Now’s a Good Time For Comic Lovers

Dark Knight

The past year has been quite interesting for comic book lovers of both DC and Marvel camps. There has been quite an explosion of new shows and each one keeps getting better than the previous one! I used to consider the series; Gotham as my favorite of the bunch but today after watching the first episode of Daredevil I’ve changed my mind. I can’t wait to see the next episode of Daredevil!

I’ve compiled the list of popular comic book based/inspired TV shows below;

Daredevil [link]
“Matt Murdock was blinded as a boy in a tragic accident. An accident that also gave him extraordinary senses. Practicing as an attorney in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City by day, he fights as a masked vigilante at night.”

Gotham [link]
“Explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon.  He is still a detective but he has yet to meet Batman and the villains who made Gotham City so famous.”

The Flash [link]
The Flash is the story of Barry Allen, a police scientist who is the victim of a freak accident. While working late, his lab is hit by lightning. The blast shatters a number of vials, so Barry is both electrocuted and bathed in dozens of chemicals. When he recovers, Barry finds that he has gained the ability to move at almost impossible speed.”

Arrow [link]
Arrow is a modern retelling of the DC Comic character Green Arrow. Multi-millionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing, and presumed dead after a shipwreck at sea. He is found five years later, having survived on a desert island off his wits and by mastering the bow and arrow. When he returns to Starling City however, he discovers that it is rife with corruption and crime. Oliver decides to put his skills to use by taking on the persona of Arrow and becoming the vigilante that Starling City needs.”

Agent Carter [link]
“In 1946, Agent Peggy Carter is grounded after World War II, stuck in administrative work at the Strategic Scientific Reserve. However, industrialist Howard Stark asks for Peggy’s help clearing his name when his weapons are used to spread death and destruction”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D [link]
“Based on Marvel’s fictional government organization, S.H.I.E.L.D.  It shows that not all heroes have to be super. Agent Phil Coulson (The Avengers) recruits a new team to go into the field and handle any cases involving the strange and the bizarre.”
Dark Knight at Burj Jassim

The Amazing Spiderman – Not Really

As a die hard Marvel fan it pains me to say this but I didn’t find this movie ‘amazing’. With regards to the character playing Peter Parker, Andrew Garfield is much much better than Toby McGuire but the rest of the components that made this movie didn’t quite appeal to me. One of the quibbles I have is that this movie is loooong, so long in fact my friend SP had to wake me up thrice as I dozed off during some scenes.

I liked the fact that the city looked real and Peter wasn’t a pussy like the previous films but somewhere along the way things got too romantic and ‘touching’ and this left a bad taste in my mouth. When we exited the theater and chatted with a few friends I was relieved to know that I wasn’t the only person who felt that way.

Watch this movie either way, you might like it and if you don’t, well that’s life.

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Spiderman on [IMDB]

The Avengers – Movie Review

“Fricking awesome” would be the appropriate response to this movie or maybe even an understatement. Either way ‘The Avengers’ movie turned out to be a perfect amalgamation of the Marvel superheroes and Joss Whedon has done a great job of giving the characters equal importance in the movie. In case you’re not familiar with the plot, here’s my summary;

Nick Fury revives the scrapped ‘Avangers Initiative’ when faced with an insurmountable challenge in the form of Loki’s hordes. He calls in The Hulk, Ironman, Captain America and Thor with the help of Black Widow and Hawk-Eye to rise up to the invaders.

The previous Hulk movies didn’t do much to excite the fans but the new avatar clearly works and if I’m not mistaken the Hulk was everyone’s favorite when we walked out of the cinema. I don’t want to give anything away in this post and you have to see this movie even if you’re not a Marvel fan.

The summer of 2012 has kicked off in a big way and I can’t wait for ‘Dark Knight Rises’ and ‘Prometheus’!

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Avengers on [IMDB]

Captain America – The First Avenger

This is the final installment in the buildup to The Avengers movie coming out in 2012 and I must say that it was one of the best! If you’ve watched the Fantastic Four series then you’ll probably be familiar with Chris Evans. I was doubtful if he could pull off a real heroic role as Captain America and I was pleasantly surprised to see that he did a great job.

As with all the recent reboots and origin movies, this one digs into the past and origins of Steve Rogers and how he came to possess his great power. I didn’t know that we had tickets to a 3D show but if you’re not into 3D then it really doesn’t make much difference if you watch the regular version. The movie in itself is very entertaining and you’ll love every minute of it.

Note: As with all the other Marvel movies there’s a sneak preview/teaser of whats to come and you must not miss this one in particular.
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Thor – movie review

This is yet another good year for comic book fans as we have Thor, Green Lantern and Captain America, among many others coming out this year. I had some doubts about Chris Hemsworth in the role of Thor, the God of thunder but he pulled it off quite well. He has massively altered his appearance for this role as well, I didn’t recognize him as Capt Kirk from the Star Trek movie until my friend SP told me. The guy is buffed up like crazy! As usual Mr. Stan Lee makes a quick and appearance and he seems to be enjoy these little cameos.

Like the current crop of Super Hero movies, there is a decent amount of background story incorporated into the film before it cuts to the present age and this is good for both fans and newcomers to the Avengers universe. I loved the sets for Asgard and it was almost like you’d imagine it after reading the comics and watching the cartoons, although Thor’s appearance is not the classic clean shaven one that you might expect. The role of Loki was played by Tom Hiddleston and he did a decent job although IMHO he wasn’t evil enough, maybe there’s more to come in later movies. Overall I’d say this movie scores a 4 out of 5 but overall its not as hardcore Marvel as I would like it to be. I’m hoping for Captain America to be much better.

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