Saturday, November 28, 2015

Justice is on the way!!

Only a few more days until the Epic Arrow / Flash 2 hour crossover, this will be amazing!!! This is Television version of the Justice League and its looks awesome man! I’m hopeful that Damien Darhk is somehow connected with Vandal Savage! CW’s epic event will help pave the way for DC Legends of Tomorrow which airs January 21! Stay Tuned!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Civil War Throw Down!

What’s going on folks? On the eve of Thanksgiving, Marvel Studios have unleashed one of their most anticipated films to date, Captain America: Civil War. As predicted, Marvel came strong with showcasing a throw down between Earth’s mightiest heroes along with new player Black Panther
(Chad Wick Boseman), although seen briefly, looked amazing.  I’m pretty sure his role in the film will serve as a game changer for both sides, as word is he has a score to settle with the Winter Solider. The trailer gave fans just enough to chew on, yet not reveling too much as this film will include many surprises that will in fact change the landscape of Marvel’s cinematic universe moving forward. 

Note we have yet to see any sign of Spider Man (Tom Holland), yet he is in the film and may play a prominent role within this war just as he had in the comic incarnation.  Then there is Captain America’s nemesis Crossbones (Frank Grillo) and Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) who I look forward to seeing realized on film. As I predicted Bucky Barnes (Sabastisan Stan) aka the Winter Solider is at the center of this mess between both Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) aka Iron and General Ross (William Hurt) against Captain America (Chris Evans) and his crew which will feature Ant Man (Paul Rudd) The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) as well as Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).

 Let’s take a look at a few things that stood out for me in the trailer:

Black Panther!!! Every scene he had was amazing, he looked awesome, the action sequence between he and Bucky was on point along with Panther showing off his speed while chasing the Winter Solider.

-A fallen Hero: There is a scene which briefly shows a battle worn War Machine either unconscious or dead, with Tony Stark. Hope he is unconscious, as killing him off would be ridiculous, Don Cheadle is the man, love him as War Machine!

-The two-on-one between Captain America, Winter Solider and the invincible Iron Man, showcasing an element that the Russo Brother Directors will bring from the Winter Solider Film-it’s astonishing fight choreography.

-The Sokovia Accord Document seen in the film signals the impending    
Super Hero Registration Act which creates the split between both teams.

-Black Widow takes a side: Although Widow was seen on Iron Man’s side in the films promo art a few months back, it was backed up by the trailer revel that she is set to side with the Government against Captain America despite the close brother sister relationship the two seemed to form. Maybe she will switch sides, or is see playing to be on the Government side as a means to infiltrate the competition.

Seeing both Cap and the Winter Solider take on Iron Man during the trailer you wonder how this group will recover from such an event. Ever since the very first Avengers film I felt the tension between Tony and Cap brewing even leading into Age of Ultron, now it seems like the events of this film will serve as a representation of everything coming to a head. I understand that after the events of Infinity Wars the makeup of the Avengers lineup will change, yet how this group will find it in them to band together for the impending threat of Thanos, however I guess the arrival of a mad titan seeking the most powerful relic in the universe may serve as enough motivation to bring a team together..Stay tuned.

Now that we all have witnessed yet another masterful event within Marvel’s ever growing Universe, I’m pretty sure DC/Warner Bothers will seek to release another trailer of their upcoming Batman v Superman film which will also feature a mash up between the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. It was said by  director Zack Snyder back in late October that we would be getting another trailer, and if they follow the same routine as they have in the past, DC/WB  will look to counter Marvel magic with their one lone bullet in the chamber Batman v Superman..We’ll see.

I am so very excited for what doors Civil War will open for the MCU as this film will absolutely set the stage for a series of events to come. Now I’m going to read the Frank Miller Dark Knight Part III comic which I just picked up! 
Wish you all a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

Whose Side Are you on?

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Early Reviews Are In

We are still fairly into the start of the new Fall TV season; I think it’s due time to give an early review of what has been going on with the shows I have been following. Thus far there have been some exciting revelations and some not so exciting new twist within the shows so let’s take a look at what’s going on.

1.       The Flash: Season 2

Episode 6 Promo Trailer

Flash is back with season two and it is outstanding yet again. As a result of the inter-dimensional  wormhole Barry (Grant Gustin) opened at the end of last season, Central City has a host of new threats and an even greater villain “Zoom”, another evil speedster from Earth 2 set out to end Barry’s existence. Team Flash has witnessed some new additions to team. Enter into the team Jay Garrick, the Flash from Earth 2 who was pulled through the wormhole into Barry’s world. Although Garrick is powerless on this Earth he acts as a guide for Barry and his allies. 

There is also the new “other half” of Firestorm Jefferson Jackson (Franz Drameh) to merge with Dr. Stein as a result of Stein’s original partner Ronnie Raymond sacrifice to help close the wormhole from last season. There is yet another mysterious addition to the team in the form of last season’s antagonist Dr Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh), however this version claims to not be the evil Wells the team experienced during last season. Show favorite of mine, Ciso Ramon (Carlos Valdes) will become Vibe at some point this season; last episode he and the team created a new code name now that he has come to terms with his new ability, which is a sort of dimensional awareness which allows him to see things before they happen.  The last episode ended showing Zoom holding Earth 2’s Dr. Wells daughter hostage. I’m sure there is more to this and the mystery surrounding who is Zoom that will be sure to knock is all off our feet..Stay tuned!

2 .   Agents of Shield  Season 3

Episode 7 Promo Trailer

What!!!!??? Is all I could say at the end of last week’s episode..What!!. At the end of last season it was very apparent that this season will divulge more into the Inhumans story arch and man has it. Team Shield is out to protect Inhumans which are Humans who have developed extraordinary abilities brought on by an Alien artifact known as the Terrgian crystals, which was thrown into the ocean and had infected fish who were used to create fish oil pills which people all over the world take; as a result those who have that gene to become Inhuman and develop abilities. The Inhumnas are basically another version of the X-Men, which Fox has the rights to. Let’s get back to my What!! The very first episode debuted mysteries creature know as Lash who was going around hunting down and killing Inhumans. The mystery of the last few episodes was who is this guys and why is he killing the Inhumans. 

The mystery surrounding who is Lash,has been solved in the form of Dr. Andrew Garner (Blair Underwood) who came on last season as the shows Psychiatrist , he also happens to be Agent Melinda May’s Ex Husband (Ming Na Wen) which added more intrigue to the scenario. At the end of last season May left the team to try to find a life outside of Shield, which was very short-lived as she is back and is better than ever, she truly makes this show go.  There are so many unknown answers. How did Andrew become this way? Why is he killing Inhumans? How will team Shield, lead by Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), deal with this scenario? What will May do? Where does she stand on this? Check out this information onwhat drives Lash to do what he does in the comics here. Last season’s story behind Jemma Simmons teleportation to an Alien planet will somehow tie into this Inhuman story. Although Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) is back, thanks to Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) relentless effort to bring her back, she is bent on bring back the stranded human who help protect her while during her time on the unknown planet ,which I feel somehow will tie into the Inhuman story! Can’t wait for Tuesday’s episode!!

3.  Super Girl  Season 1

Episode 3 Promo Trailer

Although we are only 2 episodes into the show I can say that I am very impressed, I feel this show, as a whole, has enough to stand on its own without looking out of place or have viewers asking “why did they create this show”?   Melissa Benoist (Kara Danvers/Supergirl) has absolutely owned this role. The show’s mix of Sci-fi action, adventure and quirky humor will no doubt be connected to the Flash and Arrow universe; however probably will not see producers attempt to connect these shows until next season. I think that this will be news we may see at next year’s Comic Con. Hopefully! The premise of the show lends a bit of intrigue and something new every episode as it is explained that upon Kara Zor-El’s journey to earth her pod inadvertently released a ship carrying alien criminals her Mother put away. This ship landed on Earth, so throughout each episode everyone will take a shot at Kal El’s cousin. Engineering these attacks happen to be Astra (Laura Benati) who happens to be Kara’s Aunt. The most interesting and major eye opener within this series is who is Hank Henshaw, he serves as a military commander who leads a team against extraterrestrial beings, however at the end of last week episode his eyes glowed red. Fans all around are saying they may stick with his comic origin which will result in him being Cyborg Superman, check out his storyTime will tell as this story, along with others, continue to unfold.

4.  Gotham Season : 2

Episode 8 Promo Trailer

Although I was not at all too thrilled with last season, as it felt there was no structure or balance to the story lines throughout, this season seems to have fixed these issues, this was evident during the last episode with the rise of the “Riddler” (Corry Smith) with his duel personalities that merges after killing his girlfriend. Robin Lord Taylor as the Penguin continues to turn in a great performance as one of Gotham’s up and up kings of the underworld. The continued development of Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) journey to be become someday the Dark Knight continues to evolve more and more within each episode, the chemistry between he and Alfred (Sean Pertwee) is absolutely on point. Both Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) have been awesome, ever since the very first episode of the series the two have really help keep this show going with their performances. New additions to the series are Theo Galavan (James Frain), the show’s main antagonist who has been made Mayor. 

The insertion of Captain Nathaniel Barnes on the show has proved to be yet another element which will continue to keep the show moving in the right direction as Michael Chiklis is a great actor. Oh and let’s not forget about young Cat Woman (Camren Bicondova), her performance has been great. There is so much mystery revolving around the soon to be kings of Gotham Riddler and Penguin. Added to the mayhem is Gordon’s ex-girlfriend turned serial killer Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) seen in the above promo trailer, who is now working with Galavan. The combination of both Galavan and Kean has flowed well thus far this season and will continue to reign terror throughout, at least until the mid season finale.

Arrow :  Season 4

Episode 6 Promo Trailer

This was the show that was number one for me for 2 years in a row however this season too much tinkering with the characters in terms of personalities as well as screen time; this has taken the air out of this show for me. Although I have been a huge fan of Stephen Amell’s portrayal of the Arrow character, as it is basically a version of Christopher Nolan’s the Dark Knight , however this season seems as if they have changed the character into being a bit too light hearted, during a time when he is facing his greatest adversary Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) who I feel is an even greater threat than Ras Al Ghul; he is not only well trained with the ranks of the league of assassins, but very strategic and possesses supernatural abilities which allows him to levitate and control objects which makes him that much more deadly in battle.  It seems producers are trying to gear the Green Arrow character towards its comic book incarnation, being light hearted. It’s ok to lighten the tone a little but not too much, where it seems as if the character is too different. Which is why Arrow, I mean Green Arrow, has to get back the edge that he had through the last few seasons. 

I feel way too much screen time and attention is paid to Felicity
(Emily Bett Richards) and Oliver’s relationship which I feel takes away from the show. Felicity’s comments from scene to scene are ill timed and very annoying, and their relationship in the show serves as a distraction for Oliver which may be taken away, Because toward the end of episode one, they flash forward 6 months revealing a scene which involved both Oliver and Barry Allen standing in front of a Tomb Stone, signaling the death of someone possibly from the team?!! 

I know that Police Chief Quentin Lance will die as he is infiltrating Darhk’s organization along with the aid of both Oliver and John Diggle (Jake Ramsey), however I feel another prominent character from team Arrow will leave the show just not sure as to who it may be. The show needs to pick it up, but I will say the last episode which featured John Constantine helping with the resurrection of Sara Lance was the best so far. Constantine should have been a Legends of Tomorrow character as he brings another element to the show that fits effortlessly. The show’s inclusion of another tech savvy mate in Curtis Colt (Echo Kellum) soon to be Mister Terrific has worked out well, he would be a great replacement for Felicity. Last season ended with the supposed death of Ray Palmer aka Atom (Brandon Routh), however in next week’s episode we will find that he is very alive and is being held captive by Damien Darhk. Through the first few episodes Ray has been trying to reach out to the team through his tech without any success. No matter what, I’m holding out that this seasons will round itself into shape and have a push toward a very strong yet surprised filled finished. Just don’t kill off Diggle he is my favorite character!

That is all for now, however I will definitely be back from more interesting news, have an amazing week. Stay Tuned!!!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

News & Notes

What’s going on folks? I know I have been away for a bit, but I am back with a host of exciting news and trailers that have caught my attention over the last few weeks. One of the biggest is all the news surrounding Star Wars which you can find in its own post here, for everything else check out below….

New Jessica Jones Trailer

To finally get a chance to see this character in action within a world that is an extension of what Daredevil brought yet at the same time produce a different experience in its own makes this show that much more appealing, along with seeing Luke Cage(Mike Colter) finally being brought to life has me all hyped!! This show will be pretty awesome. Seems as though Jessica Jones (Melissa Rosenberg) will have to face a past that has been haunting her for sometime in the form of Zebediah Killgrave aka Purple Man (David Tenant), the traumatized hero will ultimately become involved with Luke Cage,  it seems as though they will join forces to take the villain down with Jones at the forefront. I have said it before and I will say it again Marvel is setting up yet another home run with this series!

Daredevil S2 Teaser

Plain and simple this show will absolutely, no doubt, 100%,  be just as successful as it was the first time, this was the show that really put to notice that a show can be a part of a movie universe yet stand on its own and generate the same success. The first season nailed it all the way through within its dark grim world created inside of hell’s Kitchen which is finding more and more heroes rising toward taking the fight against crime. Punisher (Jon Bernthal) is set to make his debut as well as Elektra (Elodie Yung). I’m sure the stage will be even more intense with the added characters as well as the threat at hand in this upcoming season!

The Ant and the Wasp!!

More news came from Marvel a few weeks back prior to New York Comic Con in the form of an Ant-Man sequel which is big news to me as Ant-Man is one of my top 3 Marvel films of all time. The film is titled Ant-Man and The Wasp; it will no doubt follow up behind the events of not only the first Ant-man but also the events that will unfold in Captain America Civil war. We will see the return of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne) and hopefully Michael Douglas (Hank Pym).  With the insertion of this film, Captain Marvel has been moved from its July 6, 2018 slot, to March 8th 2019.  In regards to Captain Marvel I really feel that instead of waiting to introduce her in a solo film, she should have debut in Civil War or initials plans to have her in Avengers age of Ultron should have been carried out. 

See below Marvel’s full schedule heading into 2020! Question remains as to
what are the untitled Marvel Films hmmmm..?

Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016

Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017

Spider-Man – July 28, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017

Black Panther – February 16, 2018

The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018

Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018

Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019

The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019

Inhumans – July 12, 2019.

Untitled Marvel Studios Film – May 1, 2020

Untitled Marvel Studios Film – July 10, 2020

Untitled Marvel Studios Film – November 6, 2020

Hulk to star in Thor Ragnarok

Hulk is set to smash, in the 3rd Thor film which will be directed by Taika Waititi(What We Do in the Shadows). It has been reported by Marvel’s Kevin Feige that the results of the film will have huge ramifications on the Marvel cinematic universe moving forward.  The film is said to see the debut of Valkyrie.  In the comics Valkyrie, whose real name is Brunnhilde, is an Asgardian chosen by Oden to lead a group known as The Valkyrior , who seek out mortally wounded soldiers worthy of being transported into a dimension know as Valhalla (Asgardian version of Heaven) where they would join dead Asgardians and humans in feast and friendly competition. She also became a mainstay character within the superhero group The Defenders (would not be surprised if at some point they spin her off towards joining that  team which is set to debut on Netflix in the future). She was originally suppose to appear in Thor the Dark World , see concept art below, however ultimately she was held out of film.

Bringing Hulk to Asgard , creates a new element and an added bonus, I loved the Dark World and feel that seeing two of Marvel’s most powerful heroes team up will prove to be pretty amazing, and to pair those two means they will be up against something powerful, which will likely tie-in with the Infinity Stone mystery which will carry over from the last Avengers film. This Thor film will be the best out of all I’m sure. The inclusion of a character such as Valkyrie will seem to be yet another way for Marvel to incorporate another powerful female heroine into the mix, which will no doubt tie perfectly within the dynamics in Ragnarok story ark. Thor Ragnarok opens November 3rd 2017.

Batman Bad Blood Trailer:

DC  Entertainment have been generating the best animated films to date, and this one seems to be no exception, viewers will finally get to see Batwing in action. The character made his debut in Batman Incorporated comic in 2011, and had been brought back during DC New 52 comic launch. 

Along with Batwing we get Batwoman, as well as the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Batman which will make this story interesting as it unfolds. I am more than ready to add this to my collection. Stay Tuned.

That's all for now guys , however I will be back with more exciting news that is sure to come!

The Force is Everywhere

The force was very strong Monday when the final trailer for Stars Wars: The Force Awakens was released. Fans all over the world were waiting on the halftime break during Monday Night Football for the trailer’s debut. The trailer is everything, from its captivating imagery to the music score; it sends a sense of nostalgic emotion through my system. To see Harrison Ford reprise his role as Han Solo as well as Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia along with Chewbaca (Peter Mayhew) has me ready to see how this film will unfold 30 years later after the events of Return of the Jedi. The trailer was built around characters “Fin “John Boyega and “Rey” Daisey Ridley seemly finding their calling to be who they were always meant and that is heroes, wielding a Force for good to stand against a new threat who seeks  to carry out the darkness  that Darth Vader sought to spread across the galaxy so long ago.  

Entertainment Weekly, reports that between the times of 7:50 and 10:50 p.m. ET, there were more than 390,000 tweets about the trailer. When the trailer actually debut it jumped from 3,700 per minute, to more than 17,000 tweets per minute — or about 283 tweets per second. Advanced tickets sales became available an hour before the new trailer Monday night and as a result ticket sites such as Fandango and Movie Tickets crashed!!  Fandango online traffic surged more than 7 times its typical peak level, it was also noted that Star Wars sales have already surpassed that of previous record holder the Hunger Games, which is pretty big judging from the success and popularity of that franchise.

The Force was also felt at AMC Theaters, the second largest chain in the Country with over 5,000 locations, stated that the film had broken its single day advanced ticket sales more than 10 times over, they have sold out more than 1,000 shows nationwide within 12 hours!!! IMAX theaters reported that it sold a staggering $6.5 million in tickets when made available across only 390 screens in North America. These are some mad numbers, and it will only increase as we creep closer towards this film release.

If these numbers along with the sheer pandemonium that has followed this films ever since its first teaser is any indication of just how big this film will be, everyone who is a part of this experience are in for something pretty special. I better go and get my ticket soon. Stay tuned!!!! 

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!