Saturday, April 25, 2015

"The Killing Joke"

So amidst all of the rumblings following the Batman v Superman trailer, which I have to say again was pretty good , Suicide Squad Director David Ayer finally released the first official image of the Joker who will be featured in the film which I feel was casted better than its predecessor “Batman v Superman”. For weeks Jared Leto has posted pics chronicling his transformation into the iconic villain.

I have to say I like this take on the joker, the fun thing about this character is that you can place so many different dark and demented spins, he is a crazy deranged psychopath bent on creating death and chaos all while laughing, I have loved all incarnations of Joker that I have witnessed thus far, with that being said Jared Leto, has some huge shoes to fill following the late Heath Ledger’s performance as well as the legendary Jack Nicholson portrayal of the charter back in 1989 (to hear that date makes me feel so old lol), at any rate I look forward to seeing how much pain and turmoil/dark insanity this Joker brings to the big screen as well as how he plays off of Ben Affleck’s Batman.  The tattoo, metal teeth, definitely gives a different spin to how insane this version can be. His look is reminiscent of another Batman villain Victor Zsasz, a crazed psycho killer who cuts his skin for each person he has killed (he is actually in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, not many markings on him as it was early on in his killing career).

Rumor has it that this Joker killed off one of the Robins, more than likely Jason Todd, who in the comics was killed by the Joker in “Death in the Family”. Note that in Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns story arch, which this Batman V Superman universe films has taken direction from, Jason Todd was killed as well. It will be interesting to see how much inspiration this Joker will take from Frank Miller, and really how influential past incarnation will materialize within this take of this “Clown Prince of Horror”.
I haven’t said this much about anything DC/WB has been doing, but I do look forward to seeing how this Joker plays out within this universe, hopefully he will be the Joker who will create his own legacy just as those before him, and a villain worthy of having audiences frozen in horror in anticipation of his next step all the while experiencing through the despair of others the pain his past schemes have brought, or will the Joke be on Jared Leto's performance..stay tuned!  

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Show me what ya got

Well well well. Yesterday marked the first official trailer for Batman v Superman, something I knew would be happening soon due to all of the heat Marvel has been bringing lately with Avengers Age of Ultron; also the success of Daredevil which was absolutely amazing (say tuned to my full thoughts on that series); the news of Spider-Man being a part of the MCU , along with Kevin Feige confirming that Spider-Man in their universe will be in High School; then there’s the awesome Ant-Man trailer and James Gunn talking about Guardians of the Galaxey 2 along with its production title “Guardians 3000”.  With all this being said I haven’t even mentioned all the set pics and hype surrounding Captain America: Civil War as well as Infinity Wars which is rumored to feature the heroes from Marvel Netflix series (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist) which will make for an exciting ride. Oh yeah then there that little thing called Star Wars episode 7 that released a trailer( i am being extremely sarcastic i am so ready for the new Star Wars film)

So with all of these exciting things that Marvel has been showcasing DC/WB had no choice but to attempt to do something to promote their one and only trick up their sleeve which is
Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice.

Although I still stand by my thoughts and feeling of the cast for this film (Batman, Wonder Woman, Lex Luther) I will say the trailer is decent, it has the look of the Christopher Nolan series which you would expect. Superman looks like Superman. The city looks pretty awesome, the Bat-Mobile has the look of the one from the new 52 as well as Bat-Man Arkham Knight game. However I just cannot get over Ben Affleck as Batman, still not sold on that; although I have to say I am interested to see how good the gray and black costume plays out in this incarnation of Batman, they have gone the Frank Miller/Jim Lee route as reported for the look of the Batman costume which looks great. As skeptical as I am of this film I found myself smiling at the how similar this Batman looked to that of the one from the animated movie the Dark Knight, especially during the scene in which he is coming out of the shadows amidst the destructive debris, looked like a scene pulled from a Frank Miller comic.

I will say, for the record, I had no problem what so ever with Christian Bale’s Batman voice, I think way too much has been made of it, truth be told until this film comes out and prove otherwise he is still the top Batman, but I really like the modulated Batman voice that we hear toward the end of the trailer. “Can you bleed, you will, gotta give a thumbs up for that line, very fitting for the tone and direction this trailer was looking to set up between those thoughts and feelings toward the Man of Steel and the rage that lies within the Bat… wow am I actually giving this film credit, I think it’s time I go check my temperature. I feel it adds to the aura/mystique of the Batman character and makes him darker, more vengeful with a bit of an edge. I also think he sounds like the reverse Flash from the Flash series

With all of this being said, I still need to see more in order to steer me toward really believing in this film, as much as I want DC to come back to the land of the living among Marvel, I’m still just not sure about this film; there is a speck of hope the size of a grain of salt that this film will be that of a good one not great but good. I just feel that there is just too much riding on this film to go wrong and not pan out the way DC/WB would like, but hey who knows maybe miracles do come true. Stay tuned!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

"The Man Without Fear"

The Daredevil is on his way, and I have eagerly been looking forward to his arrival. This is an exciting time for comic book fans all over the world and for those who also love a good dark gritty action drama. Judging from the trailer and all that has been shown thus far, this all has the looks of the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight Trilogy. That film has had a major impact not just on film(Man of Steel), but also TV see my favorite show in Arrow, and now this. Everything I have seen about this show gives me the feeling that it will be back for a second season and that this character will indeed “graduate” to the big screen, making an appearance in Infinity Wars 1 & 2 and maybe even the Spiderman standalone coming out in 2017 as both Daredevil and Spiderman team up quit a bit in the comics. Overall reviews of Daredevil have been very positive. Note that the two share a villain, Wilson Fisk known as the King Pin that we will see in the Netflix series.

This is an ingenuous move on Marvel's end, to actually market a character who has yet to make a transition to the big screen. This is the first in four Marvel Netflix original shows, following this series will be that of AKA Jessica Jones, Luke Cage(who am an so ready to see along with the rest of the rest of the world), and Iron Fist. To cultivate all of these shows we will witness the teaming up of these individuals to form the “Defenders” which is pretty awesome, the formula that we witnessed back in 2008 with Iron Man leading the Avengers is the exact formula we will see yet again, it will work just smooth and epic as it did the first time out.  

Today Marvel unveiled the video of Daredevil in his Classic “red" costume that we will see him don later in the series (see above video). Looks so awesome, goes back to my notion once again of how Marvel finds that delicate balance of making you feel as if you are watching a comic book come to life right from the very pages you read, without making it look corny or out of place. This was extremely evident when watching Avengers, from the characters' costumes to the tone and cinematography. Judging from the brief video the costume has that Dark Knight feel to it, which I am all in for. Don’t know about you guys but midnight can't come soon enough as I am tempted to watch the very first episode tonight if Netflix makes it available to watch, if not I will be front and center later tomorrow; either way, I, along with many all over the world will pay witness to Marvel once again showing why they are the #1 and why Dc continues to play the role of the slow footed turtle in the race for comic greatness.  See you in hell’s Kitchen,  as we all follow Dare Devils heroic journey.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Flashing Forward

It’s been a while since I touched on what is the hottest show in television: Flash. The show has been exceeding everyone’s expectations in every way. The way I feel when watching a Marvel move is the same when watching the Flash; more and more as I feel as though I am watching a comic character come to life. The story plots and action sequences all harmonize together as smooth as a Luther Vandross ballad, with the exception of Iris on the show (her character is annoying).

With all that being said, a lot has transpired since the Arrow vs Flash episode.  Barry has learned more about his powers in terms of how to apply them, evident in the last episode when he learned how to phase through a truck in order to disarm a bomb from his arm. The show’s producers are doing a wonderful job in developing his character in terms of growth; feels like he is starting to slowly come into his own towards ultimately becoming the hero who stands alongside the likes of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman with the Justice League. The Flash has had the TV /Comic world in a frenzy over the mysterious Doctor Wells, who a few episodes introduce himself as the reverse Flash Eobard Thawn, who basically went back in time to kill Barry Allen, however would go on to kill his mother resulting in the framing of his father; these events have haunted Barry his entire life. With the aid of his surrogate father Detective Joe (Jesse L. Martin) as well as Eddy Thawn (Rick Cosnett) the trio is investigating the mysterious deaths and events surrounding Dr. Wells. This week’s episodes placed yet another curve ball when it was reveled that 15 years ago the real Dr. Wells’ body had been take over by the evil Eobard Thawn. It is evident that the plan is to steal Barry’s speed force in order to make it his own in order to get back to his time (many years in the future); all in the process he intends to kill Barry Allen and anyone who stands in his way. The awesome action packed trailer leaves you with anticipation.

I know we have the Atom/Flash team up coming in the next episode titled “All-Star Teamup”, this will prove to be yet another great episode in Flash’s belt. I look forward to is seeing the actual showdown between Barry and Reverse Flash for another round, however it seems this time around he has some help in the form of The Arrow and Firestorm, this is going to epic, so bursting with anticipation for this episode for not only the climax of a storyline, but to see what is up with Oliver’s new costume that the internet has been buzzing about; it seems to be league of assassins inspired. Currently on Arrow, Ras al Gaul issued a not so offer to Oliver to join the League and become the next Ras al Goul. Does he ultimately take the offer, or is Oliver wearing the new costume in remembrance of a fallen comrade?

With all this talk about team ups, Reverse Flash and intriguing plots, there is also a certain telepathic Gorilla that is set to make his debut. I look forward to the Gorilla Grood storyline, it seems interesting.

And let’s not forget about the upcoming untitled spinoff that is in the works which will star The Atom, Hawkgirl, Firestorm, time traveler Rip Hunter as well as Arrow actor Caity Lotz, set to make her return back to the Arrow/Flash universe, her character has yet to be announced, as you may recall Lotz portrayed the original Canary until she was killed at the end of episode 1 of this season. I feel she will be resurrected al la the Lazarus pit just as Jason Todd was in the Batman comics.

As the show continues to transition from one story arch to another it has proved to be one fast thrilled ride after another.

Until next time, see you in a “Flash”.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Avengers Age Of Ultron Tailer #3 say that this film will be epic would be a huge understatement. This trailer represents all that Marvel movies has stood for since Iron Man 1, that level of consistency and the feeling that they listen to fans makes these films that more appealing. This film, just as Avengers 1, feels like a comic book coming to life out of the pages of the Marvel comics I have read throughout my lifetime. The action picture below is a perfect example of that. Josh Whedon has found that very delicate balance of maintaining the look and feel of the characters, but at the same time effortlessly converting it all into the cinematic side, we will all witness something truly special come May 1.

*The Vision teaser at the end was spot on, can’t wait to see him in action.

I have a few things I look forward toward being reveled when FINALLY seeing this film such as …..

How will the battle with Ultron ultimately play out in the end? Will Ultron survive the battle? (I think so)

Will we lose an Avenger?

How will Vison be introduced in the film, will he be a creation of Ultron , or another secret weapon for Tony Stark to unleash towards the end of the film to help even the battle field?

Will T’Challa aka Black Panther make an appearance. They have said we won't see Black Panther in costume until Captain America Civil War, however that doesn't mean we won't get some kind of cameo from Chadwich Boseman as the king of Wakanda which is said to be featured in the movie due to the Vibranium that is used to create Ultron.

How will the Avengers and the Scarlet Witch and Quick Silver ultimately team up at the end? At the start they will be enemies.

How will Thanos' presence be felt in a film with so much going on already?
How will this film set up Captain America Civil War?

How much of Falcon and War Machine (Iron Patriot) will we see in this film?
What Marvel easter eggs will be sprinkled throughout this film

And last but certainly not least, will we see the rumored Spiderman end credit scene at the end of the film which will usher him officially within the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Just a few question I fell many around the world are eager to have answered, make mine Marvel guys.

Stay Tuned!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

King of Seas

Thought I’d throw up the first image of Jason Momoa as Aquaman that Zack Synder released, news has been far and few when involving this film, however I do think the tone style and look of Aquaman fits hand in hand into this Nolarized world they are attempting to create with this shared Universe.

As I have mentioned in past posts, I am still not convinced about this film as a whole. I do, however feel both Momoa and Ray Fisher who will portray Cyborg (a favorite of mine) are solid picks.

Many are convinced that the ‘Unite the Seven” represent a beacon call for the Justice League, which could be the case, however we will never really know until we actually get more solid evidence on what is going on with this Batman vs Superman film, we don’t even know who the villain will be in this film. Braniac has been rumored for the actual Justice League film citing that Braniac actually followed the beacon Clark set off when activating the lost Krypton ship in Man of Steel, the same signal General Zod followed to earth. I still feel that the villain in the Batman vs Superman will be something created using DNA from that of General Zod who was killed by Superman at the end of Man of Steel. This would go hand in hand with the notion that Doomsday will be introduced. 

At any rate, there is so much mystery and controversy involving this film, as we all await the much anticipated trailer which could give fans all around the comic world what to expect from DC/WB. Stay tuned! 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Welcome Back!!!!

Finally old web head has come home. Marvel has announced that Spider Man is officially a part of the Marvel cinematic universe, where he belongs. For a guy who has always been a huge fan of Spidey this is a bit like seeing Michael Jordan coming out of retirement to play for the Bulls back in the day. This is big news fans all over I’m sure. With this change Marvel has adjusted their slate of upcoming film dates which speaks volume to how prepared Marvel was for this news as I felt this is something Marvel has been preparing for some time now.

Phase 2
May 1, 2015 – The Avengers: Age of Ultron
July 17, 2015 – Ant-Man
Phase 3
May 6, 2016 – Captain America: Civil War
November 4, 2016 – Doctor Strange
May 5, 2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy 2
July 27, 2017 – Spider-Man
November 3, 2017 – Thor: Ragnarok
May 4, 2018 – The Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1
July 6, 2018 - Black Panther
November 2, 2018 – Captain Marvel
May 3, 2019 – The Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2
July 12, 2019 – Inhumans

Check out what both Marvel's Kevin Feige as well as what Michael Lynton; Chairman and CEO of Sony entertainment had to say on what this means for both Marvel and Sony. With the way Marvel is moving with this, chances are we will see a new Marvel incarnation of Spider Man  in Captain America Civil War come May 5th 2016. Then the following year we will see Spidey in his own standalone July 27, 2017

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige:
“I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie. Amy has been deeply involved in the realization on film of one of the world’s most beloved characters. Marvel’s involvement will hopefully deliver the creative continuity and authenticity that fans demand from the MCU. I am equally excited for the opportunity to have Spider-Man appear in the MCU, something which both we at Marvel, and fans alike, have been looking forward to for years.”

Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment:
“We always want to collaborate with the best and most successful filmmakers to grow our franchises and develop our characters. Marvel, Kevin Feige and Amy, who helped orchestrate this deal, are the perfect team to help produce the next chapter of Spider-Man. This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans.”

 I'm sure Marvel already has their top choices for who will portray ol' Web head, or knowing Marvel, they already have Spider -Man cast, which i'm sure we will get news on  soon, or at least by Comic Con for an on stage presentation with the rest of the Avengers promoting Captain America: Cival War. I will keep an eye on all the latest as it develops. Stay Tuned!