Category Archives: Comic Books

My Man!

aquaman-jason-momoa-trailer-08It should come as no surprise, but I’m going to say it anyways: I am 100%, completely on board with Aquaman.

The James Wan directed film finally showed off some footage with a special trailer for San Diego Comic Con, and lemme just say : “HELL YES”. Everything about this movie looks bananas in the best way possible, from armored sharks to the fact that Jason Momoa says “badass!” when he first arrives in Atlantis. Warner Bros is leaning in HARD on the “Aquabro” aspect of Momoa’s casting, and I am totally there for it. Read the rest of this entry

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The Dark Knight: 10 Years Later

joker-and-batman-700x300It’s always a little nerve-wracking when you revisit a film that had a major impact on pop culture. To say that The Dark Knight completely changed what we think about movies, specifically superhero ones, when it came out ten years ago is the understatement of the century. But after a decade of films that tried to copy it’s success, and especially since the release of the underwhelming (but still pretty good) Dark Knight Rises and Warner Bros’ DCEU entries that started with the Nolan produced Man of Steel, does it still hold up as the masterwork that I remember it being?

The short answer is yes, it does. Read the rest of this entry

The Joke’s On You

joaquin-phoenix-joker-origin-movie-1081213-1280x0So that Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie is officially happening. Yup, the one that has The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips directing. And HAD Martin Scorsese (yes, THAT Martin Scorsese) producing, but now will just be produced by his production company. It’s Warner Bros’ big attempt to not only differentiate themselves from the superhero movie market, but also try and salvage whatever goodwill they have left after the disappointing critical (and some commercial) performances of Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad, and especially Justice League, as well as maybe get some Oscar play for their studio. While I’ve already made my feelings widely known in regards to the idea of giving the Joker an origin movie, there is a part of me that can’t deny the curiosity I feel regarding this. It’s either going to be brilliant or a colossal mistake, but it could be the thing to save WB’s DC films. Read the rest of this entry

The Amazing Steve Ditko

steve-ditko-45a9ae5d-e1d1-44a0-a414-06ffbb33575-resize-750Steve Ditko has passed away.

The co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange stayed away from the public eye, preferring a private life where he could work on his art. But while he may not have the star power of Stan Lee, or the larger than life impact of Jack Kirby, the Marvel universe and superheroes as we know them wouldn’t be the same without him. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp!

MOVIE REVIEW!

Ant-Man_and_the_Wasp_posterAnt-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Michael Douglas, Hannah John-Kamen, Michelle Pfeiffer

Directed By: Peyton Reed

After the events of Infinity War, it might seem a little strange for Marvel Studio’s next release to be Ant-Man and the Wasp. But it worked for the previous Ant-Man movie, which was released after Age of Ultron, and guess what? It works again here. Building off of the charm of the original film, while also adding some much needed female super heroics, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a fun, if a little inessential, entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Read the rest of this entry

Warner Bros’ Infinite Crisis

dfkvdjex4aaodzt-1528915066-520x350It’s no big revelation to say that Warner Bros’ slate of films based on the world of DC Comics are in a weird spot. After the muted response to Justice League, news of any film connected to the DCEU has become so scattershot that it would make anyone’s head spin. Sure, Wonder Woman‘s sequel and James Wan’s Aquaman are coming down the line (and both look pretty cool), but then there’s also the currently filming Shazam, Ava Duvernay’s New Gods film, a Batgirl movie, a Nightwing movie, Matt Reeves’ untitled (and possibly unAfflecked) Batman film, and not one, but three films put into development starring the clown prince of the crime himself, The Joker. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Avengers: Infinity War!

MOVIE REVIEW!

gallery-1521208645-infinity-war-posterAvengers: Infinity War (2018)

Starring: Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Anthony Mackie

Directed By: Joe and Anthony Russo

SPOILER FREE

Ten years. Ten years of movies, characters, box office records, and building a world unlike anything that has even been seen in Hollywood has finally come to this: Avengers: Infinity War. The hype surrounding this film is certainly palpable, to the point where you wouldn’t be out of line to make the claim that there’s no way this movie could possibly live up to the hype.

But in a lot of ways it does. Read the rest of this entry

1,000 Issues of Truth, Justice, and The American Way

superman-business-suit-shirt-pullThe Man of Steel has been a part of my life for nearly the entire time I’ve been on this planet. From the Superman doll my parents bought me at the Warner Bros store (RIP), to watching Dean Cain weekly on Lois & Clark, Superman was one of the first comic book characters I remember really enjoying as a kid. While he doesn’t have quite as big a space in my heart as Spider-Man or Batman, Superman is still a character that I hold in pretty high regard, and, surprisingly to me, he becomes more appealing the older I get. While the fact that he was pretty much synonymous with the term “superhero” was enough to get me hooked as a kid, as I’ve grown up I’ve started to realize that the real strength in Superman isn’t his power set, it’s who he is as a symbol. Read the rest of this entry

Marvel’s First Family Returns!

IMG-0289This August, the Fantastic Four finally returns to the Marvel Universe. After an absence that felt longer than it actually was, we’re finally getting Reed, Sue, Ben, and Johnny back on the comic racks. It’s pretty damn exciting, and really has me excited in a way I haven’t been in a long time when it comes to the FF. But maybe that was Marvel’s plan all along…. Read the rest of this entry

The Evolution of Tony Stark

024b71bcd146eeeed10410d1c8906b6aI’ve recently begun the massive undertaking of rewatching the Marvel Studios releases in preparation for Infinity War, and while I’m only three movies in, that’s still enough to make me take pause and recognize one of the coolest aspects of the MCU: the gradual evolution of Tony Stark. Read the rest of this entry