Month: February 2016

What’s Next For Superman On Screen

en4The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is alive and thriving with the third installment of their universe coming this August, in the form of Suicide Squad. Currently, the Justice League cast are on the set cutting scenes and preparing for the long shoot they have ahead of them. With Justice League already filming it got me wondering, what is the next step in the Superman arc that is currently playing out in the DCEU?

There are some of you that believe Director Zack Snyder does not know how to portray Superman and is failing badly on that score.

Think about this.

The current Superman in the DCEU is already two movies deep into his own story and will complete the arc in the Justice League movies. You may be asking, what is that story arc?

The path that Superman is on right now is broken into three parts; the birth of Superman, the death of Superman, and the resurrection of Superman. Each one of these parts are placed within each of the movies in the DCEU so far and are being used to develop Superman into the true hero that has the world looking to him.

In Man of Steel, we as an audience, got to experience the “Birth of Superman”. In this movie we got to watch as Clark Kent found himself and became the most iconic superhero in pop-culture. However, we got to see a character that didn’t know exactly what was expected of him in every situation, who allowed emotion to take hold and believed focusing on the enemy was the best solution to try and save everyone else. Clark Kent learned he must be something bigger and decided to begin his career as Superman.

In Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, fans got to experience the “Death of Superman”. In this edition to the Superman story arc we get to see Superman begin to struggle with a world that is struggling to accept an alien as a their hero. Throughout the movie you see the world, and Superman himself, struggle with the thought of what he should be.

The second part of this story is for Superman to deal with things going wrong for him. The world is 50/50 on him. There’s a villain dedicated to destroying his image and a hero convinced that he cannot be trusted and must be eliminated to keep the world safe. We even see an amazing moment when he himself gives up and sees himself as a failure. This is the most vulnerable moment for Superman as he begins to believe that the ideal he has been fighting for is a lie. Finally we begin to see Superman understand that he can not be perfect and that by saving someone you can be letting someone down and that he has to try his best but can not expect everything to go perfectly. His ascension into the hero we have all been waiting for occurred in the Doomsday fight. He did everything correctly; bringing Doomsday into space in an attempt to keep him from hurting anyone else. We also see Superman fight to the bitter end even sharing an amazing moment where he admits that “This is my world” and he is willing to do anything to save it. In this moment he becomes the Superman from the comics and animated shows because he sacrifices himself to keep everyone he loves and the world he loves safe. In a way his death is the catalyst that turns the world from being 50/50 on whether Superman is their hero to fully believing in him as their hero. The one quote that seems to be overlooked is a very powerful one in my eyes. “If you seek his monument, look around you” this quote is a powerful one because it shows the world have come together to mourn this hero.

The next step in Superman’s arc in the DCEU is his expected resurrection. We do not know exactly how or the exact moment he will be returning, but we can theorize who he will be and how the world will react to him. If you look at the way the story arc is progressing for Superman than you can come to the conclusion that his subsequent return will be met with cheers from the world and happiness that their hero has come back. This will be the first time in this Superman’s history that the world fully backs him. Everyone may not be behind him but the people as a whole support him as Earth’s hero. You can also see how when he returns he will be more of a veteran Superman that has learned how to lower collateral damage and will be one that more resembles his comic counterparts. Obviously the next time we see Clark will most likely be in Justice League, where we will see him return to not only the world but to the Justice League itself, which is being built by Batman and Wonder Woman in his honor.

Many fail to see the beauty that is unfolding in front of us, because they choose to see the Superman that is on screen as the final product and fail to mention that this hero is one that will be evolving. If he started out as an already veteran hero that knows exactly to do and was the perfect hero that everyone knows him to be than where would the conflict be?

Batman And Joker Halloween Costume Ideas

en3Batman first introduced in 1939 and is a character from the Batman comic book. Bruce Wayne, his alter ego is a multimillionaire and resident of the fictional city of Gotham. The story begins when Bruce becomes an orphan after his parents were brutally murdered in front of his eyes. This is when he decides to find the killer and fight crime. Batman has many enemies including the Penguin, Riddler, Catwoman, however the Joker is his greatest rival. People often wear Batman and Joker costumes on Halloween, so I’ve include a few costume ideas for these characters.

First of all, I will point out that Batman’s costume was changed for many times in these 70 years. Of course, the basis of the costume has always remained the same – a long, dark/black cloak and mask that covers most of the face and has pointy ears that resemble a bat. It is interesting that the first Batman didn’t have such long ears. The body is covered with a gray costume.

In the beginning the costume was regular and later became a tight costume. In the last period this costume is actually emphasizing Batman’s muscles. Another pint that makes Batman’s costume interesting is the symbol of the bat on the chest. The design of this symbol has changed over the years. In the first comic books it was a black bat on a gray costume and later the symbol was placed on a yellow elliptical surface. You can use whatever symbol you want because both of them are used by modern authors.

There is another characteristic when we talk about Batman’s costume – the equipment he is carrying. Batman doesn’t have superpowers although he is a superhero. He relies on the gadgets that he personally invents. Make sure to add some gadgets like the claw or boomerang on your costume to make it look more authentic. If you are able to produce that sharp voice that Batman usually uses that would be perfect.

The Joker is the main enemy of batman and a popular super villain. This character is more than 75 years old and it is quite natural that the costume of this character has evolved over all these years. I will focus on the Joker character played by Heath Ledger.

To start, you need purple pants with discreet light stripes. Find a regular blue shirt (with hexagon symbols on it if possible). Next, get a regular green vest and plain brown tie. One of the pockets should be a storage place for your long-chained wallet. On top of everything put a very long purple trench coat. The makeup is also very important part of this Halloween costume. Use white face paint all over your face. Use black eye shadow around the eyes. Use red face paint on your lips in a smearing way and make it like you are smiling. Both masks are great choice for this Halloween.

Classic Sitcom Characters Who Attend Memorable High School Reunions

en2This summer marked number 35 for me, and I celebrated it the same way I did all of my other high school class reunions. I stayed home.

Of the 320 people who graduated with me way back in 1981, I have kept in touch with the half dozen I was close to back then. The others, while I wish them no misfortune, I really have no desire to reconnect with.

Even though class reunions are not for me, I have enjoyed TV shows with characters who have attended theirs. Here are seven classic sitcoms that aired an episode on which at least one regular member participated in a high school class reunion.

All in the Family

Archie (played by Carroll O’Connor) reluctantly agrees to accompany Edith (played by Jean Stapleton) to her reunion, where the most anticipated guest will be her high school sweetheart Buck Evans. The former track star, now obese and bald, is unrecognizable to everyone but Edith.

The Andy Griffith Show

Deputy Barney Fife (played by Don Knotts) anticipates rekindling his romance with Thelma Lou (played by Betty Lynn) when their Mayberry class gets together, only to find that she has married someone else.

The Love Boat

Julie McCoy’s (played by Lauren Tewes) fellow grads are celebrating their tenth on board The Princess, where she finds that her former boyfriend is still attracted to her and her favorite teacher (played by Raymond Burr) is an alcoholic.

Married With Children

Peg Bundy (played by Katy Sagal) attends her reunion with the sole intention of being elected as Prom queen, a goal she manages to accomplish with some underhanded help from son Bud (played David Faustimo and daughter Kelly (played by Christina Applegate). By the way, the reluctant Al (played by Ed O’Neill) found himself in a fight with a fellow grad.

The Simpsons

An episode titled “The Front” is centered on the reunion of the Springfield Class of ’74 of which both Homer and Marge were members, only Homer finds out from Principal Dondelinger that he never actually graduated.

Family Guy

Peter Griffin goes to his high school reunion and meets NFL quarterback Tom Brady in an episode appropriately called “Patriot Games.”

Golden Girls

“Home Again, Rose” is the name of the episode in which a heart attack forces Rose (played by Betty White) to miss her class reunion. Instead, the gals all later attend Blanche’s (played by Rue McClanahan) and pretend to be other people.

7 Actors Who Played a Memorable Attorney on the Big Screen

en1Hollywood and lawyers have gone together like two peas in a pod since the very inception of motion pictures. In an industry built on fantasy and unlimited imagination, playing an attorney in a well-written film can be the direct route to big recognition in an actor’s career. From Atticus Finch to Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee, those portraying legal advocates have given us some of the most memorable characters in Hollywood history. Among all the many examples, these top seven thespians provided us with some of the most unforgettable performances in the courtroom.

1. Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch

No one can forget Gregory Peck’s portrayal of attorney Atticus Finch in “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Admirable father to Scout and Jem, Atticus Finch uses his legal prowess to fight against racial injustice in Depression-era Alabama. His defense of African-American Tom Robinson, who was wrongfully accused of rape, stands the test of time as one of the top courtroom performances ever.

2. Joe Pesci as Vinny Gambini

As an unsuccessful and frustrated attorney in “My Cousin Vinny,” Joe Pesci’s comical portrayal of Vincent “Vinny” Gambini earned this film a cult following. Vinny pulls off an unimaginable courtroom victory when he successfully represents his cousin after he and his friend are arrested for murder during a brief stop at a convenience store in a rural Alabama town.

3. Tom Hanks as Andrew Beckett

As one of the first top-tier Hollywood films to acknowledge HIV/AIDS and homosexuality, “Philadelphia” features Tom Hanks as Andrew Beckett, an Ivy-League graduate and gay attorney who claims his law firm fired him after finding out he had AIDS. As an honorable mention in this film, Denzel Washington plays a solo personal injury practitioner who takes the case when no one else will.

4. Harrison Ford as Rusty Sabich

Harrison Ford knocks it out of the park with his portrayal of Rusty Sabich, a top prosecutor in “Presumed Innocent.” Sabich is accused of murder after his colleague and lover is found dead. The film is well-known for its surprising dark twist that shouldn’t be spoiled for any potential first-time viewers.

5. Tom Cruise as Lt. Daniel Kaffee

You’ve probably seen “A Few Good Men” countless times, but somehow it never gets old watching Jack Nicholson yell at Tom Cruise about how well he can handle the truth. Cruise stars as inexperienced, yet impressive U.S. Navy litigator Lt. Daniel Kaffee in this flick with its gripping final courtroom scene.

6. Richard Gere as Billy Flynn

A movie generally thought of for its tap dancing rather than its courtroom drama, “Chicago” nonetheless highlights Richard Gere’s impressive performance as a less than reputable attorney. This film, based on the Broadway play, revolves around murderous celebrities who turn their notoriety into a successful vaudeville act.

7. John Travolta as Jan Schlichtmann

In “A Civil Action,” based on real-life events, John Travolta brings a complex legal battle to the silver screen with his role as Jan Schlichtmann, a small-firm plaintiffs lawyer. Schlichtmann embarks on a David vs. Goliath quest by going after two big corporations that he believes are at fault for the deaths of eight neighborhood kids who were all diagnosed with leukemia.