Fisher-Price DC League Of Super-Pets Figure Packs

“Look! Up in the sky!

The promotional push for Warner Bros. and DC’s upcoming League Of Super-Pets film is well underway. The film’s trailer has been out for quite awhile and toys have been showing up in Happy Meals at McDonald’s and on store shelves. I am fortunate enough to have acquired two of the Fisher-Price figure packs to review. I received the League Of Super-Pets Figure Multi-Pack and the Batman & Ace Figure Pack.

Both sets are pretty cool. They are obviously targeted at younger children, so I’m not going to be too harsh with my review. I’m simply going to give a general overview of both sets and mention a few things that parents, younger children, and collectors might find informative.

The multi-pack set features six figures and a block of red kryptonite. The included figures are Krypto (Superman’s dog), Ace (Batman’s dog, not to be confused with Titus), PB (Wonder Woman’s wonder pig), Chip the Squirrel (based off of Ch’p, a member of the Green Lantern Corps), and two guinea pigs which, at least to my knowledge, are new characters. One is Pigasus, the flying guinea pig and the other one is Lulu, the villainous guinea pig.

The figures look great. Only Ace and Krypto feature articulation. The points of articulation are limited to five points on each figure (swivel neck, shoulders, and hips). The rest of the figures are stationary. Chip is a bit awkward to stand up on his own without leaning him against something. His tail makes him want to lean back and eventually fall over at times.

Collectors will probably only be interested in the Ace and Krypto figures. Chip is my favorite out of the rest of the figures, probably because I’m familiar with Ch’p from the comics. PB is pretty cool looking but nothing too impressive. The guinea pigs seem to almost be afterthoughts, especially Pigasus, who looks like one of those cheap Dollar Tree statuettes. I’m positive that younger kids will enjoy this set. Again, Krypto and Ace will probably garner the most attention from kids and the other figures will probably end up at the bottom of the toy box.

The Batman & Ace set is similar to the figure multi-pack. In fact, the Ace figure in this set is the exact same one featured in the multi-pack. There is also a Superman & Krypto set available and it features the same Krypto as the multi-pack. For the Batman set, both Batman and Ace feature the same points of articulation (head, hips, and shoulders). The only exception is Batman’s right shoulder which is spring-loaded. It’s like this in order to use the “throwing” action that allows Batman to throw his grappling hook. Even for a preschooler’s toys this feature is lame. Batman’s arm is extremely limited in its motion. Simply lift up the arm and let it go while Batman is holding the grappling cord to throw the hook. It’s downright ridiculous.

Are these sets worth collecting? Only for Krypto and Ace in my opinion. The other figures (including Batman) are okay, but I’m not a huge fan of these particular figures outside of Chip. If you’re buying this for your kid, definitely pick up the multi-pack. You can also purchase the Batman & Ace or Superman & Krypto individual sets or pick up the Superhero Gift Set that features all four of the figures together. The reason that I recommend picking up the gift set is because Krypto and Ace feature different molds and have their own throwing features. That way you can get two different versions of those figures and the two heroes as well. I’ve only been able to find it online on the Fisher-Price website. Based on a little internet research, there is also a Wonder Woman & PB figure set as well.

Thanks for checking out this quick review. I’m ready to see League of Super-Pets in the theater and will most likely review it as well. Let me know if you pick up any of these figure sets and whether or not you enjoy them! See you again soon!

Big News For Ken’s Alternate Universe!

Gotham, Metropolis, and Beyond

I can’t say much about what’s happening in my universe right now, but I can at least tell all of you that something awesome has happened and I’m excited to be a part of it.  Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming posts about all things DC!

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Throwback Thursday: The Music Of DC Comics (2010, 2016)

The Sound Of Superheroes

Founded in 1934, DC Comics has made its mark on the printed page, the small screen, and the big screen.  With its new subscription streaming service, DC Universe, officially underway, the world of heroes such as Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, has become even more available to anyone with a device connected to the web.  The streaming service will offer everything from original content to a rotating catalogue of classic films, cartoons, and television programs.


While not everything that DC has put out has been a hit, there have been plenty of films, cartoons, and television shows that have left their mark on pop culture.  We’ve all hummed along to the Batman (1966) theme song and who hasn’t puffed out their chest and pretended to fly when hearing the iconic Theme From Superman from John Williams’ score for the 1978 film?

In September of 2010, DC Comics released The Music of DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection as a celebration of the music that accompanied the live action and animated content from DC.  At first you might not think that comic books and music make a good pair, but you’d be wrong.  By just listening to the first few tracks on this album, you realize just how important music is to building up a character or setting the tone for a film or series.


The collection features quite a few expected tracks such as the previously mentioned Superman film theme and the 60’s Batman theme, but it also features plenty of other songs that take you on a trip down memory lane.  The tracks are listed by hero and include voice overs and sound effects.  Starting with Superman and ending with Wonder Woman, the album covers decades worth of great music from films and shows featuring characters like Swamp Thing, Plastic Man, The Flash, and lesser known heroes that you might not have known had their own shows like Hawkman and The Atom.


Some of my personal favorites from the album include the Batman Beyond theme from 1999, Green Lantern First Flight from the 2009 animated film, and Batman: The Electrical Brain from the classic 1943 serial.  It also included Danny Elfman’s iconic The Batman Theme from Tim Burton’s 1989 film.


As massive as the collection is (featuring thirty-one tracks), it is far from complete.  There is a ton of musical content related to DC Comics and its many characters and it would be very difficult to include all of those tunes on a disc.  Thankfully DC released released twenty-nine more tracks in July of 2016 with The Music of DC Comics: Vol. 2.


This volume proved to the fans that there’s way more music to explore in the DC Universe than one might initially believe.  While the first collection featured some of the most recognizable tracks that one might think of, it was missing a few big tunes as well.  Starting with Superman and ending with Wonder Woman once again, Volume 2 gave us songs such as Danny Elfman’s Batman: The Animated Series (1996) theme and The Flash TV Series Theme from 1990.  It also included songs from series featuring characters such as Metamorpho, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and DC’s recent DC Superhero Girls theme.


Volume 2 offered even more juicy tracks like Mark Hamill’s Joker singing Jingle Bells Batman Smells from the classic Christmas With The Joker episode of Batman: The Animated Series and Mischeif (Harley Quinn’s Theme) from the 2015 Infinite Crisis game. It also featured a number of selections from the surf guitar heavy The Sensational Guitars of Dan and Dale.

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While both of these volumes have some great music on them, there’s still enough music left for even more volumes.  It would be really cool if DC started releasing character focused albums that feature music strictly from individual characters.  It would be great to have an entire volume of music collected from the entire legacy of characters such as Batman, Superman, and the rest.  Hopefully the upcoming Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Shazam! films will be successful enough that more volumes will be released that focus solely on those characters and others.


As always, thanks for taking a trip down memory lane with me.  I’ll be posting again in the very near future about some upcoming events that I’ll be attending.  I hope to see you there!



Teen Titans Go! To The Movies!

Jump City

I know that a lot of people (or at least a vocal minority) dislike the Teen Titans Go! animated series on Cartoon Network.  They blame it for destroying the extremely exceptional Teen Titans cartoon and even Young Justice even though I believe that Cartoon Network itself should be blamed for the cancellation of either series.  They are in the business of making money, and apparently TTG! makes a lot of money for them, so it’s probably “just business” for Cartoon Network.  I’ve read many hate-filled diatribes against the series and witnessed plenty of people attacking it on social media.

But you know what?  I don’t care.

I love the Teen Titans Go! series and when I found out that a film, Teen Titans Go! To The Movies, was on the way, I made sure to put in an extra amount of effort in order to see the movie.


The film centers on Robin, who is upset that the Teen Titans are looked down upon by everyone, including their fellow superheroes.  To quote Superman, they are a bunch of “goofsters” that seem to cause more trouble than they prevent.  After blowing an attempt to stop Balloon Man from wreaking havoc in Jump City and receiving a scolding from the Justice League (who save the day) for their failure, Robin and Co. attempt to get into the premiere for Batman Again.


Trailers for films coming out next summer, next, next summer, and even next, next, next summer appear as if they might be about Robin, but turn out being for, um, other associates of Batman that will remain nameless.  Enraged, Robin determines to get his own movie to prove that he’s a true superhero.  He’s convinced by his teammates that in order to get a film, he needs an arch nemesis.


Enter Slade, aka Deathstroke (although they never call him by that name), who the Teen Titans attempt to stop from stealing a crystal for his ultimate weapon (which will remain nameless).  They fail yet again, but continue to try and stop Slade as he continues collecting items for his weapon.


The Teen Titans take a few other humorous measures in order to win their way onto the big screen, including an extremely funny sequence where they go back in time to prevent the creation of some of DC’s biggest heroes.  Even funnier is their attempt to restore those heroes’ creation stories.

Will Robin achieve his dream of becoming a movie star?  Will the Teen Titans get it together long enough to stop Slade?  You’ll have to watch Teen Titans Go! To The Movies to find out.  You won’t regret it.


The film roles along at a quick pace with just one moment in the third act that drags a bit.  The struggle against Slade begins to wear thin for a little while, but a not-so-surprising twist occurs that injects new life into the plot.

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The cast features all of the original voice actors for the Teen Titans Go! series.  Tara Strong (Raven), Khary Payton (Cyborg), Greg Cipes (Beast Boy), Hynden Walch (Starfire), and Scott Menville (Robin) have these characters down pat.  Their comic timing was dead on as well.  The supporting cast featured Nicolas Cage as Superman, Will Arnett as Slade, Kristen Bell as Jade Wilson, Jimmy Kimmel as Batman, Halsey as Wonder Woman, Meredith Salenger as Supergirl, Lil Yachty as Green Lantern, Wil Wheaton as the Flash, and a whole host of other celebs big and small in some hilarious roles.  Be on the lookout for Michael Bolton as Tiger and Patton Oswalt as Atom.  They are featured in a couple of my favorite moments in the film.  There’s also a couple of cameos from one particular person that always seems to find their way into comic book films.  I won’t spoil who that is in this review.


The music is fun and inventive in the film.  It features some hilarious takes on standard tunes typical of most children’s movies including inspirational tunes, songs meant to amaze, and an occasional rap.  My kids and I sang along with and laughed at the songs the entire time.

The animation is exactly what you’d expect from Teen Titans Go!  Warner Bros. didn’t stray too far from formula with the design of the characters and blended different types of animation in at just the right moment for humorous effect.


Speaking of humor, Teen Titans Go! To The Movies has something for everyone.  They have slapstick comedy and sophomoric jokes for the youngsters, but for comic and comic film fans, the humor goes much, much deeper.  TTG! hits high and low with punches directed at themselves, other shows on Cartoon Network, and the many, many films featuring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and pretty much every other stereotypical superhero film out there.  Some of the jokes cut very deep and some of them are just stone cold (especially during one hero’s origin story sequence).  I was shocked at how brutal some of the in-jokes were in the movie.  No stone was left unturned (including Martha).  Just know that the adult humor is brilliantly hidden from the kiddies and the slapstick comedy is fun for everyone.


One of the best things about this film is that some of DC’s classic heroes that aren’t necessarily front and center these days gets to shine in this film, even if it’s just for a moment.  It was great to see the Spectre, Booster Gold, Red Tornado, and other heroes on the screen.  It was also cool to see the Challengers of the Unknown on the big screen.  I’m sure some of you are googling them as I write this but trust me, they are real DC heroes.

DC and Warner Bros. obviously had a great time making this film.  It was nice to see them take shots at their many films and classic characters.  This movie is funny and worth seeing in a theater.  If you’re still sour over the cancellation of Teen Titans, get over yourself and smile for a little bit by watching Teen Titans Go! To The Movies.  It’s one of the best superhero films I’ve seen in a long time!

Thanks for reading my review of Teen Titans Go! To The Movies.  It really is an excellent film that is great for the whole family.  It has an excellent blend of humor for kids and adults.  Sadly I didn’t get to see Ant-Man And The Wasp before it left theaters, so I’ll have to wait on my review for that film.  There’s still a chance that I’ll get to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom before it leaves theaters and I’ll review it if I can.

Until next time, true believers!


Absolutely Bonkers!

Feudal Japan

I received a copy of Batman Ninja for my birthday.  I didn’t know what to expect from the film, I just knew that the animation was visually amazing in the trailer.  This isn’t the first time that Batman was given the anime treatment (That would be the short story collection, Batman: Gotham Knight, 2008), but it is definitely the first one on such a big scale.



The story is fairly simple: Gorilla Grodd attempts to set off his Quake Engine in Arkham Asylum in an attempt to transport all of Gotham’s greatest villains to a faraway time so that he can take control of the city.  As usual, Batman shows up just in time to disrupt Grodd’s plans and he, Gorilla Grodd, Poison Ivy, Penguin, Two-Face, Deathstroke, Bane, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, the Joker, Red Hood, Red Robin, Nightwing, Robin, and Alfred all get transported back to Feudal Japan.

When Batman arrives on the scene, he’s two years later than everyone else.  Luckily for him, his Batmobile and some of his other tech made the trip as well and have been taken care of by Catwoman and Alfred.

Batman learns that a power struggle has divided up Gotham’s villains.  Each one has created their own feudal state and have been battling each other for control ever since they arrived.  At the moment, Joker is the top dog, but there is another villain waiting for his chance to strike.


Batman teams up with his old allies and a Bat clan that has been waiting for him to arrive as part of a prophecy to bring peace to their land.  Numerous over-the-top battles ensue, each highlighted by brilliant animation and insane action sequences.  The fights include everything from Power Ranger styled robots that combine to form a larger robot to traditional sword fighting and even a few bats and monkeys.


The entire thing is bonkers.  It shouldn’t and doesn’t make sense.  With that said, it’s still pretty entertaining, especially if you love brightly colored animation.  I’m pretty sure that fans of more traditional Batman stories have a high chance of disliking this movie.  Fans of the Joker will take the absurdity of it all in stride.  Personally I found it to be okay after my first viewing, but with each additional viewing I became a bigger fan of the story.  My son loved it.  It definitely had a few problems I’ll mention in a bit, but it definitely grew on me with time.  I’ll leave it up to you to make your own decision about this film.



Animation – I can’t say enough about how wonderful the animation is in Batman Ninja.  It’s vibrant, beautiful, and expertly drawn.  The characters are also excellently styled, especially Batman in his final battle costume and Catwoman in her gear.

The Joker – He’s insane.  We all know that.  Batman Ninja cranks up the insanity with a ton of weapons including the Joker’s traditional acid squirting flower to fanned blades and gigantic robots controlled by the mind of the Clown Prince of Crime.  Coupled with Harley Quinn, the Joker is in top form in this film.

Music – Yugo Kanno’s music shifted from traditional Japanese sounds to high energy guitar-driven music similar to that of the Power Rangers during the battle sequences.  The music aided in the digestion of the insanity unfolding on the screen.



Character development – Batman acted out of character multiple times during the film.  Sure, it’s a fish out of water story, but Batman acts nearly helpless whenever he loses most of his technology.  Robin is entirely out of character.  While he’s apparently styled after young and excitable anime characters such as Naruto, any Batman fan with the slightest bit of knowledge about Damian Wayne’s Robin knows that he’s serious almost all of the time.  In this film, he’s nothing like the established DC character we know and love.

Absurdity – I only include this one for fans of Batman who might not have a taste for some of the more insane antics that go down in this movie.  Each battle sequence seems to be trying to outdo the previous one and they succeed in spades, becoming harder and harder to wrap my brain around.

Lack of Rhythm – The story seemed to do a lot of shifting and struggled to find a good rhythm until it was almost over.


Ultimately I believe that this film will divide the audience just as much or more than Justice League and Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.  It’s an extremely unique tale in the world of Batman that is definitely worth a look.  As I said earlier, the more that I watched this film, the more I enjoyed it.  Give it a chance and you might become a fan as well.

English Dubbing: Roger Craig Smith as Batman, Tony Hale as Joker, Grey Griffin as Catwoman, Tara Strong as Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy, Fred Tatasciore as Gorilla Grodd/Deathstroke, Adam Croasdell as Nightwing, Yuri Lowenthal as Robin/Red Hood, Tom Kenny as Penguin, Will Friedle as Red Robin, and Matthew Yang King as Eian.


As always, thanks for reading.  If you’re a fan of the Joker, I highly recommend this film.  It’s crazy, unhinged, and just as insane as the Clown Prince of Crime.


My Geeky Christmas List!


I am not ashamed to admit that Christmas is my favorite holiday.  I love the music, the cheesy Hallmark movies, the gaudy decorations, and all of the wonderful smells that range from the pine of the Christmas trees to the cinnamon of the cookies baked for the holidays.  I also love the smell of frankincense that fills my church for Advent as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Oh, and I love presents, giving and receiving them, as well!

I also enjoy making a Christmas wish list.  I have one over on Amazon (but I’m not shallow enough to link it on this post) that my friends and family use as a guide for picking out a gift for me.  I also have one that includes things that aren’t always attainable in this world, such as peace for all mankind, warm food and shelter for the homeless, and at least one gift for every child in the world, no matter how big or small it may be.

For this post I’m going to be making a Geeky Christmas List.  Feel free to list any of your own wishes in the comments section below, and let me know what you think about my list as well!


First off, I hope that the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series will be at least as good as the last few.  From what I’ve read so far, the team’s dynamic will be changed.  How?  Raphael will be the leader in this series and Leonardo will have a “rebellious heart” (whatever that means).  It looks like Donnie and Mike will remain basically the same characters.  Look for Rise of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to hit Nickelodeon next fall.  I haven’t seen any artwork for the new series, but it will supposedly follow a more traditional animation style similar to the original 1980’s cartoon.  Here’s a look at the logo:


My next wish is that I hope that the upcoming Black Panther film (February, 2018) will bring back a more serious tone to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  With the latest Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy flicks laying on the humor to annoying levels (at least in my opinion), I hope that T’Challa and the people of Wakanda  cut back on the comedy a bit and focus on getting some serious work done.  After all, it’s the last move before Avengers: Infinity War hits the big screen (May, 2018).  You can’t tell me that Marvel will make Thanos’ attempt at conquering everything a buddy comedy, right?  Let’s hope that it’s pretty serious as well.


My next wish is that the upcoming Aquaman film (December, 2018) proves to be a success similar to this 2017’s brilliant Wonder Woman.  2017’s other DC film, Justice League, appears to be somewhat divisive among fans and critics.  I personally enjoyed it, but professional critics (and a lot of fanboys) attacked it for its CGI, what they saw as a disjointed plot, rushed story, and, my personal favorite, too much humor.  Let’s hope that Aquaman can bring fans and critics together once again.  Jason Momoa looked good as Aquaman in the JL film, and gave a nice balance of grit and humor to his character.  I believe that he has enough charisma to carry a film on his own, so here’s hoping for a successful cinematic run for Arthur Curry.


Another wish that I have for Christmas this year is that The Walking Dead finds its mojo when it returns for the second half of season eight.  With an “all out war” promised at the end of season seven, fans haven’t been offered much in the way of actual conflict.  Sure, the season opener featured an attack on the Sanctuary by the Kingdom, the Hilltop, and Alexandria, but it was nothing more than a drawn out action sequence.  There have also been character developing episodes that focused on Negan, King Ezekiel and Eugene, but unlike similar episodes in the past (and I know that I’m in the minority when it comes to enjoying these types of episodes), something is missing this time around.  At the end of this weekend’s episode, I was completely ready for Eugene to die.  He annoyed the fire out of me!  Let’s pray that the mid-season finale amps things up and that it will carry over into the second half of the season next year.


My next wish is a selfish one.  This year I was only able to attend one sci-fi/pop culture convention.  While I really enjoyed my time at Louisiana Comic Con, I sorely missed getting to visit with my friends at CoastCon, CyPhaCon, and Southern Geek Fest.  Wizard World has lost my interest thanks to crazy crowds and absurd pricing.  I’d much rather stick with the smaller conventions where I can actually here myself talk to other people.  Hopefully I will make it to at least one of my favorite conventions this year.

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My list continues with a wish that is really all on me.  I hope to catch up on all of the shows that I have fallen behind on over the last couple of years.  I’m way behind on Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Gotham, and Doctor Who.  Peter Capaldi’s run as the Doctor turned me off to the show, but with a new Doctor on the horizon, I’ve decided to give Capaldi another chance and have started watching that show again.  As far as the rest of the shows go, I just need more time.  Between work and life, I don’t have time to sit down and binge watch shows like I want to.


I’m not a very big fan of anime, but I do enjoy watching it every now and then.  With Batman Ninja coming soon, I hope that it is better than the last Batman anime that I watched, 2008’s Batman: Gotham Knight, which is an anthology of six anime shorts.  I didn’t really care for any of the shorts that much, even with Kevin Conroy voicing the Dark Knight Detective.   The trailer for Batman Ninja was released in October of this year, and included a peek at a few of the villains that Batman will face, including the Joker and Gorilla Grodd.


Something else that I’m wishing for this year is a truce between Marvel and DC Comics fans over the films, the cartoons, and the comics of each series.  I highly doubt that this will happen, but a boy can dream.  I enjoy both Marvel and DC’s offerings for different reasons, and while I might be a hardcore DC fan, I won’t automatically dislike any Marvel work just because it’s from Marvel.  Let’s all work together to make this wish come true!


Speaking of comics, my next wish is that the Doomsday Clock series from DC Comics is good.  I haven’t read any of the DC Rebirth stuff yet (I’m still reading stories from the New 52), but I’m very intrigued by the combination of the Watchmen and the rest of the DC Universe, specifically the interaction of Superman with Dr. Manhattan.


A project that I’ve been waiting on for some time is about to come to fruition.  It’s the topic of my next wish, which is that I hope that the screen adaptation of Steve Alten’s first MEG book is successful.  I loved the first three books in Alten’s MEG series about Jonas Taylor and his adventures squaring off against Megalodon sharks.  The first book, MEG, is probably my favorite, but I also love The Trench.


The film is supposedly coming out in August of 2018.  It has been green-lighted, halted, restarted, etc. since the 90’s.  The version that is coming out next year will star Jason Statham (Snatch, Revolver, The Expendables) and Li Bingbing (The Forbidden Kingdom).  I’ve never been a fan of Statham’s work, but I’m hoping that MEG is more than just another action yarn in the deep blue sea.


Star Trek makes it to my wish list this year as well.  I haven’t watched Star Trek: Discovery other than the first episode that aired on CBS Television and probably won’t see it until it comes out on Blu-ray and the fan series Star Trek Continues ended last month, so I don’t have a whole lot of new Trek content to look forward to except possibly reading a Trek book or comic.  My wish is that CBS and Paramount come to their senses and loosen up the tight reins they’ve placed on fan produced shows.  Star Trek Continues was a brilliant show and it will be sorely missed.  Don’t let the good guys suffer for the actions of a greedy few.  I guess I’ll just watch some reruns of classic Trek until something new comes along.



My final wish is that all of you have a Merry Christmas.  I’ll probably do at least one more post this year for the upcoming Star Wars film, and possibly an End of the Year review.  Until then, I want to say that I appreciate each and every one of you that read my posts.  May all of your Christmas wishes come true!


Ahhhh! The Wonder Of It All!

Themyscira….London….And Then The Front

Book-ended by two highly anticipated Marvel films, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 and Spider-Man:  Homecoming, the arguably more anticipated DCEU film, Wonder Woman, had a ton of weight on its shoulders.  The film was preceded by the lukewarm Man of Steel, the record-breaking (but fan dividing) Batman Vs. Superman:  Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad, which left many fans praying that Wonder Woman could save a supposedly sinking ship.  (For what it’s worth, I thought that all three of the previous DC films were good, with only Man of Steel being somewhat of a disappointment.  I have reviews for all three of these films on this blog.  Feel free to peruse them later.)

Of course, there were plenty of naysayers about DC’s resident Amazonian warrior.  Many of them were Marvel fanboys that were blinded by the success of their own favorite film franchise.  Some of them were chauvinists who thought that no super heroine-fronted film could make it without a male hero to step in to save the day.  There were also plenty of DC fans who had given up hope that Detective Comics knew what they were doing when it came to films and decided to watch Flashpoint Paradox yet again (which is actually an awesome animated film, by the way).

Thankfully they were ALL WRONG!


Wonder Woman hit the big screen to huge audiences.  Unlike BvS and Suicide Squad, which saw big drop offs in ticket sales after their opening weekends, Wonder Woman maintained solid and impressive numbers.  GOTG had been in theaters for roughly one month prior to Wonder Woman’s release, and the only potential threats to her position atop the box office came in the form of a mediocre Pirates of the Caribbean sequel (released May 26)and an even more lackluster The Mummy reboot (released June 9).

Spoilers Ahead!  Stop Reading Now If You Haven’t Seen The Film!!

The film opens with Wonder Woman as a child growing up in Themyscira.  She longed to join her Aunt Antiope (Robin Wright) in training for battle, but her mother, Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) denied her.  Secretly, however, Diana joins Antiope for private sessions.  Eventually the duo are found out, but Hippolyta allows Diana to continue training.


During this time in the film, we also learn the story of the “God killer,” which is supposedly a sword that can destroy Ares, the god of war, if and when he returns to send man into an unending time of war.  Obviously he’s going to be returning soon, and Antiope believes that Diana needs to be battle ready and eventually learn her true fate.

Then a US spy literally crash lands in Themyscira, bringing with him a bunch of very angry German forces that are trying to kill him.  Diana finds the spy, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), and the pair end up fighting alongside the rest of the Amazonian warriors as they subdue the Germans…..but not without casualties.

Antiope is killed during the battle, as are many more of the Amazons.  Hippolyta is convinced that Steve Trevor is one of the causes of the attack, but Diana defends him.  We then get to see the Lasso of Truth for the first time.  With it, the Amazons learn of a great war (WWI) that is going on outside of the protected walls of their homeland.  Diana is convinced that the war is the work of Ares, and determines to find him and destroy him.  Hippolyta doesn’t want her to go but eventually gives in to Diana’s request.


Diana and Steve Trevor take off for London, where he introduces Diana to Etta Candy (Lucy Davis), his secretary, and a room full of men, primarily politicians and generals, who can’t wrap their minds around the fact that a woman wants to help them and, gasp, wants to go to the front line in order to take out the enemy.  Seeing the way that Diana interacts with Etta Candy and the politicians/military men gave us a humorous look at a woman’s place in that time period.  Diana empowered Etta and wasn’t taken seriously by the men, but she would soon prove her worth on the battlefield.

Like I said previously, the men didn’t take Diana seriously and, as a result, refused to help her and Trevor get to the front.  Trevor takes matters into his own hands by gathering up a ragtag group of men who agree to help him and Diana.  At the last minute, another ally, Sir Patrick Morgan (David Thewlis), shows up with money to fund their adventure.


Diana believes that Ares has disguised himself as General Erich Ludendorff (Danny Huston) and that if she can kill him with the God Killer, the warring ways of mankind will come to an end.  Trevor’s group, which includes French Moroccan agent Sameer (Said Taghmaoui), sniper Charlie (Ewen Bremner), and smuggler Chief Napi (Eugene Brave Rock), set off with Diana and find themselves pinned down by the Germans in No Man’s Land (a brilliant play on the fact that a woman would be leading the way).  Trevor tells Diana that they cannot save the people in No Man’s Land because it is too dangerous.  He tells her that the best way to help them is to continue on their journey to the front.


Unlike Superman in Man of Steel, where Henry Cavill did a lot of sulking and wondering if he should use his powers to help mankind, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman goes against her human counterparts when they tell her that she can’t save everyone.  She climbs out of the trench and walks directly toward the German lines.  It’s one of the most epic moments in the film.  Her courageous example convinces the rest of the soldiers to help her, and they save No Man’s Land.

That moment sets Wonder Woman apart from the other films in the DCEU.  She knows her role immediately and doesn’t hesitate to help those in need.  Two movies into the DCEU and Superman is still struggling to find his place in this world (and might be dead…..yeah, right).  Batman is old and angry and quickly losing faith in humanity.  Wonder Woman, however, knows that she must help, no matter the odds.


As the film moves on, a plot by Ludendorff is uncovered that includes using poisonous gas to kill the Allied powers in the Great War.  The gas is created by the sinister Doctor Poison (Elena Anaya), who loves to test her gases on human subjects.


This ultimately leads up to a confrontation with Ludendorff, and Diana easily kills him despite his use of a drug provided by Doctor Poison that gives him super strength and a bit of roid rage as well.  After Ludendorff’s death, however, war rages on.  It confuses and hurts Diana.  She can’t understand why mankind keeps on killing and fighting for no real reason.

Steve Trevor attempts to explain to Diana that the world is full of evil people and that all  she can really do is continue her fight no matter what sacrifices have to be made.  It is at this point that the true Ares is revealed (and I’m not going to name him), and Diana goes into a battle of strength and wits with the god of war.  Ares tries to convince her to join him and run rampant on humanity, but he fails in his quest.  An epic battle ensues and a major sacrifice is made that gives Wonder Woman all of the fuel she needs to end the war with Ares.

You’ll have to watch the film in order to find out what else happened.

What blew me away about this film is how human and grounded it is.  It shows the horrors of war, especially in the scenes that take place in Veld, like no other superhero film has ever done.  Most comic films gloss over the tragedy and loss of war.  Captain America:  The First Avenger did this.  It was still a very good film, but at no point did the viewer really get a good look at how horrible war can be.  This has continued throughout the Marvel films and only managed to become somewhat grounded with Captain America:  Civil War, where lip service is paid to the major losses of life due to the two Avengers films.  Wonder Woman could easily be a period war film, but with a superhero involved.

The cast was superb.  Gal Gadot carried the film as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, and Chris Pine stood by her side as a reliable friend.  There was some romantic tension between the pair, but it was dealt with through the use of humor and sensitivity.  David Thewlis and Danny Huston were excellent in their respective roles, as were all of the members of Trevor’s gang.

The female cast, particularly Robin Wright and Lucy Davis, were brilliant.  Wright was fierce and convincing as Antiope.  Connie Nielsen was also solid in her role, as were all of the ladies portraying Amazons in the film.  A special shout out goes to Anne Wolfe, a professional and very successful female boxer, who portrayed Artemis in the film.  She grew up in my hometown.

Davis gave us a look at a woman who spent most of her life in the shadow of the men she served.  As the film progresses, however, Davis is given more responsibility and her confidence blooms.  I hope that we get to see her again (possibly in flashbacks or in a visit from the Flash in the upcoming JLA film).

The music was wonderful.  Rupert Gregson-Williams weaves the score through the film and rides the emotional highs and lows of each scene.  Included in many of the film’s tracks is the brutal electric cello solo work of Tina Guo.  When the cello plays, you know somebody is about to get hurt.


So, does Wonder Woman hold up against any of the Marvel films?  You betcha.  In fact, it easily bests the bulk of Marvel’s offerings with only Captain America:  The Winter Soldier giving it a run for its money.  It’s definitely the best DCEU film on the market, and hopefully DC’s winning ways will continue with the upcoming Justice League film.

Wonder Woman has proven that DC can make a film that stays true to its comic roots and give fans a story that can be enjoyed by comic book readers and the general public.  I believe that the previous films (let’s just forget about Green Lantern) tried too hard to appease comic fans and the general public suffered as a result.  Marvel has a solid formula of spoon-feeding stories to non-comic readers that makes their films easier to digest, but maintain enough of a balance to keep comic readers happy.

Wonder Woman was great, and here’s hoping that Justice League will be just as wonderful.  As always, thanks for reading.  See you again, soon!






Louisiana Comic Con 2016!

Lafayette, LA

The second year of Louisiana Comic Con in Lafayette was something of a whirlwind for me.  Life has been throwing me some crazy curveballs lately and I wasn’t even sure if I’d be able to attend this year.  As luck would have it, though, my Saturday opened up just enough for me to attend for a few hours and they were awesome hours to say the least!


I decided to “cosplay” as Kylo Din (ner).  A quick trip to Walgreen’s to purchase a cheap mask that I had been looking at, a Star Wars spatula, and a “Kiss The Cook” apron, and I became the son of Han and Leia that turned in his lightsaber for a grill.  Very few people got the joke, but the apron would prove to be a brilliant later in the day (I’ll get to that later).

I stood in a very long line for a very short amount of time to purchase a ticket.  The Cajundome staff was getting people taken care of in swift fashion.  Once inside the venue, I ran into a good friend.  We talked for a bit and then I headed into the main area that featured vendors, cosplayers, artists, and celebs.  I made a quick trip around the entire area, seeing a nice line for the Cowabunga Factory (TMNT cosplayers), a long line for Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), and a ton of fans lining up for Jeremy Bulloch, Deep Roy, and all of the other wonderful celebrity guests.


Once I figured out the general layout of the convention, I decided to look for a few more friends.  I ran into the wonderful ladies of Orion’s Envy, other friends that I haven’t seen in years, and a couple of folks that I see at just about every event.  I also took a few photos and checked out the vendor area.

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After playing catch up, I headed over to the table of the Library Bards.  Consisting of the lovely Bonnie Gordon and the dashing Xander Jeanneret, the Library Bards take pop hits and put a nerdy spin on them.  I spoke to Xander first, and I’ve got to admit that he was one of the friendliest people that I’ve ever talked with at a convention.  He even tolerated my terrible Star Wars jokes.


Then I got to briefly talk to Bonnie.  She was also very tolerant of my Star Wars jokes.  Both she and Xander signed a poster for me and I also picked up a shirt from them.  To top it all off, I took selfies with both of them and even got a kiss from Bonnie (thanks, Kiss The Cook apron)!


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I waved goodbye to the Bards and then headed over to Chuck Huber’s table.  I’ve met Chuck on a couple of occasions before, but he never had any photos of him as Bones from Star Trek Continues.  Well, this time he had them, and I just had to snag one to add to my ever-growing STC collection.  I swear that I’m not an STC stalker!


My day ended with hugs and goodbyes to all of my friends, and I jetted back home to assist my daughter with a few homecoming dance necessities.  Before getting home, though, I stopped in Rayne, LA for a quick bite at the local Mickey D’s.  If you know anything about Rayne, you know that they love frogs in that town, so it wasn’t much of a surprise to find Ronnie Macribbit sunning himself in front of McDonald’s.


Louisiana Comic Con knocked it out of the park this year.  Although my time there was brief, I could see happy faces all over the place.  Despite large crowds, lines moved smoothly and quickly.  Panels appeared to be well attended and parking was great.  I can’t wait to see what the convention has in store for next year.  I just hope that I can attend for more than a few hours!

As always, thanks for reading.  My next conventions won’t be until next year (CyPhaCon and Southern Geek Fest), so expect me to tackle everything from DC Animated movies, the return of Ten Burning Questions, reviews of books, films, and even a couple of albums.  Oh, and I’ll be attending the Texas Renaissance Festival again this year.  I’ll be sure to post pics and a review for that as well!

Busy Week/Weekend Ahead!

I Feel The Need For Speed!

This is going to be a crazy week and an even crazier weekend.  I’ve been working a ton of overtime lately and haven’t been able to pay much attention to this blog, pop culture, my scouting leader duties, or, most importantly, my family.  From homecoming dances to camping out to trying my darnedest to make it over to Louisiana Comic Con, I’m going to need the speed of Barry Allen to get me through the next few days.


I’ve completely missed out on the new season of Gotham.  That kills me, because that is one show that has consistently gotten stronger with each episode.  I also missed a couple of episodes last season, so I’ve decided that Gotham Blu-ray sets will be necessities this Christmas.  I think I’m just going to dive in from the beginning again and play catch up.

I’m also behind on Arrow and Supergirl.  Heck, the only show that I’ve really had a chance to watch recently is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and that, my friends has not impressed me at all.  I was SOOOOOOO excited to see that Ghost Rider was going to be burning up the screen this season but so far his little run-ins with the ever-increasingly-annoying Quake have me completely fed up with the show.  What an utter waste of a great character!  Marvel needs to stick to films.  It’s what they do best.  Don’t even get me started on all of their Netflix shows, because I haven’t even seen the first season of Daredevil yet!


So, with all of that out of my brain, I can say that I have managed to watch some excellent DC Animation films recently.  Justice League Vs. Teen Titans was a title that I missed on its initial release, but I managed to pick it up over the weekend and watched it with my kids.  We all loved it.  I’ll review it soon enough.  I also re-watched the excellent Throne of Atlantis and the surprisingly funny Justice League:  War.  These are two of my favorite DC titles, and I also recommend grabbing the comics that they are based on.



This coming weekend is, of course, Louisiana Comic Con in Lafayette, LA.  I am going to do my best to make it out there, but it will probably only be for a few hours on Saturday.  Seth Gilliam had to cancel, but Sean Patrick Flanery (Young Indiana Jones, Boondock Saints) will be showing up as a late addition to the lineup.  With Gilliam out of the picture, my autograph quota has dropped, but I will still try to get a few good autographs.  I’m on the fence about a couple of the celebs, but I’ll solidify my choices before hitting the convention floor.  One thing is for sure, I’m going to check out the booth for the Library Bards featuring the lovely Bonnie Gordon and Xan-tastic Xander Jeanneret!


I’ve got a ton of ideas for this blog, I just don’t have the time needed to work with it right now.  I promise that more posts about Ten Burning Questions are on the way, as well as a few convention reviews, film and Blu-ray/DVD release reviews, and other wonderfully pop culture things.

As always, thanks for reading.  Keep me in your thoughts and prayers this week as I attempt to survive!  I AM NOT the fastest man alive, but I do look good in red tights!!!!!

End Of The Year Review

Adios, 2015

This post is going to be long, so be prepared.  It won’t bother me one bit if you jump ahead to the stuff that interests you the most.  Feel free to do so.

2015 was a pretty good year for me.  I met a myriad of awesome people (celebs and plain janes like myself), lived to see another great entry into the Star Wars saga, celebrated my birthday with friends and Jurassic World, discovered some wonderful new bands, and attended some great conventions.

That Star Wars Flick

Let’s start things off with the long-awaited Star Wars:  The Force Awakens opening in December of this year.  Fans of all ages flocked to see this film, and I was right there with them (on an early Saturday morning with my kids in tow).  My family and I arrived early enough to pick out some great seats and I was instantly a kid again when “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” popped on to the screen.  My eldest child (who only saw Star Wars films on DVD or Blu-ray) finally saw a Star Wars film on the big screen.  My youngest saw The Phantom Menace during its 3D release a few years ago.  It was so great to share something with my children that had literally been a part of my entire life.

I’ll post a review of the film later (because spoilers will be included), and I want to give those who are waiting for crowds to die down a bit before going a chance to see the film.  I may or may not have purchased a few action figures and/or shirts and other cool things emblazoned with the Star Wars logo on them.

Briefly, though, this film is awesome!  If you enjoy the SW saga at all, you’ll want to check out this film.



Another epic film that was released this year was Jurassic World.  It was heavy on popcorn action and fun, and it was highly enjoyable.  It held a lot of box office records until Star Wars came to town, and deservedly so.  I reviewed the film earlier this year and if you’d like to check it out, hop back to my June posts and you’ll find it in there.


Marvel, DC, and TMNT!


Marvel and DC ramped things up this year.  Marvel fired the first shot with Avengers:  Age of Ultron, and kept things going with the excellent Ant-Man flick that, at least in my opinion, surprised a lot of people with just how wonderful it really was.  Paul Rudd convinced me that he deserved to put on Hank Pym’s suit and for this reason, Ant-Man is easily in my top five of Marvel film favorites.

Of course, shows like Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, and Jessica Jones also helped out Marvel’s power grab, but television remains the domain of DC in my opinion.  Sure, everybody is talking about Batman Vs. Superman:  Dawn of Justice, but Arrow, Gotham, The Flash, and Supergirl had everyone talking this year.  The Flash is one of my favorite shows at the moment, and I love how the writers have managed to present the Scarlett Speedster and his enemies in a way that is a lot more lighthearted than Arrow and Gotham.


Legends of Tomorrow looks to be another hit for DC early next year, and Supergirl is continuing to pick up the pace.  Gotham keeps getting better as well!

I’m particularly interested in which direction Gotham will be going when it returns from its midseason break.  They’ve loaded up on villains this year (and promise to bring an even colder one into the fray after the break with Mr. Freeze), and I love how the writers have managed to intertwine all of the baddies together.  Here’s hoping that they will keep up the pace!

Conventions, Conventions, Conventions!

Anybody that knows me knows that I love going to conventions.  This year was particularly excellent because I got to attend more events than usual.  To start off this year, I headed to Bossier City, LA, for Louisiana Comic Con.  This was a brand new event and it was extremely crowded.  Still, I got to hang out with some great friends and made a few new ones as well.

A few weeks later I ventured to Biloxi, MS, for my grand return to CoastCon!  It’s one of the biggest little conventions that I’ve ever been to and I simply love attending it whenever funds and time allow.

After CoastCon, I headed home to Lake Charles, LA, for CyPhaCon, the best convention in southwest Louisiana.  There I got to meet Vic Mignogna and Chuck Huber from Star Trek Continues, and made a few new friends as well.

Once the summer heat turned up, I headed to Sulphur, LA, for Bayoucon.  I got to meet Todd Haberkorn, also of Star Trek Continues, at this local event, and it was the place where the Just Us League made their debut.  For those of you who don’t know, the Just Us League is a group of cosplayers that are just out to have fun with silly costumes based off of superheroes.  If any of us happen to be attending a convention near you, come say hello!

Space City Comic Con was next on my list, and there I got to meet the wonderful Michele Specht (of Star Trek Continues, do ya notice a pattern here?).  Not only is she one of the nicest celebs I’ve ever met, she was a blast to hang out with as well!  She showed the Just Us League some love and even sent a photo of myself and her giving the Vulcan “LLAP” sign to be a part of a large photo of Leonard Nimoy after his passing!  It was such an honor to be a part of this wonderful print that William Shatner helped come to fruition.


The last convention for me this year was Louisiana Comic Con in Lafayette, LA.  There, the Just Us League made another appearance.  I also got to hang out with Orion’s Envy and made some new friends.  I met Donald Fullilove and Lew Temple as well!


On the music scene, I picked up Game On from The Amorettes.  They’re my new favorite band right now, and I just helped fund their next album that’s going to be recorded and released next year.  Be sure to check them out if you haven’t done so already.

I also found Dark Sarah, a solo project by the former frontwoman for Amberian Dawn.  I also picked up the newest project from Leaves’ Eyes, which was just as rocking as every other thing they’ve put out so far.

The year in music ended up and down for me, as rumors of a Guns N Roses reunion hit the web and the death of Lemmy from Motorhead landed just a few days later.


Including the aforementioned death of Lemmy, a lot of people passed away this year that have had some type of influence in my life.  For starters, let’s talk about a few that made me laugh.  New York Yankee great Yogi Berra was the epitome of a hard working and hard loving man.  He is, in my opinion, one of the greatest baseball players in history.  He’s known more for his “Yogiisms” now than he is for his excellent athletic ability, but I believe that it was his heart that was truly his greatest gift to mankind.


Dick Van Patten is another person that made me smile over the years.  I watched Eight Is Enough in syndication and really enjoyed it.  Donna Douglas, of The Beverly Hillbillies, was another person that I loved to watch on television.  Watching her in syndication, Douglas quickly became an early crush for me.


We also lost some greats in film like the master of horror, Wes Craven, and one of the most prolific actors and renaissance men of all time, Christopher Lee.  Lee made a great impact on my life, as his work in horror and fantasy was a huge part of my life.


Wrestling greats Dusty Rhodes and Rowdy Roddy Piper left us, as did legendary bluesman, B.B. King.

We also lost Leonard Nimoy.  You all know and love him as Spock.  Of all of the celebrities that we lost this year, his death had the biggest impact on me.  I’ve wept for many celebrities over the years, especially Robin Williams, even though my only interaction with these people was through television, books, or films.  In the case of Nimoy, however, I felt as if I was losing a great friend.  Spock was and still is a huge part of my life, and Nimoy’s portrayal of the great character will be sorely missed.



The End Of It All

So, that’s a quick rundown of my year.  I hope that 2016 is just as awesome, and I hope that all of you have a great year as well.  As Mr. Spock would say, “Live long and prosper.”  Happy New Year to all of you, and as always, thanks for reading.