Silly Action Movies That Make Us Laugh

Sales of theater tickets, Blu-Ray discs, and DVDs make it clear that movie-goers still like their traditional action flicks. Something about the drama, suspense, fighting, and special effects is still captivating to the crowds of people looking for entertainment.

Of course, just watching the same tired, old plots gets boring for any genre. New elements must be introduced, from time to time, and that is where action-comedies come in. Continue reading Silly Action Movies That Make Us Laugh

Our Favorite Quips from the Lego Batman Movie

If you like superheroes and hilarious one-liners, The Lego Batman Movie fits right into your repertoire of movie selections. Right from the first moments of the film, there was witty banter that kept both kids and adults laughing for the entire hour and forty-four minutes of show time. Most of our favorite quips from the Lego Batman movie are between Batman and the infamous villain, The Joker. Others are with Richard (his friends call him “Dick”), whom Batman has accidentally adopted. Continue reading Our Favorite Quips from the Lego Batman Movie

Superhero Spotlight: Wonder Woman

Who Is Wonder Woman?

One of the most famous female superheroes in the world is Wonder Woman. She is the DC Comic universe’s most fierce warrior. Her first appearance was at the beginning of World War II and was part of the DC fictional comic book universe that helped the U.S. and U.K. fight against the Nazis. Continue reading Superhero Spotlight: Wonder Woman

9 Things We Love About Jessica Jones

Comic book image of jessica jonesMarvel is best known for its male superheroes. Rarely do we hear about female superheroes taking the spotlight. With the few there are, they seem to fit into a pattern: beautiful, very capable, and lacking fashion in their everyday alter egos; but, what makes a female superhero is broadening, and this is where Jessica Jones comes into play. Continue reading 9 Things We Love About Jessica Jones

Great Stocking Stuffers for Comic Book Fans

Shopping for Christmas gifts for comic book fans is not as hard as you think, even if you’re not a comic book fan yourself. Most fans will open-heartedly talk about their favorite characters.

Be creative and find the gift they will connect with instantly from our suggestions of great stocking stuffers for comic book fans. Comic book-style Superman t-shirt Continue reading Great Stocking Stuffers for Comic Book Fans

Fantastic Female Superheroes Who Inspire Us

Role models are important to shape our personalities when we’re growing up. Having someone to look up to, even if it’s a fictional comic book character, helps us envision the future we’d like to build.

Fortunately, unlike other more conventional publications, comic books have proven over time that superheroes come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. And, most importantly to remind us these days, gender has very little to do with the scope of their superpowers and abilities. Continue reading Fantastic Female Superheroes Who Inspire Us

Comic Relief: How “Teen Titans Go!” Is Reminding Us to Not Take Things So Seriously

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Cartoons and animated television shows are great. Some make toddlers pee themselves laughing, and others make adults do the same. However, one show is attempting to bring comic relief to everyone, no matter their age. Continue reading Comic Relief: How “Teen Titans Go!” Is Reminding Us to Not Take Things So Seriously

Supergirl Attire for Supergirl Fans

Supergirl is a timeless and legendary superhero who has impressed fans for generations. Originally created to be a counterpart to Superman’s well-known character, Supergirl has defied the odds and become a unique character in her own right. Many different versions of Supergirl have emerged over the years, but the most famous and beloved is Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, a strong and independent superhero whose only weakness is the dreaded Kryptonite. Continue reading Supergirl Attire for Supergirl Fans

X-Men Film Series Breakdown

The X-Men film series has been going strong since 2000, when the original X-Men debuted in theaters. Since then, eight additional films, including several spin-offs focused on a single character, have graced the silver screen.

While recent years have seen the popularity of comic books as movies skyrocket, none have proven quite as popular as X-Men. The nine films have collectively grossed more than $3.9 billion worldwide, making it the eighth highest grossing franchise in history.

Two additional sequels are scheduled for release in 2017 and 2018; they will undoubtedly be just as popular as the current and past films. Additionally, the popularity of these films has spawned a wealth of clothing and memorabilia dedicated to the various X-Men characters. Read on for a breakdown of all nine released X-Men films.

Overview of X-Men Films

Given the debate regarding the rankings of all nine movies, the X-Men films are reviewed in the order in which they were released below. We will leave it up to you to decide on your favorite.

  • X-Men

The first film in the series introduces the audience to the conflict between Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and his X-Men, and Magneto (Ian McKellen) and the Brotherhood of Mutants. The two were once friends, but, as they grew up, came to believe in different paths toward human acceptance of mutants. Magneto advocates a forced approach that sometimes turned violent, whereas Professor X believes in peaceful integration.

  • X2

X-Men X2

Colonel Stryker (Brian Cox) brainwashes both Magneto (Ian McKellen) and Professor X (Patrick Stewart) into revealing the location of every mutant on earth using the Cerebro machine, intending to kill them all. Without their respective leaders to guide them, the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants team up to foil Stryker’s plan. They are successful, but lose one of their own in the process.

  • X-Men: The Last Stand

The pharmaceutical industry has developed a mutant-suppressing drug, creating a divide between those in the mutant community who yearn to be “normal” and those who are happy as they are. Magneto (Ian McKellen) forms an army of mutants, including the resurrected Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), and declares war on humans. Some of the mutants fighting against Magneto and Grey, including Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), realize they have a choice to make: kill the one they love or witness the end of humankind.

  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

This film was the first spin-off in the series, and focused on Logan/Wolverine’s (Hugh Jackman) origin story, including his relationship with half-brother Victor Creed (Liev Schreiber) who later becomes his nemesis Sabretooth. Logan’s evolution into Wolverine, including the insertion of indestructible metal into his skeleton, is also detailed, providing context for one of the franchise’s most popular and beloved characters.

  • X-Men: First Class

First Class jumps back in time, beginning with the origins of Professor X when he was just Xavier (James McAvoy), and Magneto, then known as Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender), and moving forward to the start of their relationship in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Along the way, Xavier and Erik meet several other mutants, including Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult), who they recruit to help them stop Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), a former Nazi mutant scientist intent on starting World War III.

  • The Wolverine

After being forced to kill Jean Grey, the woman he loved, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) travels to Japan to reunite with an old friend whose life he saved previously. Along the way, Wolverine defends the friend’s granddaughter from various assassins while he struggles internally with his past decisions. This film only introduces familiar X-Men characters Magneto (Ian McKellen) and Professor X (Patrick Stewart) at the very end, when they meet him upon his return to the U.S. to warn him of a new threat to the mutant race.

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

Days of Future Past jumps between time periods, allowing Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) to return to 1973 to stop an assassination and the ascension of robots known as the Sentinels that are eradicating mutants and their human allies. This film featured the cast of the original X-Men trilogy, as well as the newcomers from First Class, providing context for the characters in the past, present, and future.

  • Deadpool

Deadpool is the first in another spin-off series, following the popular Wolverine franchise. Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), is a former Special Forces officer who is diagnosed with terminal cancer after meeting the love of his life, Vanessa Carlysle (Morena Baccarin). After meeting Ajax (Ed Skrein) who offers him an experimental cure that is actually a ploy to create a race of super-powered slaves, Wilson develops mutant healing powers and plots to get revenge on the man who took everything from him.

  • X-Men: Apocalypse

The most recently released film in the X-Men series centers on the first and most powerful mutant, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), who awakens after thousands of years to find the world very different, and more disappointing, than he left it. He recruits four equally disillusioned mutants, Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Archangel (Ben Hardy), and Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse the earth and start anew. Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Professor X (James McAvoy) band together, along with a number of other mutants the audience has come to know through the series, to stop the end the world.

Top Ten Most Powerful Superheroes

Since the 1930s when Superman became a household word, one of the biggest debates in modern pop culture has concerned which superhero is the most powerful. Of course, given that comic book and movie superheroes get created regularly, there are always new heroes entering the fray.

However, over the years, certain ones seem to get the respect of the majority of fans. The ones below, at least today, are considered by most to be the top ten most powerful superheroes.

  1. Superman

If Superman were to hit you with one of his famous infinite mass punches, nothing would be left but an enormous crater in the ground. His only weakness is kryptonite, and the sun is his unlimited power source. He can move worlds, he once held a black hole in his own hands, and has even revived himself from death.

He could sneeze away a solar system if he so desired. He survives the end of the multiverse and even helps recreate it. He is the ultimate and limitless superhero – an immovable object and an unstoppable force.

  1. Goku

Though not a standard superhero, Goku has no apparent weaknesses. At the young age of 12, he could destroy the moon. In his twenties, he had the power to demolish the entire planet. Later, he gained the ability to transform into and travel at the speed of light particles.

He can travel at 186,000 miles per second and break up to 100 layers of steel with just two fingers. He even has more energy (known as ki in the comics and show) than the sun. His only weakness is his heart – he’s soft on his enemies.

  1. Thor

Thor

The immortal god of thunder and guardian of Asgard, Thor derives unlimited power from the Tesseract. He can absorb all kinds of energy, and with a quick spin of his unstoppable hammer, he can instantly open a wormhole to an alternate universe.

  1. The Hulk

Nothing can overpower The Hulk. With nearly unlimited strength, the ability of rapid tissue regeneration, and limitless stamina, he could easily take on both the DC and Marvel universes combined.

You better not be around during one of his angry rampages. While his powers are limited to physical strength, he outranks almost everyone in this category.

  1. The Silver Surfer

Using the “power cosmic,” he can access a nearly unlimited source of power. The only superhero able to take on Galactus, the Silver Surfer can manipulate time, matter, and energy, and has a genius intellect, indestructibility, and the ability to travel faster than the speed of light.

  1. Manhattan

Dr. Manhattan

Dr. Manhattan can separate, destroy, and even create matter. He can make entire planets disappear if he wants. His lack of compassion allows him to eradicate entire races without so much as batting an eye.

  1. Green Lantern

He has powers of invisibility, an impermeable shield, and the ability to generate any object or form of radiation. His ability to travel through both time and space allows him to teleport anywhere almost instantaneously.

He is invincible to intense temperatures, disease, and bacteria, and has the ability to distort his body. His ring grants him unlimited power: “The most powerful weapon in the universe.”

  1. Batman

Not only is he the only superhero to take on Superman in a fight and win, but he has a rare feature when it comes to pivotal superheroes – the brains to outsmart his rivals. Given the eternal gift of rational and emotionless clarity from his traumatic past, Batman is truly incorruptible.

  1. The Flash

Through the power of the Speed Force, he can run, think, and act faster than the speed of light. He can travel through time, the multiverse, and matter, and even acquire knowledge at a hyper-accelerated rate.

  1. Martian Manhunter

Hailing from the planet Mars, and one of the strongest beings on Earth, comparable to even Superman, he has nine different senses, and both telepathic and regenerative abilities. He also has other capabilities common to Martians, such as flight, super speed, and super strength.

He once helped Superman and Wonder Woman move the entire planet Earth. He has complete control over his own molecular structure – he can increase his own size, increasing his overall strength in the process.

Final Thoughts

Everyone has a favorite childhood superhero. Whether you grew up reading about them in comics, or watching them in cartoons, television shows, or movies, these talented and powerful beings all fight for justice, honor, and valor. They influenced our childhood and allowed us to connect with them. Regardless of which is your favorite, some of the things we learned from them are:

  • Play to your strengths.
  • Defend the weak.
  • Past experiences shape who you are today.
  • Embrace your differences.

Fun Movie and Character Hat Logos for Women

In our grandmother’s day, women’s hats were very special items. Most women wore hats only at Easter time or on formal occasions. They certainly, unless they were tomboys, did not wear baseball caps or any other type of hat with a logo!

Today, however, fun logos on hats for women are fashionable.

Some of the most popular hats for women’s wear are now based on TV and comic book heroes. Wonder Woman, the Avengers, the Justice League, and even the villains and villainesses of the world of films and comics have become great ways to demonstrate a flair for the contemporary look for young and old alike.

Superman

superman hat

The classic Superman hat is a must-have to add some flair to an everyday outfit. A capital S logo on a bright blue hat with yellow and red details provides a simple yet powerful look. Piece it together with jeans and a tee shirt for a timeless ensemble that tells people that you’re on team Superman.

Harley Quinn

There’s nothing like the empowering presence of a woman super villain to show the world your edgy side. The trucker style hat shows the image of Harley’s face painted with her enticing and villainous grin. This hat is an ideal accessory to emphasize your confidence in a slightly intimidating way.

Batman

batman hat

A Batman logo with black and gray features outlined in yellow can be the perfect hat for a chic look. Bruce Wayne is notoriously known for his upscale and professional presence. Channel your inner Batman and put your best foot forward with this hat in your wardrobe.

Robin

The Robin hat showcases a green brim with a red background, and the yellow and black Robin logo on the front. Represent America’s greatest sidekick and give credit where it’s due. By wearing the Robin hat, you show that you’re an authentic fan who appreciates characters even if they’re not the main focus.

Captain America

Support a team that fights against the forces of evil when you wear a classic Captain America hat. Wearing a hat with the name of Captain America on it makes this hat a favorite among women and men. Also, the movie for Captain America: Civil War is currently very popular, which makes it easy for you to show up in style when wearing this hat.

Deadpool

Deadpool is infamously known for fighting against injustice from the mad scientist who gave him powers. This hat is definitely in style due to the recent release of the movie in which Ryan Reynolds plays a superhero with a twisted sense of humor. By rocking this hat, you can keep up with the ever-growing culture of comic books.

Avengers

If the Avengers are your favorite superhero team, then this hat is a must-have. There are many versions of the hat for maximum customizing with your wardrobe. Specifically, the Age of Ultron Hawkeye Metal logo hat features a blend of dark purple, black, and silver for a very dynamic piece of apparel.

Spiderman

A black hat with a bright red spiderweb draped over the top is an easy way to add some gothic flare to your style. Spiderman is everyone’s favorite hero due to his good nature and drive to protect his loved ones. This hat is a classic addition to a massive fan base, and it will help you to continue to support Marvel, The Avengers, and, most of all: Peter Parker, aka Spiderman.

Marvel

The classic Marvel vs. DC debate is a major part of the world of comic books. By choosing Marvel, you let people know where you stand. The upcoming movie for Dr. Strange will be the latest installment in the series of Marvel movies. With this hat, you can credit an entire population of passionate comic book fans.

Hulk

incredible hulk hat

This green hat is convenient for showing off your favorite superhero, and it also functions as last-minute St. Patrick’s Day attire. Especially fitting if you’re someone with an explosive personality. Show off your inner strength by wearing this hat, and people will be made aware of your power.

Joker

Why so serious? This hat enables you to have a little fun with your outfit by wearing something crazier than a normal hat. Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker stood out as one of the best and, with this hat, you can honor a legendary villain. A combination of unsettling and intriguing makes sure the character on this hat will turn heads!

Iron Man

The ominous glare from the legendary Iron Man paints the front of this hat with a combination of yellow and red. It is no secret that Iron Man is well known; he even has his own anthem by the old-school heavy metal band Black Sabbath. Throw this hat into your everyday attire to proudly show your affiliation with a resilient superhero that knows no limits when there is danger around.

Final Thoughts

There is no reason to wear a plain, solid, or striped hat when you can have one that sports a logo. Fun and whimsical, a hat with a logo of your favorite superhero can add a bit of style and individuality to your outfit.

Team Batman or Team Superman? Who Is the Better Hero?

The vigilante, dark, brooding Caped Crusader, or the alien, ethical Man of Steel? The same question has been debated between comic fans since Batman joined Superman in the DC Comics Universe in 1939. There are six major themes that fans argue when considering Batman or Superman:

Powers

When considering powers, Superman undoubtedly beats Batman, simply because without the money billionaire Bruce Wayne has, he would just be a man in a bat suit running around. Superman’s abilities include superhuman strength, speed, senses, endurance, and longevity, as well as flight, heat vision, freezing breath, and x-ray vision.

In contrast, Batman relies on his keen mind, advanced technology, and master martial art skills to defeat his enemies. Without the money from his trust fund, Bruce Wayne would never have been able to afford his vigilante activities, thereby making him ineffective or inactive.

Relatability

Batman far outweighs Superman as a character that readers can relate to. Powers aside, Batman’s character flaws and more realistic storylines make the character easy for readers to empathize with and understand. Superman often comes off as a “do-gooder,” and many of his plotlines involve using brute force to get out of situations. Batman, on the other hand, usually gives off an isolated, brooding personality that is more understanding given the situation he has placed himself in.

Batman portrays real human flaws and often makes mistakes when handling his vigilante alter ego. He uses a motivation and a profound sense of justice, to almost insane amounts, in order to carry on his nightly activities. Superman’s personality almost seems unreachable to readers, due to his overwhelming sense of goodness that most would agree does not showcase the darkness hidden in every human mind.

Villains

Batman undoubtedly beats Superman with the diverse, extensive range of the rogue’s gallery. The Joker, Batman’s archenemy, may be the most feared supervillain in any comic series, due to his chaotic approach to criminality and seemingly lack of care in any sort of goals, like money or power. The Joker is such an important character to the Caped Crusader’s universe, as he provides the complete antithesis to Batman: complete disregard for killing and ethics, and a rejection of all authority or justice.

Batman’s world also includes antiheroes such as Cat Woman, whose ever-changing storylines pit her somewhere in the gray area rather than a stark black and white, good guy versus bad guy narrative found in Superman’s comics. Superman’s arch-enemy Lex Luthor is always pitted as the “bad guy” with none of the real depth or interesting backgrounds that Batman’s villains seem to have.

Finally, the backgrounds Batman provides its villains make them even more compelling and exciting to read. The fall-from-grace plotline of Two-Face to the radical belief system of Poison Ivy give the Dark Knight’s villains more dimension, as well as make it harder for the reader to simply see the universe in a one-way avenue of good versus evil.

Sidekicks

Superman mostly works alone for the majority of his alternate plotlines, but he does have partnerships with Supergirl and Superboy later on in his adaptations. Neither Supergirl nor Superboy are very popular among readers, with Wizard Magazine ranking them 153rd and 196th out of the Top 200 comic book characters of all time, respectively.

Contrastingly, Batman’s sidekicks of Robin/Dick Grayson and Batgirl/Barbara Gordon are typically adapted and well-liked throughout their media and comic depictions. Many Batman movies and television shows feature a Robin, mainly due to the character’s popularity and to show a softer side to Bruce Wayne. Both Batgirl and Robin rank much higher than Superman’s sidekicks, taking the spots of 37th and 68th on Wizard’s list, respectively.

Weaknesses

Both Batman and Superman battle the weakness of having to live virtually two separate lives. Batman confronts this weakness by avoiding all human interaction save for his butler, Alfred, and a few companions such as Dick Grayson and Lucius Fox. The separation from society gives the storyline an insight into loneliness, brooding, and dark themes of human behavior.

Contrastingly, Superman battles the weakness by alternating between Clark Kent – nerd, unintelligent, and meek – to the beloved and adored Superman. The seemingly split personalities create a sense of instability for the character.

Superman also has the one major weakness of Kryptonite. Since he is virtually indestructible, his vulnerability to such a substance makes his storyline that much more unbelievable and a bit campy, whereas Batman fights off numerous other weaknesses, such as his own mortality, the pressure of being hunted by the Gotham Police Force, and his own obsession with turning a rotting city around.

Their Cities

The City of Metropolis most likely defeats the City of Gotham, simply based on portrayals in film, comics, and other media. Metropolis often showcases a glowing, vibrant, prosperous city, whereas Gotham is a city shrouded in darkness, crime, and despair. Frank Miller, the author of the comic book series The Dark Knight Returns, has said, “Metropolis is New York in the daytime while Gotham City is New York at night.”

Who Is the Better Hero?

The various factors surrounding the controversy could fill sets of encyclopedia with who is ultimately the better hero. Both Superman and Batman have qualities that make them great, making it hard to decide between the two. The upcoming film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, released March 25, 2016, will hopefully shed some light on the divisive debate.

Pledge your allegiance to the cause: Are you Team Batman or Team Superman? Who will win the epic battle, the Dark Knight or the Man of Steel?