Movie Review: THE OLD GUARD

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Paul here…

The Old Guard is a fun and exciting new action movie starring Charlize Theron, that premiered on Netflix this weekend. Based on the graphic novel by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez, set in the present day (with some flashbacks), the story follows a group of immortal warriors led by Charlize Theron’s Andy, short for her real name Andromache The Scythian. Andy’s team/army/surrogate family includes Booker, the youngest member of the team at a little more than 200 years old, as well as Joe and Nicky, a devoted couple who met fighting on opposite sides of The Crusades. Andy’s age is never definitively revealed, but she’s ancient, at least several thousand years old (according to IMDB, in a recent interview Charlize Theron revealed that her character is at least 6,000 years old). 

   For reasons they don’t fully understand, Andy and her team are among a very small, but very formidable group of people, who have all woken up one day to find that they’re no longer aging and cannot be killed. Riddled with bullets from an assault rifle, burned alive, drowning, explosions, it doesn’t matter how they die, but whether it takes a few seconds or a few minutes they always come back. They even have accelerated healing which will rapidly repair smaller injuries. There’s one catch though, despite the fact that these individuals have lived for thousands of years, one day for seemingly no rhyme or reason, they will get killed and not wake up. One day it is simply “their time”, as they put it.  It’s different for each of them, but whether it’s after 500 years or 5,000 years, one their immortality will simply end. They learned this lesson first hand. The team has had other immortal members who’s time has run out. So each time they die, they wonder if this is the time they don’t wake back up.

The immortals have a tenuous psychic link to one another, causing them tooccasionally share memories of past events through dreams. Most importantly, this link allows them to become instantly aware of when another immortal is activated. It’s an extremely jarring and vivid psychic experience because an new immortal is so rare. They’re all given mental pieces of an image that they collectively put together to identify and locate their latest brother or sister in arms. 

In this case, the new immortal is a young African-American woman in her early twenties named Nile (played by Kiki Layne), serving in the U.S. Marine Corps stationed in Afghanistan. While on a mission to find a dangerous terrorist, Nile’s throat it cut open and dies in the arm of one of her fellow soldiers. When Nile wakes up in a medical tent, having recovered from a mortal neck wound without a scratch, she doesn’t know what the fuck is happening to her. Fortunately (I guess?) Andy, heads off to find Nile, get her the fuck out of Afghanistan, and give her the 411 on how her life as she knew it, is over. From there we’re off to the races.

Charlize Theron (“Andy”); Kiki Layne (“Nile”)

I haven’t seen the actress who plays Nile in many other projects, but I liked her a lot in The Old Guard. Nile, naturally, has some serious questions for Andy and she expects to get answers. Because the audience will have many of the same questions as Nile, this is a decent way for the film to get some exposition out of the way. It’s not the most creative storytelling method in the world, but it works well enough. Plus, I enjoyed the scenes  of the relatively idealistic Nile bouncing off of Charlize Theron’s much more jaded Andy.

   There were two aspects of this film that I thought were particularly well done. The first was the surprising amount of time that was spent on character work. Don’t get me wrong, this movie isn’t gonna be winning any awards, but for what it is they spent more time investing the audience in the characters that I thought they would. One of my favorite things about this movie was the existential crisis Charlize Theron’s character deals with through in the film. Andy is by far the oldest of all the immortals, thousands of years at least. For their entire lives Andy and her team, both living and the ones they’ve lost, have been warriors who fought for what they believed to be right. Mankind’s blood soaked angel on it’s shoulder. After all the death, all the fighting, the wars, the people she’s lost, Andy has just had enough. She’s walked the earth for thousands of years, trying to protect humanity to make it something more. But when she looks around at the world she sees today, it’s not getting better, it’s getting worse. This is the dark side of immortality, the other side of the coin that people don’t think about. Sure, it sounds great on paper, to never die, to live forever. What good is living forever if you have nothing worth fighting for, nothing to live for? Everything and everyone around you eventually dying and leaving you alone again. Immortality can be a prison worse than death (and without going into spoiler territory here, believe me there are seats far, far worse than death).

This is a great video about adapting the comic book to film

This movie also answers one of the greatest questions in all of fiction: what happened to Dudley Dursley after the Harry Potter movies? Apparently he became the evil head of a pharmaceutical corporation focused on slowing (or stopping) the aging process! He’s looking to cell in mortality in a pill form to the richest of the rich. I love the Harry Potter films and I want to see the actors do well, but actor Harry Melling as Merrick, the films villain doesn’t stand out among the 10 million other versions of the “Evil Billionaire CEO”. This is by far the weakest and most least interesting aspect of the film. However, Nile, Andy and her team of bad-asses needed to bunch of guys to kill at the end of the movie and who better to supply that than a piece of shit pharmaceutical CEO who looks like Harry Potter’s abusive cousin?

 There is one bright spot in the evil pharmaceutical company storyline. Chiwetel Ejiofor in small role as a former CIA operative who hires the team for a job that goes real south, real quick. His character provides the only heart in his part of the movie and like several characters in the film, is more morally complex than you think.

Joe and Nicky. Two immortals who are deeply in love with each other, who met fighting on opposite sides of The Crusades.

   Like I said before, there were two things in this movie that I thought were done particularly well, the second being the action and fight choreography. In fact, most characters in this movie are more fleshed out than you might expect going into it. It’s one of the things that helps The Old Guard stand out from the pack. Andy’s team of fellow immortals could have been just 3 bad-asses it’s one or two lines covering their backstory. The fact that they took the time to put just a little bit more effort into it, makes this a cut above the rest of similar films. Things like Joe and Nicky‘s deep and passionate love for one another that still burns bright despite the millennia they’ve spent together. When Booker tells Nile that attempting to stay in the lives of the people they love, will bring her and her family only suffering, heartbreak, and ruin, his anguish makes it clear he’s speaking from experience. The film wisely gives it’s characters enough meat on their backstory and their personalities to make them interesting to watch, so you actually give a shit about what’s happening to them. It’s a lesson that way too many action films have forgotten. The difference between a decent or good action movie and great action movie, is cast of characters that you care about.

    This is an action film after all and the fight and combat sequences stood out to me as the second big thing that really impressed me about The Old Guard. With so many fantastic examples of innovation and creativity in action and fight choreography, it’s can be difficult for any movie to stand out from the crowd and show the audience something that feels fresh and unique. The Old Guard has multiple impressive fight scenes, using a combination of modern guns and old world weapons like swords and axes. What’s so cool about the way the immortals fight, is that over centuries of combat, they’ve become masters at virtually every weapon and fighting style. So they don’t just use multiple weapons, they use those weapons to complement one another. Assault rifles, swords, and fists whirl together in a way that each weapon’s is enhanced by the use of the other. A gun is perfectly used to take out a target in one move while also setting up an ax to take out another target three moves later. It’s a really cool style of fight choreography that really makes this team feel dangerous. These people have been fighting the worst armies in the history of mankind and they fucked them up on a regular basis. Your best bet would encountering one of these mortals would be to drop your weapon and run like hell on the other direction and even that might not be enough to save you. There’s a scene less than half hour into the film where we see the team really cut loose for the first time in combat and we get to see exactly what these people are capable of and it’s fucking awesome.

This is a great behind the scenes video showing how those incredible fight scenes for the film were achieved.

A sequel to The Old Guard is already in the works. Apparently this was envisioned by Netflix and Co-creator/writer Greg Rucka been talk of making this a trilogy of films on Netflix and I hope that story turns out to be true because I enjoyed the hell out of The Old Guard. I definitely recommend giving this one a watch.

The Old Guard: 8.5/10

AWESOME NEW TRAILERS!: The Umbrella Academy 2 & The Boys Season 2!

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Paul here…

When I wrote an article about the 10 best TV shows of 2019, both The Boys and The Umbrella Academy were pretty damn high on the list. So, I’m very excited to see what each series has cooked up for Season 2. Their EXTREMELY different shows, but besides Watchmen, they are hands down the best superhero television series running right now. I’m psyched for both shows, but while I love the insanity of The Boys trailer, I think I like The Umbrella Academy trailer just a little bit more. Mostly because I have no fucking clue where The Umbrella Academy will take things in Season 2. Either way, I have a feeling that watching both of these new seasons is going to be a blast! Take a look at the trailers and some promo posters below…

The Umbrella Academy 2 Trailer:

Take a look at a few more promo images for The Umbrella Academy 2:



The Boys Season 2 Trailer:

You can check The Umbrella Academy 2 on Netflix, starting on July 31st and The Boys Season 2 hits Amazon Prime on September 4th!

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PODCAST – UFO’s: Are Extraterrestrials Visiting Earth?!!

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An early UFO photo taken during a spike in UFO sightings in the mid-20th Century

The term UFO is often misunderstood, when most people hear “UFO“, they think: Aliens. The reality is much more complicated and if you’re willing to keep an open mind, on this thrilling new episode of The World’s Best Podcast, we discuss one of our favorite subjects: The worldwide UFO phenomena. Big Paul Sr. and I go over what we think is some pretty convincing evidence of extraterrestrial visitation to Earth (including recently declassified U.S Military UFO documentation). We’ll promise you this, even if you think the idea that intelligent life, from somewhere else in the universe, visiting Earth is complete nonsense, this is still a damn fun podcast and we guarantee you’ll be entertained!

Throughout this episode, I mentioned several books, interviews, and documentaries that I recommend taking a look at (especially if you want to learn more about what we covered in this week’s podcast) so they’re included below. As well as a few videos, including the declassified military material, showing U.S. fighter jets engaging multiple UFO’S:

UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go On The Record

You can pick up a copy here: https://www.amazon.com/UFOs-Generals-Pilots-Government-Officials-dp-0307717089/dp/0307717089/ref=mt_other?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=1594141561

Cosmos (Carl Sagan)

You can pick up a copy here: https://www.amazon.com/Cosmos-Carl-Sagan/dp/0345539435/ref=sr_1_1?crid=30296V4AXLOC5&dchild=1&keywords=cosmos+carl+sagan&qid=1594151136&sprefix=Cosmos%2Caps%2C145&sr=8-1

Declassified U.S. Navy UFO Footage:


Joe Rogan Interviews CMDR. David Fravor:

10 Great Pieces Of UFO Footage :

An Image Of The Phoenix Lights, A Still Unexplained Mass UFO Sighting In 1997, Witnessed By Thousands Of People In Arizona and Nevada:

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NEW TRAILER: The Old Guard starring Charlize Theron!

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Paul here…

   With movie theaters being closed, it’s been a pretty lackluster (or more accurately, nonexistent) summer movie season. However, there have been a few cool movies released digitally or directly to streaming services. There are two kinds of Netflix Original Movies, the first are mostly pretty shitty movies that couldn’t find a distributor, so they were sold to Netflix. The second kind of Netflix Original Movie is a film produced through Netflix’s in-house production company and is a real attempt at making a great movie. It’s this second kind of Netflix film that will be talking about today. Netflix has released successful films before through it’s in house production company,  but one of their more high profile movies will be hitting the streaming service later this month. The Old Guard starring Charlize Theron is based on the comic book series by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez about a team of immortal soldiers who seemingly can’t be killed. Greg Rucker is a fantastic writer and I read the first volume of The Old Guard graphic novel when it first came out and I thought it was very good. This movie sort of flew under my radar, but it looks pretty damn cool. I know I’ll be watching it when it starts streaming on Netflix next week. Take a look at the trailer right here:

The Old Guard premieres on Netflix on 7/10/20

THE BOYS Season 2! New Clips & Poster!

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Paul here…

If you’re a regular visitor to World’s Best Media then you may have heard me say that 2019 was the year of the television series, especially streaming series. With the exception of the once in a lifetime experience that was Avengers: Endgame, I would say that I enjoyed the content on TV far more than anything in theaters. The Umbrella Academy, Good Omens, The Mandalorian, Stranger Things 3, Watchmen, each of these were amazing shows in their own way. Watchmen was not only my personal favorite TV series of year I also think it was the best. It was an absolute masterpiece and it’s chilling how prescient the show ended up being with themes about policing and race being central to the show.

   If it wasn’t for Watchmen, my number one series of 2019 would’ve been Amazon Prime’s The Boys. There were a lot of superhero television projects that came along last year, but most of them were so unique that it didn’t feel tired or overdone. The Boys, from showrunner Eric Kripke (the creator of Supernatural) based on the comic book created by Garth Ennis and Darrick Robertson,   takes place in a world where superheroes exist, one team in particular called The Seven are analogs for the Justice League. Queen Maeve is their Wonder Woman, The Deep is their Aquaman, and so on. When the cameras are rolling there every bit of the heroes that the adoring public wants them to be, but behind the scenes they are depraved, cruel, sadistic, self-serving, and in some cases, insane.

 The boys are a group of mercenaries loosely tied to the government led by a man named Billy Butcher, played pitch fucking perfectly by the amazing Karl Urban. it’s easy to forget how many amazing projects Karl Urban has been a part of, he’s been in Lord of the Rings, Dredd, the new Star Trek films, and he adds another fantastic character to his resume with The Boy’s. 

  After young man named Hugie loses his girlfriend when she’s accidentally and pointlessly killed by The Seven’s version of The Flash, Butcher approaches Hughie to see if he’s interested in a little revenge. It’s the job of Butcher and The Boys to handle things when one of these “supers” gets out of line. By “handle”, I mean either badly fucking them up or killing them in the most brutal way possible. The show is a brilliant commentary on celebrity culture, fame, power, and accountability. It’s strikes a brilliant tone with pitch black humor, but not at the expense of undermining the drama of the story.

Karl Urban’s Butcher is incredible, but it’s the character Homelander played by Antony Starr that really steals the show. This is the first role I’ve seen Starr in and he knocks it out of the fucking park. The “Evil Superman” troupe is fairly common, but it’s never been done as well as Antony Starr’s Homelander. Imagine a character whose façade is a combination of Captain America and Superman. He has the exact same powers as Superman and he is America’s most beloved superhero. But he’s also a complete and total psychopath. What makes him so chilling is how she never completely loses he’s smiling, a pleasant demeanor even when he’s doing something incredibly violent and horrific. He has no empathy whatsoever and his pleasant expression always hides a time bomb just below the surface that could go off at any time. He basically can do whatever he wants and there’s not much anyone can do to stop him. It’s Starr’s spectacular performance that makes Homelander so terrifying. 

One of the new elements being brought into the show for Season 2 is the introduction of the newest member of The Seven: Storm Front. In the comic book that the series is based on, Storm Front is male and a Nazi, so they’ve changed her quite a bit for the show. From what I’ve heard she adds a really interesting dynamic to the team by directly challenging Homelander in a way that he’s not used to. With Homelander being vastly more powerful than the rest of The Seven, adding Storm Front makes this the first time that one of his teammates can match Homelander physically. He’s used to being able to intimidate his coworkers. They know not to fuck with him because of how insanely powerful Homelander is. Storm Front’s inclusion on The Seven completely changes the power dynamic and should be really interesting to watch. EW.com had the first look at Storm Front in photos posted below.

The show is ultimately a conflict between The Boys and The Seven so it will be really interesting to see what the hell they come up with to kill Homelander, because so far he doesn’t seem to have any physical weaknesses. Fortunately, Season 2 is on its way and Amazon Prime has released a few great promos to tease the upcoming season. Both clips serve to set up some major plot points that will be in play in Season 2. So if you were a fan of Season 1 and you’re curious about the direction the story might be going, these videos will give you some answers without spoiling anything. Also, let’s not forget Season 1, ended on one hell of a cliffhanger, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out as well. If you haven’t watched The Boys, yet I can’t recommend it enough. If you’re looking for something to watch for something new to watch, make sure you check out the first season on Amazon Prime. You can watch the two new clips from Season 2 right here:

The Boys Season 2 premieres on Amazon Prime on 9/4/20

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TRAILERS- Superman: Man of Tomorrow & Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons!

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Paul here…

So far, it’s been a fantastic year for DC Animated Movies. First, we got the excellent adaptation of the classic Superman graphic novel, Superman: Red Son. Which is one of the best movies DC Animation has put out in years. Then just a few months ago with the release of Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, which was a bleak, bloody, action packed, funny, thrill ride, that utterly destroyed the interconnected DC Animated Universe that has been spread over 11 or 12 movies. DC Animation was doing their own version of the MCU with some (but not all) of their films. and Justice League Dark: Apokolips War was the final film in that series and it was pretty fucking great. Now, we have two more DC Animated Movies to look forward to this summer and they both seem Seri promising in completely different ways. First up, we have our first look at the next DC Animated Movie, Superman: Man of Tomorrow! Take a look at the trailer right here and then I’ll give you a few of my thoughts below…

I’m really digging the vibe of this one. First of all I really like how the animation seems unique from other styles we’ve seen from DC in the past. Also, even though they say this is an original story, this is clearly an adaptation of the excellent, recent Superman miniseries, Superman: American Alien. American Alien is a fantastic graphic novel, so if this is even a loose adaptation, I’m all for it! Plus, I love seeing Superman fight villains like Lobo and Parasite. Bottom line: I’ll be buying a digital copy of this movie it hits iTunes in July. If it’s anywhere near as good as Superman: Red Son and Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, I’m sure I’ll buy the Blu-Ray, too.

Superman: Man of Tomorrow will available for digital download on 8/23 and 4K/Blu-Ray on 9/8

The second DC Animated film we can look forward to in the near future, is Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons. This originally appeared as a series of animated shorts on The CW seed app. DC Animation expanded the content and decided to release it as a feature length film, focusing on the DC Universe’s most famous and deadly assassin. Similar successful and entertaining projects have been done with John Constantine and Vixen. It looks damn pretty cool and It certainly is a sharp contrast to Superman a man of tomorrow, it certainly is a sharp contrast to Superman: Man of Tomorrow, take a look at the trailer below:

Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons will be available digitally on 8/4/20 and on 4K/Blu-Ray on 8/18/20

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PODCAST: Is Michael Keaton Returning To Play Batman?!!!

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Paul here…

On this week’s episode of The World’s Best Podcast, Big Paul Sr. returns to the show for a sobering reminder of how aging can lead to a steep cognitive decline! More importantly, we cover the big news of the week: Michael Keaton may be returning to play Batman alongside Ezra Miller’s Flash, in the upcoming Flashpoint movie? The man who many people think is still the best to ever wear the cape and the cowl, returning to the role of The Dark Knight is extremely exciting!

Getting a Flash movie to the big screen has been an enormous struggle for DC and Warner Brothers. The film has already gone through multiple writers/directors and was originally scheduled for release more than two years ago. Barring anymore disasters, The Flash is going to be helmed by Andy Muschietti, who directed the recent hit horror films, IT and IT: Chapter Two. Despite all the drama behind the scenes, one thing has remain constant: The Flash film will be an adaptation of the seminal Flash storyline, Flashpoint.

Written by Geoff Johns with art by Andy Kubert, Flashpoint told the story of Barry Allen (The Flash) going back in time to prevent his mothers murder. However, changing this one event has dire and far reaching consequences that Barry never could have foreseen. Barry finds himself in a much darker and dangerous version of the DCU that he knows. Kind of like Back To The Future II. However, one of the most significant and interesting changes is revealed when Barry heads to Wayne Manor to seek out the help of his friend and fellow JL member, Batman. When Barry enters The Batcave, a nearly psychotic Batman attacks him. At which point Barry makes a horrifying discovery, the man underneath the bat cowl is actually Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s father! As a result of Barry‘s manipulation of the timeline, one of the major changes effected the creation of The Dark Knight on that fateful night in Crime Alley, in Gotham City all those years ago when The Wayne’s were attacked by a mugger. Bruce was now the one shot and killed, instead of his parents. So Thomas Wayne became Batman. A much more violent and unhinged Batman. Working together, Barry and Thomas Wayne set out to fix the timeline. That’s the set up.

This is just speculation on my part, but like a lot of comic book adaptations of specific stories, I think a lot of liberties will be taken with the source material with this Flashpoint film. A good example is Captain America: Civil War, that story was based on the miniseries Civil War and is vastly different from the source material. So what I think will happen is, maybe instead of an alternate timeline, Barry will enter an alternate universe, like the universe of Tim Burton’s Batman and that’s where he’ll meet and team up with Michael Keaton‘s Dark Knight. Maybe he travels to another alternate universe with Barry, I don’t know how it will work. But you can definitely see how they could fit Michael Keaton’s Batman into a story like this. 

I know DC also wants to use Keaton in a role similar to Nick fury in the MCU, one example that’s been rumored suggests Keaton’s Batman showing up in a Batgirl movie. However, I think if DC and Warner Bros. want to do a film about a young Bat-themed hero, they would be crazy not to adapt Batman Beyond. It works perfectly, an older Bruce Wayne played by Keaton, training Terry McGinnis as the next Batman in futuristic Gotham City. It was a phenomenal TV series and it could be a phenomenal film series, as well. 

Bottom line is, there a lot of thrilling possibilities with Michael Keaton returning to play Batman and all of them are exciting! We get into in all on this episode so, enjoy!

The Flash or Flashpoint (whatever they end up calling it) is currently set to hit theaters on June 3, 2022  

Lastly, DC Animation did an adaptation of Flashpoint, called Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. Not only is it one of their best animated films, it’s also one of my favorite superhero movies of all time, period. I highly recommend you checking it out, you can find it on iTunes and other streaming services and I have included a link where you can purchase Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (for pretty damn cheap) on Blu-ray: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/justice-league-the-flashpoint-paradox-blu-ray-2013/9343093.p?skuId=9343093&ref=212&loc=1&ref=212&loc=1&gclid=Cj0KCQjw3Nv3BRC8ARIsAPh8hgLwh_kLVKQR71iVmaxPM7yK8_G8RZxXtQSCwppslGvgdcOhDdynn2MaAjyHEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

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NEW TRAILER & IMAGES: The King’s Man!

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Paul here…

The new trailer for the upcoming film, The King’s Man, was released online over the weekend. The movie, directed by Mathew Vaughn, sports a very solid cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Bruhl, Charles Dance, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Djimon Hounsou, just to name a few. Taking place right around World War I, the movie is a prequel to Vaughn’s successful Kingsman series and chronicles the founding The Kingsman, a private, non-government intelligence agency dedicated to protecting the world. I love the idea of a newly formed Kingsman organization going up against a colorful group of history’s villains like Rasputin and Mata Hari. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Ralph Fiennes looks to be fulfilling the role is this movie, that Colin Firth did so well in the first two. It’s a brilliant direction to take the franchise in, after the somewhat lackluster second installment in the series. The best sequels take the world that was established in the first film and do something completely different and unique with it. That’s what they look to be achieving here and the whole thing looks like a blast. 

The King’s Man was originally scheduled for release a few months ago, but Disney’s purchase of Fox and the subsequent pandemic delayed the film’s premiere to September 18th. I’m a big Mathew Vaughn fan, with the possible exception of the second Kingsman movie, he hasn’t made a film that I don’t love (and even Kingsman: The Golden Shower is still pretty good). Layer Cake, Stardust, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, and Kingsman: The Secret Service are all excellent films. Hopefully this movie returns Mathew Vaughn to the standard of excellence many fans have come to expect from the talented filmmaker. Watch the new trailer right here:

The King’s Man arrives in theaters on 9/18/20

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FIRST LOOK: Justice League: The Snyder Cut!

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Paul here…

There’ve been few things in recent popular culture that have been more divisive than Zack Snyder‘s foray into the DCEU. Personally, I’m a big Zack Snyder defender. I think, with the exception of Sucker Punch, he’s never truly made a bad movie.

   Man of Steel is easily my favorite live-action Superman movie. Henry Cavill is much better in the role than people give him credit for and the movie is underrated in general. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is a very flawed film, but I love it. Particularly the R-Rated Ultimate Edition. It’s sad that the films reception and his personal issues forced Ben Affleck to walk away from the character because he was arguably our best live action Batman to date. The only thing in that movie that was truly terrible was the decision to cast Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and his god awful subsequent performance. I understand that, as fans we all have our own beliefs about how beloved character should be portrayed on screen, but I was pleasantly surprised by Batman V Superman, especially because the film was getting such mixed reviews at the time. 

I don’t count Justice League because at the end of the day that wasn’t really Snyder’s film. Almost everything with Superman in that movie was shot after he left the film, for personal reasons. Henry Cavill was well into filming Mission: Impossible Fallout, where he sported a thick mustache. You can tell that all of Superman’s scenes were shot after Zack Snyder left the film, because Paramount, the film studio that was making Mission Impossible, wouldn’t let Warner Bros. shave Cavill’s mustache for JL reshoots. So, instead of choosing the much simpler, cheaper, and smarter option of shaving his mustache and having Cavill wear a fake for the remainder of shooting Mission Impossible, Warner Bros. had to remove the mustache digitally. The god awful result is that the whole bottom half of Superman’s face in JL looks like a creepy mannequin come to life. Of course none of that is Zack Snyder‘s fault because he already left the movie at that point, but it’s a funny story if you haven’t already heard it.

Now, Zack Snyder is finally getting a chance to give us his vision of his Justice League film, or at least something pretty close to it. Justice League: The Snyder Cut is premiering on HBOMax next year, sometime in 2021. It might not be much, but HBO released a brief teaser for the project that you can watch below. Of course, you can’t judge a movie after only seeing less than 60 seconds of footage, but I already dig the darker tone. We’re only shown two quick scenes, one involving Diana played by Gal Gadot that was not in the theatrical cut at all and a quick look at a alternate version of the ancient battle sequence that opens the film where Steppenwolf has been replaced by… Well, I won’t spoil it, but it’s someone much scarier and much more interesting. The thing that both of these scenes have in common is that they’re extremely ominous and they both serve to focus on the appearance of a certain iconic DC villain, not featured in the theatrical cut. Take a look below, I’d love to hear what you guys think:

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Dark Nights: Death Metal #1 Review!

Hey Everyone,

Paul here…


Dark Nights: Death Metal #1

Written by Scott Snyder

Art by Greg Capullo 

  The long awaited and much anticipated new miniseries from DC Comics, Dark Nights: Death Metal, is finally here and today I’m reviewing the first issue! About once a year, usually in the summer, both of “The Big Two” comic book publishers, DC and Marvel, will put out an epic miniseries “Event”. These are the no holds barred stories, where seemingly anything can happen! Typically, even though one character or one particular team will be the focus of the story, these Events affect and involve the entire DCU or Marvel Universe. These stories tend to have casts of thousands! With huge, status quo changing moments! Whenever the publishers at Marvel or DC are talking about their latest Event Miniseries, they like to say things like, “After this story nothing will ever be the same!”. When you’ve been reading comics as long as I have, there are certain things that you tend to expect to see when one of these big stories come out. There are usually some major character deaths, surprise resurrections, heroes turning into villains and vice versa, things like that. Classic DC and Marvel stories like Crisis On Infinite Earths, Infinity Gauntlet, and Civil War are some examples of Event Comics. Like many things, some of them suck and other become classics.

One of the best superhero Events of the last decade was Dark Nights: Metal written by Scott Snyder and art by Greg Capullo. That story saw the DCU being invaded by the evil, cosmic forces of the previously unknown Dark Mutiverse. The Dark Multiverse is a nightmare realm where the deep fears of everyone in The DCU are made manifest. These are the worlds where everything that could go wrong, does go wrong. The Dark Multiverse was ruled by an evil god-like entity called Barbatos. When he came to attack and claim the DCU, his generals were all dark, twisted versions of Batman. 

   The most terrifying and formidable of the evil Bruce Waynes from across The Dark Multiverse was, without a doubt, The Batman Who Laughs. In his home reality, after The Joker killed Jim Gordon and a shit load of other people, Bruce Wayne finally had enough of the atrocities committed by The Joker and killed him by snapping his neck. BUT The Clown Prince of Crime had one last surprise for his longtime nemesis, The Joker created a toxin that would be released from his body at the moment of his death and turn whoever killed him into the next Joker. The insidious toxin burned  away Bruce’s humanity. Batman lost of all his morality, compassion, and empathy. Batman, under normal circumstances, is already as Superman once put it, “The most dangerous man alive.”.  This version Batman, without the moral code that stops him from going too far, is a terrifying and unbeatable cosmic horror. Now he’s the apex predator of The Multiverse. Because a Batman Who Laughs is a Batman who always wins. 

  The Justice League managed to defeat Barbatos and his army of evil Batmen (The Batman Who Laughs managed to stick around The DCU), but it came with huge unforeseen consequences. In defeating one dark god, they unknowingly unleashed another: Perpetua, The Mother and Creator of The Multiverse. However, when Perpetua was freed, it took time for her to regain her full power. She needed help and a certain bald, alien hating, billionaire businessman/scientific genius was just the megalomaniac for the job…

Perpetua: Creator of The Multiverse

   One of the major ongoing stories in DC Comics over the last few years has followed Lex Luthor (with the help of The Legion of Doom) as he attempted to pull off his most ambitious cosmic power grab to date. Luthor set out to unlock the hidden powers of the universe and restore Perpetua to her full strength. Luthor’s endgame was to help Perpetua regain control of The Multiverse and rule over all of creation alongside her as her right hand and most trusted disciple. Everything was going according to Luthor’s plan, that is until The Batman Who Laughs showed up. He managed to make the case to Perpetua that he, not Luthor, was the one worthy of becoming her most valuable acolyte. Luthor had done all the work and The Batman Who Laughs snatched everything right out from under him. Perpetua agreed, and Luthor was cast aside.

    Dark Nights: Death Metal is not only a sequel to Dark Nights: Metal, it also builds upon many of the major stories Scott Snyder and others have been telling in the DCU since the end of the first Dark Nights: Metal. Elements from Snyder‘s Justice League run, Doomsday Clock, Snyder’s Batman Who Laughs miniseries, The Flash, and more are all at play. I think one of the things that the story does really well, is that despite all of the groundwork the story has been built upon, it doesn’t feel like you need to have read all of those other stories to understand this one. It’s a more accessible tale than you might think. The story starts very much in the middle of the action, so even if you have read every single DC Comic Book that’s connected to this story, you’re still going to be playing catch-up. Everything in the story is so insane that, part of the fun is figuring out how the hell our heroes have found themselves in this crazy situation.

Without going into major spoilers, Earth has been pulled into The Dark Multiverse. The planet has become a terrifying nightmare-scape, ruled over by the cruel and sadistic Batman Who Laughs. Countless twisted and evil versions of Batman from throughout The Dark Multiverse act as his lieutenants and help enforce his will. Our heroes have lost so badly that to keep what’s left of humanity alive, heroes like Swamp Thing, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and others are forced work for The Batman Who Laughs and do his bidding. He’s given his version of the Justice League different roles to play in his new kingdom. They know that they can’t beat him. He holds all the cards in such a way that, the only way our heroes can protect the people that are left is to play his sick game and grudgingly work for him. The Batman Who Laughs is essentially holding a gun to the head of what’s left of humanity, to keep the former Justice League in line. It’s sort of reminds me of something out of Game of Thrones where noble characters have to bow down before a despicable ruler in the name of serving a greater good. Of course Batman, the real Batman that is out there somewhere, fighting almost like a guerrilla insurgency, desperately trying to pull off whatever ever he can to save whatever’s left of this broken Multiverse.

Despite the fact that the whole story is wrapped in Batman iconography and there are evil Batmen everywhere, Wonder Woman is the central character in this story. Themyscira, Wonder Woman’s former home, has literally become Hell, a jail for people that The Batman Who Laughs wants to keep out of the way and imprisoned. With Swamp Thing (who’s seen better days to say the least) as her right hand man and confidant, Wonder Woman has become Hell’s Jailer, The Warden of her desecrated homeland. Despite her dark circumstances, Wonder Woman is pretty fucking cool in this story and I love the choice to make her one of the central characters. She’s really the main character, at least in this issue.  but considering what goes down in the first issue alone, I think it’s fair to say she’ll probably be taking center stage for the whole story. If this issue is any indication, that’s a fantastic idea. As cool as Batman is, as smart as he is, and is tough as he is, no one will fight to their last breath like Wonder Woman. She is not content to play her fucked up role in The Batman Who Laugh’s wasteland. Bruce thinks the fight is already lost and all they can hope to do is save whatever good is left. Wonder woman is not having that shit, she knows there must be a way to make things right, to put the universe back together again. And when a very important prisoner is sent to her by The Batman Who Laughs, Diana thinks she may have found her last chance to save the world.

To say anymore would spoil the fun. I will say this, they are not fucking around with this story. Snyder and Capullo have pulled out all of the fucking stops. This is only the first issue and there were at least three or four jaw-dropping moments in this comic book. I was fucking blown away. It’s impressive that while so much of what is going on in the story is dark and bleak, the story never loses it’s thrilling sense of fun. The heroes of the DCU are in rough shape, but it looks like watching them try to set things right is going to be a blast!

   I think it’s safe to say at this point that Snyder and Capullo have established themselves as one of the best writer/artist teams in the history of comics. These are two guys operating at the absolute top of their game and it shows in the story. When Greg Capullo’s name is on a comic book, it’s a given that the art inside will be fantastic, but he really knocked it out of the park on this one. It would be easy to take Capullo’s incredible art for granted, because his work has produced so many phenomenal stories over the years. In Dark Nights: Death Metal, literally everything on each page is something totally new, even all of the classic DC heroes in this story are sporting completely new looks. There are so few artists that could pull off a story like this, with the level of excellence that Capullo delivers. Then there’s the coloring by FCO Plascencia (another long time collaborator of Snyder and Capullo’s) which is gorgeous in this issue. The way the bright, vivid colors of Wonder Woman contrast with the dark, more muted tones of the desolate wasteland that surrounds her, is beautiful to behold.

I’ll definitely say this I loved Dark Nights: Metal and this is a much better first issue than that story. I’m sure Snyder and Capullo would be happy to hear, that the comic book is definitely “Metal”. It rocks the fucking doors off, blows out the windows, and leaves you desperately wanting more. I cannot wait for the next issue, because Dark Nights: Death Metal fucking rules! 🤘

Dark Nights: Death Metal #19/10

Note: DC has put out a prelude story that takes place right before issue #1 begins. You can read it for free on instagram! It’s pretty cool, so I definitely recommend checking it out. Read for free right here: https://t.co/vIJ8HkiZ23

Check out this art from issue #2 hitting stands in July…