Thoughts On Batman V Superman

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The online narrative around Batman V Superman is that it is the worst thing ever committed to film and that by watching it you are a terrible person. Like the worst. Especially if you found yourself enjoying it. If that happened then you need to revaluate your whole life and consider changing your name to something like Hitler. The film is just that bad you guys! In reality though it seems there is a disconnect between critical and fan reaction that I have not seen before.

The short-ish version is:

If you enjoyed Man of Steel, Batman V Superman is a good followup. It continues to expand the somewhat darker take on the DC characters that DC Cinematic Universe is building in a fun and very different way to the Marvel Studios movies and their slate of characters. Like Man of Steel it has a slower pace than other superhero movies and a lot of it is dedicated to building up the big conflict at the end of the movie. Ben Affleck makes a great Batman, Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor is different in a good way (for me at least) and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman steals the show in the brief appearances she makes in the movie. The film also does a good job of building out the DC Cinematic Universe in a couple of cool ways. It is far from perfect and it has its flaws like Man of Steel had but it is still a good and entertaining movie.

Personally I really enjoyed it and would say it is on par with the majority of Marvel’s movies. For me it is a case of the critics and reviews being overly harsh with a lot of them boiling down to “This isn’t the same as a Marvel movie so I don’t like it!”, “This is not how I personally perceive these long established characters to be or behave, therefore this film is a crime against nature!” or “I hate Zack Snyder and everything he stands for so I hate this movie by default!” There is also the typical regurgitation without thought of certain lines of thinking that seems to plague all discussion on the internet these days. So much so that you could make a bingo card and have some fun reading through the comments and reviews for Batman V Superman. (FYI: “Zack Snyder loves Ayn Rand!” is the free space.)

If you are interested in the characters or the concept of the film, go watch it and crucially, form your own opinions on it because it has been given a bad rap by many.

The long version is a bit more complicated…

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DC Rebirth First Info!

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“I love this world… but there’s something missing.”

That is the line that will be kicking off DC’s upcoming Rebirth event and initiative. In the above video Geoff Johns breaks down the general idea behind Rebirth. It looks like it is going to be a continuation of the New 52 but reincorporating the classic and iconic elements from the legacy of the older DC Universe. Pretty much what he did with Green Lantern and Flash Rebirth. However this is a line wide initiative that Johns is overseeing. Which is an interesting move.

At the centre of it all is a doubling down on DC’s most bankable properties. (Yay!) At the cost of loosing some of the more interesting side books and character. (Boo!) Lowering the price of all the books back down to $2.99. (Holding the Line once again!), Signing new teams onto books and gaining some new exclusive creator contracts. (Yay!) Taking Action Comics and Detective Comics back to their original numbering. (Yay!…I guess…) Then finally, shifting a large portion of their series into a biweekly release schedule. (Yay! but my bank account says nay!)

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Awesomeness: Wonder Woman #39

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Wonder Woman #39 – I’m liking were this tale is headed but it still doesn’t quite compare to the magic of Brian Azzarello’s time on the book.

DC Comics 2015 Mini Relaunch

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Today DC being big fans of relaunches and line wide changes, announced that from this June they will be doing a mini-relaunch of sorts after the Convergence event finishes. It is a smart move and shows that DC are continuing to grow and foster diversity in their line of books post Flashpoint. While The New 52 was all about having a fresh start this mini-relaunch is all about letting creators do what they want with the characters.

According to Dan DiDio, continuity is now very much a low priority which is great! It will be there for the books that want and need it but for the more out there and unique titles it will not be a concern. I love continuity and it can be used to tell amazing stories but it is just not a necessity for every book featuring a DC character. Also this new approach makes it easy to position certain books as being new reader friendly.

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Awesomeness: Wonder Woman #38

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Wonder Woman #38 – Please don’t ruin Donna Troy. Please don’t ruin Donna Troy. Please Don’t Ruin Donna Troy…

Thus Ends the Best Run on Wonder Woman in Years

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This week’s Wonder Woman #35 brings to a close Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chang and Co’s run on the book that began with the birth of The New 52 initiative from DC Comics. It has consistently been on of my favourite books for the past two and a bit years. Mainly because in this age of everything having to have a constant jumping on points, it has been great to see this book and the team behind it being given the freedom to tell a long form tale. One that hits at and plays with several of the core concepts of the character.

If you have not had the pleasure of reading this run I recommend you go pick up the first volume in either print or digital it is well worth your time and money. Go do it now!

WARNING THERE BE SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Top 10 Comic Books of 2013

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It is the end of the year and you know what that means! LET’S PUT EVERYTHING IN LISTS!!!!

This Top 10 Comic Books of 2013 list started out as a Top 5 but then I realised I had so much fun reading so many comic books this year that it quickly spiralled out into a Top 10. Also I’m pretty sure I could have made a Top 20 list but that just seemed ridiculous.

But before we get started here are a few honourable mentions that while being really good comic books, were just not quite good enough to make the Top 10:

DC:

  • Batman Incorporated
  • Batman ’66
  • Geoff Johns’ last issue of Green Lantern
  • Superman Unchained
  • Forever Evil

Marvel:

  • All-New X-Men
  • Avengers & New Avengers
  • Iron Man
  • Nova
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Superior Foes of Spider-Man

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  • Invincible
  • The Walking Dead

Now onto the Top 10…

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Awesomeness of the Week!

Going on holiday so no posts for two weeks!

Hollywood is wrong about Wonder Woman

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What is the problem with Wonder Woman? That is the question many people ask themselves when thinking and talking about the latest and greatest comic book movies. She is perhaps one of the world’s most well known superheroes and yet any projects (film, TV or other) featuring her are constantly on the back burner. The most recent setback in seeing a decent live action version of the character is the announcement that plans have been put on hold to make an Arrow like Wonder Woman TV show for the CW in favour of a Flash based TV show instead. I have mixed feelings about it because well….Arrow is a very mixed bag of show and some of what I have heard about the planned Wonder Woman show was just…rage inducing. Still it was something to look forward to but yet again like Joss Whedon’s attempt at a film, the truly terrible David E. Kelley TV show Pilot and countless other attempts to bring the character to modern audiences all current plans have been shelved.

So what is holding Warner Brothers back from modernising and unleashing a new, awesome and wonderful Wonder Woman on the world? Matthew Paterson over at Major Spoilers has made a good and educated guess and the basics of it are that WB see Wonder Woman as a risk. A risk so big that it terrifies them at the amount of money they could lose on making at Wonder Woman TV show or film. As a result she always gets sidelined for safer bets and more “bankable” characters. Which anyone including Matthew Paterson will tell you is complete bullshit. People like good movies, if everyone tells them a movie is good they will go see it. If it appeals to them, they will see it. Hollywood has a fear of people liking things outside of their predefined boxes. Guys like guns and action, girls like romance and drama and never the two camps shall meet. Every time anything staring a big female lead is a success everyone says, “Hey maybe now Hollywood will start making more female orientated action movies, comedies, etc.” but it never happens because the moneybags types refuse to take their heads out of the sand. Then everybody quickly returns to talking about female characters in movies by their looks and body parts rather than their you know…character.

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2 for 1 Awesomeness of the Week!

Should hopefully be getting a couple of reviews up this week and next but in the mean time enjoy the pretty pictures!