Baby I’m your Hero, Donald 4 Spider-Man
Finally Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) got his wish to play Spiderman, well sort of. Spider-Man: Webbed Warriors is special episode of Ultimate Spider-Man premiering this Sunday at 9am on Disney XD and it features the one and only Miles Morales voiced by Donald Glover! Remember way back when in 2010 when Glover expressed his feelings of unfairness via Twitter about not being able to portray America’s favorite arachnid in the then next live action movie Amazing Spiderman? He auditioned for the role which spawned the campaign/hastag #donald4spiderman. Stan Lee even supported the notion for him to audition. The campaign became so prevalent that Marvel eventually decided to create the first African American Spider-Man. Miles Morales was created in the likenesses of Glover, the character has become a staple in Marvel Comics. Below are screen shots from the episode and a quick teaser.
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Here is the trailer for the new DC universe animated movie- Son of Batman. It’s based off of Grant Morrison’s 2006 graphic novel, Batman and Son. I usually do not like the way Morrison writes Batman because I believe he is usually off the mark when it comes to providing the emotionally depth of the character. He writes Batman as if he is emotionless. While most Batman readers may love to him like this, I like when he has to regulate his emotions for a higher purpose. I always believed that’s one of Batman’s strongest qualities. Being able to be a strong character even though it’s apparent he he’s emotionally tormented. Morrison explores this for a change. While Dick Grayson, Jason Todd and Tim Drake were son like figures in his Batman’s life, they all provided a different dynamic and contrasting perspectives. Batman & Son was a great story of Bruce Wayne understanding a new person in his life that is so much like him. He has to understand himself more in order to teach his son to be a better and more compassionate hero. Batman & Son is a good read.
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.
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.
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.
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.