Here in America, we’ve been force-fed reboots of pop culture properties for the last several years. Well, it looks like Japan is deciding to take a try at rebooting an old property. The property they chose is a fun one too, Ultraman!
Ultraman was a hero that fights giant kaiju to defend the world. The new film will be an anime and appears to focus on Ultraman’s son. The creators have said that while his father became a colossal giant to fight the monsters threatening the earth, the new hero, Shinjiro Hayata, will stay human-sized.
Casting for the new Ultraman movie will be announced later this year. This sounds like it could be really awesome. Especially for those that want to introduce this old hero to their kids or grandkids. Here’s an awesome poster for the film that points to it possibly being quite grittier than the original series.
There's also an announcement teaser video that you can watch below.
If you’re looking for a new anime to watch, you may want to consider B: The Beginning. I know, the name is not impressive. However, it sounds pretty cool:
If that sounds at all cool to you, get a better look at the series with the new trailer for the English dub of the show. Yes, it looks to be subbed as well for the people that care. It will release worldwide on Netflix on March 2, 2018. And you can bet that I’ll be checking it out. I just hope it’s not too gory. I like mystery shows and crime shows, but if they get too bloody and gory, I’m out.
Once Upon a Time first aired in 2011 and is on its seventh, and final, season. This comes as no surprise since for this season they really shook things up with the story considering their main actors had left before the current season. I came in late to the show, I think it was season 4 (the one with Frozen characters) and it was ok. It really bugged me though when almost every season they started using a case of amnesia to create the mystery of the season. These two factors (the main cast leaving and what I consider to be lazy writing) make the announcement made by co-creator Adam Horowitz on Twitter, not a surprise at all. I’ve seen parts of the earlier seasons and while some of the stories seemed weak, the overall premise was strong and there seemed to be more good than bad moments. The premise was definitely interesting, but I’m glad they’re not going to drag it out anymore. Too many shows are dragged out because they’re popular and that’s a problem. It creates lazy writing which can turn fans into haters depending on how poorly the writing goes. I’m glad this show is ending before it goes too far off the rails. The seventh season will continue on March 2, 2018 on ABC.
DC has announced that they will be releasing some new graphic novel imprints. However, while a lot of current stories are aimed at older audiences and are very gritty and dark and serious, these new lines will be aimed at a younger crowd. One of these imprints, DC Zoom, will have stories geared for middle school readers and the other, DC Ink, will have a young adult focus. This is pretty cool. I have a toddler, and I’m excited to be able to point to some modern story arcs that will be appropriate in the younger years. Of course, there are iconic storylines like The Killing Joke, but that is not appropriate for children in my opinion. Some of the stories will be told by comic book industry veterans, we should expect the majority of the stories to be told by novelists that already write for young readers. We have learned that Laurie Halse Anderson, Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Northrop, and Ridley Pearson are all working on new graphic novels.
The first stories to come from DC Ink will be a Harley Quinn story, and a story about Aquaman’s love interest, Mera. The sharp-eyed reader will notice that these first two stories revolve around females. Michele Wells, Vice President for Content Strategy at DC, explains, “If you look at readership in middle grade and Y.A. in general, you’ll see a swing on the side of female readers.” However, we have been promised that while they will have a lot of stories about heroines, we will be given stories about everyone’s favorite heroes. Wells continued to say, “You’ll see that Gene Luen Yang book, ‘Superman Smashes the Klan,’ will be for both.” Pearson, who is well known for his Kingdom Keepers series, will even be writing a “Super Sons” story that will revolve around Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne.
I actually am excited to learn about what more of the stories will be. The novels from Zoom will run $9.99 with 128 pages and Ink books will be $16.99 for 192 pages. Here's a picture for the upcoming Mera novel by Danielle Paige.
I have been a fan of Star Wars since I was a little boy. When I was home sick from school, I would constantly go to the basement and pop in our VHS tapes. When I heard people coming through, I would pretend to be asleep because that’s what you do when you’re sick, but how could I sleep while watching some of the best movies ever. I love Star Wars and have some unpopular opinions such as The Phantom Menace is not the worst Star Wars movie, but rather Attack of the Clones is. I even have the opinion that The Last Jedi was really good and better than The Force Awakens. I have been excited for every film. That is, until Solo: A Star Wars Story.
I’ve never been a huge Han Solo fan, although I did like him. He was the rogue, the scoundrel, the scruffy looking nerf-herder. Harrison Ford was brilliant in the role. He’s a fan favorite and a lot of people love him. His popularity is most likely the reason why Lucasfilm decided to make Solo in the first place. After all, who doesn’t want to see more of their favorite character? That’s why I’m so excited they announced Kenobi (although if Ewan McGregor does not reprise his role, the film is dead to me). I’ve never felt like I needed or even wanted to know Han’s backstory. Even as I write this article, I can’t bring myself to care about how he became indebted to Jabba the Hutt or how he got the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian. I don’t need to see some tragic story that led to Han being a loner. I like the idea of this bada-- smuggler always being a bit of a bada--. That being said, I decided to not pass judgment on the film until a trailer was posted.
The trailer was posted after the Super Bowl and it cemented my lack of excitement for the film. We still don’t know too much about the plot, but the trailer felt flat and uninspired. As we learn that Han was kicked out of flight school for being an individual, we are treated to a chase scene that is probably supposed to inspire us, but as I watch it and hear the dialogue, it reminds me of Kirk from 2009’s Star Trek. A rebel who can’t listen to orders and is denied his dream, who then stumbles upon a way to make that dream come true. Honestly, by him talking about trying to be a pilot and such makes him less cool. It would’ve been much cooler to learn that he was always running scams until one day another scoundrel took him as his own until he was big enough to go off on his own with Chewbacca. Think Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy kind of deal. Then one day he comes across Lando Calrissian who happens to have the fastest ship in the galaxy and Han decides he wants it so he wins it in a game of Pazaak or something. I feel like the trailer further points to the whole reason Greedo shot first in the Special Editions. They want Han to be a good guy through and through. However, that messes with the whole scoundrel image. To me, it makes him more of a poser than a scoundrel if he’s good through and through. He runs with some bad crowds, he’ll have some nasty habits such as pull the trigger first when you know things are getting hairy.
I’m sure I’ll see Solo when it goes to a really cheap theater or after it’s available to rent, but I don’t know that I’m going to go opening night. This movie to me just seems pointless and unnecessary. The person I’m most excited to see in it though is Donald Glover. I think he will do a great job as a young Lando Calrissian. Who knows, maybe future trailers will be able to convince me that this is a film worth getting excited about.
A couple of weeks ago, we learned that Ken Watanabe was joining the cast of Detective Pikachu as Detective Yoshida. Now, we have a new cast member. Suki Waterhouse has joined the program, but we’ve been given no information regarding who her character is or what role she will be.
Waterhouse joins Watanabe, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, and Ryan Reynolds for this movie and I’m questioning how good it will be. The premise seems ridiculous, a special Pikachu that can help solve mysteries teams up with Smith to find Smith’s kidnapped (dadnapped?) father. However, the casting so far is pretty amazing. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how this movie plays out. I’m really interested to see Reynolds’ portrayal of the electric mouse.
Waterhouse is best known for her performances in Insurgent, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The Bad Batch, and the upcoming film Revenge.
Rob Letterman is directing the project with Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch providing the script. What creature would you like to see take on a human occupation?
Every now and then I see ads on YouTube for Masterclass. Masterclass is an online education platform that uses industry experts as teachers and tutors. The most common one I’ve seen is with Hans Zimmer. During the ad he talks about his approach to composing film scores, using Batman Begins as his example. Every time I see that ad I wish I could take that class, and I’m not big into composing (but maybe I could be). Well, the people at Nerdist have decided that Darth Vader would be a great instructor for a knock-off program called Mastermind. Darth Vader will teach you how to build your brand and the level of commitment you must have. For example, would you lose a limb for your brand? If you answered no, Lord Vader has no room for you in this cutthroat class.
Suicide Squad was a bad film. I went in with small hopes for Suicide Squad. I had heard that it wasn’t great but was fun. I was very disappointed. The first third of the movie was maybe fun and then it just got worse and worse at every turn. Yahoo! Recently talked with Joel Kinnaman, who played Colonel Rick Flag, and asked where the first film went wrong and how the sequel would be improved. His response to the first question was very quick and very blunt: “The third act.” I don’t know that I agree with him. While the third act was pretty bad, I feel like everything started to fall apart during the second act. His response to the second question is as follows:
What does he mean by "more grounded"? Is he really saying that there was too much magic involved and that’s what caused the movie to fail? I don’t think that the characters being extreme and having a lot of sorcery was the problem with the film. I don’t even know if I’d agree there was a great set-up. I think the problem was that the movie was really a Deadshot movie with a Harley Quinn side plot and the other characters thrown in so they could call it Suicide Squad. We don’t see a lot of growth from any of the characters, but the one with the most growth is Deadshot. Lack of growth and poorly written characters are not symptoms of extreme characters and magic; they’re symptoms of bad writing and directing. You can have a good movie with extreme characters and sorcery.
Suicide Squad 2 will supposedly have Black Adam (played by Dwayne Johnson) as the villain. Maybe this time they can stick to that plan instead of having everyone think the Joker is the villain and then show him for maybe 15 minutes. Can we stick to one villain and not do a bait and switch? Hopefully Gavin O’Connor will be able to write and direct a better movie. I want DC to be able to succeed, but they’re really losing me.
Ra’s al Ghul is a very intriguing character. The Lazarus Pit keeps him alive and strong and a very worthy foe for Batman. There’s a chance he may be causing problems for the Teen Titans in the new series Titans. That Hashtag Show reports this breakdown for a casting call of the show:
That sounds like Ra’s alright. Of course, we don’t know what capacity this character will have other than that it will be a “recurring guest star.” I would love to see Ra’s be the mastermind villain in Titans if Deathstroke can’t be used in any more TV shows.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a hilarious film. There are so many great moments in it that it’s hard to pick just one. One that many will love is when we meet the knights who say “nee.” If you’re not familiar with the scene or want a refresher, here’s one:
That’s pretty funny, but what if the head knight was Batman? On the latest Talkin’ Toons with Rob Paulsen, Kevin Conroy reprises his role as Batman and gives Arthur and Sir Bedevere the quest to bring them a shrubbery. This episode is a little different than others because only Conroy is using a character voice. Arthur and Bedevere are played by Paul Dini and Alan Burnett who were writers for Batman: The Animated Series and they don’t have character voices in the bit. It’s still fun to have the Dark Knight use his dark voice to ask for a shrubbery.