Batman Vs. Superman & Suicide Squad

This year we see DC really go big in the movie world with Batman Vs. Superman and Suicide Squad, with Batman Vs. Superman in just a few weeks.

Now, I’m a confessed Marvel fan, but I do like the character of Batman and all of the pieces around him. Gotham and the characters that challenge Batman I think are really quite fascinating, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how DC pull this off.

Even though I am a huge Marvel fan, I’m not of the mindset to hate or belittle DC like a lot of people seem to like doing. Marvel have pioneered this Cinematic Universe idea and I’m quite excited to see what DC do (lets face it, if we’re getting all these films and they’re good then we as the fans win).

I’ve never been a huge fan of Superman; that said I did like Man Of Steel quite a lot. I’m a bit of a fan of Zach Snyder and there wasn’t much in Man Of Steel that I didn’t like. I thought Henry Cavill was very good as both Clark Kent and as Superman, but I thought most of the cast had were spot on.

Onto Batman though, I think the Dark Knight is becoming one of my favourite characters out there. Although I liked the Christopher Nolan Batman films I was never blown away by them, but I love the Tim Burton ones. I’m not worried about Ben Afflect as Batman/Bruce Wayne though; from what I’ve seen of him in the trailers I’m quietly optimistic about seeing the Bruce Wayne I want to see. As Batman I think he’s going to rock it, but it’s going to be as Bruce Wayne that I’m eager to see what he does with it. That was one of my major issues with Nolan and Christian Bale’s Batman. Bruce Wayne seemed more like an obnoxious playboy than a business leader, but with the advertising for the film I’ve seen I’m hoping we get a Bruce Wayne who, as far as the public is concerned, is quite happy in his life and is enjoying running Wayne Enterprises.

So, I am looking forward to seeing Batman Vs. Superman. I wasn’t really bothered about it until I saw the first trailer, and how it showed that Bruce Wayne was in Metropolis on the day that Superman and Zodd battled it out.

Suicide Squad though, that’s the one of these two films that I am really looking forward to. That first trailer really blew my mind away. It looked creepy and dark as hell, and the bare few seconds we see of Jared Leto’s Joker was genuinely terrifying. The whole trailer sold me though, there was nothing in it that caused me any concerns. Then the second trailer was released, and its got a totally different tone to that of the first trailer. This second trailer has given the film quite a humorous feel to it. So I’m kind of looking forward to seeing what the final film is like. With how the Joker, in particular looks, I think it is going to be quite dark, but I’m hoping it does have some decent humour in it because if it’s just dark then it could be quite a hard watch. So I’m hoping the director, writers, and the rest of those involved have managed to craft a film that has a good balance of the two.

I think both films are going to be good, but I’m really hoping to be blown away; and I’m hoping it gets me excited for the forthcoming Wonder Woman and Justice League films and what DC have got coming in the future.

 

Daredevil: Season 2

I am a big fan of the first season of Daredevil by Marvel and Netflix. I think it’s one of the best seasons of television I’ve ever seen. From the gritty action scenes and just how unapologetically violent it is to the actors and how they portray the characters to the writing and the pacing. I’m struggling to think of an element to it that felt slapped together. All in all its a beautifully crafted show, and we’re about to get a second season.

This is where I’m getting excited. As I’ve said, I loved the first season, but in season two we’re getting  Frank Castle, aka The Punisher. The Punisher is one of my favourite all time characters and I am itching to see how Jon Bernthal portrays him.

A couple of trailers and some images have been released and I’m even more looking forward to it now. Bernthal really does look the part.

Only about a month to go now.

NaNoWriMo 2015: Day Nineteen

Today I managed to knock out 1632 words before my brain stuck up the white flag and shut down for the day. Those words give me a total of 33,023 words for the month.

The world I’m working in is coming together nicely but I’m not really settled on an overall storyline. I’ve got lots to play with here but as I’ve said in other posts, it’s all over the place. It really is going to be interesting to look it over and see what I can do with after NaNo.

I’ve really made the most of having the iPad today. I wrote before work, during my lunch break and in the car to and from the hospital (no, I wasn’t driving). This is the sort of mindset that I need to nurture. Even with this story, which I’m a long way from loving, I’ve found it very easy to get the words down. My typing speed on my Logitech Bluetooth keyboard is getting quicker too.

I was hoping to get a decent word count this weekend but I have a relative in hospital at the moment and Jessica Jones goes live on Netflix tomorrow and I’m pretty sure I’m going to have it watched by the end of Sunday, Monday at the latest. But I’m determined to have at least the minimum daily amount written before I start in on it each day until I’ve seen all thirteen episodes.

Oh and I have dinner out Sunday evening, so I’ll probably won’t get Jessica Jones watched by the end of the weekend, but it’s not going anywhere.

As normal, if you’d like to add me as a buddy over at nanowrimo.org I’m PeterJReaper there. There are also links to my Facebook and Twitter on the right of this page.
Have fun everyone 🙂 

The Punisher Is Returning! 

I was flicking through Facebook last night, as one does, and I saw a post from one of the various comic book pages I follow, announcing that not only would The Punisher be coming to the second season of Daredevil but they had cast Jon Bernthal as Marvels notorious vigilante.

When I read this I was sitting in my car waiting for someone, I hit my head on the roof lining of my car as I jump from the sheer joy of seeing this news. I am a huge fan of The Punisher, I think he is one of the most interesting characters that Marvel has created and I’ve been itching to see him appear in a Marvel Studios production. I’ve been seeing rumours that Netflix are going to have a Punisher series and I really hope that is the case. Casting Bernthal as Frank Castle/The Punisher to me is a statement of intent to do just that.

I think Bernthal is a natural for this role. We’ve seen his acting ability in The Walking Dead and I think he’s going to be able to pull off that tormented nature The Punisher has. He’s also got the physicality that is needed as well.  In his time in The Walking Dead he also should that he could be brutal and that is something that an actor playing The Punisher needs.

Needless to say, I’m a tad excited about this and I think Daredevil had better watch out because he won’t have come up against anyone like The Punisher before.

NaNoWriMo: Day 16

It’s been a chilled kinda day today. My Nan was over for dinner so I decided to be sociable. I did manage to get a dead on 700 words by about 1pm when my iPad battery started getting low. Then I spent most of the afternoon reading Marvel’s Original Sin (got about halfway through) before going in for a couple of sprints on my local NaNoWriMo group on Facebook.
Those sprints got me up to 2791 for the day and for a total of 48,476.
I’ve said in the last few days that I wasn’t sure whether I’d had enough story to hit the 50k, but now I’m thinking I may have about another 10k words to go till the end of the story simply from what I’ve written over the last couple of days.

But we’ll see 🙂

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Guardians of the Galaxy

The story starts with a young Peter Quill sitting in a hospital listening to his Walkman, he’s led into see his mother who’s laying in a hospital bed by his grandfather. His mother dies and the young boy runs out of the hospital with tears streaming from his eyes. He falls to his knees on a grassy hill covered in mist just outside the hospital, and A spaceship bathes him in light and we cut to the animated Marvel logo and I get goosebumps because, with a lump in my throat and tears close to falling from my eyes, I know this is going to be a movie that exceeds my high expectations.

 

This is a blog post that I’ve been trying to figure out how to write for some time now. I’ve tried writing a very technical one which looks at all the strong points of the movie and the few weak points. I’ve tried writing one from the heart, which was pretty much me gushing about how great a movie Guardians of the Galaxy is, and thats what it is, A great movie. I saw it four times at the cinema and I’m itching for the Blu-Ray to come out so I can watch it again. Yes, it is a little predictable but who really cares? It’s a movie which not only all but brought me to tears two or three times each time I watched it but it also had me laughing, leaning forward (especially when Drax passes Rocket the gun as he’s atop Groot during the prison escape, ‘Oh Yeah’) and during that first screening there people clapping and there was almost people cheering! Now, that’s something I’ve never known in a cinema before.

Above everything else though this movie was fun. From when we’re watching Peter Quill a.k.a Starlord, dancing around a ruined alien planet till the stingers at the end. This is a movie that knew exactly what it wanted to be. I’ve heard a few people saying that this is a movie which has director James Gunn’s finger prints all over it, and having only seen his film Slither I can see what they mean a little by that. Having Gunn direct I think was a master stroke by Marvel and I’m itching to see what they do with the sequel.

The cast was spot on as well, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista and Zoe Saldana were very likeable, although I’d like to see Saldana’s Gamora freed up a little. She seemed to carry the weight of knowing just how much danger they were all in. Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel did the voice work for Rocket and Groot and both were brilliant, Cooper especially was unrecognisable as the foul mouthed racoon. Theres a very strong supporting cast which includes Lee Pace, Glenn Close, Michael Rooker, Benicio Del Torro and John C. Reilly. A special mention for Karen Gillen, who played Nebula. She was fantastic I thought and took the attention of most of the scenes she was in.

A lot has been said of the fantastic soundtrack this movie has, and it deserves the praise as it does add a huge amount to the film but I just want to talk about the score, which I think was very good. It’s very reminiscent of the soundtrack for The Avengers I thought.

 

For me this movie has shot straight into the top five of my favourite movies, in fact it’s probably at the top. Having seen it four times, it got stronger with each viewing, I think this will be my Star Wars.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

This is a post that I have been trying to figure out how to write for about a week, maybe ten days now and each time I’ve come to approach it I can’t quite figure out how to get my thoughts down clearly. Normally I’d put in a little synopsis of the story but there are a few different plot lines that the film focuses around, and it’s hard not to stray into spoiler territory. We have Peter Parker’s relationship with Gwen Stacey, his friendship with Harry Osborn and his Aunt May. Now lets throw in the mystery surrounding his parents death and the difficulties that Harry Osborn is facing as he takes charge at his now dead Dad’s business, OsCorp. Norman Osborn dying isn’t a spoiler as he dies very early on, which is a waste of Colin Cooper if you ask me.

Let’s not forget Max Dillon who soon becomes Electro, Jamie Foxx looks like he had fun here, and his first of all idealisation of Spider-Man and then his pure hatred. Then we have the emergence of the Green Goblin and the Rhino, who looks kick-ass in a mech suit as opposed to a rubber one.

There is also minor plotlines with Aunt May and Gwen Stacey that I noticed, oh and another one for Harry Osborn.

So we have a lot going on in this movie and that is one thing that I’ve found I’m a little annoyed about. In my, humble, opinion we have three, maybe even four movies worth of story here. It almost feels like, as a movie goer, I’ve been mugged off a little. I’ve spoken on my blog before about how I was a little bored by the first film, but after watching it again I’ve got a lot more appreciation for it. So I was looking forward to seeing what the writers, director and producers did with this second movie. The first was used to re-establish the character and the world Spider-Man/Peter Parker exist in. My natural assumption was that they would have more freedom to give us a film where they are not establishing characters and relationships, but instead we get a film which is loaded up with at least four major story lines.

The acting is good, the direction is good. The action and special effects are breath taking and its a very easy film to watch and the story is easily followed. Its all very compact though, we get a small snippet of story and then BOOM huge leaps take the movie forward to a conclusion. I’ll speak more of that in the spoilers at the end of the post.

There are a fair few little Easter Eggs throughout the film to watch out for 😉

It was really good to see Spider-Man in action as he never kept his mouth shut. Throughout the opening action scene he is constantly mouthing off and almost being too casual in his crime fighting, its a lot of fun to watch 😀

Overall I did like this movie, it just feels like they’ve rushed over a lot of good story to build for future movies.

 

*****Spoilers Ahead*****

 

 

*****I’m Not Joking*****

 

 

*****Last Chance******

 

 

*****Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You*****

 

As I said in the first part of the post there is a lot of story lines in this movie, I can understand the Green Goblin one being rushed through and altered (The storyline was a staple of Raimi’s trilogy) but I would have loved to have seen Colin Cooper as The Green Goblin, although a part of me kind of hopes that although we’re told Norman Osborn is dead I can’t recall seeing him dead. Even if we did that doesn’t mean anything, but I think that’s more wishful thinking because, as I said, I would have loved to have seen Cooper’s Green Goblin.

Speaking of Cooper’s Norman Osborn, we see him dying of an illness when he could be, I dunno maybe in his fifties and he tells Harry that it’s hereditary and it’ll start showing in Harry soon, which it does. He goes from looking pretty well to quite sick very quickly. When he injects himself with something he thinks will cure him it goes bad very quickly and he just so happens to crawl to the weapons and armour that make him the Green Goblin. Earlier on in the film he is trying to get Spider-Man’s blood as he thinks it’ll cure him. There’s more to this miracle cure but my mind is a little foggy with those details.

The Rhino is in the film for all of about a minute. Most of what you see in the trailer is in the movie, but how it is set up in the film it works well. As Spider-Man is about to fight the Rhino the film ends. This bit works really well but why did we not get to see Aleksei Sytsevich becoming the Rhino? Paul Giamatti looks awesome, if his accent makes it all but impossible to understand what he’s saying. But we get him before the Rhino suit at the start of the film and then in the suit at the end.

Electro get’s a fair bit of screen time and I think is pretty well handled, although the Max Dillon part of the story did remind me a little of Edward Nygma from Batman Forever.

I mentioned that I thought Colin Cooper was a little wasted, so was Sally Field. She is one of the most talented actors we’ve had the pleasure of seeing, give her more time to explore her relationship with Peter.

There is a reference to Peter Parker selling pictures to the Daily Bugle, which annoyed me as I love that part of the Spider-Man universe. I really want to see J. Jonah Jameson again, but only if J.K. Simmons is recast. he was born to play Jameson!

Peter and Gwen. Early on in the film Gwen dumps him, because he is guilt ridden because he broke a promise to her Dad. This wasn’t needed in my opinion. It was there just to add a little more conflict to Parker’s life, just have them being happy and maybe dealing with Gwen having a chance to go Oxford (I think it was Oxford). That would have worked better for me as a storyline then them trying to remain friends, there’s a cute conversation they have about being friends but I’d rather see Peter Parker in a steady relationship and not moping about. After she dies I can accept him moping (I did warn you about the spoilers).

I stick by what I said earlier, there’s a lot of story here that is rushed through. I do think they are trying to build a franchise with the legs similar to what Marvel are doing with their movies. They can do it with the right people, but don’t short change us next time. The way that Green Goblin is handled in this film is a great example. Dane DeHaan is really good here and I would have liked to have seen more of his Harry Osborn as a friend to Peter Parker and not as an enemy.

This is a good film but it’s one that is there to move the series along and build up to the Sinister Six. We don’t need so many plot lines in the next film, give us some decent focus on exploring individual characters and relationships as well as Spider-Man saving the day.