The Problem With Gotham

gothamWARNING: FULL SPOILERS

We’re now eight episodes into Gotham, the “Gotham Begins” show that’s been airing on Fox, and I think I’ve realized that I’m not going to like this show. Granted it’s still pretty early to feel this way, but by now we’ve gotten a pretty good idea of where the show runners are taking this series, and it’s just not something I’m all that interested in.

These feeling comes after watching the episode “The Mask”, which features the Gotham spin on Batman rogue Black Mask. In that episode, we meet Richard Sionis, the father of Roman Sionis, who ALSO has an affinity for masks. Which means that in this universe, Roman’s fascination with masks is apparently genetic, and not tied with how he views his parents, who’s constant talking behind the backs of their friends warps his view of people. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Guardians of the Galaxy and Wonder Woman!

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 detailGuardians of the Galaxy #21 (Marvel Comics)

 The latest story line for Marvel’s hit galactic heroes kicks off with Guardians of the Galaxy #21. Brian Michael Bendis’ recent stories have been…drawn out to say the least, but with this latest issue (which features art by Marvel “Young Gun” Valerio Schiti), it seems like the pace is finally starting to pick up.

This issue focuses primarily on Flash Thompson, also known as Venom. Flash’s time as the Avenger’s Earth liaison with the Guardians hasn’t really been fleshed out (or explained, for that matter). Other than last May’s Free Comic Book Day issue, there’s barely been any mention for why Venom is on the team, or what purpose he serves. Thankfully, it looks like we’re starting to get some answers. Read the rest of this entry

30 Seconds To Joker?

leto-joker-618x400Rumor has it that Jared Leto is being sought out to play the Joker for David Ayer’s upcoming Suicide Squad film. This news comes as a definite shock, not only because the Oscar winner was a rumored front-runner for Doctor Strange (a role that I’m not entirely sure he’d be a good fit for), but also because this is the first time the character will be associated with the super villain team.

When it comes to Leto playing The Clown Prince of Crime, I don’t have any real problems with it. I actually think he’d be pretty good in the role. However I highly doubt that Leto would do it. He’s pretty committed to his band 30 Seconds to Mars, so much so that he’s barely done any films for the past ten years. Hell, Dallas Buyers Club, the movie he won an Oscar for last year, was the first movie he’d done since 2009. It’s safe to assume that a role like The Joker would require a multipicture deal, which is something that I’d be very surprised that Leto would be okay with. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Superior Iron Man and All New Captain America!

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 Superior_Iron_Man_Vol_1_1_TextlessSuperior Iron Man #1 (Marvel Comics)

 The Iron Avenger has a new series hitting the stands this week, and it’s not just a new armor that Tony Stark is sporting. Superior Iron Man #1 doesn’t feature a villain mind swapping with Tony Stark, but it does feature the after effects of AXIS’s “inversion”, which has somehow permanently done something to Tony’s outlook on life. I say “somehow” because AXIS is barely at the halfway point, and we are given no explanation for Stark’s behavior in Superior Iron Man #1. Would it really have hurt Marvel to hold off on this series for another month? Thankfully Tom Taylor and Yildray Cinar ‘s opening issue is extremely entertaining, and sets up a lot of pretty interesting stuff. Read the rest of this entry

Marvel vs. DC: The Next Generation

Marvel-vs-dc-1-Last week, Marvel fired the returning shot in what will now be known as the “Great Comic Book Movie Wars”. After Warner Bros.’ announcement of their slate of DC comics based movies, Marvel countered with a massive event unveiling their “Phase 3” movies, including the film debuts of Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and the Inhumans.

It’s certainly ambitious on both studios’ parts. However, I have to give the edge to Marvel, and not because I’ve always leaned more towards Marvel than DC (Batman aside). Marvel has had huge success with their movies, while Warner Bros has only had one film out, and Man Of Steel wasn’t a movie that excited the world like Iron Man did back in 2008. I’d consider Inhumans to be the hardest sell for “normies”, but then again, now that Guardians of the Galaxy has become the highest grossing film of the year, there’s no way to not expect every one of these films to do great business at the box office. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Interstellar!

interstellarInterstellar (2014)

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine

Directed By: Christopher Nolan

 MILD SPOILERS

To call Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar an ambitious film is an understatement. It deals with a possible future for the human race, wormholes, the theory of relativity, black holes, and space travel. It clocks in at nearly 3 hours, and features some of the most mind bending space imagery I’ve ever seen. Yet despite it all, the driving force behind everything is a father’s love for his children, which makes Interstellar Nolan’s most affecting film yet. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man and Superman Unchained!

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 Amazing_Spider-Man_Vol_3_9_TextlessAmazing Spider-Man #9 (Marvel Comics)

 It’s here, the event that Dan Slott has been building to since he first brought Peter Parker back to the Marvel Universe in April: “Spider-Verse”: the Spider-Man event to end all Spider-Man events. After months of build up, including an Edge of Spider-Verse prelude miniseries and two special issues of Superior Spider-Man, the main event is finally here with Amazing Spider-Man #9. So, how does it stack up? Read the rest of this entry

Dracula vs. Marvel vs. DC

draculamarvel01It’s Halloween (or close to it), and that means it’s time for one thing: monsters! Specifically, one of my favorite monsters: Dracula. The Prince of Darkness is no stranger to the world of funny books, and has crossed paths with a surprising number of comic book heroes, from Spider-Man, to Superman, and even Zorro. There’s a lot of Dracula stuff to sort through, but not all of it is good. For every Tomb of Dracula or Captain Britain and MI-13, there’s an Apocalypse vs. Dracula. But these two stories stand out as my favorites of the Count’s appearances in the big two. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: AXIS: Carnage and Southern Bastards!

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Comic1AXIS: Carnage #1 (of 3) (Marvel Comics)

 AXIS is now in full swing, which means it’s time for Marvel to do what it does best with their events: spin-offs! This time around good old Cletus Kasaday is getting the spotlight, and surprisingly, AXIS: Carnage, by Kevin Spears and German Peralta, does a better job of explaining the whole “villains become heroes” switcharoo than AXIS did last week.

The entirety of this opening issue finds Carnage trying to make sense of the strange urges to do good that are plaguing his mind. As a witness to the inversion spell that Scarlet Witch and Dr. Doom performed to try and free Professor X from the Red Skull, Carnage knows the “why” behind his actions, but he doesn’t truly understand how to control it. At the same time, there’s a new version of the Sin Eater targeting news anchors, which quickly catches the attention of the psychotic symbiote. Read the rest of this entry

Round Robin

32255It’s been a busy week for Warner Bros. Not only have they released their slate of the upcoming DC superhero movies (leading into 2020), they’ve also potentially let slip that yet another superhero may be making an appearance in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice: Robin.

Not just any Robin though. Rumor has it that we’ll be seeing Carrie Kelly, the Robin from The Dark Knight Returns pop up in the film, played by Suckerpunch’s Jena Malone.  If this is true, it’s another cue that Zack Snyder is using from Frank Miller’s classic to influence the film, and it also brings up a lot of different questions, like “does this mean there have been other Robins”, “is Batman REALLY this old”, and “Carrie Kelly, really?” Read the rest of this entry

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