Sunday, October 19, 2014

Batman: Arkham City turns Three Years

It's hard to imagine one of the most critically acclaimed games in Batman history is already three years old... And it still has so many memorable moments that it deserves every kind of praise and nostalgic nod it gets just because it's that damn good to play and replay any chance you get.

Batman: Arkham City Launch Trailer [HD]

Turning the big three this weekend, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Rocksteady Studios sophomore video game entry in Batman: Arkham City celebrates it's third year as a certified classic, as anticipation for the next game in the Batman Arkham series builds for next year's release in Batman: Arkham Knight for next generation consoles. As the sequel that dared to go beyond Arkham Asylum and into uncharted territory within Gotham City, Arkham City was the proverbial "middle ground" to explore when it came to testing Batman's ability to fight against some of his notorious enemies within the confines of a brand new institution for the criminally insane and dangerous, which was being controlled by one Dr. Hugo Strange. There's more going on behind-the-scenes however, as The Dark Knight's greatest enemy in The Joker planned to strike back at his archnemesis and achieve his greatest revenge for the current mess The Clown Prince of Crime is in after the events of Arkham Asylum.

If you own a PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, or any gaming device carrying this title, Batman: Arkham City is definitely worth playing if you're a big Batman fan and want to experience what it's like to play and be the Batman. Chalk full of action, mystery, suspense, and the kind of references that would make any Batfan giddy, it's a true testament to the Caped Crusader's legacy, and something that will please Batman: The Animated Series fans especially, as Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprise their epic roles as Batman and The Joker respectively. If you want a good Batman game to play for the character's 75th Anniversary, look no further than this.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Marvel: Armor Wars 2015 teased

Add another teaser (via Newsarama) to that growing list of teasers Marvel has for their "Big Event/s" in 2015. This time, it revisits a famous storyline from Iron Man's career in the late 1980's, and dares to name itself the new "Armor Wars" with all of the past incarnations of the armored avenger in one epic looking poster featuring an agonized looking Tony Stark right in the middle of things.

Now what does this all mean... Again, that's the big question.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Marvel: "Planet Hulk" teased for 2015

Add another teaser (via Newsarama) to the growing list of stuff Marvel has planned for Summer 2015.

Planet Hulk... With lots of Hulks. She-Hulk. And even a Savage Captain America with an axe.

What does it mean? We'll find out eventually.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Warner Bros. officially reveals DC Movies line-up


During their shareholder meeting this Wednesday, Warner Bros has finally revealed their lineup of films from 2016 to 2020, which includes in addition to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice other films based on properties from DC Entertainment and filling in quite the long schedule of films that will finally build a DC Cinematic Universe proper.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” directed by Zack Snyder (2016) 
“Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer (2016) 
“Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot (2017) 
“Justice League Part One,” directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017) 
“The Flash,” starring Ezra Miller (2018) 
“Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa (2018) 
“Shazam” (2019) 
“Justice League Part Two,” directed by Zack Snyder (2019) 
“Cyborg,” starring Ray Fisher (2020) 
“Green Lantern” (2020) 

And that's pretty much a mouthful to take in. This is something that's been needed for a long time, and now that Ray Fisher and Jason Momoa are confirmed as Cyborg and Aquaman respectively, Ezra Miller taking on the role of The Flash for the movieverse, and a new Green Lantern movie in the works, things are starting to move for the DC Movies schedule.

For more information, visit the source post at Newsarama.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Marvel teases "Years of Future Past" for 2015

And now we can add another tease to Marvel's BIG PLANS for 2015... And it's a revisit and rewording to a classic X-Men centered storyline and will feature the House of Ideas' merry band of mutants as the focus!

Shown in CBR and Newsarama as the latest tease in a round of posters that saw revisits to classic storylines, "Years of Future Past" sees the X-Men groups of yesteryear on the spotlight, with the classic line-up from the 70's and 80's to even Kitty Pryde in her "Kat Pryde" persona and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. If this is tieing in to the big "Marvel Super Heroes: Secret Wars" event that was announced in NYCC this year... It's going to be BIG for Marvel no doubt about it.

Stay tuned for more news as it follows.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Marvel teases "Civil War" and "Age of Ultron/ Marvel Zombies" crossovers for 2015

After announcing to the world in this past weekend's New York Comic Con that they were going to bring a new "Marvel Super Heroes: Secret Wars" crossover event in May 2015, Marvel is further upping the ante by teasing even MORE events that revisit past ones and may further establish that something big is going to go down next year, where Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters and more of the Marvel Universe's landscape changes drastically.

The teaser seen on top (via Superherohype) of course is revisiting the classic 2006-2007 comic book event called "Civil War", which was written by Mark Millar and illustrated by Steve McNiven. The event saw a "Superhero Registration Act" enacted that divided the hero community and saw Iron Man champion the pro-registration team while Captain America rebelled and fought with the anti-registration side. Spider-Man was caught in the middle, and initially sided with Iron Man until tragic events made him defect to Cap's side. Unfortunately he revealed his secret identity to the world, and lots of changes were done to the Marvel Universe when all was said and done.

How this 2015 teaser speaks about revisiting a classic, we'll just have to wait and see.

On the flip side, Marvel also released a teaser image of a "Age of Ultron/ Marvel Zombies" crossover (via CBR).

What does it all mean? Again, we will find out soon enough from the House of Ideas themselves.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Non-Spoiler Review: The Walking Dead: S05E01 - "No Sanctuary"

After months of anticipation and dreading the worst, Rick Grimes and his band of survivors return for a brand new season of facing the dangers set about by a zombie apocalypse in AMC's popular zombie drama TV Series, The Walking Dead.

Airing just this Sunday, October 12th and Monday, October 13th internationally, The 5th season begins with the premiere episode "No Sanctuary", which picks up right where the Season 4 Finale episode "A" left off with Rick and his gang still inside their container prison in Terminus and preparing to fend off their captors should they decide to open the door. Unfortunately they are taken by force, and finally see the horrors of what this "Sanctuary For All" truly has. Meanwhile, Carol, Tyreese, and Judith almost reach the site of Terminus, not knowing the dangers ahead that their friends are already facing ahead. Fortunately this coincidence and the random circumstances involving walkers intervene, giving Rick and his crew the chance they've been looking for to make their escape.

Unlike the previous season's opener, Season 5 gets the job done in a BIG WAY by giving audiences a very generous serving of action, zombies, and lots of intense moments that carefully bring things to a satisfying conclusion come the end of the episode. It's literally one of the best episodes of The Walking Dead TV Series by far, and written by none other than the current showrunner himself, Scott Gimple. No Sanctuary achieves what many past episodes in the latter half of Season 4 had in increments -  good pacing and execution. You'll literally love seeing more of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) pull so much of that "Stuff and Thangs" intensity he showed in "A", and Carol (Melissa McBride) showing just how much of a badass she is. Also, Terminus is just as one would have suspected it to be if they paid attention to clues in the Season 4 finale. There's more to things though, told in small doses of a flashback segment shown in the beginning and ending of the episode, which may continue on for the rest of the season.

Overall, this is a GREAT START to TWD Season 5, and the after credits scene is just a doozy to see for longtime fans like me.

The Walking Dead Season 5 airs on AMC every Sunday, and on Fox Philippines every Monday.