Batman: Bat Blood

It’s probably not a great thing that when I heard that DC Entertainment was releasing a DVD called Batman: Bad Blood the first thing that came to mind was this video by HISHE.

Because in the end it’s all about the Bat Blood.

Six Reasons I Am Jazzed About The Captain America: Civil War Trailer

A lot of people are jazzed about Star Wars: The Force Awakens (illustrated by millions in advance ticket sales), Suicide Squad or maybe Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice and I understand the enthusiasm.

I really do, but for me, the trailer for the must see movie for 2016 dropped late yesterday, and that’s Captain America: Civil War.

Captain America: The First Avenger was for me a bit meh.  Captain America was always sort of bland, truth be told, and while I was glad to see such an earnest portrayal of the character on screen, he didn’t exactly stoke the flames of geekiness in me.

That is, till I saw Captain America: The Winter Solder, and realized that Marvel Studios was able to do the seemingly impossible, which was to not only make Captain America relevant and dynamic, but most importantly without altering what made him so interesting in the first place; which was the almost simplistic, black and white way that he sees the world.

It’s part of what makes the Captain so fascinating.  It’s also a  world view that’s in some respects shared by DC Entertainment’s Superman, which is one of the many reasons why Man of Steel disappointed me so much: the producers apparently had so little faith in the essentially goodness and child-like naïveté at the heart of the Superman character that they–apparently in an effort to make him darker and more palatable to what they thought modern audience were looking for–essentially destroyed everything that made Superman, Superman.

So, without further ado, the six reasons why I am so jazzed about the Captain America: Civil War trailer.

  1. Someone (Finally) Decks Tony Stark!

Which he deserved after the creation of homicidal robot/doppelganger Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Robert Downey, Jr’s Tony Stark is the lynch pin that holds the Marvel Cinematic Universe together.  But the thing is, Stark is also a bit of dick.  The only thing that matches his brilliance is his arrogance, so it’s nice that first time we see Stark he has a shiner, which implies that for once when he pushed, someone pushed back.

And I’m willing to be that that ‘someone’ is Steve Rogers (Chris Evans)

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2.  The Falcon Can Actually Fight

When we’re introduced to The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) in Captain America: The Winter Soldier he’s pretty awesome, though you’ll probably notice that the only things he brought to the party were a set of wings and a ready quip.

Which, coming from someone who can’t fly, is pretty awesome, but this time around he displays more martial prowess, which is in line with the idea that the Falcon is more than just the ability to fly and a sense of humor.

And did I mention he’s going to have a version of Redwing in this movie?

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3. The Black Panther

Based on all the pre-production artwork, I thought that the Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) would be sporting some sort of leather-like costume.

Looking at the screen shot from the trailer, he’s apparently wearing some sort of armor.

And he looks badass.

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4. Can We Once And For All Accept That Captain America Will Clean Batman’s Clock?

The Internet loves the Batman (much of that due to Christopher Nolan’s reboot), but can we just accept that Captain America will clean his clock?

In Avengers: Age of Ultron he tossed a motorcycle (he used momentum, but still) at Hydra’s advancing troops, and apparently in Captain America: Civil War he prevents a helicopter from taking off by grasping the landing gear in one hand, and the side of a building in another.

Sorry, but Batman just isn’t in his league.

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5. Who Has The Strength To Do This To War Machine?

War Machine (Don Cheadle) is essentially Iron Man with heavier weaponry and someone who’s actually combat-trained at the helm.  By way of clarification, facing him is like facing Iron Man, but with a greater grasp of fighting and battle strategy.

Yet, someone clearly beat the stuffing out of him, and I wonder who.

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6.  So This Is How Captain America and The Winter Soldier Face Iron Man!

I have to admit that I was scratching my head over this one.  As strong and capable as Captain America is, he’s no match for Iron Man.  Stark’s genius, combined with a virtually invincible battle suit is a huge hurdle to overcome.

I was imagining that the producers of the movie would cheat to make Captain America somehow win (which is honestly the only way that he would be able to do so one-on-one) but it appears that they teamed him with the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).

Two battle-hardened warriors against Iron Man?  One a superhuman fighter/tactician, the other a lethal (former) assassin with a bionic arm?

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Tea Leaves, Entrails and Frankenstein

I find Hollywood a fascinating place, though perhaps that’s because my view is a distant one.

Never mind the scandals, or whom is sleeping with whom–though that’s interesting too, though only in a cursory manner.  What I find infinitely more fascinating is how is it that decisions are made.

And while I doubt that it has anything to do with reading entrails or tea leaves, I have to wonder if it’s any more accurate.

For instance, if there was someone who had a whit of understanding what it is that comic book fans as well as the average movie goers are looking for, would we have ever had Fant4stic?

Probably not.

The same thing applies to Victor Frankenstein.  There are some good actors, like Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy, but there’s something even more important missing, which is a reason why they’re making the movie in the first place.

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 1 Trailer

I like it how as of late DC Entertainment stopped Nolanizing all their comic book properties–at least on television, at any rate.  Not every character is Batman, and it’s good to see that they’re finally embracing the more fantastical aspects of many of them.

It’s a trend that began with The Flash, moved into Arrow, and seems to continue with Supergirl and the upcoming DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

I know who the individual characters are, but little about their particulars, though I think that making Rip Hunter a time-traveling Brit–whether or not he is in the comics–isn’t particularly a good move, especially since there’s a much better known British time traveller on television as of late.

And he’s not part of the DC Universe.

Jessica Jones-A-Thon: AKA Smile

“You don’t scare me.  You’re not my first.”

-Clare Temple to Jessica Jones

Last episode we witnessed why they call Luke Cage, Power Man.  And if anyone deserves the title, it’s him because strength-wise he’s in Captain America territory (though I don’t think Cage would beat him in a fight because Cap is too well-versed in various combat techniques.  Cage’s strength and steel-tough skin can only go so far).

We’ve arrived at the last episode of the first season and Cage is being taken to the hospital after Jessica did the only thing she could to stop his Kilgrave-fueled rampage.

And Clare Temple (Rosario Dawson) makes an appearance!  If Matt Murdock or Foggy Nelson turn up I might splooge all over the monitor (apologies in advance for that last one).

The title, AKA Smile comes from (possibly?) Kilgrave’s last request of Jessica.

Jessica Jones-A-Thon: AKA Take A Bloody Number



Jessica makes peace with Luke Cage, after he learns that Kilgrave isn’t a figment of her imagination.  We also get a little more information as to how Jones got her abilities.

And speaking of Cage, The more they show of him and his abilities, the more I want to see Iron Fist because as individuals they’re cool, though as a team they’re awesome.

I also don’t see how they can’t at least introduce Danny Rand during Cage’s own series (which is currently in production) because they are best friends and there’s groundwork to be laid if his appearance in his own series is to sync up with Cage’s.

The way Kilgrave gets people to kill themselves grows in grisliness (some vaguely remind me of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening, except scary).

Kilgrave is also attempting to boost his abilities, because Jessica is no longer under his sway.

The title, AKA Take A Bloody Number refers to the second thing Kilgrave told Luke Cage when he met him.

Jessica Jones-A-Thon: AKA I’ve Got The Blues

“I’m sorry?  Are you a professor of  Kilgrave-ism?”

I like how they’re portraying Kilgrave as unrepentantly evil–though that’s not quite fair in that evil implies motivation, a will, to direct it.

And no matter the action in and of itself, you cannot have evil without intent.

And if Kilgrave is anything, it’s amoral.  He’s so unconcerned about other people that his actions don’t rise to the level of evil because no matter how terrible what he does is, seemingly relatively little thought goes into either the act or its repercussions.

Contrast him with Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio), from Marvel’s Daredevil, who was indeed evil, though he believed himself to be a necessary one;  in a way akin to a fever infecting Hell’s Kitchen, forcing it to produce antibodies to fight off the decay and hopelessness that he believed threatened to overwhelm it.

So in a way Fisk eventually came to see himself as evil, though with a cause, which would eventually lead to something better.

Kilgrave is different, because he’s so banal.  Like the manchild he is, he’s a black hole of need, consuming all that approach the event horizon.

Wilson Fisk knew fully well what his actions brought about, and owned up to that.  While Kilgrave doesn’t particularly care about the results of his actions, as long as he gets what he believes he needs.

As I said, banal.

Kilgrave’s on the run and he’s got his father with him.  Jessica is on his trail, though finding him prove difficult, despite his garish fashion sense.

The episode also goes into Jessica and Trish’s past, which stands in stark contrast to their current relationship.

And could we have witnessed a backdoor origin of Hellcat?

The title of this episode, AKA I’ve Got The Blues, refers to…I have no idea.  I’ll have to watch it again.