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Could ‘Suicide Squad’ Become DCEU’s ‘Fast and Furious’ Franchise?

With nine films under its belt (if you include the recently successful Hobbs & Shaw), there’s no doubting that the Fast and Furious franchise continues to be a box office powerhouse eighteen years since its beginning. Certainly a franchise that has had it’s growing pains but, like any great film engine, it found its formula and has continued to pop out winner after winner. Are these films that spark conversation, address deep rooted social issues, and provide allegories of our troubled reality? F*** no! They are mindless, hysterical, explosive, and classic popcorn fun! Yes, in the age of harsh realism and dark films, cheesy explosion blockbusters are still a great time at the movies. Something I feel has added to the success of the Fast and Furious franchise aside from its ridiculous stunts (cars out of airplanes?!) has been the richness of the cast’s diversity. No tokens! Just all shades of people coming together for an action-packed adventure. As James Gunn posted the official cast of his upcoming Suicide Squad I feel I must wonder- Could Suicide …

‘The Joker’ Final Trailer: I Have No Idea What It’s About, but I Relate??

Yesterday we were treated to the second and FINAL trailer for Todd Phillips’ upcoming The Joker.  As said before, on the podcast and on this very blog, I have been very skeptical about this movie; how do you have Joker without his better half?! Well, the final trailer, much like the first, does very little to tell us what the plot is going to be. Yet, I found myself (on a strictly emotional level) connecting with what I was seeing. I know the script has leaked online, but I am trying to be a good fan and keep my distance. For now, I am going off of the suspicion that the story revolves around the thesis of, “we are all just one bad day away from losing our minds.” Of course, we can tell Phoenix’s Joker has had more than just a bad day, but isn’t that so many of us? A part of me wishes that the film weren’t set in the 70’s because it appears as if there is so much here that …

‘House of X’ #2 Reveals the Truth of Moira X

SO MANY SPOILERS AHEAD IT’S INSANE!!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!! I had my chance to finish the latest issue of Jonathan Hickman’s (mind-blowing) mutant epic. Where issue #1 presented us with new elements to the present and Powers of X #1 introduced us to a new future, this week’s House of X #2 opened ten doors to a new multi-dimensional past. We we were not ready. It turns out the seemingly normal and human, Moira MacTaggert, has been a mutant this whole time! Oh, and not just THIS time but nine others! Confused? Let me explain; Moira’s mutant ability is discrete yet powerful- reincarnation. Moira has the power to be reborn and do her life over with all the knowledge and memories of her past attempts. The X-men continuity as we know it (since 1963) all form a part of her 10th attempt at life. So, let’s break down the many lives of Moira X. Life 1: This was the boring and dull normal existence of the character. She lived, got married, had some babies, had …

‘Herogasm’ is Coming (no pun intended) to ‘The BOYS’ in Season 3

Have you finished the eight episode first season of Amazon’s new original, The Boys? No? Well what are you waiting for? Hurry up! For those of you that have, and are starting to feel the withdrawal, I have some news that is going to make the symptoms a little worse. None comic fans have just recently become aware by watching the season that this IP is f***** up in grounding and, at the same time, hysterical ways. It deconstructs the superhero genre while making us laugh and gasp from the buckets of bloodshed. The one thing about the series that DID seem more tame was the use of sex. The comic is unapologetically borderline pornographic at times. The best example would be the six-issue story titled, Herogasm. It is literally six issues of the boys infiltrating a weekend-long superhero retreat where everyone does drugs and engages in multiple orgies. Creators of the show recently confirmed that should they get the green light for season 3, an episode will release dedicated completed to the miniseries! I see …

‘The New Gods’ vs ‘The Eternals’

Don’t know who The Eternals are? Not to worry, neither do most comic fans! I would consider myself a “committed-casual” comic reader and, in reality, had very little information about the property before the film was announced. Now, despite the comic not being a big hitter amongst readers, it certainly is involved in some weird S*** these days. How so? Let’s take a look! 1: Who Are The Eternals: First and foremost, let’s clarify, in an abridged version, just who the Eternals are! They are an immortal (pretty self-explanatory) group of humans that were created in the early stages of mankind’s development by beings known as the Celestials. You might recall a little cameo of the Celestials in the first Guardians of the Galaxy, and you may also recall that Peter Quill is in fact HALF Celestial! This small branch of humanity, unlike inhumans and mutants, tend to possess a uniform power-set though exceptions have been seen. Eternals have super-strength, flight, forcefield abilities, telepathy, illusion casting,  and teleportation. All these powers come from their ability to …

‘The Boys’ Takes Aim at Media Culture?

Thank the television Gods, I found my next series obsession. The Amazon original, The Boys, is a new series that premiered last week based on the comic book of the same title created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. When I heard the announcement for this show I immediately ran out to buy myself the first volume trade paperback. To say I loved it is an understatement. The series has done a FANTASTIC job of not just capturing the (often comical) gore, but sticking to the spirit of the story while tweaking it for a new age. Primarily, I would need to focus on the adjustments made to the character of Starlight played beautifully by Erin Moriarty. In the comics that opening sexual assault is actually much worse… it involved Homelander, A-Train, and Black Noir. The Deep isn’t even involved! Furthermore, Starlight’s abuse and ultimately spiritual murder, is much worse in the first volume and often comes across as intended comedy within the pages. The series not only wisely down-played the gratuity of the assault, …

‘Young Justice’ Confirms Major Character is Queer; Did We Get Baited Again?

I just finished the latest episode of Young Justice: Outsiders and it concluded with quite the character development; Kaldur, the new Aquaman, is indeed queer. Uhhhh where to begin… Ok– Am I happy that one of the OG characters is revealed to be queer/bisexual? Of course! Now let’s get into the narrative issues… 1: Feels Out of Left Field– Sure, from the comic we know that Kaldur was interpreted as gay, but here there is really no context to this development. For those who don’t know, Kaldur was an original creation for the animated series who was then brought over to DC comics universe. When the show-runners revealed a couple years ago that there have always been LGBT characters on the team it seemed the easiest choice would have been Kaldur since he was their original character thus giving them creative freedom. However, We know that a principal plot to his character for the first two season was his affection for Tulla (Aquagirl) and ultimately the loss of her. So… 2: What Did the Past …

Streaming Service Wars: Taking Down Netflix

A long time ago, in a prosperous cable tv industry far far away… Netflix video streaming was born, and thus, the streaming service war began. Before we get into that however, lets see how we got there. Since 1948, when cable first started broadcasting on televisions across multiple states, we’ve all been immersed in its glory. Over the following few decades, many major networks came to life. By 1998, there were about 171 different cable networks for us to choose from. Looking back, life was probably good for the cable companies around the early 2000s. They were making billions of dollars and consumers had hundreds of channel options, not to mention, great quality content. Enter Netflix. Around 1998 when cable providers were innovating by introducing cable & internet broadband services, Netflix went live with their online DVD rental service. For the next few years they quietly gained subscribers and by 2003 they had hit 1 million users while simultaneously receiving big bucks from investors. Below is a short timeline of the major events that came …

Alan Moore F****** Hates HBO’s ‘Watchmen’: I’m Here For It

Oh what a time to be a Watchmen fan. I have seen the released trailer, and though I’m a HUGE fan of the graphic novel (a book I suggest everyone, and I mean EVERYONE read) I am equally intrigued and mesmerized be its creator, Alan Moore. Not familiar with the grumpy genius? Well, in the comic world he is known for his creations such as Batman’s The Killing Joke, his run on Swamp Thing, which brought the character to critical acclaim, the mind-blowing V for Vendetta, and of course the unmatched Watchmen.   Now, when I say this man is grumpy I am putting it VERY nicely. Having known about the creator for some time I can tell you that Alan Moore HATES any and all adaptations of his work. He is not for it AT. ALL. This man has spoken some real S*** when it has come to live-action versions of his creations or even taking his characters and recycling them with new writers/artists. Can we understand the anger? After all, imagine creating a piece of …

Time to Call Time of Death for ‘The New Mutants’

Everyone may remember the dumpster fire that was Dark Phoenix (or maybe not… not like anyone went to go see it), but what may have gone under the radar for some is how that movie was being described as Fox Studios’ final project in the world of the mutants. Umm… this is awkward. Almost two years ago Fox Studios released the first and only trailer for it’s horror film, The New Mutants, a spin-off film that would have released after the final X film. What is this group of young weirdos? Well, based on a younger team, the New Mutants was a spin-off comic released in the early 80’s. Like it’s flagship title, the Uncanny X-Men, The New Mutants took several issues before finding it’s beat. That day came with the release of issue #18 which kicked off the famous Demon Bear Saga that, coincidentally enough, was the inspiration for the unreleased film. So, what happened to the project? Shortly after the release of the initial trailer the film went through several release date push-backs until …