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SH S3E19: Wonder Woman Review

SH S3E19: Wonder Woman Review
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It’s our Wonder Woman spoiler-filled discussion! First we talk news including the latest from the Ghostbusters franchise, Marvel’s new animated series, Luke Cage filming, and then a bit on the Dark Universe being launched with this weekend’s new movie, The Mummy. Then it’s all Wonder Woman as we take a deep dive into the superhero’s first live-action movie. We talk Gal Gadot, Patty Jenkins, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, special effects, plot points, that one scene (yeah, you know which one), and finally, our personal grade for the DCEU’s fourth installment.

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Ian Turner

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SH S2E25: Screen Heroes Awards

Welcome to our 50th Episode of the Screen Heroes podcast! Thank you for all of your support over the last year. We’ve got something very special for you this week, the First Annual Screen Heroes Awards!

We nominated actors, characters, shows, and movies across 17 different categories and you helped us pick the winners by voting on Facebook, Twitter, our website, and even Instagram! Now, join us as we announce our Screen Heroes Awards winners in each category with the help of five special guests that include previous Screen Heroes guests and some new comers. We also give away a voter prize with each category! So listen in and see if you won!

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Screen Heroes Awards: First Annual

Welcome to the First Annual Screen Heroes Awards!

That’s right! We’re hosting our first awards show, celebrating the most fun in media this year.  And you get to be a part of it! We’ve been releasing new categories for you to vote on so we can choose the winners!

But that’s not all! Every time you’ve voted, you’ve actually been entering yourself in a Screen Heroes Awards Contest too! For every category, a lucky winner will be selected to receive a prize related to that category’s winner!

Prizes Include:

Comic books!
Charms!
Movie Posters!
Grid Daily Apparel!
FUNKO Pops!
And more…!

Have you missed the previous categories? Never fear! Listed below are the released categories with your chance to pick your winners in the comments!

Remember, you must pick from one of the picture nominees. We know not every film or actor was nominated but just like the Academy Awards, we had to narrow things down a bit.

First Annual Screen Heroes Awards Nominees

Best Female Superhero in a Film

Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Scarlet Johansson (Black Widow)

Best Film (Super)hero FemaleBest Male Superhero in a Film

Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Henry Cavill (Superman), Chris Evans (Captain America), Will Smith (Deadshot), Ben Affleck (Batman)

Best Film (Super)Hero Male

Best Superhero TV Series

Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Daredevil, Luke Cage

Best Super Hero Show

Best Sci-Fi TV Series

Orphan Black, Stranger Things, Wayward Pines, Mr. Robot, The X-Files

Best SciFi TV Show

Best Fantasy TV Series

Game of Thrones, Outlander, Galavant, Once Upon a Time, The Shannara Chronicles

Best Fantasy TV Show

Best Horror TV Series

Lucifer, Supernatural, American Horror Story, Penny Dreadful, The Walking Dead

Best Horror TV Show

Best TV Villain in a Superhero Series

Cameron Monaghan (Jerome Valeska\Joker),  Casper Crump (Vandal Savage), Teddy Sears (Jay Garrick), Neal McDonough (Damien Darhk), Erik LaRay Harvey (Diamondback), Mahershala Ali (Cottonmouth)

Best TV Villain

Best TV Supporting Character in a Superhero Series

Jon Bertnthal (Frank Castle), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), Wentworth Miller (Captain Cold), Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon), Simone Missick (Misty Knight)

Best TV Supporting Character

Best Female Superhero in a TV Series

Melissa Benoist (Supergirl), Caity Lotz (Sara Lance\White Canary), Chloe Bennet (Daisy Skye Johnson), Willa Holland (Thea Queen\Speedy), Elodie Yung (Elektra)

Best TV (Super)hero Female

Best Male Superhero in a TV Series

Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock\Daredevil), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Grant Gustin (Barry Allen\Flash), Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer\The Atom), Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen\Green Arrow)

Best TV (Super)Hero Male

Best Villain in a Superhero Film

Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor Jr.), Oscar Isaac (Apocalypse), Ed Skrein (Ajax\Francis), Cara Delevingne (June Moone\Enchantress)

Best Film Villain

Best Supporting Character in a Superhero Film

Tom Holland (Peter Parker\Spider-Man), Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa\Black Panther), Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead), Jay Hernandez (Diablo), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey)

Best Supporting Film Character

Best Superhero Film

Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Sqaud

Best Comic Book Movie

Best Horror Film

The Purge: Election Year, 10 Cloverfield Lane, The VVitch, Pride Prejudice and Zombies, The Conjuring 2

Best Horror Film

Best Fantasy Film

BFG, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Warcraft, Pete’s Dragon, The Jungle Book

Best Fantasy Film

Best Science Fiction Film

Star Trek Beyond, Independence Day: Resurgence, Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, The 5th Wave

Best Sci-Fi FIlm

Best Animated Film

Pets, Zootopia, Kubo, Finding Dory, Kung Fu Panda 3

Best Animated Film

 

That’s it for now, but stay tuned for more news and don’t forget to join us live for the official awards ceremony! You can catch the Screen Heroes Awards live December 6th at 8:00 pm Central on twitch.tv\heroespodcasts!

Entries into the contest are limited to the number of categories released. Only one winner will be chosen per category. No repeat winners will be chosen.

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SH S2E8: What if Batman v Superman was Made in the 90s

We’re back after a week off to discuss how Batman v Superman would have been different if it was done 25 years ago in the early 90s! Your three hosts each provide their own take on their version of the film including who would portray Batman and Superman, what other Justice League members would be included and how the plot would be different back during the height of the Michael Keaton Batman.

Before we kick off this week’s What If scenario, we talk about our experiences at Kansas City Comic Con this past weekend. Ryan with Buster Props had an artist alley table and Rae with the Super Sirens had a cosplay booth while I (Derreck) enjoyed a nice press pass.

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We’re Being Bad Fans

I feel something needs to be said. This past year has been incredibly cool when it comes to films. We’ve seen our favorite heroes go toe-to-toe, fist-to-fist in epic battles we only dreamed of as children. We’ve seen beloved franchises reinvented to reflect different audiences. We’ve seen the limits of CGI technology pushed with video game adaptions. We’ve seen C-list characters pulled to the forefront for our viewing pleasure. And yet, they each seem to get trash talked and panned before the opening weekend is even over. It’s time we’re called out: we are bad fans.

If you haven’t caught my drift I’m specifically speaking of the insanity that is the DC backlash (and subsequently the Ghostbusters hate and Warcraft ire.) And it is insanity. Don’t believe me? Here are some excerpts from reviews found online. You tell me if they’ve gone too far.

Harley Quinn’s character is the strongest proof that this movie, for all its rebellious posturing, is nothing but business as usual. Full review
A. O. Scott·The New York Times
On paper, this could have been the antidote to an increasingly codified strain of comic-book movies, but in the end, it’s just another high-attitude version of the same. Full review
Peter Debruge·Variety
As storytelling, Suicide Squad is the worst of the worst, but it’s no different in kind from the best of the best. This is all just high-priced junk.Full review
David Edelstein·Vulture
How, you might ask, is it possible to so thoroughly suck the joy out of a story that features a guy who can shoot flames out of his hands (Jay Hernandez, as Diablo)? Full review
Michael O’Sullivan·Washington Post

Giant. Eye roll. Seriously, my eyes can’t roll hard enough. What do I mean by this? We’re spoiled by great films, and so now, we expect EVERY film to produce greatness. Instead we should be focused on having fun and enjoying finally seeing our childhoods come to life. Now if I sound a little angry, it’s because I am. It’s disheartening to see what you love just completely berated over and over until everyone is in this cesspool of bitterness and elitism.  That’s not how I want my movies anymore.

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How can we better ourselves?

Well, I have a few ideas…

Remember where we come from 

Movies of the 80’s and 90’s ranged from glorious cinematic works (remember Ghostbusters?) and cheesy balls of crap (remember Ghostbusters 2?).  Big movie hits were immediately transformed into exploited franchises with board games, cereal, action figures, cartoons, drinks, etc. But we didn’t care! We loved having more and more content! It was a franchise utopia!

The late 90’s and early 2000’s kind of did away with that. There weren’t as many franchises and there definitely wasn’t the same amount of merchandising as before. It was a dark time (but produced some of the best thrillers and indie flicks.) Now we’re all old and cynical and we have forgotten where we’ve come from. Mufasa would be disappointed in all of us.  An invigoration into our childhood loves have been started. New adaptations of obscurities we’ve long loved are finally seeing the light.  Why wouldn’t you give it a chance? Why wouldn’t you embrace it? This, right now, is what we loved as kids. They weren’t anymore genuine or righteous as they are now. Companies created these franchise empires to make money off of our never-ending desires to obtain more stuff. That’s what they’re doing now, so we might as well enjoy it with the same amount of love as before.

Open your minds the way you did when you were 8. The world will seem a little brighter that way.Suicide-Squad-movie-poster-3-e1469110045944

Everyone IS NOT a critic


We are also not filmmakers, editors, directors, screen writers, actors, or what have you. This is something we should all keep in mind and is an overall good rule for life. You have your opinions, and they’re unique. Often times, there is a huge chance that your experiences can enrich someone’s life. That no longer remains true when you disparage someone or something.  When your only critique is an insult, that’s not a critique. It’s just as easy to say, “hey, this wasn’t for me. I didn’t enjoy it because of XYZ.” None of that is tearing down or preventing others from making their own judgments.

To be a little more blunt, there’s also a good chance that when you review a game, movie, album, your opinion isn’t going to matter unless you’re being paid for it (see above.) I didn’t pull the random hate quotes off Twitter or Facebook, because those aren’t published reviews paying someone’s bills. Those posts can be equated to your old high school friend’s new baby pictures or your uncle’s misunderstanding of social media. Those opinions are lost in the void of voices. While you want yours to be heard, it’s not going to matter without some sustenance to back it up.  Saying that goes against the “we are all special” motto, but we are not all professional critics. Until then, people are going to be more concerned with what professionals say or what the biggest fans think.

Stop comparing apples to oranges


I’m sure you’ve heard this phrase before. If not, it means two dissimilar objects shouldn’t be compared. Specifically, I’m talking about the fans constantly comparing the DC movies to the Marvel movies.  I understand that’s difficult to do, but please hear me out.  The two companies have been compared since their beginnings and will continue to be compared until their demise.  Has that ever made anyone better off, though?  What do we ultimately get from that but disappointment? It was fun when it was “Who would win in a fight, A or B?” but it has grown beyond that as a way to insult the films, specifically the DC ones.

As a mainly Marvel girl, I’ve been on board with them from the beginning (and I’m not talking the MCU beginning, I’m talking as far back as Blade.) I loved them and I watched them all the time, but I’ve never thought they’ve created perfect, untouchable films. If I had the chance, I’d redo every single X-Men movie from head to toe.  I want them to continue making movies because I’ve loved what they have created and want to see where they’re going. For those exact same reasons, I want the same for DC.

DC has arguably the best, most prolific pop culture characters in their grasp and have produced multiple iterations of these characters both in the cinematic and written form. Seeing them in any form should be considered bona fide proof that there are millions out there that love these things as much as you.  In no way do I want the two companies to mimic each other. The worlds should be different. They are not the same in written form and they should not be the same in cinematic form either.

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Keep an open mind

If you want to hate something, so badly that you openly ridicule it before it’s even available, you’re probably going to hate it.  The same thing is true for the opposite. Keeping an open mind isn’t easy but it’s worth it. You’re able to see a product for what it really is, and in the case of Suicide Squad that would be a decent movie which was a lot of fun. It is not without faults, it is not a perfect film by any means, but it did its job. It got people interested in the characters. Everyone I’ve talked to wants to know more about the characters, whether or not they liked the movie.

So now what?

I don’t know. I just want to enjoy things without abuse. I want everyone to do that. I want the nerdrage to subside. I want to stop seeing “Anyone who likes X is stupid” posts. It’s not edgy. It’s not blue. It’s not even a little funny. It’s discouraging. I want the world to know that I want to see content adaptations and universe building, and I’m not alone. I want these fandoms to grow and thrive and create new fans.  I hope you do too.

We’re Being Bad Fans

SH S2E2: Suicide Squad – What You Need to Know

The next big DC Comics movie, Suicide Squad, is just under a month away! The live action anti-hero film stars Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, and Jared Leto as The Joker. The movie takes place in the same universe as Batman v Superman, with Ben Affleck reprising his role as Batman in Suicide Squad.

To prep for the film, we sit down to talk about everything you need to know before you see it. We discuss how the group came to be, some of its previous members, how the Suicide Squad played out in The CW’s Arrow, and our thoughts on the casting. We talk about which characters we’re most excited to see plus those we might be a little nervous about.

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Justice League Logo & Synopsis Released

(Updating as news comes in. Last updated: 6\21\2016 8:30AM CST)

The upcoming Justice League film from DC Entertainment officially has a logo and a plot synopsis. For those wondering, it has also been confirmed that the main villain for the movie is not Darkseid but instead one of the New Gods, Steppenwolf.

Additionally, it looks like we know who Willem Dafoe is going to be, Vulko, one of Aquaman’s main allies. Per Wikipedia:

Nuidis Vulko is a fictional DC Comics character and one of the most recurring members of the Aquaman supporting cast. He was created by Bob Haney and Howard Purcell in The Brave and the Bold #73 (August–September 1967).[1] His look was redesigned by Nick Cardy for Aquaman #35.

Here’s the Justice League film synopsis:

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.  Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat.  But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Directed by Zack Snyder, this marks the big screen debut of the Justice League, featuring an all-star lineup: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher.

Two logos have been released, one black text on white and one the opposite of that. check them out below and let us know your thoughts.

Justice League Movie Logo Black Justice League Movie Logo White

Justice League hit theaters in November 2017.

Which logo do you like best? Are you excited for the film? Comment below!

Justice League Logo & Synopsis Released

SH S1E15: Batman v Superman Analysis

The DCEU has officially started with the premiere of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film is bringing the cash along with complex opinions that range from a sub-30% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes to +70% by fans on the same site. People either love or hate this movie with little room for middle ground. With that in mind, we decided to sit down and discuss the main characters, plot points, and expectations for the film and upcoming DCEU movies including Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman. So there are lots of spoilers here! You’ve been warned. We also did a poster give away for our viewers who watched the live stream on Twitch as we recorded! We’re not sure what the next give away will be but keep up with us on Twitter and Facebook to find out and make sure to tune in live next week!

Listen to our thoughts and then let us know yours! What did you think of the movie? Are you excited for the future films? Who was your favorite character and who do you think would win in a showdown between DC’s Trinity? Comment below!

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Derreck Mayer
Rachel Stewart
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Ian Turner

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Nikki Lynn

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Derreck Mayer

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Top 10 Superman Incarnations in Film and TV

This past weekend Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice premiered to record world-wide box office sales and while I have not yet seen the flick, I can assure you that I’ll be rooting for the Man of Steel. His shield logo is one of the most recognizable symbols in the world and the Metropolis Marvel has set the standard for costumed characters for almost 80 years.  First appearing in Action Comics #1 back in 1938, generations of readers have seen different incarnations of the Big Blue Boy Scout make the journey as a baby from Krypton to Smallville and as a man from Smallville to Metropolis. Last week Derreck brought you his top versions of the Dark Knight Detective while today I bring you my favorite versions of the Last Son of Krypton.

What is my criteria for the order in which I rank these? Personal preference. I claim no sophisticated system. I simply am going to go with what is in my heart. I figure that is what Superman would do.


# 10 Brandon Routh in Superman Returns

Superman Returns: Brandon RouthThe creators of this movie decided to base it in the same world as the Christopher Reeve flicks while pretending that neither Superman III or IV had ever happened (that part was a wise choice in my opinion). Routh was cast to a large degree due to the resemblance he had to Reeve as much as his resemblance to Superman. The issue for me was that having it be a sequel just made it confusing and sad. He left Earth, Lois moved on, gave birth to his son, got a husband, won a Pulitzer and got 15 years younger. Routh and his co-star Kate Bosworth (Lois) just seemed too young physically and too old spiritually for this movie to be cohesive for me. This movie just drained me and I have never watched it a second time. I have enjoyed Routh in his role as Ray Palmer on Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow far more than I did as Superman.

#09 Danny Dark in Super Friends

This was the first version of Superman that I remember seeing on television. The character was voiced by Danny Dark in basically the same show with different names from before I started kindergarten until after I started high school. My primary issue with the Superman in Super Friends is that to keep the show kid friendly he couldn’t punch anyone. At all. They decided to deal with this by putting force fields everywhere and then Superman would spend 15 minutes slamming into them. Also Kryptonite made up nearly 1/4th of the world’s crust in the Super Friends universe. Still, I was a kid and I ate it up.

#08 Henry Cavill in Man of Steel

I know that this ranking here will cause some controversy because people are so divided on this movie. I actually agree with much of the criticism on this picture but I honestly think it could have been worse without Henry Cavill. My main issue with this movie was the characterization of Jonathan Kent more than anything else. I actually felt that Cavill tried to offer some heart to the role and there are some scenes he has with Amy Adams and with Diane Lane that are really strong. There are a lot of things that I would have done differently with this film but I don’t think casting Cavill was the issue.

#07 Vin Diesel in The Iron Giant

The Iron Giant: Vin DieselOkay, I know I’m cheating here but it is my list and I don’t care. The Iron Giant features many of the same plot points as a Superman show – super-powered alien comes to Earth and ends up falling in love with and defending his adopted home and family. The Iron Giant takes some time to figure out his role and Hogarth is in a sense his Obi-Wan, teaching him the meaning of a hero…showing the giant that he is more than just his programming. I am not ashamed to admit that the end of this movie gets me every time. When the Iron Giant closes his eyes and says “Soo-per-man”, it is over for me.  Not one of the other movies on this list makes me tear up like I do every time at the end of The Iron Giant.

#06 Tom Welling in Smallville

Smallville: Tom WellingA lot of folks would put Welling higher on this list and I probably would have as well if I had stuck with this series. The show suffered for me from ‘freak of the week’ syndrome. Each week someone would get powers from Kryptonite (except Lana Lang who wore a Kryptonite pendant). After a while I left the show so I missed Supergirl, Lois and an early version of the Justice League. I guess I can still go out there and watch them but I haven’t found the time or motivation yet. Obviously the show found a great following, as superhero shows don’t generally stay on the air for 10 years. I also have a hard time accepting Welling as a nerdy high school freshman when the show premiered since he was actually 24 and a model.

#05 George Reeves from Adventures of Superman

Superman: George ReevesFor my father’s generation George Reeves was Superman. Reeves was reluctant to take on the crimson cape and a television series as he was worried about how it would affect his movie career. In that sense he was probably correct in that the show made him a household icon and ‘the’ face of Superman for a couple of decades. Reeves’ Superman is older and more sure of himself and his Clark Kent is as well. This Clark pretty much relied on the hat and glasses to do the disguise work rather than any other characterization. Physically, George isn’t a guy that you would cast as Superman today but he isn’t far off of the Superman that we saw in the comics in the forties and fifties. We also didn’t see any angsty business with Superman getting all misty about being an alien. This Superman knew that being Superman is awesome so stop moping and fight some bad guys!

#04 Dean Cain in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

The Adventures of Lois and Clark: Dean CainCain’s version of the Metropolis Marvel borrowed a lot from the Modern Era of Superman started by writer/artist John Byrne. Clark’s parents are both alive in this show and I think the way that they are a part of his life is a very big reason that I enjoyed it so much. I always felt that the Kents are the main reason that Superman is who he is. Their acceptance and adoption of this visitor from another world is what fuels the character’s fundamental characteristics of hope and selflessness. Cain’s Clark Kent was opposite Teri Hatcher’s Lois Lane and their chemistry really came through. I really liked Clark and Lois married both in the comics and on TV.  To my knowledge, this is the only version in television or in movies where they tied the knot.

#03 Bud Collyer in the Fleischer Studios Cartoons

Max Fleischer's SupermanThe Fleisher cartoons still stand the test of time in my opinion. These short features were shown in front of movies (whereas now we get advertisements) and for millions of people this was their first introduction to the character particularly overseas. One of the first episodes “The Mad Scientist” cost $50,000 to produce in 1941! The great sci-fi themes, the musical score, and the physical sense of Superman’s strength still get me going. I probably shouldn’t give Collyer too much credit here as the animation is really the star. In fact, Collyer doesn’t even speak much as Superman. By far most of his dialogue is as Clark Kent which he does as very mousy and high pitched. Lois is as intrepid as ever here although she does need Superman to bail her out frequently. You also have this series to thank for ‘faster than a speeding bullet’.

#02 Tim Daly in Superman: The Animated Series

The Adventures of Superman: The Animated SeriesProducer Bruce Timm had a great feel for what people wanted to see in his animated series. Superman here is confident and heroic with a much brighter tone than the excellent Batman animated series that preceded this one. The series showed us a Superman generally supported by the community and while he had super-strength, he had to strain to move large objects like trucks or ships. Unlike on the Super Friends, Superman didn’t push the Earth around to find his lost keys or make it become Friday sooner. The show had a rich cast of fleshed-out other characters and some great villains. This show also remembered (sometimes) that Superman had super-speed. In one episode, a guy was pointing a kryptonite ray gun at Supes and he was half way through gloating over the ‘alien’ he was going to shoot when Superman disappeared and then reappeared with the gun. Super-speed is seriously a great power. You could probably make a whole show about a guy that had super-speed as his only power. Maybe.

#01 Christopher Reeve from Superman: The Movie and Superman II

Superman: The Movie - Christopher ReeveChristopher Reeve will always be Superman for me. The way he carried himself as the Last Son of Krypton and the way that he took on a completely different appearance, posture, and tone as Clark Kent was a perfect reflection of the Bronze Age character. This Superman was noble and optimistic. He chose to see the best in people and always encouraged them to do the right thing before just throwing a punch. Reeve’s Superman was about inspiring people to do the right thing and not just inflicting justice on wrongdoers. Superman: The Movie is absolutely not a perfect movie. The Lois Lane voice over in the flying scene makes me cringe every single time. So much more was right though – the relationship between Clark and Pa Kent, catching Lois and the helicopter, using his own body as a missing train rail. Those were some of the best cinematic moments I have ever experienced. The 2nd movie had hiccups as well but I liked that Superman used his brains to defeat the Phantom Zone villains and didn’t just rely on punching them. Anticlimatic? Perhaps, but appropriate nevertheless. He also ‘runs away’ from the bad guys so that instead of duking it out in Metropolis he takes the showdown to an unpopulated area. Crazy, crazy idea. I believe that Reeve’s later paralysis hit people so hard because people really thought of him as Superman. Reeve continued to inspire us after the cameras stopped rolling as as he did during.

Notes:

  • Thanks to Derreck for inviting me to do this guest piece. I may do something like this for comic versions of Superman over on my site: worstcomicpodcastever.com so give us a look and listen if you have a chance!
  • I didn’t include the JL or JLU animated versions because I saw them as somewhat of an extension of the Timm animated show even they were voiced by a different actor.
  • Sorry to the live action Superboy of the 90’s as I never watched it.

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Top 10 Superman Incarnations in Film and TV

Batman V Superman: Spoiler Free Review

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been one of the most anticipated films of the new century, if you didn’t already know. Why? Because so much hangs on this one movie. For years now, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros have tried to create an interwoven universe of their heroes, similar to the Marvel and Star Wars franchises.  However, they were derailed by the shortcomings of Green Lantern and The Dark Knight Rises, not to mention the unwillingness of both Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale to continue what they’ve built.  The movie has been put against impossible odds, which has, unfortunately jilted many opinions without ever seeing the film.

Truth be told, no one is ever going to recreate magic. As fans, we latch on to certain art that inspires us to be better people. At no point in time has lightning struck twice.  We love Harry Potter, so why would we love Beautiful Creatures? That’s not how this works with Marvel and DC, though.  The MCU has produced 13 films since 2008, not all of them good, by the way, and continue strong. The DCEU only has two under its belt. It’s working to create its own magic in its own unique way. Stop comparing the two companies right now. I promise that if every comic/cinema/superhero fan continues to do that, both companies will cease to be successful.

Why do I digress so much? Wasn’t this a review? Yes it is. I digress because as of now Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice has received such terrible critical reviews that it seems personal. From the beginning, this movie has been faced with ridiculous adversity that it truly feels as if it is a critical attack against the film. Why don’t people want this to succeed? Because it’s not how they would do it? Because they have an idea of what a superhero film should be and that’s how all of them should be? Well, that’s not how things work.

I loved the movie. And I was a staunch anti-Batfleck advocate. This was not how I would have done a Justice League film. At no point, though, did that make it a bad movie. If I can get over that, so can you.

Your Grid Daily writers saw the film Wednesday evening and it affected us very differently, so you are going to get three mini reviews from three different people who all enjoyed the film differently.

Batman v Superman: Trinity Character Posters

Derreck’s Batman v Superman Review

It’s dark, it’s gritty, and it’s intense. BvS takes the lead of films like The Dark Knight and Synder’s own Watchmen. As many know, it takes a lot from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. This is not just from the design of the Batman mech suit. The entire tone of Batman and Bruce Wayne is inspired by Frank Miller’s work. This is an older, more brutal Dark Knight and it shows in nearly ever scene. Ben Affleck does a superb job throughout and quickly became my favorite live action incarnation of Batman. Gal Gadot is intelligent, smooth, confident, and outright fierce. When she isn’t taking up the sword, she is keeping one step… or maybe three, ahead of everyone else. When she is in full gear with sword and shield, she becomes an exhilarating force that took more joy out of battle than her titular counterparts.

This is not the early 2000s Justice League cartoon. It’s not bright and funny; it’s dark and gritty but that’s okay. If gods came to Earth and started crushing cities, things would seem pretty grim and there wouldn’t be a whole lot of joking around. I urge you to not only see this film but do so with an open mind and an understanding that it is trying to do something different, something fresh, and it’s doing it with three of the most iconic superheroes of all time: Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, the Trinity.

Overall, the movie is building to so much. A lot of time is taken to build the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) since their approach is essentially the opposite of the MCU. BvS is part Man of Steel sequel, part companion story and it lays the seeds for nearly all future DCEU films. With that in mind, I think it’s very important that people go to see this movie. Batman v Superman is the beginning of the DCEU. Man of Steel opened the door but Batman v Superman took the first steps toward building this universe. I can’t wait to see the rest of the films.

On a final note, if you have not seen Man of Steel or if it has been a very long time, you should probably watch it (again). A lot of the beginning of BvS takes part during that film and the whole movie is essentially a response to those events.

Batman v Superman: Ben Affleck Batman

Rae’s Batman v Superman Review

I loved this film. It was definitely one of the better superhero movies I’ve seen in awhile. I say that because I wasn’t expecting any of it.  Every bit of it was a new take on the Trinity for me, which was ultimately refreshing. It’s not every day someone can show me a new incarnation of Batman. But that’s what DC has always been; reinventions of the same characters for years, proving that everyone has built these characters, from writers, to directors, to actors, to fans.

Jesse Eisenberg was a complete surprise for me. His spastic portrayal of Lex showed layers of his psychoticism peel away as the movie went on. He was a Lex that was worthy of being a Superman villain, unlike some of his predecessors. I rather enjoyed how his brilliance and craze overlapped into a well developed character. Ben Affleck as Batman is still not my favorite Batman, but he’s the only Batman who has been a detective since Adam West. That alone was enough to get me on his side. His relationship with Alfred was another surprising move. Arguably, the two were the closest that I’ve seen to an accurate portrayal of the comic book characters, including the animated series.

I was never convinced that the movie was going to be bad. And it wasn’t. The choppy ADHD beginning was the Snyder way of getting 75 years worth of exposition for these four characters (I’m including Lex in with the Trinity) out of the way. So, there was a few stylistic choices I would have done differently, but overall the movie makes me entirely too excited for the continuations.

Batman v Superman: Gal Gadot Wonder Woman

Ryan’s Batman v Superman Review

This movie was good.  Better than the reviews would lead you to believe, but probably not as good as what you want it to be.  It has a lot of issues, the main one being the amount of story lines that they try and follow, most fairly unsuccessfully.  You have the Batman introduction story, Superman dealing with the repercussions of Man of Steel, the actual Batman V Superman story, the setup for the other characters in Justice league, Setup for the Wonder Woman movie, and the titular dawn of the Justice League.  That isn’t even touching on the movie’s villain stories.

The movie could have shaved off 30-40 minutes of the excess small story lines, and it would have helped it feel less bloated and jumpy.  The cuts between the scenes in the first hour or so of the movie felt like Zach Snyder forgot his ADHD medication on editing day.  That covers the majority of the bad for me.

With all the bad things out of the way, there were some good things.  Some of those things delve into spoiler territory, so I won’t cover those now.  The casting was great.  I had some doubts with Gal as Wonder Woman, but she was great.  She stole every scene she was in, and her character was handled brilliantly in the short amount of screen time she received.  Zach Snyder has a lot of issues that plague all his films, but the movie was beautifully cinematic.  A true feast for the eyes.

If you liked Man of Steel you will love this movie.  If you didn’t like MOS, you probably won’t enjoy this movie as much as I did.  Either way, I recommend avoiding spoilers, as well as going in without preconceived notions of what the movie is.  Forget all the negative reviews, walk in the theater, and have some comic book style fun.

Justice League

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Batman V Superman: Spoiler Free Review

Top 10 Batman Incarnations in Film and TV

With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hitting the big screen in two days, it’s time to look back at the previous incarnations of the classic DC Comics character, Batman. Batman has been around since his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. That’s almost 80 years of the Dark Knight fighting Gotham’s worst. Rather than focus on the various comic book versions of Batman, I’m only going to focus on movies and cartoons to provide my ranking of the best Batman incarnations. I’ll also update this article after I see Batman v Superman to let you know where I think Batfleck ranks.

How am I going to be performing the ranking? Well, I am going to look at several different factors including: personality, detective skills, fighting skills, batsuit, Bruce Wayne style, and tone.


#10 George Clooney from Batman & Robin

Batman - George Clooney

Alright, we all know this story. Clooney even says he’ll give people refunds if they ever meet him on the streets but let’s give him some credit. Considering the writing and directing for this film, he did the best he could and I still think he makes a decent Bruce Wayne. But the bat-nipples, corny one-liners, and bat-credit card were just too much for most people to handle. Even the villains were bad in this one. The style does continue the trend from Batman Forever but takes things up a notch, which is not good in this case. Overall, this Batman is corny, cheesy, not intimidating, clumsy at times, and flat.

#09 Will Arnett from The Lego Movie

I know everyone loves Will Arnett’s Batman but in all seriousness, it’s incredibly over the top and falls into the parody category. Now, this still tops George Clooney. Why? Well, it’s simple. When Arnett’s Batman has a serious moment, it’s better, it’s darker, and it’s more believable as a Batman character. His batsuit is better, his tech is better, and his fighting skills are more impressive. Now, we get no real look at Bruce Wayne, so George has Arnett beat here but in all, Arnett’s Batman is better in every other conceivable way. He even has better villains to fight and he does so without lame fight scenes and credit cards.

#08 Will Friedle as Terry McGinnis in Batman Beyond

I love Batman Beyond and I think it’s a solid cartoon that lives up to the Batman name even without Bruce Wayne under the cowl. I drop Will Friedle’s Terry McGinnis several spots for the simple fact that it’s not Bruce Wayne and a different character all together plus he has to share screen time with an actual Bruce Wayne voiced by Kevin Conroy. You’ll see why that matters later on. McGinnis is a good Batman. He’s tough, skilled, daring, and intimidating against some of the craziest and most powerful villains the Dark Knight ever has to face. He has to put up with some intense super villains with powers most Batman never were aware of. He can even fly. His tech is amazing too. I mean, tell me that his Batmobile is not sexy.

#07 Val Kilmer in Batman Forever

Batman - Val Kilmer

Honestly, I wanted to put Kilmer below Friedle on this list but at the end of the day, at least Kilmer is a Bruce Wayne Batman, for what that’s worth. While the overall film Batman Forever is better than Clooney’s Batman & Robin, I don’t think Kilmer’s Dark Knight is really much better. The batsuit is better, of course. I mean, no bat-nipples certainly helps. In fact, I like the suit design in this film and I even like the batmobile overall. But at the end of the day, Kilmer doesn’t pull off an intimidating Batman, nor does he pull off a very convincing Bruce Wayne. Mostly, his performance is flat and uninteresting, overshadowed by the flamboyant villains in the form of Jim Carrey’s Riddler and Tommy Lee Jones’ Two-Face.

#06 Peter Weller in The Dark Knight Returns 

Batman - Peter Weller

Alright, so I’m a huge Robocop fan (the original of course) and I loved his role in Star Trek: Enterprise episode “Terra Prime”. He’s a solid actor with a killer voice which is perfect for an animated feature. This two-part animated film is based on the Frank Miller graphic novel and depicts a very unique and different Batman character, one that is heavily leveraged in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Peter Weller is responsible for voicing a gigantic, brooding, powerful, brutal Dark Knight who smashes his way through villains with little to no detective work. His batmobile is essentially a tank and he appears to be a one-man army with the tech ready to take on Superman. We don’t get much of a Bruce Wayne in this story and he more or less disregards the detective aspects of the character but Weller is part of a fantastic re-imagining that provides a more adult, darker version of the character. The aspects of the Dark Knight becoming a myth, something of nightmares, is a really cool concept that, in my opinion, has been overlooked in most versions of the character. While many of the iconic Batman themes are left out, the movie certainly impresses and Peter Weller provides a stellar performance that leaves behind an intimidating, intelligent, and scary Batman.

#05 Bruce Greenwood in Young Justice 

Batman - Young Justice

While a significantly more minor character than the other Dark Knight incarnations on this list, Bruce Greenwood still stands out each time his character is on screen. This Batman, though animated, is mysterious, confident, a little cocky, and definitely prepared for just about anything. I think Greenwood’s voice also lends itself well to the cowl. It’s a rich voice with dark tones and when working with animation, voice is everything. The overall design of this incarnation is solid too. The grey suit has some cuts that provide a somewhat armored look while keeping the classic yellow utility belt. I think the cowl is awesome too. The ears are tall but not too tall.

#04 Adam West in Batman 

Batman - Adam West Batmobile

Alright, so if you have never seen Adam West’s 1966 film or the TV series, just stop reading and go watch it. I’ll wait. Now, this version is no Dark Knight. It’s cheesy, corny, way over the top, and plain silly most of the time but West does something nearly all other incarnations simply leave out, detective work. Remember, Batman started in Detective Comics. He’s a detective first, a fighter second. Over the decades, he’s become meaner, tougher, and more overpowered, but Adam West portrayed Batman as a detective first with fun and imaginative ways of stopping bad guys, like bat-shark repellent. In my opinion, no live action or animated version of the character ever pulled off the same or better level of detective work and for that alone, I bump West up to #4. Aside from that, he provided a very family and child-friendly version of the character that included many of the classic characters such as Robin, Batgirl, and a slew of villains. Additionally, tell me that his batmobile isn’t just the coolest car.

#03 Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Trilogy 

Batman - Christian Bale

Christopher Nolan set out to provide a hyper-realistic version of the Dark Knight, even naming two of the films with the moniker and having the whole trilogy leverage the name. Bale does a solid job, making a decent Bruce and hero, but what sells it is everything around him. The suit, the tumbler, the bat-pod, the gadgets, they are all explained in somewhat realistic ways that provide a sense of possibility to what is going on. All-in-all this version of Batman seems to be the most likely to actually ever happen, aside from the entire plot of The Dark Knight Rises, of course. The addition of Freeman’s Fox character to provide explanations for where the cool stuff comes from really helps fill in the gaps that no other version really cared to focus on. Bale does a good job showcasing the inner battle of the character, constantly fighting himself over where the line should be, how far is too far, and his performance in The Dark Knight still stands as one of the greatest superhero films to date.

#02 Michael Keaton in Batman and Batman Returns

Batman - Michael Keaton

How can you overlook the first actor to play a serious version of Batman on the big screen? Keaton helped bring a solid comic book version of the character to life, with the help of Tim Burton. The suit looks like it hopped off the pages of a comic book and as impractical as it and Keaton’s batmobile were, they were visually spot on. Tim Burton’s style provided a solid dark and creepy tone to both films and brought the franchise to a more adult level. Keaton does a good Bruce Wayne but a better Batman. His voice is one of the best out there, perhaps only second to my #1 spot. He had to put up with some great bad guys in the Joker, Catwoman, and the Penguin. His gadgets were fun but not overused and unlike Bale’s Dark Knight, this version had an actual batcave through both films.

#01 Kevin Conroy in various animated incarnations

Batman - The Animated Series

Is anyone really surprised that Conroy sits high at the top of my list? No one has played the character more. He voiced Batman in over 20 different projects through the end of 2015 between TV and film and is slated to return with Mark Hamill this year for an animated version of the classic graphic novel, The Killing Joke. He’s had to play several different versions of the same character and each time, he brings it. He is incredibly convincing with a voice that can only be Batman’s. He’s tough, mysterious, confident, intelligent, daring, and scary at times. He pulls off the work of everyone else on this list and some. If you watch animated DC Comics films, you know that his consistency brought to the character has been a cornerstone for DC Comics’ success in the industry for over 20 years. At the end of the day, just look at Batman: The Animated Series and the Justice League cartoons. He even plays old Bruce perfectly in Batman Beyond. Oh and while I’m not looking at video games for this ranking, if my explanation isn’t enough for you, remember that he voices the character in 11 different video games including the entire Arkham trilogy

Notes:

There are several one-off animated films featuring the Batman character that I have not seen. My list focuses on everything I have seen. If someone did not make the list, it is quite possible I have missed that particular animated film. For example, I have not seen Batman: Year One with Ben McKenzie voicing the character.

Please come back on Friday, March 25th to see where I think Ben Affleck’s Batman from Batman v Superman lands.

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Top 10 Batman Incarnations in Film and TV

Legion of Collectors Unboxing: March 2016

DC Comics fans, your long wait, and mine, is finally over. The first of the Legion of Collectors subscription from Funko is finally here! For those who aren’t familiar with the service, Legion of Collectors in a bi-monthly (every other month) blind box subscription service themed with DC Comics related items. The first month was themed for the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film while the second month, May’s, is revealed toward the end of the unboxing video.

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Legion of Collectors Unboxing: March 2016