DC’s Shazam casts Zachary Levi for lead role

So excited to announce this if you havent heard as you know i am a fan of Zachary Levi

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The Chuck star is set to play the title character in Shazam, Warner Bros. and New Line’s big-screen adaptation of the DC comic, EW has confirmed.

Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation filmmaker David F. Sandberg is on board to direct, working from a script by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke. The story follows a young boy named Billy Batson, who upon saying “Shazam!” transforms into a grown-up superhero, whose powers are represented by Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury, the mythological figures that make up the character’s acronym name.

Dwayne Johnson was previously cast as Shazam villain Black Adam, but he’ll no longer appear in Shazam, instead landing his own solo film.

Levi’s casting returns the actor to the world of superheroes. In addition to his role in 2015’s Heroes: Reborn, he once again portrays Fandral in next month’s Thor: Ragnarok. But Levi is most known for his five-season stint as super spy Chuck Bartowski on the cult NBC series Chuck. Last month, speaking to EW, he discussed his struggle to find roles unlike his memorable character.

“As with anyone, you play someone who becomes iconic and then everyone wants to keep hiring you for that character, and that’s been tough,” admitted Levi. “I don’t want to turn down work, but I also don’t want to just keep playing the nerd every single time, because there’s more to me — at least I hope there’s more to me — than just that.”

REVIEW:Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

This movie defiantly needed a review

Body Language and emotion: If you are autistic like me you might find this hard however i give this an easy rating.You will find the characters don’t hid their feeling much.This movie will deal with themes of family, friendships, what makes a father, pushing your loved ones away because of your past, seeing inner beauty, the seduction of power, forgiveness, understanding the reasons behind other people’s actions and love.

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The second instalment of the hugely popular ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ franchise (also part of the behemoth Marvel Cinematic Universe) brings back favourites Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and (currently) Baby Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) getting into scrapes, mishaps and adventures together.

With a fantastic soundtrack (who can’t get behind a movie that plays ‘Mr Blue Sky’ by ELO while mayhem happens in the background?), ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ certainly wants the audience to have a feel-good experience. With the focus being firmly on Peter’s mysterious parentage, his discovery that his biological father is more than he ever thought possible brings with it another, more unlikely father-figure so that Peter see what being a son is all about. More depth is given to Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Yondu (Michael Rooker), secondary characters who before were mainly there to move the plot along, resulting in making them more well-rounded and much more likeable. Of course, the extra touches (like a fleet of spaceships being remotely controlled in an environment which is very reminiscent of a 1980’s arcade) also help to make eagle-eyed audience members extra happy. It is a shame that, although it is a plot-point, Rocket and Peter don’t see eye to eye; especially after their hard-won relationship in the first movie. Luckily, their separation for a decent proportion of the movie ensures that this doesn’t get too grating.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ maintains the high quality that fans have come to expect from the Marvel Universe and, with such a beautifully poignant core, makes this comedy movie much more than it ever needed to be. Still sweeter than other Marvel entries, and still (somehow) feeling like the underdog, ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ wins our hearts all over again.

 

MY VERDICT

With a range of fantastic (and relevant) music throughout, plenty of edge-of-your-seat action and a surprisingly tender emotional focus on the father-son dynamic, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ ensures there is something for everyone without compromising its integrity. Due to some violence and infrequent but moderate swearing, I recommend this movie for ages 7 and over.

  • Violence: 3/5 (a character uses an arrow to kills hundreds of men, the men scream and flee in terror but none escape)
  • Emotional Distress: 3/5 (a character sacrifices themselves, another character who cares for them desperately tries to save them but when they are unable to, they sob for their loss. A character tells another that their parents sold them as a baby into slavery. One character tells others ‘they killed all my friends’)
  • Fear Factor: 2/5 (two characters come across a cave full of skeletons with a pile of skulls)
  • Sexual Content: 2/5 (some innuendo)
  • Bad Language: 2/5 (infrequent mild to moderate cursing)
  • Dialogue: 2/5 (A character tells another that something ‘would make (my) nether regions engorge’)

Chris Packham, Aspergers and Me

In the documentary, Chris Packham, Aspergers and Me broadcast yesterday on the BBC, Chris Packham, an Ambassador for the National Autistic Society, gives a deeply personal insight into his life from childhood to the present. He discusses being autistic and what that means for him, including his heightened sensory experiences and how that has influenced his life. Within the documentary Chris travels to America where he looks at different therapies including ABA as well as meeting others, including Steve Silberman, who are challenging the idea that autistic people need to change in order to fit into society. Chris concludes ‘we need to understand autistic people better and not try to change them’.

Batman and Autism

As awareness of autism grows, so does its prevalence in popular culture. People on all parts of the autism spectrum are starring in mainstream television shows, movies and novels.

One of the latest is an adventure story about a boy with autism, which is made its appearance in a popular comic book.

DC Comics released Batman 80-Page Giant 2011, a book of short stories about the infamous dark knight. In one of them, a young boy with autism reaches a developmental milestone after reading his comic book (and helping Batman spar with a zombie super villain).

“One Lock, Many Keys” focuses on a child with autism named “Lucas” immersed in the pages of his comics as his parents argue over whether or not he should be reading them. As they leave his room Lucas claps his hands and mutters to himself, a reaction recognizable as autistic.

He crawls into bed just as something rushes past his window. Climbing onto the fire escape, he gets caught in a battle between the Batman and the hulking, zombie super villain Solomon Grundy.

Caramagna (writer) leaves the ending open to interpretation as to whether the encounter was real or played out in Lucas’ imagination, but in the final panels of the comic, the boy’s parents are delighted when he has achieved a new developmental milestone.

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FACT

Many boys, at one point or another, get obsessed with a comic book series (as the big blockbuster movies from the last couple of years attest). The story’s author, Joe Caramagna, has a family member with autism and told a reporter that comics can encourage creativity, especially in children with the disorder.

Many people with autism say they learn best through visual storytelling, and some scientific reports make the controversial claim that the disorder leads to enhanced visual perception. The graphic format of a comic book, then, might be especially appealing for a child with autism.

The way comics strip down complicated emotions into discrete blocks and simple, direct language (“Holy Smokes, Batman!” “KA-POW!”) may also help children who struggle to understand social situations.

Without knowing that cartooning is already widely used to help children on the spectrum learn about emotions, Mr. Caramagna has created a sensitive, inspiring and thrilling story involving autism. This is the first time a Batman story has dealt with autism since the inception of the series in 1939.

REVIEW: Power Rangers

Yesterday my carer (support worker) and I saw Power Rangers together. I loved this movie it wasn’t as cheesy as i thought it would be. I remembered power rangers as a child starting to get more and more cheesy.

BODY LANGUAGE AND FACIAL EXPRESSION AND EMOTIONS

If you are Autistic like me and you find reading the emotion and understanding what the characters are feeling well don’t be put off. This movie in my opinion isn’t hard to read the characters feeling.

Look for themes of teen issues, bullying those with disabilities, peer pressure, the power of team, duty to a cause, self-sacrifice, and testing your limits.

AUTISTIC CHARACTER: – Yes

Here is what the actor had to say about his role.

“I just wanted to show a different, like, viewpoint of people that are seen as being on the spectrum, right? Or people diagnosed with autism, ’cause it’s like I feel like us being outsiders looking in and I take that, I cast my own stone when I say that, ’cause there’s a lot that I didn’t know before,” 

 

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‘Power Rangers’ is the third big screen attempt and a more grown up affair than the previous two. While the TV show can still be seen on channels devoted to programming for young children, the content here may not be what parents expect (or want) their kids to be exposed to. The target audience is firmly set towards adult fans who have grown up with the franchise.

Unfortunately, in its attempt to be ‘gritty’, and its desperation for mass appeal, ‘Power Rangers’ seems to have forgotten that its target audience is young children. Instead, an offensively crass movie has been created. With the exception of the kind-hearted autistic boy, Billy Cranston, the new Power Rangers are virtually impossible to warm to. The unrepentant Jason’s irresponsible behaviour causes a car accident, and Zack’s repeated harassment of fellow Ranger, Trini, despite her repeated rebuttals (his favourite term of endearment for her being ‘crazy girl’ simply because he spies her doing a bit of yoga in the morning) are just two examples.

‘Power Rangers’ biggest problem is a lack of skill in trying to drag up the concept from child-centric origins. So an attempt to cover the very real problem of cyberbullying and using private intimate photos for ‘revenge’ becomes a hamfisted joke, failing to address any concerns with no-one learning from the experience. An obligatory teen girl lesbian cliché that feels clunked in by tortured writing to tick a box rather than for any plot depth. A contrived ‘bonding scene’ is so disingenuous that pages of the script could instead have been thrown roughshod at the screen, as that would be far more enjoyable to watch. ‘Power Rangers’ wants a piece of the teen angst market instead of enjoying its own overblown cartoony concept.

While it may be appealing to some teenagers and adults who want a nostalgia trip, ‘Power Rangers’ is anything but a kids’ movie. Lots of swearing, sexual references and protagonists who make poor role models make it something that’s very unpleasant to watch and is bound to offend most parents, especially those who are watching with children, expecting a fun and exciting children’s film.

 

MY VERDICT

With kids around the world excitedly awaiting a new movie for their beloved ‘Power Rangers’, parents will be quick to take them under the assumption that a kids’ brand with lead to a kids’ film. Unfortunately this movie is anything but child-friendly and families are bound to be disappointed, if not down-right offended, by what they are watching. Having a lot of bad language, less-than-subtle sexual references and protagonists who make terrible choices with little to no consequences, we strongly recommend this movie for over twelves.

  • Violence: 3/5 (a character is tied to a wall and a magical staff is held against his neck, he gasps in pain and his eyes roll back, black veins appear on his neck and face. This lasts for around ten seconds. A man is tied to a chair and used as bait, when some characters approach to help him, an antagonist is waiting above the man, jumping and smashing into him; it is likely that he has been killed. During a training montage, a girl kicks a rock monster in the groin, causing it to groan in pain)
  • Emotional Distress: 2/5 (an established character is killed when they are dropped into water while tied up. Other characters become distressed and their body is respectfully and poignantly carried to a place where they may be able to be saved. A character becomes upset when talking about their sick mother, they are reluctant to spend much time at home because they know there will be a time when she is gone)
  • Fear Factor: 3/5 (Rita is a very scary villain, her decomposing body that comes to life and there are numerous close-ups of her face as she snarls, wide-eyed at the camera. When the teens first find the spaceship where they will find out their destiny, it is initially spooky especially when the walls start to move and trap them inside, one is grabbed by the foot, they scream as they are dragged along the floor by an unseen character)
  • Sexual Content: 3/5 (as well as the scenes above, there is also a character watching a young woman undress from a distance. She takes off her top and is seen in her bra, as well as her bare legs up to the hips)
  • Bad Language: 4/5 (constant cursing and moderate bad language. One character exclaims ‘holy shhhhi’ before being cut off. One character in excitement yells the ‘Die Hard’ catchphrase ‘Yippie ki yay mother…’ before stopping himself and feeling guilty)
  • Dialogue: 2/5 (verbal threats, bullying and peer pressure are recurring issues. One mother demands that her daughter ‘pee in a cup’, implying drug use)