Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

If you ever wanted to see Batman and Superman pound the crap out of everything that moves, then this is the movie for you. I only have 1 question that seems to happen in every Justice League movie. How does Lex Luthor keep getting elected president? Somehow Luthor got elected and his first act as president, to make Batman and Superman fugitives.

Luthor started a superhuman employment service where they serve the US government. Any hero who refuses will be arrested. Obviously Superman would never join forces with a man who has tried to kill him countless times and Batman is Batman so he would never join up with Luthor.

Luthor puts a 1 billion dollar bounty on the duo and then the all hell breaks through. Every villain imaginable comes after them. The bad guys aren’t a problem, but the heroes that Luthor now employs are the deadliest to the duo. Captain Atom, Power Girl, Major Force, Captain Marvel and Hawkman all joined the US government and are trying to bring them in.

The problems only get worse as a meteorite is on a crash course for Earth. So besides fighting a smorgasbord of other supers, there is a meteorite on its way to kill everyone.

This was a very action packed movie that well worth the watch. The only problem I have is with Luthor getting elected….again. This is a storyline in many Justice League stories that doesn’t make any sense to me.

Besides that, loved the movie. The plot wasn’t so deep, but that was because of the constant action scenes. I give it a 4/5.

Joe Reyes

 

 

Tony Jaa vs. Scott Adkins

This isn’t a VS of who would win in a fight because CLEARLY Scott Adkins would wipe the floor with Tony Jaa. This is more of “Who’s Movies Suck The Least” type of article. Both actors have pretty damn bad movies. The only redeeming qualities of both careers are the awesome fight scenes that take up the bulk of their movies.

Tony Jaa has the Ong Bak series…which started off as a movie about underground street fighting and stolen ancient artifacts. The last 2 movies had absolutely nothing to with the first one at all. In fact the last 2 movies take place in a different era and have 0 to do with anything. It was a pretty terrible movie that….was just a flat out disaster.

The Protector was about stolen elephants and the second one took a Hangover 2 blueprint and made the plotline about stolen elephants. Equally a terrible pair of movies in their own right.

Scott Adkins filled our screens with…..I guess Ninja was his big series. Also Undisputed was kinda good, but it was still pretty bad as well. Adkins was the villain in that movie and still the villain in the second one, but was the good character by process of elimination. Bad characters surrounded by worse character I guess.

You know what…..I don’t know where I’m going with this one. Both actors have amazing martial arts skills, but waste their talents on terrible bit movies that usually come straight to DVD. They need better agents if anything.

I guess Adkins had the better career because I’m in America. His movies are easier to find than Jaa’s. I guess if I lived in Korea or China…..or Thailand (just to be safe) where Jaa’s movies come out then it would be easier to find his movies.

Nobody wins this one.

Joe Reyes

 

Batman: Assault on Arkham

After seeing the animated movie I doubt the live action one would be as good. Assault on Arkham is about the Suicide Squad, a team assembled by Amanda Waller comprised of ex-super villains. Walker wants to assassinate the Riddler who is imprisoned in Arkham.

Deadshot is captured and put in charge of the Squad. All the members are there for their specific skills and knowledge of the situation. Harley Quinn used to work in Arkham and is able to give an entire layout of the prison. Captain Boomerang, Black Spider, Killer Frost and King Shark are brought on help in the escape.

Each member is implanted with a bomb in their neck to insure that Walker is in charge and that no member deviates from the plan. KGBreast is on the team for a short time, but tests Walker and is the first to get their head blown off.

The big question on the whole teams mind is, “What about Batman?”. Walker lets the Squad know that Batman is apparently on another case. The Joker hid a dirty bomb somewhere in Gotham and Batman has been tearing the city apart trying to find it.

The Squads mission and Batman’s search both cross paths when the Squad encounters the Joker in Arkham. Quinn has finally left the Joker after his last beating and is at wits end when she encounters him. Deadshot is a solid leader and does the best he can with the band of rag tag degenerates.

Assault on Arkham is an incredible movie that is well thought out. Better than any of the Christopher Nolan movies. The characters are all out for themselves secretly and all have great personalities. The action is intense and even though this is a cartoon movie, it is in no way intended for children.

There aren’t many plot holes in this movie and very little room for change. The concept is solid and the only problem I had was it wasn’t long enough. I give it a perfect 5/5 and a must see for DC and Batman fans.

Joe Reyes

 

How To Ruin A Second Season

I want to use the TV show Young Justice as an example for this article. Young Justice is a DC comic’s based show about the Justice League’s sidekicks forming a new team to aid the league. The show started off very well. There was the introduction of a core group of characters that each got their own storylines in some episodes. Robin, Superboy, Kid Flash, Ms. Martian, Artemis and Aqualad were the core group of heroes. There was a main plot that got deeper as the show progressed. Each character evolved and changed as events transpired.

The creators started off the show great. There was a deep enriching storyline. A solid group of characters that all had a big part of screen time. Any filler episodes served to deepen your understanding of the characters. The season ended in a cliff hanger. The final episodes showed the Justice League being controlled by an unknown evil and forced to fight their once sidekicks. You find out that 6 members of the League went into deep space with no knowledge of what happened. Also in the final moments you saw who the main villain was.

They ended the season solving the problem and setting the tone for next season. So what is the problem? I can answer it in 3 words “5 years later”. The new season started off 5 years later from the previous one. Everything changed and the season was mostly trying to answer the questions the audience had.

Robin, a young boy at the time matured quickly and is in charge of the team. He is now known as Nightwing. Superboy and Ms. Martian started a relationship that seemed to abruptly end. Kid Flash and Artemis became a couple and quit the League all together. Aqualad’s one true love died and he became a supervillain and teamed up with Black Manta….who you later find out is Aqualad’s father.

Instead of building to these storyline, the writers decided to ignore all that and just make you accept their idea. You also find out in the first season that the character Red Arrow, who was once team member, was a clone and the real Red Arrow was captured. So the clone Red Arrow set out to find the original. So he has been searching for 5 years and found nothing. Oh yea, he also had a kid with a supervillain that was randomly sprung on him.

There are a huge number of additional team members added to season 2. None of them you learn how they ended up there. The season starts with the new members combating a bad guy. There is no introduction about these characters. It’s just “Here is Blue Beetle and everyone else”.

Not only did each character in the first season get their own episode, you got to learn about their pasts and how they got to where they are now. There is a new Robin and a Batgirl. Along with a handful of other “main characters” to the show that just spring up like they were there all the time.

It the difference between “showing” vs “telling” story writing. One is just “accept it” and that’s it. The other is take it step by step. Show me how Robin became Nightwing. Show me how he took charge and became the leader.

There aren’t simple little changes. These are series changing events that were just sprung on the audience. Good writing is showing not telling. 5 years is 5 seasons worth of material they could’ve put in to the show.

More importantly the second season had a lot of twists and turns, but they were only twists and turns because the audience didn’t know better and you had to just everything as it was presented. That’s not a twist, it’s a lie.

So after a solid core group has been assembled, season 2 diluted it and sometimes you never saw all the heroes. When I write, I make sure all characters are given their proper time in the spot light. One story I wrote had 7 different characters in different parts of the United States.

BUT I cycled through them repeatedly so there wasn’t a long gap between seeing all the characters. More importantly I even had some characters interact with eachother and go on joint storylines. Book 2 I added a lot more characters, but still had the small numbers of storylines because I combined characters and it didn’t spread the story to thin.

Young Justice was a great show, but the writers ruined it by first making the outrageous time gap and then by adding so many new characters without an explanation. Shows can’t that. First of all it’s unfair to the audience and more importantly it is just bad writing. Season 1 was never like that so going off the blue print into season 2 is just an odd idea. This is how you ruin a good show.

Joe Reyes

Batman: The Brave And The Bold

This show started off great and then ended abruptly. Also the writers took a shot at the company for cutting the show with the final episode. But before that I’ll dive into what this show was and the significance of it.

The Brave And The Bold pairs Batman with a different D.C hero every episode, from the classics like Superman to the more obscure like Space Ghost. The show is very comical, but actioned packed. The idea of adding a secondary hero puts Batman into different situations fighting different enemies.

The only problem I had with the show was how it ended. There is a character Bat-Mite, who has immense psychic powers and observes Batman as if he is watching a TV show, which he pretty much is and talks to the audience at times.

Bat-Mite wanted a darker Batman show filled with more serious situations, so he used his powers to find ways to get the show canceled. He created situations that would make viewers stop watching, thus ending the show. While watching the episode I lost interest and wanted to change it and they even showed fans at home watching the show changing the channels.

In the end Bat-Mite won. The show was canceled and a new Batman show was created. The problem was that Bat-Mite started to fade away. The purpose being that Bat-Mite was deemed a “silly” character and wouldn’t be used in the new darker Batman. Before fading away, Bat-Mite realized the error in his ways and the significance of a more “silly” Batman show.

In the final scene, Batman and the rest of the characters are having a going away party in the Bat Cave. Batman looks to the camera and gives a tearful goodbye to his fans and thanks them for watching his show. I was moved by this and also saw the purpose of a “silly” Batman show.

The company made a very big mistake getting rid of this show. It was entertaining , it made you laugh and more importantly it showcased heroes you wouldn’t normally see. D.C comics have created a lot of different characters. Some interesting and some left on the back shelves. This show shed light on a few forgotten heroes.

I give it a 5/5. Not only for its comedic yet action packed episodes, but for the purpose of the show itself. Check it out on Netflix.

Joe Reyes

 

 

 

Captain America 2 : The Winter Soldier

I’m going to use one phrase to describe this movie. “The greatest superhero movie ever made”, how does that sound? Yes I am speaking to all you Dark Knight fans. There are no Heath Ledger Oscar performances in The Winter Soldier, but this movie didn’t call for that.

What makes Steve Rogers (Captain America) the greatest hero of them all, is because after he acquired his powers, he has only tried to do good things with them. Iron Man gets drunk and parties. Thor is an oversized baby at times who just has to prove he is tougher than other people.

Rogers joined SHIELD “to protect people” he says. And this movie tests his moral in way that he didn’t expect. Imagine waking up and learning that everything you knew was a lie. What if you fought and laid your life on the line to find out that the people you trusted had ulterior motives.

That’s what Rogers had to endure during this movie. He learned that SHIELD wasn’t only corrupted, but has been since its creation. That HYDRA, the group led by the Nazis that Captain America fought in WW2, are SHIELD.

Years underground, HYDRA has infiltrated the government for one purpose. They took the Helicarrier used by Nick Furry and created 3 more of them. Each equipped with weapons that can kill thousands by the minute. HYDRA created a program that would target those who could be a threat to them and with a push of a button kill them all.

“Trust no one” Nick Furry says to Rogers. Rogers must rely on a select few who he trusts to stop HYDRA. Natasha Romanoff, who Rogers doesn’t even know if he can trust, tags along. Also Sam Wilson, a military pilot accompanies Rogers to help take down HYDRA. The Winter Soldier is HYDRA’s greatest assassin, has been used on missions towards the end of WW2. The Winter Soldier has ties to Roger’s past and makes Rogers question if he could kill The Winter Soldier if needed.

This movie is a deep as it is actioned packed. The difference between this action and that of The Dark Knight, is that you can see it perfectly. Many movies these days make action sequences close-ups and very fast. In some movies it’s hard to make out what’s going on at times. The directing of Captain America 2 takes the camera back so you can see every punch thrown and can make out what exactly is going on.

The only problem I had with the movie was that he was WAY too good with that shield. At times making pin point throws and catching it from behind his back. It wasn’t a problem, but it was a little bit too farfetched.

This movie gets a clear 5/5 and one of the best movies of the year. I might end up buying two copies of this movie because I think I will wear out the DVD when I buy it.

 

Joe Reyes