Justice League (2017) Film Review

All these years up against the mighty Marvel studios must have been such a challenge and creative pressure. Finally a few weeks ago we got to see the most famous DC comics characters united together as the Justice League on screen for the first time. This was of course several years after Marvel did the same with their iconic characters in Avengers Assemble to great success.

Between each DC superhero movie since around 2010, Marvel gave us usually two great movies each year and DC repeatedly floundered with not entirely amazing or only half-way successful films such as Green Lantern and Man of Steel. They looked great most of the time, everything at first seemed in place but fans and critics just were not convinced.

Green Lantern starring Ryan Reynolds cost a huge amount of money and hardly made back any of it. Man of Steel did well enough at cinemas but only received very mixed responses. All the while Marvel comics films featuring Thor, Iron Man, Hulk and Captain America all cleaned up financially and creatively.

After Man of Steel, DC continued on with their dark and brooding vibe and gave us Batman V Superman and this polarised audiences even more. Oh god, it was well over two hours long. Oh my word, it seemed to move at a glacial pace. Where was all of the action? Oh, in the very last 35 minutes. That film did not go down well at all (I actually…yes I do like it but do understand the negative responses) and next up came Suicide Squad. This next wacky, day-glo movie decided to mimic the Marvel movies and lighten the atmosphere and tone-more jokes, ‘zany’ characters, plenty of action. Well, besides some very obvious reshoots all the way until the film was released, which made the studios and producers seem very insecure and very desperate; again this movie had mixed reactions from cinema goers.

What were DC doing wrong? Did they know? Did they care? What were Marvel studios doing right? The trailers for Suicide Squad had a load of clips for scenes which did not end up in the film, it had some great music not in the actual movie…a real mess. Hold up though, I do still like the film (somehow…) even though as a few people have pointed out it had many really terrible mistakes all through it, some of the scenes and action sequences look very cheap and it could have been so much better. But we got over it. How? Wonder Woman hit cinemas in her own full length movie this summer. What a movie it was. Glorious, joyous, great fun film. It looked splendid, the direction was really great, the lead actress was perfect-everything came together just right.

Thanks to that one movie showing that DC film studio could do it right eventually we once again built up our hopes for their version of Avengers Assemble, the first movie to feature the most famous DC heroes together. Less than one month ago Justice League landed in cinemas. It did take me awhile to see it, but that was just due to things in life. Personally I may even have been more excited about seeing how this movie turned out than the new Star Wars sequel at Christmas.

Superman is dead. The world mourns and Bruce Wayne/Batman starts looking to put together a new team to fight some mounting mysterious threat. Justice League does start slow, in some ways, careful but lighter both visually and in tone. There had but much consideration to the changes to be made after the problems of Batman V Superman. Gradually as Wayne meets and contacts Aquaman, Cyborg, the Flash and Wonder Woman the story starts to move with more pace. What are the obvious changes and new elements? Humour, jokes and quips from each of the heroes but especially The Flash. This does help, it makes the whole film feel more fun, less of a grind. Yes Batman V Superman was very dark and moody, but I think it was intended to be like that and that Zack Snyder possibly was wanted to lighten things up when this film finally arrived. It may not have simply been the effect and competition with Marvel and the Avengers films. The actual Justice League comics were often more colourful and fun than the individual Batman, Superman or even Flash comics.

Like the Marvel hero movies, the Justice League are up against some all-powerful evil villain. He is named Steppenwolf and has some kind of mythological story legend. The actual plot of Justice League is quite blatantly similar to the Avengers long building Infinity War storyline-evil super villain needs to collect powerful mysterious things, put them together and can then rule the world/galaxy.  It doesn’t really get much more complex than that. That may be fine actually. I think the main problem with the movie is probably that we don’t really know or then care who this crazed Steppenwolf villain is as we’ve seen it many times before. That is not the real problem, more than the writers didn’t try to make the villain and plot something just a bit more different and get us more interested. Ironically, the Marvel movies often have forgettable or naff villains but are finally getting over than hurdle and now DC have fallen right into it. This is something I think they just about managed to conquer in the Wonder Woman film.

On the whole I actually do like most of Justice League-I was surprised how much The Flash and Cyborg were involved in the story and on screen and enjoyed both of them. Wonder Woman again really great-yes though possibly too many close shots of her butt, I mean really? The direction and cinematography I thought were really great actually. There were some really fantastic action sequences and I loved the visual style of the film. So do I thank Zack Snyder or Joss Whedon for the parts of this film that I enjoyed? Do I thank both men? It does feel like Whedon really added a lot into the script when he came onboard. So overall, it may not have felt as if it had a seriously important story or villain to overcome and it may have just served to start off a series of Justice League movies, which is fine. I don’t think most reviews you may see or heard are to be taken so seriously. This is a great fun movie. You do feel confident that it could be the start of a new positive chapter in DC movies from this point on if things can still go that way. I hope they do.


James E. Parsons is author of two SF books- Orbital Kin & Minerva Century, both available in bookshops and online now. His first horror novel Northern Souls was published in October and also available in shops and online as well.



Alright so this show was originally shown back around Feb/April time but I have only just got to watching all of it in just over one week with my wife. I had read and heard so many good things about this show, seen many funny and quirky gifs and clips. Right back then months ago, I did start to watch the first episode but well…life got right in the way. This happens from time to time.

So with LEGION what have we got? This is a show connected to the X-Men comicbook and film series. Not exactly a real spin-off show, but the characters do come from that same place and in future the show may overlap with the films. This is not just the X-Men you already know for small screen pleasure. No, this show and this main character LEGION/David Haller are both very complex, tricky things to understand right away but enjoyably so.

This is not a superhero comicbook show like the Arrow, Flash, Smallville and others. Legion or David is a very sick and confused young man and also a mutant-but he does not know that part right away. He is diagnosed with schizophrenia and in a mental hospital. We meet him when some unusual men in suits come to question him one day. This does not go well. Soon after David is outside, having escaped with a young woman called Sydney (also a patient inside) and he goes with her to join a secret group who say they can help him with himself and the real truth.

From the very start this is a highly unusual quirky, funny, strange show. If you have been becoming bored or tired with the very familiar mutant heroes of the X-Men world, well here we get a much more troubled and difficult character. David narrates his past early in the show but how much of it is the real truth? How much of it is real memory, fantasy or even thoughts from his other personalities?

So while that does seem very challenging to get to grips with there is steady regular humour through the series. It knows that the premise is bizarre and kooky so it gives us that with a sly wink and knowing style. It often pays homage to films such as 12 Monkeys, Fight Club, One Flow Over the Cuckoos Nest and many others. There are regular often hilarious musical sequences cut between the equally very dark and troubling memories and forces show within David and chasing him.

Like the Deadpool movie, this show offers us something much different to the usual superhero action and buff and beautiful perfection all the way. LEGION can almost be uncomfortable at times, as it focuses on personal psychological trauma and mental states. It is based on a comicbook, but like the recent Netflix Marvel shows it can come across as very real and quite powerful emotionally at times.

Will everyone like this show? Possibly not. Will everyone keep track of it, follow the plot and understand it all the way to the end of the series? I’ll be honest there were two or three times at least where I almost lost track and had to stop and mentally go back a little. This is not a simple action adventure run-of-the-mill show like Legends of Tomorrow or Arrow. At times you have to pay really good attention to where the story is with this crazy gem.

Alright so it doesn’t perhaps work all the way right through the series, but really just about. It could simply be that we’re watching a superhero comicbook tale but the villain is not a totally straight forward regular kind of enemy we see in the Marvel or DC movies. David is not exactly a simple nice or likable hero character and so far into the show we almost think it could be that we really don’t like this guy any longer. He new mutant friends are also a damaged and interesting bunch of characters. Some of them not telling the whole truth, some of them scared, confused or angry with him and events around them.

Like I said earlier though it is often a very funny show, but it is a show which balances very well a number of dramatic and emotional styles. The producers and writers obviously had a good deal of courage and faith in this very different comicbook show but it has really worked for them.

If you are a fan of the X-Men films and the Marvel Netflix shows you should really give this a go right now.


James E. Parsons is author of two SF books Orbital Kin and Minerva Century books out now in all good bookshops and online shops. His first horror novel is due late 2017.


The trailers for this very increasingly anticipated new DC Comics movie adaptation have been out over the internet for a few weeks now, and they have caused all kinds of reaction.

At a time when Marvel studios is dominating world-wide cinema box-office success practically every year now with films including like ever returning and continually popular comic legends Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and less known but almost just as popular characters such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man now; the cinematic output from DC Comics/Warners has been problematic and tentative for the last few years.

The Green Lantern movie had a huge budget but just generally bombed on release which quickly made DC rethink their options. Soon after they hooked up with infamous flashy and at times controversial director Zack Snyder-director of the Watchmen film but also Suckerpunch-who then took up the challenge of offering the world a new vision of Superman.

The rivals Marvel set up their cinematic universe, successful movie after another successful movie, and land the biggest hit with the first Avengers movie. It became very quickly one of the most successful movies ever released.

To save the day for DC/Warner films came the Superman/Man of Steel movie. Some how the trailer actually did really surprise all of us. The key thing here was that even while Zack Snyder was director which could lead to the film making no sense and being very simplistic, it was overseen by Chris Nolan as his own Batman trilogy ended.

While there were a few dumb and confused moments through the film, Man of Steel was a brave and bombastic movie, giving audiences one of the most visually stunning visions of Superman to ever be seen on screen. Overall, this did suggest that now DC could finally challenge Marvel on the big screen.

A long list of DC comic film adaptations were revealed to match the similar list Marvel had planned aiming all the way toward 2020 so far. Like Marvel, DC/WarnerBros. set up their own double movie epic for a few years from now, set to see all of the individual DC heroes collected together as they as known in the comics as Justice League.

Before any more of the new DC hero movies are released, they are putting out the surprise villain supergroup movie Suicide Squad. Does this make much sense? Is it one big middle finger in the direction of Marvel Studios?

Suicide Squad is of course adapted in some level from the DC comicbook of the same name. At this point in 2015 after dozens upon dozens of popular but increasing predictable and formulaic superhero movies, perhaps this comicbook adaptation could be just the right thing for potential cynical cinema audiences. They villainous characters are corrupt, dangerous, nasty individuals and all kinds of devious events could take place with such a volatile group pulled to work together. Now that does sound different and maybe worth seeing.

Probably the character included in the movie which has had the largest number of people fanatically excited has been Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie. The saucy female sidekick to the Joker has been a huge favourite for cosplay fans for a few years now, and there are a number of distinct versions of the character which some fans prefer over others. In this movie, she has been given largely urban, casual street style, though she still has a visible clownish look, with her white powdered face, make-up and bleached and dyed hair. The character is much loved by female comicbook fans, she could be possibly very interesting on screen if written and acted well. Besides Quinn, the other main draws are Will Smith as Deadshot, and with the most mixed fan response Jared Leto as the first actor to play the Joker on the big screen since Heath Ledger.

So with this film taking a different path with villains instead of heroes (although it seems Batman will be showing up in the movie) could this be a strong step ahead for comicbook films now?

Could we about to see more comicbook villains and misfits on the big screen soon? We already now have a very cool cheeky and wild Deadpool trailer, so this could be the start of more unusual comicbook movies to rival the regular macho clean-cut characters we often see.


Here we are again with another version of Marvel comics Fantastic Four hitting our cinema screens.

Many people were not very satisfied with the two previous big screen F.F. films which had taken decades to reach cinemas after so many years of studio problems and the time just never being right until the last decade or so.

Were those two previous movie really so bad?

This weekend we get another version, and from the very first pictures and trailers it has divided fans and cinema audiences. Are the actors too young? Does the tone seem much too dark for this particular comic-book adaptation?

The reviews are coming in and so far they do not seem too great. There even seems some mention of the director suggesting that his cut of the movie is not the one out there, and that version may have been much better that what we will see. Could that be true?

I am all up for filmmakers changing things, taking a story from new angles and finding some different view to develop. The feeling of being let down here may come from those who believed that the previous two Fantastic Four movies were just what they should have been. We could see this new reboot as a radical alternative view of the characters from that classic Marvel comic-and why not?

As those two goofy, colourful previous F.F. movies came just before the mighty Marvel studio began the non-stop journey to mega-box-office success ever since, they were still attempting to find the right tone, attitude after the Sam Raimi Spiderman films but probably required better effects. But then, when they added Silver Surfer in the second movie he was a very stunning result, but sadly Galactus became a gigantic smog cloud or rain storm, which totally let down all fans.

Can this new Fantastic Four rise above all of that? Should that change have been so very drastic and different to before?

I may just go see Antman again…

ANT-MAN: The small but troublesome Marvel movie

So what is probably the most troubled and problematic Marvel comic movie since Iron Man stormed all over the box office a good few years ago, Ant-Man is finally going to land in cinemas in just a few weeks now.

Have you been waiting for this movie since it was first rumoured, all those years ago when new guy Brit film Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright?

Along with writer Joe Cornish (director of Brit comedy sci-fi hit Attack the Block, and star of the clever cult late night Adam and Joe show) Wright worked at the original screenplay for number of years while Marvel was establishing itself in Hollywood with the Iron Man films, and the others which then all led up to the first Avengers movie. A loose and rough working teaser cilp of the Ant-Man FX work eventually appeared, which gave many people optimism after a long while of irregular rumours and slim news about the project.

The Ant-Man movie did always seem a very unexpected and unusual choice for one of the early new Marvel movies (although now, many Marvel films have been released and very successful) but the director involved kept many people very interested and curious about just what kind of film we would be getting, given the clever, quirky style of Shaun of the Dead previously.

Sadly in the last couple of years, after so very long working hard at the project, Edgar Wright left the movie, with the usual ‘creative differences’ stated as the main reason, but there has been varied speculation for his moving on ever since. It seems most likely that he did have a more wild and radical film in mind to the kind of movie Marvel need to put out which will sit well alongside the Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and other major films they have planned.

With the new director Peyton Reed in place while Ant-Man was still being finished, and it seemed more big name Hollywood actors were still being added into the movie at that stage; what seemed to be almost a total production mess of hoped for but eventual comic-book big screen accident was somehow still coming to be some kind of actual film.

Now at this stage, we have  a new comic book inspired movie called Ant-Man starring dead-pan comedy actor Paul Rudd in the title role, unexpectedly Michael Douglas, and Evengeline Lilly among others, in what now does look to be a hopefully credible, fun and well produced film to maybe match some of the previous Marvel studio movies.

Do you think this could be the Marvel movie which will not hit all marks? After the strange mix of fast-paced action and comedy seen in Guardians of the Galaxy, perhaps this film will land all of the perfect marks in all of the right ways? Come a few weeks from now, we will see just how big the Ant-Man will be.

Small screen but big thrills…TV Sci-fi/Fantasy

Let’s talk of the genre shows on the box which are doing their job well and keeping us tuned in every week (or with Netflix, letting us sitting in one place for six to nine hours possibly).

I have got past a period of desperately attempting to keep up with and regularly watch around three or four or more sci-fi/horror/fantasy shows-most people might find this a challenge, even when the shows are highly entertaining and great but try also writing a new full length novel at the same time…

Yes, often I might be watch tv more than reading fiction-I try to keep a balance-but these days there are often enough good shows worth giving my time and these shows also can help my inspiring writing in many useful ways just as well.

So what have we got going on currently?What shows have been to recent great achievements for fans of science fiction, fantasy or horror on the smaller screen?

It has been away for a few months now really but also leaving a long-lasting impression, yes I am thinking about Dr Who. With the bold change-over to much older and slightly more morbid Doctor this time, did it keep you watching? There was of course some extreme reactions to Capaldi, but you know, here we have such a talented actor, working at his craft for decades and a personal big Whovian himself, it strengthens the show. The distinctive difference mostly was in the casting aside of the built up series-long sorty arc this time, in favour of a number of seperate but each rewarding individual tales, which also gave us a more challenging and stronger Clara this time.

After new Who, 2015 moved along with the return of some shows and others which continued on after the christmas period. American Horror Story came to an end as the Freak Show series wrapped up. It became much more of a tragic murder mystery, losing some of the more regular shocking or shlocky horror moments we usually would expect but a good season anyway.

One show that I did seem to watch almost in a couple of days most of the time was Penny Dreadful a few months ago. I am going to rewatch the first few episodes again prior to the new season starting soon. Now that was one show which  could have often really sent dedicated gothic horror fans into a rage, as it reworked, redesigned and almost rewrote a number of classic and well-known gothic horror icons and characters from literature into what was certainly a spook-show hell-cart ride of loud manic screams, exploding monsters and dripping gore every week.

We do still experience on a regular basis, some shows which may seem interesting and in another time may have grown to become long-lasting cult shows, but with some many channels, shows, social media and more dividing our precious free time, one or two regularly get cut before the third or even second season and often unfairly so.

This had now happened to one of the shows which I have enjoyed the most over the last couple of years. The show I speak of is called Continuum, and is a great, very intelligent and at time very relevant science fiction time-travel show. Starting with characters which come from 2027 who fall back to our present time, it then becomes a kind of paranoid detective thriller show but over series two and now having just finished watching season three, when it knew that it had been cancelled officially-it then obviously moved on and gave the viewers a number of often very bold and challenging episodes, flipping back between time periods, the future, our present day, and then alternative futures and creating alternative versions of some of the main characters from the time-travel adventures; it has been a show to watch very carefully but one of the best in recent times for certain. Sadly it has been cut short, been due to interest and obvious fan following, it has been allowed one last if shorter season to fit the pieces of the dramatic time-travle tale together.

With regrets I can say that while Marvel’s Agents of Shield has returned to UK screens in the last month or more, I have found it fairly difficult to make time or keep interest with it, which I do feel has been a bad decision now. Could be the tone of the show, the shameless use of it to promote the Marel movies, it could be some of the actors in the show, but I often lose interest with it. It might be that it is just not what I want it to be, or hoped that it could have been. It really has been great at times, and I might now finally be getting more interesting with it once again.

The other main SyFy channel show which held my interest was Defiance, which inititally had a great deal resting on it. It was built up with a lot of hype when it first began, with a related MMO online computer game which seems to mostly have disappeared now. The show however, thankfully has more to offer than simple basic gimmick tied to various mutli-social media. The writing is good, often at times reminiscent of classic sci-fi shows such as Star Trek or Firefly regularly. Like Doctor Who until the recent series, it has developed a brace of strong story line arcs to take it through while the events with individual characters are often funny, tragic or simply entertaining and well produced with very pleasing post-apocalyptic near future Earth sets and visual effects.

Finally most recently, there has been the television version of 12 Monkeys which is inspired by the 90’s Terry Gilliam movie. Another time-travel series, and that is probably where I struggle this time. I have only just finished watching the end of season 3 of Continuum while 12 Monkeys was starting and two time-travel shows at the same time has been possibly too much to balance. They do also have much of the same tone and style of drama, with paranoid groups, undercover or double-agent characters and that kind of story writing.

Besides all of these worthwhile shows, in the last few weeks we have also have Netflix drop the entire Marvel Daredevil series on us. Have you seen this yet? What did you think? Does it sit well among the many other Marvel characters on screen?

MARVEL MASH-UP: Spider-Man joins the Heroes at last

It almost just did not seem like it would ever really happen, the studios were doing their own distinct seperate things, competing against each other for overall domination of summer box-office in cinemas.
The mighty MARVEL comic and film studios had been doing almost everything right ever since the release of the very fist IRON MAN film back in 2008, with only one or two slight bumps in quality or miss-fires (most of you are thinking IRON MAN 2 right?). They seemed to have it all planned out so well, knowing their audience and loyal army of comic-book fans. If they gave us what was in the comics and hardly changed much as the characters and tales were adapted onto the big screen then we all were happy, much more than happy for a long while. Looking at the box-office figures of just the Avengers movie internationally tells us that they really do know what they are doing. But not everything is how they or the fan might want it to be.
Before the first IRON MAN film swept up so well at the cinemas, previously other companies and film studios had snapped up the rights to some of the comic book characters and titles while Marvel had been in a financial dry period years before. The Fantastic Four and Spiderman along with X-Men were owned by 20th Century Fox, Sony and Warner Bros.
From around the year 2000, Fox was the studio have the great success with establishing the X-Men film series so well, and then eventually we had two Fantastic Four movies of arguable quality before 2010. As the third X-Men movie recieved a frosty reception and the Fantastic Four films were not exactly instant massive hits-although they did do well enough on release-Marvel soon gave us IRON MAN and they took the lead.
Now we have had several years of successful Marvel produced movies, critically and commercially, and with their films planned out for released up to around the year 2019 everything seemed absolutely set in stone.
Finally for reasons that are not entirely clear, Sony have come to a sudden agreement with Marvel and Spiderman will be used in the Marvel films from this moment on.
Why did they happen? Why now and for what real reasons?
With at least over half a dozen new movies planned over the next seven or eight years, including more multi-character Avengers feature films, the entire list has now been shaken up and and new order put in place to allow for Spidey and his adventures on screen. Was this the best way to enter him into the fold along with the other Marvel heroes including Thor, IRON MAN, Captain America and a number of new and interesting characters currently being established for the mainstream cinema audiences?
We can look at the response to last years Amazing Spiderman 2 and perhaps understand why Sony have decided to finally make a sensible pact with Marvel after all of this time, and all of the Spiderman films of varied quality.
Even while the two most recent Spiderman films featuring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone may have initially seem to have been surprise big hits in cinemas, rebooting the series after the troubled end of the Sam Raimi trilogy a few years before; the most recent film did seem to throw in again just too many characters, subplots, lame dialogue and teen angst drama scenes. The balance was totally off, just so badly paced out scenes and a film diving head on into comic-book camp right alongside to infamous nadir example of Batman and Robin in the late 90’s.
So even though Amazing Spiderman 2 did set up another sequel and on-going storyline of villians and subplots relating to Peter Parker and other characters, will any of that continue when next we see him on screen? How will that sit with us? We were expecting the lead up to some kind of strange Super villian ‘supergroup’ movie inspired by the ‘Sinister Six’ storyline of the comics but will that make it to cinema? (In all honesty, I just am not entirely sure how that was supposed to work out. A big gang of evil comic book villians commiting some mega crime event…with no Spiderman…or Spiderman and some friends?)
Next up, we are now unsure about which actor will be playing old Webhead when he joins with the other Marvel Avengers on screen. If we read into some of the marketing and promotion strategies planned by Marvel internationally- and with mainstream films in general-they were aiming to increase their pull in Asian and Eastern cinema audiences, which can be seen in the cinematic visual and direction style and even the actors chosen to star in the film.
How will this all add to the already planned Marvel cinematic universe? Will effect be even better, finally uniting all of the main well known classic Marvel characters or could it see Marvel lose some quality and confidence in the films and audience they have already?
Over the next few years and movies we will see just how the Marvel machine continues on.

The wrong heroes? Avengers: Age of Ultron

It will probably be the biggest movie to arrive on cinema screens in less than a year from now, with post-production taking place over the new few months. It has the well known great iconic superheroes including Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor and more. There are even a bunch of other new faces this time, as we see the line-up change and expand. This is a good change, as the Marvel universe moves along in cinema, but is it the best change we could have seen?
for this next chapter of Marvel’s Avengers on the big screen, we have characters including Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and Vision joining the group of heroes. They may or may not improve the balance and dynamic of action and adventure, along with the next menacing villain Ultron.
But what other hero characters could have taken part this time, and which should have?
We do have Scarlet Witch added this time, who will be there alongside Black Widow, but are there still not enough good female characters involved? Are the women just in the shadow of the over the top antics of the muscular and brash male heroes?
There could have been the less known but loved Black Panther, a strong and equally mighty black character to enter the cast. He may still be due a film of his own in future, so there is time for him yet in the next sequel.
Over the decades, there have been various changes to the line-up of the Avengers in the comics, with known heroes coming and going, and often the interaction and dynamics between characters has been worth seeing besides who they due to fight or battle with.
Another great character hero of colour who could have been added would be Luke Cage, who may have added an alternative feel to the story with his personal background and family where the other leads are less tied down.
A female character who really could have blown open the way besides the male characters would be Ms. Marvel. Like Supergirl, Wonder Woman and others, she would of course have needed a serious costume make-over which may have been too much. As a character, she has been often extremely bold and striking visually and in tales, and also she is being taken through a new design period so again it could be a while before she makes it onto the big screen.
As hugely successful as The Avengers movie has been internationally, could it have different and just as good? It did take a few movies to set it all up, and ultimately the movie did have to really contain the most well known and iconic Marvel heroes, but could it have taken more wild risks and been a better film?
We are getting a sequel, and another after that, and then the many related other Marvel movies before and after featuring other varied characters-some well known, other less so.
Now that we have seen Guardians of the Galaxy, and the great success that it has achieved with characters and a tale which some considered a real risk, the next few Marvel movies being lined up will offer more varied strange, unusual and interesting heroes, villians and tales for all.
Right now, some of the characters and movies due from rivals DC comics may actually seem possibly more bold and challenging but so far overall Marvel has given us regular, good movies with balance of epic action, sincere comicbook style visuals adapted well, well chosen actors. Can the Avengers become stronger and greater over time? Will the DC heroes suddenly rise up and claim rule over cinema screens in only a couple of years from now? We will see…

It’s getting hot in here…

Well hello all, it has been way too long a break really. This is due to working on a large new science fiction novel currently but here I am to chat for a short while.
How are you all doing? Everything good?
Well, right about now it is what you might call summertime depending on where you are and the kind of good/great/terrible weather you are experiencing.

Summertime brings with it many great festivals of music, film and other kinds and huge dumb summer blockbuster movies. The biggest, most bizarre of these could arguably be Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy due very soon. Now it has taken me some time to warm to this-not I think because I lack a decent sense of humour…but mostly because the characters are not the original line-up from the comic-book series. Yes, that is the comic-book geek/nerd in me showing.


This week we finally got to see a much more satisfying longer real trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2, even thought we still will have many months to wait. The hype and build up really begins now.

Having already been given a shorter teaser revealing the sinister Electro to us, this full proper trailer offers up many more dramatic images and scenes. Having seen the first Amazing Spiderman film at the cinema, thought not immediately on release, I had mixed thoughts on it. The film gave us a more sleek and stylized version of the Marvel Spidey world, but I was still as expected underwhelmed by the overall acting of the new lead and the direction was just not as snappy or frenetic as that of the mighty Sam Raimi.

The Raimi Spiderman trilogy ended abruptly, where it might have continued on. There were a number of villains and story arcs which were left unexplored and in this fresh version of the franchise, they may finally be opened up and splashed over the big screens.

With the first new Spiderman movie I was impressed with the souped up visuals, the effects and largely the direction and  use of the Lizard villain, even if he really was not as amazing as he should have easily been.

Now with this new trailer for the second film in the suggested series, there are a number of things which tease that we-and the many, many serious Spidey fans-might soon, in a film or two down the road, see the infamous Sinister Six. From the Spiderman comics, this includes most of his challenging and wild villians coming together against him.

After seeing what the Marvel film studios have done with The Avengers and then the confused steps of the various DC comics movies and X-Men series, so many characters squeezed into one single movie may work or could end up a total mess.

This current trend with dozens of superheros and villains packed into one lengthy movie came from the Batman franchise I think, but as film effects have advanced, and cinema audiences have been observed and marketed, we then had the X-MEN films and Blade series and more, each time another one or two characters added into a screenplay. Not always a really bad thing, but many still see Spiderman 3 as a disjointed mess and more recently there was IRON MAN 2 which fragmented up a film in order to set up the expected Avengers movie.

With all of that in mind then, if in a couple of years from now there will arrive a Spiderman movie with a huge gang of villains ready to knock him down, will that also just be unbearable to see? Or could it actually give us the reverse Avengers effect, with a dozen evil characters to watch and probably a couple of other heros up there with Spiderman to lend some help?

The film studio I expect would love to see some Avengers sized box-office, but time will tell. Nuff said…