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Jul 062016
 

Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, and J’Onn J’Onzz the Martian Hunter are back again in Justice League: Doom. With the assistance of Cyborg, the task is to once again save the world from a horrible threat.

It starts with a real exciting battle with the Royal Flush Gang. These villains are real high tech, even though they don’t appear to be the same ones from Batman Beyond.

The real threat is the Legion of Doom. Now I can remember when I first heard about the Legion of Doom headquarters on Challenge of the Super Friends (1978-1979), which consisted of 13 archenemies. This time there are only five, not including the mastermind behind it all.

Each arch villain has a personal vendetta against a different Justice League member. They are Bane, Cheetah, Metallo, Mirror Master, Star Sapphire, and Ma’alefa’ak. From what I understand, these particular villains were handpicked because they are the toughest in each group of colorful archenemies.

Originally the leader of the Legion of Doom was Lex Luthor, but he’s not even in this movie. This time it’s a new villain named Vandal Savage. He’s an immortal intent on destroying most of the world’s population and creating a new civilization to lead. I’ll tell you, his back-story is strange. Simple, but strange.

The tactics the archenemies use on the Justice League are so intense they actually come very close to succeeding both physically and mentally. I thought that nothing ever stopped the Justice League. They always come through when they are together.

This was a good feature with its superhero action with a touch of nostalgia by bringing back the Legion of Doom headquarters. Can you believe that it was still in the swamp and in good condition since the old Super Friends animated series?

Jan 272016
 

LEGO toys have been around for a long time. I know because I used to play with LEGO when I was a kid. However, It wasn’t until about the late 2000s when LEGO took well known franchises and made video games, then eventually animated features with a cute style of humor.

One such feature is Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite. Apparently it’s about Lex Luthor trying to become President of the United States with help from the Joker by using destructive means to make it happen and it’s up to Batman to stop them.

Robin also helps out and so does Superman, despite how Batman only believes that he can only rely on himself. That’s a bit annoying but not nearly as annoying as Superman is when he talks in the third person. What’s the point of that?

The action is cool. As Joker disrupts an award ceremony, it gets real interesting when the other major Batman villains like Penguin, Catwoman, Two-Face, Riddler, and Harley Quinn help him out.

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I met Steve Blum, who was the voice of the Penguin, at CollectiveCon 2015 and Rob Paulsen, the voice of the Riddler, at MegaCon 2014.

What’s real common in LEGO features is buildings and machinery falling to pieces as well as being put back together. Lex Luthor has a weapon called the De-Constructor that can tear powerful black objects apart like Batman’s vehicles and it’s powered by Kryptonite.

After Luthor breaks Joker out of Arkham Asylum, Joker frees the other Batman villains who even include Bane and Poison Ivy. It’s so cool how Batman and Robin keep them from escaping with exciting vehicle chases.

 

Then it all comes down to a giant Joker robot that runs on Kryptonite. As much as Batman hates to admit it, he needs help. That’s when the Justice League comes to the rescue. Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, and Cyborg all make an appearance.

This was a good LEGO movie. Lately many of the modern straight-to-DVD Batman movies have been darker and more brutal. In comparison, it’s nice to see that this one is a least a little bit lighter for a change.

Jul 302013
 

The iconic superheroes of DC Comics unite once again in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths with the group consisting of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, and J’onn J’onnz the Martian man hunter. In this feature, there’s another world where all of the superheroes and super villains are all opposites from the real ones.

The only surviving member of the Justice League in that other world is the leader, Lex Luthor. He arrives on Earth to seek the help of this Justice League to save that other world. It doesn’t take much convincing to trust Lex, thanks to Superman’s x-ray vision that he used to check on the real Lex Luthor in prison.

Later at the Justice League’s home base, Lex explains the situation to the other heroes. His world is in danger from the Crime Syndicate. They consist of Ultraman (evil Superman), Owlman (evil Batman), Superwoman (evil Wonder Woman), Johnny Quick (evil Flash), and Power Ring (evil Green Lantern). The Crime Syndicate rules the other world through fear. Anyone who stands up to them pays the ultimate price, if you know what I mean.

The Justice League agrees to help Lex, but Batman chooses to stay behind. Once they all arrive in the other world, the Justice League already has to go into battle, which is a real exciting one against Owlman, Superwoman, and a group of other colorful counterparts I don’t recognize.

Superwoman calls for backup, so the battle continues in the sky. I can’t help but feel sorry for Flash because he’s the only one who can’t fly. I still can’t figure out how Wonder Woman can fly without the invisible jet.

Afterwards, the Crime Syndicate creates a bomb powerful enough to blow up the world. However, Owlman discovers that there are many other worlds out there in the multiverse. In order to truly succeed, the Crime Syndicate must destroy the source world called Earth Prime. It takes a while to find, but once Earth Prime is destroyed all of the other Earth worlds will go with it.

The president in the other world is Slade Wilson. He believes that in order to keep the people safe, he should let the Crime Syndicate do whatever they please without consequences.

The Justice League disagrees with that notion and so does Rose, the president’s daughter. She’s not afraid to speak out against those super villains.

Meanwhile, Owlman discovers that the quantum trigger, which activates the bomb, is back at the Justice League home base because Lex hid it there. So Superwoman and some henchmen go to look for it. Batman struggles to fight them all by himself. Luckily, he called for backup, which includes Red Tornado, Black Lightning, Firestorm, Black Canary, and Aquaman. It seems like it’s been ages since Aquaman fought alongside the Super Friends.

This was a good film about the Justice League. One thing that’s different about this story about another world with evil counterparts is that when one dies, the other doesn’t die too, which is very good.

Mar 162012
 

Like many of the superheroes of DC Comics, I first heard about the Green Lantern as one of the Super Friends. The actual story of this superhero becomes clearer on Green Lantern (2011). For starters, his identity is Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) a wreckless and irresponsible test pilot.

One day, Hal goes on an exciting test flight with his love interest Carol Ferris (Blake Lively) as his wingman, against a couple of fighter planes with artificial-intelligence in air combat. Hal wins with a reckless tactic, which nearly cost him his life. However, Hal’s real downfall was when he froze up after remembering how his father Martin Jordan (Jon Tenney) suddenly got killed in his plane when it exploded years ago.

Meanwhile, Abin Sur (Temuera Morrison) a Green Lantern from another planet, crash-lands on Earth. He is severely wounded, so he uses his ring to choose a worthy replacement. It chooses Hal and Abin Sur uses his last ounce of strength to tell him that he must put the ring in the lantern, which is in the spaceship, and speak the oath.

Later, Hal takes the lantern home, but has no idea how to work it or even what the oath is because Abin Sur didn’t explain the procedure. Luckily, Hal happens to stumble into the lantern, which powers up the ring, and he automatically recites the oath. Now Hal is officially a Green Lantern.

Hal has yet to understand how to work these powers though. Suddenly, the ring whisks him off to the planet of Oa, the home base of all the Green Lanterns throughout the galaxy. There, Hal meets Tomar-Re (voice of Geoffrey Rush), who shows him around the wondrous planet. Hal shows some amazing moves once he learns how to fly.

Soon, the Green Lanterns all gather before their leader Sinestro (Mark Strong). He informs everyone about an incoming threat from Parallax (voice of Clancy Brown) an evil entity that can destroy worlds. I must admit that Parallax is one scary being.

Afterwards, Hal goes into basic training. First Tomar-Re shows him how to use his will to work the ring’s power, which Hal masters easily. Then things get tougher when Drill Sargent Kilowog (voice of Michael Clarke Duncan) trains Hal in combat. The real problem occurs when Sinestro takes over for Kilowog.

The ring is powered by will power, which is green, and its biggest enemy is fear, which is yellow and what Parallax feeds on to grow stronger. Hal shows courage while training with Sinestro, but it’s not enough because Hal still has fear within himself. According to Sinestro, Green Lanterns must be completely fearless as if fear should not exist. Sinestro even sees Hal as a disgrace because of it. That was enough to convince Hal that the ring made a mistake when it chose him and decides to quit.

That soon changes when a part of Parallax infects Dr. Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard) and changes him. It happened while he was examining Abin Sur’s body in a secret base. Now Hammond has a larger brain and can read minds.

Hal shows his superpowers in order to save people from impending danger. Although Hal eventually believes in himself again, will it be enough? Parallax has killed plenty of other Green Lanterns and is headed for Earth. It’s all up to Hal to save the day now.

This was an exciting film about the classic superhero. It provides a perfect example of how will power can fight fear, but it never comes easy.

Sep 282011
 

It has been a long time since the Super Friends had adventures together back in the 70s. Years later, there came a new edgier version called Justice League (2001-2006). Of course it would start with big favorites like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Then instead of Aquaman and the Wonder Twins, the Justice League includes the Flash, Green Lantern, and Hawk Girl.

Some members now have new revelations on this series. First off, Wonder Woman can now fly without the invisible jet for some unknown reason. The Flash is more of a comedian and tends to be arrogant. Like Sonic the Hedgehog, super speed can cause overconfidence, or so it appears.

And lastly, Hawk Girl used to be a mere sidekick to Hawkman who hardly fights at all, but not anymore. She totally kicks butt as an independent warrior, who likes to shoot first and ask questions later, if you know what I mean.

 

On the movie pilot, Justice League: Secret Origins, a brand new hero joins the team. He’s a Martian named J’Onn J’Onzz a.k.a. Martian Hunter. As the sole survivor of his kind and with his abilities to shape-shift, go through solid objects, and telepathy, J’Onn J’Onzz joins the Justice League.

The level of action is smooth and exciting, which is similar to Batman Beyond. However, like on The Super Friends, there are no back-stories, secret identities, or any arch villains, only super powers with super hero action. At least there’s no constant narration this time.

This was a good series that brought all of these iconic superheroes together. It’s also interesting to know that the Justice League also has a watchtower up in space to keep track of any invaders trying to conquer Earth. I don’t know why they didn’t think of it before, considering that the occasion has happened many times on Super Friends.