What’s New? || Geek News

Happy Thursday people, I really hope you like superheroes because today that’s all I’ve got for you: lots and lots of superheroes.

Guardians of the Galaxy Set Photos

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is due to be released in April of 2017 but just because there’s more than a year before it comes out doesn’t mean you can’t start to get excited. Zoe Saldana took to Facebook and shared a couple of behind-the-scenes pictures of the set, including herself in her full Gamora costume.

Supergirl’s Views Spike This Week

This week’s episode of Supergirl saw The Flash visiting National City. This was  amazing, not only because everybody wanted to see these characters together, but also because this crossover took place across television networks. The show reached a seven-week high in its ratings, jumping up 21% in total viewers.

Batman v Superman Deleted Scene

Yes, the film is still in cinemas. Yes, they’re already releasing deleted scenes. I don’t know why but my inner nerd is saying I should shut up and just appreciate it. The clip shows Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor meeting a strange and definitely alien figure who I’m currently thinking is Darkseid. Maybe we’ll be seeing Darkseid in later DCEU films.

Fox Delays Gambit Movie

Does that headline seem familiar? That’s probably because it keeps happening. I’ve all but given up hope for Gambit – I feel like they’re just going to keep moving it back in the schedule until it’s just no longer there. This time around, Fox are delaying as the script undergoes rewrites. If we ever get a Gambit movie I just have to hope that all of this extra time means that it’ll better than Fox’s Fantastic Four flop.

That’s it today but until I’ll be back with more news on Saturday (yeah, there’s news on a Saturday now – I’m shaking things up a bit). Until then:

Did you watch this week’s Supergirl? Are you excited to see Darkseid in future DC films? Will Gambit ever see the big screen? Let me know in the comments.

 

Arrow – Beacon of Hope: Review

Arrow: Beacon of Hope (Season 4, Episode 17)

Don’t be embarrassed. Performance issues are common for men of your age.” – Malcolm

After a less-than-amazing episode last week, Arrow has come back.

This episode saw the return of Brie Larvan, a villain from Season 1 of The Flash who controls an army of mechanical bees. She attacks Felicity is the hope of stealing some technology from her company but is ultimately thwarted by Team Arrow. Meanwhile, Damien Darhk gains some power in prison and Malcolm Merlyn plots with Andy Diggle.

After Felicity exited Team Arrow last week, the dynamic of the show has taken a turn that I would say is for the better. After Oliver withdrew from the mayoral race, the show has been all Green Arrow, all the time. Obviously the superhero aspect of the show is the biggest draw for viewers but that works best when it’s balanced against seeing them as real people dealing with their lives. We were reminded that Felicity had an enormous company to run.

It’s very difficult to fault this show when it comes to its fight scenes and my favourite of these are the training sequences which made a return this week. The choreography was amazing and energetic and nearly makes me want to join a gym.

This episode was a lot lighter and more fun that what we’ve become accustomed to with recent episodes of Arrow. Felicity’s mum made a return to the show which is always a recipe for success. For me, she’s like Arrow’s version of Supergirl’s Cat Grant – they’re completely different characters but every scene that they’re in just becomes absolute gold.

Curtis found out the identity of the Green Arrow this week, raising the question of how much security their Arrow Cave (or bunker) actually has. Still, it looks as though the show is setting up for Curtis to take over Felicity’s role in Team Arrow – they’ve certainly done a good job of making Curtis an almost exact copy of Felicity. I just need a scene where Curtis drools over Oliver on the Salmon Ladder and I’ll be sold.

Emily Kinney’s Brie Larvan made a surprisingly good adversary. You hear ‘bee overlord’ and it doesn’t exactly strike fear into your heart but there was a real sense of threat and the character herself was brilliant. She wasn’t too campy but she was playful and actually had genuine reasons for what she was doing.

The big reveal at the end of the episode showed Malcolm Merlyn talking to Andy Diggle, implying that Diggle Jr. may not be the reformed man that his brother believes him to be. There is clearly a much larger plot afoot but we’re going to have to wait to find out exactly what that is.

Overall this was a really strong episode from the show: so strong that I can almost forgive them for the amount of bee puns that I had to endure. Almost.

What did you think of this week’s Arrow? Bee puns: yay or nay? Do you want Curtis to become a permanent part of Team Arrow? Let me know in the comments.

The Five Worst Film Adaptations

By now you’re probably very familiar with this story: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was absolutely crucified by critics and then went on to become a box office hit. Now, having seen the film I don’t think that the vitriol from the early reviews was deserved but it wasn’t a great film. Good, but not great although it does serve the purpose of introducing the DCEU and all of the (hopefully much better) subsequent films.

Why did this film do so well at box office despite terrible reviews before it came out? The fan-base already existed – no matter how bad this film was, people were going to watch it because their favourite characters were in it. Now more than ever it feels like the big, blockbuster movies that studios are releasing are based on previous works (comics, TV series, books) rather than original screenplays. Some of these are great (the Harry Potter franchise) but some of them are painful to watch. Let’s talk about those.

In no particular order, the five worst movie adaptations:

1) The Last Airbender

Avatar: The Last Airbender was one of the best TV shows that ever aired on Nickelodeon. Maybe, it’s a generational thing but everybody I know watched it and loved it: the story was original and exciting, the animation was beautiful and over three seasons you became invested in the journey of these characters. So of course when the film came out, there was a mad rush to see it. This film swept the 2010 Razzies and became regarded as one of the worst films ever made. I guess it was still exceptional, just not in the way that fans would have liked.

2) Daredevil

A lot of people tried to forget about the 2003 Daredevil movie but then Ben Affleck went ahead and took another role as a superhero (where, kudos to him, he was much better) and brought all of those memories flooding back. I watched it as a kid and perhaps it was the age-inappropriate violence or awesome Evanescence song but I loved it. That nostalgia prompted me to buy the DVD from Amazon a few years ago: easily the worst purchase of my life. I felt as though I had been robbed of that £2.98. Fortunately, Daredevil has been saved with a fantastic Netflix series and we can all go back to pretending that this film never happened.

3) Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief

You know that a film is bad when even the author of the original work publicly denounces it. To be fair, this film only makes this list because I’ve read the books. Without having read the books it’s not that bad (which explains why they even made a sequel – it’s not better) but once you’ve read the original series you can’t un-see all of the flaws in this film. Corny jokes, plot holes, and awful writing. That’s probably the worst thing you could do with a book-to-film adaptation: clearly it was well-written before and then some screenwriter takes it and ruins it – it’s criminal.

4) Green Lantern

Just as Ben Affleck redeemed himself with Batman, Ryan Reynolds redeemed himself with Deadpool but let’s not forget the shit-show that created this need for redemption. Green Lantern is one of those films that I feel genuinely sad thinking about. He is easily one of the coolest superheroes with the best powers and there was so much wasted potential. I went out to the cinema twice to see this film because I was sure that my first impression was skewed because I was tired and ill. Now I can confidently say that that’s the best way to watch it – it only got worse when I wasn’t high on pain medication.

5) Entourage

As somebody who has never watched an episode of the TV show Entourage, the film convinced me to carry on with that streak. If the show is anything like the film then I don’t know how it reached the status of ‘critically-acclaimed’. At best it’s a B-movie with a ton of great cameos. I watched this “comedy” in complete stone silence and about three quarters of the way through I was checking my watch for when it was going to end.

What films did you hate that didn’t make the list? Do you think that any of these films shouldn’t be here? Let me know in the comments.

The Flash: Flash Back Review

The Flash: Flash Back (Season 2, Episode 17)

It’s like you guys think I have ESP or something. I can’t just magically sense where things are.” – Cisco

We found out in Season 1 that The Flash was able to travel through time but this is the first episode devoted to Barry intentionally doing just that.

This episode saw Barry make some kind of progress with his constant quest to get faster. He decided to travel back in time to ask the original Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne how to solve the speed equation. Unfortunately things didn’t go as planned with a speed-wraith following Barry, and Wells figuring out that Barry was from the future.

In a show where the main character’s superpower is speed there is a finite number of problems that can be thrown at him because the solution always seems to be to run really fast. To their credit, the show has done a fantastic job of varying the types of problems that Barry faces but with the recent focus on beating Zoom is anybody else sick of hearing Barry talking about his need to get faster?

Time travel is generally considered to be the hardest thing to tackle within the sci-fi genre: there are too may rules that nobody can agree on except that it has never been done properly. So, it wasn’t exactly a shock that this story was riddled with holes.

Barry breaks one of the fundamental rules of time travel straight away when he lets his past self see and even talk to him. Wells figures out that he’s from the future, then Cisco and Caitlin find out that he’s from the future and to top it all off, he brings a wraith into the past with him. Forget the ripple effect, Barry causes tidal waves and yet the only consequence in the future is that Hartley Rathaway is a nice guy.

Moving past the time travel element of the show, there were some really enjoyable moments within this episode. We got to see Eddie again and it reminded me what a nice character he was and also how simple Barry’s life used to be: remember when he actually did his CSI job and would spend the majority of his time angsting over Iris?

Barry was successful in his journey to find out how to increase his speed so things are gearing up for what should be a spectacular season finale next month.

What did you think of this episode? Do you think that they handled time travel well? Were you a fan of the Pied Piper redemption arc? Let me know in the comments.

What’s New? || Geek News

Happy Tuesday people, today there is a lot of Batman talk. Like, a lot.

Batman v Superman Destroys At Box Office

Who saw this one coming? Oh, everyone. Despite negative reviews, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has become the fourth-biggest worldwide box office debut. The film made $424.1 million in its opening weekend – a feat only surpassed by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World & the final Harry Potter film. I’m not sure why this came as a surprise: sure, the critics gave it a kicking but why would that stop anybody from seeing two of the biggest heroes in comic-book history share the big screen for the first time?

New Lego Batman Trailer

As the Lego-Bat says in this fantastic new trailer, “when you’re as awesome as me, you don’t get just one trailer, you get two trailers – in one week”. Is it wrong that I’m already more excited for this than I was for Batman v Superman?

Kingsman 2 Has A Title And A Plot

Kingsman: The Secret Service was a film that I hadn’t expected to love anywhere near as much as I did and it was no surprise that the studio quickly ordered a sequel. The details of this sequel haven’t exactly been forthcoming up until now which had me worried that this was another case of a studio having a concept and some actors but no actual story/script (see the disaster that was Green Lantern). Worry not as we now have a title: Kingsman: The Golden Circle and whilst the director understandably didn’t want to reveal all about the plot, there definitely is one.

That’s all today but until the next time:

Have you seen Batman v Superman yet? Is Lego Batman your favourite Batman? Are you excited for the Kingsman sequel? Let me know in the comments.

Supergirl: Worlds Finest Review

Supergirl: Worlds Finest (Season 1, Episode 18)

“All four of you standing there, doing nothing. You look like the attractive yet non-threatening, racially-diverse cast of a CW show.” – Cat

In the past week we’ve seen the most iconic of DC characters crossover, first on the big screen (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) and now on the small screen in the latest episode of Supergirl but I think the most important question here is: who did it better? Sorry Snyder but Supergirl absolutely killed it.

This episode saw Barry Allen jump Earths to find himself in Supergirl’s universe. One of the best villains of the series so far – Livewire – made a return and Siobhan became a fully-fledged villain as Silver Banshee. Supergirl and the Flash teamed up to stop these two from killing Cat.

Ever since this crossover was announced, I have been beyond excited about it. Looking at the DC shows that are currently on television, there is no better combination than The Flash and Supergirl: the tones of the two shows just fit together really well and the heroes themselves are similar enough that they can work together fairly seamlessly. My biggest criticism of this episode would be that we had to wait an entire eight minutes before Barry turned up.

Livewire has already been in the show and proven that she’s a fantastic character. We’ve been watching Siobhan for the last few weeks and it’s the first time in this show that we’ve had that amount of time observing a character before they became a villain. Overall I would say that Silver Banshee does a great job of appearing threatening with probably the least visually impressive power in existence. Honestly, you can’t compare Silver Banshee to Arrow‘s Black Canary (who makes me cringe every single time she opens her mouth to scream).

Silver Banshee’s costume could probably use some work but seeing as how it was put together over a few hours, I can’t complain. In addition, the fact that Livewire refused to work with her until she had been given a makeover was so ridiculous that it became funny.

As this was a crossover episode, I was focused a lot on the dynamic between Barry and Kara which could not have been anymore perfect. Every time that they were on screen together it felt like pure joy and they just play off each other with ease. Truly, it was an overload of cute. Winn felt like the plucky, fanboy sidekick and Cat Grant – as always – was Cat Grant which really just left James.

I am getting very tired of the James-Kara relationship angst: one of the few problems that I had with this episode was how much it focused on James being jealous of Barry. There are only two episodes left of this first season of the show so I’m hoping that this story-line is wrapped up soon because I’m not sure if I can handle it going into the next season.

The final battle between Livewire/Silver Banshee and Supergirl/The Flash was ultimately won by the people of National City when the firefighters thought to use water against the villain who had been described as ‘living electricity’. That was definitely a surprise for me but I loved it – Kara won back the faith of the citizens and it was one of the most touching moments of the show.

The episode ended with The Flash returning to his own Earth and then all of the humans walking around like zombies. Whatever the Kryptonians have been up to all season should be revealed in the next episode (another story-line that I’m glad is being wrapped up).

This episode did not disappoint and it may even have usurped the red kryptonite episode as my favourite episode of Supergirl. Although we never found out who was faster: the Flash or Supergirl?

What did you think of this episode? Is Supergirl faster than the Flash? Do you want another crossover episode? Let me know in the comments.

What’s New? || Geek News

Happy Easter everybody, we finally saw the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice this week and if you want to know what I thought about that then go read my review but we also had some other interesting things:

New Lego Batman Trailer

If Batman v Superman wasn’t your speed then I’m sure you’ll love this version of the Dark Knight. Batman from The Lego Movie has now been given a shot at his own solo movie and if this trailer is anything to go by, it will be brilliant.

Sad Affleck Goes Viral

In more Batman-related news, you’ve probably heard the bad reviews of Batman v Superman but I doubt that you had quite the same reaction as Ben Affleck. This hilarious viral video shows a very sad-looking Ben Affleck hearing the negative reviews of his latest film.

New Game of Thrones Teaser Trailer

This short teaser for the new season of Game of Thrones is the definition of intense. We see all the key players of the game as well as actually hearing about the game itself.

Tyrese As Green Lantern

Tyrese Gibson Is Still Hopeful About ‘Green Lantern’ RoleCould Tyrese Gibson (Fast and Furious) be the next Green Lantern? Ever since some fan art of him as John Stewart started gaining traction on the internet the actor has made it no secret that he wants the role. He has spoken to Warner Bros. but there has been no confirmation so we’ll have to wait until Justice League.

That’s everything this week but look out for some more content and maybe even a site make-over in the coming weeks.

Snyder’s Batman or Lego Batman? Is sad Affleck hilarious or tragic? Would you like to see Tyrese as the Green Lantern? Let me know in the comments.

Batman v Superman: A Review

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is easily the most ambitious superhero film that I have ever seen. There have been a lot of negative reviews of the film and in my opinion they need to calm the hell down.

Visually, this film is absolutely stunning and I would expect nothing less of a Zack Snyder film, let alone a Zack Snyder film with a $250 million budget. Nonetheless, it has to be said that the cinematographer (Larry Fong) did an amazing job and it didn’t feel like any shot was a wasted opportunity. In particular the opening scene did a great job of telling a story in a very simple, condensed way.

The film introduces us to a new version of Batman but after Christopher Nolan’s now iconic trilogy, I didn’t relate to Ben Affleck’s portrayal of the vigilante. Snyder’s Batman is older and more experienced which apparently equates to angrier and more violent. It wasn’t so much a bad thing as much as it felt like there was something missing. Jeremy Irons’ Alfred did not disappoint – again, he was very different from Michael Caine’s take on the character but the few times that I smiled during this movie were because of Alfred.

I never truly loved Man of Steel but I warmed up a lot to Superman in this film. My constant complaint when it comes to Superman is that he is too boring and there’s never really a question of what he’s going to do which didn’t exactly change in this film but if I’m being honest he looked better when compared to Batman.

Now, I said that this film was ambitious and that all comes down to the plot. Obviously there’s Batman v Superman but they’re also trying to introduce the Justice League as well as dealing with whatever evil plan Lex Luthor is hatching. Honestly, the 2hr 33min running time is necessary to deal with everything that’s going on and it’s not a half-bad job.

The pacing of this film needs a lot of work: there were times when I began to lose focus and then all of sudden I’d be right back in the action and wide awake. Nothing quite jolted me back like the appearance of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman who was brilliant. I had my reservations about her casting but she truly does make a stunning Diana Prince and I can not wait to see her solo outing next year.

I also have to mention Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor who was captivating to watch. He’s the sort of villain that you want to see more of because it’s difficult to fully understand him. There are a lot of layers to the character that make everything that he says all the more interesting. As far as casting goes, Jesse Eisenberg was the perfect person to take on this role.

This movie is chock-full of Easter eggs for all of the DC fans out there and it’s obvious that there is a very clear plan for the DCEU moving forward but is the universe that they’re creating worth watching?

I don’t want to compare this film to any Marvel properties because they are entirely different and always have been. The comics, the heroes, the tones are worlds apart and I will always prefer Marvel but looking at this purely on its own merits: Batman v Superman is good. It’s not light and it’s not the sort of film that I would watch over and over again but it has made me very excited for the future DCEU films.

The Beginner’s Guide To Batman v Superman

Everything you need to know before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes out tomorrow.

What is it?
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the second film in the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) following 2013’s Man of Steel which introduced Henry Cavill’s Superman to the world.

There’s a DCEU?
There is and after the continuing success of Marvel’s MCU it should come as no surprise that DC wanted to get a slice of that business. The DCEU actually has a massive 10 films currently scheduled to go out over the next four years, the first of these being: Batman v Superman, Suicide SquadWonder Woman.

What’s the film about?
Is that a real question? Okay buddy, I’m going to go ahead and say it’s about Batman fighting Superman and it may even be the origin, or ‘dawn’ if you will, of the Justice League. There’s also this official plot synopsis:

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

If this follows on from Man of Steel, do I need to watch that before this?
I would normally say yes but this time around I think you’ll be okay without it. Man of Steel is Superman’s origin story which everybody is already familiar with and other than that, all that really happens is some next-level destruction of a city.

Superman’s basically a god. How are they squeezing two hours out of a fight between him and an old, rich guy?
First of all, two hours? If you go to see this film, you’re in for 2hrs 33mins but I do see your point and that’s how I felt until I realised how many times Batman has kicked Superman’s ass in comics. Check out this video if you want more details of how those victories went down:

Who’s in this film?
Like, which DC characters or which actors? I ask but I’m going to tell you about both regardless. This is the ‘dawn of justice’ so there are going to be some Justice League characters. If you’ve seen the trailers then you already know that Wonder Woman features heavily but we are also expecting appearances from The Flash and Cyborg. Actor-wise, Henry Cavill will be reprising the role of Superman, Ben Affleck plays Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and you can also expect to see Jesse Eisenberg & Amy Adams.

Team Batman or Team Superman?
Eternally Team Batman – Superman isn’t flawed enough for my tastes but not everybody agrees with me. Total Film asked a bunch of celebrities and results were mixed – check out one of their videos here:

Arrow: Broken Hearts Review

Arrow: Broken Hearts (Season 4, Episode 16)

“You’re looking a little more grim than usual.” – Quentin

Just like The FlashArrow made its return after many weeks of being absent from television but unlike The Flash I wasn’t that excited about this episode.

To recap: Oliver and Felicity are broken up after Felicity discovered that Oliver had hidden a child from her but Felicity is still a member of Team Arrow. Cupid made a return and after losing Deadshot (who I guess she was deeply in love with?) she has made it her mission to kill all of the happy couples in Star City. Damien Darhk stood on trial and Detective Lance incriminated himself in his attempt to help with the conviction of Darhk.

Cupid is one of the most memorable villains from past seasons and it was nice to see her again and heart-broken, no less. As one of the most campy villains in the show, she’s probably more suited for Central City if it weren’t for the fact that she skewered people on arrows. Nonetheless she was my favourite part of this episode and the fight scene between her, Diggle and Thea at the end was a real highlight.

Most superheroes don’t work with their ex-girlfriends and there’s a reason for that: it’s not fun. It wasn’t fun for Oliver and it really wasn’t fun for me watching it. At first, Felicity’s asides were amusing but as the show went on I was audibly sighing. With all of the heartbreak, did anybody else think that this would have made a perfect Valentine’s Day episode?

We had more flashbacks of Oliver doing… you know what? I’m not entirely sure what Oliver was doing anymore. The flashbacks were a great asset to the show in the first couple of seasons but now I’m bored of them. They feel like a very weak distraction from the actual plot and I’m struggling to see how they can even be relevant at this point. I’m assuming that the magical force that Oliver was dealing with in the past will have something to do with Darhk but it’s taking a very long time to get there.

Damien Darhk’s preliminary trial took place this episode and it was fine. This isn’t a courtroom drama so I’m not going to hold it against a very high standard but I’m at a loss to see why it was necessary other than to maybe give Laurel something to do.

Overall, I wasn’t astounded by this episode but Cupid made it enjoyable for me. Obviously the big news is that Olicity is no more but this show has a real problem with permanence. Remember when Thea was dead? Diggle couldn’t forgive Oliver? Felicity couldn’t walk? Odds are Felicity and Oliver will be back together by the end of the season.

What did you think of the episode? Is there hope for Olicity? Is Damien Darhk actually going to go to prison? Let me know in the comments.