Category Archives: Superhero

Justice League

We finally have the Justice League movie we’ve been waiting all our childhood for. DC has tried really, really hard and this is the end result. The movie is enjoyable, I’ll say that much. The big secret was the Superman part, but nobody really thought they could make JLA without him. He’s part of the Holy Trinity after all.

Batman is the driving force behind this, and Ben Affleck is very good as the unlikeable leader and amazing as Bruce Wayne. As Batman, however, he’s a little bit clunky. Bruce was always meant to be older, serious and bulky. The suit, on the other hand, was supposed to make him sleek and lean, which doesn’t happen.

The joy is brought by both Wonder Woman and The Flash. She’s gorgeous and good, he’s the happy kid, bringing by himself the entire comic relief of the story. Aquaman has a scene like this too, but you can’t really make fun of Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo forever!).

The last team mate is Cyborg – cute, yet grumpy, I don’t see a stand-alone movie for him coming any time soon, and that’s really too bad for Ray Fisher.

The next movie is going to be Aquaman, which is good as I didn’t have enough of Amber Heard as Mera (not Queen Mera yet). And Gal Gadot is set to star in the next Wonder Woman. Batman, however, is a big question mark.

What I would really like to see is a new Superman, I think Henry Cavill didn’t get the proper start with the first one. The good thing is that movie gave us is Amy Adams as Lois Lane, here the bring you the much needed humanity of the story.

The worst part about the film is the villain – Steppenwolf – he’s just sooo cheap-looking. If you get past him and some of the places where the battles take place, you can enjoy the better parts of the movie: the good guys, the group of outsiders becoming friends, the need to do better and save the world, which is the soul of the original Justice League. Enjoy! (End-credits spoiled below)

If you wait for the end-credits scene, you’ll find out that Lex Luthor has escaped prison, is still very rich and is starting his own league: The Injustice League (yes, that’s its actual name). The fun part is we get to see the first recruit: Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke, looking remarkably similar to the CW one. Here’s to a better villain than Steppenwolf!

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor has always been the least popular Avenger that has his own movie (Hawkeye and Black Widow don’t count here), until now that is. They brought in a new director, they made him more light, they kept Loki on the side all along and there you go, it’s a success.

New Thor gets his hair cut (it’s a process, he cries), gets a new best buddy in both Hulk and Bruce Banner and possibly a new love interest, after Jane left him (good, very good, she did not belong in the MCU). Mark Ruffalo should really get his own movie by this point.

Of course, it’s all about the family drama – Odin decides to join his late wife and dies, but not before telling his sons that they have an evil older sister – Hela, the Goddess of Death. In the comics, she’s actually Loki’s daughter, but the new team is trying really hard to bring Loki around to the good side.

The movie is light, fun, full of comedy and colour. Chris Hemsworth is finally the movie star we all knew he could be, Cate Blanchett is having a lot of fun, and even Idris Elba plays along and shows some muscle.

 

We also see the other two internet boyfriends, Tom Hiddleston recuperating from the disaster move he made in dating Taylor Swift, and, surprise surprise, Benedict Cumberbatch. I don’t think Dr Strange has met any of the Avengers before, has he?

There are a lot of shirtless scenes for the ladies and one that I’m sure is going to make you swoon: Thor tells Loki he would hug him if he were actually there, and Loki replies that he is while proving it at the same time. For the first time ever (SPOILER ahead), the movie ends with the brothers on the same side. Enjoy!

 

Winter Soldier

Bucky Barnes

E despre eroul din benzi desenate, nu despre un film anume. Si m-am gandit mult daca sa il pun in categoria Superhero sau in cea de Supervillain, insa cred ca e mai degraba baiat de treaba.

Voi il stiti pe Bucky Barnes asa cum e interpretat de Sebastian Stan in filmele cu Captain America. Si da, Sebastian Stan e perfect pentru acest rol. Insa celebrul sidekick al lui Cap era, in primele lui aparitii, un pusti foarte tanar – un orfan care traia in cadrul unui cantonament militar, prieten bun cu soldatul Steve Rogers.

Sebastian Stan

Tanarul Bucky a facut parte din echipa Young Allies, echipa de adolescenti din Al Doilea Razboi Mondial folositi de americani ca sa promoveze patriotismul. Ideea a fost criticata si, ulterior, moartea pustiului a fost o scuza utilizata pentru a nu mai folosi tineri supereroi. Bucky a stat mort mai mult timp decat alte personaje.

De la aparitia The Avengers in comics, povestea a fost schimbata: Bucky nu mai are 15 ani si si el, si Cap dispar dupa Razboi, iar presedintele SUA ii inlocuieste cu altii. Prin anii ‘2000 au schimbat iar povestea, spunanad ca Bucky era un soldat autorizat sa faca lucruri mai murdare, gen spionaje si asasinate, chestii cam departe de stilul lui Steve Rogers.

Bucky Barnes

Bun, ne intoarcem in momentul in care ambii mor: Cap este inghetat si descoperit de Avengers, iar Bucky e descoperit de rusi, care ii ataseaza un brat bionic si il transforma in Winter Soldier. Asa devine asasin al guvernului rus, un super-soldat care sufera de amnezie si care este inghetat cand nu este in misiuni, deci nici nu imbatraneste prea mult.

In perioada asta are o relatie scurta si interesanta cu Black Widow. Tot el este cel care o omoara pe Itsu, sotia lui Wolverine. Are apoi o confruntare cu S.H.I.E.L.D. si Captain America si redevine personaj pozitiv. SPOILERE in continuare. SPOILERE!

Winter Sodier and Black Widow

Impreuna cu Nick Fury, incearca sa-l scoata din inchisoare pe Steve Rogers dupa evenimentele din Civil War. Cand Cap este asasinat, ii fura scutul de la Black Widow si planuieste sa-l omoare pe Tony Stark, pe care initial il considera vinovat. Stark ii sugereaza sa devina noul Captain America (Stan are un contract cu Marvel pentru 9 filme, pe cand Chris Evans doar pentru 6) si el accepta cu conditia sa aiba autonomie. Tony tine acest lucru secret, pentru ca nu e legal conform legii sustinute de el in Civil War.

Acum se re-imprieteneste cu Black Widow. Este Cap in mai multe evenimente importante: Secret Invasion, Captain America: Reborn, Siege – aici Steve Rogers se intoarce. Dupa asta, Bucky este acuzat de crimele comise ca Winter Soldier. Americanii il gasesc nevinovat, dar rusii nu si, in urma unor confruntari, renunta la titlul de Cap.

Bucky Barnes

Este iar considerat mort si lucreaza ca spion (de data asta, pentru americani), tot sub identitatea de Winter Soldier. Numai Nick Fury, Black Widow si Captain America stiu ca traieste.

De-a lungul timpului, Bucky este membru Avengers si New Avengers (sunt echipe diferite). Printre cei mai importanti supervillani cu care se lupta se numara Red Skull si Baron Zemo.

Bucky Barnes

Cum spuneam, pentru noi, in universul cinematografic Marvel, Sebastian Stan e Winter Soldier. Si in week-end o sa vedem un film in care personajul lui e deosebit de important – banuiesc ca, spre deosebire de comics, aici el o sa fie catalizatorul rupturii dinte Cap si Iron Man. Enjoy!

Cyborg

Cyborg

Am fost aseara la Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, dar o sa imi ia ceva sa scriu recenzia. Pana atunci sa vorbim despre Cyborg, ca tot l-am vazut in film.

Cum va spuneam in articolul despre Wonder Woman, Justice League a fost fondata de The World’s Finest Trinity, adica Batman, Superman si Wonder Woman, impreuna cu Aquaman, Green Lantern, The Flash si The Martian Manhunter. Si, sa fim seriosi, ultimul dintre ei nu mai are niciun haz in ziua de azi.

Cu the New 52, martianul a fost inlocuit cu Cyborg – supererou de culoare, diversitate, alea alea. E un personaj mai nou (anii ’80), insa sa fie clar ca a existat si inainte. Doar ca pe vremuri era membru Teen Titans, nu Justice League.

Justice League

Vic Stone este copilul unor oameni de stiinta – Silas Stone si Elinor Stone. Si e un adolescent cu probleme care umbla cu personaje dubioase. La un moment dat, e un accident cu un portal, mama lui moare, iar el este mutilat. Tatal sau ii inlocuieste membrele disparute cu un fel de proteze speciale (moment vazut deja in film!). Vic nu se poate obisnui cu noul sau corp si se simte respins de oameni.

Iar dupa asta se duce la Teen Titans. O perioada este si liderul lor, pana moare. De fapt, nu moare, ci este rapit de extraterestri. E mai complicat. Cert e ca atunci cand se intoarce Robin e deja liderul stabilit al Teen Titans si Cyborg primeste un rol secundar in echipa.

Cyborg

Oricum, in new 52 nici macar nu mai face parte din acea echipa, ci din cea „mare”. Costumul il face superputernic si se mai si poate conecta la alte calculatoare (un fel de Iron Man). Pe langa asta, Vic este si deosebit de inteligent.

A, si locul in care lucrau parintii lui se numeste S. T. A. R. Labs (Scientific and Technological Advanced Research Labs) – un departament care apare in multe din titlurile celor de la DC.

Un film cu Cyborg in rolul principal este anuntat pentru 2020. In noul DCU, Cyborg este interpretat de Ray Fisher.