REVIEW: POWERLESS

Christina Kirk, Alan Tudyk, Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi, and Ron Funches in Powerless (2017)

MAIN CAST

Vanessa Hudgens (Beastly)
Danny Purdi (Community)
Christina Kirk (D.E.B.S.)
Ron Funches (Trolls)
Alan Tudyk (Firefly)
Jennie Pierson (Freak Dance)

Alan Tudyk and Vanessa Hudgens in Powerless (2017)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Marc McClure (Superman)
Kimani Ray Smith (I, Robot)
Michael D. Cohen (Whiplash)
Claire Titelman (Veronica Mars)
Corbin Bernsen (KIss Kiss Bang Bang)
Robert Buckley (Izombie)
Deanna Russo (Knight Rider)
Natalie Morales (Santa Clarita Diet)
Adam West (Batman)
Phil Morris (Smallville)

Christina Kirk, Danny Pudi, and Ron Funches in Powerless (2017)Powerless is a half-hour workplace comedy that also happens to be the latest television show from DC Comics. The series traffics in typical office concerns, but is set within a world where superheroes and villains regularly spar just outside the company’s glass windows. The first episode, which premieres Thursday at 8:30 on NBC and is the only one the network made available in advance, is peppy and full of promise. But like every future crime fighter does in his or her origin story, this sitcom is clearly still trying to get a firm grasp on how to use its abilities.Alan Tudyk, Vanessa Hudgens, and Mike McKee in Powerless (2017)The pilot briskly establishes the cast of characters, led by Emily Locke (Vanessa Hudgens), the newly hired head of research and development at Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises focused on launching products that keep individuals safe in the current conflict-heavy environment. Alan Tudyk, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jennie Pierson in Powerless (2017)During her first day on the job, Emily meets her quirky direct reports, played by Danny Pudi, comedian Ron Funches, and Jennie Pierson, and learns they’ve been saddled with multiple bosses in recent months and, therefore, are super-skeptical of her. She doesn’t get much more in the way of support from her supervisor, Van Wayne (Alan Tudyk), who is more fixated on impressing his overseer and cousin — Bruce, you may have heard of him — and on getting the heck out of Charm City so he can live larger in Gotham. Within what feels like 30 seconds of Emily’s arrival, there are already rumblings that Wayne Enterprises could fold, which forces Emily and her team to come up with a gadget that will save the company!Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi, Ron Funches, and Jennie Pierson in Powerless (2017)Within that fairly pat framework, there are some clever moments. Brief glimpses of the creations spearheaded by Wayne Enterprises and their competitor, LexCorp, suggest that the cleverness of the show’s gadgets, always one of the pleasures of any story related to Batman, will be a running source of delight.  The dialogue also suggests that the writers have a good feel for start-up speak. When Emily is introduced to Pudi’s Teddy, Wayne Security’s chief design officer, she asks, “What do you do here?” His immediate, smug response: “I disrupt.”Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi, Ron Funches, and Jennie Pierson in Powerless (2017)Powerless was a good comedy for DC Comcis sadly cancelled after 12 episodes we wilol never see where this show  could of gone.

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REVIEW; KRYPTON – SEASON 1

Cameron Cuffe, Georgina Campbell, Wallis Day, and Aaron Pierre in Krypton (2018)

 

MAIN CAST

Cameron Cuffe (Florence Goster Jenkins)
Georgina Campbell (King Arthur: LOTS)
Shaun Sipos (The Vampire Diaries)
Ann Ogbomo (Wonder Woman)
Aaron Pierre (Britannia)
Elliot Cowan (Alexander)
Rasmus Hardiker (Your Highness)
Wallis Day (The Royals)
Blake Ritson (Emma)
Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones)
Colin Salmon (Limitless)

Cameron Cuffe and Wallis Day in Krypton (2018)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Paula Malcomson (The Hunger Games)
Rupert Graves (V For Vendetta)
Alexis Raben (The Invasion)
Tipper Seifert-Cleveland (Call The Midwife)
Andrea Vasiliou (The Dark Knight Rises)
Hannah Waddingham (Game of Thrones)

 

Ian McElhinney in Krypton (2018)We live in an age of reboots, reimaginings, and revivals where, all too often, familiarity gets in the way of ambition. Fortunately, Krypton, the new Superman prequel from Syfy, has its priorities mostly right. While there are elements that feel familiar or old-fashioned, and a time travel connection to Superman that feels wholly unnecessary, Krypton is a show that is thoroughly interested in doing its own thing.
Because of its world-building ambitions, Krypton has a lot to accomplish in its opening hour. We are introduced to Krypton 200 years before the birth of Kal-El (aka Superman). Like our own planet, it is a world that is starkly divided between the haves and have-nots, a world that seems to sense, on some level, that it is living on borrowed time. Unfortunately for the House of El, grandfather Val-El is not interested in burying his head in the sand. When he tries to prove that Krypton is in danger from a world-destroying villain coming their way, threatening the power the mysterious Voice of Rao has accumulated, he is put to death right in front of his grandson, series protagonist Seg-El.Cameron Cuffe in Krypton (2018)Fast forward 14 years later and a now 23-year-old Seg’s entire life has been understandably shaped by the execution of his grandfather. The El family has been stripped of their name, their status, and banished to the poorer, lower districts of Kandor City. Seg has a chip on his shoulder the size of a small planet. He is your classic struggling, street urchin Chosen One. Think Aladdin or Great Expectations’ Pip, but with comic book connotations. It’s a familiar archetype, but one brought charismatically to life by British relative newcomer Cameron Cuffe. In lesser hands, Seg’s character might not work—and with its would go the success of Krypton as a whole, so central is this character to the story—but Cuffe imbues Seg with a youthful vulnerability, self-deprecating sarcasm, and unfortunate but heroic impetuousness that makes you want to root for him. Georgina Campbell in Krypton (2018)It probably helps that Seg is set up as the ultimate underdog in this opening hour (even though, as the member of a former guild family, he has a leg up on most of the residents of Kandor City). In the space of an episode, he loses his grandfather, loses his father, loses his mother, loses his girlfriend, and more or less loses his home. In the grieving eyes of Seg, it’s all Adam Strange’s fault. Strange is a man who hails from our world, where the existence of Superman is threatened. Remember that galaxy-swallowing maniac Seg’s grandfather was killed for mentioning? Yeah, it’s comic villain Brainiac and he’s got some serious plans to, you know, conquer everything. In one of the best visuals of the entire episode, the Collector of Worlds is making his way across the galaxy as we speak, and he is so, so creepy.Colin Salmon, Cameron Cuffe, and Wallis Day in Krypton (2018)I’m not crazy about the time travel elements of this plot, which feel like a tacked on, stakes-raising element for a story that already had pretty high stakes and plenty of plot to get through. Adam Strange comes off as a kind of obnoxious fanboy everyman, apologizing about the deaths of Seg’s parents, but not taking much responsibility for his part in it. His big schtick is that he has Superman’s cape, which acts like Marty McFly’s picture in Back to the Future. Once the cape is gone, there will be no chance of rescuing Kal-El from the fate of non-existence. But, even as a viewer, it’s hard to care that much about Superman, who is two centuries and lightyears away from this present and world. I can only imagine how Seg feels.Blake Ritson in Krypton (2018)I’d much rather spend time on Seg’s navigation of Kandor’s complex social politics. When Seg thwarts a revolutionary hoping to blow up the Voice of Rao and the oppressive oligarchy he represents, he is “gifted” a placement in the House of Vex, which comes with a spot in a guild and a betrothal to the icy Nyssa-Vex. It is an obvious power play from Daron-Vex, who is the chief magistrate of Kandor and the man who handles the day-to-day oppressions of the oligarchy. He also happens to be the person who ordered Val-El to his death.
Elliot Cowan, Cameron Cuffe, and Wallis Day in Krypton (2018)Seg openly hates Daron, but also knows an opportunity when he sees it. It’s kind of unclear why he would want to leave the supportive community of the lower districts in exchange for a stuffy guild job and a betrothal to a woman he doesn’t know, but, especially after Seg’s parents die and he learns of his family’s mission to protect Krypton, it makes more sense. The decision is complicated by Lyta Zod, the woman Seg loves and who loves him. Lyta is the daughter of Jayna-Zod, the ruthless leader of the military guild. She is the kind of woman who stabs her own daughter in the hand to make a point and who shoots Seg’s parents in front of him in what might be a mercy killing. Somehow, she still seems like one of the better people within Kandor leadership circles, though, to be fair, that isn’t a very stiff competition. Following the deaths of his parents, Seg breaks up with Lyta, breaking both of their hearts.The best parts of Krypton come in its worldbuilding, which already tells you a lot about how much thought and well-articulated execution went into this series. But the continued narrative success of this show will lie in how these characters are developed, in how they inhabit this rich world. The series goes from strength to strength in its first batch of episodes and am really looking forward to Season 2.

REVIEW: BATMAN NINJA

CAST

Roger Craig Smith (Batman Unlimited)
Tony Hale (American Ultra)
Grey DeLisle (Bolt)
Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke)
Adam Croasdell (Reign)
Fred Tatasciore (Hulk Vs)
Yuri Lowenthal (Batman: Gotham By Gaslight)
Will Friedle (Batman Beyond)
Eric Bauza (Ultimate Spider-Man)
Tom Kenny (Super Hero Squad)

Batman Ninja (2018)Batman Ninja is an impressive anime spectacle that sends some of DC Comics most iconic characters back in time to feudal Japan. Far from the technical comforts of his Batcave, this take on the Caped Crusader sees Batman trying to find a way to defeat the Joker (Tony Hale), Harley Quinn (Tara Strong), and other rogues gallery members without the use of his gadgets after Gorilla Grodd’s time displacement machine goes haywire in Arkham Asylum.Batman Ninja (2018)The first thing about Batman Ninja that stands out is the quality of the animation. The movie is simply gorgeous. All the details from the sky and foliage that covers the landscape, to the facial features and costume designs of the heroes and villains are meticulously crafted. It’s no surprise that Takashi Okazaki, the creator of the Afro Samurai manga series, is the lead character designer.Batman Ninja (2018)That same animated splendor is carried over to the action sequences. Because of the Japanese anime style, Batman and the Joker move in ways never seen before. When Batman confronts the Joker in a wooded area, the two combatants fly through the trees like something out of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. There’s a kind of magic to the fight choreography that’s surreal. Sure, there’s no way Bruce Wayne could ever move like this in the “real world,” but in this animated reality, anything is possible. The fact that Batman Ninja leans into that concept elevates this movie beyond even the best recent DC animated films.magnificent-seven-2016-0a1ea441-c1a9-4f91-8d60-53692cc0db36One of the many aspects about Batman that makes him so compelling is his ability to solve complex problems in stressful situations. Afro Samurai writer Leo Chu’s engaging script provides Batman with the difficult task of trying to defeat Joker and the other Arkham inmates without the gizmos he’s come to rely on over the years. This take on the Dark Knight has to get back to basics and adapt to this brand new environment, and he rises to the occasion. Batman doesn’t dismiss the old ways of combat, but instead embraces them in the hopes that he’ll find a way to save Japan from these 21st century criminals. And let’s face it: it’s just cool to see Batman as a samurai.Batman Ninja (2018)As for the Joker, turns out he’s also pretty good with a sword. Oh, and did we forget to mention that he has a giant mechanized castle? Yeah, Batman is definitely in over his head on this one, but after decades of seeing these two battle each other in different mediums, it’s refreshing and exciting to see something we haven’t witnessed before. Tony Hale (Arrested Development) voices the character for the English language version of Batman Ninja, giving one of the best performances of the crazed clown since Mark Hamill back in the Batman: The Animated Series days. His chilling, maniacal laugh is frightening, giving him a level of menace that makes him a formidable foe.Batman Ninja (2018)The other Arkham inmates that traveled back in time include Poison Ivy, Deathstroke, Penguin, Two-Face, and of course, Gorilla Grodd. Along with the Joker, their goal is to gain enough power to rule over the feuding Japanese states and change history for their own benefit. While it’s cool to see all of them wearing their new Samurai-inspired costumes, this lineup of Batman rogues serves mostly as a backdrop to the main attraction. Batman Ninja is a Batman and Joker movie through and through, and Chu’s script rightly keeps the focus on them. Even Harley Quinn feels like an afterthought, though Strong’s voice over work is always top-notch.Batman Ninja (2018)As for the way everything comes together, the final act of the film is breathtaking, making me wish I could pause every frame to take in all of the detail. We won’t go into spoilers here, but let’s just say that my inner 9-year-old self was blown away by what was happening on screen as the final battle took place.
Batman Ninja takes everything great about the masked vigilante and twists it in a way we’ve never seen, creating a visual marvel unlike any other Batman animated movie before it. DC tried something new by bringing in visionary Japanese animators to offer a refreshing take on one of the company’s most beloved characters, and the finished product not only built upon the great adaptations that have come before, but surpassed them.

REVIEW: GOTHAM – SEASON 3

 

MAIN CAST

Ben McKenzie (Batman: Year One)
Donal Logue (Ghost Rider)
David Mazouz (New Girl)
Morena Baccarin (Homeland)
Sean Pertwee (Dog Soldiers)
Robin Lord Taylor (Cold Comes The Night)
Erin Richards (The Quiet Ones)
Camren Bicondova (Girl House)
Cory Michael Smith (Wonderstruck)
Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield)
Chris Chalk (12 Years A Slave)
Drew Powell (Straw Dogs)
Maggie Geha (Ted 2)
Benedict Samuel (The Walk)
Michael Chiklis (Fantastic Four)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Leslie Hendrix (Arthur)
James Carpinello (Gangster Squad)
Jamie Chung (The Gifted)
John Doman (Blue Valentine)
Jada Pinkett Smith (Magic Mike XXL)
B.D. Wong (Jurassic World)
Chelsea Spack (Blue Bloods)
Raymond J. Barry (Training Day)
Richard Kind (Stargate)
Naian Gonzalez Norvind (The Devil You Know)
Anthony Carrigan (The Flash)
Ivana Milicevic (Vanilla Sky)
Cameron Monaghan (Amityville: The Awakening)
James Remar (Black Lightning)
Nathan Darrow (Preacher)
Camila Perez (Star)
Tonya Pinkins (The Book of Henry)
Paul Reubens (Batman Returns)
Alexander Siddig (Game of Thrones)
Clare Foley (Sinister)

Maggie Geha in Gotham (2014)Gotham is the crime drama series based on DC Comics’ Batman universe. Having premiered on Fox in the autumn of 2014, the show initially focused on young versions of James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz). Over time, though, the series introduced younger iterations of well-known villains in the Batman franchise, as well as lesser-known characters to provide a wider representation of the Dark Knight’s universe. Additionally, with Season Two, the episodes were grouped into “Rise of the Villains” (Episodes 1-11) and “Wraith of the Villains” (Episode 12-22), and that concept was continued in Season Three, with Episodes 1-14 grouped into “Mad Love” and Episodes 15-22, under the subtitle of “Heroes Rise.”Benedict Samuel in Gotham (2014)Concepts deriving from the overarching themes were weaved throughout the various storylines. Betrayal is often associated with love, and this theme was well represented throughout the season. Between lovers, siblings, work colleagues, and enemies, betrayal was a symptom of the deterioration of Gotham. Gordon tried to take the high road with his ex-fiancé Lee (Morena Baccarin) who moved on to a relationship with Dr. Mario Falcone (James Carpinello) and fell into an uneasy sexual relationship with Valerie Vale (Jamie Chung) that included a number of lies and betrayals due to their goals arising from their respective jobs – bounty hunter and reporter. But, the downfall between Gordon and Vale came when he is forced by Jervis Tetch (Benedict Samuel) to choose between Vale or Lee in “Follow the White Rabbit” (Episode 6). Although he chooses Vale, all parties easily infer that Gordon is still in love with Lee. Later in the season, Bruce commits a deadly betrayal against Alfred (Sean Pertwee) in “Destiny Calling” (Episode 21) after being kidnapped by the Court of Owls to spend time with The Shaman (Raymond J. Barry) and meeting Ra’s al Ghul (Alexander Siddig). Surprisingly, one ray of light occurred between Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor). Desperate to know why she didn’t kill him, Penguin was surprised and humbled that Fish saw in him her greatest creation (“Burn the Witch” Episode 2).Robin Lord Taylor and Cory Michael Smith in Gotham (2014)

As often that a character was turning on another individual, sometimes the betrayal came from within. Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) seemed to be one of the most conflicted characters through the season, trying to answer the question, “Who am I?” His identity, publicly as Penguin’s Chief of Staff, and privately as Penguin’s mastermind, resulted in a vacuum of questions after Nygma shot Penguin, believing he had killed his best friend who overshadowed and defined him. As a result, Nygma tested a number of the city’s intelligent people for assistance in determining his own identity separate from Penguin. The Tetch virus enhanced and brought out certain traits of characters and finding themselves at odds with themselves. Captain Nathaniel Barnes (Michael Chiklis) received a drop of blood from Alice Tetch (Naian Gonzalez Norvind) which heightened his commitment to the concept of justice, becoming judge, jury, and executioner as well as embodying the law (“New Day Rising” Episode 4). Marios jealousy was amplified, and Lee became a bad girl looking for the bad boy in Gordon, who was forced to self-infect the virus on himself in “Pretty Hate Machine” (Episode 20). As one of the heroes, Gordon was the only one who could control his magnified emotional state.

Amongst chaos, the heroes rise; however, the idea of heroes is a double-edged sword, so the viewer’s traditional definition of hero will be challenged in Season Three. Executive Producer John Stephens said, “Everyone goes through a major character metamorphosis throughout the course of the yea,r” in an interview with Comicbook.com. What is the most dramatic event that a character could go through? Well, it seemed that death (or near-death) and rebirth was a common event for most of the characters. For instance, Ivy Pepper (Maggie Geha) was touched by one of Dr. Strange’s (B. E. Wong) monsters and not only did she age about 10 or so years, but it was the belief of Selina (Camren Bicondova) that Ivy had died. Fish Mooney, Victor Fries (Nathan Darrow), who became Mr. Freeze, and Bridgit Pike (Camila Perez), who became Firefly, actually died and were reborn. It should be noted that while some characters died, they did not embody their familiar mantle: Ivy isn’t known as Poison Ivy, Selena hasn’t become Catwoman, and Jerome Valeska (Cameron Monaghan) may have the iconic creepy wide smile, but nary a whisper of “Joker” has been heard – yet.David Mazouz and Camren Bicondova in Gotham (2014)The parallels amongst pairs of characters did deliver intriguing comparisons. For example, viewers witness the very public destruction of Penguin, each layer of his personae being taken away from him. The betrayal is deliberate, a conscious effort on the part of Nygma, Barbara Keen (Erin Richards), Tabitha Galavan (Jessica Lucas), and Butch Gilzean (Drew Powell). Eventually, even Penguin’s life is taken from him; however, there is also a private betrayal occurring in Lee. She has internalized her loss and although she argues for justice and grabs for the preverbal straws, she finally realizes that she is the root cause of her own betrayal. She hits rock bottom and as a result, injects herself with the Tetch virus, embracing her ruin.Robin Lord Taylor in Gotham (2014)Due to the large ensemble cast of regular cast members, plus the recurring and special guests through the 22 episodes, one of the inherent issues is affording enough screen time to each character so that their origin story is fully explored, resulting in a well-developed character. While Gordon and Wayne/514A (David Mazouz, in a dual role) are central characters and will typically appear in each episode, some of the other regular characters, such as Selina Kyle, Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk), or Butch, seem to disappear from the storyline. For example, in the closing minutes of “How the Riddler Got His Name” (Episode 15), Edward Nygma/The Riddler reveals to Lucius that he is struggling with defining his identity separate and outside of the shadow of Penguin. After announcing to Lucius that he is the Riddler, Nygma knocks Lucius out in his car. Viewers next see Lucius in “Light the Wick” (Episode 18). Fish Mooney is another character that is missing for most of the season after appearing in the season’s opening episode, “Better to Reign in Hell…” Their disappearances do cause some gaps, such as where was Lucius for two episodes, 16 and 17 – one would assume that someone from the GCPD would notice Lucius sleeping off Nygma’s attack in the front seat of his car, parked across the street from the precinct.Drew Powell, Jessica Lucas, and Cory Michael Smith in Gotham (2014)The third season of Gotham provides intriguing complexities to the overarching denigration of the city into chaos and the telling of individual character origin stories. While the origin stories are fascinating, the fact that there is foreknowledge that most of the characters cannot die because they will one day face Bruce Wayne as Batman does cause a wrinkle with the audience’s engagement with the storylines. To compensate, spending more time on character development would alleviate some of the indifference inherent to the nature of prequel narratives. That said, Gotham is a binge-worthy show. The city is visually stunning, and the Steampunk feel captivating. Audiences unfamiliar with the origin stories will likely enjoy the show just as much or more so than those that come to the show with familiarity from reading the comics.

 

REVIEW: SUICIDE SQUAD: HELL TO PAY

 CAST

Christian Slater (True Romance)
Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty)
Billy Brown (Star Trek)
Liam McIntyre (Spartacus)
Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke)
Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood)
Gideon Emery (TeencWolf)
C.Thomas Howell (The Amazing Spider-Man)
Jim Pirri (The Fault of The Stars)
Dania Ramirez (Heroes)
Dave Fennoy (The Walking Dead)
Greg Grunberg (The Flash)
David Boat (Ultimate Avengers)
Trevor Devall (Transformers Cybertron)
Cissy Jones (Life is Strange)
Julie Nathanson (The Zeta Project)
James Urbaniak (Agent Carter)
Natalie Lander (The Middle)
Matthew Mercer (Mythica)

Suicide-Squad-Hell-To-Pay-2Following Ocean Master’s defeat at the hands of the Justice League, Amanda Waller dispatches the Task Force X, consisting of Deadshot, Count Vertigo, Black Manta, and criminal couple Punch and Jewelee, to recover a flash drive containing leaked intelligence from Tobias Whale. The mission succeeds, but Vertigo and Jewelee betray the team and kill Punch. Having become lovers in jail, they plan to copy the flash drive and sell it. But Waller overhears everything through Deadshot’s communicator. Waller detonates Vertigo’s head bomb and Deadshot mercy-kills Jewelee.933046-1280aThree years later, Professor Pyg is kidnapped by Scandal Savage and Knockout for a “patient in need of medical attention”. Waller discovers that she is diagnosed with a terminal illness and reassembles Task Force X with a new roster: Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Killer Frost, Copperhead, and Bronze Tiger. Their mission: to find a man named Steel Maxum and retrieve a mystical black card emblazoned “Get Out of Hell Free.” Finding Maxum in a male strip club, Task Force X battles Professor Zoom, Silver Banshee, and Blockbuster. The squad escape with Maxum and learn he was Doctor Fate. He explains that the card allows the user to bypass Hell and gain access to Heaven, but it can only be used once. Scandal and Knockout stole the card from the Tower of Fate, which resulted in Maxum being stripped of his title by Nabu.Suicide-Squad-Hell-to-Pay-3-658x370Upon finding Scandal and Knockout’s apartment, the team acquires the card, but they are intercepted by Vandal Savage and his men. Savage retrieves the card but leaves the wounded Knockout to die despite Scandal’s pleas. As Savage escapes, Zoom places a tracer on his ship. Deadshot visits his estranged daughter Zoe but is forcibly retrieved by Tiger. Next day, Zoom’s henchmen kidnap Frost at a gas station. Zoom removes Frost’s bomb and convinces her to join him. Zoom lures the Squad into a trap and detonates the bomb. They manage to escape, but Tiger is heavily injured in the blast.MV5BMTAzZGRlZjItYWU1YS00MzgwLWFjMWYtYzhkZDQwZjg4YTJlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMTkxNjUyNQ@@._V1_UX477_CR0,0,477,268_AL_Scandal covertly informs Deadshot of Vandal’s location, and the Squad infiltrates his lair but are captured. Savage reveals that he had Pyg surgically implant the card into his chest cavity. Zoom and his henchmen attack and remove the card from Savage’s body, killing him. Zoom explains that he was killed by Batman in another timeline, but managed to stay alive by calling on the Speed Force. Frost double-crosses Zoom, killing Silver Banshee and Blockbuster and stealing the card for ransom. Copperhead fights Frost until Waller detonates his bomb and kills them both. Captain Boomerang attempts to steal the card but is incapacitated by Zoom.suicidesquad-998x654Tiger battles Zoom, but Zoom performs lingchi on him. Tiger, dying from blood loss, uses the last of his strength to cut the card from Zoom’s fingers. Deadshot kills Zoom and gives the card to Tiger, who dies and ascends to Heaven. Deadshot gives the now-useless card to the unsuspecting Waller. Having served his time, Deadshot visits Zoe as a free man.suicide-squad-hellt-o-payThe movie was quite violent and graphic for a DC movie, and the comedy is well placed to lighten the mood, but it was refreshing to see anime style violence in an animated “superhero” movie. It was also very interesting that the entire story revolved around a chance of true salvation, and served as a continuation of a previous DC film. Suicide Squad lives up to the name, and though I am not one of the haters of the live action film, I feel this one was much better and leaves me wondering what could have been with the live action movie.

REVIEW: JUSTICE LEAGUE

CAST

Ben Affleck (Gone Girl)
Henry Cavill (Immortals)
Gal Gadot (Keeping Up with the Joneses)
Ezra Miller (We Need To Talk About Kevin)
Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones)
Ray Fisher (True Detective)
Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Jeremy Irons (Beautiful Creatures)
Diane Lane (Hollywoodland)
Connie Nielsen (Gladiator)
J. K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Ciarán Hinds (The Woman In Black)
David Thewlis (War Horse)
Robin Wright (Blade Runner 2049)
Amber Heard (Machete Kills)
Julian Lewis Jones (Zero Dark Thirty)
Joe Morton (Terminator 2)
Joe Manganiello (Rampage)
Jesse Eisenberg (The Scoial Network)
Michael McElhatton (Game of Thrones)
Holt McCallany (The Losers)
Marc McClure (Superman)
Billy Crudup (Watchmen)
Ann Ogbomo (Krypton)

 

Ben Affleck and Jason Momoa in Justice League (2017)Thousands of years ago, Steppenwolf and his legions of Parademons attempt to take over Earth with the combined energies of three Mother Boxes. They are foiled by a unified army that includes the Olympian Gods, Amazons, Atlanteans, mankind, and the Green Lantern Corps. After repelling Steppenwolf’s army, the Mother Boxes are separated and hidden in locations on the planet. In the present, mankind is in mourning over Superman, whose death triggers the Mother Boxes to reactivate and Steppenwolf’s return to Earth in an effort to regain favor with his master, Darkseid. Steppenwolf aims to gather the artifacts to form “The Unity”, which will destroy Earth’s ecology and terraform it in the image of Steppenwolf’s homeworld.Ben Affleck, J.K. Simmons, Gal Gadot, and Ezra Miller in Justice League (2017)Steppenwolf retrieves the Mother Box from Themyscira, prompting Queen Hippolyta to warn her daughter Diana of Steppenwolf’s return. Diana joins Bruce Wayne in his attempt to unite other metahumans to their cause, with Wayne going after Arthur Curry and Barry Allen, while Diana tries to locate Victor Stone. Wayne fails to persuade Curry, but manages to recruit an enthusiastic Allen onto the team. Although Diana fails to convince Stone to join, he agrees to help them locate the threat if he discovers their location. Stone later joins the team after his father Silas, along with several other S.T.A.R. Labs employees, is kidnapped by Steppenwolf seeking to acquire the Mother Box from mankind.Gal Gadot in Justice League (2017)Steppenwolf attacks Atlantis to retrieve the next Mother Box, forcing Curry into action. The team receives intel from Commissioner James Gordon leading them to Steppenwolf’s army, based in an abandoned facility under Gotham Harbor. Although the group manages to rescue the kidnapped employees, the facility is flooded during combat, which traps the team until Curry helps delay the flood so they can escape. Stone retrieves the last Mother Box, which he had hidden, for the group to analyze. Stone reveals that his father used the Mother Box to rebuild Stone’s body after an accident almost cost him his life. Facing overwhelming odds against Steppenwolf’s army, Wayne decides to use the Mother Box to resurrect Superman, not only to help them fight off Steppenwolf’s invasion, but also to restore hope to mankind. Diana and Curry are hesitant about the idea, but Wayne forms a secret contingency plan in case Superman returns as a nemesis.Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, and Ezra Miller in Justice League (2017)Clark Kent’s body is exhumed and placed in the amniotic fluid of the genesis chamber of the Kryptonian ship alongside the Mother Box, which in turn activates and successfully resurrects Superman. However, Superman’s memories have not returned, and he attacks the group after Stone accidentally launches a projectile at him. On the verge of being killed by Superman, Batman enacts his contingency plan: Lois Lane. Superman calms down and leaves with Lane to his family home in Smallville, where he reflects and his memories slowly come back. In the turmoil, the last Mother Box is left unguarded, and Steppenwolf retrieves it with ease. Without Superman to aid them, the five heroes travel to a village in Russia where Steppenwolf aims to unite the Mother Boxes once again and remake Earth. The team fights their way through the Parademons to reach Steppenwolf, although they are unable to distract him enough for Stone to separate the Mother boxes. Superman arrives and assists Allen in evacuating the city, as well as Stone in separating the Mother Boxes. The team defeats Steppenwolf, who, overcome with fear, is attacked by his own Parademons before they all teleport away.Jason Momoa, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, and Ray Fisher in Justice League (2017)In the aftermath of the battle, Bruce and Diana agree to set up a base of operations for the team, with room for more members. Diana steps back into the public spotlight as a hero; Barry acquires a job in Central City’s police department, impressing his father; Victor continues to explore and enhance his abilities with his father in S.T.A.R. Labs; Arthur returns to Atlantis; and Superman resumes his life as reporter Clark Kent. In a mid-credits scene, Barry and Clark compete in a race to the Pacific coast to see who is faster. In a post-credits scene, Lex Luthor puts a decoy in his place and escapes from Arkham Asylum, and then recruits Slade Wilson to form their own league.Its the same old story when it come to films. Critics demolish a film and people who are interested to watch it don’t and end up watching it illegally then realizing it was amazing. I experienced this when great reviews came out for guardians of the galaxy 2, I went to watch it and hated it. I enjoyed this film personally but don’t take my word for it go watch it for your self. The movie brings together what we all hoped for, a team. its fun, bright and energetic with a balance of seriousness.

 

 

REVIEW: PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMAN

 

CAST

Luke Evans (Dracula Untold)
Rebecca Hall (The Gift)
Bella Heathcote (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)
Connie Britton (A Nightmare On elm Street)
Oliver Platt (Love and Other Drugs)
JJ Feild (Austenland)

Bella Heathcote in Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)The story is told in flashbacks set during a 1945 testimony that William Moulton Marston gives to representatives of the Child Study Association of America. William and his wife Elizabeth teach and work on their research at Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges in 1928, when William hires one of his students, Olive Byrne (daughter of Ethel Byrne and niece of Margaret Sanger – two famous suffragists and feminists of the 20th century) as a research assistant. Olive aids in the Marstons’ work in inventing the lie detector and conducting research on William’s DISC theory on human interactions, and the three soon grow close. One after another tests by the lie detector reveal that they have fallen in love with one another, and they begin to engage in a polyamorous relationship.Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcote in Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)As words about their unconventional relationship gets out, the Marstons are fired from the university. Olive reveals that she is pregnant and moves in with the Marstons shortly after. They decide to build a family together and create a fabrication to keep secret the nature of their relationship. The family settle in a New York suburb, happily together. Both Elizabeth and Olive bear children by William, telling the neighbors that Olive is a widow and taken in by the Marstons. William starts trying to make a living as an author. Elizabeth takes a job as a secretary and becomes the main breadwinner of the family. Olive stays at home and take care of the kids, occasionally submitting her writing samples to publishers. They raise their four children together, and Elizabeth names her daughter after Olive.William stumbles upon a shop run by Charles Guyette, who introduces him to fetish art themed comics and photos. The art captures William’s imagination as a demonstration of his DISC theory. Elizabeth initially disapproves of the art, but she relents during a presentation wherein Olive tries out an outfit that later would be the prototype for Wonder Woman’s costume.Luke Evans in Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)After finding limited work as a writer, Marston comes up with the idea of creating a female Amazonian super-heroine for comic book. The comic would feature his ideas on DISC theory, drawing inspiration from the Marstons’ work on the lie detector as well as Elizabeth and Olive in real life, and intend to support the feminist movement to further equal rights for women through a populist medium. He pitches his ideas to Max Gaines, then publisher at National Periodical Publications (today DC Comics), who ultimately accepts the comic and suggests simplifying the female superhero’s name to “Wonder Woman.” “Wonder Woman” is an instant hit, leading to prosperity for the Marstons/Byrne family. However, one day, their neighbor Mary wanders into their home by coincidence and walks into the three having sex. This incident leads to their children getting bullied and asked to leave school. Worried about their  children being attacked and ostracized, and thinking they have no other choice, Elizabeth reluctantly demands Olive to leave the household with her children. At the same time, the “Wonder Woman” comic gets growing accusations of featuring overtly sexual, sadomasochistic, and lesbian imagery that lead to the testimony.Bella Heathcote in Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)Leaving the testimony, William collapses and is rushed to the hospital. Learning that he is dying of cancer, William asks Olive to see him and Elizabeth again, trying to help them reconcile. William persuades Elizabeth to submit to Olive as she should not always dominate in their relationship. The Marstons get on their knees and beg for Olive’s forgiveness, and Elizabeth tearfully admits that she cannot live without Olive. She eventually agrees to come back to them.JJ Feild, Rebecca Hall, Luke Evans, and Bella Heathcote in Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)Epilogue text reveals that after William died, Elizabeth and Olive continued to live together for another 38 years until Olive’s death in 1985, and Elizabeth lived to be 100. It also notes that sexual imagery disappeared from the “Wonder Woman” comic after William’s death, along with Wonder Woman’s super powers. Wonder Woman was finally reclaimed by famous activist Gloria Steinem in 1972, when she put the character on the cover of the first issue of Ms. Magazine as the quintessential symbol of female empowerment. The credits conclude that “Wonder Woman remains the most famous female superhero of all time.”Professor Marston and The Wonder Women is a damn good time and the rare biopic you rarely see anymore. Classy, funny, sexy, delightful, brilliantly acted, and overall passionate, you have to see this!