Guardians of the Galaxy vs. The Flash
The Super Bowl aired this past weekend and it was probably fine. I didn’t watch. Not my thing. I’m more into superhero movies! And we got some big trailers for some superhero movies during the Big Game. Not as many trailers as I expected — no Marvels teaser? — but enough to share the two of them today!
First up is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3! It’s funny, it’s charming, it’s a little all over the place, but is otherwise solid.
I’m obviously excited for this one. The Guardians of the Galaxy movies are great. James Gunn is great. I’m sure he has so much planned, both happy and sad. It’s gonna live up to the hype of the trilogy and this one last ride will be a hoot.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 comes out on May 5.
Then we have The Flash, and this movie puzzles me so much. It’s been in production hell for years. It’s star, Ezra Miller, is some kind of psychopath, and that’s being glossed over. And, quite honestly, this movie seems to care more about Batman than it does the Flash.
Tell me this isn’t just Batman: No Way Home. Tell me this isn’t just using the Flash as the engine to crossing the multiverse, just so DC can hype up Michael Keaton’s return as Batman as the selling point of this movie. Surely no general audiences really care about the Flash. He hasn’t been on the big screen since the Justice League movie. I’ll grant you, there do seem to be Flash-based plot points and story threads, but this trailer is all about showing us that Batman is in the movie.
Man, I just don’t care that Michael Keaton’s Batman is back. He’s old. It’s not gonna be the same. And I, personally, do not need an entire movie to reset the universe so that the new stuff can come in. That’s what boggles my mind the most. The DCEU is not such a storied institution that it needs an in-universe explanation for why we’re gonna be getting new stuff. Just make the new stuff.
Ah well, who am I even complaining to? I’m still gonna go see The Flash when it comes to theaters on June 16.
Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 4/23/22
I think I’m running out of comics. I’m dropping more titles than I’m picking up, resulting in some pretty sparse review columns each week! I should read more…but man, some of the major comics coming out just aren’t my cup of tea. I’m stuck enjoying some truly stupendous comics like Nightwing and Power Rangers.
Comic Book of the Week goes to Nightwing #91 for another delightful team up between Nightwing and the Flash. I’m glad to see that all that Wally West madness has been straightened out and he can just be the Flash without any baggage.
Meanwhile, I beat Horizon Forbidden West and had a blast! That game was everything I wanted it to be, so I’m very pleased. Now I just need to wait a week to get that Horizon LEGO set. I also saw Everything Everywhere All At Once and that movie was absolutely phenomenal! Early contender for movie of the year! Do yourself a favor and go find and watch that movie!
Comic Reviews: Nightwing #91 and Power Rangers #18.Read the rest of this entry
Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 3/19/22
Life and love keep ever moving forward, and I’m back from my trip in good spirits. Unfortunately, this was a pretty weak week for comics! Almost nothing on my usual buy pile came out, so I’ve really only got reviews for Nightwing and Power Rangers.
Comic Book of the Week goes to Nightwing #90 as the magic continues. Tom Taylor can do very little wrong on this series, apparently.
Meanwhile, I’ve started playing Horizon Forbidden West and it’s fun. I haven’t had too much time to delve into it just yet, but it should be more fun once the world really opens up. I finished Reacher on Amazon Prime and it was good, though the ending was a bit disappointing. I loved Turning Red on Disney+ and now I’m checking out the new season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. As you can see, I keep busy.
Comic Reviews: Nightwing #90 and Power Rangers #17.Read the rest of this entry
DC Fandome Delivered the Good Trailers!
DC Fandome was yesterday and I waited until today to share the trailers because reasons. I was simply in no rush to get them posted, since every other comic book geek website did a lot with them, so it’s not like I’m some unique resource. But I still like sharing trailers and my thoughts on those trailers, so here’s a bunch of the good ones I’m excited about from DC Fandome!
Let’s kick things off with the granddaddy of all anticipated trailers: The Batman.
This is the movie everybody is excited about, and this trailer delivered! It’s everything we could want (sans Robin), and the movie looks great! This trailer is a little more scattershot than last year’s teaser trailer, but it’s still fun. I love how the movie looks, I love the tone. The fighting looks great, the Batmobile looks great, the Batsuit looks great. Everything looks great!
Though part of me felt a little weird watching this trailer. Like…we are all so excited for this new Batman reboot…and yet it’s the fourth modern cinematic Batman. The Christopher Nolan movies were great. People like Batfleck. But, y’know…I guess we’ll just do it all again!
Hopefully this time we get a proper Robin.
Next up is the Peacemaker TV show on HBO Max.
I like the look of this one too! Suicide Squad is definitely going to go down as one of my favorite movies of the year, so this show should be a hoot! I am all in favor of John Cena becoming as big a movie presence as Dwayne Johnson, and this show will hopefully be a much bigger hit than Suicide Squad.
We got our first look at Black Adam.
Looks OK to me, though I’m still not sure how this movie is going to work. What is the plot going to be? Black Adam fights the Justice Society? I also can’t help but laugh at the Rock saying, “the hierarchy of power in the DC Universe is about to change”. That’s such a weird phrase. There is no real DC Universe in the movies anymore, so is there really a hierarchy of power?
I still don’t think we’re ever going to get Shazam vs. Black Adam on the big screen…
There was also a teaser for The Flash.
First of all, that little bit of chest hair and the choker on Ezra Miller is kinda gross. But maybe that’s just me. I’m not particularly excited about The Flash. I think it’s going to be a really weird film. And having Michael Keaton return as Batman doesn’t really mean anything to me, to be honest. But hey, kudos to them all for actually getting this movie made.
Let’s switch to some video games before we wrap up.
I’m very excited for Gotham Knights.
As you all know, I’m a huge Robin fan. So a game where you play the various Robins — including Tim Drake as actual Robin — is a dream come true! Arkham-style gameplay, combined with co-op campaign, combined with Robin as a playable character, combined with costume building? Can. Not. Wait!
Likewise, I’m super excited about Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League.
I have no idea what this game is going to be like. Also co-op? Also Arkham-style gameplay? I have no idea! But it looks very flashy in this cinematic trailer. So that’s good enough.
I think all of these things are going to arrive to our lives in 2022. It’ll be a long wait, but it’ll also be here soon enough. It’s all very exciting!
Let’s All Rag on the DCEU Some More!
The schadenfreude of DC’s failed cinematic universe will never not be funny. They tried, they took some big swings, they drummed up a lot of controversy, but in the end their epics plans fell flat on their face. Honestly, it’s just really funny.
Isn’t that right, Honest Trailers?
And so good times were had by all. A good chuckle to start our Tuesday. I’m still not entirely convinced that Flash movie is actually going to happen and come out. I think they’re even filming it now. And I do still rather like Aquaman and Shazam. So at least there’s that.