Category Archives: Pop Culture

Opening Today: “Super Duper Alice Cooper” (4/30/2014)

“Super Duper Alice Cooper” is the documentary about the legendary, and larger than life Alice Cooper and comes care of Banger Films. Those are the guys who brought us “Anvil: The Story of Anvil” and “A Headbanger’s Journey” and “Flight 666” to name a few. This film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival just over a week ago but now opens up to the rest of the world at large at theaters near you for a limited running engagement.

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Out Now: “Son Of Batman” (4/22/2014)

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The Plot: At the headquarters of the League of Assassins, Ra’s al Ghul grooms Damian Wayne (son of his daughter, Talia, and Batman) to succeed him as head of the league. The league is attacked by a group of assassins led by Slade Wilson, Ra’s al Ghul’s initial choice for successor before meeting Batman; Feeling betrayed, Slade decides to seize power. During the battle, Ra’s is defeated and fatally burned, dying before he can reach the Lazarus Pit. Damian stabs Slade’s right eye during the battle, forcing him to flee. Talia takes Damian to Gotham City to meet his father and ask for his protection.

The Cast:
Jason O’Mara – Bruce Wayne / Batman
Stuart Allan – Damian Wayne / Robin
Morena Baccarin – Talia al Ghul
Giancarlo Esposito – Ra’s al Ghul
Xander Berkeley – Dr. Kirk Langstrom
Thomas Gibson – Slade Wilson / Deathstroke
David McCallum – Alfred Pennyworth
Dee Bradley Baker – Man-Bats
Sean Maher – Dick Grayson / Nightwing
Diane Michelle – Francine Langstrom
Andrea Romano – Suit #2
Fred Tatasciore – Waylon Jones / Killer Croc
Bruce Thomas – Commissioner James Gordon
Kari Wahlgren – Rebecca Langstrom

PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’m not up to speed on the storyline that this film follows but I have enjoyed most of the DC Animated Universe so far. One has to wonder if the eventually arriving big screen universe can contend with what they are doing on home video. Let’s see if they can match their own quality. I will likely rent this on Amazon.com or wait until it comes to Netflix if they choose to run it. Will you be renting this one or purchasing on DVD when it comes out in a few more weeks. Let me know down below.

Official Film Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_of_Batman

20th Century Fox: “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” Official Trailer 3

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We’re just about a month away from the release of “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” in theaters everywhere and I’ve discussed this 20th Century Fox feature a couple of times already. Clicking HERE will bring up the whole shebang so far in the event you missed anything and to also give you a reference point for anything that should come after this. The latest trailer is below, and I’ve made this post a special one as I’ve even included a few of the promotional posters. Since I’ve discovered a bunch of those I will run a special post with the whole group of them for easier digestion. Enjoy.

The Premise: X-Men: Days of Future Past is a 2014 superhero film directed and co-produced by Bryan Singer and written by Simon Kinberg from a story by Kinberg, Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn. The film is based on the fictional X-Men characters that appear in Marvel Comics and is the seventh installment of the X-Men film series, the sequel to both X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and X-Men: First Class (2011). The story, inspired by the 1981 Uncanny X-Men storyline “Days of Future Past” by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, focuses on two time periods, with Wolverine traveling back in time to 1973 to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
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Hasbro’s: “Marvel Legends Infinite Series: Amazing Spider-Man 2” Action Figures (Wave 1)

The latest Spider-Man film, appropriately titled “Amazing Spider-Man 2” does NOT come out care of Marvel Studios but is instead under the mindful eye of the Sony studios and if you enjoyed the first film (which I did to an extent) then fans should be ecstatic about the sequel coming out this summer. Hasbro Toys will be bringing this film to peoples collections with their “Spider-Man Legends Infinite Series” and as I did with my last couple of posts about these figures, I culled together the provided press images and talked a little about the figures. You’ll get to see what amounts to this whole first wave in its packaging. Let’s get started with one of Spider-Man’s most classic of villains – The Beetle.

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Presenting “Image Firsts” by Image Comics

There is no question about my love of the comic book medium here on the PiercingMetal.com site and for the last couple of years I’ve been doing my best to keep the stuff in play in the minds of our readers that also enjoy the hobby. The downside is that comics are really pricey nowadays with some titles commanding about $3 an issue and with most fans reading between 3-6 titles a month this can get super expensive. Fortunately Image Comics has a great solution that will bring a bevy of issues into your hands for the mere price of one dollar each. They call this initiative “Image Firsts” and it brings you the first issue of a title and the only difference is that it’s a buck. Check out the official press copy from their website along with the rundown of titles being offered and then I will chime back in.

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“Image Comics is pleased to announce the release of ten new Image Firsts editions, printings the first issues of popular series that only cost $1. Perfect for readers interested in trying out a variety of new series without feeling the effects on their wallet, these new releases will be available in stores on May 1, just in time to coincide with Free Comic Book Day.”

ALEX + ADA #1: A sci-fi drama set in the near future and perfect for fans of the TV show Fringe and the Spike Jonze film Her. The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But when Ada is dropped into his life, will Alex keep her? (by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn).

BLACK SCIENCE #1: Grant McKay, former member of The Anarchistic Order of Scientists, has finally done the impossible: he has deciphered Black Science and punched through the barriers of reality. But what lies beyond the veil is not epiphany, but chaos. Now Grant and his team are lost, living ghosts shipwrecked on an infinite ocean of alien worlds, barreling through the long-forgotten, ancient, and unimaginable dark realms. The only way is forward. The only question is how far are they willing to go, and how much can they endure, to get home again? (by Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera).
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