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The Batman v Superman Comic Con Trailer Review

The Trailer:

Director Zack Snyder dropped a bomb some weeks ago during this years Comic Con Conference. Warner Brothers and company released a colossal three minute trailer of their forthcoming film “Batman v Superman.” If this footage doesn’t get you skipping heartbeats then you may want to pay a visit to your family doctor.

Unlike last year’s snippet, which didn’t swell a storyline, the concept of the caped crusader versus the man of steel totally animated the world. After watching this new trailer, man I’m sold! I want more!

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Mind you this film is contiued from the “Man Of Steel.” The trailer starts of with Superman appearing in court and is being interrogated for his actions pertaining to destruction of Metropolis. Sure General Zod and him obliterated the city but justice was served, it’s just unfortunate that there was an enormous price to pay for saving the city.

(From: Google Images)

Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) is shown running towards a smokescreen of dust and trying to save someone. Problem is that Superman and Zod fighting one another in Wayne Financial and eventually the behomoth slowly crumbles to pieces. Mr. Wayne is fuelled with anger and consequently this dictates the beef between Batman and Superman.

Mr. Wayne loves his employees and with the loss he realizes the sheer power that Superman possesses, he vows that he’ll destroy Superman and ultimately hold his responsible. Unlike previous iterations of Bruce Wayne, this millionaire is much older and has been around the block. Director Zack Snyder reveals that this Batman has been distanced from fighting crime for more than twenty years. The training to beat the man of steel begins. We are shown the Batsuit (which looks stunning) and then shown Robin’s vandalized suit with someone’s handwriting (supposedly the Joker) which clearly ridicules Batman. Now if we lend our ears to the comic universe then this expired Robin is presumably Jason Todd. This Batman isnt you’re happy go lucky dude saving the streets of Gotham with a smile. He’s a aggressive beast who brands his prey and is essentially showing Gotham that their enforcer is back.

(From: Google Images)

Neighbouring Metroplis has also learned about the Batman’s return, hence cueing Clark Kent’s curiosity into Batman’s world. The next scene shows Louis Lane encouraging Superman to continue serving justice and his symbolization to the world. People are idolizing him like a god and the next few seconds explains Ma Kent’s message to her “son.” The mother ultimately tells Clark to be a hero and do whatsoever to make the world a better place, or don’t get involved at all. Superman continues serving the world and is shown muscling a broken rocket safely to the ground.

Enter Lex Luthor. Now there’s been a lot of criticism with Jeese Eisenburg and his version of Lex Luthor, but I’ll get into personal performances in the end. Lex is shown with Superman at his feet, like as if he has him under some form of influence, perhaps kryptonite? General Zod’s dead body is shown and its speculated that Lex Luthor will use it to transform it into a bigger threat.

(From: Google Images)

The trailer goes into overdrive with sporadic and mesmerizing shots:

  • An army that’s bowing down to Superman and obviously working for him.
  • Ben Affleck taking the tarp off the Batsignal and turning it on.
  • A flashback of how Bruce Wayne’s parents died and their funeral.
  • The Batwing firing shots at some cars.
  • Wonder Woman creating a shield by banging her brackets together.
  • It seems there’s a speculated nightmare scene where Batman is seen in a trench coat and trying to fight off a herd of Superman soldiers. Batman’s snapping the neck of one of the troops.
  • Batman slugging out two Superman troops in his Batsuit.
  • Batman’s butler insisting to Bruce Wayne that Superman isn’t our enemy.
  • Batman in his Mech Suit jumping on Superman and crashing though the roof of a building/house. Superman looks tanked.
  • Wonder Woman being overwhelmed and tossed back from a bigger force. Could she be fighting Superman or Batman? Or Doomsday?
  • Superman using his heat vision on Batman while Batman frantically dodges it with a grapple gun.
  • A furious looking Superman taking Batman through the the window of a building/home.
  • The final scene is the showstopper. A vexed Superman walking towards the Batmobile and tearing the doors off only to find Batman sitting inside. Batman slowly steps up, ticked off and gazing Superman eye to eye.

(From: Google Images)

(From: Google Images)

Casting Review:
There was an online backlash when Ben Affleck was announced to play the role of the Dark Knight. However, after combing through the trailer, the world has given Affleck nothing but positive reinforcement. It’ll be interesting to hear what he sounds under the cowl cause this might make or break his performance.

Henry Cavill dawns the “Crest Of Hope” again. I liked him in the Man Of Steel and am content with his acting in this trailer. His 5000 calorie/day diet seems to be paying off as the brawny actor is oozing muscles though the Superman costume. He looks very convincing.

“She’s to skinny.” That was the word when Gal Gadot was revealed as the Amazon Princess. Her frequent trips to the gym might’ve paid off now that the world has witnessed her as Wonder Woman. She looks decent, has a bit of a deep voice but should be able to ride off this figure easily.
Jessie Eisenburg’s casting to me is a mismatch. This casting is to young to portray such a demonous and crafty character. He sounds out of place. Nevertheless, it obviously won’t be undone so let’s just live with it.

Will this film set the box office ablaze? How will the Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern and Cyborg fit in this film?
Are you ready for this? What are you thoughts on the trailer???

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Will Justice Be Served?

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(Image Source: Google Images)

A few weeks back Zack Snyder got the blood boiling of every individual in Hall #4 of the San Diego Convention Center. Snyder apparently rushed onto a flight and accompanied a small tidbit of his upcoming project, “Batman v Superman – Dawn of Justice”. The minisule trailer might’ve lacked in screen time but man, did it send quakes amongst the crowd.

I don’t have access to the footage but from first blush I’ve rallied that it portrays Batman (Ben Affleck) pulling the tarp off the Bat-Signal, turning it on and glaring into the night with his white “sonar” eyes. The Bat-Signal rules the night sky for a second when after the crack of thunder you see Superman (Henry Cavill) standing in front of the Bat-Signal and staring back at the caped crusader with his red laser eyes. Batman retorts the stare with the same sonar eyes and clearly has the “What the heck are you doing here”, look. The trailer ends there and the crowd is nothing short of pumped.

In my opinion, It’s great to see Zack Snyder utilizing Frank Miller’s version of the Batman logo. Snyder has also resorted to the “armoury” adaptation of Batman, as portrayed in the comics. After all, the dark knight will need some extra “layering”, to battle Superman. You can’t really distinguish if this scene portrays Gotham or Metropolis, but if you follow the comics then history does dictate the most of the battles between Supes and Bats has been in Gotham. That’s it for the teaser. Cavill’s look hasn’t really changed since the last Superman movie, so there isn’t really much to exasperate over the man of steel. Zack Snyder also teased the audience with his rendering of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). While I won’t elaborate on the Amazonian princess in depth, I will say that she appears to be a decent fit. Many had concerns that she’s anemic for the role, yet it seems that she’s packed on some muscles and has done justice with Snyder’s foresight of Wonder Woman.

So, are the fans receiving what they want? Thus far, it appears that most of the fanfare is content with the teaser, and while appearance is a subject of discussion, the main focal point will be the storyline’s fluidity. I really hope Zack Snyder doesn’t make this Batman’s movie. It should be evenly distributed between Cavill and Affleck. Granted Ben does shoulder star power but it doesn’t mean that the caped crusader should receive all the accolades.

“Batman v Superman”, by no doubt is a shoe in for the Justice League and will be out in theatres in May 2016. Patience fellow fans, patience! Let’s hope Zack Snyder’s iteration of this movie does justice for the millions eager fans.

What are your thoughts on this upcoming flick? Does it look promising?


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Daily Prompt: Just Another Day – Peaceful Moments


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Our days our organized around numerous small actions we repeat over and over. What’s your favorite daily ritual?

Pressing the repeat button in our lives is exigent. Whether it’s an unadorned action or a substantially bigger task, you adhere to the routine, cause it’s a part of your life.

Praying for me is paramount. It’s an intimacy I commit daily and is a peaceful experience everyone should enact. Not only is praying essentially a high order of commendation in my faith, but the proximity and peace one experiences is truly gratifying. The sensation, the oneness, the silent colloquy with God are moments in the day I absorb a true bonding with my lord.

Is praying something you do everyday?


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Creativity of a Hockey Lover

My son was invited to a birthday party from a fellow teammate. The family celebrating rented out a facility that consisted of a cool miniature “3 on 3” hockey rink that kept the kids engaged. While many father’s huddled in packs, sipping on the heated spoils of winter, other fathers were amazed at the level of sustenance required in running such an establishment.

As temperatures slithered below a tolerable level, Ken (the goalie’s father) and I whisked away to explore all the other facilities the “hockey loving” owner had brewed up. Unfortunately, besides the rare jerseys encased up, there weren’t anymore headline news coming from this place.

However, the two of us kept roaming around like two lost mules where Ken finally caught this from the corner of his eye. (See below)


The “Hockey Bench”

Creatively, the “hockey savvy” owner recycled many sticks and amassed them into a neat little bench. He didn’t deduct any reputation of Canada’s favourite pastime and even tossed in the “goalie’s touch” and utilized a netminder’s paddle as a unique sidearm. Ken and I were left jaw dropped and couldn’t stop appreciating this bench. I gave it a test and hesitantly sat down. It felt like I was on a park bench but was more comfortable, maybe the number of sticks involved hugged the curves better. Regardless, it was a hit! This bench can be found at the “Rink of Dreams” in Milton, Ontario.

Have you ever encountered something uniquely crafted?


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Wordless Wednesday: Winter Freeze



January 22, 2014 · 12:40 pm

Daily Prompt: But No Cigar – The Chase for Perfection


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Tell us about a time things came this close to working out… but didn’t. What happened next? Would you like the chance to try again, or are you happy with how things eventually worked out?

I partake in an ethic ball hockey league called “i-Slam Ball Hockey.” It’s a fabulous non-profit organization that dumps the remainder of the proceeds into various charitable societies, after paying all the arena rental/jersey fees. For example, some years ago, our organization kindly handed a lumpy $12,500 in donations to the Hospital for Sick Children here in Toronto.

This league is segregated into two tiers; tier one and tier two. Tier one is for the adept and “mostly” young at heart, whereas tier two is more recreation and caters to the seasoned, plus some newbies. Regardless, both tiers are full of cheers. I’ve been around the block with this league and have committed my fall activities within their realms. The league’s hallmark season starts in September, but we’ve recently begun a spring season that commences subsequent to the fall.

Last year I felt the heat from many players that insisted I GM (General Manager) a team. Makes sense doesn’t it, since I knew most of the movers and shakers since the league’s inception. I swayed the idea for some time and buckled, only thing was that I needed to have a partner to GM. There wasn’t anyone smoother to tandem with than my buddy Haris Mallick. Our friendship originates back from the days of Sunday Hockey (pick up), we fountained and shelved the “Blade Runners” (our own hockey team) and I knew that working again with Haris would be awesome.

Eventually we drafted what we had a perceived a “competitive” team. Week in and week out, our team managed to collect a handful of wins and ties that eventually had “Yaqeen” (our team’s name) residing in first place. Mind you that every team plays 10 games and the top 4 out of 6 qualifies for the playoffs. The conclusion of the season quickly approached and many teams were in, “desperation mode.” Yaqeen was unbeaten in nine and was craving to notch ten. However, our last regulation match was against a team that was hungrier than us, a challenge bigger than one can imagine. Though many rival GM’s and teams stuck around to watch the last match of regular season, many wondered if Yaqeen would finally sip the cup of defeat or if Zuhd could do the unimaginable.

I wasn’t in the greatest of moods since many of my teammates were absent; on top of that there was this raging pressure to finish the year perfect, but how? So many key weapons were absent that my roster was cut down to half. A loss would knock my team for a first place cushion to second. We had 9 guys and a goalie, ready to give it our best and for the first time ever our bench looked thin. We sucked it up, prayed for the best and dived in. Mind you, the remnants of that night’s roster were still character guys, gents that knew the game and competed themselves to the final second.

The game went back and forth as both teams were adjusting to the pace. After many chances, my boys got Yaqeen on the board. Playing as defensive minded as possible, the guys managed to hold the fort as the first of two periods finally halted. Enter the second period. Zuhd got back on the board to even things out. My team never gave up and utilized their energy wisely. Momentum swayed like a pendulum till Yaqeen popped another one in to take a 2-1 lead. Zuhd’s troops didn’t give up as their urgency finally dictated the remainder of the game. The opposition scored the equalizer and pulled their goalie for the extra attacker. With a mere 19 seconds left in the game, our goalie was tumbled over by player (who was pushed) and was late in smothering a loose ball infront of him. The rest was history as Zuhd shovelled the ball in a yawning open net. Zuhd’s roar spoke volumes. It was a nasty feeling since we weren’t used to losing.

So close to the 10 game unbeaten streak, but no cigar.

I was overwhelmed with our team’s success. Despite losing in the playoffs, we’re still heroes that’ll maintain our heads high in pride.

Have you ever come close to achieving something?

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Ice Storm Aftermath


One of the many trees damaged in Toronto’s ice storm. This across my street.


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