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  1. Birds of Prey opened in theaters this weekend to lackluster box office results. The movie is projected to bring in only $34 million this weekend, which would give it the distinction of being the lowest opening DC-based movie since the horrible “Jonah Hex” movie back in 2010. The movie received fairly strong reviews and decent praise from many of the fans who actually went to see it in the theaters. I haven’t seen the movie myself so I can’t speak to whether it’s a good movie or not, but the question still begs to be answered — why aren’t more people going to see it. Obviously I can’t speak for everyone, just myself and why I haven’t been motivated to go see it. I am sure over the course of the next few weeks, you will hear plenty of theories on why the movie bombed. Some will likely blame the “R” rating, even though that didn’t seem to really hurt movies like Joker and Deadpool. Some will likely try to blame the movie’s poor performance as being some type of feminist agenda hatched by the studio for female power that went astray. For me, I cite two main reasons. First, I am discovering that my interest in traveling to a movie theater and paying for expensive movie tickets and snack prices seems to decrease with each passing year. Maybe it’s an age thing. My general feeling is I am just as content to wait a few extra months and watch it from the comfort of my home. Like many, I have a nice sound system, a big flatscreen HDTV on the wall, and a nice comfy couch to watch movies on. I really don’t need a movie theater to have that movie experience. I did go see Joker in theaters, but honestly I would have been just as content if I waited and watched it at home. At home, I wouldn’t have had to be patted down by security to make sure I wasn’t sneaking a gun into the theater or be worried about getting shot, which was big concern for Joker, at least according to the mainstream media. Still that’s really not the biggest reason for me to not go see this one in theaters. For me, it’s more that I have just lost interest in the DC movie universe. Ever since Justice League and its poor performance at the box office, DC and Warner Bros. seem to have lost faith in their own product. In turn, this seems to have caused a total lack of cohesive direction. Yes, I am spoiled by Marvel movies. I want a cohesive DC Universe just like I have a cohesive Marvel Universe. There are many characters Marvel has given movies that I generally don’t have a huge interest in, but I go to see them because I want to see the puzzle piece they bring to the overall picture. That seems to have been lost with DC ever since Justice League, because Warner Bros doesn’t seem to have enough faith in their universe to continue on. So now we end up with these movies that can’t decide what they want to do. Sure, some are better than others. I liked Shazam but it really didn’t do much to further the DCU. They couldn’t even get Henry Cavill to do a proper cameo, so we ended up seeing some guys chest. We don’t even know if Cavill will be Superman again, and seemingly neither does Warner Bros. Don’t even get me started on Batman. Here is the thing, I enjoyed Margot Robbie’s performance of Harley in the Suicide Squad movie, and I don’t doubt she gave a strong performance in this movie. I have always thought Harley is a strong supporting character, which is what she was created to be. Do I really think she is an interesting enough character to carry a solo movie? No, and since I have no idea what connection this movie has, if any, to the previous Suicide Squad one — which is in the process of being totally revamped by James Gunn with an almost all-new cast, or the Jared Leto Joker and Ben Affleck Batman… or wait is it the Joaquin Phoenix Joker and the younger Robert Pattinson Batman now???? I don’t know, and honestly I don’t think Warner Bros does either. With this lackluster box-office performance, Robbie probably will be ousted by the studio and replaced by someone else next time we see Harley on the screen. At the end of the day, If Warner Bros. can’t stand behind these things, then why should I be bothered to be interested enough to go check it out? I will watch Birds of Prey eventually, but likely from the comfort of my home. Did you go see the movie? If so let us know your thoughts about it. If not, let us know why in the COMMENT SECTION below.
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