TheCannon's 2013 Comic Book Awards

2013 is over. It was a terrible year for me (with a few exceptions), but 2014 is here and it's time to focus on a new year. But before we do that, I'm going to take a look back at comics in 2013 and give out awards to the best and worst of the year.

Before I start the awards, there's a few things I want to say. I have not read critically acclaimed books like Daredevil, Scarlet Spider, Green Arrow, and Animal Man, so none of those books can be on the list. Also, I stopped buying DC back in September. So anything that happened beyond September 10 can't be on here since I haven't read it. And finally, I also haven't read a lot of comics not from Marvel or DC (something I hope to correct in 2014), so nothing that happened there can be listed. Now, let's finally get started.

Best Writer of 2013

Jason Aaron

Might not be the best picture in the world, but I feel Jason Aaron deserves this award. His work on Thor: God of Thunder & Thanos Rising earned him the best writer of 2013 in my opinion.

2nd: J. H. Williams III & W. Haden Blackman (I counted them as one)

3rd: Geoff Johns

Best Ongoing Series of 2013

Batwoman

I was torn on whether to give this to Batwoman or Thor: God of Thunder. Thor was putting on consistently good issues all building towards the plot involving Gorr (and now the villain is Malekith) and everything was well-written. Notice I said was. Issue 12 was filler (but at least it was good filler), but I haven't enjoyed the recent arc with Malekith. I don't know what it is, I just don't care for it. Meanwhile, Batwoman kept putting on fantastic issues that never dropped in quality. But when the creative team left (which I'm not recapping the events of), the plot was just left hanging there to never be finished. It's not the book's fault, but it affected the book too much by causing the book to end after a huge cliffhanger. I haven't read the book since Williams & Blackman left, because why would I? In the end, I decided to give it to Batwoman. Despite the cliffhanger with issue 24, the book still always had fantastic issues and I was just sucked into the story. I was for Thor too, but the book went downhill when the Gorr arc ended. I wrote a lot more here than originally intended, but of well. In short, Batwoman gets the award for best ongoing series of 2013.

2nd: Thor: God of Thunder

3rd: The Fearless Defenders

4th: Deadpool

5th: Wonder Woman

Best Mini-Series of 2013

Thanos Rising

I've heard a lot of people complain about this book (and a lot of people praise it), but I personally loved it. I haven't read much with Thanos, so the complaints that it didn't accurately portray Thanos didn't bother me. Regardless of those complaints, it was still a fantastic series that I was sad to see end.

2nd: Age of Ultron

3rd: Hunger

Best Single Issue of 2013

Green Lantern #20

This was another one I was torn on what to give it to. But in the end, I gave it to Green Lantern #20. It was the epic conclusion to Geoff John's run on GL, and was simply amazing, fantastic, terrific, I don't know how to describe it. If you haven't read this issue, read it. That's really all I can say. Just an amazing issue that takes home the award for best single issue of 2013.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Batwoman #16
  • Thor: God of Thunder #5
  • Thor: God of Thunder #9
  • Deadpool #13
  • Justice League of America #7.1/Deadshot #1
  • Batwoman #24

Best Male Hero of 2013

Thor

I'll probably be accused of being biased here, but I don't care. I can't think of anyone else who deserves this award.

2nd: Aquaman

3rd: Judge Dredd

Best Female Hero of 2013

Batwoman

After how much I praised this series earlier, did you really think anyone else would get this award?

2nd: Valkyrie

3rd: Wonder Woman

Best Villain of 2013

Gorr

No one else deserves it other than Gorr. Not much else to say.

Best New Character of 2013

Annabelle Riggs

In all honestly, the only reason she's getting this award is because I can't recall anyone else that debuted this year. That's honestly the only reason.

Best Team of 2013

I honestly haven't read many team books this year. Only Justice League, Justice League of America, & a few issues of X-Men. None of them compared to this book, and I just liked the team. There's not much else to say.

Best Costume of 2013

Green Arrow

I don't know what it is, I just love this costume. I think it looks amazing, and the art definitely helps.

2nd: Scarlet Spider

3rd: Batwoman

Best Comic Movie of 2013

The Wolverine

Please note that I haven't and will probably never watch Man of Steel or Kick-Ass 2, so neither of them can take this award. I have seen Iron Man 3 & Thor: The Dark World, and it isn't even close. Thor: The Dark World was absolutely terrible. Good acting by Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, & Anthony Hopkins (and Jaime Alexander for the whole 2 minutes she was on screen), but that's the only good thing about that movie. Bad humor, bad fight scenes, and they never even bothered to explain Malekith's motives (they had to take screen time to put into annoying comic relief characters with no reason to exist). Iron Man 3 (to me) was like going to someone's house for dinner and they serve you a dead cat. Yes, the mashed potatoes are very good, but I can't get over the fact that I was served a dead cat. The dead cat was problems like Mandarin, too much comedy, and the villain having a stupid origin/motivation (though at least they gave him one unlike they did with Malekith in Thor) while the mashed potatoes were the acting, fight scenes, and (at times) writing. To put it shortly, the flaws of Iron Man 3 outweigh the good. I honestly thought The Wolverine was going to suck (judging by how bad the trailer was), but it turned out to be pretty good. Not the best film of all time, but it's definitely enjoyable to watch. It also had the best credits scene

So I just wrote a lot more than originally intended. If you skipped all of that, in short, The Wolverine gets the award for best comic movie of 2013.

Best Comic TV Series of 2013

The Walking Dead

I was torn between The Walking Dead & Arrow for this one, as both shows are great. But since I haven't watched Season 2 of Arrow (as I said in the beginning, I've stopped with DC Comics), I gave it to The Walking Dead. There were some absolutely terrible episodes at the beginning of Season 4, but the mid season finale "Too Far Gone" was so good it made up for it. I know this series gets a lot of hate for not following the comics close enough for ruining what made the comics great, but it's honestly just people complaining just to complain (at least to me).

2nd: Arrow

3rd: Young Justice: Invasion (shut up, they did air new episodes in 2013)

Best Animated Comic Film of 2013

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 2

This one was tough to pick, but I chose The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 in the end. There were some problems with it, but it was overall a fantastic film with no real criticism other than nit picks (I didn't care for the ending, but I assume it's the same as TDKR comic, so I won't complain too much). I wrote a review for this a while ago when it came out, so you can go read that if you want my full thoughts on it (sorry if that sounded rude).

2nd: Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

3rd: Superman Unbound

Worst Single Issue of 2013

Batman #23.1/Joker #1

The cover is good. That's the only thing I can say positive about this. This was a horrible issue and one of the worst comics I have ever read. I don't want to relive this book, so please look at my review if you want my full thoughts. This was just an atrocious issue that was part of a terrible gimmick.

Runner Up: Batman #17 (I still don't see how anyone can defend this issue)

Worst Comic Movie of 2013

Thor: The Dark World

I probably made it clear earlier that this was the worst comic film of 2013, but let's make it official by giving it the award. Congratulations, Thor: The Dark World, You're Winner!

The trailers for this film looked so good. I was so hyped up for this film. It probably was almost impossible to meet my expectations for this film, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't try. This was just terrible. Like I said earlier, there was good acting by a few people, but that's it. The best parts of the movie were Stan Lee's cameo & Loki changing his appearance to Captain America. The fight scenes sucked, the humor sucked (with a few exceptions, there were some funny moments, mostly from Loki), Natalie Portman didn't even try to put effort into her role, Sif & the Warriors Three did nothing but set up jokes for Loki, Malekith was boring, uninteresting, & his motivation was never developed, they not only brought back an annoying comedy character (I didn't mind Darcy in the first Thor, but she was so f*cking annoying here) but added a new one and turned a serious character into a comic relief character, and there were so many plot twists that when they finally do something that catches your attention, they do another twist two minutes later, making it pointless. I went on a long rant here, but I honestly can't understand how anyone can defend this film. It was just terrible.

Worst Comic TV Series of 2013

Ultimate Spider-Man

I honestly haven't watched much comic TV shows this year, and all the ones I did watch were contenders for best. I've heard Agents of SHIELD is terrible (I've also heard it's good), but I haven't seen it. I also haven't seen Beware the Batman or Teen Titans Go. I ended up sitting down one day and tried to watch some of Marvel's shows, and while I didn't care for Avengers Assemble or Hulk & the Agents of Smash (God I hate that name), I hated Ultimate Spider-Man the most, simply because I can't understand how it made it past one season. They cancelled Spectacular Spider-Man for this crap?

Most Overrated Series of 2013

Batman

I originally had a very long written thing of why Superman Unchained deserved this award, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized Batman deserved it. I enjoyed issues 19 & 20, but that's it. The ending to Death of the Family was terrible and poorly written, issue 18 sucked (I just didn't like Harper Row), and can someone PLEASE tell me the point to Zero Year? I can't figure out why this story exist. It could be much worse, but it's just unnecessary filler. I could forgive all this, but the reason I gave it the most overrated series award is because people still buy this and act like it's the greatest comic ever. It's always in the top 5 of the sales chart, and I can't figure out why. This is really just my opinion and I can't tell others they're wrong, but I just can't understand why people keep ranking this book so highly.

Runner Up: Superman Unchained

I apologize to anyone I angered with this, but it's my awards thing, I can state my opinion.

Most Underrated Series of 2013

The Fearless Defenders

Why was this book cancelled!?! It was a great book cancelled for no real reason.

Looking into 2014

Well, that wraps up my 2013 Comic Book Awards. There were some ups and downs during the year, but hopefully 2014 will be a great year for comics. Here's a few things I'm looking forward to:

  • The Punisher - I've wanted another Punisher book for a while now, and Marvel finally granted me my wish. I'm really looking forward to this book.
  • Elektra - Another book I wanted, and Marvel is also granting me my wish. I also read somewhere that one of the former writers of Batwoman (don't remember which) is writing this book, and if it's half as good as Batwoman was, I'll be happy.
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past - I was originally really looking forward to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but after Thor 2, X-Men: DoFP is my most anticipated comic film of 2014. This could turn out to be terrible, but I honestly think it'll be a great film and could be the best X-Men movie.
  • The Walking Dead - The Walking Dead (TV Series) returns in February, and I can't wait. I thought Too Far Gone was one of the best episodes in the series' history, and I really look forward to what happens next.

Well, that concludes my 2013 Comic Book Awards. Feel free to leave your thoughts on my Award choices and 2013 itself below. Happy New Year!

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Marvel Ultimate Alliance Review

Yeah, I was bored. Nothing better to do. I could probably play Ultimate Alliance instead of writing about it, but meh.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance was one of the first games I ever owned. I got it for Christmas in 2007, the same time I got the Nintendo Wii. I loved the game (even though I sucked at it) and played it for hours on end. When I got an X Box 360 in September 2008, I got several games for Christmas that year for the 360. One of those games was Marvel Ultimate Alliance: Gold Edition, which featured an extra 8 characters that were previously only DLC (I later got it on the PlayStation Portable, but that’s not the point). Controls were much easier and I was finally able to beat the game. And since then, I’ve beaten it an estimated 25 times.

Those who know me know how much I love this game, and I regard it as the greatest superhero game of all time (I’m not trying to turn this into an argument that Arkham City is better, it’s just my personal opinion) and my favorite game of all time. I decided to write a review for the game to show people why I love it so much. So let’s just jump right in. NOTE: This will contain spoilers.

The game starts with an awesome cutscene with the SHIELD Helicarrier under attack by several Ultron robots. Fury is yelling orders until Dr. Doom appears on a giant monitor. Fury summons Captain America, Spider-Man, Thor, and Wolverine and we see them fighting everyone. When the cutscene ends, we get to play as the four characters and go through the Helicarrier and beat bad guys up ourselves. You are allowed to switch between the four characters at any time, which is great.

The controls for the game are very simple and fun. You have a normal punch, strong attack, you can grab enemies, jump and double jump (which some characters use to fly), and can activate special powers (I think that’s what the game calls them anyway) such as Captain America throwing his shield. The controls are simple, smooth, and responsive, the way a game should be.

You continue through the Helicarrier until coming across Scorpion, who informs the player that Dr. Doom has formed the Masters of Evil. You defeat Scorpion in an incredibly easy boss fight and continue through the helicarrier, which has you in boss fights against Winter Soldier and Radioactive Man. You eventually end the level with a boss fight against Fin Fang Foom.

And here we begin one of my complaints with the game. Most boss battles of the game are basically the same as fighting normal enemies, they just have much stronger attacks and a much larger health bar. This I have no problem with. However, there are some boss battles in the game where it’s more complicated than that, like Fin Fang Foom. If you get to close to him, you’re pretty much guaranteed to lose a member of your team. You have to keep hitting him with long range attacks. He’ll eventually fly off, and you have to use a gun to shoot him down and he’ll fly back to where he was, then you just continue this cycle until he dies. This itself is fine, but it’s a slight irritation. An example of why this sucks is MUCH later in the game where you fight Galactus. At first, you run away from him (fine). Then you beat him by clicking three computers, and do some quick time events using Silver Surfer. Repeat this twice and you’ve beaten him. This is one of my complaints about the game, that they do special stuff like this terribly. Anyway, back to the positive.

Before I continue with the story, there’s a little thing I feel I should say. Through out the game, you will come across S.H.I.E.L.D. Access Points. Here, you can save your game, change your team, or (at times) travel between other Access Points you’ve previously been to. If any of your team members have died, you can revive them here. You can use a Portal to travel back to headquarters, where there is always an Access Point. However, using the portal makes it impossible to use it again for another five minutes. I really like this. It’s hard to explain why, but I just like that if you’re in massive danger, you can quickly go back to headquaters, but you can’t abuse this, as there’s a decent length time limit after you open a portal before you can use it again. And there are certain areas of the game (mainly boss battles) where you can’t use a Portal.

Anyway, back to the story. At Stark Tower, it’s made official that the heroes are now a real team. So, they pretty much took all our favorite Marvel characters and made them into one incredibly awesome team. That is so amazing it blows my mind.

Anyway, you then go to the Omega Base and continue to fight the Masters of Evil in boss fights against Crimson Dynamo, Mysterio, and MODOK. You are then sent to investigate a riot that takes place in Atlantis, which it turns out the Masters of Evil played a part in. You eventually fight Kraken, which is the most annoying boss battles of the game. He destroys little buildings surrounding him which collapse on him and injure him. Each time he destroys a building, several Atlantean soldiers come out and you have to defeat all of them before he destroys another building. Seriously, it took me 3 hours to beat him the first time I played.

Also, right before the Atlantis level, you gain the option of naming your Team and making them official. After you do this, you gain skill points and can level up your team, allowing you to increase their health, energy, damage they inflict, Experience, and the “Team Bench,” which allows you to add more Team members. However, leveling up the team only works if you have a minimum of 3 of your team members on the team for a mission. If your team has Iron Man, Human Torch, Hulk, and Deadpool, and the characters you’re using are Hulk, Spider-Man, Thor, and Hawkeye, your team will not level up, only the characters.

And while we’re on the topic of leveling up, I really like the way you level up the individual characters. They each Level up, and leveling up does stuff such as unlocking new powers. You can also level up the powers. You can also select which 3 powers you want the character to have. I personally like the long range attacks that you can spam over and over, such as Human Torch’s Fireballs. You can have the game automatically spend points for you, or you can do it manually. I like to have the game do it automatically, but there’s one problem with that. Sometimes the game changes powers when you don’t want it to. An example of this is during the final level where the game kept changing Deadpool’s grenades to his default mele attack, which gets annoying when I have to keep pausing the game and changing it.

Back to the story, the team goes to Mandarin’s palace to interrogate him about him being at Atlantis. After an annoying boss battle (which is pretty much impossible without a flying character), you learn that Mandarin left the Masters of Evil and it was Loki in Atlantis. Then you learn that Nightcrawler (who is now playable with the Gold Edition :D) and Jean Grey have been kidnaped.

You then get your new headquarters: The Sanctum Sanctorum, the home of Dr. Strange. This is one of my favorite headquarters in the game, for a few reasons. One of them is some hilarious dialogue between Deadpool and the Ancient One. After exploring the new headquarters, you go to Castle Doom to rescue Nightcrawler. You end up in Murderworld, and fight Jean Grey and Arcade. You then find out that the Masters of Evil used Nightcrawler to teleport to Mephisto’s Realm, and you go after Nightcrawler, which results in you unlocking Ghost Rider. Now this is something that’s kind of annoying, but kind of cool at the same time. To play as Ghost Rider and progress through the game, you’re forced to swap out a member of your Team for GR (and that team member is not playable until after this level is done). It’s nice, because you have to put some actual thought into it and decide who you can afford to lose and who you think you need to keep. In another stroke of Genius, you end up having to save either Jean Grey or Nightcrawler. Whoever you don’t save dies. This is just a stroke of genius in my opinion. We’ll talk more about this later.

After defeating Mephisto, we get to my absolute favorite part of the game: Asgard. Doom and Loki have taken over Asgard and imprisoned the Gods. You have to go to the Bifrost Bridge and defeat the Wrecking Crew, and defeat several villains in Asgard to free Balder, Tyr, and Heimdall. This is just awesome, as I love Asgard, the story just becomes awesome, there’s cool enemies, etc. This entire Asgard area is just awesome. It even has some puzzle solving stuff which is a nice change of pace from just beating up enemies and helps keep the game from sinking into repetition. After freeing the Gods, you learn that Nick Fury knew Doom’s plan the whole time that he wanted to steal Odin’s power. You go to Niffleheim to save Odin, though end up fighting Loki. You then fight Loki again, who is now using the Destroyer Armor. Then, you’re too late and Doom has already stolen Odin’s power. Doom then kills you.

There’s then a cutscene where Uatu the Watcher says he saved the team from death. Uatu says that Doom is destroying the universe with his unrestrained use of Odin’s power, and to stop him, we need a shard of the M’krann (I spelled that wrong) Crystal and he Muonic Inducer. You go to the Shi’ar empire and stop Deathbird in an attempt to take over the throne, then go to a Skrull planet to take the Muonic Inducer from Galactus, in a terrible boss fight that makes Galactus look weak and pathetic.

After gaining these items, you travel back to Earth and find that Doom has remade Stark Tower in his image. You go to Castle Doom and fight evil versions of Captain America, Colossus, Cyclops, Psylocke, Spider-Man, Thor, as well as several Iron Man armors. This is an incredible awesome level, but the problem is I’ve leveled up my team so high that it’s a bit too easy. I’ll have to replay the game on the Hard Difficulty. You eventually face Dr. Doom, and (in what I feel is the most genius move in the game) his own Fantastic Four. You fight him in what’s an epic fight, and get an awesome ending cutscene which sets it up for a sequel.

Sorry I went into that long speech about the plot which was kind of pointless. Oh well.

Now that I’ve covered the plot, I think it’s time to go into some of the individual characters. I won’t go over every single character I’ve played as, as it would take forever. Instead I’ll just cover a select few.

Deadpool - Deadpool (in my opinion), is one of the best characters in the game. He has good mele attacks, some good long range attacks, he teleports, regenerates health, looks awesome, etc. Deadpool has pretty much everything you’ll want in a character in this game.

Human Torch - Human Torch’s mele attacks may be nothing special, but he is still a fantastic character to play as. He has several good long range attacks, flies, etc. To me, Torch is a must hame in the game.

Colossus - Colossus does not have any long range attacks. He is strictly a mele powerhouse. However, he’s the best powerhouse in the game. He’s still fast despite his size, has decent health, and just looks awesome (if you unlock his classic costume). If you want a powerhouse, I recommend Colossus.

Iron Man - Iron Man is similar to Human Torch, but has better mele attacks. Iron Man has perfect long range attacks which do an incredible amount of damage if leveled up, and he has really good mele attacks. Iron Man is pretty much the total package for characters in the game.

Now I’m not saying other characters in the game aren’t good. Captain America, Iceman, Cyclops, Storm, etc. are also extremely good characters. However, I simply went over 4 types of characters.

Now something else I like is how you unlock stuff. You unlock characters by completing certain tasks (such as unlocking Nick Fury after beating the game or unlocking Daredevil by finding 5 action figures), and costumes by simply using the character enough (such as I know you unlock one of Torch’s costumes by defeating 75 enemies with him). That’s one thing that annoys me with more modern games, most of the alternates are DLC. That just really annoys me, and is one thing I like about MUA. If you don’t feel like doing this stuff, you can easily find cheats for unlocking everything online. This will eliminate the ability to get achievements (or trophies I think they’re called on the PS3), but I’ve never really cared about them, so it doesn’t phase me.

Another great thing about MUA is its replay value. The game has tons of replay value. If you didn’t get a chance to use Daredevil the first time you played, you can replay the game again. If he sucks, you can swap him out for someone else you wanted to try. The game has so many characters to pick from that even if you’ve used every character in the game a few times, the game still has replay value for the side missions.

The game has side missions which you can do through out the game. Most of these will have a long term impact. It doesn’t effect the ending of the game or anything like that, but there’s a cutscene where Uatu goes over the side missions and says what happened with you doing or not doing it. If you completed a side mission, you get a good result. If not, you get a bad result. I won’t spoil these, but trust me, you’ll want to replay the game just to get the good endings.

Overall, I simply love this game. It was my favorite game when I first got it, and held the record for over 5 years. Yes, I have finally found a game that I like more than MUA. If anyone’s curious about it, I’ll write a review for it at some point. But even though MUA has fallen to 2nd place for my favorite game, it’s still an amazing game I strongly recommend. Even if you’re not a comic fan (then why are you on Comic Vine?), you can still follow the plot since you can learn about characters by talking to people. Most of my complains are nit picks, and in my opinion, this game is an easy 9/10. And hey, the game has a sequel. I bet Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 will take these complaints and fix them, creating one of the most epic games of all time. Right? Right? Riiiiiight?

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Injustice: Gods Among Us Review

PLEASE NOTE: Sorry for the sucky intro. First game review I’ve ever written, so I really don’t know how to write it.

For those unaware, Injustice: Gods Among Us hit store shelves a few weeks ago. It was a highly anticipated game developed by NeatherRealm Studios. I at first wasn’t excited, but I eventually decided I was going to get it. It was the first game I ever pre-ordered. I even bought the Season Pass, which includes four extra fighters and Flashpoint costumes for Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Deathstroke. And for Pre-Ordering it from GameStop, it includes Red Son costumes for Superman, Wonder Woman, and Solomon Grundy. I put it in my X Box 360 as soon as I got home. I would of put this review up shortly after I beat it, but I was busy using the X Box and have since been too lazy to write it. Anyway, let’s just get right in. I’ll try and be as Spoiler-free as possible.

The game begins with a pretty cool cutscene with Batman interrogating the Joker until Superman barges in. Batman attempts to stop him, but Superman still grabs Joker by the throat and we learn Lois Lane, her (& Superman’s) unborn child, and all of Metropolis were killed. Superman kills him with his heat vision (it was posted on youtube before the game came out, so I figure I’m not really spoiling anything). Once the cutscene is over, we’re introduced to Batman who is in Arkham Asylum. While there, he gets jumped by Deathstroke and the first fight of the game begins.

Here, I began thinking “Okay, this is pretty cool.” You learn how the game works, from simple attacks to combos and such. The game doesn’t tell you this stuff, you have to pause the game and pull up the moves list. A bit annoying, but fine, not every game has to hold your hand the entire way through. So you play as Batman kicking Deathstroke’s butt until you’re sent to the Watchtower.

And right about here is where I almost ragequit. You get into a fight with a few characters (Bane is the main one I remember). In the background, Martian Manhunter is standing there, watching you fight. As much as I like the guy, I’m fine with him not being a playable character. But to have him stand there in the background, watching you fight without attempting to help in any way? That is bullcrap and is a giant f*ck you for every Martian Manhunter fan who bought this game. Now before anyone calls me an MM fanboy and that’s the only reason I don’t like this, I would of had the same reaction to any character, whether I liked them or not. From Dr. Fate to Captain Cold to Darkseid to Black Canary, etc. No character like that should just sit on the sidelines watching you fight! I understand that this really doesn’t detract from the game, but it just really p*sses me off.

Now I’m not going to go into major detail about the plot, simply because the game is new and I don’t want to spoil it for those interested. Instead, I’m just going to talk about the game’s combat for a while.

The combat is pretty simple. Use the control stick to move yourself, use the X, A, Y, and B buttons (Or their equivalents if you’re playing on a PS3) to preform different attacks or combine them to do some combos, I believe you use the Right Trigger to block (if my memory is correct), and you press the LB and RB buttons to charge up some type of super move each character has if their little bar in the corner of the screen is high enough.

The combat is simple, smooth, and responsive, the way a game should be. It’s very cool at first, and is able to stay pretty cool as you keep switching character after every few fights. However, as time goes on, you’ll notice that the combat gets a little frustrating. This will progress overtime until the combat becomes so broken that the game borders on unplayable. As the game progresses, the combat becomes so broken that the ONLY way to win a fight is to mash every button on the controller at once and hope you get lucky. This becomes a major problem when you’re playing as characters that suck (such as Wonder Woman).

On the plus side of the combat, it is pretty fun if the game is in a good mood and you can actually play instead of button mashing. I had a lot of fun playing earlier in the game as Green Lantern and Aquaman. And Ares was pretty fun.

Even outside of story mode (Arcade Mode I think it’s called), the combat is the game. I tried Arcade Mode using Shazam (who was pretty cool), but it just got ridiculous. If it gets to the point that Nightwing is defeating me with ease because the combat is so broken, then the game has failed. Seriously, I was fighting Bane using Ares and later Doomsday, and Bane is so overpowered and the combat is so broken that it’s not even possible to beat him with the button mashing trick. The only way I’ve found to defeat Bane is at this point in Arcade Mode is to take the disc out of your console.

Okay, I’ve wanted to talk about this, but I had to get combat out of the way. Remember how at the beginning of this I said I pre-ordered it at GameStop which was suppose to come with 3 alternate costumes and I got the Season Pack which was suppose to include alternate costumes and an extra four fighters? Well, it turns out the extra four fighters are DLC, and the Season Pack only lets you download them at a discounted price. Kind of annoying that I spend 15 bucks on it only to find out that it wants me to spend more money to get what I paid for, but fine. I hate DLC and find it a waste, but it’s popular, so I don’t blame the companies for cashing in on it.

The costumes however are a different story. In the bonus area, there’s a place where you can buy costumes, concept art, etc. using XP points you got in the game. I have bought every costume in the game, and there’s none of the advertised alternate costumes. The only costumes in the game are ones seen in-story. I’ve went everywhere in the game, and I’ve found no way to equipping the alternate costumes, whether they be the ones that were suppose to come with the game or the ones I bought using the XP I made in game. I read online somewhere that you could get an alternate costume for Green Arrow that’s his costume in the Arrow TV Series, and the voice actor even changes as the same guy who plays Ollie in the show (Stephen Amell I think his name is), but that’s nowhere to be found. I’ll at least give this one a little slack since it could be DLC, but still. What’s wrong with making these things something you unlock in-game?

So as of right now the game, the combat is mildly entertaining at the start until it becomes broken, repetitive, and not fun. It has alternate costumes that are nowhere to be found or able to be equipped. So, if I’m not going to get my money out of the game’s combat (for more than an hour), I might as well get my money’s worth out of the game’s story. I know I said I wouldn’t spoil the plot for people who didn’t know it and didn’t want it spoiled, but I need to cover this. I’ll do the best I can not to spoil it. But here’s the main jist of it:

After Superman kills the Joker (which turns out was on an alternate Earth), Superman basically overthrew the Earth’s government and became Earth’s ruler (with a new, darker costume). He had other heroes join him in this, and they’ve become a group known as “The Regime.” They have very strict laws and are pretty much rounding up (or killing) other heroes who oppose him.

Now, does anyone remember the old Justice League animated series (later known as Justice League Unlimited from 2001? If so, good. Now, does anyone remember a two-part episode called “A Better World”? It involved an alternate universe where after Lex Luthor became President and The Flash was killed, Superman killed Luthor with his heat vision and pretty much overthrew the Earth’s government. He (along with the rest of the JL) got new costumes and became known as the “Justice Lords.”

See the similarities between the two stories? There are some differences (such as in Injustice, Batman forms a small group to attempt to fight Superman), but overall it’s the same concept. So, the creators of this game were too lazy to make up their own plot, so they stole the DC Animated Universe’s idea and slightly tweaked it in order to not be a total rip-off.

Also, one last thing I have to point out. Guess how long it took me to beat this game. I started at an estimated 1:00 PM. When I beat the story mode, I looked at the clock and it was 5:38 PM. The game took about 4 and a half hours to beat. For an X Box 360 game (or pretty much all console games for that matter), that is pathetic, and there’s no reason this game should be this short. Even if my 1:00 estimate is wrong and I started the game an hour or so earlier, there is still no excuse I should beat a game that quickly when I wasn’t even trying to do a speed run. I admit that this is only counting the story mode. I did not try Multiplayer or S.T.A.R. Labs, as I got bored and frustrated two hours before hand.

I’ll tell you a secret, Injustice: Gods Among Us SUCKS!!! The combat becomes broken after playing long enough, the plot is lazy and unoriginal, and it only takes a few hours to beat the story mode. Overall, I do not recommend Injustice: Gods Among Us. Give it a go if you want, but 1) Approach with extreme caution and 2) Wait until you can get a used copy for 20-30 bucks. If you want a good fighting game with DC characters, I recommend Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.

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Reasons Why Batman: Arkham Origins is a Bad Idea

Hi. I was just bored and wanted to write something about video games. Wasn’t sure if I could do a good review, so this seemed as good as anything.

Now, as I’m sure most of you are aware, Batman: Arkham Origins was recently announced as the third entry in the popular Arkham Franchise, taking place before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum. It is set to be released on October 25, 2013 for the PlayStation 3, X Box 360, Wii U, and Microsoft Windows.

For those who don’t know, I love the previous two Arkham games. I love them about equally (I love the combat in City MUCH more than Asylum, and I LOVE the open world, side missions, and other playable characters in City, but I like all other stuff such as story, riddler trophies, and other in Asylum more. But this is going off-topic), and I rank them the second and third greatest superhero games of all time. In March, I heard that Warner Bros. had plans to announce a third Arkham game around the same time Injustice: Gods Among Us was released. I was thrilled. The day came, and I was so disappointed. Arkham Origins is just a terrible idea, and I have no clue why people are supporting this. In this blog post, I’m going to say why Batman: Arkham Origins is a bad idea. I have no clue where to start, so I’ll just start writing and see where it goes.

Prequels are Rarely a Success

For games, movies, and TV series, prequels are rarely a success. I could go down a long list of prequels, most of which were failures, but I don’t feel like it. But can anyone name any prequels that were successful? The only one I can think of was X-Men: First Class (I know that was a movie and Arkham Origins is a game, but this about prequels in general), and I hated that movie. But it was still successful. The only good prequel I’ve ever seen that I liked was X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but that was still a critical failure for some reason. I’m not trying to turn this in to a discussion about X-Men movies, but I’m trying to show that prequels just aren’t successful. Why would this game be any different?

It Has Nothing To Do With The Title

Here’s what we know of the plot so far according to Wikipedia (shut up, they’re a reliable source):

“The events of Arkham Origins are set several years before Batman: Arkham Asylum, in the middle of winter in fictional Gotham City. Batman is an experienced crime-fighter, but has not yet become the veteran superhero portrayed in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. Batman has battled with normal criminals and gangsters and is used to being stronger and faster than his targets, but on a snowy Christmas eve he is confronted with far more dangerous enemies: super villains tasked with killing Batman. The sadistic and brutal Black Mask has placed a bounty on the superhero, and Batman must discover why the villain harbors a deep hatred for him. Black Mask is the most powerful man in the city, possessing vast wealth and resources, and controls Gotham's criminal underworld, having eliminated his opposition and begun consolidating his power. His mask conceals his identity, allowing him to operate publicly as Roman Sionis, head of Janus Cosmetics. Black Mask's henchmen help instigate a rise in crime and gang activity in the city. Captain James Gordon and the Gotham City Police Department are wary of the new superhero in their midst, and are not his allies with corrupt cops actively working against him. Arkham Origins will feature the debut of the assassin Deathstroke, Alberto Falcone, and the return of the Penguin and Batman's butler Alfred Pennyworth from Arkham City.”

There’s what we know of the plot so far. I admit, it is a cool plot. I love the use of Black Mask and Deathstroke. However, this has nothing to do with Batman’s Origins. I have no problem with that, as it has been showed so many times it’s lost all meaning (I’ve seen his parents get killed more times than any other characters). But that plot has NOTHING to do with Arkham Asylum or some variation of it (like Arkham City). So why does this have the words “Arkham” and “Origins” in the title? This has NOTHING to do with the Arkham series, other than being about Batman (and I assume will have people such as Kevin Conroy and Nolan North returning as voice actors). This game does not relate to the Arkham franchise, and I don’t acknowledge it as part of the series. As far as I’m concerned, a third Arkham game has yet to be confirmed.

The Franchise Had So Many Directions It Could Of Gone

With everything in Arkham City, they couldn’t come up with something besides a prequel!?! There were so many great villains and stories that could of been used. Even if they were too lazy to come up with their own plot, they’ve never heard of stories such as The Long Halloween, No Man’s Land, Hush, and The Dark Knight Returns? The clearly had enough creativity to come up with a plot, so what would of been so difficult about turning their plot with Black Mask & Deathstroke part of a story that also involved Scarecrow, Hush, another villain or two, somehow involve Arkham, add in Azrael as a major part of the game and possibly a playable character, and boom! You’re done! Seriously, they can’t come up with anything to continue the franchise? I already have two ideas, and I barely thought about it for 5 minutes.

Batman: Arkham Terror

A more horror themed game involving Scarecrow as the main villain, also involving Man-Bat & Killer Croc as major villains. Azreal is now a playable character (similar to how Catwoman had 4 episodes in Arkham City). Takes place in an open world Gotham, including the now abandoned Arkham City. There’s also a level where you return to Arkham Asylum, now completely vacated.

Batman: Beyond Arkham

Taking place in 2040 (or 2050, changing it some from the TV Series), with Terry McGinnis the main playable character. The main villain of the game would be the Joker’s child (hinted at with Harley’s Pregnancy Test in Arkham City), with Blight, Inque, Shriek, Spellbinder, and Stalker possible villains. It’d be another open-world game, this time with the futuristic Gotham and the Batmobile playable. Hush would also be in the game. Some of you may be thinking how Hush would fit into the game since this takes place decades later. From what I’ve read online, Terry was introduced in the main DCU in Batman #700 and received his own mini-series a few months later. Hush was the main villain of that series (From what I’ve read). So, it worked in this comic, why wouldn’t it work in this game?

There, without even thinking, I just came up with two ideas that actually tie into the Arkham games instead of a crappy prequel. I admit that they were a bit lazily slapped together and need a bit more plot, but give me about a week, and I could have a full plot synopsis complete with side missions for both games, and both games actually have something to do with the previous Arkham games. If I can come up with these ideas with barely thinking, imagine what people who love Batman even more than I do and know much more than I do could come up with. Seriously Warner Bros, that prequel is the best you can come up with!?!

Conclusion

I was going to make this blog post longer. However, I can’t think of more reasonings (I wrote them all down somewhere. I need to find them) right now. But I think this is good for now. My biggest question about this game is “Why is this being made?” The best reasoning I can come up with is that with no Rocksteady, Warner Bros. was too lazy to come up with a plot to continue the series. Since they were too lazy, they just came up with their own plot. To make sure no one had questions like “What about Scarecrow? What about Hush?”, they just made it a prequel so it didn’t have to build upon the events of the previous games.

Now the title is probably incorrect. It should be titled “Reasons Why Batman: Arkham Origins is a bad idea to continue the Arkham Franchise.” The combat will be the same with is fantastic, plus I really like the plot. But for a way to continue the Arkham Franchise, this is just a terrible idea.

So in short, Batman: Arkham Origins is a bad idea to continue the Arkham franchise. I refuse to acknowledge this as part of the Arkham Series, and I eagerly await the announcement of a third game.

What are your thoughts on Batman: Arkham Origins? Are you excited? Do you share any of my thoughts? Please leave it in the comments.

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The Best Comic Movies Never Made

Re-posting this after the redesign. Only I don't have the effort to re-add the pics, so this won't have any. Sorry.

Okay, the title is a little misleading. The reasoning being that I’m ranking all of the unmade comic films. I’m taking all the unmade comic movies (though I’d be willing to place money that I forgot some) that were in production, but were simply abandoned for one reason or another, and ranking them in the order of how good they sounded. I’ll also be giving a little background on the film. So, let’s start.

25. Superman Lives

What is it?: Following the failure of Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, DC and Warner Bros. had several films in production to try and revive Superman onto the big screen. The film would of been based off of the successful Death of Superman story arc. The film would of featured Brainiac and Doomsday as the villains, along with Lex Luthor. The plot involves Superman dying at the hands of Doomsday until being by a robot named the Eradicator. The film was set for a release date in summer of 1998, which was also the 60 year anniversary of Superman’s debut in Action Comics.

What happened?: The film was in production for a while. Kevin Smith wrote the first script for the film in 1996, under the conditions that Superman couldn’t fly, had to wear a black costume, and had to fight a giant spider in the climax. This was the beginning of the end. As time went on, the film became worse and worse, whether it was casting Nicholas Cage as Superman and Tim Allen as Brainac or whether it was Brainiac stealing Mr. Burns’ plot to block out the sun using a giant disc (high five if you get that reference). The script kept getting rewrites and the plot kept being changed for the film. The release date kept getting pushed back until Nicholas Cage dropped out in 2000. In October 2000, Keith Giffen attempted to give a treatment for the film involving Lobo as the main villain, though it was not picked up. In February 2002, the project was officially abandoned when J. J. Abrams was hired to write a new script which would of ignored the Death of Superman and reboot the franchise, with the reboot being named Superman: Flyby.

Is it a good thing the film was never made?: Yes it is. I didn’t go into too much detail for the film, but it’s even worse than how I described it. If it had been made, I think it would of permanently killed the superhero film business, regardless of how successful Marvel was with X-Men or Spider-Man.

24. She-Hulk

What is it?: Following the success of The Incredible Hulk TV Series, Marvel attempted to give She-Hulk her own TV Series, though it was announced “dead” by ABC in 1991. Marvel decided to attempt to bring She-Hulk to the big screen in the early 1990s with Larry Cohen as writer and director while Brigitte Nielsen was set to play She-Hulk.

What happened?: Little is known about the film with the exception of writer, director, and who would play She-Hulk. Nielsen did appear in a few pictures as She-Hulk (shown above) and Jennifer Walters. The film was simply abandoned with no explanation.

Is it a good thing the film was never made?: Probably. She-Hulk does have a large fan base, but I seriously doubt she could hold her own film. Plus the pics we got of Nielsen as She-Hulk were horrible and didn’t even look like her.

23. Spider-Man (1985)

What is it?: 2002′s Spider-Man was in production for well over a decade until being released. In 1985, the rights to Spider-Man were bought by Cannon Films for $225,000 and a percentage of the profit. The rights would of reverted back to Marvel if the film was not made by April 1990. Cannon chiefs Menahem Golan and his cousin Yoram Golan were going to have the film about a scientist intentionally subjecting ID-Badge photographer Peter Parker to radioactive bombardment, transforming him into a giant, suicidal, eight-armed monster. The human spider refuses to join the scientist’s new master-race of mutants, battling a succession of mutations kept in a basement laboratory.

What Happened?: It turns out that Menahem and Yoram misunderstood the concept of Spider-Man, thus leading to this idea. Unhappy with the plot, Spider-Man creator Stan Lee pushed for a new story and screenplay, resulting in a new origin story involving Dr. Octopus. The idea of Peter transforming into a giant spider monster was later used in a 14 part episode of the 1994 Spider-Man animated series.

Is it a good thing the film was never made?: Yes. People criticize films like Batman Returns for ruining the characters (only example I could think of, I loved Returns and didn’t care about the changes), but this is just MUCH worse. It ruins what Spider-Man is suppose to be and I think would of prevented him from getting his epic Sam Raimi trilogy in the 2000s.

22. Superman V

What is it?: Before the massive failure of Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Cannon Films considered doing a fifth film directed by Albert Pyun. Cannon’s bankruptcy resulted in the rights reverting to Ilya and Alexander Salkind. Ilya wrote the script for Superman V (also known as Superman: The New Movie), featuring a plot involving Superman dying and being resurrected in the shrunken, bottled Krypton city of Kandor. Christopher Reeve was set to reprise the role.

What happened?: Following the massive failure of Superman IV: The Quest for Peace and the success of The Death and Return of Superman comic book, Warner Bros. purchased the film rights to Superman in 1993, leading to the planned film Superman Lives (see 24).

Is it a good thing the film was never made?: Probably. Superhero films’ reputation was low due to the failures of Superman III, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, and Howard the Duck. Add the terrible plot to it, and it might of killed superhero films even more. Plus, how many good films have actually had good fifth movies (or fourth for that matter?)?

21. Superman Reborn

What is it?: Before Superman Lives entered production, Warner Bros. had plans for Superman Reborn, also based off of The Death of Superman. The film would of had a kid-friendly approach, similar to Batman Forever. The film would of involved Clark Kent’s relationship troubles with Lois Lane and Superman’s battle with Doomsday. Just as Superman dies, he professes his love to Lois and his life force jumps between them. Lois has a virgin birth, and the child grows to become 21 years old in 3 weeks, becoming the resurrected Superman and saves the world.

What happened?: Warner Bros. did not like the script because of too many similar themes from Batman Forever. The script was rewritten, with a new plot involving Brainiac creating Doomsday who was infused with kryptonite blood. Clark still has relationship problems with Lois and goes to a psychiatrist until being killed by Doomsday. An alien named Cadmus steals Superman’s corpse and brings him back to life to defeat Brainiac. Superman wears a robotic costume that would mimic his old powers until he could use his old powers again, which according to the script, are a mental discipline called “Phin-yar.” Other villains included Parasite and Silver Banshee. The script impressed Warner Bros., but Kevin Smith was hired to rewrite, because he though the script did not respect the comic books. His rewrite resulted in Superman Lives, which was never made.

Is it a god thing this film was never made?: I think so. Really no reason for it to by made other than to cash in on the success of the Death of Superman storyline.

20. Batman Triumphant

What is it?: Before Batman & Robin was released, Warner Bros. planned to do a fifth film in the Batman franchise called Batman Triumphant, where Joel Schumacher would of returned to direct with George Clooney and Chris O’ Donnel reprising their roles as Batman and Robin. The film would of featured Scarecrow as the main villain, along with Harley Quinn as the Joker’s daughter who wanted revenge against Batman for Joker’s death. Jack Nicholson would of returned to play the Joker in a hallucination created by Scarecrow’s fear gas. Nicolas Cage, Steve Buscemi, Ewan McGregor and Jeff Goldblum were all rumored to play Scarecrow while Madonna was Schumacher’s first choice to play Harley. Alice Silverstone would of presumably reprised her role as Batgirl for the film also. Mad Hatter and Man-Bat were also rumored to appear.

What happened?: Batman & Robin happened. The critical and financial failure caused Warner Bros. to abandon Triumphant and work on ways to reboot the franchise.

Is it a good thing the film was never made?: Absolutely. The Batman franchise was already dead thanks for Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, we didn’t need another horrible Batman movie. In the long run, cancelling the film also gave us Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy which gave us The Dark Knight Rises, so it was good for everyone.

19. Venom

What is it?: Following Spider-Man 3, Avi Arad confirmed a Venom spin-off. Jacob Aaron Estes was set to write a script and Stan Lee could of cameoed.

What happened?: Nothing happened, which was the problem. After Estes dropped the project in 2008, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese were signed to write. They announced that they had two drafts and that the Studio was pushing the film forward. But they never did. In 2009, Gary Ross (who wrote the latest draft of Spider-Man 4) was hired to rewrite the script, with his script featuring Venom as an anti-hero instead of a villain. After that, nothing happened. No cast or director was signed on, no filming began, etc. Currently, Sony is considering a Venom film which would take place in the same universe as The Amazing Spider-Man and feature Flash Thompson as Venom.

Is it a good thing the film was never made?: While I do love Venom and think this could be a great debut for Carnage, I don’t think Venom could hold his own film (especially with this Flash Thompson crap). I hope I’m wrong and we get a good Venom movie (with Eddie Brock), but I seriously doubt it.

18. Batman vs. Superman

What is it?: While Superman: Flyby and Batman: Year One were in production, Andrew Kevin Walker pitched a film called Batman vs Superman. Warner Bros. put Superman: Flyby and Batman: Year One on hold to work on this film. The studio hired Akiva Goldsman to write the the script. His plot had Bruce Wayne in retirement for five years, with Dick Grayson, Alfred, and Commissioner Gordon all dead. Meanwhile, Clark Kent has recently gone through a divorce with Lois Lane. Clark is the best man at Bruce’s wedding to Elizabeth Miller. During their honeymoon, Elizabeth is killed by the Joker, forcing Bruce to put on the batsut once again while Clark begins a romance with Lana Lang in Smallville. Bruce blames Clark for Elizabeth’s death and the two fight each other. However, Lex Luthor is revealed to be behind the entire plot and the two decide to team up and stop Luthor. Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, James Franco, Jude Law and Paul Walker were all considered for both the roles, until the studio eventually offered Christian Bale the role of Batman and Josh Hartnett the role of Superman.

What happened?: The film was to begin shooting 2003 set for a mid-2004 release date. However, Warner Bros. (thankfully) decided to stop production and reintroduce Superman and Batman into their own separate franchises. Superman: Flyby resumed production, while Warner Bros. started making Batman Begins. A billboard showing both the Superman symbol in the Batman symbol appeared in the film I Am Legend.

Is it a good thing this film was never made?: Yeah. While I do think you could pull off a successful Superman/Batman film, this is not the way to do it. Plus, a straight up fight between these two is ridiculous, because Batman would be killed. It could of worked, but the script would of needed a massive rewrite.

17. Justice League: Mortal

What is it?: In February 2007, Warner Bros. hired Kieran and Michele Mulroney to write a script for a Justice League movie. The script was handed in June 2007 and got positive feedback from the studio. George Miller signed on to direct that September. The film was put on hold in 2008 due to the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America Strike. The cast would of featured Adam Brody as The Flash (Barry Allen), D. J. Cotrona as Superman, Common as Green Lantern (John Stewart), Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, Armie Hammer as Batman, Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman, and Hugh Keays as Martian Manhunter, as well as Maxwell Lord and Talia al Ghul as the villains.

What happened?: Warner Bros. kept backing up the film and when shooting would begin. In August 2008, The Wall Street Journal reported that Warner Bros’ new plan was to release a few solo movies before doing a JL movie (hm… where have I heard that idea before?). In 2010, George Miller officially confirmed its cancellation. Warner Bros. is currently making another Justice League movie after the success of The Avengers, aiming for a 2015 release date (which would make the film rushed).

Is it a good thing this film was never made?: Really doesn’t matter since now they’re working on another JL movie now. I will say I think the cast is terrible, and there have to be better choices for villains than Talia & Maxwell (though I do like them both). To me, Warner Bros. should just forget JL for now and work on Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and The Flash.

16. Aquaman

What is it?: Little is known about this Aquaman film. In 2004, it was reported that Warner Bros. wanted to make an Aquaman movie written by Ben Grant.

What happened?: Not much. Which didn’t mean it was made. I don’t even think a script was ever written. Currently, Aquaman is “in production” like SO MANY other DC characters. I really don’t have much to say here.

Is it a good thing this film was never made?: I have no clue, because nothing is known about the film. I’d love an Aquaman movie, but I don’t see it happening any time soon.

15. Untitled Superman Returns Sequel

What is it?: Four months before the release of Superman Returns in 2006, Warner Bros. announced a 2009 release date for a sequel, with Bryan Singer returning as director, along with Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Specy, Sam Huntington, Frank Langella, and Tristana Lake returning. Brainiac and Bizarro were considered for the villains, while the “New Krypton” floating in space would of served as a plot device (haven’t seen Returns, so I don’t know what they’re talking about).

What happened?: Superman Returns received mostly positive reviews (though most people I see on this site hate it), though Warner Bros. were disappointed at how much it made in the Box Office, saying it should of make $500,000,000. This was the beginning of the end. Filming was suppose to begin in 2007, though Singer stopped production to work on Valkyrie. Filming was pushed back to March 2008, though the writers for the film also left. The 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike pushed the release date to 2010. Routh’s contrack for a sequel expired in 2009, while Singer left in favor of directing Jack the Giant Killer and Battlestar Galactica. Warner Bros. decided to abandon the film and begin rebooting Superman, resulting in the upcoming Man of Steel.

Is it a good thing this film was never made?: I’m not sure. I haven’t seen Superman Returns, so I have no clue if it was a good movie or not. I do like the idea of Brainiac and Bizarro finally getting roles on the big screen. I’m not sure how Man of Steel will turn out. If it’s good (which I hope it is), then it’s probably a good thing this film was never made.

14. James Cameron’s Spider-Man

What is it?: Spider-Man was in production since 1985. I’ve given the 85 plot with Peter turning into a giant spider monster, but that wasn’t the only plot. Several films were in production until Sam Raimi’s 2002 film. I won’t go into detail about ones with Arnold Schwarzenegger as Dr. Octopus (I don’t envy the writer who had to come up with Octopus puns) and others, but I felt this was worth a mention. The film would of featured Electro (Carlton Strand) as a megalomaniacal parody of corrupt capitalists, along with Sandman (Boyd) who is mutated by an accident involving Philadelphia Experiment-style bilocation and atom-mixing. The climax would of been a battle on top of the World Trade Center and Spider-Man revealing his identity as Peter Parker to Mary Jane. They then would of had sex on top of the Brooklyn Bridge, because why not?

What happened?:Cameron was suppose to make the film with Carolco Pictures. However, Carolco stopped production on Spider-Man due to financial and legal problems, leaving the film in developmental hell for several more years.

Is it a good thing this film never happened?: Yes. It’s just… ugh. Interesting I admit, but not in a good way.

If you want to check out the storyboards for the film, you can see them here: http://dantom.altervista.org/spider_ing_script.html

13. Shazam!

What is it?: In the early 2000s, New Line Cinema began production on a Shazam! film, with early drafts of the script written by William Goldman & Bryan Goluboff, while later scripts were written by John August. Peter Segal was set to direct the film while WWE Wrestler Dwayne Johnson, a/k/a/ “The Rock,” was in talks to play Black Adam. Shazam! was originally set to be made by New Line Cinema, which was absorbed into Warner Bros. during pre-production.

What happened?: Following the success of Warner’s darker themed film The Dark Knight, and the failure of their lighter kid-firendly Speed Racer, John August left the project when he was forced to make it more like The Dark Knight‘s serious tone. In 2009, it was announced that Geoff Johns was set to write the film, while Segal was still set to direct. However, in August 2010, Los Angeles Times columnist Geoff Boucher reported that discussions had begun to cancel the film and do a live action series instead.

Is it a good thing the film was never made?: No clue. Captain Marvel (or Shazam) could have a good film, but this was just stuck in developmental hell for years with nothing but the writer and director officially confirmed. I do think that Geoff Johns could write an amazing movie, but still.

12. Daredevil 2

Okay, this is technically a proposed film than a film that entered production but was never made. But either way, it’s here.

What is it?: Following the generally mixed reception of Daredevil, it was still profitable enough to consider a sequel. There were talks about basing it off of the Born Again storyline, as well as Mr. Fear being the main villain. Michael Clarke Duncan expressed interest in returning for the role of King, but saying that he would not be willing to gain wait. Duncan suggested that the plot involve Kingpin having been training in jail to become faster in combat against Daredevil as a away to work his weight loss into the story.

What happened?: The film never really started to be made, thus it’s hard to say exactly what happened. Ben Affleck said that would never reprise the role of Daredevil, feeling that “by playing a superhero in Daredevil, I have inoculated myself from ever playing another superhero… Wearing a costume was a source of humiliation for me and something I wouldn’t want to do again soon.” It is probable that he made this decision after receiving a Razzie Award for his performance as Daredevil. In July 2008, Jason Statham expressed interest in appearing as Daredevil, and Frank Miller even said he should be Daredevil. In October 2008, talk of a reboot came up, though none was officially announced. On October 10, 2012, the rights to Daredevil reverted back to Marvel, who has said that they want to do a reboot. A reboot has not been officially confirmed, though it appears Marvel will happen at some point in the future.

Is it a good thing this movie was never made?: Not sure. I haven’t read Born Again, but it sounds like a very cool storyline that would make a great plot for a film. Mr. Fear would also be cool to see. I think that if they fixed the mistakes from the first film, I think it could of been a great movie. If not, I think it might of been worse.

11. The Batman by Tom Mankiewicz

What is it?: Before Tim Burton’s successful film Batman in 1989, there was a script written in 1983 by Tom Makiewicz, writer of three James Bond movies and had an uncredited hand in the scripts for Superman and Superman II. The film would of featured Batman’s origin story, along with him teaming up with Robin to take on the Joker and Rupert Thorne. The film would of also featured Silver St. Cloud as the love interest. A 1985 release date was announced with a budget of $20,000,000. The film would of combined a more darker atmosphere along with a more lighter tone, like in Superman.

What happened?: Nothing. At the time, Warner Bros. wouldn’t commit to a semi-serious Batman movie. In 1986, director Tim Burton was added to the project while Warren Skaaren and Sam Hamm wrote the script, giving us the masterpiece known as Batman in 1989. Mankiewicz went on to write Ladyhawke and Dragnet.

Is it a good thing this movie was never made?: Yes and no. I say no, because it sounds like a very good movie that I would of definitely watched. I say yes because it gave us Tim Burton’s Batman in 1989. So both some good and bad came out of this movie not being made.

I’m not sure if it’s the true script or not (I’m 95% sure it is, but I could be wrong), and I don’t know if it’s any good, but here’s the revised first draft for the script if you’d like to have a read: http://thebatmanuniverse.net/image/General/Downloads/Scripts/The%20Batman%20Revised%20First%20Draft.pdf

10. Spider-Man 4

What is it?: In 2007, Spider-Man 4 entered development, serving as the fourth film of the series with Sam Raimi set to return as directer while Toby Maguire and the other cast members were set to return. In October 2007, James Vanderbilt was hired to write the script, and Sony encouraged Vanderbilt to write scripts for Spider-Man 5 and Spider-Man 6. As time went on, Raimi expressed interest in turning Curt Connors into the Lizard in the film. It was reported in 200 what John Malkovich was in negotiations to play Vulture, while Anne Hathaway would play Felicia Hardy. However, Felicia wouldn’t become Black Cat like she did in the comics. Instead, she would become a new villain called the Vultress.

What happened?: The film kept getting pushed back. Originally set for a May 2009 release date, it had to be bumped back to May 6, 2011. With several rewrites for the script, it looked like the film was not going to be ready for the release date. In January 2010, Sony announced that Spider-Man 4 had been cancelled following Raimi leaving the project. Raimi said that he left the film due to his doubt that he could meet the planned release date while keeping the film as good as he could. He said that he was “very unhappy” with the way Spider-Man 3 turned out, and wanted the fourth film to be the best of the series to end on a high note.

Is it a good thing this film wasn’t made?: I’m kind of torn on this. I loved Spider-Man 3 and thought it was epic, and I couldn’t wait for a fourth film. If the film was made, we never would of gotten the horrible The Amazing Spider-Man movie last summer, thus no one would wanted to tear their eyes out. However, looking at this film, it does not seem good (why was Felicia Hardy going to become Vultress?). Plus, how many franchises have had successful fourth movies (look at Superman and Batman). So, I think whether this was made or not, we would of gotten a bad Spider-Man movie. But at least we would of gotten GOOD acting out of this one (Andrew Garfield was just horrible). So, I’ll say it’s a bad thing this film wasn’t made.

9. Tim Burton’s Catwoman

What is it?: Following Batman Returns, Tim Burton was set to direct two more movies in the Batman franchise. An untitled third Batman (we know that fate of that), and a Catwoman spin-off, where Catwoman would once again be played by Michelle Pfeiffer. Daniel Waters wrote the script for the film, and turned it in on June 6, 1995.

What happened?: June 6, 1995 was the same day that Batman Forever came out, which took the Batman franchise in a different direction, making a family-friendly film that eliminated the darker tone of Batman Returns. Walters joked and said “turning it in the day Batman Forever opened may not have been my best logistical move, in that it’s the celebration of the fun-for-the-whole-family Batman. Catwoman is definitely not a fun-for-the-whole-family script.” The film was stuck in developmental hell for years, resulting in Catwoman being recasted twice. The first time with Ashley Judd, the next Halle Berry, resulting in Catwoman in 2004, which is generally considered one of the worst films of all time and has nothing to do with the character Catwoman (Selina Kyle).

Is it a good thing this film wasn’t made?: No. Warner Bros. would of been better off trying to get the original Tum Burton Catwoman film released then creating something that’s considered one of the worst films of all time. Plus, why would you cast Halle Berry as Catwoman? That’s just… off.

8. Batman: DarKnight

What is it?: Following the massive failure of Batman & Robin and the cancellation of Batman Triumphant, this was another fifth film in the Batman franchise that would of once again been directed by Joel Scumucher, feeling that he owed Batman fans a real Batman movie. The film would of featured Bruce Wayne in self-imposed exile after loosing the ability to strike fear into his enemies as Batman (I don’t know. I’d be pretty scared after Batman Forever and Batman & Robin). Dick Grayson would be attending Gotham Academy, where Johnathan Crane is conducting experiments with fear. Crane’s run-in with Dr. Kirk Langstrom reults in Kirk becoming the terrifying Man-Bat. The citizens of Gotham think that Man-Bat is Batman’s “bloodthirsty” return. Bruce once again becomes Batman to clear his name and solve the mystery of the Man-Bat.

What happened?: Not much. Warner Bros. simply based the idea in favor of making either Batman Beyond or Batman: Year One.

Is it a good thing this film wasn’t made?: Overall, I think it might of been. I do LOVE the idea of Scarecrow & Man-Bat as the villains of a Batman movie, but I’m not sure how well the film would of done after Batman & Robin, no matter who the director was or how dark it was.

7. Green Arrow: Super Max

Also titled Green Arrow: Escapse from Super Max.

What is it?: Most comic book films follow the same formula, a 40 to 60 minute origin, throw in some love interest and villain, and that’s basically it. This one however, would of completely skipped over the origin and jumped right to Green Arrow being thrown in a Maximum Security Prison and trying to escape, and meets several A, B, and C list DC villains on the way. The script was written by David Goyer, who also wrote Batman Begins and Justin Marks.

What happened?: Nothing. The movie is still in production according to DC, though in reality, it’s in developmental hell. In 2008, Marks said during an interview with MTV:

“It’s a very, very awesome prison. I majored in architecture in college, and design is how I actually started in. For ‘Super Max,’ designing that prison, it had to be the kind of thing that was a character in and of itself…We’re in a world where instead of just trying to contain a guy who’s really big, you’re trying to contain a guy who can — in the case of Icicle — who can freeze things. What kind of a cell would a guy like that need in order to have his powers neutralized? So to escape from Super Max they have got to go through the most elaborate heist we’ve ever seen, involving superpowers. Because the prison itself kind of has superpowers!”

Nothing has been said about the film since.

Is it a good thing the film wasn’t made?: I’m a bit torn on that. When written correctly, Green Arrow can be an awesome character. However, he can also be very lame and boring. The concept of the film is very interesting and could of been great. However, it’s too easy to completely butcher it and make a horrible film.

6. Batman: Year One

What is it?: An adaption of Frank Miller’s successful graphic novel Batman: Year One. It would of featured Batman’s debut in Gotham and his relationship (not a romantic one) with Commissioner Gordon. Despite Joel Schumacher wanting to direct (hasn’t he ruined Batman enough?), the role of directer went to Darren Aronofsky, who also wrote the script, along with Frank Miller. Their goal was to completely reboot the Batman franchise. Christian Bale was approached for the role of Batman in the film.

What happened?: Batman: Year One ended up being too violent for Warner Bros., as Aronofsky and Miller were aiming for an R-rating (which will never happen for a Batman movie in a million years). The studio wanted a rewrite for the script. However, they abandoned Batman: Year One to work on Batman vs. Superman.

Is it a good thing this film was never made?: Not sure. I’ve never Read Year One, so I can’t say if it’s a good idea to make it into a film or not. I do like that they were finally planning on just doing a full reboot instead of the proposed fifth films. It sounds like it could of been a good movie, but I would of needed to know more.

5. X-Men Origins: Magneto

What is it?: In December 2004, the X-Men franchise was big and Fox hired Shaldon Turner to do a spin-off X-Men film. He chose to write Magneto. In April 2007, David S. Goyer (man, everyone wants him) was hired to direct. Turner’s script was set from 1939 to 1955, and shows Magneto trying to survive in Auschqitz. He meets a young soldier named Charles Xavier during the liberation of the camp. He hunts down the Nazi war criminals who tortured his. His lust for vengeance ends up turning Xavier and him into enemies. Ian McKellen was set to reprise his role as Magneto, using the computer generated facelift used on him in the opening scene of X-Men: The Last Stand.

What happened?: The film was planned to start filming in Australia for a 2009 release date, though the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike delayed this. The film continued production, including concept art and the official title, but Goyer said in December 2008 that they would only start filming if X-Men Origins: Wolverine was successful. The story and script was drastically changed, now set in 1961 and involving Xavier & Magneto battling a villain. McKellen confirmed in October 2009 that he would not be reprising his role at Magneto due to his age. No news was announced for the film after that, and it was officially cancelled on August 26, 2010. Elements of the film were put into X-Men: First Class.

Is it a good thing this film was never made?: I say no. X-Men Origins: Wolverine was simply… epic (I have no other words to describe it), and Magneto is an even better character than Wolverine. I think it could of been a fantastic film and would of been SO much better than the crappy X-Men: First Class.

4. Tim Burton’s Batman 3

What is it?: After Batman Returns, Tim Burton was set to return for a third Batman movie (presumably called Batman Forever, though that is still unclear). It would of featured Michael Keaton returning as Batman, as well as Marlon Wayans as Robin, who would of been re-imagined as streetwise black kid, who’s origin would have taken elements from both Dick Grayson and Jason Todd (there was some concept art for the costume, and I think it loos REALLY cool). Robin Williams was offered the role of Riddler, though he turned it down. Billy Dee Williams would of appeared as Harvey Dent, though it is unknown if he would of become Two-Face. Rene Russo would of played Chase Meridian, an original character created for the film and Bruce Wayne’s love interest. Michelle Pfeifer was rumored to return as Catwoman. There were also rumors for Johnny Depp appearing as Mad Hatter and Brad Doruif as Scarecrow, though these were never confirmed. There were also rumors that Robin would of been played by Winona Ryder, and would of been a female and an Amalgam of Dick Grayson and Carrie Kelly (from The Dark Knight Returns).

What happened?: When Warner Bros. learned that Batman 3 was going to be similar to the ultra-dark tone of Batman Returns, they freaked out and replaced Burton with Joel Schumacher as director, who planned to make it more family-friendly Some of the ideas remained the same (such as introducing Robin & Riddler, though their stories were changed), though the cast was completely changed up. Val Kilmer was cast as Batman to replace Michael Keaton (Keaton turned down $15,000,000 to return), Jim Carrey was cast as The Riddler (possibly the worst casting ever in a comic film), Tommy Lee Jones replaced Williams as Harvey Dent (and he became a complete Joker rip-off), Nicole Kidman replaced Rene Russo as Chase Meridian (Russo was deemed too old to play Kilmer’s love interest), and Chris O’ Donell replaced Marlon Wayans as Robin (Warner Bros. paid Wayans to leave the film). The end result being Batman Forever, one of the worst films I have ever seen and THE worst Batman movie ever made (yes, Batman & Robin is better. But not by much).

Is it a good thing this film was never made?: That’s actually a very good question. Yes, Batman Forever was terrible. PLUS, if Forever was never made, we wouldn’t of gotten Batman & Robin. However, if Burton’s film had been made, would we of ever gotten Christopher Nolan’s series down the line? It’s interesting to think about. I will say that some of Burton’s ideas for Batman 3 did seem a bit… out there (like Robin), the same could be said about his ideas for Batman Returns, and look how epic that was.

3. Batman Beyond

What is it?: For a brief time, Warner considered doing a film based off of the successful animated series Batman Beyond to reboot the franchise. Taking place in the year 2040, Bruce Wayne has retired as Batman (he’s 80 years old. How would he keep going out at night and doing what he does?) and high schooler Terry McGinnis takes up the mantle of Batman. Paul Dini, who worked on the show (and several other DC Animated stuff), was hired to write the script and Boaz Yakin was hired to direct.

What happened?: Warner Bros. abandoned the idea of Batman Beyond in favor of Batman: Year One and Batman vs. Superman, until finally settling on Batman Begins.

Is it a good thing this film was never made?: Well, if it was made, we probably wouldn’t of gotten the Nolan series. But screw Nolan!!! I want Batman Beyond!!!

2. Superman: Flyby

I’ve mentioned this film several times through out this thing, and now we’re here.

What is it?: Following the cancellation of Superman Lives, Warner Bros. briefly worked on the film until putting it on hold to work on Batman vs. Superman. Following the cancellation of that, Warner Bros. once again began working on Superman: Flyby. The film would of rebooted Superman and given him a new origin story. The planet Krypton is besieged by a civil war going on between Jor-El and his brother Kata-Zor. Before he is sentenced to death, Jor-El launches his son Kal-El to Earth fo fulfull a prophecy. Kal-El is adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent. When Clark grows up, he begins to work for the Daily Planet and forms a romance with Lois Lane. However, Lois is more interested in exposing Lex Luthor, a government agent obsessed with aliens and UFOs. Clark reveals to himself to the world as Superman, which brings Kata-Zor’s son Ty-Zor and other Kryptonians to Earth. Superman fights them, and is killed in battle. In Kryptonian heaven, Superman meets Jor-El, who committed suicide on Krypton in prison. He’s ressurected, and returns to Earth to defeat Ty-Zor and the other Kryptonians. The film ends with Superman flying off to Krypton, leaving the door open for a sequel. I admit, I did barely summarize the plot, but I got the main point across. Brett Ratner was hired to direct the film, with filming expected to start sometime in 2003. Josh Hartnett and Jude Law were both approached for the role of Superman. The studio was hoping for a summer 2004 release date. Christopher Walken was in talks to play Perry White, Anthony Hopkins Jor-El, and Ralph Fiennes as Lex Luthor. People considered for Superman were Tom Welling (who played a teenage Clark Kent on Smallville), Paul Walker, Ashton Kutcher, Brendan Fraser, Matthew Bomer, Jerry O’ Connell, David Boreanaz, Victor Webster, James Marsden. Joel Edgerton (who turned donw the chance to audition for Superman) auditioned for Ty-Zor.

What happened?: There were a lot of problems with the film during production. Ratner dropped out of the project in March 2003 due to casting difficulties and violent disagreements with Jon Peters. McG was signed on as director. Several actors were considered (including Robert Downey Jr. as Lex Luthor), but none were officially signed on. McG wanted Josh Schwartz to rewrite the Abrams script. He wanted to film in Canada, though Warner Bros. wanted Australia. McG felt it was “inappropriate to try and capture the heart of America on another continent,” though he later admitted that it was his fear of fighting. McG eventually left the project. Abrams attempted to get the chance to direct his script, but Warner Bros. went with Bryan Singer in July 2004, resulting in the cancellation of Superman: Flyby and the making of Superman Returns.

Is it a good thing this film was never made?: I say no. Superman Returns turned out to be a complete waste as it’s already being rebooted. I would of LOVED to see this movie. Yes, it does change up a lot about Superman. However, look at Batman Begins and how much it changed Batman’s origin (h was never trained by Ra’s al Ghul) and how successful that was. From what I’ve read about this film, it strikes me as an 8 out of 10, great, but has flaws. Overall, I think this was just an amazing idea for a Superman film that I wish would of been made. Hopefully Man of Steel is good.

Also, like The Batman, I do not know if this is real or not. However, here is a link to J. J. Abrams’ Superman: Flyby script. I really I had read it before I wrote this. But too late now. Here’s the link: http://www.supermanhomepage.com/movies/Superman-JJAbrams2.pdf

And now, I present the greatest comic book movie never made…

1. Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman

What is it?: A Wonder Woman movie was in production in 2001, though that did not go anywhere. In March 2005, Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures announced that Joss Whedon would write and direct. For those who don’t know, Whedon wrote and directed The Avengers, the third highest grossing film of all time. With an amazing character like Wonder Woman and the extremely talented Joss Wheadon, how can you go wrong?

What happened?: When Whedon was hired for Wonder Woman, he was directing Serenity. Since he needed time to research Wonder Woman’s background, he was not able to begin the script until late 2005. After nearly two years, Whedon had not managed to write a finished daft for the script. He said “It was in an outline, and not in a draft, and they [studio executives] didn’t like it. So I never got to write a draft where I got to work out exactly what I wanted to do.” In February 2007, Whedon officially left the project due to script differences with the studio and went to work on Goners. Whedon said “I would go back in a heartbeat if I believed that anybody believed in what I was doing. The lack of enthusiasm was overwhelming.” A spec script was bought by Warner Bros. shortly before Whedon departed set during World War II. It was written by Matthew Jennison and Brent Strickland. However, Silver Pictures did not want it to be a period piece. In April 2008, Jennison and Strickland were hired to write a new script which instead of explaining Wonder Woman’s origin would explore the history of Paradise Island. No news of the Wonder Woman film was reported until 2010, saying that it was in production. However, in reality, the film was in developmental hell along with several other DC films.

Is it a good thing this movie was never made?: I say no. Whedon is very talented and could of made an epic Wonder Woman movie. Instead, he left and went on to make Marvel over a billion with The Avengers. Way to go Warner Bros., way to go. Then again, would The Avengers of been as good as it was if Whedon wasn’t writing and directing?

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Reasons why Marvel Ultimate Alliance is better than Arkham City

You can pretty much tell what this is by the title. Everyone always regards Arkham City and Arkham Asylum as the greatest superhero games ever. While they were amazing, they are not as good as Ultimate Alliance. Sure, MUA may not be the best graphics ever in a game, but it's still an amazing game. Here are reasons why it is better than Arkham City and the greatest superhero game of all time.

Scope

The scope of the game is gigantic. It has simple places like the Helicarrier or the Omega Base to more complex areas like Murderworld or Atlantis, to magical places like Mephisto's Realm and Asgard, to cosmic themed areas like the Skull Homeworld and the Shi'ar empire. and that's not even all of it. Arkham City does have a lot to cover, but once you go through enough of it, it just gets old, boring, and frustrating.

Villains

Ultimate Alliance has a HUGE roster of villains. From Dr. Doom to Galactus to Loki to Enchantress to Mephisto to Attuma to Mandarin to MODOK, etc. It's just amazing. Yes, Arkham City did have an enormous roster of villains. But there were just too many, leaving some to do nothing. Two-Face is a prime example of that. He is officially in the game, but what does he do other than have more henchmen for you to face? Then there are villains who are reduced to side missions or cameos. Black Mask deserves better than that. Ultimate Alliance may have A LOT of villains (possibly more than Arkham City), though it's not too much. No one had to be reduced to a cameo or anything. Every villain got their fair time in the spotlight.

Heroes

Does this even have to be explained? The heroes in the game are even more impressive than the villains. With Captain America, Spider-Man, Thor, Wolverine, Iron Man, Storm, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Iceman, Dr. Strange, Black Panther, Nick Fury, Deadpool, Moon Knight, etc., you can have whoever you like on your team. And you don't have to buy the overpriced DLC in Arkham City. Really, it would of been that hard to throw in at least one mission with Robin that wasn't DLC? MUA has the perfect roster of heroes to go against the perfect roster of villains.

Gameplay

The gameplay in Arkham City is AMAZING, I admit. You could easily entertain yourself for hours by just going around and beating people up (well, for some time at least. More on that later) But there's too much. There's just so much to do you loose track. You have no idea how long it took me to learn and remember how to divebomb. In MUA, there's a lot to do, but it's simple. Easy to remember, equip, etc. Plus they don't try and overdo it.

After You Beat The Game

I admit, I had extreme fun after beating Arkham City. I did some side missions, found easter eggs, got some riddles and riddler trophies, etc. But it's gotten boring. At this point, it's gotten to the point where your only thoughts are "How the f*ck do I get this f*cking riddler trophy!?!" In MUA, sure, it might still be the same thing. But with the amount of people to choose from, you can have equal fun every time playing it as you did the first time. Plus if you failed a side mission, you can try it again the second time around. You can try and find more simulation discs, etc.

The Story

There is no game out there with a more epic story than Ultimate Alliance. Sure, Arkham City was cool, but there was just too much going on. In Ultimate Alliance, the plot is epic, yet simple. Dr. Doom forms the Masters of Evil to try and take over the world, so Nick Fury forms his team to fight the Masters. It's simple, easy to remember, and is cool. Then, as the game progresses, it gets even better. Doom starts by doing simple stuff like attack the Helicarrier, but eventually starts taking us to Mephisto's Realm and Asgard. When it gets to the point where Doom is stealing Odin's power, it's just truly epic. And aside from Doom taking over Earth, there's an even greater threat with his powers destroying the time/space continuum. That's when the Shi'ar (cool plot for that mission) and Galactus come in. Even aside from Doom and the Masters, there are awesome plots when it comes to stuff like Mephisto's Realm. Choosing to save Nightcrawler or Jean Grey. How awesome is that?

In conclusion: Marvel Ultimate Alliance is the greatest superhero game in existence. Sure, Arkham city was cool, though it's not as good as MUA. Ultimate Alliance was better in story, gameplay, villains, etc.

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TheCannon's 2012 Comic Book Awards

Title speaks for itself. It's a new annual thing I decided to do (which is why I didn't get a review up last week). These are all MY opinions. If you disagree, don't complain.

Best Writer of 2012

Geoff Johns

Johns has been giving us epics all year long with Aquaman, Green Lantern, and Justice League. And after his work on Flashpoint, how is this guy not writing the Flash? Anyway, Johns takes home writer of the year.

Second place: Scott Snyder (while I personally feel his work on Batman is overrated, he is a great writer and deserves to be on here)

Third Place: Brian Azzarello

Best Ongoing Series of 2012

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman has just been truly amazing. It has an actual story form, it gives WW a great new costume, and it's just down right good. Not to mention it gave us the return of Orion.

Second Place: Aquaman

Third Place: TIE: Batman/The Amazing Spider-Man

Thor: God of Thunder would be on here, however, we only got 3 issues of it in 2012. Though it will probably be in next year.

Best Single Issue of 2012

Thor: God of Thunder #3

It was just an amazing issue. After Two nice issues, Thor: God of Thunder got even better with number 3. While I personally liked #4 more, that was published in 2013.

Second Place: Batman #11

Third Place: The Amazing Spider-Man #700

Best Male Hero of 2012

Aquaman

This is NOT my personal favorite. My favorite character is Thor, though he was a punching bag most of the year. Aquaman gets #1. He went out there, and proved to everyone how f*cking awesome he can be and that he's more than just a joke. Not to mention he just looks epic.

Second Place: Spider-Man

Third place: Batman

Best Female Hero of 2012

Wonder Woman

No one else deserves the spot. Just, no one did anything that impressive.

Second Place: Catwoman

Third Place: Ms. Marvel

Best Male Villain of 2012

Joker

Who the Hell else deserves this spot? Everything Joker has done in 2012? Well, he only had two or three appearances, but still.

Second Place: Dr. Octopus

Third Place: Dr. Doom

Best Female Villain of 2012

Cheetah

Gonna be honest: Not much to say here.

Second Place: Hera

Third Place: Poison Ivy

Best New Character of 2012

Not much to say. Again....

Second Place: H'el (almost took first)

Third Place: Simon Baz

Best Team of 2012

Justice League

I know, a Justice League with no Martian Manhunter is absolutely ridiculous. But they have been the best team this year. I don't even think it's possible to keep track of the dozens of Avengers and X-men teams, so who else is there for #1? Even though they're missing the heart of the League.

Second Place: Fantastic Four

Third Place: Thunderbolts

Best Costume of 2012

Superman

Superman's costume is just truly epic. There were A LOT of contenders for this one. I choose Superman for number one because his Pre-Flashpoint costume was horrible in every way, while it's been massively improved here.

There are so many other contenders, I'll just list them:

  • Thor
  • Wonder Woman
  • SHAZAM!
  • Batman
  • Nightwing
  • Deadpool
  • The Punisher
  • Iron Man

Most Awesome Looking Team of 2012

Thunderbolts

Don't they just look awesome? It's just a perfect looking team. Black & Red are perfect together.

Second Place: Fantastic Four.

Third Place: Justice League Dark

Best Comic Movie of 2012

The Avengers

I LOVED The Dark Knight Rises. I loved everything about it. It's the greatest film DC has ever made, animated or live action. But The Avengers was a better comic book movie, plus I just liked it more.

Now, there will not be a second or third place thing, because there were only two good comic movies this year. The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises.

Best Comic Television Series of 2012

Arrow

It's an amazing show, and the greatest thing seen on TV in YEARS. I love Avengers: EMH, Young Justice, Justice League (Unlimited), and others, but none of those compare to this. If you have not watched Arrow yet, WATCH IT NOW!

Second Place: The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!

Third Place: Young Justice/Young Justice: Invasion

Best Moment of 2012

Justice League Formation

This was just a truly epic moment. The formation of the Justice League.

Second Place: The Return of the Joker in Batman #13

Third Place: Superman gets an awesome costume in Action Comics #5 or 6 (I forget(

Master of PIS in 2012

Batman

Batman is and always will be the Master of PIS. He'll be taking home the award EVERY year unless something changes.

Second Place: Captain Cold.

Third Place: Every other one of Flash's villains (except Professor Zoom. But I think he's gone).

Worst Moment of 2012

New 52 Power Girl

As bad as it was seeing some of our favorite characters gone in the New 52 (my big sad is Stephanie Brown), what they did to Power Girl was an atrocity (is that the right word?). It's an insult to the name, and it the worst moment in 2012 comics.

Second Place: Stephanie Brown and Wally West still erased from history.

Third Place: Cyclops killing Professor Xavier in Avengers vs X-Men.

Worst Comic Movie of 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man

This movie was just terrible. Downright TERRIBLE. It gets the worst comic movie of 2012. For more, look at my review.

Worst Comic Television of 2012

Ultimate Spider-Man

Just... wow. When I first heard about the series, I was happy. I had been reading the Ultimate Spider-Man comics and loving them, and I loved the character Spidey. So, I gave it a try. Worst. Show. Ever. Okay, maybe not that bad. But still horrible. I can't believe they cancelled the Spectacular Spider-Man for this.

Most Underrated Comic Series of 2012

My God, what is with all the hate for Catwoman? It's spectacular. Better than the Batman ongoing. Yes, this cover may not be the most flattering, but still...

Second Place: Superman (why do people hate it before #0)

Third Place: Blue Beetle (I like it more than the previous two, although it doesn't get a lot of hate, so it's not #1. It's underrated people because never bring it up. They never shut up about Batman)

Most Improved Character of 2012

Billy Batson/Captain Marvel/Shazam

I never liked Billy. I found him annoying. Though he's awesome in the New 52. I would of given it to Superman or Aquaman, though those two made their improvements in 2011, right before 2012. But Billy didn't debut again until 2012. So, yeah.

Second Place: Thor (he was a punching bag most of the year, though it took three issues for him to improve)

Third Place: ???

Well, that's my 2012 Comic Awards. Be sure to be here next year for the 2013 Comic Awards.

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Date a Superhero Chick Quiz - My Results

You match well with...

Invisible Woman
You want a MILF. Invisible Woman is looking for good-clean fun and a wholesome time, and so are you! You must be a boyscout.
100%
Catwoman
Me-ow! Catwoman will scratch your itch. She's good with a whip and has recently become a MILF!
87.8%
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch has altered the probabilities and has given you a chance to date her. If you're into chaos, magic, and tight corsets, she's the girl for you. Just be careful, you might find yourself in an alternate reality...or dead if your date goes poorly.
75.6%
X-23
You are in for a wild time. X-23 has the stamina to keep going and going. Rough and wild, don't get on her bad side or she might pop a couple claws into ya.
74.4%

You match poorly with...

Destiny
Ok, so you're looking for a older, less-then-attractive lesbian lover. Interesting. Well, Destiny can see the future, soooo... yeah no, this is just not a good one for you. Sorry.
22.2%
Wonder Woman
The one girl you don't want to lie to. If you're lucky, Wonder Women, the Amazon Princess, might use that lasso on you for other reasons once the lights are out.
22.2%
Psylocke
Psylocke might show you her sensitive Betsy Bradock side. If she does you're a lucky guy. Otherwise watch out, you're in for the night of your life.
22.2%
Moondragon
Moondragon has been around the galaxy and once had the mind gem. Don't try to pull a fast one her. (You checked the Crazy-Britney style hair didn't you?)
33.3%
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My Bound for Glory 2012 predictions

BFG is only a month away. 2011's Bound for Glory doesn't seem that long ago. Anyway, I decided to make my predictions for Bound for Glory. Feel free to put your own predictions.

TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Jeff Hardy vs Austin Aries(c)

I was surprised by this match. I truthfully thought it was going to be Samoa Joe vs Austin Aries. I was wrong. But anyway, let's go over my predictions.

I expect this to be a good match. They could of done better with Angle, Storm, or Pope winning the BFG series, but still a good match. I think that the end of Bound for Glory will be where they reveal the big Ace's & 8s thing. I predict a heel turn by one of these two guys, and that one of them is behind Ace's & 8s. I'm going to say we'll be seeing an Austin Aries heel turn at the end of BFG, revealing he, Eric Bischoff, and Jeff Jarret were behind Ace's & 8s.

Predicted Winner: Austin Aries

Austin Aries, Eric Bischoff, and Jeff Jarrett are revealed as the Ace's & 8s leader.

Street Fight: James Storm vs Bobby Roode

I was upset after Lockdown when it didn't look like this feud was continuing. Roode moved on to other stuff while Storm went inactive until being part of the BFG Series. I was thrilled when Roode returned at No Surrender and cost Storm his match (Even though I was rooting for Storm) so that way we could see more of these guys. I expect this to be a match to finally end the feud (kind of) and Storm get a measure of revenge.

Predicted Winner: James Storm

Last Man Standing: AJ Styles vs Christopher Daniels

Ignore that I have a last man standing and this says I Quit

I know. I don't want this one either. We've been seeing this bad feud for a year now. But, it still is going on. So, I think that this will finally be the end and they can move these guys onto something better. Daniels does not have a good record against AJ Styles 1 on 1. Plus, Daniels winning would just give a reason for it to go one for another few months. I don't think that will happen. So, I want Daniels to win, but he's not going to win.

Predicted Winner: AJ Styles

12 Man Tag: Team TNA (Sting, Hulk Hogan, Kurt Angle, Rob Van Dam, Bully Ray, and D'Angelo Dinero) vs Aces & 8s

I just picture some sort of huge thing between a team of TNA guys and Aces and 8s. I listed the members of Team TNA up top. I think if this match happens, it's a bit obvious who wins.

Predicted Winners: Team TNA

Magnus vs Samoa Joe

I know, may seem a bit random. But here me out. TNA has been pushing Magnus lately with him in the BFG Series and how many wins he got. He had that thing with RVD (probably over, but still). After Joe beat him on August 16, Magnus attempted to attack him. A couple backstage attacks could easily lead to this match. The match itself would be good, but would ruin the push they've been giving Joe (which would be Joe in 2010 all over again).

Predicted Winner: Samoa Joe

Knockout Championship: Brooke Tessmacher(c) vs Tara vs Madison Rayne vs Mickie James

Since the Knockout title was introduced, every title match as BFG has had multiple people in it. So why would this year be any different? I want Gail Kim and ODB in it (they're the best women wrestlers they have) but I know they won't be. I predict that Brooke Hogan will be the special referee, so I don't think Madison will win it. I don't really see anyone in the Knockout that has gotten a push lately, other than Brooke.

Predicted Winner: Brooke Tessmacher

TNA X-Division Championship: Zema Ion(c) vs Sonjay Dutt vs Kenny King

Don't know why, but I just see some sort of 3-way happening for the X-Division title. But no matter who's in it, it's obvious who wins. I would love for Dutt to win, but I doubt he'll ever be X-Division champ.

Predicted Winner: Zema Ion

Vacant TNA Television Championship: Mr. Anderson vs Robbie E

Highly unlikely, but think about it. Devon is gone from TNA, so he's no longer Television Champion. There's no way Anderson won't be on the card. Robbie E is the most likely person to face him because of the push in the BFG Series. If this match does somehow happen, no way Robbie wins.

Predicted Winner: Mr. Anderson

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My favorite episodes of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2/2)

We saw part one. Now, onto part 2. This will contain the top 11. Not much to say, so let's just start.

11. Masters of Evil

This was a pretty good episode. Could of been better, but still pretty good. A great fight between the Avengers and Masters of Evil at the end. I just hated that they made it look like Hulk was so powerful that they couldn't capture him like the others, they had to trap him in Joudinheim. They took Thor down with ease. They should of taken Hulk down with equal or lower ease. But it was a good episode.

10. Behold.... the Vision

A great way to introduce Vision. I feel that he was done very well in the series. He was able to put up a good fight against the Avengers (well, 3 of them and Black Panther) and Wakanda's Military. I also liked that they didn't just have him become a hero in the first episode, they took some time. Although they should of waited past his second appearance in my opinion. But this episode brings up a question. Panther fixes Cap's shield in the episode. Why didn't he just do that at the beginning of Season 2 instead of Stark making the energy shield? It just doesn't make sense to me. But still, great episode.

9. New Avengers

This was a great one. We got to see Power Man and Iron First again, we got to see Wolverine, we got to see Spider-man again (despite my opinion of him not being needed in the show), and we saw Kang again. Kang has always been one of my favorite villains on the show, so I loved seeing him again. My only complaint with this one is that it might of been better as a 2-parter. Part one could of been the Avengers fighting Kang who broke out, and Part 2 could of basically been this episode. But still, it was good. Although I felt Kang should of done more in Season 2.

8. Who Do You Trust?

I just loved this one when I saw it. While there much not of been much action, I didn't care. There's more to a show than action scenes. This was done perfectly to go with the Skrull Invasion. I was shocked by the ending with Mockingbird being Queen Veranke. It never occurred to me that she could of been switched during "Widow's Sting" It's weird watching that one again after knowing she's a skrull. Back on topic, this one was great.

7. Thor the Mighty

I loved this one. This was a great way to introduce Thor, and it helped set up the Season 1 finale. This episode proves that Thor can have his own animated series. @Marvel Comics Get the people who wrote this show to work on a Thor series. It was cool seeing the Wrecking Crew and the Frost Giants, and I LOVED Loki in the episode. Just a fantastic episode.

6. The Ballad of Beta Ray Bill

Like Thor the Mighty, this proves Thor can have a solo animated series. This was just done perfectly. It almost made up for Thor barely being in the season at that time. ALMOST. Anyway, this was just perfect. It really helped push the Surtur storyline that will never be finished. Beta Ray Bill was done great in the episode. I really can't find fault with it. But give me time, I can. That's really all to say for this episode.

5. Infiltration/Secret Invasion

This was a perfect end to the Skrull storyline. We saw the return of Thor and the REAL Captain America (which I actually liked the Skrull more), and Iron Man returning the the roster. Seeing Doom in Infitration was cool, although I wish we had more of him in Season 2. This episode was done perfectly, from the Skrull Avengers fighting Panther in Wakanda to Thor soloing a dozen Super Skrulls to Skrull Cap's message across the world (which is one of my favorite moments in the show), to just about everything. My only problem was no explanation for Thor's new costume. But that really has nothing to do with the episode, so it doesn't matter. Great episode.

4. Gamma World (Part 1 & 2)

I have never understood why, but I love this episode. From the Leader to Thor to Hawkeye, it was just done very well. Part 2 is far superior to part 1, but I had to put them together. The episode was great. Leader was a nice change of pace from the normal villains they fought. Everything with Thor in PArt 2 was great. Hawkeye joining the team was nice. Everything was great.

3. Ultron-5/The Ultron Imparitive

This was just a great one. Ultron in it was great, him taking over all of Iron Man's armors was great, everything was great. There really wasn't a flaw. Really not much to say, other than it was just a great episode.

2. The Man Who Stole Tomorrow/Come the Conqueror/The Kang Dynasty

This one was just... wow. It was just amazing. There wasn't a single thing wrong. I don't even care that we barely saw Thor in Part 3. This was just perfect. Kang became my second favorite villain in the show after seeing this. It was just perfect, and even helped set up Season 2 a little. There wasn't a single flaw with this one.

1. This Hostage Earth/The Fall of Asgard/A Day Unlike Any Other

This is my all time favorite episode(s). Everything with Loki and Asgard was amazing. Whether it was Part 1 that had the Avengers travel to Asgard, Part 2 which explained a lot, to Part 3 with the epic battle between Loki and the Avengers. The moment where Loki breaks Cap's shield I rank the greatest moment in the show's history. I love the speech Loki gave Thor saying that he was behind everything from Thor leaving Asgard to the Breakout to the Masters of Evil to the Norn Stones etc. Iron Man having an uru armor was very cool. I could go on for hours about why this episode is so good. But, I don't have time. It was just an amazing three part episode that I think may be the greatest thing I've seen on television.

Conclusion

Well, that's the end. My favorite episodes of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. From the crap episodes like Powerless to epics like A Day Unlike Any Other. I wish I could say that I would make a list for Season 3. I wish. But, this did give me the idea of making a blog with my ideas for Season 3. That will be up at some point. Until next time.

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