DC Sends a Message at SDCC

 

So it’s been a few days and all the fallout from San Diego Comic Con has settled. We got a ton trailers from both Marvel and DC, some other movies made some waves, and other kinds of comic news. So lets get started with DC and their trailers.

 

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Justice League:  The trailer that no one expected, and after Batman v Superman was much less successful than Warner was anticipating, the movie that everyone was worried about. If this is any indication, then maybe we should all just give this project some space. It was funny, it was a lot less “edgy” than BvS and we got to see a lot more of Batfleck, which is nice because like almost everyone else I thought Ben Afleck was the best thing about that movie. We got to see the full on costume for the Flash, and while I still think they should have used a different Flash since the Grant is a really good Barry in the TV version, Ezra got to be a bit front and center of this and had a nice back and forth with Bruce Wayne. On top of that we also got to see a full shot of Cyborg and while he didn’t really say anything, except for one good line at the end, the design is good. The winner though, so much so that there were hashtags saying we should no longer laugh at him, was Aquaman. Jason Momoa just came across as a total badass, completely queuing the audience that may not be familiar with the character except as the butt of a ton of jokes about superheroes with useless powers  into why they should not make the mistake of taking this version lightly. While the characters and the action on the screen was great to see, the way the scenes were shot show off Zach Snyder’s admittedly gorgeous shooting style, the shot of the waves crashing against the rocks while Aquaman just stands there is particularly powerful. This was just the thing to say to the audience “Please give us another chance” and for now I’m willing to do that.

Wonder Woman:  This was simply amazing. It’s hard to explain why because everything just hit with this trailer. From summing up the origin of Wonder Woman, to the great fight scenes everything was on point. Gal Gadot just fills this roll, she is equal parts warrior and diplomat, and with the setting of World War One we can see the dichotomy of this powerful woman in a world where she is not seen as such. When the trailer moves on and that amazing hero them hits, the drums just catch you. You are wrapped up in this character. Again, an amazing trailer that made me put BvS in the background even more, like a bad dream or a speed bump in the way of these much better, so far, looking films.

Suicide Squad: The final trailer before the release next week, this showed off some more of the Joker and some more of the action scenes.  The hype machine is going to be in full effect and that is a good thing. I am excited to see this and honestly can’t wait to see what they do with this more mature but fun looking ride.  The only question I have really, and it’s probably one that the film itself will answer, is when does this take place, before or after BvS? Will there be any connection to the other up coming films? I guess we will just have to wait and see. (Also a quick note to WB, Post-Credit scenes will not kill you.)

Flash Season 3: Grant Gustin and the crew make their comeback in October with Flashpoint. After last season’s big finale and events, everyone was left wondering what will happen. This trailer gives us a hint and to avoid spoilers I’m not going into too much detail but let’s just say that shot of Kid Flash made me squee. I’m going to be there from the beginning this season.

Gotham Season 3: After this promo reel, I think I need to go back and watch Gotham. I was very much skeptical about this series when it was announced and through season one but it looks like season two kicked things up a notch and now season three will just go further. Mr. Freeze, Mad Hatter, Riddler and more were shown off in this long trailer and at the end convinced me to at least give it a shot. Looks like September I’ll be checking Hulu for the season premier.

Legends of Tomorrow Season 2:  With season one behind us and the big surprise at the end of said season, again no spoilers if you haven’t seen it yet, we got a bit of a first look at the upcoming season two. Not much was revealed here but from the bits and pieces shown it looks like this series will stay on my must watch list.

Supergirl didn’t get a trailer but we did find out that some guy named Superman will be showing up in the series.  This along with the move to The CW, or at this point The DCW,  will hopefully allow this show to stretch its legs and get moving in the right direction. The hinted at crossover of the DCTVU is also something I’m excited to see, letting everyone interact and just mesh the universes together better will help out all of them in the long run. I just hope that we don’t have the same issue we’ve had in comics recently where you have to watch everything just to keep up with what is going on in one show though.

 

And that its, everything  on the TV/Movie side of the DCU. Next time we will take a trip down Mar-Vill way and talk about Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders and more.

My Pokemon Adventure: Day Three

My adventure yesterday began with, well, the usual. Getting up, finding a ton or Rattata in the house and then off to run errands full of Pidgey and more Rattata. A laid back day, which is good because it was unbearably hot outside. The Gym we had taken the night before fell to Team Instinct over night but by the time we made it over to the park to retake it, another member of Team Valor had taken it back. We added a couple of pokemon to the gym to help defend it and wandered around trying to pop some eggs,  but the real world mosquitoes became a real pain so we head home. Not two minutes after leaving Team Mystic sneaks up and retakes the gym. That doesn’t hold though, as not long after that another Team Valor trainer retook it and set a CP1000 defender on top of it, where it has stayed since then.

My only real pokemon pick up yesterday came when a wandering Squirtle wandered into my house. Two pokeballs later and I have completed my first personal quest, I have all three starters!

Will today be different? I don’t know yet, but I do know that I have to keep going, because this is everything I’ve trained for since I was 17.

 

 

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My Pokemon Go Advenure: Day One (Update)

Servers are back up! I was able to go in and empty out all the Pidgey that I had accumulated over the day before the server crash. Also caught the roaming Doduo in my living room. With that I hit level 5, which team to choose? Randomizer told me team Valor. Conveniently my girlfriend was also a member, we are relaxing at the house, and she notices that there is a Gym not far from here, and it was easy pickings! We grab a couple of bottles of water and begin the trek to the gym. Outside the skies were slowly darkening, distant thunder could be heard and felt, but that didn’t deter us and we marched on to the gym!

Fifteen minutes later we have hiked about one kilometer, thanks incubator for being my rough pedometer, and there she stood. Her Venomoth toe to toe to the blue teams Venomoth! It was a hard fought battle, and though her’s was stronger the Gym leaders Venomoth was faster, weakening hers to almost defeat. In flies Pidgeot, that bug never had a chance! The Gym is ours!! Thats when the skies decide to open up, drenching us as we walk back home, a victory shower! Now I shut the game down for the night to dry off and relax. Tomorrow? Who knows what tomorrow brings…

 

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My Pokemon Adventure: Day One

I downloaded Pokemon Go when it officially released on Wednesday, but because of the ever present server issues and the Pokemon Trainer Club login not working at all, I had to restart. After rebuilding my trainer and finding some version of my name that wasn’t already taken, thegeeksrespite was too long and my fallback name of Waffles I had already used on my first account before it went down so I had to go with the ever popular name plus numbers at the end. Grabbing a Doduo and my Blubasaur starter, Des and I went out and took care of our errands on a payday.

First stop was Wal-Mart, grabbed a couple of Pidgies and a Rattata but not much else there, rent check in hand the next stop was the ATM at the Chase bank near the house. Since I was driving and handling the ATM I missed my chance at a Magikarp but  that was ok. While Des ran and talked with her Credit Union I got to sit in the car and catch a Venonat. Then I was off to the local utilities department. One Rattata, Pidgey, and a missed Bulbasaur later we  took a step outside to find the park across the street filled with Pokestops. I picked up a Goldeen and a few Eggs, and a ton of Pokeballs. Almost as soon as we finish hitting the pokestops the ones behind up had refreshed, needless to say we did about two laps, completely unplanned and in a light sprinkle, of the park to load up. It was here that my app crashed and I couldn’t get back in, Des was still online though, and picked up a Beedrill and some more Marikarp. While driving through the OU campus we see a ton of pokestops….and active modules in a few of them. If we only had a valid parking pass and enough time to explore it all…maybe next week.

 
I’ve seen this screen more than the actual game so far…
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Didn’t We Just Do One of These?

 

So Marvel released information on Divided We Stand, another relaunch, not long after the All-New, All-Different relaunch after the soft reboot Secret Wars after the Now relaunch after, well you get the idea. Once DC was the master of the reboot (and currently Rebirth is going into good places), just hitting the reset button about every 10-ish years starting with the original Crisis. Now though it seems like Marvel is in a constant cycle of relaunches, not as severe as reboots but still rocking the foundations as it were. Of course the catalyst for this relaunch is the current event Civil War 2: Electric Boogaloo, and while I have yet to check out the story, due to it already being too massive to pick up individually, the summaries and spoilers I have been hit with on social media paint a decent story but a needless event so soon after Secret Wars. You just restarted the 616 universe, condensed the Ultimate universe in to the 616 along with some other straggling parallel worlds and are just starting to get things settled from that. Guess it’s time to rip the curtains down and rework the status quo again!

It’s exhausting being in a constant state of flux, when books are just getting their feet under them to have them torn out again. Your audience is slowly conditioned to not care about anything because it will probably mean nothing after the next event. This started way back with Avengers Disassembled, which lead into Civil War, into Secret Invasion, into Siege. Every book was touched by those events, and countless books started and ended with little to no fanfare, and it just seemed like the entire line was immersed in these events. Once those things passed we had some quiet time, but then came Time Runs Out, Marvel Now, Secret Wars, Civil War 2, and now Divided we stand. Don’t get me wrong, I like events and big stories, but it has felt like that is all we are getting with Marvel recently. I’m going to watch this develop, see how it pans out, maybe after this they will let things settle down for a while and let the books stand on their own, except Avengers Infinity War is on the way, so after Divided We Stand will probably come United We Fall.

To Be Continued…..