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The time to be a nerd is now! Well actually the time to be a nerd has been pretty much now for the last 10 years and it doesn’t seem like we will be hitting a slow down at any time in the near future. The true question for the nerd about town is what Convention, or Con for the savvy among you, should you go to?

It all depends on what you are looking for, if you are just in search of the biggest and brightest stars and entertainment, well then maybe one of the larger ones Comic Con San Diego, Dragon Con, New York City Comic Con, even Emerald City Con may be for you. There pop culture meets comics, and you get to see stars from some of your favorite shows and movies. If you are looking for comic books and merch buys there are hundreds of smaller conventions that have exactly what you need! And if you are just looking to start out and maybe work your way to the bigger Cons maybe go to Long Beach Comic Con or Wonder Con to get a taste of what it is all about. Also note I am in Southern California so you should look up smaller Conventions in your region, i.e. Wizard World, Heroes and Villains etc.

There are, in fact, those of us who are professionals at Con going. From packing to planning who you want to see, where you want to go, and how long you can be there, we can pack it all down to a science. Beware though mighty traveler things to occur and plans get broke, and after about 15 years of going to Cons you too can become jaded and burned out. Try to not go to every nerd Con out there, go to a few different ones, mix it up, try to enjoy the floor at larger Cons rather than spending every one of them waiting in a line to hear some folks talk about something you will get to see next year. Also meet people, being a nerdy person can be hard at times, maybe easier now as time goes on, I just know when I was younger it was difficult being an extrovert nerd. So talk to folks, make friends, enjoy other people perspective because meeting folks that are into some of the same stuff you are is awesome!

Water, snacks, and pace yourself. Pack the first two and remember the last one.

Last but not least keep an open mind, you won’t like every fandom, most people can’t as there are just far too many expansive ones to like them all, but that doesn’t mean you can’t merely sit back and enjoy them.

Most of all have fun! This is a vacation not a job, enjoy.

 

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Wonder Woman Was Wonderful, Wondrous Even Spectacular?

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A great movie with a good message, a great story, and solid casting is hard to come by and onder Woman did just that for me. I enjoyed the entire show, I didn’t have a “wow this is lagging” moment and most of all I didn’t stop and wonder where the plot was leading us. We kind of knew where it was going, and with the intro to Diana in BvS we knew where she would end up, but the way the told the first part of her story on how she got there and what jaded her about man’s world is what was fascinating.

Now I have openly heard and argued against some of the complaints about the movie, everyone complains about everything in this world we now live in it is a reality and it sucks. I have also clearly spoken against the “fans” of comics, not all but the loud corner of general haters, as they don’t recall a time when we didn’t have a superhero movie or three every year. It’s a sad reality when you hear people bash a show that actually tries to be unique in its own way, and introduces magic and gods in such a subtle way that it just fits the reality of what DC and Warner Bros are dealing in.

I won’t blow any plot points, or give a critical review, that’s what your mind is for. Go see it and love it or hate it on your own accord, don’t let the “critics” tell you what’s good or bad about it.

Let me know what you think below!

Soon to Come: Titans & Young Justice: Outsiders

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WARNER BROS. TELEVISION AND DC ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE

ALL-NEW LIVE-ACTION SERIES “TITANS,” FROM EXECUTIVE

PRODUCERS AKIVA GOLDSMAN, GEOFF JOHNS,

GREG BERLANTI AND SARAH SCHECHTER,

TO DEBUT IN 2018

 

“YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS,” THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED THIRD

SEASON OF WARNER BROS. ANIMATION’S “YOUNG JUSTICE,”

ALSO TO BOW NEXT YEAR

 

Series Will Air Exclusively on Upcoming DC-Branded

Direct-to-Consumer Digital Service

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(April 25, 2017 – Burbank, CA) Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment today announced that executive producers Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter are teaming up for the all-new live-action drama series “Titans,” which will debut in 2018. Additionally, Warner Bros. Animation’s “Young Justice: Outsiders,” the highly anticipated third season of the popular “Young Justice” series, is also ramping up for its first mission next year.

Both fan-driven series are in early stages of production and will air exclusively on a DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service in 2018. Operated by Warner Bros. Digital Networks Group, the new digital service will deliver an immersive experience designed just for DC fans.

“Titans” follows a group of young soon-to-be Super Heroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. In this action-packed series, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes, including Starfire, Raven and many others. “Titans” is a dramatic, live-action adventure series that will explore and celebrate one of the most popular comic book teams ever.

“Titans” will be written by Akiva Goldsman (“Star Trek: Discovery,” “Underground”), Geoff Johns (President & Chief Creative Officer, DC Entertainment; “The Flash,” “Arrow”) and Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”). Goldsman, Johns, Berlanti and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”) are executive producers of the series from Weed Road Pictures and Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

In “Young Justice: Outsiders,” the teenage Super Heroes of the DC Universe come of age in an animated world of super-powers, Super-Villains and super secrets. In the highly anticipated new season, the team faces its greatest challenge yet as it takes on meta-human trafficking and the terrifying threat it creates for a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy. Equally praised by critics and viewers for its impressive visuals and rich storytelling, “Young Justice” reached more than 25 million unique viewers in each of its two seasons on Cartoon Network. This passionate fan support set the stage for the new third season.

Sam Register (“Teen Titans Go!,” “Justice League Action”) is executive producer of “Young Justice.” Brandon Vietti (“Batman: Under the Red Hood,” “Superman Doomsday”) and Greg Weisman (“Star Wars Rebels,” “Gargoyles”) are producers of the series, produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Emmy Award winner Phil Bourassa (“Young Justice,” “Justice League Dark,” “Teen Titans: The Judas Contract”) serves as the series’ art director.

For updates on these exciting new series and the upcoming DC digital service, visit www.DCFanUpdates.com.

First Look: CW Black Lightning Pilot Costume

Check out the below a new hopeful addition to the Arrowverse on CW!

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New Costume Designed by Laura Jean Shannon

Please find attached the first image from The CW drama pilot BLACK LIGHTNING, from Warner Bros. Television and based on DC characters.

BLACK LIGHTNING stars Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie) as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning.

The costume for Black Lightning was designed by Laura Jean Shannon, whose many film and television credits include the upcoming Jumanji sequel, The Jungle Book, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Blade: Trinity, Good Girls Revolt and Iron Man, for which she was nominated for a Costume Designers Guild Award.

Executive producer/writer/director Salim Akil said: “I knew way too much about the world as a young boy growing up in Richmond, California. I was no stranger to violence, death, hopelessness or the feeling that no one cared about what was happening in my life.

“Comics were a great way for me to escape. I was about 13 when BLACK LIGHTNING was created, and finally there was a Black Super Hero that gave a damn about our neighborhood and our lives.

“Resurrecting him at a time in our society when a sense of hope is lacking…BLACK LIGHTNING will be that hope. And in updating the suit, it will signal to a new generation that it’s time to harness and release our power, and become our own Super Heroes.”

Production is currently underway in Atlanta.

The first African-American DC Super Hero to have his own stand-alone comic title, BLACK LIGHTNING is based on the character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden in 1977. Jefferson Pierce made his choice: he hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with one daughter hell-bent on justice and the other a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend — Black Lightning.

Greg Berlanti, Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil and Sarah Schechter are executive producers of BLACK LIGHTNING, from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Salim Akil is directing the pilot from a script he wrote.

Lionsgate and Atom Tickets Team Up for Morphin Mondays Campaign

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ATOM TICKETS TEAMS UP WITH LIONSGATE ON EXCLUSIVE

‘MORPHIN MONDAYS’ PROGRAM FOR “SABAN’S POWER RANGERS” MOVIE

 

Fans will receive exclusive content, movie ticket deals and social giveaways each Monday prior to film’s March 24 release. Advance tickets for “Saban’s Power Rangers” on sale today

LOS ANGELES and SANTA MONICA, CA, March 6, 2017 – Advance tickets for “Saban’s Power Rangers” go on sale today and Atom Tickets, the first-of-its-kind theatrical mobile ticketing platform, has partnered with global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) to launch “Morphin Mondays” in support of the highly anticipated film, which debuts in theaters nationwide on March 24, 2017. The “Morphin Mondays” promotion includes exclusive content and deals each Monday leading up to the film’s release—March 6, March 13 and March 20.

Starting today, Atom users have the chance to purchase their ticket for “Saban’s Power Rangers” for just $5 when they invite five friends to see the movie with them via the Atom Tickets app. The program plays off the team of five Power Rangers and takes advantage of the app’s integrated social experience that allows users to invite friends to a movie without paying for them. Each person invited has the opportunity to get their own $5 ticket by inviting five other friends to join the group, further fueling the program’s virality.

“Atom is the only ticketing app that focuses on movies as a group experience,” said Matthew Bakal, executive chairman and co-founder of Atom Tickets. “Pairing the social appeal of Power Rangers with our app’s proprietary invite technology, ‘Morphin Mondays’ encourages users to plan a night out with their friends to see this entertaining new film and taps into the audience’s desire for shared experiences.”

In addition to Morphin Mondays, today Atom unveiled an exclusive Power Rangers movie poster that can only be seen on the Atom platform. A few lucky fans will receive the exclusive poster signed by the cast via social media giveaways.

Directed by Dean Israelite, the film stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G and Ludi Lin as the Power Rangers and also features Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Banks. The movie follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove—and the world—is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat.  Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, and band together as the Power Rangers.

Atom Tickets is a game-changing mobile app and website that is revolutionizing the movie ticketing industry to make movie experiences faster, easier and more social than ever. Atom lets users pre-order movie tickets and concessions and provides a VIP experience that includes bypassing lines at theaters. The user-friendly platform also lets moviegoers watch trailers, read reviews and coordinate movie outings with friends while allowing each person to pay separately with just a few simple taps.

How Atom Tickets Works:
Atom Tickets re-imagines the most convenient way for users to plan a night out at the movies. The free app and website provide relevant reviews, trailers and synopses to help customers make the best decision on what to see. Moviegoers may then invite friends (via Facebook or their contact lists) to purchase their own tickets to join them. Atom offers streamlined ordering of tickets and concessions from any Android or iOS phone. At the theater, users go directly to the ushers and concession counters, where they simply scan a QR code at tablet kiosks. Paper tickets and IOUs have been replaced by Atom’s innovative platform, which keeps all plans, messaging, payment and tickets in one place.

 About Atom Tickets
Atom Tickets is the first-of-its-kind theatrical mobile ticketing platform. Through its patent pending recommendation and personalization technology, Atom Tickets allows consumers to search for films instantly, invite friends, buy tickets, pre-order concessions and more. Enabled on 15,000 screens across the U.S., the platform’s innovative marketing capabilities help studios, exhibitors and brands maximize revenue opportunities. Atom Tickets is available as a free app in theApple App Store and the Google Play Store and online at atomtickets.com.

 About Lionsgate
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) is a vertically integrated next generation global content leader with a diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, premium pay television networks, home entertainment, global distribution and sales, interactive ventures and games and location-based entertainment.

With the acquisition of Starz, Lionsgate adds to its portfolio of businesses the flagship STARZ premium pay network serving 24.3 million subscribers and the STARZ ENCORE platform with 31 million subscribers. The combined company will operate five over-the-top (OTT) streaming services and the STARZ app delivering content directly to consumers.

The Company’s feature film business spans eight labels and includes the blockbuster The Hunger Games franchise, the Now You See Me series, the box office blockbuster La La Land, which won six Academy Awards®, the hit franchise sequel John Wick: Chapter Two, double Oscar winner Hacksaw RidgeTyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, CBS Films/Lionsgate’s Hell or High Water, Roadside Attractions’ critically-acclaimed Manchester by the Sea, Codeblack Films’ breakout concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

One of the largest independent television businesses in the world, Lionsgate’s slate of premium quality series encompasses nearly 90 shows on more than 40 different networks. These include the ground-breaking Orange is the New Black, the fan favorite Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show, the hit drama The Royals, the acclaimed Casual, the breakout success Greenleaf and hit STARZ series including OutlanderBlack SailsSurvivor’s Remorse and Power, the second highest-rated premium pay television series of 2016.

Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of more than 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as a foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate, Summit Entertainment and Starz brands are synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com

 

About Saban’s Power Rangers
Saban’s Power Rangers franchise is the brainchild of Haim Saban, creator and producer of the original “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers hit series that launched in 1993. Following its introduction, “Power Rangers” quickly became the most-watched children’s television program in the United States and remains one of the top-rated and longest running kids live-action series in television history. The series follows the adventures of a group of ordinary teens who morph into superheroes and save the world from evil. It is seen in more than 150 markets, translated into numerous languages and a favorite on many key international children’s programming blocks around the world. For more information, visitwww.powerrangers.com.

Celebrate the Doctor! Dr. Seuss That Is

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By Michael Worthan

We now live in a world if divisive talk, painful rhetoric, and in general all of our Facebook feeds are full to the brim of bad news. So here I am looking at something a bit more cheerful, something that not only will bring a smile to your face, but if you read his books as a child like I did it will bring back some pretty amazing nostalgic memories. Tomorrow is the birthday of Theodor Geisel otherwise known by his famous moniker Dr. Seuss.

Whenever I hear the name Dr. Seuss I begin reminiscing about all of the different books of his I read, and am also put in awe of how influential his books have been in literature. To this day children and adults alike still enjoy his words in one form or another.

He was a true wordsmith, an person who inspired literacy as well as creativity, and is a legend for all to enjoy.

If you’d like some sweet sweet Dr. Seuss gear check out TVStoreOnline.com! Great people, great product, great prices, and a great amount of nerd swag beyond the great Doctors.

“We bust more rhymes than Theodor Geisel did…”
-MC Frontalot “Nerdcore Rising”

‘InJustice 2: The Lines Are Redrawn’

By: Michael Worthan

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Well after a ton of teasing, some videos of new characters, and of course the unknown drop date of Injustice 2 we finally received more teasing, but we do have a drop date of May 16th 2017! So in four short long months we will get to play DC and NetherRealm Studios beautiful and fun brain child once more. For the trailer look below! And for a short blurb here you go: Injustice 2 is NetherRealm Studios’ super-powered sequel to the hit game Injustice: Gods Among Us that allows players to build and power up the ultimate version of their favorite DC characters. Featuring a massive selection of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains,  Injustice 2 continues the epic cinematic story introduced in Injustice: Gods Among Us as Batman and his allies work towards putting the pieces of society back together while struggling against those who want to restore Superman’s regime.  In the midst of the chaos, a new threat appears that will put Earth’s existence at risk. 

Re-Introducing an Interview with the Incomparable Brent Weeks!

Written by: Michael Worthan

Every now and then I get to meet someone I am a massive fan of and who shatters my expectations of how they will be. I have been following Brent Weeks since the Night Angel series came out and it is one of the better reading choices I have made in my life. Getting to interview him has always been a great experience and he is open and honest about his feelings, and has taken time out a number of times to speak to me on the different sites I have been a part of. It is now my genuine honor to have him on my website, one I own outright. So check out the interview below, buy his book HERE and visit his site HERE .

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How did the Lightbringer books go from trilogy to series?

Funny story. I had always sort of thought that this was going to be a significantly bigger story than the Night Angel Trilogy was. But I had originally pitched it to Orbit as a trilogy. However, as soon as I sent off the completed manuscript of the first book, The Black Prism, I sent an email to my editor, saying, “Yeah, this isn’t going to be three books.” Unfortunately, the memo never made it to the UK, so some UK readers got a book labeled “The Lightbringer Trilogy”, where the US has always seen “Series” on the title. As for it being five books instead of four, I had thought that I could squeeze all the awesome action that I’ve had planned into just four volumes. But when I started doing that, I realized the series would lose a lot of depth of feeling and resonance if I forced it into four books. So with many apologies, I changed it to five — so far fans have been really happy.

Within your books you’ve always been descriptive, but in this series you make race, eye color, and marks on characters’ bodies very important as it pertains to their magical abilities. Was that a difficult task to keep track of?

Actually, I’d quibble with calling my writing descriptive. I’ve never been the kind of writer who is going to tell you about all the sequins on a dress, or every detail of a feast, or belabor a landscape for half a page, much less two or three. What I do instead is describe the character traits that are important to the characters themselves, and thus have an impact on the plot and their decisions. Is that hard to keep track of? Yes, absolutely. In fact, I often pepper my assistant with questions: What was this guy’s hair color again? Were they cousins? Who were their parents? And so forth. Once you get in the neighborhood of a million words, it’s probably impossible to keep track of all the history and lore by yourself. 

Although your book is full of strong men, you have also developed very strong women. From Karris, to Teia, and especially in Book 4 we see Tisis grow. How important was it for you to see these characters develop and not just become stagnant?

It’s important to me that every character comes across as honest and vibrant. And I think the very best characters are capable of growth and change, albeit not always in a positive direction. And sometimes our world and our choices can change us positively and negatively at the exact same time. 

As someone who grew up with many strong women in his life I see these characters and relate to the reactions others have to them, what inspired them for you?

I’ve known strong women, and I’ve known weak women; I’ve known strong men, and I’ve known weak men. I don’t see the problems of writing female characters as unique problems, I see them as another iteration of the same problem: how can I write a character that feels real, and is deeply interesting, whether I like them or not? Certainly it takes some special labors to get characters right if they are very dissimilar to me. But I refer back to Dorothy Sayers, who snarkily titled an essay she wrote, “Are Women Human?” Women are human first. Does gender matter? Does how society treats you matter? Absolutely. But let’s not miss the forest for the trees. 

There is always talk about making books movies. We’ve seen the good and the bad when these come down the pike. Has there been any talk about making either the Night Angel Trilogy or the Lightbringer Series a show or movie? What fears do you have about doing something like that?

Mostly I fear just getting sidetracked. A lot of writers, I think, see getting a movie made as their ticket to being socially relevant and wealthy. So they spend a lot of time reaching for that and getting excited when some random producer from Hollywood sends an email. Sure, it’s exciting to get an email from a random producer. But what I do is write the best books I’m capable of. So for the time being, I am holding on to my movie rights, and I’ve said no to everybody who’s come and asked. If Steven Spielberg or Peter Jackson came knocking at my door, I would certainly let them in. But I’m also perfectly content to never make a movie deal. I’m already doing what I love.

Now that we have book four, and even though you are just now going on a book tour, what can fans expect next from you?

I’ve already started writing Book 5. I’ll be saying no to side projects and working on that. That will probably be the next thing fans see from me. No promises about when that will be published. I’ll point out that I have written a book every two years for the last 14 years now.

Last question: As a fellow facial hair aficionado I must say nice beard. What care products do you use?

Haha! I use some beard oils. I’ve tried a few, but I like one from Cliff Original, and a beard soap from the same. I have to keep my cheeks shaven on my daughters’ and wife’s request/demand, so I also use the Cliff Original shave butter, which is a total indulgence because it’s way too expensive. So I’ll sort of ricochet back and forth between dollar store shave cream and that. Thanks for having me on, I can’t believe we talked beard care!

A Review…A Plea…A Game

By: Michael Worthan
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I was given the task of reviewing 5 Minute Dungeon, a game that has not only reached its goal on its Kickstarter page, it has DEMOLISHED it!. Now I was supposed to do this a LONG, LONG time ago, but unfortunately life did what it does and go in the way of doing the fun stuff for some not so fun stuff. So for the tardiness of this article I am sorry to those I let down, but as things go I am following through on what I am supposed to do no matter how late.

5-Minute Dungeon is fun for those that love imagination, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or just generally love competition. It is quick, the rules are relatively easy, and the game itself is amazingly fun, especially when you’re with good friends that also have a healthy competitive nature. As I said before the Kickstarter has smashed its goals, but it is still up and running, and I have been told there is a possible extension in it! So you can still go and help make this the best possible release of all time for a game by going straight to their Kickstarter and helping them even more HERE!

The innovation is great, even the mock up review copy that I received was really impressive, and to create a game for generations of young and old nerds, those that play D&D in the long for or those that have always wanted to but couldn’t let a whole day get away from them 5-Minute Dungeon has everything you need. A co-operative game with a 5 minute time limit, hence the name, to beat the boss and move on to the next difficulty level!

The colors! The characters! The game itself! Have I added enough exclamation points for you yet?!!!!!!!!!

In all seriousness though it is very rare in this day and age that folks get a chance to make something great, something they fully thought up, something that rails against convention and embraces ones imagination. This game does everything you want it to, it’s an ingenious creation that, if you get it from them on their Kickstarter here, you won’t be disappointed. It’s fun, it allows you and your friends to come together as a team and defeat the enemies, and it creates a heart wrenching thrill that very few games do nowadays.

So go, give, enjoy, and as always never hate.

 

A Full-Assed Review: Suicide Squad

By: Michael Worthan

Worst heroes ever. One of the main tagines for the Suicide Squad movie kind of sells them short. Although not really heroes our protagonists, El Diablo, Harley Quinn, Dead Shot, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, Katana, and company face a bigger bad than them and come up looking hero-ish in the very end. If you’ve been online you know the stars, you know of the characters, and you know that “professional critics” basically hated the hell out of this flick.

I am in the minority of people that have a website that dug this flick. Was it perfect? Nope. It had spots and flaws and busted logic at times, but I wasn’t looking for a perfect movie, I was looking for a fun movie and I found it. I enjoyed all aspects, the set up for Justice League, the possible meet and fight of the JL and the Squad, and what it could mean for DC Movies. David Ayer did a great job making a movie of the comic book nature that wasn’t just unique, but could essentially pull in its own genre down the line.

Now comes my soap box type rant…The fact that it seems to be ever increasingly popular to bash DC Entertainment and question it’s path. I think Suicide Squad and BvS have started something along with MoS that could essentially lead, under the guideance of Geoff Johns. With Wonder Woman and Justice League on the way we will definitely see some awesome shows. The fact that “fans” still feel like people from DC or Marvel owe them something is a joke. It’s not them it’s you when it comes to the critique and the ever expanding amount of Hollywood that doesn’t give a damn about your complaints.

In other words go enjoy the  movie!