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EPIC REVIEW: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Howdy people of the internet, today I’m finally getting around to reviewing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now I saw this film during the midnight screening yesterday and I’ve been meaning to talk about it since then, but I’ve had work. But I’m free now and after having some time to think about it I think I’m ready to pass judgement.Oh and before we begin I’m just gonna state right now that I’m throwing the rating system out of the window for this review because it would be irrelevant and troublesome.

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The story can be described as the following:

“Fearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the man of steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis.”

Annoyingly the film’s story starts out well connecting to the events of Man of Steel, but after that things get a little messy. This film had a lot to do especially when it came to introducing us to what’s taken place since MoS, showing us the public’s view on Superman and his actions, why Bruce Wayne has come into play and showing other key elements that place in the main and sub plots. But not too long after the film began the problems arose, what became immediately noticeable to me was the fact that there was a multiple things happening with at once with the story, but not all of it was relevant or engaging, plus some of the editing was strange as we cut to a from several things that messed with the film’s pacing and coherency. We also have plot points that go nowhere or are failed to be properly explained and a lack of proper character motivations lead to some questionable choices as the film progresses. The film jumps all over the place with flashbacks, visions, dreams and current day stuff and it ranged from being interesting to downright annoying as they would show up when up least expected them to. As for being a “Batman vs Superman” film it did some of those elements well with could drama and set up, but some of the motivations and story elements that lead up to their major confrontation felt convoluted and out of character for each of these characters (especially when you compare them to the comics). And the “Dawn of Justice” aspects of the film with the connections to the future DC films was certainly interesting and some of it got me hyped to see some of these solo films, it’s too bad that their place felt random and shoehorned into the film. Oh and I don’t think I can talk about this film without mentioned the length, dear god  I felt the length of this film, so much happens, but believe me if certain plot points had been streamlined or taken out altogether this film would have been so much better for it.

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As for the cast they were pretty good, though some people were really wasted or did not well at all. Let’s start with Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Easily the best part of the film was Affleck as Batman, this man was able to capture the duality of the character well and just the delivery of his dialogue to his facial expression just made me love him. And can I just say that this is the most badass Batman we’ve ever had? This dude in a monster! Batman rolls around like the boogeyman brutally taking people out, he’s scary as hell and you don’t want to mess with him, and while I don’t entirely agree with his characterization (because he’s more like Wolverine or the Punisher), I can’t deny that this version of the Dark Knight was kick ass. Henry Cavill was fine as Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman, but I had hoped for more. Superman is interesting here because he’s got a lot of stuff to deal with him saving people, having the world both love and hate him and trying to sustain a relationship with Lois too. I feel bad for Cavill as he is a good Superman, but he’s given such uninteresting material to work with and he’s a bit plain and dull. Amy Adams as Lois Lane was a character I didn’t really like in the last film and in this film I think she may have gotten worse. Lois has her own little sub plot which wasn’t all that interesting, she made a lot of stupid decisions, was the damsel in distress again and I still don’t buy the relationship between her and Superman.

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Oh and then there’s Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor… Just gonna say it now, he is as bad as you feared. Okay to his credit there were moments, small moments where the guy was actually pretty smart and dangerous, but those glimmers of hope were squashed by Eisenberg’s silly and cooky mannerisms, the guy is just strange and hardly a threat. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was surprisingly good, I mean the acting was amazing, however, the characters was a lot more interesting than I expected and this film has made me want to see the new solo film in 2017. Diane Lane as Martha Kent was fine, but was more a backseat character until the story required her to show up and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White was decent as well but his appearance in this film has no significance on the main story. Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth was awesome, every time he was around he was insightful, funny and delightful, I just wish there had been more scenes with him in the film. And finally Holly Hunter as fine as Senator June Finch but her character didn’t add up to much in the grand scheme of things.

When it comes to the presentation it was pretty cool. As with most Zack Snyder films the action is pretty hardcore with very crazy and intricate cinematography and visual effects which were put to good use in a lot of action sequences for sure. Though some of the action wasn’t as well-choreographed as I’d hoped considering that this was moment to be major confrontation between Batman and Superman. But I will say the best material was the Batman material, his fights were so insanely hardcore, well-made and man this is the best material we’ve ever gotten in live-action. The film score provided by Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL was a mixed bag, whenever the soundtrack was playing in the background I could tell the difference between Zimmer and XL’s style with Zimmer being a little more classical and XL’s style being a little more aggressive and electronic in sound which felt a little out of place at times. But I will say that the Wonder Woman theme that played during her scenes was pretty cool.

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In conclusion Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a mixed back. Not since Man of Steel have I been this divided about whether I liked a film or not. On the one hand the film gave me what I wanted and it certainly had moments of badassery and drama, but at the same time the film never became more than it could have been and a lot of the problems I knew I’d have with the film were realised. I could talk about this film for days but I don’t think you’ll stick around for that haha, I recommend BvS to everyone just so you can form your own opinion on it as everyone’s views will be different as it has been shown to be online so far, this film wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either.

So what do you think of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Did you love it, hate it or fall somewhere in between like me? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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My Top 11 Most Anticipated Films of 2016

Howdy people of the internet, time for the penultimate blog post in this series based on upcoming films in 2016 with my top 11 most anticipated films of the year.  If you haven’t already, check out PART 1, 2 & 3 of my 2016 film preview. It’s a little late considering that we’re three weeks into January, but hey its better late than never right? Unlike last year this year’s list won’t be in any particular order.

Triple Nine

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This is a film I’ve been looking forward to for a good while, I just like the concept of the story and the blackmail and corruption involved, plus the choice of actors and actresses is so good and its crazy to see some of these TV and film stars together in one place. I’m really interested in seeing how these actors come together especially when it comes to Norman Reedus, Aaron Paul, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Anthony Mackie.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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I believe my hype for this film has dropped a good deal since the release of the second trailer, but my hype for the film isn’t dead. For me what I like about this film so far is the initial tension between Bruce and Clark, the differences in their ideals, their main confrontation and the amount of chaotic action that ensues. But I am concerned about Lex Luthor, what will happen after the Batman and Superman beef is over with the Doomsday Troll monster and how this film will introduce Wonder Woman and the other Justice League members, but here’s hoping it’ll work out and be badass.

Deadpool

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When it comes to Deadpool I am a massive fan of the character and his insane backstory, self-aware humour, violent and crazy personality. And for the longest time I’ve wanted to see a proper live-action version of this character and the trailers so far seem to be delivering all of the action, humour and violence that the character’s been known for. That being said I am concerned for the humour and the sexual references and I hope that the film will have better humour than most adult comedies.

Free State of Jones

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Since I saw the trailer for this I’ve been very intrigued, not only does the subject matter make for an interesting tale in film, but I’m also very curious to see what the cast do with this material and whether it’ll be as dramatic and emotionally engaging as I hope it’ll be.

The Jungle Book

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This film just has me full of curiosity and fascination, having a live-action/CGI hybrid adaptation of The Jungle Book is bizarre to me, but seeing the trailers leads me to believe that it’ll be cinematic experience worth seeing in the opening weekend. So far I’m liking the incredible visuals and the impressive voice cast as well, I can only hope that this film will be just as, if not more successful than Cinderella.

Suicide Squad

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I’ve already said how much I’m looking forward to this film, but for the sake of this post I’ll mention it again, I am really looking forward to this. The concept of getting some villains and forcing them to work together on a dangerous mission that could involve death has my interest. But more so than that I want to see if David Ayer can make these characters work because if so then the possibilities for future DC films are endless.

The Girl on the Train

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I haven’t even seen a trailer for this film, but the story and cast members Emily Blunt and Rebecca Ferguson has my attention so that I don’t need any more of a reason to watch this. I can only hope the subsequent trailers and eventual film will be worth the wait.

Star Wars: Rogue One

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Also known as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (still is a horrible name) is the next Star Wars film, it’s a spin-off/prequel and there’s a lot of hype and speculation behind this from fans and critics. Since it’s set before A New Hope I’m curious to see what kind of stakes the heroes will take on and there are questions to ask like: 1) Who will survive? 2) What original characters will make cameos? 3) Will Darth Vader make an appearance? 4) Will there be any tie-ins to Episodes VII, VIII and IX? Regardless of the answers I’m curious to see what Gareth Edwards does with this film and what Donnie Yen will do in the film as well.

Doctor Strange

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So Doctor Strange, ah man, I have so much hype for this film its mad. Marvel Studios have taken a good deal of risks over the years with Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy and recently with Ant-Man, and each of those films have introduced some new and creative elements to not only the MCU, but also to superhero films in general and I believe this film won’t be any different. Doctor strange is one of the most interesting character with his characters, backstory and mythos relating to the villains, different realms and magical abilities. I want to see how the supernatural elements get incorporated into the MCU and if this film is good then I’m gonna freak out yo!

Bourne 5

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It’s the return of the Bourne series, with Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, what’s not to like? I know I never wanted a sequel to Ultimatum, but hell if Greengrass and Damon have a relevant story that they feel like telling that would further this franchise want to see it.

Captain America: Civil War

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And of course I had to have Civil War on this list. 🙂 The MCU has been forming nicely over the years and while not all of the films have been hits, the Captain America series so far has done well especially with Winter Soldier and Civil War may be the best entry in the trilogy. This film looks to change the way the heroes function in the world with superhero accountability from the government and pitting Cap against Iron Man for a superhero royal rumble. With friends on opposing sides, new heroes like Black Panther and Spider-Man showing up and a tone similar to Winter Solider, I believe that this will be the ultimate Marvel sequel. Now I got overly hyped about Age of Ultron, so I’m learning to manage my expectations, but I believe the Russo brothers and Marvel Studios have gotten this one right though.

So that’s my top 11 list done, hope you enjoyed my choices. So what are your most anticipated films of 2016 and are any of your entires on my list? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you on the next post, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2016 in Films, Media

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2016 Part 1

Howdy people of the interweb it’s time of year again when we have a whole year of films ahead of us and as I’ve done since 2013 I’m going to do my own personal preview of upcoming films that I believe deserve your attention entitled: Films to look out for in 2016! In PART 1 I’ll be covering films coming out from now until March.

Now before we begin I have two main things I need yo point out:

  1. Obviously a lot films come out, so if they’re not on my list it’s either because I don’t know about them or I don’t care…
  2. 2015 films getting their UK releases this year don’t count! So there. 😛

Okay then, let’s start 😀

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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Release Date: January 15th (USA), January 29th (UK)

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I want to give this film a chance because the subject matter is interesting and I think the trailer illustrates a lot of tension, high stakes and action that I like in the thriller genre, plus it is a Michael Bay film where there aren’t any Transformers involved, that’s a good thing right? Honestly I’ve been wanting to see what Bay could do with other material outside of the Transformers franchise since 2011 and I didn’t mind Pain & Gain so I can only hope this is the film that puts him on the right track again as a filmmaker.

The 5th Wave

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Release Date: January 22nd (USA & UK)

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This film looks like it could be pretty good (average) or kind of lame. I like the concept, I mean alien invasion, Earth getting destroyed and aliens disguised as humans, it’s all stuff that’s been done before, but I’ll always watch it again if its done right. This film reminds me of Independence Day mixed with The Maze Runner or Insurgent films, and I don’t like the vibe I’m getting from the latter two films. But hell I may give it a watch just because I like

The Boy

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Release Date: January 22nd (USA), February 19th (UK)

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I’m not really a fan of horror films, however, if there are actors/actresses that I like or a certain about a buzz behind the film then I’ll give it a shot and this is one of those kind of films. I’m curious to see how Lauren Cohan fares in her first major role that isn’t related to The Walking Dead, plus I’m interested to see Rupert Evans again since the last I saw him was back in 2004 with Hellboy. This films does seem to have all the generic modern horror film traits like jump scares, a possessed doll, some mystery about someone dying, and few other things. This film could be another standard bad horror film near the start of the year but I guess we’ll see in due time.

Dirty Grandpa

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Release Date: January 22nd (USA), January 25th (UK)

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While this film could just end up being another generic comedy focused on sex, age and other silly elements that come with adult-focused humour, but I do like Robert De Niro and Zac Efron and they look like an interesting combination and hope that their performances and the story will be good. Also Aubrey Plaza is in the film too, that’s an automatic viewing experience for me.

Jane Got A Gun

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Release Date: January 29th (USA)

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I remember when I was talking about this film last year and yet it did not appear! Next thing you know the film’s delayed again to 2016 and while there’s no UK release for the film yet, I just glad that the film’s finally seeing the light of day. Like I said before I’m a massive fan of Ewan McGregor, I also really like Joel Edgerton as well, but I’m curious to see Natalie Portman the most because this is her first leading role since Black Swan to my knowledge. And I’m curious to see how this tale of revenge turns out, and after seeing the trailer I’m liking what I’m seeing.

The Finest Hours

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Release Date: January 29th (USA), February 19th (UK)

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This film looks insane and the fact that it’s based on a real life event just increases my curiosity and need to see the film. This looks like it’ll be a pretty incredible tale of survival for the people stranded at sea, but also of a rescue mission that is just as dangerous. The visual presentation looks great with good special effects and cinematography for all the crazy action in the ocean, and the cast also has me interested with Chris Pine, Casey Affleck and Eric Bana being involved, plus I’m also curious to see Holliday Grainger again. I’m hoping that this’ll be a big success for Pine because he really needs to something bigger than Star Trek.

Kung Fu Panda 3

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Release Date: January 29th (USA), March 11th (UK)

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Firstly can I mention how I hate the fact that this film won’t be released until March for us in the UK, that’s just mean. With that out of the way I am interested to see how this third entry in the Kung Fu Panda series will turn out. I liked the first and really enjoyed the second for the creativity, humour and difference in style and action when compared to other animated films, and it looks like this film will be similar. I love the art direction, use of colour and charismatic characters, plus the story seems like it’ll have some unique and interesting elements with Po finally meeting his father and having to train other Pandas.

Hail, Caesar!

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Release Date: February 5th (USA), March 4th (UK)

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Anytime the Cohen brothers are coming out with a new film it has my interest, since their version of True Grit I’ve been following their work and while I didn’t love Inside Llewlyn Davis, I did enjoyed the performances and music a lot, and this film certainly looks intriguing. I like the concept of there being dodgy dealings in 1950’s Hollywood on such a large production and the sheer number of cast members also excites me too.

Deadpool

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Release Date: February 12th (USA), February 10th (UK)

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I want this to be good, I really do. I didn’t get into Deadpool until around 2006, but since then I’ve loved the character and his strange, violence and humourous nature that he brings to the Marvel universe. And after that shitty version of the character we got in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, we’ve needed a correction for the public to see this character properly. This film looks like it’ll be a lot of fun with the violence, action and humour, I just hope the humour is unique and well-written and not just adult and sex-filled for the sake of it like some of the worst episodes of Family Guy.

Zoolander No. 2

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Release Date: February 12th (USA & UK)

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I didn’t see Zoolander until I was around 18 or 19 back in 2009 I believe and I really liked it, wouldn’t call it one of my favourite films ever, but it was still pretty good, and while I don’t like sequels that come out a good number of years after the previous entry especially when there’s no one asking for it, Zoolander 2 looks like it could be fun. I didn’t see the full trailer until a few weeks ago but I was surprised by how much it made me laugh. I looks like Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell haven’t lost a step and the humour looks solid enough, plus I loved Benedict Cumberbatch’s appearance and the celebrity cameos look interesting, so I’m down for this.

Eddie the Eagle

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Release Date: February 26th (USA), April 1st (UK)

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This film looks very interesting. Taron Egerton was great in Kingsman and this role looks like this is a good progression for him as an actor, and it looks like he’ll kill it in this role, plus we also have Hugh Jackman and I’ll watch him in almost anything. This looks like one of those interesting trial over adversity kind of films and I’m down for it, especially with Dexter Fletcher (one of my favourite people from Hotel Babylon) directing it.

Triple 9

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Release Date: February 26th (USA), February 19th (UK)

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I like thriller films especially those with a heavy crime/heist element and I’m down for this film. The cast alone had me down for this film when I thought it was coming out this time last year, but I’m also a sucker for thrillers where blackmail and corruption within the police force involved.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

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Release Date: March 6th (USA & UK)

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I heard about this film on Collider Movie Talk and after seeing the trailer I’m interested in this film for sure. I love Tina Fey and this comedy-based war film looks unconventional and yet quite fun. Plus I’m always down to see more of Alfred Molina and Martin Freeman, plus checking out more of Margot Robbie’s talents in different films is always fun too.

Zootopia

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Release Date: March 4th (USA), March 25th (UK)

Trailer:

This is a film I’ve heard a lot about especially after D23, but for whatever reason the story on paper didn’t sound like it’d be for me, however, after seeing the trailer I’m down for it for sure. Disney in the last few years have been stepping it up big time with their animation material and this looks like it’ll be another win for them. I’m getting that great sense of humour, adventure and drama that Disney films are known for and I’m liking how colourful, detailed and vivid this film looks.

Midnight Special

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Release Date: March 18th (USA), April 15th (UK)

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I feel like I’m repeating myself but it bares mentioning again, this was a film that I had on my list for 2015, but hasn’t shown up until now, however now that there’s a trailer I’m down for it more so than before. I reminds me a lot of Looper when it comes to the special kid with supernatural abilities. I looks like Michael Shannon has a son who has powers and he’s trying to protect him, and I like Shannon and I’m curious to see what Adam Driver and Kirsten Dunst bring to this film.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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Release Date: March 25th (USA & UK)

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I want to love this film but for some reason I can’t get into it like everyone else can. That’s not to say I won’t watch the film though, I will be their opening weekend. I want this film to succeed so that that DC film universe can get started, and so far I’m hyped for Ben Affleck as Batman, I liked Henry Cavill as Superman, and so far their material when they confront each other looks great. But I’m not down with Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, I have my concerns about Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and that second trailer looked like it showed certain elements of the third act of the film that I would have preferred to have seen in the cinema. With that being said, I hope that this film will be fun.

Alrighty then, that’s PART 1 done. Thanks a lot for reading. Are any of the films listed on your personal list of films to watch? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them below and I’ll see you for PART 2! Laters 😀

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2016 in Films, Media

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer #2

Howdy people of the internet, today I have another trailer review and I’ll be talking about the second trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now I thought the first trailer was pretty cool, so I’ve been curious to know what the next trailer would be like, I totally skipped that teaser preview thing a few days ago because I don’t believe in trailers for trailers, but anyway I saw this new trailer today and I wanted to give my quick thought on it.

Firstly check out the trailer below:

So my first thoughts after seeing this trailer? It’s good but a bit underwhelming.

I will say that the first minute and 9 seconds of this trailer, loved it. That initial meeting between Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne was awesome with them sizing each other up, talking about their respective alter egos and how they don’t agree with each other’s methods. They gave pretty good arguments for both sides, but I just loved how with each new reply the tension really started to build. But unfortunately Lex Luthor shows up and breaks the tension with his strange comedic banter, but more on that later.

The rest of the trailer showed a lot of the stuff we’ve seen before life city-wide destruction, Batman and Superman beating each other up and the death body of General Zod. But there was some new stuff like more Lex Luthor and him having him create a new monster possibly using the body of Zod, and yeah let me just skip towards the monster thing. Okay so a lot of sites I’ve seen are saying that it’s Doomsday and I’ve seen a lot of people rip into him saying he was the Abomination from The Incredible Hulk, the cave troll from Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring or an unused design from the 2014 Ninja Turtles film, all of those comparisons are quite funny and in some cases fair. But put that aside, I’ve not got a massive attachment to this villain from the comics so I don’t really have an opinion, but I guess we’ll see how dangerous he is in the film. Also WONDER WOMAN, she had less screen time than she did in the last trailer and she showed up in time to protect Batman from being blasted which was nice and seeing the ‘Hold Trinity’ together which has DC fanboys freaking out was cool, but not overly exciting for me.

My main issues with this trailer was that:

  1. It didn’t really change my status on the film: I’m excited for the film no doubt and I will watch it opening weekend, but I wasn’t elevated to a new level excitement like most second trailers are meant to do.
  2. Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, I’m still not convinced: While I’m sure he’ll probably be good in the film somehow, right now his character felt far too silly and full of jokes, and he’s not a person I can take seriously at all. His comments about Bruce and Clark were also a bit too on-the-nose for me too.
  3. Who the hell edited this trailer?: One thing I didn’t like was how this trailer was cut together, so many quick cuts during certain continuous scenes, it was awkward and unnecessary, just show the action playing out without this horrible editing.

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In conclusion the second trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was good and provided me with some interesting new tidbits about the film that I hadn’t seen before but ultimately I wasn’t blown away by it. I’m convinced more than ever that Ben Affleck will kill it as Bruce Wayne/Batman and I’m ready to see this film play out, I just hope that it is a good film that’s not too bloated and won’t be ruined by the marketing department.

So what do you think of the second trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Did it raise your excitement or do nothing for you? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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My Top 6 Highlights From San Diego Comic-Con

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Howdy ladies and gents, time for some frigging news and recaps! So over the past weekend San Diego Comic-Con went down and it was a pretty crazy session with a good number of stories that dropped online. There was so much news not only for films, but also for TV and comics and I wasn’t able to see it all because I was at work. 😦 This was the first year for a while when I was working during the actual event so a lot of stories dropped while I was at work and I didn’t find out about it until I got out at 2am UK time which SUCKED! So rather than trying to talk about everything I’m just going to talk about my highlights from the convention. Oh by the way I will be talking about the leaked trailer for certain films but I won’t be showing the trailers because I don’t want my blog posts being shut down. 😛

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer

It was kind of given that this would be the first topic of conversation and probably the biggest highlight, but it’s hard not to be hyped for this film now. I will say that I’m not going gaga over this trailer, some fans have been losing the frigging minds over this, but that’s not me. I do like this trailer a lot, but some of my concerns about the film still stand but I’ll get into that later.

I’m going to do a mini review of the trailer and keep my thoughts brief. All in all, the more I see from this film, the more hyped I get. This film is looking better with each new reveal, I love how they’ve tied BvS into Man of Steel by putting Bruce Wayne right in the thick of the chaos that went down when Superman fought Zod, and having been a witness to the destruction and death that happened, Bruce now has a reason not only to hate Superman but also to resurface as the Batman. I also like how Superman is being handled, the world is split on him, some love him and some hate him, and he’s also being held accountable for the damage he caused and is being brought to court (where’s Matt Murdock when you need him :P). Everything about this film is looking pretty cool, the story is looking good, I’m liking the character motivations and dilemmas, the action looks kick ass and very Snyder-like (super stylish and crazy) and there’s a lot of cool quotes being thrown around too. That being said I did think the trailer felt a little crowded especially with the appearances of Wonder Woman (still wondering how she fits into this film), also I’m not over the moon about Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor (though that red capes line is hilarious) or Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman (notice how there was no dialogue for her), I’m still waiting to be wowed. Otherwise all you need to know is that my general consensus is that I’m really looking forward to this film and I want it now.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Panel & Behind-The-Scenes Footage

While I’m not the biggest Star Wars nerd ever, my love for the films and the franchise as a whole is undeniable and I’m so hyped for The Force Awakens and the panel just gave me more confidence in the cast and crew behind hit. Hearing the answers from JJ Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan and Kathleen Kennedy given by fans and the host made me feel so at ease and just reconfirmed my hopes for the film. It also helped that the cast both new and old are so charming, down to earth and excited for the film to be released.

But then that behind-the-scenes video was the part that really got me giddy. Take a look:

There is just too much to mention. Hardcore SW fans must be having a field day picking apart the footage for me I just loved seeing these on-set locations whether they were exterior or interior, I loved the concept art and the practical animatronics and the lighting used for the darker scenes during filming. I like the stormtroopers, I love the explosions, the sets look incredibly detailed and big, and seeing the cast’s enthusiasm for the film is infectious especially from Simon Pegg. I think Mark Hamill said it best, “Everything’s changed but nothing’s changed, that’s the way you want it to be really.” It truly seemed like the filmmakers want to bring fans back to the beginning of the series but modernize it and I’m hyped.

Deadpool Trailer

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It feels like this film has been in development for AGES, for the longest time it was all just talk and hoping that a Deadpool film would happen, but it’s actually happening and it’s still kind of surreal. But seeing the trailer in action just put things in perspective and I know now that Deadpool, so far, looking awesome and I want it now! Now I will say that I watched the leaked trailer online, but hey if you’re not at Comic-Con and its online, you have to watch it right? So I took a peek and it looks just as mad as I had hoped. There are jokes galore, breaking the fourth wall, references to other superhero films, violence and action and at the center of it there’s just this wonderful sense of madness and fun. I loved the use of DMX in the trailer, Ryan Reynolds is on top form with this role and I like TJ Miller too. I’m totally down for this film.

Suicide Squad Trailer

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I was actually really hyped up when this leaked online. I know it’s not good to hope for exclusive film footage to drop online, but when you’re not an attendee of fancy events like these it is great to get to see something cool ( even if it is a bit blurry and out of frame. What I will say about the Suicide Squad trailer is that it felt right, it felt so right. I know only the tiniest bit of info about them from the source material, but from what I know about them they seem correct. I love the tone, it’s serious, but not too dark, I love the look of the film, the use of colour, lighting and action looks nice too, plus the cast look pretty badass especially Amanda Waller, Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Killer Croc and the Joker too. I also liked the references to Man of Steel creating a sense of continuity and this film feels like the starting point of expanding the DC cinematic universe in a really good way.

UPDATE: Here’s the official trailer:

X-Men: Apocalypse Trailer

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This was the last leaked trailer that I saw because it was a little more recent and again I was glad it found its way online because it looks awesome! I’ve heard people talk about this trailer online, but you can only imagine how they feel when you haven’t seen the footage yourself, but after seeing this trailer I can understand the hype. X-Men: Apocalypse looks like it could well be the best X-Men film yet, the sense of disaster, dread and end of the world kind of tone can be felt all over this trailer. I’m really liking how in this film, it seems like the film is progressing when it comes to the looks of the characters when it comes to the costumes, hair and make-up. Characters like Storm, Nightcrawler and Professor X look really great, but Apocalypse was the real surprise, Oscar Isaac was shown right there in full make-up and costume and he looked SO beastly and unrecognisable. I just like some of the stuff they’ve carried over from First Class and Days of Future Past into this one, I’m just in a proper good mood to see this film.

Game of Thrones Panel

And finally we have the Game of Thrones panel, while nothing too significant got revealed, I just found it entertaining to watch as 2015 has found me at the peak of my GoT hype and since I’ve never watched a panel on this show I found it really fun, interesting and surprising too. I’ve not really seen many of the cast for the show outside of their characters besides Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and Gwendoline Christie, so it was firstly just fascinating to see them all talk in their normal accents and interact in a more relaxed and playful manner. i liked hearing about the cast’s experience doing season 5 and answering some of the questions that fans gave. Though I thought Conleth Hill was the highlight of the panel and stole the show, his normal speaking voice was so much more manly than expected, but beyond that the guy is just hilarious, he cracked so many jokes and said a lot of humourous things, Hill just seems like the best kind of guy ever to hang out with in real life. I want him as a best friend.

So that’s me done, do let me know about your highlights from this year’s SDCC and what your thought of my mine in the comments section below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews, Television

 

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The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer #1 Review

Howdy people of the internet, today I have another trailer review for you and today’s one is another important one as it’s the teaser to  the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now after the awesome Star Wars: Episode 7 trailer recently, I thought that there wouldn’t be another great trailer to watch for a while, however, Batman v Superman leaked online and being the nerd that I was I just had to see it, and then it officially got released I think a day later. So how does it look? Well read on and find out!

Check out the trailer below:

So my first thoughts after seeing this trailer? Cool, pretty damn cool, I want more please.

This trailer was pretty much exactly how I expected it to be; dark, muted in colour, and in line with the tone of Man of Steel, however what I didn’t expect was how the inclusion of Batman would make me even more excited for this film than I was before. I make it no secret that I’m more of a Marvel fan than DC fan, that being said I love me some Batman and I feel like that is the key aspect that has me interested in this film. No offence to Superman, but Batman is friggin Batman, the dark knight, caped crusader, creature of the dark and all-round badass and in this trailer I got that vibe from him.

This trailer pretty much gives off a “these are the dark days” kind of vibe, from the voice overs and imagery on-screen, it looks like things have not progresses well since Superman’s last outing. What this trailer does well is that it helps illustrate what the state of the world is in the DC film universe and world after the events of Man of Steel, people question Superman’s existence, and ask things like is he a saviour? Is he doing the right thing? Looks like Superman these days is subject of controversy with some who like him and some who hate him, the guy even has a statue made in his honest but it has the words “false god” on it, so yeah Superman has a lot on his plate these days. I also love some of the lines from some of the voice overs like:

  • “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
  • “Human beings have a horrible track record of following people with great power.”
  • Lex Luthor: “Devils don’t come from hell beneath us. They come from the sky.” (clearly Jesse Eisenberg sounding pretty cool and Luthor-like from this line of dialogue)
  • Alfred: “That’s how it starts. The fever, the rage, the feeling of powerlessness that turns good men… cruel.” (This is my favourite quote, it is very classic Alfred and Jeremy Irons says it with such style and poignancy.

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The imagery for this film looks very nice and distinctive, it reminds me of the style of Watchmen (but then you could argue that it is the same style that Zack Snyder does in all of his films). I don’t know if it is just because it is because of the way the world looks or if it is because of the inclusion of Batman, but this film seems bleaker and more grey than Man of Steel. There are more dark clouds, extra emphasis on the lighting and shadows, with shots in the daytime that look pretty bright while shots at night are dark but have plenty of light sources to highlight the action (like lighting, fire, explosion, artificial lighting, etc). That shot of that man reaching to the sky towards Superman’s direction, it looks very fantasy-like, like he really is reaching out to god-like being with Superman almost silhouetted by the sun, that is a pretty shot. Oh and that shot of Batman (I assume) inside that building (that reminds me of that place where Superman killed Zod in Man of Steel), it looks very dramatic and the use of smoke, lighting breaking through the window and the colour blue really makes the scene look cold and dramatic. I can tell that the film will have a lot of special and iconic-looking shots in its cinematography.

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Oh but the best thing about this teaser is inclusion of Batman, period. For me the main selling point of this film is the introduction of Batman, I know it is a sequel to a Superman film, but he’s not really as interesting or cool as the beast that is the Batman, and thankfully he looks frigging badass, we get a few looks at him and even get to see Ben Affleck outside of the suit as Bruce Wayne too.

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Just looking at this image above, Affleck really looks cool. Even though Affleck has a very recognisable face and screen presence, here he really looks serious and badass and I am feeling a Bruce Wayne vibe from him. It is that look in his face and his black shirt that just feels very Bruce Wayne-like and leads me to believe that he will kill it in this role.

But what is more impressive is the Batman costume. For a while now, I’ve always said about each of the live-action Batman films that my only nitpick is that the Batman suits have never looked comic book accurate. I know that with adaptations things have to change and there were limitations with certain films because of the different points in time. For me the Tim Burton suits were the best and closest to the comics, while the Christopher Nolan suits were interesting variations but not very accurate to comics. This new suit, DAMN, now that’s what I call badass! It is very close to the suit from The Dark Knight Returns, it also retains that iconic Batman looks from the cowl to the cape to the grey coloured suit underneath. And that shot of Affleck in the suit as he rises up looks so beast! He looks like a frigging tank and you see him in this suit and you;re like, “Bloody hell, I don’t wanna meet that guy on a dark night.” That is the look of an imposing anti-hero and I love it. Oh and another thing to note is that shot of Batman on top of that building with his cape blowing in the wind looks really cool and again really taps into that comic book style.

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And then there’s the final scene with Batman and Superman (which some of us had scene last summer from the Comic-Con trailer), the two stare each other down, one from the sky and the other from the ground, all the while with the rain, thunder and lightning, and then Superman comes down to the ground, and that’s pretty much the point before the fight will take off. I really like the way Batman’s armoured suit looks, it is very cool and sharp, but this scene is mainly notable for the quote that Batman drops: “Tell me, do you bleed? You will” That is some hardcore words there, and fan across the internet are already freaking out about it.

DctHud3 uEXT4xJOh man, it looks like things are about to kick off yo. The rain really reminds me of a Matrix Revolutions type of battle (I know, bad film to make a comparison to but it had to be done).

In conclusion the first trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice looks pretty cool. I can tell that this film will be something to talk about for ages after it comes out if any of this footage is an indication of what’s to come in the final film. From the very pretty visual style to the shots of the batwing and batmobile and seeing Superman in this god-like manner, it feels like it is tapping into the comic book material and is making fans happy for sure. It is super dark, moody and very atmospheric and Batman looks frigging awesome. While this trailer blow me away personally, it was a lot better than I was expecting and I can’t wait to discover more about this film later on in the year.

So what do you think of the teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Are you over the moon and freaking out about it or are you disappointing or just okay with it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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BIG NEWS PART 3: Warner Bros. Reveal Their Upcoming DC Comic Movies!

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, today I return to you to talk about more comic book film-related news that’s been going down over the last few days. So with the big rumoured announcement surrounding Captain America 3, DC and Warner Bros. deceived to fight back with their own big film announcement and as one person put it online “Go to Defcon 3.”

The following information comes from superherohype:

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While speaking at Time Warner Investor Day, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara fully revealed their DC Comics movie slate, which was previously filled with nine untitled films.

2016 will see the release of the previously-confirmed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but also the Suicide Squad movie has now been placed in the August 5, 2016 release date. Additional releases for the year will include the previously-reported LEGO Ninjago on September 23 and the “Harry Potter” spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on November 18.

2017 will see the release of the just-announced The LEGO Batman Movie on May 26, 2017 with a Wonder Woman solo film coming June 23 and the Zack Snyder-directed Justice League Part One, featuring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles, on November 10.

2018 will see the release of two solo DC films with The Flash on March 23, 2018, starringThe Perks of Being a Wallflower and We Need to Talk About Kevin‘s Ezra Miller in the title role, in addition to Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa, on July 27. We’ll also get a sequel toThe LEGO Movie on May 25 and the second Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them later that year.

In 2019, WB will release Shazam, starring Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam, on April 5, 2019, and Justice League Part Two, once again to be directed by Zack Snyder, on June 14, 2019 .

2020 brings us two more solo films with Cyborg, starring Ray Fisher, on April 3, 2020 and a reboot of Green Lantern on June 19. A third Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will also be released later that year.

Furthermore WB has also confirmed that solo films for both Batman and Superman are also in development though no release date has been set for either. Here are highlights from the press release:

As part of his presentation, Tsujihara announced a bold expansion of the industry’s broadest theatrical slate, built around the largest, most important global franchises. Warner Bros. Pictures will release three LEGO-branded films over the next four years, building upon the enormous success of this year’s “The LEGO Movie” ($468 million worldwide box office), starting with “Ninjago” in 2016, directed by Charlie Bean and produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Batman will take a star turn in “The LEGO Batman Movie” in 2017, directed by Chris McKay, and the sequel, “The LEGO Movie 2,” will debut in 2018. 

The Studio will release three pictures, in 2016, 2018 and 2020, based on best-selling author J.K. Rowling’s original story and screenwriting debut, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Set in an extension of her familiar wizarding world, featuring magical creatures and characters inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook and its fictitious author, Newt Scamander, “Fantastic Beasts” will be directed by David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, and reunite the filmmaking team of David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. 

And, in a massive expansion of the Studio’s DC Entertainment-branded content, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema will release a slate of at least 10 movies–as well as stand-alone Batman and Superman films–from 2016 through 2020 that expands this prized universe of characters: 

  • “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” directed by Zack Snyder (2016) 

  • “Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer (2016) 

  • “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot (2017) 

  • “Justice League Part One,” directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017) 

  • “The Flash,” starring Ezra Miller (2018) 

  • “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa (2018) 

  • “Shazam” (2019) 

  • “Justice League Part Two,” directed by Zack Snyder (2019) 

  • “Cyborg,” starring Ray Fisher (2020) 

  • “Green Lantern” (2020)

Well, damn, this came out of nowhere. Now don’t get me wrong, it isn’t like Warner Bros. and DC hasn’t been making announcements since their Batman V Superman film has been in production, but I didn’t think their progress was real… Until now. Looks like these companies are starting to show some balls now and I’m surprised. They have been cowering in the shadows while Marvel have been taking all the glory in the film department, but now they have a list of films dating up until2020, that’s a long way off, but the fact of the matter is, after all this time, we see that there are plans of DC Comics’ character and they will have a their day in live-action, provided that the film schedule works out. Now I have to say that I am a bit of a Marvel fanboy and I love how much they are owning everyone in the realm of live-action comic book films (with the exception of 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. from time to time), but to hear that some of these films will actually start happening, it does make me super giddy and curious as to how it will turn out.

As for the films chosen, it is interesting the way they’ve structured it. Did not expect there to be a two-part Justice League film, they must have some major story plans for that if they’re calling part one and two. As for the Suicide Squad film, I’m not too fussed, however, having David Ayer behind it does make the project seem more interesting. I know of the SQ and their iterations in Arrow and Batman: Assault on Arkham., but to have a film based on them is a bit risky since they aren’t that well-known, but hey, if Marvel can make something as obscure as Guardians of the Galaxy mainstream, then DC can try it too right? And speaking of risky, I’m not sold on the choice of actor relating to The Flash, now I like Ezra Miller a lot, but he does not come across as superhero material at all, ESPECIALLY when it comes to someone as cool as the Flash, but hey, maybe he and the filmmakers will prove us wrong, but man they will have their work cut out for them, the internet fan boys aren’t too happy about this decision.

As for the rest of the films, Wonder Woman, I dunno, Gal Gadot is gonna have to do something amazing in BvS to prove that she deserves her own solo film. Shazam, I’m sold, I only know a bit about the character from Young Justice, but he seems like such a cool character that belongs on the big screen at some point. Aquaman sounds like a badass in the comics these days, so it will be interesting to see id that cool version of the character can be translated into live action with Jason Momoa. Cyborg is the one I’m not too interested in seeing a solo film about, why? Because as much as I’ve liked him in the animated adaptations of Teen Titans and Young Justice, I’ve always liked him as an ensemble character rather than having a solo film focused on him. And finally, there’s Green Lantern, coming back to the world of live-action after nine years, well it will be by that point, hopefully they’ll get it right the next time.

So all in all this is good news and I’m intrigued for Warner Bros. and DC have coming up in the future beyond BvS, if they can play their cards right.

Anyways, what do you think of this news and which new film are you excited for the most? Please comment below and let me know people! Laters. 😀

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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San Diego Comic-Con 2014 – My Highlights

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Good day to you ladies and gents, well the annual San Diego Comic Convention is totally in full swing and news, images and videos have been released all over the internet and it has sent fans into a frenzy so far. So far from what I’ve seen and read it has been a pretty amazing session so far and I wish I could attend, but alas I am too poor lol. So just like last year I’m gonna do a news round-up of all the updates from Comic-Con that have caught my eye. So hold on tight as I have a lot to get through, let’s rocket! XD

Wonder Woman’s Costume Revealed

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For me one of the biggest things to come out of Comic-Con was the reveal of Wonder Woman’s costume and I have to say that I like it. Gal Gadot looks fine in it and the costume is clearly more practical and let’s revealing than the comic book versions of the past. Though it wasn’t until I saw a meme online where someone pointed out that the BvS Wonder Woman costume is pretty much the same as Xena from the old Xena: Warrior Princess TV show, really after you do a quick comparison is kind of hard to ignore. Whether or not the costume designers were aware of this or not remains to be seen, either way it is pretty interesting to note.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Footage

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Obviously what could be described as the biggest announcement from Comic-Con this year would be the reveal of the short footage from the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice which features an armoured Batman in the rain setting up the Bat signal and Superman hovers in the sky looking down with glowing eyes like they’re ready to duke it out. Now thanks to the power of the internet I saw some blurry leaked footage and from what i could tell it looked pretty awesome, Batman looked badass and the way Gotham City has been crafted visually is so good and the way these two titans are just staring at each other you know that shit is gonna go down. Everybody has been freaking out about this footage and while I think it was cool, it was by no means anything earth-shattering.

Avengers: Age of Ultron Massive Picture, Footage & Info

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Not to be outdone by DC completely Marvel assembled nearly all of their cast for the Avengers: Age of Ultron panel where they were all introduced in style to Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop Til You Enough” and we learnt a few more details about some of the characters here and there. In addition to that we got a beautiful concept art poster of all the Avengers assembled battling the Ultron army [pictured above} which looks totally badass and is my new wallpaper haha. And then there’s the footage (which at this point has yet to be leaked online), which apparently has the Avengers chilling out with each of them trying to pick up Thor’s hammer and failed, only Captain America has the power to budge it a little. And Ultron apparently comes a long and messes things up and then there’s a montage of all sorts of things (man I hope that trailer gets leaked.

Check out the panel here:

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 & Animated Series Announced

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So Guardians of the Galaxy is just under a week away and so far it has been getting early positive reviews which is awesome and now it has been announced that there is not only gonna be a sequel to Marvel’s sci-fi adventure but there will also be an animated series too. When it comes to Guardians 2 I say bring it on, if the first film is as good as I am hoping then I would love to see more from that universe. As for the animated series, I’m not sure, Marvel have had a dodgy track record with animated shows after Spectacular Spider-Man, Avengers: EMH and Wolverine and the X-Men ended and if it looks anything like the Avengers Assemble cartoon that that won’t be good thing for me, that art design is a bit too stylized and funky, but I’ll wait until the trailer comes out before I start to complain.

Legendary Pictures Announce Godzilla 2 With More Classic Monsters & King Kong Reboot Entitled ‘Skull Island’

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Now there were some surprising things to read on Saturday from Legendary Pictures’ announcements. No not that Godzilla was getting a sequel, but that there was going to be the return of classic monsters in the future like Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah. When I read that I was like “YES!” (In a high-pitched voice). I don’t car what anyone says, Godzilla (2014) was killer and worked where it needed to most, the monster fights, and if the filmmakers are gonna bring in my classic monster for some fighting action I say bring the hell on! Then there was the news that King Kong was gonna get rebooted and focus on the place of his origin, Skull Island. It does feel a bit soon to reboot the big ape considering that the Peter Jackson version was only 9 years ago, but hey reboots are the ‘in-thing’ so why not do it? Now the reason I’m down for this is because since both Godzilla and King Kong are under the same studio roof, maybe there will be the chance for another King Kong Vs. Godzilla film? Wishful thinking I know but one can hope. 😛

So this concludes the first part of my news, all in all it’s been a pretty good session though not nearly as exciting or unexpected as last year I have to say. Anyway which of these stories stood out the most to you and is there anything on here that I didn’t mention that you think was worth talking about? Whatever it is be sure to comment below and I’ll ya around on the next blog post yo! 🙂

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2014 in Films, Media, Television

 

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