Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Titans TV Show Costumes

***shouts out to @lakelpruitt( follow him) for posting these images


When the first images of the Titans tv show showed up on line, people were rightfully concerned.  People thought it looked kinda cheesy, like poor cosplay.  And it Starfire's instance, like... people took it to a whole other level in terms of what or who she was representing.  DC fan and DC executives were like, " Chill out- the CGI is not done".  And for me, I accepted that because I remember how much we all freaked out at the first appearance of Apocalypse in the X-Men movie- even tho that movie turned out to be ass cheeks.

Well, as we get closer and closer to the launch of the DC streaming service, we are getting more and more images of Titans and ... well, lets just look at them and describe the carnage


I am starting with Robin because he is by far the best looking of the bunch of them.  Costume looks very similar to comic book represenaton and as the leader of the Titans, its nice that he has a costume that is familiar to fans who may not be hardcore comic book fans.

Beast Boy

Things start to fall apart pretty quickly.  To qoute my friend Anna from @annareadscomics( follow her), she said he looks like he was slimed on Nickelodeon and its true.  His "costume" is a piss poor Thriller jacket.  You could see this outfit on any emo teenager at the mall hanging outside of Hot Topixx.  This is not even poor cosplay- its just a kid with a bad green dye job and a jacket from Goodwill.


The reason some of these shows are not successful is because they take deeply troubled characters and dye their hair and put them in all black clothes and now she is the "moody one".  Raven is such a complex character and to have her reduced to a character from the Descendants is a disservice to the character. 


I am going to choose my words carefully here.  You see, many people( white fanboys) are going to point to this moment/character as to why this show will, in their opinion, fail.  They will wail and scream that race bending the character is the reason the show sucks and SJW's and blah, blah, blah.  Now how are we race bending and orange alien aside, I am not sure how the producers of this show came up with this look.  On top of that, the wig is atrocious, and, lets keep it real, having a Black Woman character dressed this way is sending out a certain signal that is shady at best and racist at worst.

Look, for me, this show was a no go anyway.  The Titans have solid representations of their characters already in comics, movies, and two super popular cartoons.  I did not need to see a Titans live action show and I damn sure didn't need it on an additional streaming platform.  These pictures are InHuman levels of bad and we saw how that turned out.

Look hopefully its good, but the early returns look straight awful and I hope it looks better before the show premiers next year.

The Producer

The Joker Movie Gets a Title

Joker Movie Gets Title

DC/WB announced today that the Joaquin Phoenix led Joker movie has a title.  The name of the movie will be.... wait for it..... Joker.

That's pretty much it.  DC has moved forward on this project, along with another Joker project starring Jared Leto.  Each movie starring a version of the Joker origin story.  As we discussed on the Marvel Hacks Podcast, it seems now, each (white) method actor wants to take their shot at playing the Joker role to see if they can equal or better the performance of the late Heath Ledger.  DC seems to be going along with this hoping to catch lighting in a bottle again without thinking: Does anyone really want to see a story about the Joker's origin and how do you make a movie about a psychopath who has not heroic tendencies?

The Joker is a fun character to play with but he is a homicidal maniac.  There is no "jokes" to the character like Deadpool.  His Jokes lead to massive amounts of death and suffering and I am not sure the movie going public has two hours of that in them... let alone 2 movies of it.

DC/WB still seem to be floundering trying to find their way in this superhero pool.  I am not sure if two Joker movies is the way out tho.

The Producer

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Movie Review: I Feel Pretty

We here @brothascomics took one for the team this week.  Truth be told, I have never understood America's ( white) fascination with Amy Schumur. I mean, she is not really funny, but for some reason, she is an icon of younger, white women who view her as some cross between feminist icon and comedy genius.

Her movies have been hit or miss at the box office and her latest offering is more of the same.  Schumur stars as Renee, a website designer living in New York City struggling to be at peace with herself and find love in the Big City.  She feels she is too big and, like most people, joins a gym to knock off those excess pounds to feel better about herself.

Unfortunately, at the gym one day, she falls and hits her head on the ground and wakes up with this unbelievable view of herself as a fit and pretty girl in New York.  Yet, she is the only person who can see herself this way and her new found confidence gets her a job at a top New York Fashion company, but alienates her old friends who don't see her the way she sees herself.

There is a B-plot love interest story, but really the movie is about Renee's journey to feel comfortable with who she is as a person.  The movie borrows from Big( the Tom Hanks movie) and has a few laughs here and there, but overall, it falls flat in both the comedy and the drama.

Granted, I am not the target audience here for this movie and come in to it with my own personal bias against Schumur.  I am sure a young woman would view this movie quite differently than me and I fully understand that.

I give it a thumbs down for me, tho

The Producer

The X-Men Movie Franchise at 18

Its hard to believe that Fox actually got the jump on the super hero team genre over Disney/Marvel but 18 years ago this week, Fox released X-men into theaters a full 8 years before Marvel/Disney released Iron-Man to officially kick off the MCU and get us to an Avengers movie.

18 years ago, the internet was a thing, but not the thing that is is now.  Facts and leaks about the movie were nowhere to be found and I, like many other X-fans, went into the movie not knowing what to expect.  There was so concern about the Matrix-esque costumes and the casting of unknown, Australian actor Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, but for the most part, fans lined up ready to finally see our favorite mutants on the big screen.

I know now its kinda trendy to dismiss the original X-Men movie.  The special EFX are not that special, the fight scenes are kinda bullocks, the Storm line to toad about being struck by lighting, and of course Halle Berry's attempt at an African accent for only half the movie.

All that said, the movie was good for its time and laid the groundwork for a promising franchise.  When X-2 came out 3 years later, Director Bryan Singer had more money and a better grasp of what made the X-Men special.  The fight scenes are better, the African accent is gone, and the movie has one of the greatest openings of any comic book movie with the introduction of Nightcrawler.  William Stryker plays a great villain and the ending with the Phoenix effect had all fan boys and fan girls ready for the Phoenix Saga.

And then it happened, Singer leaves the franchise to make Superman Returns and Brett Rattner is brought onto to direct X-Men 3 and the rest is history.  The movie is a disaster with critics and most importantly fans who had been so hyped to finally see a Phoenix story but to have it bogged down with The Cure storyline, The Morlocks, and quick disappearing acts by fan favorites Cyclops and Professor Xavier.  The franchise craters at this point; although no one knew it at the time.

Its 2006- 2 years before Marvel gets into the super hero game and Fox is at a crossroads.  Do they move ahead with another X-movie or spin off their most popular character- Wolverine into a movie.  They choose the latter, but make a fatal flaw in choosing a director not familiar with characters and decide to tell the Wolverine: Origins story, but don't really stick to the story.  Logan( James) and Sabertooth are brothers, Will. I AM, The Deadpool.... just a series of  missteps that makes the movie at times, unwatchable. Origins craters the franchise and it would be five years before another X-movie gets made.

In 2011, 3 years after Iron-Man and the Incredible Hulk and the same year as Iron Man 2 and Thor, X-Men First class premiers in June, 2011.  The franchise opted for a soft-reboot- foregoing the previous, Wolverine focused X-movies, and focusing on the founder of the X-Men, Charles Xavier and his best friend/enemy, Magneto,  A new class of mutants and a fresh start leads to a renewed interest in the X-Men and Fox has a new lease on life as the super hero genre of movies is red hot.

RIP Darwin

The X-movies are able to bring back director Bryan Singer for the follow up to First Class: Days of Future Past.  There was much trepidation by X-Men comic fans because the last adaption of a classic X-story flopped tremendously in X3.  But somehow, Singer and company were able to bring Wolverine back and bridge the original movies with the First Class universe and it worked.  The Wolverine sequel in 2013; although not great, is not as awful as Origins and mutants are back to being popular again. Its 2014 and Fox is actively competing with Disney/Marvel in the super hero movie business!

But like X3 before it, the third movie in this trilogy of movies, is historically bad.  X-Men: Apocalypse is pretty horrific.  Bad villain, poor acting, Magneto a Horseman of Apocalypse, Angel dies in a plane crash( he can fly, ya'll), lightskinded Storm, way too much Mystique, and a rush into a Phoenix story that was not earned.  The movie is a critical failure and a fanboy and fangirl failure. 

Fox pivots slightly before rushing into the next X-Men movie and score mega hits with Deadpool and Logan as they look to expand their mutant roster outside of Wolverine and the X-Men. Maybe this was the plan all along or maybe this plan was forced with the retirement of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.

But what does the future hold for out mighty Mutants? Fox has branched out into tv with two successful shows with Legion and The Gifted.  A New Mutants movie has been filmed but word on the streets is that it may not be very good.  There has been talks of an X-Force movie, but if you saw Deadpool 2, that may not happen at all. The Gambit movie is long delayed(thank God).  And of course, there is the rumored 2-part Phoenix/Dark Phoenix saga.  The movie has been dogged by re-shoots and has been delayed until 2019.  Word on the street is that it may be a mess of a movie and with the Disney/Fox merger weeks from becoming official, this may be the last we see of this group of X-Men.

So 18 years has been a wild ride.  Many highs and quite a few lows, but overall, there are some solid X-Movies made by Fox.  They definitely could have been better, but for the most part, they have attempted to give fan service to long time X-Men comic books fans. That being said, I trust Marvel/Disney more than Fox at this point and cant wait until their version of the X-Men.

The Producer

Saturday, July 14, 2018

We Watched it For You: Death of Superman 2018

Stop me if you heard this one before.... there is a story by DC about the Death of Superman!  Whether in the comic book, on Justice League Unlimited, in a full feature animated movie, in Batman V Superman, and now in The Death of Superman( 2018), DC goes back to the well to tell us the story of Superman dying at the hands of Doomsday.  I mean, this is not even a spoiler alert at this point.

This 2018 version has Clark/Superman as a member of the Justice League and  in a secret relationship with Lois Lane.  This is the full on hope version of Superman- the people look up to him and love him and expect to be there for them whenever things go wrong.

At the same time, he is troubled by his burgeoning relationship with Lois which is on the down low- which Clark loves because of his secret identity.  But Lois is looking for more and wanting more and a visit from Ma and Pa Kent she feels is a perfect time to get to know Clark better.

Meanwhile. something has come from the sky and landed itself on Earth.  Everyone is curious as to what fell from the sky- including Lex Luthor who sends out an expedition to the ocean to discover the mystery.  Of course its Doomsday and they offer no real explanation as to why Doomsday fell to Earth but for the most part I guess that does not matter.

Doomsday, like all other versions of this story, makes his way through everyone until we get our final boss battle with Superman.  The Justice League play a support role in this and you get some solid, classic animation battles, but we all came for the match up between Superman and Doomsday!

We all know how this ends though. so I am not really spoiling anything.  How they get to that point is a bit different than the previous animation version, but the conclusion is just the same.  More than anything, stay for the four post credit scenes which seem to be setting up a sequel that will more closely mirror the comic book version of the Death of Superman.

Overall, a solid addition from DC Animation; although not markedly better than the Superman: Doomsday movie.  They truly have a much better grasp of their characters in animation than they do in live action- especially Superman.  I give it an enthusiastic thumbs up!!

The Producer

The Marvel Hacks Season 6 Annual

The Marvel Hacks are back for the conclusion of Season 6 with an annual issue closing out our summer run.  In Blerd Notes we review Ant-Man and the Wasp and talk about Billy Dee Williams coming back to Star Wars.  Plus, we say RIP to Steve Ditko and discuss the lies Kevin Feige has told about the plans Marvel has for X-Men and Fantastic Four.

In Comics we review Batman 50, Spider-Man #1 and Captain America #1.  Plus Immortal hulk gives us CreepShow Vibes, and The X-Books are spinning their wheels until they get a refresh.

Come check us out and listen.  Rate, review, and subscribe to our podcast.

Marvel Hacks Season 3 Annual

Monday, July 9, 2018

Is it Worth a Redbox: Tomb Raider 2018

Real talk... video game adaptations to movies are bad.  Often times they are horrendous but that does not stop Hollywood from continuing to try.  This new attempt at Tomb Raider has no connection to the early 2000 movies starring Angelina Jolie and that's probably a good thing.  Those two movies are not very good- with the 2nd one being just gawd awful.

Coming off her Oscar win for The Danish Girl and her outstanding performances in Ex Machina and the Man from U.N.C.L.E, Alicia Vikander was tapped to play Laura Croft.  This sent fanboy twitter into a fury as she "looks" nothing like Angelina Jolie who appeared she came off the cover of the Tomb Raider video game in the 2000's.

Fan boy twitter always wants to keep women as one note, sex objects who fulfill all their masturbatory fantasies and Vikander's casting and take on the roll did not meet their limited expectations and they began to trash the movie long before its release.

So how is the actual movie... It's ok for a video game movie. Vikander stars as Lara Croft and this take of the characters has her as the grieving the death of her father who has gone missing seven years ago searching an island off of Japan for an ancient artifact.  When news comes that maybe her missing dad is not dead, she sets off following his tracks to find him.  In that journey, she crashes on the island, meets our villain played by Walter Scroggins.  Scroggins and his team are also on the island searching for the same artifact.

The story winds into the tombs as they search for the missing treasure.  The movie goes off the rails a bit into a weird version of Goonies and The Mummy as it winds to its conclusion.  The action and set pieces are fine enough; although the special FX are a bit cheesy.

The biggest issue here is that this movie- starring a  great actress did not do well- not only because its not a great movie, but also because toxic fan boys have such a limited view of women in film and each time a movie like this under performs, it gives studios ammunition  to prevent future films starring women.

So is it worth a Redbox? Ima say no, but if you are struggling to find something to rent, you could find a much worse movie in the Box!

The Producer