X-Men: Days of Future Past – New, old, its all good

Remember the 90s when the X-Men  cartoons were all the rage? Entrenched into episodes which always seemed to have good plots and intriguing characters. Two such episodes were known as Days of Future Past 1 and 2. The episodes featured a brief glimpse into possible dystopian future where mutants were detained or hunted and killed. The viewers were also introduced to the future X-Men, what was left of them anyways. Bishop travels to the past to stop an assassination. While the assassination is stopped the future is still a dystopia.

There have been many great X-Men incarnations that were birthed outside of the comic world. In 2000 the world became acquainted with the X-Men film series, which had highs, and unfortunately lows. As the series fell into disarray, a “new” series came onto the scene. X-Men: First Class (2011) sought to initially create a new series. However something far more ambitious was spawned instead. The idea being to pair the new younger X-Men from First Class with the X-Men from the original film series. The old and new came together to formulate X-Men: Days of Future Past, directed by Bryan Singer. For starters it does deviate from both  the comic and animated series of the Days of Future Past story.

While many people may think that Days of Future Past tells one story, in reality it tells three. The main plot being that Wolverine is sent into the past to reunited the X-men in order to stop Mystique from killing Bolivar Trask, which in turn is thought to prevent certain events that will usher in the creation of the Sentinels. As this is occurring the future X-Men, from the original series, are hold up at a temple and as a result are forced into what likely their final battle for survival against a huge Sentinel force. Lastly the final subplot revolves around the past X-Men trying to stop Magneto from from killing the president of America.

Unlike the last few X-Men movies DOFP is able to balance itself nicely. There isn’t too much comedy distracting from the story, instead we get lots of references to elements from the X-men comic lore as well as references to the original X-Men film series and their rebooted counter parts. One such reference being that Magneto is Quicksilver’s father, which is executed in a subtly comic conversation between Magneto and Quicksilver. Another is Wolverine passing through a metal detector, in which Logan is surprised that the alarm has not went off being that he has bone claws. As he likely is accustomed to alarms going off, due to his Adamantium coated skeleton. Theres also a reference to Stryker having a kid, who later appears in X2.

As the story begins in the future we are shown a setting that beyond hopeless. Mutant extinction is a very tangible reality, oppression and genocide are fact. This is the world of future. The last mutants alive have banded together, with no real solution of a brighter future. Seeing every mutant’s power in action is visually appealing. Ice Man’s powers are a fond reminder of the og X-Men films. Although Blink’s powers are the most stunning to watch in action. With every portal she opens you may find yourself trying to keep up with the action. The sentinels are also an interesting antagonist, as they’re much more high tech then their original forefathers. With every X Man slain you can feel a bit of fear creeping into your body, thats how terrorizing the sentinels are versus the comics/cartoons. As a result theres a bit of a struggle, as you know the X-Men can’t stave off their robotic tormentors for very long. Despite this seemingly hopeless revelation, you still have to root for the X-Men going down with dignity. The situation is further dramatized when Logan is sent into the past, through Kitty’s powers.

In 1973 Wolverine awakens with his mission clearly laid out, uniting the X-Men and stopping Mystique from killing Trask. Much of the drama is played out in this part of the story. While Charles is still very angry at Magnus, and vice versa, they still miss their friendship and try to understand one another. The hatchet is buried, though not fully. While both mutants understand what will happen in the future, each one has a differing way they want to avert the distant atrocities to come. Things are further complicated with Mystique as she has not killed anyone in her life, but is dead set on Killing Trask. She still leans towards Magnus’ ideals, however Mystique ultimately must find where she stand philosophically. Magnus tries to kill her, which causes a big stir among the world and leads to the premature birth of the Sentinels, which are less hi-tech. This also detracts from Trask being the main antagonist. Trask himself is a bit odd, as he doesn’t seem to hate mutants, but rather sees them as a solution to humanity’s division. His master plan is basically to use mutants as a catalyst for fear, which would lead to world unity.

Nearing the end of the end of the film Charles is actually able to communicate to his future self, through using Logan’s mind as a proxy. He has an epiphany that Raven (Mystique) must be able to make her own choices in life, instead of himself or Magnus trying to guide her. Charles is able to set aside his romantic feelings for Raven in order to finish the mission. In an awe shocking scene Magnus seals off the White House by using a huge stadium as a makeshift barrier, as well as gaining control of the Sentinels. Charles manages to subdue Magnus and convinces Raven not to kill Trask. Thus saving the future. Charles then proceeds to let Raven and Magnus flee, through each takes a separate path. While Beast questions whether they should be let go, Charles is hopeful that they will all be united one day.

Back in the future the X-Men are being slaughtered by the Sentinels, as a huge convoy descends upon the temple where they make a final stand. Eventually all the mutants guarding the door are killed. The Sentinels begin breaking down the door, Magnus tries one last tactic to hold them off, Ice Man is killed tying to stop them. The end is finally here and the Sentinels prepare to deal a death blow to Charles, Magnus, Logan, and Kitty. Since the past was changed, the future begins to change as well.

In a now alternate future Logan awakens in the X Mansion with his memories intact. No one recalls the Sentinels or his mission to avert their original dystopian future. Although this raises more questions as some mutants who were dead in the og X-Men films are alive. Particularly Jean and Scott, something to note is that they don’t act like a couple. Logan proceeds to ask Charles in helping him recall events following 1973, Charles knowing why happily does so. What follows is a prelude to the next X-Men film. Overall the X-Men: Day of Future Past does everything it needs to be a successful film. While some people might fret over small congruity issues, the movie hits most marks. Particularly in uniting the X-Men reboot series and the original series. Fans on both sides of the spectrum will be very pleased. The dystopian future in particular is very intriguing, because you really feel the plight and hopelessness of the mutants. The story moves fairly quickly and able to keep the audience’s attention, but alternating between the Future and Past X-Men teams. Moreover we get to understand more about Charles, Magnus, and Mystique. specifically their strained relationships to one another. Likewise Logan feels a great pressure to be a teacher instead of just a soldier or weapon. Action, drama, and an engrossing story make up X-Men: Days of Future Past. Its definitely a movie you can more than once. If you don’t watch it in theaters, you should go and rent it, you won’t be disappointed.

Pain and Gain – So Much Pain

Pain and Gain was released in 2013, and was directed by Michael Bay. Unlike many of Bay’s previous Transformer movies the story is more down to Earth. Likewise you won’t find many explosions, or the vast destruction of buildings. Instead we’re given a film that has lots of style, with comedic acting, and a somewhat decent story to follow. Pain and Gain tells the story of the Sun Gym Gang, who were convicted of various crimes. The steepest of which was murder. However not everyone was convicted of murder, only two members, Daniel Lugo, the leader/mastermind, and his right hand man Adrian Doorbal were convicted for homicide and given the death sentence. Their associates were convicted of fraud as well as racketeering.

The movie stars Mark Whalberg (Danny Lugo), Anthony Mackie (Adrian Doorbal), and Dwayne Johnson (Paul Dyle). Its interesting to note that Paul Doyle is actually a composite character. While  these actors have acted in various action movies, they aren’t portrayed as action heroes. The movie is a dark comedy, and is rightfully labeled as such. While all of the characters are very menacing, they also come off as being very satirical. While all of the characters have great ambitions, they are also very dimwitted with delusions of grandeur.

Danny Lugo’s life revolves around fitness, specifically bodybuilding. While hes very built, he is also fairly poor. He has a strong drive to become wealthy and successful in the fitness industry. While he helps the Sun Gym become successful and signs many applicant, its apparent that he doesn’t have the intelligence or business savvy to become wealthy. Earlier in his life he tried to fraud old folks out of their money. Falling back on his old habits he tries implement a new, vastly more illegal scam. His long time friend Adrian Doorbal helps him throughout his scheme. Doorbal has similar ambitions of wealth, but his priority is fixing his erectile dysfunction, cause by his use of steroids. Then later his desire to provide for himself and his wife. Finally theres Paul Doyle who is a recently born again Christian ex convict. Doyle follows Lugo in an attempt to provide financial stability in his life. This in tun ultimately revives Doyle’s self destructive tendencies.

You can describe the movie easily, when considering what the movie is actually about. Big bodybuilders decide they want to be rich, they go out and rob rich people. Eventually their stupidity gets the better of them, and they wind up in jail for murder.

Michael Bay instead takes the viewer on visual journey, with some laughs to keep away the boredom. Pain and Gain is a great film to look at, the bright colors with contrasting dark undertones give you a feeling of fantasy. Really thats what the movie is, a fantasy. Every twist and turn you may wonder if these guys have ever heard of the term law, considering how much they break it. Of course they don’t even think about the law, because they feel they’re so invincible. So much so that the law must be beneath them. Much of the dialogue is spoken in voice overs, by the main characters. You get a sense of how little reality plays into each character’s motivation for either success or survival. The Sun Gym Gang are also very ambivalent to how bad their plan is. Lugo’s motivation for executing the plan comes from a motivational speaker, Johnny Wu who is likely a scam artist. As Wu is obviously all talk, and makes his money through hyping people up. Even when law enforcement has apprehended Lugo, he continues to believe he will go free.

Pain and Gain is controversial as it portrays the crimes of the Sun Gym Gang in a soft light, and greatly down plays what they did. This is further exacerbated by the constant ramblings of the dimwitted muscleheads, who help to subtract from the seriousness of their crimes. However it does prove a point. Being that these men are so out of touch with reality, that they seem to live in a fantasized world. However following the plot proves to be difficult at times, as certain scenes just seem to drag out too long. Likewise you’re not watching a good and balanced drama. The focus of the movie is definitely not the dialogue. The first half of the movie is definitely more engrossing than the second half. If you want to watch a movies with cool camera angles and that look visually appealing, you’d probably like this movie. If you wanna see a film with an enticing plot, you might not be interested in watching Pain and Gain.

Paint me Indigo

Indigo is a unique color which has come to dominate the world. Their biggest triumph being that indigo is the default color that every major denim maker uses for their selvedge jeans. As indigo’s popularity has grown over the centuries designers and artisans alike have expanded Indigo’s focus. From not just jeans, but to other clothing apparel. Such as jackets, shirts, belts, shoes, backpacks, and other such accessories. Many brands have treated Indigo as a new unexplored territory for clothing. To this end we will cover various offerings of indigo t shirts, as well as what make each brand’s own version of their indigo t-shirt unique.

Tender Co. (UK) $128

 

First off we have Tender Company’s Type 353 T-Shirt. Being a collective of artisans the brand tends to have more free form thinking in term of their designs. First off this shirt is constructed using interlocked jersey threads, providing added durability. The design of the shirt takes cues from vintage sportswear shirts, likely from the 1950s. Some standout designing is the shirt’s slightly wide neck design and flatlock seam construction. What makes the Type 353 truly unique is that Tender Co decided to hand dye their shirt with Woad instead of  using conventional Indigo dyes. Woad was the precursor to the use of Indigo blocks in Europe. The dye has to be extracted from many Woad planets, so much so that it isn’t made on a commercial level. Another aspect being that Woad typically yields a somewhat lighter shade of Indigo. Woad usually doesn’t dye evenly, which introduces another element to the garment dyed, being a more unique fade pattern. Based in England, the company fashions their clothing there with various artisans.

Merz B. Schwanen (Germany) $100

Based in Germany Merz B. Schawnen has taken it upon themselves to recreate vintage clothing from the first half of the 20th century. Many of their clothing is based on either work or basic military attire of their respective time periods.  This particular shirt, the 215, is based off a 1960s tee shirt design. What makes this shirt interesting is that it features under arm gussets, which gives the shirt the ability to better conform to your body. Furthermore the shirt is made using two threads instead of one. This makes the shirt more durable, as well as making it feeling a bit more heavy duty. The shirt was hand dyed using natural Indigo. Like Woad, natural Indigo is not produced on a commercial scale, but can nonetheless be made. Likewise the shirts will eventually develop a unique fade pattern. Indigo comes from a fern and is typically dried out then formed into a brick. Throw it into a hot vat, then you’re in business, the dying process is long. Merz makes their clothing in Germany with old school machines from the 1920s, giving their clothes a more authentic background.

Ludwig Van (LA) $36

Finally we have Ludwig Van of Los Angeles California. Their Caligula tee is made using ringspun 30-single threads, making their shirt very soft and strong. Adding another element the brand employed jersey slub instead of the run of the mill jersey cotton fabric. The weave of Caligula gives the shirt a mix of both soft with an added bit of feeling. As the shirt runs across your body it gives off a little sensation that may feel soothing. Likewise in the summer the shirts weave allows for a nice air current to give off  a sense of relaxation. A wider neck provokes a more laid back demeanor. The owner of the brand hand printed the text, adding a personal touch to the Caligula. Like the other shirts, the Caligula also went through an Indigo dying process, though the process is not stated. They possibly used a block of Indigo. Ludwig Van gave the shirt a wash in order to give their tee a vintage feel, as they often use vintage materials for their clothing. The shirt should develop a nice fade pattern, partially due to the jersey slub fabric. Many of their products have been made in LA.

So whether its through an artisan or streetwear brand, Indigo has certainly expanded its horizons. Each brand’s takes on the Indigo tee shirt, which is becoming a phenomenon, is wholly done with a particular thinking process you won’t find at your local mall. Needless to say, there are many options that people have when looking to buy an Indigo shirt. The dyes alone could be the deciding factor for a lover of Indigo, or the design of the shirt, or even the fabric that was used; that may ultimately convince a person that an Indigo tee shirt is worth buying, or even an essential garment for their own style.

*Some of these shirts may no longer be available for purchase, as these brands usually don’t re-release products

*Tender Company site.

*Merz B. Schawnen site.

*Ludwig Van site.

Vans Caballero – The Lux Treatment

Vans has had a bit of a hazy past. Having many different shoe models, some of their most memorable being made in the 80s. One of  those shoes being Vans breakdancing shoes, aka Vans Breakers. However there was another shoe, which ultimately didn’t gain fame in the 80s, but rather the early 90s. The Vans Half Cab was released back in 1992, and has easily become a Vans signature shoe. However what many don’t know is that the Half Cab’s origin actually began in the late 80s. With a shoe that has, for the most part been forgotten, the shoe in question being the Caballero (Full Cab or Style #39). Released in 1989, the shoe was Steve Caballero’s first signature shoe. It was a high top and had various references to Steve’s Asian background, particularly the croc embossed collar and sidepanels. More importantly the logo used was a dragon instead of the famous Mofo inspired logo on the Half Cab. The Caballero proved to be unpopular as the collar seemed too constrictive for skater’s movements.

A few years went by, after which time a trend of cutting down the Caballero into a midtop sneaker began to happen. Some skaters would then tape, apply stickers, or even sew the cut portion of the collars. Seeing this inspired Steve Caballero to do the same, after which he decided to propose a mid top version of the Caballero. The result was the loss of the croc panels, and the dragon logo which led to the birth of the colorful Half Cab in 1992. Ever since then the Caballero has remained dormant, the slumbering dragon seemingly doomed to never awaken again.

As 2008 rolled around the Great Recession was looming not to far off, but it was also the year that Vans decided to resurrect the Caballero to preemptively kick off its 20th anniversary. Unlike the Half Cab’s 20th anniversary releases, which saw only two major releases, namely by Supreme and HKIT. The Caballero was given four unique releases in Vans various divisions, having a Vault, California, Pro, and a General release. Arguably the best releases were the Vault and Pro release. Both releases were the epitome of premium footwear.

In particular the Caballero LX  is a prime example of pre-recession luxury shoes. Dropped in three colorways: black, tawny port, and  blk/charcoal. The black/charcoal model has a charcoal upper made of thick generous cuts of nubuck. While having black full grain leather panels and a collar. A peculiar fact about the Vault release is the padding on the tongue. Unlike the Pro version, the padding on LX caballero is 2x thicker. Instead of having the standard nylon laces, cotton laces are present. Another pair of, red,  laces are also included. The original style liner is forgone in favor of a modern nylon liner. White eyelets provide some needed contrast. The retro Vans label is on the heel adding a sense of unity. A removable footbed, with an all Caballero print, gives the shoe a more lux laid back feeling. Finally theres the red Caballero dragon logo. At first glance it looks like the og logo from 1989, however some of the branding has been removed, perhaps to better pay tribute to Steve’s original logo design. It would be almost impossible to find a shoe like this today. Due to the recession many shoe companies, and to a certain degree Vans included, have lower the quality of their shoes in order to keep profits in the green. Shoes post 2008 tend to use cheaper leathers and rubbers. Sadly the Caballero’s release in 2008-09 was strictly a limited engagement. Finding a pair, is difficult, if you stumble across a pair don’t hesitate to grab it. An irony of the Caballero LX is in the fact its a rare and very premium sneaker, but they usually don’t sell over their MSRP of $80. Perhaps due to the fact that many people are not familiar with the silhouette, despite this the Caballero LX could be worth twice its MSRP. If its deadstock, has the og box, and comes with both the laces. As big and bulk as it may appear, the Vans Caballero doesn’t feel very constricting, instead its fairly easy on the feet. Furthermore the color scheme makes it applicable to wear for various occasions. People who are looking for some true high quality shoes, lovers of the Vans Half Cab, or even people who appreciate classic skating design may be interesting in grabbing a pair for themselves.

Charcoal nubuck upper, with black full grain leather color blocking.

Red Caballero logo. White eyelets. Thick pieces of leather make up the Caballero LX’s anatomy.

Vans retro label.

Cotton laces. Red liner. The thickest piece of nubuck was used for the toe of the shoe.

Removable Caballero printed insoles.

*Rubbers by IFC. Very hard to find. Pre-recession premium shoe.

Ludwig Van Selvedge 2 – From Europe to ‘Nam

In 2012 Ludwig Van and Quintin Co decided to continue their Selvedge Project partnership. Which has yet to spawn anything ordinary or predictable. However interestingly enough the collab falls a bit into a grey area. Primarily because the hats were not composed of denim. Instead vintage WWII, Vietnam, and canvas fabrics were used. As well as some vintage Japanese broadcloth fabrics, for added contrasted.

In WWI both the Central and Allied powers employed trench warfare tactics. Huge trenches were dug and soldiers stayed there for prolonged periods. Partially as a results soldiers would wear thick woolen clothing. Wool is a strong material, it would be difficult for someone to be impaled by a bayonet and it would keep soldiers warm in the damp trenches. However when WWII rolled around trench warfare was gone. War was fought everywhere across Europe and Asia. Uniforms changed to reflect changing philosophies in what was deemed the best uniforms at the time. Woolen uniforms became lighter, twill was introduced, and canvas was beginning to take a backseat.

One reason why twills were replacing duck canvas in US uniforms were that they were lighter and more pliable. Furthermore twills would eventually go on to replace standard woolen US military uniforms. Later in the late 1950s a new type of uniform was developed, dubbed Mitchell camo, during the Korean war. Originally the uniforms came in reversible coats. One side being known as “leaf,” the other known as “clouds.” Mitchell camo was in service long enough to actual see some soldiers don it in Vietnam. Duck canvas was  also an old military fabric being used as late as the early 20th century before falling out of favor in the military. It is made of a heavy gauge woven cotton, its origins being attributed to the Dutch term “deok.” The actually meaning of the term refers to sailor’s garments. It was also used by US laborers. This is evidenced by Levi’s making Duck Canvas pants for miners.

Lugwig Van x Quintin’s duck canvas snapback is featured. Duck canvas makes up the primary material used for the cap’s construction. Unlike modern hats, that are made of twill, the cap is very stern and doesn’t seem frail at all. Moving your fingers over the bill of the cap gives you a sense of how touch this duck canvas is, the canvas is rough and rigid. Instead of dying the duck canvas a different color, Ludwig chose to stick with the default color of the canvas, which is somewhere between a semi-subtle brownish orange. Giving the hat more contrast a full grain leather, likely cowhide, Selvedge X Project patch is sewn onto the front. Moving to the underbill vintage Mitchell Clouds camo is used, giving the hat a stronger sense of Americana. The inside of the hat comes with  a red selvedge denim stash pocket. Finally rounding off the hat Ludwig decided to include a broadcloth backing to the front panel. Broadcloth itself having roots in both Japan and Europe. Regardless of its origin broadcloth is recognized as a luxury fabric. The vintage Japanese broadcloth has a unique print, which provides contrast as well as a touch of inconspicuous luxury. Like the first Selvedge X Project the Scout Series caps are silent hits for Ludwig Van and Quintin Co. Although they are very difficult to come across.

Duck Canvas construction, full grain leather patch.

Ludwig Van tags

Vintage Mitchell Camo underbill, Vietnam era.

Red selvedge denim stash pocket. Vintage Japanese broadcloth backing.

Hidden Characters by Super Losers Co – They’re Out There, Plotting Something

Anime, or Japanese animation, is a type of medium in which a story can be told through. Much of what characterizes Anime is the rendering of characters in very anatomically correct sizes, realistic backgrounds, and of course bug eyes. Having originated and evolved in Japan, the medium eventually found its way across America as early as the 1950s. However many of these shows were heavily Americanized in order for them to be more marketable. As the 1980s rolled around Anime was still being imported, and retained much of its Nippon culture. It wasn’t until the 1990s, with the advent of shows like Dragon Ball Z, Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, and other shows that the medium was wholly embraced in America by the underground and adolescents alike. Needless to say Anime has become part of American culture and is very mainstream in the media.

One example of Anime’s prominence in America can be seen, by stores often selling shirts with the name or characters of any particular Anime. Likewise certain clothing brands, some having an Asian background, would sometimes pay tribute to Anime. Some of the most prominent tributes being Triumvir’s collabs with Street Fighter or Bape’s collabs with One Piece. While some brands have shown their fondness of Anime in this manner, at times it seems very counter intuitive. Simply put, many people mull over the fact that simple designs featuring characters or logos  can readily be purchased at shops such as Hot Topic, even if quality comes into play there is nothing unique. The balance between Anime and clothing brands has typically been plain, because the designs are never quiet able to find a balance between how a brand and Anime should be incorporated into or work off one another. While both Bape and Triumvir liked Anime, they obviously viewed it in a certain light and as such treated it as an alien product that did not belong in the American culture. With Triumvir’s demise in mid 2013, it seemed as though Anime’s tenure in streetwear was unofficially over. Likewise it probably never would become a motif in streetwear, as Triumvir was the only brand that tried to take an Asian American perspective on anything Oriental. Fast forward to October of that  year.

Hidden Characters, the clothing arm of the mysterious Super Losers Collective, was formally presented to the streetwear community in 2013. Unlike many of the brands that came before it, Hidden Characters takes cues from not one, but two different cultures/concepts. Anime as well as being philosophically inclined to subjects that instill  shock, such as death. Not much is actually known about Super Losers Co. as the team is perhaps meticulously mapping out their plans for world domination. What is known is that they’re a collective based in one of America’s Midwestern states, some members skate, make music, or design clothing. Although they are less than a year old, the brand has already proven to have great creative talent. They previewed their JFK drop for months, while managing to keep people’s intrigue alive through many teasers. Their JFK pre-sale is a perfect example of who Hidden characters are, showcasing both their love of Anime and morbidity. A lone gun man, rendered in an Anime style, is on the back of the long-sleeve. While the sleeves themselves show a step by step diagram of President JKF’s head as he was being shot. Two concepts seamlessly executed into one shirt.

For their first drop there was already so  much hype around the brand, that their web-store actually died. Forcing the the creators to quickly build a temporary eshop. Quite an accomplishment, especially for a first release. Their second great accomplishment being that they have effectively managed to treat Anime as an American phenomenon. Not only did their JFK tee feature an Anime inspired character, but it felt very natural. You could look at the tee and not question whether its American or Japanese, you just don’t care to ask because the tee is so easy on the eyes. Likewise their Playboi Pikachu tee perfectly fused the Japanese electrical mouse and the classy Americana Playboy icon, making it their own. A pocket in the front sporting a matching mini logo is a great compliment to the oversized back logo. The Asteroid Blues tee takes a very iconic scene from Cowboy Bebop, rendering it in black on black (3M ink) for an added feel of bleakness and drama, while the front of the tee sports a pistol instilling a feeling that could be that of fantasy vs a very real reality.

Of course there were other great products that dropped, such as  Hidden Stock and Demons.  All of which were given little details which give people an idea of the quality Hidden Characters is striving for. Unlike many new brands Hidden Characters has managed to create a style that is all their own, without being defined as a one style brand. Stay tuned for their next release. Til then, stay Hidden.

Asteroid Blues tee.

Hidden Characters.

The back of the tee features Spike.

Playboi Pikachu. Pocket features mini PP logo.

Every detail…

Counts.

Freebie patch.

*Hidden Characters is very active on their Tumblr. Not for everyone, you have been warned.

*Super Losers Co Twitter.

*Look for their forum to know when the next drops are slated. Location of forum will not be given, if you want it look for it.

Do Over – Justice League: War

Justice League: War recently dropped. Part of the DC animated movie universe and directed by Jay Oliva, the film builds off of the previous installment of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013). Being that the film is made by DC the story is of course adapted from a comic arc, specifically Justice League: Origin. Following a particular pattern the film has a fair amount of violence and isn’t afraid to splash blood around. Likewise unlike their tamed cable counterparts , the language that is used isn’t so much suggestive as it on occasion is profane. However there are moments of humor which help to subdue the sometimes very adult themes of the film. At times even proving to be overpowering. The themes of the movie include perseverance in the face of great odds and of course heroes putting aside their differences for the greater good.

To better understand the story you have to understand what Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox was all about. Basically the Flash changed the past, by saving his mother, and thus changing his present time. Eventually he figures out how to undue all the changes to his future, or so he thought. By going back and letting his mother die again, he apparently once again alters the future. To the comic readers, they know this as the new 52.

So the entire basis of the story is a new world, a new Justice League. Everything starts from scratch. The heroes that band together are Batman, Green Lantaurn, The Flash, Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, Superman, and Cyborg. The story begins in Gotham where Batman confronts cybernized alien, later revealed to be a minion of Darkseid. Eventually the story is expanded and learn that theres an impending invasion of Earth that will begin. However the movie devotes a chunk of time to introduce us to the superheroes and a bit of their background. Such as their personality, their alter egos, relationship with populace of Earth, and why they chose to be heroes. This is especially important for understanding Victor (Cyborg) and Captain Marvel.

Batman comes off as being superior, and constantly annoys Green Lantern with his keen sense of observations. However he demonstrates that he knows his limits and thoroughly ponders where he belongs in the global invasion. Green Lantern comes off as having a superiority complex, being that hes the guardian of that sector (Earth) of the universe. Furthermore there are many times in which he comes off as being very kiddish, acting like a loose canon because of the abilities his ring gives him. He is eventually able to act like a true hero and effectively subdues his own monster of an ego. The Flash proves to be somewhat of an oxymoron. Mainly because his oh so infamous ego is nowhere to be seen. Instead a we are given a much more mature Flash who fully acknowledges that he can’t possibly stop the attack on Earth alone. Captain Marvel is an ok character, but his actions could easily make him the but of an joke. He is constantly charging into battle alone with no strategy than to throw around lighting bolt, possibly thinking hes a god like Zeus, every times he is beaten down and is forced to learn the limits of his powers through the school of hard knox. Wonder Woman is definitely not the same as she was portrayed in Flashpoint. Her appearance borders almost on satire. At times she acts like a warrior who may have lived during early days of Greek mythology, while other times she acts so goofy experiencing life off her home island its hard to like her. Superman’s back story is not even mentioned. He definitely comes off as being indestructible, as Batman and Superman had a little skirmish and Bruce had no way of stopping him. Likewise he isn’t completely a “boy-scout” as he does kill in one scene. Lastly we have Cyborg, we take a horrifically humbling journey as he begins his life as a promising football star to his transition to that of a Superhero. Cyborg is constantly questioning where he belongs in the world until he regains confidence in himself.

The movie flows pretty well, although the scenes with Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman offset the mood of Justice League: War. Although it may not be more enticing or well written than Flashpoint Paradox the high production animation and story alone is enough to make you want to watch it a few times. On that note I strongly recommend that you should watch Justice League: War, and as always stay after the credits are done rolling.