Friday, January 23, 2015

10 Reasons why DC cinematic universe is going to be great


There are many naysayers out there who says DC cinematic is destined to doom but many others also believe that DC's cinematic universe is headed on the path of glory and here are 10 reasons why


Number 1: DC≠Batman/Superman



As many of us know that DC publish some of the most amazing story with a great cast of characters, but for decades Hollywood had only produced Batman and Superman movies while other great superheroes had no silver screen offerings.
But now finally after half a century we will finally get a line-up of many other superheroes for the first time. Since they have the rights to most of their characters they will have no problems with right and can expand the current line-up further as much as they want. Think about the phase 2 of this series it can be as much close to DC as it can be without worrying about intellectual properties. Marvel is facing this problem right now for their Civil War story line which will be adapted to Captain America 3, Civil War is a big crossover story with many Marvel characters in important role like The X-men and Spider Man whose right Marvel studios doesn’t have.


Current line-up is:
1 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
2 Suicide Squad (2016)
3 Wonder Woman (2017)
4 Justice League Part One (2017)
5 The Flash (2018)
6 Aquaman (2018)
7 Shazam (2019)
8 Justice League Part Two (2019)
9 Cyborg (2020)
10 Green Lantern (2020)


Number 2: Realism



Call it a Nolan trend but ever since Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy came out it changed the whole Superhero genre of movies. The realistic imagination of the superheroes is the current trend that almost everyone is adapting to, Man of Steel the first of the DC movie followed on the same path and while many would put this movie down it still combined superpowers in realism magnificently. While we like to remember and still enjoy the old incarnations the new slightly darker tone is what the people want now and apart from movies many other fine products have been produced on the same trend like The CW's Arrow. For DC this trend has been savior before Nolan’s Batman Begins the movie series was in ruin with no movie after Batman & Robin in 1997 for 8 years, and let’s not forget The Dark Knight probably the best superhero movie till date.


Number 3: DC Television Universe!?



If you are a DC fan then you are probably following the TV shows based on DC characters, which started with CW's Arrow in 2012 and was dubbed as a spiritual copy of the Nolan's trilogy. But soon it became a hit show in its own right and followed by other DC series like The Flash and Gotham that expand the DC’s presence on the small screen. There is also Constantine but since he is exorcist not a superhero and vertigo the imprint of DC let's leave him out.
The matter of fact is these show are doing amazingly well and that shows the potential in the DC universe. CW is already has Arrow and The Flash crossing over with each other and doing a great job at it, the tone of both shows is slightly different but still they do not feel mistuned together in fact both seems like one series all together.
Moreover more shows are in the line Vixen animated show is in development and there is an live-action show based on Teen Titans titles 'Titans' for TNT. Also CW is possibly looking into another spin-off from Arrow to be based on A.T.O.M.   


Number 4: Batman V Superman



Ok so I have said that DC is just more than just Batman and Superman but still this will be the first time they will share screen space together. Till date there is no live-action media that has both Batman and Superman together (Not counting fan films) and from all the updates from the sets and studio one can guess is going take cue from Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. Since it is a verses story it will be amazing to see both of them fighting it out, one a powerful alien with incredible powers and other a mortal man with his wits and tactics going one-on-one.
There is a long debate who’ll win a fight between Batman and Superman and this movie plays on that, it’s still some time till we can see what the final result will be but one thing is sure fans do want to see it played out.


Number 5: The Darker Edge



DC has always been producing darker theme storylines for decades and that has been their USP and their way of presenting these stories has been well praised. This gives them an edge that draws more emotional involvement from the audience with their engaging stories. However DC and WB should keep in mind to go more on the route of Arkham games rather than Nolan trilogy. Arkham games are simply one of the best games out there that has place for a wide array of villains and the realistic environment doesn’t does push it away from its comics. Unlike Nolan’s trilogy which has no place for villains like Clayface or Killer Croc Arkham turn loose with all the comics' imaginations. By that DC cinematic universe can be the biggest offering of not only the heroes but also villains that’ll put up a show of some of the greatest battles in superhero history.


Number 6: Multiverse



The producers have announced that Ezra Miller will be playing The Flash in 2018 movie while Grant Gustin is playing The Flash in the CW's TV series. To sort it out it is explained that both cinematic universe and the TV universe are part of the multiverse. This means that Ezra Miller’s Flash is the different dimension version running parallel to Grant Gustin’s dimension.
What this could mean is in the future maybe a crossover can be done between them in cross dimension story which has been pretty great in the comics. Imagine both Ezra Miller and Grant Gustin as Flash running sideways through the Speed Force shattering the dimensional barrier.
Cross dimension stories have been some of the major crossover stories in comics like the Crisis on Infinite Earths and Flashpoint storylines. Imagine what Hollywood can do with them it can be done on a whole new level and on a grand scale that can be nothing short of an epic.
  

Number 7: Wonder Woman



Finally in 2017 we will get a Wonder Woman movie and it's really overdue. She is not only the first female superhero but also one of the most famous superhero in comic book history, yet she still doesn't have her own movie. Collectively Superman, Batman & Wonder Woman are known as the DC trinity and these along with Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter are the founding members of the Justice League. So you can guess how important of a Gal Gadot’s role as Wonder Woman will be in the entire series. It’s time that we get a Wonder Woman movie she has many great story lines in the past that can make a mark in the entire DC cinematic universe. Not only is she important but also one of the strongest superhero in DC, what else can you say about a woman who can go toe-to-toe with superman.


Number 8: Young Justice



In the past DC's Animated series have done tremendously well from the Batman and Superman’s separate animated TV shows to Justice League animated TV show to the current direct-to-video animated movies. The recently cancelled Young Justice was probably the most appreciated and most watched DC animated show focusing on the heroes’ sidekicks who grow out of their mentors shadows and form their own team. Since it was cancelled after only 2 seasons even after a wide acclaim it has left a void which can be filled by the current cinematic line-up.
While there is no standalone movie for the sidekicks they can make their mark along their senior superhero mentors. Same as the senior members made their appearances in Young Justice, we know in Batman V Superman Ben Affleck is playing a older version of Batman so it's like he may have Robin with him and other sidekicks can also appear along with their mentors. Maybe we will get a great Wally West.


Number 9: Justice League



Justice League is the best known superhero team with some of the most powerful heroes in DC so the excitement is quite high since not one but two Justice League movies have been announced for 2017 and 2019. The best superheroes in DC are coming together to fight a threat that they alone can't fight what can be greater than that. Superheroes are great but superhero team are even more great, take Marvel's Avengers or Guardians of The Galaxy for example they are such amazing movies and now imagine the team of DC's finest together and you get the idea.
Justice League animated TV show was such a huge hit and living up to that can be a taunting task and if done right could become a great movie. The biggest challenge for the studio would be to fit all the characters together so every character has equal importance and not become a Superman and Batman centered movies with other characters thrown in.


Number 10: Effort



DC and WB is in a tight spot not only are they facing competition from the Marvel cinematic universe that is doing tremendously well but also facing backlashes from the fans on the current flow of things. First Man of Steel the first of the DC cinematic universe movie has a mixed response over that the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman received with a lot of criticism. With all this in play the studio is doing all it can to create hype for the future line-up particularly for the Batman v Superman, from the updates from the movie sets to press releases they are leaving no stone untouched.
Now with all this hype build up it’s their responsibility to live up to this hype and according to current news both DC and WB are putting in a lot of effort into it.
Perhaps DC cinematic universe will become one of the greatest movie series of all time let’s hope and wait.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

10 most beautiful passports in the world

Passport is a symbol of freedom, whole new travel possibilities, something to be proud of. While certain countries’ passports give more freedom of movement cause of their level of visa exemptions, there is another reason to appreciate a few of them even more for their looks.

Here are the top 10 best looking passports in the world to be envy of.



10. USA:
United States passport is simple cover is quite eye catching the blue background with the government seal of an eagle holding 13 arrows in its left talon and an olive branch in its right talon with simple inscriptions ‘PASSPORT’ on top and ‘United States of America’ on the bottom. The beauty of this passport lies in its simple design and its insignia. The 13 arrows representing the 13 original British colonies which are the founding settlement states of North America and collectively they later formed the United States of today now with 50 states stretching from coast to coast. The olive branch itself has 13 leaves and 13 olives, it’s interesting that for a country where number 13 is considered bad luck it has been widely used in its symbolize. The olive has another meaning as well it represents the Olive Branch Petition adopted in 1775 to avoid a war between the original 13 colonies.



9. India:
Indian passport is of a deep dark blue cover with inscriptions in Hindi and English and Emblem of India at the center. On the top is the inscription ‘पासपोर्ट’ followed by its translation ‘PASSPORT’ and on the bottom ‘भारत गणराज्य (Bhārat Ganarājya) followed by its translation ‘REPUBLIC OF INDIA’. The emblem is the most beautiful aspect of the Indian passport symbolizing power, courage, pride, and confidence as four lions facing the four directions, which is why you only see the three loins in the front. Below the four lions is the Ashoka Chakra which is also at the center of the Indian flag along with a horse on its left and a Bull on its right. The emblem is adapted Lion Capital of Ashoka placed on top one of the Ashoka pillars erected by the great Emperor Ashoka of the Maurya Dynasty. Also in the center right below the Emblem is the national motto ‘सत्यमेव जयते’ (Satyamēva jayatē) which can roughly be translated as ‘Truth Alone Triumphs’. The golden color of the inscription and the emblem gives it a royal look.



8. Russia:
Russian Federation has two passports one is the internal passport as identity proof and international passports for travel, they both look almost the same with a few minor differences. The red color passport of The Russian Federation has the coat of arms of the Russian Federation at the center with the inscription ‘РОССИЙСКАЯ ФЕДЕРАЦИЯ’ (Rossiyskaya Federatsiya) and ‘RUSSIAN FEDERATION’ on the top with ‘ПАСПОРТ’ (Pasport) and ‘PASSPORT’ at the bottom. The coat of arms depicts Gules, a crowned double-headed Imperial Eagle grasping the imperial sceptre in the dexter claw, and an imperial orb in the sinister claw. The double headed eagle has a long history of being associated with many great empires throughout history, notably with the Byzantine Empire and the Holy Roman Empire and is presently also used by many other countries on their coat of arms like Coat of arms of Albania and Coat of arms of Montenegro.



7. Palestine:
Palestinian passport is one of the weakest passports to travel with as only 36 countries grant visa free or visa on arrival access on this passport. Palestine itself is not fully recognized as a country as of October 2014 there are 135 countries that international recognize it. The dark green color passport with gold inscription in both Arabic and English has a mystic touch to it. On the top is the inscription is Arabic ‘السلطة الفلسطينية’ (As-Sulṭah Al-Filasṭīniyyah) with its translation ‘THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY’ below it and on the bottom is the inscription ‘جواز سفر‎’ (Jawaz Safar) with its translation ‘PASSPORT’ followed by the English text ‘TRAVEL DOCUMENT’. On the center is the symbol of an eagle with a shield at the center, the slant shape of this eagle gives it a Middle Eastern appeal. This eagle is the Eagle of Saladin but unlike Russian coat of arms it’s not double-headed, here this symbol represents Arab nationalism.



6. Venezuela:
Venezuelan passport of maroon color has the inscriptions in gold at top ‘República Bolivariana de Venezuela’ (Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela) and at bottom ‘PASAPORTE’ and ‘PASSPORT’. At the center is the coat of arms of Venezuela which has a shield divided into three parts in the tri-color of the national flag, the bottom part takes up the whole bottom of the shield in an arch shape with a horse running free that represents freedom. The upper half is vertically divided into two parts on the left side has a stack of wheat representing the union of the states and the wealth of the nation, while the right side has three lances with two national tri-color flags and a sword and a saber which represent power and triumph. On the top of the shield are two horns pouring out wealth and at the sides there is an olive branch on the left and a palm branch that tie the ribbon at the bottom of the shield. On the ribbon is inscribed at top left ‘19 de Abril de 1810’ (April 19, 1810), center left ‘Independencia’ (Independence), top right ‘20 de Febrero de 1859’ (February 20, 1859), center right ‘Federación’ (Federation) and at the bottom ‘República Bolivariana de Venezuela’ (Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela).



5. Switzerland:
The Swiss passport is of the red color with inscriptions in five languages, four of the official languages of Switzerland which are German, French, Italian, Romansh along with an English inscription. These five inscription are on the top right side arranged vertically from top to bottom 'Schweizer Pass' (German), 'Passeport suisse' (French), 'Passaporto svizzero' (Italian), 'Passaport svizzer' (Romansh) and 'Swiss passport' (English) followed by the Swiss cross. But the most distinguish feature of the Swiss passport and attributes most to its beauty is the pattern of raised Swiss crosses done through relief printing on the front cover.  This is an extremely simple yet beautiful design the raised crosses are arranged in circular succession in multiple arcs. This is probably one of the most simple design passports that look so good, as this whole pattern with minimalistic text on one corner presents itself with elegance. Since Swiss coat of arts is just a simple Swiss Cross they didn’t have a lot to present unlike the other countries’ passport in this list but still they presented a case of taking the simple things you have and present it beautifully.




4. Norway:
While the Old Norwegian passports have nothing remarkable the new redesigned passports are quite extraordinary. The old passports were just simple and boring without much to present but the new passports created by Neue Design Studio these are still in the process of replacing the old design passports. The new passport is of a lighter maroon color with the Norwegian coat of arms of the top left side which consists of a shield that has a crown on top, at the center of the shield is a standing golden lion bearing a golden crown and holding an axe. At the left bottom side are the inscriptions 'NORGE' 'NOREG' 'NORWAY' 'PASS' 'PASSPORT' in that sequence. But the most attractive feature is not on passport but inside the passport, the pages of the depicts a daytime Lakeside Mountain view on an double page spread which when placed under UV light transform into a nighttime view of the same with the purple and blue northern lights glowing in the sky and a few security text that can’t be read otherwise. 



3. New Zealand:
The passport of this former Dutch colony is of black color and silver inscriptions that alone set it apart from other passports and give it a distinctive and elegant look. The silver ferns dominate the design as they are embossed on the right edge of the cover, they vary in size as they grow bigger from top to the bottom. These silver ferns on the edges of both front and back cover give its most beautifying feature. On the front there are the inscriptions 'NEW ZEALAND PASSPORT' and 'URUWHENUA AOTEAROA' which is the Maori translation, below them is the coat of arms of New Zealand. Other great thing about this passport is on the back cover, aside from the silver ferns on the left side there is an embossed impression of the country’s map and the inscription ‘NZL’. Everything combined it makes a beautifully crafted passport that combines most of the nationalistic symbolism from the black background and silver ferns to the outline of the country itself.



2. Maldives:
The small island nation of Maldives has a stunningly beautiful passport everything about it fit very well together to make an excellent work of art. The deep blue color of the cover reminds of the ocean water with the schools of raised fishes printed in the middle. On the top right side is the inscription in Maldivian Dhivehi written in Thaana script ‘ދިވެހިރާއްޖޭގެ ޖުމްހޫރިއްޔާ’ followed by the English translation of it ‘REPUBLIC OF MALDIVES’ followed by the Maldivian National Emblem which consists of a palm tree at the center with two national flags on both sides and an Islamic crescent above a ribbon with the motto inscribed on it in Arabic ‘الدولة المحلديبية‎’ (Ad-Dawlat Al-Mahaldheebiyya) in the middle. Below that is the PASSPORT inscribed in Maldivian Dhivehi written in Thaana script and English. All this gives it an Islamic feel as well as a tropical appeal and it represents the country beautifully. 



1. Portugal:
In the first place is the Portuguese passport as this deep red colored and golden print is a royal looking passport and has the best balanced and overly appealing look. On the top left is the coat of arms of Portugal which consists of a shield on an armillary sphere between two olive branches bounded together at base by a ribbon. On the shield are seven castles and five blue escutcheons azure. Right alongside the coat of arms on the right is the inscriptions ‘UNIÃO EUROPEIA’ (European Union) below that is ‘PORTUGAL’ and ‘PASSAPORTE’ and the most distinguishing feature is a semi circle of interwoven branches on the bottom right edge. It gives the passport a unique appeal the golden print of this semi circle of a branch that is growing upwards is quite eye catching. Another thing about this passport is the invisible print which is visible under UV light.

Friday, July 4, 2014



World’s Changed Some Risks now-a-days, It’s more Dangerous not to take ‘em
-- BLACK SAILS

Friday, June 13, 2014

Fear leads to anger
Anger leads to hate
Hate leads to passion
Passion leads to Strength
Strength leads to power
Power leads to victory
And through victory, my chains are broken. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Dreams of Cthulhu

Dreams of Cthulhu:


Those who have heard The Music of Erich Zann will understand The Statement of Randolph Carter in which he describes his Dreams in the Witch House about The Colour Out of Space shown to him by The Shadow Out of time

Monday, April 9, 2012

Willoughby


Willoughby



Willoughby a poem by Abhay Adil
Inspired from "The Twilight Zone” episode “A stop at Willoughby”




In the journey of life
A man searching for light

In the coldness of the world
And emptiness of the heart
is there any place with goodness and grace?
Where one can break free

A place where a man can be what he wants to be
A place high above in heaven
After the long journey of life
A man can slow down for a peaceful rest

Searching and searching all his life
Can’t find a simple spot for rest
Living in the chest of broken glass
And all the hope is lost

He finally found a place to rest
The salience he got at last
Away from the dreadful voices
From whom he wanted to depart

Love that he never got
Delight he never saw
Unappreciated and deceived
Is what he feels

The darkness filled his dreams
Crushing his heart and making him scream

He left this place and walked of the ledge
Towards the shinning place with happy face
To finally find his place
On a stop called Willoughby




Also posted at www.postpoems.org/authors/abhay/poem/326249

Monday, January 2, 2012

Were House vol. 1



The concept of werewolves has regained its mainstream acknowledgement which had been fading in the recent past, however at present times werewolf literature has changed its tone from horror genre to more teen oriented genres, or to the realms of fantasy.

Were House: vol.1 is a refreshing return to the horror roots of were creatures, it does not feature werewolves.
Were House: volume 1 contains three gripping tales of three mesmerizing were-creatures.
The graphic anthology is wholly illustrated by Vivek Goel in stellar black and white one-shots and written by three talented writers.

Its a great comic book to have if you enjoy horror graphic novels. Its only thirty pages long, so its technically not a graphic novel but a comic book. It would be fallowed by vol. 2 however it would not be releasing soon, perhaps in the late 2012. I got in touch with Vivek Goel the illustrator and CEO of publisher Holy Cow Entertainment, he said that currently they are over loaded with work. They are currently working on their famous Ravanayan series and the upcoming graphic novel Skull Rosary. 


I would not include much information about the plots of the stories for the benefit of the readers.

It starts off with a captivating introduction by Pawan Soni in which he talk about the were creatures and were house, his insightful intro sets the mood right.

Each story is followed by a brief note about the story by their authors, in which they describe there inspiration for the story, their reasons to choose the particular animal and others things.



First story is called "Guardian Demon" written by Akshay Dhar.



Guardian Demon is set in ancient India, the year is 990 A.D. and the place is an verdant Kashmir valley.

Guardian Demon showcase show-leopard, its a story that has common backdrop of good vs evil plot.
In the story were-leopards are the good guys, the story telling and narration is good saving for a few errors.
The landscapes and the visual treatment is the strongest feature of the story, it is also the best drawn story of the three. The story as mythological background is he carry superbly through out till the end.





Second story is called "Mousetrap" written by Soumya Das.



Mousetrap is set in contemporary time, it's a utter horror story.

Its my favorite of the three, the story is a well paced and simple. I can't reveal much about the story as it will spoil the story through I can say that it features rats this time.


The story has a good amount of blood and gore. It also suffers from few mistakes which forgivable taking in consideration that the publication is just starting up. Some of the cells in this stories seems replicated.
Still it is the strongest story of the lot. 





Third and last story is called "It's a Dog's Death" written by Shweta Taneja.



It's a Dog's Death is set in the future, story is of a day in apocalyptic Indian subcontinent.

The origins of were dogs is explained in the science fiction as a redesign of human DNA, the pemises of that of humanity vs the machine which is not new however this story will not disappoint you. Its a good little tale, I enjoyed reading it.





Were House vol. 1 is a good graphic anthology through I would have been better if it was saved from the few mistakes. I also comes cheap at 80 Indian Rupees its a great deal. The quality of the drawing is superb and the stories are great.

Were House vol. 1 is available within India at many dealing stores including Flipkart.
Internationally I can be purchased directly from the publishers by e-mailing them at vivek@holycow.in or you can get to them through there Facebook page.