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Gotham Pilot Review

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Can a tv series about Batman’s famous home city make it without a Batman? Before I can answer this question, Gotham City has been portrayed as dark and seedy place where even the more wretched hive of scum and villainy of Mos Eisley dare not tread. Yet, the city is the backdrop and rarely do we see it as a city on its own. Burton’s gothic take and Schumacher’s living comic book colors of Gotham were passable but I for one never felt it as a real city.  Nolan’s Batman gave us a better glimpse as we could see the city in night and day but Gotham gives us an even better perspective on a city street level. You could feel the corruption of this city oozing through the screen watching the pilot. Gotham has surprised this die-hard Batman fan to say, yes, this series can survive without a Batman. The same can not be said of Superman’s Metropolis and not Fritz Lang’s Metropolis; just to be clear.

As for the details about this episode, I will have to wait before I chime in and maybe be able to do a podcast on this show. So far, I loved what I saw.

‘Supergirl’ Series Ordered by CBS from Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler | Variety

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I’ve been keeping tabs on this for the past couple of weeks and this news could a new age for heroines (on the small screen at least) to become a major force – a silver age maybe upon us. For me, the 70’s had some great characters like Wonder Woman (Carter), The Bionic Woman (Wagner), The Mighty Isis (Cameron), Electra Woman and Dyna Girl (Hall and Strangis, respectively) and Charlie’s Angels could be include though not powered beings. Each of these series had a strong female lead that could hold their own.

As the years rolled on, there were other strong female characters like Colonel Derring (Gray) from Buck Rogers, Pam Davison (Selleca) from The Greatest American Hero, and lastly, the Visitor Diane and Dr. Parrish (Balder, Grant) from the mini series and later a regular series V but they were in a supportive roles. Sure, there was Xena (Lawless) and Buffy (Gellar) and Dark Angel (Alba) would rebound in the 90’s and 2000 but that’s it. The Wonder Woman pilot by David Kelly was interesting but failed to make the cut as well as the CW rumored Amazon series is nowhere in sight.  However, in this decade, we have Agent Carter (Atwell) and Jessica Jones (???) coming to Netflix and now Supergirl (???), more could be coming to the small screen if these shows take off. What will it take?

Aside from the actual physical attributes, we have to care about these new characters. Agent Carter may show her with a tough exterior but mourns the loss of Steve Rogers. Can she command the same respect from the Howling Commandos when Captain America was in charge? From the picture last week, it seems that issue was put to rest. So we can have a women lead the pack or take charge of a situation that is equal to any man in a similar position. With Supergirl, all I can say is let us not see Smallville 2.0. If she is a super, then show her as a super but make her interesting and someone we can identify regardless of the sex.

CBS has donned its cape and is ready to conquer the superhero market, giving a series commitment to scribes Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler’s “Supergirl.”

“Supergirl,” which is based on characters from DC Comics, comes from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and is exec produced by Berlanti, Adler and Sarah Schechter. It’s based on the story of Kara Zor-El, who, like her famous cousin, escaped Krypton amid its destruction. She’s been keeping her powers a secret since arriving on Earth, but now — at age 24 — she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

via ‘Supergirl’ Series Ordered by CBS from Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler | Variety.

‘Agents of SHIELD’ Photo: Agent Carter and the Howling Commandos!

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THIS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN FUCKIN’ WANTED TO SEE!!!! Pardon, my English as I don’t speak French but this picture is exactly what I predicted for me to get back on board with Agents of SHIELD. Well, almost. Having the Agent Carter series will not only help to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) but also prove a strong female lead who is also a non powered hero can make a lasting impact. Seeing her in action, in the early formation of SHIELD, fighting along side the Howling Commandos makes up for the disappointment in Agents of SHIELD. I am giving SHIELD another chance but now, I am only up to episode 8 and I’m sure it will pick up and end better than it started. (So, I’ve been told.)

To make this series even better, we need to have a couple of support characters already seen Captain America 1 and 2. First off, Howard Stark, (Iron Man’s daddy) does make an appearance though I can’t see or verify how many episodes. I went to IMDB and was able to see the character and actor (Dominic Cooper) but because this was a premium service I did not pay for that’s all that I can see. Still, if Howard is part of the ongoing storyline, we could see many ideas like the hover vehicle technology being tinkered or have him come up with new tech ala Q for James Bond for those at SHIELD.

Now, if you had watched Captain America 2 The Winter Soldier there was a major bombshell with Armin Zola (corn goodness. sorry the old Mazola commercial is running in my head every time I say Armin Zola) revealing how HYDRA was already embedded with SHIELD since the beginning. Let’s bring in Toby Jones to play Armin once more or for the duration of the series as he was instrumental to SHIELD all the while being a HYDRA agent. This would flesh out the series with a baddie that will only help the good guys provided it helps the HYDRA cause. That would be great as a running story line for the series. Having said this about Zola, when he was talking to Captain America as a computer, he showed a picture of a dead Howard Stark. How can this be?

At first I was thinking, someone fucked up on the timeline of Iron Man’s dad. From Iron Man 2, Tony is watch his old man doing a presentation for the Stark Expo. He is a much older man than the picture that Zola showed on the computer screen. Here’s the possible connection: the real Howard Stark was killed much earlier but was replaced with a HYDRA agent who under went a cosmetic procedure to not only look like him but to sound and act like Howard Stark. How this plays out, I don’t know but it would be an interesting thing to play around with and have fun with this possible storyline. There you have my take on Agent Carter.

Let’s see how the series lives up to our expectation.

As it was revealed earlier in the week, Hayley Atwell will be reprising her Captain America: The First Avenger role as Agent Peggy Carter in the Season 2 premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. before she takes the lead in her own ABC series, simply titled Marvel’s Agent Carter. The first photo has debuted from the upcoming episode “Shadows” with kicks things off on September 23. While no plot details revolving around Peggy have been revealed, she is seen here with her Captain America: The First Avenger cohorts Jim Morita Kenneth Choi and Dum Dum Dugan Neal McDonough, two of the infamous Howling Commandos. Read on for more details…

via ‘Agents of SHIELD’ Photo: Agent Carter and the Howling Commandos!.

When Getting Angry Is the Most Rational Thing to Do

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A wise cgi muppet once said, “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”  I read the article below in which the writer talked about how anger to make one feel empowered depending on the situation. I think if one could channel the anger like how Bruce Banner and become something greater to produce a positive outcome, then yes, anger is the way to go.

A couple of months before I was laid off from the library, I was transferred to a branch which was my wife’s former supervisor. Since I already knew the problems my wife had to deal with, I prepared myself for an un-fun and soul sucking experience. However, there was one incident, my supervisor got on my ass for having a longer bedtime storytime program than planned for. For me, if a library program, especially a kids program runs longer, I consider this to be success. Many times, kids are ready to leave at the first chance if they don’t like something but if you can get them to stay, be engaged, and don’t want to leave, that is the ultimate success for any librarian. My supervisor thought otherwise and practically chastised me for being over 15 minutes. Later than night, my supervisor had her adult program which not only did it run longer than expected but the branch was closed and those patrons were still in the library. Quite the double standard – do as I say not as I do. I felt that night hating my supervisor with all the piss and vinegar in my blood. Yet, even by the time I got home, my hostility for my supervisor did not wane. I had to something.

I put on The Incredible Hulk dvd, (you know the good one with Ed Norton). I started to notice, like with many movie characters, I found myself living through the actor who portrayed Bruce Banner. For the most part of the film, when Banner did change to the Hulk, I too felt strong and empowered. Towards the climax of the film, the Hulk finally spoke with rage, “Hulk smash!” I felt a release come over me like a tipping point that made me realize what I had to do the next day. “I had to confront Vader again.” I had to talk to my supervisor and tell her how unfair and unbalanced her treatment was to me but I had to say it with out the anger. The “Hulk smash” line was the push I needed to get past the anger. And it worked.

The next morning, I worked out what I was going to say on the drive to work. Luckily, there were no other staff members but my supervisor noticed my dour demeanor. I spoke in measured tones to get my point across. I told her that I when it comes to running a children’s program anything she had to say I would take it as something constructive to improve future programs. However, when it came down to telling that I was in the wrong to letting the program running longer than planned for, I brought up how her program ran longer than planned for. She said point taken. That was it. (ok) From that point on, I did not have any further problems with her on that level. Had I known at the time that I would have been laidoff shortly thereafter, I would have probably done nothing and let it fester. This time, I didn’t let that happen.

Anger gets a bad rap. Sure, when there’s too much of it or when it’s improperly applied it can cause damage, but you could say that for nearly any other emotion. Learn how anger can make you smarter, more competent, and more realistic.

Anger is a Great Substitute for Fear or Despair As nasty as anger is, it’s a picnic when compared with terror, depression, or despair. That sounds like damning with faint praise, but it’s not. No one’s ever going to have a life so smooth and sunlit that nothing bad ever happens to them. Unless we are able to achieve serenity to the point of complete detachment, when bad things happen to us we feel negative emotions. Anger can be the best option

via When Getting Angry Is the Most Rational Thing to Do.

SDCC 2014: Police Need Your Help Concerning a Cosplayer

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When a lot of the discussion before, during, and after San Diego Comic-Con has been about cosplay, harassment and consent, this drives home the point something needs to be done, and conventions need to take safety seriously. Tumblr blog Test Your Luck has the details.

One of my dearest friends was found on the side of the road, unconscious and bloody. She was wearing this cosplay on the day it happened. She was last seen with friends when she ran off after a disagreement. Please, please, please, if you have ANY information or saw her anywhere, contact her mother. The full information is down below. This isn’t okay and it’s sickening to know that this happened at a place people truly can enjoy themselves. Please spread the word.

”I just received a call from the San Diego Police Department and my daughter (redacted) aka (redacted) was found on the…

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What If The Fantastic Four Film Also Doesn’t Want To Have Anything To Do With The Comics? – Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News

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I think this is a case of trying to have your cake and eating too for Marvel.  I came across this article and was wondering about WTH (What the Hogwarts) was going on with the Fantastic Four movie. Aside from changing the race of Johnny Storm, I did not see much of a problem with the reboot but Marvel is having an apparent shit fit.

If Marvel is not happy with Fox Studios treatment of their property, well Marvel, you can suck it. You gave away to rights to Fox because you 1) needed the movie and could not afford to produce your own version or 2) you didn’t care enough about this product in the first place and if you did you would have still kept the rights. Does anyone remember the first Fantastic Four movie by Roger Corman??? Well, do you? ‘Cause I sure do remember this piece of…

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So, did Marvel stop making the Fantastic Four comics after Corman’s movie? No. What about the two movies in 2005 and 2007? No. Granted that the movies were not up to the caliber of Marvel Cinematic Universe with Disney’s $$$ but it make money. What gives then? What could be the underlying decision for Marvel to cancel their Fantastic Four books? Racism? Really?

I would really hate to think this is the case but the recent news yesterday announced that the character of Falcon Sam Wilson, first African-American in mainstream comics back in the late 60’s, will be the new Captain America. Couple of years ago, Miles Morales, a Black Hispanic, took over the duties for the dead Peter Parker. Heimdall in the Thor comics was white but in the Thor movies he portrayed by Idris Elba who is black. Moving back to the reboot Fantastic Four movie, actor Michael B. Jordan is going to play the white role of Johnny Storm. I think I can rule out racism on Marvel’s part.

So is Marvel really pissed at the idea that the reboot is going to ignore the comics? If so, Marvel needs to get over it. In some cases being a slave to the source material does not translate well into a different medium. Regardless, the reboot does not come out till next year whether or not Marvel prints any Fantastic Four titles. I think that Marvel is shooting themselves in the foot.

Let’s say that the new reboot takes off, one would think that fans of the movie may want to see out Fantastic Four books and if so, there would be a new crop of fans that Marvel can tap into and perhaps lead them to their other Marvel titles and product. If the movie bombs, Marvel can still claim victory by saying to the consumers that Marvel is the only place to go to read and buy great Fantastic Four stories. On the other hand, the recent death of Johnny Storm was a mark of trying to do something new and creative and yet it fails to be either one. Perhaps, the really reason for the cancellation is because the Fantastic Four comics are really done.

Well, it’s a working theory.

Bleeding Cool has reported on Marvel executives’ extreme dissatisfaction with Fox Studios, who hold the rights to make X-Men and Fantastic Four movies, making its way out into banning Marvel sketch card artists to draw Fantastic Four movies, creators asked not to create new IP for X-Men and Fantastic Four books, the taking down of Fantastic Four imagery in the Marvel offices and the rumoured cancellation of all the Fantastic Four-named titles. The lack of an X-Men panel at San Diego Comic Con, unlike all other recent years also get thrown into the mix.But is the Fantastic Four movie striking back?

via What If The Fantastic Four Film Also Doesn’t Want To Have Anything To Do With The Comics? – Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News.

RIAN JOHNSON FIRED AS STAR WARS DIRECTOR! WHAT?! – Nerd Reactor

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When I came across this bit of news, I had a WTF moment in my head until I started to read over the article. I think that I posted on FB that while I liked Looper by Johnson, I thought that Disney was taking a big chance with Rian taking the helm for the last two movies of this new trilogy.  However, this article goes on to mention that Rian wanted to being back Jar Jar Binks. Aside from Robot Chicken making Jar Jar a complete but lovable space goofball and the Clone Wars episode from season 1 “Bombad Jedi” Jar Jar is pretty much a useless character. If this appears to be true, though I still see Rian listed in IMDB as still the director and Variety has made no mention, I wonder why this is not bigger news if this is indeed true.

RIAN JOHNSON FIRED AS STAR WARS DIRECTOR! WHAT?!  By Alger Alama | June 29, 2014 – 3:36 pm |

In a sudden stunning change of directorial duties, Disney has released Rian Johnson as the director for Star Wars Episode VIII. This is a shocker for fans of Star Wars and fans of Rian Johnson’s work. When asked about the reasoning behind the release, Disney CEO Bob Iger stated this:

via RIAN JOHNSON FIRED AS STAR WARS DIRECTOR! WHAT?! – Nerd Reactor.

Ladies and Gentleman, We Have An Aquaman!!!!

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auquaman staring vincent chaseMany times, art imitates life but today we have life that is imitating art. Call it self-fulfilling prophecy of the sorts as the mock-up poster of Vincent Chase from the fictitious show Entourage staring in this underwater superhero role of a lifetime – AQUAMAN. Sure, this was back in 2006 but you know long those prophecies can take to be fully realized but seriously, this movie made like Spiderman money!!!

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And when I mean Spiderman, I’m talking about Tobey Maguire’s Spiderman not Andrew Garfield’s Amazing Spiderman. Check out the trailer to Aquaman.

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As all kidding aside, we actually have an actor for Aquaman. Jason Momoa has been reported have landed this SPLASHY role. (Made a funny!!!) For me, I’ve only known him as Kohl Drago from the HBO series Game of Thrones. Prior to that or there about was the remake for Conan the Barbarian which I have not seen to date. A prior tv role had Jason on Stargate Atlantis which again I have not seen. Still, seeing Jason as Kohl on GoT was still impressive enough to see his screen appeal however, is he the Aquaman? Is Jason going to get his hair colored blonde? Will he be wearing the traditional orange and green colored costume? Will he have a hook for a hand or a hand made out of water? Still, I want to see an Aquaman wear no gloves. Seriously, wearing gloves underwater may look cool but has no practical application in life. I tried washing dishes with rubber gloves and once that water gets in there, no amount of superpowers will ever get rid of that icky feeling I felt. Putting that all aside, I am truly, truly happy that DC/Warner Bros. are getting their shit together. Plus, Aquaman is rumored to appear in the Batman v. Superman Dawn of Justice movie. From what I’ve read, it seems the tie in for Aquaman was the World Builder over the Indian Ocean as seen the Man of Steel. I see this as a downstairs neighbor who is pissed at you for not lowering the volume of your music but on a bigger scale. Someone not very happy!!!

We are coming to a new golden of superheroes on the big and small screen. I can not wait to see how this all plays out.

 

The Monster Scifi Podcast – Disney’s Star Wars Weekend and X-Men Days of Future Past

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Geeks Are Entering the Age of Instant Backlash and It’s Getting Really Tiresome | Movie News | Movies.com

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Yes, instant blacklash can be tiresome but really, who is to blame? Imagine our world would have been like if today’s internet existed back in the 1970’s? One could read, “Who the Hell is Christoper Reeves and why is he playing Superman? Or “Star Wars? What the HELL is a Star Wars? That’s the STOOPIDEST title if I have ever heard for a movie.” Or, “A rubber shark?!? Really?!?” Back in then, my fanboy-ism was just growing and if I vented, it was among my close circle of friends. In today’s world, we have too much information and we fanboys are gobbling it up and then spewing it all over the internet as if to say the everyone is my friend everywhere.

Yes, I am guilty of doing a mental facepalm when my podcast co-host told me that Ben Affleck was going to be the next Batman. I have had my share rants and raves on my blog, podcast and various social networks. I love having this admit discussions because this is my passion. However, in the grand scheme of things, good or bad, fanboys are drumming up publicity for free for various companies. These same companies continue to leak out information out into the internet because it’s in their best interest to generate enough buzz for their product.

Is there a way to control the chatter? Unfortunately, no. However, you can either don’t use the internet but if you do, don’t expect the noise to dissipate as more and more companies will continue to fuel this fire years ahead of the real release. I mean, really, we are talking about Batman v. Superman, a movie that will not be seen in almost and people are going ape shit now. Movie studios aren’t stupid. We’re just playing right into their hands. Wake up, fanboys!!!!

Today Warner Bros. announced the sequel to Man of Steel would be called Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the Internet immediately lost its mind and pounced on the title like a bunch of ghouls feasting on a newborn. And as I watched the vitriol flow across social media, all I could do is sit back and wonder why everyone is so angry all of the time these days.

Maybe it’s because I’m not a comics guy. I didn’t grow up reading them, and as an adult I’ve only read a few of the more acclaimed comic runs. But can someone please explain to me what is so deeply offensive and noncomic booky about the subtitle Dawn of Justice? How is it a betrayal of characters that have had celebrated comic subtitles like Superman: Peace on Earth, Batman: Blind Justice or Wonder Woman: Spirit of Truth?

I don’t understand what separates Dawn of Justice from those. You tell me Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are coming together and I can easily picture a comic book cover with Superman’s massive chest pushed outward, Batman crouched closer to the shadows, both their capes billowing in the wind, with Wonder Woman standing between them with her lasso glinting in the perfect sunrise at their backs; the words Dawn of Justice in big, blocky letters over their heads. The title effortlessly evokes stereotypical comic imagery, so what’s so awful about it?

via Geeks Are Entering the Age of Instant Backlash and It’s Getting Really Tiresome | Movie News | Movies.com.