Get to Know One of DC’s Most Feared Anti-Heroes, Lobo

One of the most rock n roll characters of the DC Universe, Lobo, gets a shining role in upcoming DC Animation Superman: Man of Tomorrow. Ahead of the digital release of the film on the 24th August, we wanted to provide you with a little insight into DC’s badass bounty hunter.

Character Creation

Lobo’s character was created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen, first appearing in 1983 in Omega Men #3. In the special feature Lobo: A Natural Force of Chaos attached to the Blu-ray™ edition of new film Superman: Man of Tomorrow, Lobo is described as the “natural force of chaos in all of us”. His muscular appearance is said to have been inspired by WWE and WWF wrestlers, whilst also portraying him as a metal rocker. The name Lobo roughly translates to “he who devours your entrails and thoroughly enjoys it” which totally represents his character!

The Last Czarnian & Badass Bounty Hunter

Lobo is the last Czarnian alien born on utopian planet Czarnia, after he brutally murdered every other member of his species. This fact alone tells you of Lobo’s extreme violence. Being the last of his kind is also something he has in common with Superman, who is the last of the Kryptionians.

Lobo is the best bounty hunter in the known universe and trust us he is the last being you would want to get into a fight with!

The Ride

Anyone who knows Lobo knows of his “space cycle” named the Spacehog and it’s a pretty sweet ride! This mode of transport totally fits Lobo’s metal, rock n roll lifestyle, baring a resemblance to a souped-up motorcycle with all the power and speed you could ask for.

What makes Lobo different

Lobo is unique because his character often goes where regular DC stories do not dare to go. He is a larger than life character, with extreme strength and excellent regenerative power rendering him immortal. Lobo can create weapons of mass destruction and has no impulse control… a dangerous combination! On top of the physical elements, Lobo has some hilarious quotes such as “I’ve got to take a big old space dump” in Superman: Man of Tomorrow.

Is he a good guy or a bad guy?

The confusing question is whether Lobo is good, bad or both. Over the years, he has fought on both sides, but it usually boils down to whoever is paying him the most or which side is offering the most action. This makes him the perfect anti-superhero.

Discover more about Lobo in Superman: Man of Tomorrow, available on digital download August 24th and Blu-ray™, DVD & Limited-Edition Blu-ray™ with Mini-Figure September 7th.

Reasons Why Deathstroke Will Become Your Favourite DC Character

To celebrate the upcoming release of Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons on digital download August 4th and DVD & Blu-Ray™ August 17th, we wanted to let you know a little more about one of DC’s lesser known characters.

Having appeared in comic books and TV series before, Deathstroke (AKA Slade Wilson) now appears front and centre in this new DC Animation, giving us a chance to see him in all his glory.

Here are all the reasons we think he’s pretty awesome and personally one of my DC characters!

An Indestructible Soldier

One of the most extraordinary dimensions of Deathstroke are his remarkable abilities, which were given to him after he was chosen for a secret experiment where the army hoped to transform him into a super-soldier. During the operation, 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.

A Knight in Shining Armour

Another reason why Deathstroke is slightly different from other DC supervillains, is his morality. Deathstroke’s job as an assassin is largely based around seeking revenge on those who have caused harm to others. Even though his actions cause death and destructions, he truly believes he is using his super-soldier strength for good and what he is doing is right, often acting as a “Knight in Shining Armour”.

Another example of Deathstroke’s morality and core values is shown in Deathstroke: Knights and Dragons, where he risks everything and pushes his body to the limits to save his son and keep his family together. Deathstroke’s word is his bond, and you cannot get more genuine than that.

Badass Assassin

What more of a reason do you need to admire Deathstroke than the fact he is a straight up bad-ass assassin, never needing back up and always fighting solo. Despite his extra-ordinary body, Slade is also impressively talented in combat, after his training in the army, and is often called the “World’s Greatest Assassin”. “Deathstroke is sometimes villain, sometimes anti-hero, and always deadly,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Senior Vice President.

His Armour Has a Meaning

Deathstroke’s armour was carefully thought out by original character designers George Pérez and Marv Wolfman. His orange and black colour scheme portrays his personality, with the two colours reflecting the differences between his lighter and darker sides – the difference between Slade and Deathstroke. The dark side of the career but the morality of the man. Mercenary and master assassin Slade Wilson leads two lives: one as the relentless killer known as Deathstroke, and the other as a dedicated family man.

Deathstroke: Knight & Dragons will be available on digital download August 4th and DVD & Blu-Ray™ August 17th.

Expect to see my review for the film to come out shortly

Superman: Red Son – Review (Spoiler Free)

Superman: Red Son which is directed by Sam Liu adapts the famous work of Mark Millar and is the latest entry into the DC Animated Universe. Being a fan of Liu’s previous DC work with titles such as Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay and The Death and Return of Superman I was going into this with high expectations. Not only due to Sam Liu’s involvement, but because Superman: Red Son just happens to be one of my favourite graphic novels ever. And I’m happy to report that for the most part Superman: Red Son met those expectations. Is it perfect? No, it definitely has its issues which I will get into later on. But throughout the 80+ minute runtime, even though I knew what was going to happen I found myself invested every step of the way until the climax.

For this review I will not be going into details about the comic itself or what happens in the movie because I want to try keep this as spoiler-free as possible. If you haven’t read the comic I would highly recommend you pick it up either before or after watching this adaptation.

Story

Superman: Red Son can only be described as the ultimate ‘what if?’ story. Instead of superman’s pod landing in a farm in Kanas. This time it lands on the other side of the world…in Russia. So not only is this Superman raised by different parents, he’s also raised up in a totally different environment and this helps shape him as an entirely different Superman than the one we’re so used to seeing. This is why I love the comic so much. I find twists like these to iconic characters so fascinating and Superman: Red Son is no different.

Seeing how Superman operates in 1950s Russia is refreshing when it comes to the character because part of what makes this setting so different is the political climate of the country at the time. And while he tries his best to help the people judging by what side of the fence you’re on you can actually see this Superman as either the hero or villain of the story. What I liked about this adaption of the story is how it tries to humanise Superman more than in the comic. I could still sense the essence of Superman in version of the character with how he dealt with issues. Whether you agree with him or not you could always see that he was trying his best to better the lives of others.

Action

The action in Superman: Red Son is definitely its strongest aspect. Fight scenes are shot well and are straight up brutal at times. This is certainly the case when Batman gets involved. Batman is another depiction of a character which I love when it comes to this movie. Plus, I don’t care how many times it happens or what iterations of the characters they are. I will never get tired of watching Superman and Batman go toe-to-toe for a couple of minutes. The inclusion of the Green Lantern Corps was much needed too as with their Lantern Rings they bring an entirely different dynamic which helped bring some variety to the fight scenes.

Animation

One of the major complaints when it comes to the DC Animated movies is the quality of the animation. Now, usually it doesn’t bother me that much. But with Superman: Red Son it actually did. For a story that was set in the 1950s of Russia it sure didn’t look or feel like it. It’s kind of hard to explain, but it felt like I was just watching another DC Animated movie and a lot of that has to do with the animation style. This might be because I’ve spent the last week watching all of the DC Animated movies in preparation for Justice League Dark: Apokolips War. But those movies should look and feel the same because they are part of the same universe. I just wish the studio changed up their animation style when it came to the Elseworlds movies to further help differentiate them from the current timeline.

Ending

I haven’t gone into much detail about the changes and similarities from the source materials. Going into the movie like with previous adaptions I wasn’t expecting a full adaption. I knew there was going to be a few changes. And for the most part I was happy with those changes. However, when it comes to the ending of the movie this is where I have my biggest issue. Not that anything was changed, something was left out. A major twist in the final panels of the comic which I love. Honestly, it’s my favourite part of the story. I still remember that jaw-dropping moment as I was turning those final pages. I just don’t see what was gained by leaving out that final twist from the comic. Once again, if you haven’t picked up the comic I highly recommend you do for that twist alone.

Closing thoughts

Overall, while Superman: Red Son is far from perfect I still believe that it is a solid and warranted adaptation of the source material. Regardless of my issues with the ending and some other changes from the source material there is still enough here that should keep you entertained especially, when it comes to the story and the action. I would also say that there are parts of the movie which are done better here than in the comic itself. That’s why I’m always open to adaptations like this. I love to see a creators take on a fellow creators work and with Superman: Red Son Sam Liu does a solid job at adapting one of the greatest comics stories ever made while adding his own touch to it.

Superman: Red Son – 4/5

Superman: Red Son is available on Digital Download now, and Blu-ray& DVD on March 16, 2020.

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WIN SUPERMAN: RED SON ON BLU-RAY™

As stated in my previous post I would be running a giveaway for you to possibly win your own copy of Superman: Red Son on Blu-ray™, thanks to the people at Warner Bros. All you have to do is answer the question in the comment section down below:

Which of the following characters has Jason Isaacs, the voice of Superman in Superman: Red
Son, voiced for DC Universe Movies?

a) Sinestro
b) Ra’s al Ghul
c) Lex Luthor
d) All of the above
Superman: Red Son is available on Digital Download now, and Blu-ray™ & DVD on March

*You must be located in the UK to qualify for the giveaway*

Good luck!

This competition will close on the 16th March, 2020

Superman: Red Son

What if the Man of Steel was raised behind the Iron Curtain? So begins DC’s acclaimed Elseworlds story, Superman: Red Son, now the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film arrives – along with a new DC Showcase animated short, Phantom Stranger – from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital Download from February 25, 2020, and on Blu-ray, Blu-ray Mini Fig, Blu-ray Steelbook and DVD on March 16, 2020.

What James Gunn’s Suicide Squad Could Look Like

Last week I said it felt like James Gunn’s Suicide Squad was picking up steam behind the scenes. And the events in the past 24 hours seem to be proving that correct. Following the news that Will Smith will not be returning to the sequel/reboot. Just last night it was reported that Idris Elba is set to replace Smith in the role. Today, Collider has provided us with more news about the upcoming movie by possibly revealing the new line up of the Suicide Squad. We already know Harley Quinn and Deadshot are going to be returning, but who will be joining them?

King Shark

Born in Hawaii, Nanaue is a humanoidshark, his father is “The King of all Sharks” — also known as the Shark God. Other characters, such as special agent Sam Makoa, have dismissed this as superstition and referred to Nanaue as a “savage mutation” with no mystical nature. It has also been implied he was one of the “Wild Men”, evolved animals based on those in Kamandi.

Ratcatcher

Ratcatcher is Otis Flannegan, a super-criminal and enemy to Batman. Beginning as an exterminator in Gotham City, he turned to crime and became a prisoner in Blackgate Penitentiary. He developed the ability to train and communicate with sewer rats, and began controlling an army of small rodents. In addition to this, he wears a gas mask and uses the poison gasses of a pest exterminator

Polka-Dot Man

The Polka-Dot Man, also known as Mister Polka-Dot, was a minor supervillain who fought Batman and Robin early in their careers. He became known for committing grandiose crimes revolving around a bizarre theme of polka dots. The spotted pattern on the Polka-Dot Man’s gimmicked costume also concealed a variety of hidden weapons.

Peacemaker

Peacemaker is a super-hero and soldier who loves peace so much, he’s willing to kill for it. Originally he was a pacifist diplomat who used strictly non-lethal weapons, although over time he developed into a more violent vigilante willing to make sacrifices for the greater good

So, this is what the line up could look like altogether:

  • Harley Quinn
  • Deadshot
  • Amanda Waller (not confirmed)
  • King Shark
  • Ratcatcher
  • Polka-Dot Man
  • Peacemaker

Taking Harley Quinn and Deadshot out of it I’m not too familiar with this potential new line up. I only know King Shark because of the character’s appearances in The Flash’s CW show. But James Gunn has done this before with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Taking a bunch of unknown characters and turning them into staple characters in a universe. You can see why the studio approached him for this gig. With the project set to start shooting this fall don’t be surprised if some more casting news drops in the next couple of weeks

Suicide Squad is set to be released on August 6, 2021

Information on the DC characters were used from Fandom

Will Smith Not Returning For Suicide Squad 2

Ever since James Gunn’s name was attached to the Suicide Squad sequel the project has been picking up steam behind the scenes. The plot for the movie is unknown as of now, but the most important piece of information we know about it is the movie is going to be more of a reboot rather than a sequel. This means we will be seeing an entirely new squad apart from Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. Some may have still thought that at least Will Smith will also be returning as Deadshot. Mainly because it’s freaking Will Smith. Well, according to Variety, Will Smith will not be returning for the upcoming movie due to a scheduling conflict. This sucks for me because while I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first movie, Will Smith’s Deadshot was easily my favourite part of it. But now it looks like only Harley Quinn will be returning for the sequel/reboot. I wouldn’t be opposed to Deathstroke being thrown into the movie instead. That would be a great trade in my opinion. The only positive we can take from this news is how confident the studio seems to be with this project as the report claims they’re looking to start production later this year.

Suicide Squad 2 is expected to be released on August 6, 2021

Aquaman 2 Gets Release Date

After making over $1 billion at the Box Office this year it was only a matter of time before an Aquaman sequel was green-lit. The underwater sensation has become the flagship of the DCEU since it was released in December of last year. We all knew a sequel was coming, but when? Today, we found out that answer. Aquaman 2 will be released on December 16, 2022. So we’ve got to wait around 3 years before we see Jason Momoa’s Aquaman grace the big screen. I was honestly surprised they announced the date so soon. This would most likely explain that video of Jason Momoa running around the Warner Bros. offices claiming “You have no idea what’s coming next”. Aquaman is clearly the money maker at Warner Bros. I don’t blame them for pushing for a sequel so soon. It wont be long before we get a trilogy. Ain’t that crazy? I never thought we would be getting multiple Aquaman movies. Although it wasn’t stated in the report I would expect director James Wan to comeback for the sequel. It would only make sense right?

Aquaman is set to be released on December 16, 2022

Current DCEU slate:

  • Shazam! – April, 5
  • Joker – October, 4
  • Birds of Prey – February 7, 2020
  • Wonder Woman 2 – June 5, 2020
  • The Batman – June 25, 2021
  • Suicide Squad 2 – August 6, 2021
  • Aquaman 2 – December 16, 2022

Superman’s journey from Man of Steel to Justice League

In 2013 we were introduced to a new Superman… the Man of Steel. Much different to the characters previous iterations Henry Cavill’s Superman has become the staple Superman for this generation. Now within the 4 years since this new Superman first graced the big screen we have already witnessed his Birth (Man of Steel), Death (BvS) and Return (Justice League). That is some journey that this Superman has already been on in the space of 4 years! To some it has been an amazing journey and to others like myself it has been more of a bumpy ride with both highs and lows. So in this article we will be looking at the journey of Superman across these three films and the development of the character in completing one of the biggest comic book story arcs ever.

Man of steel (2013)

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This is where my love for the character of Superman started back in 2013 with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. I finally had a Superman that I could relate to! This was a bold and new take on the character compared to its iconic portrayal by the legendary Christopher Reeve. While I have gone back and watched films such as Superman: The Movie and Superman II which I love by the way. I just found Henry Cavill’s Superman more interesting and most importantly most relatable. We now had a Superman that wasn’t perfect, someone that was going to make mistakes and someone that was conflicted by being the most powerful being in the world. This was a different Superhero movie and Superman altogether. We weren’t going to see scenes of this Superman saving a cat out of tree doing all of your stereotypical superhero acts from the comics. Now don’t get me wrong Christopher Reeve’s Superman made sense for that time and now I can confidently say Henry Cavill’s Superman was a much needed take for this generation. Times have changed and the character went through a much needed change with Man of Steel in my opinion.

Man of Steel focuses heavily on Superman’s relationship with humanity with both its highs and lows. Throughout this film Clark Kent struggles to find a place in the world from being bullied at a young age to moving from place to place taking on numerous jobs after failing to find a place to settle down as a adult in the beginning of the film. However this all changes when General Zod invades Earth and gives Kal-El the option to join him in turning Earth into a new Krypton. But Superman can’t bring himself to join Zod on his objective which will end up wiping out the entire human race. In the short time of being Superman Kal-El has finally realised why he was sent here. His purpose was to be that leader that Earth needed and he was there to set an example to the people who would eventually join him in the sun.

By the end of the film Clark has finally found his place in the world. Not only has he just saved the world but he now finally settled down with the love of his life Lois Lane. He found a job which allowed him to live somewhat of a normal life. The line that Lois says to Clark at the end of the film “Welcome to the Planet” isn’t just a cliche line, no this line has much greater significance in that an alien who has been struggling to find their way for 30 plus years has finally been accepted by the world and is no longer seen as an outsider.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

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What’s it like to save the world and then become a huge figure of controversy being both loved and hated by those same people who’s lives you just saved? Well the answer lies here in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While Man of Steel built on Superman’s relationship with humanity Dawn of Justice tears that down as well as Superman’s character who throughout the film is even questioning his role in the world. There is this underlying theme throughout the film about whether the world actually needs a Superman or not. Not only is he blamed for the destruction of Metropolis but behind the scenes Lex Luthor is plotting away framing Superman for horrific acts which he did not commit fuelling to the hatred of this omnipotent figure.

The treatment of Superman in this film is something that can be described as a social commentary on issues today in the world such as immigration and racism. It can even be compared to stories of the past, the most obvious being the story of Christ. Again this doubles down on the reliability of the character for me. I mean who can’t relate to Superman in this film? I for one can. Doing all you can to the best of your abilities but at the end of the day you get demonised for your efforts. Now granted I haven’t experienced anything like the type of  backlash Superman experienced in this film but I couldn’t help myself from feeling sorry for the character. Lets also get one thing straight of course this Superman isn’t going to be smiling throughout this film. Would you if you felt like the whole world was against you? I mean Jonathan Kent in man of steel did warn Clark what would happened to him if people really found out who he truly was and he was right. That’s one thing that has always annoyed me the way people criticise Jonathan Kent for wanting Clark to keep his powers a secret which ultimately led to his death. Look at how they treated him in Dawn of Justice and now imagine that same reaction but this time to a Superman that was basically a teenager in Man of Steel.

The world’s reaction to Superman again has him questioning his place in the world. This is shown in scenes where he is talking to Martha where she tells him that he has the choice to be their monument or be nothing because he owes them nothing. This whole film is built up to the moment when Doomsday is created and Superman realises he is the only one who is capable of taking this monster. I think it’s powerful how with everything he’s gone through in this movie he says the line “This is my world” making the ultimate sacrifice while saving a world that contained many people who wanted to see him dead or in jail. Here is where Superman’s relationship with humanity is restored and in fact made stronger. We see the world mourning him in the streets, the people realise that Superman not only saved the world once but twice now at the cost of his own life this time. Most importantly Superman left his mark on the world with the idea of hope in which he inspired others with his sacrifice just like he did with Batman.

Justice League (2017)

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While I enjoyed Superman in Justice League I can’t help myself from pointing out the major issues I had with the character as a whole in this film. I’m not even going to talk about the whole CGI debacle with Henry Cavill’s moustache. This is more to do with the change in character of Superman once he returns in the film. Superman comes back and all of a sudden he is saying lines such as “I’m a big fan of justice” and “Is this guy still bothering you?”. While I loved a lot of what he done in the third act it just didn’t make sense to me. Superman’s character done a 180° turn from Man of Steel and Dawn of Justice. This change in the character is fine in my opinion but it didn’t seem natural, it all felt forced. I would argue that the studio was responding to the criticisms surrounding this Superman as one that wasn’t hopeful enough and didn’t smile at all. I’m fine with them wanting to take the character in this direction but it felt rushed to me and in the process we missed out on probably the most crucial part of this character’s development. I feel like we were missing a scene of Clark having a vision talking to Jor-El or Jonathan Kent where they were telling him how the world needs him now more than ever.

With that being said Justice League as a whole was a film that was riddled with issues that not only affected Superman but all of the members of the Justice League. I guess what Justice League solidified for me was my issue with killing Superman in the first place. At the time I still felt it was too early to kill him in his second movie and I 100% stand by that now. The death of Superman should have happened in the third Superman film or at least at the end of the first Justice League movie and. Part of me feels like they knew they made a mistake with his death because of the way they handled his return in Justice League. They didn’t even show the world’s reaction to Superman’s return which was a huge disappointment for me. The relationship between Superman and the public has been one of the most interesting aspects of this character but it was completely ignored in Justice League. When he actually returns, there’s no crowd of people cheering him on or anything. It’s just sad to see how we started off so well in Man of Steel and Dawn of Justice the character’s arc isn’t done justice (pun intended) in the end with Justice League.

So where does this leave us now with Superman? Well Justice League ends with Clark Kent running down the street revealing the iconic ‘S’ just like Christopher Reeve’s Superman. Is the Superman from Man of Steel and Dawn of Justice gone now? Will the next Superman film see a return to the more classic image of the character? In my opinion I’ll be happy either way all I ask from the future creators is that they treat the character with the respect and care that it deserves.

Let me know what you think down below

 

Batman Ninja Trailer

Batman Ninja is a Japanese anime made in collaboration with Warner Bros. Japan and DC Entertainment. The project is directed by Jumpei Mizusaki, written by Kazuki Nakashima and animated by Kamikaze Douga. Now we have we have seen the Batman go up against the Joker a million times but not like this. Ninja Batman looks to be a fresh take on the two characters never ending grudge as it is set in the middle ages of Japan. I know it sounds crazy right? Believe me after just watching the trailer it looks crazy too (in a good way) Only the Joker could think of a plot like this. Batman Ninja is focused on a Batman who is stripped down to the bone as he no longer has his gadgets to rely on such as the Batmobile or Batwing. This will force Batman to channel inner abilities to once again again overcome the Joker. I did get a lot of flashbacks to Batman Begins while watching this trailer especially with the fighting and training montages. Most importantly this isn’t just Batman and the Joker by themselves. Batman Ninja will include familiar characters from the Batman universe such as Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Alfred, Nightwing (I think I saw Robin too not 100% sure on that). Having not watched an anime in years I personally can’t wait to see this, plus its Batman going against the Joker you just know its going to be great.

Batman Ninja is set to be released in Japanese theatres sometime in 2018. We can also expect a home release for the rest of the world shortly after.

Let me know what you thought of the trailer below