The superhero landscape is all too often dominated my male characters, whether they be superheroes or villains. All too often the girlfriends, mothers, wives, relatives, and supporting characters of the heroes are used as pawns to motivate the male character into greatness or tragedy. Just think about how many female characters are killed, maimed, or depowered all has plot drives for their male saviors. Think Ms. Marvel, Barbara Gordon (The first Batgirl), and Gwen Stacey! You would think female superheroes who are at times just as powerful, and in many cases more capable, than their male counterparts would be immune to this sexist nonsense. You would be wrong…and it has quite a few fans in an uproar over Marvel’s latest movie, Ant-Man.
Is there no Marvel Comics superhero that cannot be made into a hit? It definitely does not seem like it, especially with this weekend’s release of Marvel’s Ant-Man! This film is should not be a surprising hit, after all if a film with a talking raccoon as a hero can be a box office hit then so can a shrinking superhero! Ant-Man centers on the life of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a corporate whistle blower/burglar who just finished his time in prison.
He resolves to leave his life of crime behind him and really be a good father to his young daughter, Cassie. That is easier said than done when his friends try to get him on a heist that will settle his money troubles. Scott sticks to his resolve until he finds his daughter’s mother is moving on with her life and getting married. Her fiance is intent on playing the father role in Cassie’s life and wants him away. Desperate to regain his daughter, he takes the heist and is surprised to find the Ant-Man costume is his prize. Impressed by his skills, he is soon recruited by Dr. Henry Pym (Michael Douglas), the original Ant-Man, and his daughter, Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lily), for a mission to save the world from Darren Cross/Yellowjacket (Corey Stroll) and HYDRA!
If you are headed to the movies this weekend, then chances are you are saying Marvel’s Ant-Man or Trainwreck. Surprisingly, there is third contender in the new movies section with some major star power–and nobody knows about it–Lila & Eve! The film stars Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez in revenge thriller. The titular characters are meet at a support group for mothers who have lost their children. Lila’s (Davis) son was killed in a drive by shooting, but the police are doing very little to solve it. After talking with Eve (Lopez), who daughter died the same night, Lila comes out of her deep depression finding a common bond. The pair set out to find justice on their own–even if it means including a body count! This movie seems to have the makings of a hit, especially with actors like Viola and Jennifer starring in it. So the question is; why haven’t we heard anything about it?
Well according to critics the film is good, but does not know whether it wants to be a revenge thriller wrought with deadly vigilantism or follow in the steps of Tarantino’s Kill Bill. Additionally, they say there is a third plot twist to the film that everyone can see a mile away. Perhaps the stars did not believe in the film? They definitely have done next to nothing to promote it. Its relative obscurity is very indie film-esque. Still, it is generally counted as a movie worth seeing. I say support it, besides you can also get it at home on demand. Nice right? Check out the trailer below, comment what you think about it!
The moment every Disney fan has been waiting for–Aladdin! The next classic Disney film going live action is in pre-production and we could not be happier! First, Maleficent and then Cinderella, Disney is really on a roll with these live action adaptations and new interpretations of the characters. Like the preceding films, Aladdin too will have a twist. It will not be an adaptation of the original animated film, but a prequel about Genie and how he became a prisoner of the lamp! As you know the character was voiced by the late, great, Robin Williams; and is easily one of the most iconic Disney characters in history.
X-Men Apocalypse is one of 2016’s most anticipated films, and may very well be the biggest film in the franchise. The X-Men are back and up against their most powerful adversary, the immortal mutant Apocalypse! This blue skinned, armored behemoth with virtually every super power you can think of plagues the world of the eighties. Although the X-Men are ready to take him on, we are not seeing our usual stars like James Marsden, Hugh Jackman, Famke Jansen, and Halle Berry. Nope! It is time for the new kids, with younger portrayals of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, Jubilee, and Nightcrawler.
The X-Men are not the only ones getting something new. Joining the cast is Psylocke, and Magneto armors up! Both characters’ costumes appear to similar to their comic counterparts, adding some much needed color to the decor. Let’s face it, the black jumpsuits they have worn in past films leave much to be desired. The real show stealer, however, is the titular character. Yes, Apocalypse, is a product of make up magic! If this movie does not win an Oscar in that arena someone should cry foul!
You can catch X-Men Apocalypse in theaters everywhere on May 27, 2016!
Comic-Con is truly fanboy heaven! The leaks and superhero trailers that have churned out of this annual event are phenomenal! First, Batman Vs. Superman, then Heroes Reborn, and now Suicide Squad. The film is centered around DC Comics’ team of super villains forced to work for a top secret government agency on black ops missions in exchange for their freedom that are practically, “suicide.” Although the roster has consisted of dozens of villains over the years; this time around we have Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), The Joker (Jared Leto), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), and Amanda Waller (Viola Davis)!
The cast is truly star studded as you can see and now thanks to a massive leak of the trailer at Comic-Con (seven million shares and counting) we get to see the official trailer. Check it out below!
This trailer had everything, and all the characters look bad ass! Now that we see Batman (Ben Affleck) will be in the film we know it is apart of the DC Cinematic Universe. The film is sure to have sequels, meaning more villains from the rogues’ galleries of different superheroes. Joker and Harley Quinn are going to steal the show. Their domestic dysfunction is legendary! Unfortunately we have to wait a little over a year for its debut. August 5, 2016 C’mon!
For the first time in cinematic history, the DC Trinity; Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman are on screen together and it looks amazing! It has been quite awhile since any footage of the most anticipated superhero film to date has debuted. Thanks to the folks at this year’s Comic-Con we finally have a clear picture of just why The Dark Knight and Man of Steel are going to blows with each other.Surprisingly, the fan theories were right.
The collateral damage Supes caused in the Man Of Steel, affected the Bruce Wayne/Batman through his company Wayne Enterprises. One of the company’s building was at ground zero of the disaster and completely destroyed…it was also full of people! Superman is viewed by many as a savior of mankind for defeating General Zod, but Bats sees him as a threat like none other. Naturally Lex Luthor is pulling the strings behind the scenes trying to sway public opinion against Superman. Interestingly, it seems like Wonder Woman may be caught in the middle of the smack down between the titular heroes, as she is thrown into a wall! Check out the trailer below.
The fight scenes look awesome, and it seems like we really will get to see Batman and Superman go toe to toe. Look out Marvel, DC is coming for you with its three heaviest hitters. You might want to push the next Avengers movie up by about a year or two!