Yesterday the comic book world was officially rocked with the announcement that Ben Affleck (The Town, Argo) would be reprising the role of the Dark Knight Crusader in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel sequel. In a somewhat unexpected matter (yeah... right!!!) fans were outraged by the news and immediately started flooding the internet with disgust and filled media forums with incoherent rants about how stupid this casting is, how wrong are WB/DC producers for choosing Ben Affleck over the many other choices they had, etc.
This childish behavior from fans is nothing new, back in 1989 fans were equally outraged when Michael Keaton, and actor mostly known for his comedic performances, was cast as the caped crusader in Tim Burton's Batman. After the first images of Keaton in suit came out the outraged subsided and eventually the film became a cultural phenomenon rivaled only by the theatrical release of Star Wars in 1977.
And of course, who could forget the fans original hate and uproar over WB and Christopher Nolan's choice to play the Joker. In fans view, Heath Ledger was a horrible choice to play the clown prince of crime and they made their thoughts heard all over the internet in a sea of rants, blog posts, you tube videos and any other media outlet available to them. Eventually, The Dark Knight was released and the world witnessed a Tour The Force performance from one of Hollywood's youngest stars and all those fans who hated the notion of Ledger portraying The Joker finally came around and embraced him as their definitive version of the character in film, even surpassing Jack Nicholson's performance in 1989.
The moral of the story is kids, don't get your panties in a bunch over a movie you haven't seen yet, or over a performance that hasn't been filmed yet, or an actor that you think might not be the "right fit" to play your favorite character, because you never know who might be the actor whose performance will blow your socks off with the performance of a lifetime. Let's wait at least until a single frame of this film is filmed and let's give Mr. Affleck the benefit of the doubt because you never know, he could be the best Batman we've ever seen before; you never know. Either way, I'll be there day one when Man of Steel 2 hits the movie theaters.
In this issue we talk about the newest Captain America: The Winter Soldier images, the Man of Steel 15 minute featurrette, new Injustice skins and most importantly Scorpion, we talk about the upcoming Batman Zero Year and Superman: Unchained comic books and we discuss the format in which we'll record the podcast.
Also, on our Truthful Comics Spotlight segment we discuss the Injustice digital comic boosting DC's digital sales 20% every time it comes out, we discuss comic book binding and finally we show some love to a fantastic animated series; Batman: The Brave and the Bold! On our main discussion we talk about Cosplay snobbery and our thoughts on the Cosplay phenomenon as a whole and much more!
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Today was one of those days when I just wanted to take my family out for a long drive without a specific destination and just wing it. Fill up the gas tank, lower the door windows, open the sun roof, turn the volume and just enjoy the ride; so that's what we did! We drove for a while and my wife spotted a dance studio (she's a professional dancer) and asked me if we could stop real quick, to which I replied: "Sure". Of course, I immediately spotted a book store right next to the dance studio and I told her I wanted to check it out afterwards. The books store was independently owned and it looked inviting.
There were tow male clerks who immediately acknowledge me and my family and were very courteous, something that employees from every field are missing more and more these days! I looked around for a few minutes and they asked me if I needed help, but before I could ask them, I noticed that one of the clerks had a pile of at least 50 comics in front of him! All I could say was "Yes you do!" He looked at me funny and I said "Comics, do you guys carry comic books?" And he said "Yes we do!" He showed me three aisles full of comics ranging from Batman to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to The Mighty Thor to Wildcats! It was a beautiful thing!!!
As soon as I turned that corner where the clerk told me to, I was suddenly in front of what can only be described as a comic book hidden treasure! Even more so when it's located in Virginia Beach, so to me it felt like I was a pirate, and I discovered an abandoned treasure chest full of comic book gold! I'm talking about hundreds, if not thousands of comic books, and at great prices too! It's too bad that I had just went to my local comic shop and spent a pretty penny there, because I only had so much extra cash to spare. But rest assure, I'll be stopping by this book store on a more regular basis and I'll be getting a bunch of those comics they had in their store.
So, next time you're in Virginia Beach and get the mood to buy some comic books, visit AFK Books, Music and Movies.
They're located at:
4801 Shore Drive, Suite D
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
OK, so I saw Iron Man 3 in the theaters and I was itching to give you all my two cents about them the film but, I was giving you all some time to see it for yourselves. If the box office numbers are any indication, you've probably seen it by now so I don't think I'll be spoiling anything that you either haven't seen or haven't read on the internet already, so please; bear with me. :)
Due to the fact that I got the movie spoiled by some very annoying Facebook "friends", I went into the movie with a bit of negative feelings towards a few things regarding the treatment of classic characters; but I still gave it a chance. And guess what? I absolutely enjoyed this film! I actually enjoyed it way more than I thought I was going to for many reasons, and the few things that annoyed me weren't even that annoying after all. So, shall we begin?
When we first see Tony Stark, he's having panic attacks, he's distant, doesn't sleep, he's hiding behind his work and his relationship with "Pepper" Potts is "rocky" to say the least. He's obviously still shaken up by the events that transpired in New York where he found himself looking for answers and for the first time, he had none! If there's one thing that Tony Stark can rely on is his genius and the ability to find all the answers, but the moment when he met a god of thunder, aliens and parallel worlds, he came to the abrupt realization that he was, as he himself puts it: "a man in a tin can".
Enter: The Mandarin. For comic fans across the globe, The Mandarin is Iron Man's arch nemesis. Created by Stan Lee and designed by Don Heck, The Mandarin first appeared in Tales of Suspense #50 (February 1964), battling Iron Man of course! The character is described as being born in China before the Communist Revolution, to a wealthy Chinese father and an English aristocratic mother, both of whom died when he was very young. He is portrayed as a megalomaniac, attempting to conquer the world on several occasions, yet also possessing a strong sense of honor. The Mandarin is also a genius scientist and a superhumanly skilled martial artist. However, his primary source of power are ten power rings that he adapted from the alien technology of a crashed space ship. Each ring has a different power and is worn on a specific finger. But... as Hollywood often does, they completely changed the character to the point of him not even being "real", but just a ruse created by the true villain of the story. As you can tell, I'm a bit upset about this but I decided to just enjoy the movie for what it was and roll with the punches but I can totally understand why so many Iron Man fans are up in arms throughout the internet because of this plot twist. I feel your pain my brothers and sisters!
Now, some of the best moments for me came by way of "Pepper" Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and it went from fun to shock to amazement. She was vulnerable, funny and a badass at the same time and they did it in such a way that it takes you by surprise in such a great way! The fact that she puts on an Iron Man suit and saves Tony, she gets "killed" right in front of Tony and she comes back thanks in part to the villain, and she completely kicks ass; it was a blast to see on screen. Of course, Paltrow is always easy on the eyes, but to have her in a more action oriented role is perfect for the character, especially if you're a comic book fan like me, and have seen her become a part of the Iron man Corps and wear her own Iron Man suit, it was great to see in this movie a little bit of that. It also gives them the opportunity to potentially use her in a more demanding and active role n future installments of the series, which I hope they do.
One of the cool things about this movie was the introduction of Iron Patriot into the fray. For those of you who don't read comics, the Iron Patriot armor is first worn by Norman Osborn during the Dark Reign storyline. Norman Osborn first dons the Iron Patriot armor when he establishes the Dark Avengers. The armor serves as an amalgam between Captain America and Iron Man. The Iron Patriot armor utilized a version of Iron Man's armor painted in the colors of the American flag. The armor featured superhuman strength, enhanced durability, flight, magnetic impact blasts, heat seeking missiles, miniaturized lasers, flamethrowers, and a communications system housed in his helmet which allowed him to interface with any U.S.-controlled satellite or computer network. While the original Iron Man armor utilized repulsor technology, Osborn's design does not. Stark destroyed all but one repulsor, and stated that "Oz is too stupid" to make his own repulsor-based weapons system. The star shaped Uni Beam projector on his chest because of its shape, also has a less powerful output than that of the original Iron Man model.
Now, in the movie, the Iron Patriot armor is an upgrade of the War Machine armor worn by James Rhodes (Don Cheadle). Rhodes is asked by the President to take on the Iron Patriot identity to be used as the US government's "American hero" symbol in response to the events that occurred in The Avengers. The armor is briefly stolen by Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM) and used by Eric Savin to abduct the President, but Rhodes is able to recover the armor at the conclusion of the film and is the only Iron Man armor that still remains active. I personally enjoy seeing the character of "Rhodey" in action, be it as War Machine, Iron Patriot or as the soldier. He's one of the few people that Tony Stark can truly count on and he's also a badass; he proved it in this movie.
Now to the real villain of the story, Aldrich Killiam. Dr. Aldrich Killiam was a brilliant scientist working alongside Dr. Maya Hansen. Together they developed Extremis, an attempt to create a new super soldier. Extremis was a techno-organic virus that rewrites the body's genetic code, regenerates organs and/or limbs, gives superhuman strength, speed, endurance, reflexes and the ability to project electricity and breathe fire. In the movie we see all of these features except the electricity part, but Killiam, in part because of Tony's egocentric tendencies, becomes obsessed with power and the desire of recognition. So, in a way, Tony Stark created his greatest foe.
He's also charming, elusive, conniving and just an evil genius the likes of which Tony Stark hadn't met before. Before all the genetic tinkering, Dr. Killiam was a genius, but after Extremis, he was also a physically superior to Tony Stark and for the first time, Tony was outmatched. It was truly a great battle at the end, and we could see just how superior Killiam was to Tony, how clever Tony had to be to even stand a chance against his most imposing threat ever and how lucky he is that the has loyal friends whom he can count on.
All in all, I really enjoyed this film from beginning to end and like I said, even the parts that annoyed me didn't annoy me to the point of me not liking the film. If you haven't seen Iron Man 3 I got two things to say to you 1. Why haven't you? and 2. Give it a shot and I guarantee you it'll be money well spent.
I give it a rating of 8.5/10
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Well, today we launched unto the interwebs our first effort from what is going to be the Truthful Comics Podcast. This is something I've been wanting to do for a while now and thankfully, I met Aaron Hoover, a master in the art of podcasting, through the magical world of Facebook and now I can truly say, we've become good friends. And what do friends do? They help each other out or course!
Being that he's such a wizard in the art of podcasting, I asked him to help me out with this little experiment and he agreed! No loopholes, no small print in a shady contract and no bribes, none of that was necessary for him to give me a helping hand; and I appreciate him for that. He not only co-hosts the podcast, but he's also is the driving force behind the editing and post-production of the episodes and all the technical stuff I have no idea how to deal with, plus he produced the intro to the podcast which I fell in love with as soon as I listened to it, being a HUGE Batman: Brave and the Bold fan. I think what he's doing with this podcast asa favor to me is incredible and the appreciation I feel for my friend is something I can't quite put into words, but I'll just say: Thank you Aaron!
Joining us on this crazy ride will be Ethan Parker who is Aaron's co-host on a podcast called Confessions of a Movie Snob (http://confessionsofamoviesnob.com/) as well as Batman super fan Cory Gaitan. So, without further further ado, I give you Issue #0 of Truthful Comics Podcast.
Truthful Comics Podcast Issue #0: http://www.truthfulcomics.com/podcast.html
We hope you enjoy our little podcast and we're looking forward to listening to your feedback. If you have questions or you want us to discuss anything in particular, send us an email to: email@example.com
By Aaron Hoover | March 22, 2013 |
We are joined by Cory Gaitan and Manuel Carmona wherein we are tasked with the hypothetical job of producing and creating a Justice League movie by Christopher Nolan.
There are a lot of rumors flying around about the now-back-in-development Justice League movie from Warner Brothers, and we take a crack at what we’d like to see, and what we’d like to do with this superhero franchise that seems to be teetering on the edge of a knife, one step away from being amazing, and one step away from falling into colossal failure.
Click this link to listen to the episode: http://confessionsofamoviesnob.com/
//About the Justice League
The Justice League, also called the Justice League of America or JLA, is a fictional superhero team that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. First appearing in The Brave and the Bold #28 (February/March 1960), the Justice League originally featured Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash (Barry Allen), Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter. The team roster has been rotated throughout the years with characters such as Green Arrow, Captain Marvel, Black Canary, the Atom, Hawkman, Elongated Man, Red Tornado, Firestorm, Zatanna, Hawkgirl, Cyborg and dozens of others. The team received its own comic book title in October 1960, when the first issue was published. It would continue to #261 in April 1987, which was the final issue. Throughout the years, various incarnations or subsections of the team have operated as Justice League America, Justice League Europe, Justice League International, Justice League Task Force, Justice League Elite and Extreme Justice.//
By Manuel A. Carmona
Two weeks ago I teased you all with the thought of me writing a series of blog entries about which actors/actresses I'd cast if I were given the opportunity to do the casting of a big budget movie and/or TV series. Last week i gave you my first entry, my version of the Justice League cast. This week, I decided to do what I'd really been wanting to do, cast my version of Batman and the entire Bat family. This are my choices, you may agree or disagree, but if you do, please... leave your comments below. Thanks
Let's start with the figure of the moment in the Bat family...
Damian Wayne/Robin- Kenton Duty
In order to portray the former child assassin, turned Robin, Damian Wayne, it'd take months of training and conditioning if they're going to accomplish that goal. But when it comes to looking the part, Kenton Duty is my pic for the role of Damian Wayne. He's played serious roles before in movies such as 2:13 and Forget Me Not and he had a role in the hit TV series Lost. So when it comes to a young actor who looks the part and has the acting chops to play Damian, my vote goes to Kenton.
Kate Kane/Batwoman- Laura Prepon
We've known Laura Prepon for her roles in the hit TV series That 70's Show and How I Met Your Mother, but I think she'd be an awesome Batwoman. Besides being a natural redhead, Laura has the... uhum... body to pull it off, she has a look that is sexy and dangerous at the same time. I totally see her as Kate Kane and I think men and women all over the world will fall in love with Batwoman.
Jason Todd/Red Hood- Zac Efron
Now, before all my geek guy friends freak out on me over my choice for the Red Hood, look at the pictures, after you do that, watch the movie Charlie St. Cloud and THEN, come back and tell me if the guy isn't a great actor. I think he'd be perfect to play our favorite not-so-dead-Robin turned into Red Hood, Jason Todd.
Stephanie Brown/Batgirl- Bridgit Mendler
Stephanie Brown is one of my top 10 favorite characters of all time, period! Her evolution as a hero is the stuff of legends and because of my deep love of the character, I searched the web for the perfect actress to portray my beloved Stephanie. I found her in the form of a real life Disney princess, her name; Bridgit Mendler! Of course she has a huge following because of her Disney popularity, but she's an all around great young actress with appearances in shows like House and General Hospital and she;s also been in hit movies like Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 and Alvin and the Chipmunks 2. I think she's the perfect girl for the role of my favorite Batgirl!
Tim Drake/Robin- Thomas Dekker
Tim Drake is another character very dear and near to my heart and as such, I wanted a n actor who could portray all the qualities that make him so amazing. Thomas Dekker is, in my opinion, one such actor. We've seen him portray a badass hero in Terminator the TV Series, where he played John Connor and when you look at him, you see Tim Drake! This guy would be an awesome Robin in my opinion.
Barbara Gordon/Batgirl- Nina Droveb
Nina has been in numerous films as well as TV shows, but we know her best for her role in CW's The Vampire Diaries. She has the looks, the acting chops, the range and the fan following to make her my one and only choice to play Barbara Gordon.
Dick Grayson/Nightwing- Milo Ventimiglia
The character of Nightwing is one very dear to my heart and as such, I thought about this a lot. When I think of Dick Grayson i think of an adventurer without fear, a character full of optimism and joy, but at the same time I think of a big brother type figure. I think Milo Ventimiglia falls into all of the above mentioned categories effortlessly and he looks the part. We've seen him portray a hero and a big brother in the hit TV series Heroes and I wouldn't mind seeing him portray Batman's greatest triumph; Dick Grayson/Nightwing!
Selena Kyle/Catwoman- Rachel Bilson
Of course there has to be a love interest for Batman, and we all know who that is; Catwoman! I have only one choice for this role... Rachel Bilson! We all know she can act, she has an innocent and caring look to her, but we also know there's a dark side to her, much like Selena Kyle, and her looks... well, you be the judge. I know they'll be thousands of men falling in love with cats after this movie comes out!
Alfred Pennyworth- Ian Mckellen
I really don't have to justify my choice for Alfred because, well... Ian Mckellen is a BOSS!!! It doesn't matter what role you put him in, he's going to deliver the goods and when I think of Alfred, I think of a smart, strict and gentle soul, in my opinion, that's the precise definition of Sir Ian Mckellen.
Bruce Wayne/Batman- Ray Stevenson
I think that all the previous incarnations of Batman lack one key element of the character, an intimidating presence. Batman in my opinion should have rugged good looks, he should look serious to the point of being scary and he should have an imposing physique. My choice for Batman is none other than Ray Stevenson. We've seen his acting range when he portrayed Volstagg in the Thor movie and we've seen how intimidating and downright scary he can be in Punisher: War Zone, but he's also a very handsome man; the perfect combination to play Batman.
Agree or disagree? Leave your comments below!
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