Stories about Superhero

The Lego Batman Movie: Not as inventive as its prequel, but just as enjoyable

After the triumphant cinematic debut of the Lego franchise with 2014’s joyous The Lego Movie, we return to the interlocking­-bricks realm in The Lego Batman Movie, an amusing spin-off that may not be as inventive as the first instalment, but certainly proves to be just as enjoyable as its Oscar-snubbed predecessor. Will Arnett, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, and Adam Devine in The LEGO Batman Movie (2017).Photo: IMDb. Zach Galifianakis in The LEGO Batman Movie (2017).Photo: IMDb. The focus of the animated adventure is on the Lego version of DC Comics’ Batman the Caped Crusader Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) who ...

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Doctor Strange was strangely standard

I am a bonafide self-proclaimed cumber*****, or as Ben would like it, a cumberbabe, or in my case, a cumberdude. So having Dr Strange hit the screens this week, before Sherlock comes to town by the end of the year, was like Christmas, Diwali, Eid and an unexpected hartal all rolled into one for all us Benedict Cumberbatch fans the world over. Throw in the uber talented duo of Tilda Swinton and Mads Mikkelsen – to add to the already inflated nerd-crush quotient – along with the occasionally brilliant pair of Rachel McAdams and Chiwetel Ejiofor to the mix and you have got a sure shot cinematic winner. Right? ...

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X-Men: Apocalypse – An apocalyptic end to the trilogy

I wanted this to be good, oh, I so badly wanted this to be good. I even made good on my promise to never ever waste my money on another lousy, solely-there-to-make-money superhero flick by skipping out on Captain America: Civil War (heard it’s not that bad though) and Batman v Superman. But this was X-Men, this was the exception, this was the same franchise that gave us First Class (2011) and Days of Future Past (2014) but Apocalypse, much to my sorrow, turned out to be decidedly third class. Sigh! The ninth outing in the ever-expanding mutant universe, but ...

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2: A surprisingly good change to the superhero genre!

I was dreading the worst when I heard there was an extra ticket available for the May 1 show of the latest instalment in The Amazing Spiderman series. I was hoping to have a lie-in on the public holiday but against my expectations, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, was much more than the usual summer blockbuster. The stereotypical action film is much like a bad cake – an incoherent mess of jarring action scenes with a powder-thin plot, a half-baked romance and a hackneyed terrorism climax involving an Arab or Pakistani. But unlike most superhero movies, the filmmakers have taken the effort to build a plot ...

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Villains beware! The Justice League of Pakistan is here!

I was talking with a friend yesterday, and in our pun-filled banter we came up with an amusing concept: a Pakistani version of the Justice League! Thinking about it makes me laugh, but at the same time I began to wonder, what if they were real? What if there actually was a set of Pakistani superheros? Who would these characters be and what would their superpowers be? Here is my take on this idea: 1) Bijli Man Design: Jamal Khurshid Mr Rafique was a kind simple old man with a moustache  stretching all the way across his cheeks. He was disgruntled, ...

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Imran Khan through the eyes of an artist

While the Jumma Hafta Art Bazaar that recently took place at a local cafe in Karachi, called The Second Floor (T2F), was a melting pot of compelling art pieces and vibrant canvases, the most eye-catching of all the displays around was probably the portrait of Imran Khan that Shanzay Subzwari was painting on the spot. The artist’s inspiration behind choosing that particular piece was pretty basic — the appreciation of Pakistani heroes. All of us are used to seeing objects, particularly politicians, in binaries; either one is Darth Vader or one is Batman. There’s no in-between. No one accepts them ...

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The Burka Avenger: Offended by a fictional superhero’s clothes

Disclaimer: Like the majority of those with ridiculously strong polarising opinions about Burka Avenger, I have yet to see the darned thing and haven’t the slightest clue what channel it’s on or when it airs; frankly, I grew out of the whole cartoon fad ages ago. Let me begin by asking how many of you really took their cartoons and comic super heroes seriously? If you attempted to jump off your roof in order to prove that you and Superman came from the same planet, please don’t bother to read any further. Right, okay, let me rephrase that question: how many of ...

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Burka Avenger: Why criticise the effort just because of the burka?

Imagine a young Pakistani girl. She lives a normal life; maybe she is just a reporter like Superman. She dresses pretty much like every other Pakistani girl. There’s nothing unique about her. Except.. wait! She is a superhero! She takes on evil villains by using her superpowers, while wearing a disguise. Because, duh, every superhero has to wear a disguise. They must protect their identity. Here’s a picture of the super-girl chilling at Karachi beach: Photo: Ema Anis Err. Sorry. Wrong disguise. Maybe, this? Photo: Ema Anis Um. I’m not so sure… Something just doesn’t gel here. What’s the ...

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A ‘movie moment’ in college

Spider-man crashes into glass-walled buildings and comes out the other side, bruise-free. Batman drives into buildings, breaking the main entrance and leaving from the other end again, free of injuries. In fact, such a feat is the norm in Hollywood, Bollywood and I’m sure Lollywood as well. Little did I know that one such super-hero feat would also be my fate some day. It all began on a cold morning in 2009, when hundreds of students from the College of Business Management (CBM) in Karachi gathered to get registered for the semester. It is important to mention here that students of ...

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Meet Chota Jatt, the Pakistani superhero

My goal while making Chota Jatt was to provide the children of Pakistan with a character they could relate to. I wanted to give them a role model. Inspired by Lollywood movies from the 70s and Japanese Anime, Chota Jatt tells the story of the legend behind the man who inspired an entire movie genre (Maula Jatt), and highlights Pakistan’s rich culture. The character Chota Jatt uses his strength to fight for justice and to battle against corruption. The series will be high octane, action packed and hilarious. Currently, in Pakistan there is very little programming done for children, particularly those from the ...

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