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Ranking the Justice League Characters: From Worst to Best

When Justice League came out last November I went to go watch it and overall it was a decent film but it was clearly trumped by Thor: Ragnarok‘s booming success and enjoyable quality. Since then I’ve barely talked about the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) because there’s nothing to really write about but it’s almost time for news from Aquaman to start seeping forth from the creators behind the superhero franchise and so I figure I might as well bring the DCEU back into the fold. So today I’m going to share with you my ranking of the Justice League. Enjoy!

6. Aquaman

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Jason Momoa’s darker haired, rock-and-roll version of Aquaman is a MUCH cooler rendition of the iconic DC Comics character than the previous blond haired, blue eyed Aquaman that I’m used to but he still fell short of the cool trophy he could’ve obtained simply because he wasn’t utilized into the movie properly. While the other new characters were given at least a bit of sensible backstory I’m still confused at who he’s supposed to be. It felt like the writers threw him into the movie figuring that most people who would watch the film would already know who Aquaman is and what his origin story was so they didn’t even bother to go into detail about his past. And so for people like me who don’t know anything about Aquaman I truly felt like I was left out at sea with the knowledge of his character. He has most of the ingredients to become a really awesome superhero but he desperately needs some better storytelling behind him.

5. The Flash

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I liked The Flash way more than I thought I would especially since I’ve never been a fan of the speedy character. The only thing I didn’t like about him was that the writers made him out to be too much like Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the MCU except the DCEU version. That isn’t cool and it’s one of the reasons why the DCEU constantly gets pounded by its superhero rival. Now I did like some of the humorous aspects he brought to the film but after a while, his humor became expected and not that funny anymore.

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My Ten Favorite Superheroes

Superhero movies have become the staple of blockbusters for the past decade with movies featuring major and not-so-major Marvel and DC Comics characters, taking these heroes straight from the comic books onto the big screen and it has been a very enjoyable experience. Now, with Avengers: Infinity War coming out in nearly a month and more superhero movies (Ant-Man and the Wasp and Aquaman) gracing the big screen later on this year I would like to share with you my ten favorite superheroes. Enjoy!

10. Bucky

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Okay, I didn’t even realize how much I liked Bucky until I saw him in the end-credits scene in Black Panther. I got giddily excited seeing him and that’s saying something. Throughout the films he has been in he has slowly begun to grow on me and now I can honestly say he is one of my favorite superheroes. I can’t wait to see him return in Avengers: Infinity War and I’m beyond ecstatic to see what his new vibranium arm can do.

9. Thor

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I used to not like Thor. In fact, I thought he was kind of lame. He was this pretty-faced, god of thunder with flowing golden locks and a special hammer and he just wasn’t cool to me. Whenever he was around the other Avengers he was always the one I was least interested in. And then there was Thor: Ragnarok and my view of him changed completely.

Not only was he funny but the fact that they gave him a complete, unconventional makeover by cutting his golden mane and ridding him of his hammer was the perfect growth for him. After seeing the film a few times I actually really like him now and I’m so glad about it.

8. Black Widow

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I am SO excited to see Avengers: Infinity War and one of those reasons is because of Black Widow. She’s been on the run since Captain America: Civil War and now that she’s back it’s awesome to see how different she has become. Her signature red hair is now replaced by a blond do-over, she’s got new weapons and a new outfit, but I’m sure she still the same kick-butt hero she was the last time I saw her. Another thing that’s exciting about her return in Avengers: Infinity War is how prominent her role seems to be in the movie. For a long time she was just a sidekick, a pretty face among the rugged male heroes, but now she’s standing alongside Captain America not as a co-star but as a leader in her own right and it’s kind of amazing. And that’s why I can’t wait to see her movie in 2020 because I know for a fact it’s going to be off the chain! 🙂

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Who Is the Best Batman: Michael Keaton or Christian Bale?

Yesterday I watched Batman Begins and it was a relief seeing a Batman that isn’t bulky and humongous like Ben Affleck’s version of the caped crusader. I’ve gotten used to the new Batman because I frankly had to. Ben Affleck isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. So, seeing Christian Bale’s impeccable portrayal of the Dark Knight was absolutely wonderful.

It was also nice watching a DC movie that was actually epic. Christopher Nolan is already a fantastic movie maker and what he did to Batman was legendary (see what I did there?) He made Batman a complicated hero with a dark side. That’s something you don’t really see in heroes throughout Marvel and DC films. It made the movies he created that much more complex and enjoyable. And at the head of these remarkable films is, of course, Christian Bale.

Christian Bale’s Batman was the first live-action Batman I had ever seen and to a lot of people he is the greatest version of the black-clad warrior but is that true?

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One of the reasons why he was such a great Batman is mainly because the concept artists for Christopher Nolan’s movies were so much better than the old Batman concept artists from the 80s’. His suit was sleeker, more fascinating, and it made him look like the most epic ninja ever. And Christian Bale definitely helped contribute to making that suit look great. I mean if Ben Affleck was wearing the same outfit it wouldn’t look the same at all, that’s for sure.

But could Michael Keaton have pulled off the Christopher Nolan version of the Dark Knight? Of course he could have, and that’s why this topic is always so hard for me to decipher.

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When I watched Batman from 1989 I was expecting Michael Keaton’s Batman to be super wack and instead he was rather epic in both Batman and Batman Returns. I enjoyed him so much as Batman in fact that I was stunned when I found out he didn’t make a third movie. He was incredible throughout the two sub par Batman movies and I was utterly astonished.

He frankly created the idea of what an epic Batman is supposed to be like. No one has shirked away from his stern, ninja style version of the iconic superhero. It has only been elevated due to Christopher Nolan’s movies.

To tell you the truth though, while Christian Bale did a fabulous job portraying Batman in such an incredible fashion if Michael Keaton had done the same three movies I’m pretty sure I would’ve preferred him as the caped crusader instead of Christian Bale.

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I mean look at this suit. It’s so not cool and yet he exuded such epicness I looked right past it. Michael Keaton gave the model of what Batman is supposed to be like and it’s still the model that is used to this day.

I guess I’m saying I like Michael Keaton more. Now are his movies better? Of course not because Christopher Nolan is a genius filmmaker but in terms of who’s a better Batman Michael Keaton definitely wins.

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Marvel vs. DC: Whose Outfits Are Better?

Marvel Studios and the DC Extended Universe have taken the superhero world by storm with their incredible films that have generated billions upon billions of dollars and while the superheroes that have helmed these films are usually really enjoyable and easy to get behind sometimes their incredible outfits help make them that much cooler. And so, because the DC Universe has only six major superheroes in their roster so far I’m going to compare their suits with six of Marvel’s best outfitted heroes. Enjoy!

Superman vs. Doctor Strange

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Superman’s outfit is basically the classic design but what makes this suit stand out are the metallic accents to the waist area. It makes the suit look alien and it provides a slightly epic feel to the overall outfit. Now I’ve never been a huge fan of Superman because of his suit; the red cape just never appealed to me, but I will admit that Henry Cavill wears it well and makes it not look as corny as it used to.

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Doctor Strange’s outfit is also highly inspired by the original design from the comics and that’s why it’s perfect. The high collared red cloak provides an impeccable sorcerer sort of look and the dark blue robes and several belts also make him look different in a very good way. There is no doubt who I think wins this round.

Marvel: 1 point

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My Review of ‘Justice League’

I heard the critics and all of their opinions on Justice League. They said it wasn’t a movie worth watching, that it was a huge step backwards from Wonder Woman, and I believed them, that’s why it took me until yesterday to see it. And now that I’ve seen it I’m so glad I did. I have to admit, I enjoyed Justice League immensely. I watched the entire film, credits and all, thinking at any point that the movie was going to turn south and I was going to regret ever coming to see this superhero flick but it never happened! The story was simple yet cohesive, the characters were great, and yes there were flaws but overall I had a great time watching this movie. So, on that note I’m going to tell you all of the things I did and didn’t like about this film. Enjoy!

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t seen Justice League yet and you would rather stay in the dark about the movie’s premise and outcomes I would advise you to discontinue reading this now. Okay, I thank you for acknowledging this warning. Now to the review.

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My Five Favorite Superheroes

Throughout Marvel and DC Comics there are countless superheroes to enjoy and in the last decade more of these characters have come to the forefront. There are, of course, heroes that are just simply cooler than others and so I am here to tell you who my five favorite superheroes are. Enjoy!

5. Captain America

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The first time I was really introduced to Captain America was in The Avengers and I have to admit, I didn’t like him very much. He was too serious, his suit was awful, and he just didn’t fit into the team to me. I hadn’t seen the first Captain America film and so I didn’t really understand where he was coming from in The Avengers film. And then after The Winter Soldier, I seriously warmed up to the shield-bearing hero. He was good, he was benevolent, and he stood up for his beliefs in a heroic way. I loved Captain America after that film and my fondness for the hero has only grown since.

It was very difficult for me to pick between Iron Man and Captain America for fifth place on this list but at the end of the day, Tony Stark is still a billionaire playboy philanthropist like he was back in 2008’s Iron Man whereas Steve Rogers has grown and has become more of a leader. And Chris Evans is just, I feel, a nice person and so he is my fifth favorite superhero.

4. Spider-Man

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Spider-Man has never been one of my favorite superheroes…until now. Spider-Man is so cute and fun and he’s rather heroic in his own Spider-Manny way. Marvel has really outdone themselves on the beloved character. When I become a fan of the web-slinging hero I know that Marvel has done something very right. And who doesn’t love his incredible suit? Can I have one?

3. Doctor Strange

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I knew Benedict Cumberbatch mostly from his incredible role as Smaug and Sauron in The Hobbit Trilogy. Ever since then I have liked Cumberbatch’s work. I was worried about a talking dragon in a film, I didn’t think it would work. But his voice was so scary and so perfectly matched with the terrifying beast that I still say that seeing The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at the movies, in IMAX, was one of the best movie experiences I have ever had.

Marvel picking him as Doctor Strange is one of the most genius castings they have done so far. Not only is he a marvelous actor but he really embodies Doctor Strange perfectly. I’ve only watched one movie with him and he’s already one of the coolest superheroes I have ever seen. He’s definitely my third favorite superhero.

2. Wonder Woman

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Wonder Woman is an epic character, simple as that. I mean she’s literally an Amazonian princess with a shield, a truth-telling lasso, a sword, and her magnificent bracers. And she’s also very pretty too. She’s just a wonderful character. Her debut film wasn’t perfect but I’m totally excited to see her school all the boys in Justice League.

Wonder Woman is undoubtedly my favorite female superhero and is so amazing she wasn’t going to be anywhere else but in second place.

1. Batman

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And this picture tells it all. From Michael Keaton’s Batman way back in the 80s’ to Ben Affleck’s Batman of the present, this dark-suited hero has always been epic. The bat ears, the fantastic flowing cape, the awe-inspiring vehicles and gadgets, Batman is AWESOME! This hero is so incredible that even Ben Affleck could pull the beloved character off. I have to say, Christian Bale’s Batman is the best rendition of the dark knight so far (mainly because of Christopher Nolan’s genius.) He was the most believable Batman and Christian Bale really immersed himself in the dark role of the troubled hero. Besides, Batman movies have the scariest villains. That makes Batman all the more incredible.

I could talk on and on about this winged hero but to get to the point yes, he is my favorite superhero out of all of the heroes throughout all of the various comics.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I thank you for reading. Have a beautiful day.

 

This New Justice League Trailer Screams Epic!

So it’s nearly a month until the Justice League movie comes out and a new, and most likely, final trailer has debuted on this magnificent Sunday. And I am pleased to say that this was Justice League’s best trailer yet. It had me riveted from the very beginning to the very end and the music didn’t take away from the trailer’s epicness. Take a look.

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