Four of the Most Iconic Characters with Super-Human abilities

Some of our favourite movie and entertainment characters have hidden gifts, but many of these have been progressed and aided by science. Genetically engineered to be heroes, villains, or just an experiment gone wrong, we have pulled together a list of iconic characters altered by science. We’ve also included a sneak-peak on the super-soldier character Deathstroke, ahead of the release of Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons on Blu-Ray™ and DVD this Monday 17th August.

Spider-Man

When Peter Parker was accidentally bitten by a radioactive spider at a science exhibit, he acquired the agility and strength of an arachnid. This meant Peter now had heightened athletic abilities, allowing him to climb walls and ceilings, leading him to become “Spider-Man”. Spider-Man is now possibly the most iconic genetically altered character, originally created by comic book legends Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, and now having several Spider-Man dedicated films, as well as being part of the Avengers.

Deathstroke

Another comic book character enhanced by science is Deathstroke. After being chosen for a secret experiment, Slade Wilson was transformed into a super-soldier by the army. During the experiment, the army imbued him with adrenaline serums, to enhance his brain activity. This left him with an incredible range of powers, notably accelerated healing meaning he can heal wounds in just minutes, making him the ultimate soldier. In addition, Slade’s incredible new powers included: decelerated aging, toxic immunity, enhanced senses and superhuman agility, durability, speed, reflexes, stamina and strength.

Eleven

Eleven is one of the main protagonists of popular Netflix sci-fi drama Stranger Things, after she arrives in Hawkins following her escape from Hawkins National Laboratory. Eleven found herself in the laboratory after being kidnapped for testing when it was discovered she had inherited psychokinetic abilities, with scientists attempting to enhance her abilities over several years through sensory experiments. Eleven’s powers include the ability to move objects with her mind, ranging to turning electronics on and off, breaking glass and throwing large objects. During the series, it is discovered Eleven’s powers can be trained to go even deeper, when she realises she could contact a creature from another dimension.

The Hulk

The Hulk is well known for his giant green appearance, however, this isn’t how he’s always seen. Hulk is actually Bioscience genius Dr. Bruce Banner who, after working on a program to develop weapons for the military, tested what he had learned on himself. This triggered a transformation that resulted in him becoming the immense, hulking figure we know today. When fuelled by rage, Banner transforms into The Hulk’s powers, prompting abilities including superhuman strength, long distance jumping, durability, and regeneration, alongside genius intelligence. He also can “Hulk Smash”, whereby slamming his hands together, he can create a massive concussive wave.

Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons is available on digital download NOW and on Blu-Ray™ & DVD 17th August.

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines – Review

This review will contain mild spoilers

The DC Animated universe is back with its latest installment, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines. It’s about time the Amazon warrior got the attention she deserves. Wonder Woman: Bloodlines marks the second animated movie based on Wonder Woman since 2009. And while Wonder Woman: Bloodlines retreads a lot of the steps seen in both the 2009 animated movie and most recently Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman (2017) it does it with a fresh twist leeaving you wanting more at the end.

Story

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines is described as an origin story, but I honestly don’t see it as that. The origin aspect of the story only takes up the first 10 minutes of the movie. After that you get a time jump where Wonder Woman has become accustomed to life outside of Themyscira. But she eventually finds herself having to go back home to fight against potential world ending invasion. So the origin aspect of the movie isn’t as bad as some people have been making it out to be. As someone who considers themselves as a casual Wonder Woman fan I didn’t mind the retelling of her origin. After all, when it comes to characters like Batman I feel like I’ve seen his origin over a hundred times. With Wonder Woman: Bloodlines I like the way her origin is handled. Not much is changed about it making her story easy to follow. It’s great for people who are new to the character and once the story moves along it feels like its own separate graphic novel/arc which should appease most fans who love the character.

Voice acting

The movie is well-acted throughout as Rosario Dawson plays a kind, but powerful Diana Prince at the same time. Her chemistry with Jeffrey Donovan who plays Steve Trevor was one of my favourite aspects of the movie. You get a sense that their relationship is genuine and it’s one where you actually want to see them together because they play-off each other so well. Every one else is the movie is fine, but these two as to be expected, do most of the heavy lifting. In general, the voice acting is something I find myself always praising when it comes to these DC Animated movies, it’s become one of their staples. They have yet to disappoint me when it comes to this department in their movies.

Great action

The action in Wonder Woman: Bloodlines was one of the strongest elements of the movies. As it should be with a character like Wonder Woman. It shows just how powerful and brutal she can be in combat compared to her male counterparts such as Batman and Superman. It caught me off-guard in certain situations, especially during the final act. It definitely pushes the boundaries of the ’12’ rating and it’s refreshing to see. Although it was short, I really liked the fight between Diana and Cheetah. It just made me more excited about what their showdown is going to look like in live-action next year in Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984.

One issue I did find during the fight scenes (especially the ones in the city) is that they kind of felt lifeless. This wasn’t the fault of the action itself, but more to do with how the environment was portrayed. The cities for the most part outside of the scenes in Themyscira are empty. You don’t see any civilians or cars driving past while Wonder Woman is fighting on the streets. It would have been nice to have seen a populated city in potential danger as Wonder Woman was fighting. I think it would have added a lot more stakes to the fights.

Overall, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines is another solid entry into the DC Animated universe. Not only is it a great standalone movie but it just shows how much potential this character has. Rather than see her team up with the rest of the Justice League in future animated movies I would love to see Wonder Woman receive her own trilogy of animated movies instead. As for Wonder Woman: Bloodlines being an origin story it’s a great reintroduction for both new and old fans. But they only scratched the surface here. There are so many more stories that they can tell and I cannot wait to see where they go next with Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines 8/10

Huge thank you to amazing people at Warner Bros UK for providing me with an early copy to review.

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines is out on both digital and Blu-ray today

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Why ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ Could Be One Of The Biggest Surprises Of The Year

Every Christmas there are no shortages of blockbuster films that grace the big screen and this Christmas is no different. The upcoming autumn season is already stacked when it comes to comic book movies as Venom and Aquaman are set to be released later in the year. If you know anything about me you’d know that as a DC fan I can’t wait for Aquaman. But I can’t lie there’s this little animated film by Sony which is also coming out this Christmas that currently has all of my attention and that is ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’. I was planning on writing about ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ when the first teaser trailer was released but I could never get around to doing it. Now with the release of the first official trailer only a couple of days ago I thought this would be the perfect time to talk about it. I’ve already lost count of the amount of times I’ve watched it already. Hopefully I’m not getting ahead of myself here but I wanted to write about how ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ could be one of the biggest surprises of the year.

The Animation Style

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Look I’m not an animation expert here but this trailer looks amazing! Damn near every shot in the trailer is beautiful. You can literally pause the trailer at any moment and you’ll still be greeted with a screenshot full of beautiful colours that you just can’t take your eyes off. I know there are no shortages of animated films today but this just seems different. Spider-Verse both looks and feels different than your typical Pixar animated film. Not to say that Pixar hasn’t done a great job it’s just nice to have something different for once. One of my favourite shots from the trailer is when Miles is talking and his speech bubbles appear around the screen. It literally looks like a comic book page being brought to life, hopefully there are more shots like that in the film.

Sony

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Sony gets a lot of criticism by fans with the way they have handled Spider-Man in the last couple of years. But to their credit they aren’t giving up on the property yet, especially with Venom coming out just a couple of months before this. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Sony is taking this project in the right direction. I can’t wait to see the final product on the big screen. Sony deserves a lot of praise here especially if they knock it out the park with this one. I like how the cinematic version of the character can be loaned out to Marvel giving them the chance to work on their own universe. I love how they aren’t just sitting on their hands watching the success of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the MCU. This allows them to choose their own path and really just bring the comic books to life. It’s much easier for them to bring in characters such as Spider-Gwen for the first time. I can’t wait to see what other characters will also appear in this film.

Miles Morales

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One of the biggest reasons why I’m looking forward to this movie is because the focus here is on a different Spider-Man. Miles Morales was a great choice for this project and a great starting point for the character to be introduced to the general audience who hasn’t read any of his comics. However given this movie is about the ‘Spider-Verse’ we will see other version of the character such as Spider-Gwen and Peter Parker. While it looks like Peter is teaching Miles the ropes I feel the main focus of the film will be centred on Miles and his family which I love. This is a breath a fresh air for the character in general. Don’t get me wrong Peter Parker will always be my favourite but I’m all for passing the torch to a new character.

That was my quick thoughts on ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ and how it could be one of the biggest surprises of the year. It looks like I’m not the only one that’s excited about this film as the trailer has gained over 40 million views in the space of a couple days. Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself here but it does look like they have all the right ingredients to make a great Spider-Man movie.

‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ is set to be released December, 14

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