‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Trailer Finally Released

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The world stood still Wednesday as Marvel Studios finally released the trailer to the upcoming ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and it did not disappoint.

We get to see quite a bit in the two minute and twenty four second clip. Things that Marvel fans have been waiting at least ten years to see on the big screen and even longer for the diehards.

There’s Tony Stark and Bruce Banner visiting Doctor Strange and Wong in the Sanctum Sanctorum. There’s Spider-Man in his amazing looking Iron Spider suit. There’s Bearded Captain America and The Winter Soldier with a new arm in Wakanda with Black Panther and a TON of his friends. There’s a human form Vision (WHAT??!!) and There’s Thanos laying waste to superheroes with only two stones in the Infinity Gauntlet. Imagine what he’s going to do when he’s at full infinity power.

The stakes are certainly higher than they have ever been before and The Avengers will be facing their biggest and most terrifying threat so far.

Avengers: Infinity War arrives in theaters May 4, 2018.

Watch the trailer below.

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Warner Bros. Blinks First!!! Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice Gets New Release Date!!! Also Announces Release Dates For 9 Future DC Films!!!

batman-v-superman In a game of chicken that Warner Bros. initiated with Marvel, The DC Comics owner blinked first. After initially changing their scheduled release date of Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice to go head to head with Marvel’s future Captain America 3 movie, and professing they would not budge, Warner Bros. has indeed budged, blinked, chickened out, and whatever other metaphor for retreating you can come up with, and announced that they are changing the release date for the upcoming superhero blockbuster. But the good news is that the movie will be pushed up and not delayed. Batman & Superman fans will now get to see the two comic book goliaths go at it on March 25, 2016. A surprisingly early release for a movie that has Summer Blockbuster written all over it.

Personally, I think Batman v Superman would have won the Box Office battle against Cap 3 because even though the Captain America films and pretty much everything Marvel has put out these last few years have been really good, it’s Batman & Superman on the big screen together for the first time ever!!! And I think everyone that’s even remotely a comic book and superhero fan wants to see that. It also looks like we will be seeing a lot more of the heroes and villains from the DC Nation, as according to Box Office Mojo, Warner Bros. has also announced release dates for nine more untitled future DC Films and two untitled WB “Event” films. Speculations are that some of the untitled DC Films will be the already confirmed Justice League movie and it’s potential sequels, a solo Wonder Woman movie, a Sandman movie involving Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and a Shazam/Black Adam movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Early thoughts are the two WB “Event” films will be the sequels to the Harry Potter spinoff movie ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ which is scheduled for Nov. 18, 2016.

So what do you think of the new release date for Batman v Superman?   Do you think Warner Bros. showed weakness by backing out? Should they have kept the box office battle with Marvel going? And what are your thoughts on the heavy stable of DC films that are rumored to come? What movies and characters would you like to see in these future movies?

Feel free to join the discussion and give your thoughts and opinions!!!

– Joshua Christmas

How Bale Back As Batman Can Be Done.

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If you thought you’ve seen the last of Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman on the big screen, maybe you should hold on for a second. There have been rumors that Bale is in talks to reprise his role as The Dark Knight in a 4th film. Here’s where things get a little more interesting. The obvious thinking and rumor that’s getting the most buzz is that Bale would appear in a Justice League movie along with “Man Of Steel” star Henry Cavill, but there are some people that feel a Justice League movie would not be the best way to expand the DC Universe on film. DC & Warner Bros. is obviously looking at the success of  The Avengers and would like to achieve that same success with their own team of superheroes. But Warner Bros. and DC haven’t been able to succeed where Marvel has. And that’s establishing solo, tent-pole/franchise movies for their characters leading up to a team up film. Packing everyone into a Justice League movie with no true introductions to the individual characters may not go well. Which is why the alternative option of doing a Batman/Superman “World’s Finest” movie would be the best way to go in my opinion. You would have the beginning of these worlds colliding and you can have cameos by certain characters that will have their own film and be involved in the Justice League. I would love to see a Justice League movie eventually, but I think a Batman/Superman movie would be the best way to go, first. Besides, that’s more movies with Batman and Superman and who wouldn’t want that?  There is however the issue of  continuity within the DC Universe when it comes to Batman or at least with Christian Bale as Batman. (Spoiler Alert!!! For the 3 people that didn’t see The Dark Knight Rises) When we last saw Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman he had faked his death after saving Gotham City from Bane, Talia Al Ghul and a nuclear bomb. He passed the mantle on to brave young cop turned detective John Blake and lived happily ever after with Selina Kyle (played tremendously by Anne Hathaway.) So if  Bale were to come back as Batman there would have to be some reason/explanation that he would return to the cape and the cowl instead of letting John Blake take care of things. This is where I step in and give my two cents on what could be done to make this legitimate on the big screen.

John Blake Must Die!!! –  A little dramatic? Maybe, maybe not. I think for Bruce Wayne to come back to Gotham City and become the bat again, something very big has to happen. I loved The Dark Knight Rises but there are some things that could be considered questionable with it’s it ending which I think would lead to the perfect opening for Bruce’s return. Bruce has always said Batman can be anyone, a hero can be anyone. In theory he’s correct, but John Blake wasn’t trained by The League Of Shadows and he wasn’t really portrayed as a great fighter in TDKR.  At the end of “The Dark Knight Rises” I wondered, did Bruce leave him a series of Taebo-like tapes instructing him how to defend himself and fight? Why should we expect John Blake to be good enough to handle the daily grind of being the caped crusader?  I think the perfect way to bring Bruce back to Gotham is to have John Blake killed in action as Batman, leaving the city unprotected and Bruce Wayne feeling extreme guilt for passing on the legacy to someone who just wasn’t ready for it. As Gotham City is in chaos Bruce comes to the realization that he and no one else is Batman and no matter what he does, he always will be. I think that could lead to numerous possibilities to make a great story. Does Alfred blindly support Bruce in his efforts to come back or does he try to talk him out of becoming the Batman once again? Does Selina Kyle support his decision or has she grown accustomed to her fresh start in life and tells Bruce it’s either her or Gotham?  I think they could do some great things with that.

John Blake/Azreal??? –  Another direction they could go in, is having John Blake letting the power of being Batman consume and take over him, becoming more aggressive and violent against criminals.  I think they could take some aspects from the character Azreal from the “Knightfall” story arc that would fit in very well if they went in this direction. Blake could seal off the batcave from the rest of the Wayne property and abstain from working with Commissioner Gordon and the GCPD.  I don’t think this would be far-fetched. As you guys may recall, Deputy Commissioner Peter Foley always called John Blake a hothead and that side of him was shown a couple of times in TDKR. So maybe, when word of John Blake’s reckless behavior gets to Bruce (possibly via Lucius Fox) he’s forced to come out of retirement and deal with his protege himself, pitting one Batman against the other. The teacher vs the student. How sick would it be to have two Batmans in one movie?!! Two real Batmans not that hockey pad wearing guy from “The Dark Knight.” Personally I would love to see it!!! What do you guys think of the scenarios I have proposed? Would you like to see Christian Bale return as The Dark Knight?