REVIEW: THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE

CAST

Will Arnett (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Zach Galifanakis (The Hangover)
Michael Cera (Juno)
Rosario Dawson (Sin City)
Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter)
Jenny Slate (The Lorax)
Hector Elizondo (The Princess Diaries)
Billy Dee Williams (BAtman)
Mariah Carey (Glitter)
Eddie Izzard (Hannibal)
Seth Green (Family Guy)
Jemaine Clement (Men In Black 3)
Ellie Kemper (21 Jump Street)
Jason Mantzoukas (Bad Neigbours)
Doug Benson (Super High Me)
Zoe Kravitz (Divergent)
Kate Micucci (The Big Bang Theory)
Riki Lindhome (Much Ado About Nothing)
Channing Tatum (Dear John)
Jonah Hill (Cyrus)
Laura Kightlinger (Lucky Louie)
Ralph Garman (Ted)
Chris Hardwick (Terminator 3)

Three years after saving the Lego Universe with Emmet and Wyldstyle, Batman continues fighting crime in Gotham City. During a mission to prevent The Joker from destroying the city, Batman hurts his arch-rival’s feelings by telling him he is not as important in his life as he thinks he is, leading to the Joker to desire seeking the ultimate revenge on him.
The following day, Batman attends the city’s winter gala as his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, to celebrate the retirement of Commissioner Gordon and the ascension of his daughter Barbara as Gotham’s new police commissioner, but is infuriated when she announces her plans to restructure the city’s police to function without the need of Batman. The Joker crashes the party with the rest of Gotham City’s villains, but has all of them surrender to the police. Despite realizing that this makes him no longer relevant to the city’s safety, Batman suspects his arch-rival is up to something and decides to stop him by banishing him into the Phantom Zone, a prison for some of the most dangerous villains in the Lego Universe.
Before he can make plans to acquire the Phantom Zone Projector that Superman uses, Alfred intervenes and advises him to take charge of Dick Grayson, whom Bruce had unwittingly adopted as his ward during the gala to which he eventually agrees and fosters Dick as Robin. The pair manage to recover the Projector from the Fortress of Solitude, before breaking into Arkham Asylum and using it on the Joker. Annoyed at his reckless actions and suspecting that the Joker wanted this to happen, Barbara locks up Batman and Robin. While the Projector is being seized as evidence, Harley Quinn steals it back and uses it to free the Joker, who unleashes the villains trapped within the Phantom Zone to cause havoc upon Gotham, including Lord Voldemort, King Kong, Sauron, the Wicked Witch of the West, Medusa, Agent Smith and his clones, the Daleks, and the Kraken.
Realizing that the city does still need him, Barbara releases Batman and Robin and reluctantly teams up with them as “Batgirl” to stop the Joker, with the team joined by Alfred. Batman soon finds himself able to trust and rely on the others, allowing them to defeat Sauron, but upon reaching Wayne Island, he ditches the team out of fear of losing them like his parents, before confronting Joker alone. Upon seeing that the Batman will never change, Joker zaps him to the Phantom Zone, before stealing the Batcave’s stash of confiscated bombs and heading for the city’s Energy Facility. Arriving in the Phantom Zone, Batman witnesses the harm he has caused to everyone because of his selfishness and slowly accepts his greatest fear when Robin, Barbara and Alfred decide to come to his aid. Making a deal with the Phantom Zone’s gatekeeper, Phyllis, to bring back all the villains in exchange for returning to Gotham City, Batman arrives to save the trio and admits to them his mistakes, requesting their help to save the day.
Seeking to stop Joker from setting off the bombs beneath the Energy Facility, thus causing the plates beneath Gotham to come apart and send the city into the infinite abyss, Batman and his allies team up with the city’s regular list of villains, after they had felt neglected by Joker, with the group successfully sending back the escaped villains to the Phantom Zone. However, Batman fails to reach the bombs in time, the detonation causing the city to split apart. Realizing how to stop the city from being destroyed, Batman reluctantly convinces Joker that he is the reason for being the hero he is, and working together alongside Batman’s friends, the villains, and the city’s inhabitants, chain link themselves together, reconnecting the city’s plates and saving Gotham City.
With the city saved, Batman prepares to be taken back into the Phantom Zone to fulfill his bargain with Phyllis, only to be rejected by the gatekeeper who chooses to let him remain after she saw how much he had changed in order to save everyone. Batman allows the Joker and the rest of his rogues gallery to escape with the confidence that whenever they return, then they’ll be no match for the combined team of himself, Robin, Batgirl, and Alfred.Overall, this is a very enjoyable movie with a gripping story, fantastic animation that tops its predecessor and clever humor. I definitely recommend giving this a watch if you’re a fan of The Lego Movie.

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REVIEW: THE LEGO MOVIE

CAST (VOICES)

Chris Pratt (Jurassic World)
Will Ferrell (Elf)
Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games)
Will Arnett (Blades of Glory)
Nick Offerman (Sin City)
Alison Brie (The Five Year Engagement)
Charlie Day (Horrible Bosses)
Liam Neeson (Taken)
Morgan Freeman (Bruce Almighty)
Billy Dee Williams (tar Wars)
Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street)
Jonah Hill (Cyrus)
Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother)
Anthony Daniels (Star Wars)
Jake Johnson (New Girl)

In a Lego world populated by anthropomorphic minifigures, the evil Lord Business finds a super weapon called the “Kragle”. The wizard Vitruvius attempts to stop him, but is blinded by Business’ robots; he prophesies that a person called “the Special” will find the Piece of Resistance, a brick capable of stopping the Kragle.8½ years later, construction worker Emmet Brickowski finds a woman named Wyldstyle searching for something at his construction site after hours. When he investigates, Emmet falls into a hole and finds the Piece of Resistance. Compelled to touch it, Emmet experiences vivid visions and passes out. He awakens with the Piece of Resistance attached to his back, in the custody of Bad Cop, Lord Business’s lieutenant. Wyldstyle rescues Emmett, believing him to be the Special, and takes him to meet Vitruvius in the Old West. Emmet learns that Wyldstyle and Vitruvius are “Master Builders”[7]—people capable of building anything from their imagination without the need of instructions—who oppose Business. Wyldstyle explains Business wants to use the Kragle, a tube of Krazy Glue with a weathered label, to freeze the world into perfection. Though disappointed to find Emmet is not a Master Builder, Wyldstyle and Vitruvius are convinced of his potential when he recalls visions of a seemingly human deity referred to as “the Man Upstairs”.Emmet, Wyldstyle, and Vitruvius evade Bad Cop’s forces with the aid of Batman, Wyldstyle’s boyfriend. They go to the hidden Cloud Cuckooland where they attend a council of Master Builders, who are unimpressed with Emmet and refuse to fight Business. Bad Cop’s forces attack, having placed a tracking device on Emmett, and capture everyone except Emmet and a small team of Master Builders. Escaping, Emmet devises a plan to infiltrate Business’s office tower and disarm the Kragle, but the group is captured and imprisoned in the Think Tank, where all the Master Builders are forced to make instructions. Trying to retaliate, Vitruvius is decapitated by Business, who sets a self-destruct protocol and leaves everyone to die, including Bad Cop. As he dies, Vitruvius reveals he made up the prophecy. He soon reappears to Emmet as a ghost and tells him that his belief makes him the Special. Strapped to the self-destruct mechanism’s battery, Emmet jumps into the abyss outside the tower and severs the connection, saving his friends. Inspired by Emmet’s sacrifice, Wyldstyle rallies the Lego people across the universe to use whatever creativity they have to build machines and weapons to fight against Lord Business’s forces.Emmet finds himself in the human world as a Lego minifigure unable to move. The events of the story are being played out by a little boy named Finn on his father’s expansive Lego set in their basement. His father—”the Man Upstairs”—comes home from work and chastises his son for ruining the set by creating variations of different playsets, and proceeds to permanently rebuild and glue his perceived perfect creations together. Realizing the danger his friends are in, Emmet wills himself to move and gains Finn’s attention.Finn returns Emmet and the Piece of Resistance to the set, where Emmet now possesses the powers of a Master Builder and confronts Business. Meanwhile, Finn’s father looks at his son’s creations and realizes that Finn had based the villainous Business on him and his perfectionism. Through a speech Emmet gives Business, Finn tells his father that he is special and has the power to change everything. Finn reconciles with his father, which plays out as Business having a change of heart, capping the Kragle, and ungluing his victims with mineral spirits. Emmet is hailed as a hero, and begins a relationship with Wyldstyle with Batman’s blessing.As a result of Finn’s father allowing Finn’s younger sister to join them in playing with his Lego sets, aliens from the planet Duplon beam down and announce their plans to destroy them.The Lego Movie accurately and effectively recreates that creative space through accessible movie magic. It exhibits a fun hero story that may not be treading new narrative ground but nonetheless feels fresh and new. Finally the themes and occasionally biting humour makes The Lego Movie a kid’s film that isn’t just for kids but the child in all of us.

CHRISTMAS 2017 REVIEW: WONDER WOMAN – THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES

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CAST
Lynda Carter (Sky High)
Lyle Waggoner (Return To The Batcave)

THE DEADLY TOYS

Frank Gorshin (Batman 60s)
James A. Watson Jr. (Airplane 2)
John Rubinstein (Angel)

 Three world renowned scientists,  Dr. Tobias, Dr. Prescott and Dr. Lazaar and members of the military are seated around a conference table listening to Dr. Tobias discuss Project XYZ. He angrily tells them that when he and his colleagues realized they were developing the most devastating weapon that would escalate the arms race. Each of them was responsible for one part of its development. To prevent it from falling into the wrong hands they have burned every page of notes, every equation and every trace of their work. The military men look uncomfortable, except for  Major John Dexter [JOHN RUBINSTEIN]. As Dr. Tobias continues, a strange high-pitched buzzing sound is heard and it continues to grow louder.  Soon Dr. Tobias eyes are blinking in a mechanical, rhythmical manner. As the high-pitched sound becomes piercing, Dr. Tobias slowly begins to melt. While the people around the table look on with horror, Dr. Tobias melts to a blob of slightly smoking liquid plastic and formless clothing, hair and wiring.  The next day, Dexter, an old college friend of Steve’s, explains to Diana Prince  and Steve Trevor, Jr. That the real doctor was replaced by an android. Since all three scientists are involved in Project XYZ, there is the possibility that the other two, who are still flesh and blood, may also be replaced by an android. Steve and Diana decide that they must place both remaining scientists under tight security and Steve leaves to arrange this.

Diana leaves to check Tobias’ laboratory for clues. Somebody is already there when she arrives and he pulls out a gun and tells Diana not to move as he makes his escape. Diana sets off after him and spins into Wonder Woman. She captures the man with her lasso and asks him what he was doing in Tobias’ laboratory.   Meanwhile Steve, accompanied by Dexter, has just placed Prescott in a secure location and is returning to his car just as the phone rings. It is Diana who tells Steve that she wasn’t the only one at Tobias’ laboratory.  A short while later a package is delivered to Dr. Prescott -a set of toy soldiers, which he seems to have been expecting. As he places the soldiers into their positions a miniature cannon fires a needle into Prescott’s arm. He gasps, he eyes glaze over and he appears frozen, stupefied, mouth slack and eyes staring. The phone rings and a voice instructs him to do exactly as it says. He leaves the apartment, walking by the guard who suffered the same fate by a toy, and walks to the back stairway. Another Prescott appears and the real Prescott disappears.  It is the Christmas season and a toy maker,  Orlich Hoffman , is busy putting the finishing touches on a toy drummer when a buzzer sounds. He walks to the back of the toy shop and two men enter carrying a long coffin-like box. Inside the crate is the real Dr. Prescott, sound asleep.

Meanwhile, the android Prescott is being visited by Diana. He insists that she has a cup of tea. While questioning him about Project XYZ, she notices that one of his hands is on a hot burner with the coils glowing red, she pulls it off the coil. He quickly jerks his hand away but knowing he’s been caught with no chance of reprieve. He starts to speak and his eyes begin to blink rhythmically too, Diana releases that Prescott has also been replaced by an android. Diana rushes to Dr. Lazaar’s apartment and has a doctor verify that he is still human, warning him that he is the only one that hasn’t been replaced with an android. She tells him that he will have to be moved again so that he will be safe. She notices a set of toy soldiers and questions him as to where he purchased them, then leaves immediately for the toy shop. Diana arrives at the toy shop and meets the owner Hoffman, who grows suspicious when she asks to purchase toy soldiers. He invents many excuses and send her to another toy shop. He hands her a little Santa Claus to put on her dashboard, to make up for his rudeness. It is really a tracking device for a toy plane that will follow and kill Diana. As Diana drives away she notices the plane above her car. It swoops low and drops explosive devices. She stops the car and runs to take cover as more devices are fired toward her. She spins into Wonder Woman and uses her bracelets to deflect two further shots then leaps up and catches the plane. She carries it over to the car and realizes that the Santa Claus was a tracking device.  Later that night, Hoffman applies the finishing touches one of his most recent creations -another android identical in form, figure and costume to Wonder Woman.

Back at Steve’s office Diana tells Steve about the plane and is just telling him that she has had Lazaar moved when Dexter arrives. He seems very agitated and becomes more so when Diana refuses to tell either of them where she has moved Lazaar too. Diana has grown suspicious of Major Dexter. She checks him out with the computer console, IRAC. As IRAC flashes out the information she requests, she now knows that her suspicions were correct. Dexter and the toy maker are working together. While she is gathering her information, Dexter and Hoffman are together in the toy shop. They are making plans to capture Diana as she is the only one who knows where Dr. Lazaar is. Through a phony telephone call, using Steve Trevor’s voice to convince her, they lure her to a park in the middle of the night and to her surprise the android Wonder Woman is waiting for her. She tells her that the two missing scientists are in the basement of the toy shop. Diana follows warily.  She is greeted by Dexter, who points a gun at her and demands that she tells him where Lazaar is. She tells him that she knows he is behind the switches and that she won’t tell him Lazaar’s location. Hoffman opens the lid of a box near Diana and releases some toy butterflies. One lands on Diana’s hand. It clamps on and a needle appears where its mouth should be. As it bites her, she immediately staggers and falls to the ground, out cold. When she comes round Dexter is sitting beside her. The butterfly contained a truth serum and she tells Dexter that Lazaar is at her apartment. He leaves to get him and Wonder Woman is left to guard Diana. She slowly regains consciousness and sees Hoffman and ‘Wonder Woman” loading Prescott and Tobias onto a truck. She realizes she talked in her sleep and Dexter is on his way to get Lazaar in the hiding place. She gets up and whirls into the real Wonder Woman. The two Wonder Women battle and one crumples to the floor. Hoffman has no idea if it’s his android or not. The two continue loading the van and pick up Dexter. When they explain to him their reason for being late, he becomes suspicious He fires at Wonder Woman and she’s forced to deflect the bullet. He knows it is the real Wonder Woman. Hoffman runs but is knocked off his feet by Wonder Woman’s tiara. She stops Dexter from getting away by holding onto the back of the van.

Diana and Steve watch from a distance and they see Dexter and Hoffman drive off in the truck thinking that their precious cargo are the three scientists. Since the lasso makes people forget things that have happened, they are not aware that Steve and Diana have substituted three androids for the real scientists. Steve and Diana take great pleasure in realizing that Hoffman and Dexter will get what they deserve when the people who paid them for three live scientists will be getting three androids. Diana tells Steve she has something she needs to do.  Wonder Woman stands outside Hoffman’s toyshop, she sprays  “Merry Christmas W.W.” onto the window, turns around and smiles.

Wonder Woman is a classic show and the first Christmas episode was a classic and is one I watch every Christmas and will continue. Biggest highlight of course is Wonder Woman vs Wonder Woman.

POT OF GOLD

GUEST CAST
Dick O’ Neill (The Jerk)
Brian Davies (All My Children)
Steve Allie Collura (Perfect Gentleman)

Diana Prince  is on a stake-out in London. She picks up the car phone and reports to the Inspector that she is outside Thackery’s office and is waiting for someone to come out. Inside Thackery’s office, he is giving instructions to a courier  who is on a very important assignment to him. He is to deliver three elements required to produce hundred dollar bills. Counterfeit of course. Accompanying the courier will be a killer dog, Rasputin. The courier leaves the office for the airport with Diana following him. The dog is led to a room behind the counter and the courier leaves the counter and notices Diana behind him. He runs onto the field. Diana whirls into Wonder Woman and runs after him -leaping over planes -catches him. When she asks him where the counterfeit plates are, he informs her that they are on the dog. She looks up and sees that the plane has just taken off for America.

While this was happening in London, Pat O’Hanlon  a man in his fifties who talks with a thick Irish brogue and a cobbler by trade, is just closing his small store which is located on a quiet street in Washington, D.C. He leaves his store and is attacked by two men, Rancher  and Maxwell  who demand he turn his gold over to them. They put him in the back of their van and moments later, they turn to check on him and he is gone. He disappeared into thin air… They report this to their boss, Bonelli who is very angry. He needs the old shoemaker’s gold to buy the counterfeit plates. He promised Thackery the money and he wouldn’t dare not come through. In the meantime, Diana has contacted Steve  to clue him in about Rasputin. He drives to the airport and watches the animal crates being lowered. Unbeknown to Steve, a truck pulls up, stops and the driver gets out. As soon as the latch to the dog crate is opened, the driver blows a whistle and the dog reacts to the silent whistle by running across the airfield, jumps into the truck and the truck races out of sight. Steve stands there and watches it.   A few days later Thackery arrives in Washington. Bonelli toes not have the gold to pay him for the counterfeit plates. Thackery tells him that the dollar has gotten stronger against the pound and he is upping the price by $50,000. Bonelli must do something fast. He and his two henchmen pay Pat another visit. This time Pat takes them to the basement of hls shop and in the center of the floor, Pat sweeps away the dirt from a heavy lid. He raises the lid and there is a large receptacle filled to the top with gold coins. They take the gold and leave Pat locked in the basement. Through a secret trapdoor, Pat escapes and follows them to their hideout. He overhears them discussing that they must steal more gold. He hides in back of an armored truck. They leave for the next job; which is to steal a small shipment of gold. What they to not know is that is a set-up arranged by Steve and the IADC. So much gold has been stolen lately that the IADC was called in to help catch the thieves.
3696d4affd4b2e847380b40b0444a5deDiana is dressed as a security guard. Just as she is ready to catch Maxwell and Ranchers Pat flings open the back of the armored truck and ruins Diana’s chances. Pat is thrown to the ground as the truck quickly speeds off. Diana whirls into Wonder Woman, leaps into the air and lands on top of the truck. Pat is now up on his feet and tries to block the gateway. Rancher and Maxwell are about to run him over when Wonder Woman leaps from the top of the truck and saves Pat’s life. The two thugs get away.  Bonelli now makes plans to meet Thackery and get the counterfeit plates. Pat, who now knows where Bonelli’s hideout is, hears the plans. But, once again, he is caught and tied up. What Pat doesn’t know is that Diana has been following him, and when the thugs to meet Bonelli, she whirls into Wonder Woman and saves Pat. Once inside the hideout, they find an address and know that is where Bonelli is to meet Thackery. She instructs Pat to call Steve. Bonelli and Thackery meet at the appointed place. An exchange of the gold for the counterfeit plates is to take place when Thackery tells Bonelli that the plates are on the dog. As Bonelli reaches for the dog, Rasputin growls and snaps. Bonelli .now realizes that it is a double cross. Steve now moves in and captures Bonelli and his two henchmen. But, Thackery grabs Pat and uses him as a shield as he runs to a waiting helicopter. Diana whirls into Wonder Woman and comes running up behind the helicopter. The helicopter takes off and Thackery pushes Pat out the door. Wonder Woman easily catches him. She then unties her lasso, throws it and it wraps itself around one of the struts on the chopper. She begins pulling the chopper to earth by drawing on the
lasso and within minutes the chopper is on the ground. Thackery is taken away. Wonder Woman promises Pat he will get his gold back. He smiles so kindly that Rasputin turns into a playful little puppy dog…
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Thou not as memorable as The Deadly Toys, this episode Pot of Gold is still a nice episode it has a cuteness too it, thou a Christmas episode the Christmas theme is mostly just in the background so its one that can be watched anytime.

REVIEW: WONDER WOMAN (2017)

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CAST

Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious)
Chris Pine (Star Trek)
Robin Wright (Blade Runner 2049)
Danny Huston (30 Days of Night)
David Thewlis (The Theory of Everything)
Connie Nielsen (Basic)
Elena Anaya (Point Blank)
Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting)
Saïd Taghmaoui (Conan The Barbarian)
Samantha Jo (Mortal Kombat: Legacy)
Lucy Davis (Shaun of The Dead)
Ann Ogbomo (World War Z)

In present-day Paris, Diana Prince, curator for the Louvre’s Department of Antiquities,[8] receives a World War I-era photographic plate couriered by the Wayne Enterprises and recalls her past.Diana was born and raised on the hidden island of Themyscira, home to the Amazon race of warrior women created by the gods of Mount Olympus to protect humankind. In the distant past, Ares, the god of war, slew all his fellow gods, but his father, Zeus, struck him down. Before perishing from his injuries, Zeus left the Amazons a weapon capable of killing his renegade son: the “Godkiller”, which Diana believes to be a ceremonial sword. Queen Hippolyta, Diana’s mother, believes that Ares will never return and forbids Diana from training as a warrior, but Diana and her aunt, General Antiope, defy the queen and begin training in secret. When the two are discovered by Hippolyta, Antiope convinces her sister to allow Diana’s training to continue.As a young woman, Diana rescues Captain Steve Trevor, a pilot with the American Expeditionary Forces,[9] after his plane crashes off the coast of Themyscira. The island is soon invaded by the landing party of a German cruiser pursuing Steve. The Amazons engage and kill all the German sailors, but Antiope dies intercepting a bullet meant for Diana. Interrogated with the Lasso of Truth, Steve reveals that World War I is raging in the outside world, and that he is an Allied spy. He stole a notebook with valuable information from chief chemist Isabel Maru, who is attempting to engineer a deadlier form of mustard gas under the orders of General Erich Ludendorff. Believing Ares is responsible for the war, Diana arms herself with the ceremonial sword and leaves Themyscira with Steve to find and destroy Ares.When the two arrive in London, they deliver Maru’s notebook to the Supreme War Council, including Sir Patrick Morgan, who is trying to negotiate an armistice with Germany. Diana translates Maru’s notes and reveals that the Germans plan to release the deadly gas at the warfront. Although forbidden by his commanders to act, Steve, with secret funding from Sir Patrick, recruits spy Sameer, marksman Charlie, and smuggler Chief to help prevent the gas from being released. When the team reaches the Western Front in Belgium, they are halted by the enemy line, but Diana pushes alone through No man’s land and rallies the Allied forces behind her to liberate the village of Veld. The team briefly celebrates and takes the group photograph from the beginning of the film. Later that night, Diana and Steve bond and share a kiss.The team learns that a gala will be held at the nearby German High Command. Steve infiltrates the party, intending to locate the mustard gas and destroy it. Diana, however, believes Ludendorff is Ares and that killing him will end the war. Steve stops her to avoid jeopardizing the mission. Ludendorff unleashes the gas on Veld, killing its inhabitants. Diana blames Steve for the deaths and pursues Ludendorff to a base where the gas is being loaded into a Zeppelin-Staaken R.VI bound for London. Diana fights and kills Ludendorff, but is confused when his death does not stop the war.Sir Patrick appears and reveals that he is Ares. He tells Diana that although he has subtly given humans ideas and inspirations, it is ultimately their decision to cause violence as they are inherently corrupt. After destroying the ceremonial sword, Ares reveals that Diana is the true “Godkiller”, as she is the daughter of Zeus. Ares attempts to convince Diana that she should help him destroy humankind to restore paradise on Earth. While the two battle and the rest of Steve’s team destroy Dr. Maru’s laboratory, Steve pilots the bomber carrying the gas to a safe altitude and detonates it, sacrificing himself in the process. Ares tries to harness Diana’s rage and grief by telling her to kill Dr. Maru, but Diana’s memories of Steve inspire her to decide that humans have good within them, and she spares Maru before destroying Ares. Back in London, the nation celebrates the end of the war.In the present day, Diana sends an e-mail to Bruce Wayne thanking him for the photographic plate of her and Steve and reaffirms her mission to protect the world as Wonder Woman.The film is well rounded, the plot never leaves you bored, the humor is fresh and relatable, and the actors are so good! The costumes are realistic and the fight choreography is some of the best I’ve seen in a while!  It’s an awesome entry for the DC film universe.

REVIEW: JUSTICE LEAGUE: DARK

CAST

Matt Rayan (Constantine)
Jason O’Mara (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D)
Camilla Luddington (The Pact 2)
Nicholas Turturro (Zookeeper)
Ray Chase (Kingslaive)
Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars)
JB Blanc (Breaking Bad)
Roger Cross (Arrow)
Colleen Villard (The Avengers: EMH)
Jerry O’ Connell (Sliders)
Rosario Dawson (Sin City)
Jeremy Davies (Sleepy Hollow)
Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2)
Fred Tatasciore (Hulk Vs)

All over the world, people suddenly begin panicking as they start to see everyone around them as demonic monsters and end up killing innocents before members of the Justice League stop them. Deliberating about this strange outbreak, most of the League’s members come to the conclusion that magic must be involved in this. Despite his own past experiences with magic, Batman expresses his skepticism and walks out; but as he returns to Wayne Manor to rest, he finds the word “Constantine” written all over the walls.
In a flashback, occultist John Constantine and Jason Blood – engaged the Demons Three in a poker game in Las Vegas for high-end stakes, even offering his home, the House of Mystery, as his part of the pool in exchange for a box of artifacts, including one called the Dreamstone. However, both parties cheated at the game, and when Constantine exposed the Demons’ trickery, they attacked him. Constantine unleashed Jason’s alter ego, the demon Etrigan, who defeated the Demons Three, but not before they swore revenge on him.
Batman visits Zatanna after one of her performances and begins to ask about Constantine. Deadman possesses Batman and tells Zatanna she needs to see John. Zatanna brings Batman to Constantine. The trio narrowly manage to get inside John’s house in time where they are joined by Black Orchid. The group gathers to share information, and after a quick discussion and some argument between John and Zatanna, form a team to investigate the cause and reason for these supernatural occurrences.
The heroes visits a friend of Constantine and Zatanna’s named Ritchie Simpson, but outside the house they find shroud spirits of Death waiting to collect Ritchie’s soul upon his upcoming demise. The team is granted entry by Simpson, who is suffering from a magical cancer and resentful of Constantine for abandoning him to his fate but loans them the Keshanti Key. Constantine and Zatanna look through a man’s memories for the cause of his frenzy, and discover that he was possessed. Batman, Deadman, Constantine, and Zatanna narrowly manage to escape from a conjured beast as the creature consumes its victim, and Zatanna proceeds to destroy the monster.
Returning to Ritchie’s home to identify the ring from the man’s memory, the team finds him about to die with Blood nearby. Batman revives Ritchie with an adrenaline shot to the chest, but he quickly falls into a coma. After being brought to the House of Mystery for interrogation, Blood tells the team that he did not attempt to hurt Ritchie, but was looking for a way into the House of Mystery to find the Dreamstone; created by a sinister magician naming himself Destiny. Ritchie awakens and names Felix Faust as his assailant before falling back asleep.
The group locate Faust’s observatory with help from Swamp Thing. When they infiltrate Faust’s lair, the wizard battles the team, but is ultimately defeated by Zatanna; however, Faust is found to have no involvement in hurting Ritchie. Ritchie awakens and is revealed to have the other piece of the Dreamstone; using it to keep his cancer in remission, but then he is seemingly killed when the Dreamstone brings Destiny back to life. Destiny declares himself a god, destroys the House and departs to sink the United States into chaos; Zatanna saves the group, but passes out from the exertion. The Justice League tries to fight Destiny, but he makes them perceive each other as demonic threats. Etrigan attacks Destiny, but is separated back into Jason Blood and Etrigan. Constantine summons Swamp Thing, who agrees to fight Destiny, while Batman and the recovered Zatanna disable the Justice League.
Constantine tricks Destiny into bringing him and Deadman within his protective shield, allowing Deadman to wound Destiny, before Constantine, Batman, and Blood destroy the Dreamstone and Destiny’s body, leaving Ritchie, whose soul is dragged to Hell by the shroud spirits. Right afterwards, Blood succumbs to his mortal wound from centuries before. Zatanna, Constatine and Etrigan bury Blood’s body near the place of his old village, before Etrigan leaves for parts unknown. Zatanna agrees to join the Justice League, while Constantine declines (knowing Batman won’t approve if he did). The two return to the now-rebuilt House of Mystery, taking a first tentative step to restoring their fractured relationship, and Deadman likewise joins the restored Black Orchid as her soulmate.It’s refreshing to see a simpler, more straightforward, yet still effectively intriguing story-telling pace set by DC’s animated feature titles. JLD continues the trend of it’s predecessor, excelling at brief but complete introductions to some of DC’s more obscure characters, bringing them out of the shadows. The use of the overly popular Batman is very fitting here and die-hard and new fans should find a bunch to like. Animation is solid, the voice-casting is even better.And it’s great to see Matt Ryan back as Constantine.

REVIEW: RUBY SPEARS SUPERMAN

MAIN CAST (VOICES)

Beau Weaver (Transformers)
Ginny McSwain (Scooby Goes to Hollywood)
Mark L. Taylor (The Mask: TAS)
Tress MacNeille (The Simpsons)
Michael Bell (Rugrats)
Alan Oppenheimer (Westworld)
Stanley Ralph Ross (Helter Skelter)
Lynne Marie Stewart (Bridesmaids)


RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Jack Angel (A.I.)
Rene Auberjonois (Star Trek: DS9)
Nancy Cartwright (The Simpsons)
Peter Cullen (Transformers)
Linda Gary (He-Man)
Mary McDonald-Lewis (Deep Dark)

In my mind, this remains one of the very best depictions of Superman on TV, as well as one of the most faithful to a particular comics period.
This series paid homage to both the Superman films of the ’70s/’80s and the Superman comics series “reboot” of 1986-onward (“Man of Steel,” “Superman Vol 2,” “Action Comics,” “Adventures of Superman,” etc). The opening score and titles were stirring, based on the John Williams score from the films, updated for a Saturday morning action series. Marv Wolfman, one of the main contributors to the comics reboot (writer of “Adventures of Superman”) was a perfect choice to be involved in this animated series. Overall, the series had a more mature feel while continuing to be very kid-friendly.

Superman was presented as believable, strong, and iconic. His recurring nemesis was Lex Luthor in his megalomaniac/CEO incarnation. The Daily Planet characters Lois, Jimmy, and Perry were portrayed well. One of my favorite appearances was by Wonder Woman, and the story revolved around her home island of Themyscira (“Paradise Island”). Both her design and that of her mother Hippolyte were in keeping with the similarly rebooted Wonder Woman comic book series of the era, and it seemed like an equally well-done animated series could have been developed for her if handled the same.A must have for any Superman/DC fan.

REVIEW: WHO’S AFRAID OF DIANA PRINCE ?

CAST

Ellie Wood Walker (The New Interns)
Linda Harrison (Planet of the Apes)
Maude Pickett (Hazel)

The first attempt to translate Wonder Woman to the small screen occurred in 1967. The success of the Batman television series led producer William Dozier to commission a pilot script by Stan Hart and Larry Siegel. A portion of the pilot, under five minutes in length, was filmed under the title Who’s Afraid of Diana Prince? The piece starred Ellie Wood Walker as Diana Prince, Linda Harrison as Diana’s Wonder Woman alter ego and Maudie Prickett as Diana’s mother.

As with Batman, the reel took a comic slant on the character, although while the Batman character himself was played straight, in the proposed series Diana Prince (not Wonder Woman) would have been the focus of the comedy. Diana, an awkward and rather plain young woman, lives with her mother close to a United States Air Force base. Much of the film consists of her mother berating Diana about not having a boyfriend. When her mother leaves the room, Diana changes into her Wonder Woman costume and admires her reflection in a mirror. What she sees is not Diana Prince, but rather a sexy super-heroic figure (played by Linda Harrison) who proceeds to preen and pose as the song “Oh, You Beautiful Doll” plays on the soundtrack. The pilot ends with Diana climbing out a window and flying away, indicating that, despite her apparent delusions regarding her alter ego, she does have some super powers. This pilot episode was never broadcast and the project was taken no further. The pilot has been circulated on the Internet and is of interest to Planet of the Apes fans for the early appearance of Linda Harrison, who would later go on to play Nova in the first two films of that series.