Speaking Of…05/10/15

10 05 2015

Brief Thoughts on Pop Culture

Agent Carter Gets Renewed,  Shouldn’t Have Even Been in Question



Marvel’s best network show (sorry, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) has officially been renewed, because despite all previous evidence ABC is not run by a team of drunken monkeys.  The first season was so different from everything else on TV, which is a trait that is getting more and more difficult to find. I am so looking forward to more of Peggy’s sharply-written adventures with Jarvis, Howard, and the gang.


Speaking of Sharply Written….



Game of Thrones keeps getting more and more off book, and I love it.  Not only is it nice not to know what’s going to happen just by the episode’s title, but it’s nice to be just as surprised as everyone else when a character who lives in the books dies in the show, or two characters that never meet in the books become traveling buddies on HBO.  And does it seem to anyone else that this season’s episodes feel five minutes long?  BTW, Barristan the Bold and brave Grey Worm FTW.



Speaking of “Brave” and “Bold”….



DC gets their own “Avengers” on TV…kind of.  Spinning out of Arrow/Flash TV universe,  Legends of Tomorrow stars Brandon Routh as the Atom, along with Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter, the Prison Break guys as Heat Wave and (Captain, dammit) Cold, Victor Garber as half of Firestorm for some reason, Caity Lotz as The Canary We Like 



(just please let that poor girl put her boobs away, they are nice, but I’m sure it gets cold in Vancouver), 


and Hawkgirl and probably Cyborg. As weird as it sounds, I’m totally on board.  Oh, and if you want Flash and Arrow to make sense this week? Wait to watch Flash after Arrow.  CW screwed up the scheduling a few weeks back, so they are out of order, explaining some of the continuity weirdness (i.e. Raylicity going back and forth on the shows)


Marvel, Sony Emails reveal their thoughts on a solo superheroine film



Well, this is kind of sad.  Apparently Sony reached out to Marvel via email about a woman-led superhero film (like the Black Widow movie we should have already gotten) and what they got back was a discouraging message indeed:

 From: “IP” 
To: “Lynton, Michael”
Subject: Female Movies
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 05:32:50 -0400
As we discussed on the phone, below are just a few examples. There are more.
1. Electra (Marvel) – Very bad idea and the end result was very, very bad. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=elektra.htm
2. Catwoman (WB/DC) – Catwoman was one of the most important female character within the Batmanfranchise. This film was a disaster. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=catwoman.htm
3. Supergirl – (DC) Supergirl was one of the most important female super hero in Superman franchise. This Movie came out in 1984 and did $14 million total domestic with opening weekend of $5.5 million. Again, another disaster.


Now I understand not betting on a losing horse, but one thing stands out about all of the movies listed…they’re terrible.  Elektra was a rushed, poorly written cash-in to a movie that was terrible to begin with (Fox’s Daredevil)…Catwoman was a poorly-written vanity project that suffered more ridicule than a movie had in a while, and Supergirl…look, I love Helen Slater, and at least it’s not as bad as Man of Steel.  You know what’s not on that list, though?  Daredevil.  Green Lantern.  Superman Returns.  Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.  Jonah Hex.  League of Extraordinary Gentleman.  The Spirit.  Steel.  The Rocketeer (a damn, damn good movie, still a box-office flop), The Phantom…


 My list can go on all day, Marvel. This pic could easily have been David Hasselhoff as Nick Fury, but I just couldn’t resist Reb Brown’s magnificent package.

Maybe if you wrote a good script, and put as much care into a She-Hulk movie, that you do your SECOND Captain America movie or your THIRD Iron Man movie (it was decent) you wouldn’t have to add it to the list of flops.  Women don’t make superhero movies suck, you guys make terrible superheroine films.


Speaking of Ignoring Flops….



 Following the most recent Dragon Ball Z theatrical film (yes they still make those), Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection “F”, a new sequel series to Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Super is set to premiere in Japan in July, and looks like it will completely disregard Dragon Ball GT, which sucked anyway. No word yet on when it comes to America.


Speaking of things that suck…



 Frank Miller is returning for Dark Knight III : The Master Race.  Yes, that is the real title.  Yes, Frank Miller lost his mind several years ago.  



Yes, Marvin. Yes it will.

But hey, Brad Bird’s Next Movie will be Incredibles 2!



That’s all I know.  I just had to share.  I’m excited. It’s still the best Fantastic Four movie out there.






Speaking Of….

4 05 2015

Brief Thoughts on Pop Culture 05/04/15


OK DC, now you’re just messing with us….



Seriously DC/WB?  This is the best you could come up with?  I mean I know it was a lot to ask that they not go with Hooker Harley, I totally expected them to make her a Juggalette,  but look at Killer Croc.  How the mighty have fallen, Arabeci.  I have to admit that the Deadshot outfit is pretty faithful, but there’s a line between faithful and practical, and this just makes him look like Jason Voorhees in Call of Duty.



Speaking of Jason Voorhees….


MKX Jason Trailer

There’s a trailer featuring Camp Crystal Lake’s favorite son in the most appropriate crossover ever: He’s in the new Mortal Kombat.  If you haven’t seen anything from the game, here:


All Fatalities


Yeah, I made it about 4 fatalities in.  It’s a fun game (when it works) but the fatalities/brutalities are a little overboard.  So Jason being added makes quite a bit of sense.  It’s a gory cartoon.


Speaking of Cartoons….



Rick and Morty comes back this summer.  I don’t have any other info, I’m just so damned excited about it I have to say something.  If you haven’t seen the best, most insane and fearless animated sitcom on TV right now, go on YouTube immediately and rectify this.  You owe it to yourself.


Speaking of “owing it to yourself”….



If you’re not watching The Flash, you need to fix this too.  Tonight, a man who can run faster than the speed of sound fights a giant, hyper-intelligent, telepathic gorilla at the behest of a time-traveler who shares Flash’s powers.  This is a thing that is on my TV in 2015, and I could not be happier.  Oh, and tomorrow Ollie doesn’t kill Dig at the behest of Arrow’s best villain (and wingman) Ra’s Al Ghul.  Oh, and if you don’t agree about this being the second best Ra’s (besides B:TAS) you’re totally wrong.



“Just go bang Ollie.  It’s his last night as a free man or whatever. We’ve been waiting since like season two.” 

Speaking of Batman.…

Batman: Arkham Knight Trailer

Batman: Arkham Knight comes out June 23.  Never finished City and skipped Origins, but this new trailer is a bullet aimed straight at my nerdy Batman-loving heart. John Noble as the Scarecrow!  The Batmobile!  Tons of attacks that looks suspiciously like they are breaking Batman’s “no killing” rule!  Seriously, take a look:     

Arkham Takedowns


Those guys are totally dead.  Oh, and the DLC will let you play some missions as the Barbra Gordon Batgirl…why they didn’t go with the more visually interesting Batwoman (Kate Kane) is beyond me.  Is she even still in the comics?