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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…)

Thoughts on All-Star Batman #1

all-star-batman-1-coverWay back in ye olden times, DC launched the “All-Star” line of comics.  The thought behind this is that you would take your all-star creators, match them up with your most recognizable characters, and just let them create.  It was a wonderful idea.  The All-Star line gave us Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly doing one of the greatest Superman stories ever.  However, it also gave us a Batman “series” by Frank Miller and Jim Lee that is remembered more for its delays and incomplete status, and Batman referring to himself as the “god damn” Batman, than any actual story lines in the book.  Of course, it was essentially a Robin origin, but there was a beautiful 4-page spread of the batcave.

After All-Star Batman and Robin’s fade into the same incomplete obscurity that also claimed Image United, the All-Star line never continued.  But now, it’s a new day, yes it is.  All-Star Batman is back with Scott Snyder and John Romita, Jr.  And I must say, I have a good feeling about this.  We know Scott Snyder isn’t going to just stop writing.  The man has been doing phenomenal Batman stories since before Flashpoint.  And I don’t think John Romita, Jr. is going to stop drawing anytime soon.  So, odds are in our favor that this All-Star Batman will actually see a resolution.

But also, it seems like this book may actually exist in mainline continuity.  It’s definitely reflecting the events shortly after Rebirth.  Duke Thomas is by Batman’s side as his sidekick/trainee.  (I’m behind on Rebirth, so I don’t know what they’re calling Duke’s hero.)   (more…)