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Barbara’s Not Broken

As I’m sure many of you have heard, the DC universe is being rebooted from scratch later this year. For some, the move is a bit of a relief. After all, isn’t the DC universe just way too complicated? It’s one of the reasons I’ve always been a bigger fan of the Marvel universe. Hell, DC has done soft reboots before in the form of a Crisis… but they’ve never restarted with a total blank slate until now.

Many stalwart fans of the DC comics universe are upset by the change and rightfully so. Rather than simply start over, DC is doing so with some major changes to iconic characters. While it certainly seems like the right time to change up the status quo for many characters, some it seems are getting rather baffling augmentations. One such character, Barbara Gorden is being changed in a fundamental way.

For those of you not familiar with her history, she led a successful crime fighting career as Batgirl until the Joker paralyzed her. For the last twenty years, she’s taken the role of Oracle, a techno savvy information broker who acts as a confidant to Batman and many other heroes. With the universe rebooting, the writers at DC have taken the opportunity to return Barbara to the land of the walking. I personally found the decision suspect, as Barbara’s role as Oracle made her a unique presence and a far more interesting character. If she becomes another costumed hero, how is she different than anyone else?

Well, one such writer, Eric Glover, felt compelled to write a passionate and thought provoking editorial on the subject. Not only does his article go into the pitfalls of changing the character, but why she stands as an important symbol of diversity and overcoming disability in the midst of a less than diverse medium. I hope someone out there at DC is listening, as Eric makes persuasive argument against the coming change to the character I agree with strongly. I highly suggest you check it out:

Batgirl and the Big, Gay Wheelchair

X-Men meet Peanuts

Just found this and thought it was adorable. Click it to see it in full size.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Review

Before I start the review, I should warn everyone that while I have a great deal of respect for J.K Rowling’s book series, I’m not its biggest fan. In fact, in many ways I enjoy the movies more than their written counterparts. I have several problems with the last book in particular, but as a whole I definitely enjoyed reading the series (Prisoner of Azkaban being my favorite). If you can forgive my tastes, hopefully we can find some common ground in enjoying a very cool universe. With that out of the way, here’s my review for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2:

Note — Minor spoilers for the film, but nothing the trailers haven’t revealed. If you wanna go in totally fresh (as in, you haven’t read the books), you might want to read the review later. Read the rest of this page »

Summer 2011 Movies Guide: July

Horrible Bosses

Release: July 8th

Starring: Jason Batemen, Charlie Day, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacy

Directed by: Seth Gordon

The Story: Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness.

The Gossip: To be honest, there haven’t been many discussions around the campfire about the movie. The reviews so far have been rather solid with 80% on rotten tomatoes at the time this article comes up. Usually, a smaller scale movie comes out after the big July 4th release and Horrible Bosses seems to fit the bill.  Last year we got Predators in the same slot. The marketing has been solid, as are the names in the cast. If the reviews hold, it may be worth a look for a few laughs.

So, will it be any good? Magic Eight Ball says “Cannot Predict Now” Read the rest of this page »

New Ocarina of Time 3DS Commercial is Adorable

While it may or may not be true if Williams named his daughter after the game character, the commercial has a lot more heart than that Helen Mirren ad for Wii Fit.

It’s nice to see Robin Williams do something that isn’t total crap these days…

E3 2011: Who Had The Best Press Conference?

E3 2011 is over.  We got lots of great game coverage and peeks at distant titles. But the real meat of the event came from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo’s press conferences. How did they do? Well, let’s take a look at the good, bad, ugly, and then tally it up. Before we go any further… these articles are about the press conferences only, not the meetings going on behind closed doors or the demos on the show floor. Read the rest of this page »

E3 2011: Nintendo

2011 is an exciting year for E3, though to be fair most of that has to do with the hype surrounding Nintendo’s next console. Wii 2, Project Café, or even Stream – whatever it’s called, holds both great promise for the company and its followers. 2011 is going to be the start of a minor reinvention for Nintendo that comes with a new console cycle. If the rumors are true and Nintendo is trying to recapture the hardcore market, then they have a great deal of work to do in reshaping themselves. The battle for the new Nintendo will start at their press conference. Their first impression will be crucial. Read the rest of this page »

Summer 2011 Movies Guide: June

X-Men: First Class

Release date: June 3rd

Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, January Jones

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

The Story: In 1963, Charles Xavier starts up a school and later a team, for humans with superhuman abilities. Among them is Erik Lensherr, his best friend… and future archenemy.

The Gossip: The last two X-Men movies were badly produced and lazy films that tarnished the good name of the first two entries in the franchise. However, Bryan Singer, the director of the first two films, is back to guide the creative decisions of the film. Matthew Vaughn, the director of Stardust and Kick-Ass is directing a wonderfully chosen cast in an intriguing premise. While Fox’s history and an accelerated production schedule haven’t inspired much confidence in the film, each new piece of footage released looks better than the last. A respect for the source material is here, as well the time in which the film takes place. Also, early reviews for the film have been nothing less than raving with an outstanding 98% on rotten tomatoes with 50 reviews. That’s pretty damn impressive.

So, will it be good? Magic Eight Ball says: “You may rely on it” Read the rest of this page »

E3 2011: Microsoft

Originally posted here.

Last time, we discussed Sony’s position coming into E3. In the interim, their “Welcome Back” program will hopefully improve their standing going into the conference. With Sony’s hand tipped, we know precious little about what Microsoft has in store for us – even less than Nintendo.

Unlike Sony, Microsoft has a very small list of established exclusives this year. Gears of War and Forza are certainly popular franchises, but they won’t carry a holiday season. However, several multi-platform games such as Arkham City, Skyrim, and Modern Warfare 3 will sell in numbers favoring the X-Box. Unfortunately, bragging on how multi-platform games sell better on their system isn’t going to help Microsoft with their press conference. No… they need something to wow their audience… so what could it be? Read the rest of this page »

Bane from The Dark Knight Rises revealed!

Normally, I hate re-posting news I found on other sites, so I’m going to give Garth Edwards at darkhorizons.com a thanks for posting this up… but we have our first official image of Tom Hardy as Bane in the next Batman movie:

Well… they certainly made him more in line with the Nolan universe, even if he looks a little heightened for it. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting the mask… especially one so frightening and modern. I suppose I should have, given what Nolan did with the Joker. I’m actually a fan of the look, even if does stray a bit from the Mexican wrestler look of the comics (which doesn’t have to be a bad thing). All the evidence seems to point to Bane being a disciple of the League of Shadows, so the look fits quite well. More as the story develops, but I for one am impressed. He looks like he’ll be quite a match for the the dark knight.