Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Lost Heroes

The evolution of comic based films continues to soar to heights never dreamed of; it was once only feasible to see such stories in pages of comics. Over the course of time we have seen favorite characters and stories come to life not only on the big screen but on small screens such as CW’s Arrow or Flash series. The stories surrounding these fantastic characters have become more than the wham, pow, smash, beat ‘em up movies; the stories surrounding these character have become more compelling in its grounded yet clever approach in the development of a heroes and journey resulting in it being a huge part of our pop culture.  The beginning began with Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins back in 2005 and continues with this year’s Ant-Man. With all that being said, this is truly the era of comic films/television and as technology continues to grow so will our films, which is a dream come true for old comic head such as I, as I feel as if I am a kid in a candy store with films such as Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman on the way. As confirmed plans come in from month to month concerning what character will be brought to life there are two that stick out in my mind whom I feel are very deserving of their own stand alone films and or their inclusion into their cinematic universe. 

Below I will discuss my two favorite DC characters who I feel should be brought to the big screen sooner rather than later. Warner Brother recently announced that they plan to develop a “Blue Beetle/Booster Gold “film, which really doesn’t do much to me as I feel both characters are better suited to be showcased along an assemble. I feel there are far too many other DC characters that are more deserving of a film especially one that could garner the respect and recognition of a film such as Batman Begins or the Dark Knight.

Martian Manhunter

With all the hype surrounding Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, I have yet to hear anything of the Martian, which is a head scratcher for me as the Martian Manhunter stands to be one of the most powerful beings in the DC universe. The character seems to have an endless array of abilities at his disposal, super strength, invulnerability, shape shifting, telepathy, flight, as well as the ability to phase through objects. All combined with his successful portrayal in Bruce Tim’s Justice League series, I feel there is a story to be told on the hero from Mars. I feel this could be yet another space odyssey for DC/WB chronicling his life on Mars leading to his journey to earth where he takes the form of Detective J'onn J'onzz, which could serve as a dark gritty crime drama ala Marvel’s Daredevil mixed within the Sci-fi element, there is so much that could be done with a character of this magnitude.  Although the show as a whole was a bit cheesy at times, I loved Smallville’s incarnation of the Martian Manhunter played by actor  Phil Morris. 

Do not get me wrong I love Cyborg and I am happy he is getting his due thanks to the New 52 comics as he is one of the founding members of the Justice League in their stories, however in the original comics the Martian Manhunter was one of its founding members, and amidst all of DC upcoming solo films I am disappointed that he has yet to get his time on the big screen. I am hopeful they have plans for him in Justice League part one maybe part two. The Justice League series did an excellent job in introducing the Martian during the two part invasion episode “Secret Origins” which kicked off the iconic series. The battle raging from Darkseid, his brother Ma’alefa’ak who had been brought before the Assembly of minds back on Mars by J’onzz due to the crime of “Mind Rape” of his Wife M’yri’ah.  

Armed with same abilities as the Martian Manhunter,
Ma’alefa’ak serves as a formable opponent for a Justice League film or at least a Martian Manhunter standalone, he can be seen on the DC Animated film “Justice League Doom”.  Now time for my dream casting for the Martian , here are a few guys I feel would absolutely own this role ..drum roll...  Denzel Washington , Peter Mensah, Lance Reddick , and Andre Braugher  


This character will always be a special one for me, during the 90’s when he was created by the great late Dwayne McDuffie as well as M.D, to kick start a new African American comic line which brought men of color into the superhero setting, this inspired me as an artist to do the same one day, however it wasn’t just about the color of the character but the stories that brought about the heroes that made him a favorite. The company Milestone Comics brought about the Icon character who served as the companies “Superman” then there was the hero “Hardware” who served as an Iron Man type charter. There were other comics that were released as well such as “Blood Syndicate” and “Static Shock”; however this character stood out from the rest. His story began as a result of the Alien star liner malfunctioning leading him to occupy a space pod which crash lands on a slave plantation back in 1839, the alien inside took the form of an African American child, who would be raised by his adopted mother Miriam, named Augustus Freeman IV the immortal alien would live to present time and would become a successful lawyer as well as the hero Icon how harness’s the ability of flight, super speed, strength, senses, invulnerability as well as regenerative healing factor. 

In 2008 his character along with other Milestone characters were incorporated into the DC universe, but now is the time we see such a character on the big screen, following the life of an alien with powers such as his back in the 1800’s could serve as compelling story, an immortal being surviving decades of life experiences leading up to him becoming the hero Icon who ultimately takes on a side kick know as “Rocket”. Both Icon and Rocket can be seen in the DC animated series Young Justice. Just as the Martian Manhunter, his story could take fans to yet another world inhabited by extraordinary beings. 

Both Icon and the Martian Manhunter could easily be linked together in the cinematic universe as both are survivors of an alien race.  With so much diversity being more evident in both film and TV, I think Icon would be just as deserving as John Stewart or Cyborg within the ranks of DC’s new universe. Icon’s story is unknown to many and really has yet to be explored as. With the right production his story could be an excellent tale of his journey from crash landing on cotton filed to fighting alongside Superman. Icon featuring his group the “Shadow Cabinet” can be seen in Dwayne McDuffie /Ed Benes 2009 Justice League of America #27-28 where his group goes toe to toe with the Justice League, or so it seems.  Two Actors came to mine when I think about casting Icon, Michael jai White,  and Djimon Hounsou .

Who would you cast for characters such as these ?
I hope that we all get to see both of these characters realized on either the big screen or small screen within the DC Universe. Stay tuned!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Heroic Age of Television: Fall Preview

With Fall TV just around the corner, let’s take a look ahead at what I hope to be the greatest year in television involving comic based heroes. We are heading into year four of Arrow, which is where it all started for me in terms of following a show based off characters I had read for so long all the while giving it a fresh take. Then there is the successful spin off Flash, which is in its second year. Later this spring we will get Legends of Tomorrow, which will turn out to be yet another hit spin off from both Arrow and Flash. Agents of Shield will suit up for its third season and will continue to get better as it ties into the marvel cinematic universe. Then we have Gotham which I felt started out promising but has since lost its way, the verdict is still out on this show, I feel this will be its final season. Rounding out the fall action will be new comer Super Girl, which had an impressive trailer a few months back,  look forward to seeing if the
series can deliver a telling story involving the Man of Steel’s cousin without out just feeling like an empty series starring someone with Superman powers. We will also have Marvel’s Netflix series Aka Jessica Jones debuting serving as Marvel’s second series following this year’s enormous hit Daredevil which has been in production the last few months setting the stage for a season 2, I am very excited. 

Let’s take a look ahead at what is to come this season..

Gotham, Season 2: September 29th 

The first season started out with promise, but somehow lost its way with its odd character focus such as Jada Pinkett-Smith’s character Fish Mooney, as well as the pointless Barbara Kean character. There is still time for the series to find its footing by showing the developed of young Bruce Wayne (David Mazonz) journey to become the Dark Knight as well as his villains to-be all combined with the daily struggles that James Gordan faces with the struggle to clean up Gotham pre-Bat Man. 

Verdict is out on this show, however I feel if the series does not show any improvement by mid-season it may get canceled. Season 1 ended with show standout Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) aka Penguin taking control of Gotham’s underworld and Bruce Wayne and Alfred locating a secret passage way in Bruce’s late Dad’s study. Could his dad have been some sort of vigilante? Stay tuned. 

Agents of Shield, Season 3: September 29th

This show continues to improve ever since its shaky start during season one, however since the ramifications of Captain America: Winter Solider which had a huge impact on the show, it has absolutely taken off. The show’s season finale proved to be the best out shoes I had viewed this year and last. Shield gave viewers a 2 hour action packed and suspenseful season finale filled with a surprise villain in Sky’s mother Dichen Lachman  and even more build up of the race known as the Inhumans setting the stage for the 2019 Inhuman film which will feature the royal family . 

What also makes this season a more exciting is that Coulson and Skye will seek out super powered individuals who will help form this “New warrior’s team”. Skye will be its founding, member as she has embraced the powers she has developed, setting the stage for her to take on the code name “Quake”. Then we also have to find out what happens too Agent Fitz? She was swallowed inside the Kree Stone everyone was after at the very end of the season finale. What will this bring? Stay tuned .This season should prove to yet be another interesting piece to the Marvel climatic puzzle with Agent Coulson and crew.

The Flash, Season 2: October 6th

The Flash exceeded everyone’s expectations and then some; having successfully spun off from the hit show Arrow. Season two will follow Barry as he continues to mature into the iconic hero we have come to know as part of the Justice League. This season will be filled with time travel, new speedsters and will set the stage for yet another spin off series Legends of Tomorrow

We last saw Barry speeding, attempting to stop a worm hole from enveloping the city due to his decision to go back in time to save his mother. Truly hope that this year’s season finale will prove to be better than last, as it was the weakest and most disappointing episode of the series. Judging from the season 2 trailer there will be ramifications as a result of the worm hole that was created.

Arrow, Season 4:  October 7th

“The Arrow”, as I have said in the past this series keeps the legacy alive that was started by Christopher Nolan with the Dark Knight trilogy with its approach to its featured charters as we as its surrounding character and its story development. This is the show that really started creating its own universe without the help of a movie franchise to tie into. Arrow’s television universe continues to grow past its spin off of the Flash. Season four will introduce crossover characters such as  Constantine (Matt Ryan)  fresh off his NBC cancellation as well as villain Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) who will help to spin off Legends of Tomorrow, Mr. Terrific (Echo Kellum)  and Hawk Man (Falk Hentschel) just to name a few. 

The show ended with team Arrow (Arrow, Diggle, Speedy, Black Canary, Atom) successful stopping the League of Assassins from infecting the city population with a deadly virus which also lead to a showdown  with The Arrow and Ra’s Al Ghul, resulting in the Arrow killing the immortal ruler during their second showdown. Season four ended with Oliver hanging up his bow and arrow for the quiet life with Felicity, leaving the city in the hands of the rest of team Arrow, however you know that will all be short lived when season 4 gets underway as it will see the rise of Green Arrow.

Check out (above) Diggle’s helmet that he will wear this season to conceal his identity while fighting alongside the rest of the heroes.  They could have done a bit better for my boy Diggle with his new getup seems as though he will be the Guardian a character within the Dc universe who wear the helmet but also dons an armored suite with it. Check out another trailer promo for Arrow below "Embrace your Darker Side"

SuperGirl: Debuts October 26, 2015

There is a new kid on the block this season and it’s in the form of Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El aka Super Girl.  I have to wait and see the take on this show as I feel it could be a huge hit or a humongous flop. If this series proves to be successful I feel the show producers (same as the Flash) will proceed to crossover the show with the Arrow’s universe. Stay tuned…

Legends of Tomorrow: Debuts this spring 2016

This series is a spinoff of both the Flash and the Arrow and will feature a team of heroes: Arrow, Flash, Atom, Captain Cold, Heat Wave, Hawk Girl, Fire Storm and White Canary lead by time traveler Rip Hunter as they race to stop new villain Vandell Savage and other inter-dimensional beings from causing the destruction of humanity as we know it.  I’m sure that we are all in for plenty of surprises along the way while following this collection of heroes and villains on their journey to become “Legends”. 

*First look at Hawkman and Hawkgirl:

Marvel Netflix: Aka Jessica Jones : Debuts November 20th

This series will be the second of Marvel’s lineup of Netflix originals in its follow-up to the smash hit Dare Devil which is currently shooting season two. The show will follow Jessica Jones who was a former super hero now a detective, working towards solving special cases.  The show will see the debut of Luck Cage (Mike Colter), the super strength steel skinned hero who will aid Jones throughout her adventures, which will spin off into Luke Cage’s own Netflix series which is currently rounding out its cast.

Until next time … Stay Tuned!!! 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Captain America Cival War Promo Art / D23 Expo

After wrapping up production a little over a week ago, the camp over at Marvel has released some promo art showcasing many of the heroes that will be in the film and who may be siding with whom. I found it very interesting to see Black Panther as well as Black Widow siding with Iron Man, yes in the Civil War comics Black Widow did side with Iron Man , but in the movies both Widow and Cap have created a bond, a brother sister relationship, so that is a bit of a surprise. Black Panther never sided with Tony Stark in the Civil War story, so it will be interesting to see what may bring him over towards Tony point of view. Maybe the destruction that took place in his homeland has something to do with it. Two things that jumped out to me is Ant-man being shrunk down in both pictures posing on a heroes shoulder and also Flacon’s new cybernetic bird drone who aides him both in and out of battle I’m sure. My question is who creates this drone, Tony Stark or Scott Lang (Ant-Man)? Great to also see that they brought back Emily Vancamp, to reprise her role as Kate aka Agent 13 from Captain America Winter Solider. Note that Tom Holland Spider Man is absent from these photos , however  you better believe we will get to see plenty of the wall crawler n the film. Holland actually returned back to the set to shoot additional footage for the film prior to production wrapping up.

At Disney’s D23 (Disney’s own Comic Con) earlier this month Marvel President Kevin Feige as well as Anthony Mackie (Falcon) and Chris Evans (Captain America) appeared on stage to greet and speak on Phase 3 as well as show fans footage from the film. Note that there was also a video from Doctor Strange himself Benedict Cumberbath expressing excitement over the Doctor Strange project which is set to be released November 4th 2016. Check out D23 video minus the movie footage; however I do have a description of the footage provided by below.

D23 Marvel Expo:

Captain America: Civil War D23 Footage Description:

“The footage began with a chase scene that saw Captain America, Falcon, and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) attempting to prevent Crossbones (Frank Grillo) from blowing up a truck. During the fight, Crossbones reveals his face and taunts Cap about Bucky Barnes a.k.a. the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), saying, “You know, he remembered you. Your pal, your buddy, your Bucky.” The footage went on to include an extended version of the Ant-Man post-credits scene, in which Bucky remembers some of his previous life.

Next, General Thunderbolt Ross (William Hurt) tells Captain America the “world owes you an unpayable debt,” but some people see him as a vigilante rather than a hero. The tension between Cap and Tony escalates with the two arguing over what comes next, ending with Tony saying, “Sometimes I want to punch you in your perfect teeth.” Cap is shown delivering his own explanation of being a hero: “In this job, you try to save everybody you can. Sometimes that doesn’t mean everybody.”

Additionally, Black Panther appears using his retractable claws and Black Widow faces off against Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner); she asks, “We’re still friends, right?” Hawkeye responds: “Depends on how hard you hit me.” Lastly, Scott Lang a.k.a. Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) is starstruck by Captain America, saying, “Captain America! This is awesome! Thinks for thanking of me.” 

This movie will be amazing; 2016 going to be Epic!! Well that is all for now.   Stay tuned!!!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Time to move over to the MCU

The verdict is in for Fox’s reboot of the Fantastic Four, ultimately the overall reviews have been mixed.  Before going to see the film I prepared myself by going in with low expectations as I was never a huge fan of the film’s direction from the start. As it stands the film is the worst reviewed Marvel film. Rotten Tomatoes has it at a 9% Tomatoemeter score with an average review of 3.4 out of 10. I know Rotten Tomatoes can be hard on films, however those review scores echoes the sentiment of many who have seen this film. When I heard that the film would go away from the traditional Stan Lee and Jack Kirby approach I was not at all that excited; however when they caste talented actors Miles Teller (Reed Richards), Michael B Jordan (Johnny Storm), Jaime Bell (Ben Grimm) and Kate Mara (Sue Storm) it gave me hope that the film would turn out to be a successful reboot. It was clear that by halfway through the film all of my fears would become a reality.  Josh Trank and Fox should have gone with an older veteran cast, not the “Fantastic Four babies”. There is still hope for the franchise if it were brought back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU); the issues would easily be remedied by Kevin Feige and his talented team.
This film initially starts out pretty well, as it flash backs to Reed Richardson and Ben Grimm’s childhood, chronicling Reed’s desire to create a device which could teleport an item to a different location, however as the movie fast forward, it seems there is no build up to Richardson, Grimm, Doom and the Storms receiving their powers. The film took on the identity of being rushed, empty, unbalanced and emotionless. It also lacked the climactic battle you would think a film with five individuals with extraordinary abilities would have. Although I found Doctor Doom’s powers interesting, I did not know or understand what they were. The dynamic between Johnny Storm and father Franklin Storm (Reg E. Cathy) was never fully explored; although it was teased, it was left to the audience’s imagination. With the casting of Michael B Jordan, it gave the film a wonderful opportunity to explore and capitalize on the relationship of he, Sue and the father, ultimately putting to bed the unnecessary criticism that Jordan and the studio took by casting an African American in the Johnny Storm role; there was a bit of build up tension between Sue, the adopted daughter, and Johnny, however nothing came of it. Another dynamic that was missed was the exploration of Grimm’s struggle towards holding on to his humanity despite his circumstances.

Have we, as movie goers, been spoiled by Marvel’s MCU films? Ever since Iron Man in 2008, all the way to last month’s Ant Man, Marvel has created such special products that seemly have us wanting more; but with that being said, are we excepting too much out of a film such as this or was it just that bad? I feel that it is more of the latter. With every film Marvel puts out, it continually raises the bar that much more for other films to aspire to, and if they do not, this is what they will get.  This film seemed doomed from opening day when the films very own Director Josh Trank, took to twitter with the following comment:

This clearly just looks like Trank is attempting to save face on a project that did not work out. Needless to say he want be back to direct another Fantastic film, or another film such as this. He was trying to mix in the Fantastic Four Ultimate version from the comics with a whole new take that did not fit within what fans have come to know of the Fantastic Four. This is Marvel’s first family, one of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s early creations of heroes, when will studios get it right by following the source material?

The inclusion of the Fantastic Four within the MCU would allow it to become a part of something much more than their individual adventures. Being a part of that universe makes their solo films that much more entertaining, because at any given time any Marvel character could show up. It would be great to see Reed Richards, Tony Stark and Bruce Banner working together, sharing ideas and fighting alongside each other. It would also be great to see the Hulk and the Thing going toe-to-toe or Spider-Man and his good buddy Human Torch teaming up.  The Fantastic Four have always been front and center within each of Marvel’s biggest stories: Civil War, Secret Invasion, Secret Wars, and Infinity Wars. Sony saw that it needed to allow Spider-Man to become a part of the MCU so that it could get the treatment a character of that magnitude deserves. I, for one, am excited to see their incarnation of the web slinger in Civil War as well as his solo film in 2017 which will no doubt feature cameos from other characters to show that he is part of something much bigger.

So what do you think? Would the inclusion of yet another property be great for the MCU, I look forward to hearing your take on this; do you feel it would be a deal similar to that of Sony and Marvel with Spider-Man?  Stay Tuned!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Merc with the mouth has arrived!!!

Well Deadpool fans its finally here, the Official Trailer ,not “leaked test footage” which created an even greater demand for this film from fans during last year’s Comic Con, but the real thing. Ryan Reynolds has been wanting this film and fans have been dying for this film to happen and now in seeing the trailer, it will all come to fruition February 12, 2016, When the “Merc with the Mouth” hits theaters. The trailer is defiantly “Deadpool” like, dark twisted comedy mixed in with violent action, and although I have never been a huge Deadpool fan I am happy for the fans as well as for Ryan Reynolds’s with this film finally happening. This will prove to be great for Reynolds in terms of erasing away those bad memories of him portraying Hal Jordan in that forgettable Green Lantern film. This role is right for him, as it always has been.
(Below are pics of Deadpool with Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Colossus)

This film will no doubt turn out to be a HUGE hit. I mean HUGE as in Avengers type numbers ,fans have been waiting on this film for years. People have been walking around with Deadpool shirts longs before a film had been green lit.
 This will be a gigantic win for Fox's Marvel Films. Oh yeah, and I loved seeing my boy Colossus in the trailer, he looks awesome. Pretty interesting combination with seeing he and Deadpool in the same film together.

Hope you all have a great rest of the week see, I'll be back to share my thoughts on the Fantastic Four and other comic / film news ,  Stay Tuned!!

Ant Man Review / News and Notes

What s ups folks? Since I have been away I have seen Ant-Man twice, yes twice and working on a third! I have come up on a few news tidbits that have caught my eye that I would like to share, so here goes.

Ant Man ***Careful for Spoilers****

This is by far one of Marvel’s best in terms of how funny as well as how they were able to blend such different personas that you would never think to see in a film, such as Paul Rudd (Scott Lang), Michael Douglas (Hank Pym), and TI (Dave). But it works, the surprise character of the film was Michael Pena who portrayed Luis, from his first scene to the very last he was able to capture some of the movies funniest moments that will hopefully be a main stay in the films to come. Paul Rudd was great in his portrayal of an ex-con looking to do right in an effort to be the man he needed to be for not only himself but his little girl. Rudd has this dry sense of humor that made his inclusion within the Marvel Universe that more intriguing as he balances the line of comedy and drama throughout the film. Michael Douglas shows once again why he is a legend in film, truly love the flash back sequences in the film which showed a younger Pym wearing the Ant-Man suit to protect the world back in the day. What the MCU is doing well is it gives its history of its characters and their adventures without it feeling like it doesn’t belong within the movie dynamic, such the scene involving Agent Peggy Carter and Howard Stark meeting with Pym about the use the “Pym Particles” which powers the suites abilities.

Another surprise actor who I feel really showed fans only the tip of what is to come is Evangeline Lilly portrayal as Hope van Dyne, Hank Pym’s daughter. Lilly gave MCU fans a female hero who will absolutely represent. Her character did not seem forced or without purpose in the film. Whether she was training Scott Lang on fighting tactics when using the suit or pleading with her father to use the suit herself, I was happy to see Marvel’s new female hero finally come to light. 

During the film’s mid-credit scene Hank brings Hope to a room which has a newer version of the Wasp costume, a proto type he and his late wife created. Pym’s wife was the original Wasp, however during a mission to take down some nuclear missiles she shrunk down to a size so small she went "subatonic" ultimatley shrinking her out of existence. The new Wasp costume looks just like something ripped from the pages of a Marvel comic, it was awesome. Marvel President/Producer Kevin Feige gave fans of the character a bit of something to chew on when he revealed the following:

“It’s going to be certainly a part of our Phase 3. It is going to be a very important moment, and — spoiler alert! — We see that suit for the first time, and her father now is finally giving it to her and realizes that he can’t hold her back from what is essentially her destiny. It’s going to be a very big part of one of our upcoming films.”

check out this interview via IGN below, which includes not only Feige and Reed but film star Micheal Douglas (Hank Pym) as they discuss many elements within the film including the Falcon role in the film. Great Interview!

There are reports that Wasp was set to appear in Captain America: Civil War, however Feige, thought it best for her debut to be in a different film. We will see if she is in Civil War but she will definitely be in Infinity Wars 1 & 2.

Avenger Cameo: Yes, this film did have an Avenger scene involving Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Scott Lang in the Ant-Man suit going at it. Scott was sent by Hank Pym to retrieve an item they would need to complete their mission to take down villain Darren Cross/Yellow Jacket (Corey Stoll). Pym had plans for an “old shield base” for Lang to travel to in order to get the tech, however that old facility had been turned into the new Avenger’s facility, which sets up this comical and action packed sequence between Falcon and Ant-Man.  

I think Ant-Man director Peyton Reed said it best when talking of the cameo “The kid in me loved it, because I loved the Marvel comics, it’s like okay, this character has these powers, and this one has this and what happens when they go up against on another”. Those very comments shows why Marvel films are tops year in and year out as their producers and directors are fans themselves; they know the material, it’s been a part of them since childhood, and in return you get another hilarious action packed hit in the Ant-Man. Check out the video with both Feige and Reed discussing Ant-Man’s battle with the Avenger.

Captain America Civil War setup Scene

Speaking of cameos, there was yet another scene at the end of the film which was more of a button for Captain America Civil War which showed both Steve Rogers (Captain America) and Falcon capturing the Winter Solider in some short of machine that has his mechanical arm tied down, and in it Flacon informed Rogers that he “knew a guy” that could possibility help them, Ant-Man, which perfectly sets up Ant-Man for Captain America Civil War. 
Below are pics from the end credit footage

Spider Man Reference:

Oh yeah, there also was a Spider Man reference in the film, when Falcon was out looking for Ant-Man after the two battled at Avengers facility, when asking around about a guy who could “Shrink”, an agent informed him that they knew a guy who could “Swing”, Climb Walls” and “Jump high”; sounds like ol’ web head to me. This comes as no surprise, actor Tom Holland has been reported to have finished shooting his scenes in Captain America Civil War. Vulture recently interviewed both John Francis and Jonathan M. Goldstein who will direct the upcoming Spider Man film set to a 2017 release date. Goldstein had this to say:
“Going to Marvel this weekend to look at footage of Tom Hollands cameo as Peter parker in Captain America Civil War” Goldstein also added, “We hear good things”, we might even get a look at the Spidey Suite which is exciting”
I would like to give a huge thumbs up to Director Payton Reed and producer Kevin Fegie, as well as all those who participated in making a movie involving a man shrinking to the size of an ant, it actually works, once again folks: Make Mine Marvel

More Batman v Superman via “Empire” Magazine

The web has taken right away to Empire’s September issue which features a cover with both Batman and Superman, an image on the inside features the two in their civilian clothing as Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent. Check out the images below, I have to say I am becoming more and more intrigued with this film. Could this actually be a good film? I’m hoping that I’m proven wrong in all of my worries for this project and that it turns out to be a great film that truly does justice to the great characters within the DC universe. But on the flip side of things I may be better off hoping for “pigs to the fly” lol lol…stay tuned!

Other DC news

Wonder Woman is said to start shooting in London this fall with Director Patty Jenkins. I’ll believe this when I see this!

Justice League is said to start shooting this spring with Zack Snyder (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman) directing. I’ll also believe this when I see it!

Actor Chris Pine (Start Trek, Star Trek into the Darkness) is said to be cast as Steve Trevor for the upcoming Wonder Woman film. In the comics Trevor is a military head who discovers Wonder Woman and ultimately works with her as a bridge between her and the government. No real conversation has been issued about this casting as of now, so we will have to wait.

More Legends Of Tomorrow Casting:

As i had mentioned in the past this was the show that actually brought me back toward actually having a show to watch on Television. Arrow has been my my Dark Knight Triloghy "fix" in many ways as i  have missed what Christopher  Nolan and what Christian Bale brought wit the Dark Knight Films. 

The Arrow has successfully spin off The Flash  and now both The Arrow and The Flash will both spin off another exciting series in Legends of tomorrow which have of recent announced some interesting cast to say the least. lets check what's caught my eye!

Vandel Savage:

Cassper Cruump (Tvillingerne & Julemanden, Julemanden) has been casted as the immortal villain.  Way back during my Justice League casting call,i had picked Savage as the Villain. The DC Cinematic Universe I feel should have jumped on the opportunity to use him in someway for Batman v Superman, with that being said Savage will be an Amazing Villain for Legends of Tomorrow. look forward to seeing the Arrow and crew work towards stopping him.

Here is the villains character description via Variety

"Vandal Savage is immortal, having spent the past 6,000 years moving like a virulent disease through history, whispering in the ears of despots and dictators, all leading to his eventual domination of the world."

Way back during my Justice League casting call,i had picked Savage as the Villain. The DC Cinematic Universe i feel should have jumped on the opportunity to use him in someway for Batman v Superman however all in all this he will be great for Legends of Tomorrow. look forward to seeing the Arrow and crew work towards stopping him.


Falk Henstschel (Reckless , Transcendence) has been cast as the reincarnated hero Carter Hall aks Hawk Man, Ciara Renee has already been cast a Hawk Girl as she was briefly seen during the Flashes season Finale. Hawk Man has always been an interesting character  in my eyes i feel he brings a certain edginess , as well as mystery to the fold, so his inclusion i feel only strengthen / adds to the "Arrow Universe". I feel this will play out just great to see both Hawkman and Hawk Girl in action with the other Heroes. Legends Of Tomorrow will be  next years best comic series , I'm calling it now!

Check out Hawkman character description via Variety:

Described as charismatic and wise beyond his years, Hawkman is a natural-born leader with an abundance of charm and confidence—well, that’s because he’s 5,000 years old. Much like the comic book iteration, Carter retains his memories of his past lives each time he is reborn, though his lover (aka Hawkgirl) is born anew. In other words, Kendra Saunders will have no idea who he is at first. 

Legends Of Tomorrow will be  next years best comic series , I'm calling it now! Legends of Tomorrow will fly into action in  2016 on the CW.

I am out for now; don’t forget to check out Fantastic Four which is set for release this week. Take care and stay tuned!