DC’s Fandome event was the first of its kind: a virtual convention meant to hype up all of their upcoming film, comic, TV, and video game projects, and to be completely honest, it went off (mostly) without a hitch. While there was the occasional delay, the event took over the twitter world by storm, giving us the first looks at upcoming games like Gotham Knights and Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League, as well as new and first time trailers for Wonder Woman 84, James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, Zack Snyder’s mythical Justice League: The Snyder Cut, and Matt Reeve’s The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson.
It was a wide ranging event, and while we didn’t get news on EVERYTHING (The Flash, Aquaman 2, Shazam: Fury of the Gods, and Black Adam are still too new for any footage), we did get a lot of really enticing and exciting things, and to be perfectly honest, DC and Warner Bros have set the stage for how future events should be presented. But let’s nail down the biggest things from the twenty four-hour event. Read the rest of this entry
Well, it’s been a wild ride lately, hasn’t it? We’re all indoors for the most part, which means plenty of time to get through those watch lists and piles of books and comics that have been piling up for a time like today. That includes yours truly, who’s dusting off the cobwebs to do a little check in and talk about some of the cool stuff I’ve watched, read, and played while hunkering indoors and waiting for the return to some sort of normalcy. So, without further ado, let’s get into things!
COMIC REVIEWS QUARANTINE SPECIAL!!!
You’re probably thinking that “no new comics from Diamond = no comic reviews”. Well, you’re kind of right. But one of the great things about comics is that you don’t have to have brand new stories to read! In fact, there’s tons of awesome titles waiting or you in this social distancing life, and I’m here to give you a run down on the titles you can read while you sequester yourself in doors. Some of these are well-known, others not so much, but they’re all fantastic series that have plenty of material for you to dive into. Read the rest of this entry
Now that we’ve got our first look at Robert Pattinson’s Batsuit (both officially and unofficially) it’s time to start revealing other famous aspects of the Dark Knight. Namely, his car. Read the rest of this entry
Strange Adventures #1 (DC Comics)
The dynamic duo of Tom King and Mitch Gerads are back with Strange Adventures, a new miniseries event that looks at the life of another smaller DC hero: Adam Strange. With secondary artist Evan “Doc” Shaner along for the ride, King and Gerads’ new series feels exactly like the spiritual sequel to their stunning Mister Miracle series, and like that series, is a must read for comic fans. Read the rest of this entry
At long last, we’ve finally got our first look at Robert Pattinson’s Batman outfit, and it looks…pretty sweet! Eschewing the more grounded take that Batman V Superman had (and I was a fan of), Pattinson’s new Batsuit is like a cool mix between the Arkham Games and a little bit of Sean Murphy’s White Knight look, and it’s definitely something that fits right into what director Matt Reeves described as “something Bruce Wayne would make for himself”. Read the rest of this entry
Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel Comics)
You can’t keep the Guardians of the Galaxy down, and that’s pretty apparent with the comic side of the team, which has another new #1 (their fourth by my count) that has a new creative team, a new roster of heroes, and a new threat. The Al Ewing and Juann Cabal series is intending to be just as grand and epic as the previous run from Donny Cates, but as it stands right now, it’s simply too soon to get all that excited about another crack on the team that will probably be rebooted in about twenty issues. Read the rest of this entry
Batman #86 (DC Comics)
After a genre defining (and patience testing) run from Tom King, the mainline Batman series is going back to basics in an effort to boost the sales back to their previous numbers. DC made a lot of waves with their controversial decision to cut King’s run short by fifteen issues, but in bringing in writer James Tynion IV and artist Tony S Daniel to usher us into Batman #100, they bring in a sense of familiarity to Bruce Wayne and his allies that is both comforting and little on the safe side. Read the rest of this entry
Doctor Doom #1 (Marvel Comics)
Villain led comics are typically pretty hard to pull off, but that doesn’t mean that Marvel isn’t going to try with Doctor Doom. From Halt and Catch Fire creator Christopher Cantwell and artist Salvador Larocca, the new series focusing on Victor Von Doom is both intriguing and a little confusing, mainly due to the characterization of Doom himself. Read the rest of this entry
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beets, Robert De Niro, Francis Conroy
Directed By: Todd Phillips
Being a big Batman fan, I’ve seen a lot of takes on the Dark Knight. That also means I’ve seen a lot of takes on his arch nemesis, the Joker. From Heath Ledger’s scarred anarchist to Jared Leto’s tattooed thug, The Joker has had arguably the most interpretations of any comic book character in history, and since he’s my all-time favorite villain in fiction, I’m pretty protective of him. Which is why I was going into Todd Phillips’ Joker with some pretty heavy skepticism. On the one hand, you have Joaquin Phoenix, arguably the best actor of our generation, in the lead. On the other hand, this is a Joker origin movie (strike one) that doesn’t feature Batman (strike two), and is from the director of The Hangover and Due Date (movies that I find funny, but strike three). Add in the fact that it seems to be more influenced by early Martin Scorsese films like Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy than anything from the Clown Prince of Crime’s myriad comic book appearances, and I was starting to get a feeling of confusion over what the point of even calling this film “Joker” was . With the storm of controversy and furor surrounding the film’s release, including winning the Golden Lion at Cannes and increased police presence at showings (plus Todd Phillips’ increasingly stupid comments on the state of comedy), and it was getting to a point where I was looking forward to seeing the film less out excitement and curiosity, and more out of a feeling of “let’s just get this over with”. The end result has me falling somewhere squarely in the middle on Joker, a film that has many flaws, but an undeniably great lead performance in Joaquin Phoenix. Read the rest of this entry