There’s at least one absolutely great scene in Justice League

Alex McLevy: Justice League has been out for a couple of weeks now, and to say opinions are mixed would be gentle. Some people love it, some hate it, but most, like we here at The A.V. Club, just think, “Meh.” To be fair, the film had an uphill battle. Its primary architect had to withdraw well before it was done, due…

Watch Zack Snyder get amped about Superman snapping a guy’s neck

Zack Snyder, a 5-foot, 7-inch steward of comic book franchises, is known for his attention to detail. This is clear to anyone who has observed his keen interest in actors’ heights, revealed in a Bloomberg profile before Batman V Superman’s release, where he noted, “I think Ben [Affleck] is a pretty good Batman… I…

What’s the worst movie you ever saw in the theater?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

“And how come Batman doesn’t dance anymore?” The importance of the Dark Knight’s lighter side

Last spring, I encountered a feeling altogether new: There was a Batman movie in theaters, and I had no interest in seeing it. Everything surrounding Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice—the dishwater palette of its marketing material, the resurrection (and re-dispatching) of Thomas and Martha Wayne, the words “directed…

Laurence Fishburne says Marvel is kicking DC’s ass, but he did like Batman V Superman

Whenever you have a “superheroes fighting other superheroes” storyline, the whole thing pretty much rests on why the heroes are fighting and what will make them stop fighting. In Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman, the impetus for the fighting is that Lex Luthor manipulated Bruce Wayne to convince him that Superman was a…

The DC films don’t have a tone problem—they have a character one

When trying to diagnose the problems with the DC Extended Universe, many critics point to the franchise’s gritty, joyless tone. But video essayist Patrick H. Willems has another theory as to why the movies are so unsatisfying to watch: They don’t know how to create compelling characters. In this 12-minute video,…

It’s Rumor Time: Here’s who might direct The Batman instead of Ben Affleck

Last night news broke that Ben Affleck—coming off a box office flop with Live By Night—decided not to direct the Batman movie no one would stop asking him about. He was diplomatic about it in his official statement, saying that playing Bruce Wayne required too much of his focus: “It has become clear that I cannot do…

The Razzies assert their continued relevance by making fun of Zoolander 2

Hey, remember Zoolander 2? Exactly. So it’s sort of ironically perfect that the Golden Raspberry Awards, a.k.a. The Razzies, the awards show honoring the worst in cinema as picked by the people who write those “1001 Jokes” books that was founded in 1980 and hasn’t really updated its comedic style since, is hitching…

Ben Affleck’s Batman movie might not be as far along as we thought

It’s the mandated time of year in which to swear off our bad habits or just resolve to do better. Because they’re just like us, celebrities engage in the same kind of forward-looking behavior. Take Ben Affleck, who’s making the press rounds for his latest drama, Live By Night—drumming up support for the film was…

The 20 worst films of 2016

Critics tend to see all the same good movies and none of the same bad ones. That’s the major difference between a best-of-the-year staff list and a worst-of-the-year staff list: The former expresses consensus enthusiasm, while the latter is just a series of individual bones being picked—a way for writers to vent about…

Look in the mirror, internet: Here are 2016’s most-googled pop culture terms

Well, here’s something Suicide Squad did right! Today Google released its most searched-for terms in a gamut of fields, including movies, actors, memes, politics, and more. The results are intriguing, working as a reliable index of what we’re interested in online. Interestingly, the most searched movies show the DC…