New “The Dark Knight Rises” Trailer

Yesterday, the newest trailer for the final chapter in Nolan’s Batman saga premiered. Here is the video:

Does this trailer get you more excited for next summer?

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The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Trailer

On Friday, Warner Brothers premiered the teaser trailer to The Dark Knight Rises with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.  Billed as the “epic conclusion to the Dark Knight legend”, the teaser gives us clips from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and while we only get a couple of scenes from The Dark Knight Rises, we get a brief glimpse of Tom Hardy as Bane.

I am really looking forward to this film coming out next summer and I am eager to see Chris Nolan’s take on Bane and Catwoman.

Lois and Clark: Married No More!!

 

Single, Orphaned, Alien: Big Changes for DCnU

 SUPERMAN

 

This is the first piece of news I read this morning. For 21 years, I have been reading comics and one of the reasons I started reading comics, especially Superman, was because DC Comics decided after over 50 years after introducing the Clark Kent/ Lois Lane relationship dynamic it was time for Lois and Clark to get engaged.  This interested me because I am a hopeless romantic. 

The first Superman comic I read was Action Comics #660; on the cover it had Lex Luthor laying on the floor with the grim reaper sporting Superman’s symbol looming over him and in the center left of the cover it said: THE DEATH OF LUTHOR!This comic took place immediately after Clark proposed to Lois in Superman #50.  At the time, all of us readers thought that Lex Luthor had died in this issue but he faked his own death in a roundabout way.  It wasn’t the supposed demise of Lex Luthor though that made me want to read what happened next.  For me, it was about what would Lois think when Clark told her he was Superman and how would she react.  Everytime I picked up a Superman comic after that issue it was to see what would happen with the engagement of Lois and Clark.

Even though the wedding of Lois Lane and Clark Kent wouldn’t happen for another six years in 1996, it was originally slated for Superman #75 in 1993, which if you remember was the “death” of Superman.  The creators of the Superman comics were planning on showing the nuptials of Lois and Clark in this issue but plans changed due to the premiere of ABC’s Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.  The editors at DC Comics thought it would be too confusing to have Lois and Clark married in the comics when on TV, Lois and Clark were barely an item.

 

The wedding on both Lois and Clark and in the comics finally happened in the fall of 1996.  I was so excited at this development and loved the idea of Lois being in the know when it came to the world of the other heroes like Batman and Wonder Woman.  Some of the best stories I have read in the DC Comics line revolve around Lois interacting with other heroes and she knew them personally.

Now with the news from today that DC Comics is starting over in September with the Superman legend and Lois and Clark are not only not married but not even romantically involved I am starting to wonder if it is even worth it to read the “new” Superman comics especially considering that DC Comics is not giving us Lois and Clark fans a good Lois and Clark story in the current continuity before the sweeping changes go into effect in September.

Batman: Year One Trailer

I am really looking forward to this direct to video offering from Warner Brothers.  I have been a fan of Batman since the first Batman movie came out in 1989 and finally we get to see one of the best Batman stories ever written as a movie.  As a plus, Eliza Dushku from Buffy the Vampire Slayer is playing Selina Kyle/ Catwoman.

Great Scenes in Comic Book Movies

Update:  Unfortunately the first four videos I chose for this post have embedding disabled and searched for other ones just like them but ended up with the same results.

 

With Green Lantern coming to theatres on Friday, I thought an article on great scenes from comic book movies would appropriate.  First up is the museum scene from Batman (1989). 

This scene is great because it is the classic hero saving the damsel in distress scene.  Right when Vicki is cornered by the Joker, Batman crashes down and saves her, but what really makes this a classic is the Joker’s line “Where does he get those wonderful toys?”.

The next scene is from The Mask starring Jim Carey.

How can you not love this part of the movie?  Jim Carey was born to play this role.  The movie was an enjoyable comic romp.  Little piece of trivia: The Mask was the first movie that Cameron Diaz was in but it wasn’t until My Best Friend’s Wedding that she became widely known.

The next scene is from Batman Returns.

This scene has always been a favorite of mine because of the intensity that Michelle Pfeiffer brings to Selina’s transformation.  Selina is woman who has been pushed too far (literally) and now she is ready to exact her revenge.  The drama of Michelle’s acting is matched with Danny Elfman’s haunting theme “Selina Transforms”.

The next scene is from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

This scene is, in my opinion, one of the best of this movie because of how it sets up Scott’s battle with Todd.  As soon as Scott realizes that Ramona dated Todd, you can sense the tension that Scott is feeling seeing his ex and Ramona’s ex on the same stage.

This part from Men in Black always makes me laugh.  The logic behind Jay shooting little Tiffany is hilarious.  Will Smith delivers these lines with such a brilliant quality.

Even though X-Men:  The Last Stand was a stinker, it gave us two things in one scene that fans of the X-Men comic have been waiting for: the Wolverine/ Colossus fastball special and Wolverine taking down a sentinel.

Random Rantings About Pop Culture

Just wanted to get few things off my chest that I have found out about so far this week.  First of all, The Hangover 2 has pulled in over $200 million worldwide since it was released on Thursday paving the way for The Hangover 3.  Why do we need a third Hangover movie?!  I have not will not see the first two because I think it’s a waste of film.  From what I read about The Hangover 2 it is just about the same as the first movie. Yet it is number 1 at the box office.  The demographic that sees these movies must be the same as those who watch reality shows like Jackass. 

My next rant is about the news that broke yesterday about DC Comics, publisher of comics such as Superman and Batman, are relaunching 52 titles with issue #1.  After weeks of speculation about DC Comics possibly doing this, USA Today reported this story yesterday causing an uproar among die-hard fans of the publisher.  Co-publisher of DC Comics, Dan Didio, was quoted as saying, “We really want to inject new life in our characters and line.  This was a chance to start, not at the beginning, but at a point where our characters are younger and the stories are being told for today’s audience.”  That’s fine but what I do have a problem with is if they are going to restart long-running comics, Action Comics and Detective Comics, which will have 904 and 881 issues respectively come August before the relaunch.  Another problem I have with this relaunch is whether it will affect the marriage of Lois Lane and Clark Kent.  This is my biggest concern because ever since the wedding of Lois and Clark happened back in 1996, I have loved the fact that these two iconic characters were married.  I really hope the minds at DC Comics do not retcon the Lois and Clark marriage like Marvel Comics did with Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson, which I think to this day was a big mistake.