01 December 2007

The Friends and Foes of Batman - Huntress

Over the years, several women have assumed the name Huntress. The original Huntress, renamed Tigress, had little to do with Batman. The second Huntress, Helena Wayne, was Batman and Catwoman's alternate reality daughter. The third Huntress, Helena Rosa Bertinelli, is a sometimes ally of Batman, and a member of the Birds of Prey.

Huntresses have appeared in the 1979 NBC Legends of the Superheroes TV special, the Birds of Prey series, and in the animated Justice League Unlimited.

Helena Wayne was trained by her parents to become a superb athlete. After finishing school, she joined the law firm of Cranston and Grayson, one of whose partners was Dick Grayson, alias Robin. Helena began her super-hero career when a criminal blackmailed her mother into resuming action once again as Catwoman -- an act which eventually led to her death. Helena, deciding to bring the criminal responsible to justice, created a costume for herself, fashioned some weapons from her parents' equipment (including her eventual trademark, a crossbow), and set out to bring in the criminal. After accomplishing this, Helena decided to continue to fight crime, under the code name the "Huntress." Helena formally joined the Justice Society of America where she struck up a friendship with fellow new superheroine Power Girl. Helena was killed while in the Crisis on Infinite Earths reboot, attempting to save the lives of several children. After Crisis ended, Helena Wayne's existence, like that of her parents and Earth-Two's Dick Grayson, was retroactively erased from the remaining Earth and the world no longer remembered her.

Due to the popularity of the character, DC Comics introduced a new version of the Huntress with the same first name and a similar costume, but with an entirely different backstory and different personality. The Modern Age Huntress is Helena Rosa Bertinelli, the daughter of one of Gotham's mafia bosses who, after seeing her entire family murdered by a mob hit, vows revenge. Batman rarely accepts the Huntress, believing her to be too unpredictable and violent. Others in the Batman family feel differently; for instance, Tim Drake has a good relationship with her. Early in his career he worked with the female vigilante, and later cleared her name in a murder case. Batman sponsored Huntress's membership in the Justice League, and for some time, Huntress was a respected member of the League. Under the guidance of heroes such as Superman, Helena grew in confidence but was forced to resign after Batman stoped her from killing the villain Prometheus. Helena is currently a member of the Birds of Prey, and although still prone at times to excessive violence, she has become a valuable member of the team

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Friend and Foe Profiles:

Ra's al Ghul
Talia al Ghul
Baby Doll
Bat-Hound (Ace)
Black Mask
David Cain
Calendar Man & Calendar Girl
Clock King
Crazy Quilt
Floronic Man
Mr. Freeze
Jim Gordon
Harley Quinn
Humpty Dumpty

The Dark Knight returns in 230 days!

30 November 2007

A Little Surfer for a Little Green

This little figurine (with comics and interviews on a DVD), listed for $14.99 was available for a "very special price" of $4.99 with purchase of Fantastic 4 - Rise of the Silver Surfer on DVD at Best Buy. Well guess what? The deal got even sweeter. These little dudes are marked down in the computer at a mere $.01, regardless of what the sticker says. The most likely place to find them is in the DVD section on the floor under the action movies. Feel free to stock up. They make great Christmas gifts! My local store had about 40 of them, but I restrained myself and just picked up a few, even though I still had a quarter burning a hole in my pocket. It also seems that EBay has had a recent influx of these little guys, so beware.

Happy hunting!

Malibu Returns

Well, maybe not Malibu, but his posse! Long live reality TV.

And the Lastest Wonder Woman Rumor Goes to...

Megan Gale. Who? I guess she was in Stealth. Quite a resume. At least she looks the part. Sure this rumor is "confirmed" but with JLA you never know. Thoughts?

29 November 2007

Radar Blips - Legend of Earthsea

The Year: 2004

The Players: X-Men's Iceman, Smallville's Lana Lang, and Danny Glover

The Take: This was presented as a SciFi Channel original miniseries.

So which book is it based on?: The mini series actually tries to combine books 1 and 2, (A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan) into a single parallel story even though the books are chronologically sequential.

Why you should see it: Lots of people hate everything about this movie (including the author of the books Ursula Le Guin), claiming that it is nothing like the books. I think that the miniseries actually does a decent job of translating the first book to screen. Sure, some details, like the main characters name and race are changed, but overall the story is intact. The second and superior book was unfortunately butchered. Still, its a nice intro to the world of Earthsea that led me and hopefully others to read the books. Also interesting is the fact that the Studio Ghibli Earthsea (adapting book 3, The Farthest Shore) film cannot be seen in the US until 2009 because of distribution rights of this miniseries, so at least for another year, this is what we've got.

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27 November 2007

Is That a Joker, Cuz I Ain't Laughing

This is one freaky deaky Joker. The Dark Knight may just be the greatest movie ever. I sure know this dude would scare the hell out of me if I ran into him in a dark alley.

Ink Blots - Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo

After 5 seasons, the Teen Titans were retired from Cartoon Network, but fans rejoiced at the announcement of one last adventure for the gang in the form of a Direct to Video movie. And while fans got that last adventure, they were likely a bit disappointed by a movie that was more different than grand.

The movie opens with a clash between the Titans and a brightly colored Japanese ninja named Psychotech. He warns them of his boss Brushogun. So off they go to Japan were they meet Diazo and his Tokyo Troopers. They assure the Titans that they have everything under control and that Brushogun is just a myth. The team decides to enjoy the scenery, but Robin isn't so sure. Then Robin is attacked again by Psychotech, and framed for murder. It up to the Titans to get to the bottom of things, clear Robins name, and bring down Brushogun.

The main problem with this movie is that it tried to bring in a new menacing villain when I would have really liked to see the return of one of the big bads from the series. Slade always made for an intense story. Resolving Terra's story would have been a nice conclusion to the series. Even the return of Brother Blood or The Brain would have been more satisfying that introducing a brand new bad guy that is supposed to be established as a true threat in 70 short minutes. The creators wanted to give us something different, which I do appreciate, but since this was the last Titans we would ever get maybe they would have been better off giving us more of what we liked in the show.

Anyways, the overall story is fairly predictable, but there are some great comedic elements. The Titans really shine when they are zany. Cyborg's subplot involves a sushi chef determined to stop him from making good on the "all-you-can-eat" promise by feeding him raw octopus, and other oddities. Starfire also shows down with an Astro Boy clone. I am sure there are plenty of other anime references that I didn't notice as well. The animation is on par with the series, but really nothing special either. I don't know, maybe I am being harsh because this film could have been a cap on the show tying up a lot of unresolved story elements. Instead, its a missed opportunity, though still not a travesty like Brainiac Attacks . Basically, this film ends up being a pretty average, though longer episode of a pretty good series, and ends up settling for a B-.

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26 November 2007

Bolt Bolts for 3D Screens in '08

Disney's latest has announced a release date of 26 November 2008. The film, about a dog who thinks he is a super hero, but is really an actor on a TV show, will also make a big foray into 3D. After Beowulf's success on 3D IMAX, it looks like thats where the money is nowadays. Never mind the fact that Beowulf was made specifically for the format.Anyways, heres to hoping Disney gets back on top of its game.

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