Posts Tagged ‘Scarlett Johansson

10
Dec
10

Nerd Fight: Battle #35

It’s that time again. To reiterate, every Friday the Cupcake Rogues will randomly pick 2 characters to do battle – whether it be Marvel, DC, female, male, mutant, human, or human that pretends to be a mutant with magic (I’m looking at you, Juggernaut), they are all possible. Once we’ve randomly selected our two, they will go head to head in several categories with one being deemed winner. The winner will live on to fight another day, but a warning – with 200 possible characters, it may be awhile before round 2 🙂

Thirty-fifth week in the random selection:

Two-Face vs. Enchantress

  Two-Face   Enchantress (Amora Version)
Origin Harvey Dent was kind, handsome, smart and had a passion for justice. He became Gotham City’s District Attorney a mere 6 months before the Batman came on the scene. Though mistrustful of the Bat at first, Harvey would join with him and Captain James Gordon to take down criminal boss, Carmine Falcone. While they managed to coerce Falcone’s rival Sal Maroni into testifying for them, Maroni snuck acid into the courtroom and splashed Harvey in the face. The incident would leave Harvey physically and emotionally scarred. Harvey escaped into the sewers and would emerge as Two-Face. Now leader of a crime gang of his own consisting of some of the heavy hitters in Batman’s Rogues Gallery. Falcone was murdered and it was Two-Face who pulled the trigger.   Amora doesn’t know much about her family. She doesn’t know who her parents are, just that she was born in Asgard and has a sister named Lorelei. Amora learned magic as an apprentice to Karnilla, Queen of Norns, but was eventually banished. She used her ability to seduce others as a means to keep learning magic from those who were more powerful and eventually became one of the more powerful magic-wielders in Asgard.
Edge? Two-Face – Harvey’s origin is much more in depth and interesting than ‘orphan turns skank.’
Powers/ Abilities Two-Face has been trained by Batman himself (more on that later) in hand-to-hand combat. He’s also an excellent marksman and his weapon of choice is usually a gun. Two-Face is also considered a criminal mastermind, having escaped Arkham Asylum on a regular basis.   Amora is an Asgardian, meaning she has superhuman strength, speed, stamina and durability. She can manipulate ambient magical energy, including projecting magical power bolts, interdimensional teleportation, protective energy shields, illusions, levitation, conjuring, transmutation, telekinesis, time-disruption, mind switching and mind control. She’s used her magic to heal injuries and enhance her beauty and allure, including enchanting her lips so she can make men her slaves by kissing them. She is described as the second most powerful sorceress in Asgard.
Edge? Enchantress – Unless Two-Face lets Harvey argue his way out of a fight, Two-Face is going to be a greasy smear on the pavement.
Love Interest Before he became Two-Face, Harvey had a wife named Gilda. Once the Two-Face personality surfaced, she divorced him and married a guy named Janus (named after the two-headed Roman god no doubt). As Two-Face he developed an attraction to police officer Rene Montoya. As she was a lesbian and involved with Batwoman, she wasn’t interested.   Amora is always trying to get into Thor’s pants and, at one point, succeeds while they’re living in New York. Other than that, Amora only deals with men that can do something for her.
Edge? Enchantress – Harvey lost Gilda and Two-Face seemed to think he could make Montoya wanna bat for the other side. Not happening Chief.
Costume Two-Face likes to play up the duality of his personality by wearing opposing looks on either side. For example, one side may be a white suit with a black shirt, while the other is a black suit with a white shirt.   Amora wears a green headpiece, similar to that of the Scarlet Witch’s, along with green sleeves and corset dress. She wears black tights with green circles that mysteriously turn into shoes at the bottom in most pictures.
Edge? DRAW – Two-Face gets points for being the more recognizable,  but we’d rather rock Enchantress’s green getup.
Most Entertaining Personality Harvey Dent and Two-Face are both two separate people in the same body, so you get twice the personality! Two-Face being the dominant tends to be extremely aggressive and relies on his coin to make decisions for him. If he flips it and the side comes up unscarred, you’re golden, if it comes up scarred, you’re  S.O.L.. Two-Face is pretty much incapable of making a decision without it, a fact the Dark Knight has exploited on more than one occasion.   Amora is a self-serving evil wench. But she’s hot, so that makes it OK, right? However, we did find that after Executioner, the lackey she strung along for years to do her biddings who was hopelessly in love with her, died, she was actually sad about it. So maybe there is a heart in there underneath all the bitch.
Edge? Two-Face – Dent is exciting! Plus, Two-Face and Harvey are known to have  arguments with one another which = Hilarious.
Best story arch There’s two (of course there is)…

 

When a massive earthquake nearly levels Gotham in the “No Mans Land” storyline, its criminals take over easily. Commissioner Gordon attempts to hold the city together and Two-Face kidnaps him for his interference. Two-Face states he’s putting Gordon on trial for his crimes and he’ll be the judge, jury and executioner. Commissioner Gordon proves he’s one crafty mother by demanding Harvey Dent as his defense lawyer. Dent and Two-Face go on to argue against each other with Dent coming out the winner! Gordon was acquitted and Harvey tasted sweet victory.

 

Another story has Batman offering to train Harvey to be a vigilante after Harvey was able to rid himself of the Two-Face personality for a time. Dent accepted and after relentless training, took over for Batman and kept Gotham safe for a year while Batman went gallivanting off to who knows where. When Batman returned, Harvey felt useless. These thoughts brought about the reemergence of the Two-Face personality. Two-Face being dominant again, destroys the reconstructed side of Harvey’s face with acid and a scalpel.

  In Enchantress’ first appearance, she and Skurge, the Executioner aided Loki and tried to eliminate Thor’s love interest, Jane Foster, in order to have him for herself. She strung along the Executioner so that he would be her bodyguard, although she did not return his love. She attempted to seduce Thor in his Don Blake identity while sending the Executioner to kill Jane. They were able to exile Jane to another dimension, but Thor wasn’t having Enchantress’ nonsense and eventually got Jane back. Odin exiled Enchantress and the Executioner to Earth for their deeds where they became members of Baron Zemo’s original Masters of Evil.
Edge? Two-Face – His stories are both amazing and sad at the same time.  We were pleasantly surprised to find out how complex Two-Face really is.
Hotness Which side are you looking at? Before his original scarring took place Dent was called Apollo because of his good looks. Afterwards the left side of his face looks like something that would make Deadpool barf.   Amora is a buxom blonde that spends her free time seducing poor chaps into doing things for her. Odds are, you’d do whatever she tells you to.
Edge? Enchantress – Amora has made herself the most physically beautiful woman in the world, add her knack for seducing anything with a pulse and men (and some chicks) don’t stand a chance.
Fiercest foe Batman and Harvey Dent. While Batman foils Two-Face’s plans, Harvey Dent is a CONSTANT threat to Two-Face.  Harvey once decided to throw himself off a building in an attempt to kill Two-Face. This was thwarted by Batman who saved him at the last minute.   Thor and Loki. While Thor is often in her sights to seduce, because she is often on the side of evil makes them natural enemies. However, Loki is the one that delivers Amora’s death with a strike from her Mjolnir duplicate. She also has a long-standing feud with Scarlet Witch.
Edge? DRAW – These two don’t mess around, when it comes to picking an arch-nemesis, they go for the cream of the crop.
Biggest WTF Moment When Harvey Dent’s ex wife Gilda remarries, she becomes pregnant with twins. Two-Face is furious, considering it a betrayal and kidnaps the babies. However, it’s revealed that the children are actually Harvey’s as his sperm was frozen years ago. Two-Face feels like a world class ass-hat and decides to give the babies back.   When Amora finally had feelings for someone, Heimdall, she battled the powerful entity Nightmare and risked her life on his behalf when he was unable to protect himself. However, when he said he wanted to marry her, she decided it would be a good time to break it off.
Edge? Two-Face – How did Two-Face not recall he had his sperm frozen? Harvey probably never told him. Jerk.
Person who should attempt an on-screen portrayal Aaron Eckhart played Harvey Dent and Two-Face in The Dark Knight and he was marvelous. He captured not only the earnestness of Dent, but the murderous rage of Two-Face.   The threads on Superhero Hype tell me that fans would want Amber Heard or Sienna Miller to play the Enchantress. Amber Heard is hot, but I’m not sure about her acting abilities, and she seems a bit young. Sienna Miller, in my opinion isn’t attractive enough to be considered one of the most beautiful women in the world. I’m going to go with ScarJo as my pick. She’s busty, beautiful and she’s done the seductive thing. Plus we need a different Black Widow, seriously.
Edge? Two-Face – Seeing as how Eckhart’s already done Two-Face proud we’ve gotta go with him.

 

Two-Face: 7

Enchantress: 5

And the winner is…. Two-Face proving that two heads really are better than one. *ducks to miss flying tomatoes*

 

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24
Sep
10

Nerd Fight: Battle #24

It’s that time again. To reiterate, every Friday the Cupcake Rogues will randomly pick 2 characters to do battle – whether it be Marvel, DC, female, male, mutant, human, or human that pretends to be a mutant with magic (I’m looking at you, Juggernaut), they are all possible. Once we’ve randomly selected our two, they will go head to head in several categories with one being deemed winner. The winner will live on to fight another day, but a warning – with 200 possible characters, it may be awhile before round 2 🙂

Twenty-fourth week in the random selection:

Star Sapphire vs. Black Widow

Star Sapphire Black Widow
Origin Carol Ferris grew up the spoiled daughter of Carl Ferris – owner of Ferris Aerospace. She was beside Hal Jordan the day his father’s plane crashed. Carol had an active role in Ferris Aerospace and found herself in love with Hal Jordan, who had gone on to be a reckless test pilot himself. Carol would become possessed by the Star Sapphire as the inhabitents of Zamaron wanted her to fight and defeat the Green Lantern. Luckily, GL was able to rid her of the Star Sapphire everytime they fought. Later, when the Star Sapphire was turned into a violet power ring/power battery, Carol accepted a violet ring willingly. Natalia “Natasha” Alianovna Romanova (aka Natasha Romanoff) was born in Stalingrad, Russia. Her parents were killed in a fire when she was a child. She was saved by Ivan Petrovitch, who then raised her. In her revised origin, she is raised by the U.S.S.R.’s “Black Widow Ops” program along with Petrovitch. She was a Soviet agent trained as a spy, martial artist and sniper.  She is biotechnologically and psycho technologically enhanced in the program.  Natasha married Soviet test pilot Red Guardian, who becomes a Soviet operative, and thus is no longer able to contact his wife. Natasha is told that he died. Later, she is sent to America to seduce and kill Tony Stark. She meets Hawkeye and tricks him into fighting Iron Man with her. She eventually defects to the US and joins the Avengers.
Edge? Black Widow – I think I saw a movie on her, it was called Salt.
Powers/ Abilities Star Sapphire’s powers are based on love. The Violet Power Rings imbue the wearer with the ability to fly, form protective barriers and create energy constructs. If an energy construct is destroyed, it releases a type of hallucinogen that allows the ring bearer a chance at escape. Star Sapphire’s are also able to teleport and restore life to the recently deceased by drawing on the energy of ones who loved them.  They are also able to transform anyone into another Star Sapphire. Natalia has slowed aging and an enhanced immune system due to biotechnology enhancements. She’s also in peak athletic condition and extensively trained in military, martial arts and espionage. She also carries enough gadgets to make even Batman proud.
Edge? Star Sapphire – Black Widow can have all the enhancements and gadgets she wants, all Star Sapphire has to do is encase her in crystal and POOF! We’re adding another member to the Star Sapphire corps.
Love Interest Hal Jordan – These two break up more than Sean Penn and Robin Wright. Yet they are constantly drawn back to eachother. When Hal died as Parallax, Carol attempted to move on and married another man. When Hal was brought back, they tried to remain “just friends” but Carol divorced her husband pretty quickly after that. Daredevil – the two have a long career of fighting alongside one another. Natasha ends up breaking it off with Murdock because he wouldn’t treat her as an equal in battle. They later reconcile, but never restart their relationship on more than a platonic level. Natasha has also been the love interest of Hawkeye, Hercules, and even Bucky *giggles*
Edge? Star Sapphire – Daredevil is lame, and Bucky automatically = FAIL.
Costume Star Sapphires’ costume is a very revealing violet colored bodysuit. Sometimes there are sleeve s and sometime there aren’t, but thigh high boots, major cleavage and belly button bearing seem to be a constant. Black Widow has Femme Fatale to an art form – tight, black suit and lots of firepower.
Edge? DRAW – Natasha is low-key sexy while Carol is in your face sexy. It’s all up to personal preference here.
Most Entertaining Personality Carol seems a bit wishy-washy. She either wants to be with Hal or she doesn’t. She wants to be a straight-laced girl or a wielder of a violet power ring. Natasha is cool and calculating and all business, but we don’t know a lot about her personality. She’s slow aging – she was a teenager during World War 2 – and she seems to carry a lot of experience with her. She is trained to be a leader and executes as so. And she kicks ass. Literally.
Edge? Black Widow – there’s nothing entertaining about wishy washy.
Best story arch During the War of Light storyline, Carol was transformed into a Star Sapphire yet again and went to Zamaron to defend it against the Sinestro corps. Sinestro wanted to reclaim his former female team members. Carol battled Sinestro on her own and was able to withstand the influence of her power ring seeing as how she’d built up an immunity to it from all her previous transformations. It was suggested that Carol may be the perfect Star Sapphire, the one who could tame the Predator (The sentient embodiment of love). Norman Osborn discovered Yelena Belova, another Black Widow, breaking into an abandoned SHIELD facility and offered her the position on his team of New Thunderbolts. On her first mission, she and Ant-Man take control of Air Force One. Shortly after, we see Yelena talking privately to Nick Fury. Later, Osburn orders Yelena to lead the Thunderbolts to kill former member Songbird. Fury orders Yelena to rescue and retrieve Songbird for her information on Osborn and the Thunderbolts. When Yelena finds Songbird, it is revealed that Yelena is actually Natasha in disguise. She tries delivering Songbird to Fury, but the three are captured by the Thunderbolts, who have set her up after finding out about her true identity. Natasha and Songbird are brought to be executed when Ant-Man, Headsmen and Paladin turn on the rest of the Thunderbolts and allow their escape.
Edge? Star Sapphire – Going up against Sinestro and fighting to a standstill? That’s a tough b*tch.
Hotness Carol is your typical raven haired beauty. It doesn’t hurt that she’s wearing a violet concoction from Fredericks of Hollywoods Galactic Stripper collection. Hot ginger with a Russian accent that’ll kick your ass one minute and make out with you the next. Don’t act like you don’t like it.
Edge? Black Widow – cuz in 20 years she’ll still look close to the hotness she has now.
Fiercest foe Her Power Ring. The Violet Power Ring represents love, one of two emotions on the far ends of the emotional spectrum. As such, it has the greatest pull over its bearer. Natasha doesn’t have a fiercest foe. She goes by the book and fights who SHIELD tells her to. She doesn’t seem to keep personal vendettas or grudges. The only personal kill she’s gone after was that of the man who was hunting down and killing dozens of Black Widows.
Edge? Star Sapphire – But Carol, maybe quit putting the damned thing on, problem solved.
Biggest WTF Moment The entire Predator storyline…Before the Predator was retconned as a separate entity on the emotional spectrum, it was a subconscious identity created by Carol as a manifestation of her perfect man. The Predator fought Hal Jordan for Carol’s love. When Hal defeated it, it merged with Carol creating the Star Sapphire persona yet again. Later, Carol would discover that she was pregnant, despite not having sex and realized that the child was the unborn life essence of the child conceived when the Predator entity raped the first Star Sapphire. Obviously. Her first costume was evening wear and a veil. Then later, when she was tired of day to day fighting alongside Daredevil, she took up a career as a fashion designer, but it never took off… wonder why, evening wear and veil lady!
Edge? Star Sapphire – I don’t really think we need to explain.
Person who should attempt an on-screen portrayal Blake Lively has been cast to play Carol Ferris in the upcoming Green Lantern movie. ScarJo portrayed Natasha Romanoff in Iron Man 2. She did an acceptable job (probably because I was expecting the worst), but it was a HUGE disappointment that, even after being discovered as a Russian agent, she still didn’t have an accent! Boooooooo….
Edge? DRAW – Scarlet frankly wasn’t that impressive, though to be fair she wasn’t given much to work with.  As for Blake, she allegedly impressed GL bigwigs so much that they cast her instead of an older actress.

Star Sapphire: 7

Black Widow:  5

And the winner is…. Star Sapphire, proving that you should always dress for the job you WANT, kids. Wait, what?

26
Jul
10

Casting Update: The Avengers

This isn’t really anything new, but Mark Ruffalo was confirmed as the Hulk and it looks like Scarlett Johansson will be back as the Black Widow in the Avengers movie. Thoughts?

30
Jun
10

Photo of the Day

ScarJo-ish Black Widow by J. Scott Campbell

08
May
10

Comic Movie Review – Iron Man 2

Just got back from Iron Man 2 and decided there’s no better time than the present to write my review. I’ll start off by saying it wasn’t as bad as the some of the bad reviews I’ve heard, but it also wasn’t a good as some of the good reviews, or as good as I’d hoped. I think we all expected Iron Man 2 to fall short of the original, which is fine, but they seemed to try and pack too much into one movie. Although I didn’t find it quite as overwhelmingly confusing as some of the reviews I’ve read online, it does become a bit cluttered and if you don’t come in with a sense of comic book knowledge, too much information could be lost to you. To that end, although I, like the rest of the nerds, are excited about the possibilities of Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers, Iron Man 2 tends to jam the references down your throat when they’re not necessary at times. There a few exciting fanboy/fangirl moments where you just gleam, knowing that you may be one of the few in the theater to get the reference, but after awhile it started to smell of an Avengers promotion, rather than focusing on the story of Iron Man.

As far as casting, Robert Downey Jr. is again perfection. Mickey Rourke plays an insane person oh-so-well and Sam Rockwell is surprisingly likable as the purposely over-the-top, goof-ball criminal – while the villains aren’t totally true to their origin, they are adapted for obvious, movie-friendly reasons (Whiplash is actually a combo of Whiplash and Crimson Dynamo and Sam Rockwell is made younger and less serious). Don Cheadle, in my opinion, stepped up and didn’t make me miss or even remember that anyone else had the part before him. Scarlett Johansson, whose character I was most worried about, didn’t bother me nearly as much as I feared, even without the accent. I dare say I even liked her. Gwyneth Paltrow, as always, plays uptight convincingly.

So, while I was not blown away by any means, Iron Man 2 is an entertaining popcorn flick. Although I hoped for much more, I didn’t feel like it was 2 hours of my life I needed back. If you enjoyed Iron Man, I think it’s definitely worth checking out. Oh, and stay until after the credits for an extra scene 😉

Hopeful that spoiler alerts were avoided,

Rogue 1

03
May
10

Iron Man 2 – the first disappointment

Apparently The Black Widow doesn’t have a Russian accent. To my friend R2’s point, no accent is better than a bad accent, but there are plenty of actresses that could’ve done a good Russian accent. Almost as if accents are part of the job of an actress…. odd thought, I know. Hopefully the rest of the movie is great enough to make up for this travesty. A non-Russian black widow? Ugh, why don’t you take away Rogue being a southern belle or Nightcrawler being German. It’s just not the same!