Sunday, July 12, 2015

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Comic - Con Trailer

The new Dawn of Justice trailer has arrived, and I'll admit I'm now a little more intrigued by it. I've been fairly ambivalent to the whole thing because of the usual reasons, not a Snyder fan, hated Wonder Woman's outfit, and didn't care for Man of Steel, etc. etc., but this trailer makes me think there might be more to the movie than it just being a piece of mindless action. Take a look and tell us what you think. Does this make you change your mind? And is it just me or does Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor seem a little more like the Riddler than Lex?

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Black Widow Flash Mob #WEWANTWIDOW

Today, hundreds of cosplayers and internet supporters around the globe are taking a stand about the inequality of female super heroines in the media and on the shelves, especially for the First Lady of the MCU. We want to see Black Widow given the same attention as her male counterparts. She deserves it. We deserve it. Today, we want our message heard loud and clear ‪#‎WeWantWidow‬

Spearheaded by Kristin Rielly, mob captains from all over have been covertly coordinating these flash mobs to bring awareness in a positive and fun way. 

How you can help: You can find all the deets about this multi-city flash mob movement at you're unable to get to one of these mobs, please spread the word online, using the hashtag #WEWANTWIDOW, change your profile/cover pic to featuring Black Widow or get dressed up at home and post pictures. Every little bit helps. 

Below is the press release:


WHAT   We have coordinated a massive multi-city flash mob for June 6th 2015, where hundreds of cosplayers will be dressed as Black Widow to send a POSITIVE message that this is a character we WANT to see more of. We want to see her star in her own movie, we want to see her on apparel, and she totally deserves her own action figure! 

Each city flash mob has a secret location where Natashas will appear, create buzz, get their images online, and trend our message #WEWANTWIDOW.

In collaboration with our cosplayers, we have hundreds of online supporters that will be simultaneously changing their profiles to a Black Widow image while sharing our flash mob photos across every social media site. 

When:    Saturday, June 6, 2015 beginning at 12:00 p.m. local time 

Where:   From Seattle to Boston, and Canada to Sydney

WHO:   We have hundreds of cosplayers and online supporters already signed up for this massive event. Our “City Captains” are the ladies organizing this important event in their hometown: Kristin Rielly (Founder & Event Coordinator), Jay Justice (Event Coordinator, Philly), Juli Mayers (Boston), Autumn Wheelock (NYC), Andrea Levine (NYC), Jennifer K. Stuller (Seattle), Theresa Marie Salvador (Tampa), Jennifer Williams (Las Vegas), Belle Bredehoft (D.C.), Tanya Wheelock (Orlando), Sarah Boutcher(Ottawa), Priscilla Crocker (Minneapolis), Kelly Kirstein (Detroit), Keisha Howard (Chicago), Courtney Cuellar (San Diego), John Marcotte (Sacramento), Stephanie Rector (Sacramento) Catherine Kyle (Boise), and Variable (Sydney).

*In memory of Terrance Kelly, father of our honorary City Captain Bronwyn Kelly*

Monday, May 4, 2015

May the Fourth Be With You!!

Happy May the Fourth!  Take today to celebrate all the awesome that is Star Wars!  Embrace the glory of the Force!  Or at the very least, wear a Star Wars t-shirt.

As a little May the Fourth gifty, check out Hasbro's time lapse video of fans building Cloud City! That's right, at Star Wars Celebration, Frank D’iorio’s Diorama Workshop built a massive Cloud City diorama at the Hasbro booth! They built it over four days, with the help of approximately 1500 fans who made custom pieces! The diorama is 640 square feet and consists of over 400 setpieces, including approximately 800 figures and toys by Hasbro and Kenner.


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

First Glimpse of Justice League: Gods & Monsters

Bruce Timm is the pinnacle of DC Animation and has been producing some of the best animated shows over the years.  So you should be as excited as I that he is helming a brand new story in the newest animated release, Justice League: Gods & Monsters!  As per Warner Bros. press release:

Monday, February 16, 2015

Toy Fair '15: Must-Have Kickstarters

While wandering the toy fair floor, I checked out two Kickstarters up close and personal. And guess what? I liked them enough that I'm sharing them with you!

First up is the Four Horsies of the 'Pocalypse. It may sound ominous but who can be terrified of these cuties! Created and designed by Klim Kozinevich, this collection of art toys is just freaking gorgeous. I can't wait for the apocalypse to arrive at my house with Calamity, Clash, Ghost and Raven at the helm. These were preceded by the Maddie figure, whose Cthulhu-like presence is truly fearful. You can get the set of four in original coloring, glow in the dark or clear. If you want, you can also add in a Maddie figure too!

While at Toy Fair, the Bigshot Toyworks team highlighted these very limited edition colored Maddies, which are also available in very, very limited supply.

The clock is ticking on this, with about two days or less to hop on board the 'Pocolypse!

The next Kickstarter I'm highlighting is Ghostbusters:The Board Game from Cryptozoic Entertainment. Based on the original movie, this episode based board game is for one to four players.  It even includes original art from the comics!

While they didn't have many unrevealed tidbits at Toy Fair, talking with the Cryptozoic staffers about the game really showed the passion this team has for the product. They don't just want to bring out the game; they want to give fans the game they have been waiting for!

Everyday it seems a new stretch goal is unlocked and a new awesome character is revealed. They have more than doubled their goal and still have over three weeks left on the campaign. Get in while you still can!

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

First Glimpse of Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts

We are definitely in Penguin-mode right now, especially with the amazing performance by Robin Lord Taylor on Gotham.  So, it's no surprise that we are seeing Batman's fishy villain in the newest animated release, Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts!  As per Warner Bros. press release:

Another storm is brewing in Gotham and it's not only raining 

cats and dogs but evil Cyber Animals! When the city is plagued 
by a slew of bizarre crimes committed by an animal-inspired 
villain squad known as the Animilitia – comprised of Silverback, 
Cheetah, Killer Croc and Man-Bat – Batman must swing into 
action to investigate. These animalistic villains bring new and 
exciting challenges for the hero of Gotham, and Batman must 
find a way to bring these criminal creatures to a halt! But could 
the Animilitia be working for powerful businessman Oswald Cobblepot 
a.k.a. The Penguin? How does The Penguin's new invention of robotic 
Cyber Animals fit into the mix? In the end, it'll the combined forces 
of Batman, Flash, Green Arrow, Nightwing and Red Robin to 
combat these Animal Instincts.

This looks great!  The film will be released on May 12, 2015 on BluRay, DVD and Digital Download.  If you can't wait, watch the trailer below.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

[IGH] at the Movies: LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League

Wilderowens and I attended the NYC premiere of 'Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League.' This was a treat because we got to see it with its intended audience - kids. There's something great about listening to kids go nuts over their favorite superheroes.
The movie begins in Metropolis with Bizarro "saving" some kids in a playground and causing a hefty amount of damage in the process. Superman comes to handle Bizarro and decides to take Bizarro to a slightly off-kilter planet that can be all his own. Bizarro understands that he's getting a brush-off, but stays. We flash forward a year, and Bizarro returns for unknown reasons. Superman is embarrassed he has to deal with him again and tries to take care of Bizarro on his own, but between Batman's paranoia and distrust of Superman, and the Justice League's desire to work as a team, Superman is stuck with everyone knowing his "dirty little secret." Bizarro breaks into LexCorp Labs and steals the duplicator device used to create him. He uses it on the Justice League, creating their opposite, bizarro version of themselves, then takes them to Bizzaro World. The original Justice League follows and there we find out why Bizzaro created a new team, and Superman learns to accept Bizzaro for who he is and as a part of his family.  
While this isn't my favorite Lego DCU movie, it's a solid story. I think the reason I didn't enjoy it as much as previous stories is because it felt a little rushed. If they had an extra 15 mins or so, it would have helped the story. That said, kids are going to love it. It's silly and funny, has a lot of heart, and it's made of Legos. How could they not like it?  
The visuals are wonderful. Because Legos have to move in a very particular way, you can see the creativity put into the movie. It's not just animation. It's animation and physics and a hint of wizardry combined. Two of my favorite moments were seeing Plastic Man take on Deathstroke and the troop of Boy Scouts take on Gorilla Grodd from the air and on the group.  
As usual, the voice actors are on point. Troy Baker is back as Batman/Batzarro, Nolan North as Superman/Bizarro, Diedrich Bader as Guy Garner/Greenzarro, Kari Wahlgren as Wonder Woman/Bizzara, Phil Morris as Green Arrow/Hawkman, James Arnold Taylor as The Flash/Desaad, April Winchell as Giganta, and Tony Todd as Darkseid. It's a great line up of talent and they deliver. Nolan North, in particular, needs special recognition because he really made me care about Bizarro. The first time he said he was saving Metropolis and smiled, all I wanted to do was give him a hug. By the end, I wanted to give him a good home with my Legos, which clearly means I'm a little nuts and in need of a Bizarro mini-fig. I'd also like to extend a special nod to Khary Payton, who voices Cyborg, and is the best fanboy anyone could ask for. I think he really represents what we would all be like if we were given the chance to hang with the Justice League. 
 Moving forward, I'd like to see more Lego DCU movies, particularly one that features the Flash who, due to time constructions, did not get a Bizarro version of himself, which was such a shame. I'd also really love to see more involvement with the female superheroes/villains. Wonder Woman is great, but there are plenty more females to use. In a fantasy, there'd be a movie strictly from the females' POV with the guys on the periphery, and the women not only save the day, but they'd point out how all the men get the credit while the ladies did all the work, but in a humorous and light-hearted way. 
On a parent scale of "oh please, not again" to "sure, we can watch it another 50 times," I'd rate this a "we can watch it a few times this week, but then we should read something." For those on the normal scale, I'd give this 3.5 stars out 5.   
LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League will be out Feb. 10th. You can get it on Blu-Ray or DVD.
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