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Heroes and Villains: February 9, 2018


There are mountains of snow outside the home office here in Cobourg, Ontario, but I’m at my desk next to a stack of trades, so it must be time for Heroes and Villains!

This week I was inspired by watching season one of Young Justice (which is awesome if you’ve never watched it) with my kids to do an all-DC edition of the column focusing on the post-rebirth version of the DCU.
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The Flash/Legends of Tomorrow: ‘Crisis on Earth-X’

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The big CW DCTV crossover event is finally here, bringing The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow together for one big four-hour adventure. In this case, it’s the wedding of Barry (the Flash) Allen and Iris West and the Crisis on Earth-X. For my review of the first two parts, click here. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on the concluding two chapters, the Flash and Legends of Tomorrow chapters of Crisis on Earth-X!

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‘Coco’ to take the top spot from ‘Justice League’

It’s the Thanksgiving Weekend in the United States, so first of all, thanks to all of readers, along with the American contingent of Biff Bam Pop! writers who do such an amazing job. This Canadian is thankful for you all.

Is there a surefire number one this weekend? In all likelihood, yes. Here’s our prediction:

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Coco is a brand new film from the folks at Disney/Pixar. I should just stop right there, since that brand is all most audiences need to head to theaters. With its Day of the Dead theme, Coco has already broken records in Mexico, and with a 94% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes, it’s clear that this is a quality film that should appeal to audiences this weekend. Look for a first place debut with $60 million.

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The Flash S04 E07: ‘Therefore I Am’

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What happens when The Flash gets outthought by the Thinker?  Team Flash thinks they have the goods on the master criminal but he succeeds in turning the tables on our heroes by using the law against them.  Proof is a valuable weapon, see it thwart the Flash at every turn, after the super speed jump to conclusions with my review of “Therefore I Am.”

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‘Justice League’ finally arrives in theaters this weekend

It’s a big weekend for super hero fans, as one of the greatest teams in comic book history comes to life on the big screen. If there’s any justice, it will be a decent film. How will it perform? Here’s our prediction:

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At long last, Justice League arrives in theaters. Our own JP Fallavollita did an exceptional job tracing all the twists and turns it took to get Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg and Flash together in a live action environment. Now that we’re here – what happens next? Well, reviews are underwhelming for the Zack Snyder directed film (with a helping hand from Joss Whedon), though reactions are not as terrible as Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Justice League is definitely going to be the number one film of the weekend, and it will likely have a strong showing, regardless of what the critics are saying. Look for it to debut with $115 million.

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Road To Justice League: Long & Winding & Obstacle Filled

The road to the about-to-be-released Justice League film has been a long and winding one.

Long and winding and fraught with bumps and pitfalls and massive industry, cultural, commercial and familial obstacles.

Resiliently plowing through these numerous impediments, Warner Brothers has finally made good on a long-standing promise to showcase the greatest heroes of pop culture on the silver screen – the comic book visages of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg, the Justice League, together for the first time.

Sort of.

It’s actually not technically the first time the Justice League has been together on screen. There have actually been numerous iterations of the group over the years. But the road taken for this particular Justice League, is an interesting one indeed.

To get to here, let’s take a quick look back at there, and all the previously mentioned hazards that nearly conquered the world’s greatest superheroes.

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Heroes and Villains: Road to Justice League Edition

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Later this week a little movie called Justice League opens, and I was curious what might be waiting at the comic shop should anyone wander in after seeing the movie. I hate to say, there’s not much new, and what there is might be confusing. So here’s where this special Road to Justice League edition of Heroes and Villains comes into play. Meet me after the jump so I can let you know what is out right now, and what you should be reading when it comes to Justice League.

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Road to Justice League with DK’s Wonder Woman and JL Ultimate Guides

This Friday sees the release of the long-awaited Justice League film. Well, long-awaited for folks who may have avoided the recent DC Universe films or weren’t entirely impressed by the ones they saw. Look, I hear you. Man of Steel lacked optimism, while Suicide Squad lacked pretty much everything that’s supposed to make a movie good. However, though I may stand on my own, I do believe that Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is a masterpiece in its Director’s Cut form (go watch it – I’ll be here when you get back in three hours).

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Casinos Look To Comic Books For Inspiration

Comic books have been the inspiration for many things over the years. They have been developed into blockbuster movies, video games and merchandise over the years thanks to their popularity with a huge number of people and it’s no surprise that slot developers have also used them as a source of inspiration when it comes to theming their games. These sort of slot games aren’t just sought after by comic book fans either, they’re appealing to the wider market due to them offering more than the more traditional and generic sorts.

Slot developers these days are always on the lookout for ways to attract new players as well as being able to keep people playing for longer. With slot games generally being based on luck, it’s important to keep players interested and to make the games more immersive. By theming slots it makes them instantly more appealing and by using comic books for inspiration it adds sort of an adventure and superhero element to the games.

Justice-League-2So far we’ve seen the likes of Justice League, The Flash, Superman and Batman turned into slot games. In fact, you’d be hard pushed not to find a Marvel or DC character based slot game in every online casino around today. Marvel heroes have statistically proven themselves to be very successful in the slot world with many people loving playing alongside their favourite character in an attempt at winning big. Comic book based slots look great too as developers really take the time to produce eye catching visuals as well as authentic audio throughout. Read the rest of this entry

31 Days Of Horror: The Wednesday Run Goes BOO! With “DC House Of Horror #1”

We’re literally six sleeps away from one of the best times of year!

And with all the little ghosts and ghouls and goblins (and, let’s face it, superheroes) ringing your doorbell and asking for tricks or treats next Tuesday evening, you may want to shake things up a bit.

Instead of the usual candy and chocolate bars and chip bags handed out on Halloween, why not a comic book as a loot bag stuffer?

It’s a great idea: the gift of four-colour literacy! Of pop culture personified! Of imagination and excitement!

Then again, it can get pricey handing out all those comics.

So, treat yourself (or a select few) to some comic book scares this Halloween with the just-released, over-sized, frightfully awesome, completely fun, and altogether appropriate, DC House of Horror #1!

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