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

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My Top 5 Most Anticipated Comic Book Movies of 2018

Last year was a great year for comic book fans like myself as we were treated to a number of great films. You had films such as Wonder Woman and Logan which were praised by critics all around the world and have a great chance of picking up some awards this year. Spider-Man made his first solo entry into the MCU which was well received too and Thor: Ragnarok was one my favourite films of the year. While 2017 was a great year for comic book movies 2018 looks set to be one of the strongest years for the film genre. So I figured I’d give you an insight into my top 5 most anticipated comic book films to come out this year. One thing to note is that I left out Avengers: Infinity War from my list on purpose because it’s an obvious choice for me and fans around the world. Also I wanted to make my list a little bit different compared to the hundreds of lists you may have already read.

With that being said lets get straight into my top 5 most anticipated comic book fans of this 2018:

5. Venom (5th October 2018)

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I still can’t believe we are getting a Venom film starring Tom Hardy. You have to applaud Sony here for doing something different and taking a risk. They see the success that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is having in the MCU and what their response? To make an R-Rated Venom film starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock. While the first look at Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock was revealed earlier this week and wasn’t the huge reveal as fans expected it to be. What it did make me anticipate even more is the reveal for the Venom suit which you have to think we will get a glimpse of it in the next couple of months. While Tom Hardy is the main draw for me with this film the cast surrounding him isn’t too bad either. Tom Hardy is set to be joined by Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, it has also be rumoured that Woody Harrelson may join the project too. I’m not sure why I’m so interested in this film. Maybe there’s a huge part of me that is still disappointed with Venom’s portrayal in Spider-Man 3 and this is a chance to finally do the character justice.

4. Batman Ninja (TBA: 2018)

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I had no idea that this project existed until a couple of months ago when the trailer dropped and it’s fair to say that the trailer blew me away. Set to be released by the end of this year Batman Ninja is set in a middle ages of Japan and once again it will feature Batman going up against The Joker. However this is a Batman that no longer has his gadgets and is stripped down to his core. It will be interesting to see how Batman has to channel his inner abilities to overcome this new challenge. A lot of the trailer includes shots of Batman training in the mountains which really reminded me of Batman Begins. Other than the Batman and The Joker various other characters from the Batman universe are set to appear in this film such as Nightwing, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Catwoman and many more. We’ve seen Batman go up against The Joker a million of times but this time Batman Ninja brings brings a breathe of fresh air to the never ending feud.

3. Deadpool 2 (1st June 2018)

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The ‘Merc with a Mouth’ is back again with the second Deadpool movie coming in the summer. While returning with fan favourite characters such as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Weasel and Colossus. Deadpool 2 will also be bringing in newcomers who are also fan favourites from the comics such as Cable and Domino. With Tim Miller leaving the film in its early stages after filming the first film you have to give credit to everyone involved here because this didn’t became a huge hinderance to the project as some expected it to be. The studio moved on quickly by bringing on David Leitch as the new director and look where we are today. The release date of Deadpool 2 has actually been pushed up by 2 weeks which clearly shows the confidence the studio has with this film. As for what to expect from the film who knows? That’s part of the charm with Deadpool and especially Ryan Reynolds who is so passionate about the character. All I know is Deadpool 2 will be a great film consisting of great action scenes and endless amounts of humour.

2. Black Panther (February 12th 2018)

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I’ve been looking forward to this film for a long time! Even before Captain America: Civil War came out. With every cast announcement they made with this film it kept drawing me in. Now with the full star studded cast it’s impossible not to look forward to this film. The stand out for me is Michael B. Jordan who is one of my favourite actors after watching his performance in the likes of Creed. Im really anticipating his role as the main villain this time which I think he has it in him to be one of the strongest MCU villains in a long time. The trailers have been great at showing us just what Wanakda is about and its importance in the world. I’m also interested in seeing how this film links in with the rest of the MCU universe. Everything is pointing to the soul stone being located in Wakanda which won’t only be important for this film but for Avengers: Infinity War which is set to be released in May.

As for the story Black Panther looks to be a political thriller with T’Challa taking over the throne since his father’s death in Captain America: Civil War. Being a new king T’Challa will definitely face opposition with people such as Killmonger trying to challenge him for the throne. Also it’s impossible to ignore the importance of this film in today’s society with a person of colour having their own superhero movie. Granted we’ve had films such as Blade but this is different. I have friends who aren’t even comic book fans that are going to watch this film. Currently this film is set to break records as it has already sold more tickets than any other MCU film.

To be honest Black Panther may have been number 1 on this list for me but it’s January already, we are only one month away from its release!

1. Aquaman (21st December 2018)

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Now its no secret that the DCEU is in some trouble after last years Justice League which was a disappointment not only to a lot of fans but most importantly at the Box Office. However just like the Wonder Woman film Aquaman has the chance to just be itself. This film doesn’t have to focus too much on universe building and linking it in with the rest of the films from the DCEU. This is a chance to just get Aquaman’s story out there first. From Justice League I really liked what we got from Jason Momoa’s portrayal as Arthur Curry and while the scenes in Atlantis were too short for me I can’t wait to spend a whole film there. That brings me to the director of the film James Wan who I feel is the perfect choice for this project as he has a rich history in making great horror films which is what Aquaman should consist of. Also I love the choice of Black Manta as the main villain for the film. As someone that is a huge fan of the Aquaman New 52 series I can’t wait to see them battle it out on the big screen and see James Wan’s take on Atlantis.

There you have it that my list!

Let me know what you think of my list down below and also what comic book films are you most anticipating of this year?

 

 

Disney buys 21st Century Fox Assets in $52.4 billion deal

Last week rumours were reignited about Disney potentially buying key assets from 21st Century Fox in what would be a historic deal. Now these rumours were nothing new to us comic book fans as we have been hearing about a potential deal between the two companies for years but last week it seemed obvious that some type of deal had been struck between the two companies. One week later and the deal is finally confirmed, Disney has acquired 21st Century Fox in a monumental deal worth $52.4 billion. This means that the Fantastic Four and X-men are finally going back to Marvel… This is crazy! We will actually see them in the MCU interacting with the other Marvel characters.

Now there is a lot to this deal but here is a break down of what the deal means for us as comic book fans:

  • Fox will get Disney’s branding power behind some of its biggest entertainment properties, most notably Marvel’s X-Men and Fantastic Four character rosters.
  • Disney gets to complete its two major geek culture franchises, by adding the X-Men and Fantastic Four properties to its Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as gaining possession of the original theatrical versions of Star Wars, before the digitally remastered versions of were put out by George Lucas.
  • Disney will also gain a much larger library of titles and wider distribution network, thereby strengthening the company’s position as it moves to launch a streaming service to complete with Netflix in 2019.

(Via. comicbook.com)

Personally it will take a long time for this deal to sink in with me, honestly I’m both worried and excited at the same time if that makes sense. The Fantastic Four will definitely benefit from this deal. In my opinion the Fantastic Four going back to Marvel was always going to be main way for this franchise to survive. On the other hand you have the X-Men who in my opinion have been doing fine at Fox (apart from X-Men: Apocalypse). Some of my recent favourite comic book films have come from Fox such as Deadpool, Logan, Days of Future Past and First Class. I just worry that under Disney now will we be allowed to have these types of storylines and mature content with this new audience? A major part of me doesn’t like this deal from the business side because I’m just against companies building monopolies and buying out competition. As a comic book fan I believe this deal could hurt the quality of content in the future I mean who are Marvel really competition with now considering Justice League’s box office performance? I just think good competition drives quality content. Personally I was hoping for the type of deal Sony struck with Marvel over Spider-man which is more of a partnership but this is totally different.

Either way the comic book fan in me can’t help but be excited about the endless possibilities that this deal could bring regardless. I mean the X-Men in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is something fans have been waiting for years. Maybe this deal came too late could you imagine if this deal was struck earlier and we had the X-Men and Fantastic Four in films such as Captain America: Civil war and the upcoming Infinity War film? I guess its better late than never right. Now we will be able to see our favourite comic book storylines play out on the big screen with all the characters available at the studio’s disposal.

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Review: Avengers Infinity War trailer

“Fun isn’t something one considers when balancing the universe but this… does put a smile on my face” – Thanos

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My thoughts on Henry Cavill’s comments about the ‘mistakes’ of the DCEU so far

Earlier today Henry Cavill’s interview with The Rake surfaced online and it’s fair to say it caused quite the stir on the internet. With the upcoming Justice League film Cavill was questioned on his thoughts about the past DCEU projects and the heavy criticism they received.

On the criticism and tone of the past DC projects Cavill stated:

“Even if Marvel didn’t exist, we’d struggle. There was a style they [DC] were going for, an attempt to be different and look at things from a slightly different perspective, which hasn’t necessarily worked. Yes, it has made money but it has not been a critical success; it hasn’t given everyone that sensation which superheroes should give the viewer.”

He would would then go on to talk about the so called ‘mistakes’ of the past DCEU projects: 

“I feel like now the right mistakes have been made and they haven’t been pandered [to], and we can start telling the stories in the way they need to be told. It is even better to come back from a mistake or stylistic error into the correct vein because it will make it seem that much stronger. Wonder Woman was the first step in the right direction.” 

Now as a huge DC and Superman fan what did I make of Henry Cavill’s comments? Did I tweet about Cavill being a backstabber to the DCEU? Did I call him a ‘snake’ like some did? The opposite actually, in fact I agree with him one hundred percent here. Let’s be honest regardless of how much you loved recent DC projects (apart from Wonder Woman) such as Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Man of Steel although they made a lot money critically these films were slated. Look as much as I loved Man of Steel I can totally see why some people have an issue with that film especially the tone of it. Dawn of Justice in my opinion is one of the most polarising films ever. For every person that I see who praises the film I feel like there are just as many people who are quick to announce how much they hated the film. The biggest criticism that came from films such as Man of Steel and Dawn of Justice was their tone which is Cavill’s main focus here. Now were these films ‘mistakes’? I feel like this is what a lot of people took out of context as they felt Cavill was attacking fans for liking these films.

At the end of the day Cavill’s acknowledging the criticism that was thrown at these films and he seems agrees with the criticism too. He’s not telling you that if you loved Dawn of Justice or Man of Steel you’re wrong for liking these films. Just by looking at what we have seen so far of Justice League it’s fair to say that the creators of the film also acknowledge the mistakes of the past too. Hence the reason Cavill says ‘right mistakes‘ of the past which look like they’re are being fixed with Justice League. So while some will attack Cavill for speaking out I hate to break it to you but I’m pretty sure he’s not the only one who feels like this about the previous DCEU projects.

Henry Cavill ended the interview praising the most recent DCEU project Wonder Woman which starred his fellow Justice League member Gal Gadot: 

I think it is a wonderful time for the female hero. It is the perfect setting in social politics right now, we need it, we want that perspective, and Wonder Woman has struck at the ideal time and has become a phenomenal success, which is fantastic. Any success within the superhero universe, especially within the DC Universe, is wonderful, because I want to keep telling the Superman story; selfishly, that works for me.

What I took away from this interview was it gave us an insight into Henry Cavill’s character. I came away from this interview respecting him even more. He could have easily with this interview given a safe and political answer. This interview showed that he is someone that actually cares about the characters and projects of the DC universe. It’s actually refreshing to see, I mean shouldn’t we want of this type of honesty from actors who play these iconic roles?

Let me know what you thought of Henry Cavill’s interview

Did you agree or disagree with his views?

 

 

 

Gareth Evans in talks to direct a Deathstroke film

Just a couple of hours ago it was reported by TheWrap that Gareth Evans in talks with Warner Bros. to direct a potential Deathstroke spin-off film. Now what set the internet on fire wasn’t just the fact that there could potentially be a Deathstroke film but who is in talks to direct it. If you are unfamiliar with Gareth Evans work please do yourself a favour and watch some of his films such as The Raid 1 and 2 which contains some of the best action scenes you will ever see.

Joe Manganiello looks set to finally play the role of Slade Wilson, the the katana wielding assassin Deathstroke. You have to give him some credit in how patient he’s been with the role. But really this shouldn’t come to any surprise given the hundreds of interviews he’s done about this role. Joe Manganeiello has always seemed positive and hopeful that one day he would play Deathstroke whether it was in the Batman film or not. Now I can raise my hand up and say never would I have expected him to play Deathstroke in his own movie!

Hopefully I’m not the only one still in shock about this. I for one can’t wait to hear more about the development of this the film such as which other DC characters will be involved. Will we see Batman in this movie? Who knows there is a plethora or characters to pick from.

Let me know your thoughts about this potential movie, does it excite you to see Gareth Evans name attached to the project?

Batman Day: Why Ben Affleck is my favourite Batman

If I could just take your minds back to the summer of 2013 for a second and remind you of the outrage across the internet which was caused by the announcement that Ben Affleck would be the new Batman. Affleck at that exact moment was already given the tag line of ‘The worst Batman ever’ before we had even seen as single of him in the famous cowl. To be honest I for one didn’t know how to respond to this announcement at the time. All I knew of Ben Affleck at the time was that he was in Daredevil, a film that I could barely remember anything about. Also I just hated the film regardless of Affleck’s role as the DareDevil. Now Fast forward to 2017 and its safe to say that most of those opinions have changed as evident by every time a rumour about Affleck leaving the role surfaces it causes an uproar. Granted he may be the Batman with the shortest screen time yet and no solo film to his name. But I hope that his reign as the caped crusader continues for at least a couple more projects. So in honour of Batman day I thought it would be appropriate to share with you guys why Ben Affleck is my favourite Batman ever.

For as much criticism Zack Snyder receives we have to praise him for the bold casting decisions he made. He was instrumental in casting the likes of Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa. Now with Ben Affleck as Batman he made the best choice in my opinion. Even when it must have felt like 99% of the internet was screaming in dismay against this decision he still stood by his guns. To me this decision paid off with what we saw in Batman v Superman already, let’s be honest we was the best thing about the movie. I left the theatres on a high knowing that they had finally got Batman right. This was the Batman that I always wanted, the Batman from my favourite graphic novels ever ‘The Dark Knight Returns’.

Every time he was on screen I found myself engaged whether it was Bruce Wayne or Batman. That’s why I loved Affleck’s portrayal compared to previous iterations it’s that he struck the perfect balance between Batman and Bruce Wayne. I felt that Christian Bale was a great Bruce Wayne but not the best Batman (also I hated the voice he used). What’s most commonly said about the previous Batman films is that the villains are more interesting than Batman himself. Now this is hard to disagree especially when it comes to the Christopher Nolan ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy where you had characters such as Bane, Scarecrow and of course The Joker. With that being said I personally don’t care who the main villain is in the upcoming ‘The Batman’ film I just hope it will be Ben Affleck returning to the iconic role.

I’d also like to address one controversial aspect of Ben Affleck’s Batman that upset many comic book fans which is the face that he killed people. Now granted I didn’t have an issue with it really because it fit in with the film. This was a Batman that was emotionally damaged, he had lost Robin and felt like Superman was a genuine threat to not only him but to humanity. Now that we got the more violent side of Batman out the way we are on track to see a Batman that we are more familiar with. The events from Dawn of Justice will lead us to a Batman who has been inspired by the actions of Superman as we have seen with the Justice League trailers already.

One last reason why Affleck is my favourite Batman is just him as a person and what he’s done with projects such as The Town and Argo. I was gutted when I found out he wouldn’t be directing ‘The Batman’ and the fact his script wasn’t being used anymore. You have to imagine it must have been a frustrating time for him but he handled it all with class. This year’s Comic Con was a perfect example as he was telling fans how lucky he felt just to be playing to role. I hope that Justice League is not Affleck’s last outing as I feel he has brought so much to the character of Batman already within the short amount of time.

 

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Why I love Man of Steel

One thing I will always be thankful to Zack Snyder is for introducing me to a new Superman with his 2013 blockbuster film Man of Steel.

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Should the X-Men and Fantastic Four go to Marvel?

It feels like every year the same question starts to crop up which is “How long until Marvel finally acquires the film licences for both the X-men and Fantastic Four?” The recent success of Spider-man Homecoming was bound to raise more of these type of questions that why don’t Fox make a deal with Marvel like Sony did with Spider-man? Continue reading Should the X-Men and Fantastic Four go to Marvel?

What to look forward to from Marvel between now and next year

Marvel’s Phase Three has been well underway since the last two years providing us with great movies such as Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardian’s of the Galaxy and Spider-man Homecoming. Given the great moments Phase Three has already provided us with it’s far from finished with four films still to be released from now until 2019. This article will show you upcoming Marvel projects in both films and TV shows that you should be looking forward to from the back end of 2017 to the start of 2018. (This will not include Avengers Infinity War Part 2 and Captain Marvel) Continue reading What to look forward to from Marvel between now and next year