Okay, I’m Hyped for ‘The Batman’

After Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and certainly after Zack Snyder’s brief trial run, I felt like the Caped Crusader could benefit from an overdue sabbatical, and frankly so could we. There’s been a Batman film (or films featuring the Batman) roughly every 3 years since 2005. Even for a lifelong Batman fan that’s excessive.

When Matt Reeves was tapped to write and direct another reboot with Robert Pattinson queued as the next Bruce Wayne, I did my best to feign exasperation despite some excellent sneak peeks. “Darker” and “grittier” they said it would be, or “raw & unsanitized.” Up until DC’s FanDome event, I was all for Warner Bros. hanging up the cape and cowl. But after this weekend’s trailer, I am formally withdrawing my objections. Gimme raw and unsanitized Batman movies for as long as I live. Continue reading

Halo Infinite – 343’s Redemption Song

Last month we finally, FINALLY, got our long-awaited peek at some Halo Infinite gameplay. I gotta say, I like what I’m seeing: that familiar, winding ring curving into the strata, a taste of some exciting new guns, a freakin’ grappling hook addition, and, best of all, Brutes throwing grunts at you like the most insane kamikaze EVER. At the onset, it appears developer 343 Industries has taken much of the criticisms of previous Halo entries to heart and put their money where their mouth is to deliver a promising return to form for the series. That tribal-heavy score, my dude, had me shedding nostalgic tears.

But color me cautiously optimistic. Because we’ve been here before. Continue reading

Constantine – The Anti-Comic Book Adaptation

I don’t know what it is about Keanu Reeves but I love revisiting his movies. Point Break, Speed, The Matrix, and absolutely Bill & Ted. (There will be no Bill & Ted slander on this site, thank you very much.) These films are all revered and adored in their own right, but if there’s one amongst his filmography that remains sorely underrated, it’s Constantine. Last weekend Reeves and director Francis Lawrence headed a Comic-Con home panel to celebrate the cult film’s 15-YEAR ANNIVERSARY. Take it from me, Constantine is one of the best superhero movies you’ve never seen, and it’s past time the film has gotten its due. Continue reading