It’s only been a few days since the glorious news was unleashed by the Marketing Guru’s at Comic Con Africa. And if you reading this under the rock then you should know that Jason Mamoa is coming to our first official Comic Con. That’s right; Aquaman will be gracing the shores of Africa.
I have already begun to search through my comics to find the perfect comic to have signed. I am currently sitting on the new 52 number 1. Yeah, I know I am not the biggest Aquaman fan but that hasn’t stopped me from being stoked over this news. Also I prefer the tattooed surfer with the bad boy attitude.
But who is Jason Mamoa?
Long before he was king of the ocean, he was just a regular kid born in 1979, with his mix race good looks it wasn’t too long before his was picked up as fresh faced model. Soon he made the difficult transition to acting, debuting in Baywatch Hawaii. Since then he has work in a few shows, but his big break came in a quiet little show you may have heard of; Game of Thrones. Here he played the now iconic role of Khal Drago. A role, that most likely pushed him to the forefront of Hollywood’s eyes, and eventual selection, to play one of DC’s legendary characters. This will be further augmented in the highly anticipated solo adventure out late this year.
What does his appearance mean?
Well really it’s different things to different people. For most it will mean a meet and great. This gets you right up, close and personnel with you celebrity with a possible photo and signing. There has been no release of information as to the costing but honestly I am already sold. See in the States these events happen regularly but here in SA it’s quite the opposite.
Also the will be the, questions panel where both reported and the everyday guy gets to ask questions. These are well covered and have been infamous for potential leaks. But mostly they fun and bring these heroes down to earth.
This may be wishful thinking, but history has proven that we may have potential first views or even (gasp) a trailer.
There is one last thing we should all remember, that all it takes is one. One A lister to accept, this can have a ripple effect, even if it isn’t this year. Remember it took years before the original cons gained celebrity traction, in this way we are blessed.
Batman V Superman, the mother of all match ups finally did its Superhero landing this past Friday. And what a landing!
The movie seems to be critically panned by most yet is set to make mega moola.
So how did it really fare?
*super minor spoilers ahead*
Firstly the darkness of the movie was a breath of fresh air compared to all the humour we get from Marvel (don’t get me wrong I love the Stark/Banner Banter but too much one thing can be detrimental fro ones health ) but I also feel that they drenched it in darkness when a good soak was all that was needed. A little more humour would have balance it more.
The movie did feel cluttered at times but with Snyder having to manages 3 heroes and world/franchise building I can let that slide which is more poor editing than bad direction. But like I said before the shared universe has that effect and it’s a symptom we will have to live with if we want this multi-verse to continue.There were some obvious plot holes that may be done on purpose and this shall only reveal itself in future instalments or could be just poor story telling.
The film is well cast ( more on that later) and for the most part well directed. There are some camera angles that seem less that courteous to the scene at times. Visually it is stunning, but with such a long development period I would expected nothing short of spectacular. The score felt right and my favourite was that of Wonder Woman in the final act.
Moving on to the cast, Batfleck seems to have nailed the Dark Knight but falls a little short on Bruce Wayne as there are times when it feels they are the same character and it shouldn’t, but time will heal that wound and IMO he has earned his seat as a worthy successor to Bale. His relationship with Alfred is captured beautifully and a key moment was him making old Al a cup of coffee. A scene that clearly defined there relationship is more than what appears on the surface.
Cavill seems to be settling into his role well and his second outing is an improvement, even his physique is larger. His romance with Lois felt a little fast tracked but again nothing one cant get past to enjoy the film. Ms Lane’s character is served well as one can but visually she looks a bit old for Clark but who am I to judge what Supe’s into these days.
Wonder Woman is a scene stealer in the best sense, her beauty, her strength and charisma shines through and will surely cement success in her solo outing. The only negative is that we never have enough of her.
Lex I must admit shattered all my fears of Eisenberg playing the role. His malice is unmatched (until a certain new green haired freak makes his début ) and his genius is on point. While others may say his eccentric was over the top, I applaud it and felt it was what would be in his youth in this time. He is so full of himself as only a Luther can be.
Snapping back to the film itself, I felt it delivered, adapting key Batman and Superman stories write out of comic book history and blending them together to create a cohesive story. So yes the movie is flawed is some ways but it certainly didn’t deserve the global panning which will probably hurt its box office returns.
This movie isn’t made to win over critics, it isn’t made to collect Oscars, it was made for the fans. It was made as fun popcorn blockbuster that brings together the holy trinity. And in that regards it succeeds.
All in all it is a solid entry into DC’s cinematic universe and even warrants a second viewing.
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This review is well overdue… I know… but in my defence the game took me in and never let me go, I mean really. Man what a roller-coaster.
Let’s kick off with the graphics or visuals, Rocksteady have really used the next gen console’s capabilities as best as one could. From the way the rain slicks of the cape to the landscaping of the city. The city is what I believe Gotham should look like on screen. There is so much to take in, one can just take the time to go sightseeing, however considering the use of the Batmobile the streets could have been made a little more sensible. But there is plenty to explore.
“Oracle… the time is off on the Watchtower”
This is what a Batman story should be, the odds stacked up against him in every possible way and a multitude of villains doing everything to compound those odds. This game was equal parts comic, movie and gameplay. The plot twists had me stunned as the game took Batman characters to places we never expected. This game is rich with character development, which is just as vital as stunning visuals. There is so much I just want to blurt out here, but I have been spoiler warned by the powers that be, so its zip lips for now.
Fast and Furious
This is one of the biggest draws of the game, how often does one get to throw the Batmobile around the streets of Gotham. The car is a nice combination of Nolan’s Tumbler, the forthcoming variant from Batman V Superman and pure comic book insanity. Don’t expect GT like handling this isn’t a racing game or simulator but there are plenty of races one can undertake. The car has 2 modes which one can switch up anytime. The first is the normal car mode where you have speed and minor weapons and there is the battle mode which essentially makes you a tank. The car is fun to use to get around the city but I still prefer gliding around.
The controls are easy to learn but can feel loose at times especially during close combat, the Batmobile as I mentioned is pretty basic car control with nice power slides and a afterburner turbo boost but the battle mode has decent manoeuvrability, the targeting feels off and never precise. Gliding is easy to pick up but takes some mastery for those moves and precision landing. If you have already played any of the previous titles then it’s like riding a bike and if not then just give it some time. The default settings are fitting, I know there were some arguments that its best to set your own style but I felt they hit it spot on (or maybe my style is default setting 1..LOL) Again is pretty responsive and nothing negative to report that will hamper your experince
2 Guys, a girl and one crazy b….
Botox, a must for the modern super villain
Err…almost every villain makes an appearance in the final instalment of the trilogy. By now we know it will be focused on Scarecrow and the Arkham Knight, but fear not many other fan favourites have sizeable roles to play in this game. Sadly 2 of mine never even show face, namely Bane and Mr.Freeze but hey I only completed the main story so far and may be surprised yet. The villains are designed superbly mixing elements of realism and pure cartoon madness.
Pokemon… Gotta catch ém all
Well firstly was the day one patch which meant I had to wait at least 20mins before starting as the 2GB plus patch installed (no bandwidth isn’t that fast, but PS4’s play as you download start is awesome). Then games difficulty starts of mild but then starts to intensifies very quickly, while the upgrades help to kerb some of them, it does get a bit frustrating. Then there are the weird glitches, like the one that occurs when you smack in the middle of a fight and the screen distorts and you in limbo. Riddler’s challenges will make you question (pun intended) you very capability as a gamer, when I say they hard, they friggin hard. The season pass (I opted out for now) is a joke, almost R600 for a six month pass? I would be happy to pay that extra for a premium version that has that included but these season passes are a joke, especially when they let us down so bad for the Batmobile version and threw some cheap skins on our face.
This game now resides as the second best title of the PS4 of all time (so far), GTA 5 still holds on to that Number 1 spot. The game succeeds not because of the superb graphics or the use of the Batmobile or gameplay or what not, it succeeds because it does one simple thing, it makes you feel like you are the Batman, jumping roof tops and gliding around a gothic metropolis (too much?). Be the Batman? Indeed!
But really how good is this game, well put it this way, I intended to write this review after 10% story play, I am now 100% complete on the core story. Yeah its that good.
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