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5 Comic Book Storylines Perfect For Justice League Movie – Part 1

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5. JLA : Year One


JLA_Year-OneWell known writers Mark Waid (Kingdom Come), Barry Kitson (Legion of Super-Heroes) and Brian Augustyn (Crimson) re-imagine the original JLA in modern day setting.This 12-issue series with the Martian Manhunter, Black Canary, Aquaman, Flash and Green Lantern are joined by a long list of hero’s for brief appearances of Batman, Superman,Doom Patrol, the Blackhawks, the Challengers of the Unknown, and Green Arrow in a realistic origin story. This new line up of the JLA fights against clashing personalities and media backlash as Flash takes control of the newly formed team. The fact that Batman and Superman are not the main focus of the story can create a platform for DC to introduce some of their other characters in a entertaining way.

4. JLA (Book 1) : New World Order

JLA VOL1Scottish writer Grant Morrison known for writing Doom Patrol and Arkham Asylum, reunites the original seven JLA members, pitting them against the Hyperclan, Orwellian aliens who have come to Earth posing as a new group of superheroes. The public, looking for heroes, backs them in support of creating a perfect Utopian society. But as their true plans are discovered by Batman, only he and this newly formed group of real heroes can stop them! This story by Grant Morrison is one of many excellent storylines created by a writer who really knows these characters and how to use them together as a team.

 3. Justice League, Vol. 1 : Origin (The New 52)

JLA-vol-1-originRay Fisher’s casting as Cyborg might just be a hint that the Justice League film will adhere closely to the team’s New 52 reboot. Cyborg’s origin and him becoming a founding member of this incarnation Justice League gives this storyline a high probability of being used for the live action movie. Geoff Johns, known for his writing on Green Lantern, is a major part of the DC/Warner Bros machine, helping to steer a clear vision of the DC universe to the big screen. He handles having these characters meet for the first time beautifully, with each taking entertaining sides and stances in the midst of confrontations between new team members.

2. JLA : Tower of Babel


JLA_2This storyline was already used for the animated movie Justice League : Doom yet would still make a great live action movie. The comic book differs in ways that would make the live action movie even better. Ra’s al Ghul is mounting a major assault on Batman in a effort to eliminate the human race. In a effort to distract the Dark Knight he steals the dead bodies of Wayne’s parents while executing deadly effective strategies against each  member of the JLA. Batman has to handle the mental drain of getting his parents back as well as the aftermath of the attacks that are revealed to be designed by Batman himself.

1. Kingdom Come


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This JLA tale has Superman retired on a farm after becoming disillusioned with humans.

Kingdom Come is the best-selling graphic novel from acclaimed writer Mark Waid, winner of five Eisner and Harvey Awards. This epic tale of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes would go great with the dark realistic tone set in the Man of Steel and the upcoming Batman V Superman movie. The story of the retirement of the older generation of superheroes and the lack of morals of a new generation is great movie material. This JLA tale has Superman retired on a farm after becoming disillusioned with humans. He watches from a distance as the new breed do it their way. Wonder Woman asks him to get involved again to give an example of how it was done in the old days for the future of society itself. The bad blood between Superman and Batman, who suffers from a battle-ravaged body, is already written into the narrative giving us an older and angrier Dark Knight who now has to use an exo-skeleton to survive.

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Daniel Ortiz Rants On: Us

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A family’s serenity turns to chaos when a group of doppelgängers begins to terrorize them.20190324_073731

Rarely do I prepare myself to see a film, but Jordan Peele’Us is one of those rare movies I didn’t need to see more than one trailer for, nor did I need the hype of other critics. I also wanted to judge this film off its own merit rather than comparing it to his freshman standout, Get Out (which made my #1 film of 2017). Comparisons will be made, but I’ll try to keep them as minimal as possible.

The stand out feature is that this film is beautifully shot. The cinematography of this movie adapts to its environment seamlessly whether it’s a vibrant beach scene or a dark setting where just enough of the characters faces needs to be made out.

Also, I thought Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide’s doppelganger, Red was a terrifying character. Everything from her awkward pantomimes to her unhinged voice was the thing of nightmares.

Now, there were a few (lots of) issues I did have with the film. I left the theater with more frustrating questions than fulfilling answers. It felt like too many ideas where in the plot and too much symbolism was forcefully wedged in to satisfy the expectations of the Get Out fans, but it came out as a jumbled mess of psychology that I didn’t want to spend my viewing time deciphering.

A lot of the horror that was built up for this film was also very deflating as the Wilson family was spared instant death and provided a background story by their doppleganger’s while others were swiftly killed before they knew what hit them. Halfway through the film, you pretty much knew they were safe from any death or violence which takes away all tension as a viewer.

The connection between the characters and their dopplegangers wasn’t fleshed out enough. Some things came off as inconsistent and driven for plot convenience, rather than a solution. I didn’t get many of the motivations and the decisions that drove the actions of our protagonists. I didn’t understand why the dopplegangers wore red jumpsuits and just one fingerless driving glove. The one symbolism I understood was the scissors, which if you look at the handle on the poster, looks like mirrored heads. This was the weapon used to cut the connection between themselves and their other half. Otherwise, I may need to see some other folks interpretations of the film.

Also, the editing was not good. There were scenes that were waaaay too long and could’ve used a few chops. The opening credit scene reminded me of an old horror movie from the 70’s (think the Amityville Horror ’79) where the title card has nothing going on, and as a viewer I felt stuck looking at a bunch of rabbits for what I assume was 3 minutes just waiting for the movie to get started.

Overall Grade: C-

There’s just too many questions, and too many inconsistencies to feel comfortable giving it anything higher. Maybe in the upcoming weeks certain plot revelations might come to fruition, but I’m not looking for Kubrick levels of hidden meaning, and this is not Kubrick-esque. I’ll chalk this up to a sophomore slump by Peele and the pressures of following up to such an acclaimed film. I just got hints of M. Night Shyamalan in this movie, meaning a Director/Writer who is owning a genre and gets type-casted to that medium. Let’s hope Jordan Peele doesn’t head down that same road.

Us (2019) 1h 56min | Horror, Thriller | 22 March 2019 (USA) Summary: A family's serenity turns to chaos when a group of doppelgängers begins to terrorize them.
Countries: USALanguages: English

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5 Geek Chic Trailers for Your 4K TV

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These luscious 4K trailers are in zippy 60fps for you VFX aficionados. 

Alita: Battle Angel 

Robert Rodriguez directs James Cameron‘s script melding state of the art effects with live action. We’ve come a long way since Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Last stand-alone Godzilla movie before he kicks King Kong‘s ass in 2020. Epic visual effects create a scale worthy of your 4K TV.

Hellboy 

This reboot has big red shoes to fill.

Men in Black 4

I admit the best thing about this trailer is seeing Tessa Thompson in high resolution. Am I allowed to say that? #toolate

Avengers: Endgame

They don’t give a lot away in the new Avengers trailer, but it sure looks purty.

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White Right: Meeting the Enemy

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Deeyah Khan puts herself in real jeopardy in White Right: Meeting the Enemy, confronting the whitest rightest supremacists and Neo-Nazis with the oldest trick in the book; she becomes their first friend of color. No shit. You’ll be amazed as Deeyah proves racism is born from miseducation and a total lack of experience.  Sure, not everyone becomes a believer in the end, but you sure will.

 

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