The Flash Movie Looks For Another New Director

Warner Bros look for their third Director for the Scarlet Speedster.

Rick Famuyiwa has left Warner Bros. looking for their third Director for the upcoming Flash movie. Citing creative differences, Famuyiwa released this statement:

 

“When I was approached by Warner Bros and DC about the possibility of directing The Flash, I was excited about the opportunity to enter this amazing world of characters that I loved growing up, and still do to this day. I was also excited to work with Ezra Miller, who is a phenomenal young actor. I pitched a version of the film in line with my voice, humour and heart. While it’s disappointing that we couldn’t come together creatively on this project, I remain grateful for the opportunity. I will continue to look for oppportunities to tell stories that speak to fresh generational, topical and multi-cultural point of view. I wish Warner Bros. DC, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns and Ezra Miller all the best as they continue their journey into the speed force.”

 

 

It’s interesting that Famuyiwa hoped that he would continue to look for stories to tell that are “topical” and “multi-cultural”. Does that mean Famuyiwa didn’t think the Warner Bros. version of The Flash would be that?

There has been no comment as yet from Warner Bros. who had Seth Grahame-Smith also leave the movie in April. No word as yet as to who will jump next into the speed-force. Fan favourite and guest Director on the hit CW series The Flash, Kevin Smith has yet to comment on rumours that he maybe in line to take the helm.

 

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“Justice League Action” Delivers Hard on the Action

DC Comic’s new animated series ‘Justice League Action’ premiered in the U.S. this Friday, December 16th on Cartoon Network. This is the newest successor to the Justice League TV franchise, the last one being 2006’s ‘Justice League Unlimited’.

 

The first episode, an hour long special, featured a plethora of DC heroes and villains, including, Superman, Wonder Woman, Constantine, Swamp Thing, Plastic Man, Martian Man Hunter, Black Adam, The Parasite, Shazam (voiced by Sean Astin) and Batman, voiced by the one and only Kevin Conroy. That’s right, Kevin Conroy the man who voiced Batman in ‘Batman: The Animated Series’, and the ‘Batman: Arkham’ series has returned to reprise his iconic role as the Dark Knight himself. This review won’t go into specifics about the episode as to best avoid spoilers, just my overall impression of the show.

Now, from the previous promos leading to the premiere, we could tell the new series was going to be aimed towards the younger audience. It seems the dramatic story arcs that span multiple episodes like those of it’s predecessor, have been replaced with quick, action packed fun vignettes, and they definitely deliver hard on the comedy and even harder on the action. From the time the episode starts, we are thrown into a quick paced action sequence paired with an amazing backtrack that is incredibly reminiscent of the ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ theme.

 

The hour long special premiere is obviously structured as four 11-minute episodes, which is typical for Cartoon Network animated programs like Adventure Time, Regular Show, Steven Universe, etc. The episodes were part of an ongoing narrative, but you can tell when each segment ends and begins. Many people were worried how the new Justice League series was going to turn out. In the wake of ‘Teen Titans Go’, fans were afraid the powers that be at Cartoon Network and WB Animation HQ (respectively) were going to turn their favorite heroes into goofy, watered down parodies of their former selves. Although the series is obviously made for younger viewers, the integrity, nature, and personality of each hero and villain is for the most part, left intact. I was surprised and delighted to find that the new series is more akin to the current Marvel ‘Spiderman’ and ‘Avengers’ series’ that air on Disney XD, than Teen Titans Go.

So no, Justice League Action probably won’t be garnering any acclaim for its writing, or even its animation, and it is a long way off from being as good as predecessors like ‘Justice League/Unlimited’, or ‘Batman: The Animated Series’; but, it is a fun, easy going show that is thoroughly enjoyable to watch and to experience your favorite DC characters. Plus I mean, they brought Kevin Conroy back, that gives them more than a few brownie points in my book. I’d easily give Justice League Action 3.8 out of 5 stars, and its definitely worth a watch! Justice League Action will move to Saturday mornings starting December 24th.

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Do you love monsters?

Is there anything better than monsters?

I mean not just scary monsters, either. Aliens and Hellraiser are great and all, but I love monsters of all types. I love monsters in Adventure Time as much as I love them in Lord of the Rings.

Monsters have penetrated every corner of entertainment, and they are the perfect literary device to talk about everything from racism to the dangers of nuclear war and to do it in a way that isn’t preachy or heavy-handed. The subtle genius of Godzilla is that it got me thinking and talking about nuclear war, even when I was too young to understand what nuclear war even meant.

Studying monsters in literature and movies is also a great way to find out what people worried about throughout the ages. Take Aliens. You might consider Aliens one of the greatest horror sci-fi movies of all time, but it was also a movie steeped in fear over the HIV epidemic of the 1980s. You have to look under the hood to see the parallels which go all the way down to why Ripley was the last person left alive and the only one to survive, but they exist.

On top of all that, monsters can represent anyone and everyone at the same time. There isn’t a person alive who can’t see themselves represented in some form of monster or another, whether it’s feeling invisible to others like the Invisible Man or being a walking ball of rage like the Hulk, there is a monster for everybody.

Unfortunately, most people associate monsters with horror, when they can be so much more.

That’s why I decided to publish the Monsters and Other Scary Sh!t anthology, so that people can appreciate all the amazing ways monsters can be used, from horror to fantasy to sci-fi, and beyond. It’s a 224-page anthology devoted to everything I love about monsters, filled with stories from 30 creative teams jamming out about monsters. It’s the monster book I always wanted, made by monster fans for monster fans.

If you love comics, anthologies, and especially monsters, check it out today by heading to Kickstarter, or by clicking here KICKSTARTER LINK

What’s your favorite monster?

Russell Nohelty is a writer, publisher, consultant, and, most of all, a monster lover. He runs Wannabe Press, a small press that creates weird books for weird people and hosts The Business of Art podcast.

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Cruise to Launch Universal Monster-verse with The Mummy

Universal Pictures will finally get their wish with a shared universe for their iconic monsters and it all kicks off this summer.

 

It’s been a long time coming and quite a few false dawns, but Universal Pictures will finally get their wish. This summer will see the launch of their very own “monster-verse” with the release of The Mummy. Briging all the Universal monsters together in a shared universe has often been seen as a mission impossible, so surely if anyone was going to lead a successful charge for Universal it would be Tom Cruise.

 

 

Cruise will play Nick Morton and will be a pivotal character in the universe moving forward.

The story is set in the present day, a departure from the traditional period setting for most Mummy iterations.

The Mummy will also introduce audiences to Dr.Jekyll played by Russell Crowe and will lead into his own movie.

 

 

Judging by the trailer released today, The Mummy will be as much action as it will be horror with Universal looking to tap into Tom Cruise’s continued box office appeal.

The Mummy will be released June 9, 2017

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DC Celebrates the Big Screen Release of JUSTICE LEAGUE with Special JUSTICE Variant Covers in November!

As the world awaits the big screen debut of “Justice League,” DC is getting in on the action with a special collection of variant covers inspired by the forthcoming film! Illustrated by the some of the comic industry’s most acclaimed artists, these variant covers showcase DC’s iconic Super Hero team in the likeness of their big screen counterparts.

Fans are getting their first look today at variant covers available on the November editions of flagship DC titles featuring members of the famed Justice League.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY first debuted the special variant covers for BATMAN #34 by Tony S. Daniel and CYBORG #18 by Dustin Nguyen – both go on sale Nov. 1.

 

NERDIST joined in by revealing the special variants for ACTION COMICS #991 by Yanick Paquette (on sale Nov. 8) and SUPERMAN #35 by Renato Guedes (on sale Nov. 15).

 

 

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER debuted Mike McKone’s variant for THE FLASH #34 (on sale Nov. 8) and Terry Dodson’s special cover for WONDER WOMAN #34 (on sale Nov. 22).

 

Plus, JoinTheLeague.com revealed the variants for AQUAMAN #30 (on sale Nov. 15) by Liam Sharp and JUSTICE LEAGUE #32 by Howard Porter (on sale Nov. 1).

 

 

Finally, DC exclusively revealed the variants for TRINITY #15 by Ben Oliver (on sale Nov. 15), alongside the variant for DETECTIVE COMICS #968 by Cully Hamner (on sale Nov. 8).

 

About “Justice League”

Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Raymond Fisher, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller star in the action adventure “Justice League.” Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.  Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat.  But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.  “Justice League” was directed by Zack Snyder from a screenplay by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon, story by Terrio & Snyder.  Based on characters from DC Entertainment; Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.  Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns produced the film, with Jim Rowe, Wesley Coller, Curtis Kanemoto, Chris Terrio and Ben Affleck serving as executive producers.  Opening on November 17 in 3D and 2D in select theatres and IMAX, “Justice League” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.  http://www.justiceleaguethemovie.com/

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The Top 10 Episodes of CW’s The Flash

With the recent release of the much anticipated season 4 kicking off, Geek Genie takes a look at the best 10 episodes of The Flash.

10. “Flash vs Arrow” S1E8

 

Flash vs Arrow may not have been the craziest episode ever but the 2nd part of the Crossover was a brilliant episode since it was the beginning of many crossovers to come. Action packed, full of great fighting scenes whilst also giving audiences a glimpse of the great friendship between Oliver Queen and Barry Allen.

 

9. “Flash of Two Worlds” S2E2

 

The 2nd episode of my favourite season of The Flash, Jay Garrick acts as a mentor to the Flash teaching him the ways of the speedforce. This episode contains a scene that mirrors the iconic comic book cover from The Flash #123  as well as featuring the return of Harrison Wells…but not as we knew him!

 

8.”Enter Zoom” S2E5

 

The first meeting between Barry and Zoom, a demonic speedster from the parallel world known as “Earth 2”. Zoom shows his power and speed when humiliating the Flash in a fight. We learnt truly how dangerous Zoom could be.

7.”I know who you are” S3E20

 

The episode after Savitar’s identity is revealed to Killer Frost, and the episode Savitar’s identity is revealed. A fan theory coming true that Barry Allen of the future is revealed to be Savitar. Many hints such as “The future Flash” indicated the identity but overall it was a great way to leave us on the edge of our seats.

 

6.”Pilot” S1E1

The one that started it all, the origin story. An introduction to Barry Allen and Central city giving us the origin we read in the comics. It wasn’t an episode that had any cliffhangers or twists but how could I not include it?

5. “Infantino street” S3E21

 

The episode that season 3 was leading up to, we know that Savitar was Barry of the future, a time remnant. Barry tries his hardest to save Iris from her fate, however he fails leading to the death of Iris West…

4. “Flashpoint” S3E1

 

Flashpoint had us screaming at the end of season 2, we could not wait to see the new world that Barry Allen creates. Realising his mistake in saving his Mother he had to change the world back, however it was not the same as how he left it.

3. “Escape from Earth-2” S2E14

Similar to Flashpoint, we saw a parallel world where Barry was a geek, Iris a cop and Caitlin and Ronnie as Metahuman criminals. As the team tries to escape Earth-2 with prisoner Jesse Quick, Zoom hunts them down and kills Jay through the breach! Tragic!

2. “Fast Enough” S1E22

 

The finale of season 1 was brilliant and heartbreaking. An imprisoned Harrison Wells makes an agreement with Barry sending Harrison to his time, the 25th century and allowing Barry to save his Mother. Not foreseeing the consequences the season ends with a second particle accelerator explosion.

1.”The man in the yellow suit” S1E8

 

 

 

This Christmas special truly had it all, Barry’s greatest enemy returning, a spectacular showdown between the Flash and the reverse Flash, an appearance of Firestorm and the reveal of Harrison Wells being the Reverse Flash.

In conclusion, there are many episodes that could not make my list such as Invincible, the Runaway Dinosaur and The Rogue episodes but I hope you have enjoyed reading my list, however did you agree with it?

 

Honorable Mentions

“Out of Time” S1E15, “King Shark” S2E16, “Rupture” S2E19, “The race of his life” S2E22, “Shade” S3E6.

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Batman Arkham – A Review of The Dark Knight’s Greatest Gaming Series

Batman is a huge character in the Comic book, Movie and action figure industry, he is an iconic figure that is universally recognized. The Batman Arkham games played a huge role in my childhood gaming sessions with my Brother. From crying at the joker’s death, celebrating when finally collecting that one last Riddler trophy and screaming at the sight of Mister Freeze following your every move. I am reviewing the brilliant quadrilogy in a trip of nostalgia, hopefully more games will come after Warner Bros read my article!

Batman Arkham Asylum – 2009

 

 

 

Synopsis:

The Playstation essential that started it all. The Joker has taken over Arkham Asylum and has freed all inmates, it is Batman’s to get past villains like Quinn, Ivy and Bane to stop your arch-nemesis the joker. After escaping the wrath of your worst fears, the danger of mother nature and effects of venom you reach the Joker, and he is about to surprise him. Injecting himself with Dr Young’s “Titan formula” he becomes a monster. Batman has to stop him before the Joker terrorises Gotham!

 

Review and Rating:

 

 

Brilliant Story, nice variety of levels and great moments to remember. Killer Croc and Scarecrow missions keeping me alert and a number of different skills were needed for me to advance further in the masterpiece.

“A true classic” – 8/10 – IzzyLFC

 

Batman Arkham City – 2011

Synopsis:

 

 

One of the greatest games ever to be made. After the events of Arkham Asylum, A new project launched by Hugo Strange has been created…Arkham City. A city for criminals who can roam around freely, obviously Batman is on the case. The Joker is revealed to be sick from the Titan drug, and he merges his blood with Batman’s. Batman is looking for the cure and has to encounter nearly all of his rogue’s gallery. The story ultimately ends in many twists but the unexpected death, and non-revival, legitimate death of the greatest villain of all…The Joker!

 

Review and Rating:

 

 

Perfect Story, Perfect villains and levels and probably the best single player Playstation game of all time. Twists, heartbreaks and many, many jump scares (Mr Freeze!!!).

“A Perfect Masterpiece” – 10/10 – IzzyLFC

 

Batman Arkham Origins – 2013

Synopsis:

 

 

The origin story of the Arkham series. Set in the first years of Bruce Wayne becoming the Batman, the black mask has hired 8 assassins to take down the Gotham vigilante for a bounty. Batman defeats each assassin one after another, he ends up confronting the Black mask who is revealed to be the Joker, a criminal Batman has never crossed paths with!

 

Review and Rating:

 

 

 

Fun game with fantastic graphics, challenging levels that put your skills to the test and a great plotline to start up the Arkham Universe.

“Great game in our generation” – 7/10 – IzzyLFC

 

Batman Arkham Knight – 2015

Synopsis

 

 

The final installment of the memorable series. After the death of the crown price of crime himself, crime levels of Gotham decrease rapidly, however after Scarecrow releases the deadliest fear toxin yet, Gotham is forced to evacuate. Gotham city is left with criminals, metahumans, a mysterious figure going by the term “Arkham Knight” and the Batman to stop them. The story revolves around Batman finding his way to Scarecrow but keep finding this Arkham Knight character instead. After explaining his grudge, he is revealed to be Jason Todd, a former Robin. He ends up working with Batman as the Red hood (A character from the comics) to stop Scarecrow. In the end Bruce Wayne is revealed on live TV as the Batman and must activate the “Knightfall” protocol resulting in his demise, and the demise of the Dark knight.

 

Review and Rating:

 

Gripping storyline, best graphics at the time, new feature of accessorising the Batmobile and a great way to end the series.

“A near perfect way to end the Batman” – 9/10 – IzzyLFC

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The Top 10 Moments From The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Thor Ragnarok is less than a month away! How exciting! I’m going to be looking at the top 10 MCU moments ever to hit the big screen…and by the way, no post-credit scenes will be included!

 

10. “The Hand” – Thor the Dark World

 

 

This scene was a true shocker and left us with our mouths wide open. It also showed the true brilliance of the character we all love to hate, Loki. After agreeing to work with Thor to face Malekith “The Accursed”, he supposedly betrays Thor by slicing his hand off. We are all screaming the word “typical” to Thor’s face and calling him gullible for trusting Loki the god of mischief, however what was to come was truly shocking. Loki reveals Thor’s hand was just hidden by his trickery and Thor summons Mjolnir just like that.

9. “Dormammu, I’ve come to bargain!” – Doctor Strange

 

 

The scene we all remember from Benedict Cumberbatch’s brilliant performance as Doctor Strange. When Strange’s greatest foe makes a fantastic appearance, Stephen uses the powers of the time stone to basically annoy the hell out of Dormammu causing him to spare Earth in order to escape the eternal time loop. Memorable and hilarious.

8.”Is that the best you can do?” – Avengers Age of Ultron

 

A triumphant scene for the MCU, showcasing all the Avengers new and old destroying and dismantling Ultron bots around the Vibranium. It showed the true strength and teamwork of the Avengers ending with a typical statement by Thor…”Is that the best you can do”. Ultron responds with hundreds, if not thousands more Ultron bots.

7.”The Rainbow bridge” – Thor

 

 

 

Mixed feelings present for this moment occurring in one of the best MCU movies ever. Many things happen when Thor clashes with his mischievous brother Loki, and is forced to protect Earth by destroying the Bifrost. This causes Odin to wake from his sleep and attempt to save what’s rest of Loki. A sad ending with falling into the abyss…but that wasn’t the last we saw of him!

6.”We’re the Guardians of the Galaxy” – Guardians of The Galaxy

 

Guardians of the Galaxy was an unexpected blockbuster. Who would have thought that an 80’s space themed comedic action film would have been so charming? A central theme running through the MCU is the fate of the Infiniti Stones. Starlord and the Guardians risk it all by absorbing the Power Stone and destroy Ronan the accuser saving Xandar from destruction.

5.”Bucky?” – Captain America The Winter Soldier

 

 

In my opinion without doubt the greatest action film ever to be made. The second installment of Captain America was titled “The Winter Soldier” which sparked confusion within movie fans but pure excitement for comic book fans. A mysterious assassin to appears to have murdered Director of Shield Nick Fury. His mask is removed on the awesome battle of the highway and is revealed to be Cap’s best friend from his WWII days…Bucky! Steve Rodgers is shocked and caught off guard leading to his arrest at the hands of Brock Rumlow AKA Crossbones.

4.”I am Iron Man” – Iron Man

 

 

The movie that launched the MCU. The origin story of how Tony Stark became Iron Man. This one scene describes billionaire Stark perfectly. Where most superheroes battle to keep their identity a secret, Stark’s (in)famous ego means that at a packed press conference he at first denies any involvement with Iron Man, but then stuns the world by declaring straight faced…”I am Iron Man”. And thus was born the MCU.

3.”I will bathe the star ways with your blood” – Guardians of the Galaxy

 

The first appearance in an actual movie for the big baddie of the NCU, Thanos!. He shows his true power by frightening the hell out of the feared Ronan. Thanos’ look is perfect and is plucked straight from the comic books. After dealing with Ronan like a naughty child, he leaves us with his signature bad boy grin!

2.”Avengers Assemble!” – The Avengers

 

Captain America, Black Widow and Hawkeye arrive by jet. Thor arrives with his magical hammer Mjolnir. The Hulk leaps his way to action. Finally, Iron man joins the team to face the Chitauri and the Levaiathons. The perfect scene for the Avengers to Aseemble!

 

1.”Underoos” – Captain America Civil War

 

 

One of my favourite MCU scenes! So much happens! Heroes go toe to toe in mortal battle. Marvel’s most iconic character makes his first ever appearance in the MCU…and it doesn’t disappoint! Spidey on Team Iron-Man against Cap’s Team…iconic!

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Stranger Things 2 Review

Geek Genie’s very own teenage geek IzzyLFC runs the rule over the Netflix smash hit, Stranger Things Season 2.

After the massive success of Stranger Things Season 1, which I binged watched in 2 nights, Netflix released the second season of this critically acclaimed series. And it did not disappoint, it was brilliant…or should I say terrifyingly brilliant!

Summary –

After Will returns from the upside down, he still has post-traumatic stress and sees a humongous shadow figure in the upside down. Eleven is alive and living with Hopper in secret, she also finds out more about her past. Mike, Lucas and Dustin find a new member for their crew called Max and Nancy, Steve and Jonathan have to go Demogorgon hunting once again.

 

Positives –

  • Characters are more likeable such as Steve and Bob Newby
  • A new and scarier Monster or Monsters
  • Sub-plots in the show, for example how Eleven and Will’s lives are completely different from each others

Negatives –

  • Eleven and her time with Eight was a whole episode long
  • Eleven has to save the day once again
  • At times repetitive

 

My Review and Rating

Other than the death of my favourite character Bob, the show was brilliant and kept me at the edge of my seat. Eleven’s past, The Demodogs in the underground tunnels and the party’s new member Max kept my interest levels high. Characters such as Steve who I and most people hated in season 1 had become a lot more likeable and the show balances 80’s themes, teen life, comedy with thrills and lots and lots of jump scares.

 

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Thor Ragnarok Review

Our resident teen reviewer IzzyLFC gives his verdict on Marvel’s latest movie blockbuster, Thor RagnAron.

 

Thor Ragnarok is without doubt one of the greatest Marvel movies ever made. It was well balanced with action and humour. Director Taika Waititi creates an unexpected but definite masterpiece.

 

Synopsis:

Thor is on a mission to prevent Ragnorak, the Asgardian apocoloypse alluded to in previous MCU movies such as Avengers 2. He confronts Surtur the fire giant of Musphelheim, who will play a key role at the end of the movei. Loki has taken over Asgard by impersonating Odin. Eventually the rival siblings find Odin only to realise that the All Father’s ancient reign over Asgard is at an end. They encounter Hela the goddess of death and are cast away while she threatens the existence of Asgard and its people. It is up to a team of Thor, Loki, Valkyrie and The Hulk to save Asgard from its doom.

 

 

Positives:

  • Perfect balance of action and humour
  • A gripping storyline, with lots of sub-plots and plenty of easter eggs!
  • Fantastic and lovable characters

Negatives:

  • Crucial characters missing, such as Lady Sif
  • Doctor Strange only had a small part
  • Thor’s new look! The long hair and hammer is gone!!

 

 

My Review & Rating:

For me, Thor Ragnarok was one of the greatest MCU movies of all time. It had two great villains in Hela and Surtur who is probably my favourite Thor villain ever! Loki was fantastic and as mischievous as ever. Korg, voiced by director Waititi himself has become an unexpected fan favourite with his hilarious dialogue. Overall there isn’t an MCU that can really top this one other than Captain America The Winter Soldier!

9/10 – One of the most enjoyable films ever to be made!

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