Static Shock: The Hero w/ Room for a Motion Picture Franchise!

Static Shock has been a beloved character for decades, and supporters of Milestone are still waiting for Warner Bros to believe in Virgil Hawkins enough to... finally... bring him to the big screen. There was a time when the stars were aligning by way of a joint production between Warner Bros & (Michael B. Jordan's production company) Outlier Society, but we haven't seen anything as far as In Development/Pre-Production. Outlier Society's pending product "The Greatest" begins shooting several days into... January 2024. When it comes to information from the FTIA, Static Shock is nowhere to be found, and the biggest news DC-related are previous movies coming to Netflix on December 1st. Been there... done that! What's new?

Static Shock isn't part of the traditional DC Universe, he's from Milestone... now it's time for a new milestone by way of a live-action film. The character has a unique backstory and powers that would make for an exciting and fresh addition to the superhero film genre. Having another Black superhero in a major motion picture would be a welcomed addition, not only because the world won't end if there are more than 1 or 2 in their own feature film... but because the audience is there. An audience that consists of people from various backgrounds and communities, but also the Black community's superhero fans, comic book lovers, cosplayers, gamers, and so on who want the variety. 

Black Panther was amazing, and we can't overlook the love Miles Morales gets by way of his animated films (stay tuned for "Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse"). Oh yeah... wait... wait... wait... I can't forget about Blade. You know the katana-wielding vampire hunter with the strength of the bloodsuckers with none of their weaknesses beyond that shared thirst? Yeah him, the character that pulled Marvel out of the clutches of ruin. Speaking of ruin, they'd better not screw up this new Blade film. Wesley Snipes would've been the first person I called to help shape it into the film that audiences love (and October would be the month I'd release it in theaters). That would make sense to me, not this weird desire to hire people who seemingly run multi-million dollar projects into the ground, but... I digress.

Warner Bros has solid examples of why this would likely win, and if I were them I'd strike while Marvel is scrambling to get it together. As long as the script makes sense.

While it's understandable that studios may be hesitant to take risks on lesser-known characters, I believe that Static Shock could do better than... Shazam! Audiences are open to new and diverse stories. Static Shock has a built-in fan base from the animated series that aired in the early 2000s and the comic books.

They could literally start Static off in school, and give him room to grow into an adult with abilities that electrify audiences. This can be done over time. Make two films, let it breathe, and then come back. Rinse and repeat.

In short, Warner Bros would be making a huge mistake by denying Static Shock a chance at a motion picture release (in my opinion). It's time to give this character the recognition and platform he deserves and see what kind of impact he can make on the superhero film landscape.

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FTS: F.R.I.E.N.D.S Central Perk Coffee Mug + New Coffeehouse Location!

Hi! The holidays are upon us, can we BE anymore excited?! Before we know it “Ugly Naked Guy” will be decorating his tree, and the gift-giving season will commence, and Central Perk Coffee Co. has the perfect product for your 2023 holiday gift guide.


Central Perk Coffeehouse is coming late-October to 205 Newbury Street, Boston, MA. The 2023 Central Perk Coffeehouse is accompanied by a fresh updated logo and brand identity. This exclusive logo is being revealed initially in the Boston location and on a colorful new capsule collection of exclusive Central Perk Coffee Co. themed apparel, drink and kitchenware, as well as collectibles - all available for purchase at the Newbury Street coffee shop and online at

An artist's rendering of the inside of the new Central Perk
set to open on Newbury Street next month. Courtesy of Glen & Co.

In honor of the opening, and the first-run limited-edition merchandise being sold in the coffeehouse and online – we wanted to offer you the first opportunity to showcase our CENTRAL PERK COFFEE CO. EXCLUSIVE BOSTON MUG! With Boston being the first permanent location – this cup is sure to be the perfect stocking stuffer for all of your Friends – and valued for years to come!

Check Out The Product Here:

Boston Two Tone Boulevard Mug – Central Perk

Don’t forget to fill that new mug with one of the company’s six original coffee blends – available in various formats (ground, whole bean and compostable capsules). All coffee is available for purchase at the Boston location or online either as an a la carte purchase or as a customizable coffee subscription.  All Central Perk Coffee Co. offerings adhere to sustainable sourcing, production, and packaging practices that prioritize responsible environmental stewardship.

Coffee, mugs, and more. are also available on Amazon!

Barbie Movie 2023... Reviewed!

This movie was supplied for the purpose of review. My opinions are my own.

Let's begin this review of the Barbie movie by saying that it started off on a high note. It was spotless and I anticipated being transported into a captivating fantasy world where extraordinary dolls came to life on the big screen. In that sense, my expectations were met.

However, the 2023 film took an unexpected left turn down Feminism Lane and swiftly veered onto Misandry Highway when a real-life woman named Gloria (portrayed by America Ferrera) projected her personal issues onto Barbie, infiltrating the realm of toys. There could've been a bit more creativity injected into the story to round it out for me, like the introduction of a rival brand by Gloria but there was nothing of the sort; it was simply the desire to alter Barbie, and Ken was just there to represent men as mindless creeps. This transforms the movie into something that quickly turns me off.

This chain of events led Barbie to venture into the real world in an attempt to reclaim her idyllic existence in the toy realm. Ken, sneaking into the vehicle, accompanied her on this adventure, only to find themselves thrust into a world seemingly dominated by men. I was perplexed at how a company created by a woman found itself dominated by men, were they hired by her or did they come in and just take over?

In a world of playthings, the initial focus was on empowering girls to become capable women, with men serving as an afterthought. You can be capable, and you owe it to no one to be enamored with them, but this movie is messy. It took female empowerment on a ride into feminism toward the battle between Misandry and Misogyny after Ken got a taste of what he saw in the real world. I do feel obligated to highlight that even the all-male management team of Barbie didn't care about Ken either. The only place he felt like he belonged was in the make-believe world with his perception of what the real world was.

The end result conveyed the importance of embracing one's true self, a message I wholeheartedly support. However, the journey to reach this point was rather chaotic. This film seems to cater primarily to feminists and men who align with feminist ideals. While it may not have the power to significantly influence someone's beliefs, it certainly takes a provocative approach rather than a persuasive one.

I really felt that Gloria could have introduced a competing brand that challenged the world of Barbie in a satisfying way. Despite my appreciation for the stunning visuals, and audio, I doubt I would choose to watch this movie again. This isn't a movie for girls if you don't want them to view Barbie in a lens beyond fun and imagination. Often children are forced into adulthood before the legal age by adults who want them to feel how they feel. It continues an unhealthy trend. Despite the overall message, this movie was unsatisfying at best.

Barbie is available for Blu-Ray + Digital, DVD, and in 4K for deep discounts.

Story 1

Visuals 5

Audio 5

Price 2

3.25 out of 5 Cool Points

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Sophima | Guest Contributor