Noise Created Over Black Widow's Absence Should be a Warning to WB/DC

Here's your chance DC. WB are you listening?

As I write this, Twitter is giving the Marvel/Disney 'power-house of mouse' the business about not including Black Widow on their Avengers: Age of Ultron merchandise.

This is your chance to get one over on them.

Next year Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will include the most famous heroine of them all: Wonder Woman.

Put her on everything. Merchandise the hell out of the Princess of Themiscrya.


Marvel Gets Preferred Treatment Over DC

When DC announced the follow-up to Man of Steel would be Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the initial reaction was excitement. From Batman fans. Superman fans met the announcement with some trepidation as we weren't looking forward to seeing him made out to look bad on the big screen.

We know that Batman gets all the love.



Shortly after the announcement, Marvel declared that they would release Captain America: Civil War on the same date selected by DC for Dawn of Justice. This movie would put Cap at odds with Iron Man. Fans everywhere were excited. There was no division. Everyone was on board.

We know that Marvel gets all the love.

An argument against DC's cinematic style is that it's not 'fun' and they should do things more like Marvel. Well here we have a situation where Marvel is doing a movie in the same vein as DC and guess who gets killed for pitting their heroes against each other?

DC.

So why are these two sets of popular heroes being pitted against one another? And why has it been generally accepted for Marvel to do, but it's a point of ridicule for DC?

Batman v Superman will be a dark movie. Show me a movie with Batman that ISN'T dark. This movie will set up the DC cinematic universe. We've never had a time in comics when Batman and Superman met for the first time, without some form of conflict. Batman doesn't trust very many people and therefore it makes sense that he's wary of a newcomer with god-like powers. Superman believes there is good in everyone and always seeks to find it.

They will meet for the first time, ever, in the DC cinematic universe. It makes sense there would be some conflict. Sound familiar?

When Iron Man and Thor met for the first time in The Avengers, they threw punches first, talked later. And audiences LOVED IT.

My prediction will be that Batman will go after Superman, while Superman takes the heat and tries to reason with Bats. He won't throw a punch unless he absolutely has to. I also feel that there will be a villain lined up that the two of them will have to join together to fight in the end. Otherwise the movie will be a character driven piece, exploring the differences between the two characters with minimal action.

Iron Man and Captain America have been working alongside one another for quite sometime now in the Marvel cinematic universe. They argued and bickered throughout The Avengers but upon Coulson's death, the two of them set their differences aside to work towards a common threat. Everyone loved it. They fired insults at each other like kids on a playground and kept challenging each other to a fight.

People loved it. They ate it up like popcorn at a movie.

So, naturally, people are excited to get a whole movie dedicated to the petty bickering between Iron Man and Captain America. If you're familiar with the Civil War story, you'll know that the main disagreement isn't so much about 'who's better' but about their personal views. Even though in the movies Captain America spends much of his time fighting without his mask on, but he still maintains a 'secret identity'. Tony Stark announced to the world at the end of the first Iron Man movie that he, in fact, was Iron Man.

These differences set them apart in regards to the government's 'Superhuman Registration Act' that declares anyone costuming as a 'superhero' must register their information with the government. Ironically, Iron Man felt that someday a superhuman could make a mistake that would cost thousands of human lives. Perhaps the cinematic Civil War will be spun out of the events of next month's Avenger's: Age of Ultron movie.

Captain America and Iron Man will be pitted against each other for their own political world views. They've already been at odds. They will fight and so far, from what I've heard people are very excited about the movie.

So why does Marvel get a pass, while people declare that there are literally hundreds of villains that Batman and Superman can fight other than each other? Where is the anger that Marvel's heroes will be at each other's throats?

For whatever reason Marvel seems protected from nerd-rage, as they are doing something very similar to DC with two of their biggest on-screen characters.

I'll never understand the Marvel bias among movie-goers, but it definitely exists.

4 Important Things We Need From an Olivia Munn Psylocke



Olivia Munn has some talent as an actress and while there has been some mixed reviews on her being cast as Psylocke, I don't feel that should be the biggest of worries. It turns out, the world did NOT end and therefore we will need to move forward and ask the next big question:

Will Bryan Singer do Psylocke right and can Olivia Munn pull it off?

There are several aspects about Psylocke we need to consider as she transitions to the big screen. Here are the 4 things "Nerds Must Have" in order to be happy with the portrayal:

Purple Hair



It seems trivial but her purple hair is almost a trademark for Psylocke. It's a signature look for her, even if it's sometimes viewed as black hair with purple highlights. Comic book coloring is open to interpretation by newcomers. Let's hope Bryan Singer sees the importance here. Actresses have done far crazier things than hair dye to play a role, so this shouldn't even be up for debate.

Accent

Psylocke's real name is Betsy Braddock. She was a British telepath who found herself killed and then resurrected in the body of an Asian woman, Kwannon. Olivia Munn is not British. Actor's learn accents for roles all the time. Henry Cavill, having grown up across the pond, isn't from Kansas and he pulled off the accent quite well. So it's quite possible that Munn will practice. If she needs help I have some source material for her to watch: Mary Poppins, Oliver! and anything starring Julie Andrews.

If she doesn't pull it off, she'll bloody well piss off this bloke!

Martial Arts

Psylocke is, among other things, a ninja. If Olivia Munn has zero martial arts training I hope that she starts soon. Having a stunt double take over is highly likely, but it wouldn't hurt for her to pick up some moves so she doesn't look awkward during the close-ups.

Costume

The blue bathing suit costume is not likely going to happen. Fanboys will want it, feminists will burn bras to prevent it from happening. It's a good chance that we'll get something closer to the most recent re-design. However Singer is accustomed to creating his own threads for the mutants, so all bets are off here. You get what you get and you don't throw a fit!

I know you're going to anyways so I'm just wasting my breath.

Which one of these important details are required for you to be happy when Psylocke appears on-screen? Did I miss any?

Sound off in the comments below.

Reactions to Olivia Munn as Psylocke

Olivia Munn was announced, by Bryan Singer yesterday via his instagram, as being cast as the mutant Psylocke. In his latest mutant movie, X-Men: Apocalypse the cast continues to grow so we really should take this news with a grain of salt.

How much screen time will she really have?

There's no telling how big or small of a role she'll have in the movie. However, Adrina at Hype Malaysia suggests that maybe Psylocke will be a villain...
Since she has been one of Apocalypse’s Four Horseman, “X-Men: Apocalypse” would be the first time the mutant will be prominently featured.

As with all casting news, except for maybe Ryan Reynolds playing Deadpool, this has been met with mixed emotions:



However some people came to her defense:




Personally I'm just happy to see that Psylocke is in a movie. Olivia Munn is older than many of the other characters already cast, so I tend to think this could be a one-and-done for her as Psylocke. Especially if the plan is to make her a horseman of Apocalypse. In comic books, villains always seem to find a way to escape death, however in movies villains are killed off on a regular basis (Joker, Red Skull, Zod, Obidiah Stane etc).

What do you think about the Olivia Munn casting news?

The Easter Bunny isn't the only Famous Rabbit

Happy Easter from the Comic Book Nerd! I hop this holiday finds all my readers well. And the peeps that don't read my blog, well...I hop they're alright too.

I'm an equal opportunity well-wisher.

Like every holiday, there needs to be a mascot; for Easter, we have a fluffy, cute, white bunny that is giving, yet slightly mischievous. To celebrate this sweet holiday, that's all about hiding (and finding) eggs filled with candy and investing in the future of Dentistry, I want to discuss a few famous rabbits.

Everyone knows about Bugs and Roger. And the rabbits from Watership Down are some of my favorite fluffy fictional friends, but who are some of the cult favorites out there?

Usagi Yojimbo

This badass bunny's name is literally translated to "Rabbit Bodyguard". A ronin rabbit who travels the land as a shugyosha, occasionally sells his services to protect others in need. Created by Stan Sakai, his stories are set in the Edo period of Feudal Japan.

Having crossed over into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Usagi has been a popular ally of theirs over the years.




Bucky O'Hare

Bucky O'Hare is a space-faring bunny who protects the universe from the Toad Empire known as KOMPLEX. As Captain of the Righteous Indignation, his crew was attacked and his first mate, Jenny, was captured by the Toad's. Created by Larry Hama and Michael Golden, it was the only plotline that made it to the United States.

It was enough to spawn a short-lived animated series, a video game and a toy line!


Captain Carrot

A superhero from Earth-C, Captain Carrot is a crime fighting crusader with charisma! Appearing with a special insert in the Teen Titans comic book, he and his co-horts landed their own 20 issue series: Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew. Created by Roy Thomas and Scott Shaw.

As ridiculous as this rabbit may appear, he has participated in top line comic events such as Final Crisis and The Multiversity!




Keeping this post short, I'll leave it there. I hop you enjoyed my short-list. What other carrot craving, hero hares are out there that you love?

Tim Drake Steps Out of the Shadow and Into the Bat



Robin was the first DC comic book series I read. Yes, yes, I'm an unabashed fan of Superman but back then I loved the idea more than the stories. Simply because every time I picked up a book I had no clue what was going on and they didn't really pull me in. Then they killed him and he was gone for a year and brought him back with a mullet and well...the point is I didn't read Superman comic books until the New 52.

Robin, on the other hand, was fun and exciting. He was the kid that pulled Batman out of his funk. He did the detective work that no one else could and figured out who Batman really was. He wasn't hand picked like Dick Grayson or Jason Todd. Dick's family was killed in a tragic, but no so coincidental circus accident. Jason was caught trying to swipe the hubcaps off the Batmobile, living life as a common street thief.

Batman took them both in to save them.

Tim became Robin to save Batman.

His own series was a fun adventure, teaming up with Stephanie Brown as Spoiler. A high school kid struggling to balance being a sidekick with homework and a girlfriend. He even had a stable home life with loving parents!

Identity Crisis fixed that unfortunately. Tim went through a dark time, as is typical of all Bat-family members, but this felt different to me. This wasn't back story. This all happened within the context of his current, on-going story. It was character development. He evolved, matured and I grew along with him as a reader.

Upon Batman's supposed death, Dick Grayson took up the mantle to help guide the newest Robin, Damian, in Bruce's absence. Damian was the 'heir apparent' because he was the only biological son to assume the role of Batman's sidekick. The fact that his father had adopted Tim, angered Damian and made him insanely jealous. He looked to pick a fight anytime Tim showed his face around the Batcave.

This led to Tim separating himself from Robin and becoming Red Robin. A persona created during the Kingdom Come storyline. Tim was determined to find Batman, while everyone else assumed him dead.

Once again, Tim set out to save Batman. Has anyone loved Batman more and expected less in return than Tim Drake? I don't think so.

When the 'New 52' line of comics was launched by DC, Tim remained as Red Robin with an all-new costume and changed origin. They took everything that made Tim special and erased it. I know the truth of it though. The Tim Drake I loved still lives in the memory of reading all of those books.

Now he's a gung-ho leader of a bunch of un-polished teen superheroes in a title that never really got going. Teen Titans failed once under the guidance of Scott Lobdell and was relaunched with controversy over the art. Tim's character has persevered through it all though and continues to be a staple. He hasn't been given the chance to really shine though as he's buried within the pages of a team book.

Future's End has changed all of that, as it was revealed he took up the mantle of Batman Beyond, after Terry McGuiness' death. He became determined to fight in Terry's honor against the oppressive Brother Eye. In June, Batman Beyond will get its own monthly title and initially I brushed it off. I never cared for the Batman Beyond character as it was just a way to extend Bruce's legacy into the future.

But now, this character means so much more to me. Tim Drake will don the mantle and finally step out of the shadows and into the Bat. He will be the guiding force for heroes in a future that has been decimated by Brother Eye.

Tim Drake fans rejoice. His time is now.
You're looking at him Bruce

Ryan Reynolds Bears it All as Deadpool

Ryan Reynolds IS Deadpool.

I could watch any of his movies with my eyes closed (even though I'd miss that beautiful face) and picture Deadpool speaking the lines. His quick wit, sarcasm and under the breath one-liners epitomize the humor of Marvel's Merc with a Mouth.

The picture released today is everything it needed to be:


The costume is a perfect replica, right down to the belt buckle. And look at those eyes! There's personality, in that classic half-squint look and they're freaking WHITE! Something that Batman hasn't been able to pull off yet and he's been doing movies since 1989!

Ryan Reynolds IS Deadpool and the movie will be hotter than a 5-layer, spicy chimichanga dipped in tabasco!