play the bad guy in “Ant-Man” made a better Lex Luthor IMHO than Eisenberg.
    • Idea: Have Lex appear to be a Superman supporter initially. He should reveal the Kryptonite nonsense as something one of his operatives stumbled upon – Lex will indicate that it appears there are forces out there actively trying to get their hands on a weapon that will kill Superman. Lex wants to help avoid that. Sen. Finch doesn’t seem to buy his bullshit even though the other guy does. Hell, it might even be vaguely interesting if Lex is a Superman supporter at first but goes quickly into extremist territory which leads to him turning on Supes. If nothing else, have his true sympathies and loyalties be in the air the entire time, even though everyone knows he’s going to be a bad guy since he’s Lex Freaking Luthor. I actually prefer this scenario as it is a nice homage to the Silver Age where Lex started out as Superboy’s pal and then turned evil.
  • Lois
    • Lois digs out the bullet, begins researching more. Something about that terror attack doesn’t pass the smell test.
    • Clark visits Lois briefly and this is where we reveal that they crashed and burned in terms of romance. She’s not bitter that he is pushing himself so hard but she is really worried that he’s going to burn out. Could imply that both are not pleased that they flamed out, but are being adults. There could be hints that they might get back together in the future (though not if I was running things, that’s for sure.)
    • She should point him to the fundraiser – something she’s already uncovered has ties to LexCorp, which is strange given how supportive Luthor is toward Supes.
    • Use this scene to reveal that Clark is still haunted by all the deaths he didn’t prevent and by his (necessary) killing of Zod.
    • Furthering the leitmotif, Clark exits because of an emergency.
  • Bruce
    • Fight club. Clones phone
    • Back to him & Alfred and reveal of Luthor’s links. Reveal of fundraiser invite.
    • Remember background element of Supes saving people on television.
  • Bruce & Clark & Diana
    • Infiltrates the fundraiser. Bugs Luthor’s stuffs
    • Clark interviews Bruce? I’m tempted to keep this and equally tempted to drop it entirely because Clark not knowing who Bruce Wayne was upon arrival really made him look stupid (which is par for the course in modern DC who prefers dumb Clark so Batgod can outshine him), although I did like Clark eavesdropping on Bruce and Alfred & trying to figure out what they’re doing. Maybe have Clark (initially) believe it is corporate espionage? Perhaps have that be Clark’s basis for the interview?
    • Luthor is very friendly to Clark*, openly passive-aggressive hostile to Bruce (and Wayne reciprocates.) Hint that they’ve clashed as business rivals before.
      • * – Maybe use that neat Daredevil trick of the heartbeat monitoring for Clark to reveal that Lex is full of crap and frankly terrified of Clark? Might be too much. Perhaps Lex doesn’t know he’s Supes yet? No, that really doesn’t fly either.
      • Why is Clark here? See above reference to him digging into something that Lois turned up.
    • Cool idea: Diana witnesses both of them doing things they shouldn’t, like Bruce doing the bugging and Clark lasering something with his eyes.
  • Lex
    • Sen. Finch flatly refuses to help Lex. She’s done some digging and knows he’s a slimy piece of crap, and doubts he is seeking this exo-mineral for altruistic reasons. Lex never drops his his act until she is gone.
      • Again, alternate idea is that Lex is trying to help Supes but has become a full-blow extremist and doesn’t seem to understand boundaries. The more I think about this, the more I actually like it.
    • Remember: in the background, we should see Kal being Superman and rescuing some people somewhere.
    • When she is gone, he informs Mercy that they’ll need to move on to the alternate plan.
  • Clark
    • Visits his mom. Does super stuffs. He reveals to her that he’s exhausted. Nothing he does seems to be enough and more than half of the world is still terrified of him. Keep her “you don’t owe this world a thing” comment but actually have Clark disagree; he owes it everything. If it wasn’t for this world, he’d be dead. And he’s not going to stop paying it back. Martha should smile and tell him how proud of him she is. Maybe change her comment to a suggestion that he might slow down instead of a flat response the way she did? (Honestly, I think they made major missteps with the Kents in their teachings, both in MoS and BvS.)
    • Television has Sen. Finch announcing some sort of hearings – they should be centered around Superman’s general activities, not some “hey, did you shoot those guys in the desert?” – and making the request for Superman to show and publicly address the questions everyone has. Given the general slowness of government work, it is logical to presume that this could also be an oversight hearing about the events of MoS.
  • Metropolis
    • Legless guy scene climbing the statue scene followed by him meeting Lex and then meeting Finch.
      • If using alternate “Lex is Supes supporter initially”, then need to figure out how to change this. Perhaps it isn’t Lex who meets with legless guy but rather Lex operative (dude from Winter Soldier) who meets with him? If that’s the case, then who is “dude from Winter Soldier” actually working for? That remains an open plot issue I haven’t fully resolved.)
  • Bruce
    • Regains the data drive from Diana and then attempts to retrieve the kryptonite. Rather than him brutally murdering a dozen dudes via the Batmobile, let’s see Ninja!Batman instead! So this could be an action scene, just not one where he murders the crap out of people.
    • NOTE: This takes place in Metropolis, not Gotham.
    • First meeting between Bruce and Clark takes place when Supes responds to gunfire: https://youtu.be/JyIxwqAWS_Q?t=1m12s – I mean, come on. Let’s actually see Clark have that moment, mm-kay? This accidentally results in Bruce not getting the kryptonite, which allows Lex to gain access to it.
    • Clark does not warn Bruce to hang up the suit due to the whole trampling of civil liberties because that would make him a hypocrite. Something he says should be a direct callback to their first meeting at the fundraiser.
      • Need to work on exactly why Clark would be so aggressive here. He’s being kind of hypocritical, isn’t he? Maybe have him state outright that there are better ways to do this? Need to consider…
      • Maybe have Clark tell “Mister Wayne” that this kind of crap might fly in Gotham, but not in Metropolis?
    • Supes bugs out (another emergency?) and Bats glares at him. Ditch the stupid ‘do you bleed. You will.’ That’s honestly kind of pointless.
      • Note: It might be interesting if that “other emergency” is actually part of a Batman distraction plan?
  • Lois
    • In DC. Talking to Swanwick. Why? Unsure. But then, I didn’t see the point of her investigation at all.
  • Bruce
    • He and Alfred have a bitter verbal clash as Wayne’s pride is seriously stung from the above fight, complete with Bruce’s 1% line. However, follow this up with Alfred calling him on his BS: does he know what he sounds like? The same monsters they’ve been fighting for 20 years. If this is the direction he’s going to go, then Alfred will tender his resignation immediately. He exits the scene.
    • Bruce is left alone in the scene and then pulls up recordings from the gala where he zeroes in on Clark’s callback line. His scowl lightens as he pulls up some data on Clark Kent and then compares it to a recording of Superman (immediately post-MoS) as he is helping the emergency teams rescue people in the city. “Hello, Kal-El,” Bruce says softly.
  • Clark
    • Arrives in DC and enters the Capitol building.
    • Rather than the wheelchair going BOOM straight away, it emits some sort of frequency that causes Clark to scream out loud and go to his knees or cause his heat vision to go haywire (ala evil Atom causing him to zot Dr. Light in Trinity War comic run.) Might be interesting if it also throws out some mini-drones that do a great job of heat vision fake-out. Clark blurs to chair and then, Boom. Kal is sent tumbling out of the Capitol building. He hits the ground hard and finds his abilities are out of whack (Kryptonite poisoning? – interesting change in that his powers go haywire instead of him getting sick considering this is an experimental version?) With this happening, he has to flee to the Arctic to get control of himself instead of going off to sulk.
    • Outside, everyone reacts, including Lois (I guess.)
      • Idea: CIA Olsen is here as well, though he’s following Lane?
      • Note: Mercy Graves is not killed off like she was in the movie. That was another stupid idea and a waste of a great character.
  • Lex
    • Meets with different senator, expresses his shock & dismay at Superman’s unexpected behavior. Manipulates the guy into gaining access to Zod’s body.
      • If Lex is Supes supporter, his argument will be that extremists factions are terrified of him and they – the government – need more information. Kryptonian tech is on the black market and what happens if a terrorist gets those kind of weapons.
      • If wheelchair guy is not immediately known to be responsible for this, Lex insists that there has to be an explanation for why this happened.
    • Quickly starts further experiments with the Kryptonite.
  • Gotham
    • Alfred enters the cave, finds Bruce seated before his monitors and studying the DC mess. He (Alfred) begins to apologize – evidently Wayne was correct in mistrusting Superman – but Bruce shakes his head. No. Superman is being framed somehow. (Ta-dah! Batman isn’t a complete idiot like he is in the movie!)
    • Bruce admits that Alfred was right, that he (Bruce) was starting to sound like one of the crazies, and that caused him to take a long, hard look at his motivations. Kent – he should intentionally use that name and then later have to explain why – terrifies him. No being should have that much power.
    • They review internal recordings of the congressional session again – Bruce has gone over them already and Alfred should ask if he wants to know how Master Wayne obtained these … to which Bruce should smirk slightly.
  • Smallville
    • Martha sees the news reports about “Superman going berserk” and immediately calls Clark. He doesn’t answer so she calls Lois.
  • Arctic
    • Clark is at his new Fortress, which is large chunks of the World Engine now buried in snow and ice. His control of his abilities is now mostly back to normal.
    • NOTE: It is essential that we see the cryo-tube things here, like the ones with the skeletons he found in MoS in that scoutship. More on this later.
    • Oh, we’ve got Pa Kent back? Kryptonian hologram, salvaged from the wreckage that should be wrong somehow. Like he starts speaking gibberish in the middle of a sentence and just isn’t right. Might be interesting if this discussion (Kal & Holo-Pa) reveals that Clark has intuitive understanding of his race’s tech that hints at the knowledge having been coded into his genes? You know, since Jor-El played merry hell with Kal’s genes in MoS. Would actually like to get Russell Crowe back as well, maybe have the hologram shifting back and forth between the two.
    • Clark has call with Lois – using Kryptonian tech to act like a cell phone – and he reveals what actually happened. She declares that she’s going to keep digging and then tells him to call his mom. He smiles and calls Matha.
  • Gotham
    • Bruce corners Diana and point-blank asks if she is Kryptonian as well. When she expresses some surprise at his theory, he reveals some intel he’s found on her, including a photograph from 1918…
      • Interesting idea: he grabs her arm like he does in the movie and tries to pull her along … but she doesn’t move. At all. Despite Bruce seemingly outmassing her by a 100 pounds or more. And then she warns him, in a very friendly way, to kindly release her arm lest she lose her temper. Bruce realizes that he’s in a great deal of danger right now.
    • Diana is unmoved and says flatly that she is not Kryptonian. Bruce: So, you’re something else then. This could be written in such a way that it might be shippy (if you’re someone who likes the idea of Batman & Wondy being a couple which I personally loath) but is actually intended to be perceived as Bruce going “Oh, fuck. You’re something else! Crap!”
    • Hint toward Diana being here for something else entirely and she could care not a whit about his silly fears … I would personally have a suit of armor in the background of her scenes here that intentionally look like Ares from Pre-Flashpoint but modernized so it doesn’t look so comic-booky: http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/dchallofjustice/images/5/50/DCU-ares.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20120918190022
  • Lois
    • Investigating the explosion, along with Jim who uses his CIA clearance to gain access to some stuffs.
    • Together, this … heh … this dynamic duo uncover and reveal the truth about the wheelchair guy causing the explosion and Superman trying to prevent the catastrophe. Now everyone knows he didn’t murder a bunch of people. And both of them know that someone very powerful went to a lot of trouble to make it look like he did kill all those people…
  • Clark
    • Returns to being Superman full-time, having recovered most of his fine control. Cue groovy scenes of him saving people and stuffs.
    • To remind everyone that he’s still not at 100%, show him struggle with some weight or accidentally crush something inanimate without realizing it.
  • Gotham
    • Bruce’s research is complete. He and Alfred have a conversation that should seem to be about Clark but is really about Lex in that Bruce identifies him (actual names and identities should be avoided here) as a well-intentioned extremist. Bruce will have to stop him. He is in the Batsuit and tells Alfred he needs Pennyworth to do something else for him…
  • Lex
    • I actually did like how they didn’t show Batman assaulting the location, but did just the aftermath. Keep that, with Luthor arriving to discover that not only is the Kryptonite gone but Zod’s body is also missing! Lex is furious.
    • There needs to be something here that clicks for Lex who the Bat is. Maybe? Would actually be interesting if he doesn’t know that Wayne = Bruce throughout this. He instructs Mercy to move to phase 2.
    • Gains entrance to the ship in some other way. Discovers it in a very bad way – reveal that Luthor has used Zod’s body to somehow mask his own via tech (in a way that makes more sense than kryptonite to the fingerprints.) He assumes control and agrees to bring the emergency ‘brain-interactive construct’ (hint at BRAINIAC down the road) online to assist in repairs – Luthor gets a sort of brain implant to facilitate this.
    • With this in mind, I would actually have this “brain-interactive construct” overwrite elements of Lex’s mind – maybe have him experience a sudden FLASH! that shows image after image after image of Krypton.
    • And most of those images are Zod.
  • Smallville
    • Martha is kidnapped by Mercy and operatives
    • Background element: Superman is trying to handle an out of control fire in South America (to explain why he doesn’t hear his mom get nabbed.)
  • Metropolis
    • Simultaneously, Lex operative (dude from Winter Soldier) makes a move on Lois … but fortunately, Jim Olsen is there and we have Action!Sequence! Jim kicks ass – paying back Lois for saving his life earlier – but is badly injured. Lane and Olsen are cornered and about to get captured …
    • When bam. Kal arrives. He makes short work of the non-powered humans and from Lex operative (dude from Winter Soldier) he learns that Luthor has Martha. How? Images on the man?
    • Clark orders Lois to get Olsen to the hospital and then leaves … and in that moment, despite being badly wounded, Jim Olsen realizes that Clark Kent = Superman. Note that this is one of the last scenes that Lois is in until the end of the movie – she’s not going to be running around and making out with him during a battle to save the world (ugh.)
    • Superman arrives on Luthor tower and is pissed off, but Lex – who should definitely be acting weird – reveals that he’s doing this to help Superman! Kryptonians are more advanced than humanity and he (Lex) wants to use them as a way to jump-start human evolution and capability! Have Lex’s thinking be unhinged but not utterly insane so a person could see his point.
      • Dangerous similarity to Samuel L. Jackson’s “Mister Glass” in Unbreakable here. How to get around that? Do I even bother trying?
    • Lex blackmails Superman into going into Gotham. The Bat has stolen something he – Luthor – needs back: Zod’s body. Martha is safe as long as Clark brings back two bodies: Zod … and Bruce Wayne (or The Batman if Lex hasn’t figured it out in this version.). He (Lex) doesn’t know where his associates took her and if he’s injured, well… he can’t guarantee her safety. And they will be watching so Clark shouldn’t try any funny business.
    • Clark departs, visibly conflicted.
    • And then, once Kal has left, end the scene on an ominous note, perhaps with the “brain-interactive construct” declaring (through Lex’s lips but very obviously not his words based entirely on his expression?) “Anomaly detected. Illegal free-birth Kryptonian identified. Initiating containment protocols.” The Genesis Chamber begins powering up but is badly damaged. And Lex looks confused.
  • Gotham
    • Bruce is in the powered Bat-armor and conversing with Alfred and telling Pennyworth to “do it” (really cool idea here coming up. Wait for it…) Overhead, Supes appears and then drops down out of the sky.
    • The fight begins … with sonics. The noise should buffet Clark and cause him to recoil … then we ZOOM IN on Bruce just as he does something to his suit gauntlets. Jump to Clark and we hear the subsonic recording as Batman advises “Kent” that he knows what Luthor is up to and can help him … but they need to make it look convincing until they can get clear of Luthor’s surveillance. Again, I want to show that Batman is brilliant.
    • Cut to Clark grimacing at the noise but making a discreet nod before blurring toward Bats.
    • And the fight is on. They throw each through abandoned buildings, knock one another through walls, and so on … and yeah, it’s all a ploy. Once they break through the floor and vanish into the basement, Bruce states they’re clear.
    • “My mom…” Clark starts to say but Bruce gives that creepy “Kingdom Come” grin (http://images-cdn.moviepilot.com/image/upload/c_fill,h_556,w_988/t_mp_quality/batman-kingdom-come-batman-v-superman-a-very-different-batsuit-teased-jpeg-93168.jpg) and says “Got it handled.”
  • Metropolis
    • The Batwing arrows down out of the darkness and we reveal that Alfred is actually flying it. Behind him, in the back seat, is none other than Diana herself in her battle garb. Alfred is very appreciative that Ms Prince is helping, but Diana states that she has her own agenda that simply coincide … but she does appreciate Alfred being polite and asking for assistance. They hit the safehouse where Martha Kent is hidden and Alfred uses the non-lethal weaponry on the Batwing to drop a lot of the hostiles (sonics again? Maybe some gloop grenades.)
    • And it is Diana who goes in to kick everyone’s ass to rescue Martha. Because how fricking awesome would that be?
      • POSTSCRIPT: After the fact, this would probably be very similar to Diana fighting the Germans with the slo-mo cam from her own movie.
    • Why is she here? Because Mercy is a fallen Amazon and a criminal who is to be taken back to Themyscira for judgement. Mercy is captured? Or she suicides? Essential that Diana not kill her. I prefer the capture so she could come back later.
  • Climax
    • Lex is back in the Genesis chamber and is alerted that Mercy has been neutralized.
    • Once again, the implant takes over – should show Lex trying to fight the ‘brain-interactive construct’ as it dominates him, but it is already too late. “Containment Protocols” have been initiated.
    • In the midst of this, Superman and Batman arrive, the latter no longer in his powered armor because it was badly damaged during their staged fight. They witness Luthor fighting the implant’s control and when Supes tries to advance, a bizarre clone of Zod (bring back Michael Shannon) is unleashed. Yes, I’m doing a take on Bizarro instead of Doomsday.
      • Since it appears to be sort of Zod and we’ve (hopefully) conveyed that Clark still has unresolved guilt over killing him, Supes will not be able to (or want to really) kill this clone especially once he figures out that it is sort of just a big baby being zapped by the ‘brain-interactive construct’ implant attached to it which causes it to lash out. Still, the thing is frighteningly powerful, so the entire final fight is an attempt to contain the “bizarro” clone and get the implant off it.
      • Bruce (wisely) runs and hides as soon as the gods begin to clash, but he should still play a role here by grabbing Luthor, freeing him from his implant and finding out what they did.
    • Diana should join the Clark-Bizarro fight and eventually, Bruce intervenes as well, using weaponized Kryptonite gas to provide the opening for the others to get rid of the implant. Cool idea here: Diana grabs Bizarro with her lasso just as Bruce uses the gas; while Bizarro is briefly held, Clark braves the Kryptonite gas to grapple with the clone. Di shouts for Bruce to engage and kicks up her sword toward Wayne (toe under the blade, then flip it up!). Bruce should visibly struggle with the weight of the sword (a reminder of just how weak he is comparatively, despite being a big dude) but use it to cut the implant free. The instant it is cut loose, the Bizarro clone goes limp. And that ends the fight.
  • Denouement
    • Couple of quick scenes here. Jim Olsen is in the hospital and his CIA handlers enter to discuss his progress. He straight-up lies when they ask about this Kent fellow and his connection to Superman but assures them he’s close. They depart after telling him that’s his mission until further notice. He turns on the TV and we jump to …
    • Lois being interviewed by someone ala Bill O’Reilly or Anderson Cooper (or maybe actually one them.) Hint that she is a frequent guest – “thanks for coming on again” – and then they segue into the shocking reveal about billionaire Lex Luthor and his criminal activities. One of them – Lois or the interviewer – should comment on how the stock price has plunged and Wayne Industries looks to be gobbling LexCorp up. Reveal that Lex is facing the death penalty for his part in the Capitol bombing…
    • Cut to Lex in prison. He’s in solitary and his head is shaved with visible bandages over where the brain-interactive construct implant was – this far better explains why his head was shaved; they don’t do that in prison, Zack! He twitches and we have a momentary flash of Krypton – like, one second, he’s on Earth, in this crappy cell, and the next, he’s staring at the wonder of Kandor City, and then flash, he’s back. He snarls to someone to ‘get out of his head.’ Need some way to reveal that he now considers himself Superman’s enemy, that Supes “betrayed” him somehow…
    • And shift to Superman. He’s standing in the Oval Office facing the President. I’d use a camera trick to never show the POTUS – maybe have most of the scene shot from the POTUS’ chair so we only see the top of his visibly Obama-like head? (Remember when this movie came out) – and Kal-El reveals to the POTUS and the assembled bureaucrats present that he has contained the clone. Probably need to have someone actually call it Bizarro which makes Kal frown slightly? When asked why he didn’t kill it like Zod, Kal will reveal that it has the mind of an infant. Killing Zod was a necessary action – from his expression, we should get that he still questions if it actually was – but killing this clone would be murder. Infanticide even. When asked where the clone is, we …
    • CUT TO Bizarro Zod sleeping in a cryo-tube ala those things he found in that scoutship in MoS. Clark is standing before the tube and we hear a voiceover of him saying “Somewhere safe, General. Somewhere he can’t hurt anyone.” This is his Fortress and Clark leaves.
    • CUT TO: Gotham. The Trinity are having a meal in some high-end restaurant. Both Clark and Diana are wearing glasses? If so, have Bruce snark about this not actually working. Clark (who should look visibly exhausted) says that he knows there are more people out there like them (this lumps “normal” Bruce into the category of metas) and he is thinking they should all keep in touch, so as to ensure the world stays safe. There should be no mention of a team, not yet.
    • FINAL SCENE: Someone (maybe Lex operative (dude from Winter Soldier)? My personal preference is General Swanwick, but that’s cause I did this in my big ass fanfic “The Last”) is in the Genesis chamber area and is rooting through the stuffs for … reasons. End with individual being suborned by ‘brain-interactive construct’ and declaring itself ONLINE (thus, the big bad in Justice League would be BRAINIAC.)

And that’s how I think I would have done the movie.