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Creative Close-Up: Why I Love DC & Marvel….

Creative Close-Up: Why I Love DC & Marvel….

November 30 / 17

With the third installment of Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League, Marvel, and DC are busy whipping up superhero films left and right….well, Marvel is. DC is just catching up. You have people who love DC, like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and then there are those who love Marvel, such as Captain America, Iron Man, Spiderman, and the Hulk. Me? I simply love both Marvel and DC. Yeah, I said it. Why? Well….

Both Have Created Complex Heroes

DC has their god-like superheroes with their fair share of problems. Let’s look at Superman. For at least the past several decades this Kryptonian has become the fixture your typical boy scout hero, with the power to destroy Earth, but he chooses to not to. Even though he’s forbidden to get involved with Earth’s affairs, he chooses to do the opposite. He wants to be the solution instead of the problem. While people embraced him, some have not. Even though he has his adoptive mother, Martha Kent and the love of his life, Lois Lane, he still feels alone. You have to remember this man is an alien from another planet, while just trying to do right in the world. Batman, Bruce Wayne, is just your average regular guy, well, a very wealthy guy I might add, who decides to fight crime in the city of Gotham. We all know how his parents died and who is responsible. I think he hasn’t fully healed from that tragedy in his life. It’s an open wound, almost a reminder of why he does the job anyway. Which reminds me of a scene from Justice League. How much longer can Bruce continue as the Dark Knight? He’s not like Superman or even Wonder Woman. Diana, Princess of Thymescra, knows the ways of the Amazons, but she also had to learn the world of men.

While DC has their complex heroes, Marvel has them also. Stephen Rodgers, the man behind Captain America is a man out of his time. He’s adjusting to a world different from the one he left behind. Like Superman, Rodgers is always up to the challenge to do the right thing. I always think that Rodgers is one of those guys who always have morals and sticks to them. That’s why people respect him. Bruce Banner, whose alter ego is the Hulk, is a man I have sympathy for. Banner, who was exposed to gamma rays during an experiment, becomes the Hulk in emotional distress or sometimes against his will. When you really think about it, the Hulk represents an almost dark psyche persona of Banner.

The thing is these heroes have their share of problems no matter how super or tough they are.

Both Have Crazy Cool Villains

With every protagonist, there is an antagonist. That is the staple of a great comic or graphic novel right? Both Marvel and DC have given us plenty of that. You got the Joker, Catwoman, Lex Luther, Thanos, Ultron, Loki….I can only say that these villains have reasons for what they do, but they are just as complex or more as the heroes.  You know their bad, but you want to root for them, well some of them. Lex Luther, that one foe of Superman…a man with a plan. He hates what Superman stands for yet, he’s intrigued by what makes the Man of Steel who he is. Joker, on the other hand, he’s just plain crazy. The polar opposite of Batman, both were created from tragic events. He’s unpredictable, almost one step ahead of the game and downright dangerous. You really don’t want to mess with him or his main squeeze Harley Quinn. Shes just as crazy as he his, a psychopath really, but she does have a heart, in her own crazy way.

Thor’s adoptive brother, Loki has issues…deep-seated issues, daddy issues. He craves love and attention. Magneto, a survivor of the horrors of Auschwitz and Nazi Germany, is willing to use force to protect mutant kind. Thanos, well he’s just dangerous and threatening. Sometimes you just can’t place a finger on to why these guys are just crazy cool. They just are. You do sympathize as to why they do the most despicable things. There is always a reason to the madness.

 

The Best of Both

To sum it up, the world of DC and Marvel have created a universe that will continue to new generations of fans. DC fans, Marvel fans, or both. I’ve followed both from a very early age. Wonder Woman has always been my favorite so to see her on the big screen was a great thrill. I’m expecting the same for Captain Marvel.

Marvel has up the ante with the whole Cinematic Universe. Now that Avengers: Infinity War trailer has arrived, the expectations are high! We waited a good long while for this didn’t we? The solo films of Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, and Captain America gave us an introduction to the characters. I can’t wait to see Black Panther and let’s hope that Black Widow gets her own solo film. I don’t know how many more films Marvel has planned, but we’ll see how far they can go.

DC has a lot of catching up to do. I was very excited about Justice League. While I thorouly enjoyed the film, I was disappointed that some scenes were left out. If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. I wanted to know a little more about the Flash and Cyborg, but I can only hope that a director’s cut will be available when it hits digital and Blu-Ray. Again, DC has some catching up do to. The DC Extended Universe still has some bugs, but I’m positive that we can still see some great storyline and character developments coming soon.

In my opinion, there is no such thing as DC vs Marvel. Nope, there is room for all.

 

 

 

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Film Review: Justice League

Film Review: Justice League

November 20 / 17

Hey everyone! Internet acting a fool today, but the devil’s a lie! Anyway, I went to see Justice League over the weekend. Loved it, but I do have a few things to gripe about.

Yes, I loved Justice League. I grew up watching the cartoon as a kid and now seeing Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and the rest of the crew brought a happy smile to my face. I wasn’t sure if DC was going to bring Justice League to the big screen at all.

A few things to gripe about. Why in the world would DC cut some scenes that were in the trailer, but not in the film? Why? We don’t want to linger on each of the character’s origins, but at least give us a small glimpse as to how The Flash and Cyborg got their powers. I can only hope that when the film comes out on Blue-ray/DVD and digital, we can get an uncut look at the movie.

The villain, Steppenwolf was just weak. Ciaran Hinds did the character the justice (haha), but I wish they could’ve done more.

Seeing Gal Gadot back as Wonder Woman was pure joy. You could not have the Justice League without Wonder Woman. She’s pretty much the glue, the heartbeat of the team. She’s just as better in BVS and has the surefire spunk she brought to her own standalone film Wonder Woman. So there was no disappointment with that.

Ben, Ben, Ben….I think you may need to hang up the Batcape. I don’t know about y’all, but I feel Ben Affleck is not into Batman anymore. He’s trying to bless his heart. Just like Bruce, Ben doesn’t know how much longer he has until the time comes to walk away from it all.

Jason Momoa brings a really cool vibe as Aquaman and he’s not bad to look at either. He holds his own against the crew as the legendary Atlantian. You get the feeling you can hang out with this dude while drinking a few beers.

Ray Fisher is a newbie to the world of superheroes. Here is a man who is trying to navigate between being human while most of the time is just a machine. Meanwhile, Fisher is navigating on how to best represent this character. With a somewhat weak script, he is proving his own against the seasoned veterans. Hopefully, he can really stretch his acting chops when Cyborg gets his standalone film.

Henry Cavill, good to see you again. Did you think Superman was gonna stay dead? Really? Back as the red cape wonder, Cavill is not left out on the fun, but what’s going on with his face?

Ezra Miller‘s The Flash is a breath of comic air. Not only can he be serious, but he brings the funny in this most of the time dead serious superhero film. This hottie is just ready to join the group, ready to do good in his life, all the while making sure he’s proving his father innocence in the murder of his mother.

I’m disappointed, but not too disappointed. I expected an action-packed superhero film and I got it. So yes, I’m happy!

In the meantime, hope you enjoy this little video of clips and things!

Justice League: ****

Enjoy your Monday, be blessed!

 

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Film Review: Wonder Woman

Film Review: Wonder Woman

June 5 / 17

Wonder Woman…..The amazing Amazon’s story is finally on the big screen and it was good….We follow Diana’s journey from her island home Themyscira, where her mother Hippolyta (Connie Nielson) is queen. For those of you who are true Wonder Woman fans, you know how this island paradise came to be. The Amazons were created by the gods of Mount Olympus to protect mankind from Ares, God of War. Diana wants to fight and be a great warrior, but her mother is against it, thinking that Ares is long dead and won’t return. Her aunt, General Antiope (Robin Wright) thinks the opposite and believes that her niece needs the training. By the time she’s a fully grown woman, Diana is already a warrior. Things get interesting when a plane crash-lands near the island. Diana saves the pilot, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) from the wreckage, but is followed by the Germans. Diana is clearly willing to fight Trevor’s war, World War I that is, thinking it’s the Amazon’s responsibility to fight. She goes with Trevor into the world of man to fight in the Great War.

Gal Gadot…ready for battle as the Amazon Princess.

 

Gal Gadot brings humor and humanity to the role as the 5,000-year-old Amazon. Danny Huston as the German General Erich Ludendorff, Elena Anaya as Doctor Poison, and the rest of the cast balanced out well with their performances.

 

Connie Nielson as Queen Hippolyta…Robin Wright as General Antiope.

 

Director Patty Jenkins brings a fresh perspective into the world of Wonder Woman. There are some touching moments in the film, especially between Gadot and Pine. We see a woman who is willing to do the right thing, but clearly, she has a lot to learn about how this world works. What I like with both DC and Marvel is that these heroes are not afraid to show who they truly are, even though they have their own share of flaws. You get that here with Wonder Woman. So do I think the film gives her story justice? Yeah, I me thinks it does.

 

Danny Huston as General Erich Ludendorff….Elena Anaya as Dr. Poison.

 

I also think that we finally get to see a solo female superhero film with all the bells and whistles that it deserves. Is it perfect? No, but I’m happy with how the film turned out and I can’t wait to see more about this cultural icon.

Wonder Woman: A+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Scene: DC Fan Art & A Workshop

Wednesday Scene: DC Fan Art & A Workshop

Jan. 18 / 17

Hey! Wednesday is here. I was on Shadowbox’s Twitter feed when these events caught my eye. As we know DC’s Wonder Woman will be in theaters this summer. If you’re a fan of the infamous Amazon and have an artistic hand, you could win a trip to the film’s premiere.  Also on the horizon……DC Talent Development Workshop.

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#WWFANART

Submit your original fan art for a chance to win a trip to the world premiere screening of Wonder Woman film in May 2017 and the opportunity for the winner’s artwork to be displayed at an upcoming Wonder Woman event. 

For more information go to artofwonderwoman.com/#/ 

Submissions close on February 4, 2017. You have time so get crackin’!

 


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DC Talent Development Workshop

 

DC is holding a talent development workshop for artists and writers.

Artists:
  • 2-Week Workshop & Master Classes

How to apply

  • Current Resume
  • Short Composition
  • Art Portfolio
  • Submission Agreement

ARTISTS WORKSHOP: APPLY FEB 1 – MAR 1, 2017

 

Writers:
  • Writer’s Room & Portfolio Building

How to apply

  • Current Resume
  • Short Composition
  • Published Writing Samples
  • Submission Agreement

WRITERS WORKSHOP APPLY MAR 1 – MAR 31, 2017

To apply and find more information go to www.dccomicstalentworkshop.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured images: www.screenpunk.net, GameSpot, WallpaperMad.com

 

Returning to Work…..With a Few Things From Comic-Con….

Returning to Work…..With a Few Things From Comic-Con….

July 25 / 16

Well, I’m back….well Shadowbox is back. The vacay was nice, but it’s time to get back to the grind. I promised a lot of action about Comic-Con International in San Diego 2016 and did I get some. If you haven’t been looking at our Twitter feed, then you need to do so.

Lots of great things from Marvel and DC. The DC Extended Universe is getting ready with three films: Suicide Squad, Justice League, and Wonder Woman.

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November 17, 2017

 

 

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Marvel Cinematic Universe is continuing Phase 3: Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor:Ragnarök, Black Panther, and many others. Other news in the Marvel Universe is that Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, and Danai Gurira have been added to the cast for Black Panther. Brie Larson is confirmed to play Carol Danvers….yes Captain Marvel.

No posters, but here’s something to get you excited….

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The official trailer for Doctor Strange…..

November 4, 2016

 

 

freemovietorrents.com

May 5, 2017

 

marvelcinimaticuniverse.wikia.com

July 7, 2017

 

cheatsheet.com

November 3, 2017

 

collider.com

July 6, 2018

 

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July 6, 2018

 

 

 

Other trailers shown at SDCC are King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Kong: Skull Island.

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There were many more things going at at SDCC. Can’t wait till next year, hopefully I can go and experience it myself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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