Trailer Roundup — Batman, Marvel’s The Defenders, And More

You guys still playing Pokémon Go? I’m surprised to see that for many people around the country, the answer is still a resounding Fuck Yes. It’s not that I don’t think it’s worth putting some time into it every once in a while, but I’m surprised so many players have stuck with it despite being hampered with unequivocally busted servers. But I wonder if some of the mystery driving the game is gone now that 1) folks have broken down the data and 2) some guy already caught them all.

Next week, however, will be a veritable deluge of games to take away your time from that or whatever else you’ve been doing (perhaps playing the excellent Furi?) Quadrilateral Cowboy finally comes out, as does Double Fine’s Headlander and the conclusion to Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode. And let’s not forget some of the biggest movie releases of the year like Jason Bourne and Bad Moms. (Go watch Star Trek Beyond now before it falls out of theatres!)

But that’s for later. This is for the now! For trailers! (Of things that will be in the far flung later, so, uh, whatever.)

Batman: The Telltale Series — World Premiere Trailer

My biggest question, one that I’ve had since this series was announced at The Game Awards, is what can Telltale bring to the table? We already know what they’re capable of as a studio, dipping between the dire and the joyous, and we know what Batman is capable of exploring as a character. There must be something new that Telltale wants to say about the storied caped crusader that we haven’t seen before.

Or at least that’s the hope. This trailer doesn’t show much that would give that away, but the promise at the SXSW panel was that there would be more Bruce Wayne stuff than Batman stuff, including the possibility to wholly excise the mask from the game. That does sound interesting, so we’ll see. The first episode “Realm of Shadows” comes out for, like, every platform on August 2, 2016.

Upsilon Circuit — Indiegogo Campaign Video

I’ve rarely heard as interesting an ideas as Upsilon Circuit. I think it was at last year’s SXSW I saw it (or maybe it was a PAX?) and had I not been familiar with the developers Robot Loves Kitty from the super slick Legend of Dungeon, I might have ignored it. But that would have been a mistake.

The premise, if you didn’t watch the Indiegogo video above, is that you take the role of either a viewer or a player in a single global instance of one singular multiplayer action RPG. If you are a viewer, you can impact the elements that the players will face Hunger Games-style. If you are one of the eight players, you try to reach the end. But if you die, that’s it. You don’t play again. Pretty cool, right? Check it out if you’re so inclined.

NES Classic Edition

Wow, definitely forgot that this was announced, and that was barely a week ago. It was news that largely passed my field of view and kept on going. It was neat, but its impact on my life was almost null despite my love for a great number of the included games.

After seeing this trailer, though, I’ve gotta say, I think I want one. It totally won me over in its short 44 seconds. Seeing the attitude and aesthetic and era of it all makes me miss those simple, blocky times. Besides, I’ll never say no to playing Metroid again. It will be available on November 11, 2016, for $59.99.

BrightLocker — Grand Finals

Okay, so that trailer isn’t strictly speaking a recent one, but it does explain what BrightLocker is. I’m going to guess you’re either going to skip the video and read this or skip this block entirely, so let me break it down for you: instead of crowdfunding, you participate in crowdpublishing, so you’ll be voting on what gets funded and developed. And during development, you get to give input on how it gets made and maybe even get royalties.

On one hand, that sounds pretty neat. I love the idea of getting regular people more exposed and educated on what goes into pitching and then designing/programming/releasing a game. On the other hand, coming from a background where uninformed input is the bane of my existence, that sounds awful for the developers. Anyways, the finals just started and go on until August 5, so you have until then to vote on what gets made.

Marvel’s The Defenders — SDCC Teaser

This is the definition of a teaser trailer. Here’s what we see: some logos. Here’s what we hear: Nirvana’s “Come as You Are” and a man deliver two lines. That man, I’m guessing, is Stick from Daredevil, but who can really say. (I can. I’m telling you it’s Stick.)

It will be the union of Netflix’s little slice of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Daredevil and Jessica Jones while setting up Luke Cage and Iron Fist, both of which also got trailers at San Diego Comic-Con. And really, those are the ones worth watching (they both have really fitting showrunners). The Defenders and Iron Fist land sometime in 2017 while Luke Cage premieres on September 30, 2016.

The Lost Arcade — Trailer #1

Good god this trailer is evoking some deep, trampled emotions in me. I grew up in arcades just like Chinatown Fair. They were dirty and grimy and felt just barely safe enough to where I could go and my parents wouldn’t mind so long as I didn’t tell them beforehand. (Forgiveness versus permission, am I right?) The modern era of arcades are, umm, artificial, I guess.

So-called “barcades” are always more bar than arcades, players garnering dirty looks from the folks buying shots in bulk. Restaurant arcades are always filled with new, shiny machines, lacking the intrigue of old. The loss of arcades like Chinatown Fair, basically, is a tragedy. And if this documentary captures that cultural failing, both its forlorn beauty and heartbreaking diminishing, then it definitely has my attention.

Godzilla Resurgence — Trailer #2

Listen, okay, I thought 2014’s Godzilla from Gareth Edwards, writer/director of the terrific Monsters and director of the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, was just okay. I definitely didn’t hate it, but I thought it had a lot to do to make it at all compelling. It was just…okay.

But for all the muddled aspirations it had as a film that would carry forward the monstrous name and monster in the Western canon, the wholly Japanese Godzilla Resurgence is more a comprehensively dour and dark deliverance of what made the originals so engaging. Which is to say you get to see a lot of a giant monster stomping on buildings while the military shoots things at it. It premieres on July 29, 2016, in Japan. (It’s also the 31st film in the Godzilla franchise and Toho’s third(!) reboot of the franchise.)

Kentucky Route Zero, Act IV — Observational Trailer

Yeah. Wait, correction: YEAH. Let me lay out the timeline of this episodes series for you. Act I comes out in January of 2013, a mere four months before Act II releases (and they were good). But then it’s a whole year until Act III hits computers in May of 2014 (and wins the GDC Award for Best Narrative). That’s right: it’s been over two years since we last saw a fresh episode of Kentucky Route Zero.

So you can probably understand why I’m just fucking psyched for this thing. It’s a weird sort of rage hype. Not angry, per se, but just ready to unleash all of this forgotten and pent up aggression for not having closure on this game for the past two years and that we won’t get for another, well, hopefully not another two years. Give me Act V already!

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 — Announcement Trailer

Fuck. Yes.

Comes out for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in September 2016.

Marvel’s Daredevil Season 1 Review: Hellishly Good

How can anything good happen in a place called Hell’s Kitchen? It’s a real location, named after the brutality that seems to overflow from its residents and onto its dirty streets. It’s also where Marvel’s Daredevil takes place, Netflix’s latest original series and the next entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and it’s one hell of a trip.

This first season covers he origins of lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) as well as the origins of his alter superhero ego Daredevil. It actually follows the serial format for comic television: we track the present day hero as he develops his chops for taking down bad guys while visiting the past through flashbacks for the foundational backstory.

In Murdock’s case, he saved a man from being hit by a truck back when he was a child, but some of the dangerous substances on the truck burned away his ability to see with his eyes. But through some ways the show explains, he further develops the ability to see a different way—to see a “world on fire”—and uses his remaining heightened senses to fight crime.

The first thing that’s interesting is that this world is canonical to the MCU, taking place roughly 18 months after the events of 2012’s The Avengers. Most of New York is still recovering from “the event,” a softer colloquialism for a mass alien invasion from a floating portal in the sky. In fact, this is how we believably eschew the modern upscale aesthetics of Hell’s Kitchen to the crime-ridden one of the show. The Avengers left a hole in New York, and the filth of drugs and human trafficking have flowed forth to fill it.

It’s fascinating, though, that outside of a few oblique references and Easter Eggs to the films and some potential future developments, Murdock’s escapades are almost wholly self-contained, and for good reason. For all the grandiose explosions and world-ending consequences of the theatrical entries into the canon, Daredevil is infinitely more personal. This is the hearty, intimate endeavor of one man to save his city.

Truthfully, it’s two men trying to save their city. Opposite Cox’s Daredevil is Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk, better known as The Kingpin, and he is going about a different tack for redeeming his hometown. Working hand in hand with Russian mobsters, Yukuza, and Chinese gangsters, he is trying to do good through the warped filter of his past.

Marvel's Daredevil

This is one of the highlights of the show. D’Onofrio is an extremely potent Kingpin. Fisk, as a child, was terribly troubled by his father and further his relationship with his mother, and whenever his actions come to a head as an adult, you can see his history in his eyes. You can see his regret and his conflict constantly percolating just behind those big doughy peepers.

That is until he loses it. And boy does he lose it, and it feels dangerous. Some of his vocal gurglings are questionable, but his explosions of emotion—be it rage or sadness or whatever—are the perfect foil to Cox as Murdock. While Murdock struggles inwardly with his desires to fix the city and his desires to remain a good man, Fisk exposes his inner turmoil rather outwardly.

This makes Cox’s performance as important to the tone and direction of the show as D’Onofrio’s, which you would expect since it’s a series named after his character. And he handles the responsibility with aplomb. Besides capably executing on the physicality of the role (fighting and blindness included), Cox holds a necessary tenderness behind his steely demeanor as both an attorney and a crime fighter.

Marvel's Daredevil

Most of the supporting cast does just as well including Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page and Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple and Vondie Curtis-Hall as Ben Urich, each one with considerable depth and pesonality. And whether you count James Wesley (Toby Leonard Moore), Fisk’s righthand man, as a supporting role or the primary villain for nearly the first third of the season, he is a commensurate intimidator with Fisk. It’s a solid one-two of villainy, especially when you throw in Vanessa Marianna (Ayelet Zurer) emergent psychosis.

Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) is fairly problematic, though. The childhood friend and lawfully employed partner to Murdock, he is right there alongside Daredevil and Kingpin all the way through the season, blissfully unaware of his friend’s nighttime activities. But Henson’s acting is more like constant overacting and the character itself tends to flipflop between being moral and being money-hungry without any consideration. Most of the time he’s annoying and confusing. Other times he’s just taking up space.

There is, however, an admirable and impressive amount of grit to the show. It’s a stark contrast to the rest of Marvel’s offerings, where things only ever get as dark as classic apocalyptic scenarios, but this is about taking the dirt off the streets and rubbing it in your face.

Marvel's Daredevil

This is exemplified through the excellent production and meaningful directing of the season. There’s a lot to the visual impact of each episode. It’s not just about showing you one talking head after another (though it does indulge in that inevitable trap often) but it’s about filling your head with the idea and suggestions of what is important and what isn’t but showing you some things and simply implying others.

There’s one particular scene early on that features a five-minute, one-take fight scene where Daredevil is trying to rescue a kidnapped child. It is a tiring battle for both him and the audience. This isn’t where Captain American punches a bad guy and proceeds; this is a true slugfest. You can see the methodical nature of Murdock’s combat, assessing and reassessing the tight confines of the hallway while utilizing his abilities to monitor the things beyond sight.

But towards the end, he is worn and exhausted. It’s not even fighting after that long. It’s just desire, and his desire is outmatching the several men he’s dismantling. This culminates in a shot that excludes us from the payoff of the crucible, forcing us to realize this is indeed Murdock’s journey and not ours.

Marvel's Daredevil

Speaking of the fighting, though, there is a lot of it, and it’s pretty fantastic. Very rarely do you see Daredevil get through encounters as if they were mere scuffles. These are full-on battles, each and every time. Sure, he manages to accomplish some superhuman things, but you feel like he earns each and every victory. And that’s not to mention the moves he does are pretty cool.

The story, unfortunately, isn’t nearly as consistent. The personal threads hold tight and intimate throughout, but the intrigue of the procedural elements involving a menagerie of crime organizations, lessons on the dangers of truth-seeking/journalism, and incontrovertible good Samaritanism waver in and out and all over impotent romances. It’s too many dishes stacked up and almost all tip over and break across the singular goal of taking down Fisk.

Despite that, this is still a good show. Whether you’ve watched the other bits and pieces of the MCU or you’ve read every Marvel comic under the sun, Marel’s Daredevil is a compact, forceful, and dramatic season of television. It is well worth your time.

Marvel's Daredevil

+ Intimate and personal foils between Fisk and Murdock
+ Plenty of great performances that fit this darker facet of the MCU
+ Directing that has meaning
+ Fighting that feels real and has consequences
– Wavering and confused threads in the last third of the season

Final Score: 9 out of 10

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy – LEGO Time-lapse of Rocket and Groot Statues

Watch 300 hours and 80 builders come together to build the Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” statues that were on display at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 and the film’s London premiere! Get your…

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Bandai previews some stuff for Disney and Marvel’s Big Hero 6

If you haven’t heard yet, Disney’s next big CG movie will also be their first major Marvel animated movie, Big Hero 6. It’s the story of a ragtag group of would-be heroes gathered together by the Japanese government to do the usual superhero stuff, though it doesn’t sound like the movie will stick very closely to the original plot. The original roster included the likes of Sunfire and Silver Samurai, but in all likelihood the movie will focus only on the C-level characters that are unique to the team. That starts them off with the first revealed character from the official trailer, Hiro Hamada and his robot Baymax. 

Disney Consumer Products did a live preview recently in New York city showing off the first toys from BH6. The first figure is a big lights and sounds Baymax action figure with retractable, spring-loaded wings and probably some other features. He comes with a Hiro figure that hang off his back during battle. The second is a role-play Baymax fist that kids can wear and fire off because all proper Japanese robots need a launching fist. 

The movie hits on November 19 and there will be a BH6 booth at San Diego Comic Con. At that point we should hopefully see the remaining characters Wasabi-no-Ginger, Honey Lemon, GoGo Tomago, and Fred (I guess Hiro and Baymax count as two?). And no, I didn’t make those names up, I told you they were a ragtag group. Clearly someone was hungry when they created the characters. 

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