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“Joker” SPOILER Review

Just got out of Todd Phillips’ Joker…Guys, honestly, this is a tough review. I can’t recall the last time I’ve had to review something that was so parallel to real issues. As I write this I know I’m going to be marinating the idea of “art vs. zeitgeist”; does the former influence the latter or vice versa.  THAT being said…Let’s get this over with. THE GOOD  Phoenix: Does Phoenix deliver as the Joker? Yes. For what little time we got to see him. I might have mentioned that something I detest about some comic book films, especially origins, is the tactic of reserving the reveal of the character (or final transformation) for the third act; sometimes even the very end of the third act. This movie seems to do that with Joker. What Phoenix portrays for the majority of the movie is a mentally ill man who never really had a chance to make anything of his life. From the very opening of the movie we get a man being beat down (literally and figuratively), and …

Shortlist for Catwoman Revealed

This morning I was pumped to find on Twitter that the the shortlist for the casting of Catwoman in the upcoming Batman film has been released! Was this an accident? Nah, bitch. This was likely released on purpose for the studio to gain an idea of what direction fans are leaning in order to help (but not control) their decision. I want to go down the list of each beautiful black actress (So happy they’re going to give us some Eartha Kitt vibes) and see which I think have the strongest chances. Tessa Thompson: Out of the gates I have to say I don’t think she’s a real contender for the role. Yes, she’s stunning, yes she gives Eartha Kitt vibes to the T, but I just don’t see her opposite Robert Pattinson in this movie. I know some might think her staple in the MCU makes her a strong contender, but I would hope that Warner Bros. would go with a lesser known actress to really make a debut as Catwoman. Do I think she’ll …

‘TITANS’ 2×04: ‘Aqualad’

It is Monday so that means it is time for another review/rant on the latest episode of DC Universe’s, Titans! THE GOOD Varsity Team: So, for the first time this week we got to visit the good old days(?) when the original Titans members occupied the tower. We had Dick once again in his Robin suit, Hawk, Dove, Donna Troy, and, a new face, Aqualad! I enjoyed getting to see the original team assembled for the entire episode as it heavily implied that we would be getting the answers as to what happened that made them all go their separate ways. The opening fight sequence with the five was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed the banter among them as well. Now, if I’m being honest, some stuff did fall flat. They’re just not that fun of a group! I know, I know, this is SERIOUS Titans, but still! The five don’t really seem to have all that much chemistry between them besides the fact that they’re unreasonably attractive. Yet, overall, I did really enjoy …

Jharrel Jerome Wins Emmy for”When They See Us”; Will He Be Our Mister Miracle?

Just some minutes ago we had the pleasure of seeing Jharrel Jerome accept his first Emmy for his work in When They See Us. Now, not just any Emmy, but the Emmy for Best Lead Actor! HUGE moment for this 21-year-old talent from the Bronx. Now, my nerd brain goes immediately to thoughts on Ava DuVernay’s next project, The New Gods.  DuVernay herself has said that she often brings talent from previous projects into the next, and I have a feeling that Jharrel’s win tonight could easily make him a front-runner for the DC property cast.  To play who exactly? Why, Mister Miracle of course! Playing the natural born son of High Father of the planet New Genesis, Mister Miracle was offered up in a trade in order to secure peace with the rival planet, Apokalips. That’s right, ya’ll! Darkseid is the adoptive father of this character! There is a kindness to Jerome’s face and very much to how he carries himself. Mister Miracle, despite growing up in a torturous environment, never surrendered his optimist …

‘TITANS’ 2×02: Rose

I’m back to talk the latest episode of Titans. Is it an improvement from season one and the “meh” season premiere? The GOOD Love a Teen Drama: Something I talked about at the conclusion of the first season was how the entire thing felt more like a prologue/introduction instead of a complete story. As a comic fan it was fine for me. I believed doing this was certainly creating a mediocre first season, but it was also setting up an exceptional foundation for the future. This second episode is allowing me to see some of the rewards of that base. I had a great time seeing Jason and Gar train, getting to see more of Gar and Raven’s awkward relationship unfold, getting to see more of Donna and Kory interact, and even just seeing everyone hanging out at the luxurious Titans tower! This season the showrunners have created two groups; Titans and Teen Titans. This is perfect. Taking me back to the most recent comics set-up. Dick, Donna, Hank, Dawn, and Kory are now in …

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 …

‘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 …

‘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 …