*BIG spoilers for The Rise of Skywalker and a little one from the Mandalorian.
More often that not, when the film adaptation of a beloved book arrives in cinemas, it is met with disappointment from fans. The reasons for this are often debated, but it seems to stem from the fact that is is almost impossible to cram a four hundred page book into a 120 minute screenplay. As a result of this, films often remove large chunks of narrative, and sometimes remove entire characters all together.
No matter how we feel about it, the film industry values franchises above all else now. The summer Box Office has been dominated by returning franchises and rebooted hits, to differing results. It's a strategy however, that is hard to argue with. You need to look only at the success of the Marvel cinematic universe, with Avengers: Endgame recently becoming the highest grossing film in history.
Slight spoilers. Nothing major.
So I just finished watching Kong: Skull Island again, and then I immediately watched the trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. I like Skull Island, it's the sort of film that allows you to switch off and just enjoy the big monkey beating the shit out of a big skeleton lizard thing. This being said, the Godzilla trailer doesn't excite me at all, and the reason for that is simple: There's only so many times you can watch two monsters fight, and I think I've reached my limit.
The DCEU did not get off to a good start. In fact, the first few years of the DCEU was a total failure. Hence my article "The Failure of the DCEU." In the last 12 months however, the DCEU carried out a soft reboot. The changes were extreme. Batfleck is out. Henry Cavill may or may not be out. The dark, broody and let's be honest depressing tone of the films has gone. And with Shazam and Aquaman, it seems that there may actually be hope on the horizon.