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.

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

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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 |

‘Batman vs. Superman’ Rumor: Michael B. Jordan Up for Mystery Role? – The Moviefone Blog

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Let’s begin with a tale. Remember the days when Ryan Reynolds had a promising career. Remember when we found out that he was going to be playing both the Green Lantern and Deadpool, DC and Marvel characters respectively. How did that work out? It didn’t. Green Lantern was a major flop and Deadpool is still looking to be produce but I believe unlikely with Reynolds track record lately. Doing a live action superhero is tough to being with and trying to do two different characters from two different comic book companies is next to impossible to do. However, there is an exception – Chris Evans.

Those how know there IMDB history will know that Chris had played as Johnny Storm (The Human Torch) in the Fantastic Four several years ago. Later, Chris would play Steve Rogers (Captain America) in his own film as well-being part of The Avengers movie plus another solo sequel. Chris was able to pull this feat where Ryan could not. Remember, I said that one actor could not play to different characters yet Chris did but still both characters are part of the same Marvel universe. (Technically speaking, FF belongs to 20th Century and Captain America/Avengers belong to Disney/Marvel.) Don’t cross the streams.

Now, with this late news with Jordan. I have no problems with him as I love the movie Chronicle he was in. If you have not seen it, please check it out. Think of it as Heroes (season 1, remember the good and only season to the show) meets the Blair Witch Project. Jordan is cast as the new Johnny Storm; ok, and the rumor that he might be appearing in Batman vs. Superman or Man of Steel 2: Electric Boogaloo as one of two possible characters. Those two are John Stewart (The Green Lantern) or Victor Stone (Cyborg). Considering how testy geeks and nerds have been lately for the past couple of years, I think it would be best to have Jordan stick just to the FF reboot or get a lesser known or unknown actor to play in the Bats/Supes movie. This is becoming quite the clusterfuck.

Fresh off his official casting as Johnny Storm in the “Fantastic Four” reboot, actor Michael B. Jordan may have yet another superhero role up his sleeve: a small part in “Batman vs. Superman.”Latino Review reports that Jordan may be in the running for the unspecified role, which is set to be minimal in the “Man of Steel” sequel, but recur in later D.C. Comics films.”According to sources, the production is currently looking for a black actor in his early 20s who is also physically fit,” Latino Review writes, adding that they’ve heard Jordan has already met with director Zack Snyder about the part. The site points out that The Hollywood Reporter previously noted that Snyder doesn’t cast a wide net when looking for stars, but “target[s] actors from a narrow shortlist of those they want.”

via ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Rumor: Michael B. Jordan Up for Mystery Role? – The Moviefone Blog.

Jesse Eisenberg Cast As Lex Luthor in ‘Superman/Batman,’ Jeremy Irons Set as Alfred | Variety

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This has been one hell of a week for reveals in the land of geekdom. We have the new Dr. Who Peter Capaldi sporting out his new dudes –  SPOILERS – no bow tie. The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie by Michael Bay has had several leaked pictures of favorite heroes. Even the new animated Star War ‘Rebel’ series introduces us to a new droid called Choppers. Still for my money, this latest bit of new about Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in the upcoming Superman/Batman will have people talking for days. (ok not people but just us NERDS!!!)

To begin with, Jesse Eisenberg is a fine actor and has several great films under his belt like Zombieland and The Social Network. My only concern with Jesse as I see him as this smart kid with a hoodie as seen above. Granted, we did get a young version of Luthor in the Smallville series with Michael Rosenbaum. But I for one, don’t want to see a similar take of this villain on the big screen. As I posted on my Facebook page for this site, it is getting hard to keep the faith that this is somehow all going to work. Perhaps, we are living in an age where we put too much expectation or give our knee reaction to the littlest bit of news. Still, it feels a bit clunky.

I don’t know what else to say except as a fan and a DC Comics (doesn’t DC stand for Detective Comic? and when we say DC Comics are we really saying Detective Comics Comics?) and I want my Justice League movie just like The Avengers. Sadly, we’ll get it but I maybe not the way I would like.

Warner Bros. Pictures has cast Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in the upcoming Superman/Batman film.

The castings, announced Friday, come two weeks after Warner pushed production on the untitled “Superman-Batman” movie to the second quarter of this year and set a release date of May 6, 2016 as the studio departed from a July, 2015 slot.

The film is in pre-production with Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman and Zack Snyder directing.

‘Batman-Superman” will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, and also stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.

The screenplay will be written by David S. Goyer, from a story co-created by Goyer and Snyder. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller serving as exec producers.

via Jesse Eisenberg Cast As Lex Luthor in ‘Superman/Batman,’ Jeremy Irons Set as Alfred | Variety.

The Monster Scifi Show Podcast – Ben Affleck as Batman, X-Men First Class and other stuff

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Mr. Gene and I discuss about Ben Affleck as the new Batman for the upcoming Superman/Batman movie, our love for X-Men First Class and catching up on what we’ve been reading and watching. Be prepared, this is a super long show.


How Batman and Superman Stopped Being ‘Super Friends’ – Yahoo! TV

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WOW! I can not believe it has been 40 years since the Super Friends first aired on tv. While the storytelling was a bit clunky, I still loved watching them every Saturday morning with my bowl of cereal and in the tents/fortresses I built. I had recently watched on dvd several episodes of The Challenge of the Super Friends which was amazing for all the amount of heroes and villains to showcase at that time. I thought of it as the movie version of the Avengers for its time; yes it was that exciting. This was at least more in keeping with the comics that I was reading at the time.

As the seasons progressed, I had always wondered by Wendy, Marvin and Wonderdog was later replaced by Zan, Jayna, and Gleek. While the wonder twins were okay, I just cringed by the notion than Zan’s water based powers were lame. I mean at least Aquaman can talk to fish and other sea creatures which is something Zan can not do. Even Cartoon Network joked years back about the same thing. The quick animated short had Zan talking about his water powers and how he could be taking out by a sponge and it didn’t have to be an evil sponge to boot. Still, with all the faults, I still watch it today when I get the chance.

We don’t know for sure what the title of the upcoming Batman-, Superman- and Ben Affleck-populated “Man of Steel” sequel will be. But we’re pretty sure what it won’t be. It won’t be “Super Friends.”

“Super Friends,” for those having a senior-geek moment, was the name of the Saturday morning cartoon series which celebrates its 40th anniversary on Sunday. The show drew on the then-biggest names in the DC Comics universe, and, also, yes, introducing “bumbling idiots” Wendy, Marvin, and Wonder Dog, and later the equally reviled Jan, Jayna, and Gleek. It was lesson-dispensing, teamwork-praising, and, for a time, the only superhero game in town for impressionable Generation X-era viewers.

via How Batman and Superman Stopped Being ‘Super Friends’ – Yahoo! TV.

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Here I Am… Kinda

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If you follow me on twitter or facebook, you’ll know that things have not been the best for me. Since October 24, 2011, I have been unemployed. Coming up to almost a year in a couple of months, I don’t know how much longer I can hold out being this much out of work. My family and I have cut as much expenses as we can but we are running into a deficit every month. If work does not happen sooner than later, we would have to move out of our house into something more affordable. If it wasn’t for our families helping us, we would have been in a much dire situation. Nonetheless, something has to give. As Eric Draven would say, “Can’t rain all the time.” I agree but there have been very little sunny days. Be ready for more geeky references.

There are days were I feel utterly useless and hopeless. Like the Pakleds from Star Trek: The Next Generation, I too need to find thing to make me go. I thought I could become a very creative person while I had time on my hands. I worked on taking apart my old computer from ’97ish. I thought I could make some type of techie crafts including the innards of the keyboard. The ideas were there but not the drive to fulfill it.

Before I was laid off from the library, I wanted to write a comic book story based Batman and Superman in an Elseworld setting. If you don’t know Elseworld, this is an alternate reality where the stories take in a different time and even the heroes themselves are not the same depending on the circumstances.  Having done a great deal of research and watching documentaries for the time period, I have roughly sketched out three issues of the comic. However, once again, the ideas were there but not the drive to fulfill it.

I could always place blame on things that have set me back. However, one thing always comes to mind is Maslow’s Hiearchy of Needs. When I was with the library, even with looming threat of the layoff, I was on the top part of the pyramid. Now, I am barely past the first stage. In other words, Bruce Wayne could never be a Batman if he lost all his money. No matter how much Gotham City needed a hero, Batman will never be when Bruce can’t afford to eat let alone fight crime. Much like myself, I want to be that person who was going above and beyond this pyramid. I was blogging, podcasting, creating, looking at new challenges ahead. Now, other than coming to the library for internet access, my iPhone is my only access to the internet 24/7 and the world. Thank god for the unlimited internet data plan that doesn’t exist anymore. (AT&T you still suck.)

Running has been only solace to keep my dark thoughts at bay. I’m still going for the half marathon goal by the beginning of the new year. I am at the 1/2 goal pushing myself to go beyond even further. I know that when I start work again, I will be including this into my daily regiment but now, I can’t afford to have such thoughts. I have toys still in boxes that I have yet to open because I want them for my desk for my next job. I don’t want to feel this way and torture myself but I have to look forward with these goals in mind.

I started to read Batman Vol.1 – Court of the Owls and there was something true Bruce said. He was giving a fundraiser speech in which he was talking about not looking to the past or even the present to resolve Gotham’s problems because, in essence, there is nothing we can do about it. Even now, me writing this blog is not going to help my situation but if I plan on the future – there is where I can have success. Bruce said something to the effect of place goals and then achieving those goals then all the past problems would be in the past and a brighter future. When I read that, I was dumbfounded by this. I am running to better and healthier me. Financially, we may be struggling now but we would have less bills to worry about. I am in the process of getting myself back to school and finishing up my degree. I am only three classes away. Once I get this done, I will able to get those library jobs which needs a library degree and be in a better place in the future. From there, I do want to pursue my doctorate and fulfill a long-standing promise to myself I made back in 2005. With the future laid out, there is a game plan.

The question still lingers, how much longer till I find work? I’ll keep you posted as time goes but I look ever so eagerly to continue my blogging and podcasting and doing lots of geeky stuff that makes me very, very happy besides having sex with an Orion slave girl or Mary the three breasted mutant from the original Total Recall played by Lycia Naff not the remake crap. (Funny story, went to see it with my partner in crime Mr. Gene and 1/2 through the movie the bulb for film projector exploded. The pressure of showing this crap remake was too much to bear.)

Phoenix Jones Fired, Banned From His Job Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors

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Having followed this story, I am reminded of another so called vigilante and no it’s not Batman. Way, way back there was a movie from 1980 called Hero At Large. The late and great John Ritter plays an actor who happened to stop a robbery while wearing a superhero costume. He would later be known as Captain Avenger as he increased his crime fighting antics. This is just another case of life imitating art.

Submitted by Rich Johnston on November 2, 2011

We reported last week how Seattle’s self-styled superhero, Phoenix Jones had been arrested by police, and then publicly outed his identity as one mixed martial artist, Ben Fodor.

There has been much criticism of the police’s actions, and video footage does appear to back up Jones’ case that he was attempting to prevent a violent assault.

But according to Publicola, he has now been fired from his job of five years, working with a number of disabled autistic children in their homes and state facilities, teaching them life skills, from shipping to balancing cheque books.

And since then, he’s received a letter from the State Department of Social and Health Services, saying that he’s also been banned from working with children or vulnerable adults because of the situation.

So to pay his bills, it looks like he may be having to take Phoenix Jones professional, with offers from the Strikeforce mixed martial arts organization for fights.

He may also take Phoenix Jones to the streets in the daytime as well as the night, now he has the time to fill.

via Phoenix Jones Fired, Banned From His Job Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors.

VOTD: Batman is Confused – Plot Holes of The Dark Knight | /Film

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This a very well done video and I wanted to share the love.

Batman’s beginning to wonder if his movie makes any sense at all. In music video form, the eighth video in the Key of Awesome series takes aim at the plot holes of The Dark Knight. Of course, if you’ve been in a hole somewhere and still haven’t seen Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins sequel, be aware this is spoiler filled. Watch the video embedded after the jump, followed by the lyrics.

via VOTD: Batman is Confused – Plot Holes of The Dark Knight | /Film.

UFOMystic » Man-Bat Sightings In Mexico

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So aside from the swine flu that is sweeping the nation, I found this information while surfing online in bed. The sketched creature reminds me of another iconic figure from the Venture Brothers. Take a look below and see the eerie likeness.

Credit Inexplicata/ and El Heraldo

We should all check Scott Corrales’ Inexplicata site often.

Last week, Scott posted an article on sightings of a Mothman-like creature in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, which borders New Mexico and Texas:

The witness was driving a Liberty back to his home after his studies, when he saw a bulk on the roadway asphalt resembling a hunched-over man who seemed to be covered in a blanket. The figure suddenly stood up, taking two leaps forward and displaying a set of wings similar to those of a bat. The young man floored the accelerator in an attempt to flee, but the strange creature flew with great power, keeping abreast of the vehicle and looking in through the passenger window.

via UFOMystic » Man-Bat Sightings In Mexico.