So, here we have a trailer for the upcoming Justice League. There’s a lot of stuff shown, but I don’t think you can really tell from the trailer if Warner Bros. has really changed their ways. Sure, the movie looks good, but visuals aren’t what people have complained about in Zack Snyder movies. I’m probably over-thinking it, but it definitely seems like WB wants us to think Justice League will be a bit less grim.
First thoughts are that I really think Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman are going to determine if this movie is any good. Does the movie get bogged down introducing those characters, or do their appearances flow naturally with the pace of the movie? Also, where’s Superman? Yes, I know what happened at the end of Batman v. Superman. But really, is anyone expecting him to not show up in Justice League? Personally, I don’t think you should put Superman in any of the marketing. If/When he shows up, let it truly be a surprise.
I’ve been taking some time to pour through the history of some of the characters I’ve always taken interest in, but for whatever reason (a love of the X, mainly) have failed to get around to actually reading. I’m trying to learn more about the history of the DCU, mainly, and lately I’ve been focusing on Green Lantern. Not Green Lantern, galactic police force like you know it now, but the rather sitcom-like family style of Green Lantern Corps back in the still just post-Crisis days.
I’ve found a new respect for John Stewart, an irreplaceable love for the GL squirrel Ch’p, and…well, I don’t really know what to say about Killowog. You see, GL Corps was about breaking down barriers, be them race, age, sex, or whatnot. But sometimes it gets a little TOO much. Like aging a 14-year old girl to adulthood via power ring so she can date Hal Jordan. Or this:
From Green Lantern Corps #206, written by Steve Englehart and drawn by Joe Stanton
Not quite sure that’s a barrier you want to be breaking. Post-Crisis DC was a weird place.
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.
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…)
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.
In this episode, all three Comicdom Wrecks founders discuss The Lego Batman Movie, and how we feel about the state of Marvel comics.
Back 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…)