A new superhero suit will appear on Arrow early in the third season, series star Stephen Amell reve

The Arrow himself, Stephen Amell, tells visitors at Pheonix Comic Con there’s going to be a new superhero suit coming to the show, although he doesn’t say for which of them it will be, someone  we know or even a new character.  I think if anyone needs a decent costume, it’s Roy.  He was also asked which villain he would like to see on the show, for which he replied Ra’s al Ghul.  How about you, what villain would you like to see on the show in season 3?

source: comicbook.com

75 years after Batman first appeared in ‘Detective Comics’ #27, co-creator Bill Finger is finally getting credit for his work with a new special edition. (75 Years Later, Batman Co-Creator Bill Finger Gets A Cover Credit On ‘Detective Comics’ #27.

Comics have made a huge resurgence in the past decade with DC and Batman holding a very dark, special place in our hearts.  Finally after all this time, Bill Finger, the dark knight’s co creator, is receiving cover credit for his very popular character Batman.  It may have taken 75 years, but his contribution is coming to light in a big way.  Congratulations to Bill Finger, and his descendants for this long overdue honor.  Do you think Bill Finger should have been recognized before this or is it the perfect way to thank him?

source: comicsalliance.com

Marvel Comics is canceling a shit-ton of books. That’s a good thing. If nothing else is evident at this point, it’s evident that Marvel needs to clean its house. First, Marvel chose not to renew the contracts of most of their established writers. Then their top dog, Brian Michael Bendis, jumped ship to the Distinguished Competition. When you factor in that Marvel has been, for the past few years, alienating its established readers by force-feeding us “diversity”–i.e. shoving new characters down our throats at the expense of established characters–and it’s no wonder sales have been in the toilet. It’s time to get it together, Marvel.

There is a rumor that Miles Morales may soon change his superhero name. He may become “Spy-D” or something. Doesn’t matter that I think the name is stupid. All that matters is that they stop calling him Spider-Man. He is NOT Spider-Man. Longtime fanboys like me will never accept the character as long as they keep calling him Spider-Man. It also makes sense within the context of the story for him to change his name. Why wouldn’t he want to establish his own identity, instead of being a “replacement” hero? CHANGE THE CHARACTER’S NAME, MARVEL. Sooner rather than later.

I’m gonna go on record right now and state that I do not believe it. Not a word of it. You have to look at the behavior of the people involved. Have any of the accusers filed charges? Nope. They’ve demanded money. Stan claims it is a “shakedown” and I believe him. It is Stan who may be filing charges, as he has, though his attorneys, issued a cease-and-desist letter to the business doing the accusing–which is exactly how I would expect an innocent person to react. All those pervs being “outted” as deviants, have you heard of even one of them filing charges against their accusers for defamation or slander? Nope. Why? Because those guys are guilty. The last thing they want is to end up in a courtroom, especially for a civil trial, where the burden of proof is substantially lower. Stan, on the other hand, reacted exactly as I would in the same circumstances, exactly as any innocent person would.

Initially I was afraid it might be a case like with former President George H.W. Bush, where he’s gone daft in his old age and doesn’t realize his behavior is wrong. But no, I don’t think Stan’s gone round the bend. I think he’s still got his wits about him. And I think he’s completely innocent of all charges.

I enjoyed this one a lot more than I would have expected. I’d initially planned to see it when it came out on video; I WOULD have consigned it to the nearest discount theater, and seen it there; it was, in my initial estimation, a perfect candidate for the discount theater. Alas, AMC decided to turn the only discount theater in the area into a regular theater–a move which will, I am certain, result in either the closing of said theater or its reversion to a discount theater in the near future. It worked out, though. I went to see JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE with family, and I loved it. I would have expected some silly fun, but the movie is a straight-up blast.

I have to credit the cast. Jack Black, who is either on or off with his skills as a thespian, is very much ON here. His comedic abilities are considerable. Likewise, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson should really focus on comedy, as he does his best acting that I’ve seen in this film. Kevin Hart is Kevin Hart, but it works in this one. My favorite character, though, is the one played by Karen Gillan, and it is Gillan who most impressed me with her performance. She was fine (I mean her performance; “fine” has more than one meaning, and both are applicable where she is concerned) as Nebula in the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY movies, and she did a good job in the Horror flick OCULUS, but she really gets to show her comedic chops in JUMANJI. (By the way, even Nick, or whichever one of the Jonas brothers that is in the movie, does a good job. Credit where it’s due.)

JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE is a fun, fun movie. I recommend seeing it on the big screen, even if you, like me, no longer have the option of waiting till it hits the discount theaters. It’s worth seeing at full price. Or at least a matinee.

I got hit by the Flu. Hit hard. On Christmas. The doctor put me in quarantine, so I sent my lovely better half to stay with relatives and forbid anyone from coming to my domicile to check on me. I’ve been all on my own, and have whiled away the hours, when not puking, shivering with fever, hacking my lungs up, and praying for a speedy death, watching old movies. And TV shows. I binged my way through at least half of the original run of THE INCREDIBLE HULK.

I was in the first grade when the show debuted on CBS. For the next several years, each Friday night found me transfixed in front of the screen, watching the exploits of the jade juggernaut. As a kid, I watched it exclusively for the Hulk, of course. As a grown-up, looking at it now, I still appreciate just how GOOD the show is, overall. Yes, it was limited by the technology of the day. They didn’t have CGI. They had to render the Hulk’s superhuman actions via slow-motion, sound effects, and careful camera work. Yes, watching the DVDs, you can sometimes see the ropes pulling the stuntmen into the air when they are supposed to be “thrown” by the Hulk. You can sometimes see that Lou Ferrigno is wearing the equivalent of green pantyhose (so he wouldn’t have to run around the set barefoot, one assumes) and see the patches where the green greasepaint has sometimes smeared away. Some of the episodes are played a little too much for laughs. But overall the writing is excellent and the acting is on par. In particular leading man Bill Bixby is superb. The Hulk is the star, and Lou Ferrigno both looks great in green and manages to lend the character the necessary humanity to make him relatable and make you root for him, but it is leading man David* Banner who must anchor the whole thing, serve as the foundation for the entire series, and Bixby is more than capable.

*The changing of the name was stupid. Show producer Kenneth Johnson has said that he just didn’t like the alliteration of “Bruce Banner,” but Stan Lee stated that Johnson, or someone at the “studio,” was afraid people would think the character was homosexual if his name was “Bruce.” Who is telling the truth? That’s easy. Why would Stan make that up? And the name change sounds like exactly the kind of lamebrain move a TV exec would pull. It confused the hell out of me as a kid. I couldn’t understand why the character I watched on TV had a different name than the character I read about in the comic books.

There were reports that Gal Gadot would refuse to do WONDER WOMAN 2 unless Warner Brothers severed ties with Brett Ratner. (Ratner, like Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, and other prominent actors, directors, and producers, has been accused of sexual misconduct. That’s just a polite way of saying the guy’s a pervert.) Then Warner Brothers said Gadot DIDN’T make such a demand. I tend to believe the latter report. Why? Because it would have been unnecessary. Any contractual deal WB has with Ratner’s company will have expired by the time WONDER WOMAN 2 gets underway.

Is this another case of the media exaggerating, if not outright fabricating, headlines and stories to garner ratings? While the person currently occupying the Oval Office uses claims of “fake news” to cover every misstep and underhanded move he pulls–and 99.9% of the charges made against him by the major news agencies are legitimate, by the way–it is true that some reporters have the unfortunate habit of sensationalizing. This is more a problem with entertainment news than with “real” news. Is that what happened here? I expect Gadot did say something along the lines of “I’ll never work with that _____ (add pejorative of your choice here) again!” and someone took from that a threat that she would leave the movie–which wouldn’t be necessary, as WB has ALREADY cut ties with Ratner and, as stated above, the contract of projects already in development with his company will run out before WW2 goes into production. So did she or didn’t she? Probably a bit of both, but worry not. She’s not leaving Wonder Woman behind.

Man, everything’s happening all at once. Reports are coming in today that Ben Affleck definitely WILL be replaced as Batman in the new trilogy from Matt Reeves. This is a part of the bigger behind-the-scenes shakeup at Warner Brothers in the wake of JUSTICE LEAGUE failing to perform up to expectations. (If they’d just listened to me in the first place, I could’ve saved them all that money.) The only way I can conceive of for the DC cinematic universe to remain remotely coherent is if they use the upcoming FLASH movie, which is supposed to chronicle the “Flashpoint” storyline, as a way to reboot everything, as it did in the comics, leaving some things unchanged and some radically altered. New Batman, same Wonder Woman, in other words. If–and that’s a BIG if–the WB is smart enough to take advantage of the opportunity.

Even bigger comics/movie news this week is that, at long, long last, Marvel is getting the X-Men back! A deal between Marvel and Sony will allow what fans have long dreamed of. It means Marvel will get the Fantastic Four back, too, but I suspect they’ll wait a while before rebooting that franchise, to let the odor of the previous two dissipate. If any of us were a little doubtful about where Marvel could go in the future with its cinematic juggernaut, we aren’t anymore! Secret Wars! Avengers vs. X-Men! The possibilities are endless!

That’s what this article highlights. DC screwed the pooch with JUSTICE LEAGUE by tampering. Studio tampering NEVER results in a better movie.

My review of JUSTICE LEAGUE is available at our sister site, vampires.com, but I’ll encapsulate for you here. I thoroughly enjoyed it, because of my love for these characters, even while acknowledging its one big, glaring, impossible-to-miss flaw: its villain. Steppenwolf has no personality, no motivation other than being “evil.” All the references to Darkseid lead to nowhere. We now know that the original ending had Steppenwolf’s origin fleshed-out and led to the REAL threat showing up at the end of the film: Darkseid. But for whatever reason, DC chose to truncate that subplot and that ending. Unfortunately, that subplot and ending are necessary for the film to float. To succeed, the movie NEEDS Darkseid. But the studio wouldn’t leave Zack Snyder’s original version alone, instead thinking they could “fix” it. They failed miserably. They thought Joss Whedon could “fix” it. He only hamstringed it.

What there is of JUSTICE LEAGUE I loved. But it’s incomplete. There’s a part missing from it. A big, important part. A vital part.

Stupid studio. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

 

How about a smart move for a change? How about releasing Zack Snyder’s original version of the movie? It’s what you should have done in the first place.

You can’t believe half of what you read on the Internet, and that’s including the supposedly credible news sites. All it takes is for one site to post something of dubious factuality, and then the others start citing that original article as a source, and pretty soon there are countless articles floating around in the ether that aren’t worth squat. Or maybe the original article was mostly accurate, but they misconstrued what it was actually saying. Sensational headlines are more likely to get clicked on, after all. Doesn’t matter if they’re true or not. That’s the way it is with the SERIOUS news stories, and it gets so much worse when we’re dealing with entertainment news.

I read that Warner Brothers is in danger of losing a hundred million dollars on JUSTICE LEAGUE. Then, I swear, not two minutes later I read another article reporting on the good second week performance of the film. Which one’s telling the truth? It IS a fact that JUSTICE LEAGUE did NOT suffer a huge falloff in its second weekend, as most such “tentpole” movies typically do. It delivered a solid box office return, in fact. Perhaps those sensationalized negative headlines were premature. Perhaps they were never truthful to begin with. JUSTICE LEAGUE might just do better in the long haul than was expected. Especially if they release that extended, Zack Snyder version of the film, the one lacking Joss Whedon’s reshoots, which fans want. Why would they not? The film is already shot. Returns from releasing it would only be gravy at this point. Almost like releasing an all new film. Don’t wait for the DVD release, WB. Give it a couple’a months and release the movie all over again!