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Baseball and Superheroes…


So let’s start with a bit of baseball...
  By now I’m sure you’ve seen the picture of the gentleman at the Pirates/Braves game who saved the kid from getting hit in the face with a bat.
  This leads me to a baseball warning…please, please, please people – pay attention to what is going on when you are attending games. Be it Little League, Minor League or an MLB game there is always a possibility of bats and balls heading into the stands. If you look at the picture from that game, it looks as though the kids was paying attention to his phone and not what was happening in the game. So make sure you and the kiddos are watching the game and stay safe out there!

Superheroes Abound…
  Generally speaking I am not a huge fan of movies, but I do make exceptions for Superhero movies. Not sure why they appeal to me so much, but I became a huge fan after watching the first Iron Man movie. Though, to be honest, I’m still not totally sure if I am an Iron Man fan or if I am a Robert Downey Jr.-as-Iron-Man-Fan – either way, I enjoy them.
  Since I am such a big reader the first Iron Man movie actually led me to reading a lot of comic books so that I was able to get more of the stories.
  There are a lot of great DC and Marvel movies being released this year. These aren’t all of them. I tried to cover all of them, and I just didn’t have enough space.
  Later this month DC hits the silver screen with the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. The quick and dirty plot is that Batman wants to put Superman in his place to keep him from getting too powerful and chaos ensues. Also Doomsday and Wonder Woman show up.I am reserving judgment on this one. I am not sure how I feel about Ben Affleck playing Batman, but I also didn’t know how I felt about Heath Ledger playing The Joker, and we all know how well that turned out. But, Affleck also played Daredevil and that was just atrocious, so I don’t know what to think. More recent Superman movies also haven’t had a great track record so I am holding out on this one. I will give it the benefit of the doubt, but I have reservations. I can tell you with utmost certainty there will be unparalleled collateral damage. The Batman and Superman franchises are both pretty well known for destroying anything and everything in the name of ‘saving the city/world/girl’, so I’m sure when you combine both the destruction should be pretty epic.
 Speaking of collateral damage Captain America: Civil War hits theaters in May. After another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps, one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark's surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. So start deciding now – are you #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan? This movie is at the top of my must-see list for the summer and probably the entire year.
  X-Men: Apocalypse has a late May release. The short version of Apocalypse’s story for this movie is that Apocalypse, an immortal and invincible (and most likely the first) mutant, wakes from a thousand years of sleep and doesn’t much care for modern society. Obviously, the only solution is to destroy the world and start again with him in charge. He recruits Psylocke, Storm, Angel and Magneto as his own version of the Four Horsemen to get the job done. Raven, Professor X, and several young mutants must step in to prevent mass destruction.
  DC gets another box office shot in August with Suicide Squad. I don’t know much about this other than it has a very interesting cast, including Oscar nominee Will Smith as Deadshot and Oscar winner Jared Leto as The Joker. From the previews I’ve seen, much like Deadpool, this looks to be another movie better suited for date night rather than family movie night. The gist of the movie is a team of imprisoned super-villains perform high-risk missions for the U.S. Government in exchange for commuted sentences.
  The last one on the list is Doctor Strange. This is another character that I know very little about, but my hubby, who is a huge comic book nerd, says that the casting of Buffalo Custardbath is spot on. All I really know about the character is that a super smart surgeon gets trained by a sorcerer to protect the world from evil. No specific villain(s) have been mentioned as of yet, just some rumblings about a ‘Dark Dimension’. I became quite the Bumblesnuff Crumpysnitch fan watching Sherlock so I figure I can watch just about anything with Mr. Crimperitch even if I can’t remember how to spell or pronounce his name half the time. Also, I kid – I can totally spell Benedict Cumberbatch – well, I can copy and paste it from the internet anyway.