The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 141 – Oh Jeffrey

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Big News
This week we chat about the trailers for Birds of Prey, The Expanse Season 4 and Rick and Morty Season 4, and the Playstation 5 announcement.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing
Adam – Maskerade (Discworld 18) by Terry Pratchett and The Taiga Syndrome by Cristina Rivera Garza/The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance on Netflix/The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Remake on Nintendo Switch

Ian – Rosewater by Tade Thompson and The Bone Ships by R.J. Barker/Fleabag (National Theatre live version)/Untitled Goose Game and Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast on Nintendo Switch

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 69 – Miller Time

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This week we chat about the new Rogue One trailer, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (please), the new Ghostbusters possibly not getting a sequel, No Man’s Sky and Kevin Conroy’s opinion of Batman’s murderous nature in Batman V Superman.

Screentime – Double Feature of Suicide Squad & Stranger Things

This week we did a Screentime two-parter. First Adam and Ian review and discuss Suicide Squad, the latest DC cinematic universe film from David Ayer and Warner Brothers. We go through what we thought of the film, what we didn’t like and try desperately to think of something we did like about it. We do go fairly spoiler heavy, so if you care about having the film spoiled then skip from 18:20-44:15.

In the second part we were joined by our pal Kirsty Flower, who plays Dariah on our D&D podcast Total Reroll, and the three of us chatted about Stranger Things. We mainly did this because we knew we were going to be very negative about Suicide Squad, and wanted to talk about something much more positive! We went into what we liked about the show and try desperately to think of something we didn’t like. We don’t go nearly as far into spoiler territory for this part, but there are minor spoilers so if you haven’t watched it yet (and you should) then skip from 44:15-61:43.

Now Playing 

Adam Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett/Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Series 6/Finished Uncharted 4 on PS4
Ian Proxima by Stephen Baxter/Stranger Things on Netflix/Monument Valley

 

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Comic Book Movies We’d Like To See – DC Edition

Our pal Kit sometimes write for the site! This is one of those times.

So this article is mainly going to be me just throwing some ideas out there for, like the title says, some comic book films I’d like to see and why. One small caveat to get out of the way first though: I am completely unqualified to do this in any real capacity, my opinion is no more valid than an eight-year-old’s who want to see a film about Spider-Man fighting ninja dinosaurs. Wait. That sounds awesome. I’ll do three of these articles (unless I get ideas for more!) – this one for DC, one for Marvel and one for Image or Dark Horse.

Anyway, as you may have guessed by some of my other articles so far I’ve been much more a fan of the Marvel movies than the DC ones. When it comes down to it Marvel have done a much better job at producing films I’m the target audience of: relatively close to the comic books, able to have a bit of fun and usually a bit tongue in cheek and plenty of kick ass action. DC have stuck with the dark and gritty narrative, which works well for Batman (plus villains), but that’s about it unless you take the heroes in a very different direction. To be fair they did try something more ‘fun’ with the Green Lantern and look where that left them. Even so, with this in mind, these are the films I’d like to see DC produce:

  • Harley Quinn and the Joker

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If you’re like me you may not be too keen on the way Harley’s looking in the Suicide Squad. Her costume makes her look like that nurse on the front cover of that Blink 182 album and so far the promotions have hinted at a ditzy blonde. What I’d like to see in this case is DC go right into the deep end of dark and gritty to tell the original story of how Dr Harleen Quinzel and the Joker became lovers.

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Set in Arkham Asylum we’d see the young criminal psychiatrist Dr Quinzel start out working in the Asylum. We’d see her interest in the criminally insane drive her to working with more and more extreme patients, until she meets the worst of them all, the one who’s driven past psychiatrists and carers to insanity or suicide, the Joker. She begins working with him and learns well, how he got those scars! At least, how he says he did. He paints her a tragic back story and she begins to think she can ‘fix’ him. Bit by bit it feels like she’s making progress, but instead he’s been working away at her, eating away at her sanity and drawing her in more and more. Eventually he tells her how special she is to him and that’s it. She loves him. She breaks him out and if you want to throw in a Bat-cameo, now’s the perfect time! They battle him and eventually lose. The Joker betraying the now Harley Quinn to get away. She herself is now taken to Arkham Asylum, fully integrated into the Harley Quinn persona, angry and swearing revenge on the man she loved. In the final scene she finds a single flower and a note from the Joker. She opens it and for the final line of the film she simply says “I love you Mr J” or something to that effect.

This would need to be a full blown psychological thriller of course. Less fighting, more watching somebody’s mind unravel.

  • Superman Red Son

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Superman goes evil and begins to take over the world or be worshipped as a god so Bats comes out to teach him a lesson? Boring. Superman lands in the Soviet Union, not Kansas, and as his powers develop is he is brought into Stalin’s inner circle to rise up and become ultimate embodiment of communist ideology to rule Russia, and bit by bit, the world? Now that sounds interesting. This is a fantastic comic, I doubt it’d ever reach the screens of Hollywood, but it would be an excellent way to give you something a bit different for the original superhero so many now just find boring. And you know what? You can even throw in Cossack Batman for good measure. This would be a more traditional Superman film, with the ideology flipped on its head. Superman is personification of Communism, Soviet Justice and the Russian way and Lex Luthor is the American hero desperately trying to come up with a plan to stop him.

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This is one of my favourite Superman stories, the comic is fantastic so check that out as this is unlikely to ever hit the big screen.

  • Wonder Woman

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Seriously DC. Get on with this, and do it well. Wonder Woman is a fantastic character. Read the Blood and Guts volumes in the DC New 52 initial run. Wonder Woman is at her best when the gender politics are put aside and instead of writing the usual patronising story of a ‘strong independent woman trying to prove herself in man’s world’ she does what she does best: kick the crap through the pantheon of Ancient Greek gods and monsters. There’s plenty of literature to give motivation for story arcs as well, as it turns out most of the Greek gods tended to be assholes who spent most of their free time backstabbing each other or setting monsters loose… for reasons… Let’s have Ares lead a war against Hades, or Poseidon battle it out with Gaia or hell. Or it turns out Zeus put his dick in something he shouldn’t have and shenanigans ensue (about 80% of Greek myths start this way).

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As we know DC do have plans for a Wonder Woman film in the works, which I really want to be good. We’ll have to wait and see I suppose.

 

I’ll leave it there with an element of each of DC’s trinity there. Joker and Harley from the Batman mythos, a fresh take on Supes and actually starting Wonder Woman. Other films I’d love to see for DC:

  • Batman and Robin. But good this time (and no, his name is not Robin, that’s his title. Get it right).
  • The Martian Manhunter.
  • Nightwing
  • Black Canary

Let me know what you think! Anything you’d like to see DC do? Anything you wouldn’t? Anything you like or dislike in my suggestions?

Next time round I’ll have a go at Marvel!

Kit

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 38 – The ‘Not Liking It’ Camp

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, brought to you by The Lost Lighthouse.

This week we chat about the photos released showing Jared Leto’s new Joker and the rest of the cast of Suicide Squad, the fantastic looking film that is Big Game, and the puzzling cancellation of Silent Hills, while Gary doesn’t like mind control and Adam rags on Joker’s Xtreme new tattz.

Our main talking point this week was Avengers: Age of Ultron. SPOILER ALERT we talked about the whole plot, so if you haven’t seen it yet and don’t want it spoiled for you, stop listening when you hear the alarm! We chat about what we liked and disliked about the plot, the characters and the direction for the MCU as it goes into Phase 3, reading out some of your comments as well!


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DC Preview Review!

Kit has some opinions about what DC and WB have shown off from their upcoming cinematic universe. His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of TLL. Though we agree with most of them…

It seems DC have been getting themselves in gear lately to try to build up hype for their cinematic universe. Now I’m going to tell you what to think about it! Well, not really. More like give my own barely informed opinion based on pure speculation, a trailer and a few pictures. But that’s what the internet does with these things, right?

First things first, I’ll get my personal biases out in the open.

  1. I like both Marvel and DC
  2. I read both DC and Marvel comics on a weekly basis (and damn is Scott Snyder’s Batman excellent!)
  3. So far Marvel have a MUCH better film track record (I’ve enjoyed all of the MCU films so far)
  4. DC have made some good films, one truly outstanding one (The Dark Knight), have had some embarrassments (Green Lantern) and some which I really don’t understand why people like them (looking at you Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel)
  5. I am a fan of Batman (this may not come across in my article) I read the Batman comics and have enjoyed most of the Bat Family outings
  6. I think Ben Affleck will make a very good Batman
  7. I am one of the few Superman fans it seems are around in my generation
  8. I have only read three issues of the Suicide Squad.

OK, now that’s out of the way you should probably have a feel for where I stand on things.

Over the last couple of weeks DC have released their trailer for Batman Vs Superman. I may be a bit late to giving my opinion on this one, but it does help beef up the word count! This morning I woke up to pictures of the entire Suicide Squad, so my comments on this should be a bit more punctual!

On with the reviews….

The Suicide Squad

Suicide SquadAs I said before this is pure speculation, based mostly on this one picture and choice of actors. As I said I haven’t read much of the Suicide Squad, however I have encountered all of the character in other DC literature. To give you my abbreviated opinion:

Slipknot – Fine, Captain Boomerang – Fine, Enchantress – Fine, Katana – Awesome, Rick Flagg – Fine, Harley – Not what I expected but looks pretty cool, Deadshot – Fine, The Goomba from the 1993 Super Mario Bros Film – I wasn’t aware Nintendo were in on this? You’d think they’d have made a better contribution… and El Diablo – face looks cool, outfit… like an American college student?

I only have so many words to use here so I’ll give my opinion on three of the new looks:

  • Killer Croc

As you can see, I am no fan of Killer Croc’s look… I can see what they were trying to do, and the face itself looks OK, however where the hell is the rest of him?

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I mean look, the defining features of Killer Croc – he’s freaking huge, he has scaley skin, massive shoulder and neck muscles, the teeth and the half nakedness. (OK, I suppose he still kinda looks like a goomba in some ways…) but this picture is much more intimidating, and it’s not even one of his more monstrous forms. I’m not sure what DC were trying to do with the new Killer Croc look other than ‘keep it more realistic’, which I don’t really see the point of. Bulk him up, add some animatronics or prosthetics or even CGI him like Marvel do with the Hulk. It would look much better than what DC produced.

 

 

 

 

 

That out of the way, onto two that I like…

  • Deadshot

So there seems to have been a bit of controversy over the choice of Will Smith as Deadshot. I think it’s a pretty good one actually. He’s been in a lot of good films over the years and now he’s older it could be a good fit for him. The outfit itself ticks all the boxes. I like it.

  • Harley Quinn

DC haven’t gone with the classic Black and Red onesie I think it would have been fun to see, but she still fits in! They’ve packed in a lot of personality to the costume and she does have the look of someone who was normal but lost it over time. I think Margot Robbie definitely looks the part here.

Overall I’m curious to see what DC do with this, I wouldn’t say I’m pumped for it exactly but it’s their try at tongue in cheeck. Could be good! I would add something about the Joker, but running out of space… to keep it quick – Leto is a great actor, it won’t be the same character as Ledger’s at all but that’s a good thing! He’ll probably be great.

 

Batman vs Superman

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I’m running out of words here so I’ll sum things up quickly: meh…

OK, maybe a little more detail. I like Batman and Superman stories. I like some of the Batman Vs Superman stories (check out Red Son and Injustice). I’m not too big on The Dark Knight Returns though. From what I can tell in the trailer, Superman is being worshipped by people around the globe (interesting idea) and I guess it’s gone to his head? (Not so sure on this) and Batman has decided to kick his ass. And that’s it.

Hmm… I can see why DC are doing this, Batman’s popularity is huge these days and plenty of people will watch this. I just don’t see how a coherent Justice League can be founded on this. I WANT this film to surprise me, for the Batman vs Superman bit to not just be one and a half hours of build up follow by an hour of fighting like Man of Steel was. That was boring. If it were looking more like the Batman/Superman battle was in the first 45 minutes, then they realise they were both being manipulated by Lex Luthor and go deck him in the shnoz I would be more pumped. Batman and Superman have fought so much recently, and if Superman wanted to kill him Batman wouldn’t stand a chance (seriously, no amount of prep could stand up against a coin thrown at light speed or Superman just lasering him from space.. if you disagree with me tell me in the comments, this could be fun!).

I’m not worried about the actors, Ben Affleck is a great actor in serious roles (see Gone Girl and Argo).

I’ve always preferred the stories where their relationship is actually friendly. The eternal optimist in Superman and Batman being moody and dark.

Something more like this: http://imgur.com/gallery/6PzEq

Please prove me wrong DC. But right now I’m not looking forward to many of your films.

Kit

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 26 – Dynamite on Horses

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, brought to you by The Lost Lighthouse.

This week we chat about the lo-fi ultra-real Fantastic Four film coming up, Suicide Squad casting, the terrifying Amazon Echo and Bioware being generally nice folks, while Gary doesn’t like almost all of the news and Adam starts swearing about people that say how many sleeps there are until Xmas. It’s mid-November.

No main talking point this week, but Gary in 60 Seconds is back. This time Gary tries to sum up 1982’s Conan the Barbarian in less than a minute. Does he make it?

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