Category Archives: Super Heroes

Top 10: Batman Animated Movies

In the endless debate over “Who is the best Batman?” a strong case can be made for someone most people have never seen: Kevin Conroy.  Conroy has been the voice of Batman since Batman: The Animated Series in the 1990s, though all subsequent appearances of the character in the various Justice League series, and in the majority of Batman’s animated films (beginning with Batman: Mask of the Phantasm in 1993).  Conroy also voiced the character in the Batman Arkham video games, without a doubt, the best comic book video games ever made.

IGN has put together a list of the best of Batman’s animated exploits (most of which have been voiced by Conroy), and his batting average in animation is at least as good (if not much better) than his success rate in live-action films.  My favorites are Phantasm, Sub-Zero, and Under the Red Hood, but which of Batman’s animated adventures are your favorites?  What did you think of IGN’s list?

Batman: The Animated Series

Top 10: Superhero Movie Duels

This video from WatchMojo is a few years old, so it can be forgiven some of the glaring omissions in their list and the weird inclusion of things like the Thomas Jane Punisher film or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990 style).  Obviously things like Civil War, Man of Steel and Thor: Ragnarok should now be on this list.  I’m a little baffled as to even from the Reeve years, how a Superman III entry made this list.  To be honest, though I normally hail WatchMojo’s lists, this one is kind of a puzzle to me, and I would probably only include three or four of their picks on my list.  The film, again, that definitely is missing is Captain America: Civil War in which you could pick the brawl at the airport or the final fight between Cap and Iron Man or BOTH.  What’s missing from here for you?  Ok, what’s MOST OBVIOUSLY missing here for you.
Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises

The New Mutants Trailer #1 (2018) *Not The New Mutants I Remember…*

Sooo…. these are not The New Mutants I’m familiar with from the comics.  FOX seems, as Coming Soon talks more about below, a little genre happy in exploring the X-MenDeadpool as comedy worked.  Logan as a western worked.  The New Mutants as a haunted house film?  Yeah, I don’t know.  From director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars), and starring some really talented young actors like Anya Taylor-Joy (Split), Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) and Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things), this has a ways to go to convince me it’s not wildly off-track.  The New Mutants open April 18, 2018. Continue reading The New Mutants Trailer #1 (2018) *Not The New Mutants I Remember…*

5 Reasons Why the Superhero Genre Will Endure

Henry Cavill in Man of SteelWe’ve all shared this familiar childhood moment: with a towel on our back that functions as our imaginary cape, and a cut-up cloth over our heads that’s supposed to be a make-shift mask, we run all over our house thinking we’re flying across a city that needs saving. On numerous occasions growing up, we imagined living the superhero and superheroine mythology ourselves even before fully understanding the fascinating comic book universe they come from and the captivating stories they hold.

Just by this virtue alone, you can expect the superhero genre to live on as it is deeply ingrained in our consciousness, more so in today’s culture, and will continue for many years to come. Not convinced? We’ve got five persuasive points to make you consider otherwise. Continue reading 5 Reasons Why the Superhero Genre Will Endure

DC Shows on The CW: Trailers & Premiere Dates for the 2017-2018 Season (Arrow, Black Lightning, Flash, Legends, and Supergirl)

Black Lightning

No matter how topsy turvy the DCEU has been, the DCU on The CW has been a model for how super hero shows can translate to TV.  I’m not a fan of Supergirl, but Legends of Tomorrow drastically improved last year, and a fifth show is being added to the line-up this fall: Black Lightning.  Comic Con was so busy that I wasn’t able to put up the trailers for the new fall seasons for the DC-CWverse, but here are each show’s premiere date followed by the trailers for each. Continue reading DC Shows on The CW: Trailers & Premiere Dates for the 2017-2018 Season (Arrow, Black Lightning, Flash, Legends, and Supergirl)