Tales of the Legion Project: Justice League vs the Fatal Five Movie

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Welcome to the Tales of the Legion Project where we discuss Legion of Super-Heroes adjacent material. This episode we talk about the DC animated movie Justice League vs the Fatal Five (2019).



(00:47) Preamble, creator background info and voice cast list
(10:45) Justice League vs the Fatal Five synopsis and general thoughts
(19:07) Main discussion on the Fatal Five, Jessica Cruz, and Star Boy, and using LSH concepts in previous cartoons
(1:02:24) More thoughts on the ending, Star Boy’s powers and other tidbits.
(1:18:23) Feedback on the movie and wrap-up.
(1:22:42) Outro

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Podcast 128: Justice League Movie Discussion

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Travis (https://www.youtube.com/user/oddfellowsthoughts/) returns to the show to chat with me about the Justice League movie. Warning: spoilers abound!

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Thoughts about Doctor Strange

I was able to see Doctor Strange opening weekend, and while I expected Benedict Cumberbatch to be good as the titular character, I didn’t expect to enjoy the film as a whole as much as I did.

Yes, we get an origin story, but considering that it’s Doctor Strange, I’m okay with that because, well, it’s Doctor Strange. I’ve been reading comics for over 35 years and I don’t know that much about his back story, so what do the plebes out there going to know? :) Cumberbatch does a good job at riding that fine line of arrogance–not too much to turn us off, but enough to show that he’s brilliant at what he does. It doesn’t hurt that he’s partnered with Rachel McAdams’s Christine Palmer. While she had about as much to do (maybe a little more) as Natalie Portman in the Thor movies, she definitely helps to humanize Strange (I actually wished we had more scenes with her). However, I did walk out of the movie thinking that Marvel needs to do better by its female characters, supporting or not.

The other characters were played by strong talents, too. There’s mentor then sidekick Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mordo, Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One (apparently a Celt in the MCU), and Benedict Wong as Wong, in a hilarious take of the character that I hadn’t seen in the comics before (one library scene had me and the rest of the theatre LOLing). Mads Mikkelsen was fine as the antagonist, and he had a bit more motivation to be the bad guy than those in other MCU movies. And it has to be said that Strange’s cape should receive special recognition as a supporting character.

For a story about a guy who loses the one thing that he’s great at and then finds that there is this other world (or worlds, as we discover) that’s just out of his reach (at least for 2/3 of the film), it was also surprisingly funny, thus continuing Marvel’s penchant for strong enough plot with some laughs to entertain us for a few hours. Also, the warping building special effects, while looking way too much like that from Inception, was still a visual treat compared to other Marvel and DC superhero films. I especially liked the Dark Dimension, which looked like something out of a Steve Ditko Doctor Strange comic. I also liked how Strange “defeated” the ultimate bad guy, even if was a bit too easily done.

All in all, I really enjoyed the focus on character and the strong, if predictable, plot. Considering what was shown in the mid and post-credit scenes, I’m looking forward to seeing more of Doctor Stephen Strange. But don’t just take my words for it—what are your thoughts about Doctor Strange?

Thoughts about Suicide Squad

After a couple of weeks of waiting, I was finally able to see Suicide Squad. Here are some of my quick thoughts about the movie, so be warned if you haven’t seen it because I will divulge spoilery things.

I really, really wanted to see this film after that first trailer hit. It seemed like the perfect tone for a movie about a bunch of DC super villains that didn’t take itself too seriously (like those other two films). But then the movie dropped, and so did the negative reviews. I heard it was a mess. This is not what I wanted to hear after the lackluster Batman v Superman. I had such high hopes for Suicide Squad. So, were those hopes dashed? Well….

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New Comics Wednesday 8/6/14

Happy New Comics Wednesday! Here are the comics that I’ll be getting from this week, plus thoughts on the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

New Comics this week

  • ALEX + ADA #8
  • ANGEL AND FAITH SEASON 10 #5: My final issue. I’m just not interested any more.
  • BUNKER #5
  • DETECTIVE COMICS #34: My final issue. I enjoyed some of the art (and jumped back on Detective because of the hype around the creators’ work on Flash), but the whole experience has been just ok.
  • EARTH 2 #26
  • FAIREST #28
  • GRAYSON #2
  • GREEN LANTERN #34: My final issue (boy, that’s starting to sound a bit repetitious, huh?). I really enjoy Venditti’s work elsewhere, but I just haven’t been having fun like I used to when reading this title.
  • LAZARUS #10
  • MOON KNIGHT #6: With Ellis and Shavley gone after this issue, so am I.
  • NEW 52 FUTURES END #14
  • SIP (STRANGERS IN PARADISE) KIDS #1: I normally don’t care for the whole Lil’ trend that’s been chutes and laddering through comics lately, but it’s Terry Moore doing new SiP stuff, and how cute will Katchoo be in this, c’mon!
  • STAR TREK NEW VISIONS: TIMES ECHO: I have been really enjoying these Trek “photonovel” comics.
  • THANOS: INFINITY REVELATION OGN HC: I’ve been looking forward to this!
  • Go here for a complete list of comics releasing this week.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Well, this movie was pretty much what I was expecting, and a little of what I wasn’t. First off, I was turned off by all of the trailers. In fact, each succeeding trailer just made me think that this movie was going to be juvenile. It was the focus on the humor, which I think was intended as self-deprecating, but it just annoyed me (Mr. Gunn, sir, you are no Joss Whedon). However, while many of the laugh lines were predictable, I still found myself laughing out loud during many scenes (usually involving Rocket or Drax).

In fact, a lot of this movie was really predictable, but despite that it was fun to watch. I thought that Rocket and Groot would tie Peter Quill for Most Annoying character, but I grew to like all of the central characters (it was a good thing they gave Peter some depth, but even that was predictable), more or less. In fact, it has always struck me odd that Marvel and Disney would put so much behind this concept (they’ve already greenlit a sequel and will be airing an animated series). At first I thought it was too limited, but after talking with some people, I see that perhaps this was a brilliant move on those companies’ parts: with no strings attached (other than some characters from other Marvel movies having brief appearances), it allows people to just enjoy the film for its own virtues and characters and not some perceived connection to Iron Man, or Thor, or Captain America (though, as my wife quipped, this movie seemed more like a retelling of Serenity).

I did enjoy the special effects, even if the look of the film was a little too clean compared to the grittiness it tried to convey. While I disagree with my granddaughter’s desire to buy the movie, it’s definitely worth checking out when released to streaming or DVD.

Other thoughts:

  • I found Peter’s songs pulled me out of the narrative, and they were more distracting than endearing.
  • I find it interesting that Zoe Seldana is now part of two major franchises, both in the sci-fi realm.
  • I love Lee Pace, but as Ronan? He came off a little too much like Christian Bale as Batman at times.
  • Which Infinity stone was that, exactly?
  • Speaking of Infinity stones, didn’t some Asgardians drop off one to the Collector in Thor, the Dark World? Considering what happened with the Collector in this series, why isn’t he more concerned?
  • Speaking of the Collector, I loved the Russian cosmodog. Also, what the hell end of the movie? Is James Gunn a fan of Steve Gerber’s?
  • Why does James Gunn always have to hire his brother?
  • Why couldn’t Nathan Fillion have a bigger role?
  • Karen Gillen was wasted in this role, OR she was not right for the part–I can’t decide.
  • Why the hell was Glen Close in this movie? Is she a fan?
  • I liked how the first question I had at the start of the film was answered near the end of the film (why Yondu took Peter to begin with).