Cannon Fodder #2 (Angel)

Hey there guys and gals. I’m TheCannon, bringing you another edition of Cannon Fodder. It’s only been almost 3 months, I think that’s a decent amount of time in between editions. In case you’ve forgotten or didn’t read the first one, Cannon Fodder is basically a little thing I write up where I pick a few topics to talk about and give my thoughts on them. If there’s anything you’d like to hear my thoughts on, feel free to suggest it and chances are it’ll probably be talked about (unless it’s too religious, political, or sexual).

Before I get started, I feel there’s two things I want to quickly cover. The first being why it’s been so long since I got one of these up. Well, it’s mostly because I didn’t have much to talk about. I had one thing I considered covering before deciding it was best not to say anything about, but other than that I had nothing to say that wouldn’t just be random stuff like my favorite Buffy characters. I didn’t see much of a point in writing if I had nothing I wanted to talk about, so I just kept getting some ideas then later deciding not to do it, and I eventually got to this.

Now, before we begin, I’m gonna be completely honesty with you: I had 3 or so other things I was gonna talk about (Marvel’s 2015 events, DC’s newly announced movies, & the new Age of Ultron trailer are coming to mind), but as I writing I just realized my heart wasn’t in it and I just didn’t feel up to writing about them. So I decided to only discuss one thing here: My thoughts on the complete series of Angel.

Angel

Angel is the spin-off series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, focusing on (surprisingly enough) Angel. Anyone who knows me recently knows that I’ve become a huge Buffy fan since last summer. Everything about the show I loved. The characters, the writing (most of the time), the humor, the emotion, the soundtrack, everything was just brilliant. After watching Buffy, I felt like I had to watch Angel, but I wasn’t entirely sure about it going in. While I loved Buffy, Angel was one of the few characters I didn’t like (with the exception of Season 2). There was nothing wrong with him, but I just found him boring outside of his backstory. I was still willing to give the show a chance though, and got the first season on DVD around the same time as Buffy Season 5, but I obviously finished Buffy first. When I was done with Buffy, I felt like I should move on to Angel and started it a day or so later. And I had some trouble with it. It wasn’t bad at all, but something about it just wasn’t clicking with me. So I stopped watching it a few episodes in and moved on to doing other stuff, with intentions of going back to give it another try down the line.

About a month ago, I was bored one day and decided I was gonna put on a DVD, and decided I want to watch a TV show. I ended up deciding not to watch Buffy since I wanted something new. I was torn between Angel or Firefly and decided to go with Angel. And I ended up making the right call.

Angel was just simply an amazing series that I’m not sure how to put into words. It was beautifully written, beautifully acted, beautifully shot, and was overall just an amazing and beautiful series. I understand how vague that is, so I’ll try and be a bit more specific (don’t worry, spoiler free).

The premise to the series is that following the end of Buffy Season 3 where Angel leaves Sunnydale, he moves to Los Angeles. There, Angel opens up what’s basically a Detective Agency to “help the helpless.” I’m not doing a good job at pitching this (IMO), but maybe someone who’s seen the show can pitch it better in the comments. The premise may not sound good the way I describe it, but trust me, it’s very enjoyable to watch and gives the show it’s own unique feeling to separate it from Buffy.

The characters on this show are also amazing. The main character is Angel obviously. Now, I wasn’t a big fan of Angel on Buffy. As mentioned before, I found him generally boring (outside of Season 2). On this show however, he’s become one of my favorite characters. Not just on the show, but if I was making a Top 50 favorite fictional characters of all time list, I can guarantee Angel would now be on there. When he’s not tied down to the romance with Buffy and is able to become his own character, he’s just flat out great. It takes a little bit of time for him to start to become a good character, but I loved him after a little bit. This probably doesn’t apply to most since Angel (from what I’ve seen) had a pretty good fanbase from Buffy, but I know at least one other person out there doesn’t like him. If you didn’t like Angel on Buffy, I’d still recommend checking this show out because Angel becomes likeable (in addition to other characters).

Outside of Angel, some other characters get plenty of screen time and are likeable. Former Buffy characters such as Cordelia and Wesley appear and have their characters developed amazing. It picks up where Buffy left off with the characters, but they forge their own path enough that you mostly forget the originated on Buffy. Wesley might be the best example of character development I’ve ever seen. The show isn’t just about ex-Buffy characters though. Several new characters are introduced in this series that are just great. Doyle, Lorne, Gunn, & Fred are all great, and some non-main characters are also good like Holtz, Lindsey, and various others that escape me at the moment. Even some characters I didn’t like or found boring always found a way for me to like them in the end. So, even if you still don’t like Angel, the other characters make this whole series worth a watch.

Some of the story arcs are great for the series. I really loved one that went on in Season 2, one that came up at the end of Season 2, one that went on in Season 3 (even if I didn’t like what it led to), and pretty much all of Season 5 (which did feel a bit rushed at the end, but to be fair they did find out half way through the series they were canceled). The show just had some fantastic overall story arcs that always kept me interested and I think were honestly better than Buffy’s Season long arcs (yes, including Seasons 3 & 5).

Now, what criticism is there for the series? For the overall series I really can’t come up with anything. While I can point to specific things in the series I didn’t like (which I will to be fair), that was more a problem with that specific season/episode/moment than the whole series. I had three problems with individual seasons, which I’ll go over.

This is something I had problems with in Season 1. I understand the series is a spin-off from Buffy which was the more popular show, but that doesn’t mean the series can’t form its own path. In Season 1, the show did a good job making its own path and show that felt separate from Buffy, but still kept clinging to Buffy all it could. An early episode in the series follows up a plot from a Buffy episode with Spike temporarily coming to LA to get an item. One episode features a huge guest appearance by Buffy in a secondary role in the episode. A two-part episode features a Buffy character coming to LA and continuing their character development, but they’re not added to the main cast, just the two-parter that while good, felt like they could have done something else and it was just done for a ratings spike. One episode ended literally with a cliffhanger to set up a crossover with Buffy the following week. Outside of Season 1, this show still occasionally had some issues like this, but far less often. The Season 2 finale ends with a Buffy character showing up to tell Angel & the group about something that happened on Buffy. A big plot point in Season 4 is resolved by a Buffy character showing up and helping out. Season 5 did this a little bit, but I’ll let it go there since it was after Buffy ended so they wanted to give you some info on those characters (which I liked), and since it wasn’t as in your face as the first season. The show does eventually get past this thankfully and transforms into its own unique, great thing, but I found it frustrating early on (and I love Buffy).

Another complaint I do have with the show is that Season 4 is f*cking terrible. A few things in it I liked, but overall I just hated it. It butchered characters, put focus on terrible characters, took a plot point that should have been awesome and just made it meh, and just became awful to watch. Thankfully the final episode of the Season is more about setting up Season 5 (which was spectacular), so at least it ended on a good note. But still, Season 4 was just terrible in my opinion, and almost ruined the show before Season 5 saved it.

One final complaint I have I can’t discus without spoilers for both Angel and the series finale of Buffy, so feel free to skip if you haven’t seen either:

Season 5 brought Spike into the main cast. Spike is probably my favorite character from Buffy and I do love him for so many reasons (which I won’t go into that way I don’t sound obsessed). He died in the Buffy series finale in the final battle. I felt this was a good ending for his character and is where it should be stopped. But nope. They brought him back for Season 5 of Angel as a main character. Why? Ratings I guess. They try to explain it in the show, but to be honest I don’t remember much of the explanation. I would even be able to give this a pass, but they have Spike stick around with Angel in LA instead of going after Buffy. Why? The initial reasoning I won’t go into but it makes sense. The later reasoning though is something about after having your entire body burn to death as you save the world, how do you come back? You can’t top an exit like that. I’m probably messing that up somewhat, but that’s the basic idea. That’s all they’ve got? I admit that I have no clue of how to explain why he stays, but I’m not a professional writer who created these characters, so Whedon and the others behind Angel should have been able to come up with better. And even ignoring all that, Spike didn’t add much to the show. There were some episodes & awesome scenes/moments that couldn’t have been done without him, but overall I don’t feel he contributed to much other than those scenes/moments and an extra body in a fight. So, was it worth cheapening his death and Buffy’s series finale by bringing him back just for some good and memorable episodes, scenes, & moments? I personally don’t think so, but at the same time I’m not gonna sit here and say it was too bad. Spike does have a history with Angel so it’s not like he’s a Buffy exclusive character that came in. And as I won’t shut up about, some great moments & episodes couldn’t have been done without him. So, not something I’ll complain about too much, I just wouldn’t have gone that route.

Now, I feel filthy for badmouthing in the last few paragraphs, so let’s finish with some positives. The series finale, “Not Fade Away”. The series finale I thought was just amazing, and probably better than Buffy’s finale “Chosen”. The overall episode itself was great, in fact, spectacular. Great, emotional moments, and just everything was right. But the final scene is really what sticks out in my mind as amazing. I won’t say what it is to avoid spoilers obviously, but I loved it. It might be my favorite conclusion to a story in any medium. It was just presented in such a good way, fit the tone of the series, ended the way the series began, and just everything I felt was perfect. I’m actually afraid to read the Angel: After the Fall comics (taking place after the series) just because I’m afraid it’ll ruin the ending. I know some didn’t care for it, specifically when it first aired. I can understand not liking it at first, but if you don’t like it at first, just give it some time and think about it. If you have to, read Joss Whedon’s and David Fury’s comments on the ending, as they basically explain it very well. Just, overall the way the show ended I felt was amazing and a perfect conclusion to the series.

Also, another reason I love Angel (the show)? The fact that this scene happened:

Yeah. Seriously, even if every other moment in the series sucked (which it didn’t obviously), that one scene was worth the whole series.

So, I could talk more if I wanted to about Angel, but I’m just not sure what else to say. I just loved it about as much as I loved Buffy. The characters, writing, stories, filming, atmosphere, humor, and everything was just perfect (minus Season 4 of course). If you asked me what my favorite episode or Season is, I honestly couldn’t tell you (except that it isn’t Season 4). The quality was just always so high I really couldn’t pick any season or episode over another. I can’t even say something that good about Buffy. If you’re a fan of Buffy, you really have no reason not to check this out, even if you didn’t like the character Angel. If you weren’t a fan of Buffy (and if you weren’t, why?), I still think Angel has enough to offer you and is different enough you’d like it. If you haven’t seen Buffy, I’d recommend watching the first two seasons (I don’t care how bad Season 1 is, push through it to get to the end of Season 2) and watching that. If you’re somehow not a fan after Season 2, then I’d recommend reading a summary of Season 3 on Wikipedia or where ever before diving into Angel.

The only other thing about this show I have to say is that it’s inspired me to wear a trenchcoat as my main coat this fall/winter. I look pretty good in it to me. So thanks Angel!

That does it for the marriage proposal disguised as an edition of Cannon Fodder and I hope you enjoyed it. No clue what I’m gonna do after this. Sorry I haven’t gotten any game reviews up. I’ve got a few games I want to review, but I’m really not deep enough in any to be anywhere near close to review them. I’ve got one game I was playing (before I stopped for a little bit cause all I really wanted as to watch Angel) that I could write something for, but I’m not sure how many on the site would care. But if you have any recommendations for what I should talk about in the next edition of Cannon Fodder, feel free to mention it in the comments. I will see you guys later.

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TheCannon Reviews: Saints Row The Third

Hey guys. Sorry I haven’t gotten any reviews up in over two months. I honestly just didn’t feel like playing any games. But now I’m back in the mood to play them and will try to get reviews up quicker. No promise on how often I can get them up, but I’ll try to do my best. Anyway, let’s start the review.

Now, playing & reviewing Saints Row The Third is kind of hard for me. The reasoning for that is that I played Saints Row IV first, which made going backwards kind of hard. The story and no superpowers were the two biggest changes for me. I would say that I’ll just look at it by itself and not compare it to SR4 since that came after and had the chance to improve the flaws, but I had a hard time doing that. An example of that is when I was recreating my character from Saints Row IV, I was upset that I couldn’t get the exact same hair style or color I had in SR4. I know that was something they didn’t think of or add it until the next game, but I was still upset about that. The reason I’m saying all this is that way I make it clear that some of my criticism with the game might just be that it’s a bit different from SR4, but I’m honestly not sure. But, enough of that, let’s truly get started.

Since the events of Saints Row 2 (which I haven’t played), the Saints have become media icons (I guess is the best way to put it) with their own merchandise, energy drink, and even a movie in the works. The game gets off to a really good first impression with a fun & cool opening mission. It features The Boss, Johnny Gat, & Shaundi robbing a bank, dressed in giant Johnny Gat mascot heads. This was kind of stupid, but I just found it so awesome and it’s making me smile & chuckle as I write this. Fun & creative missions is actually something that this game has a lot of. Without getting too spoilery, two that stand out in my mind are: one where you get plastic surgery to look like another character, sneak into a place, and pose as him to get a few other Saints out of prison cells; and one where zombies are in a closed off area of town and Mayor Burt Reynolds wants you to deal with it. There are some missions in the game where things get kind of annoying and frustrating, but overall I though they were fun and thought some of them were pretty creative and cool.

The story of this game I think is alright. Nothing amazing, but again, it’s alright. The main set up is: After the bank robbery I mentioned earlier, circumstances happen that force the Saints out of the city of Stillwater and into the new city of Steelport. Here they once again have to start at square one while fighting three other gangs in the Morning Star, The Luchadores, and the Deckers. That’s the basic set up, I don’t go into too much detail about it to avoid spoilers. Overall the plot isn’t on the level of something like Mass Effect or Spec Ops: The Line, but it’s an alright story. I have a few issues with it though, which I’ll go over.

I really don’t think any of the other gangs you fight are that interesting. I’m not even sure I should use the word gangs and should probably cut off the s. They all merge together into one group, basically making them all the same. Fighting them is no different, the only thing that changes is the color they’re wearing. Even outside of that though, the only characters really shown the leaders, everyone else is just generic henchmen that look alike. To be fair, you do fight their leaders in some interesting & creative missions, like one where you face the luchadores’ leader in a wrestling match and one where you face the Deckers’ leader in a computer mainframe (I think is what it’s called). Still, I wasn’t too interested in the gangs I was fighting outside of a few scenes, which isn’t a good thing for any game.

This isn’t quite a problem with the story, but kind of is I guess. There’s an area of the game where literally nothing is happening with the story and the main missions I’m being given are nothing but different members of the Saints telling me to do a series of minigames that the game includes. I just got sick of all of these and felt it got repetitive during this time, so I just stopped playing for a while and did other stuff. Thankfully the game picks up again afterwards, but I just don’t like things like this. Some people might have gotten enjoyment out of them, but with the exception of one or two, I found most of them frustrating and wanted them over with. I would have been perfectly happy if we had just skipped these and gotten to real story missions.

They also kill off a fan favorite and my personal favorite character in the opening 30 minutes of the game for no reason. I’m still confused by their decision to do this. I guess it was to raise the stakes in the game, but even that doesn’t seem like a real reasoning. I can’t get too mad or anything about this, it’s just a confusing choice to me.

Now, one of the things that originally appealed to me about the Saints Row series was the customization. This game has very good customization. There is just a ton of stuff you’re able to customize your character with, from clothing to hair to face to body type to tattoos, etc. There’s just to many potential stuff here, there’s just great customization. Personally I just wrote down all my stats from SR4 and put the same stuff in for this game in the character creator, so I didn’t get to fully explore it. If you’re curious how she turned out, here are some pics I took (sorry for the poor quality pics):

Outside of character, there’s also vehicle customization. I complained in my Saints Row IV review that vehicles were useless since superpowers let you get around faster and were more fun, so I never had any reason to drive or customize any kind of vehicle. But with no superpowers in SR3, you’re gonna have to use vehicles to get around unless you want to triple your playtime. So once the set up was done and the game slowed down a little where I could do what I wanted without it feeling wrong, I grabbed a motorcycle and took it to a garage to customize. The customization I thought was really good for it, even if I didn’t do anything but make it purple & black. As the game went on I decided I wanted to try out some different vehicles, so I took some more to customize and really saw how deep the vehicle customization went. I actually spent quite a while doing nothing but stealing a car I thought looked cool, driving it back to a garage, and customizing it until I was happy with it. I spent at least 3 hours one day doing that. So if your a fan of customization like I am, this game is great at it.

The game throws a lot of humor in there. I have no problem with this, as I love to laugh. The only complaint I would have is if the humor wasn’t funny. Overall I have to say the game did have me chuckling a lot and sometimes fully laughing, so the game does have some pretty good humor. However, not all of it is. Some the humor just completely falls flat, usually on different levels. Sometimes I’ll just say “That’s not funny” and move on. Sometimes I won’t even have any thoughts and just pay attention to what’s going on. And sometimes I’ll just be facepalming at an attempt. An example would be the weapon “The Penetrator,” or probably better known as the/a dildo bat. What is this game’s obsession with it? Aside from being sold in weapon stores, they were one thrown in your face during a mission trying to get you to use them, I was once rewarded with one after a mission (so, what would have been the point in me buying one?), and one cutscene were a character is actually trying to mess around with the Boss by trying to shove one in her face. Some might find this funny, but I just don’t at all. Hopefully in Gat Out of Hell and Saints Row 5 (if it’s ever made) won’t include this.

Something I loved from the game was the interaction that the members of the Saints have with each other. Some of it is pretty funny. This isn’t something major, I just felt I had to mention this. I simply love the interaction & dialogue the characters have with each other.

Now, we’re over 1,500 words into this video game review and I have yet to talk about the gameplay, so let’s do that now. The gameplay is just what you’d expect. You can walk, run, shoot things, jump, lead, punch things, and driving is what you’d expect. Nothing revolutionary, but it is functional and can be a lot of fun. Some of the most fun I had in this game wasn’t through the story or customizing (as much as I did enjoy that), it was through just doing random sh*t on my own. One of my favorite things to do was shoot a few random people on the street to get the cops’ attention, then just keep fighting & killing them as more and more of them came in (and eventually SWAT teams), and test myself to see how long I could survive. I think the longest I went without cheating (taking a tank to a garage then coming back out would be an example of cheating) was about 20-25 minutes. Something else I loved doing was taking a plane, flying it all over the city, and then flying it over the penthouse to jump out of it and parachute into the pool. I unfortunately only managed to do that one or twice, but it felt really good when I did do it. I will say that all of this did get kind of repetitive after a while, but luckily the story missions were enough to get me interested again (except for the filler minigames that is).

Another minor thing I feel like brining up is the way the game looks. The graphics to this game aren’t that great, but they’re not outright bad, but that’s not my main thing here. I usually don’t bring up graphics unless they’re really good or really bad. I just wanted to comment on other aspects of the game’s presentation (is that the word?). The draw distance to this game isn’t that good. There were so many times I was driving along and was surprised by the lack of cars on the road or people on the sidewalk, only for them to suddenly pop in when I wasn’t that far away from them. This isn’t a huge deal, it just struck me as odd since other open world games from the same year like L.A. Noire didn’t have a problem like this.

This game has a choice system, but it’s not something you’d get like Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Fallout, or anything like that. Here, there are some missions that end with you having two choices. Some early examples are one where your hauling something and have the option of taking the load to the rival gang for some up front money, or take it to another Saint for smaller amounts of money over time; and the option of either getting a discount on weapons & ammo or a discount on things for customizing vehicles. There are some ones with a little more consequences later on, but overall it’s nothing too major. The only one I had to give much thought on was the final one which will give different endings, but even then that’s pointless since Saints Row IV shows one is canon and the other isn’t. The game does give you the ability to replay the final mission after completing the game, allowing you to see both endings, which I thought was a good thing. Much better than forcing you to replay the whole game if you didn’t save before. I thought this choice thing was an interesting idea, choices that don’t impact the main game too much and offers different rewards instead, but almost nothing you did meant anything (really only two of them I can think of actually meant something). I would say they should have kept it in Saints Row IV and tried to improve it, but I’m honestly not sure what else could be done with it. I don’t know where I’m going with this section...

Also, this is very minor, but it’s something that irritated me. As previously said & shown, I played as a female in the game to recreate the Boss from Saints Row IV. But there were a handful of moments in the game where she was referred to as a male. I don’t know why. This isn’t anything major, just something that annoyed me and I wanted to bring up.

To summarize, Saints Row The Third is a game where you can kill zombies for Burt Reynolds, compete in a wrestling match and use chainsaws outside the ring in it, drive around with a tiger in your car, and can drive a flying motorcycle wearing nothing but a kitty backpack. And it’s f*cking awesome. The game is just pure fun, which sometimes is all you want & need in a game. I can’t give an exact length for 100% the game, but I finished the entire story and did some of the side stuff, giving me 63% total, over the course of 20 hours & 33 minutes, which I think is a decent length. I plan on messing around with it some more later on and plan on playing it again down the road with another character, which is a good thing. I will say that I enjoyed Saints Row IV more, but it’s really not fair to compare the two since 1) SR4 came after and had the chance to improve on things, and 2) SR4 had you using superpowers as the thing in the game, meaning the main gameplay was different and thus the two can’t be compare. Personally, I’d recommend Saints Row The Third if you’re looking for a fun game to just kill some time with. You might be asking “Well why don’t I just get Saints Row IV if you’re saying it’s better?” I’d say get SR3 first, because I think my opinion on the game is being ruined a bit since I played SR4 first, and I want people to judge a game fairly. I went back and forth on whether or not this game deserved a 7 or 8 out of 10, but I eventually decided to give it an 8. It’s a good, fun game, but does have some flaws that could be improved.

Well, that does it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. My next review will probably be for Bayonetta, but I’m not going to guarantee anything. I’m not sure if I’m the only one who felt this way, but I feel like this review wasn’t too focused and seemed like I was rambling. I apologize for that if it was an issue. I’ve got to get back into writing stuff so this seems better. Anyway, I will see you guys on the next review.

Summary

The Good:

  • Great Customization (both character & car)
  • Decent Story
  • A lot of good humor
  • Great opening
  • Gameplay can be fun
  • Fun & Creative Missions
  • Good interaction between the Saints

The Bad:

  • Some of the humor fails
  • Story has a long time where nothing happens and gets boring
  • Villains aren’t that interesting
  • Graphics aren’t that great and the game has low draw distance
  • Some very annoying sections
  • Choices don’t mean much

Overall Rating for Saints Row The Third : 8 out of 10

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Cannon Fodder #1

In case you’re wondering what this is, Cannon Fodder is basically a new thing I want to do where I give my thoughts on any topic I want to talk about. Sometimes there will be multiple topics (like today), other times it’ll only be one. If there’s anything In case you’re wondering what this is, Cannon Fodder is basically a new thing I want to do where I give my thoughts on any topic I want to talk about. Sometimes there will be multiple topics (like today), other times it’ll only be one. If there’s anything you want to hear my thoughts on, feel free to suggest it and I may talk about it in a future edition (no guarantee though, if it’s too religious, political, or sexual it wouldn’t be brought up). No guarantee on how often these will be up, just whenever I feel like it. Let’s get started.

The topics I’ll be covering in this edition are Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the new Female Thor, he Deadpool Movie Test Footage, & Which Marvel characters deserve their own film and which ones don’t.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

As I’m sure everyone who regularly talks to me knows, I spent pretty much the entirety of July watching all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Would have been done sooner, but I had some long waits for some arriving in the mail. I wanted to give my thoughts in an organized way and figured this would be the best place to do it. I would have just wrote a real review, but I don’t know how to review the entirety of a TV show.

You can probably tell by the fact I watched all seven seasons that I liked it. But it went beyond that, I just loved everything about the show. I didn’t quite know what to expect going in, but what I got was an amazing TV series that had great characters, great character development, amazing continuity, overall fantastic writing, some good humor, and even some nice romances. I won’t go into too much detail about the show, but I’ll give a quick rundown on my thoughts on each season (don’t worry, no spoilers):

Season 1: Season 1 had some flaws, there was a little too much humor, characters didn’t seem to be developing much, and it was just overall... what’s the word? Cheesey? Corny? Whatever. That said, I still liked it and saw a lot of potential for an amazing show. The characters were all likeable, the episodes took some unexpected twists, and I just found it an enjoyable time.

Season 2: This is where the series really picked up. The first part of the season was pretty much the same as the first season, only it seemed to take itself more seriously. At first I thought season was roughly the same as the first, but really by the half way point the show just got so much better and I really saw how amazing it could be. There were some amazing episodes this season such as Innocence, Becoming (both parts), and Passion might be my favorite episode in the series’ history. There were a few episodes that weren’t quite as high in quality, but I think I only noticed that because they followed such amazing episodes. Overall an amazing season.

Season 3: This is probably my favorite season in the series. While I honestly only recall a few specific episodes, I could describe some scenes from episodes word for word. It had the best story arc of all seasons, more great character development (even for some new characters), probably the best big bad in the series. It’s hard to explain what’s so great about Season 3, but it was just amazing and probably my favorite season. I had to wait 8 days for this to come in the mail which really annoyed me (especially with how Season 2 ended), but it was honestly worth the wait.

Season 4: This is honestly where the series began to go down a little for me. There was a bit of a change in setting which was hard to get used to at first. But aside from that the quality of the episodes at first just seem to be going down a little, but there was something they were introducing that showed some promise. Unfortunately, it went downhill as the season went on. The main storyline got very boring, and while there was nothing technically wrong with the big bad of the season, I just found him boring. But still, the season wasn’t bad, just weak compared to previous ones. The characters are still very well written and developed, and there were some great episodes (Hush & Restless stick out).

Season 5: This is where the quality went back up to me. There was a new character introduced that confused me (those who watched know who I’m talking about), but luckily everything made sense by the end. The big bad of the season I thought was pretty good and had some good fight scenes, writing was still very solid and characters were getting developed well, some great episodes (The Body), and a really solid finale. Also a cool episode that featured Dracula.

Season 6: I’ve seen a lot of hate for this season, and I’m not sure why. I thought it was fantastic. Sure, the big bads of the season might not have been as good as previous ones, but I still really enjoyed this season. As I keep saying, there was amazing writing & character development, along with some pretty good episodes, and some things were honestly just brilliant. I wouldn’t call this the best season, but I thought it was really good. My biggest complaint was the fact that they had a musical episode. Why? I know some people like musicals, but it’s just out of place and pointless here (though there was a storyline reason for it which was good). Plus, why not get people who can actually sing? I have nothing against any of the actors or actresses in this show, I think they all do a wonderful job, but they made a career out of acting, not singing. That said, there was one person who had a surprisingly good singing voice.

Season 7: The final season, did Buffy end with a bang or a whimper? Overall, this wasn’t the best season, and some flaws came out. Way too many new characters being introduced (though to be fair most of them made sense being there and only 2 of them got any real screen time), I like the big bad of the season but ones from previous seasons were much better (and very minor spoiler, this seasons’ big bad couldn’t touch anything. Why?), and it felt like they were trying to raise the stakes as much as possible to make us care and not worry about making us care the way they did previous seasons (sold writing & characters). I’m not saying the writing & characters were bad, I’m just saying it didn’t feel like they’re biggest concern. That said, I did enjoy this season. Truly felt like the end of the series which is good & bad, some solid character development that felt like a natural continuation/ending of previous seasons, and it was still enjoyable to watch. And it had a really great ending to the entire series. Not the best season. but still pretty good to me.

Overall, I loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I think I can call it my favorite show of all time. I would summarize what I loved about it, but I’d just be repeating myself. I got the first season of its spin-off Angel and watched the first few episodes (more on that later), and it was continued in comic books. I got the first library edition of the comics, and when I’m done reading it I’ll be back to give a review. So, if you haven’t watched Buffy yet, go start watching it. Don’t finish reading this, go buy the DVDs (though remember it massively improves after Season 1).

New Female Thor

I’m a little late to the party on this one, but better late than never, right? For those who don’t know, Marvel announced a few weeks ago (on The View of all places) that a new Thor series, simply titled “Thor” would launch in October written by Jasan Aaron, writer of the current Thor: God of Thunder series. This might not seem like anything important, but what makes it important is that it focuses on a new Thor, this one female. After circumstances that involve Thor no longer being worthy to lift mjolnir, this new woman will come in and be worthy to lift the hammer, becoming the new Thor.

This caused a decent amount of backlash when announced. Personally, I understand where some would have a problem with it, but I think they’re going a bit to far (I’ve heard things ranging from “This is ridiculous” to “I’ll never read Marvel again”). I have some positive and negative thoughts about it, which I’ll cover.

I don’t like it because I feel like it’s a pointless publicity stunt to try and look like they’re for feminism (is that the right word/phrase?). That itself is fine, but they seem to be going at it the wrong way. They could have given a character like Sif or Valkyrie a book (didn’t Sif have one and Valkyrie was a main character in Fearless Defenders, and both were canceled?), or make a new character and build her from the ground up, but instead they make a new character and instantly give her mjolnir. This won’t do anything for her in the long run since Thor Odinson (have to specify that now) will regain the hammer and she’ll never gain her own identity and always be recognized as the female Thor (I love Beta Ray Bill, but does anyone remember him for much other than lifting Thor’s hammer?).

I have some smaller complaints, such as I hate that Thor Odinson is no longer worthy. Kind of insulting to the character, his fans, creators, and writers he’s had for the past 50+ years.

This isn’t quite a complaint but more of confusion. You’ve seen before where I’ve had to say Thor Odinson? Well, you know how Beta Ray Bill picked up the hammer but was still called Beta Ray Bill (I believe he’s sometimes called Beta Ray Thor, but close enough)? Well, not the case with this new woman. She’s going to be called “Thor.” It’s even been said that, “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.” How? Calling her the God of Thunder (or Goddess I guess) makes sense, but Thor is not a title, it’s a name. Why is she being called Thor? And what’s the original/male Thor going to be called (that’s why I called him Thor Odinson). Unless this is something like Sif or Valkyrie lifting the hammer (which I seriously doubt), people will just always call her “the female Thor,” going along with what I said earlier about her not gaining her own identity.

Despite my complaints, I will read this book when it comes out (I’ve already got it ordered). Why? Because I don’t see why you complain about something you haven’t read yet (unless it’s Superior Iron Man, but that’s another topic entirely). All we know is that Thor is no longer worthy, so a female is going to lift the hammer and become Thor. How does that deserve so much hate? I know I went on a lot of complaining (much more than I meant to), but I will fully admit if I’m wrong and this new Thor turns out to be remembered for years to come and make her own identity. I’ve liked Aaron’s run on Thor so far, so I’m willing to give this a fair shot before being too harsh. I’ll talk about it when the book comes out in October, and if it sucks I’ll complain then, but hopefully I’ll be able to talk about how great the book and character is.

The new Thor is pretty bad@$$ looking though

Deadpool Movie Test Footage

Has anyone else seen it? Go online and look for it if you haven’t (not sure I can post it). Go on, I’ll wait.

You watched it? Good. What words would you use to describe that? The only words I can use are: F*cking. Awesome. Seriously, if you don’t have that same response to the video, you just hate Deadpool and/or fun (though if you hate one you hate the other). I just loved this video, it was fun to watch and I feel captured Deadpool well. I know we all hated Deadpool in X-Men Origins Wolverine, but I think we can all agree that this is the type of Deadpool we want to see on screen.

Seriously Fox, make a Deadpool movie like this. I can promise that if you make a whole film like this and market it correctly, you will make a profit. I’m not saying that it’ll break records, but it would do well and gain a strong following. Deadpool has been showing he can be successful, his comics pretty much always do well (look at how many mini-series this guy gets), his game had some criticism towards the gameplay but had very well received humor and writing, and look at the reaction the internet has for this video! Please Fox, we don’t want to see your Fantastic Four reboot, but we want to see this. Viners, we’d all go see it, right? Right?

In case anyone from Fox is reading, I’ll even pitch my idea in hopes it’ll get made: The film starts with Deadpool watching X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and he gets to the climax of the film with Weapon XI. Deadpool complains how they ruined him in the film, so he decides to write a script for a solo movie to show everyone how awesome he is. When studios don’t want to pick it up, Deadpool decided to hire a camera crew and make the movie himself. At this point, you can pretty much do whatever you want and no one will complain as long as it’s funny, fun to watch, and captures the character of Deadpool well. This is basically the same concept as the Deadpool game I admit, but no one will care if it’s good.

Look Fox, just cancel the Fantastic Four reboot, give the rights back to Marvel, and start putting in some effort to get Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds out by 2017. Okay? Is it that hard to do?

Which Marvel Characters Deserve their own films (and which ones don’t)?

Note that this is only Marvel Studio characters, so any X-Men or Spider-Man related characters won’t be here.

The title here is pretty obvious. I just want to look at some Marvel characters who deserve a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and look at some I’ve seen people want that I don’t feel deserve a film. I’ll briefly cover why I’d like to see a film about them (or why I wouldn’t). There are some characters who deserve films that aren't listed for certain reasons, I might cover them in a future edition. And I know I’m horrible at pitching these, but I still want to.

Deserves A Film: Ms. Marvel - Currently going by Captain Marvel, whatever you want to call her, Carol Danvers is a great character. She also has an interesting back story & origin that would make a great film if written correctly. And with Guardians of the Galaxy out along with a confirmed sequel and the likelyhood of Thanos in Avengers , Marvel seems to be pushing for a more cosmic direction in future films. Carol is perfect to kind of bridge those two worlds so it feels more natural. That was kind of vague, but that’s why I think Ms Marvel could be a good film and should get one in Phase 3. But wait, Ms. Marvel is a female character, so I guess the chances of her getting a film are insanely low. After all, Catwoman & Elektra bombed, so any film with a female superhero in the lead role must fail. It’s not like Disney is a multi-billion dollar company that can afford to take a risk and Marvel Studios is the studio that will make sure she’s done well. Nope, none of those things are true at all...

Doesn’t Deserve a Film: Black Widow - This is something I know a lot of people want to see, but I don’t understand why. Black Widow has a somewhat interesting background I guess, but I think seeing on film would just seem really generic. And why go for a generic movie when you have so many unique characters to make a film out of? Plus, why would you want a film with Scarlett Johansson in the main role? She’s a horrible actress. I know that’s an unpopular opinion, but it’s just how I feel and don’t see how others think she is. I know Lucy has done well at the box office recently with her in the lead role, but I just don’t want her in any more films in general, let alone as a lead. I’d be more open to a Black Widow movie if she was recast, but I’m still not crazy about the plot.

Deserves a Film: Doctor Strange - This is something I believe is pretty much confirmed for 2016/2017, but I’ll still discus it. This is gonna sound repetitive , but Dr. Strange is an interesting character with an interesting story. It would also introduce something new to the Cinematic Universe with magic. I know Thor already kind of had magic, but they explained it was just science we don’t understand yet, while Dr. Strange I think would work better if it was supposed to be magic. If casted correctly, I think Dr. Strange could also be huge for Marvel in the future and could be as big as Iron Man (maybe a little lower). No ideas for who could play him though. Plus it’d just be fun to see Strange doing magical stuff in fights against Baron Mordo or Doamamu (spelling?).

Doesn’t Deserve a Film: Loki - Now don’t get me wrong, I love Loki. I love the character, and Tom Hiddleston does a great job in the role. I’ve seen a lot of people want Loki to get a film, but I don’t see it. I’m open to the idea, but I’ve thought a while about it, and I can’t come up with a plot for the film. Anything would just seem odd and out of place, plus it’d basically consist of the same characters you’d see in a Thor movie, so why not just make it a Thor film? I can understand people wanting a Loki film, but I just don’t see how it could work.

Deserves a Film: Black Panther - Come on, I can’t get anything about black superheroes not doing well. Except Steel... and Catwoman again... oh shut up! Anyway, Black Panther is (yet again) an interesting character with an interesting back story. He’d also just feel different from other superhero films, from personality to look to setting. While films like Iron Man and Thor: The Dark World did show other parts of the world, pretty much every superhero film is set in America. Black Panther would introduce something new with Wakanda. He’d also be a fun character to be on the Avengers roster.

Doesn’t Deserve a Film: Nick Fury - I like Fury. I like the character, and I think Jackson plays him well. That said, he doesn’t deserve a film. I just don’t think the story would be that interesting, which raises the question of why you’d make a movie about him when there are other more interesting characters.

Deserves a Film: Hulk (again) - I know, Hulk’s already had two films. One sucked, but one was pretty good. So, why not a third film to try and make a great Hulk film? Even though I preferred Edward Norton, Mark Ruffalo was praised in his performance as Banner in The Avengers, so giving him the lead role in a film would probably do well. There’s also the little loose end that wasn’t tied up with Samuel Sterns from the Incredible Hulk. I know a lot of people want a Planet Hulk movie, but I’d personally prefer to see him stay on Earth. I think something with him no longer being hunted by the army after working for SHIELD in The Avengers would be cool, but General Ross still wants him so he turns himself into the Red Hulk or something like that. This idea might not be great, but I think if fleshed out some it could make a decent film.

That does it for the first edition of Cannon Fodder and I hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to give feedback, suggestions for future topics, and your own thoughts in the comments. I’m gonna try to get a review of Man of Steel up within the next day or so (I finally watched it), but I don’t have any plans other than that right now. That’s it for now and I hope you enjoyed reading it. See you guys later.

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TheCannon Reviews: Heavy Rain

I know I said Saints Row 2 would probably be my next review. Well, turns out I was wrong. I tried to play it, but it just didn’t make a good first impression. I’ll play more of it in the future, but for now I moved on to Saints Row The Third. So, you’re probably thinking, “Well, Cannon, why aren’t you reviewing Saints Row The Third then?” I was out of town for a couple of days and didn’t have my Xbox, so I couldn’t play more of Saints Row, and I didn’t feel I could review it after only playing about five or six hours. I brought my new PS3 with me when I was away to try some of the games I got for it while I had free time, and after trying Infamous (don’t worry, we’ll get to that thing at some point), I played and finished Heavy Rain. So, I decided that was the next thing to review.

I have a bit of a weird history with Heavy Rain that makes it a bit hard to review. I originally watched a Let’s Play (wasn’t called that, but that’s what it was) for the game on youtube and thought it looked just amazing. I was extremely upset when I found out it wasn’t on the Xbox 360. I ended up getting a PS3 for my birthday and got the game, which meant I could finally play it. The problem is that its focus is on the story. And since I already watched a let’s play, I knew the story and the plot twist. This would make it seem like a waste of time to play, but there are two things about the game that still made it worth playing even though I knew the story. The first is that the game is still amazing to play, even when you know everything. I’m not sure why, but it just is. The second is because I was able to have the story change a bit from the version I watched (the core story is still the same, like in every game, but my version still changed a lot).

Yeah, the game’s plot changes depending on your actions. Some of them are just things like how characters interact with each other, others are stuff as major like whether or not a main character lives or dies. And if a character does die, then their death will cause a chain reaction that screws up the whole thing. For example, I had a character die in a section of my playthrough. This resulted in one character dying in the climax and one not being there at all. I enjoyed this, as it made playthroughs more unique and makes it something that can only work as a game instead of a movie, TV show, or book.

You’ll notice that in the beginning of the last paragraph I said that the game’s plot changes depending on your actions, not choices. While the game does have you make some choices, a decent amount of the stuff isn’t an actual choice, but a Quick Time Event. Most of the action scenes of the game are honestly just Quick Time Events, and failing them will result in either you getting at least one more opportunity to succeed, usually more, until the character ends up dying. I suppose you could say that you can choose to intentionally miss it, making it a choice. I suppose that’s right, but it’s still a Quick Time Event and not a more tradition choice making system like in Mass Effect or Fallout or something that merges well with normal gameplay like Spec Ops: The Line.

Now I know this sounds awful the way I describe it, but it’s actually not that bad. It might not be as involving as games like the Arkham Asylum & Arkham City, but I was honesty surprised by how much I was getting invested in all of the action scenes. It wouldn’t work for a lot of games, but the style of gameplay works for this kind of game.

When you’re not in an action scene and do more than Quick Time Events, you walk by holding the right trigger. If you want to change the direction you’re walking, you move the left stick. This caused me to mess up my direction a few times, and I don’t see why they couldn’t have just had you use the left stick like most games, but it worked I guess. If you hold the left trigger, you can hear the character’s thoughts about what’s going on by pressing a button for whatever you want to hear. If you’re talking to someone, it switches between the character talking himself/herself and having you press a button to determine what to say. The dialogue choices are well-written enough that it all feels in-character with the characters. My only problem with this is that there are times where it’s not clear what button to push. For example, there were a few times where I wanted to have a character say that Circle was. However, I pressed Square because I thought it looked like a square and not a circle. This only happened five times at the most, so it wasn’t a big deal, but was still frustrating at times.

I know I didn’t talk about gameplay much, but that’s because I was saving a lot of my talk for story. The reason for that is because the game itself puts most of its focus on story instead of gameplay, so I feel I should do the same in my review. To sum up the story of the game the best I can, it involves tracking down a serial killer called the “Origami Killer.” The Origami Killer has been active for three years, and in that time, has killed eight children by kidnapping and drowning them. The plot features you playing as four different characters while trying to discover who the killer is and stopping before he/she can strike again. The story is extremely good, and possibly the best main plot in a video game I’ve ever seen. The way I describe it doesn’t do it justice, because I can’t go into much detail without spoilers or just giving info no one cares about since they haven’t played. To put it shortly, the story is just really great.

There’s a few smaller things about the story I want to cover. It gets off to a very slow start. You start off the game by getting up, brushing your teeth, taking a shower, getting dressed, waiting for your wife & kids get home, helping your wife out a little, and playing with your kids, all before the real story begins. I was playing this in front of a few people, and all of them didn’t seem to have a good first impression of the game after seeing this. They all agreed it got better as it went on, but they didn’t like the opening. Personally, I didn’t have a problem with it. It starts off slow and builds up, which I think is good pacing for a story. Some may not like it, while other will, and I’m in the group that likes it.

Since the game is about tracking down a serial killer, the game obviously has to reveal his/her identity, right? Well, they do reveal who the killer is. I won’t reveal who it is because that’d make me a massive jerk, but I’ll just say that I was shocked and I never saw it coming. You might think that this makes it a swerve and not a twist, but you’d be wrong. A swerve is something done out of nowhere that doesn’t make much sense with what’s been established already. A twist is something shocking that happens, but still makes sense in the plot when you go back and look at what’s happened before. I was shocked when I found out who the killer was on youtube, but it all made sense when playing the game myself with the knowledge of who it was. So, I think the twist was just amazing.

I’ve heard some complain that the killer being the same in every playthrough is a bad thing. But why would it be? I understand that a different killer each playthrough would make it interesting, but it also wouldn’t make much sense with the plot. Every piece of information we get on the killer goes along with who it’s revealed to be, so changing the killer would also change the information gathered, and probably change the entire plot of the game. Why would you do that, and would it even be possible to put into the game and still have it be good? This is just something I’ve heard people complain about that I find stupid and wanted to mention.

I mentioned that you play as four characters, so I’ll briefly cover them. The person who I’d probably consider the main character is Ethan Mars, the father of Shaun Mars, the most recent kid abducted by the Origami Killer. Scott Shelby is a former cop, now Private Investigator, who has been hired by the families of the victims of the Origami Killer to track the killer down. Norman Jayden is an FBI Agent who has been sent to the local Police to help them track down the Origami Killer. And Madison Paige is a journalist who I can’t go into more detail about without revealing spoilers for the plot. It might sound like these characters are completely unconnected, which they kind of are. But the plot with the Origami Killer ends up causing them to start slowly meeting each other until finally all coming together by the end (assuming they’re alive). Those are just the four main characters. There are some non-player characters such as Lauren, the mother of one of the Origami Killer’s victims who helps Scott. There’s Lieutenant Blake, a lieutenant (obviously) at the police department that Norman works with to track down the killer. There’s Ethan’s wife whose name I honestly forget. And there are some smaller characters that are only important to one or two scenes. Overall, I like a lot of these characters. While sometimes their dialogue could be a bit better written, they were still good characters that I felt I knew by the end of it. Some of them were un-likable, but they were supposed to be.

I know a lot of people complained about voice acting, but I don’t understand why. I thought it was good. Not great, it’s certainly not on the level of Mass Effect or The Walking Dead, but I thought it was good. A few lines sounded off, but every game has that. I thought the voice acting was just fine and don’t understand why people had such a problem with it.

Now let’s talk about the ending to the game. Well, endings. There is a lot of different endings to the game. The final section of the game will change much depending on who’s alive, and what choices have been made (which will determine who’s able to be there). Depending on how that section goes, there will be a news report to give a general overall look at what happened, followed by 3-4 epilogue scenes for each main character. These will greatly change from each other depending on previous choices, who’s alive, and what quick time events were completed. They range from happy endings, to some that are kind of happy while also depressing, to just all being depressing endings where everyone dies (and some endings where everyone but the killer dies). Overall, the endings were just amazing to me. They’re everything a game ending should have: multiple outcomes that change depending on how you played that are satisfying and make sense within the story.

As you’ve probably been able to tell, I loved Heavy Rain. I thought it had an amazing story that still blows me away every time I see it, good characters, and had everything I want in a video game ending. That said, the game isn’t for everyone. If you’ve read this review and still can’t decide whether this game is for you, here’s how I’d settle it: Ask yourself what you want in a video game, and just use the first 3 things that come to your head. If the first thing you had was a good story, then I recommend Heavy Rain. If a good story is the second or third thing, then I’d recommend Heavy Rain as a rental (assuming it’s available) and make up your mind from that. If a good story isn’t even in the top 3 (what’s wrong with you?), then I don’t recommend Heavy Rain at all. If I had to give Heavy Rain a final score, I’d probably give it a nine out of ten. It’s extremely good and could probably be called a work of art, but does have a few slight problems that keep it away from perfection. That’s it for the review and I hope you enjoyed. Next review should be either Beyond: Two Souls or Saints Row The Third; I’m not sure yet. See you guys next time.

Summary

The Good:

  • Great Story
  • Good Characters
  • Good Plot Twist that’s shocking the first time, but makes sense later on
  • Great Endings where previous choices & actions truly matter

The Bad:

  • Some things aren’t a choice, but a quick time event
  • Some sections are kind of annoying

Overall: 9/10

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TheCannon Reviews: Saints Row IV

I’ve wanted to write game reviews for a while now, but for whatever reason never got around to it. I’ve recently finished the story of Saints Row IV, so I figured now would be a great time to write a review for it. Please offer any constructive criticism you can, as I feel my writing could always use some improvements.

Before I get started with the review, I’d like to say that I haven’t played any of the previous Saints Row games, I started with Saints Row IV. Thus, I can’t compare it to the previous games and say that it’s gotten to ridiculous or anything like that. I can only judge this game by itself and not part of a series. With that said, let’s start with the review.

The Saints Row series, as far as I know, focuses on the gang known as the 3rd Street Saints, and the games have you play as their boss. By the time Saints Row IV starts, after one quick tutorial mission, the Boss has become the President of the United States. I thought that this was extremely cool, especially when I found out that Keith David (who voiced Anderson in Mass Effect) was the Vice President. Unfortunetly, you don’t get to actually do a lot as President. You make one decision, punch a guy who disagrees with you, and possibly high five one person, and that’s it. There are references to the Boss being President throughout the game, but you don’t actually do anything as President throughout the rest of the game.

After this section, the real plot of the game begins. The alien race known as the Zin, led by their leader Zinyak, are invading Earth and abducting the members of the Saints. You end up fighting the Zin in a simulation of the city Steelport, which I believe is where Saints Row The Third took place.

The special thing about the simulation is that you’re able to use superpowers in it. Initially all you get is super speed, strength, and the ability to jump high. However, throughout the game, you’ll get the ability to upgrade your powers and unlock new ones. These superpowers are really fun to use, both in combat and just messing around looking for collectables. It may sound like this would get repetitive, but it surprisingly doesn’t. You get a lot of powers as you progress through the game, allowing lots of variety for combat. There honestly might be a bit too many powers, as there were some I often forgot I had.

One thing I didn’t like about the powers though was that I couldn’t use them in most story missions. Not all of them, but most story missions come up with a reason for your powers not to work, which makes me wonder why I even bother to upgrade them. But then the mission is over and I’m able to go hunting for collectables again, reminding me why I loved them so much.

I have two other problems with the superpowers, which wasn’t a problem with the powers themselves, more of a problem with how they designed the game. For one thing, vehicles are completely useless. You can run and glide faster than any car in the game, so why would you want one? If I worked on the car customization in this game, I’d feel pretty insulted.

There are also some flying vehicles you can get, but I personally didn’t like most of them. They were cool at first, but I had a hard time controlling them, and you can get around faster using your powers.

My other complaint about the powers is that they make the world feel small. I can travel across the entire map in an extremely short amount of time, and I can get up so high that the game will create a force field to prevent me from going up any higher. When I can get that high up in an open world game and can travel across the entire map without touching the ground, I just don’t feel like I’m in a big open world. Some might say the world wasn’t that big to begin with, but I personally couldn’t tell you because I used the powers to get around which made it feel small to begin with.

Personally, I think they should have waited until Act 3 of the game to give you your powers. It would have been a great way to fix my previous complaints, make the climax seem more interesting, and the post-game stuff would feel like an entirely different game. However, I guess it would remove some of the appeal from the game.

Getting back into more positive stuff, I mentioned before that there’s a lot of variety in the gameplay. Aside from all the different superpowers, you also get some guns and a melee weapon. Some of the weapons are normal stuff like a pistol, shotgun, heavy SMG, sniper rifle, baseball bat, and other boring stuff like that. You get a lot of stuff like that, but alien versions that don’t run on ammo and instead have an overheat system. You also get some insanely cool weapons such as one of my personal favorites, the Dubstep gun. There’s also a Black Hole Launcher which is just insanely overpowered and fun, despite the long recharge time. There’a also the inflato-ray that I know a lot of people loved, but I personally got too freaked out by seeing people’s eyes grow like that to use it.

I could go on listing the cool weapons in the game, but I won’t because it would take too long. The only other weapon I want to talk about is the dildo bat. I walked into a weapon store to get some ammo and see if there were any weapons I missed, and I saw this thing sitting there. Can I ask why? Is is supposed to be funny? Is it supposed to be shocking? Wacky? I didn’t think it was any of those things, I just thought it was stupid. Not the fun kind of stupid, just the facepalm worthy stupid. I’m going to assume this was something the developers thought players would find funny to use. Some might have, but I personally didn’t and just went back to using the energy sword.

Continuing with that, some of the humor in the game just fell flat and wasn’t funny. An example would be during one loyalty mission where the Boss ends up wearing barely any clothing and does a dance at a strip club in a scene Quick Time Events. I think this was supposed to be funny, but it wasn’t. I was just embarrassed to play it.

However, some of the humor was actually good. An example would be the romances, which are obviously meant to parody Mass Effect. These I honestly did find funny. I could list more examples, but this is what first came to my mind when I was thinking of funny stuff from the game. There is some great dialogue and other stuff. The game does parodies of a bunch of stuff, such as one level I believe was from Metal Gear Solid. There were also a few times where the gameplay style was completely changed up to match older games, such as my favorite where it becomes like an old 2D beat em’ up. There was also a point where the game turns into a 1950s sitcom, which was pretty cool.

One of my favorite things about the game was the character customization, which is by far the best in any game I’ve seen. They give you a lot of stuff to choose from, some of it normal while other stuff is just insanely out there (such as orange skin and tons of the hair styles). There’s also great clothing you can wear in the game. Some of it is serious (such as a leather jacket & jeans), some of it is serious but crazy for the situation (such as a tuxedo & top hat), and others that are just completely crazy (such as a zombie outfit). You can also choose you character’s voice, which is the first time I’ve seen that in a game. For anyone curious, here’s a picture of how I customized my character. I used the female voice 1 for her. Sorry for the poor quality picks, I took them on a cell phone.

Since I just covered the main character, I might as well talk about the other characters. They were all great. I really don’t have a problem with any character in the game. Every character also had a good voice actor/actress. All of the members of the Saints were great, and I felt like I knew them for a long time, even though I haven’t played the previous games. There were loyalty missions you have to do for all the members of the Saints before the final mission (obviously taken from Mass Effect 2), and I enjoyed bonding with the Saints throughout all of these.

Zinyak, the game’s main villain, was also a surprisingly good character. He was just cool and fun villain, and now has a place among my favorite game villains.

If anyone’s curious, my favorite characters (not counting the Boss) would probably have to be Johnny Gat, Kinzie, Zinyak, Keith David, & CID.

Also, there’s a surprise that I don’t want to ruin for anyone who hasn’t played the game. But there’s one character that shows up in the game that I loved. If you’re not a fan of professional wrestling, it won’t matter to you. But if you are, you should love it.

Following up what I mentioned a little bit ago with the loyalty missions, I have mixed feelings towards the side missions in the game. The loyalty missions are all great, but there’s also sidequests that don’t really matter in the end. These do give you some nice rewards, such as new weapons and outfits. However, they just get repetitive after a while, as they all come down to either killing the same things over and over, hacking things, or driving things. I suppose that could be described as the entire game, but it just got a lot more repetitive here for whatever reason.

And while they aren’t quite side quests, there are also little mini-games that you can do. Some are as simple as racing or destroying stuff, but most of them are fun. My personal favorite is fraud, which I’m not sure I could explain. Go to this video to watch someone play fraud if you want to see it. He plays it a bit differently than me, but it shows the main concept.

This is a small nitpick, but is still something I want to cover. Throughout the entire game, there is no day/night cycle like you see in some open world games. You’re stuck with night throughout the whole game, which I got sick of after a while. After you beat the story, you can change the time of day for the world. Why wouldn’t they just let you do that during the main game? I also don’t like the way they make you change the setting. You have to run around and find a computer on the ship to change the setting. However, it isn’t just night/day, there’s a whole list of stuff you have to choose from. They also don’t give you any pictures to show what the city will look like, leaving you to guess. If you go back into the simulation and realize you don’t like what you picked, you then have to go through a loading screen to change it, randomly pick one again, sit through another loading screen, and hope this one looks better. This all could have been fixed by putting this option in the pause menu, but they didn’t for whatever reason.

Before I finish this review, I have a few small problems with the final mission & boss fight. It is fun and very satisfying, but that doesn’t excuse the problems. First off, there’s an annoying free falling section that I kept dying on because they randomly threw a new set of controls at me out of nowhere. Secondly, the final boss glitched out and allowed me to shoot him all I wanted while he was just standing there, and he wouldn’t move until a scripted event ocurred where he had to. And throughout the game, killing enemies (and civilians if you bought the upgrade) would give you health orbs to obviously let you regain your health. However, this ability is removed in the final boss fight for whatever reason and they replace it with regenerating health, which is something I see a lot of modern games do that they just need to stop with.

Overall, Saints Row IV is a really fun game. There are a few small annoyances, but nothing too major to take away from the game. I paid $17.00 for the game, have played for a little over 25 hours and have 71% completion and definitely feel like I got my money’s worth for it. If you have some free time and want something that’s just mindless fun to play, Saints Row IV is a perfect. Overall, I’m going to give Saints Row IV an 8 out of 10. It’s very good, but could use some improvements. That’s it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. See you guys in the next review.

Summary

The Good:

  • Gameplay is fun and has nice variety
  • A lot of fun & creative weapons
  • Great characters
  • A lot of the humor is good
  • Great character customization
  • Fun mini-games
  • Side quests give good rewards

The Bad:

  • Powers make the world feel small and vehicles useless, and can't be used in story missions
  • Being President is a wasted opportunity.
  • Some of the humor isn't funny and tries too hard
  • Side quests get repetitive
  • No Day/night cycle

Overall Score for Saints Row IV: 8/10

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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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