Best and Worst Moments of San Diego Comic-Con 2018

San Diego Comic-Con is a massive event for nerds around the world. We get news, trailers, and so much more on our favorite comics, movies, video games, and TV shows. Every year is full of amazing trailers or news about upcoming projects that are new or continuing that people have been following for years. This year is full of excitement, along with some duds. Let’s take a look at the best and worst moments of SDCC.

BEST: 

#1. Shazam! Debut Trailer

The DCEU has had some issues to put it lightly. Every is panned by critics and fans alike, with the exception of Wonder Woman. We finally got a look at the long-awaited Shazam! starring Chuck star Zachary Levi as the red-suited hero. Since I never knew much of the character along with DC’s latest track record, I was dismissive. After seeing the trailer I can say that I am pleasantly surprised by how good it looks. I am still worried, the humor might be too much. At least DC is taking note from fans and critics by making a movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Zachary Levi looks as charming as ever as this man-child hero. We will see April 5, 2019, if this can help recover the mess DC has made, or dig the hole deeper.

#2: Godzilla: King of the Monsters Trailer

2014’s Godzilla was underwhelming. What made me enjoy it the most was that I got a new Godzilla movie. Sadly, we got a movie with too much time spent on bland human characters, marketing that centered around Bryan Cranston who was killed off early on in the film, and a lack of our beloved monster, Godzilla. The new film has an original cast of human characters such as Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones). With a stacked cast I just hope they don’t make them bland and pointless, it will be heartbreaking to see such wasted talent. The trailer shows a lot of these human characters while showing what we want to see, destruction and monsters. Godzilla has his hands full with Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. If the film can fix the issues from the first movie by not having such terrible human characters, plot holes, and a balance of the drama and action then this will be a major highlight of 2019.

#3: Deadpool 2: The Super Duper Cut

If you loved Deadpool 2 then don’t worry the blue ray will have an extended cut full of more jokes and violence. Co-writer Rhett Reese described this version as “significantly different… and fun!” The fun is to be expected, but different? It should bring a new experience to die-hard fans, what will we see? The usual bloopers and scenes that were cut will be featured. That is not all, we are expecting additions to the already superb after credit scenes and to get some commentary from Reynolds and the writers of the film. There is no release date yet, but we shouldn’t have to wait too long. You can pre-order the extended version below:

#4: Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus! Teaser

Nickelodeon is bringing back their old classics for either a new series or TV specials. My personal favorite from their early catalog is Invader Zim. We recently got a teaser that does not tell us much about the story or what to expect, but it is everything fans of the show wanted. Full of weird and dark imagery of our favorite characters in utter chaos. If they manage to keep the weirdness, humor, and the heart of the show in this 90-minute special then all will go perfectly well. There is no release date yet, but hopefully, we get more information soon.

#5: Spider-Man PS4 Story Trailer

We got a glimpse at the story with the new trailer of Insomniac’s upcoming Spider-Man game. The trailer shows Miles Morales and MJ trying to help Spidey through the difficult situation he has found himself in. Mayor Osborn has a vendetta against any superbeings in New York, that not only includes baddies such as Mr. Negative and Rhino but Spider-Man too. Silver Sable is announced to be apart of the already large cast of Spider-Man characters. Along with we got the announcement that Laura Bailey (Uncharted) is the voice actress of MJ. Finally, we got to see the PS4 Pro addition for the game. A beautiful red console and controller with a big white spider on the PS4, it looks gorgeous. Spider-Man comes out September 7, 2018.

WORST: 

#1. Aquaman Trailer

After the internet made fun of the poster for the upcoming Aquaman movie, we finally got to see the trailer. While some parts are cool, it felt all over the place. DC released a good trailer for Shazam! which got me excited to see the trailer for Jason Momoa’s Aquaman. A trailer full of underwhelming special effects, chaotic storytelling from his origin, the villain, his allies, and so much more. A massive wave of information that felt cluttered and not focused. The humor did not feel right unlike the humor in the Shazam! trailer. The special effects looked inconsistent and not complete. Hopefully, all goes well, but my expectations are set beyond low.

#2: Titans Trailer

If you read my impressions of this gritty take on these heroes, then you know how pathetic I think Titans looks. Terribly cheesy dialog and acting, characters not acting like themselves such as Robin killing thugs then saying “Fuck Batman,” and so much more. The trailer is laughable and should add to the already massive pile of waste that DC has produced.

#3: The Purge TV Series Trailer

Yes, The Purge is getting a ten episode tv series on USA. Why? Nobody knows why. A series that repeats the same premise over and over with slight changes, but always dull is not going to make it work on network television. If the show managed to get on HBO or Showtime then maybe it will work. However, a lot of violence, language, and themes will have to be cut short for them to work on USA. The trailer looks as you expect if you have seen any of the trailers for any of the movies. The series will premier on September 4 on USA.

I know a lot has happened during SDCC, but these are just some of the best and worst trailers and news that we got. Overall we got a good year despite some of the bad trailers. What did you think was the best parts of SDCC or the worst? Be sure to comment below on what you thought of the convention.

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Movie Review: Eighth Grade

If I had to give the award for my surprising movie of the year, I would give it to Eighth Grade. The coming-of-age drama came to my attention through everyone talking about it on Twitter. When I saw my favorite filmmakers tweet about the film, I just had to give it a shot. Plus, there is nothing I am excited to see for another few weeks, so why not go to the movies?

Kayla (Elsie Fisher) is an eighth grader on her last week of middle school. All she must do is survive this last week of hell. The film is completely focused on her perspective and what is going on in her life. The troubles she faces is what we all suffered to some degree during that age. Those awkward teen years of not having the right social skills, dealing with popular kids with bad attitudes, sexual tensions, and the troubles of dealing with parents. Kayla has to go through it all and more. With the positives and negatives of social media, there is an added layer for my generation and the newest generation, Gen Z.

Elsie Fisher has a beautiful performance that feels natural throughout the entire movie. Whether you were that awkward kid in middle school or know that awkward kid in middle school, you can quickly identify with her character. A girl with only her father to take care of her and more focused on her phone than her dad. You feel her loneliness and her pain, along with her joy. The father, Mark (Josh Hamilton) is the typical awkward dad that tries to be funny but just annoys his child. He is the unsung hero and the biggest highlight of the film. While I do love Kayla as a character, the dad stole every scene. He was hilarious and heartfelt, which is the entirety of this movie. With other kids, she meets ranging from the awkward, but kind Gabe (Jake Ryan) to the popular stuck up girl Kennedy (Catherine Oliviere) to the high school kids such as Olivia (Emily Roberson) who all bring something different to Kayla’s life to let her grow as a person. Everyone is played out perfectly to make this story feel as real as possible.

The film is focused on mixing comedy and drama, which can be messy. Sometimes the comedy overpowers the drama or vice versa. Each scene is able to make a balance and transition between different tones without any problem. When the film wants you to feel for the painful moments, you will absolutely feel it. When the film wants you to laugh, then you will laugh out loud. The best way of describing this is that the film has a lot of heart. There are powerful messages that anyone can relate to along with hilarious and awkward moments to level out the seriousness.

As an indie film, there is a lot of interesting stylistic choices that shake things up for a more visually interesting movie. Transitions of Kayla’s social media and TV viewing fade in and out with her on her phone. Seeing her and what she is looking at is done with a style that looks good throughout the film. To make the audience feel the awkward moments, the camera often stays on long one-shots that help make the cringy scenes more effective.

Bo Burham’s experience is mostly with TV specials, but his directorial debut in a film is just about flawless. A relatable, heartfelt coming-of-age story of this girl is in middle school is one of the best movies of the year. Even with the generation that the film centers around, older generations can relate. Despite having social media and using different slang terms, the issues are all the same. This is not just a movie for modern teens, but a movie for everyone. The only problem I could possibly say is that some scenes run a little too long. That said, the film is an hour and thirty-four minutes, hard to complain over the length in something so short.

With that said, Eighth Grade is one of the most heartfelt, beautiful, relatable, and hilarious movies of the year. Anyone can relate to it to some degree, not just as a student, but if you are a parent with a teenager, then you might need to see the movie to understand your child a little better. The awkward scenes are filled throughout, so be prepared to squirm in your seat by how uncomfortable and cringy the entire movie is. The film tackles a lot of subjects and does them all justice. If you are a parent wanting to take your child just know this rated R movie is a light R. With some F-bombs, sexual tension, and discussions, that is all that you might need to worry about. Either way, this is one crucial movie that nobody should miss.

Score: 9/10

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Trailer Impressions: Titans

If someone told you as a kid that Teen Titans would get two new series, one being overly childish and the other take being gritty and violent, you would not believe them. Yes, a dark and gritty series is coming later this year. The internet is tearing the trailer apart, but is it really that bad? It is worse than you can possibly imagine.

The official synopsis goes like this:

Titans follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth. Joining them along the way are the hot-headed Starfire and loveable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes.

While TV shows have increased in quality regarding production, cinematography, writing, and overall quality, this shows that we are not at that point just yet. With the acting, cinematography, and effects all look like it was done by someone who just got into Hollywood. If you took someone, gave them a big budget, and gave them creative freedom despite their lack of experience, this is what you would think that project would look like. However, these are not inexperienced people. Greg Berlanti has directed the critically acclaimed Love Simon, produced and written shows like Arrow and The Flash. Alongside Greg, there is Akiva Goldsman who has written the latest movie in the Transformers franchise along with the awful Stephen King adaption Dark Tower. Finally out of the creators of Titans, we have Geoff Johns who is best known for his work on various video games such as writing Injustice 2, writing shows such as Arrow and The Flash, and is currently working on the upcoming Aquaman movie and Wonder Woman sequel. With Greg’s positive experience with Love Simon and various TV projects, along with Geoff’s experience with movies and tv shows, you would think that they could pull this off. I am not mentioning Alkiva because of the pathetic Dark Tower, embarrassing 1997 Batman and Robin, and writing the story for Transformers: The Last Knight.

Let’s take it from the top by looking at this trainwreck in detail. We see Raven (Teagan Croft) going into a circus tent that seems rather ominous. Cut later into her in an interrogation room claiming the man talking to her is from the circus. Then there is a black and white flashback of him and her having an accident while performing some acrobatics. The scene is attempting to show some emotion, but it is just laughable about how cheesy it looks.

The intro to Robin (Brenton Thwaites) is shockingly trying too hard to make everything gritty. We see that Robin is getting his gear ready then heads out to beat on some criminals in an alley. When they ask, “Where’s Batman?” the response Robin gives after beating the men is, “Fuck Batman.” Seriously, who would think that will fly with an audience member? Sounds like Batman needs to put Robin in a timeout. Before that poor oneliner, Robin stabs, beats, and shoots all of the criminals to death. Yeah, Robin murdered some thugs in an alley.  The action is cut quickly in a generic fashion, possibly for the purpose of the trailer, but either way, it looks like trash.

We go back to Raven whose attacks someone and explains to the man from the circus that something is inside of her. He tries to comfort her, but let’s be honest, what is he actually going to do? Not much or the writers will give him some improbable actions to help out Raven.

A quick look gives us a peek at what Beast Boy (Ryan Potter) and Starfire (Anna Diop) will look like. Just like the rest of the cast, their costumes look poorly designed along with terrible CGI. Alongside them, we get some other looks at other heroes such as Hank Hall/Hawk (Alan Ritchson) and Dove (Minka Kelly). Quick cuts are made to various action scenes in total darkness, so it is impossible to tell what you see for most of the last thirty seconds of the trailer. Poor character reveals and action that feels thrown together to try and attract anyone who might be interested.

Overall, I think this looks beyond atrocious. A lot of fans hated Teen Titans Go! and this will not ease their pain. When people think of low-quality TV that tries to be cinematic, then you get something with poor taste and looks. When going for any tone, you need to make it consistent and natural. All I get is that people are trying too hard to make this show come off as gritty for an adult audience. Despite their attempt, I see a trailer that looks like a teen superhero show that will have some extreme violence. Ignoring the violence, the dialog, acting, and terrible soundtrack makes this seem perfect for an edgy teenager whose parents won’t let them watch the good gritty shows and movies.

You can watch the trailer below. Meanwhile, be sure to give your thoughts on the trailer below. Do you agree with my assessment or are you excited for the new take on our young heroes?

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News: eOne Secures IP to Comic and Album Skin & Earth by Lights

The Canadian pop artist Lights has had her latest album Skin & Earth secured by eOne, the label that manages her, to allow for adaptions to both TV and gaming. The report comes from Deadline who detail that eOne, the Canadian record label, and distribution company has recently secured the IP. As of right now, Andrew Lazar from Mad Cheese Productions is set to produce the project. Other than that, no further information has been given out as of yet.

Last year Lights released her fourth full-length LP Skin & Earth. The album is her first concept album that ties together with a comic that she wrote and illustrated herself. The record and comic was well received by both critics and fans alike. The album got her a win for Pop Album of the Year at the Juno Awards earlier this year, which is the second time she has won an award at the Junos. Lights is attending this upcoming San Diego Comic-Con to further support the comic.

The story of Skin & Earth follows a girl named Enaia, who is wandering around in a post-apocalyptic world. On her journey for hope, she is entangled with a dark spiritual friend who accompanies her on the adventure. The goal is to make a change in the world, to make for a better world to live in. Each track on the album ties into the story in an intricate way that binds the music and comic together.

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Lights has more shows coming later this year, and you can buy her album and comic below:

08.04.2018 Montreal, Quebec Parc Jean Drapeau Osheaga Festival Musique et Arts

08.31.2018 Richmond, British Columbia Richmond World Festival

09.01.2018 Whistler, British Columbia Whistler Olympic Plaza

09.14.2018 Oshawa, Ontario Regent Theatre Imagine Festival

09.15.2018 Hamilton, Ontario Supercrawl

09.16.2018 Victoria, British Columbia Royal Athletic Park Victoria, BC @ Royal Athletic Park – Rifflandia

10.25.2018 Grand Rapids, Michigan 20 Monroe Live w/Young The Giant

10.26.2018 Indianapolis, Indiana Egyptian Room w/Young The Giant

10.27.2018 Atlanta, Georgia Coca-Cola Roxy w/Young The Giant

10.30.2018 Nashville, Tennessee Ryman w/Young The Giant

11.02.2018 Charlotte, North Carolina The Fillmore Charlotte w/Young The Giant

11.03.2018 Raleigh, North Carolina The Ritz w/Young The Giant

11.04.2018 Richmond, Virginia The National w/Young The Giant

11.06.2018 Cleveland, Ohio House of Blues w/Young The Giant

11.08.2018 Toronto, Ontario Rebel w/Young The Giant

11.10.2018 Portland, Maine State Theatre w/Young The Giant

11.11.2018 Providence, Rhode Island The Strand w/Young The Giant

11.13.2018 Brooklyn, New York Brooklyn Steel w/Young The Giant

11.14.2018 Brooklyn, New York Brooklyn Steel w/Young The Giant

11.16.2018 Washington, DC The Anthem w/Young The Giant

5 Movie Remakes Better than the Original

The film world is full of rehashing old ideas with remakes and reboots of older ideas. Usually, this ends up in a disaster which upsets fans of the original movie. Whether it is not having the right cast, bad directing, weak script, or substituting CGI over practical effects. A million things can go wrong that can make any movie go from greatness to a dumpster fire. Not every single remake is terrible, sometimes they exceed their predecessor. Just like how a million things can go wrong, a lot can go right too. These are five remakes that are better than the original.

#5: The Crazies (2010/1973)

 

Out of every movie on this list, this is the one that is the worst. The 2010 remake with Timothy Olyphant is not a bad movie, it is a solid B movie to watch one time. The original by George A. Romero is terribly cheesy and has aged horribly. Full of overdramatic acting and poor violence that cannot satisfy someone going in for the violence, it is not one of George’s better films. While the remake feels lacking in its execution of the overall premise, there is plenty to go around that is well done up until the final act. A building of tension when people start acting a little off then turning into bloodthirsty lunatics. By the end, it feels like a bad action thriller, but enough is done right to make it better than its predecessor. Besides, Timothy Olyphant is almost always great.

 

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#4: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011/2009)

If you have read some of my other articles such as my list of great anti-heroes or list of powerful female characters, then you would know I love the novels and Lisbeth Salander as a character. Her being brought to life on film has not been perfect, but the story as a whole is done better in the 2011 version. David Fincher is a mastermind in the director’s chair, especially with his adaptions from beloved novels. From Fight Club to Gone Girl, he knows how to make beautiful and compelling films that pay respect to the source material. The Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is styleless and has a different overall execution of scenes that are done almost exactly the same in the American version. David brings in a new flair to both the characters and cinematography. With Jeff Cronenweth, who has worked with David Fincher on several projects, captures every moment in a beautiful and haunting fashion. The emotions are much more present in both Mikael (Daniel Craig) and Lisbeth (Rooney Mara) whether they are scared, curious, or freezing cold. The novels are full of misery, and that pain is put to good use in the American adaption. Comparing any director to Fincher is going to be difficult because he has a track record that is difficult to beat.

 

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#3: IT (2017/1990)

Tim Curry’s performance as Pennywise is beloved by many fans. Besides his excellent portrayal, the tv series does not hold much value. Full of poor 90s CGI, bad acting from both child and adult actors, along with other issues make the miniseries not age well. The 2017 remake blew my mind. Bill Skarsgard was brilliant along with every other actor. A coming of age horror film that brings Stephen King’s classic to life to modern audiences. The focus on the characters was compelling throughout to make the audience care for these children. With sympathetic characters who were brought to life by talented kids made the whole movie a blast. The horror elements felt generic with typical jump scares, the overall quality is still there. With a sequel coming next year, I hope that we can continue to grow these characters and not go downhill like so many sequels tend to do.

 

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#2: Dawn of the Dead (2004/1978)

Out of every mention on this list, the Dawn of the Dead remake will be the most divisive. With all of the respect to George A. Romero for the 1978 classic, I found myself enjoying Zach Snyder’s version so much more. That is a shock to me because I am so much more of a fan of the slow shambling corpses rather than the sprinting flesh-eaters. With the human element being executed better with a solid cast, the 2004 remake takes the cake. While maintaining everything great from the original while putting a new stylistic spin, Zach Snyder not only made a great remake but the only film he has directed that I have enjoyed. With the tension between humans vs. humans along with the threat of being eaten alive, I found this to be more engrossing of a story. I hated the final act of the original because the bikers felt tacked on, needless, and the tone fell apart for me. The stakes rise as the survivors pull together in the remake that makes for a more compelling narrative. On top of the characters and direction the film takes in the story, I cannot hate on a movie that has a Johnny Cash intro along with Disturbed being played at the ending credits.

 

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#1: The Thing (1982/1951)

If you ask someone, “What is the best remake of all time?” then most people will say John Carpenter’s The Thing. I can say that this is my favorite horror movie of all time. Made back in 1982, it holds up like a gem. Practical effects at their best to bring a horrific and gruesome horror film that holds up to this day. While the original The Thing from Outer Space has a less memorable cast since each person is pretty similar. A wider range of characters is set in the 1982 masterpiece along with more mystery. The audience is left on the edge of their seats waiting for the alien to reveal itself. Along with some excellent brutality, the overall tone is more engaging and slower paced. The tension is always present even when the protagonists are happy and think all is well. Not only is the 1982 remake one of the best remakes of all time, but it is also one of the greatest horror films too.

 

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There you have it, those are just five remakes that are able to be better than the originals. While the quality of some of these movies is questionable, they are able to do something different than their predecessor in a more enjoyable way. Comment below some of your favorite remakes and what you thought of this list. I can already feel some excitement from some of you, while I feel some rage coming from others.

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News: Joaquin Phoenix Joker Standalone Movie is Greenlit Along with More Information

After constant talk about the potential Joker standalone film with Joaquin Phoenix as the infamous clown, we have confirmation that the film will happen. Variety initially reported that Joaquin was in talks to play as the Joker in an origin story movie. Now Variety has reported that Warner Bros. has finalized their deal with Joaquin and has greenlit the project.

The filming is coming together quite soon, sometime this September with a budget in the range of $55million. Todd Phillips from The Hangover trilogy is set to direct and write the screenplay of the upcoming supervillain flick. Scott Silver, best known for writing The Fighter and 8 Mile, will cowrite the film with Phillips. Along with Phillips and Silver, the legendary Martin Scorsese is set to be an executive producer on the film too.

While not much is known about the story, we will see the rise in the Joker’s power in the criminal underworld. Set in the 80’s, the rise of the gangster clown will be shown in a never before seen direction. Set apart from the DC extended universe, we will be getting a secondary universe. Jared Leto’s Joker will continue his story in the already established DCEU, while Joaquin Phoenix will be playing a Joker in a grittier universe. These new films are expected to be aiming for an R rating. The untitled Joker origin story will launch this new direction for DC.

Joaquin Phoenix is playing one of the most beloved villains from any comic book. The notorious villain has been played from a range of actors from Mark Hamill, Jack Nicholson, the late Heath Ledger, and lately Jared Leto has put on the clown make up. Playing this type of established and beloved character seems intimidating, and Joaquin has spoken about how he feels about playing Batman’s archnemesis. In an interview with Collider Joaquin talks about the project and character. When asked about how he got involved with the film, he says, “I take a lot of time and consideration when making decisions and what I’m gonna work on always. So, in some ways, the process, which is obviously reading a script and meeting a filmmaker and then continuing to have meetings and discussions with Todd [Phillips]. I think he’s very impressive and he seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he’s trying to say. And so there is something very appealing about that and working with him on this particular project. It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe, mostly, it scares the fucking shit out of me or something. It might as well be the thing that scares you the most.” He reflects on the initial idea of playing this type of character by saying, “Three or four years ago, I called my agent and said ‘Why don’t they want to take one of these characters and just make a lower budget film about it, a movie but a character study, and why not take one of the villains?’ And I thought, ‘You can’t do the Joker, because, you know, it’s just you can’t do that character, it’s just been done.’ So I was trying to think of other characters, and he said ‘I’ll set up a general meeting with Warner Bros.’ And I said ‘I’m not gonna go, I can’t go to a general meeting.’ So I completely forgot about it, and so then I heard about this idea, I was like, ‘Oh that’s so exciting, that’s the kind of experience I wanted to have, with a movie based on a comic character.” Joaquin has had the idea in the back of his mind for years, and everything is finally coming together afterall.

With Joker, there is always Batman. Every superhero has plenty of supervillains, but there is always their number one enemy that they can never completely defeat. A connection with the Dark Knight might occur in some form. The Batman connection is just a rumor, so this part of the story needs to be taken with a grain of salt. The rumor is that Phillips’ Joker origin story will tie in with Matt Reeves’ Batman standalone film. The possible connection involves Thomas Wayne, Bruce’s father. The claim that Thomas Wayne will be involved in some way comes from Jeff Sneider from Collider. In a recent video Jeff says, “One character I do know that one character who has a big role in this is Thomas Wayne.” With this not being confirmed, everyone should take it with a grain of salt, but Jeff has the experience in this field, so he might be right.

Another rumor going around is circling around Robert De Niro. The legendary actor might have a role in the film too. A lot of people suspected that this is the case due to Martin Scorsese being pinned to produce. With Martin out, who knows if this will stick. However, in the same video with Jeff Sneider, he also talks about Robert’s potential role. Sneider says, “As for De Niro’s role, I don’t think he’s playing some canon type character. I don’t think he’s playing like a local TV host or something like that, who’s maybe broadcasting about the Joker. I’m not entirely sure. I do know that one character who’s going to have a big role in this is Thomas Wayne.”

With the film getting ready to film in two months, we are sure to hear more news about the project shortly. With filming starting this late in the year, we can expect to see Joaquin’s Joker sometime late 2019.

That is just about everything we know so far about the upcoming Joker origin story. How do you feel about the recent updates about the film? Are you excited to see a gritty origin story on the infamous clown gangster? Comment below your thoughts on the film below.

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Interview: Mik Crone of The Sourheads

    1. How did your band get started?

Our singer Jake started the band with his brother Sid around ten years ago. We were originally more of an Indie style band, and various members came and went. I got to know the band as a producer and worked on some of their early demo’s. I felt that if they rocked it up a bit, they would be on fire. I left the band and asked if I could join on guitar. Not long after that Sid left and the Sourheads of today was born. We signed with Oak Island Records in Autumn 2016 and released our album worldwide a year later.

      1. What inspired you to go into this genre?

Classic rock, Punk, Metal, Desert rock whatever rock is all good in our eyes. The big MTV videos of the 80s were awesome, but then something was equally great about Woodstock footage and old Stones concerts. We set about trying to make a combination of multiple styles. There is no better feeling than rock music when it’s done correct. The beat and the groove. Makes you want to dance.

      1. Who are your inspirations that have shaped the sound of the band and how so?

We are a multi-genre inspired band so I will list a few. The Cult, Radiohead, White Zombie, Iggy and the Stooges, The Doors, Inspiral Carpets, Motley Crue, Deftones, Queens of the Stone Age, Oasis, Clutch, Deep Purple, Kansas, Arctic Monkeys, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath.  Each member of the band likes different stuff. I think we do a pretty good job of mixing everything and adding our own take. Each member compliments each other. I personally like the full-on rock mode. We want to inspire people and give people that slice of true Rock n Roll.

      1. What is the creative process your band takes when making an album?

We are constantly writing throughout our rehearsals. One of us comes up with a riff, the others help with more riffs and song structures then Jake goes and adds his poetry over the top. We all help with melodies. We have all been around a fair few years so we can pretty much dip in and out of different genres that we feel inspired by at the time. Some of our new stuff is a bit like the Stones in style actually.

      1. Lyrically speaking, what inspires the themes that are written about in your music?

Jake takes inspiration from many different places. Art, Divorce, Demonic Possession, Murder, Rock N Roll, and the age-old Boy Girl stuff.

      1. Competition in any music scene is high, so how does your band standout compare to other bands?

We are a multi-genre rock band, so I feel we fit into many different genres. We can play Metal Festivals, Classic Rock Festivals, Pop Festivals. We tend to go down really well with loads of different audiences. Bikers like us, Families like us and Stoners like us. We are kind of like the crazy Uncle of the family. We played a cracking festival the other day called Staxtonbery in Scarborough 6000 people in total. Full families rocking out.

7. What is your dream tour? Name however many bands you want to create the perfect tour.

A big American tour would be great. Maybe us NIN and Queens of the Stone Age. Actually, any big tour of the USA would be great.

8. If you went into a completely different style of music, what would it be?

I think we would be cybergoth dance. We would be like us, but a futuristic TRON inspired version. Lots of tight space age lycra and neon. Grooving but to synth.

9. If you can collaborate with anyone, who would it be and why?

Anyone who is true to what they do. Madonna would be cool. Maybe Barry Gibb. Alice Cooper. Anyone that is iconic and has had a long lengthy career. I would love to collaborate with Al Jourgensen. Although I don’t think our singer Jake and Al would be a great idea as that rocker gene would implode in a barrage of decadence and stupidity.

10. With all of the downtime you get as a musician, how do you kill time?

I chill in my hotel with a bottle of Vodka and the largest pizza I can get. It’s my favorite thing.

11. Where would you like to travel to that you have never been?

Personally, I travel a lot, been to loads of places. With the band, I would say the USA we need to get there and conquer.

12. What is a goal that you would like to see happen in your career?

We would like to continue playing as many gigs as possible and release our second album. The current predicament in the music industry may try to stop us but as long as we rock we will. Let’s be underground and survive. It’s all good.

See concert dates below for The Sourheads along with a link to their website:

September 30: Stalybridge Tavern, Greater Manchester

October 27: Embers Rock Club, Carlisle

November 10: BlackMass Club, King Street, Wakefield

December 8: The Doll House, Alma St., Abertillery NP13 1QA, Wales

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