Recommended #23

The following are my opinion and do not reflect the opinion of any organization or person.

Movies/Film

Dark Phoenix – Final Trailer (2019) Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence by IGN

Replicas

The Kid Who Would Be King

Blog Posts

“Courage is…” repost by frenchc1955

“Second episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ #season 8 #leaks online” by Michael The Blogger (The People)

“Scars #Poetry” by Carrie Ann Golden

Books/Stories

“Chapter 1-Part 1” from Ishmael by EdCowling

Da Vinci’s Turtles by GlennKoerner

“3 terrifying bedtime tales By C J Cannatelli” by Madame Raven

Podcasts/News

Discussing “The Hill to Die On” with Jake Sherman from Washington Week (audio) | PBS by Washington Week (PBS)

The Twilight Zone and What’s Making Us Happy by Pop Culture Happy Hour

“Even Greater London” by Victoriocity

Comics

Birth of The Source Wall | Justice League #22 Review by Fortress of Solitude

Massacre of New York | The War of the Realms #2 Review by Fortress of Solitude

The 70’s | Spider-Man Life Story #2 by Caped-Joel

Everything Else

Testimonial by Hadi (Gentle_Bull) by Earnest Writes

Top 10 Scary Avengers Theories by MostAmazingTop10

Hermitcraft 6: Episode 60: DON’T TELL ISKALL by Grian


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Say My Name | SHAZAM! Review

Reviews are my opinion. Spoiler alert.

Holy Moly! The SHAZAM! movie is finally out, and it was awesome.

I do have to agree with other reviews that the beginning was kind of slow and awkward. If you know the origins of Shazam, the opening can be a little long; but if you don’t, you might see it as more interesting. But once Billy get’s on the subway train…heh, heh, the fun begins.

They did a really good job balancing the movie. It wasn’t too dark/serious and not too comical/silly. You had some serious, emotional moments–and some intense moments–layered with some humor.

The Shazam costume looked a lot like it does it in the comics. It almost looked like it was taken right off the page. I mean, there were some differences but not enough to really matter. I liked how they went with the bright red instead of trying to make it a dark red or muted red.

The acting was well done. The actors seemed to get along; they seemed to know their character and how they would react. Nothing seemed forced or unnatural. Zachary Levi did an excellent job of pretending to be a 14-year-old in an adult’s body. Sometimes when they have those “age shift” movies, the actor acts too silly and comes off as acting younger than the age they are supposed to be. For instance, they are supposed to be a 14-year-old but the adult actor acts more like a 6-year-old.

Rating GuideI did have a problem with how when Billy was Billy he was serious and kind of mopey; but when he was Shazam, he was a little more immature and kid-like. It seemed like an awkward unexplained shift. I can kind of give it a pass because he is hanging out with Freddy. When you’re hanging out with friends, especially when you’ve been on your own like Billy had been, you let loose. Plus, as Shazam, he was a powerful adult thus probably feeling more like he could let down his defenses.

All the Easter Eggs also made the movie enjoyable, like the nod to the movie Big at the toy store or the Mr. Mind reveal. Also John Glover, who played Lex Luthor’s father on Smallville, plays Sivana’s father. In the Shazam! movie, Sivana’s father is a wealthy jerk…just like Lex’s father. Sivana is a bald genius. Lex is also a bald genius.

Finally, I liked that Freddy and Billy never came up with a superhero name. They go through hundreds of names but never settle on one. It was a nice nod to the comics where Billy’s hero name is a little unclear. Is it Captain Marvel? Is it Shazam? Is it just Billy?

I had a hard time finding things wrong with it. I’d really like to see it again and use more critical thinking. I don’t think it was a perfect movie, but it was pretty close. If DC can continue this balance of serious and humor–don’t have the movies be kiddy-goofy but also don’t make them apocalyptic-gloomy either, I think their movie future will be bright. 4.98/5

Other SHAZAM! related videos–contains spoilers.

Shazam! End Credits Scene Explained (SPOILERS!) by IGN

Shazam!’s Big DC Superhero Cameo Revealed by IGN


Sparks of Rebellion is available for preorder. It releases April 19, 2019.

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Recommended #19

The following are my opinion and do not reflect the opinion of any organization or person.

Videos

The Spiders and the Bees by TheOdd1sOut

My School Dress Code by Let Me Explain Studios

Random Superhero Drawing Challenge (ft. Rebecca Parham) by The Drawfee Channel

Comics

Tales of the TMNT #54 (Mirage Publishing)

Tales of the TMNT #55 (Mirage Publishing)

Tales of the TMNT #57 (Mirage Publishing)

Doomsday Clock #9 (DC Comics) (Caped-Joel review)

Young Justice #3 (DC Comics) (Caped-Joel review)

Justice League #19 (DC Comics) (Caped-Joel review)

Books

Past Jumper by Jamie Heppner

Sinister by @michh_44 (ongoing story)

The Delfe Treasure by @ZonderZorg (ongoing story)

Blog Posts

#Poetic #Meditation by Didi Oviatt

‘Wonder Park’ Fails to Bring Much Wonder to Audiences (The MovieBabble Podcast Ep. 11) by Collin Willis (MovieBabble)

Photo Of The Day! by Simple dimple (Giggles & Tales)

The Bell Curve of Humor by Literary Titan

Recommended #16

The following are my opinion and do not reflect the opinion of any organization or person.

Wattpad Stories

Fugitive by 8lydia14m99

Red Petals by music_ally

YouTube Videos

Dad Vs The Internet by It’s Alex Clark

PUSHEEN’S VALENTINE #pusheensvalentine by Jess the Dragoon

Comics

The Adventures of the Super Sons #7 (DC Comics)

Movies

Tolkien Trailer #1-(2019) J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic posted by IGN

SHAZAM!-Aquaman Sneak Peak by DC

Books

Brother’s Keeper: A Surreal Short Horror Story by Richard Denoncourt

Contract Killer (The Short and Scary Series) by Cathy Pace Matthews

Recommended #12

Some more recommendations you might enjoy. The following are my opinion and do not reflect any organization or person.

DC Comics

Young Justice #2

The Adventures of the Super Sons #6

Action Comics #1007

Justice League Annual (2019) #1

Heroes In Crisis #5

Justice League #16

Justice League #17

These are available wherever DC Comics books are sold, such as Barnes & Noble or Amazon. If you’re looking for reviews of these and many others comic stories, you can check out the Caped-Joel YouTube channel.

Recommended: Post 8

Side Effect by Cal1018 (ongoing story): A new drug hits New York. Everyone loves it, but it comes with a serious cost. Those who didn’t take the drug must now face the aftermath.

Multiverse Mystery | Justice League #15 by Caped Joel (review): The Justice League continues their investigation into the multiverse. This time a team looks into what is hidden in the Thanagar vault.

Crimson Trails by Shreya_VA (ongoing story): Aaron wakes to find his sister leaving the house. She soon vanishes without a trace. He must locate her, but his only clue is a necklace left by their mother. What is the connection?

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Reign of the Supermen | Review

DC Comic’s movie Reign of the Supermen picks up where The Death of Superman movie left off–namely with Superman dead. But, the four new Supermen (Cyborg Superman, Visor Superman/Eradicator, Superboy, and Steel) have already arrived. The story deals with deciding who is Superman. Along the way, they must deal with a dangerous threat.

First off the animation was pretty good. It followed the recent animation style the other DC animated movies have been using. I like how it is a mix of realistic and comic book (or animation) styles; the characters seem cartoon-like but also have a slight human/real quality to them. 

The characteristics of the four Supermen followed their comic book versions well. Superboy is the slightly annoying teenager and Steel is a serious/mature inventor. Cyborg Superman still has that ability to pass himself off as Superman while at the same time making you feel uneasy. Eradicator had that machine logic coldness to him. 

At first, I was a bit disappointed that the movie didn’t follow the comic series closer; but in the end, I was glad it was a new story. I was glad to see that they didn’t destroy Coast City like in the comics–for a bit I thought it might have a happier ending, but then they flipped things at the last second (like after the final battle was over–you think everything is fine, but it’s not). 

I enjoyed the Easter Eggs of them showing the comics’ cover art as the news article photos. During a montage showing the four Supermen as they saved the day, various news articles were shown and the pictures with the article were copies of the Reign of the Superman cover art.

It was kind of a let down to see that Cyborg Superman wasn’t as much of a “big bad” as he was in comic. For most of the movie, he is just a pawn to the real threat. He does finally rebel and become the threat, but he just didn’t have that same uneasy, scary nature he did in the comics. In the movie, he was more of a crazy person than this hate filled man that seemed incredibly powerful. In the comic, people were scared of Cyborg Superman. In the movie, he was just a pawn.

img_2674I liked how Lois had more of a part to play in the movie version. She, as you would expect, was right in the middle of everything. You could say she was the main character and the four Supermen were just supporting characters. 

I also liked how the movie staff managed to develop the four Supermen’s characters in such a small time. I felt like I knew Superboy and Steel by the time the movie was over. I didn’t know everything about them, but enough to like them. I would have liked it if they were given more screen time though. I really hope there are some Steel and Superboy movies coming, even just one for each or something–maybe a new take on the Bloodlines series.

The ending left me unsatisfied though. I’m going to spoil a part of it here, so skip this if you want.

After the battle, all the people change back into humans. I’m thinking, “Whoo, they’re all right!” but they remained motionless and one person, the girlfriend of one of the affected people, stays crying. It then changes to six months later and everyone is happy. There is no mention of hundreds of people dying or a memorial being set up or stories of people getting out of the hospital; it’s just Lois and Clark eating and the audience finding out that Lois and Wonder Woman are going to have a Girl’s Night Out. It then shows everyone being excited that Superman is alive. It just made me feel like, “WHAT?!” It was like, “Oh, yeah, uh, hundreds of people died but that’s okay, everything is awesome now.” It just kind of left a bad taste in my mouth and left me feeling like things were unresolved. The movie had been great up till then. Now I’m just kind of left feeling “uh…what?”

I did enjoy the end credit scene. It was hilarious. Green Lantern’s “Who left the front door open” line just made it even better.

Overall, the movie was really good. I felt like the plot kept to the comics but added to it. The animation and music was enjoyable. The acting and characters were believable. I’d been waiting for DC to do this movie pretty much since the series came and it didn’t disappoint. Other than the fact that I wish Superboy and Steel would have gotten more airtime, and I would have liked Cyborg Superman to have been more of a threat, I was glad I bought the movie. My main problem was the ending and how they just kind of swept the pervious scene under the rug. It made it feel unresolved. 

I have to give the movie an 8/10 maybe 8.5 if I’m being generous. I really liked the movie. I had a great time; I’ll probably watch it again (and again most likely), but there just was some strong issues that stopped it from being a 9.5. It would have gotten a higher score if they would have resolved the final scene in some way.

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