Last year’s big-screen superhero team-up, Avengers: Age of Ultron, came uncomfortably close to proving that the law of diminishing returns applied to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) too. With its overstuffed plot, leaden exposition, distracting sequel/universe building, and dull, tiresome superhero action, including a beat-for-beat replay of the Avengers’ low-stakes battle against an army of faceless drones – with all the emotional impact and dramatic weight that implies (i.e., none) – the future of the MCU looked dim (if not grim, that’s DC territory, now and forever, amen). Maybe Marvel had run out of ideas. Maybe the superhero genre Marvel elevated had run its inevitable course. Maybe, just maybe, superhero fatigue had started to set in, both behind the camera and in front of movie screens. Pure pessimistic speculation, certainly, but there seemed to be more than a grain of truth in the proposition.
Last week on Gotham, Gordon and the team were out looking for clues as to who might have employed the assassin who killed Bruce’s parents. In the process, they learned all about Pinewood Farms, a series of genetic experiments initiated by Bruce’s father. They also, with the help of one of those experiments, managed to uncover the fact that Hugo Strange was the brain behind the mad science. This week, Strange gets annoyed with all those people digging into his past and strikes back via the power of a newly resurrected Theo Galavan, AKA Azrael. Scroll on to see what ‘Azrael’ brought to the table. (more…)
Space Jam 2: internet millennials have spent years asking for it, and now it finally seems to be happening. With LeBron James on board, the Looney Tunes can finally dust off their Air Jordans and head back to the basketball court for some intergalactic athletics. Of course, with this highly-anticipated sequel comes the inevitable questioning of who Warner Bros. will get to direct it. Since Joe Pytka won’t be returning to direct the next film, fans have been hoping for a director who can deliver the same fast-paced animated excitement of the original. Fortunately, the director they are now looking to sign is no stranger to the term “fast-paced.”
So once upon a time, we started a joke that started the whole world clamoring for a Netflix Dredd series. It was April Fool’s, and we were young and salty, but who would have guess that years later – YEARS! – that article still would have been quoted as a legit thing that was possibly in the works. So keeping all that in mind, there’s some news from the weekend that seems to indicate that the idea at the heart of that joke may become a reality. A real player, with the real Dredd, recently indicated to fans that there may be doings transpiring in regards to a Dredd series. (more…)
Over the last week the word leak has bounced around the internet concerning one particular franchise. Five days ago the title Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare leaked onto the PSN site and was stumbled upon by a curious player in the trending section of Playstation’s store. Not long after that, the release date and front cover was released into the world for the game. This all seemed very speculative until today when Activision and Infinity Ward quashed all rumours as they dropped the reveal trailer for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. What is even more exciting is that with the news, players also found out that those who purchase the Legacy Edition of the next Call of Duty game will also receive a remastered version of the globally adored Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
A notice of filming was passed around to businesses in the downtown core, a new TV series called Mister Chocolates would be here for a couple of days in the first week of May to film on the main street in Guelph, Ontario. The Mister Chocolates logo at the top of the notice was in cursive, and decorated with a cute little handle-bar moustache between the words “Mister” and “Chocolates,” a series described as “a tale of two friends as they travel across the American Midwest.” Why did that sound familiar… (more…)
Last season of Game of Thrones ended with a fabulous stabbing scene that left Jon Snow bleeding in the snow, surrounded by traitorous men of the Night Watch lead by Ser Alliser Thorne. Fans went ape-shite and the Internet followed. During the months between then, and last night’s episode, fans debated Snow’s fate, was he really dead, would he be brought back somehow? Now we know and Kit Harrington, who spent the summer repeating repeatedly that Jon Snow was dead, has a bit of an apology for fans.
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The post-credit stinger of X-Men: Days of Future Past teased that audiences would soon enough see En Sabah Nur aka Apocalypse, one of the most powerful mutants and the X-Men’s greatest foe not named Magneto. This got everyone excited about the prospects of the next X-Men film by Fox. However, when they release images for X-Men: Apocalypse in Entertainment Weekly and audiences actually got to see director Bryan Singer’s interpretation for the fan-favorite bad guy, expectations took a steep dive. Gone was his surreal presence we are used to from the comics and the famed cartoon series of the 90s, and it was replaced with an Ivan Ozze look alike. Fans were on their keyboards cursing Singer’s name for destroying such an iconic character. In subsequent trailers, the image of Apocalypse has improved and eased some fans minds. Still some folks wondered, “What was Bryan Singer thinking?”