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

 

 

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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

Injustice Gods Among Us

The makers of Mortal Kombat have outdone themselves with this amazing adaptation of a comic book. Injustice follows the storyline of how our greatest heroes become our greatest threats. The game is a primarily a 1 on 1 fight, but with an amazing storyline.

The storyline alone is worth the games asking price. It features an alternate world where Superman has been pushed to the breaking point and started his own army. He waged war against all who opposed him, including that worlds Batman.

The game has you traveling between dimensions and fighting as a multitude of its characters. You even get to play as the Joker in his storyline.

The fighting is well done. Each level allows you to interact with the environment. You can hurl cars and your enemy and even shoot them into other dimensions. Each character has specific moves for each and you can unleash powerful finishers to incapacitate your foes. Each character is vastly different and has their own strengths and weaknesses.

There is a wide array of characters and I will be writing an article about each one. I give Injustice a well-deserved 5/5 and a must play for fighting fans. I only hope that one day the creators make a Marvel version.

Joe Reyes

 

You Had To Kill Him

SPOILER MAN OF STEEL ENDING SO IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW, NOW IS THE TIME TO STOP READING

At the end of the movie, Clark kills Zod. They are having a chaotic fight scene and Clark put Zod in a chock hold to try to stop him. Zod turned the tables around by trying to kill a family with his newly acquired laser eyes. Clark had no choice other than to break Zod’s neck. Afterwards he was so upset he let out a cry.

My starting problem with this is, when were you not trying to kill him? The men had a full on battle, throwing each other through buildings and all other things that would kill anyone else. When Clark was shooting lasers at Zod…..was he trying to kill him then? I understand that he felt bad, but what other choice did he have?

The other option was the let Zod live, he would’ve vaporized the family he was shooting at and then killed all of Earth. That would’ve happened if Clark didn’t kill him. All of Earth would be destroyed…..or Zod? I’m reading a few articles about this and people think Clark did the wrong thing.

Either he kills him OR they go in the direction every TV show goes. You fight the bad guy, they get defeated and return another time.

The videogame Injustice says it best. The Joker is in custody and says something like “I’ll just get out and kill again,”.

In the movie Batman: Under The Red Hood, Batman explains how badly he wants to kill the Joker. He says “this man has filled up cemetery’s ,” another good reason to end him.

In X-Men First Class, Magneto killed Shaw and Charles was disgusted by this. Really? A mastermind with unlimited power…you think you can lock this man up? A lot of villains in these series deserve to be killed.

It’s downright stupid to think that locking these men up and just letting them return later on is the better option than killing them.  It annoys me that letting them live is deemed “the right thing to do,” by society.

Weigh in your opinion because I would love to hear what people think about this.

Joe Reyes

Man Of Steel

Every filmmaker should take notes on this movie, because this is how you remake a franchise and set the tone for upcoming movies. Man Of Steel delivers for new and old fans of the Superman franchise.

It starts off with the destruction of the planet Krypton, Superman’s home planet. We are given the backstory of the dying planet and get a glimpse of Superman’s parents. Russell Crowe plays his real father Jor El who in the planets final moments sends him newborn son off to Earth to continue the legacy of Krypton’s people.

Now we don’t know “exactly” why this is happening to Krypton, but all we do know is that the inhabitants did this to the planet accidentally. I think mining the core of the planet or something along those lines.

Jor El placed in the escape pod, the biological DNA blueprint of all the unborn Kryptonians. General Zod is desperate to get this blueprint back and ensure the survival of his people. He is ironically the bad guy, but is really that bad? His actions were noble, but his delivery is why he is considered bad. But that is for another upcoming article I plan to write. (Tune in for that one)

Zod  and his followers are condemned to be banished to the far reaches of space. That doesn’t last long at all. He finds a way out and pursues Superman to Earth. We learn a lot more about Superman than previous movies. We see him as a child just learning his powers. The radiation of our sun gives him his powers, but not all at once. In the beginning he can’t even fly, he can jump really high. In school his powers awaken unexpectically and he is deemed a freak by his classmates.

On Earth he is now called Clark by the family that found him. They are simple farmers who don’t want Clark to reveal himself to the world. They don’t think it’s the right time and society won’t accept him. His Earth father, Jonathan, even goes as far to say that Clark shouldn’t save people because that would reveal Clark to the world as an alien. Not save people? Let them die? Not very heroic.

Clark lives his life constantly on the move. Whenever he is forced to reveal himself and save the day, he’s gone the next. Eventually his travels bring him to a frozen wasteland. Antarctica I think. Where he meets Lois Lane. Lois is a reporter for the Daily Planet and is an adventure seeker. When Clark goes out in the middle of the night, she tails him.

The people of Krypton have always thought their planet might be destroyed, so they traveld to other planets to try to continue their legacy. In Antarctica, a Krypton ship is buried in the ice. Clark comes face to face with a hologram of his father, who explains everything to his son.

I don’t really want to spoil everything for you, but Zod comes back….and he is PISSED! Now remember that Clark gets his powers from the sun? Imagine about a half a dozen Super people bent on just destruction. So many innocent people get killed in this movie. Almost the entire city is destroyed, but that’s where I end this. I don’t want to spoil it all for you. This movie is a perfect 5/5. It has some slow parts, but it is all to explain the backstory and set up for the future.

Joe Reyes

 

 

2 New Categories

I will now be presenting a pair of new categories to the site. The first called “Old School vs. New School”. This will be a comparison between an old time player and a player currently in the league now. You hear a lot how players are compared to each other and I thought it would be interesting to write my take on the discussions.

Another is called “Matchups”. This category will be a duel between characters. Battles that we will never see. This could range from Super Heroes battling it out, fantasy sports battles between whole teams or even 2 players. I will also be matching up movies that can be considered similar.

I hope you enjoy and send in Matchups and other comparisons that you would like me to write about.

Joe Reyes