Thursday, February 26, 2015


Neill Blomkemp (there's an awesome name) director of critically acclaimed films such as District 9 and Elysium has gotten a shot at the big time - Alien. I love the Alien movies. I loved the first one because it was scary as hell, the second one because it was scary and action packed. I never actually saw the full third film (although I hear I'm not missing out). Alien: Resurrection was . . . eh, it was ok it was just not on par with the original films. The imagery in the movies is striking and original.

Freud would have loved this movie

When I was a kid I read comic books like Superman vs Alien Part One and Part Two, Batman vs Aliens Part One and Two, and my favorite and hidden gem Aliens vs Predator vs Terminator. If you ever find these, I highly recommend. They're pretty bad ass. 

See? That's bad ass right!

The big question is what is gonna happen in the film? Blomkemp released some concept art that he worked on and it all looks interesting. It implies the return of the ship from LV426, the alien queen, Corporal Hicks, and Ripley sporting a helmet shaped like the Xenomorph head. All in all, it looks really interesting and exciting. But what will happen in the film? Will it have ties to Prometheus

Fun fact: this was the only part of the film I liked

Maybe it will be another Aliens vs Predator movie?

Eh . . . probably not a good idea

Hey maybe they'll do something really wacky and bring the Aliens to a different Fox franchise.

Alien: Heroclix 

I can't tell you how much I was disappointed by Prometheus. I was really looking forward to that movie relaunching the Alien franchise, even if it was just on the fringes. I liked the Predators movie with Adrien Brody, even though the acting in the film was awful. I still thought it was a cool concept. I think there have been many attempts to get a new Alien film made over the last few years but nothing caught on. Hopefully, Blomkemp will bring back the awesome and scary to the Alien universe. 

Also, and this is a little off topic, but think about this: You ever think if the Aliens were real? Dude we'd be fucked! Acid for blood! Egg laying super-mom queen! Damn things don't feel pain, they just breed! And for some reason there's always some dumb human that wants to use it as a weapon. They're pretty much indestructible, if for no other reason than their numbers.  

Also they're terrifying

Good thing that these things don't exist. Or maybe they do . . . We don't really know do we . . . ??

Till Next Time!

JJ - The Comic Junkie

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


It happened. The Flash and Arrow had an epic crossover. Ok yeah, it was two months ago but I can't get over it! It was so awesome!


Well the episodes were a massive success and the producers have promised us more crossovers in the future. Ray Palmer and Felicity will be heading to Central City and Joe and Cisco will be helping the SCPD. This is all well and good but the team up and fight between the Flash and Arrow was the highlight. Just like seeing the Avengers on screen together, it's great seeing these two heroes on the small screen. And better than the Avengers, we can see it every year instead of waiting every three years. But what's gonna happen? What's next for Barry and Oliver's joint adventure? They can't just fight again that wouldn't be as interesting a second time around. They need to have some common enemy, theme, or situation that brings them together. Having said that, here are my suggestions for 5 WAYS TO CROSS OVER ARROW AND THE FLASH:

I've probably talked about this before but I think that Green Lantern really, really, really needs to be a TV show. I mean just film Geoff Johns's run! It was fantastic! But in order to bring him into the DC-CWverse maybe sneaking him in like Arrow did with Barry Allen would be the best option. Hal Jordan has a history with both Barry and Oliver in the comics, so it's natural for him to show up. He could be the common element that brings Oliver and Barry together again. Whether Hal is visiting one of their cities or maybe both heroes travel to Coast City (it's been mentioned several times in each show) tracking a mutual enemy. Of course it doesn't have to be Green Lantern. Any other DC hero could make an appearance and bring the heroes together. 

What the hell ever happened to your show man?

Any way you look at it, a new hero introduced during a Flash/Arrow crossover would be pretty epic.

Is it hokey? Yes. Would it still be awesome? Absolutely. I saw an interview with one of the producers of Smallville and he said there were two reasons to do a body switching episode: 1 - it's cheap and 2 - it's a great way to explore a character in a new way. He's totally right on both counts. Arrow and the Flash have huge budgets and I'm sure the producers would love an excuse to maybe save a little cash. Also, it would be hilarious for Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin to have to play each other. I know both actors would relish the opportunity. I mentioned yesterday how it would be great if they played evil versions of each other, but what if they played each other? That's just as good, if not better! And yeah, it's hokey but with all the other comic booky stuff that happens every week on the Flash it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibilities. 

This was on my wish list for the Flash back before the show premiered and that has not changed. With Geoff Johns serving as DCE Chief Creative Officer, I think he should use his power to convince the Arrow/Flash producers to due a multi-episode arc where Barry screws up the timeline and we get to see what Central City and Starling City look like in the Flashpoint world. Maybe Oliver died on the Queen's Gambit and Thea is the Arrow? Maybe Ronnie and Dr. Stein never became Firestorm? Maybe Felicity actually became the rebel hacker she was on her way to being in college? Flashpoint is one of my all time favorite comics and the animated Justice League: the Flashpoint Paradox was a great adaptation. It would be great to see it done in live action. I feel like with Barry's recent revelation that he was there the night of his mother's murder will lead to some sort of Flashpoint-esque storyline possibly happening at the beginning of season 2. 

Oh . . . Yeah 

Yeah, yeah, I kinda covered this one before. Given the talented Grant Gustin and Jesse Martin are stars of the Flash I think a musical episode SHOULD be inevitable. One of my favorite episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the "Once More With Feeling" musical. It had great music and featured a great way to explore the characters in a new and interesting way. A crossover Flash/Arrow musical would be super cheesy but it would also be a ton of fun. I mean come on . . . You'd watch it and love it! Or maybe it would signal the downfall of both series. 

It's no secret that I loved Smallville and it's near and dear to my heart even now. Now, it's highly unlikely that an episode like this will ever happen. It would require some divine intervention or maybe the shows running really out of ideas. However, I think that Justin Hartley and Kyle Gallner guest starring on either the Flash or Arrow or both would be super awesome. The Flash has already brought in a few (with more on the way) stars from the original Flash series from the 90s, but why stop there? Smallville is still the longest running superhero drama in TV history. I'd love to see a reunion of the original Justice League with the new CW League. Maybe . . . Maybe . . . Some day . . . 

Ok so maybe these suggestions are long shots but if the crossovers are meant to be an annual thing (and they should be) then why not have some fun? I mean these shows are based on comic books after all! Fun is what it's all about!

It's all fun and games till someone takes an arrow to the knee

Till Next Time!

JJ - The Comic Junkie

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


You can't have a great hero without a great villain. Luckily, DC Comics are filled to the brim with fantastic supervillains. From the Joker, Lex Luthor, Darkseid, the Reverse Flash, and so on and so forth the DC superheroes have their work cut out for them. So far on Arrow we have seen Deathstroke, Deadshot, Ra's Al Ghul, Vertigo, the Clock King, the Huntress, and many other characters from the comic books plague Starling City and the Arrow. On the Flash we've seen the Reverse Flash, Girder, Captain Cold, Heatwave, and the Weather Wizard among others. I don't know about you but I can't wait to see what happens for the remainder of the two seasons and what might happen next season. Like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Smallville before them the seasons are generally centered around a "Big Bad." So who might the Big Bads next year? For Arrow Season 3 we have Ra's Al Ghul. The Flash Season 1 has the Reverse Flash. But who will be stopping by next season? Let's speculate shall we?


This dude legit started out as a guy that ran around as a giant calculator. Years later, Brad Meltzer thought of a better use for the character. He made him the supervillain equivalent to Oracle. He kept all the villains in communication and organized. For Arrow, he would be great as a the supervillain equivalent to Felicity. The Clock King played this part a little bit during Season 2, but that was just one episode. It would be great to have this guy be a main villain for a whole year to plague Team Arrow with coordinated attacks around Starling City and maybe even spill over into Central City. Given Arrow's knack for taking second or third tier villains and making them awesome, this one is probably more of a when rather than an if. 

See what I did there? I had a previous post about keeping her out of Gotham! And now I'm saying that she should be on Arrow! Oh my gosh, I'm so clever! Ok not really, but this would be freaking awesome if I do say so myself. Harley is one of the most popular DC characters of all time. She's the star of two current comic book series Harley Quinn and Suicide Squad. While Harley did have a brief cameo in Season 2 it would be great to have her come on the show for real. After all, Injustice: Gods Among Us has shown us that Harley and Oliver have some great banter.

Read it, it's hilarious

While Harley has never been a really proper supervillain, more of a henchmen or antihero, it would still be great if she could get an introduction in the DC-CWverse. The odds of this happening are very slim considering the upcoming Suicide Squad movie and the Gotham TV series will most likely bring the character on soon enough. However, I think a character like Harley would be a great way to shake things up on Arrow for its fourth season. 

For those of you who don't know, yes, in DC Comics there is Batman and Catwoman and the completely unrelated Catman. And they say Hollywood is out of ideas. You try coming up with a new villain based on an unused animal! But seriously, Due to Gail Simone's acclaimed run on Villains United and Secret Six Catman became a hot character. Although he has become more of an antihero in the comics now, that doesn't mean we couldn't see him start out with his villainous roots. He may not be strong enough to be a "Big Bad" but he would be a great character to come on the show and join the Suicide Squad. I think this might be another case of not if but when. 

Back in the early 2000s, movie director Kevin Smith wrote a critically acclaimed run on Green Arrow. His first arc, Quiver, featured a villain called the Star City Slayer. The Slayer was a child murderer and Satanic cultist. Quiver is one of my favorite comic book storylines. Stanley pretends to be Oliver's friend and benefactor after he returns from the dead just so he can gain his trust. Dover intends to gain immortality through the Beast with No Name. Since he's getting older, he plans to take over Oliver's body to live out the next several years of his life looking for the Beast. Given the realistic nature of Arrow it would be a tough sell to see this character. He would probably be a better fit for Constantine or maybe even the Flash. But he started as a Green Arrow villain. The magical portion of the story could be toned down. Instead he could just be a cultist with delusions of grandeur. Either way, it would be a great story to see adapted in some way.

The recent Green Arrow comic books brought a new level of mythology previously not heard of in the stories. The Outsiders consisted of seven clans, Arrow, Mask, Sword, Spear, Fist, Shield, and Ax. Katana was part of the Sword Clan and Komodo was on the Arrow Clan. Oliver found out about the Outsiders and his father's involvement in it when Komodo came to Star City to assassinate Oliver. Green Arrow discovered a whole conspiracy involving his father's manipulating his time on the Island, the Clans, and where their "powers" came from. It was a fascinating story and made Green Arrow more than just a "lucky survivor" of the Island. He was now a hero with a predetermined destiny. It would be really cool to bring in these characters and flesh them out. Felicity, Laurel, and even Diggle could be brought into the various clans. Given the fact that we've already met Katana in her civilian guise as Tatsu Yamashiro and Komodo was a villain in an earlier episode, it's again likely that the Outsiders could be making an appearance before the series is over. 


We've already seen a few of the Rogues on the series with a few more confirmed on the way. These characters are practically the Flash's supporting cast in the comic books. It would be great to see them become more than just occasional guest stars. During Geoff Johns' run on the Flash comics he really built up the Rogues as legitimate threats to the Flash. They each had complicated backstories and motivations as well as a code of honor. Like I said, DC Comics has no shortage of wonderful villains. It's also not unheard of to see the occasional guest star become a series regular. Arrow is a perfect example with both Slade and Malcolm Merlyn becoming regulars after having guest spots in the previous seasons. I'm hoping this will be a when and not an if. We will see . . . 

Given that the Flash is about to tackle time travel in the next few episodes, I'm willing to bet that alternate dimensions are also on the list. The Crime Syndicate is a twisted version of the Justice League from Earth-3. Their version of the Flash is named Johnny Quick. He's a sadistic killer that loves using his speed to plow through people, literally annihilating them. Yeah, it's pretty messed up. But he's an evil Barry Allen and it would be cool to see Grant Gustin have to play an evil version of himself. They could even bring in an evil version of Arrow for Oliver to fight. I'm sure Amell and Gustin would love the opportunity to play twisted versions of their characters. What actor doesn't love a challenge? Also, it would save the producers money from hiring new actors. Unless, they really wanted to I guess . . . 

Dr. Caitlin Snow is already a regular character on the show. In the comic books, she becomes the evil Killer Frost. She's a metahuman that freezes her victims to death. And get this - she's also a spurned lover of Firestorm. So . . . We're on the way to this happening! The only downside to this happening is that Caitlin has become a very likable character and I would hate to see her become a villain. I already went through this with Lex on Smallville and I just don't know if I can go through this again . . . Sniff . . . Sniff . . . Don't do it, Caitlin!

In the current comic book series, Barry is trapped in the Speed Force and his murderous future self is in his place in the present, mucking things up in Barry's name. It's a pretty wacky story but it's still a lot of fun. Future Barry suffered a major tragedy in the form of Wally dying. Now he's in the present trying to make sure that his mistakes don't happen again. Now, I actually consider this somewhat of a long shot because I have a theory that Harrison Wells is actually Future Barry. Since he's the Reverse Flash he might be Eobard Thawne or Hunter Zoloman or Daniel West. However, I think Harrison has qualities of all those characters and could very well be either Future Barry or Barry from an alternate dimension. If he is not, then maybe Future Barry can be the villain next season. 

Deathstroke is too strong of a character to be just one hero's arch-nemesis. I would love to see him return on Arrow which apparently will be happening next week. However, I think it would be just as cool to see him become a regular villain on the Flash. In the comics, he's taken on the Teen Titans and the Justice League. He's taken all of them on and wiped the floor with them, so it's not crazy to think he could take on Barry and beat him. He's a great character and was a truly evil guy on Arrow. It might be a bit of a stretch to get him to Central City but he's already attacked Caitlin and Cisco while they visited Starling City. Barry has yet to fight him as the Flash, but I have a feeling that we'll be seeing him again soon. If not on the Flash then maybe on the Titans show that's currently being developed. 

That's my list of who I want to see on the next seasons of the Flash and Arrow. I think any of these characters would be great to see, and great to have them crossover with each other. And maybe if they end up crossing over with Supergirl or Titans then those villains can show up too! Oh my gosh! The possibilities are endless!

Till Next Time! 

JJ - The Comic Junkie!

Monday, February 16, 2015


When you're an actor you get to play a variety of different roles. Doctors, lawyers, superheroes, and sometimes you get to play Jesus or Moses. An even luckier fewer get to play Batman and Jesus or Moses (or both). I love when I see actors that have played different Batman parts in different movies together in weird ways.

My favorite example

This past weekend I attended a retreat in Erie, PA called Divine Mercy Encounter. During this retreat, you are meant to shut out the outside world and encounter Jesus in a very personal way. Well, it worked wonders for me. I felt a connection to God that I haven't felt in years. It was like finding a song on your iPod that you haven't heard in a long time and singing along, knowing every single word even though it's been years since you've played it. This weekend did that for me. It strengthened me and give me light when I was in a dark place. 

In a funny way, I've always thought of Jesus as very similar to Batman. Jesus died for our sins and performed miracles. Batman sacrifices a normal life for the people of Gotham. He shines a light in the darkness. Batman swore an oath on his parents' grave that he would bring justice to Gotham City. Jesus brings peace and love. I mean, it's not like they're totally the same but I've always thought of them as similar. Maybe that's just my weird brain working.

Back to my earlier thought, how cool would it be to be an actor and get to play Batman? That's one of my life goals to be honest. 

Been practicing . . .

Like I said, I always saw a lot of similarities between Batman and Jesus (and Moses) so it's cool that there have been actors that have played both parts. Who are they you may ask? I'm glad you asked (or I asked for you . . . ) 

Several years ago there was a made for TV movie called Jesus. I think it was on NBC. I remember watching it with my family and really enjoying it. I thought that the guy they got to play Jesus looked just like Jesus from all the paintings I had seen growing up. Their interpretation of Jesus was great to me, he seemed like a real man. He laughed, joked, and still preached the word of God. I loved that. Imagine my surprise several years later when I found out he was cast as Batman in the animated Justice League: the New Frontier

I thought it was so great. Especially since I hadn't heard from that guy since he played Jesus. I worried that the crucifixion scene might have been real and he had died! Just kidding! Just kidding! Seriously though, he made a great Batman. And just like true Batman style, he doesn't have a big part in the movie but when he's on screen he owns it.

Ok so I'll be honest and say that I've never seen this movie. I probably should because look at that picture. That's Batman. As Jesus. I mean . . . that's just the coolest thing ever!

Batman carries the burden of defending Gotham City on his shoulders just like Jesus carried the Cross. In the end, Batman inspired the city during The Dark Knight Rises to fight back against Bane and his men. Sounds a lot like Jesus inspiring the disciples to spread the Good Word. 

Oh and also!

Again, I did not see this movie. It looked like a live action version of The Prince of Egypt (more on that in a bit). However, if Batman had led the Jews out of Egypt . . . Well let's just say that he wouldn't have needed the Plagues.

Let my people go! Then you have my permission to die!

This is one of my all time favorite movies. It actually makes me really mad that they've never made this into a Broadway musical. I'll just have to do it when I'm rich and famous I guess. Anyway, the film had a wonderful cast which featured Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Michelle Pfeiffer (Catwoman), Jeff Goldblum (Ian Malcolm), Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort) and Danny Glover (Sgt. Murtaugh). Of course the cast also featured Val Kilmer (Batman) as Moses and the voice of God. And he was Batman. Dude's life is complete!

There's even a scene in Batman Forever where Bruce is recalling his parents' funeral. I might be wrong but it looked like Bruce Wayne was Catholic. That was pretty cool to me. Despite me saying that Batman and Jesus/Moses are similar I think that Batman is not a religious person. But it's all good. Kilmer was great in all three parts he played. 

And finally:

Ok . . . Ok ya got me! I'm just joshing ya. This is Gob's ego going overboard but it was hilarious. And Will Arnett was hilarious as Batman in the Lego Movie. 

I hope you enjoyed this list. I know it's been a while since my last post, but I'm gonna work more at it because I love writing for this blog. Keep on reading and God bless!

Till Next Time!

JJ - The Comic Junkie! 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Well, True Believers! The day is finally here. The day we never thought would see happen has happened. Spider-Man has been granted permission to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What does this mean exactly? Well it means that Spider-Man will appear in some Marvel movies and Sony will still produce solo Spider-Man movies with the option to include other characters.

Although probably not this guy

This is definitely good news! We'll get to see Spider-Man interact with the rest of the Avengers like Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, and maybe even the Defenders like Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist. That's pretty awesome. Unfortunately this comes at the expense of Andrew Garfield. 

This news came on a Monday. Garfield hates Mondays

The plan now is that Spider-Man will appear in next summer's Captain America: Civil War and then a solo film produced by Sony and Marvel in July 2017. That's pretty intense. Spider-Man is getting ANOTHER reboot before I'm 30 years old. That's a weird but true fact.

So here's the big question: What will be the premise of the next solo Spider-Man movie? We know for certain that Spider-Man will be a teenager, the origin story will NOT be told again, and a love story will not be the central focus of the story. So far, so good. This already sets it apart from the previous Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man films. The whole original Sam Raimi trilogy was based around Peter's love for Mary Jane and whether or not they could be together due to his secret identity. The Marc Webb films were based around Peter's love for Gwen and whether or not they could be together due to his secret identity.

It truly was the untold story

It sounds like the MCU Spidey is going to be a bit closer to the Ultimate Spider-Man comic books. This is definitely the way to go considering that Ultimate Spider-Man is freaking awesome and some of the best Spider-Man stories that have ever been written. 

I'm definitely looking forward to this new era of Spider-Man on film. I'm very sad to lose Andrew Garfield, but I trust Marvel to introduce us to a great new talent just like they did with Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. And who do I recommend they cast?


Till Next time!

JJ - the Comic Junkie!

Friday, February 6, 2015


Are you aware that many of your favorite superhero actors have either been on Broadway or on Glee or both? Some are just crazy talented and deserve more of a chance to show it off. The most obvious example of course is Hugh Jackman.

He's the best there is at what he does. And what he does is look pretty

Hugh has been on Broadway, he's won a Tony, and he was Oscar nominated for his wonderful performance in Les Miserables.  He's a great actor, a great singer, and then there's this: 

We live in the golden age of comic book movies

For real let's get a superhero musical going. There's plenty of talent out there! Let's take a look at the list:


Yeah that's right. Freaking Batman. He can sing. And he's damn good at it too. I'm a little surprised that he hasn't been on Broadway recently. Or maybe he has and everyone has been keeping this from me . . . 


Fastest man alive. Great dancer. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. He looks like a Warbler even without the blazer. Yes . . . Once upon a time I was a fan of Glee and I still kind of am . . . Don't judge me!


We have yet to see her in action as Supergirl but we already know she has some talent. The cast of Glee works very hard learning dance moves, lyrics, and how to look really sad despite singing and dancing through life. But hey, it's high school. I guess everyone is pouty and full of song. 


I don't think there's anything that Nathan Fillion can't do. He's handsome, funny, talented, and just an all around nice guy. He's played Green Lantern in a couple of the DC animated Justice League movies. He was also a fan favorite for the live action part. Maybe someday . . . 


Well I could go on all day about how talented this motherfucker is. But I'm not gonna do that. And admit it, you'd go see a Wolverine musical. That would be awesome. 


Neil Patrick Harris is crazy talented. Good actor. Good singer. Good dancer. Magician (seriously). He's already been in a superhero musical. Twice actually - Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog and Batman: the Brave and the Bold - Mayhem of the Music Meister. If my superhero musical gets made, I want Neil front and center. Also he was Doogie Howser . . . I just wanted to remind everyone of that.


Ok so Pratt's character is a big goofball in Parks and Recreation. He's the lead singer of the weirdly named Mouserat. He may not be trying to sound really good or sincere but I can tell he's got some talent. 


Let's not forget the villains! Or else our superhero musical would be pretty boring wouldn't it?


RIP Heath. Gone from this world too soon. So full of talent. I mean just look at this scene! He's bursting with talent. Such a shame . . . But he was amazing and his Joker was the best thing ever!


Here's another actor too talented for her own good. I was quite surprised when Lawrence started singing during Mockingjay. I was more surprised when she was actually pretty good. I mean come on here! It's not enough to be beautiful and an Oscar winner? 


Yeah I already mentioned him for the heroes but he can play two parts! I will allow this to happen because it will make my super-musical amazing. 

I've always had a love of musicals. I can't help but sing along when my iPod is on shuffle. And I love finding out that some of my favorite actors are also talented singers. Maybe someday I'll make it to New York and produce my wacky, superhero musical. I'm sure that some other heroes and villains have great voices, they just need a chance to shine . . .

Yepp . . . my man Stephen Amell. What a guy . . . Let's get him in a musical! 

Till Next Time!

JJ - The Comic Junkie!