Author: Odysseus

Comic Book TV Series Developments

With such a saturated market for comic book media both on the big and small screens, its no surprise to hear that some shows survive whilst others don’t. This post gives a list of their current statuses and other developments.  Let’s cut to it, shall we?

In summary:

ABC Network

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: RENEWED FOR SEASON 4

  • Agent Carter: CANCELLED

  • Most Wanted (pilot): PASSED OVER

NBC

  • Powerless: ORDERED

SyFy

  • Krypton (pilot only): ORDERED

The CW

  • Arrow: RENEWED FOR SEASON 5

  • The Flash: RENEWED FOR SEASON 3

  • Legends of Tomorrow: RENEWED FOR SEASON 2

  • Supergirl: RENEWED FOR SEASON 2, moved from CBS network

(more…)

Review: Planet Earth

Planet Earth.png

Painstakingly filmed over a five year period in high definition (in the early 2000s by the way) Planet Earth stands as perhaps the most expensive ever nature documentary ordered by BBC Worldwide (costing $2 million per episode)- and, of course, is narrated by the esteemed Sir David Attenborough, because no British nature documentary is complete without his vocals.

Fortunately, the end result didn’t disappoint. Quite simply, Planet Earth is a visual masterpiece, featuring spectacular photography, that never fails to leave one in awe – not only of the majestic environments captured, but also the sheer gargantuan effort that the workers behind the series must have put in to make this happen. The information presented is unfailingly educational without coming across as too dry or stiff and sufficiently deep in its brevity without being esoteric.

The HD quality gives the viewer a crystal clear view no matter where the camera goes – long tracking shots of cranes flying over – yes, over – the Himalayas to the plains of Africa, the depths of the Pacific, the Arctic desert, the Amazon rainforest and several other biomes. Capturing animals on video that heretofore had only ever been seen in passing before, the documentary remains a must see a decade later. The music is uplifting, triumphant, celebrating the terrible beauty of the cycle of life, yet mournful when it touches on the fragility of our natural world. There may be some issues with violence when it comes to animals and hunting scenes, but usually the scenes are tastefully done so that nothing is graphic.

There are so many beautiful things in this series that I never even knew existed, and just seeing the intricate and delicate balance of nature…well, the more I see of it, the more I remember why I love watching nature documentaries. I almost never tell people ratings because for me it’s usually a case of “did I like it or did I not/will other people like it or will they not”, but for this I’ll make an exception. 10/10. It’s quite simply a must see. I guarantee that if, when you see this, you cannot fail to be moved. As documentaries go, this should be at the top of the “must watch” list.

A sequel to Planet EarthPlanet Earth II, is planned by the BBC to be released sometime later this year. With the incredible strides in technology since, it should prove to be even better than the first. When it comes, I’ll be ready…after I take care of my exams first.

MCU News – Phase 3 Begins, Part 2! Beyond Captain America: Civil War! (Spoilers)

cdm99agxeaaays5-1-173531

This is a follow-up to another post, written before Civil War came out. So I’ve seen Civil War twice now, and liked it both times. Now that Marvel’s Phase 3 has officially gone into full swing, let’s take a look at what the film set up for the rest of Phase 3.

(more…)

Captain America: Civil War Film Review (No spoilers)

cdm99agxeaaays5-1-173531

Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Junior, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Daniel Brühl

Directed by: Anthony and Joe Russo

Written by: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

Please note: deemed spoiler free on the caveat that viewers have seen the trailers for this film.

What’s it about?

1 year after Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Avengers are involved in another political incident and enough is enough for the powers that be – they introduce an international law to govern the Avengers and make them accountable for their actions. Whilst Iron Man, motivated by guilt over his actions that prompted Age of Ultron, is all for the act, Captain America is not. The Avengers are torn into two factions, and the schism widens as war erupts between them. All the while, some new players enter the game…

(more…)

MCU News: Phase 3 begins!

A war draws near…the world shivers as cosmic forces threaten to tear it apart…and Marvel’s Phase 3 is upon us. So I thought that I’d give a little update on some of the happenings lately as Phase 3 prepares to kick off in earnest with Captain America: Civil War!


Doctor Strange’s Teaser Trailer released


Here you go.

Check out this post here for my analysis of it :).

(more…)

Marvel’s Doctor Strange brings the magic

Holding a Doctor Strange book, director Scott Derrickson officially announced on his Twitter account that filming on his Marvel project had concluded about a week and a half ago. Having commenced filming in Nepal during November last year, production moved to London for the next several months, only recently filming a few action sequences in New York City, in which actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mads Mikkelson were seen.

But who is Doctor Strange? Well, to put it simply, Doctor Strange is the man who punches out Cthulhu and keeps creatures that would make it scream away from our dimension. A dimension-hopping, magic wielding badass, he is the Sorcerer Supreme. The mightiest humanoid in existence.

And now, we have been graced with the long-awaited Doctor Strange trailer at long last.

(more…)

The Batman film + things we want to see in it

So after Batman v Superman, the question on everyone’s minds – probably including Warner Bros. – was very likely: when is the Ben Affleck’s Batman solo film? Well, that’s a little tricky, because according to his agent, he’s only contracted to don the cowl again for the two Justice League films releasing in 2017 and 2019. That’s three times he stars as Batman in four years…which is a whole lot of Batman. Understandably, they might decide that it’s could risk over-saturating fan’s appetites.

It’d be remiss of me however if I didn’t point out that in several reviews – both from fans and from the critics (most of whom slammed the film as being dull and a failure) – that Ben Affleck’s Batman was the best received part of Batman v Superman, except perhaps for Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. Morever, Ben Affleck confirmed in an interview a while ago with DC All Access that he and Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment, were collaborating together on a project which he didn’t name at the time.

Bright days are here for Warner Bros and their fledgling franchise, because today at CinemaCon, the CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment officially confirmed that a Batman movie starring Ben Affleck had been greenlit by the studio! Moreover, it has since been confirmed by his agent that Affleck had indeed written a script for a Batman movie. Zack Snyder, a director and architect of WB’s burgeoning franchise, has even confirmed that taking the directorial position was practically a “prerequisite” to go ahead.

(more…)

DCEU News: Beyond Batman v Superman – What’s Next? (Spoilers abound)

batman-v-superman-poster

So I watched Batman v Superman twice thrice now, and I loved it. I understand that that’s not for everyone and I respect their opinion. I ask only that you respect mine. Back on track – now that Warner Bros’ tentpole film has entered the market (and seems to be killing it financially, if not critically, at least for now), we can’t help but wonder – what comes beyond Batman v Superman? And yes, we are going to be heading into spoiler territory, as some of this post is based on the Easter eggs shown in Dawn of Justice, as well as interviews with people given after the film was released (and some before, as well). You’ve been warned.

(more…)

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Film Review

batman-v-superman-poster

Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Gal Gadot

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Written by: Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer

What’s it about?

In the film Man of Steel, Superman ended up fighting a fellow Kryptonian, a man named General Zod. Their battle ended up pretty much destroying an entire city. Batman is not amused, particularly since Superman destroyed Wayne Tower in Metropolis, killing pretty much all of his employees.

He views Superman as a threat to humanity and that with his current near godlike status, he could become a dictator, worse than Genghis Khan and Julius Caesar, Hitler and Stalin…because he truly does have godlike power. Lex Luthor, tech mogul and billionaire shares Batman’s concerns.

For his part, Superman views Batman’s brutal methods of dispensing justice as excessive and a domestic terrorist. And when they finally clash due to the machinations of Lex Luthor, the world is changed forever.

(more…)