Justice League: Why the hate?

Took my boys to see “Justice League” this weekend, and honestly after seeing all the negativity online, I wasn’t expecting much. Turns out it was great, though! I honestly don’t see what all the complaining was about. I probably won’t cover the pros & cons in much detail, since it just came out a few days ago, but as usual this WILL have spoilers, so consider yourself warned.

The Story

The movie picks up almost immediately after the events of “Batman vs. Superman”, with the world still mourning Superman’s death weeks later. Batman encounters a parademon in Gotham, and believes the creatures to be responsible for several kidnappings of prominent scientists, most of them associated with S.T.A.R. Labs. While investigating, he frequently runs across a motif of three cubes together, something that Diana recognizes as the Mother Boxes – alien devices that were left on Earth after an ancient alliance of Amazons, Atlantians, Gods, and Men repelled an alien invasion of the planet millennia ago.  She notes that if the boxes are re-appearing, it won’t be long until another invasion occurs.

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Movie Review – The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2

I finally broke down and bought TDKR Part 2 today, so here’s the promised review of it. I was really hoping that Part 2 would help me get over the nitpicks I had about Part 1 (see that review here), but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. In fact, in a few instances they were worse. But before I get into the details, here’s a breakdown of what happens in Part 2. Consider this your spoiler warning as well.

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Man of Steel: What did I think?

Since the new Superman movie is still pretty new, I’ll hold off on posting a full review of “Man of Steel”. However, if you’re on the fence about going to see it, maybe this short quasi-review will help.

Overall, I loved “Man of Steel” – it’s an entirely new take on the Superman mythos, yet still retains all of the milestones we look for in a Superman story. All of the main actors did a wonderful job portraying their respective characters. I was initially concerned about Amy Adams as Lois Lane since she doesn’t fit with our traditional image of the feisty reporter, but she didn’t disappoint. Henry Cavill made a really good Superman, and Mark Shannon made a great Zod.

There are tons of easter eggs throughout the film for die-hard fans. The movie has references to the comics, the 1979 franchise, Lois & Clark, Smallville, and even other DC franchises. In fact, my only criticism would be that the movie feels overly long or rushed at times, almost like it’s 1.5 movies squished into one. Despite that, I highly recommend this movie for any fans of Superman, comic books, superheroes, or even just sci-fi in general.