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Ben Affleck as Batman?

I think that when Ben Affleck was announced as being the next Batman, most people were incredibly skeptical. I was worried that whenever I saw him as Bruce Wayne, I’d keep thinking that’s Ben Affleck, not Bruce Wayne. Well, after watching the trailers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I have to say that I’m rather optimistic about this now.

Everyone thought Michael Keaton would be a terrible Batman, since he did mostly comedy. But his Batman turned out to be my favourite. I also liked Val Kilmer’s Batman. The others after that? Well, I didn’t see Christian Bale’s, so I’m not sure how to react to him. But George Clooney was a terrible Batman.

The comments I’m seeing now about Ben Affleck’s Batman is that this is the comic book Batman, and it’s very good. The action, the attitude, it’s all Bruce Wayne and Batman from the comics and Arkham Knight video game. Looking forward to this!

What do you think? Leave your comments below.

Mission Statement – Books, Movies, and TV

This is the first part of the Mission Statement of this blog. This is what you can expect in the coming year and more. And it’s a pretty geeky Mission Statement!

When I started this blog, I wanted to focus on book reviews and my writing. So, I’d like to reiterate that book reviews are a major feature of this blog. However, that’s going to expand to movies and TV. And not just any movies and TV, but science fiction, fantasy, and superhero movies and TV!


I’m going to be doing a few challenges, as well as following very specific themes when reviewing movies. Here’s what you can expect to see:

  • Marvel and DC superhero movies
  • Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit
  • Star Wars
  • Star Trek (will be done along with the TV series in chronological order)
  • James Bond movies
  • Harry Potter
  • Transformers movies
  • Terminator movies
  • Alien movies
  • Jurassic Park movies
  • Robin Williams movies (my favourite actor, so I should do this)
  • And pretty much any science fiction or fantasy movie I can get my hands on.

Television Series

There are so many TV series I want to watch, and I will do reviews episode by episode. They will be brief, though. Don’t expect me to go into as much detail as I do with books.

  • All Star Trek TV series in chronological order
  • Battlestar Galactica (all series)
  • Doctor Who
  • Firefly
  • Xena
  • Hercules
  • Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis
  • Transformers
  • The Shannara Chronicles
  • The upcoming series based on Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy
  • Game of Thrones
  • Possibilities: The X-Files, Space: Above and Beyond, Earth 2

That’s a lot to watch, isn’t it? There may be more, it just depends on what I find. What are you looking forward to seeing? Any I missed that you think I should watch? Let me know in the comments.

So My Daughter Is a Superhero

It’s often interesting talking with a three-year-old child. You never know what they’re going to say. My daughter is no exception.

We get the usual refusal of food, then anger because she didn’t get the food. She screams because the show she wants to see on TV isn’t on at that time. She gets angry at us because it’s too hot or raining, and she really, really wants to do “shabondama (bubbles)” in the park.  Well, here’s a new one.

Tomoe: “Mama to papa kirin-san” (Mommy and daddy are giraffes)

Me: “Then what are you?”

Tomoe: “Spider-man!”

That’s right. My daughter is Spider-man. She has an interest in superheroes now. She’s watched some of the animated Avengers on TV, and has them associated with their colour, rather than their name. Ironman is red, for example. But her biggest obsession is Spider-man. She loves to see him on TV.

Anyone with young children that have obsessions?

My Movie and TV Challenges

I’ve decided to do several movie and TV challenges.  In general, I’ll be watching science fiction, fantasy, and superhero movies and TV series, though there are some exceptions.

For movies, I’ll watch and review them briefly. Nothing as big as my book reviews, but I’ll make some brief comments, and hopefully make them a bit unique.  For TV series, I’ll make brief reviews of each episode after I watch them.

So, here is what I plan to watch.

  1. Star Trek TV series and movies (all of them)
  2. Star Wars movies
  3. Battlestar Galactica TV series and miniseries
  4. Transformers TV series and movies
  5. All Marvel and DC superhero movies
  6. James Bond movies
  7. Robin Williams movies
  8. Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies
  9. Xena and Hercules TV series
  10. Doctor Who TV series
  11. The Walking Dead TV series
  12. Games of Thrones TV series (though I’ll read the books first)
  13. Stargate SG-1 TV series
  14. All Studio Ghibli movies

That’s a good list to start with, I think. Any other suggestions? Let me know in the comments.

Daily Flash Fiction #4 – Mittens

Patrick stumbled in the snow and put his hands in front of himself to stop his fall.  He got back up and shook his hands to get the snow off.  He looked around the playground to see if anyone noticed his gracefulness.  No one looked his way.

He pulled out his mittens and ducked behind the steps leading up to his school.  The red mittens matched the red toque on his head, but he wore a green winter coat with matching snow pants.  He hesitated to put on his mittens, looked around, and sighed.  The cold ate at his fingers.

A shout caught his attention, and he looked in the direction it came from.  A bigger boy, maybe in grade three, pushed down another boy.  His eyes widened as he noticed who the younger boy was.  “Gavin,” he whispered.  “I have to save him.”

Patrick put on his mittens and felt the energy pouring into him.  He looked at his mitten-covered hands and touched his thumbs and forefingers together.  They transformed into powerful claws.  Power pumped through his veins.  He was ready.  He stood up and shouted, “Stop!”

The bigger boy looked at him and paused.  His mouth opened, but he didn’t say anything.  He looked stunned.

“Don’t hurt Gavin.  He’s my friend,” said Patrick.  “I will stop you.  I am Lobsterman.  You can’t beat Lobsterman!”

He sprinted toward the boy and tripped on a baseball buried under the snow.  He recovered by using his powerful lobster claws to break his fall and stand up again.  He continued his charge and jumped at the bully.  The bigger boy sidestepped Lobsterman and the hero fell face-first into the snow.

“Stupid kid,” said the third grader.  “Lucky for you the teacher is coming.”

Lobsterman watched the boy retreat.  I coulda beat him up with these claws, he thought.  No one can beat Lobsterman!