Archive for August, 2011

News and images from Joss Whedon’s The Avengers are just flowing in lately.  The latest are two promo images featuring Loki and the Avengers team.  With all the hype already surrounding this film, expectations are pretty high.  Let’s hope no one is disappointed.


We’ve finally got what we’ve been waiting, good clear images of Henry Cavill in the Superman costume.  For some reason he isn’t wearing the cape, but you can finally get a good look at what the costume looks like.

I have to say that I am somewhat impressed with it.  It’s not the traditional Superman costume, but I like it.  Henry Cavill looks very impressive in it as well.  He looks like Superman should.  I think he looks more bulked up and muscular than Brandon Routh did in Superman Returns.

There has been a lot of speculation lately about some of the bad guys in the upcoming Avengers movie.  Besides Loki, there have been rumors that the ultimate superhero team-up movie will feature an alien threat.  Many fans have surmised that those aliens would be Skrull.  Photos from the set have shown Thor and Captain America fighting stuntmen in motion capture suits, which points to the characters being CGI.  Details from the set allude to some type of aliens, but nothing firm…that is until today.

Well now thanks to IMDB that secret may have been let out of the bag.  How I Met Your Mother co-star Cobie Smulders has been cast as SHIELD agent Maria Hill.  On the IMDB page for The Avengers, Smulders is listed as playing Maria Hill AND Anelle.  For those of you are are familiar with the Avengers list of known baddies (I had to look it up) Anelle is a Skrull princess and daughter to the Skrull king.

It’s quite possible that the Skrull have infiltrated SHIELD and the real Maria Hill is either dead or being held captive.  This certainly isn’t unheard of in the Marvel universe.  During the Civil War event, many heroes and SHIELD agents were kidnapped and replaced by Skrull operatives.  The heroes eventually escaped the Skrull homeworld and made their way back to Earth to expose their doppelgangers.

Although the slip up could be wrong and/or accidental, it would appear that Joss Whedon’s closely guarded alien secret is out now.  However this wouldn’t be the first time that IMDB has spoiled casting rumor and plot secrets.  We’ll all be vindicated next summer when The Avengers hits theaters.

The evil Mumm-Ra (Robert Atkin Downes) looks watches Lion-O (Will Friedle) as he struggles with the Sword of Omens to find a way to the Book of Omens.  He recalls the day when he commanded the armies of the ThunderCats and he seized the War Stone that would become the Eye of Thundera.

Just as Lion-O is about to lose hope, Cheetara (Emmanuelle Chriqui) tells him about when the Book of Omens was written and hidden away by the clerics in the Tower of Omens.  Snarf accidentally stumbles upon the entrance to some type of temple.  With the help of WilyKat (Eamon Pirruccello) and WilyKit (Madeleine Hall), they make it inside, but the temple is is protected by boobie traps.

General Slythe (Dee Bradley Baker) and the lizard army are hot on the ThunderCat’s trail.  They are forcing Jaga (Corey Burton), who’s soul is trapped in a lantern type device, into showing them the way to the Tower of Omens.  Mumm-Ra arrives and strikes out on his own to follow Lion-O and the others to the temple.

Using their own unique skills and abilities, the ThunderCats are able to traverse each trap and obstacle to find their way into the Tower of Omens.  But Mumm-Ra has found them and with no futher use for Jaga, tosses the lantern aside to his death.  Cheetra uses her super speed to catch the lantern before it shatters.  Panthro (Kevin Michael Richardson) holds Mumm-Ra off while Lion-O and Tygra (Matthew Mercer) go to find the Book of Omens.

Mumm-Ra easily defeats each of the ThunderCats and is about to destroy Lion-O when Jaga, still imprisoned in the lantern forces him away.  In his last act, Jaga reveals the Book of Omens to Lion-O and the others.  Believing that their quest is over, Lion-O discovers that the Book of Omens is blank on the inside.  Their journey is not yet finished.

This was a pretty satisfying episode.  The writers are keeping the story moving along well and revealing details at an agreeable pace.  Instead of dragging out key plot lines, we are given just enough to make each episode gratifying and are spared the maddening cliffhanger endings. 

The usual life lesson buried in each episode wasn’t hard to pick out, but was cleverly hidden.  The ThunderCats had to work together both as a team and as individuals to make it through each trap set in front of them.  Only by believing in themselves and each other were they able to overcome great challenges.  I can’t wait to see next week’s episode.

4 out of 5

This new ThunderCats series just keeps getting better.  I know I have said this in previous reviews of this series, but this isn’t the ThunderCats I remember as a kid.  This series is very well thought out with genuine stories and great voice acting.  If I only had one complaint it would be Will Friedle and this is my off handed attempt at an off handed complement.  For those of you not familiar with Will Friedle, he was the voice of Terry McGinnis/Batman in Batman Beyond.  Will is the voice of Lion-O but whenever I hear him talk I always think of Batman Beyond.  Probably not what the creators of this series wanted; the viewers reminded of a different show, but it isn’t a bad thing in this case because however much I liked the original ThunderCats, I like this new series that much more.

Grune’s (Clancy Brown) tale of Panthro’s (Kevin Michael Richardson) demise has turned out to be false.  After coming to the ThunderCat’s aid with his ThunderTank, Panthro attempts to make repairs to the vehicle.  But the ThunderTank is out of Thundrillium and they must risk finding more in the Cloud Peak Mine.  Grune and the lizards are already in the mine gathering massive amounts of the Thundrillium ore for Mumm-Ra’s (Robin Atkin Downes) army of machines.

Panthro recalls the day he and Grune met as young cats on the battlefield.  The two make an impressive pair and quickly rise through the ranks of the ThunderCat army to become two of its greatest generals.  They are tasked by King Claudus to locate the Book of Omens and set out to find the mythical book.  But Grune’s lust for power and desire to be king blinds him from his duties.  He hears Mumm-Ra’s call and ventures deep into the desert to Mumm-Ra’s pyramid.

Grune frees Mumm-Ra from his coffin in spite of Panthro’s objections.  Mumm-Ra promises him all the power he craves if Grune can return the Sword of Omens to him.  Panthro sees Grune’s plans as treachery and the two friends fight.  Grune forces Panthro to fall into a deep chasm and believes him to be dead.

In the present, Panthro and Lion-O grapple over who’s in charge.  He ignores Panthro’s years of experience and acts alone, foolishly taking on the lizards at the entrance to the Thundrillium mine.  Lion-O is hopelessly outnumbered and Panthro has to intervene to save him from capture.  The group encounters Grune inside the mine and he is surprised to see his old friend Panthro still alive.

Using Driller one of Mumm-Ra’s evil machines as a distraction, Grune escapes while the ThunderCats fight it off.  Panthro is impressed with Lion-O’s bravery as he wields the Sword of Omens and defeats Driller.  But the battle has caused the mine to become unstable and starts to cave in.  The ThunderCats quickly escape but not before obtaining a small amount of Thundrillium.

This was another great episode of ThunderCats and is a little more action and less life lesson than the other episodes so far.  Now that the group is now complete, I am eager to see how future episodes progress.  ThunderCats is just a fun show to watch.  I have yet to be disappointed in any episode.  All the old elements that made the original series good are all present and have been improved upon.

4 out of 5

From Marvel Comics, promo art for upcoming solicitations comic shops.  Marvel intends on preparing fans who may not be familiar with the characters in The Avengers by releasing movie tie-ins.  Read Marvel’s official announcement and see the picture below.

Gear up for the upcoming Avengers movie with these official in-movie continuity stories starring Avengers mainstays Iron Man, Captain America and the Agents S.H.I.E.L.D.! First, it’s an expanded re-imagining of the original Iron Man, featuring bonus scenes not in the movie! Then, it’s an all-new Iron Man adventure! What happened between the events of Iron Man and Iron Man 2? How did Tony Stark put a new chapter in the history books? And how did Iron Man break and rewrite all the rules? Then, it’s Black Widow, Nick Fury and Agent Coulson in espionage action! Think you know S.H.I.E.L.D.? Check out what you DIDN’T see in the movies! And finally, it’s the official comics prequel to the blockbuster Captain America! Steve Rogers is the inspiration for millions during the dark days of World War Two — but where did he get his inspiration from? How did he meet his best friend, “Bucky” Barnes? And what set him on the path to becoming the First Avenger? Experience an all-new Cap adventure on the European battlefields.

Courtesy of SuperheroHype, photos of what could be a Skrull spacecraft or aircraft of some kind.  Judging by the looks of it, it’s most likely alien in nature, which fits into the whole “alien invasion” theory going around about the plot of the film.  Check out the pics below and leave your comments on what the mysterious object could be.

The Avengers stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Renner, Stellen Skarsgard and Samuel L. Jackson.  The film is set for a May 4, 2012 release.

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One of my biggest regrets was not watching Firefly when it was on the air.  I only got interested in it once I saw the movie Serenity after the TV series was cancelled.  Now I have the entire series on Blu-Ray and I watch it quite frequently.  It was a great series that was cut down in it’s prime due to lack of vision at Fox.  Anyway…here is a nifty little infographic with some things that you probably didn’t know about Firefly.

We haven’t heard much news from the set of The Dark Knight Rises since shooting in Pittsburgh wrapped.  I for one am eager to see and hear more about this latest and final installment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

But those of us who are eager for everything Batman there is this fan made movie posters.  They were drawn by Alex Stojanov and really captures the essence of the film’s major characters.  Check them out below and then visit Alex’s deviantArt page.

The new Justice League series is due to hit the shelves next week.  Up until now details for the first story arc have been vague.  Last week, the creative team behind the new comic series Geoff Johns and Jim Lee announced who the new team will be squaring off against.

“On Friday, writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee appeared together on Sirius XM’s “Geek Time” to discuss the launch of DC Comics-The New 52 and their first ever collaboration — JUSTICE LEAGUE. During the interview, they revealed the identity of the series’ first villain. What threat is so big that it brings together the team for the first time? If you don’t want to know who it is just yet, then whatever you do, don’t click after the jump (major spoiler alert!).
In the first story arc of JUSTICE LEAGUE, the villain needs no introduction: Darkseid.”

This is big news for this first issue.  Darkseid is one of the baddest of the bad in the DC Universe.  Before the reboot of their line, Darkseid was apparently killed by Batman just before being killed himself.  But we all know that Batman always has a plan, and he managed to return from the grave.  Darkseid didn’t appear to be as lucky.

Justice League #1 will be released August 31.