Feb 28, 2012

Hey, That's My Cape! JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM Review

I never know what to expect these days when I sit down to watch the latest animated feature from Warner Home Video. They’ve had a few titles that blew me away (Wonder Woman) and a few that disappointed (Green Lantern: First Flight), so expectations were high as I settled in for the premiere of Justice League: Doom. A great writer, great cast, and one of my favorite comic stories being adapted made me hopeful this would be a good one.

It’s incredibly bittersweet to be writing this exactly one year after creator Dwayne McDuffie’s passing. It was just a year ago I had the chance to meet the writer for the first time in person and watch the premiere of his previous feature, All-Star Superman. It was a wonderful experience I’ll never forget. We knew he already had Justice League: Doom in the works and sitting in a theater to watch his last work was tough not only as a fan, but as a journalist. I was extremely concerned Justice League: Doom wouldn’t be good and that’s what I would have to write about. Thankfully, those fears never came to fruition. Justice League: Doom is one of the best Warner Home Video films I’ve ever seen.

Read my review in this week's Hey, That's My Cape! at Newsarama. Justice League: Doom is in stores and online today.

And head over to TheMarySue.com where my interview with Phil Morris (Vandal Savage) is now up! Check in later this week for interviews with Andrea Romano, the dialogue/casting director of the animated film and Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman!

Feb 20, 2012

I need your help with the 2012 MDA Muscle Walk!

It's that time of year again. The MDA Muscle Walk is here!

Last year's NJ/NY Metro Muscle Walk to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (of which I am afflicted) was a huge success! Myself and my friends and family team, The Nerdy Birds, went well past our personal fundraising goal with the entire event raising over $190,000 towards research and programs for MDA.

The event is taking place March 11, once again at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. We had a lot of fun last year (in part thanks to Batman!).

EDIT: There's been some people using the paypal donate button on the right of my blog to give money to the walk. Please be aware, that is NOT the link to donate to MDA. The link to do that is the hyperlinked "online fundraising page" that follows this sentence. My team's online fundraising page is set up for secure donations. Remember, ANY amount you can donate is a good amount! I've set our team goal for $3,000 and my personal goal for $1,000. I know with your help we can make it happen. If you don't have money to spare right now, please help my spreading the word about the walk! Everyone can make a difference. :)

Feb 17, 2012

Hey, That's My Cape! – COMIC BOOK MEN Revisited

It's safe to say a certain level of controversy was created after I wrote about a preview commercial for the new AMC show, Comic Book Men. In my column a few weeks ago I mentioned I was disappointed in Kevin Smith for taking the show in a direction that sounded as if it was excluding women, if in no other way but the title. So how do I feel now that I’ve watched the first episode? Yup, still disappointed.

Even though Smith is technically just a participant, AMC approached him to do the show and he's obviously the big name draw they needed to get viewers. Not to mention the one people will look to for its failure or success. Smith tweeted he only saw a few negative tweets out of thousands after the episode aired. Well, sure, that's because people that didn't like it either didn't feel it was worth the time to be negative or offensive to someone they don’t know (what a novel concept!), or didn't watch in the first place because they were so turned off.

Head over to Newsarama for this week's Hey, That's My Cape! where I give my review of the first episode of Comic Book Men.

Feb 14, 2012

Hey That's My Cape! AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Trailer Analyzed

Most of you probably already know I’m a bigger DC Comics fan than Marvel Comics fan but that doesn’t mean I don’t love certain characters from their universe or aren’t excited to see them brought to life on the big screen. But there is one character and one movie in particular that never got me very excited. I’m talking about Spider-Man and his newest film appearance in Amazing Spider-Man.

Most of you probably already know I’m a bigger DC Comics fan than Marvel Comics fan but that doesn’t mean I don’t love certain characters from their universe or aren’t excited to see them brought to life on the big screen. But there is one character and one movie in particular that never got me very excited. I’m talking about Spider-Man and his newest film appearance in Amazing Spider-Man.

I gave my thoughts on the first trailer for Amazing Spider-Man in the latest Hey, That's My Cape at Newsarama.

Feb 8, 2012

Hold On To Your Butts, Here's A Wild Jurassic Park Connection

You remember that kid who annoyed Dr. Alan Grant in the beginning of Jurassic Park? The one he scared sh*tless by demonstrating how a velociraptor would eat him? I discovered something interesting about him the other day...

A friend sent me this Funny or Die video because it starred Phil Morris, the actor who played Jackie Chiles on Seinfeld and who voices Vandal Savage in the upcoming Warner Bros. Animated release Justice League: Doom. While watching, I couldn't take my eyes off Jackie's assistant. He looked SO familiar! That's when I realized, it was the kid from Jurassic Park all grown up.

His name is Whit Hertford and he's been acting all this time. He's even got a whole page of videos on Funny or Die.

Anyway, just some fun trivia considering what a big Jurassic Park fan I am and how amazed I was that I recognized him in the first place.