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    Wednesday
    Nov152017

    ‘Justice League’ (review) at Forces Of Geek

     

    Have we broken through? Have the rough drafts been scrapped and the iterations of the Batmobile reached a point where it won’t loose a wheel?

    Folks, I think we’re there, and Justice League and the DC cinematic universe has figured itself out. Is it perfect?

    Far from it, but my prep for the film came in the form of watching Avengers: Age of Ultron and Wonder Woman.

    My logic being, let’s take what we have to build on and look forward from there. Zack Snyder’s Justice Leaguehad the advantage (through very shitty circumstances) of being punched up by Joss Whedon and also the distinct pleasure of being the next chapter to Gal Gadot’s and Patty Jenkins’s incredible Wonder Womanmovie from earlier this year.

    Sure, I’ve been a Man of Steel apologist, and perhaps you might judge me for going against the grain by also championing Suicide Squad so take my ringing Justice League endorsement with a grain of salt, certainly. I can’t blame you for that. I’ve also spent a few Sunday afternoons with Batman v Superman: Ultimate Edition because I wanted to. You aren’t the boss of me!

     

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    Friday
    Nov032017

    ‘Batman vs. Two-Face’ (review) at FORCES OF GEEK

    Adam West’s final film puts him back in the cowl facing off against ’60s television hero William Shatner in Batman vs. Two-Face.

    With co-star Burt Ward by his side, West and company reunite with other cast members of the ’66 series, most notably Julie Newmar as Catwoman and an appearance by Lee Meriwether as Lucilee Diamond.

    Shatner plays a Batman ’66 version of Harvey Dent / Two-Face, a character that unusually never appeared in the show. The Dynamic Duo faces the entirety of Gotham’s rogue gallery that includes Hugo Strange, The Joker, The Riddler, Penguin and even King Tut and this reviewer’s personal favorite, Bookworm.

    The story kicks off with Strange and assistant Harley Quinn extracting evil from all of Gotham’s bad guys.

    When the machine goes Ka-Blam!, the essence wipes out star district attorney Harvey Dent and transforms him into Two-Face.

    Batman and Bruce Wayne are naturally disturbed by this turn of events. Wayne uses his resources to restore Dent’s face to its natural look, but the evil Two-Face could very well be lurking below the visage.

    The pace and tempo of West’s dialogue, long ingrained into our collective consciousness, is slapped right up against Shatner’s staccato delivery, making you wonder if we haven’t been missing Shatner in the Batman Universe for our entire lives!

    In 2014, “The Two-Way Crimes of Two-Face,” an episode written by sci-fi and Star Trek writer Harlan Ellison was released in comic book form from Len Wein (RIP) and artist José Luis Garcia-Lopez as Batman ’66: The Lost Episode #1. After seeing these pages, we’d love to build a time machine and persuade the network to make this happen with William Shatner in the role.

     

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    Thursday
    Aug312017

    ‘Batman and Harley Quinn’ (review) at Forces of Geek

     

    In a world without Mr. J, Harley Quinn has teamed up with Batman and Nightwing in the latest animated DC movie. Confirmed by writer and producer Bruce Timm as part of the DC Animated Universe aka Timmverse,Batman and Harley Quinn is the first PG-13 installment in the universe.

    Cussin’, fartin’, raunchy boudoir humor and a bizarre Batusi musical segment complete with a 70s rarity “Don’t Pull Your Love” followed by Harley Quinn blasting out Blondie’s “Hanging on the Telephone” puts a little spike in the punch of your typical Batman: The Animated Series adventure. Batman & Harley face off against Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue a.k.a. The Floronic Man. Batman Kevin Conroy and Nightwing Loren Lester reprise their roles from the original series with Melissa Rauch voicing Harley. Even Mr. Timm gets in an off-camera cameo as Booster Gold!

    Those familiar with recent New 52 lore will recognize the force of The Green as the supernatural swamp energy running the world. Poison Ivy and Plant Master are going all in to combat the destruction of the Earth and The Green by putting a plan in to place that will turn all living creatures into plants. An Inconvenient Truthindeed! In order to sway Pam from making this green-thumbed gaffe, Nightwing and Batman track down Harley who has gone off the grid for a bit. Not only that, but also in line with current DC continuity, she has gone straight. I mean, Joker’s dead, right?

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    Friday
    Feb102017

    ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ (review) at FORCES OF GEEK

     

    Produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee,
    Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
    Screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith,
    Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers,
    |Jared Stern, John Whittington
    Story by Seth Grahame-Smith
    Based on Batman by Bob Kane and Bill Finger,
    Lego Construction Toys
    Directed by Chris McKay
    Starring Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis,
    Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes

     

    LEGO Batman is back and with even less parents than the last time!

    That’s not exactly true, Batman (Will Arnett) has surrogate father Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) by his side and his trusty ward Robin (Michael Cera) this time around for a true Batman Family adventure.

    Commissioner Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl (Rosario Dawson) rounds out the good guy cast.

    Batman’s nemesis? Of course it is The Joker (Zach Galifianakis) and a slew of familiar rogues.

    Robot Chicken veteran Chris McKay directs this hilarious animated feature that bridges the gap between the animated LEGO DC Universe and 2014’s The LEGO Movie.

    The LEGO Batman Movie, while obviously riding the success of the first film, also sets itself apart and is more than a sequel. Primarily basing itself in DC locations Gotham and The Phantom Zone, this is a decidedly DC Comics Batman movie. When rattling off a list of super villains in his cadre: Bane, Clayface, Two-Face, Riddler, The Joker is asked if he was making some of them up! Maybe he was, but this movie does introduce Condiment Man to LEGO canon, armed with both a Ketchup and a Mustard gun! OOOH, it stains!

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    Monday
    Aug082016

    League Podcast & Do617 Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. August 10, 2016

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    Rebirth has been interesting, but one of the most anticipated books is Scott Snyder’s return to The Bat with All-Star Batman #1! … Supergirl? Move over, there is a new Superwoman in town written by Phil Jimenez as Lois Lane takes flight in Superwoman #1! … Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Labyrinth #1 written by Jonathan Case. This special issue is printed on some high quality paper and special holofoil! … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com.