Wonder Woman Comic-Con Trailer Debuts Online

Warner Bros. and DC Films dropped the official Wonder Woman trailer online after live viewing at Comic-Con.  The Patty Jenkins film only reveals a few details fans already know.  Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) finds himself on a paradise island in the midst of World War I.  He meets Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) and then the adventure begins.

Finer details of the story have yet to be revealed.  In essence, it is a three-minute teaser.  Showcasing Wonder Woman’s fighting skills, weaponry and powers, fans see the Lasso of Truth, strength and durability.  Cultural nods are peppered in with comparing being a secretary to slavery.  Glimpses of the Amazons and how diverse in color they really are, debunking the issue made on social media after an immediate family image was released.  Biggest difference between this movie and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was the vibrant costume and brighter color palette.

Wonder Woman hits theaters June 2017.

Leave your thoughts on the trailer after watching.  Hope you enjoy.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition Review

Non-spoilers review of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition and is it better than the theatrical version of the film?  There is an added 30 minutes that makes this more coherent and a lot more fluid.  Not just in character motivations, but emotional depth.

Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor is flushed out more and logic gaps are filled within the extra half-hour just by extending scenes and re-ordering them.  There is more of the Clark Kent story line as well.  He researches and reports news, primarily focused on Batman which is shown in the trailer.

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Barnes & Noble’s New Offering to Indie Authors

 

Barnes & Noble is now offering independent authors the ability to sell their titles in the actual stores with physical books.  In the report by Book Business Magazine, two-thirds of books purchased are tangible books with pages and a spine.

Availability will not be as widespread as the title infers.  Distribution requires endorsement from a manager of the book chain.  Positive reactions to the news is expected at this stage.  Creatives have a new outlet, but a potential increase in competition.  Amazon provided open distribution on a new and ever-growing platform.  This new opportunity for writers requires relationships coupled with quality literature.

Therefore, the new offering for ‘indie authors’ opens the door for more exposure, and obviously more money.  Take-home percentages for scribes is unknown at this time.  Implementation of the offering has yet to begin.  Structure and payouts are vital to the writers due to the financial risk this may pose.  Upfront costs with little to no returns does not make business sense for the creatives.

Biggest takeaway, Barnes & Noble brings a new option to the table that Amazon does not and cannot, at this time.  Physical books in store with a lounge section to read and congregate.  Going brick and mortar was a novel idea by the tech company after seemingly cornering the market.  Long-time bookseller, Barnes & Noble is miles ahead with having open doors and full shelves.

Once the details are released about the program, the ROI assessment begins.  Before self-publishing hit stride, authors received their royalties after the printers, distributors and publishing company.  No middle man does not mean the royalty structure changes.  Barnes acts as a direct line to distribution, but is a manufacturer, distributor and agent.

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Man of Steel & Artificial Wombs

Zack Snyder’s 2013 comic book movie Man of Steel, the Kryptonians kept their culture and population moving with their ‘genesis chambers’ that would grow children inside an artificial womb.  Recently, scientists have developed an actual artificial womb to grow the next generation of homo sapiens.

The film juxtaposes a long held practice of pre-determining life for successors with the chambers with a natural birth through pregnancy.  Humanity may have it backwards with the concept of free will.  Superman’s birth father emphasized the gift of choice and rejecting pre-determinism.

This innovation has potential to discover and unlock vast human intricacies for the betterment of the species.  Diseases, deformities, and other defects eventually will either be wiped out or heavily mitigated.  With genetic alterations, resistance to conditions may be available as well.

Genetics also play a significant role in physique, height, eye color, and hair texture.  Customized considerations may commoditize offspring, to a degree.  Pre-determination for children is a fluid area.  Differing opinions invoke discussion that Alan Touring started with what the scientific community refers to as the Touring Test.  The test to determine whether a subject is a robot or a person.

On certain levels, humans beings are robotic.  Programming through controlled stimuli from birth on is similar to how computers are coded.  Freedom of choice is an illusion to some who believe in a grander scheme by their respective god.

Once the wombs are fully-functional, a very large topic for debate in many areas.  The religion versus science debate returns, but after same-sex marriage debate ending, religious grounds are non-existent.  In gender politics, feminists will promote this new venture as it provides the option of whether to carry naturally or grow through the artificial womb.  For the LGBT community, it is a more expeditious method of procreation with no red tape.

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