Trailer Focus: ‘X-Men Days of Future Past’ Brings New ‘Hope’

“We need you to hope again.” Professor X of the Future

Whether you’re reading Marvel or DC Comics, time travel story arcs can be a total mind crush.

This guy is trying to change this future so that an alternate future takes place because someone from a different time line altered past events in his timeline.

It’s enough to make you say WTF every time, especially during the days when Cable was trying to save baby Cable or when Bishop went back and shot Professor X in Marvel’s X-Men.

The new trailer for X-Men Days of Future Past gives us some “hope” as to what we can expect from X-Men time travel on the big screen.

If you saw The Wolverine, you know that present day Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) have joined forces to solicit the help of Logan (Hugh Jackman). In this trailer, we see that Logan becomes Professor X and Magneto’s bridge to the past – not say Cable or Bishop like in the comic books.

It’s a smart way of uniting the two X-worlds that we’ve come to know. There is also some very obvious problems between present day Professor X and the younger Charles Xavier (James McAvoy). Apparently young Xavier has diverged from his path and needs a little guidance from his older, more bald self.

I’m curious to see what consequences come out of this movie that will ripple into later X-films. Although Jean Grey died, We never really got a great Dark Phoenix story arc for the big screen. Perhaps this film will open up the possibility of an awe-inspiring Phoenix story. Hey, we can hope, right?

‘Batman: Arkham Origins’ – Black Mask makes some ‘Changes’

“Winter is coming” to Gotham City.

Now that Grand Theft Auto V is behind us – that is if you’re still not finishing up some of the side quests for 100% completion – we’re pumped for the next big, pre-nextgen game of the fall.

Batman: Arkham Origins is the third installment in Warner Bros’ hard-hitting franchise. The launch trailer gives you a taste of story, some Alfred beef and a little bit of that Dark Knight growling that Christian Bale made famous.

Batman: Arkham Origins hits PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U on Oct 25.

Watch the History of Superman in 2-Minutes (Video)

Let it be known that I’ve been a fan of Superman since I was a kid. From Christopher Reeves and the Super Friends to Justice League Unlimited, Smallville and The Man of Steel, I’ve always been in awe of Krypton’s last son. Sure, there are times when the Kansas boyscout in him gets annoying and there are so many other Kryptonian survivors that it’s hard to refer to him as Krypton’s only survivor, but he’s still a-okay in my book.

This animated video sums up Superman’s impressive 75-year history in 2-minutes – starting with his first appearance in Action comics. You’ll get to see the many faces of Superman, including an animated version of Reeves. It’s truly impressive and one of the finest DC shorts I’ve seen to date.

Blast Off #26: Memoirs of an Invisible Comic Con 2013

The Team Focus Blast Off returns after surviving another Comic Con. We share our highs and lows of NYCC 2013, the absentee presence from DC Comics and discuss some of the hotter independent comics that you’ve been missing out on. We also reminisce about the glory days of NYCC before it was pushed to the Fall season and some of the cooler new Fall TV programs worth checking out in a post Breaking Bad world.

Listen to the Blast Off below:

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‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’ Ultimate Ed – Little to no compromise for pocket-sized port

Much like Mortal Kombat (2011) in 2012, Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition for PS Vita is a port of a console fighter that includes all of the previously released DLC. However, unlike MK, Injustice does not take a graphical hit or have any noticeable technical downgrade when shrunken down for the portable — it is as close to the console version you would hope for.

Jack Mathews, who is the technical director and Co-Founder of Armature Studio, spoke of the PS Vita version of Injustice and said, “We optimized the system to have the same [backgrounds], use some touch elements and make the game work at 60 FPS.” In regards to the only major change from the console to portable transition, touch-based action, Mathews said “We had the temptation to add more, but we wanted to keep it as true to the console version as possible.”

Injustice for Vita will not be cross-playable with PS3 players and is said to be on par with the Wii U version of the online multiplayer. That should mean the Vita version will excludes online lobbies and any sort of iOS connectivity.

Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition releases on PS Vita and every other system on November 12 and on November 15 for PS4.



‘Iron Man 3′ Blu-ray: One of the Best in Marvel’s ‘Avengers’ Franchise

After rewatching Iron Man 3, I have to say, I just don’t think this particular movie series could survive without the comedic genius and timing of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. Everything from Tony’s relationship with Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow) and new found friendship in Harley Keener (Ty Simpkins) to Iron Man’s superhero exploits only work because Downey Jr. can crack jokes under fire without being a jerk. He’s a conflicted hero, and Downey Jr. helps to make this Iron Man movie one of the best in Marvel’s Avengers franchise.

The events in Iron Man 3 spin out of The Avengers movie. Tony is suffering from PTSD after the aliens attacked New York. Now, he’s having problems sleeping and it’s putting a strain on his relationship with Pepper. It’s a very common, work-related problem that is easy to empathize with. Whether you put long hours in on the job or you’re a veteran, work stress can easily seep over into your personal life. Even though Tony spends his nights working on new Iron Man suits, we forget that we’re watching a superhero movie for the moment and just see a man who is suffering. Sure, he cracks the occasional cavalier joke, but Downey Jr. has a way of making us see Tony’s pain lingering behind every sarcastic remark.

Of course, this is a superhero, and it’s not long before our villain appears in the form of The Mandarin, played by Sir Ben Kingsley. His portrayal of the Mandarin is a little creepy and cliche. Right away, if you are a comic book fan, you’re thinking that this Asian villain has been white washed like so many other film characters (I’m looking at M Night Shyamalan and The Last Airbender). However, there are several unique traits about this particular villain that’s worth investing your time into watching. Hopefully, if you haven’t seen the movie so far you haven’t caught the spoiler on the nuances of this particular Mandarin.

Iron Man 3 balances big fight scenes with several strong, introspective moments. Director Shane Black really gives us time to get inside the psyche of Tony Stark. Tony’s mental stress is taking a toll on his body, as well as his personal life. You really get to savor Tony’s evolution as a person since the first Iron Man film. Coincidentally, there are several moments where Tony isn’t even wearing the suit while Iron Man is fighting. This gives us the sense that it’s not Iron Man that’s the hero, but really the man behind the costume who pulls the strings.

Some kudos should be given to Disney/Marvel on the Blu-ray release for adding in the Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter short. This film short spins out of the Captain America: The First Avenger movie, focusing on Peggy’s character after the events in the movie. As diverse as this country and world is, we still can’t seem to get a good comic script out there that portrays different races and genders in a leading role. It’s nice to see Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, but she’s really just The Avengers without her own film.

Iron Man 3 [Blu-ray]

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Release Date: September 24, 2013

8 / 10

Ben Affleck Says it’s ‘Awesome’ to be Batman and can Handle Any ‘Snub’

So you’ve been moaning and groaning ever since the news came out that Ben Affleck will be starring as Batman (aka Bruce Wayne) in coming Man of Steel movie, directed by Zack Snyder.

Don’t worry. You’re not alone. And Ben knows it. The next Dark Knight appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to discuss kid jokes and becoming the next caped crusader.

Right away, Ben let’s us know that Snyder’s vision is different from Christian Bale’s Batman. So at the very least, we can hope that we won’t hear Affleck doing a bad Bale-affected voice, while yelling “Swear to meeeee!”

Affleck also let’s fans know that the studio anticipated the Internet uproar over the casting and also shared past criticism from the web gods over other castings for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight franchise. Basically, the point is wait and see. Don’t groan until after the movie – or at least until after the next San Diego Comic Con when we should get a tease of the new film.

Here’s the interview with Fallon:

Watch the ‘Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate’ Motion Comic Story Unfold (Video)

The first Batman: Arkham game to hit handheld systems is looking pretty cool so far, mixing motion comic animation with the hard-hitting action we’ve come to love in the console games. I’m especially interested to see how well the game holds up on 3DS. Although I love me some Mario and Luigi action, Fire Emblem Awakening and Monster Hunter, I’d love to get a good action-adventure game on 3DS.

The new trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate gives us a taste of the story, art style and gameplay. It’s also got some of that Batman-Catwoman action we love so much. I’m just anxious to lick off a solid bone-crunching combo against Solomon Grundy, who will be joining the ranks of Black Mask and The Joker in Blackgate.

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate hits PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS on Oct. 25, 2013. Batman: Arkham Origins for the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U will be available on the same date.

The Legacy Comes to an End: Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters – Predacons Rising

All good things must come to an end. And so it was with Transformers Prime.

It seemed like everyone finally jumped on the Prime bandwagon when Beast Hunters premiered. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to keep the series alive for another season on The Hub Network. While the show may have ended its run on the network, Hasbro Studios and Shout! Factory are releasing one final chapter to the Prime saga.

It comes home as a special 90-minute epilogue to the series. If you’ve watched Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters, I don’t have to tell you that this is a must see. Plus, for the G1 fans out there, it’s got Unicron in it – hell-bent on destroying Cybertron. Sound familiar? Decepticons and Autobots teaming up with some Predacon action on the side. There’s also a floating Megatron body that may get possessed. Does anybody smell Galvatron? Or, perhaps a subtle nod to the Transformers Season 3 Episode 9 of the G1 series, “Starscream’s Ghost?” Anything’s possible.

One thing’s for sure, I’ll be watching this one, and then I’ll probably rewatch Transformers the Movie 1986 right after (and perhaps right before as well).

Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters – Predacons Rising hits shelves on Oct 8, 2013.

You can also catch the Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters epilogue on the Hub Network Friday, Oct 4 at 8PM ET/ 5PM PT.

Man of Steel 2 Gets its first Pseudo Trailer and it’s Awesome: Features Bryan Cranston & Ben Affleck

If you’re still moaning about Warner Bros and Zach Snyder’s decision to cast Ben Affleck in the Man of Steel sequel, then this trailer may just change your mind.

The trailer features both Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston and Affleck alongside Henry Cavill. It’s mostly awesome because of Cranston; the editor chose the right villainous clips from Cranston’s Breaking Bad performance as Walter White. While some Smallville lovers are adamantly lobbying to see Michael Rosenbaum reprise his role as Lex Luthor, many BB fans are anxious to see Cranston take on the role.

By the way, this video is fan made, but the quality and thought that went into this trailer gives you a taste of what Man of Steel 2 could be. I especially did my touchdown dance when Cranston says, “Maybe he flew too close to the sun.” Perfect.

Check out the video below: