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The Button – Bruce & Barry’s Excellent Adventure

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…)

Justice League trailer

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.

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…)