Month: February 2017

Legacy characters and alternate versions

The Twitter exchange you see below is from a while ago, but it is a topic I have been thinking about off an on.  The gist of it is that Comic Pro A (red) is bragging how Marvel has been on top without their most popular character, Wolverine, 3 years.  (I remember this came up when defending the sales of Marvel Comics, but Twitter isn’t the easiest to search.)  This struck me as odd, since the last I seen there were actual multiple Wolverines running around.  And honestly, I had actually forgotten that the original had died, or something.  There were some replies agreeing with their sentiment, and hoping that the original Wolverine would return.  However, there were some replies that had the same sentiment as I did.  It is these replies that I want to focus on, because I think the disagreement is more interesting.  The gray and black boxes are fans, and the blue box is another professional.

wolverine-twitter-convo

 

There are two things I am picking up here:  they do not consider legacy characters to be the character they are replacing and they do not consider alternate versions of the character to be that character.  I have issues with both of those sentiments, because history shows them both to be wrong.  (more…)

Podicus Wrecks #27 – Let’s get animated

In this episode, we get animated. Well, there’s no video, so we’re not technically animated. But we are discussing some things that are animated. We talk briefly about our favorite childhood cartoons, and then have a discussion about a couple DC Comics Animated movies: Justice League Dark and Batman Assault on Arkham.

The Lego Batman Movie review

the-lego-batman-movie-posterBack in 2014, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller directed The Lego Movie.  While the movie’s main character was an original creation named Emmet, Batman was featured heavily.  Voiced by Will Arnet, this take on Batman was incredibly goofy, while still being incredibly serious.

It was this absurd seriousness that many, including myself, greatly enjoyed about the character.  The grim seriousness you would find in a Frank Miller comic, only in a PG movie.  He was the gosh darn Batman.  But could that version of Batman carry his own movie?  Could a new director and writers capture the same magic that was found in The Lego Movie?  I say yes.  Here we have a movie doing two distinct things, and doing them well.

First, in no particular order, we have a parody and celebration of the history of Batman.  The movie opens with a gigantic action sequence, in which the Joker has gathered most of Batman’s villains.  And by most, I really do mean most.  Sure, there were all of the well known ones represented, but they dug deep into Batman’s Rogues Gallery to fill out the roster.  Name a Batman villain, and they are likely in this movie.  (more…)

Kevin Smith announces another film he may or may not make!

Hey, remember back when Kevin Smith movies were THE thing to be into to seem like you had your smart-ass sh*t together?

No?  Maybe you aren’t from my post-GenX, pre-millennial era of coming up.  Right around the time I hit college, the fab-four of Kevin Smith movies – Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, and Dogma – were the go-to movies for showing that you knew what fun and intelligent was.  Sure, looking back, they’re rough, stupid, unwatchable and brilliant (IN THAT ORDER), but back then?  Amazing.  And then Kevin Smith wrapped the whole thing up with Jay & Silent Bob Strikes Back, and the whole thing faded into the sunset.

Until he dipped into the well again for Clerks II, which itself is…certainly something else.

It’s been a long time since the Kevin Smith heyday.  Since then, he’s become somewhat of a…mixed bag…when it comes to his writing/directing projects.  There’s certainly a specific audience for Kevin Smith stuff, and perhaps I’ve become a bit jaded for it since I decided to move past my “screw the man, never grow up, poop is funny” phase.  You know…like a decade ago.

Anyway, there is always a bit of excitement, if for the sheer nostalgia, when Kevin Smith pops back up and says he’s about ready to dip again into the View Askew well.  There’s nothing like a “hey, what are they up to now” rehash of an old franchise, so when he came up a while back and said one of his oddly reviewed movies had funded Clerks III, it was excitement time.

But then time passed and nothing ever really came of it.  So then he popped up and said that he was definitely making Mallrats II with all of the cast involved and that they were ready to go!  And then nothing happened.

So, now, when he once again pipes up and says “Ok, now I’m making a Jay & Silent Bob II and this time I’m really serious!”, you have to take it with a grain of salt.  Sure you are, old fat man.  That’s adorable.  You go make your movie and tell us when you want to, you know, make it.

So what happened to the other two?  Well, Clerks III didn’t happen because “one of the four leads opted out”.  Assuming that the four leads were himself, Jason Mewes, Brian O’Halloran and Jason Anderson, it was probably one of the latter two that said ‘enough is enough’ and you can’t have Clerks without both Dante and Randall.  And as for Mallrats?  Well, turns out Smith thought it would be better as a TV series, but unfortunately no one who actually makes or airs these things agreed with him.

So now it’s “I’ll make my own movie!  With Blackjack!  And hookers!”  And you know what?  If he does it, then kudos for him.  I’ll even slap down my money for a ticket.  But don’t try to sell me with your hype.  Like your movies and your comic plots, you’ve just gone to that well one too many times.  All you’ll get it a snarky post in a comic blog.