As expected the final Justice League just dropped at New York Comic Con today. Now usually when writing reviews I like to give these in-depth introductions but honestly I can’t wait any longer. This past week has felt like the lead up to Christmas day for me in a way. So with that being said lets get straight into the trailer and my thoughts as promised earlier this week. Continue reading Review: Justice League Trailer
In case you’ve been living under a rock the promotion for Warner Bros. upcoming Justice League movie has been well underway. Just in these last couple of weeks we have been graced with some amazing stills and posters from the movie as well as the reports Danny Elfman’s new theme for Superman. This weekend the promotion for Justice League is set to kick into high gear at New York Comic Con (as you can see from the image below) with the final trailer that is expected to drop. I have to say that so far Warner Bros. has done an amazing job at building hype for this November’s blockbuster. As a huge superman fan I’m so happy I haven’t even seen any shot of him at all in the promotional material. I don’t want to see Superman at all until I’m in the theatres this November. Just based off this alone it seems that the executives have learned from the mistakes that were made with the Batman v Superman second trailer.
What I hope to see from the final trailer?
As for what I want from the final trailer I’m not sure really. I feel like the last trailer we got was good enough, I mean we got over five minutes of footage but thankfully it wasn’t based on the story too much. This trailer I feel has to be shorter than the last and should focus on characters that we haven’t seen much of yet such as the main villain Steppenwolf. The average comic book fan may not know too much about Steppenwolf and why he’s such a threat to the league. However if they don’t want to reveal too much about the main villain (which is understandable). I’d like to see more footage on the likes of The Flash and Cyborg who I feel need it most compared to the other members of the Justice League. Personally what I am looking forward to most from the upcoming trailer is if we catch a glimpse of Danny Elfman’s take on the Justice League score. Either way you can expect me to be glued to my laptop all day on Sunday in hopes for the trailer to drop as well my initial impressions which you will find here.
(One last note, Please don’t show Superman!!)
Let me know your thoughts down below
What do you think of the promotion for the movie so far?
Also what are you hoping to see from the upcoming trailer?
With the official trailer for Avengers Infinity War set to drop in the next couple of months I figured I’d write about one of the most important aspects of the MCU which is the Infinity Gauntlet. We have been building up to this for several years now and it will soon come to fruition next summer. The Infinity Gauntlet is made up of individual stones that have featured in the MCU from the first Captain America: The First Avenger movie to the latest one in Doctor Strange. With Thanos set to complete the Infinity Gauntlet I would like to provide information on all of the Infinity Stones such as where they are, their purpose and their power. After all Thanos with the completed Infinity Gauntlet could spell the end for the MCU as we know it.
Space stone (Blue)
The Space stone is one you may be the most familiar with (also known as the ‘Tesseract’) which was at the centre of the Avengers Assemble film. Given to Loki by Thanos himself he was tasked to invade earth with this stone that allowed him to teleport anywhere and create wormholes for the Chitauri army to invade earth. Not only has Loki used the Space stone the Red Skull has developed weapons for HYDRA as we saw in the Captain America film. The last time we saw the Space Stone it was being taken back to Asgard along with Loki by Thor at the end of Avengers Assemble.
Mind Stone (Yellow)
Again very similar to the Space Stone the Mind Stone was actually located inside Loki’s sceptre which was further explored in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Mind Stone is what allowed Loki take over people’s minds and make them follow his instructions as we saw with Hawkeye. Later the Mind Stone fell into the hands of HYDRA as we saw at the end of Captain America: Winter Soldier who used it to develop the powers for the likes Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. What makes the Mind Stone arguably the most interesting for fans is that it was used to help create Vision which is currently in the centre of his head. For Thanos to obtain the Mind stone surely it would mean that Vision’s life would be lost in the process.
Reality Stone (Red)
The Reality Stone was introduced to us early on in Thor: The Dark World which also goes by the name Aether. Although when we saw the Reality Stone it was in its liquid form it still counts as an Infinity stone. What we do know about the stone is that it had the power if used correctly to destroy Asgard as we saw from the movie. The stone currently sits in The Collector’s museum who will certainly be getting a visit from Thanos sometime soon.
Power Stone (Purple)
The Power Stone featured heavily in the Guardians of the Galaxy film as it was at the centre of its plot. First in the possession of Star Lord who obtained it in the temple was looking to cash in on the foreign object without knowing its full potential. Now with a little bit of knowledge given to us by The Collector we know that this stone has the power to destroy planets such as Xander. It gives the holder of the stone the a level of power they never able to reach before. So it was crucial that Ronin didn’t get his hands on this stone it let alone Thanos as he wanted to destroy Xander which he would have accomplished with ease. By the end of the film now knowing the true power of the stone it was give to the Nova Prime to lock in a vault to make sure it was in safe hands.
Time Stone (Green)
The Time Stone also known as the Eye of Agamotto is the stone we have been most recently introduced to in last year’s Doctor Strange. The Time Stone has been around for centuries and now finally has someone with the right skill and knowledge to use it and its owner is Stephen Strange. This stone allows its owner to control one of the most important aspects of life which is time. As we saw in Doctor Strange the person in control of the stone can manipulate time by stopping it, reversing time and even creating a time loop. The Eye of Agamotto currently is in the possession of Doctor Strange and is sometimes worn around his neck. Given it’s great abilities how important could stone be? Could it be used to bring people back to life? or replay specific events?
Soul Stone (Orange)
The Soul stone is one that may not be too familiar with the average comic book fan mainly because it’s current whereabouts in the MCU is unknown. Kevin Feige recently when questioned if the Soul Stone will be used claimed “Sometime in Phase Three, for sure. There’s a Gauntlet that needs to be filled.” This stone arguably is one of the most powerful ones as stated by its name it gives you control over souls. Not just over the souls of people that are alive but also dead too. To sum it up this stone allows its host to control all types of life in the universe. It would be interesting to see if this stone could be used to bring any characters back to life.
Second Infinity Gauntlet?
Update: After watching Thor: Ragnarok this second gauntlet it proven to be a fake*
Yes, there is a second Infinity Gauntlet that exists if you didn’t know! It appeared in Thor: The Dark World blink and you miss it literally. All that we know about this second Gauntlet is that it was located in Odin’s vault and it’s for the right hand. Could this Infinity Gauntlet eventually be used by one of the Avengers? I could totally see Tony Stark somehow getting his hands on this. It’s highly unlikely that we will see Thanos control two Infinity Gauntlets at the same time that would be over the top. Also if you notice one of the most interesting aspects of this second Infinity Gauntlet is that all the stones are there already.
Let me know what you think about the Infinity Stones down below? Do the Avengers even stand a chance once Thanos in possession of all of the Infinity Stones?
If I could just take your minds back to the summer of 2013 for a second and remind you of the outrage across the internet which was caused by the announcement that Ben Affleck would be the new Batman. Affleck at that exact moment was already given the tag line of ‘The worst Batman ever’ before we had even seen as single of him in the famous cowl. To be honest I for one didn’t know how to respond to this announcement at the time. All I knew of Ben Affleck at the time was that he was in Daredevil, a film that I could barely remember anything about. Also I just hated the film regardless of Affleck’s role as the DareDevil. Now Fast forward to 2017 and its safe to say that most of those opinions have changed as evident by every time a rumour about Affleck leaving the role surfaces it causes an uproar. Granted he may be the Batman with the shortest screen time yet and no solo film to his name. But I hope that his reign as the caped crusader continues for at least a couple more projects. So in honour of Batman day I thought it would be appropriate to share with you guys why Ben Affleck is my favourite Batman ever.
For as much criticism Zack Snyder receives we have to praise him for the bold casting decisions he made. He was instrumental in casting the likes of Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa. Now with Ben Affleck as Batman he made the best choice in my opinion. Even when it must have felt like 99% of the internet was screaming in dismay against this decision he still stood by his guns. To me this decision paid off with what we saw in Batman v Superman already, let’s be honest we was the best thing about the movie. I left the theatres on a high knowing that they had finally got Batman right. This was the Batman that I always wanted, the Batman from my favourite graphic novels ever ‘The Dark Knight Returns’.
Every time he was on screen I found myself engaged whether it was Bruce Wayne or Batman. That’s why I loved Affleck’s portrayal compared to previous iterations it’s that he struck the perfect balance between Batman and Bruce Wayne. I felt that Christian Bale was a great Bruce Wayne but not the best Batman (also I hated the voice he used). What’s most commonly said about the previous Batman films is that the villains are more interesting than Batman himself. Now this is hard to disagree especially when it comes to the Christopher Nolan ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy where you had characters such as Bane, Scarecrow and of course The Joker. With that being said I personally don’t care who the main villain is in the upcoming ‘The Batman’ film I just hope it will be Ben Affleck returning to the iconic role.
I’d also like to address one controversial aspect of Ben Affleck’s Batman that upset many comic book fans which is the face that he killed people. Now granted I didn’t have an issue with it really because it fit in with the film. This was a Batman that was emotionally damaged, he had lost Robin and felt like Superman was a genuine threat to not only him but to humanity. Now that we got the more violent side of Batman out the way we are on track to see a Batman that we are more familiar with. The events from Dawn of Justice will lead us to a Batman who has been inspired by the actions of Superman as we have seen with the Justice League trailers already.
One last reason why Affleck is my favourite Batman is just him as a person and what he’s done with projects such as The Town and Argo. I was gutted when I found out he wouldn’t be directing ‘The Batman’ and the fact his script wasn’t being used anymore. You have to imagine it must have been a frustrating time for him but he handled it all with class. This year’s Comic Con was a perfect example as he was telling fans how lucky he felt just to be playing to role. I hope that Justice League is not Affleck’s last outing as I feel he has brought so much to the character of Batman already within the short amount of time.
Let me know who is your personal favourite Batman below
The Batman movie is one easily of the most anticipated comic book films that is set to come out in the not too distant future. Now granted the film may not even have a script yet and there has been much drama surrounding the project such as the uncertainty of Ben Affleck’s future as the caped crusader. What we do know so far about the Batman film is that it will be directed by Matt Reeves and will star Ben Affleck who is set to return to the iconic role. One question that seems to be on the mind of comic book fans is “Who will be the main villain?”. Having a strong villain is crucial to any superhero movie and Batman is no exception. To some extent one of the main reasons why ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008) will go down as one of the best films ever is because of Heath Ledger’s portrayal as the Joker. What makes Batman so interesting is that there is plethora of great villains to pick from at any writer’s disposal. So here are three characters that I think would make a great main villain in the upcoming Batman Movie that haven’t featured in the DCEU yet.
We haven’t seen the Riddler on the big screen since Jim Carrey’s performance in Joel Schumacher’s ‘Batman & Robin’ (1997). Now It’s safe to say that fans wouldn’t want to see that type of performance again as it still haunts some to this day. With that being said the Riddler would be a great choice as the main villain for the Batman film. He would bring out the more detective side of Batman which has been severely lacking in recent projects. What makes the him such a threat is that he won’t go fight Batman fist to fist, he’s more focused on taking people down mentally. With the Riddler as the main villain this could be a film full of many tests and obstacles for Batman to go through and showcase one of his best strengths which is his brain. If the Riddler doesn’t seem like a character that could be the main focal point of the film he could at least team up with someone else. It would be interesting to see who he would ally himself with to take down the Batman.
The Red Hood
What could be more compelling than the story of fan favourite Jason Todd finally being portrayed in live action? Once the sidekick to Batman he would eventually become the Red Hood and a foe to his former teacher. The death of Jason Todd from the iconic graphic novel ‘Death of the Family’ is one that comic book fans around the world will never forget. The events from this graphic novel created a clear contrast between the Red Hood and Batman in their methods and ideologies in how they deal with criminals. While Batman prefers to bring criminals to justice the Red Hood opts for a more permanent solution. These contrasting principles are bound to clash at a certain point which would produce a great story and eventual fight between the two.
The framework for the possibility of the Red Hood being a potential villain to Batman has already been laid. The DCEU has made it clear to remind us that Jason Todd did exist in this cinematic universe through recent films. Whether it was in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ (2015) where the camera would linger on Robin’s unoccupied suit. Not to forget Harley Quinn’s introduction in ‘Suicide Squad’ clearly states that she takes full responsibility for Jason Todd’s death. Either way if we don’t see The Red Hood in The Batman film we could see him in his own solo film in the future.
Given the countless number of potential villains that come to mind Deathstroke (also known as Slade Wilson) would definitely make for one the most exciting choices. Deathstroke is someone who is equally on the same level of Batman both skill set wise and tactically. Whether he is wielding his signature Katana or going fist to fist the assassin will definitely be a well worthy match for Batman. Fans of the Batman Arkham Asylum games already know what a great potential this match up could have. If you have any doubts all you have to do is go look up the Deathstroke and Batman fight scenes from the game on YouTube. It did look like Deathstroke was set to be part of The Batman film as Ben Affleck shared some test footage for what seemed to be for the project. Now that Ben Affleck is not only no longer directing the film his script has been scrapped too. One can only hope that in the future discussions of the Warner Bros. boardrooms Deathstroke is at least considered to be in the film.
Tell me who you think would make for a great villain in the upcoming Batman movie below?
It was only last month that the internet was set into shock that there could potentially be a solo Joker origin movie. This now seems to be a reality as The Variety’s Justin Kroll confirms the script for the movie will be submitted next week. (Check out the tweet below) Continue reading The Joker film picks up pace as a script is set to be submitted next week
It’s finally here! The full trailer to The Punisher’s Netflix series so let me give you a quick rundown of what it consists of and my thoughts on one of the most highly anticipated Marvel series in a while. Continue reading The Punisher Netflix Series: Trailer Review
One thing I will always be thankful to Zack Snyder is for introducing me to a new Superman with his 2013 blockbuster film Man of Steel.
It feels like every year the same question starts to crop up which is “How long until Marvel finally acquires the film licences for both the X-men and Fantastic Four?” The recent success of Spider-man Homecoming was bound to raise more of these type of questions that why don’t Fox make a deal with Marvel like Sony did with Spider-man? Continue reading Should the X-Men and Fantastic Four go to Marvel?
Now I remember not long after Batman v Superman was released there were stories circulating that at least one member from the Green Lantern Corps would feature in the upcoming Justice League film. Since then the trailer of Justice League has added fuel to the speculations as one of the main characters Steppenwolf specifically states ‘no Lanterns’. Granted we did not see any Lanterns in the trailer this line does at least acknowledge that Green Lanterns do exist in this cinematic universe. Continue reading Rumour: Justice League set to feature two members of the Green Lantern Corps?