Marvel’s Mandarin One-Shot with Ben Kingsley (All Hail the King)

On February 25, Thor 2 will be out on Blu/DVD and with that we all will treated to the Mandarin’s one shot. Hopefully this will somewhat redeem the mess that is Iron Man 3. The one shot will feature Ben Kingsley’s Trevor Slattery, the lush actor that made a mockery of Mandarin. The one shot takes place in the fictional prison Seagate, and will be interviewing Slattery about his “arrangement” with the “real” Mandarin. This one shot will be Marvel’s longest with a whopping 14 minutes. Hopefully Marvel will make up to Iron Man fans after the loop thrown in Iron Man 3. Entertainment Weekly has the video here.

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Arkham Orgins Mr. Freeze DLC

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One of my favorite Batman Villains, Mr. Freeze, is getting his own DLC story line for Batman: Arkham Origins. It will be based on legendary Comic book writer/Storyboard writer Paul Dini’s splendid work on Batman: The Animated Series. Dini’s reinterpretation of the character, changed him from a two bit criminal named Joe Chill to a multi dimensional man that had the only love taken from him in a tragic turn of events. Dini made the character relatable and empathic, he made the character’s powers reflect his emotional turmoil.

 

 

 

 

Superman 75th Anniversary Animated Short

This is a short but very sweet cartoon showing the evolution of America’s most famous and notable comic book character. This short celebrates Superman’s 75 year journey of inspiring and influencing pop and comic book culture. It was very moving to see all the different ways the character could touch generations, it not only made me feel like a kid but it reminded me of how impactful his mythos is. Enjoy.

Movie Trailer-Justice League War

 

Once again DC does it again with its Straight to Blu-Ray cartoon movies. This time around the story is based on the recent New 52 Justice League Story by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee. This look promising. The film’s directed by Jay Oliva and will be available to own on February 4th, 2014.

Quick Week in Review Comic Book News -Dec 15- Dec 22

1) Paul Rudd is confirmed to play Hank Pym in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man. 470_2736058

2) Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman is scheduled to receive a re-write from Argo writer Chris Terrio before filming begins in 2014.

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3) Apparently Warner Bros. is pursuing Joaquin Phoenix for the role of Lex Luthor in the Man Of Steel sequel.

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Alan Moore’s Rant about Adult Superhero Comic book fans being “Emotionally Subnormal”

All learning has an emotional base.”
— Plato

 

Any Guy who writes comic books and dresses like this, shouldn’t get the right to claim what’s normal.

 

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Recently, Alan Moore, Legendary writer behind such works of art such as The Watchmen and V for Vendetta, went on a rant about how adults between the ages of 30-60 years of age are “Emotionally Subnormal” -Whatever that means? Here’s what he had to say:

“I haven’t read any superhero comics since I finished with Watchmen. I hate superheroes. I think they’re abominations. They don’t mean what they used to mean. They were originally in the hands of writers who would actively expand the imagination of their nine- to 13-year-old audience. That was completely what they were meant to do and they were doing it excellently. These days, superhero comics think the audience is certainly not nine to 13, it’s nothing to do with them. It’s an audience largely of 30-, 40-, 50-, 60-year old men, usually men. Someone came up with the term graphic novel. These readers latched on to it; they were simply interested in a way that could validate their continued love of Green Lantern or Spider-Man without appearing in some way emotionally subnormal. This is a significant rump of the superhero-addicted, mainstream-addicted audience.”

OK, Now while i understand his defense on the exploitation of comic books and the culture, He ideas not only categorize fans of the genre but also he criticizes what people take away from it. He also makes up a fictitious disorder. I took the time and tried my best to look up what “Emotionally Subnormal” could possibly mean. My search lead me to the study of emotional intelligence and emotional competence. Emotional Intelligence is defined as the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions, while, emotional competence is basically the study of self efficacy and caliber of a one’s morals. These two studies usually go hand and hand. Moore also says:

I don’t think the superhero stands for anything good. I think it’s a rather alarming sign if we’ve got audiences of adults going to see the Avengers movie and delighting in concepts and characters meant to entertain the 12-year-old boys of the 1950s.”

A psychologist could prescribe comic books to a emotionally unbalanced child in order to give strong examples of moral support, something a child can identify with. A parent could encourage a child to read in order to reinforce wholesome ethics. From early ages, people have connected superheroes with an infinite symbol of good in the world. Comic books represented that righteousness could always triumph in a world wasn’t always a very friendly place. As a person ages, certain subjects become more of an inevitable reality such as our relationships, jobs, bills, unkind people and even death. But to have the ability to go to the movies and see something that you are not only emotionally attached to, but also entertained by, it could be considered a blessing.

Captian America: Winter Solider Trailer

Who is more  excited than me about seeing Steve Rogers back in action? Man have I haven’t been so pumped about a comic book movie since Avengers. This trailer gave me so much more than i expected, not only did it give a first look of the winter solider in action but also it gave some key information. What is the time setting? How will Cap fit into modern times? How has the world adjusted to his presence? This trailer lightly brushed upon all these questions. So behold!