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Anticipated Movies of 2017: July to December

And we’re back again with my anticipated films for the second half of 2017. They are:


Spider-Man: Homecoming


I don’t think there’s much that needs to be said here. It looks amazing, all puns intended! Tom Holland looks like the actor who’s going to get all the aspects of Spider-Man right instead of just one or two and Michael Keaton looks like he’s going to be absolutely terrifying. It’s not surprise that this is a must-see.


War for the Planet of the Apes

Third time’s the charm, as this will be the first in the series that I’ll actually be seeing in theatres. I was initially skeptical of this series but after the first one blew me away and the second was possibly even better, you could consider me convinced. It’s not every day you put out a movie or a movie trailer that makes you root against your own species during/after watching. I’ve got some pretty high expectations for this one.



I’m really interested to see this one. As a history buff it definitely appeals to me, but it also just looks like it’s going to be a really good movie. I’m generally a fan of Christopher Nolan’s work (The Dark Knight Rises notwithstanding) and I’d like to see what he does with a real, historical event. I like what I see so far.


The Dark Tower

Of all the films on this list, this is the one that I’m most worried about and the one I’m trying very hard to be optimistic about. These books are rather precious to me, and it’s one of those things that I’m not sure could or should even be made into a movie, to be honest. Idris Elba’s casting as Roland was a surprise, but I think he’ll do a fine job (I’m trying not to think of the story changes that will have to be made later on) and he’ll bring a good intensity to the role. I don’t really have much to go on here, all we’ve seen are a few set pictures so far and the odd article. When a trailer drops, I’ll be the first to talk about it. But for now: please don’t suck, please don’t suck, please don’t suck….


Blade Runner 2049

Oh, look, another movie I’m going to need to watch (again?) before a sequel comes out. There’s not much to go on with this trailer, to be honest. Lots of intriguing imagery but almost nothing else. One thing that really excites me about this one is the director, Denis Villeneuve. Arrival was my top film of 2016 so I’m game to see anything else he does at this point. It will be interesting to see Harrison Ford come back in a role I can’t help but compare to Han Solo in The Force Awakens, but that’s pure speculation on my part. I guess as long as he stays away from catwalks with long drops this time he might be okay.


God Particle

Imdb calls this one ‘Untitled Cloverfield Anthology Movie’, but elsewhere I’ve seen it called God Particle, so that’s what I’m going with. This is another one that not a lot is known about yet, just a one-sentence synopsis that it’s about astronauts on a space station and something happens to the Earth. That premise alone sounds fascinating, and could be ripe for an excellent look at how people react to something unthinkable with the added bonus of a claustrophobic setting. I hope it’s every bit the riveting, tense experience as with 10 Cloverfield Lane, as the themes are not dissimilar. This seems like a bit of a smaller movie, but it has the potential to hit hard.


Thor: Ragnarok

Of all the Avengers who have standalone films, Thor’s are rated pretty low in comparison. I personally like them, for all their flaws, but Ragnarok seems like it’s really going for it. There are a lot more characters this time, including several we haven’t seen yet in any MCU film and just from those characters alone I think this is going to be a bigger, grander story than we’ve seen from the previous two films. They also have a great director in Taika Waititi, who directed my other half’s favorite film of 2016 (The Hunt for the Wilderpeople). So this might be the one that really turns everyone around on the Thor-centered films. At the very least, it definitely has the potential to do so.


Justice League (maybe)

Yes, I put a caveat in for this one. Because I was serious in Part 1 when I said that my interest/actually seeing this one depends greatly on Wonder Woman. You can only tease me with great potential that turns into a mangled mess so many times before I’m done. As for the film itself, it again, looks like it has potential. Batman and Wonder Woman were two of the best things in BvS and the fact that they are central to this story is awesome. I also kind of want to see grumpy, drunk (?), Jason Mamoa Aquaman, too. I’m still on the fence on this one, which pains me as someone who really wants to love these films.


Star Wars Ep. VIII

I’m not sure there’s much to say here. It’s Star Wars. I want to see it, my kids want to see it, and the other half will come to see it. We all want to see the continued adventures of Finn, Rey, Poe, et al. This one will also be bittersweet, as it will be the last time we see Carrie Fisher as Princess/General Leia, and I wonder how they will address that or if they will wait until Episode IX to do so. Either way, we are all pretty pumped for more.

I think when half the house goes Star Wars for Halloween, that says it all.



I’m not overly excited to see this film, but it looks like it could be a fun popcorn movie. I really don’t have any expectations or any thoughts one way or the other, but since I enjoyed the first one, I figure it couldn’t hurt to give this one a try and see what they do with it. Goosebumps, as a movie, was actually better than I thought it really had any right to be, so I’m willing to give this one a chance. And let’s face it, even if the movie is meh, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is still a very entertaining and charismatic guy and I’ve watched worse movies with him in it.


Bonus- Geostorm

I have no illusions about this one. None at all. It’s probably going to be terrible. Between how many times its release has been pushed back (4 times), to director Dean Devlin (the other half of the duo behind gems like Godzilla ’98, Independence Day: Resurgence, and the occasional good movie), to the fact I’m not entirely sure it’s getting a theatrical release, it does not look promising. I may get to hate-watch yet another movie with Gerard Butler in it in 2017 (why do you keep doing this to me, man?).


So there it is, the anticipated movies for the second half of 2017. I know there are movies that have been left off of this list that are must-sees for others, and these are ones that I either have little interest in (XxX: The Return of Xander Cage, Fate of the Furious) or are more likely to watch as a rental rather than make the trek to the theatre for (Ghost in the Shell). Hope you all enjoyed and if you’ll excuse me, I have a whole slew of new trailers waiting for me!  

Caption Contest #85 Results

Last week, I asked you guys to come up with the best replacement dialogue for this panel:

And here are my top 5:


Robin: My neck's...

Batgirl: NO!

Robin: Tired


Robin: This CAN'T get any more awkward.

Batgirl: I'm pregnant.

Robin: I said CAN'T get more awkward. CAN'T!!!!


Batgirl: Do you remember how to get out of this?

Robin: I think I have to wiggle my left ear. Ok, now you flex your left calf and Batman... Oh crap, I've never done this without Batman before.


Robin: Sorry, I, um, am not trying to objectify you.  I consider you a strong empowered woman...

Batgirl: JUST GET FILE!!


Batgirl: How are we going to get out of this?

Robin: Find out next week, same bat time, same bat channel.

But in the end there can only be one, at the winner is....

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The List: Ranking The Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies From Worst To Best

Well, the poll for this list threw up some very interesting and surprising results

Anyway, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been going strong for 8 years now and has released a grand total of 14 films, with a further 3 to be released this year. Over those 8 years, Marvel have only failed to release a single movie in one year (2009) and are currently doing a turn around of 2 movies a year on average, to at the very worst moderate critical acclaim and huge financial reward, turning some of their second string characters (like Iron Man and Loki) into household names in the process. However, as with everything in life, the MCU isn't perfect. Whilst the MCU as a whole is of undeniable quality, some films are better than others. So this week, with the help of your votes, we have our list of the MCU films ranked worst to best.

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Character Design Challenge #305 – Triple Play

Your Character Design Challenge this week is to create a superhero or villain using the three items indicated in the photo above as part of your design.

There is no limit on entries this week.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShackPhotoBucket, or whatever);

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.

Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).

This contest will close on Sunday, January 22nd at 9:00am Eastern.



Anticipated Movies of 2017 Part 1: January to June

Hey everyone! We’ve looked at the movies of the past year and now it’s time to look ahead! This is pretty self-explanatory so let’s just jump right in. Here are my anticipated movies from January to June of 2017.

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Character Design Challenge #304 – Masterworks – Results!

This week's winner is HerrD for this remarkable take on the source material. Brilliant!!! Well done you! Nailed it!

Please join me in congratulating HerrD on an amazing piece of work.

What Were They Thinking: I Wish They’d Destroyed This

You know, one thing has surprised me about this weeks What Were They Thinking. In all the weeks we've done this feature, a feature where we look at the stupidest, most ill-advised things in comic book history, we have yet to look at DC's Elseworlds. You know, that imprint that they publish all of the stories that are too weird to be considered canon to DC continuity, which is saying something when it is canon that you can punch a whole in the fabric of the universe with just your fist. Admittedly some of the stuff in there is good, some even very good, but that doesn't mean there isn't dross. And what dross it is. So without further ado, I present to you Superman Wonder Woman: Whom Gods Destroy

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Poll Position: Best X-Men Team Member

Ok guys, classic style poll for this week. Easy premise, who is the greatest member of the X-Men, past and present. We're including all characters who have been a part of the main X-Men team or one of the sub-teams such as X-Factor or X-Force. However, we are not counting characters like Magneto, Juggernaut, Deadpool or Spider-Man, because whilst they may have been a member of the team at some point they are more famous for their roles outside of the team as either villains or solo characters. As per usual, I have given you 10 characters to start and you can add your own suggestions, provided you give both the characters hero identity and real name.

Caption Contest #85

Ok guys, caption contest are back from their winter hibernation. You have one week to come with the funniest replacement dialogue for a random comic panel of my choosing. This week you have to replace all of the dialogue for this panel:

Everyone can have a maximum of 3 entries, entries must be in by next Wednesday (Jan 18th) and all entries must be PG-13

The List: Another Top 10 Characters I’d Like To See In The DCEU

So, as promised last week, when I did Another Top 10 Characters I'd Like To See In The MCU, this week I'm focusing on the DCEU and characters I didn't mention the last time I did a list about who I'd like to see in the DCEU (so no Martian Manhunter, Nightwing, Batgirl or Ocean Master on this list). Problem is, the DCEU is so much harder to do than the MCU, because whilst Marvel have lots of established franchises at this point and TV shows that tie into the cinematic universe, DC only really has the Justice League characters and Suicide Squad whilst keeping their Films and TV Shows completely separate (and there's that whole aversion to origin stories thing they have). So I'm not going to suggest anything for TV because, honestly, keep the Arrowverse as far away from the DCEU as possible please. With that in mind, here are another 10 characters I'd like to see in the DCEU.

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