Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Impressive Debutes

If last week’s fall debuts of both Gotham and the second season of Marvel’s Agents of Shield is any indication of what is to come for the rest of my anticipated shows for the fall in Arrow and Flash, I am in for an exciting season of television.  I feel that both shows  are  locks for must see T.V. this fall especially after seeing Grant Gustin  debut as Barry Allen in the Arrow ‘s  episode “The Scientist” as well as its impressive trailer.  I was extremely impressed with the last 10 episodes of Agents of Shield. After the release of Captain America the Winter Solider the shows seem to really take off with the inclusion of Hydra surprising infiltration of Shield.  What do I think about last week’s debut of both Gotham and Shield?  Check out below, feel free to express your thoughts on last week’s debuts, what do you feel is to come as each season progresses?

If you do not know by now, despite how ridiculous the DC cinematic universe looks, I am still a huge fan of its characters and Batman still stands as my all time favorite character. When I heard of this show I was a bit intrigued. Gotham is a series of origin stories for characters within the mythology of the Batman universe. The show follows a young James Gordon as he works to bring justice to Gotham; however he finds being Gotham shining example of a purist individual is not easy when corruption surrounds him at every angle. I was impressed with Ben McKenzie portrayal as Detective James Gordon. McKenzie captures the essence of Gordon’s personality and values of walking that line of the straight and narrow in the midst of a city so full of crime, corruption and the unknown. You see all the elements that will ultimately make him the guy who sides with Batman to fight back against all of the darkness that plagues Gotham in the future. Early in the show you witness the defining moments that ultimately changes Bruce Wayne forever involving the death of his parents.

David Mazouz gave justice to the his portrayal as young Bruce Wayne, even as the pilot ends you can began to see the emotion and attitude of Wayne changing from a frantic scared kid to this one set to seek vengeance on those like the gunman who murdered his parents. The chemistry between both James Gordon and Bruce Wayne was present as the two connected when James expressed to him how he himself was there when his parents were killed in an auto accident. Gotham also debut a different type of Alfred portrayed by Sean Pertwee, the show approached Alfred as being this no nonsense, tough love character which is a bit different than that of Michael Caine (The Dark Knight Trilogy) yet works well within the dynamic of the show.

The inclusion of Gordon partner in Detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), Bullock serves as the exact opposite of Gordon he unlike Gordon has placed himself within all the corruption that has consumed Gotham, his connection with the Gotham underworld with the likes of Gotham mob boss Fish Mooney portrayed by Jada Pinkett-Smith, reveals how the two are on different paths morally. Bullock works to school Gordon on the unwritten rules of the city and how he has to accept working with Gotham’s underbelly such as Fish Mooney and Carmine Falcone portrayed by John Doman who has seemingly paid off much of Gotham City.

From the show’s opening scene you view a world that seems as if it was taken right out of the comics. One of the most interesting, yet fun elements of the show is to see all the characters within the Batman story line in their early stages such as  Cat Woman-to-be Selina Kyle portrayed by Camren Bicondova  who witnesses the murder of Wayne’s parents and who has grown to have a watchful eye on him. We see Oswald Cobblepot(Robin Lord Taylor) ,who works for Fish Mooney, but is also an informant for Gotham Police Department. Cobblepot will ultimately become the Penguin. We also witness Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) who works with GPD. Nygma will become the Riddler. We also see Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) who will become the future James Gordon’s wife. Lastly we witness a young Poison Ivey as well in Ivey Pepper portrayed by Clare Foley. I have to say I was absolutely entertained and impressed at what they did with a show; with Batman not being the headliner, the show plays out just as like a solid yet suspenseful police drama but yet at the same time has the inclusion of DC character source material, I look forward to episodes 2 as we follow James and his efforts to clean up Gotham while keeping his sanity in the midst of such peril times. Gotham is a must see for me this fall for sure.

Marvel Agents of Shield

I absolutely agree with many critics who did not like the show when it was originally aired as I felt that the first half of the season was not what I hoped it would have been, outside of Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) who along with Clark Gregg (Director Coulson). They both represent all that has been great about the show from its opening episode to now. I had a problem with the rest of the cast surrounding Coulson although toward its season finale I had warmed up to them as I felt they did not form a good team for Coulson.  The show finished very strong with the Hydra infiltration as well as betrayal of Ward being a Hydra agent. This season seems as if it was set to right the wrongs of season two;  the cast seems a bit older and seem to fit the action agent role along with Coulson and company, the inclusion of Lucy Lawless  (Zena: Warrior Princes)  as agent Isabelle Hartley was a great step in the right direction, along with new additions Mac (Henry Simmons) and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood), team with Coulson and company to help flush out Hydra. Grant Ward, due to his involvement with Hydra is a prisoner of Shield who is used for intelligence on Hydra’s plans, however I feel there will be more to come involving Ward as the season progresses.

The show did a wonderful job debuting yet another Marvel character from its universe in the form of the Absorbing Man, who in the comics is a foe of the Hulk, the inclusion of his character played out very well.  There is also the mystery still revolving around Sky and her origin, her parents, as it has been hinted that they are not of earth; we will see how this plays out as season 2 continues. The other mystery involves Coulson and if there will be a change in him, as it was revealed that he now has alien blood streaming through his body. It is reported to be that of the Kree, which we saw a lot of in Guardians of the Galaxy. Stay tuned folks; Shield seems to be on the right path!

Sunday, September 14, 2014


Summer movies have officially come and gone. Now that the smoke has cleared from the battles with super solider, rival mutants shaping the course of time, mutated Turtles, extraordinary giant alien robots, and some old school action from legendary action heroes, I am ready to rank the top movies of the summer.  I will give a rundown of my top 5 films of the summer and then a rundown of my remaining top films later this week, so let’s get to it.

#1 film of the summer:  

Captain America: The Winter Solider
I raved about this film during my review and even though it’s been a few months, this film still has me convinced that it was the best even though by the slimmest of margins compared to a certain film involving a group of alien misfits (see next film below). This film had the best story and mix of that traditional Marvel feel as well as a blend of the old spy, conspiracy films. Cap (Chris Evans) was at his very best in this one along with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), along with an intriguing a favorite of mine in the Falcon (Anthony Mackie). The Winter Solider (Sebastian Stan) was amazing and let’s not forget about the legendary Robert Redford who is known for those spy conspiracy films. The fight sequences within the film were the best; all action comic films should hire the individuals involved. This film sets the standard for Marvel films to come.

Runner Up:

Guardians of the Galaxy
Critics labeled this film a gamble because of the unknown characters. They were so wrong. This film was absolutely ground breaking (see review). This in many ways was the number 1 film of the summer in terms of it totally crushing all the critics and bloggers who doubted the success of the film. It absolutely opened up an entire new world for Marvel. James Gunn and Kevin Feige knew what they had when creating such a film. The characters are mysterious, funny and work in perfect harmony when on screen together. I said it before and I will say it again this film will become just as big as or even bigger than that of Avengers, because of how different and unknown they are. The Marvel universes just got a bit interesting with the likes of Star Lord (Chris Pratt), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Groot (Vin Diesel) and last but not least, fan favorite Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper).  GOTG is slated to return in 2017.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

I initially, before the summer movies started, had this film at # 1 , but oh how things change once you get a taste of what both Captain America and what Guardians of The Galaxy brought to the table, however, this film was amazing in every right(see my review), the veteran cast were at their best in Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen , Halle Berry , Patrick Stewart as well as the first class cast in Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy , Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence. I still had continuity issues with the film with their effort in trying to convince the audiences that both Xavier and Mystique grew up together when in the previous X-Men films that was not the case, I also would have liked to see more of the entire original cast in the film including Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast since that was my favorite part of the film, seeing them return. The film never explained Charles X, resurrection which bothered me as well. All in all this film was absolutely something to see in how director Bryan Singer was able to blend the original with that of the newer cast and in turn make it work and re-boot a franchise that fans have been following since 2000.

Transformers: Age of Extinction:

As someone who grew up watching the Transformers cartoon and one who was heavy in following them in comics, I have to say Michael Bay has absolutely not given any justice toward the source material of Transformers, my complaints from the beginning was always not enough character development with the Transformers and too much screen time to the humans and whatever female Bay has in the film , and last but not least instead of pulling from a library of countless Transformers that have actually existed with the Transformers universe he create these unknown weird Autobots and Decepticons.  We have yet to see Cup, Ultra Magnus, Springer, Hot Rod, Blaster, I believe RC was in 2 however she was blown to bits , Jazz was killed in the first film which was absolutely ridiculous seeing how out of all the Autobots to die in the animated series he lived. With all of my complaints about the Transformers film thus far, this film was my favorite of them all. It was a great step towards how the Transformers should be handled moving forward because in this film we saw the remaining Autobots remain in hiding until Prime returns and upon making his return the movie takes off.  This film features a darker angrier Prime, whose ideals and faith in humanity is pushed to the limit with the hunting and killing his comrades who fought along him in protecting Earth. Kelsey Grammer portrays CIA Agent Harold Attinger, whose main objective is to rid the world of the remaining Transformers, however his views have pushed him to ultimately cross the line toward being more villainous than savior for the human populous. Aiding the humans in hunting the Transformers are Bountyhunter and Lockdown, who makes known that he was sent to earth to find and bring back Optimus Prime, from an unknown party. 

 New Autobots in Hound (John Goodman) an original from the animated series was the highlight of the film alongside the debut of the Dinobots as well as Autobots Ninja Drift (Ken Watanabe), and lastly Crosshairs (John DiMaggio). Bumblebee returned also, although I feels he looks just like that robot from the short circuit film, I am so hopeful with how they have designed the newer Autobots that they do the same for Bumblebee because I feel he looks ridiculous, bugged out eyes and all. Megatron is brought back as Galvatron by government heads who believe they are controlling him along with other robots they have created from Transformers they have captured. I feel really this was a step up for the franchise, as Mark Wahlberg is a great actor who brings a sense of drama and comedy to the film, but he also can carry action sequences without it looking ridiculous or awkward ala Shia LaBeouf in past Transformers films.  The changing of the human cast was a huge step in the right direction which made the movie that much appealing.

At the end of the movie Optimus Prime leaves Earth in search of his creators who apparently have a hit out on him. If you are familiar with the Transformers mythology you will know that the creators of the Transformers were the Quintessons, we may be looking at Transformers 5 being set on Cybertron or another planet which will be very interesting yet a new take from the film perspective.  Transformers: Age of Extinction is the second film in its franchise to hit the 1 billion dollar mark since Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 2011.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Despite what critics had to say initially about this film and with the look of the Turtles, as a person who grew up a huge fan of the black and white graphic novels as well as the cartoon series, this movie was as on point as you could be with a film featuring mutated turtles who are trained in martial arts by a rat.  The Turtles looked great, we have come such a long way from the 1989 turtles which were men walking around in rubber suites; now don’t get me wrong, the first film will always hold a special place for me, however this film did justice to those who are fans and kids who are following the very successful TMNT animated series.  Being a huge fan of the T.V series Monk, I feel Tony Shalhoub  did an awesome job voicing Splinter who raised and trained the turtles. The film feature actor William Fichtner (The Dark Knight) who does a great job at portraying the film antagonist, he plays himself to be the city white knight however behind the scenes he is working with Shredder  and the villainous organization know as the Foot Clan, who has been terrorizing the city. Shredder (Tohoru Masamune) was a huge step up from that of the original version, his weapons were absolutely amazing. With all the comic action films that are being made along with the ever growing of animation that is taking place I feel we were able to see Shredder do some pretty awesome things in this film with his weaponry. I was also pleased to see how Fichtner was not Shredder as the previews lead one to believe.

As much as I loved the Turtles and as straight forward the films plot was to follow , there are a few things this film can do to improve upon in its sequel, as it has been announced that we will get TMNT 2 , and that thing is Megan Fox, she has truly solidified my belief in how she absolutely has to be one of the worst actors in Hollywood, I mean each and every time on screen marked yet more reason to question why she was even brought on to a rebooted franchise seeing as how her and Michael Bay had fallen out during transformers. She was not the only human actor that the film could really do without, Will Arnett  did not serve a purpose and I feel he is not that great of an actor however, anyone acting alongside Megan Fox will look bad due to her skills or lack thereof. Whoopi Goldberg was great in the limited time she had in the film, she along with William Fichtner represented the best of the human in the film. The battles between Shredder, Splinter and the Turtles were awesome, and I look forward to seeing how they build upon things in TMNT 2. The film played toward a faithful adaptation of not only the Turtles but the mythology surrounding the material. Each Turtle was given time within the film to showcase who they are and what they can do. With a opening weekend of 65 million Turtles will jump back in to action in June 3, 2016.

Stay tuned later this week as I reveal the rest of my top films of the summer.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Guardians are here to Stay!!!

Hey what’s up folks , I’m back to shed some  insight on a little movie you might of heard of that was released last week by the name of Guardian of the Galaxy,  which I saw on opening night and was absolutely blown away (no surprise to me), and yes I am going to see it yet again today.  I know within myself that immediately after watching a film and I am already thinking of when to see it yet again that the film is pretty awesome, apparently in others agree as well. The Guardians of the Galaxy was a film some critics deemed a “risk” for Marvel  ha!!!  It has been reported by Deadline that Guardians earned $37.95 million on its Friday showing, including $11.2 million from Thursday late opening night showings. Deadline predicted, depending on family movie going today, that Guardians could pull in between $92.5 million and $95.5 million throughout the weekend, making it a challenger to Captain America: The Winter Soldier which still stands as my favorite movie of the year with Guardians now at 2 for me. I found it amusing that bloggers and critics deemed this film a risk, because anyone that has paid attention to what Marvel is and has been doing has to understand one important thing that has been evident since Iron Man 1 and that is they have a clear plan and fantastic vision as to what they want to do and where they are going with their cinematic universe. Yes these are a cast of unknown weird characters yet that is what Marvel needs to add flavor to their ever growing cinematic universe, there are people like me who is open to different and nontraditional heroes and who love following a story that is intriguing that connects to a larger purpose which is what Marvel is gong and then there are the fans who are into characters because they are weird and different and lastly there are the causal movie goers who may be a fan of Chris Pratt(Star Lord) or Zoe Saldana , Vin Diesel or Batistc who want to see the film for those purposes. To this day Guardians stands as the highest grossing film of all time during the month of August and Internationally, Guardians of the Galaxy raked in $66 million in some 42 international markets, making it the top release around the globe. Thus far, the film has grossed $160 million worldwide.

This film is absolutely amazing as well as the funniest Marvel film to boot. Director James Gunn did a masterful job in drawing the movie goers into this wondrous yet fascinating universe and in doing so introducing all of the odd yet very interesting characters to the screen in a way that both makes sense yet flows easily within the dynamics of the film. Gunn pulled off a fete that was not easy, he made a film based around three on screen actors in Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Batista and a two key characters who are CGI in Groot voiced by Vin Diesel and Rocket the Raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper whose character stole the show, going in I heard reports that Rocket was the man in the film and I walked away feeling that way.  Two things that stand out to me about his film is 1 the music I love classic R&B music so when I heard music from some of my favorite artist in Jackson 5(I am a huge Michael Jackson fan) “I want you back “and Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell “Aint no mountain High enough” I felt truly added to the uniqueness to the film.  I loved how Chris Pratt’s character was using  mix tapes since he when abducted in the 80’swhich brought a feeling of nostalgia and good times for me because back in the 90’s growing up , I would create my R&B mixes with cassette tapes. One of the other many elements of he film that stood out to me was the comedy, yet the comrade between the cast who were brought together in the film to share the cost of a stone which happens to be one of the Infinity Stones which Thanos, last seen at the end of Avengers, is pursuing. There are 6 stones Earth in Mind, Power, Reality, Soul, Space and Time, see picture and video below to get the scoop on why those stones are so coveted throughout the Marvel Universe

The film opens up with Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) as a child growing up in the 80’s who finds that his mother is dying and when she passes he races into the night falling to the ground in tears ultimately finding himself in clear sight of an alien space craft which teleport him and thereafter proceeds to launch back into space where he grows to became familiar with the extraterrestrial as well as the unknown. He comes in contact with Gamora (Zoe Saldona ) who is a trained assassin and adopted daughter of the mad titian Thanos who makes his appearance in the film, and although I want to see more of him his presence was felt throughout the story.  The moment he enters the screen you get the feeling that when this saga hits its conclusion in Avengers 3 Thanos is going to be hell do deal with, whether he gets a hold of all infinity stones or not.  

Just as mentioned in the video we have seen 4 out of the above six Infinity stones thus far in Avengers, Thor 2 as well as Guradians of the Galaxy see below.

I was extremely impressed with Wrestler Dave Batista as Drax the Destroyer who was amazing in the film, as he seeks vengeance for the death of his family from Ronan the Accuser who works in conjunction with Thanos in obtaining the stone that the Guardians seek. Groot is a second favorite to me in the film; he was funny yet filled with heart. It was interesting to see Groot in battle to say he is their big gun a la Hulk, is an understatement; Rocket the Raccoon was so funny, yet there was a great balance of emotion and theatrical drama with the character, I feel he will get his own spinoff to explain his origin which was slightly touched upon in the film. All 5 individuals were brought together after being arrested by the Nova Corps, who are an intergalactic military force who strive to uphold peace and protection throughout the galaxy. After escaping prison Quill, Gamora, Groot, Drax and Rocket form an unlikely alliance to attain the stone Quill sought for himself earlier in the film however after finding out how powerful the stone is and what it could do in the wrong hands they seek to recapture the stone not for their own purpose but for the sake of the Galaxy and return it to the Nova Corps.

Needless to say after a show down with both Ronan the Accuser and Nebula(Karen Gillan,) the other adopted daughter of Thanos, the Guardians prevail and all in turn have tuned in a colossal hit which now has been given the green light for a sequel as it was announced at Comic con by Chris Pratt and James Gunn  prior to the film’s world wide release that Guardians of The Galaxy 2 will be released on July 17, 2017, which will fall in line with all of Marvel’s next phase of films such as Doctor Strange , as well as the soon to be announced Black Panther film that is sure to be in Marvel plans. The Guardians movie leaves the fans with a bit of mystery involving Quill’s father who has been revealed in the film to be an alien being, which will no doubt be touched upon in the next film. Here are Feige’s thoughts during an interview with IGN news:
On who is Quill’s father?
“There can be no doubt that the answer to that question will play out significantly in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The comic offers up one possible answer of course, but there's no guarantee the movies will follow the same path.
"I think it's pretty important," Feige confirmed when we touched the implications of this story thread. "I think there's a reason we seeded it at the very end of the film like that. I think that would certainly be part of a next Guardians adventure. Certainly, that would be part of it."
As to whether Quill's parentage may be addressed prior to Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Feige said that they "would wait for the next Guardians adventure."
On if the Avengers will meet the GOTG?
“You know, the fun about The Avengers, as we we're gearing up to that, was 'how would Tony Stark deal with goody two-shoes Steve Rogers in World War II?'" Feige said when asked how The Avengers would get along with the Guardians. "What would Tony Stark think of a Norse god who wields a hammer? The brilliance of Joss [Whedon] was having fun with that. So who knows if and when these guys would ever connect, but it is fun thinking about, how would Steve Rogers react to Rocket? Or, you're right, Drax couldn't even have a conversation with Tony Stark! [Laughs] I have a theory that the more time Drax spends with Peter Quill, the more he's going to start to learn, perhaps, that people aren't always as literal as his species would assume."
We can look forward to seeing that transition take place in the continued Guardians adventures. Who knows, maybe by the time Drax hits Terra he'll be more than ready for Stark.”
Translation …. Yes this is going to happen, I knew it from the start and it will happen in Avengers 3, so what does the rest of the cast as well and the director James Gunn feel about this possible team up see video below!

Marvel President Kevin Fegie is doing an astonishing job with what he has done with Marvel’s universe from Iron Man all the way to what we are witnessing now; there are so many different avenues for Marvel to go with their universe.  As a fan and someone who seeks to show his vision to the world it’s truly inspiring to see into that extraordinary Universe that he has created with the rest of Marvel Entertainment. Let’s take a look back at what Marvel’s first 2 phases brought which will result in a continued thrill ride for years to come. 

Monday, July 28, 2014


Comic Con has officially come and gone and it’s time to go over what went down between DC and Marvel. Comic Con really comes down which properties brought the heat during their Hall H announcements; so with that being said lets kick start with what DC brought to the table for their presentation. 
I was not thrilled at all with what DC presented, which  nothing other than announcing the Batman vs. Superman. I had pretty low expectations for DC yet at the same time with hopes that they would elaborate or revel a number of things starting with characters the following actors would portray in the upcoming film: Tae Okamato (The Wolverine), Oscar winner Holly Hunter (Saving Grace), Callan Mulvey ( Rise 300 / Captain America: The Winter Solider) as well as Scott Mcnary(12 years a slave , Argo). I also expected them to confirm the Jason Momoa as Aquaman. There is also report that Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow) is up for a role in the film, would have been great if they would have elaborated on that.  Then there is the big Rock announcement that many have been anticipating as he has teased in a recent interview with Total Film (see below), he also took to twitter with the following image.

In June blogger/journalist Nikki Finke leaked a supposed DC movie lineup which was confirmed by apparent DC mouth piece/podcaster Kevin Smith, the films rumored are Shazam July 2016, Sandman December 2016, Justice League 2017, Wonder Women July 2017, Flash and Green Lantern Team up December 2017, and Man of Steel 2 coming in May 2018. There is also report that a Batman standalone is slated in 2019. Given DC’s track record of not having a game plan as well as lacking the confidence and foresight for material I will not believe any of this until I see it; to say they have been dragging their feet is a huge understatement.

In commencement of 75th batman Anniversary DC had on display the cape and cowl that will be worn by Ben Affleck in the upcoming Batman Superman film. They also released the following image of Batman, which to be honest, I thought it looked pretty good.

Now let’s get down to what went down in Hall H yesterday. The first image of Superman that was released weeks ago was on display with that of Batman as well as the first official look at our new Wonder Woman, I have expressed how I feel about Gadot as Wonder Woman as I feel this is absolute sin to have her portray the greatest female hero of all time, although I will say I wasn’t totally against the costume as it looked like something a warrior would wear in a 300 film, however it’s still Gadot and she doesn’t strike me as the bad ass warrior that Wonder Woman is. Personally I would have rather they modernized her look with pants and jacket shown in the following image.

Director Zack Snyder was on stage talking with fans which was then followed by a quick teaser for Batman vs Superman see below pictures as well as a video a fan took. I still feel that this film will be a disappointment although I truly hope that I am wrong.  The teaser had the feeling of what a Nolan film would as well as the elements and nostalgia of the animated film and graphic novel the Dark Knight Returns. Zack called out DC trinity Ben Affleck , Henry Cavil and Gal Gadot to the stage only for all three to take a quick photo then jet to the back stage which was extremely disappointing to me as you would think that they would allow all three to talk with the fans, but again this is how DC does it.  

To add insult to injury DC did not comment on any casting nor did they confirm or deny the leaked slate of movies.  Although I liked the images of Batman and the quick teaser to me this was another half hearted effort on DC’s end to bring it to the fans and to show they are serious about their expanded universe.

Now on to DC TV Universe

Arrow Season 3 will finally hit the mark October 8th.   Arrow has brought me back to actually looking forward to watching TV,  Stephen Amell is the Arrow;  he has truly embodied that character and I look forward to what he brings this upcoming season. Making his Arrow debut will be Brandon Roth(Superman Returns) as Ray Palmer aka Atom which is a bit interesting seeing Brandon portrayed Superman in the cinematic universe however I feel he will do an awesome job as the Atom, the show will also feature Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) as the hero Arsenal which I look forward to as I loved the costume, I feel it looks just as good as Arrow’s. The show will also feature returning cast member David Ramsey (Diggle) , Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity). The one telling thing at the end of the trailer below is the apparent debut of Ra’s Al Gul who was mentioned a number of times last season when Arrow tangled with the league of shadows, cannot wait to see what is in store when he enters the equation even more so this season.

Flash, which will make its season debut on October 7, allowed for Comic Con guests to view its pilot episode. The Flash cast also sat down with IGN crew at Comic Con to discuss what is to come for our new hero.  Prior to Comic Con there have been a few casting announcements starting with Robbie Amell (The Tomorrow People)  to be cast as the super hero Firestorm,  who I have always loved in the comics as well as in the Super Friends cartoons way back in the day. Firestorm is Ronnie Raymond who was a typical teen who as a result of a nuclear catastrophe apparently found himself fused with the consciousness of brilliant scientist Martin Stein. Firestorm’s origin will no doubt be connecting to the  particle accelerator disaster from Start Labs explosion which gave Barry Allen his powers. 

The show has also casted Wentworth Miller as Flash villain Captain Cold. As you may have seen in my Flash trailer review, I feel this will be yet another homerun for DC/CW as it is apparent that Arrow and the Flash are well on their way to expanding their own universe, I really hope there is a way they could implement Batman, Superman as well as Wonder Woman.
One more tidbit of news, it was confirmed that DC will not connect its movie universe to that of its TV counterpart. Which I am happy about in a way, but feel they are making a huge mistake as I see the TV universe has established a number of DC characters that would fit into the Universe they are building. Stay tuned

Gotham, which airs on Fox September 22, featured a trailer at Comic Con which I actually thinks looks good, as I mentioned before I will give this show a chance as I really want to see how they pull off a show in Gotham which does not feature the Dark Knight himself.  I love the Police Commissioner Gordon character, always have in the comic and the animated series however not sure how much they can do with a show which follows a young James Gordon and his partner Harvey Bullock. The one interesting thing the show has in its favor is the prelude of what’s to come with all the villains they will have in the show Penguin, Cat Woman and Hugo Strange, who is a deranged physiatrist who works with the inmates in Arkham.  Harvey Dent is a lawyer, who after having acid throw at his face becomes the dual identity villain knows as Two Face.  Gotham‘s executive producer and show runner Bruno Heller sheds some light as to what expect from both Strange and Dent

“Hugo Strange is going to pop up because we’re going to start dealing with how Arkham was created and why Arkham was created in the way that it was so, yeah, absolutely. It’s a season 1 thing because in our telling of it the way Arkham was created and the why and how one of the causes of the particular criminal climate in Gotham is that allowed Batman to happen. The revolving door of Arkham is both a brilliant narrative device because it allows you to — you don’t have to kill people off, you can just put them in cold storage — but if you’re telling the story from the start you kind of have to explain, ‘What the f***? Why don’t you make that place a place people don’t escape from?’ We’re going to explain why it is the way it is and Hugo Strange is a big part of that.”
Heller goes on to explain, “We’re playing Harvey Dent slightly older. He’s more Gordon’s age in this telling.” 

*Interview the Legendary Kevin Conroy

Last but certainly not least, the folks at IGN sat down to speak with Kevin Conroy at Comic Con,who has voiced Batman ever since 1992 when the Batman Animated series was released. It was so cool to hear the guy I have been watching for so long as Batman reflect on the character.I feel one of the interviewers  echoed everyone's sentiment  when he mentioned that whenever reading a comic it is Kevin voice he hears as Batman which for me is the same. Conroy along with Christian Bale has made the Batman character their own. Kevin has done work as Batman in Justice league, Justice League Unlimited as well as  number of DC animated films, most recently the upcoming Assault on Arkham due out August 12,2014. Conroy has also voiced a number of games which includes Batman Arkahm Asylum, Batman Arkham City, Justice League Gods Among us as well as the upcoming Batman Arkham Knight due out Fall 2015. Check out the interview below, Kevin seemed to really have fun with the interviewers while expressing his thoughts on the Batman character. Two thumbs up on this one for DC.

Now on Marvelous Marvel
Going into Comic Con I was looking forward to seeing if Marvel would indeed revel all of their movies that they have apparently planned through 2018, at the start of Comic Con marvel announced that they had a third released date for 2018 which placed them with 2 years releasing 3 films, which is actually exciting for me because Marvel just seems to get better and better with their approach toward their cinematic universe. Very happy to see how far they have come from Iron Man all the way to now with Guardian of the Galaxy which I feel will be an even bigger hit than Avengers or come close to it. Check out date dates below.
  • May 1, 2015 – The Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • July 17, 2015 – Ant-Man
  • May 6, 2016 – Captain America 3 (Untitled)
  • July 8, 2016 – Doctor Strange (Unannounced)
  • May 5, 2017 – Unannounced
  • July 28, 2017 - Unannounced
  • November 3, 2017 - Unannounced
  • May 4, 2018 – Unannounced
  • July 6, 2018 - Unannounced
  • November 2, 2018 - Unannounced
  • May 3, 2019 – The Avengers 3 (Unannounced)

 I was hopeful to get more information on Marvel’s Netflix series involving the Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones, as I am truly anxious to see which actor will play Luke Cage. Going into Saturday’s Hall H presentation there were rumors circulating that a Doctor Strange casting announcement was imminent and that Joaquin Phoenix was in final negotiations to portray the Master of the Mystic Arts.  Then there is Black Panther who will portray him and how will he be introduced to the Universe? Questions, questions, questions, let’s get down to what Happen in Hall H
The Avengers Assemble once more!
Marvel started comic Con with a series of individual character pictures for the upcoming Avengers Age of Ultron which would result in an unveiling of the entire picture as a whole see below. I love this picture as it truly captures the war and challenges that lie ahead for earth’s mightiest heroes, I got a huge kick out of seeing the Vision in the back ground hovering over the Ultron bots unleashing his attack. The other part I loved is seeing as how the Ultron bots are hanging on for dear life in trying the take down the Hulk, good luck with that!

Now on to the Avengers 2 Comic Con panel
Marvel stole comic con, for all the returning cast member of  Avengers which included Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr. , Samuel  L Jackson , Chris Evans, Mark Rufalo, Jeremy Renner , Cobie Smulders  as well as new comers Paul Bettany (Jarvis / Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen(Scarlet Witch) and James Spader(Ultron) all coming out to the song “Don’t Stop ‘til you Get Enough” by my favorite all time artist Michael Jackson, with Robert Downey giving out flowers to fans and cast members, it was awesome, they all sat down gave their take on the film, which is what DC Batman V Superman crew did not do, and Marvel always seems as though they are having fun with what they are doing as opposed to DC. Last but not least RDJ announced Josh Brolin to the stage aka Thanos and when coming on stage he wore the infinity Gauntlet that Thanos is working towards attaining in the film. The panel did also include a trailer for the film which I have a description of below.  

The trailer began with the familiar heroes (including War Machine) dressed in casual all hanging out at Avengers Tower and attempting to lift Thor’s hammer… without much success. Only Captain America is able to move it (slightly) and Thor’s concerned facial expression is priceless until he smiles when Rogers gives up. The exercise is interrupted by the appearance of Ultron, in a broken down, almost skeletal form with silver armor plating haphazardly forming his upper hunched torso. He proclaims, “There’s only one path to peace: your extinction.” The heroes all stand up facing him and Thor picks up his hammer.
This opening was followed by a montage of action shots of selected quotes from the movie, including Tony Stark saying that what happens in the movie is “the end of the path I started us on.” The trailer then offered a first look at the movie’s version of the Hulkbuster armor in action in multiple scenes, and Ultron delivered the excellent line “There are no strings on me.” The trailer concluded with Tony standing in a wasteland with the rest of the Avengers lying on the ground looking a lot worse for wear. Captain America’s shield was broken in half. They were seemingly dead.

In a recent interview actor Paul Bettany elaborated on what powers should we expect from Vision, who has been one of my favorite Avenger characters, Bettany explains: 
“Well, we already discussed he’s incredibly good at punching, which is key. He also has the ability to change his density and that is… that’s awesome and really exploited brilliantly by Joss in terms of really cool moments that Vision is able to do something otherworldly and it’s kind of great. And he’s discovering it all as he goes along.”

Ant-Man has arrived:
Back when both Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas were announced for this film I felt this was yet another ingenious move by Marvel, as both character will and can play off one another from both a dramatic sense as well as from a comedic standpoint. Ant-Man opened up Comic Con early in the week with its release of its art for the film. Truly love how the poster was put together, love the head shot of Douglas and Rudd as well as the image of Ant-Man himself. Casting was confirmed with Corey Stroll (House of Cards) portraying Yellow Jacket in the film, which in this incarnation will be a villain. Evangeline Lilly (Lost) will portray daughter of Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne. It is rumored that she may become the Wasp, however that has not been confirmed. Check out Panel below.

Agents of Shield Panel
Agents of Shield, makes its return September 23. Although I had my doubts about this show as it had a slow start, the last 10 episodes were amazing. Once the events of The Winter Solider were reveled this show took off. I feel Shield shows that you can successfully connect the universe of that of TV and cinematic and how the two can draw strength as well as catapult one another to success. I am extremely excited for the addition of Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) as I loved her work on Xena back in the day. Marvel announced that she will portray a Shield agent who carries a “knife” at her side, apparently ready for battle at all times, however other than that not much on Lucy’s character but I’m sure more is to come. Check out below Comic Con Panel.


DC, as expected, left a lot to be desired, which I feel no way won Comic Con. I give the nod to Marvel for what the Avengers 2 panel brought to the table as well as Ant-Man and Agents of Shield.  Although Marvel has yet to confirm what films will inherent the future timeslots, and has yet to give more information on Doctor Strange, Black Panther and its Netflix series I am absolutely confident in the coming days we will get confirmation on another of these topics as Marvel is no stranger at keeping their fans fully informed about what their plans and direction are. Once again…. make mine Marvel