2016 Updates & Superheroes

It’s the first blog post of 2016! Would have written one sooner, but writing can be a bit distracting and all.

Quick updates on the next Star Brigade book. Went through another draft with one of my editors. Now, I’m getting it out to a few beta readers before the final copy edits.

Just need to get cover art completed and I’ll be close to set for a release later in the year. Can’t wait to get that done and out to you all!

As February closes and March approaches, it’s looking to be a very superhero heavy few weeks. The first major film to launch in 2016 was Deadpool!
Saw it. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Fascinating how a character who while popular in the comics but misfired in the first solo Wolverine film has now shattered box office records and broken the PG-13 glass ceiling shackling for superheroes. Yep, as is always the trend in Hollywood, once someone breaks the mold, everyone else wants to make the bright and shiny new cash cow the new mold.

This means finally lead to a Wolverine movie the way he was meant to be seen, in Rated-R. Think about it, Wolverine is a feral bastard with adamantium claws. Put him in a kids cartoon or PG-13 film and his fight scenes become weirdly bloodless.

Now does that mean every superhero film should be Rated-R? Absolutely not. Like sci-fi, superhero films should have sub-genres that appeal to different groups. Some like the fun and slightly campy Guards of the Galaxy. Others will enjoy the gritty street-level violence of Daredevil.

Speaking of Daredevil, Season 2 comes out 3/18 on Netflix one week before Batman vs Superman.

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Season 1 was amazing, probably one of the best things Marvel has done. Can Season 2 top that? Looks like they are planning to with the additions of The Punisher and Elektra to the cast, as well as having the Hand be one of, if not the main antagonist for the new season. I’ll be doing a full season review just like for Season 1. Both full trailers for Season 2 are below. Enjoy!

Daredevil Season 2 Trailer, Part 1

Daredevil Season 2 Trailer, Part 2

As for Batman vs Superman, I’ve spoken with many friends and viewed quite a few comments about interest level. Its rather split. Of course a good majority are excited to see this showdown between the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight. But a number of my friends are not the least bit excited. Lots feel that the film looks to dour, joyless and grimdark. In short, no fun at all. More people are excited about Suicide Squad than BvS. I can see that.

I am really hoping that the film is better than what we’ve seen in most of the trailers. If only they had followed the pattern of the final trailer, then the excitement might be more unanimous. Pretty much everyone was creaming themselves over the first thirty seconds seeing Batman in action. A Batman that actually moves when he fights like in the comics and video games! Still, can the film deliver? We’ll see come 3/25. And I’ll have a review for that too!

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