Geekly World News – January 22, 2016

Welcome back to Geekly World News, our round-up of all the biggest news from the world of comics, video games, movies, and more.

Let’s get things started today with the new trailer for Suicide Squad, staring Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, and Jared Leto as the Joker.

I have to admit that I haven’t personally been very excited for this film until now, but this is a very good trailer. Now we just have to wait and see if the movie itself will be able to match the fun of the clever editing around Bohemian Rhapsody found in the trailer. Suicide Squad is directed by David Ayer and comes to theatres on August 5, 2016.

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This week on The Rogues’ Gallery podcast, The Prodigal Son, Wes, returns to the fold!

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Joined by the long-absent member of the original five, Shan and Vince kick the tires on our fancy new mic with a really interesting discussion on the tricky subject of introducing cultural mythologies into media (movies, games, etc), as well as geeking out on a number of subjects, including, but not limited to:

  • The awesomeness that is Suits, and why watching it will immediately make you a better person.
  • Shan brings us up on the season premier of Avatar: The Legend of Korra
  • VIDJA GAMES!! We talk Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, Infamous: Second Son, and Beyond: Two Souls.

 

Geek Spiel: The Great Animated Divide – How Mature Cartoons Split The World in Two

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Look in any Internet forum and you’ll find no shortage of people yearning for the days of yore when music, movies, or television was so much better than the crap they have on today. Typically, I dismiss this mindset because the things we tend to remember also happen to be the best things that particular era had to offer. They stood the test of time because they were THAT good. Ask someone who grew up in the 1990s to name a cartoon, and the response you’ll get is probably one of quality like Gargoyles or Batman: The Animated Series. Significantly less likely is the possibility of The Smoggies or Mega Babies, since those shows were just not worth remembering (or in the case of Mega Babies, simply god-awful). In addition, as we get older, we get additional responsibilities, and tend not to actively pursue new media. According to Sturgeon’s Law, it takes some digging to get past all the dross and find anything of quality in just about any media. When we don’t have the time to dig, typically we start drowning in the muck instead.

 However, at least in the case of animated series, something has changed. Though groundbreaking series that both kids and adults can enjoy like Avatar: The Last Airbender and Adventure Time still exist, these are no longer the majority. Compare this to the 90s, where there is no shortage of ballsy, mature, complex cartoons aimed at kids that still hold up. ReBoot, Beast Wars, Gargoyles, Disney’s Recess and The Weekenders, Sonic: Underground, The Animaniacs, Tiny Toon Adventures… the list goes on and on. But to keep myself from undercutting my previous point,I don’t think that this change is necessarily due to a drop in quality, at least not in the traditional sense. Instead, what has happened is a polarization of audiences, specifically based on age.

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This Week on The Rogues’ Gallery: An avalanche of cartoon, TV, and summer movies, plus Sandy and Noah review Cabin In The Woods!

Here at the Rogues’ Gallery, we commit ourselves to only get angry about the things that REALLY matter. So this week, we throw down on such important issues as Bane’s pimp coat, Battleship, and eviscerating the war crime that is Ultimate Spiderman. Check it!

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Running time: 01:32:52

Young Justice (0m51s-10m35s)

Community (10m35s-13m30s)

Sandy and Noah’s Cabin In The Woods Review (13m38s-21m05)

Avengers Cartoon (21m05s-24m38s)

Nick, Noah and Sandy discuss Game of Thrones Season 2 (24m38s-32m13s)

Nick takes on the Diablo III Beta! (32m13s-39m37s)

Avatar: The Legend of Korra Redux (39m37s-50m03s)

Noah and Vince tear Ultimate Spider-Man A New One (50m03s-1h03m31s)

Summer Movie Extravaganza!! Amazing Spider-Man, Men In Black 3, Dark Knight Rises, and Battleship (1h03m31s-End)