23 January 2010

Super Butt Surprises on Brave and the Bold

Last night on Batman: The Brave and the Bold there were quite a few geek nods that couldn't wait until Monday for a post. Not only did the episode, Sidekicks Assemble, feature the formation of the Teen Titans as well as the debut of Nightwing (picture forthcoming) but it also offered a surprise look at the Justice League. Not only were we given first looks at Martian Manhunter and Barry Allen Flash, but beardless Aquaman and most notably the butts of Wonder Woman and Superman. Normally I wouldn't be too exited about a couple of butts, however in this case seeing these characters at all was a nice treat since they are supposedly "off-limits" to the show for non-creative reasons.

Oh, and we got to see the Hall of Justice- strait out of the Super Friends!

22 January 2010

Generation X (1996) - Film Capsule

Heroes: The X-Men (Kinda) lineup of Emma Frost/ White Queen, Sean Cassidy/ Banshee, Monet St. Croix/ M, Jubilation Lee/ Jubilee, Mondo, Angelo Espinosa/ Skin and made up characters Arlee Hicks / Buff, Kurt Pastorius / Refrax

Villains: Russel Tresh

Diabolical Scheme: Tresh wants to experiment on mutants to develop more powers. He also likes to travel in some dream universe.

Worst Moment: Pretty much all of Tresh's constant Jim Carrey impressions were pretty painful.

Review in 50 Words or Less
: While its fun seeing some X-Men you recognize and many you don't, the lack of budget or menacing villain make this teen drama more like Dawson's Creek than Smallville. Hopefully if X-Men: First Class gets made its not at all like this. At least it didn't add to Wolverine overexposure.

21 January 2010

Evolution of the Batman (and Robin) - Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

In the year 2000, the Batman Beyond series got its first film treatment bringing back Batman's ultimate nemesis in the direct to video release of Return of the Joker.

The movie opens with the future Batman fighting a gang of Joker inspired villains "cleverly" dubbed the Jokerz.

But as it turned out, the gang really was working for THE Joker.

This opens up a big mystery as we are treated to a series of flashbacks revealing the Joker's death at the hands of a tortured Robin years back witnessed by Batgirl and Batman himself.

But somehow the returned Joker knows the identity of the original Batman and strikes out against old man Wayne.

You can read my brief review here, but lets just say, it was a pretty entertaining movie with a not too unbelievable resolution. The interesting thing about this movie is that it was originally cut as PG-13 but concerns about violence in cartoons resulted in much of the blood and violence being edited out. We were also treated to some additions like seat belts in the reedit. Luckily, both editions found their way to DVD. I recommend the unedited cut. For a rundown of the changes, check out this article at worldsfinestonline.com. Even still, the edited cut retains some dark themes what with the implied torture and killing and all.

The movie ends by revealing the fate of Nana Harley Quinn, so we can all rest easy knowing she will be around for years to come.

Up Next: Selling Out to OnStar

20 January 2010

February's Double Helping of Justice Trailers

If you are into justice February will be a good month for you. Here are new looks at Smallville's Justice Society

and the parallel Earth's Crime Syndicate versus the Justice League.

Sony Present's Sony's Spider-man and What Could Have Been

So, to be fair, having heard some of the plot details of Sam Raimi's Spidey 4, I think that is a movie I can go without. From what I have read, the movie would have begin with MJ and Peter splitting. Now, its not like I want more Spidey/MJ drama, but this would have made 3 movies of them trying to work things out seem pretty pointless. Anyhow, the break up set the stage for Peter's romance with the Black Cat Black Vulturess. daughter of the Vulture. But when Spidey defeats and kills the vulture, the Vulturess gets mad and Peter quits being Spider-Man.

No I did not make that up and it sounds at least as rehashy and stupid as any Sony presents Spider-Man by Sony could be, so I am willing to give this new take a benefit of the doubt. Hopefully next time round they wont screw up venom so bad.

19 January 2010

What to Expect in 2010 - Superhero Competition

In Part 1 and Part 2 we looked at anticipated Superhero movies and shows arriving in 2010. In this final part, I thought it would be fun to look forward to some of the other big movies that will be competing with the heroes at the box office.

12 Feb 2010 - Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

I have read the book this is based on and the quick description is that its Harry Potter with Greek mythology. Its also set in the US and is not as good. Having said that, the book was still enjoyable and seeing a smorgasbord of Greek myths introduced into the film as the trio of heroes travels cross country seems like it could be a good time, tricking me into thinking I really did enjoy memorizing the names of all those gods in junior high school English. These books do not have the following of the Potter man and a February release limits its potential for success, but who knows. It may be successful enough for the whole 5 book series to receive adaptations.

19 Mar 2010 - Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland

On paper, Tim Burton seems like an obvious name for an Alice movie, but this movie looks a lot weirder and less wondrous than I had hoped for. I bet it will be a hit though.

26 Mar 2010 - Clash of the Titans

Between this and Percy Jackson, this Spring is a big one for the Greeks. The 1980's Clash of the Titans is a fun movie- mechanical C-3PO owl and all. This one looks to be a bit more like the 300 and less like Jason and the Argonauts.

26 Mar 2010 - How to Train Your Dragon

Another year, another slew of Dreamworks animated movies. There just aren't enough dragon movies out there and hopefully this one is as fun as Monsters vs. Aliens sounded (but wasn't).

21 May 2010 - Shrek Forever After

Can we get "FINAL" in writing. I have a feeling that this won't be the last of Shrek we see. This is the first movie of the year that may actually impact superhero box office coming out a couple weeks after Iron Man 2. Still, the impact should be minimal. I really hope for Shrek's sake that this movie is better than the last one.

28 May 2010 - Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

I don't know too much about this movie except that it wants to be Disney's next Pirates style franchise. Hey if you can make a series out of a ride, isn't it about time a video game adaptation made it big? Claiming Memorial Day weekend, Prince of Persia hopes to be huge but I am still on the fence.

11 Jun 2010 - The A-Team

Its the A-Team!

18 Jun 2010 - Toy Story 3

This will be gigantic. Even though its directed at kids, between Toy Story and the A-Team, Jonah Hex (opening this same day) will be an afterthought.

16 Jul 2010 - Inception

Chris Nolan's Dark Knight follow-up will be big. Its a good thing Thor pushed back to 2011. It would have been killed in the middle of 2010.

16 Jul 2010 - The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Is this supposed to be in any way related to the Mickey Mouse Fantasia short? Is Nick Cage Mickey. I don't get it.

19 Nov 2010 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

The Pot returns for Thanksgiving. At least its not another Twilight.

10 Dec 2010 - The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Am I the only one that thought Caspian was better than The Lion, Witch, Wardrobe? I am looking forward to this and hoping its big enough to get at least the Silver Chair and Last Battle made.

17 Dec 2010 - Tron Legacy

Between Tron and Narnia, will anyone be left to care about the Green Hornet? Then again, every time I bust out the old Tron DVD I remember the movie isn't as great as it is cool. The light cycles I like, and the old Tron arcade game was fun, so if this Tron has lots of light cycles and some spinning cone sequence, I am sold.