Teen Titans: The Judas Contract| Review

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Tara Markov is a girl who has power over earth and stone; she is also more than she seems. Is the newest Teen Titan an ally or a threat? And what are the mercenary Deathstroke’s plans for the Titans?

Below is the trailer, to give you a better idea of what we’re looking at.

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Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders| Review

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Adam West’s Batman is something that is still iconic to this day. It was campy, cheesy and had its humorous parts, but Burt Ward, West and Julie Newmar put on one hell of a show. Cesar Romero played an amazing Joker and set the standard for all Batman shows to come. When this movie was announced, fans of the West Batman rejoiced and couldn’t wait for it to be released. West and Ward may not have been the first to bring the caped crusaders to life, but they are the most memorable and loved. Some nerds remember watching Adam West and Burt Ward don the costumes and play the rolls well, which led into the animated series that the 90’s kids will surely remember. If you’re a fan of Batman, you’ll love this film.

West, Numar and Ward reclaim their roles in animated form and continue on with the hijinks that is Batman and Robin. Penguin, Joker and Riddler join the cast with different voice actors than the original, but they do the voices justice. You can hear in the voices of West and Numar that age has taken its toll on them both, but it doesn’t change just how amazing they portray their characters. The campy feel is fully there and it is full of laughs. It takes a small dark turn, but none the less, they teach us lesson and makes us all shake our heads and fall in love with the duo all over again.

I loved every part of this movie. Hearing the actors that got me hooked on Batman return to their roles and play the parts like the old days was magical. The music was classic, and all the old villains returned for their little bit of action against Batman. There is so much that can be done with this based on the comics, and it sounds like there is a plan to bring more of these heroes to life. West and Ward do the voices in the New Animated Batman series, and Catwoman hasn’t changed.

If you haven’t seen West and Ward, be sure to watch the old shows before watching this movie, because that is the only way to understand the nostalgic feel this movie gives to the older bat fans out there. It will seem terrible and cheesy, but that’s what makes it great. They didn’t go too over the top, but you can’t help but to smile while enjoying the film.

Be sure to watch for Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, and let us know what you think of the film.

The Killing Joke Comic VS Movie| Review

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I want to start off my saying this is an Opinion piece and in no way shape or form reflects on the opinions of everyone at the Nerd Empire. I openly promote a discussion on the topic and encourage other view points on the subject matter. If I offend anyone, I do apologize.

The Killing Joke movie has been released and I’m sure most of you have read, if not at least heard of the original comic with the same title. Both are equally as dark and DEFINITELY not for the young to read/watch. I will say, I enjoyed both equally as much and it was interesting to see what was similar and different between the two.

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Starting with the movie, the whole story behind why Barbra left as Batgirl, to me, was pretty useless. Honestly there was nothing gained from the story aside from an insight into the relationship (Or lack thereof) between her and Batman. The purpose for adding that little bit is beyond me, though at the beginning there is a comment of wanting to show that things were different. Anyone that knows Batman is aware of this to some extent. That opening could (and should) have been taken away and the same effect would have been given to the movie. Aside from that, there were three additional scenes added that were small but gave just a little bit more to the story. After the batgirl story, we see Batman enter a storage unit where Joker clearly had some fun. Batman goes to talk to Joker, tries to clear the air and end the madness that has been their life, only to find that Joker has escaped. We learn what happens to Barbra to make her the Oracle, and Jim’s own words get thrown back in his face when it comes to how he wants to punish Joker Vs. Batman. Ending with Oracle was pretty sweet, but again not needed. The movie really did a great job in taking the comic and bringing to life the artwork and story of WHO the Joker was before he was created. We never learn a true name in the comic or movie, but it shows a man that wanted to provide for his wife and unborn child, and how one bad day screwed everything up.

The comic book was dark. We have no backstory of Batgirl, and it starts with Batman going to the prison to talk to Joker. The way it ends leaves things up to interpretation, both in comic and in movie. We see Batman and Joker laughing at a joke, but what happens? The artwork was beautiful and captured the twisted darkness that is The Joker. We see the back story and how simple mistakes that have good intentions can turn bad really fast. It really brings out a different side to the characters and just sits with you. You can’t help but to think about the characters to some extent and how the backstory changes things, even just a little bit.

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I enjoyed both the movie and comic very much, and despite the things that were added to the movie, it was over all a good one to watch. I recommend picking up the comic of The Killing Joke if you haven’t already and reading it at some point. I do also recommend checking out the movie and seeing what you think of it. The artwork is great, and with voice actors like Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy, it’ll feel like watching the old tv shows all over again. I am so happy with the people they got to do the voices and the artwork. It really did feel like they took the comic book and brought it to life. There was VERY little differences between the two. Be sure to not watch this movie with small children around, and keep the comic away from small hands. Both are for MATURE AUDIENCES.

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THIS PART IS MY PERSONAL OPINION AND IN NO WAY REFLECTS THAT OF THE NERD EMPIRE, OR THOSE THAT WROTE THE COMIC/MOVIE

The whole comic and movie was a mind trip, but really brought some insight into the universe as a whole. Joker makes a comment “I’ve demonstrated there’s no difference between me and everyone else! All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That’s how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day.” That one quote perfectly explains what happened to Joker, and in the animate series, batman paraphrases this to Harley. Seeing that Joker had a wife and unborn child and how their death brought him to his knees, it explains why he cannot love Harley in return. It in NO way justifies the abuse he put her through, but there is at least a possible reason why he is incapable of loving her in return. We see just how much Joker and Batman need each other and as much as Batman doesn’t want either of them to kill each other, it probably is inevitable.

 

High Rise| Review

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High Rise is based on the book by J.G Ballard, and follows the lives of those that live in the building. Tom Hiddleston stars as Dr. Laing, resident in a high-tech skyscraper which places him amongst the upper class. Life seems like paradise. But, as building flaws emerge the social strata begins to crumble and the building descends into a class war. This movie showcased where everyone belonged and everything started out perfectly. The upper floors belonged to those with wealth, those that could host elaborate parties and everything that being in the upper class brought. The lower floors is middle class residents and their families, doing everything they can to get by. The building also held its own shopping center, gym and pool, making everything more convenient for everyone living in the building. But much like anything new, there are problems. The electrical starts to go out and the lower floors start to argue with the upper floors, even try fighting the architect himself, (Whom happens to live in the penthouse suite), to “get our fair share of the electricity.” As the problems grow, so does the tension. Soon it is chaos and a war has broken out through the building. No one is safe, and the outside world is oblivious to what it means to live in the High Rise.

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Where the X-Men franchise could (should) go next

Fox studio’s X-Men Apocalypse hit theaters last week. It brought everyone’s favorite mutants back to school. This franchise has been around for 16 years. For almost 2 decades we’ve been given consistent X-men flicks whether we wanted them or not. With that many films under Fox studio’s belt you’d think they be masters of the comic-book movie formula. Right? Well, they aren’t. As a matter of fact, most X-men movies are far from perfect. Its been a long time since we’ve gotten a near perfect X-men flick (X-2 came out 2003) but after X-Men Apocalypse we’re closer than ever. Here’s what Fox needs to do in order to get the X-Men franchise where it should belong.

 

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Happy Holidays: The New Deadpool Trailer Is Upon Us

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The 12 Days Of Deadpool have drawn to a close, and with them comes the new Red Band trailer promoting the antihero’s first film (which, at the time this was written, had already surpassed 1 million views on Youtube). The three minute clip, which you can view here, begins with our favorite mercenary chatting up a friendly cabbie, and descends into the depths of darkly humorous madness fans have come to expect from this corner of the Marvel universe. Stopping the action mid-fight sequence, Deadpool informs us that this is a “different kind of superhero movie” and flashes us back to before he received his powers (but not his wisecracking attitude), laying the premise for the story, plain-old revenge, out on the table.
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Crimson Peak| Review

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Attention! There may be spoilers! I have done my best to give nothing away, but well, some things can’t be helped. None the less, I do hope you all enjoy the review and go see the movie!

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers.

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