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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.

Quality is not an act, it is a habit." - Aristotle. A seasoned connoisseur of only the best things in life. The Fortune Five will help you not waste one of life's most valuable commodities, time.

Quality is not an act, it is a habit." - Aristotle. A seasoned connoisseur of only the best things in life. The Fortune Five will help you not waste one of life's most valuable commodities, time.

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Halloween: The Classic Slasher Film Gets a Proper Sequel

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“Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.”

1539919451162Michael Meyers is considered one of the elder slashers that helped catapult the sub-genre in the late 70’s and opened the door for such favorites as Jason Voorhees and Freddy Kreuger.

Much like its influences, the Halloween films have churned out eleven sequels, prequels, and I guess spin-offs, that tend to be cheap thrills on a boring night. These production companies try their best to produce cash grab after cash grab that tend to water down the legacies of the original films for the sake of forced jokes and cheap jump scares. Does this sequel, that for some reason names itself after the original movie, have anything to bring to the table?

Yes, I would say so. It feels like this movie attributes itself as a direct sequel to the first film, and totally ignores every other film in the franchise. This was a good move because this film does feel like a direct sequel – almost like it was an old movie from the 80’s recently unearthed with an aged washed-out color scheme and familiar score. It wasn’t as polished as the H20 series, but it wasn’t as grungy and delusional as the Rob Zombie films, either

The plot managed to remain simple which often is the Kryptonite for sequels and does a few callbacks to the first film without being heavy-handed about it.

Michael Meyers felt like an old man with the Director David Gordon Green giving us glimpses of his age, however he’s still very broad and menacing with little need to run after his victims. He tends to be great at sneaking and trapping his victims in inescapable corners.

“Feels like an old movie from the 80’s that was recently unearthed…”

The acting was decent, led by the talented Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode. The characters felt real and not too far-fetched for some B-movie style decision making.

Even the story was engaging, but be prepared to question how some people are oblivious when they should be on high alert that a psycho murderer is on the loose in their town. Either way, you might want to lock your doors.

Overall Grade: B

It definitely was better that the last few Halloween films and manages to provide a couple of scares and jumps.

The director made a good decision of going with a John Carpenter-style Halloween film that delivers on good old slasher film exploitation without feeling the pressures of some big-time studio exec telling him to tone it down.

* * *

Halloween (2018)
Horror, Thriller
October 2018
Director: David Gordon Green
Blumhouse/Miramax
1 hour 46 minutes
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The Predator

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When a young boy accidentally triggers the universe’s most lethal hunters’ return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.”

The movies that made my childhood great continue to get tarnished for a profit. First Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, now this. When they announced that another Predator movie was coming out this year, I let out my first exhausted sigh since I saw a Predator running side by side with Sanaa Lathan. The only thing that piqued my interest is that the prestigious Hollywood writer and original Predator alum, Shane Black was writing and directing this film. Lo and behold, not even Mr. Black could save this movie.

Before I get into my dislikes in this film, lets talk about the state of monsters in movies. Making a bigger hybrid of the original does not officially make a better movie. Typically these hybrids tend to stifle themselves by having all these new superpowers they can’t even use to dominate the unevolved human species, and find a way to self-implode, thus making them useless as a threat or even close to an iconic character.

Subtly is what made the first one great.

Now, in regards to the Predator series…it’s over. I know this film tried to open itself up to a sequel, but no. Leave it alone. We’ve watered it down way too much. What made the first film amazing was the ambiguity of the Predator. We didn’t know what it was or why it was killing people. In essence, we were drawn closer to the movie because we didn’t  see the monster until the 3rd act. After we saw its face and knew its intentions, the magic was gone. That’s why every other Predator movie paled in comparison.

Now this film in particular, it overcompensated by trying to be the biggest Predator movie without realizing that subtly is what made the first one great. It told you the Predator’s intentions way before we needed to know, and even tried to turn it into a social commentary. Listen, I’m here to see a Predator movie, not get beat over the head with the state of our planet…again.

What I found annoying is that everyone was so amazing at deciphering the Predators intentions, physical makeup, language, purpose, and weaponry with the smallest clues and all of a sudden they knew everything there was to know about these creatures. The speed and precision that these areas were identified were just way too convenient.

Okay, the little kid, Jacob Tremblay. I’ve done reviews of his movies before and I think he’s a great actor, but why the hell do we have a kid in a Predator movie??? You know he’s safe, and it changes the whole dynamic because now you know the adults are going to appease to the kid and turn this movie into something more friendlier than what we were expecting.

Overall Grade: D

As the movie went on, my grade got worse. The original Predator in this film was bad-ass enough, but introducing the hybrid Predator actually worsened the value of the movie. With that, the acting got worse and the plot conveniences got better and turned this movie into a big pile of Predator dung. They tried to resort to comedy and forgot that this film was originally a testosterone-filled horror/action thriller that was unforgiving to human sympathies and catered to the realities of brutal warfare. Also, another Predator film that failed to have a Schwarzenegger cameo. Remember, Dutch NEVER DIED!!!

Bonus Feature: Best Predator movies in order.

6. Predator 2
5. Predator vs. Alien
4. The Predator
3. Predator vs. Alien 2
2. Predators (go see this one instead. It’s a lot better)
1. Predator (the best one, period)

The Predator
Action, Adventure, (Horror)
September 2018
Director: Shane Black
20th Century Fox
1 hour 47 minutes
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