Suicide Squad Jokermobile

A great feature on the origin of the Jokermobile that will been in the Suicide Squad arriving in about six months. Not an origin story of the Jokermobile, I assume he just steals it in the film. No, this an interesting clip about the company that makes the Jokermobile in Tampa, Florida. Apparently, it is a $60,000 kit car. Humming under the Lamborghini looking body is a G35 Infiniti. Yes, an Infiniti. I wonder if they have a Black Friday deal? Maybe a buy one, get half the car built for you?

Buying the car from the film is certainly a novel way of merchandising the film. Wonder what else you can buy from the film? Your own pet crocodile? A groupon for a session of Arkham Asylum electro-therapy? Maybe we should just stick to the film.

Check out the details.

Daredevil vs Gotham

On a regular day of the week I consider myself more of a DC guy than a Marvel guy. Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are the Holy triumvirate we revered and respected when we were young. We watched their exploits and wondered at the absolute certainty with which we knew they would continue. Thor, Hulk Captain America, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Spiderman and the Fantastic Four, they were around. I knew who they were but we weren’t close, like the big kids who hung out on corner of my block. Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, they were different. Unlike the angel and demon that sit on your shoulder giving you good and bad advice, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman were inspirational, voices of reason and truth, dependable and thrilling.

Even with the tidal wave of Marvel films, I usually only visit at the weekend. I watch, as do others, for two hours and then get on with my life. This extended introduction is not meant to bore you (hope it didn’t), it is meant to give you a sense of the how significant it is when I say that Daredevil is a much better TV show than season one of Gotham.

It is not that the absence of Batman. Gordon is a great character and I love crime shows. It should have been good and it didn’t deliver.

Daredevil made no pretentions to individual episodes. It had a sense of purpose and convinced you something significant was happening. Despite moments of uncertainty, the show provided a sense that it had meaning. Gotham just limped along like a lame penguin. I mean Fish Mooney on the island? Why? So she can get off and get pushed off a building? Sorry, I don’t see the point. Daredevil had a clearly defined bigger picture. Of course, the creation of a hero and a villain are not exactly difficult storylines, but wasn’t that also what was happening with Gordon and the Penguin? The difficulty facing Gotham was its own immediate success, or at least the sense of it, that turned a 13 episode show into a 23 episode show. In retrospect were those extra episodes worth the pain?

It is not without some significance that I say that the Daredevil TV show is much better than the Gotham TV show and urge you, if you haven’t already seen season one of Daredevil to go out and watch it before you miss the start of season two.

When is Suicide Squad in theatres?

You could hardly be mistaken for thinking that the Suicide Squad movie was being released soon. We have front covers of Empire magazine, trailers, interviews, the whole thing that hasn’t even happened for the Star Wars movie. We haven’t even got a proper Captain America: Civil War trailer yet and it is released a whole four months before Suicide Squad. That’s right, the release date for Suicide Squad is still August 5th 2016.

Maybe it’s a Halloween thing? Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is certainly the belle of the ball at the moment. Jared Leto’s Joker is probably the second most used costume this Halloween behind Harley Quinn. Whoever is selling those funky looking shoes, ripped fishnets and baseball bats are making a killing this year. Sales of white face make-up have probably gone through the roof.

So what about the film? We have a full 3 minute trailer which is all about getting the gang together without any sense of why we have a trailer so far ahead of the release date.

At which point does interest in the film turn into boredom at waiting? With another ten months to wait, we shall see.

The recnt news has been close up images of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc. Now that would be an impressive Halloween costume, but I suppose fishnets and short shorts have a distinctive advantage over a scaly cannibal. What I am waiting for is some action sequences. We’ve seen pimped out Will Smith, guys with guns, helicopters and goat headed man and panda man shooting, but not too much else. Are we going to get more plot details or clips of action sequences in another couple of months?

Maybe we’ll have some clarification on David Ayer’s suggestion that this will “Comic book movie 2.0” rather than fighting aliens. I was really excited about the film, now I have a hazy sense of interest in the film. Let’s see what happens in another six months.

In the meantime, you can see the new images over at Empire.

Batman: Cape and Cowl Exhibition

If you are lucky enough to be in London today and need to escape from the rain, I would strongly suggest the Batman Cape and Cowl Exhibition. It runs until 5pm today so will need to get going.

image3What has prompted this exhibition which only lasts for a weekend? In the first instance it is nothing more than an advertising ploy for the new Batman game Arkham Knight, but don’t hold that against it. The exhibition happens to be a really interesting collection of Batman capes used as canvases to allow a whole range of contemporary artists (and a few celebs) to create re-imagined or re-evaluations of Batman.

Find out more here, but hurry, the clock is ticking.

And just for the hell of it, here is the trailer for the new Batman game:

Batman Sneak Peek

The most recent DC Comics wide extravaganza is coming to an end and if you remember a previous post (head here if you don’t) you’ll remember that Commissioner Gordon is taking over as Batman. Well, a Robot Bunny Batman.

New Batman

I have to admit that specific details of the Convergence event has left be behind, but I am really excited about the return to the monthly additions heading our way tomorrow. The first week is going to present us with Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow and Justice League. A few to watch for. But next week we have the return to Batman and the big change in the Batman universe (at least for now) with Gordon running around in the Robot Bunny suit.

If you want a quick catch up, check out the sneak peek kindly provided by DC and I will see you next Wednesday to hopefully shed some light on the new batman storyline. See you then.

Batman Comics Sneak Peek

Suicide Squad: Batman wants The Joker’s Ride

Suddenly Toronto seems like a city I might like to visit. Pictures and videos are surfacing showing the latest production scenes from the Suicide Squad movies. Ben Affleck, dressed as Batman, is riding on top of The Joker’s pimped out Lamborghini. Not only does it look like Affleck on the car, but Margot Robbie and Jared Leto look to be in the car. Bumper day in Toronto. Add a few special effects and this might be one hell of a movie.   Batman Joker Suicide Squad Car Batman Joker Suicide Squad Car Tweet   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2hCJ2oqjUc

Supergirl Trailer Exposed

Supergirl Trailer. Yes. Exposed? Maybe. I thought it sounded cooler.

If you remember the ill-fated and never started Wonder Woman TV show, you might be viewing the news of a new Supergirl TV show with a little trepidation. If not, you probably just watched the trailer and thought ‘hey this looks like the 1984 Supergirl film starring Helen Slater.’ Unless you haven’t seen the film, in which case I have no idea what you are thinking.

On the heels of the successful Arrow and The Flash TV shows, Supergirl is something of a departure. For one, it is based on a character with a higher profile, which means possible Man of Steel, Batman vs Superman confusion. Gotham successfully avoided the confusion by predating the usual frame of the films and comics allowing it to create its own storylines.

In Supergirl there is already a blurring of lines that has been avoided with The Flash by clearly telling us that Grant Gustin is not going to play Barry Allan in the movies. Jimmy Olsen, sorry James Olsen, did not appear in Man of Steel, but pops up in Supergirl to give her a cape from Superman. Why Olsen? Can’t Superman just fly over to see her? They are standing on the top of building. Are we going to see a possible Henry Cavill cameo? Probably not. These are the minor problems that might plague our attention if the actors can’t hold our attention and the action is poor.

If we are paying attention, we might notice that the dark and threatening atmosphere of The Flash, Arrow, Constantine and Gotham is absent. An appropriate move for Superman context of the show. However, instead of a sleek and modern urban Metropolis, we have a vaguely cutest single girl vibe that says more chick flick than superhero.

It is at the point of the Black Widow paradox that Supergirl seems to be getting a lot of attention. In the Marvel films, Black Widow is powerful, resourceful and sexually alluring character. The problem comes down to whether she is eye candy or role model. Is she just for the boys or for the girls too. And finally, why does everyone else get their own movie? (Hulk excepted, he had his shot twice).

Barry Allan is a forensic specialist. Oliver Queen was a billionaire playboy. Supergirl gets coffee. In the Man of Steel, Clark was hiding his powers in respect of his dad who sacrificed (it was a watershed moment for me, I cried at Kevin Costner in a movie and not because he was so bad). In Supergirl, I am not sure why she has been hiding in a chic loft apartment with a ponytail and glasses.

There are some interesting ways of quantifying the status of female characters in popular culture. One of which, the Bechdel test, was developed by a comic book artist so it gets my vote.

If you watch the trailer, you will notice that there are several conversations where female characters are talking to female characters and apart from Supergirl trumping her sister’s business trip to Geneva with a wardrobe question about a date, there is more of a focus on female character’s establishing their individual identity and status. I am not going to mention Calista Flockhart’s character because I have a plastic surgery/middle aged women acting like they are 18 phobia (read all you want into this—are we seeing a rejection of powerful women or is the impulse to conform diminishing the status of our powerful women?).

While the Supergirl trailer seems like it gives away the entire pilot episode with the rise of the lowly personal assistant to proctor of the weak, there is potential for an interesting show.

Or am I thinking about the Jem and the Holograms movie?

Look for Supergirl on CBS from November.