The LEGO Batman Movie – Everything is Still Awesome

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Image: heroichollywood.com

Whether you grew up reading the comics, watching Adam West, The Animated Series, or loved Christopher Nolan’s rendition of the caped crusader, there’s something everyone can love about the LEGO Batman Movie. A spinoff of The LEGO Movie, released in 2014, shows a much lighter side of the lonely and ever abrasive “dark knight” but everything isn’t as awesome as we expect when the movie opens. With Barbara Gordon, voiced by Rosario Dawson, rising up to top cop, chaos ensues in LEGO Gotham even though almost all of Batman’s enemies are incarcerated in Arkham Asylum. What could the Joker be up to this time? But don’t worry, there is a happy ending with a semi-cheesy message of friendship.

As a fan of Batman, I enjoyed the references to the other Batman story arcs, even going back to Adam West. Not only that, there are a lot more nerdy things to pick up on, outside of comics. As a ’90s kid who grew up watching Batman: The Animated Series, I honestly expected the Joker to be voiced by Mark Hamill but he’s probably still in hiding, being The Last Jedi and all.

The LEGO Batman Movie opens in theaters Feb. 10th.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE – THE FINAL TRAILER IS HERE!

Plot from IMDb.com

Fearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on Superman, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis.

Michelle Veintimilla is the new Firefly on Fox’s Gotham!

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Michelle Veintimilla could very well be the next Hot Latino star in Hollywood.

Coming off of Broadway, recently portraying a young Chita Rivera in The Visit, Veintimilla next big break comes after her debut on FOX’s hit television show Gotham where she will appear as a villain.

Veintimilla, 22, will be portraying the first-ever female incarnation of Firefly who is a popular villain from DC ComicsBatman series in a two-part story arc.

It felt incredibly daunting,” said Veintimilla, in an interview prior to her debut on last Monday’s episode, “I was up for the challenge. I feel very lucky that I got to do this. It was incredibly empowering and I learned a lot about myself as a woman.”

In the show, Veintimilla play Firefly, real name Bridget Porter, who is the sister of to a gang of arsonists and has own pyromaniac tendencies. Veintimilla storyline will heavily involve the show’s other villain Penguin, also known as Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Taylor), who hires Porter’s brothers for a job thus bringing her into the criminal lifestyle and leads to the character running into an old friend who happens to be the anti-villain Selena Kyle (Camren Bicondova)—or soon-to-become Catwoman.

I think Bridget and I have a lot in common in our stories—sort of parallel because Bridget does not know her strength before this,” said Veintimilla, describing her character and how the reunion with Kyle/Catwoman will be a key aspect in furthering her transition into the flame-throwing villain.

However, prior to taking the role Veintimilla admits she little to no information regarding the character or that much time to learn of the character’s history since she immediately started filming the day after being told she had gotten the part. But Veintimilla wasn’t completely in the dark regarding understanding her character, and had help from her family.

I wasn’t (a fan of the comics before). I grew up as a dancer and in a dance studio so I wasn’t really on the comic book train…DC Comics and Batman in particular were a big thing when my parents were children, so when I was auditioning they were very excited and clued me in on some details,” Veintimilla explained, commenting on her lack of knowledge for the character.

While she may not have an extensive history on the character, Veintimilla sees it as a good thing because she gets to present her own take on the character; something not every fan of the character is pleased about.

It feels like a big deal. My Twitter has been blowing up. I get tweets that are like ‘Yeah! A female Firefly’ and I get some tweets that are like ‘No!! Firefly is supposed to be a man!’ And I think both are good. I think that the people who are disappointed with Firefly being a female are going to be surprised when they see the episodes. I’m excited that I get to be a part of that story and I get to portray a young woman who really does find her strength.”

Let’s hope the latest role to Veintimilla’s growing film credits is just one of many more to continue her burning film career going

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New York Comic Con 2014 Recap

Photos by: Shelley Mendoza

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New York Comic Con is the largest pop culture event on the East Coast. Hosting the latest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television. This was the ninth year NYCC has held their convention in the Big Apple. The convention was four days filled with exhibits, special guests, panels, merchandise and a Cosplay competition.

I was fortunate to attend some of the most anticipated panels such as “Game of Thrones,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Batman” with Adam West (The Original Batman.)

One of the disappointing aspects of the convention was the different wristbands you had to wait on line for if you wanted to participate in a particular panel. Many of the panels I wanted to attend occurred at the same time or there were not enough wristbands, which was the case for “The Walking Dead” panel. The convention didn’t open until 10 a.m. but all the wristbands were gone by 9 a.m. Even with a press pass I was not eligible to enter. And believe me, I tried everything! But that didn’t damper my “inner nerd” spirit.

This was my first ever NYCC and I am already excited to go back next year to celebrate their tenth anniversary October 8-11 2015. You can view some of my favorite Cosplay costumes in the gallery. Let us know your thoughts if you attended this year and if you will you attend again next year.

 

VIDEO: Dominican Spiderman 2!

He’s BA-ACK!

When last we left Pedro Parker (a/k/a Omar the Comedian), a gang of Puerto Rican thugs had captured him in Central Park.

So who should come to the rescue?

Haitian Batman & Robin.

More goons, more heroes and more laughs!!!!!

(We’re all going to Hell for this. Everyone…get yourself to the iglesia. Move!)

Peep the video below:

VIDEO: Batman Pug!


This is not just any pug.

This is Teddy Almond Turtle. He has a preternatural grasp of the English language and he knows better than to say meaningless things like “woof” and “arf.”

This pug yells for Batman.

He’s also got so many rolls of neck fat it looks like he’s wearing a second pug as a scarf, but that’s another discussion.

Peep the video below: