Cool Stuff: Batmobile Phone Case

I’m sure everyone has wondered what it would be like to have a batmobile cell phone that has incredible features with LED lights and such. Oh, just me? Maybe you’ll change your mind after this video.

While I could do without all of the over-the-top dubstep, and while it is definitely a novelty and not practical at all, it is pretty dang cool. Phones are getting pretty big anyways, whats a little bit more lost pocket room?

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Nerd Swole Mailbag #1: Batman, Star Wars, and Other Randomness.

Well you guys seemed to like it and we went along with it. We’re sorry it took so long, and we’re hoping to streamline the process to make more of these to keep up with all of the questions being asked. Thanks for being so patient.

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Blood Battle: Damian Wayne (Robin) vs Terry McGinnis (Batman Beyond)

Back when Bruce Wayne was out of commission as a result of Final Crisis, there was a battle for the cowl. All of the Bat family for the title of Batman and eventually, Dick Grayson won out, as Damian became his Robin. However, there was no blood lost in that battle. Now, we pit the true sons of Batman against each other.

This week’s matchup: Terry McGinnis aka Batman Beyond VS Damian, the Son of Batman!

The Rules:

We’re putting both Terry and Damian at their best, even though they are not the same age. Both are relatively young in their superhero career and with separate backgrounds, both work with Bruce Wayne directly, and even though Damian becomes a future Batman in a more apocalyptic era, we’re gonna have him as Robin.

Sorry, Bloody Batman. You have to sit this fight out.
Sorry, Bloody Batman. You have to sit this fight out.

This is because there is no record of Terry working on his own as an older Batman, so their fight has to be comparable to the time under the guidance of Batman.

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Talia Al Ghul and Bruce Wayne have spent plenty of time together, both as allies and enemies. However, when Bruce discovers he was drugged during one of their rendezvous, he comes face to face with something more frightening than some of the rogues he fights: Bruce discovers he has an illegitimate son with Talia. Only 10 years old and raised by the League of Assassins, Damian leads armies, uses swords, studies people and habits, and sadly, has killed.

The boy is ruthless.
The boy is ruthless.

Bruce both loves the boy and a darker reflection of himself and hates how he’s been raised. Taking him under his wing, Batman fights crime with his own Robin, going through the ups and downs of raising a child and trying to protect yet another Robin from the madness in Gotham. Although so young, Robin’s training both with the league and with Bruce Wayne has given him the ability to severely cripple thugs and the crime in Gotham.

Small, but not weak.
Small, but not weak.

Terry McGinnis

In the animated series universe, Batman has given up fighting crime at around late 40s to 50s. During one fight, Bruce’s body fails him, and to stop a murder, his only option is to reach for a gun. Frightened by his own desperation, he shuts down all Batman operations, to “never again” sink that low. Years pass, and a futuristic Gotham has corporate greed, more psychos, and a crime surge that the Gotham Police Department cannot keep up with. Enter Terry McGinnis, a sweet but roughly raised man in Gotham. He looses his father and look to Mr. Wayne for guidance. Instead, the work out a deal so that Terry can use the updated Batman suit and Bruce can guide him via comm links. What follows is the career of one of the most iconic Batmen. Terry’s suit is also equipped with cloaking, batarangs, a suit that can produce damaging shock waves, rocket boots, wings, and many more tools that have been created as a result of Bruce Wayne’s tenure as Batman. What makes Terry interesting is that he was adopted. Revealed in Justice League Unlimited’s “Epilogue” episode, Amanda Waller explains to Terry that he had been created using DNA from none other than Bruce Wayne.

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FIGHT!

Interesting enough, both boys were raised pretty rough. Damian’s training has given him a sense of royalty, but also has hardened him into not trusting anyone. Terry’s upbringing is in an even darker Gotham, where gangs of Jokers create chaos in the name of the prince of crime himself. In the odd scenario where we can put these two heroes head to head in a single timeline, Terry would fall prey to underestimating not only Robin, but to taking sympathy on a young boy. Most do this, and Damian takes advantage to surprise and subdue Terry. However, Damian can’t plan on the future, and Terry can usually outwit people using new gadgets. Size does matter, so physically, Terry can take and give out a bigger beating. Plus, Batman Beyond can use him environment better, both having fought people in the League of Assassins and with his creativeness in using the tools of the Bat. Damian’s abilities are never in question, but his rashness and stubbornness usually compromise him, leaving Terry to take this fight.

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However, we’re also leaving this fight up to the readers! Who would win this fight? Twee to @Nerdswole and say whoever you think should win with the #BatmanBloodBattle and we’ll reveal the results during the next Blood Battle!

Thoughts About Stuff: Is 2016 X-Men’s Year?

It is an interesting thing isn’t it? To consider the X-Men franchise separate from Marvel Studios, but we have to remember that they are in fact separate universes in this case. That being said, FOX has stated their case to attempt to dominate the superhero market in 2016 with 3 X-Men movies that year. No trailers/teasers out just yet, but they planted the flags for release dates for Deadpool, Gambit, and X-Men: Apocalypse.

It’s an interesting move to say the least, but to think that they will actually dominate the box office and the superhero movie market is a bit of a stretch considering the other heavy hitters coming out that year, Captain America: Civil War and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Those films have been spoken about and discussed at length, lets see what FOX and the X-Men have going for them.

Deadpool

The film that’s been in limbo for quite some time and was finally greenlit will feature Ryan Reynolds returning as Wade Wilson. The infamous test footage leaked and the internet was set ablaze. You can see it in all of it’s gruesome glory here:

It’s slated to be released February 12th, 2016, just in time for… Valentines day? Anyway, I’m not sure people like Deadpool as much as they think they like Deadpool. Yes, he has a very dedicated group of comic book readers/fans and is very funny when he breaks the fourth wall with sarcasm and other bits, but does he appeal to a general public as much as the other X-Men? Probably not.

The character in a lot of ways is meant to be annoying and crazy, and that could rub a lot of people who are unfamiliar with the character the wrong way. FOX really needs to hit this one out of the park to really have any belief that they can have another solid property without requiring Wolverine to be in it and I’m not completely sure Deadpool is the guy to do so. I’d be happy to be proven wrong with a solid film though.

X-Men: Apocalypse

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The likeliest of the three films to make a big splash. The sequel to the super popular X-Men: Days of Future Past has the most recognizable name and the biggest names in the cast. There isn’t a reason to believe that people won’t go see this film, it has the huge names and will probably get the biggest marketing push of the 3 films.

All of the details for all films are thin, but the 70’s cast of Days of Future Past will be present and the main X-Men in the film. I don’t know that this film will be as good as DoFP because DoFP played a lot on nostalgia showing the old X-Men and spent a lot of time essentially erasing and dealing with the lesser films of the franchise (X3, X-Men Origins). However, it is completely possible that this film also outdoes DoFP considering we’ll still have Director Bryan Singer and Singer has given reason to show faith in his work on the X-Men movies so I expect X-Men films to continue being the proud tentpole for FOX.

Gambit

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Ah, the film that was just announced. It will star Channing Tatum and will release on October 7th, 2016. Other details are sparse, but this I applaud FOX for listening to the fans who have demanded X-Men that haven’t really been featured heavily in the X-Men movies.

Tatum has stepped up (no pun intended) quite a bit as an actor. He’s shown raw sex appeal and bankability for quite sometime, but he recently showed gritty and more serious acting ability in Foxcatcher. I think Tatum will do fine as Remy LeBeau, but it will always be up to the producer/director/writers/studio to ultimately decide what product they make.

All that being said, it’s a great time to be a nerd, with all of these characters being brought to the big screen. To answer my original question, I still have my doubts about FOX releasing 3 X-Men films in 1 year and taking on the previously mentioned Juggernauts (again, no pun intended), but FOX is certainly trying their hardest to take a bigger slice of the superhero movie pie. Basically, quality over quantity, but who knows, maybe FOX makes 3 quality movies and everyone throws out their Iron Man masks and Batman cowls. Hah, just kidding.

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Superhero Teams That Get No Respect

There’s never a shortage of a teams when you’re talking about Superheroes. Avengers, Teen Titans, Justice League, X-Men, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, B.P.R.D., even Team Avatar! With the flood of these powerful groups, there’s bound to be a forgotten few. Here’s a couple you may have forgot or never even heard of.

The Warriors (Ultimate Spider-Man comics)

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Ultimate Spider-Man’s original run had young Peter Parker going up against just about everyone. From the Sinister Six and Hulk to the spot and Venom, Spidey just never caught a break. And while he’s had many team ups, the odd team of Moon Knight, Iron Fist, and Shang-Chi can’t be matched. It was the street level smack down that only lasted a few issues. For more of that street level goodness, you can read Shadowland or wait anxiously for Daredevil and the rest of the Marvel Netflix series.

Young Justice (Young Justice TV Show)

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A team of Teen Titans, Young Justice broke the mold by spitting right in the face of what it meant to be a sidekick versus a main hero. The team of young heroes formed together out of convenience more than unanimous decision, and had been thrown up against the worst of the worst. Red Tornado’s family, AMAZO, Deathstroke, heck even a whole Injustice League (Joker, Count Vertigo, Black Adam, Poison Ivy, and more!).  The team was constantly lied to, built up their own base of operations, and survived countless surprise attacks. Unfortunately, toy sales for the team were not ideal and Cartoon Network pulled the plug. If you ask me, they are the most deserving of a third season.

 

Justice Guild (Justice League TV Show)

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The Justice League’s Justice Society of America, this team was meant to encapsulate the Golden Age heroes that would inspired the Justice League via comics. These heroes mimic Golden Age Heroes such as the Flash, Black Cat, and Superman. Unfortunately, the team is lost when they discover they have been doomed all along and sacrifice themselves to save the JLA. It would have been nice if the Justice League were able to travel to this universe again and save these heroes from their world.

Legion Lost (New 52)

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While there a plenty of Legion teams, Legion Lost is a team that captured my attention instantly. A team that we are introduced to mid mission, they are flung into the 21st century after a crucial mission goes wrong. Left stranded out of time and with failure on their heads, the Legion finds a way to track down their original objective while trying to find a way home. With a hybrid creature who makes teleportation holes (Portal style), a radioactive kid on the verge exploding (only to be contained in a suit), a young Wolverine, a double agent shape-shifted, and a leader who can’t act in charge but still uses his voice as his main power (Black Canary style), this rag tag team of heroes is the Teen Titans I’ve always wanted. Unfortunately, as is the way with most new 52 DC books, it was cancelled after 16 issues. Hopefully we’ll see the team regroup after the big Converge event of 2015.

Umbrella Academy (Umbrella Academy Comics)

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The “what” Academy? This team of unexpected, super-powered kids, were all randomly born at the same time when a wrestler was giving the finishing blow in a cosmic boxing match. The women who gave birth to these children showed no signs of pregnancy beforehand. 7 of these children are taken under the guidance of Sir Reginald Hargreeves, an adventurer who molds the super-powered youngsters into a team of heroes. Yes, this is all the first few pages.

The team has two books and writer Gerard Way (lead vocals for My Chemical Romance) is supposedly working on a third and fourth volume. More people should know about this dysfunctional team, as they are the most refreshing team on this list and in the modern era of comics.

Pre-2012 Avengers (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

In the end, they're just a bunch of people arguing over the fate of the universe.
In the end, they’re just a bunch of people arguing over the fate of the universe.

I’ll have to thank Brian for reminding me that only comic book people cared about the Avengers before the movie blew everyone way.

Did you really care about Thor before Chris Hemsworth requested another coffee? Did you really care for a Captain America movie, knowing it was just a lead-up for the Avengers (just because that type of movie had never been done for superheroes)? The answer was no. Before Iron Man, the world wanted more of Christopher Nolan’s Batman series and for a better Spider-Man, a better X-Men, and a better Fantastic Four. It wanted more Transformers, more Avatar, and a completely new Superman movie. The world was not ready for Joss Whedon’s Avengers and now every kid wants to be Iron Man (or at least have his suit) or Captain America (modern Winter Soldier version) for Halloween.

Before this movie (and Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe), the Avengers had been disbanded, raged a Civil War, and fought off a Skrull Invasion, all under the lead of Brian Michael Bendis (among many great writers and artists). Bendis now successfully helms the X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy (among plenty of other books), but his contributions to the Avengers have paved the way to success and interest in Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

Honorable Mentions go to teams I’m not fully informed on

  • Doom Patrol
  • Suicide Squad (They’re slowly getting the respect they’ve earned with books and movies left and right).
  • Challengers of the Unknown
  • Fearless Defenders
  • Plus many more…

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The 10 Most Popular Nerd Swole Articles of 2014

2014 was a pretty cool year for Nerd Swole, we got more guest writers, we hit a new threshold in subscribers/likes, and we just put out more articles in general. While it was more demanding and sometimes very difficult to draw ideas out to write about, it was worth it because we got great comments/interaction and it even inspired people to write for us. We did a few giveaways and you guys seemed to really enjoy those, and we’re always happy to have more people added to our little community. Since I anticipate a growing community, I figured I’d list all of the most popular articles.

We’re working on our NerdSwole Mailbag, it’s taking a little longer than anticipated just because it’s the first time and some kinks need to be worked out. 2014 has been really great, but here’s hoping 2015 is an even better year for Nerd Swole. I expect 2015 to be full of fun, great ideas, new writers, videos, and even more giveaways!

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10. 5 Reasons Shulk Should Be In Smash 4

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Just an article written out of my own selfishness honestly, I really really wanted Shulk to be in Smash 4, and he made it! Even if I played the most minor role in the endeavor, I’m glad I contributed.

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9. The 4 Most Shocking Final Fantasy Moments

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An article written on a whim because I was rewatching old Final Fantasy cutscenes, and was feeling the feels.

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8. Thoughts About Stuff: Will Marvel Studios Make a Flop?

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A question I legitimately wanted to ask, seeing as Marvel released both a very plot heavy film in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and had a film with a talking tree and a racoon in Guardians of the Galaxy that were both box office smashes.

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7. 5 Reasons To Date A Nerd

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An article that just felt appropriate to write around Valentines day, turns out you guys like love a lot, who knew?
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6. Superheroes Play Football: Marvel Edition

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Football season was starting and I was excited, and I pondered to myself what superhero would play what position. In retrospect, I definitely should have had Iron Fist be my Punter/Kicker.

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5. The 5 Best Cids In Final Fantasy

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To be honest, I’m more surprised than anything about this article getting views, it was one I was heavily criticized for (which is cool, I’m all for feedback). I wanted to do followups with jobs like the best black mages, but I haven’t gotten around to it quite yet.

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4. Classic Games Appreciation: Suikoden I

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I replayed this game and I absolutely still love it, and look forward to playing the second now that it is on PlayStation Network. Thank you Konami/Sony for working that out. I’m super happy to write articles like these, because I would love to just keep playing old classic games.

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3. 5 Iron Man Suits That Would Be Awesome In The Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Just a list of suits I really want to see in the MCU, and still hope to see.

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2. The 5 Best Bromances Of The DC Universe

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Ah, this was like the prodigal son returning, I wanted to write this article for a long time to follow up my Marvel Bromances, but got sidetracked by news and numerous other articles. I’m really glad this one was well-received by most and created fun discussion for every one.

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1. The Smash 4 Roster Has Leaked

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It’s fitting that this is number 1 and my reasons for Shulk were number 10. I’m glad you guys love Smash Bros. as much as I do and I was happy to be able to report news on a great game.

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Spider-Man’s Cinematic Future

It seems that in comics, movies, and apparently with movie studios, Spider-Man never seems to catch a break.

I’ve been waiting for the Spider-Man Sony Hack news to settle down before making some assessments on Spider-Man’s future.

We’ve been over the Amazing Spider-Man 2 in depth, but with the Spider-Universe out of control, I have a few ideas on how to fix this whole debacle, depending how things go.

If Spider-Man sticks with Sony…

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Sony knows it’s hanging onto a huge money maker, even if the latest film failed to meet both critical and financial expectations. They were a lot of movie plans initially announced and I’m just as confused as ever, so let’s tackle them.

Venom

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Ultimate Spider-Man featured one of the best Venom and Spider-Man stories of all time, and luckily, the game based off the series, used the storyline as a jumping on point. You can check it out in this video here. Basically, Peter and Eddie were friends when they were kids (much like Harry and Peter in the movie) and their fathers worked together on the symbiote. It’s healing and adaptive properties were going to be used to cure cancer, but legal issues kept it from seeing the light of day. Spidey attempts to get the suit, gets corrupted, loses the suit, and Eddie finds the symbiote, learning about the previous owner. A movie using this story would benefit from the story being a year or two into Spider-Man’s heroic career. It would also provide a fresh take on Venom, instead of being solely a venom film (seriously, not a good idea).

Women of Spider-Man’s Life

I’m not sure what the idea was here. We’ve got Felicia Hardy, Aunt May, a dead Gwen, a cut out Mary Jane, and who knows who else. If the idea was to work a MC2 Spider-Girl into the mix, try out Spider-Gwen before it hits the comics, or even try a whole new type of film, who’s to say it can’t work? However, the idea doesn’t seems to be fleshed out in the slightest and I feel this may not come to fruition, much like using X-Men Origins: Magneto as a template for X-Men: First Class.

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Sinister Six

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Now this is the big set-up of Amazing Spider-Man 2, which would be exciting if the villains hadn’t already been ruined. Electro’s is either dead, or is basically unbeatable, both which leave his spot vacant (Electro’s spotlight began and ended with ASM2. Goblin is likely to be on the team, although usually, he doesn’t usually get along with others. Rhino will be on the team, but all these other members will find a spot. Which leads me to think the approach of the movie will be similar to Assault on Arkham, featuring the Suicide Squad. With Andrew Garfield’s lead in question, who knows what would be the plot for these villains to get together. And without other heroes to fight (unlike Ultimate Six, where the Sinister Six went up against the Avengers when Spidey couldn’t contain it), it’s tough to see where these misfits could go.

If Marvel Studios gets their shot with Spidey…

…the heavenly light will reign down on the comic book community and the world. Smooth sailing ahead.

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Thank you, Marvel.

Marvel’s various attempts at a deal really make for some strange cameos, as opposed to starring roles. With that in mind, there are a few ways it could work out.

Peter Parker: Unmasked in Civil War

Basically, everyone wants the following to happen because of how crucially important this is in Spider-Man’s life.
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This is the emotional, political, philosophical crux of Civil War. For who it matters the most, we find Spider-Man, one of the most vulnerable solo heroes, unmasking himself in support of Iron Man (Tony Stark) and the Superhero Registration Act. This directly opposes Captain America, one of Peter Parker’s idols. This tension is what has everyone excited for the possibility of Captain America 3: Civil War, along with several other incredibly revolutionary events that happen in Mark Millar’s Civil War.

There’s also the matter of sharing vs completely owning Spider-Man. If Marvel completely has control over the character, then everything will go well. However, if Sony chooses to retain Spider-Man, but solely allows for the cameo in the movie, then we may see a connected universe. This universe could have Spider-Man gone astray after the loss of Gwen Stacy. He may have lost more loved ones or become completely recluse. The scene from the end of ASM2 could have just been a preview of the upcoming movie and Civil War could explore the year Peter took off as Spider-Man.

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What happened before this? Only time will tell.

There are a lot of possibilities for this one universe and Spider-Man’s inclusion / availability can truly change the whole movie.

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Use Ultimate Comic Spider-Man (aka Miles Morales)

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While Andrew Garfield and The Amazing Spider-Man took a lot of cues from the Ultimate universe, I think Spider-Man would need to be recast and detached from Sony’s Spider-Man universe. In the same way that we will have seen 2 Quicksilvers, Marvel Studios should use a Spider-Man separate from Garfield’s. In this case, I would argue using Miles Morales instead of Peter Parker (Yes, everyone is still hoping for Donald Glover to don the suit). The main reason for this is timing. See, in the Ultimate Universe, (SPOILERS) heroes have been around for a few years, have seen some devastation (Ultimatum), and heroes have fallen, namely Peter Parker. Miles finds powers in a similar fashion, but also has to adjust and prove himself in a world where heroes are willing to use manipulation as a tool and do what’s necessary over what’s right. (END SPOILERS) In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Miles could have received his powers and been inspired by the heroes around him to protect innocents. However, he would have a problem showing his face, unlike the Avengers, and this would be a great idea to explore in Captain America 3: Civil War.

Personally, I favor this last option, as it gives Marvel some breathing room, some leeway with the timeline, and can introduce another major player while having the freedom to establish a whole new history for our favorite web slinger. I think Marvel just wants Spider-Man in good hands, choosing not to make a solo movie for him, but establish his place among the Avengers (which are expanding exponentially, in case you haven’t noticed).

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Awesome Things To Look Forward To In 2015

2014 is ending, and it has been a pretty awesome year in regards to nerd/geek pop culture type things. Epic happenings in gaming, movies, comic books, and so on and so forth. We got to see what many assumed a D-List comic book group become house hold names (Guardians of the Galaxy), there were significant expansions to the DC TV universe (Flash, Gotham, Constantine), we now have a female Thor, a black Captain America(Captain Falcon?), a super douchey Iron Man, the return of Peter Parker, and there were just a bunch of cool games that came out (Smash Bros, Dragon Age, Destiny, etc.)

And with all of that, I just wanted to list a few things coming in 2015 that are totally worth being excited about. Obviously there are a bunch more, consider this a quick fix.

Batman: Arkham Knight – 6/2/15

batman-arkham-knight-gamescom-3-jpgRocksteady’s final installation of the Arkham franchise. While a reviews were uneven for Arkham Origins, this will be the makers of Arkham Asylum and City, and that should be credentials enough to make anyone excited.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 12/18/15

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It’s out of George Lucas’ hands, and JJ Abrams has rebooted another beloved franchise with pretty incredible success.

Xenoblade Chronicles X – Spring 2015

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I’ve mentioned multiple times that I loved Xenoblade Chronicles and it is one of my favorite games of all time. So naturally, I’m looking forward to its spiritual sequel that includes giant badass mechs.

Mad Max: Fury Road 5/15/15

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Basically I didn’t care, and then I saw the trailers, and then it looked awesome. Plus, Tom Hardy is a pretty cool dude.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – 2015

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While i’m not really sold on the voice change for Snake, I can’t stay away from an MGS game. And goodness gracious look at those graphics.

Avengers: Age of Ultron – 5/1/15

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I feel like this doesn’t really need a description.

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – 1/27/15

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DC’s next animated movie is looking to be a pretty good one. Look up the trailers when you get a chance. Plus, Aquaman getting some shine is pretty cool.

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Thoughts About Stuff: The Suicide Squad Casting

Welp. That’s a pretty insane cast. Let’s just tackle this Suicide Squad one by one.

Jared Leto – The Joker
Leto has been heavily rumored to be taking this role for quite awhile and it is no surprise he got it. When you consider his oscar winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club, it’s easy to see why he was cast. It is pretty bold of Leto to take on the role of the Joker, considering the possibility that  even though he might turn in a perfect portrayal, people will still dislike him just because they feel there can be no Joker after Heath Ledger. I do think he’ll do a good job, but mainly because I don’t see Joker being the main focus of the film.

Will Smith – Deadshot
This was easily the most surprising casting to me. WB and DC must have had to pull out all the stops to get Smith on board. Generally speaking, Will Smith has always gravitated toward playing the hero (FUN FACT/SPOILER: he was set to play Django, but didn’t take the role due to the fact that Django doesn’t kill Calvin Candy) and Floyd Lawton is not a hero. Some would argue that he is an antihero character, and that’s fine, but Deadshot still does some very grimey things that I would assumed were not really up Smith’s alley.  I’ve always thought him an incredibly talented actor with questionable choices in roles (After Earth anyone?) but this one is more interesting than questionable, I think he’s got the range to tackle and thrive in the role.

Tom Hardy – Rick Flag
Also, a bit of a surprise. I didn’t think Tom Hardy would take a role in this film either, but I was even more surprised when he was cast as Rick Flag. If I had to guess, Flag is probably the second least known character to the public. Either way Tom Hardy is a pretty well-known and critically-acclaimed actor, which is apparently not unusual in this ensemble cast, I can’t say I can think of a similar character Tom Hardy has played, but there is not reason to believe he couldn’t do the role. He’s probably just happy to have his face showing this time around.

Margot Robbie – Harley Quinn
You can find those thoughts here.

Jai Courtney – Captain Boomerang
Lesser known than the previous actors, but still popular and well-known in his own right. I haven’t really liked him anything I’ve seen him in, namely A Good Day to Die Hard, but I’m not going to write him off because that film was hot garbage for many more reasons than him. Courtney does pretty good action scenes, and and considering we don’t know how important Captain Boomerang is to the story yet (he’s pretty important in the books). It will be up to director David Ayer’s interpretation. So, whether or not Courtney will need a lot of range that I’m not sure he has, will be up to the script and direction.

Cara Delevingne – Enchantress
The model-turned-actress is probably the least known member of the cast, and she will be playing the least well known character of the cast. She has the upcoming Pan under her belt, and that could give her a huge boost in terms of popularity which can only help this film, but to be quite honest I’m not really familiar with any of her work. Enchantress is a character that is on the magical side of DC, but DC is clearly not bothered by that stuff considering they have Constantine as a show. Enchantress has gone under a couple of makeovers in her recent iterations, and it’s hard to say what source material this film will use, considering we just got the cast, but she will likely be the big gun of the group. By that I mean everyone else is really accurate with weapons/a crazy person, where as Enchantress is legitimately powered up with magic.

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10 NBA Superstars and their Superhero Equivalents.

I decided to make this list because I thought it would be a fun idea. Obviously there are more NBA stars than the ones I’ve listed, but these were just the ones that jumped out at me and I may write a follow up to add more stars as they come to mind, but for now, enjoy! Here are 10 NBA Superstars and their Superhero Equivalents. This article was co-written by Yeksson Mendez

LeBron James – Superman

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He’s got all of the physical gifts you could ever want and more. He’s also one of the most polarizing figures in basketball, some people love him because he’s the savior of their franchise or are just a fan. Others hate him for leaving for the Miami Heat or just because. Some people just hate him because he’s arguably the best, in other words he’s too good, quite similar to one Son of Krypton.

LBJ also takes flight quite often.

Kevin Durant – Batman

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Why you ask. You might say it’s a bit of a stretch, but a big part of it is that he has every shot in his arsenal. Few would argue that Kevin Durant is not the best offensive player on the planet, and that has a lot to do with him being able to make every shot in his arsenal and I compare this to Batman, because it is that very classic belt that we all know and love that Batman wears that is ready for everything. KD is always ready for everything a defense throws at him and so is Batman.

Someone who does that should not also be able to do this, and I would post a bunch of other gifs but I don’t want to make this a Kevin Durant article.

 

 

Anthony Davis – Mr. Fantastic

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There really is no other explanation for him to be able to block everything within like a 10 foot radius of him.

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Kobe Bryant – Wolverine

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Kobe has a reputation of being one of the toughest to ever play the game and rightfully so, and it obviously has to be some kind of x-factor healing trait. The man took a free throw shot after tearing his achilles and has been in the league 19 years and still fills the bucket. Plus, Kobe has that I’m going to put the team on my back whether you like it or not, which is very much in the same vein has Wolverine’s lone wolf character. On top of that, he’s worn yellow (yes I know it’s purple and gold, just go with it) his entire career.

Steph Curry – The Human Torch

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To be quite honest with you this one is less from me and more from just the bay area fans. I see where they’re coming from in that if Steph Curry gets hot, he catches fire. When Steph Curry gets in a rhythm I can’t help but to think of NBA Jam and the announcer saying HE’S ON FIREEEEEE, and the man shooting flaming basketballs into the hoop.

John Wall – The Flash

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This nickname once belonged to Dwayne Wade, but honestly I don’t think there is a faster or quicker player in the NBA than John Wall currently. I’m actually concerned one of these days he’s going to be running down the court on a fast break and disappear in a trail of flames and end up back in time. If someone had a spare flux capacitor to strap to him it could be worth a test.

Blink and you’ll miss it.

Damian Lillard – Iceman

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Like the Human Torch, this has less to do with the character or person but more about what it means to have ice in your veins, and this guy has got ice in his veins. There are maybe 1 or 2 other players you would even consider having take a final shot of a game other than Lillard, and even then you might seem a little crazy.

Ice cold.

Rajon Rondo – Green Lantern

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Green has been a pretty prominent color in Rajon Rondo’s career thus far obviously.  Aside from that though, the man’s freakish hands have to be a product of some kind of energy projection or magic ring. All kidding aside Rondo if nothing else has been an ultimate competitor, even when teams he’s played on haven’t been up to snuff his willpower has dragged them to victories.

Chris Paul – Cyclops

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Sure, there is the rival Clippers/Lakers (Wolverine and Cyclops split the X-Men in a pretty famous story called Schism) story thing here, but it’s more about what Cyclops has always been in his stories. A leader, and Chris Paul is certainly that, often referred to as a floor general or a second coach on the floor he takes control of games with his leadership and just fills in whatever his team needs passing/scoring/defense. Plus, with some of the passes he makes his vision has to be pretty exceptional.

His eyes might not shoot lasers but he sees just fine, and he can definitely throw a laser pass.

 

Dirk Nowitzki – Aquaman

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Firstly, he comes from a foreign land that no one is really sure exists. I’m kidding, but one of the big things here is that Dirk wasn’t really getting the respect he deserved (or rather they just kept pointing out he hadn’t won a championship) until he won an NBA championship recently, and in that same vein Aquaman has been getting more respect after being the butt of most comic book jokes. A lot had to do with his New 52 reboot which incidentally happened the same year Dirk and the Mavericks won the championship.

The man obviously needs water, why else would he always be sticking his tongue out.

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