Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

The superhero or comic book movie (CBM) has had a long and tainted past of horrid attempts to merely make money off of a franchise name, and in the end, barely showcased any decent writing in the screenplay.  They were rushed and treated poorly.

But the genre of the CBM started to change as Christopher Nolan delivered a solid piece of work with his vision of Batman in The Dark Knight.  And Marvel Entertainment came along with a multi-year plan, and started that plan with the 2008 Iron Man movie.

In each case, they had a far-reaching plan beyond the first movie which helped temper and shape the development of those movies. What’s the saying, a man with a goal goes farther than the man who does not?

Man of Steel was heralded as both a movie with flaws and to some, one of the best superhero movies of 2013.

Unlike some superhero movies that are nothing but all flash and little substance, which makes them perfect candidates to be called popcorn movies, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel (MoS) could be seen as a movie with a message. Still entertaining, delivered a message of sorts, yet could still be defined outside of the realm of the “art of film,” because it was just fun.

MoS showed the character of Clark/Superman in various layers. It showed how he became who he was, growing up and dealing with his loneliness, frustration and the restraint needed to keep who and what he is under wraps.

Later, we saw how deep he had to go to defeat Zod by doing something that was not part of his nature. He went above and beyond to protect the people of Earth.

It showed how a “man” with super power could do the ultimate task needed, to defeat an enemy that potentially, was undefeatable.  He showed the human military how dark he could go if he had to, to get a job done. Thus, the continual military mistrust of the alien who had the potential to smite the planet.

Iron Man 3 came out with a story. The story of Tony Stark not depending on his armor, but on his intellect to get through various challenges. If one pays no mind to the butchering of Stark’s long time nemesis, The Mandarin, it was a good story.

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As any big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) world might know, we have some great movies coming up in the next few years…

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron: May 1, 2015
  • Ant-Man: July 17, 2015
  • Captain America 3: May 6, 2016
  • Untitled: July 8, 2016 (Maybe the Dr. Strange movie?)
  • Untitled: May 5, 2017

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And today (Friday, 7-18-14), Marvel announced new additional movie release dates.  Just the dates, no titles attached to the dates.  Which buggers some folks, considering that more than likely they know what titles are attached to each date, but hey, it is what it is.

If you’re curious, the new dates announced carry the new release dates right into the summer of 2019.

The new dates are…

  • July 28, 2017
  • November 3, 2017
  • July 6, 2018
  • November 2, 2018
  • May 3, 2019

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This schedule breaks the two-movies-per-year pattern, starting in 2017 and would seem to suggest that new film title franchises will be kicking in to fill the gap that Captain America and Thor movies will be leaving when their stories come to a close.

These dates more than likely could include the third Thor and Cap movies while pulling in their new character films.  Could one of these new films be a Black Widow film that Kevin Feige hinted at during a Thor 2 press tour some time back? (Only hinted, didn’t say it is a done deal.)

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And while Marvel Studios is cranking out new movies, don’t forget the Netflix productions of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage.

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AVENGERS NOW: Marvel Is Showcasing Their New Characters

July 18, 2014

Today Marvel made the announcement that culminates a collection of character changing announcements (pre Comic-Con) that involves the new versions of Iron Man, Thor and Captain America. The project is called Avengers Now and the story line within that title involves our newly anointed characters in their new roles. And to be honest, I’m not […]

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The Vision in AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON, Will Be

July 18, 2014

With any Marvel movie that hits the screen, we know to expect a few minor or sometimes major rewrites as to how a character comes into being, or as referred to, the origin story. Iron Man, Thor and Captain America was pretty much spot on, but here and there, things are changed up to flow […]

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A New Tony Stark Is On The Horizon

July 18, 2014

It would seem there’s a new Tony Stark on the horizon in the Marvel Comics world, and it will see a twisty new take on the old Tony. In the early days of Tony’s life, he was quite the party-goer, boozing it up and hitting up the ladies every which way he could. And it […]

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Who Will Be The New CAPTAIN AMERICA?

July 17, 2014

Marvel is making some sweeping changes within the ranks of their comic franchise.  Or should I say Disney, Marvel’s owner? Today (Wed, 7-16-14) Marvel, via Joe Quesada stopping by the TV show, The Colbert Report, announced that the comic character of Sam Wilson will be taking over the cowl of Captain America. With Wilson taking […]

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AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON First Look And Story

July 16, 2014

Today the cover of Entertainment Weekly has provided fans with what looks like the first look at Ultron from Avengers: Age of Ultron. POTENTIAL SPOILERS ARE COMING UP. Looking over the article, it would appear (as rumors suggested some time back) that Tony Stark had an idea that would keep him from needing to don […]

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Syfy Lands Their Detective Miller in THE EXPANSE

July 16, 2014

It’s been announced via press release that Syfy has landed Thomas Jane to star in their 10-episode sci-fi series, The Expanse, as Detective Miller. The Expanse is written by the writing team known as James S. A. Corey and it’s a multi-book series in the near (200 years) future where “humanity has colonized the solar […]

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Google Destroying Small Sites?

July 15, 2014

The world of the web is getting more brutal for the small guy every day.  A few years ago Google started instituting new web practices that gave more weight to large corporate entities and heavily established brands/sites. This effectively is destroying the little guy and upstart websites who might have had big hopes and dreams. […]

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A New THOR

July 15, 2014

via press release: Marvel is excited to announce an all-new era for the God of Thunder in brand new series, THOR, written by Jason Aaron (Thor: God of Thunder, Original Sin) complimented with art from Russell Dauterman (Cyclops). This October, Marvel Comics evolves once again in one of the most shocking and exciting changes ever […]

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DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Review

July 11, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was a surprising story about family, friends and trust. We also saw that when trust is betrayed, the ramifications can be far reaching for everyone involved. The cast includes Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo and Nick Thurston. – The […]

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Menlo Park’s Mishandled City Park Management

July 11, 2014

I don’t know about you, but I like the idea of being able to visit my city parks, here in Menlo Park, CA.  In fact I’d love to be able to visit a number of my city’s parks.  It’s a beautiful town and on a decent day, there’s no place better to be at in […]

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The Tale of The Travelling Hat

July 8, 2014

They say that sometimes things in life or on this Earth runs full circle. Some call it Karma, others, destiny.  In this short story, the full circle made this time, was done by my hat.  It’s a true story, and no names were changed because there were no innocents to protect and it involves an […]

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Learn From the GREEN ACRES Dog Boarding Tragedy

July 3, 2014

After reading about this Green Acres tragedy where 20+ dogs died from heat exhaustion, I got to thinking about how you can protect yourself and your beloved furry family member from possible situations like this. To be honest, it can be pretty hard to ascertain what or who is a good boarder for your pet. […]

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MENLO PARK 2014 Summer Concert Series Schedule

May 29, 2014

It’s summer, 2014, here in Menlo Park and as always, the annual Summer Concert Series in the Park is about to kick in gear. This year the concert series runs on Wednesdays (as it always does) from June 18th to August 13th, 2014, starting at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The concerts prove to be […]

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Should We Trust LEVI’S CEO About Freezing Jeans?

May 27, 2014

The other day Levi Strauss CEO Chip Bergh made the statement that in order for customers to have their jeans last longer, that we should not wash them.  Instead, we should freeze our jeans, spot cleaning when necessary, but never machine wash them. Supposedly freezing jeans will kill the bacteria that creates the smells and […]

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2014-2015 Fall TV Season Schedule

May 21, 2014

The upfronts are done and the major networks have informed everyone about their plans for the upcoming 2014-15 fall TV season, including news of their cancellations, renewals and new show orders.  If you look closely, you will see that there are 25 new shows in the schedule below. If you’re wondering about the new shows, […]

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Say Goodbye To Your FACEBOOK Messaging

April 15, 2014

I don’t know if you’ve received the messages or not, but Facebook is ripping out their messaging system from their mobile app and FORCING USERS to install yet one more app on our phones if, that is, we want to keep messaging each other with their product. I’ve been seeing the “opportunities” to install the […]

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