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SDCC 2017 ‘Krypton’: What House are you backing?

Posted in Action, comedy, drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, suspense with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2017 by aliciamovie

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By Alicia Glass

It takes real nerve to come out and do a Comic-con panel for a highly anticipated show that technically hasn’t aired yet. That is one giant way to generate interest in the new show, true, but it’s still a big gamble, because what if even an SDCC panel isn’t enough. However, The Originals panel (I think) being before Krypton, there was plenty enough audience left to give a good showing.

The panel featured Cameron Cuffe (Seg-El), Executive Producers David S. Goyer, Cameron Welsh and Damian Kindler, and was moderated by DC universe amazement Geoff Johns himself. Johns is the President and Chief Creative Officer of DC comics, y’all, and has held these posts since 2010, so bow down.

Set two generations before the long-legendary Man of Steel’s time on earth, the new show Krypton features Seg-El on the titular planet fighting to redeem his ostracized families honor and engaging in forbidden romance with, who else, the House of Zod. Given that this is yet another attempt at a TV show having to do with the Big Blue Boy Scouts family and the House of El, Krypton seems to have set their standards almost impossibly high, and are working on giving a sweeping epic backstory to what is arguably the most well-known comic character in history, so we’re talking planet-sized hero boots to fill.

Almost immediately the EPs and Mod Johns launched into a list of well-known DC characters that will be featured on Krypton – Brainiac, with his own immersive storyline; that monster Doomsday; Adam Strange in an appropriately oracular role; even a new take on Hawkgirl. Jones happily went on to spoil that a Black Mercy (I thought he meant a car) would be in the pilot episode, it belongs to a character named Mongul, and if you’re any kind of fan-atic about the Superman part of the DCU, you’ll know why the audience erupted into cheers. EP Cameron Welsh talked briefly about the forbidden romance between Seg-El and the House of Zod, saying that Lyta Zod the youngest is the heartthrob in question, while her mother Alura Zod is the Primus of the Kryptonian military guild which makes her, say it with me, General Zod.

Jones was very personable and effortlessly charmed all the fans in the audience, many of whom were at least 40+something and lifelong Superman fans. Recalling the early days of terrible villain costumes, Johns laughed, “No, there will not be any headbands for the bad guys. That’s not until Season two!” Johns raved about the production values for the show, the all-encompassing effort at world-building, prompting Damian Kindler to practically wax poetic about the same: “We are attempting to build one of the most beautiful, grand TV series on the air. One of the things that’s constantly coming back in conversations is a sense of scope – we want you to be watching and going, ‘wow, this really is another world’. We have some of the most wonderful special effects houses in like 5 or 6 different countries building effects for us this season, we have one of the most talented production design teams I’ve ever worked with. And having Geoff (Johns) right in your house, saying, ‘This is the world, go build it’, has easily been the most exciting job I’ve ever had.”

Of course Johns was asked about cross-overs with other DCU characters, and made the very clear statement that, “Krypton is a stand-alone show,” for which I personally am very grateful. After a great spoiler-laden panel and a bunch of fan-squee and questions, Johns wound up the panel by saying they all tried very hard to make a show where the legions of DC fans out there would finally say, ‘They got it right.’ I sure hope so too, Geoff Johns, and I’ll be watching Krypton when it airs in 2018 on the Syfy channel!

Justice League: DOOM

Posted in Action, Cartoon, comedy, Comics, drama, Fantasy, Movies, Sci-Fi with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2014 by aliciamovie

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Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Studio: Warner Bros Animation, DC Entertainment

MPAA Rating: PG 13

Director: Lauren Montgomery

Review Rating: 8

The Legion of Doom, formed on a plan run by villain Vandal Savage, squares off against the Justice League!

So, for anyone who may not know, Vandal Savage (Phil Morris) is a bad old man. Really old, truth be told. And being old and rich and nasty, Savage has a plan to rearrange the world in his own image. First, we take out the entire Justice League so they can’t prevent what’s about to happen next. Then, in theory, a solar flare that Savage is enhancing in his major villain-like way will destroy we’ll say a good third of the Earth’s population. And then, Savage and the Legion will be free to divide up what’s left into their own little fiefdoms, lorded over by Savage himself, forever! But, how to accomplish taking out the JL first? By sending in Mirrormaster (Alexis Denisof) to infiltrate Batman’s computer systems and stealing all the pertinent files on the JL members, that’s how. And then, all hell breaks loose.

Each member of the Justice League gets a fight or confrontation with their Legion of Doom counterpart. Wonder Woman (Susan Eisenberg) fights Cheetah (Claudia Black), who dopes our lasso heroine with something that makes her see her opponent everywhere, including in the faces of innocent bystanders and policemen. The Martian Manhunter (Carl Lumbly) while in his guise as John Jones, gets dosed by a guised Ma’alefa’ak (one of the few other Martians left alive) and gets his unique physiology set aflame. Not wanting to harm anyone else, John has to figure out how to either put himself out or take himself out. Flash (Michael Rosenbaum) gets led to a mistaken train robbery, where he has to deal with a clever bomb that Mirrormaster managed to get attached to his wrist. Slow or stop, and Flash goes BOOM. Green Lantern (Nathan Fillion) has to deal with a hostage situation in a mine shaft, where he gets to enjoy what he thinks are several deaths of onlookers and a confrontation with a villain from his past, Star Sapphire (Olivia d’Abo). Superman (Tim Daly) gets lured to the roof of the Daily Planet to stop an apparent suicide attempt, only to get himself shot with a kryptonite bullet after he thought he had talked the guy down. And finally, the bodies of Batman’s own parents have gone missing, so he’s a bit distracted when the confrontation with Bane (Carlos Alazraqui) comes. After extracting himself from his own personal nightmare, Batman (Kevin Conroy) grabs Cyborg for help and begins trying to put things back in order.

I get to say it, I have to say it, at least once. Meanwhile, at the Legion of Doom!

Because it turns out, well…These plans that the Legion of Doom is actually using, the fact that all these individual challenges against the Justice League are working, however temporarily, yeah, they came from Batman’s own head. In case the JL ever went the way of the Legion, Batman had a plan to figure out how to incapacitate each individual JL hero, all save his own self, of course. So even after all the Justice League heroes are saved from their individual challenges, I won’t say how just recommend watching the show already, they still have to deal with what’s left of the Legion and Savage’s solar flare plan. Even if the entire JL isn’t thrilled with Batman’s hero-turned-bad contingency plans, noone can fault him really for having them – someone needs to think of everything. And as far as Batman not having a contingency plan for himself, if he ever does go too far into the shadows, that’s simply not true, he does – the Justice League itself. Which is awesome.

Movie Moxie Loves TV presents The End of Smallville

Posted in Action, comedy, Comics, drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2011 by aliciamovie

So I’ve been a more or less loyal fan of Smallville for years, and while I was saddened when I learned that this season would be it’s last, even I can see it’s time for the show to move on, it hasn’t been of Smallville for some time. But that doesn’t mean the 2 hour series finale needs to be this, this mess!

We loyal fans are trying very hard to keep DC and all it’s pals afloat. I grant you Green Lantern should give them a big boost, but usually it’s just Batman carrying more or less the entire load for them, so we kind of expect the evolution of Smallville and Superman to take awhile. So we wait, more or less patiently, through painful awkward high school years with Clark Kent and his Lana Lang obsession, the trials of Jor El, and his complicated relationship with Lex and the Luthors. Many years later, Tess Mercer is riding the Luthor name and flipping between good guy and bad guy, but let’s face it, she’s still no Lex. The show is often rich with character development beyond the main character ofClark, and I always loved that. So what’s up with this last episode then?

It’s a two hour finale, I got that. The entire first hour was devoted to whether or not Clark Kent and Lois Lane really should get married, the whole thing. Now I know, the whole Lois and Clark thing is a longstanding love story, and Erica Durance and Tom Welling do have great chemistry onscreen. But come on. We had to sit through Lana Lang, Chloe, and a whole host of other female love interests for Clark Kent before he finally settled with the character he’s fated to be with, and then this. Yes, they should be in love and get married, can we get on with it? There’s a planet called Apocalypse, or however it’s spelled, being propelled by Darkseid and his minions, right for Earth that only Superman can stop!

Which brings us to the second hour. Yes, there were a lot more action scenes and confrontations and whatnot. But…the biggest confrontation, which I expected to be Lex Luthor inhabited by Darkseid against the ultiumate Superman, turned out to be not. The literal last five minutes of the show has Clark being confronted by Darkseid, sure, in Lionel Luthor’s body. And right after that Clark speeds off to stop the apoc-whatever planet. Then we get a flash forward seven years in the future, where apparently Lois and Clark still haven’t exchanged their rings, Chloe has a son but we don’t see Oliver, and Lex Luthor’s become president. Oh yeah. Does this mean we loyal fans might have a sequel show somewhere off in the future? That would be nice.

I wanted more. We fan-atics deserved more. Especially given the commercial length injected, we actually got maybe 45 minutes worth of what I would consider actual show ending. Now let us all lobby for the return of Metropolis or Superman, a sequel show we can all adore just as much as we did Smallville!

Ranted by Alicia Glass