Story #1. For the Love of Potter
Where were you when Dobby died? I remember reading that book and then later seeing that movie with a couple of friends. You see, I was an athlete, but also an avid Harry Potter fan. These were the times that it was sorta weird to be both and kids like to pick on things they don't understand.
This never bothered me because I was immersed in the world of Potter and so when I ran down the hallway shouting 'Expelliarmus,' with everyone looking at me weird, I knew it was going to be big. So, the big day was finally here, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows (book) was released at midnight and few of my friends drove me to the closest store (Meijers, I live in Kalamazoo, Michigan and yes the Uber shootings are still being felt. We raised over $24,000 for their families yesterday.).
The movies were all ready a huge hit by time the release of the seventh book, but my friends still lacked the understanding of how huge of a factor these books were to people in their everyday life. We walked in the store and their jaws dropped at the sight of the crowd, giddy over the thought of finally reading the last one and knowing the fate that will be bestowed upon Potter! They never teased me again about my love of Harry Potter (and because one of the prettiest girls in school was there and I eventually took her to prom, we talked about Harry quite a bit. What a wing man!) and one of them even cried at the theaters when Dobby died because he couldn't believe the house elf was actually gone.
So, when I heard that Warner Bros. is releasing 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' and it was being penned by the brilliant J.K. Rowling. There's a joy to be found, that people search for and I am glad that a movie can make me that happy (some people think it's sad, and those are the same people that are usually the ones moping around)!
Story #2. I Went to 'The Dark Knight' by Myself
The same group of friends and I, we went to see 'Batman Begins' way back in 2005. The first two superhero movies I ever saw was 'Batman' and 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'! So, of course Batman has a place in my heart and I remember feeling betrayed at a young age buying toys for the awful 'Batman and Robin'! Anyways, I was in awe of the new Batman movie and my excitement was off-the-charts to see the Joker in 'The Dark Knight'!
When July came around in 2008, I started to ask some of my friends, when do you want to see the new Batman movie? To my dismay, none of them wanted to see the new movie and I was in state of shock! You see, I loved Heath Ledger's '10 Things I Hate About You' (My sister made me watch it the first two times and the others were all me!) and 'Monster's Ball'.
I was genuinely excited too see what he brought to the table as my favorite villain of all time. So, when my friends said they didn't want to go see the movie, I was kinda devastated. I wasn't going to let that stop me and so I went to the theaters and watched the greatest movie I've ever seen. I have never done this before or since and I stood up with the rest of the audience and gave an applause to the screen (The only other movie I went by myself to see was 'Star Wars Episode 7', because I didn't want to wait for anyone!).
A couple of years ago, the news came out about the upcoming 'Batman v Superman' and Wonder Woman was going to be in it. Am i dreaming? I was a fanboy ever since I saw 'Batman' and 'Spider-Man' (The Animated Series), so when I hear all this negativity towards a movie that hasn't even came out yet, the fanboy in me gets really pissed-off! 'Man of Steel' most certainly had problems, but Snyder was trying to do something different and I respect that. If you're like me, then a feeling of excitement overwhelms you and the new Dawn of Justice, ignites that excitement to a fever-pitch. We finally get to see DC's Trinity in all their glory! Words can only do so much to describe how us the fans really feel.
So What Does All This Mean?
Right now you're thinking, all right, you're sappy, but what are you trying to say? This past year, Warner Brothers, did horrible at the box office. I told those stories because, we're all fans here and I know most of you can relate going to see a movie that you cannot wait to see. We all have our stories and some of us have a legit fear of failure for our favorite movies. I don't know if it's necessarily that they will be horrendous, or if they're bad, what will happen?
San Andreas was Warner Bros. top grossing movie of 2015 and it only grossed $473.7 million globally (and yes, Mad Max was unbelievable, but it only made $377,636,354 million worldwide on a $150 million budget).
Disney and Universal released 'Furious 7', 'Jurassic World' and 'Age of Ultron', 'Inside Out' and 'Minions' which they all did extraordinarily well at the box office. I want to see Warner Brothers succeed because they hold ownership to some of my favorite franchises and what happens if they fail miserably? They're luckily in a position to release some of the most fan-favorite intellectual properties in the world. I only have the slightest idea what 'Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them' will be about, but I know I'll be in the theaters come November!
There's a real possibility of a franchise limbo (remember Fantastic Four?) and that is a scary thought to us fanboys/girls. We love these movies because they usually represent something magical from our childhood and now as adults, they represent the grueling task of everyday life and how easy it is to just give up. But you shouldn't (obviously), because you must always strive to do better and be the hero of your own story.
These movies help with the mundane, like having to hear your boss talk about what he grilled over the weekend and how his kid is acting really bratty because daddy won't buy him a new cell phone (It's really hard to care Jack). This is when you start speculating on what role Wonder Woman will play and how you can't wait to see The Joker and Harley Quinn together on screen. My apologies if you feel like I was preaching, but I just wanted to write about my love for these movies and my hopes that they will do well against the awesome titan known as Marvel!
Batman v Superman hit theaters on March 25th and Suicide Squad on August 5th in the United States!