Res­cu­ing DC

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - EDITORIAL - SARAH TARYAM

The DC uni­verse has been strug­gling over the past few years with bad re­views and box of­fice bombs. How­ever, Aqua­man and Won­der Woman were pos­i­tively re­ceived by crit­ics and au­di­ences alike. This week we are look­ing at whether or not pop­u­lar char­ac­ters like Harley Quinn and Aqua­man can save the DC uni­verse and bring it back to life.

Since it was created back in 2013, draw­ing on 84 years of DC comic book his­tory, the DCEU has not done well at all. Com­bin­ing iconic su­per­heroes such as Bat­man and the Flash has not worked with crit­ics claim­ing DCEU lacks vi­sion and clar­ity com­pared to its ri­val Mar­vel.

The re­cently re­leased Aqua­man by di­rec­tor James Wan has so far been well re­ceived world­wide. Ja­son Mo­moa re­vives his role as Aqua­man as he bat­tles with his half brother Orm, King of the un­der­wa­ter king­dom At­lantic. The film has had good re­views and has topped the box of­fice in North Amer­ica.

Look­ing back, Won­der Woman was a step in the right di­rec­tion for DC with crit­i­cal ac­claim and ex­cel­lent ticket sales. Gal Gadot played Won­der Woman and Patty Jenk­ins di­rected. There will, no doubt, be high hopes pinned on the se­quel which is due out in 2020.

In other news this week, turn to our Mu­sic pages to read about the best songs of the year. All the Stars by Ken­drick Lamar, Ar­i­ana Grande’s Dance to This and Party for One by Carly Rae Jepsen all make this list. Are any of your favourite tunes of 2018 on there?

On our Fit­ness pages, read why it is a bad idea to use your mo­bile while ex­er­cis­ing. It is dis­tract­ing and causes you to lose fo­cus on what you are do­ing. In ad­di­tion to that, it also makes you lose bal­ance and sta­bil­ity by 45 per cent. Make proper use of your time and leave your mo­bile in the locker.


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