Friday, April 22, 2016

This Week With The Superheroes - April 22, 2016



Hello and welcome to the Basement... and it's time for This Week With The Superheroes... and I got a  lot to go over....

So right off the bat, let me talk about Rita Repulsa... the lead villain of Might Morphing Power Rangers 1st season... she was a witch right? Probably more of sorceress, and she looked like one... mainly because it was stock footage from the Sentai Series Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger and the character was called Witch Bandora... in you were to have a character look like an evil witch or a sorceress... the design for Bandora was pretty much it.

That's not Rita, that's Poison Ivy!
That said... the Power Rangers reboot movie casted Elizabeth Banks... back in February I said that if they got Barbara Goodson to do the voice over and if Banks costume was sorta that over-sized robe, over awesome top hat and had the wand, and if she's able to pull off the mannerisms seen in the Sentai with Witch Bandora... it could work... and that since it was a guarantee that none of that was going to happen... Frog It.... and that's basically what they did.... it's like someone took Uma Thurma's Poison Ivy costume from Batman and Robin, threw it in a blender with the Scorpina costume from the Power Rangers Season 1 along with the worth aspects of the Divatox costume from Power Rangers Turbo and well 'sexed it up'.

THAT'S RITA!
I'm sorry, but in no shape way or form is what they dressed Elizabeth Banks in Rita Repulsa, Witch

Bandora, or anything that looks like a Power Rangers or a Sentai lead villain! If this was a secondary character I could be okay with it, but the there has to be something over the top when it comes to the lead villains. It was one of the major problems with the first Power Rangers movie with Ivan ooze, he didn't look like a big bad. Look at Lord Zedd, Master Vile, King Mondo, Scorpius, Master Xandred, Queen Bansheera, Trakeena, Astromenia... THOSE are what Power Ranger Lead Villains SHOULD look like! Over the top and clearly threatening!

Ah well...

Speaking of what characters are supposed to look like... 

For those of you who may not know just by looking at me... I've got some Puerto Rican blood, but everyone says I look and 'am 'white'

Just try and tell me she doesn't look the part... I dare you!
So you can get an idea of how pissed off I am with the idiots taking issue with Scarlett Johansson begin casted as Motoko Kusanagi for the live-action adaptation of Ghost In The Shell. First off, seeing the one photo, seeing the original movie, reading the original manga... Scar-Jo looks the part, so I have no problem with it.... you know who else doesn't have a problem with it? Sam Yoshiba of Kodansha (the company that published the original Manga in 1989) His exact quote on the matter being "Looking at her career so far, I think Scarlett Johansson is well cast, she has the cyber punk feel, and we NEVER imagined it would be a Japanese actress in the first place!"

But isn't it funny how only in America it's white washing... in Japan, where the story came from,the general feeling I've seen is that  they are fine with the casting and don't see it as 'white washing', they see it as 'Whose is the BEST actress for the role' and who is going to bring in more than just the America Okatus who is going to see it regardless?"

If people are complaining about Scar-Jo, then what about this?!
Case in point, the live action adaption of Attack on Titan... a cast of character that are mostly European based in the Manga and Anime... are all Asian in the film. Is that 'Yellow Washing' or is it casting the best folks for the role to sell it where the film is being released to get the audience beyond those who are going to see the film outright?"

So that said  I'm looking forward to seeing the live adaptation of Ghost in the Shell when it hits theaters in 2017

So that said, let's touch on some news...

The new Doctor Who companion is said to be revealed tomorrow, so I will have my thoughts on that  on Tales From The TARDIS tomorrow afternoon.

Be careful when you tell her to stick it...
Michael Keaton passed on the role of a villain in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming', rather disappointed but it's not a big loss. But hey Robert Downey Jr is going to be in it...

There is rumors that X-23 will be in Wolverine 3... for those who may not know, she is a clone of Wolverine... so technically he's daughter... so depending on how she is used, she could be spun-off to have her own movie.

Also Ben Affleck is said to have a huge hand in the making of his own solo-Batman film, so that could be very interesting as long as Zack Snyder is kept far... far... away!

Now, time to go over this week's shows, no Arrow this week that show is on hiatus.

Gotham: Wrath of the Villains: Pinewood
Plot: Barbara tries to make things right with Gordon; Hugo Strange disrupts Bruce and Alfred's attempt to track down Thomas Wayne's friend from Project Chimera.
Rating: 4 out of 5 - I wasn't too keen on seeing Barbara return... she's too much of a wild card, and I can't see them pushing Gordan and her back together. I like the furthering of the plot regarding Thomas Wayne's death... but it seems like elements of it was rushed, again, it seems like Gotham is playing catch up with all the other super-hero shows, with the new white haired Mr Freeze being sent out and Theo Galavan being revived as Azrael.

Gotham will be on hiatus until May 2

Supergirl: Better Angels- Season Final
Plot: An unexpected enemy forces Supergirl into a battle as she attempts to stop Non and Indigo from destroying all of humanity.
Rating: 3 out of 5 - I have some real mixed feelings on this... the show down with J'onn and Kara vs Nom and Indigo was really well done... hell Kara burning Nom's eyes out and J'onn breaking Indigo in half was bad ass.... but Mrs Danvers coming along to 'reach' Alex when she was under Nom's control was hokey as all hell... and Alex using Kara's pod to save her off-screen was just... bad... however the episode ended on a high note that should be tied in directly with the rumored Smallvile-universe crossover.

Agents of SHIELD - The Team
Plot: Agent Daisy Johnson brings the Secret Warriors together for a mission that will affect them all; knowledge of Hive's powers has S.H.I.E.L.D. mistrusting everyone.
Raiting: 3 out of 5 - Alright the Secret Warriors are getting some action... and it's so very freakin' underwhelming that it's down right depressing. However... I love evil Daisy... and it's perfect fan fiction material with her and 'Hive', plus the 'Thing From Another World' vibe the second half of the episode had was really cool. And we should be getting new episodes for the next four weeks under the tag line: Fallen Agent

The Flash - Versus Zoom
Plot: Barry wants to use a tachyon device to open the breaches in a plan to catch Zoom; Hunter Zoloman's past on Earth-2 is revealed.
Rating: 1 out of 5 - Good lord was this bad... from Vibe using Star Wars prequel references to justify him not using his powers... to Barry becoming obsessed with going back to Earth-2... to even bastardizing the name of Jay Garrick... to Zoom using time echos to have him be in two places at once... but... as a fan of the Justice Society of America... and someone who's perfect look for the Flash is the Jay Garrick style... this episode... sickened me! Greg Berlanti says to keep watching and they are not reinventing Jay... and I hope that's the case, cause this episode pissed me right the hell off.

Legends of Tomorrow - Last Refuge
Plot: A deadly assassin called the Pilgrim wants to wipe the Legends from the timeline by killing the heroes' younger selves before they become powerful.
Rating: 5 out of 5 - I love this show... really... I do... this was another great use of time travel and using it for character development (seeing Rory and Rip's younger selves, Jefferson's father), not to mention having the most bad ass moment of the week with all of our heroes ganging up on The Pilgrim. And we're in the home stretch for this series as well! And this episode was yet another example of using special effects to great impact on a budget.

So that will wrap up this week with the superheroes...  catch you tomorrow for the final chapter of Marco Polo on Tales From The TARDIS!

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