Official Synopsis Released for the New Batman V. Superman Film

The much-anticipated superhero cross-over film from DC Comics and Warner Bros., Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, has finally released some semblance of a synopsis ahead of its March 25, 2016 debut.

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“Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.”

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It’s still not enough to go on, but it does make some sense of the Official Teaser Trailer we saw this past April. If I had to make some assumptions as to who this “new threat” is, I’d put it down to two characters. My first guess would be Lex Luthor played by Jesse Eisenberg since his character will appear in the film.

My second guess (and this is a long shot), would be Darkseid (pronounced “Darkside”), one of the most powerful beings in the DC universe. Here’s my final guess and it does make some amount of sense, since this character has been a recurring villain for Batman; I’d have to say Deathstroke might be the new threat. He’s high up there in the world of comic book villains and is also linked to Lex Luthor.

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Clearly you can see that DC Comics has told us the film synopsis, but there are still a lot of grey areas and deliberately so. Perhaps the next trailer will give us some more insight. I’m definitely looking forward to the face-off between Batman versus Superman. Even though we all know how that fight will turn out, it’s still worth seeing the live-action interpretation. After all, this is the foundation for The Justice League’s origin story.

The film is directed by Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill (Clark Kent/Superman), Ben Affleck (Bruce Wayne/Batman), and Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman).

Chinese Animated Short Hilariously Shows How Addicted We’ve Become to Our Smartphones

In this Chinese animated short by student animator, Xie Chenglin, our addictions to smartphones are cleverly portrayed by reducing us to one eye and thumbs. It has no dialogue, but it doesn’t need it to effectively communicate the story through very simple hand-drawn characters. From the opening scene to the end, a series of disastrous encounters ensue, each more ridiculous than the former.

A quote worth remembering as we move through our days
A quote worth remembering as we move through our days

The scariest part about watching the nearly three minutes film is how painfully sad, insanely funny and accurate it is all at once! Mind you, it is exaggerated, but you will agree that we’ve all become distracted with our electronic devices in a world driven by being and staying “connected”. Ironically, the world couldn’t be more disconnected and isolated. It’s no wonder it won the 2014 Central Academy of Fine Arts Annual Award.

Some days I’m out and about and I feel like I have to walk for some pedestrians, because they’re always looking down. It’s become quite the obstacle course. It reminds me of a blog I wrote some time ago on a poem entitled “Look Up”.

Peanuts’ Snoopy and Charlie Brown Take to the Big Screen in 3D!

Today I found out the comic strip “Peanuts” by creator, writer and illustrator Charles Schulz will be hitting the silver screen (perfect for 3D projection) next Summer 2015. There are two things you should know about me, the first is I LOVE illustration and the second is that I LOVE animation!! I can’t get enough of both!! It fueled my imagination.

Like some of you, I grew up reading Peanuts comic strip and watching any full length cartoon they made for the holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas). While I’m super-excited to see this new film, I am somewhat concerned about whether or not the integrity of character design for Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang (Lucy, Linus and Woodstock) will be preserved.

There’s nothing more upsetting than seeing characters you’ve grown up with get reintroduced to a whole new audience (mind you a younger one) and there’s all this unnecessary fluff added. Thankfully if this teaser trailer is any indication of what’s to come, I can say that the computer-generated-animators have done a fantastic job ensuring the integrity of varying ink strokes that Peanuts is known for is kept in this “modern” rendition.

I’ve always admired how Mr. Schulz signed his name at the end of each comic strip. I hope this new cartoon keeps his memory alive; he brought a lot of laughter into the world.

Watch the teaser trailer, all of 52 seconds long. I’m curious to hear what you think.