Sep 042017

It’s Not Gambling If You Know You’re Going to Win!

Comic book fans have been treated to a smorgasbord of action-packed entertainment from Hollywood in recent years. Batman, Superman, Iron Man, The Fantastic 4, The X-Men, The Avengers, and Wonder Woman are a small sampling of superheroes that have graced the big screen. True comic book aficionados are intimately familiar with the characteristics of their favourite heroes and villains.

Villains Love Raising the Stakes

One trait that never escapes our attention is their high-stakes gambling habit. There’s something inexplicably enticing, riveting and thrilling about the Joker putting everything on the line. He’s crazy enough to stake the safety of Gotham on the first card he pulls out of his deck. But we all know it’s rigged to favour the psychopathic nemesis of Gotham’s Caped Crusader. Gambling lends additional suspense and intrigue to the storyline, ramping up the action. The Joker is not a gambler by profession, or design, but his scarred face resembles the Joker playing card, and he adopted it as his calling card.

It’s not only the maniacal Joker who is prone to gambling. It’s Two-Face as well. Harvey Dent, (a.k.a. Two-Face) is a big bettor. He’s also a sure bet, since he always wins when he flips a coin. These villains are larger than life, yet chillingly frightening in their blatant disregard for societal norms and standards. Over the years, comic book creators have infused their stories with heroes and villains who enjoy high-stakes gambling contests as part of their daily regimen.

Whether it’s Marvel Comics or DC Comics, you’re going to find a high-profile character with a penchant for high-stakes action. It’s not only villains who go all in, it’s heroes too. Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man is probably the most ostentatious gambler of them all. He has graced the Craps tables of the most illustrious casinos in the world, and is not averse to throwing down big bucks to keep the Stark name in the limelight. Of course, it goes with the territory when you’re a Playboy billionaire, and you’re laying down chump change at the tables.

Batman & Gambit on Deck

Strangely enough, it’s not only Tony Stark (Iron Man) who likes to place an occasional wager, it’s the reclusive billionaire, Bruce Wayne (Batman) too. Most comic book fans don’t associate the Caped Crusader with gambling, but when it comes to games of chance, he’s game. Consider his contemporaries in Two-Face and the Joker, and you’ll know why gambling is second nature to Bruce Wayne. He may not be as reckless as Tony Stark, but he certainly is well-versed in the strategy-based games like Blackjack, Baccarat and Craps.

Soon, Marvel’s Gambit movie will be hitting the big screens. This Hollywood flick is slated to be a blockbuster of epic proportions. For those who don’t know him, Remy LeBeau (Gambit) is the quintessential gambler. He grew up an orphan on the streets of Paris, was taken in by a wealthy man and his family, and fine-tuned his gambling skills to perfection. Today, Gambit can throw cards with explosive kinetic energy, making them projectiles capable of slicing through a metric ton of steel. He can levitate cards from a deck, and energize them with incredible force. Once again, it’s not gambling when you know you’re going to win, and Gambit is a sure bet with a deck of cards.

Introducing the Bile Spewing Penguin…Oswald Cobblepot!

Over the years, we have been introduced to several other notable gamblers in the form of Oswald Cobblepot, a.k.a. The Penguin. A vile and hideous man, Cobblepot runs a seedy casino establishment known as The Iceberg Casino. There you will find all of Gotham’s low lives in abundance. Not that the Penguin needs the money he generates from his casino, but why forsake a good thing? When you’re as nefarious as the Penguin, and you’ve got the city in your pocket, gambling is hardly a chance-based activity when the system is rigged.

Switching from DC Comics back to Marvel Comics, Nicholas Powell is worthy of mention. He is a hired gun, and a master gambler. His nemesis is the boy wonder Spider-Man. The first appeared on the scene in Marvel Comics’ Web of Spider-Man, and he is a notable gambler. As his eponymous name suggests, he leaves nothing to Chance. Every job that he takes on is offered for free to his clients if they win the bet. Once again, it’s never a gamble if you know you’re going to win and with Chance, you’re always going to lose.

Take a Tip from Your Heroes: Play Responsibly

There is a lesser known super villain known as Roulette in DC Comics. By day she goes by Veronica Sinclair, but everyone who knows her at the casino simply calls her Roulette. This is an exciting game of chance, and given the risks she’s willing to take, she is a heavy gambler. But the casino where she works is a fight pit where captured superheroes must compete with one another while the villains wager big bets on them. A slow and painful death typically awaits the heroes with things like viruses, torture and electrocution being meted out. Not a pretty picture at all. This super villain is adept at calculating gambling odds and payout percentages. She was responsible for capturing most of the heroes from the Justice Society. For the rest of us who don’t save cities from certain ruin, or risk the health and well-being of others – we can always enjoy responsible gambling at regulated casinos!


Aug 202017

It’s been fascinating to see how some of our comic book heroes have managed to find new life away from the pages of our comic books.

And it’s not just at our cinema multiplexes where we can hope to see comic book stars as far-ranging as Batman, X-Men and Judge Dredd. This is because the wildly successful video games industry has also helped our comic book heroes enjoy a new burst of popularity in the 21st century.

Batman has been one of the more successful examples of comic book heroes in our video games. 2015’s Batman: Arkham Knight game for the PS4, Xbox One and PC was a masterclass in showing how these fictional characters could really come alive when featured in a video game.

With plenty of ghoulish villains like Penguin, Two-Face and the Joker to overcome, it gave us all chance to don the Bat-cape, and the opportunity of taking the Batmobile out for a spin was pretty awesome too!

Whilst Batman has had a pretty good record on our gaming consoles, the same unfortunately cannot be said for Superman. Despite his superhero powers, Clark Kent has managed to constantly deliver some pretty terrible games with Superman 64 gaining the dubious honour of being the worst video game of all-time.

It’s been interesting to see how Spider-Man has also had a pretty tough time in the gaming realm, with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014 showing that not even big money and a famous character can save a game that’s full of bugs and looks awful.

So it’s exciting to see that some lesser-known comic book heroes have had a better time on our gaming devices. The Judge Dredd: Dredd Vs. Death video game from 2003 was an awesome first-person shooter that gave us all the endlessly fun prospect of creating havoc in Mega City One with a very slight regard for the rule of law.

And there’s such a wide variety of heroes nd antiheroes out there that they are well-suited to all manner of gaming options. From the cute and friendly LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes web games, to the licensed comic book slot games that can be found alongside the roulette options at onlineroulette.org.uk, it shows just how embedded comic books are into our modern gaming culture.

Even some of the darker elements from graphic novels have managed to become big hits in the games industry. The Walking Dead graphic novels not only became a massive TV success story, but there are plenty of great mobile gaming options that also give you chance to join the epic tale of survival against the undead.

But it looks like our comic book games are going to get even more immersive in the future. We’ve already seen how Batman: Arkham VR was one of the flagship titles for the PlayStation VR headset.

And with the news that we will soon get to play Hulk, Rocket Raccoon and Captain Marvel in the forthcoming Marvel United VR game, it seems that our comic book heroes are going to be giving us plenty of virtual reality gaming options too.

Aug 132017

Source: Marvel & DC Heroes via Facebook.

Excitement for the upcoming sequel to Deadpool has ramped up with the release of the first images of Josh Brolin as Cable. Deadpool 2 is currently slated for release on June 1, 2018, and after the critical acclaim of the first film expectations are high. Brolin has signed a four-film deal tying the actor to the character, marking clear faith in Deadpool branching out into a franchise.

Rumours of a Deadpool 3 are already swirling alongside suggestions that Deadpool 2 will establish the X-Force team as characters before spinning off into their own movie, possibly also starring Brolin and Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds, the perfect casting as the wise-cracking and self-aware Wade Wilson/Deadpool, shared pictures of Brolin as Cable in his own inimitable style. He tweeted a picture of Brolin in full Cable dress, with the dazzling and slightly terrifying array of arms that calls to mind the stylized weapons cases that Counter Strike: Global Offensive players can find available for direct purchase at Case 51. This arsenal is juxtaposed by a teddy bear attached to his waist. Presumably, Deadpool will have a thing or two to say about that.

In comic book lore Cable is the son of the X-Man Cyclops. As an infant Cable travelled into the future and developed a rather intimidating set of warrior skills. Replete with this ability, Cable then travelled back into the present to put his skills to use. There is no doubt that Deadpool will have his hands full with the angry and powerful time traveller. Perhaps the biggest criticism levelled at Deadpool was a slightly nondescript villain in the form of Ed Skrein’s Francis Freeman/Ajax. It was not a particularly significant issue, as the movie’s sense of jeopardy was secondary to establishing a comedic and vulgar superhero in a genre saturated by films that tend to follow a similar formula.

Deadpool isn’t quite like any other superhero. Source: Deadpool Movie via Facebook.

Deadpool 2 is almost certainly going to follow the formula of Deadpool and Deadpool alone. Of course, it will not have to dedicate time to establish Wade Wilson’s back story, meaning that there is more time for Brolin and Reynolds’ characters to become embroiled in battle. Brolin will be in a unique position of being doubly hated/revered by Marvel fans in his role as a villain. He will be revered in the sense that he is portraying iconic villains, but his characters will not be the ones that most viewers are rooting for. Brolin has the role of Thanos in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War as the ultimate bad guy, with a set of skills at his disposal that would make Cable quiver in his boots.

The occupation of multiple Marvel roles is unlikely to be an issue for Brolin as the Avengers and Deadpool universe do not look primed for a merger. Unfortunately, the Marvel Cinematic Universe does not have the same ownership over characters as the comics do, so heroes cannot flit seamlessly from one world to another. Deadpool’s massive personality would probably be too much to fit into an Avengers movie anyway.