Posts Tagged ‘Batman’

At the San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that the sequel for Man of Steel would feature Batman. Just the thought of a Batman vs Superman movie had fans, including myself, jumping for joy. The big question that followed this epic announcement would be who will play the infamous Dark Knight. Some people thought Christian Bale would return, but unfortunately he turned it down. Well after a few of weeks of speculation, Warner Brothers feels that they have finally found their man to play one of DC Comics’ biggest superheroes.

Ben Affleck

Hold on. Wait a second. Ben Affleck is Batman? Tell me this is a joke. Unfortunately, this is no joke. Ben Affleck is Batman. What’s next? Is Matt Damon going to play Robin?

The internet is buzzing after this blockbuster announcement, but the reaction from fans is rather mixed with more people responding in the negative direction. Where do I stand on this? Well, I have to agree with some of the haters out there who are outraged by this decision. Personally, I have to say that Affleck as Batman doesn’t seem to fit with me. I just can’t imagine him as Batman. To me it would look like Ben Affleck in a Batsuit. To this day I’m still trying to forget his disastrous performance as a certain Marvel superhero known as Daredevil. However, I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt since I think he might make a good Bruce Wayne, but we all know that being a billionaire is only half of the total role. You have to do more than just look good in a suit or a tux to play The Caped Crusader.

Now I’m not going to say that Affleck is a terrible actor, however he’s not a great actor either. I mean he’s a little “one-dimensional”, but has shown some range in films he’s personally directed including The Town and Argo. With him playing Batman, I have that bad feeling that the “one-dimensional” Affleck will return and phone it in. Then again maybe he won’t. I will say that Affleck will not go down as the worst choice ever to play Batman. That honor has to go to the “Anatomically Correct” Bat played by George Clooney. Surely Joel Schumacher would have to take most of the blame for the disaster that is Batman and Robin, but seriously bat nipples, a cock piece, and a Batman credit card with no credit limit. I rest my case.

While I’ll agree with the idea that either Karl Urban, or maybe a relatively unknown actor, would’ve been a better choice to play the legendary superhero, I’m going to give Ben Affleck a chance to prove me and the throngs of haters wrong. It’s not this is the first time we’ve hated a particular choice to play a certain role. Remember the hateful response when we learned that Heath Ledger was chosen to play The Joker in The Dark Knight? What happened? Ledger delivered a masterful performance that was an enormous step above what Jack Nicholson brought to the big screen back in 1989. Can Ben Affleck rise to that level? I don’t know, but he’s going to have to. The pressure is solely on him. If he fails, the future for the planned Justice League movies could also go up in smoke. However, if I’m wrong, I’ll be one of the first to praise him.

Turn the clocks back two years ago. I went to Best Buy and purchased War for Cybertron. At first I was still skeptical because of the suckiness of Transformers games through the years, but after just an hour of playing I said “Holy shit this game is awesome!” The epic struggle between the Autobots and Decepticons on Cybertron was fantastic and brought up plenty of memories of the old Generation 1 days where as a young child I was watching the cartoon and playing with the toys. I also wrote an article during my SFX-360 days claiming that War for Cybertron was that year’s Batman: Arkham Asylum. Fast forward to today and I’m once again brought back to that familiar Transformers world that I loved so much.

Fall of Cybertron takes into account Cybertron’s final days. The planet ravaged by war and Dark Energon is no longer able to sustain life. The Autobots have one transport left (The Ark), and are ready to make their way to another world (Earth). The Decepticons however have plans of their own and that is wipe out the Autobots for good. Megatron and his band of enemies have a plan, but Optimus Prime has the mighty Grimlock and Metroplex on his side.

Just like War for Cybertron, High Moon Studios took the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” approach with Fall of Cybertron while making some subtle tweaks in the gameplay and graphical details. The end result is a really fun game that rivals their previous Transformers game (not the “Bayformers” movie tie in). The main campaign may be a bit on the short side, but it packs a serious punch along with a few surprises here and there. The Call of Duty inspired multiplayer however still is a disappointment to me except for Escalation mode which still kicks ass.

The first thing that impressed me was the amount of detail to make Cybertron a bit more like an actual world unlike the mechanical look of the first game. This time there are more open areas instead of corridor battles that looked exactly alike. Fire, explosions, smoke, battle damage. This game made me feel like I was in the middle of the war, or the equivalent of a Michael Bay movie battle sequence. Shooting a lot of generic looking robots, transforming, and shooting some more. That pretty much sums up the game. It may sound a bit repetitive, but the developers worked on an impressive way to shake things up to keep the gameplay fresh, entertaining, and even nostalgic.

The biggest change in the main campaign was the fact that you can only play as one character per level. At first I thought that sucked, but then I saw why High Moon went this direction and I was put at ease. Each level is catered for a specific character and their abilities. Playing as Optimus Prime and utilizing the city sized transformer Metroplex, Cliffjumper using a key cloaking ability, the Combaticons forming Bruticus, and even Grimlock stomping on helpless Insecticons in a melee style level was awesome. Now I understand why the co-op feature from the first game was scrapped and I’m alright with it.

The multiplayer portion of Fall of Cybertron is more of a mixed bag for me. There are some highlights which include the return of Escalation mode. The Horde mode style gameplay was both tough and fun. My only gripe is the fact that there’s not enough characters to play as. Hopefully High Moon can give fans like myself more options. As for the other competitive team based modes I was a little bored. Sure it’s Transformers (and you can create your own unique character which is pretty cool), but these same type of game modes are found in so many other titles in the market. Yes, it will be popular for a couple of weeks, but I see the same fate as what War for Cybertron’s multiplayer was…completely forgotten and not many people playing.

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is a game that fans, like myself, of Generation 1 can enjoy. It brings me back to my childhood days of watching the cartoon and playing with the toys again. The story is well done, the characters look awesome, and the gameplay is relatively unchanged from War for Cybertron. I recommend anyone who is a die hard fan of Transformers, or anyone who likes a fun third person shooter, to play this game.

Developer: Activision, High Moon Studios
Platform: Xbox 360
Players: 1-12 (Online Multiplayer)
Price: $59.99

It’s been four years since The Dark Knight. A film that I consider one of the best superhero movies of all time. I’ve always said to myself “I wonder how Christopher Nolan is going to top this.” Well the wait is finally over. No more teasers. My expectations are at an all time high. Then after about 20 minutes of previews the film finally began. After the nearly three hour showing I concluded that The Dark Knight has risen once again, and the result is nothing short of absolutely amazing. Not only was The Dark Knight Rises the best film of the summer. It’s the best film of the year. Academy Awards committee take notice. This film needs to win some awards.

Eight years have passed since the events of The Dark Knight. Gotham City is at peace. Batman is still a wanted man, but hasn’t been seen. Then again neither has Bruce Wayne. He’s become a hermit hiding in the rebuilt Wayne Manor yet still contributes to society. However, a new threat has made it’s way to Gotham. Bane. This madman is looking to destroy Gotham. Of course let’s also not forget about Selina Kyle who’s causing her own mischief as Catwoman. As things take a turn for the worse the people begin to question “Where is Batman? Will he come back?”

The Dark Knight Rises starts out just a bit slow as the storyline is introduced, but doesn’t take that long for the action to pick up. The first half concentrates more on the story while the second half up to the awe inspiring ending takes the approach of occupation to an all out war for the control of Gotham City with Batman and Bane taking center stage. The ending gives you a satisfying conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s epic trilogy and in a way leaves a slight opening for more although it’s really not needed.

Christian Bale returns once again as Bruce Wayne/Batman and does an excellent job with the role as usual. While the majority of the film centers around Bruce Wayne more than Batman, I still enjoyed the journey that featured a character going from all- time low in his life to the eventual point of redemption. Gary Oldman played a good role again as Commissioner Gordon. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was outstanding as Officer John Blake.

I really have to commend the performance of Tom Hardy who played the villainous Bane. His presence and physicality was commanding, but it was his voice through the mask that gripped me. From the first moment he spoke, I began to draw back memories of James Earl Jones when he did the voice of Darth Vader. It was both amazing and creepy at the same time. This version of Bane was more than just physically strong. He was also smart and cunning. Much better than the version that was shown in the shitty Batman and Robin where he was a big dumb brute and spoke with one word sentences.

I also enjoyed Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman. Sure some people didn’t like the outfit when it was first revealed, but when I saw her on screen in her tight costume I immediately said “Holy shit! She looks so hot!” Then again no matter what Anne wore she still looked amazing. Her performance had just a hint of Michelle Pfeiffer when she donned the catsuit in Batman Returns, but the rest was her own interpretation making it both fun and original.

Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy is an amazement to behold. These films were a big improvement over the Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher movies from the late 80s and 90s. The Dark Knight Rises is a thrilling final chapter  in the Batman story that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Once I left the theater during the ending credits I wanted to sneak into another showing just to get another fix. I can guarantee that I will be seeing this film again before it’s eventual release on Blu-Ray later this year.

Check out this trailer using the audio of The Dark Knight Rises film with the video from Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham City video game.