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Monday Musings… DCEU

I thought I would start a new semi-regular series on my blog, My Monday Musings. That roughly translate to if something geeky has been on my mind lately I will blog about it! This week I want to talk about the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).

I grew up loving DC Comics! In the 1980’s I watched repeats of Wonder Woman and Batman programmes on TV, and the Superman/Supergirl movies on VHS. A decade lately, and it would become all about Batman, the Tim Burton movies, The Animated Series and The Dark Knight Returns graphic novel. (My love of Marvel did not start until this century). But in the last few years, my love for DC has waned.

The comics continue to interest me, I loved the Batgirl of Burnside storyline and adore all the extended Bat-family. However, after the Christopher Nolan films, the DC movies seems to be a mess. I’m not currently up to date with the animated series. But  stated before how disappointed I was with the The Killing Joke animated movie.

DC on TV

Of the DC Comics related TV programmes, my favourite was Smallville, but recently all DC Comic shows seem to be dominated by the programmes of the Arrowverse. I didn’t like the first few seasons of Arrow, however, I think the show has improved recently. I really like Supergirl and Flash. Supergirl has dealt with some interesting themes this season and handles them amazingly well, especially Alex’s coming out speech.

Legends of Tomorrow is a little more fun, but still enjoyable to watch. At the end of last year they had a crossover storyline for the four shows and I believe they are planning more. This shared universe seems to be successful and is working, to the extend that they are adding to the universe, as the Black Lightening series was announced last week.

The other DC related programme, Gotham is not part of the Arrowverse. The show is a little darker and serves as a great introduction to the major players in the Batman universe. I do not think Gotham will be ever crossover to the Arrowverse, but with the multiverse you never know.

The Extended Universe

DCEU - Justice League

Which brings us back to the DCEU. I want to like the DCEU, I eagerly went to the cinema last year to watch both Batman vs Superman and Suicide Squad and left the cinema disappointed both times. When they release the  Wonder Woman movie, I will go and see it, because it’s a female superhero movie! I really want this cinematic universe to work!

There is no denying there appears to be issues with the DCEU. Every week this year, there is a new rumour about the Batman standalone movie. First the was a completed script, then it is unfinished. Ben Affleck was directing the movie, then he left. After numerous rumours as to who was taking over. Last month they announced Matt Reeves will direct the Batman movie and Chris McKay will direct a Nightwing standalone movie afterwards. Which lead to rumours Affleck would step down after the Batman movie.

What I don’t understand is why, they need to make a Flash movie. I like Grant Gustin as Flash, he has made the role his own. I am sure Erza Miller will be great in the role, do we need another Flash? Likewise with the Justice League movie, the Arrowverse has already laid foundation of the Justice League on screen (it is even part of Legends of Tomorrow), do we need another Justice League?

It is easy to compare the DCEU to that of the more successful Marvel cinematic universe (MCU). But the MCU has existed for over a decade and it did have some hiccups in the early years (Hulk). The MCU has also linked their TV shows to the movies. Agents of Shield and Agent Carter have this done this very directly. Whereas the Netflix/Marvel shows have done it a little more indirectly. Having characters mention of the “Battle of New York” or individual Avengers, link these shows to the wider MCU. Why can the DCEU  not do the same.

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100 Cups of Coffee

When uploading these photos for the #100cupsofcoffee project to Instagram, I messed up the numbering. So I have added these in the order they happened, which doesn’t tally with the little number icons.

Coffee & A Great Read #100cupsofcoffee

As I mentioned in my last 100 cups of coffee update, whilst in the Philippines. I use to pop to Starbucks every afternoon for 4 p.m. caffeine fix. All the travelling I did in October, gave me the ideal time to catch up with my reading. Ideal for travelling was The Good Immigrant, as the short essays where easy to dip into whilst waiting to board a plane or riding on a shuttle bus.

Breakfast Coffee #100cupsofcoffee
In Manila and Gibraltar, the cafes we used to have breakfast in served coffee in tiny cups. In London I have a large mug or “venti” cup with my breakfast. As a result I found in Manila, I needed several cups each morning to get my coffee buzz!

Fall 2016! #100cupsofcoffee
When I returned home in London, autumn was definitely here! My uniform for the Fall Season in 2016, became my “Her Universe” bomber jacket and a Pumpkin Spiced Latte!

Coffee & A Movie #100cupsofcoffee
At the end of October we were lucky enough to get tickets to the Doctor Strange Fan Screening in Leicester Square. Before the screening of the movie, the director and movie’s cast (including Benedict Cumberbatch.) did a short introduction.

Final PSL of the Season #100cupsofcoffee
When I discovered my local Starbucks had run out of Pumpkin Spice syrup at the before the end of October. It meant I didn’t get a P.S.L. on my birthday! So when I discovered another branch still had syrup in November. I took the opportunity to enjoy my last P.S.L. of the season.

What is #100cupsofcoffee? You can read about the project here.
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5FF- Five Geeky Clothing I Need…

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Five Geeky Clothing I Need in My Closet Immediately.

As The Nerdy Girlie & Super Space Chick are taking a break from Fandom Friday, I thought I would use the chance to catch up with the prompts from October 2014, this week discussing the five geeky items of clothing I need. The real reason most of these dresses are on this list is because the are from stores in the USA, and I don’t want to pay the postage or customs fees.

Geeky Clothing

  1. Agent Carter Dress – Her Universe
    I adore the idea of a cute everyday cosplay dress. A dress that I could wear to conventions or movie opening nights. If there is one company that has cornered the market in everyday cosplay it is Her Universe. This Agent Carter dress was my favourite from the recent “Women of Marvel” collection.
  2. Galactic Scavenger Dress – Elhoffer Design
    For a more customized everyday cosplay dress, my favourite company is Elhoffer Designs. I wanted to order the “Rey” dress to wear at Star Wars Celebrations,  but left ordering it too late.
  3. Sithkura Dress – Her Universe
    Of course, as a geek I don’t just want to show my geekiness at conventions. I want to show it off everyday. This Darth Vader dress is in my favourite style and is perfect for spring or summer.
  4. Vader Embossed Dress– We Love Fine
    Everyone needs a little black dress, don’t they? What better than a dress with embossed Vader masks, subtle enough to wear everyday (or night) and show off your geeky pride.
  5. Rogue One Tee
    After seeing the new Rogue One trailer last week, I wanted a Rogue One tee, instead of just wearing a normal Star Wars one. This was my favourite t-shirt from the new collection.

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Five Winter Films

Similarly to the five summer films I talked about a few months ago, these are the five new releases I am looking forward to seeing in the cinema this autumn and winter.

  1. Rogue One

    Obviously, the first film on the list had to be Rogue One. I have mentioned several times before how excited I am about this film. As a young Star Wars fan I always wondered about the rebel agents that stole the plans to the Death Star. Now finally I am going to see their story on-screen.

  2. Doctor Strange

    I love the MCU and Sherlock, so as the kids say it’s “a non-brainer” that this movie has been added to the list. Marvel have always produced more than traditional superheroes movies, Winter Solider is a political thriller and Ant-Man is a heist movie. It will be interesting to see what direction this movie will take the MCU.

  3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Where do you start this movie? A chance to re-enter the Harry Potter universe. Getting to met new characters and amazing creatures. Stunning visual effects all seem to spell out a magical film.

  4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

    I have to confess I have yet to read the Miss Peregrine series of books. However, that hasn’t stop me from getting excited about this movie. I adore Tim Burton, he is one of my go-to directors, so I am expecting his unique style in this movie.

  5. The Magnificent Seven

    Growing up, I used to always watch movies with my dad, he played a massive part in shaping what movies I love. My dad’s favourite genre was westerns as I result I have fond memories of watching the original Magnificent Seven and it’s sequels with my dad, So in honour of him I am going to see this movie and hope they don’t mess it up!

What films are you most looking forward to seeing this autumn and winter?

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Five Questions about Fandoms

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Five Questions about Fandoms

Every week Kayla from Epicfied hosts a Fandom Friday Q&A about a specific fandom and asks readers submit their answers. Last week, it was five general questions about fandoms, so I thought I would turn my answers into a blog post – so you could get to know the fandoms I love (You can read their answers here).

  1. What are your top five fandoms?
    • Star Wars
    • Game of Thrones
    • Marvel Cinematic Universe
    • Batgirl
    • Sherlock
  2. What is a fandom you love but isn’t extremely popular?


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    I am going to have to say Orphan Black, I love this show and became hooked from the first season however, no one I know seemed to watch it, so that’s why I adding it here.

  3. What is a fandom you highly recommend?
    Too many to mention, I spent a few years convincing all my friends to watch Game of Thrones just so I could discuss each episode, spoilers and theories.

    Ned's Sword Ice and Arya's needle "Stick 'em with the pointy end!"
    Ice & Needle at the Game of Thrones Exhibit

    I know a lot of people have read the New 52 Batgirl, but I prefer the pre-Flashpoint version, with Barbara Gordon as Oracle and Cassandra Cain as Batgirl, so I guess I would recommend reading Batgirl: Silent Knight or Birds of Prey: Vol 1.

  4. Do you collect anything?
    My largest collection is Star Wars based, in the attic I have a lot of merchandise from the 1990’s, Episode One Lego sets, board games and dozens of Expanded Universe books.

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    A few of my favourite tsum tsum

    Last year, I brought a few Tsum Tsum, this year as they released two Star Wars waves and a Civil War set, I seem to have developed a larger collection, with the Finding Dory and The Force Awaken sets being released this month, I think my collection will continue to grow.

  5. Anything else?
    Like many I am still not over the fact the Firefly got cancelled!

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Five Summer Films

This Friday I’m going to talk about the five films that are released this summer that I’m most looking forward to. You might notice that several of these films are sequels to my comfort films from last week.

  1. Finding Dory

    Normally I say don’t make a sequel to a classic movie, but the follow ups to Pixar’s greats like Toy Story have been amazing, so I have high hopes for this film. I’m looking forward to learning more about Dory – discovering how she learnt to speak whale and hopefully seeing her reunite with her family.
  2. Everybody Wants Some

    Technically, this isn’t a sequel but Richard Linklater has referred to this film as a spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused. I love Dazed and Confused, the plot set over one night, the script (Just Keep Living), and the cast (it’s one of the first films for both Ben Affleck and Matthew McConaughey). I’m hoping this film serves up a lot of the same.
  3. Captain America: Civil War

    It’s the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, A Captain America film, Steve and Bucky back together! Ant-Man joining the team, introducing Black Panther and Spiderman into the MCU – what is not to look forward to about this film!

  4. Suicide Squad

    I know Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice wasn’t well received by the audiences and critics, and I’m trying not to judge this film based on the previous DC movie. Whilst I am a little concerned about seeing a new Joker (can anyone top Heath Ledger), that hasn’t stopped me adding it to the list!

  5. Jason Bourne

    ITV have a tendency to show the same films in the evenings, the Ocean’s Eleven films and the first three Bourne films, as result Jason and I have seen these movies several time and they have become guilty pleasures. Now we have Matt Damon back as Jason Bourne ready to bring down Treadstone.

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My Five Comfort Films

I only joined 5 Fandom Friday last September, but the project had been running for 18 months before I joined – I had missed several topics I would have loved to write about. So I’m going to play “catch-up” this week and write about my five comfort films (a prompt from March 2015).

Comfort Films

Avengers Assemble || Breakfast at Tiffany’s || Dazed And Confused || Finding Nemo || The Goonies

Although all these films are so different for my they are all well written and for me are the also the films I quote the most! I’m pretty sure anyone that has seen The Avengers has quoted a line from it – for me the whole of the script during the Battle of New York is quotable line after quotable line.

This is just like Budapest, huh? – Black Widow (The Avengers)

Which comfort films I watch really depends on my mood – if I was something short and sweet it’s The Goonies, for a general feeling good film it Breakfast at Tiffany’s. All of these films I have watched again and again, they make me happy or cry – the opening scene in Finding Nemo always sets me off.

If I’m feeling blue I will have a movie marathon watching these (or the Original Star Wars trilogy) and if I have a mean case of the reds “I jump in a cab and go to Tiffany’s!”

Thank you The Nerdy Girlie & Super Space Chick for creating Fandom Friday check out their blogs for more information. Or follow the #fandom5 or #5fandomfriday on Twitter.

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Christmas Eve Box

From October onwards my Pinterest feed becomes full of Elf on a Shelf ideas and Christmas Eve boxes – which is great if you have children, not so much if you don’t. Not to be out done last year I put together a Christmas Eve box for adults, instead of cookies we get cocktails!

Our Christmas Eve traditions changed a few years ago before that it was a night of revelling with old friends, catching up on the last 12 months and unwinding after the weeks of stressing out. Now it’s spend relaxing at home – the calm before the storm, we have a ready meal or take away, watch a Muppet’s Christmas Carol and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Christmas Eve box 2014

So last year I brought those movies on DVD, creating a little box along with some popcorn, a new decoration for our tree and a Christmas candle. Of course no Christmas Eve box would be complete without a new set of pajamas. This year I am continuing the tradition but adding a little geeky feel.Christmas Eve BoxPajamas (primark) // Ornament
Popcorn Box// candle // cocktails

Primark seem to have licensing deals with most pop culture franchise, which means they have a great selection of geeky pajamas, it’s often hard to pick my favourite ones. Nearly every geeky Christmas gift guide I’ve seen this season has included this amazing BB-8 ornament – and I can see why it’s too cute (wasn’t the little droid the cutest thing you’ve ever seen). Finally, I’ve become obsessed with the pre-mixed cocktails from Marks & Spencers, I’ve yet to try the espresso martini version (I’m saving that for tomorrow), but I love the mince pie martini – best served really cold over ice.

Merry Christmas!

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Funko Friday

The Funko I Want Most for Christmas

I have taken a break from Five Fandom Friday, as I don’t really have time to blog regularly during the holiday season. When I saw Funko Friday’s theme for today was The Funko I Want Most for Christmas, I thought I would join in.

I don’t really have a large Pop Vinyl collection, If I see one I love I buy it, so my wish list is mainly rare or limited edition figures I have seen online.

  1. “Metallic Black” Batgirl (SDCC 2010 Exclusive)
    I can’t seem to find a photo of this version but I know it exists
    I have the regular Batgirl Pop! Figure, along with the Dorbz and Mopeez ones. This metallic black version is closer to the costume from the comic. I am hoping they do a version with the purple and yellow costume from the Batgirl of Burnside comic.
  2. Unmasked Captain America (ToyMatrix.com Exclusive)
    Unmasked Capt America
    There seems to be a lot more Marvel Funkos than DC (I am guessing this will change with the release of the films next year), there have been several Captain America figures – one for each film – but this unmasked version from The Winter Solider is my favourite – he just looks so “all American hero.”
  3. Black Widow with Shield (Gamestop Exclusive)
    Black WidowAgain this is a variation of the Avengers: Age of Ultron figure, but this time with the shield, I adored the scene in the movie when Black Widow rides in to “pick up after the boys” and this figure reminds me of this scene.
  4. Director Coulson With Lola
    Coulson and Lola
    This one isn’t really a limited edition figure – instead one of the “Ride” figures. Agent Coulson was one of the coolest characters in the MCU and in Agents of SHEILD he got cooler with the addiction of his flying car!
  5. Eleventh Doctor (Fez) (Hot Topic Exclusive)
    Doctor with Fez
    Eleven will always be my favourite Doctor (I just adore Matt Smith), he is the guy who taught us Bow Ties were cool, he also saved the world whilst carrying a mop and wearing a fez (which is also cool).
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People You Want on Your Side During an Apocalypse

People You Want on Your Side During an Apocalypse

Jason and I have often had silly conversations about any future zombie attacks, I figured my knitting needles would make excellent stakes and he wants a crossbow. I’ve not included Jason on this list because I’m assuming if I survived the apocalypse he did too.

  1. Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) – As we have no idea what kind of apocalypse this will be, everyone on my list has been picked for their different skills dealing with different type of doom. In the case of a Vampire/Demon attack I would want the ultimate vampire slayer, Buffy!
  2. Daryl Dixon (The Walking Dead) – In the case of a zombie attack, it would have to be the zombie killing bad-ass from The Walking Dead. Like a modern day lone rider (with a motorcycle instead of a horse), this poncho wearing hero has plenty of experience fighting zombies.
  3. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) – I figured I would need a magician in case we had to deal with mystical attacks. When it came to picking a sorceror, I wanted someone with amazing skills and as Professor Lupin said about Hermione, “You’re the cleverest witch of your age.”
  4. Bruce Banner (Marvel) – Next I thought I would need a great scientist, having thought hard about the “squint” I would want on my team, I realised Bruce Banner was perfect because he is really a BOGOF (buy one get one free) deal, not only do I get the scientist I also get the Hulk!
  5. Captain America (Marvel) – Finally, this team will need a leader, the super soldier with experience in fighting in both a war and apocalypse. I think Steve Rogers would be the ideal leader as he has dealt with HYDRA, aliens and killer robots. Plus he might have access to Veronica in case Hulk got out of hand ;).

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