Rumour: Penguin To Be The Main Villain In ‘The Batman’

The Batman movie which will be directed by Matt Reeves is slowly becoming one of the most anticipated comic book movies ever. One question that has been on the minds of Batman fans like myself is “Who are they going to pick as the main villain?”. Batman to this day still has one of the strongest rogues gallery when it comes to main villains. Matt Reeves is really spoilt for choice when it comes to picking the main villain for this film. while we haven’t had much information on the film so far Justin Kroll who is pretty reliable might have just revealed the main villain for The Batman movie.

The last time we saw the Penguin on the big screen was back in 1992 with Batman Returns. Penguin would make a formidable opponent for Batman even if he doesn’t look like it. Depending on how the character will be portrayed Cobblepot is someone that can grow to have extensive political influence along with his wealth. One thing to note is Penguin usually surrounds himself with henchmen. I bring this up because it will be interesting to see if they pair him up with another villain. Could we possibly see the Penguin and the Riddler team up against Batman. If not you could also throw the likes of Hugo Strange or Black Mask in the mix. Just the thought of pairing up these villains against Batman has me excited. Now as for who would play the Penguin I’ve seen some fans mention Josh Gad names which I would be fine with. But as we know with the DCEU as Justin Kroll states they could changed plans tomorrow. We just have to be patient, this movie will be ready when Matt Reeves feels like it’s ready.

Here’s a brief background on Cobblepot (via. Wikipedia)

The Penguin is a master criminal who aspires to be wealthy, powerful and respected (or at least feared) by Gotham’s high society. The Penguin’s wealth gives him access to better resources than most other Batman villains, and he is able to mix with Gotham’s elite, especially those he plans to target in his future crimes. He is also capable of returning to his luxurious lifestyle very easily despite his violent criminal history and prison record. He has even attempted multiple times to enter the political world, even launching expensive election campaigns. The Penguin also has strong connections with other criminal kingpins across Gotham, allowing him to hire their assassins and workers or to spy on them easily. The Penguin relies on cunning, wit, and intimidation to exploit his surroundings for profit, and despite his short temper, he is normally depicted as being more rational and sane than other Batman villains, or at least relatively so.

Although he often delegates the dirty work to his henchmen, he is not above taking aggressive and lethal actions on his own, especially when provoked. In spite of his appearance and stature, he is a dangerous hand-to-hand combatant with enough self-taught skills in judo, fencing, ninjutsu and bare-knuckle boxing to overwhelm attackers many times his size and physical bearing. The Penguin is usually portrayed as a capable physical combatant when he feels the situation calls for it, but his level of skill varies widely depending on the author; the character has been written both as a physical match for Batman and as someone the masked vigilante is capable of defeating with a solid punch. His crimes often revolve around stealing valuable bird-related items and his car and other vehicles often have an avian theme

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First Official Look At Shazam!

For months fans have been waiting to see the first official look at Shazam in costume. While we have been graced with set photos already it’s get the full picture when it comes to a character such as Shazam who needs a lot of VFX done in post because of his abilites. I was one of the many who couldn’t wait to get our first official look at Shazam as I was expecting it to be revealed at SDCC tin July during Warner Bros. panel but Zachary Levi (Shazam himself) had other ideas.

Zachary Levi took to Instagram to give us our first look at Shazam with a promotional image for the film:

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Just by looking at this image if you’ve never read a Shazam/Captain Marvel comic you can see that this film will have a much lighter tone. After all this is a kid inside the body of a superhero and I believe this image captures that well. With the way Zachary Levi interacts with fans on Twitter I can really see him pulling off this role, he comes across as a kid himself too with how excited he is about this film. One thing I wanted to point out if you look closely right next to Zachary Levi you can see the arm of someone holding a trident. My initial reaction says it’s Aquaman since this was a Licensing Expo which featured Warner Bros. other properties such as Wonder Woman and Fantastic Beasts. It would make sense to put Aquaman next to Shazam. The promotion for James Wan’s Aquaman movie should be starting soon since the film is 7 months away. Overall things are looking promising as a DC fan I’m hearing nothing but good things about Shazam, Aquaman and Wonder Woman 2.

Shazam is personally one of my most anticipated comic book movies, I can’t wait to see what David Sandberg has done with this childlike superhero next year.

Shazam is set to be released 5 April, 2019

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Westworld: ‘Akane no Mal’ Episode Review

This week’s episode of Westworld ‘Akaine no Mai’ took us to a new park and adventure with the Shogun World. The Shogun World was something that was hinted at by the end of the first season and while we knew we would eventually go there I didn’t expect it to be this soon. There were high expectations going into the Shogun World from fans and did it live up to the hype? For the most part I really enjoyed what we saw from the Shogun World in this episode. It was a breath of fresh air that was needed for the series and a nice change of scenery for once. However this episode wasn’t all about the Shogun World, you also has some very interesting developments between Dolores and Teddy which are huge for Dolores’ character arc and the park as a whole. With that being said lets get into the events of this week’s episode.

Salvaging hosts

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With all the talk of Shogun World we actually start this episode outside the park. At the o beginning of the episode we are up to speed on the timeline picking up straight after the events that left the hosts dead in the valley. Delos are gathering up the hosts from the river and are pretty much salvaging them for any data and their bodies because if we think about it they don’t have any hosts sitting in reserve. We also see Delos employees cleaning up in their headquarters where the map of Westworld is located. It will be interesting to see if they’ll be able to get it all back up and running. One last thing I wanted to point out amongst the bodies that are being cleaned up we clearly see Teddy who we presume is dead. I don’t want to go into Teddy’s role in this episode just yet, I’ll come back that because it goes hand in hand with what Dolores has been doing in this episode.

Shogun World

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The majority of this episode takes place in Shogun World and I didn’t complain one bit. What I found interesting was how Shogun World wasn’t created for people to just experience this different culture. As Sizemore states they created this world for the people who felt that the original park too tame and it was a place that was built full of artificial gore. Just to provide some context the Shogun world is based on period between the 16th to 18th century Japan which is known as ‘Edo’.

This period can be best described as “During the reign of the Tokugawa Shoguns, Japan’s emperor reigned in secluded majesty at the imperial capital in Kyoto; however, the true centre of power, government, the economy and social life was Edo, where the Shogun lived and ruled the country”.

The Shogun World at first sight looks beautiful, alive and just aesthetically pleasing to the eye. However while looking closely at the environment I started to notice the clear similarities to Sweetwater. While the architecture maybe totally different to the buildings we saw in Sweetwater the layout of the town is really just a copy of how that town was laid out. This is important because a lot of what we see in the Shogun World is really just a copy of what we saw from the original Westworld park from the narratives down to the characters. This is where we run into Maeve’s group and we soon find out that they have doppelgangers who are playing out the same narrative of storming the town and stealing a safe. Akane clearly resembles Maeve as her narrative is based around her daughter Sakura who gets kidnapped. The rest of the episode is spent with the two groups working together trying to get her back from the Shogun and his army. Akane’s daughter gets kidnapped because the hosts are all going off script. The revolution that started in the first park has spread across multiple parks as we saw with the Raj world earlier this season.

Maeve’s new powers/journey

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During Maeve’s time in the Shogun World we actually find out that she has powers. At the start of the episode when she tries to control the hosts verbally it didn’t work just like with the Ghost Nation but when she does it through her mind she gets what she wants. Due to her new found powers Maeve is labelled the ‘witch’ throughout this episode. When Sakura is captured we see that Shogun has carved a cherry blossom tree into her back. I had to do some research on this because I knew this had to mean something, it’s Westworld, everything has a deeper meaning. The cherry blossom tree is common in Japanese culture and it represents ‘the fragility and the beauty of life’, ‘It’s a a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short’. We saw this with the death of Sakura by the end of the episode. Before going on to Dolores’ role in this episode there were just a couple more thing I wanted to touch on with Shogun World. The first being how Shogun just like Bernard in the first episode was leaking cortical fluid from his ear. Has he been tampered with? Or has someone else’s mind been put into his body? I guess we’ll find out soon especially with Bernard. The last thing I wanted to touch on is when Sizemore finds this device in the woods. He acted like he knew it was already there and wanted to keep it a secret from everyone else. The voice coming from the device was heavily distorted but one would have to guess it was the people back at the Delos headquarters on the other end. What the hell is Sizemore up to? I have a feeling he’s leading the group down a dangerous path.

Dolores and Teddy

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Dolores’ path to the great weapon has taken her back home to Sweetwater where it all started to look for her father. However once she gets there the town has been destroyed with only a few hosts left alive. What happened to these hosts isn’t told to but it’s a reminder that the hosts are going off script and have killed each other. But not all the hosts have gone off script as we see with Clementine’s replacement who is still on her loop as he says her staple line “Not much of a rind on you”. How are some hosts still on a loop? That part is still confusing to me. In this episode we see just how determined Dolores is trying to complete this revolution through her conversations with Teddy. She talks about how her father tried to deal with his cattle that was struck with bluetounge and Teddy stated how he would have sheltered the infected cattle. It was at this point I believe Dolores knew she couldn’t trust Teddy. He was someone that could go on to betray her and work with the humans. He could eventually be the disease that could influence the rest of the hosts who are carrying out this revolution. Teddy throughout this episode was trying to convince Dolores to take a different route and just walk away from it all as he claimed there was a spot for them in the world to live together. It did look like Dolores was going follow Teddy on his proposal, we even saw them have sex which we haven’t seen before between two hosts. But I believe she knew what she was going to do with him after their conversation about the cattle. What what exactly is done to Teddy by the end of this episode? At the beginning of the episode with the current timeline we saw Teddy’s body at the Delos facility. Dolores with the help of the tech looks to be reprogramming Teddy to get him fully on her side. I can only think that with the tablet she is raising his loyalty and possibly his aggression to the max. In future episodes we will definitely start to see a much darker version of Teddy. Ironically this means Dolores is turning into her oppressors because this is what they done to her, the constant reprogramming for what is a brutal process. It does make it hard to root for Dolores here when she is forcing people to side with her. Dolores told him “To grow we all need to suffer first” which leads me to think Teddy’s still part of her major plan. We just have to wait and see how Teddy eventually meets his demise.

Overall I thought this was a really strong episode, after last week’s episode this season is really kicking into high gear. The Shogun World was really refreshing to see and was a much needed change to what we have been accustomed to. I really enjoyed everything about the Shogun World and especially how the episode ended on that cliff hangar. I have to mention before I end this that scene where Akane gets revenge on Shogun for killing her daughter was breathtaking. Dolores’ storyline continues to keep my interest after this episode because while she’s the leader of this revolution I do think more people around her will start to question her and it will be interesting to see if she treats them in the same way she did with Teddy.

What did you think of this week’s episode?

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Jake Gyllenhaal In Talks To Play Mysterio In Spider-Man: Homecoming Sequel

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For months it seemed like whenever Jake Gyellenhaal’s name was brought he was constantly linked with replacing Ben Affleck for the role of Batman. Now it seems Gyellenhaal is finally joining the superhero universe but not to play the Caped Crusader but for a more villainous role as Mysterio in the upcoming Spider-Man Homecoming sequel. It was reported just a couple of minutes ago by The HollyWood Reporter that he’s talks for the role with nothing confirmed yet. With the sequel looking to start production sometime this summer I do believe this will be confirmed sooner rather than later. They must have been talking for sometime and who knows the deal could have already been done, you never know with Hollywood. Even if the deal breaks down somehow what it does confirm is the studio are using Mysterio as the main villain for the film. We have already seen the Vulture be introduced with the first movie and now with Mysterio they have already made up two of the members of the iconic Sinister Six. It does look like they’re eventually building up to the Sinister Six as that was Sony’s initial plan with the Garfield movies but we most likely won’t seen the Sinister Six on the big screen until the third of fourth Spider-Man movie.

Here’s just a brief history between Spider-Man and Mysterio in the comics who also goes by the name Quentin Beck:

Debuting in The Amazing Spider-Man #13, Mysterio is Quentin Beck, a special effects wizard and stunt man working for a major Hollywood studio with dreams of making a name for himself in the film industry. However, he came to see his career in special effects as a dead-end job. His attempts to become an actor were poorly received, but he realized that his expertise in illusions could make him an effective supervillain.

In his first battle with Spider-Man, after he frames Spider-Man for robbing the Midtown Museum, Mysterio obstructs the hero’s spider-sense with gas and dissolves Spider-Man’s webbing with a chemical abrasive. However Spider-Man tricks Mysterio into revealing he robbed the museum, then Spider-Man revealed he had captured it on tape. Mysterio was then jailed, blaming Spider-Man for his ruined career. Mysterio later joins the Sinister Six in an attempt at revenge on Spider-Man, and battles him using robots of the X-Men. After this Spider-Man gets a card that enables him to go on to battle Sandman.

Mysterio later creates the alias of world-renowned psychiatrist Dr. Ludwig Rinehart, using technology and hypnosis in an attempt to make Spider-Man lose his mind, and nearly convincing him to unmask, though ironically Spider-Man was helped by J. Jonah Jameson suddenly bursting into the house. Spider-Man then unmasked Mysterio.

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What this news also means is that the rumours surrounding Ben Affleck being replaced by Jake Gyellenhaal will also stop, thanfully. So this should actually be good news to anyone who wants to see Ben Affleck continue playing the role of the Batman.

The sequel to Spider-Man Homecoming is set to be released next year on July 5, 2019 

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Deadpool 2 Earns $125 Million During Opening Weekend

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If you were worried about the success of the first Deadpool movie being a fluke… All those fears are laid to rest as the numbers for the first weekend of Deadpool 2’s run are in. According to Forbes Deadpool 2 has made around $125 million in its first weekend making it one of the biggest openings for an R-Rated movie ever. Although it doesn’t beat the $132 million which the first Deadpool movie earned in its first weekend this is still a huge success. The drop off between the two numbers isn’t that big at all, also due to inflation we could see these numbers increase. If we are looking strictly on a numbers basis Deadpool 2 is definitely a success for the franchise and for the Fox brand. Amongst the movies that were released this year Deadpool 2’s opening weekend is only beaten by Infinity War ($250 million) and Black Panther ($218 million). To be beaten by these two films should bring no shame to anyone currently working at Fox. Especially if the Fox and Disney deal still goes through which only looks like it will be confirmed sooner rather than later. What this does show us is how comic book movies are now the popular medium in cinema. Isn’t that crazy to say? I would have never of thought that comic book movies would be amongst the highest grossing movies ever. As a lifelong comic book fan it’s great to see. Being a comic book nerd/geek is no longer seen as a negative. Comic books and movies are seen as cool now. This was shown with films such as Black Panther and Infinity War. I had never seen so many people who had never seen comic book movie be excited for these films. Hopefully this is a trend that continues to grow and we continue to see Box Office numbers such as these because that ultimately means we’ll get more comic book movies.

Here are the numbers for the first Deadpool movie:

  • Deadpool (2016) Lifetime Gross: $363,070,709 million (2nd all time R-Rated movies)
  • Deadpool (2016) Overall Box Office numbers: $783.1 million

Will it go on to outgross the first movie?

Let me know what you think of Deadpool 2’s early Box Office numbers

Have you seen the movie yet? What did you think of it?

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Westworld: ‘The Riddle of the Sphinx’ Episode Review

The latest episode of Westworld maybe one of the strongest episodes of the series yet. If not then it’s at least the best episode of this season so far. While season 2 has started off slowly this weeks episode kicks the season into high gear as there is a lot of interesting stuff that is revealed going on both inside and outside the park.

With that being said lets get into the events of the latest episode of Westworld which is titled: “The Riddle of the Sphinx”

William and James Delos

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The episode starts with a montage showing the daily routine of James Delos’s (Logan’s Father). While the camera pans around this beautiful apartment you notice straight away that James isn’t well at all, this was implied in the last episode at his retirement party when he was talking to William I noticed him coughing and being short on his breath every time he spoke. It’s quite strong imagery that below the surface of this beautiful property is a man who is breaking down struggling to survive. James is soon visited by William who by this time after his first visit to the park is in full control of the company. While is isn’t spelled out straightway what’s going on jumping forward into the middle of the episode we find out that James has actually been dead for 7 years. What William has done for him looks to be groundbreaking, he’s taken his mind and put it into a hosts body. However while James appears to be healthier than ever in his new body the company’s experiment hasn’t worked as he keeps breaking down from what William calls ‘Cognitive Plateau’. This has led the company building up to 149 versions of James all with the same result. From what it looked like while his mind was implanted in this new body it was rejecting reality. William compared his condition to when someone receives a new liver and how it rejects its new body. This leads to William claiming how this whole enterprise was a failure. But what enterprise? When William and James met earlier in the season his whole aim was to store the information from the guests and sell them to marketing firms. Now that looks like it has changed, it seems like they are trying to prolong life, to make people live on forever. Or was this just a one time experiment for Mr. Delos? Also from their conversations we find out that Logan died recently due to an overdose. By the end of the episode it really feels like William is torturing James by telling him how everyone around him is dead and how “Some men are just better off dead” when he refuses to carry on this experiment. I mean as the song at the start of the episode implies William is playing with fire with this experiment by trying to stop how death works.  The scenes with these two was easily my favourite part of the episode. At times it was very emotional and I even found myself feeling sorry for Mr. James which was helped by the actor’s great performance.

The return of Elsie

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One of the episode’s biggest surprises is the return of Elsie as the last time we saw her was during season one as she was being choked out. At the time we didn’t know who by because we weren’t sure is Bernard was a host at the time but she did confirm it was him who attacked her in this episode. As for Bernard his condition isn’t improving at all as he is in need of cardinal fluid, he cannot even recall what he did to Elsie. It’s revealed that through Bernard Ford has been protecting Elsie this whole time because of what she knows about the park. Either way Elsie still doesn’t trust Bernard and to be honest I don’t either. Their scenes take place in this lab which at first I thought was the same lab Bernard and Charlotte were in earlier this season. As we start to see flashbacks from another timeline it’s shown how Bernard kills everyone in the lab. It also looks like they were creating these new devices in the lab. These new devices could be used to store the mind of people which is then put into a new body like we saw with Mr. Delos. This theory seems more plausible because by the end of this episode we find out that this lab was the place that was used to keep Mr. Delos in. It’s revelations such as this that make me love the show in general. I honestly paid it no mind where he was located at the start of the episode because I didn’t think it was that important. To find out he was in the park all this time was a great reveal. By the end of the episode as Elsie is still finding it hard to trust Bernard he says “For the first time I get to decide who I want to be”. Has Bernard reached full consciousness already? Personally I don’t think so as I feel Ford is still in control of his actions and will be for the rest of this season.

The Man in Black’s journey

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The Man in Black or William as we also know him really took centre stage of this episode both when he’s inside and outside the park. Going back into the park we follow his journey to find ‘The Door’ and he runs into the Confederados who have occupied Lawrence’s hometown. Ironically they’re the same members that Teddy let go in the last episode. Maybe Dolores was right and he should’ve killed them because once they find Lawrence’s hometown they do nothing but take out their frustrations from being betrayed by Dolores on the locals. What I found most interesting about the scenes with the Confederados is how the leader whose name is currently slipping my mind acts exactly how The Man in Black did when he visited the same town in the first season. One clear similarity is how he starts to dance with Lawrence’s wife which is exactly what The Man in Black did too. However unlike his actions in season one this time The Man in Black has somewhat had a change in heart and actually saves Lawrence and his wife. During her rescue we are shown footage of William running up the stairs to find his wife who had committed suicide. While he couldn’t save his own wife’s life I thought it was a nice touch that this time he was able to save Lawrence’s wife. However what does this mean for the Man in Black? Has he changed now? He claimed at the beginning of the season how the journey would let him wipe the slate clean but that’s not the case. Acts such as saving Lawrence and his family don’t outweigh everything else he’s done in the park. This is shown as Ford takes control over Lawrence’s daughter and tells him “One good deed doesn’t change that” and that he’s looking in the wrong direction. It will be interesting to see how he acts going forward. One last thing I want to add is how last time when The Man in Black was looking to recruit Confederados for his journey Ford took over and killed them. However by the end of this episode when he recruits Lawrence and his cousins Ford doesn’t intervene. Has he passed one of Ford’s tests? I found this really interesting.

The Man in Black’s daughter

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Speaking of going forward we finally get to find out who Grace really is. Having first being introduced to her in the first episode where she was in the Raj world I just knew she was linked to the park in someway. And it turns out she’s the daughter of the Man in Black. Given the circumstances of her mother’s death you can tell their relationship isn’t the best as even The Man in Black at one point during the episode claims his daughter wouldn’t mind seeing him be gunned down. Also there isn’t this emotional embrace when they see each other, you wouldn’t think they were father and daughter by the way they acted in this scene. It will be interesting to see throughout the rest of the season if their relationship will develop or not. One question I want answered about Grace is what’s she doing in the park? Did she go out of her way to look for her dad? What’s the deal? Also one last aspect that links in with Grace from this episode which I found interesting was we finally get to see the role of the Ghost Nation in the park. Instead of killing the humans they’re in fact protecting them playing a security role, it looks like they’re under the control of Ford. Of course while Ford isn’t physically at the park his presence is still felt because after all this is his narrative.

Overall I thought this was a really good episode, it might be one of my favourite episodes of the series so far. It’s definitely the strongest episode of the season so far and while the season started off slow this episode provides for a great watching that should satisfy all fans and have them greatly anticipating the next episode.

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Westworld: My Thoughts On Season 2 So Far

This article will contain spoilers from both season 1 and 2 of Westworld

Just last weekend I had stumbled across this new show Westworld. It was a show that I had always planned to get into thanks to the adverts that would grace my television every now and then. The blend of science fiction and western was something I couldn’t pass on. I had to at least give the first episode a try and before I knew it in the space of a weekend I had finished the first season, not to mention the countless podcasts and explanation videos I had to watch after each episode. I’m not ashamed to say that I found myself a bit confused during the season. But that was part of the beauty of the first season trying to work out how many timelines are currently going on and how this action would lead into an event further down the timeline. And by the end of the season finale I was really satisfied, they wrapped up a huge storyline while setting the stage for the Ford’s next story take place for season 2. Now here we are season 2, only a couple of episodes in and maybe it’s the fact I’ve taken in so much Westworld in the past week and I need a break but this season has kind of been a disappointment for me so far. Granted we are only 3 episodes in and that could change by the end of the season because the first season to me was also a slow burner. I wanted to use this article to just layout my thoughts on the season so far and the current issues I’m having with this season so far.

No Anthony Hopkins

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Look it was always going to be a tough to follow up a character such as Ford after the season finale. Now granted Ford’s character isn’t fully dead if you know what I mean, his mind and his thoughts are still there it has just been transferred into other characters. It’s a smart way for the show writers to make sure the character is still apart of the storyline without having to be there physically. But it has impacted the show, Hopkin’s performances in the first season were just amazing. He brought so much to the first season that his presence is missed throughout the early episodes of season 2. It does look like Bernard/Arnold is taking that role from Ford and while Jeffrey Wright is a great actor too the show greatly misses Hopkins’s presence as any film or TV show would to be honest.

Too much going on?

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Is the show doing too much? Now I know that may seem confusing coming from someone who enjoyed the first season but this season for some reason it feels like they maybe spinning too many plates at the same time. Will the pay off work this season? This season looks to be building up to where Bernard/Arnold kills the rest of the hosts laying in the river. But we also have the likes of Dolores and the Man in Black travelling to the place known as ‘The Door’ which has a weapon that will help destroy that world. Of course it wont be an actual weapon like a gun or anything. It’s interesting to note how the maze from season 1 allowed the host to find their inner conciseness and be awake and now with the door what happens? Maybe its a way out, who knows. You also have Maeve who is practically free going on her own journey to look for her daughter, somehow I just think she will end up going to ‘The Door’ with the rest of the main characters. The main point I’m trying to make here is when is it too much with what the show is trying to accomplish? I haven’t even spoken on the fact that in the last episode we were treated with two new parks which are the Raj themed world and Shogun world. I also forgot to mention the importance of the character Peter Abernathy who had been uploaded with up to 30 years of data which makes him a crucial aspect of the storyline for Delos to capture. What information is he carrying? Not sure but Charlotte has already shown us how they are using androids to keep information on the guests that can be used in the real world. The information he has must be important for the storyline and those who enter Westworld.

Dolores/Wyatt’s storyline

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Dolores’s character maybe the biggest issue I have with this season so far. It’s not that the actress is bad or anything, Evan Rachel Wood has been great throughout the entire series. The direction in which they’ve taken the character doesn’t really interest me. I want to support and cheer for Dolores and that’s just hard to do at the moment. Ironically she has turned into the the Man in Black from season 1 as she is now formed with Wyatt. She’s just killing everything in sight to get to this new weapon on her journey to carry out this rebellion in which she hopes to finally break out into the real world. While I’m interested to see where this character goes by arriving at her destination so far it’s falling flat to me. What I do find interesting though is her relationship with Teddy. Lately we started to see how she’s been manipulating Teddy and in the last episode Teddy starts to think and act by himself. It will be interesting to see how and when they clash because Teddy’s body is there amongst the other robots that are presumably dead which we saw in the first episode.

Maeve

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Maeve is probably the only character I’ve been most invested in since season 1. In my eyes she has become the most sympathetic figure in the show. This is helped by her actions in season 2 where her only goal is to meet her daughter whether she’s real or not. Unlike Dolores who’s angry at the way she’s been treated by the humans she doesn’t go out of her way to make those suffer who put her in that position. Maeve comes across as the most sympathetic character on the show right now and someone that I’m currently rooting for. I want her to find her daughter because I feel like she deserves this piece of happiness, unfortunately knowing Westworld it most likely won’t be a happy ending for Maeve. Also I have to mention I like the people she’s picked up along the way on her journey in season 2 so far. I loved Hector’s character since season 1 and along with the likes of Felix and Lee Sizemore it provides for an interesting group dynamic which provides for a source of humour at times.

The Man in Black

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While on the subject of characters another one I need to mention is The man in Black. This is probably the character I’m least interested in so far. He was easily my favourite in the first season but now having got what he wanted with a park that now had stakes and consequences it’s hard to be invested in him. Now he’s looking for The Door after spending season 1 looking for The Maze. Although I find the flashback scenes of William investing in the park this is where I feel like the show is just in a loop characters are practically just living out the same story arc in the first season just in a different form. Knowing the show it was probably done in this way on purpose, maybe it’s leading up to his huge crescendo.

Or maybe I’m just totally wrong, I still think there’s a lot I can learn from the show and while I was initially worried about writing a piece such as this on the show I can’t help but put out there how I feel about season 2. After finishing season 1 I was contemplating if this show was in my top 5 TV shows of all time and the start of season 2 has kind of left me flat. Granted this is just the start of Westworld, I don’t think we’ve even scratched the surface yet. I’m confident that this series will run for a number of seasons and of course I’ll be there along for the ride.

Depending on how well this article does I may just do recaps on the shows for the rest of the season, let me know if you’d like me to do that

Have you started Westworld yet?

What do you think of season 2 so far?

Avengers 4 And The Quantum Realm

This article will contain spoilers from Avengers: Infinity War, you have been warned!

Avengers: Infinity War isn’t even a week old as I write this but thanks to the ending of the movie the conversation around Avengers 4 has dominated the internet for the past couple of days. If you have already seen the set photos from Avengers 4 which is set to be released next year one of the most important things you would have noticed is the Avengers are in their original costumes.

 

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As you can see from the set photos those present on set are Iron Man, Captain America, Loki, Thor and Bruce Banner. However amongst the original cast one character that is also present who raised a lot of questions at the time of the release of these photos is Ant-Man. Having seen these set photos before Infinity War I paid Ant-Man no mind but with how the movie ended it makes sense now and his presence raises a lot of questions. What the set photos tell us is that Ant-Man is crucial to Avengers 4. With half the universe gone he will play a key role for one reason only… The Quantum Realm. Now what is the Quantum Realm? I’ll try my best to explain it, again I’m no expert so correct me if I’m wrong please.

The Quantum Realm to its core is an alternative dimension where place and time become irrelevant and it can only be accessed through magical energy, mystical transportation or by using ‘tremendous subatomic shrinking’. That last point is crucial because that’s where of course Ant-Man comes in. The Quantum Realm cannot be accessed by Doctor Strange in Avengers 4 because as you saw he ‘died’ and they can’t use the time stone as long as Thanos has it. Ant-Man who we never see in Infinity War most likely survived the snap and is the only one who can access the Quantum Realm now. A line about the Quantum Realm was also dropped in the recent Ant-Man and The Wasp trailer.

This is how it has been described when one enters the Quantum Realm:

At that point, time does not hold any sway and concepts of space are irrelevant. Once there, they will be frozen in time, unable to age, but also be in a state of unconsciousness or half consciousness, barely aware of their surroundings. (via. Marvelcinematicuniverse)

Assessing the Quantum Realm could serve multiple purposes:

  • It would allow the remaining Avengers to go back in time and save those who were perished during the snap.
  • Or it could be used to travel to the soul world where Thanos currently is by the end of the movie and that could also be where the rest of the Avengers are. Again that’s just a theory I could be way off with that point.
  • They could also use the Quantum Realm to travel back in time to recruit Captain Marvel because she’s from the 1990s and because of her strengths and power she is their best hope to defeat Thanos, she could even pick up the gauntlet. Also her film comes out just before Avengers 4 so be sure to see some reference to the activities that took place during Infinity War in the post credit scenes.

One of the most important things to take away when someone enters the Quantum Realm is “whoever tries to explore it may become trapped for eternity”. This is interesting because it implies the possibilities of one of the original Avengers dying in this film (for real this time). There has to be consequences for travelling back in time, and there always is. Maybe in Avengers 4 we’ll see some of the original Avengers lose their lives in the process of saving the new Avengers. As for who I think will die in Avengers 4 in my opinion it’s between Captain America and Tony Stark. I mean it’s been set up clearly, they never got to reconcile in Infinity War and once they do in Avengers 4 I think one of them will say their final goodbye. My theory is Tony will end up with the Infinity Gauntlet. Tony will also play a crucial role in this film because Doctor Strange gave up the time stone to save him meaning he was important to the one outcome Strange saw when the Avengers eventually win. And once again if he were to get his hands on the gauntlet a sacrifice would have to be made for the soul stone and I believe that will be Steve Rogers.

Let me know what you think of all these theories

What are your predictions for Avengers 4?

Check out my review for Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War Review (Spoilers)

“In time you will know what it’s like to lose” – Thanos 

THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS!

After 10 years of build up and 18 movies finally it’s here! Was it even possible for this film to live up to the expectations and hype that came with this long journey? For me I haven’t been this excited for a movie in a really long time. And did it live up to the hype for me? The Russo brothers having directed Winter Soldier, Civil War and now Infinity War are 3/3 in my opinion. Even after my first viewing I loved this movie and after my second viewing I loved it more than the first time. I would actually recommend watching this movie more than once. Not because its a deep film like Inception that requires multiple viewings. With this film there’s just so much going on, it’s literally an event. You get to enjoy it more and be more relaxed with the second viewing because you’re not constantly on edge the whole time. However given how much goes on in this film with the multiple characters and directions this review will kind of be all over the place. I simply cannot cover every aspect of the film therefore I’m going to talk about the elements I really loved in this film.

With that being said let’s get straight into it:

Thanos

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What better place to start with this review than with the main character of the film. Thanos without a doubt is now my favourite MCU villain and one of my favourite villains of all time. I loved Killmonger in Black Panther but with Thanos from his dialogue, CGI and Josh Brolin’s acting he continues to set the bar high for comic book villains in general. I mean he had to be the the best MCU villain right? This was damn near 10 years in the making ever since we saw that purple creature smile at us in the post credit scene of Avengers. We are shown just what Thanos is all about in the first 10 minutes of the film where he destroys the Hulk and kills both Heimdall and Loki. One of the main reasons why I love Thanos is mostly due to Josh Brolin’s performance as the Mad Titan. Given the character is mostly CGI that doesn’t stop him from providing us with a great performance. The way he delivers his lines and his voice are just chilling at times. Every time he’s on the screen you can’t take your eyes off him, he takes up the whole screen. Whenever he talks you listen to every word and your anticipating what he’s going to say next. The CGI work done on the character has to be praised here too, it would come to no surprise if the majority of the budget for the film was spent on Thanos and it pays off.

One of my favourite Thanos moments in this film is the whole soul stone sequence. His relationship Gamora, the acting from both the actors and even the CGI down to the tears of Thanos are amazing. As for Thanos’s goal we all knew he going into this movie that he wanted to collect all six of the infinity stones but why? Is he a bad guy just because or is there more to it? And yes there’s more to it. While I don’t agree with his ideas and goals it does provide for an interesting character. Thanos is someone that wants to help balance the universe, to make it a better place where people can thrive and it does sound like a great idea until the method that is uses is straight up genocide. Granted I don’t think we’re meant to be cheering for Thanos throughout this film at all, but what it does provide for is the best main villain of the MCU that I have seen so far.

Character Interactions

One of my favourite things in this movie is how the characters are handled with this huge cast. Overall there are over 30 characters in this film and the Russos had to find a way where everyone had their screen time and chance to shine and they accomplished that extremely well by splitting up the heroes into various groups.

Group 1: Guardians of the Galaxy + Thor

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This without a doubt is my favourite group dynamic in the whole film. Having Thor interact with the Guardians of the Galaxy was great, especially with this new Thor that had changed with Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok. They just bounce off each other so well, I found myself laughing throughout the whole scene where they first meet. Eventually the group does split with Thanos, Groot and Rocket Raccoon going to make Thor’s new weapon and I found myself enjoying this new group dynamic even more. The tree, a rabbit and a god. I never thought I would have enjoyed this group that much. And a lot of that has to do with Chris Hemsworth’s acting in this film, his comedic timing is great. Even during the more emotional scenes where Thor is talking to Rocket about the people he has lost the two interact very well. Thor was definitely my favourite character coming out of this movie and that was solidified with the moment he lands in Wakanda and he just starts wrecking people, you get the feeling of ‘Yep this guy is really a god’.

Group 2: Doctor Strange + Iron Man + Spider-Man

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The second main group while it wasn’t my favourite there’s still a lot to be enjoyed here. First of all seeing Doctor Strange and Tony Stark interact is great, this was the main two character I couldn’t wait to see come together going into the film. Mainly because they are both so similar in their egos and how they both walk to the beat of their own drum. These two huge personalities were bound to clash and when they did it was great, and you throw Spider-Man and Star-Lord into the mix it just gets even better. I love Spider-Man in this movie Tom Holland just gives off such a realistic performance, this is exactly how you would expect a kid to act if he was standing next to Doctor Strange and Iron Man. Also one of my favourite scenes in the movie is where Tony’s group meets the rest of the Guardians and they share a scene where they are fighting each other. It also provides for great interactions with Drax and especially between Tony and Star-Lord.

The rest of the characters

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As for the rest of the Avengers they kind of suffer due to the screen time given to the two main groups. Captain America my favourite character while he gets a great entrance scene doesn’t really have much to do in the film along with those who accompany him such as T’Challa. Although the film explores the relationship between Scarlet Witch and Vision them along with the likes of Bruce Banner, Falcon and Bucky are just there until they get to the final act in Wakanda. Maybe this film had too many characters to juggle resulting in us not being able to spend the time we wanted with certain characters but I do think for the most part the Russos got it right with the 2 main groups.

The Black Order

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While Thanos is of course the main villain of the film he’s not the only protagonist the heroes have to come up against. Of the Black Order my favourite character is easily Ebony Maw, I was kind of gutted that his character got killed off so quickly. I loved his powers, and mostly his dialogue. I love how he gave Doctor Strange a fight for his money, I would’ve loved to have seen him go up against Doctor Strange in a solo movie but unfortunately that won’t be happening anymore. Proxima Midnight on the other hand was just ok however CGI work done on the character didn’t really look good at all. I do wish the Black Order were made to look more powerful but then again there’s so much going on in this film that they had to be sidelined for the other main characters.

The Ending

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Now for the most talked about aspect of the film, the ending! I really struggled to take in the ending for a long time after my first viewing. I just didn’t know what to say, the theatre was so quite when the credits started rolling, I never experienced that in a movie theatre before . We all knew Thanos was going to collect all of the infinity stones but I for one didn’t expect the snap to happen especially at that point. When the snap came I had completely forgot about it and it caught me way off guard I loved it! What proceeds the snap is shots of the Avengers disappearing slowly one by one, with no music at all making it even more powerful. The ‘deaths’ that stood out to me were Doctor Strange’s, Groot’s and of course Spider-Man. Tom Holland’s acting in that scene was great and yes we all know that a Spider-Man sequel will be coming out next year but that didn’t stop me from being invested in his death scene. The main controversy surrounding this scene is how many of these deaths and the ones throughout the film are permanent? I believe that the deaths that took place before the snap will be permanent (Vision, Gamora, Loki and Heimdall). If you pay close attention apart from Nebula and Rocket those who are left are the original Avengers. We have already seen the leaked photos from the set of Avengers 4 with the original cast in their old costumes which means they go back in time to save everyone. Doctor Strange said he saw only one outcome where they win and this is it in Avengers 4. Tony had to survive because somehow he will save everyone or play a key role in Avengers 4.

Overall I thought Avengers Infinity War was a great movie, it handles the tone really well. While for the most part this is a dark movie it does have light moments too which are definitely needed. Where it falls on my MCU list it may fall just under Winter Soldier at number 2. However it’s hard to judge this film against the other solo movies, one thing for sure is that Infinity War is the best Avengers movie yet.

Avengers Infinity War: 9/10

Let me know what you thought of Infinity War down below

Did it live up to the hype? Where does it rank for you?

 

 

Jeffrey Dean Morgan On Wanting To Play Batman In Flashpoint

Ever since the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fans have been speculating about the role of Thomas Wayne in the future of the DC extended universe. Originally played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan it would be a no brainer that if the character was to ever return it would be him that would play the role of Thomas Wayne again. While Thomas Wayne died in Dawn of Justice (obviously) the future for the character certainly isn’t dead. A huge reason for this is because DC’s future Flash movie was revealed to be called ‘Flashpoint’. Now of course with the name ‘Flashpoint’ titled after one of the most popular graphic novels ever some would expect the film to follow along the same lines of the comic. With Flashpoint the timeline is messed up by Barry Allen who attempts to go back in time and prevent the murder of his Mother. Not knowing the ramifications of these actions on the rest of the universe. One of the biggest changes that see is that instead of Thomas Wayne dying in the alleyway is its Bruce who doesn’t survive. This results in Thomas Wayne taking up the role of the iconic hero. However, unlike the Bruce Wayne/Batman we’ve come to love in previous iterations, this Thomas Wayne is a broken man. Still hurt by Bruce’s death he’s enraged and resorts to alcohol to numb his pain. Now I won’t giveaway the whole story for those haven’t read it yet. But I would highly recommend reading it as it provides a take on Batman we’ve never seen before.

So with a theatrical Flash film titled ‘Flashpoint’ would this film follow in the same footsteps? There is one person who hopes it does and that’s Thomas Wayne himself, Jeffrey Dean Morgan who in a recent interview with TotalFilm stated:

“And what I know about the Flashpoint Batman is, you know, for me, I think he is not only the darkest of the Batmen, but the coolest. And I love his whole storyline and who he is and the tortured soul of it all.”

As for actually wanting to play Batman on the big screen he stated:

We’ll see. I mean, look, DC is DC and they’ll figure out what they’re going to do next. But I’m highly aware of the character, I will say that. I’m highly aware of the character, and it would probably be a thrill of a lifetime to put on the Batsuit.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan actually goes on to say him and Zack Snyder have actually talked about the role in the past:

“Look, I’m not going to lie. Zack Snyder and I talked about doing Batman together when we did Watchmen. I think it was both he and I’s favorite character and favorite story.

While I love what I’ve seen from Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the likes of Watchmen and The Walking Dead, I don’t want a Flashpoint movie yet. The idea is great don’t great me wrong, plus I think he would make a great Thomas Wayne/Batman. Looking t the DC universe as a whole this movie is way too soon especially for the character of The Flash. If they’re going with the Flashpoint storyline this film is going to inflict some major changed in the DC universe. There have been constant rumours that the studio will use this film to recast Ben Affleck’s Batman which is a ridiculous is you as me. It shouldn’t take one of your biggest storylines in comics to do it.

That’s just my 2 cents on the whole situation, it’s nice to see how passionate Jeffrey Dean Morgan is about the potential role. I know from experience too a couple of months ago I posted some fan art of him as Batman on Twitter and he liked it.

Let me know what you think down below

Do you think he would make a good Batman?

Is it too soon for a Flashpoint movie?