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.