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Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer debuts, look great

November 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Star Wars the Force Awakens trailer episode 7

The first official teaser for the long-awaited Star Wars sequel is out, and if 84 seconds of footage are any indication, director J. J. Abrams is on the right track.

It’s your typical first teaser trailer in many respects, with brief flashes of people looking worried and a few cool sights. But it’s also got some incredible visual gems that promise so, so much.
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Batman: Assault on Arkham is a poor man’s Suicide Squad

August 7, 2014 Leave a comment

Batman Assault on Arkham
The new Arkham universe-set Batman: Assault on Arkham DC animated film feels like a high-performance sports car driving at the speed limit. GThe new standard DC animation is sexy and good to look at, but the other movie elements are full of squandered potential and lazy progression.

If you know the Suicide Squad, you know how this works: government hardass Amanda Waller attaches bombs to a handful of villains and forces them to go on suicide missions for her. If they don’t obey, they get their heads blown off.

Mainstays Harley Quinn and Deadshot are the anchors of the team, while obscure villains King Shark, Captain Boomerang, Killer Frost and Black Spider round out the rest of the group for this particular caper. In Assault or Arkham, the Suicide Squad has to retrieve the Riddler from Arkham Asylum, and they’ll have to avoid Batman while doing it.
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New Batman costume and Batmobile more faithful than original – and that’s a good thing

Zack Snyder's Ben Afflect Batman and Batmobile Batman vs Superman

Behold! Ben Affleck and the Batmobile for Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman vs. Superman film.

Two things.

One: such an awesome suit. That’s about as faithful as it gets when it comes to adapting Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns costume. Snyder has already come out and said he plans to draw heavily from that comic, but this is pretty on the nose, right down to the fat bat symbol. There’s no black underwear (thank God) but the grey body armour is much more faithful to Batman’s various comic incarnations. Snyder is definitely going a different direction after seven movies of molded black rubber/kevlar body armour, and it’s much-appreciated in this little corner of the internet.

Even the thick belt pouches are vintage Miller.

Here’s a look at the Batman: Arkham City video game skin so you can see how close the Affleck version will be. Heck, even the ears are smaller like those on ‘Fatman.’

Batman the Dark Knight Returns skin Arkham City

As for the Batmobile, again, it looks like Snyder is going with something already out there in the Batman mythos. The cockpit of the Batmobile certainly looks reminiscent of the new Arkham Knight Batmobile. We haven’t seen the rest of the car yet, but take a look and decide for yourself.

Batman Arkham Knight Batmobile

With filming underway and an expected release date of 2016, there’s still plenty of time for Snyder to tease us with more images.

I’m sure we’ll be back and dissecting the Wonder Woman costume in the next few months.

Or the name of the as-yet-untitled film.

Sin City 2 preview is a trailer to kill for

Sin City 2 A Dame to Kill for Eva Green movie
Nine years is a long time.

Nine years ago, Jessica Alba was a hot commodity, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was still best remembered as that kid from 3rd Rock from the Sun and Eva Green was the latest “Who?” Bond Girl casting.

Times have changed.
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First Guardians of the Galaxy trailer is all kinds of… something

February 20, 2014 Leave a comment

So I’m pretty damn busy this week and won’t have a comic review up until tomorrow.

But in the mean time, how about that Guardians of the Galaxy trailer?

Seen it yet?

Check it out.

Yeah, that’s Chris Pratt, a.k.a. Star Lord, a.k.a. Andy from Parks and Rec, sporting a six-pack.

And after seeing the Guardians translated to film for the first time, I still don’t know what to think.

Rocket Raccoon and Groot look fantastic. So does Zoe Saldana’s Gamora. Dave Bautista’s Drax is all muscle, but it’s Pratt’s Star Lord – the blond-locked bro of the Marvel galactic universe – that remains a question mark. Can he carry a movie?

Or maybe the better question: can the movie fit Pratt’s slightly naive, slightly dimwitted approach to humour?

Marvel’s got the visuals down. Outer space looks great. But that was never the concern. It’s all going to be a matter of tone, and that’s an issue we won’t see resolved until the film actually hits.