Since 2013 Warner Bros has taken DC Comics in a new direction with their movies as they seek create a cinematic universe of their very own. So far the DC Films (or the DC Extended Universe) has had five films to its name but the new franchise has been, more or less, met with criticism-both sensical and a bit ridiculous. Personally I have enjoyed the DC Films as, despite some issues, the films have ranged from enjoyable, different, solid and down right underrated. I realize this not a popular statement to make but that is the curse of having my own opinion. Be that as it may, despite the setbacks this cinematic universe presses on with its next film in the series: Aquaman. Directed by James Wan Aquaman centers on the iconic hero known for talking to fish. The character made his official debut in last year’s Justice League but now the hero sets out on his own; but the question is does Aquaman sink or swim? Seeing the film for myself I can safely say that Aquaman does not just swim but rides the cinematic ocean with the greatest of ease.
For years the movie world has been familiar with the wall crawling, quip spewing, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. The iconic hero of Marvel Comics has been an established film franchise and continues to be a prominent one even to this day. Yet as popular as the Web Slinger is, so too are the characters that surround him. One in particular is none other than the dark antagonist known as Venom. Whether he is Spider-Man’s arch nemesis or the lethal protector Venom has been a vital character for both Spidey and Marvel. The character made his cinematic debut in 2007’s Spider-Man 3, and ever since then the character has been slated for a solo film. It took some time but at long last the iconic supervillain has received his own film in the movie simply known as Venom. Directed by Reuben Fleischer Venom is not only a rebooted tale for the character but also slated to be the first of Sony’s very own series of Spider-Man spin-offs films. Needless to say there is plenty riding on this movie. Well the time had finally come to see if Venom had what it took to stick on the silver screen, and after watching the film I have to say this spin-off movie is a little bittersweet.
Superheroes are an all too common concept in this day and age. The idea of heroes saving the day has branched off into a number of mediums including televisions and of course movies. It is no different for the likes of anime as making a scene for Toei Animation is none other than My Hero Academia. The manga by Kohei Horikoshi is becoming a global hit as the story of Izuku Midoriya becoming the world’s greatest hero continues to grow in popularity. It has come to the point where the anime has followed many before it and gained its very own movie-My Hero Academia:Two Heroes. Directed by Kenji Nagasaki Two Heroes brings the uprising series to the big screen which could very well bridge My Hero’s popularity into a new format. The film has been in Japanese theaters since August and now the movie has arrived here in the states for a limited release. Animes transitioning to a celluloid format is no easy feat as it can contrast with a series’ storytelling. So for me the question going into this movie was could My Hero Academia make this transition? After watching the movie I can safely say that My Hero Academia: Two Heroes is indeed a solid outing for the series.