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Poll: Which Super Hero Should Get Their Own Movie?


Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy reclaimed the top spot at the box office four weeks into its run.  The movie which features a bunch of comic book characters even comic book fans were not familiar with has officially become the biggest movie of the summer.  Marvel gambled on some of their least-beloved characters and the gamble paid off big time.  You can bet that success will open the floodgates for other obscure super heroes to start getting their own movies in the near future.

Since they are coming whether you like it or not, let’s pick who should be making the leap over a tall building and onto the big screen in a single bound.

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Review: The Flash (2014): Pilot


The Flash TV Pilot

Regular readers know that although I am a super hero fan, my heart belongs to the DC Universe more so than the Marvel characters.  So while I have been enjoying the Marvel movies as much as everyone else (Guardians of the Galaxy is insanely fun) I have been frustrated to see the DC characters mishandled by Warner Bros.  WhileMarvel has released ten hit movies in a row, Warner Brothers has released the terrific Nolan Batman trilogy, the popular but wrong-headed Man of Steel and the dreadful Green Lantern.  The DC characters have been seeing the most play on TV where they are limited to the kind of budget that the CW can afford.  Which typically means there is a low ceiling on the super heroics.  Smallville spent ten years depicting the adventures of Clark Kent before he became Superman.  And Arrow shows Ollie Queen as a vigilante who is not much better than the thugs he fights against.

When I heard that the makers of Arrow were spinning off The Flash to his own series, I was skeptical to say the least.  The Flash is one of the brightest characters in all of comics.  He is positively upbeat and cheery.  A stark contrast to the Green Arrow TV show.  If they gave the Flash the Arrow treatment, I wasn’t interested.  When the CW started releasing images of the costume, my apprehension grew.  Standing still, it looked cheap.  But the good news is that in motion and blurred by CGI, Grant Gustin looks enough like the Flash for me.  In fact, the looks is impressive for a TV show.

This weekend, I caught a screener of the pilot episode which airs this fall.  And I am happy to report that the show nails just about everything about the Flash.  This is a straight-up super hero show that is bound to please fans of the comic book.  Since the show doesn’t air till Fall, I will avoid dropping spoilers.  Although I have to say the show’s official trailer was extremely spoilery!

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Happy Batman Day!


Happy Batman Day

Today is National Batman Day in celebration of the character’s 75th anniversary.  People around here know that I am a pretty big Superman fan.  But I’m a Batman fan from way back.  As a kid, all of my friends were into Superman.  He was more powerful.  He had a movie and he was the leader of the Superfriends.  When we played super heroes,  all the other kids argued over who got to be the Man of Steel.  But not me.  I wanted to be Batman.

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Baby Watching Superman Fly Is Greatest Thing Ever


I have to hand it to this kid. He picked the best scene in the entire movie. Man of Steel is not a favorite of mine. But watching this 16-month old react to Superman flying melts my cold, cold heart. Note to his Dad: Show him the Richard Donner Superman. Bet he’ll love it.

Review: Captain America: Winter Soldier


cap winter soldier

Following the mega-success of Marvel’s super hero mash-up, The Avengers, the big question was whether or not Marvel could generate the same excitement over the character’s solo films.  So far, based on the box office, the answer would appear to be a resounding “yes”.  Both Iron Man 3 and Thor: Dark World enjoyed post-Avengers bumps.  But for my money, Captain America: Winter Soldier is the first truly satisfying film in the series post Avengers.

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Lebeau’s Le Show: Episode 002 – Superhero Movies


Lebeau's Le Show Episode 2

Welcome back to Lebeau’s Le Show.  To celebrate the release of Captain America: Winter Soldier, Daffy and I discuss the past, present and future of super hero movies.

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TV Talk: Agents of SHIELD, Survivor and American Horror Story


american-horror-story-coven

The Fall TV season is in full swing and frankly, I’m not watching much of it.  But there are a handful of shows I am keeping up with.  Ideally, I would love to write weekly recaps for all the shows I watch.  But unfortunately, that’s just not an option.  I still intend to do weekly write-ups for The Walking Dead when it starts this Sunday.  Everything else will get lumped together in a weekly post I’m calling TV Talk.  This week, I’m looking at Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Survivor and American Horror Story: Coven.  Since I’m not watching much else, I’ll probably be looking at those shows again next week too.  😉

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Review: Iron Man 3


iron man 3

The first Iron Man was breezy fun.  While it was undeniably lightweight, Iron Man pulled off an impressive balancing act.  It was equal parts comedy, escapism and super hero action.  The second film in the series got weighed down with too many bad guys and supporting characters.  It was salvaged by Downey who was still a lot of fun to watch.  Iron Man 3 makes the same mistakes as the middle installment.  But even the good parts are starting to wear thin.

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Batman Maybe


It’s been a crazy summer.  A combination of computer woes and a busier than usual schedule prevented me from posting a timely review of Dark Knght Rises.  And now, what’s the point?  The moment’s past.  So instead, here is Batman seen through the lens of the summer’s biggest song.

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Review/RANT – The Amazing Spider-Man: Where It Went Wrong (and Why You Probably Don’t Care)


Review/RANT - The Amazing Spider-Man: Where It Went Wrong (and Why You Probably Don't Care)

My colleague over at read/RANT went on a good one about Amazing Spider-man.  I thought I’d share.

Review/RANT – The Amazing Spider-Man: Where It Went Wrong #and Why You Probably Don’t Care#.

Was I Wrong?: Superman 3


The purpose of this column is to revisit a movie and see if my opinion has changed years later.  It might be a movie I liked or, as is the case here, a movie I hated.  Often, a different perspective or expectations can make for a very different movie experience.  Almost 30 years later, will that be the case for Superman 3?

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Review: The Amazing Spider-man


If you would have told me 10 years ago that a Spider-man movie would be the least anticipated super hero movie of the summer, I’d have laughed in your face. Well, maybe not. I’m not the laugh-in-your-face kind of guy. But after the conversation was over I’d have commented to others that you had no idea what you were talking about and what do you know about super hero movies anyway?

But here we are in 2012.  There’s a new Spider-man movie and it’s doing all right.  But sandwiched between the behemoth that was Avengers and the conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, Amazing Spider-man can’t help but feel a little bit like an also-ran.  Or even a re-run given that it makes the puzzling decision to retell Spider-man’s origin story just 10 years after Sam Raimi told it.

*Spoilers below*

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Review: Marvel’s The Avengers


The Avengers is a straight-forward action movie.  It opens with an eye-popping action sequence and rarely slows down for the duration of it’s running time.  It’s a simple, crowd-pleasing super hero movie.  The Avengers isn’t an especially ambitious film.  But it delivers everything you could reasonably expect from an Avengers film… and then some.

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