Talking Movies: The Suicide Squad

Released: 30 July 2021Director: James GunnDistributor: Warner Bros. PicturesBudget: $34 millionStars: Idris Elba, Margot Robbie, John Cena, Sylvester Stallone/Steve Agee, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Joel Kinnaman, Peter Capaldi, and Viola Davis The Plot:After Colonel Rick Flag (Kinnaman) and Doctor Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn (Robbie) are captured and presumed killed during a mission into the war-torn nation … Continue reading Talking Movies: The Suicide Squad

Talking Movies: Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Released: 18 March 2021Director: Zack SnyderDistributor: HBO Max/Warner Bros. Home EntertainmentBudget: $70 million (on top of the original $300 million production costs)Stars: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ciarán Hinds, Amy Adams, and Henry Cavill The Plot:Following the death of Clark Kent/Superman (Cavill), Bruce Wayne/Batman (Affleck) scrambles to bring together a … Continue reading Talking Movies: Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Talking Movies: Joker

Released: 4 October 2017 (Hey, that’s my birthday!)Director: Todd PhillipsDistributor: Warner Bros. PicturesBudget: $55 to 70 millionStars: Joaquin Phoenix, Frances Conroy, Zazie Beetz, Brett Cullen, and Robert De Niro The Plot:In 1981, party clown Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) suffers from a medical disorder that causes him to laugh at inappropriate times and lives with his mother, … Continue reading Talking Movies: Joker

What’s on the Box? [Robin Month]: Titans (Season One)

In April of 1940, about a year after the debut of arguably their most popular character, Bruce Wayne/Batman, DC Comics debuted “the sensational find of [that year]”, Dick Grayson/Robin. Since then, Batman’s pixie-boots-wearing partner has changed outfits and a number of different characters have assumed the mantle as the Dynamic Duo of Batman and Robin … Continue reading What’s on the Box? [Robin Month]: Titans (Season One)

Back Issues: Ranking Robins

Call me crazy, but I have a real fondness for the character of Robin. It really irks me when people (especially movie directors) rag on Batman’s colourful sidekick; debuting in 1940, about a year after Batman’s momentous first appearance, Robin has been an essential staple of Batman’s world for over eighty years so to suggest … Continue reading Back Issues: Ranking Robins

10 FTW: Super-Suits

With over eighty years of continuous publication behind him, it’s no surprise that, over the many years and through numerous alternate realities and reality-shattering Crises, Superman has gone through more than a few wardrobe changes. Initially debuting in what amounted to a traditional strongman costume, Superman soon adopted the iconic “S” shield to uphold his … Continue reading 10 FTW: Super-Suits

Game Corner: Lego DC Super-Villains (Xbox One)

Released: October 2018Developer: Traveller’s TalesAlso Available For: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC The Background:You’ve heard of Lego, right? Those little Danish plastic blocks that you can slot together to build all kinds of shit and make you wish you were dead when you step on them? Well, some time ago (around 2014), they started … Continue reading Game Corner: Lego DC Super-Villains (Xbox One)

10 FTW: Batsuits

So, disappointingly, Ben Affleck is officially, 100% out as Batman. Despite my reservations about him being cast in the role, he delivered a really impressive performance as a tortured, grizzled Bruce Wayne who was driven to extremes after two decades of fighting an unwinnable war against crime in Gotham City. However, due to a multitude … Continue reading 10 FTW: Batsuits

Talking Movies: Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

Released: February 2020Director: Cathy YanDistributor: Warner Bros. PicturesBudget: $82 to 100 millionStars: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Chris Messina, and Ewan McGregor The Plot:After separating from the Joker (Jared Leto), Harley Quinn (Robbie) struggles to carve her own legacy in Gotham City. When she incurs the wrath of the sadistic Roman … Continue reading Talking Movies: Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

10 FTW: Movies of 2019

As always, I made quite a few trips to the cinema this year; I saw sixteen movies in the end and, for the first time I can remember, actually had a couple of trips that resulted in less than enjoyable experiences thanks to disappointments like Glass (Shyamalan, 2019), Rambo: Last Blood (Grunberg, 2019), and Terminator: … Continue reading 10 FTW: Movies of 2019