Saturday, December 16, 2017

JAFFA JURY: Justice League Movie Review

"The arrow hasn't been shot in five thousand years. Men won't know what it means."

It's odd to stand in a crowded foyer and be the only person not buying a ticket to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, however, today that was me. My ticket was to Justice League - for the third time. It is the JLA on the BIG screen AND the rebirth of a truly inspirational Superman (Henry Cavill). 

Being the last reviewer on the planet to post their thoughts (and perhaps even the last on infinite earths), I know the split this film has caused. A large portion of this comes from the lost scenes hinted at in trailers released prior to the movie being edited down.

From the first poster of Jason Momoa as Aquaman, the words 'Unite the Seven' heralded the arrival of Green Lantern and the return of Superman, who alongside Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Batman (Ben Affleck), Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman complete DC's new 'Big 7'. 

While a brighter Superman does return in Justice League, Green Lantern's edited absence costs the plot a much-needed layer of scope that really would've made Steppenwolf (CiarĂ¡n Hinds) seem like a job for the World's Greatest Heroes and not less of a threat than Doomsday or Aries were in previous DC films.

The Parademon attraction to fear remains un-counterbalanced by GL willpower and their leader's second attempt to unite the scattered Motherboxes oddly doesn't warrant the attention of the Green Lantern Corps, unlike centuries earlier, when the Corps assisted in his initial defeat.

Trying to ignore these lost moments, I bought ticket #2. This time I saw an action-packed hit, one that's given me a new JL trinity.

WONDER WOMAN: From seeing her first battle with Steppenwolf to her staring down terrorists by saying "I'm a believer", Gal as Wonder Woman remains one of the ultimate actor/character combinations in the history of film. The heart and fierceness she brings to Diana continues to steal scenes here, highlighting why Batman pushes her to assume leadership of the league.

AQUAMAN: I've always viewed the guy 'who talks to fish' as an amphibious tank and Justice League drives that vision home with all the force of a nailgun.

Jason masters Aquaman's gruff-self, flipping off Bruce Wayne's bat-fetish, backing up Diana's concern over Kal El's revival, and riding the Batmobile truly 'shotgun' (let alone a Parademon through seven stories of concrete). If there's one character Justice League opens doors for, it's Aquaman.

SUPERMAN: The original super-hero doesn't just return in mind and body, but soul as well. 

When Kal-El encounters Steppenwolf, truth and justice come first. He's an inspiration who laughs. He's a son and a husband who finds peace and perspective standing in his mum's cornfield. He operates alongside Cyborg and The Flash for what he could do alone. Heck, filmmakers even remember my favourite 'Super-power' - his freeze breath!

This is Superman and this is a DC in touch with its comic-book roots. Sure, Justice League is a apokoliptian time-spanning epic without a hint of Vandal Savage or Darkseid, but Lois's monolouge at the end is on point when it says that people who hope now have a reason to look to the sky once more. Myself included.

 What did you think? 

Thursday, December 07, 2017

ALL I WANT FOR XMAS 2017: The NEW Marvel Legends Ghost Rider

I'm such a crusty demon that I just can't buy Ghost Rider as a boy racer in a car. Sorry 'bout it. Especially when the original Johnny Blaze, the motorbike madman who sold his soul for love is a concept with still so much potential.

That's why I'm glad the revamped Marvel's Legends line is about to burn up the shelves with two motorbike-based stocking fillers - one of them Johnny himself!

Okay so J.B. and Black Widow won't officially be ready until "early 2018", but hey, Santa has to operate a wish-list like Amazon right? Any Santa that didn't would certainly be worthy of the penance stare!

 What do you think? 

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

WAIT, THERE'S NO ASTROTRAIN? Smartphone Operated Transformers

Transformers are the toys that teach whole generations to try and figure out how to do it first and read the instructions last. Now in a move that threatens to do away with teaching that lifelong skill, comes the smartphone-controlled self-transforming Transformers from SenPower - complete with sound effects!

I wish the original toys had sound effects, although I did have "Eject Ravage" down to a pretty cartoon-realistic voice. This vid shows Optimus Prime, Hound and the Constructicon Scrapper, while their website has Hot Rod too. Just watch.

 What do you think? 

Monday, December 04, 2017

HARLEY QUINNINJA? The Batman Ninja Trailer Debuts

When Grant Morrison handled the return of Bruce Wayne, he reimagined ol' BW as various Bat-pop culture genres - pirate Batman, caveman Batman, cowboy Batman - it was wicked. One that was noticeably missing? Ninja Batman.

Now an all-star line-up of anime creators looks set to fill the void, with this trailer for Batman Ninja. Japanese trailer first, English trailer second - watch each for their exclusive footage!

That Two-Face looks amazing! Nightwing, Penguin, Harley Quinn and the other lads and lasses of Gotham City get thrown into feudal Japan, after an unexpected chemical reaction turns the Clown Prince of Crime into the Devil King of the 6th Heaven, Lord Joker.

Giant robots, Gorilla Grodd(?), and a Bat-vehicle free Batman has my mind spinning who else may be in future trailers - Scarecrow, Bane, Huntress, Black Canary - the potential for this 2018 release is already HUGE.

 What do you think?