Sunday, January 31, 2021

Zack Snyder's Justice League To Premiere 18 March 2021 on HBO GO (Asia)


Mention the name Zack Snyder and you will find mostly fans from both ends of the spectrums - those who are in rapturous worship of his works or those who bristle with snarky derision. He's the ultimate controversial hot button for any geek conversation concerning DC superhero movies.

Zack Snyder was working on the movie JUSTICE LEAGUE since 2016. Before he had the change to edit and finalise the film, Snyder left the production in 2017. His daughter had died by suicide, and he wanted to spend time with his family. Joss Whedon, well known for being the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the first two Avengers' movies, took over. The movie version released in the same year was a weird combination of Snyder's original take and Whedon's more colourful style. Not surprisingly, with an uneven tone given to the characters and the script, the movie did not turn out to be the box office hit that Warner Bros. had hoped.

Ardent fans of Snyder began calling for an original cut of JUSTICE LEAGUE, insisting that such a version exists. They flooded social media with the hashtag #releasetheSyndercut soon after the movie's release and continued promoting the grassroots campaign for years. Finally, on the date of JUSTICE LEAGUE'S 2nd anniversary, the fans efforts gained more traction when actors like Gal Gadot and Ben Afflect added their voices to the chorus. Synder also began posting more stills from the alternate cut.

The studio finally gave in despite pundits estimating that it would cost gazillions to produce this version. In May 2020, WarnerMedia announced that the infamous “Snyder Cut” will premiere on HBO's streaming services in the following year. The extended version of the movie would be about 4 hours long.

Since the official announcement was made, Zack Snyder has dropped a number of teasers about the feature film. Based on these “Snyder Cut” tidbits and teaser trailer, Red Dot Diva knows that there are some key differences compared to the theatrical version. These include Superman wearing his black suit, more screentime for Cyborg whom Synder declares as "the heart of the movie", the return of Kiersey Clemon's Iris West, more emotional arc for the Flash, a more heavily armoured Steppenwolf and the iconic Darkseid (who was absent in the original movie release) is back as one of the villains.


Love it or hate it, ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE now has a premiere date. Fans in Asia (*) can watch the “Snyder Cut” on HBO GO on 18 March 2021, the same time as the U.S. debut. There is also a new movie soundtrack released on WaterTower Music, featuring a score by Tom Holkenborg AKA Junkie XL.

Red Dot Diva has to confess that she likes Zack Snyder's visual impact in his DC superheroes movies. Believe it or not, she even enjoyed SUCKERPUNCH. Yes, his movies are dark and violent, mostly style over substance but ultimately, quite unforgettable. Storytelling-wise, his choices on character arcs have been unpalatable to many hardcore comic book fans. Regardless of this, Red Dot Diva feels that the Snyderverse has its place in the DCEU. Most of all, due to the circumstances in which Snyder had to leave the production of JUSTICE LEAGUE, Red Dot Diva is glad that he is now able to bring his original vision to fruition.

Like many other Snyder fans, she is very curious about how ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE will fare on her personal like to dislike scale. Adding to the intrigue is the strong support for the project from DCEU actors like Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Ray Fisher and Jesse Eisenberg, as well as directors David Ayer and Damon Lindelof. She knows it is definitely going to be bigger and bolder (and loooonnger), but will it be better?

Well, if you are as curious about Red Dot Diva's thoughts on ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE, a Facebook livestream is currently being scheduled for March 2020. Joining her on the recap/ review of the widely anticipated director's cut will be her two geek buddies and DC fans, Atty and John. Look out for more announcements on this in the coming weeks!




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(*) - including Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Taiwan


Thursday, January 28, 2021

The Star Wars Identities Exhibition at ArtScience Museum Is A Rare Delight


The Star Wars Identities Exhibition, which will open for the public this Saturday (30 January) at the ArtScience Museum (ASM), is something not to be missed!

The show was supposed to open last year, but then the coronavirus arrived, and Red Dot Island promptly went into a 2-month Circuit Breaker. For many months after, businesses and individuals were following strict safety protocols to help keep everyone healthy.

Despite the long wait, ASM and their partners Pico Pro, X3 Productions and Lucasfilm Ltd, the owner of the show's 200+ original Star Wars movie artefacts, have managed to produce a wonderful exhibition that will delight the franchise's fans - both long-timers as well as newbies.

Through several displays of props, concept artwork, sculpts, costumes and character profiles, Star Wars Identities is structured as an interactive personal journey for fans to learn how an identity is shaped in a lifetime.

Red Dot Diva managed to get a sneak peak of the exhibition, totally geeking out like an Ewok at a raucous forest rave. To keep some of the show's surprises and reveals more exciting for the visitors, she will only list down a few key highlights that you should look out for!

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Ubisoft and Lucasfilm Games Collaborate To Develop A New Open-World Star Wars Game



This week, Ubisoft announced a piece of exciting news for gamers and Star Wars fans.

The video game company, home of popular games like Assassin's Creed, Raving Rabids and the Tom Clancy series, is collaborating with Lucasfilm to develop a new story-driven open-world Star Wars game. Ubisoft's critically-acclaimed AAA studio Massive Entertainment will be working to bring their latest technology like the Snowdrop engine, to deliver an epic adventure in the beloved galaxy far far away.

The vast Star Wars lore is an incredible source of inspiration for our teams,” said Yves Guillemot, co-founder and CEO of Ubisoft. “This is the beginning of a long-term collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm Games, and we are pleased to be working hand-in-hand to build upon the incredible legacy of Lucasfilm to create a game that we know Star Wars fans will love.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Live with Red Dot Diva's First Episode of 2021 Will Feature The Curious Unicorn


It's a new year, and a new season of Live with Red Dot Diva!

One of the best things that happened in 2020 was the decision to launch a monthly Facebook livestream featuring mainly creators and artists based in South-East Asia. During these 1-hour livestreams, Red Dot Diva and her guests participated in lively discussions on a wide range of topics like writing for horror stories, creating modern folk tales, and the current state of genre films in Red Dot Island. These interesting conversations will continue in 2021, and Red Dot Island already have the first few guests lined up for the next few months.

The first guest for 2021 will be The Curious Unicorn a.k.a. Hammy. Hammy is an independent visual development artist, graphic designer and 2D animator who is currently based in Brunei. She used to live in Los Angeles as well as in Red Dot Island. Those of you who wandered around the Singapore Comic Con 2019 Artist Alley may remember her booth selling eye-catching artwork, in an unusual wooden scaffolding setup.