Geek Gift Guide

Time is running out to grab those Christmas gifts! If you need some ideas for the geek in your life, we got you covered.

Tamagotchi

By nature, geeks are nostalgic. Grab your loved one a Tamagotchi. These 90s classics a back with both newer models and retro models. It’s also quite affordable at nearly $25.

Custom View Finder

Time is running out, but a custom viewfinder can be finished in time. Fill it with pictures of fun times you shared. You can even get crafty with photoshopped images of your friend in famous films like Star Wars.

Lego Helmets

These are quickly rising in popularity. They mix both the fun of Legos and collectible statues. They run around $50 and can be picked up at you local Walmart or Target.

Funko Pop

It’s likely the geek in your life already collects Pops, and would love some new ones for their shelves. Pick up a Pop for their favorite shows to games. Pops have been approved for a wide variety of franchises. You should be able to find the right Pop for you.

Table Top Games

Everyone is excited to start hanging out again. Table top games are a fun way to reunite with friends. You can grab a classic like Catan or Cards Against Humanity or a specialty game like Game of Thrones Risk.

Join us on the latest Geek Freaks Podcast where we discuss even more Geek gifts!

Kevin Conroy Returns as Batman

Revealed at LA Comic-Con, “Batman: The Animated Series” is getting a podcast! The new BtAS podcast will be an audio drama that will continue the story from the original series. Kevin Conroy will once again play the Dark Knight. John Glover, Riddler, was also on hand to announce the new project.

The “Batman: The Animated Series” podcast will be written by Alan Burnett. Alan was a writer and producer of the original series, Mask of the Phantasm, and Batman Beyond. He continued his work with DC into recent years, having a hand in most recent Batman and Superman animated movies.

There is no date yet for the series premiere.

Source: THR

‘The Batman’ Synopsis Revealed

Warner Bros released the official synopsis for ‘The Batman’ revealing the film’s tone.

“THE BATMAN is an edgy, action-packed thriller that depicts Batman in his early years, struggling to balance rage with righteousness as he investigates a disturbing mystery that has terrorized Gotham. Robert Pattinson delivers a raw, intense portrayal of Batman as a disillusioned, desperate vigilante awakened by the realization that the anger consuming him makes him no better than the ruthless serial killer he’s hunting.”

‘The Batman’ looks to be the darkest Batman film today. His struggle with anger and the balance of vigilantism is similar to Oliver Queen in ‘Arrow’ season 1. We will see a rogues gallery including Catwomen, Riddler, and Penguin. We predict we will also see Batman’s many “mob boss” villains. ‘The Batman’ will hit theaters on March 4, 2022.

Sandman and Lizard Return for Next Spider-Man

The Spider-Man: No Way Home roster continues to grow. Haden Church’s Sandman and Rhys Ifans’ Lizard are confirmed for the new film according to Empire Magazine. They join Electro, Vulture, Doc Ock, Green Goblin, and more. Sandman was last seen in 2007’s Spider-Man 3, which served as the character’s origin story. Lizard/Dr. Curt Connors popped up in the first Amazing Spider-Man in 2012. 

Spider-Man: No Way Home is set up to be the most ambitious MCU film outside of an Avengers. Captain America: Civil War was huge, but Spidery is spanning studios and decades for this rogues gallery. Marvel boss Kevin Feige shared how mind-blowing it is to bring on Sami Rami to work on Dr. Strange 2 while making a Spider-Man using his old villains. 

“It’s absolutely surreal to be working on a Doctor Strange movie with Sam Raimi in one part of the office, and then working on a Spider-Man movie with Jon Watts and Alfred Molina as Doc Ock in another room. That has been a mind-blowing part of the last 10 years of my life.”

Kevin Feige to Empire

We are anxiously waiting for the second Spider-Man trailer, and what it may reveal. Will we see more villains or finally see the other Spider-Mans (Spider-Men)? Once the new trailer releases, we will share it here and on our Tik Tok!

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Sources: Empire, ECBM, ComicBook.com

Marvel Delays Many Future Movies

New dates for delayed Marvel movies:

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – Delayed from March 25, 2022, to May 6, 2022
  • Thor: Love and Thunder – Delayed from May 6, 2022, to July 8, 2022
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Delayed from July 8, 2022, to November 11, 2022
  • Indiana Jones 5 – Delayed from July 29, 2022, to June 30, 2023
  • The Marvels – Delayed from November 11, 2022, to February 17, 2023
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania – Delayed from February 17, 2023, to July 28, 2023
  • Untitled Marvel – Moved forward from November 10, 2023, to November 3, 2023.

Marvel announced earlier today more of their films are delayed. Why are movie delays becoming more common in the industry? This will likely affect the moviegoers of the future, but how? According to industry insider Deadline, “Some titles are contending with finishing scenarios while others are in production.” Meaning all delayed films are still in production, but facing new struggles. The continuing COVID protocols are necessary but tend to crew slow crews with testing, limited staffing, and frequent audits. Another cause for delays is the ongoing negotiations with the IATSE Union. Union leaders are demanding more pay and restructured streaming residuals. As the distribution of media continues to change, these contracts need to be updated. The talks are ongoing, but progressing to the later stages. While delays are commonplace in the film industry, they are not frivolous. Protecting the crew from the spread of COVID is everyone’s top priority. And the negotiations of a new pay system will lead to a more stable future for both the studios and their massive workforce. As an audience, we will have to temper our excitement when we see a new trailer. People will need to shift their mentality from exciting summer blockbuster to “it’ll be done, when it’s done.” 

Sources: Deadline, IGN

DC Fandome Trailers and Reveals

DC Fandome has come to a close. We have new trailers, comics, and reveals. Here are the biggest announcements from the day:

The Batman 2nd Trailer

We all know why you’re here. The Batman’s new trailer was outstanding. The costume, city, music, Batmobile, and cast have us all VERY hyped!

Peacemaker Trailer

A once silly idea is shaping up to be an highly anticipated HBO Max original. The following interview showed they entire cast had a lot of fun making this series.

Black Adam Teaser

Black Adam is about to change the face of the DCEU. A well developed villain that can take on any hero… or all of them together.

The Flash Teaser

They had little Flash footage to reveal, but we did see the ’89 Batmobile is back!

Gotham Knights – Court of Owls Trailer

The Court of Owls are the major villain in the upcoming Gotham Knights. They are a newer villain, but already a fan favorite.

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League – Story Trailer

The Justice League appear to be corrupted and on a rampage. The Suicide Squad will take them down one at a time.

The Flash series’ new costume

With a new season comes a new suit. This time, we are getting the iconic boots.

Milestone Comics Expands

Static Shock film is in the works, New seasons are on the way, and a new animated film is in development. Milestone is bring in a ton of new content. Highlights are the return of Blood Syndicate and a 1,300 page compendium of the 90s comics.

Teaser for League of SuperSets

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart team up for this animated DC film.

Superman’s New Motto

DC is updating the old “American Way” with a new motto, “Truth, Justice and a Better Tomorrow.”

Other Announcements

  • Wonder Woman 3 is coming
  • Jim Lee teased a new Crisis on Infinite Earth
  • Pennyworth is coming to HBO Max early 2022
  • Todd McFarlane revealed new statues for The Batman, Joker, and Batman by Gaslight
  • Batman: The Animated Series’ new iteration, Batman Caped Crusader, will be more noir and adult-leanings.
  • Harley Quinn Season 3 expected in 2022
  • Titans is renewed for a 4th season
  • They showed up some concept art for Batwheels
  • Catwoman Hunted, a new animated film, coming Feb 2022
  • Batwoman and Alice will be teaming up for Batwoman season 3
  • DC’s Monkey Prince returns to comics in Feb 2022
  • Smallville came out 20 years ago!
  • Teaser for Injustice film (Already released)
  • First look at Gwendoline Christie’s Lucifer
  • Doom Patrol has been renewed for a 4th season
  • New mid-season teaser for Stargirl
  • Supergirl says goodbye with cast old and new
  • Teaser for Batman: Wayne Family Adventures
  • Trailer for Aquaman animated mini-series
  • Logo reveal for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Check out the full four hour event!

New Superman, Jon Kent, Comes Out as Bisexual

Our new Superman, Jon Kent, is coming out as bisexual in November’s ‘Superman: Son of Kal-El’ #5. Writer Tom Taylor explained in a statement to DC why Jon’s identity was so important:

“I’ve always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes and I’m very grateful DC and Warner Bros. share this idea. Superman’s symbol has always stood for hope, for truth and for justice. Today, that symbol represents something more. Today, more people can see themselves in the most powerful superhero in comics.”

Taylor revealed the news on Twitter in celebration of #ComingOutDay:

DC has stepped up its support for the LGBTQ+ community this year. They are trying to include everyone in the family and help them find heroes they identify with. ‘DC Pride’ launched June 8th. It’s an anthology series that shares stories of established LGBTQ+ heroes like Batwoman, Alan Scott’s Green Lantern, and Poison Ivy. In August’s ‘Batman: Urban Legends’ #6 we learned that Tim Drake’s Robin discovers his bisexuality with a “lightbulb moment.” DC proves comics should always be an inclusive and welcoming place for everyone.

Sources: CBR, THR, DC Comic

RUMOR: Daredevil Coming to Disney+

The internet is abuzz this week with new rumors of Daredevil’s return. Daredevil, Punisher, and Disney+ all trend after Knight’s Edge Media reported the possible return. They claim Disney is considering a soft reboot for the franchise on Disney+. But it is very important to remember these are only rumors from one source. That being said, let’s talk about what gets us here.

Disney regained the rights to Daredevil in 2020 and can now use the Hell’s Kitchen hero in any medium. We already have substantial rumors that Matt Murdock will be in Spider-Man: No Way Home. We also expect Kingpin in the new Hawkeye series. Lastly, Jessica Jones is rumored to join the She-Hulk series. This intertwining of the Netflix-Marvel universe into modern MCU would introduce a new fan base to Netflix’s more adult series. The rumors state Daredevil would be a soft reboot, likely to iron out some of the faults of the series. We will likely see Daredevil use his costume again. He abandoned the suit in season 3.

These rumors are just that, rumors. More fan requests than confirmed. Once we hear from Marvel or credible sources, we can start planning out Daredevil’s MCU future.

New Live-Action Penguin Series in the Works

Penguin in Matt Reeves’ The Batman

A new Batman series is in development. This one follows Gotham’s crime boss Penguin. The series is headed to HBO Max and is a spinoff of Matt Reeve’s The Batman. Colin Farrell is reportedly returning to the role.

Colin Farrell - IMDb
Colin Farrell to play Penguin

This is similar to the new Peacemaker series announced last month. Peacmaker was announced before the release of James Gunn’s Suicide Squad release. It is a show of confidence it both the director and actor. As we had seen later in that month, Peacemaker was a hit in the film and the series is highly anticipated. A penguin series likely means WB and DC feel like the upcoming movie will be a success.

We will likely learn more about the series at DC’s Fandome on October 16th. We will also get additional information on the other new Batman series, Gotham PD and the animated Batman series. With Titans, Batwoman, and Harley Quinn, DC finds Gotham a breeding ground for new TV.

Source: IGN, ScreenRant

Shang-Chi’s Strong Opening Weekend

Shang-Chi

Shang-Chi’s opening numbers offer some light at the end of the tunnel for the theater industry. The film raked in $71 million in domestic box office sales last weekend. That does not include Labor Day earnings of $19 million. The totals are not outstanding but, when put in context, are impressive.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has a few things working against it. First, a pandemic and thriving Delta variant. Many are still staying home to avoid large crowds. We saw its effects on Black Widow; the film had a large opening day but trailed off by Sunday. Fans went out, but walk-up theatergoers never showed up.

Another threat to Shang-Chi’s success is its heroes mainstream premier. He is not a well-known character, like Captain America or Thor, so sales rely on advertisements to raise his awareness. Shang-Chi is also the first Asian lead in a superhero film, meaning the film would be making history.

So how did the movie perform? Shang-Chi’s $71 million is on the lower end at first glance. But when we compare it to other MCU films in a similar situation, we can see how strong it really was.

When compared to other pandemic-era films, Shang-Chi killed it. Black Widow pulled in $80 million. Black Widow is an established Avenger, giving it an advantage. Meanwhile, Shang-Chi towers over other pandemic-era releases. Even popular films like A Quiet Place: Part II with $48 million and F9 with $70 million fall short.

Shang-Chi beats out many MCU premier films. Captain America and Thor had $65m, Ant-Man had $57m, and Hulk brought in only $55m. In recent years, Marvel movies are guaranteed hits, but Shang-Chi at least holds up to some big names.

Shang-Chi was a test of sorts. Disney stated so a couple of months passed. They wanted to see how the film would do without the Disney+ backup plan. Shang-Chi will launch on the streaming platform on October 18th. The film’s success would decide The Eternals’ fate. It would either release as planned or be delayed. Disney has not revealed a decision yet. Sony believes the film is a good sign. They have moved up the Venom: Let There be Carnage release to October 1st.

The true test for Shang-Chi comes next weekend. Can the film hold up beyond the opening weekend and Labor Day boost? If it can, this may be the hope theaters needed. The industry might be back in business.

DC Fandome Returns this October

DC Comics announced today the return of DC Fandome, a two-day event revealing what is next for the company, is returning October 16th. Last year Fandome had trailers, comic book announcements, casting news, and much more. We can expect the same from Fandome 2021. DC has already released a few teasers of what to expect. 

New Trailer for The Batman

Robert Pattison’s The Batman will show off a new trailer. Production has been slow with multiple COVID delays. Principle filming is now complete, and they are wrapping up the finishing touches. The Batman is scheduled to release in March 2022!

First Trailer for The Flash

DC is making a film for the greatest Flash story in comics, Flashpoint. Flash goes back in time in an attempt to save his mom. Unfortunately, he alters all of reality in the process. In the comics, Flash meets Thomas Wayne, Bruce’s father, who dons the Batman title. In the film, he will meet 1989’s Batman, Micheal Keaton. Our first trailer will hopefully show what Keaton looks like as a veteran Batman. 

Teasers for Black Adam and Aquaman: and the Lost Kingdom

Likely not getting any footage for either film. But we could get a look at the set and costumes. There are so many details in today’s comic book movies, that just a still can reveal a story. 

Info on upcoming DC seasons

All of the Arrowverse, HBOverse (new name), and of course Harley Quinn all have content on the docket. We could get a look at what direction these shows are headed next. 

DC/WB Game Trailers

We expect to see new trailers for Gotham Knights and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. There is even a rumored new Injustice on the horizon. If announced, it may steal the show. 

Comic Reveals

DC recently went through another soft reboot. It combined all the past iterations of our heroes and added some fresh ones. We may see some additional Future State titles or Milestone Comics getting full series. Personally, I want more DC Black Label stories. Those never disappoint. 

DC Fandome was a virtual convention created after COVID closed all other comic-con. While other virtual events floundered, Fandome thrived. DC laid the blueprint on how to do a virtual convention properly. Now that they have adopted Fandome as a new recurring event, I’m excited to see how DC expands the event. We will cover every major announcement here, on the podcast, and on our social media. Hope you all join us!

Top 5 Superhero Costumes

*This is part of our “Geek Freaks: Happy Campers” series. We will be posting news again starting August 16th once the team is back in the office.

Superhero costumes are very important. They must convey what the hero can do. It must be useful and not encumber the hero. And most importantly, sell the comic. A great suit can launch a hero to stardom. If Clark stayed in the three-piece suit, Superman wouldn’t sell. Here are our Top 5 Superhero Costumes.

5. Iron Man

4. Storm

3. Phoenix/ Jean Grey

2. Robin

1. Spider-Man

Top 5 DC Movies

*This is part of our “Geek Freaks: Happy Campers” series. We will be posting news again starting August 16th once the team is back in the office.

Today we are looking at Top 5 DC movies. In recent years, the brand has suffered from poor showings. But full-length DC films have been around since 1951, and some have become pop culture staples. For this list, we are only using live-action movies. Here are our Top 5 DC films.

5. Watchmen (2009)

4. Superman: The Man (1978)

3. Wonder Women (2017)

2. Joker (2019)

1. The Dark Knight (2008)

Honorable Mention: The Suicide Squad (2021)

Honorable Mention: Batman (1989)

Honorable Mention: Batman Returns (1992)

Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney Over ‘Black Widow’ Release

Black Widow roared onto the Box Office charts on its opening day. Unfortunately, by the weekend, there was a sharp decline. The initial rush was chalked up to Marvel super-fans returning to theaters. But the drop-off was due to Disney’s hybrid release. They released Black Widow both in theaters and on Disney+. Home viewers had to pay a premium of $30. For many, this was well worth it as they prefer the safety of their homes. With the Delta variant spreading, you can hardly blame them. Disney still wins as they receive money with both releases, but others around the project have lost big.

Scarlett Johansson claims in her suit that Disney has breached their contract with the Disney+ release. While the contracts are not available to the public, Wall Street Journal sources claim Johansson will lose nearly $50 million. Johansson’s attorney, John Berlinski, states Disney is only doing hybrid releases to keep stocks from plummeting.

Disney’s responded by saying the suit is completely false and distasteful due to the pandemic. But Scarllet’s team was concerned about hybrid releases before COVID. In 2019, Scarlett’s represetatives asked for reassurances that Black Widow would release not release on Disney+. Marvel Chief Counsel Dave Galluzzi told them the movie would release with the “traditional theatrical model.”

Disney is also claiming Scarlett will actually make more money with this release.


“Disney has fully complied with Ms. Johansson’s contract and furthermore, the release of ‘Black Widow’ on Disney+ with Premier Access has significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20 million she has received to date.”

Disney Spokesperson to CNN Business

We have a lot to learn from Johansson’s lawsuit over the coming months. Hybrid releases are likely here to stay. It gives studios more control over their product and bolsters their many streaming services. How this effects the stars and theater companies is still being hammered out. Scarlett’s fame gives her the best voice to represent other stars in the same situations. As this story develops, we’ll keep you updated.

*Update: According to Matthew Belloni, former Hollywood Reporter editor, Kevin Feige is “Angry and Embarrassed” over Disney’s handling of the lawsuit. He lobbied against the hybrid release, believing it weakened the MCU brand. Via Matt Belloni

** Emma Stone is now “weighing her options” on suing Disney. Cruella also had a hybrid release and had a weak opening weekend. Two stars going after Disney will have a massive impact on the precedent about to be set. Via The Week

Sources: CNN Business, Wall Street Journal

2021 Eisner Award Winners

The 2021 Eisner Award winners are revealed! The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are bestowed for creative achievement in the industry. Eisner Awards started in 1988 and are announced at the San Diego Comic-Con every year. 2021 saw some mainstay names and newcomers take the lead. Here are some of the big winners.

Best Continuing Series

Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai

Usagi Yojimbo #1 – 2019 Reboot

Best Single Issue

Sports Is Hell by Ben Passmore

Sports in Hell

Best Limited Series

Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen by Matt Fraction

Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen

Best New Series

Black Widow by Kelly Thompson and Elena Casagrande

Black Widow

Best Short Story

When the Menopausal Carnival Comes to Town by Mimi Pond

Meno Pause: A Comic Treatment

Best Publication for Early Readers

Our Little Kitchen by Jillian Tamaki

Our Little Kitchen

Best Publication for Kids

Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru

Superman Smashes the Klan

Best Publication for Teens

Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang

Dragon Hoops

Best Writer

James Tynion IVSomething Is Killing the Children, Wynd, Batman, The Department of Truth 

Batman #86

Best Cover Artist

Peach MomokoBuffy the Vampire Slayer #19, Something Is Killing the Children #12, Power Rangers #1 

Power Ranger #1

Best Webcomic

Crisis Zone by Simon Hanselmann

We’ll be discussing some of the winners on the next Geek Freaks News. Join us!

GR-8: A Space Comic for Parents and Kids – Comic Review

This week we got our hand on a new space-based adventure, GR-8. This comic follows two 10-years-old kids growing up on a spaceship. Cal and Red find themselves in sticky situations, but come out on top when they work together and find new friends. GR-8 is a fun, light space adventure for all ages.

Cal is the son of two vital GR-8 crew members. He’s an average 10-year-old in that he can’t stand still and just wants to explore. He often shirks his studies to find a little trouble. Red is an orphan, saved by GR-8 after a humanitarian mission. He is a rhino-like species called Mesuit (a nod to the publisher Red Rhino Comics). Red’s species are tech-savvy, but Red is still fresh to the field. The two work together well, with Cal being the adventure and Red the level-headed one. The kids are joined by new friends along the way. Like a super-soldier trying to protect the ship and a fugitive space cowboy.

GR-8 makes for a fascinating setting. It is both a humanitarian and military ship, exploring the cosmos for the Union. Aboard is an array of species, all with unique duties. With this dense population, comes the normal society’s woes. Corruption, betrayal, and struggle are on full display. These stories are told in tandem with the fun and heartwarming tale of two friends. GR-8 will also take us to many planets that run the gambit of Sci-Fi. In the first five issues, we see cowboy-themed, jungle-themed, and city-covered planets. The possibilities are truly endless with this franchise.

I recommend this comic as a parent-child read. It feels like “Saga”, but family friendly. The bright and colorful art will keep the kids entertained. The back story and subtle plots will have the parents hooked. It’s hard to find a comic everyone can enjoy together. GR-8 is your next family read!

Check out GR-8 on ComiXology HERE!

Marvel Moving Away from Multi-Picture Contracts

Kevin Feige

Marvel boss, Kevin Feige, is changing up a major MCU business practice. In the early days, Marvel would make splashes by signing cast members to monster contracts. These multi-picture deals locked in Chris Evans to 6-films and Samuel L. Jackson to 9-films. These were common practices in Hollywood’s adolescence, but not seen in decades. But, Kevin Feige has said in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, they are done with the big contracts.

“That got a lot of attention way back when, with I think Scarlett, and Hemsworth and Evans and Sam Jackson. It varies now. It varies, project to project, cast to cast. Really, what we want are people that come in, are excited to be in the universe, are excited at the opportunity to do more things, as opposed to being locked into contractual obligations.”

Kevin Feige

When Marvel was first launching their empire, they had a plan. Small solo films that weaved together into a climaxing Avengers. Multi-pictures (and a ton of cash) were needed to prove this crazy project would work. After phase 1, the machine was built. Marvel then needed the staples to stick around as they built out the cosmic and magic sides of Marvel. Over phases 2 and 3 they created a massive MCU featuring over 29 “main” heroes and the doorways to everything in Marvel’s backlog. Finally, the staples could retire.

From Reddit User: FoorAJ

A side effect of this new empire was its weight on the industry. Instead of convincing a slumping Robert Downy Jr or little-known Chris Evans to join, then build them up. They have the likes of Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldbloom popping in to shine for a film, then leave. They combine star power with up-and-comers to create their new cast. They even started pulling in new directors, as long as the play by MCU rules. Stars have started to see Marvel as a fun and quick job. Many have stated they joined because their kids “forced” them too. Marvel is so big, they don’t need to lock anyone down.

Kevin Feige is also looking to the future, beyond the blockbusters. Disney+ is performing well, and it is the golden age for episodic content. How do you sign Tom Hiddleston to 5 movies and a multi-season deal as Loki? What if he says no to the film but approves of the series? Marvel wants to ensure they stay on top of the pop culture conversation. And are adapting, and possibly inventing, the new version of franchise entertainment.

Credit: Fandomwire

I worry about changing characters midstream. It’s the first concern of many fans when they hear this statement. The change in Hulk was jarring for the well-informed and lost on the average movie-goer. We have a cool-looking Shang-Chi releasing this year. But Simu Liu could decide he doesn’t care for the character before the next Avengers. The selfish part of myself feels like it’s a waste of my investment. Of course, I don’t want actors to feel enslaved to a studio. I just grew up enjoying the called shots of the MCU. I trust Kevin Feige, I mean look at what he’s done so far, but this is a risky move. Feige may have just made it harder to make phases 4 and 5 a coherent continuation of the grand Marvel story.

Avenger’s Campus Review

Geek Freaks regular, Diana, had a chance to join the Avengers last week. She came back with a pile of souvenirs and pics!

Guardians of the Galaxy: Breakout

Guardians of the Galaxy by WDW

This ride has been a staple of California Adventures since its reopening in 2017. Riders rise and quickly drop in the 183 ft high ride. Rocket Raccoon joins you on this wild adventure. And of course, there is Star Lord’s awesome mixtape blasting.

Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure

Web Slingers is the newest ride in the park and the highlight of Avenger’s Campus. Similar to the Toy Story ride, you sit in a cart and blast rogue Spidey Bots. Diana did not get any of the perks, but riders can upgrade their skills with some souvenirs. Riders are giving web-shooting devices to take down the bots before they overrun New York.

Avenger’s Headquarters

This is the meeting place for all the Marvel heroes you want a selfie with. Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Black Widow, and much more. They’re all here!

Ancient Sanctum

This outdoor garden stroll brings you into the world of Doctor Strange. Ancient ruins and artifacts look beautiful and detailed. If you visit in the evening, you’ll see multicolored lighting descending from the trees. A must-visit for sure.

Pym Tasting Lab and Kitchen

No Disney trip is complete without getting some expensive but worth it food. Check out the OG Antman’s lab for half-shrunken food and tasty craft beers. The place is decorated with super-sized soda cans and condiments. We suggest you grab a quantum pretzel while your there.

LA Times

Diana and her family loved Avenger’s Campus and give it a “solid A!” She wants to note that the rides were limited by COVID restrictions. So when you go, it may be more crowded. We want to say thanks to Diana for taking some pictures and giving us the scoop on Avenger’s Campus. Also, congrats to her and her new fiance Paul who got engaged while at Disneyland!

Congrats to Diana and Paul!

Supergirl Costume Revealed

Flash director, Andy Muschietti, reveals another suit for his upcoming film. Andy posted a close-up of the Supergirl logo, just as he has done in the past with The Flash and Batman. At first glance, it seems similar to Henry Cavill’s Superman logo. Upon a closer look, you can see an elegant pattern woven through the “S.” The checkered fabric is throughout the suit but each color has a unique pattern.

The detail in the DCEU has always been a highlight. They have tapped Oscar-nominated costume designer Alexandra Byrne for The Flash. Byrne is a veteran in the superhero world. Previously she worked on Dr. Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Avengers.

This version of Supergirl will be played by Sasha Calle. She is relatively new to the scene but most notably played Lola Rosales on The Young and The Restless. Calle is joining Ezra Miller, playing the Flash, and Micheal Keaton, playing Batman. There have been rumors of a standalone Supergirl film and this could be a soft pitch for the idea.

DC is putting a lot of effort into this film. Flash is a staple of the Justice League, and need him to help carry the franchise against the MCU machine. The Flash film is using one of the best DC stories, Flashpoint. Flash returns to his mother’s death in an attempt to save her. He succeeds but returns to a world on the verge of destruction. He must team up with alternate versions of DC heroes to restore the timeline.

We’ll keep you updated as filming news is revealed. Here is the previously revealed Flash and Batman suits.

High Stakes and No Oxygen – A Redshift #1 Review

Space. Most planets are barren and hopeless. No air, no vegetation, and yet humanity searches. In Redshift #1 we meet Hellener “Hellz” Drake; a young academy dropout. He lives in the shadow of his mother, an explorer. He became the staple holding his family together as his brothers, and to a degree, his father leans on him for support. Head down and mind focused, Hellz never thought he would be chosen to succeed his mother. Picked for a suicide mission to be shot into space, and find our next earth. Hellz is the next Voyager.

Redshift author H.S. Tak tells their story through the passionate dialog of their characters. Hellz is stern and determined, but his uncertainty ways heavy on him. Around him are living memories of his family in better times. We see people resigned to their life of toil and hardship. And we find a group of scared astronauts, unsure of the choices that brought them here.

The comic is broken into two primary pieces. First is the current day, where Hellz has his destiny chosen for him. The second is two years prior. Where we meet a Hellz worthy of this destiny. In the second half, we have a large action piece that keeps you quickly flipping pages. Your hoping Hellz pulls this off, forgetting you know the future. The pace changes rapidly from a moment of rest and contemplation to frantic survival at every turn.

The red and brown dust of Mars and the twinkle of space fill beautifully drawn panels. The white and grey suits of our heroes demand your attention. Artist, Brent Mckee, gives every face the depth to express the multiple emotions so desperately needed. Colorist Sebastian Cheng and Letterer Joel Rodriguez took these exquisite outlines and gave them life.

Redshift is an example of comic books becoming an elevated medium. What Alan Moore started with Watchmen, Tak seeks to continue. This story is not for the faint of heart or casual comic fan. Redshift is a tale of hardship and triumph. Readers will not be disappointed.

Frank’s Score: A-

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