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Nov 012013
 

The modern adventures of the top icons of DC Comics continue with Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. A spaceship crash-lands in Gotham City. Batman goes to investigate and all he finds is pieces of Kryptonite near the ship. Where could it have come from?

It turns out that someone was in that spaceship and she’s walking around town in the nude. As Batman tries to chase the young girl down, she unintentionally causes havoc. She has all of the same super powers as Superman, but doesn’t know how to control them. Luckily, Superman was around to save everyone.

Afterwards, it’s revealed that the girl is Superman’s cousin Kara. Now I understand that this film is an alternate take on the Supergirl origin story.

Kara’s arrival causes friction between Superman and Batman. Batman believes that Kara is dangerous, but Superman is willing to give her the benefit of the doubt and that she’ll be safer with him.

Kara does warm up to Superman. As Clark Kent, he shows Kara how to be an Earth girl. Kara catches on quickly with the pleasures of shopping, junk food, and nail salons. However, with Kara’s lack of control being an issue, Wonder Woman shows up with Batman and they take her to Themyscira to train. Superman reluctantly agrees to it.

The main villains the heroes face are Darkseid and Granny Goodness. They want to capture Kara to make her captain of their guards on the fiery world of Apokolips. As a diversion, Darkseid sends an army of Doomsday clones. Wonder Woman and her army of amazons, with the help of Superman and Batman, fights them off in an exciting battle.

With Kara captured, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman decide to go to Apokolips and rescue her. In order to get there, they seek the help of Barta, who used to be Darkseid’s captain of the guards. Barta is hesitant at first, but agrees to go with them.

After arriving in Apokolips, the heroes fight their way past some giant tanks. A battle I found really exciting was when Wonder Woman and Barta fight Granny Goodness’s female furies, Gilotina, Mad Harriet, Lashina, and Stompa. They are amazing warriors, but these ladies are brutal and out for blood.

This was an excellent film with exciting superhero action. I also liked that the amazons accept Superman and Batman as allies on Themyscira, even though they are men.

Apr 082011
 

The subject of aliens from outer space usually raises the question, “Is there intelligent life on other planets?” In reality that’s still unknown, but when it comes to the sci-fi genre, there are many types of alien species and planets outside the solar system. Basically, they are just like anyone else. Some are good and some aren’t. Here are a few examples of cosplay alien characters from MegaCon 2011. They include Jedi knights from Star Wars, a killer martian from Mars Attacks, and Supergirl.

That’s just the beginning. These are my top ten favorite aliens in pop culture.

#10) Alf from Alf: His real name is Gordon Shumway from the planet Melmac. After Melmac exploded, lone survivor Gordon goes to Earth and was adopted by the Tanner family. There he was renamed Alf, which stands for “Alien Life Form”. His presence is kept a secret from most people, but Alf’s comedic antics always get him into trouble. Just make sure he doesn’t eat the cat.

#9) Frank the pug from Men in Black 2: He’s a talking dog, who is actually an alien in disguise. Frank is knowledgeable and witty, but annoying toward Agent Jay. Isn’t he just cute in that suit, especially when he wears sunglasses?

#8) Dr. Zoidberg from Futurama: This lobsterman is part of the Planet Express crew as a doctor, but isn’t very bright. Zoidberg is comedic and will eat anything no matter how disgusting it is.

#7) Kang and Kodos from The Simpsons: These brother/sister aliens are space travelers, who visit Earth on every Tree House of Horror episode. Whether it’s for a cameo or as part of one of the three tales, these two comedic creatures always look for a way to conquer the Earth. They like to laugh, but do they have to constantly drool? It’s disgusting.

#6) Krang from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (80s version): He’s the top warlord of Dimension X, but was zapped from his body when he was given the boot. Now Krang is an alien brain with an android body. He’s also a brilliant mad scientist, who works with the Shredder to try and conquer Earth and get revenge on the turtles. Krang hardly leaves the technodrome, but he’s a much tougher opponent than he appears to be.

#5) Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) from The Fifth Element: She’s a modelesque alien, who struggles to adjust with the customs and language of Earthlings. However, Leeloo is intelligent and strong, which is important for she is the Supreme Being.

#4) Sil (Natasha Henstridge) from Species: Earth scientists engineered this modelesque alien with DNA from another planet. Sil is intelligent and strong, but also a predator who only wants to procreate. As a human she may be beautiful, but as an alien she’s as creepy as she is dangerous.

#3) Shep Ramsey (Hulk Hogan) from Suburban Commando: He’s an intergalactic warrior, who ends up stranded on Earth. As much as he hates Earthlings, Shep tries to adjust. When faced with a problem, how he solves it always ends up with hilarious results, even when he does something heroic.

#2) Goldar from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Now here’s an evil alien, who is hard to beat, but exciting in battle. Goldar is the strongest warrior to serve Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd. He’s fierce with a sword and likes to talk, but once Goldar feels that he’s losing the fight, big or small, he always retreats before the rangers get the chance to finish him off.

#1) Gonzo from The Muppet Show: For years he was only labeled as a “Whatever” or a “Weirdo”. Then in Muppets from Space, Gonzo was finally revealed as an alien. That might explain his unusual tolerance for pain and strange taste in women, but there’s more to Gonzo than what species he is. Gonzo is also a daredevil artist. As creative as his acts are, most of them backfire. However, it doesn’t stop him from coming up with something dangerously new.

Mar 082010
 

 

We all know the story of Superman as being the sole survivor of his home planet Krypton. But as it turns out, there were others out there, which include Superman’s cousin Kara a.k.a. Supergirl (Helen Slater).

I met Helen Slater at FX Convention 2008. She was really nice.

As the story goes, the surviving Kryptonions live in an isolated community in inner space called Argo City, which is powered with an energy orb. Argo City’s creator Zaltar (Peter O’Toole) barrows the orb and Kara accidentally loses it on Earth. So Kara goes after it and must bring it back before the city dies. Luckily, Supergirl can track it. 

Of all the places the energy orb could’ve ended up, it lands square right in the orange dip and in the hands of Selena (Faye Dunaway), a power hungry sorceress bent on world domination. Talk about bad luck. 

Now you’ve got to hand it to Supergirl. She’s as pretty as Wonder Woman and has all of the same superpowers as Superman, but Supergirl doesn’t need a phone booth to change into her super suit. It looks just like Superman’s suit, only with a skirt. As a kid, I always thought it was the cape that makes a superhero fly, but it isn’t. Batman and Robin don’t fly with their capes. They glide or use a grappling hook. I realize that now. 

While taking the disguise of Linda Lee at a prep school, Kara meets Lois Lane’s sister Lucy (Maureen Teefy) and her boyfriend Jimmy Olsen (Marc McClure). Small world, eh? 

Things really start to get complicated when Selena puts a love spell on Ethan (Hart Bochner), a landscaper. He wonders off and Selena captures him with a construction vehicle that has jaws like a sea serpent. After Supergirl rescues Ethan, he falls for her as Linda Lee. I don’t know what to say about that, except that the battle between Supergirl and the monster truck was real exciting. 

Once Supergirl finds out where the orb is and who is using it, she heads for Selena’s new fortress on top of a mountain. Supergirl doesn’t have to climb the mountain, but it gets tougher inside. Selena has captured Ethan, Lucy, and Jimmy. Then she sends Supergirl to the Phantom Zone, where Zaltar was exiled. It won’t be easy getting back if Supergirl’s powers don’t work there. Soon it all comes down to the final confrontation with Selena and she’s not one to fight fair. 

Although I’m not much of a Superman fan as I am a Batman fan, Supergirl was a really good film. What surprises me is that Supergirl didn’t get as much recognition as Superman did. It would be nice to see a Supergirl remake.