Captain’s Log: February 2016

Netflix as the Savior of Shows (#RenewYoungJustice)

This month has been big for Netflix revival shows; at the tail end of January, it was announced that Netflix would be continuing Gilmore Girls, which ended in 2007. On February 26th, they launched the sequel series to 90’s sitcom Full House, fittingly titled Fuller House.

As the nerdier type, I’ve always loved the DC superhero cartoon Young Justice. It centers around a group of teenage superheroes, including Robin, Kid Flash, and Aqualad, who serve as young parallels to their Justice League counterparts. Throughout the duration of the show, we see the team expand and bond as they fight the supervillains of the world. The series ran on Cartoon Network for two seasons before being cancelled because it didn’t sell enough toys, or because the studios didn’t want females watching it, depending on which rumors you believe.2016 Feb 3

The second season was added to Netflix this month. As soon as I saw “New Episodes” written under the Young Justice logo on Netflix, you bet your bottom dollar I started watching it again. And it was wonderful. The series balances a large ensemble cast rather well, and still finds time to give each character the attention they deserve. Unfortunately, certain plot-lines remained unresolved after the cancellation. Season 3 would have been awesome.

Would have been? Could be. Khary Payton, voice of Aqualad, tweeted something cryptic when the second season went up on Netflix.

 

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After this, rumors began surfacing that Netflix was going to look into the viewership numbers and see whether or not there is an audience for a potential third season. In this way, Netflix has done a great thing, in bringing power to the viewers, letting them make the decisions when Networks are wrong.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

It was announced early this month that OH MY GOODNESS HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD WILL BE RELEASED AS A BOOK THANK YOU J.K ROWLING.

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For fans of the series, this is amazing. Certainly, most of us who wouldn’t be able to see it assumed that at some point it would be released as a book, but now that it’s actually been confirmed, I am simply thrilled. The Cursed Child has the cultural importance of being the eighth book in the series. It is worth noting that although this is a play and not a novel, but it is a book nonetheless. Once again, readers will be able to return to Hogwarts, a place which has already brought so much joy into our lives.

The Final Batman v. Superman Trailer

We’re less than a month away from the trainwreck rolling into the station from the release of Batman v. Superman. A final trailer was released, and it makes this film look a little less dramatic. It shows an interesting sequence in which we see Alfred walking Batman through a mission. That seems really cool. I like both Jeremy Irons and Ben Affleck in the respective roles.

As much as I want to downplay this movie, this is awesome

But then we move onto Superman and Lex Luthor and Wonder Woman; it feels like there might just be a bit too much going on for one movie. *Potential Spoiler* Zack Snyder tweeted a picture with Jason Momoa which showed a character’s costume in the background (how do you not think about that kind of thing when sending it out?). It just feels like there’s a bit much going on and it might be all too rushed together. (Though, to be fair, that picture is from the Justice League set.)

I worry that this movie is going to be big and sloppy and heavy-handed. Who knows. We’ll have to see next month.

Deadpool

Deadpool made a lot of waves by having the greatest R-Rated opening of all time. At this point, the film has made over $600 Million. This is a wide profit margin, considering that the film’s budget was reduced in the process of making it.

This is nice to see for the character; after the X-Men Origins: Wolverine film, in which Deadpool made his debut was a watered-down bastardization of the character which disappointed the fans. The Deadpool seen in the new film is funny, crude, and wild, just as the character should be.

Shortly after the film had hit the market, a sequel was confirmed. I always wonder about what it’s like when a studio confirms a sequel, seeing as for some films (like Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy) this is done so quickly.

The Oscars

I don’t have much to say about this year’s Academy Awards. Leonardo Dicaprio won, finally. As I said in my January post about the Oscars, I thought there were performances which were perhaps more deserving, but I’m glad for Leo; he’s earned it. Over the years, he’s had some truly stellar performances.

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A friend of mine called him one of the greatest actors to have ever lived. This is perhaps a little too eager, but at only 41 years old, I expect that this might not be his only Oscar.

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

(It seems almost obligatory that I mention Star Wars as frequently as I can.) This month, I read through a little volume which has become a hit among people who love film and literature (including but not limited to me); William Shakespeare’s Star Wars. I read the first one, Verily, A New Hope.

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It’s a great deal of fun, and really shows how broad the themes of Star Wars are. My one objection is that the dogfight sequence does not translate that well to a play, but that doesn’t ruin the experience.

 

Anyway, that’s all I have to say about February; there wasn’t much, but I think that there’s a lot to look forward to.

Posts for this month:

A Modest Proposal for Superhero Films: Let’s Cut the BS

Superbowl 50 (Superbowl L?)

Surrealism and Sales

The Batman Singularity: A Modern Perspective on Batman ’66

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3 thoughts on “Captain’s Log: February 2016

  1. Batman vs Superman: So excited for it
    Deadpool: He rocks and that’s all I have to say 🙂
    Leo finally wining: Good, the world can now look into some other real matters, like say Climate Change. Oh, sorry! That’s what he already said in his wining speech.

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