Back in May 2016, the DC Rebirth initiative was started with the release of DC Universe Rebirth Special #1. The important thing about this book was that it brought back the original Wally West into continuity. Not by just re-introducing another Wally West into the universe, but instead, by bring the pre-Flashpoint back into the fold. The message Wally carried with him was that someone was actively stealing time, changing their histories. The end of the book saw Batman fine the smiley face button from Watchmen in the Bat-cave.
I don’t read everything, but nothing I know of had really dealt with that since that single issue. So, here we are a year later, and finally we are getting something more regarding this plot in a 4-issue crossover between Batman and The Flash. That’s right, just a crossover. No special event. Not yet, anyways. (more…)
I am going to waste no time and just come right out say that Wonder Woman is a fantastic movie. Patty Jenkins, the director, has done a phenomenal job. If you have not seen it, then you should quit reading this review, and go see it right now. I appreciate the view, but get lost. Anyways, since this is a review, I might as well continue. Of course there are people that probably did not listen to me. Since seeing this movie, I have been thinking about what exactly made it so good. Why has it gotten the critical praise that none of the other recent DC movies have received?
The best I can come up with is that this movie has heart. It is sincere and earnest. And I know those are pretty vague terms, so I will try to explain better. In Wonder Woman, we watch Diana grow into the role of being a hero. And yes, that is the basic premise of an origin movie, but this one differs in that there is no burden pushing her in that direction. She did not watch her parents die. She did not suffer some personal tragedy and have to become a hero to escape it. She did not do this because it would make her a better person. She started her hero’s journey because it was the right thing to do. This is where I think the favorable comparisons to Captain America: The First Avenger are. Not that they are both war movies, but that they are heroes that chose to be heroes, and were not pushed into it. The difference is that Captain America takes World War 2 fairly lightly. Wonder Woman does not do the same with The Great War. Spoilers below. (more…)
In this episode we take a look at John Byrne’s The Man of Steel mini-series. This mini-series, was DC Comics’ effort to reboot and simplify Superman after the Multiverse condensing story, Crisis on Infinite Earths, and stood as the cornerstone of Superman stories for almost 20 years. Also, this week’s “Better Know an X-Man” features Xorn 2.
Honestly, I had forgotten that this was in development. But now that I’ve seen the trailer, I am greatly looking forward to this. At first, I didn’t understand why they wouldn’t want to make this a part of the larger Arrowverse, but now I get it. They have a contained story that they want to tell, and putting it in the larger universe will muddy the waters a bit. Besides, they’ve established the Multiverse. It would be incredibly easy if they ever wanted to in the future to just say that Black Lightning is on another Earth.
Anyone who has been with us for a while probably knows that despite being a huge X-Men fan, my all-time favorite superhero is the second incarnation of the Blue Beetle, Ted Kord. I’ve loved the guy for years and have endured having to explain who the hell he is pretty much any time someone new finds out that I’m a huge comic nerd and asks “Who’s your favorite?”
You probably are also well aware that it absolutely broke my heart when DC finally gave him a spotlight issue that made people see him as the awesome hero I always knew he was, only to put a bullet in his head at the end and replace him with a new, hip youngster with the way too overboard power set of “CAN DO EVERYTHING.”
But with the most recent run of Blue Beetle, starring both Jaime Reyes AND Ted Kord, I’ve finally begun to move towards the possibility of accepting Jaime and even liking him. And then, in issue #8, he does this:
Okay, kid. You got me. I like you.
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.