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Why So Serious?

giphy-downsizedRecently, I wrote about what we knew about the Joker origin movie. If you haven’t read it, here you go.

In it, I mentioned that I am not in favour of this film being made and that I would restrain my rant about it for another time.

So, here it is.

Since writing that article, more information has come out. The most noteworthy piece is about the leading role.

According to several reports, it seems that Wanner Bros has their eye on a certain somebody for the role of the Clown Prince of Crime.

Leonardo DiCaprio.

Yeah, you read that right. Leonardo DiCaprio.

I will be totally honest, I don’t know how I feel about this casting choice. I also don’t think that should form an opinion until it is confirmed that he will play the Joker.

Frankly, I don’t really care.

tenor (1)Here is the thing, I love the Joker. He isn’t Batman’s arch villain for nothing after all.

However, I do not want a live action movie about his origin. We already have The Killing Joke, which is one of my favourite comics of all time. It is the perfect version of his origin, in my opinion.

They even tried to bring The Killing Joke to life in an animated movie, look how well that turned out.

Not to mention, one of the best parts of The Killing Joke hints that even the Joker himself doesn’t know his true origin story.

“Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes another… if I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!”

The only time we have seen the Joker’s origin in live action, as far as I know, is 1989’s Batman. Even then, it was not the focus of the film. They showed us what we needed to know and the connection between Joker and Batman.

I don’t think you can have a live action movie solely about Joker’s origin. Going back to The Killing Joke, the animated film was one hour and 26 minutes long. Most Hollywood movies are at least two hours. Heck, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was three hours and three minutes long!

giphy (2)I understand that there might be a bit more in this film that just his origin, but to make the focus of a live action film his origin is not a good idea, at least in my opinion.

On top of that, several people on Twitter pointed out that one of the reasons that Joker is so beloved is that we know next to nothing about him.Even in The Killing Joke.

In fact, it is an established trait in many iterations of the character that he lies about his background. Whether to scare people like in The Dark Knight or to gain sympathy from people like Harley.

I’m sure there are several fans out there who are looking forward to this film, I for one am not.

I do have one question for DiCaprio, or whoever they get to play Joker, are you ready to dance with the Devil in the pale moonlight?

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Let the games begin!

Mercy.pngOverwatch‘s summer event is already off to a good start in my book.

The event kicked off a few days ago and every since I have struggled to pry myself away from my PS4. I am on a mission to get every single skin from this event.

Can you blame me? They are awesome! While I love them all, my favourite has to be Grillmaster:76 with Mercy’s skin a very close second.

To be completely honest, I am a bit miffed that Ana and D.Va didn’t receive any skins. However, I’m willing to overlook that since the skins we have been given are fantastic.

I am having a ball playing Lúcioball. It is the most fun mode I have ever played in Overwatch. I’m surprisingly good at it, despite the fact that I rarely play as Lúcio. If anything, this game mode has taught me how to play as everyone’s favourite video game DJ.

I have played a fair about of the competitive Lúcioball, but it is a lot more fun when you team up with friends in the regular version. In fact, bring at least one friend to competitive, It helps take the edge off.

Here is a warning if you haven’t played Lúcioball that I wish someone would have warned me about, own goals count. If you accidentally nudge the ball into your goal, your opponents get the point.

JunkratI don’t want to admit how many own goals I have made, but it is an embarrassing experience. Especially if your friends take the mick out of you for it.

Side note, I love the music that plays during Lúcioball matches.

This has to be my favourite Overwatch event yet. Well done, Blizzard. Keep up the good work.

Just give me some decent items in my Loot Boxes, ok? I don’t need any more voice lines, thanks.

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Doctor, Doctor

giphy (7).gifIs it safe to talk about this topic yet?

Like many from the UK, I grew up watching Doctor Who. I stopped watching after the second season of Matt Smith’s run, but I have watched several of the newer episodes.

So, as a female fan of this show, who grew up idolising and wanting to be The Doctor, what is my opinion on the new female Doctor?

Meh.

To be completely honest, I was never begging for a female Doctor in the first place. For me, as long as the writing was good and the actor brought something new and interesting to the iconic Time Lord I was happy.

Not to mention, everyone has a favourite Doctor. Everyone has their own opinions on what makes a good Doctor and why their favourite is the best.

giphy (11).gifFor example, my favourite is David Tennent. He brought a lot of joy to the role but could deliver dramatic and even heartbreaking performances. Matt Smith never clicked with me the way Tennent did, which was why I stopped watching the show.

Do not get the wrong idea, I am happy that Jodie Whittaker landed the role. I can also understand why a lot of people are ecstatic about our new leading lady. 

However, I don’t think it is fair to put Whittaker on a pedestal for the sole reason that she is female. I also don’t want her to face an uphill struggle to meet the fandoms high expectations for her.

I have seen some pretty nasty complaints (If you can call them that) about the casting, yet I fail to see the problem. It has been hinted in the show for a while that Time Lords can regenerate into the opposite sex, in fact, The Master became The Mistress Aka Missy.

Not to mention that the show has had its fair share of social and political commentary over the past 50 years. Covering topics such as corrupt governments, genocide and racism. Of course, let’s not forget Captain Jack Harkness, who flirted with both males and females.

Really, it was only a matter of time before a female piloted the TARDIS.

Whittaker, I wish you all the best. I am rooting for you!

giphy (8)I will end on this note. If they really wanted to go all the way to please the die hard fans, they should have cast a ginger woman.

I’m just saying!

 

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Welcome, Doomfist!

tenorAfter a long wait, Doomfist is finally here!

However, before we go any further let’s address the elephants in the room.

Firstly, you can only play as Doomfist in the PC PTR. If you are a console peasant like me, you are going to have to wait a little longer before you can test out the latest hero.

Secondly, he isn’t voiced by Terry Crews.

Now that I have got that out of the way, I am already in love with this guy.

In my less than humble opinion, he has the best Origin animation of any Overwatch character. If you haven’t seen it, it is at the bottom of this ramble, you are welcome.

I have to say, while it would have been awesome for Terry Crews to provide the voice for Doomfist, it didn’t take long for Sahr Ngaujah to win me over. His deep calm voice is perfect for a powerful and intimidating person like him.

doomDoomfist also adds to the lore of the Overwatch universe. A high-ranking member of Talon armed with charm, intelligence and determination, he climbed the ranks after killing his teacher, the former Doomfist.

I am interested to see what his relationship is like with fellow Talon members, such as Widowmaker and Reaper.

I really like his design, he has an intimidating presence, unlike any other character in the game.

I’m sorry, I can’t take Reaper seriously. Don’t get me wrong, I like him but come on! He is such an Edgelord, I can’t help but laugh at him.

I am looking forward to playing as him and seeing first-hand what he is capable of. I am interested in learning more about Talon, so hopefully with Doomfist now in the game, we will get a better look into the inner workings of the criminal enterprise.

Welcome to Overwatch, Doomfist!

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Falling for fantasy

2bdf6825a39f013d4c779ec690aba404Back in February of last year, I talked about Final Fantasy 14 and how I had fallen head over heals for it. However, due to college I had to stop playing it for a while and I didn’t start playing it again until recently, and that was due to my best friend poking and prodding me to catch up as the latest expansion Stormblood is coming out next month.

I finally gave in and jumped back into Eorzea last week, and while I am still a tad rusty, I have fallen in love with this game again. I had almost forgotten how much fun it was and how cute my character was.

I am rather ashamed to admit this, but FF14 was the first Final Fantasy game I ever played. Back in 2016, I had a passing knowledge of the franchise but that was as far as I went into it. Since then, I have played the original FF7 to see what the fuss was all about and the latest game in the series, FF15. 

FF15 prides itself on being a game for both long-time fans and newcomers alike. No, really, It says that every time you start up the game. As someone who isn’t exactly a newcomer yet, I am certainly not a long time fan, I would have to agree with their claim.

kawaiiTo be honest, FF15 threw me for a loop when I started playing but the charm of the game won me over. I fell in love with the characters, particularly Prompto, Ignis and Cindy. That being said, it was the Chocobos that stole my heart.

Chocobos are my favourite element of the Final Fantasy games. I realise that might sound really dumb but hear me out. They are both adorable and useful, not to mention loyal. They can even heal you when you get to a high enough level in FF14. While playing FF15 (mild spoiler incoming) you are given the choice to go straight to Lestallum to continue the story or go to the Chocobo Post. Guess which one I picked?

Yes, there has been a horrific event and the fate of my kingdom rests on my shoulders, but Chocobos! This is why I should never be trusted with power and responsibility, I would abandon it all for anything cute.

final-fantasy-15-1After playing these three games, I wish I had played the other games in the series sooner. So I want to ask you a few questions regarding this series, which of the games should I play? Which ones hold up and which one is your favourite? Please let me know.

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Happy Birthday, Overwatch!

overwatch-anniversaryTime flies when you are having fun, or when you are screaming at your team to get on the payload, same difference when you are playing Overwatch.

Jokes aside, I can’t believe that it has been a year since Overwatch made its debut. In just a year this game gained a massive following and intense fandom.

I said this before, but I avoided the game up until November (why? Well, that is another story so if you want to know here you go) which I seriously regret as this is now one of my favourite games. On top of this, I missed out on several events.

No point in dwelling on the past, let’s look at what we have to look forward to in just a few days time.

tumblr_oq6ikuxqAo1qaywrho1_400.gifFirstly, the skins. I suspect this might be an unpopular opinion, but I am a little disappointed by the new skins.  I really like the Soldier 76 one but I don’t have any feelings towards the other three. I hope there are more skins on offer when the event rolls around.

In terms of emotes, I want them now, they are so cute! Particularly Sombra’s. Speaking of Sombra, I am looking forward to playing in the new maps but the one that caught my eye was Sombra’s hideout.

We have also had a taste of some of the voice lines, and while I like them all my favourite has to be Soldier 76’s “I’m not your father” line. I burst out laughing when I heard it.

In case you aren’t active in the fandom, there is a popular portrayal going around of 76 being a father figure to the younger characters which has paved the way for some adorable fanart and some adult fanart.

Word of warning, never google Overwatch without the safe search on.

fuckthewifiWith one little voice line, Jeff and the Overwatch team show that they are keeping up with the fandom, but this isn’t the first time they have done this. Jeff has stated before that he likes seeing all the different interpretations of the characters. Though apparently Solider 76 isn’t a fan of the fandom’s interpretation.

Despite starting off on the wrong foot, I have fallen head over heals for Overwatch. While my heart still belongs to Team Fortress Two, I think we can all agree that Overwatch has certainly made an impact in the gaming community and truly deserves the praise it has received.

Happy First Birthday, heroes! I’m looking forward to what you will bring in the future.

If you haven’t played Overwatch yet there is a free weekend taster coming up next week, so I recommend giving it a shot. Seriously, what are you waiting for?

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Free Comic Book Day 2017

187696_1039353_14Yesterday was Free Comic Book Day also known as the best day of the year. This year there was 50 free comics handed out including manga.

I have been attending Free Comic Book Day events for the past three years.

In previous years, I would hang around town for a bit after grabbing my free goodies, but not this year. Mainly because I was too tired and I wanted to enjoy the decent weather at home while it lasted.

This year my quest for comics began at the ungodly hour of half past five. Having packed my kindle, water and snacks the night before so I thought I was properly prepared for the day. I only had an hour before my train arrived at the station.

I arrived at the growing queue at Forbidden Planet Glasgow around seven, I was number 12 when I took my spot in the line so I hoped I would I manage to pick up one of the limited Pop figures.

The kindle turned out to be unnecessary as I ended up having a good chat with fellow comic book fanatics as we waited.

18221762_704103523105220_6299482683022410860_nAfter waiting for an hour and finally being allowed into the store, I emerged the proud owner of a free Gold Iron Fist Funko figure. I also managed to pick up the second volume of the KonoSuba light novel for 20% off. Needless to say, I’m quite chuffed.

Since only five customers were let in at a time, I was in the third group to enter. This may be my third year, but the sight of free comics will never be less than beautiful.

By the time I left the store the queue stretched from the door up past several shops. I was glad I got in when I did.

In terms of this years line up of comics, I was pretty impressed. My personal favourite was Buffy: The High School Years, and this is coming from someone who still hasn’t got around to watching Buffy. It’s on my Netflix list, I will watch it soon I promise! In fact, Buffy: The High School Years has encouraged me to not only read the comic line but watch the show. 

stl037303-1493676590475_1280wAll-New Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were tied at a close second. I like the art style of All-New Guardians of the Galaxy and I am interested in where the storyline will go.

As for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I love almost everything in the franchise, minus the Michal Bay films, so it was guaranteed that I would enjoy this year’s free comic.

All in all, I would have to say that this was a great Free Comic Book Day, and I can’t wait for the next on in 2018!