Batman v Superman official title revealed…Justice League movie?

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Yep. That’s what they’re naming the Man of Steel sequel. Oh, did you forget this was going to be a sequel to last year’s Superman movie? You’re not alone apparently.

It’s seeming more and more like Warner Bros. is looking to reshape the Man Of Steel follow-up into a sort of Justice League prologue. If it’s not already obvious to you that they’re scrambling to catch up to Marvel with an “Avengers” of their own, let me remind you that Wonder Woman has been said to have a “prominent role” in the movie. -and because introducing Wonder Man in a Superman sequel that will also introduce Batman isn’t enough, the movie will also feature Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and quite possibly Aquaman (rumored to be Game of Throne’s allum Jason Momoa) as well.

A recent script rewrite from Chris Terrio (Argo) and the title of the movie being Dawn of Justice only further cement my belief that we’re no longer looking at a Superman sequel but a massive set-up for the recently announced Justice League movie.

While it’s exciting to know that Warner is serious about making the Justice League movie happen, I worry that Superman and Batman’s fascinating relationship will be pushed to the wayside and overcrowded by these other characters.

Also, why is it Batman v Superman?

Was “vs.” one character two many?

Lupe Fiasco’s “Mission” to empower cancer patients

On Monday Lupe Fiasco dropped the first official single to his new album Tetsuo & Youth (it’s Lupe, the Akira reference is intentional).  Titled “Mission”, Lupe explores the journey and battle of dealing with cancer- not exactly comment territory for hip-hop. Opening with first-hand testimonials from cancer survivors, including singer Charlie Wilson (who also sings the hook), the song doesn’t hold back from dumping a bucket of cold water on the listener within it’s first moments. The song serves as both a battle cry for cancer patients struggling with their diagnosis and a wake-up call to the rest of the world- this killer isn’t going away until humanity silences it for good. 

She’s gonna live forever even though the doctors say she’ll only get a month“, Lupe spits with intensity reminiscent of 2007’s The Cool. “Yeah-seven-years-old-with-stage-four-this-what-champions-were-made-for“, he continues in the next verse, switching perspectives from a woman with breast cancer to a child with lymphoma.
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Cancer is still the second leading cause of death in the United States, taking over 600,000 lives each year and Lupe seeks to remind us of this cold reality. -and though he is no stranger to releasing socially conscious songs, the rapper was actually inspired by an impromptu visit to the Lurie Cancer Center made when performing at Northwestern University in his home city of Chicago. Lupe’s YouTube page further elaborates with this description of the track:

“Mission” is a track to empower those facing cancer, revere cancer survivors and remember those who have passed to due to cancer related illnesses. With an inspiring introduction from various cancer survivors telling their story, anchored by legendary singer/songwriter and cancer survivor Charlie Wilson, “Mission” has Lupe Fiasco expressing stories of the emotional burden of cancer, while also working to uplift those in an effort to help fight the disease. In support of “Mission,” Lupe has joined Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a grassroots movement to raise funds to accelerate the pace of cancer research, as a celebrity ambassador. Together, Lupe and Stand Up To Cancer are planning various collaborations tied to the track that will be unveiled later this year. http://www.standup2cancer.org

Lupe closes the track with what seems to be an account of a husband and father facing death, reminding those who struggle with the disease to stay strong and fight back, no matter how bleak the diagnosis may be.

“Went undiagnosed and untreated
When they finally found it told ’em
It’s too far along and he couldn’t beat it
But he couldn’t see it
Miss me with that dead talk
Miss me, my legs walk
And my heart beats and my wife witness
So fuck cancer, my life with me
And if I died it’d die with me
Let’s do it.”

It’s no light subject and I can’t help but wonder how it will fare on the charts, but I truly appreciate the blunt and personal approach Lupe Fiasco takes to the issue.

I have personally seen cancer take someone close to me- a health-conscious and active man, an incredible father and husband who exhibited strength and bravery unlike anything I could have ever imagined. It can happen to absolutely anyone. Knowing that there are thousands of other men, women and children facing the same battle every single day is a scary and sobering thought that cannot be ignored.

I’m realize I’m only a geeky blogger here, but I want to urge anyone reading this to help these brave human-beings by making even a small donation at any of the websites listed below.

 

First images from The Simpsons-Family Guy crossover special

Simpsons v Family Guy mash up   sourced by Pej  Credit Fox TV

We’ve known about The Simpsons – Family Guy crossover episode since it was first announced last July, but this is the first time we’ve seen any images from it.

Simpsons v Family Guy mash up   sourced by Pej  Credit Fox TV

What’s interesting is that this one-hour crossover special, titled “Simpsons Guy” will technically be a Family Guy episode and not the other way around. It also sounds like this will put the years of low-blows and cheap sight gags aimed at each other behind them, at least for now. There is definitely a friendlier spin to the plot. This was from the initial press release:

Peter and the rest of the Griffins embark on a road trip and wind up in Springfield. There, they cross paths with Homer, who graciously greets his new “albino” visitors, and the two families become fast friends. Stewie is impressed with Bart and his assortment of pranks, Lisa befriends Meg and tries to figure out exactly what it is that she’s good at, and Marge and Lois do some bonding. Meanwhile, Peter and Homer argue over which beer is better: Pawtucket or Duff.

I admit that I haven’t been a fan of Family Guy in quite some time. Like many others, I grew tired of the dependency on unrelated cutaway gags and stronger emphasis on shock humor. To be fair, I haven’t made a point to watch The Simpsons on a Sunday night in over ten years either despite owning Seasons 3-9 on DVD as well as the movie (which was far better than anticipated).  Still, it’s hard to hold back my curiosity to see how this episode plays out considering the rivalry these two animated sitcoms have had for nearly a decade.

On another exciting note, The Simpsons will also be crossing over with Futurama, though like “Simpsons Guy”, we won’t be seeing this episode until September either.