25 June 2009

The Justice League: A Super Friendly Tour (Part 9)

Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show

Brought back to life by an all new Kenner “Super Powers” toy line was yet another incarnation of Super Friends. The show returned to Saturday mornings in 1984 with a makeover and a new title. The show now consisted of two 11-minute stories per episode. This incarnation featured the core team of Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman (but not Aquaman), continued with the Wonder Twins and Gleek as well as other made for the series Black Vulcan, Apache Chief, Samurai, and El Dorado, brought back guest Green Lantern, and added for the first time Firestorm, who got more than his fair share of the spotlight.

This series also focused more on nefarious comic book villains, particularly a redesigned more robotic Brainiac (who still appeared in humanoid form in the title credits) and Darkseid (though power suit Luthor also appeared).

The program lasted one season and contained 8 episodes (16 11-minute segments).

Availability: Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show on DVD

Up Next: The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians

24 June 2009

My Super Ex-Girldfriend (2006) - Film Capsule

Heroes: Jenny Johnson AKA G-Girl

Villains: Bedlam

Diabolical Scheme: The villain, Barry EDward LAMbert aka Bedlam, just wants to get back at the girl who broke his heart back in high school. The only "bad" thing he did during the movie was dangle her current boyfriend from the Statue of Liberty in a savable state.

Coolest Moment(s): Not sure cool is the right word, but it was entertaining. Besides, I never done seen an indoor shark attack before:

Worst Moment: Super bed breaking and wall shattering "love-making." Fortunately we got two such scenes. But now that I think of it, the flying while doin' it scene may have been worse.

Comic Book Logic
: If touching a meteor gives super powers, why does touching it again take the powers away, and touching it a third time restore the powers? Is it one of those freaking touch lamps? And why is altered hair color a super power?

Opening Weekend: $8,603,460

Total Domestic Box Office: $22,530,295

Review in 50 Words or Less: Does the idea of a clingy girl using super powers to get back at her ex-boyfriend sound awesome? No!? What if she threw a CGI shark at him? Interested yet? What if that was the best part of the movie? Yikes. Maybe The Spirit wasn't so bad after all.

23 June 2009

Airbender Teaser Wafts In

I have to admit, its only the last few seconds of this teaser that excite me. But seeing the enormous Fire Nation Navy approaching hints at the large scope this film could have. I think I will be on the fence until I see how they handle (or exclude) fantastical elements like Apa and Momo. I am looking forward to the full trailer. Yip Yip.

22 June 2009

Smallville Goes Green

Brain Austin Green (the "cool" Vanilla Ice looking guy from 90210) is coming to Smallville to play (you probably didn't guess it) Metallo - the cyborg with a heart of gold kryptonite. Sure, why not. I certainly see the resemblance. If anyone is going to beat the living snot out of Superman, this guy seems like the one to do it.

BAG joins fellow Hillbilly Tori Spelling as columnist for the Daily Planet. Spelling had portrayed gossip columnist turned water-based Krypto freak Linda Lake on two previous episodes.

To be fair, most of the comic book based villains appearing on Smallville have been presented favorably and either way, Metallo has been one of the main Superman baddies yet unused. Basically all that is left now is uberthreat Darkseid. Below is a list of Superman villains previously used in the series (though some of them simply inhabited the bodies of regular characters) and ranked from best to worst.

1. Lex Luthor
2. Brainiac
3. Bizarro
4. Doomsday
5. Morgan Edge
6. General Zod
7. Vandal Savage
8. Toyman
9. Faora AKA Mrs. Zod
10. Maxima
11. Mr. Mxyzptlk
12. Bruno "Ugly" Mannheim

Feel free to make requests for future installments of the spotlight feature if you are unfamiliar with any of these folk.