I really should get back to writing about all the nerdy things in my life at some point.
The past year has been a busy one for me so sadly I had to put pretty much all forms of writing on the back burner due to work (I got the role I wanted!) and life commitments (babies are hard work!).
I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things soon, so watch this space!
If I wasn’t excited before, I am now!
This mash up of the Dark Knight Trilogy and the Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World trailer is awesome. Perhaps too awesome because it fits together so perfectly!
I feel a Nolan’s Batman re-watch coming from watching this…
*Talks to the Gym Advice Guy*
*Checks the sign next to the Gym Advice Guy*
Sorry/Not Sorry for the crappy pics taken with my phone!
While playing through Uncharted 4 I pressed the Share Button on my controller more times than any sane person would. I also spent a good chunk of my time playing around with the game’s Photo Mode!
The end result posted below is a mix of screenshots taken during cut-scenes and ones put together with the photo mode and all of its various tools and sliders.
Also because these are from the whole game there are lots of SPOILERS.
DO NOT LOOK THROUGH THESE IMAGES UNTIL YOU HAVE FINISHED THE GAME!
IT WILL SPOIL THINGS FOR YOU!!
I try not to throw in with the public outpourings of grief when a person of note passes away but today the world of comic books has lost one of the greats. Darwyn Cooke is no longer with us and the world is a lesser place because of it.
If you are not familiar with Cooke’s work it has a beautiful, timeless quality to it. So full of life, colour and joy for what the medium can do. During his time in the industry he set a high bar for what comic book art can do. Every book with his name on is worth buying/reading from the modern age classic of New Frontier, to his work on the Watchmen prequel comics, to his character defining work on Catwoman. All of it is required reading.
So yeah, I think a large part of my weekend will be spent revisiting some of his best work. Incidentally ComiXology are running a sale on some of Cooke’s work for DC Comics so now is a good time to jump in and celebrate the work of one of the best artists to ever work in comic books.
RIP Darwyn Cooke.
No Men Beyond This Point is a pretty fun looking mockumentary that tracks an alternative history where men are dying out. What I really like is that it is rightfully poking fun at the notions of things like men’s rights activism. Painting a semi-nightmare scenario for those types where the few men that are left have restricted laws and rules placed upon them. It’s almost like the film is inverting traditional genre roles! (I am SHOCKED by this! 😛 )
You also of course get things like, if men aren’t in charge of the world suddenly all wars stop idea/joke. Society adapting and leaving men who refuse to change with it as outsiders. All that stuff looks like it in there. It’s a simple and fun concept for a film than can and probably will provoke some food for thought. All while it explores how society and relationship dynamics could change if such a thing actually happened. You know just like the majority of similar films.
However what will be interesting is if and how the angry man side of the internet reacts to this. I’m predicting them loudly claiming it to be a propaganda film that pushes the anti-male agenda or whatever bollocks wording they have for it these days. We will see…
The online narrative around Batman V Superman is that it is the worst thing ever committed to film and that by watching it you are a terrible person. Like the worst. Especially if you found yourself enjoying it. If that happened then you need to revaluate your whole life and consider changing your name to something like Hitler. The film is just that bad you guys! In reality though it seems there is a disconnect between critical and fan reaction that I have not seen before.
The short-ish version is:
If you enjoyed Man of Steel, Batman V Superman is a good followup. It continues to expand the somewhat darker take on the DC characters that DC Cinematic Universe is building in a fun and very different way to the Marvel Studios movies and their slate of characters. Like Man of Steel it has a slower pace than other superhero movies and a lot of it is dedicated to building up the big conflict at the end of the movie. Ben Affleck makes a great Batman, Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor is different in a good way (for me at least) and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman steals the show in the brief appearances she makes in the movie. The film also does a good job of building out the DC Cinematic Universe in a couple of cool ways. It is far from perfect and it has its flaws like Man of Steel had but it is still a good and entertaining movie.
Personally I really enjoyed it and would say it is on par with the majority of Marvel’s movies. For me it is a case of the critics and reviews being overly harsh with a lot of them boiling down to “This isn’t the same as a Marvel movie so I don’t like it!”, “This is not how I personally perceive these long established characters to be or behave, therefore this film is a crime against nature!” or “I hate Zack Snyder and everything he stands for so I hate this movie by default!” There is also the typical regurgitation without thought of certain lines of thinking that seems to plague all discussion on the internet these days. So much so that you could make a bingo card and have some fun reading through the comments and reviews for Batman V Superman. (FYI: “Zack Snyder loves Ayn Rand!” is the free space.)
If you are interested in the characters or the concept of the film, go watch it and crucially, form your own opinions on it because it has been given a bad rap by many.
The long version is a bit more complicated…
(Video Source: CBR)
“I love this world… but there’s something missing.”
That is the line that will be kicking off DC’s upcoming Rebirth event and initiative. In the above video Geoff Johns breaks down the general idea behind Rebirth. It looks like it is going to be a continuation of the New 52 but reincorporating the classic and iconic elements from the legacy of the older DC Universe. Pretty much what he did with Green Lantern and Flash Rebirth. However this is a line wide initiative that Johns is overseeing. Which is an interesting move.
At the centre of it all is a doubling down on DC’s most bankable properties. (Yay!) At the cost of loosing some of the more interesting side books and character. (Boo!) Lowering the price of all the books back down to $2.99. (Holding the Line once again!), Signing new teams onto books and gaining some new exclusive creator contracts. (Yay!) Taking Action Comics and Detective Comics back to their original numbering. (Yay!…I guess…) Then finally, shifting a large portion of their series into a biweekly release schedule. (Yay! but my bank account says nay!)