#TeenTitans #TheJudasContract #movie #review #Terra & more..

teen-titans-the-judas-contract-cast-600x338-227248-1280x0This animated film is very well done and continues in the same universe as ‘Son of Batman’ and ‘Justice League vs Teen Titans.’ Not for all ages cartoon, due to cursing and violence. ‘Teen Titans: The Judas Contract’ is an adapted version on the 1984 comic of the same name, with a few tweaks to the story that fit with the characters & current Teen Titans team. It helps to have a solid base for the characters and build-up to the story, ‘The Judas Contract,’ otherwise this film might seem a bit out of place. It seems incomplete to have a great story about the Teen Titans and not to have Cyborg. Limited research showed that this was due to Warner Bros wanting to have Cyborg solely associated with The Justice League for the upcoming live-action movie than with the animated Teen Titans. Cyborg has appeared in this animated film universe before, like ‘JusticeLeague: Doom’ & ‘Teen Titans vs Justice League’ movies, but as a member of The Justice League. So I guess Warner Bros have decided Cyborg is Justice League only, which is too bad, because he is such a crucial member of Teen Titans. ‘The Judas Contract’ story first appeared in animation on the ever popular Teen Titans cartoon, which is still a great, light-hearted series. 

Terra_09My main problem with this animated feature was the Terra storyline. It felt wildly inappropriate to have a young teenager (13?), Terra, wanting to date a 55 year-old man, Deathstroke; I just felt weirded out with every scene. Were they actually sleeping together? Did I miss that? Even creepier, WTF DC? But I guess since it was in the comics it makes it somehow OK? Nope, still not OK. 

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(Spoilers) Towards the end, it would have been nice to see Terra turn around & attack Slade, motivated by her own moral compass, saving the Titans at the last moment, instead of solely acting out of revenge, focusing only on killing Deathstroke, all while not caring for the well being of The Titans at all. She could have at least made them a tunnel to the surface, protecting the Titans from the collapsing underground cavern Temple of the Brother Blood Cult. Also, there was no clear explanation of how exactly The Titans escaped this disaster.

maxresdefault (1)Deathstroke returns (spoiler) as the main villain. You may remember he was killed by Damian at the end of ’Son of Batman,’ which was poorly done, by the way. Deathstroke shot at Damien several times, from just 20 feet away, and missed every time! In the comics, Deathstroke, with the help of the serum, gave him metahuman abilities, like shooting The Flash in the knee, as Barry was running full speed. There’s absolutely no reason Deathstroke should have missed at such close range. Anyway, Deathstroke has since been revived from the dead, with the use of Lazarus Pits, and appears in this animated film to exact his revenge on Damien. I think it would have been easier to have just shot Damien with a sniper rifle, but Slade chose an elaborate plan, with years of preparation, bringing the rest of the Titans down at the same time, all while getting paid for it by Brother Blood instead.

asdStarfire was, again, over sexualized & it is a bit odd, that the leader of the Titans, Starfire/Kori, no longer lives in the Tower; seems like bad leadership skills, which was a recurring theme in this film. 

pre_TitansIt was great to see Bumble Bee in the beginning flashback sequence and it’s exciting that Wonder Girl, Donna Troy, will be joining The Titans in future DC animated movies (spoilers). 

Wonder_Girl_Donna_Troy3CONCLUSION: ’Teen Titans: The Judas Contract’ was a good film & you should WATCH IT; I just wish Terra’s storyline was better crafted. IMPORTANT NOTE: There’s an end credit scene, so watch through the credits.

Who is #DanielWest ? #TheFlash season3 villain REVEALED!! #BlackFlash #BlackRacer

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The Flash season 3 villain has been revealed, Danny West (from DC Comics). With the ending season 2 of The Flash, DC Comics superhero television show on the CW,  we saw two very important things setting the stage for season3, the mention of Earth3, and Flashpoint (also Black Flash, but we’ll get to that later). Earth 3 deserves a mention, as it is the Earth where the good guys are bad, the Justice League is now the Crime Syndicate, with The Flash as Johnny Quick. In The Flash season3 finale, we learn the true identity of The Man in the Iron Mask is actually a new speedster, the real Jay Garrick, who is from Earth3. No doubt we will see more of Earth 3 in season 3 of The Flash. The last few minutes of The Flash season2 finale, we see Barry Allen, using the Speed Force, to go back in time and save his mother from being killed by Reverse Flash, Eobard Thawne, who then wore the face of Harrison Wells and set in motion the plot for the first two seasons. In the DC comics realm, when Barry Allen goes back in time to save his mother, Barry inadvertantly reconfigures the events and characters of the entire world, to where Batman is now Thomas Wayne (Bruce & Martha were killed in that alley by Joe Chill, instead of Thomas & Martha Wayne), Wonder Woman and The Amazons have invaded Europe and Aquaman and The Atlanteans have waged war on humanity and begin an invasion of Europe (It was Reverse Flash’s (Professor Zoom in the comics) plan all along. (warning, spoiler alert if you haven’t read the comics. ‘Flashpoint’ is one of the top 10 DC comics series of all time, so read it, if you haven’t already). We, of course, wont see all that in The Flash season 3, but we will see Barry, The Flash, navigating an alternate timeline of events and characters, struggling to reset the timeline, even if it means allowing his mother and father to be killed. We saw some of that conflict in season 1, where Barry resolves not to reset the past, but I guess The Flash writers just borrowed from Arrow character’s flip-flop motivations.

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As we see, in the set photo above, by Canadagraphs, The Flash villain costume looks just like Daniel West. Who is Danny West? During an accident with The SpeedForce monorail, Iris West’s brother, and/or cousin, gains speedster powers. Daniel West adds fragments of the Speed Force Monorail to his costume, acting as armor and giving him additional powers. Daniel West, as Iris’ brother version, is responsible for paralyzing their father. This alienates Iris, which Daniel laments, as he attempts to go back in time to kill their father, in hopes (weird) to win the heart of his sister(no, not Jaime-Cersi weird, just sibling caring). Later, in DC comics fashion, Daniel West is rebooted, via the New 52, as just another story arc for Wally West.

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In true CW storyline style, The Flash season 3 will change the comics enough to keep the viewers guessing, like rebooting the Central City timeline with Eddie still alive, Iris putting Barry back in the friend zone and combining Black Flash and Black Racer (see below) in varied ways. Consider the above for The Flash season3 plot spoilers, as well as adding Earth3 “heroes,” actually villains (does that include the true Jay Garrick from Earth 3? probably) into the mix, and don’t forget Jesse Quick, Harrison Wells’ daughter, now equipped with Speed Force powers, and you have an exciting nest season of The Flash. If you are not caught up on season 1 & 2 of The Flash, Netflix made a recent deal with The CW for exclusive viewing of CW television shows, where geek meets television.

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Season 3 of The Flash will also introduce villain/character with a similar costumed superhero suit, The Black Flash. The Black Flash appears when a speedster is about to die and reclaims their Speed Force. We saw a glimpse of Black Flash, when Hunter Zoloman Zoom was attacked by the Time Wraiths (those ghosts, like Harry Potter Dementors, that reclaim individuals who abuse the time travel using the Speed Force. Yes, Barry Allen did that, but it was just really convenient, plot-wise, for the Time Wraiths to only attack Zoom). As the Time Wraiths attack and grab Zoom, his costume and face change. Many viewers thought it was just a disintegration of human flesh as a consequence from being touched by the Time Wraiths, but really it is the appearance of Black Flash reclaiming the Speed Force as Hunter Zoloman dies. Yes, we will see more of Black Flash in season 3 of The Flash.

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The Black Flash is an amalgam of Black Racer and The Flash. After Jack Kirby left Marvel, due to a superhero character rights dispute with Stan Lee, he went to DC Comics and went on to create many prime characters in the DC Universe. One of these character was Black Racer, a paraplegic Vietnam vet, named Willie Walker (odd choice of names don’t you think?), who became merged with Death itself, equipped with cosmic skis and ski poles; yes Black Racer is very similar to the Silver Surfer, whom Jack Kirby also created. Modern depictions of Black Racer have him wearing cooler cosmic boots & staves, instead of skis and ski poles. Also to note that Darkseid was the first to merge Black Racer with a corporal form. The Black Racer has had many hosts, including Mr Miracle. Much later, The Anti-Monitor merged Black Racer with Barry Allen / The Flash as a successful attempt to kill Darkseid. Black Flash remained and now reclaims the Speed Force whenever a Speedster dies, like a superhero version of the Law of Conservation. We will most likely see Black Racer posses Wally West in The Flash season 3.

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I’m still expecting to see Barry Allen’s twin brother Cobalt Blue, Malcome Thawne, separated at birth and raised by the vindictive, future enemy of The Flash, Eobard Thawne, but we may have to wait for a season 3 finale plot twist for that. I keep tweeting The Flash writers and producers with this story arc, so it may still happen. The Flash writers are uber secretive, but they have inadvertently revealed that they have mapped out story arcs for future seasons. Looking forward to more Team Flash.

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XMen: Call the actual Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters !! X-Men: Apocalypse

x-men-james-mcavoy-michael-fassbenderX-Men : Apocalypse premieres today (officially tomorrow, but the film is in theaters today for the midnight showing at 7pm, #movielogic). As part of the promotion for the XMen movie, you can call the actual number for Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters, in West Chester, New York, featured in all the X-Men comics and previous XMen films, and even featured in this year’s Deadpool movie. What happens when you call the number? Who will answer? I wont be explaining all the mysteries of the universe on this blog, just call the number yourself, call it 10 times and share the number with friends!

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‘Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice’ Movie Easter Eggs Explained. Spoilers DO NOT READ. Review Recap. Bruce’s Dream Explained in ‘BvS’ Film.

Bruce’s Dream. (do not read, contains spoilers). If you just watched ‘Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice,’ you may be wondering (spoilers beyond this point..) what Lex Luthor meant when Batman was is in the jail cell with him, Who’s coming? What threat? You may have also forgotten Bruce’s Dream and it’s meaning. An apocalyptic world where Desert Batman is fighting soldiers with Superman logos, representing some fascist regime. Winged creatures then appear from the sky picking up downed resistance fighters and carry them away. Superman enters, kills two resistance fighters and de-masks Desert Batman. What is happening here? The answer lies in the next scene, “someone” appears (in time travel tunnel) and shouts to Bruce: “If she dies, then it’s over. She must survive.” Bruce wakes up at his desk. Much later, Bruce changes his mind about killing Superman rather suddenly without any reasonable justifiable cause. Was this just a “bad script” like so many critics have penned on their initial reviews? Or did Bruce put the pieces together and realize that if he didn’t save “her,” Martha Kent (not Martha Wayne), then apocalypse would come to Earth, and by “apocalypse,” I actually mean Apokolips. YES! Darkseid is coming and all of his flying minions from his home planet Apokolips. Darkseid is a Superman villain I have been waiting, expecting, hoping to see in Superman films since the Brandon Routh / Bryan Singer ‘Superman Returns.’ Yes, when Lex Luthor gained control of the Kryptonian ship (from ‘Man of Steel’) by using dead General Zod’s skinned finger prints; “..You now have full access to Kryptonian data on 100,000 worlds,” Kryptonian ship computer voice. If you connect this with the exact words Lex Luthor said to Batman in the jail cell at the end, Lex Luthor called Darkseid and basically said Dakseid and the Minions of Apokolis are on their way. Does this mean we will see more of the Apokolip-tic future, where Superman has sided with Darkseid in the upcoming ‘Justice League’ movie and the bleak, dystopian future will be unwritten by future Flash time traveling into Bruce’s dream, yelling “Save her Bruce?” Yes, yes it does. The plot to the ‘Justice League’ film has just been revealed. I mentioned there were spoilers, right? Also, we see Wonder Woman in all her glory; I think she could have taken Doomsday all by herself, after all she did mention, “I have taken on and beaten many mythical beasts” (ok, paraphrasing that one..). Wonder Woman did cut off Doomsday’s hand after all, she can block Doomsday’s energy beam with shield and bracelets (although Zack Snyder’s Doomsday does look a lot like Wraith, but Lex Luthor did say, (to Superman) “This is your Doomsday.”). Even Wonder Woman’s lasso of badassness (or Truth) can constrain Doomsday. She could take him. Also, also in the ‘Batman v Superman’ movie, yep, more spoilers, we see film clips, collected by LexCorp, of Jason Mamoa’s Aquaman, Ezra Miller’s The Flash and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg. The final words of Bruce Wayne / Batman (yes, Bruce Wayne is Batman, was that a spoiler too?) to Diana Prince / Wonder Woman was about (yep, out of quotes; that’s a lot to memorize) finding these “others like you, we will need them to fight.” “What makes you sure they will fight?” “They will, when they know what’s coming..” So recruitment is also part of the beginning plot of the upcoming ‘Justice League‘ film. So, you’re saying to yourself, who won? Batman or Superman? Was there really ever a question? Batman is smarter (hence geekier), therefore The Bats always wins; he actually did, in the movie, spoiled again, but that’s not what this post is about; it’s about Bruce’s Dream and the future of the DC comic superhero Universe, or, The DCU. A major geek-out moment for me was when Bruce Wayne walked past a Robin suit, with The Joker’s signature “HAHAHAHA” written in yellow paint. Yes, that’s a hint to Jason Todd’s Robin, who was killed by The Joker, but was later brought back to life via a Lazarus Pit, by Ra’s Al-Ghul. Jason, then, returned to Gotham City, but as the vigilante, The Red Hood, one of the most awesome characters in the DC Universe. Also, I did not see Jena Malone, originally leaked as playing Robin (Carrie Kelly), but more recently billed as ‘Batgirl,’ but I may have just missed her entirely, as there was a lot going on in ‘Batman v Superman.’ I’m sure the additional 60min Zack Snyder says is awaiting us when we buy the R-rated bluray version has Jena Malone and who knows what else? Dun-duhn-DUHNNNN! I am also secretly hoping that the extra 60min includes Mercy (Mercy Graves is played by Tao Okamoto in ‘BvS’) somehow escaping the explosion and living to star in future DC superhero films, just because her character is awesome; OMG another spoiler 😐

Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice‘ movie premieres March 25 2016 (or midnight showing at 6pm Pacific Time on March 24th 2016). Should you go see it in the theatre? Yes, it’s worth the extra theater-going cash. Am I going to buy the bluray? I plan on renting/borrowing.

Wonder Woman‘ solo film premieres Jun 23 2017 (the plot takes place during World War I (or ‘The Great War’), just like in the photo of Diana and her crew that included Steve Trevor (love interest), played by Chris Pine, that Lex Luthor had on his hard drive (ok, that was the last spoiler).

Justice League‘ film premieres November 17 2017, that’s only a year and a half away, not 3 years apart, like the Dark Knight series.

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Supergirl-The Flash crossover is real!! Thanks to Twitter & Greg Berlanti

CBS-Supergirl‘The Flash’ – ‘Supergirl’ crossover will actually happen, despite all the discounting from top CBS executives when the ‘Supergirl’ series was first announced and their continued downplay, even responding with statements like “That is ridiculous,” and “There will never be a crossover between the two shows, there aren’t even on the same network.”

the_flash_lightningThis is one case where Twitter shines. As soon as CBS announced it’s ‘Supergirl’ series, fans responded everywhere on social media, especially twitter, with inquiries and requests for a crossover. Some popular geek and comic book blogs even mapped out the possibilities: The Flash and Supergirl are obviously both in the DC comic universe and  Time -Warner owns both CBS and The CW networks, so in theory, it was always possible. Greg Berlanti, producer and co-creator of all things DC on television, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, listened to fans and the never ending tweets and started work on the crossover. Do you have any other thoughts of ideas for the DC comic book universe on television? tweet to Greg Berlanti @GBerlanti or to the writers of ‘The Flash,’ @FLASHtvwriters @CW_TheFlash, ‘Arrow,’ @CW_Arrow @ARROWwriters, ‘Legends of Tomorrow,’ @LoTWritersRoom @TheCW_Legends or to ‘Supergirl’ @SupergirlStaff @supergirlcbs.

‘The Flash’ – ‘Supergirl’ crossover will take place on Monday March 28 on an episode on ‘Supergirl.’

Superhero Movies 2016

Superhero movies for 2016 with release dates. These superhero films are both DC (Warner Bros) and Marvel (Marvel/Disney, 20th Century Fox & Sony). The Valiant comic book superhero movies (in association with Sony Pictures), will release in 2017. This superhero movie list are the main superhero movies, smaller budget or indie superhero films may release next year as well. This list is ordered by release date and offers no bias over favorite superhero characters or which films will be better. I suspect ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and ‘X-Men: Age of Apocalypse’ will be the favorites this year.

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CaptainAMERICA_IRONMAN_CIVILWAR.jpgCaptain America: Civil War’ (Chris Evans, Scarlet Johansson, Robert Downey Jr. Marvel characters/ Marvel/Disney Films.)    May 6 2016.

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Gambit (1).jpgGambit‘ (Chandler Tatum. Marvel characters/ 20th Century Fox.)    Oct 7 2016.

Doctor_Strange_Logo.jpgDr Strange‘ (Benedict Cumberbatch. Marvel characters/ Marvel/Disney Films.)    Nov 4 2016.

Sinister Six‘ (Spider-man villains. Marvel characters/ Sony Pictures)    (Intended premiere was Nov 11 2016. Current status on hold, not canceled. To be released after Amazing Spider-man 3 release with the new Peter Parker, Tom Holland).

#XMen #AgeofApocalypse #trailer! Apocalypse is amazing! watch it here:

Apocalypse is one of the greatest villains in the Marvel universe and quite possibly the coolest mutant (but “best mutant” is a much heated debate).

So who are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? it appears from the trailer, that they are Storm, Archangel, Psylocke & Magneto.

more on ‘X-Men: Age of Apocalypse’ and Apocalypse soon, with a more extensive blog post.

‘X-Men: Age of Apocalypse’ premieres May 27, 2016.

‘Jessica Jones’ Netflix / Marvel’s next great thing. Just watch it.

Jessica_Jones copy.pngJessica Jones, Marvel superhero, based in Hell’s KItchen, New York. I’ve waited to write this because I wanted everyone to watch it first. Don’t worry, this post contains no major spoilers. All this weekend, everyone has asked me, what I loved about Jessica Jones, was it as good or better than Netflix Marvel Daredevil? or even, should I watch it? Um, yes, WATCH IT! It is amazing. It is different than Daredevil, not another chapter of the Marvel Universe; it is unique and tells a very different story, even the lighting and camera angles are different to distinguish Jessica Jones as its own story. What I love most about Jessica Jones is the characters. Every character on Jessica Jones, all 13 episodes, is simply amazing, the character development was so thorough, I feel like I know these people. Jessica Jones brought real characters to the Netflix small screen. All of them had their flaws, their weaknesses and their strengths. Some, like Jessica Jones, had the ability to rise above and keep going, even when there was very little hope.

_1442511657[may contain spoilers here]: The villain, Kilgrave, was also flawed. In the beginning of the ‘Jessica Jones’ series, Kilgrave was this unstoppable force, who could do anything and was untouchable. But as the series progresses, more is revealed about Kilgrave, his personal nature and things/events [not going to say exactly which, just watch the ‘Jessica Jones’ series] that make you sympathize for him. You really get to understand Kilgrave and his motivations, and late in the series, you get to watch his obsession overcome him and watch him begin to unravel.

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I have never watched such great writing with characters and story in any superhero movie or tv series as I have with ‘Jessica Jones.’ It is my hope that this is the future of story telling, no more episodic, weekly 45min shorts, or even an hour and a half 3 act retelling of a comic series. There is such a rich history of superheroes in comic books, going back 14 years, (for Jessica Jones), even 75 years for some superheroes. Watching a few episodes on regular television or even a movie just isn’t enough to understand the characters. Marvel has once again mastered superhero story telling on the Netflix platform.

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The future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Netflix will include a ‘Luke Cage’ series, ‘Iron Fist’ (yes, ‘Iron Fist’ is back and will be an original Netflix series), along with season 2 of ‘Daredevil,’ (featuring Punisher and Elektra) coming February 2016, and quite possibly a ‘Defenders’ series, with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil and Iron Fist. We will definitely see a team up of these four characters on one or more the ongoing Netflix series, but we may also see an additional series of the ‘Defenders.’ Also, Marvel has ordered a ‘Moon Knight’ series from Netflix, premiering 2017.

‘Jessica Jones,’ just watch it.

New #WonderWoman #DC #Comics #OriginStory revealed! #TheLegendofWonderWoman

The new Wonder Woman comic book series, titled, ‘The Legend of Wonder Woman‘ will debut digitally online in January 2016, and will be written and drawn by a woman, Renae De LIz (ink/colorist by Ray Dillon). this new 9 issue comic book series will tell the story of a young Diana, before she leaves Themyscira, the island of immortal Amazon warriors, to venture out into Man’s World, on a path of Justice. it is unclear if ‘The Legend of Wonder Woman’ will be a re-imagined reboot or just an untold story fitting into pre-existing DC Comics canon, or if the birth of Diana will be re-explained. the original story of the birth of Diana, Wonder Woman, was her mother, Hippolyta wanted a child so desperately that she sculpted a child out of clay. the goddesses took pity on Hippolyta and granted the clay child life. the re-imagined version, and current version, is that the previous, was just a cover story to conceal a dark side of the Amazons and that Zeus was Diana’s father. the dark side was that the Amazons would get busy with shipwrecked sailors, raise their daughters as amazons and their sons would become slaves. I much prefer the original version as it seems to fit fluidly within actual Greek myths. This new Wonder Woman story is said to be amazing with fantastic artwork, looking forward to it. it is also unclear if ‘The Legend of Wonder Woman’ will tie into the upcoming DC Cinematic Universe film, ‘Batman v Superman: The Dawn of Justice,’ (premiering March 25, 2016) or the solo ‘Wonder Woman’ movie starring Gal Gadot.