Archives for category: Superheroes

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I wore a shirt like this one recently to a Renassance Fair, where someone pointed out that Superman couldn’t become president because he wasn’t born in the United States.

Annnnd lawyered.

 

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I recently finished The Further Adventures of The Joker, edited by Martin H. Greenburg.  In the past, I tended to stay away from short story collections, thinking that I just didn’t want to handle the constant rolling of the dice.  Sure, you might read one story and really dig it.  But the one right behind it may be a total stinker.  I since realized that was a very dumb thing to do, and I had to be missing out on some gems.   And because I’m the type of guy that tries to avoid doing dumb things, I decided to read The Further Adventures of the Joker.

The book came out right on the heels of the first Tim Burton Batman movie, and you still see a lot of Silver Age influence.  Not that this is a bad thing … as anybody who’s read my work can attest, I enjoy me some campy every now and then.  What did stand out to me about this book was how mature most of the stories were, especially given the time it was released.  I know, I know … Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen had already established a mature ground for this genre, but still–you just didn’t see it much.

I’m not saying everything in this book is great.  Far from it.  But there’s enough good here that–if you’re a Batman fan–you owe to yourself to check it out.

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suicide-squad.0.0.jpgPerhaps it was because of all the changes Suicide Squad had at the last minute, but the dialogue really felt off-rhythm a few moments in this movie.  As a result, you would often have long, awkward pauses punctuating some of the wedged-in humor.

Don’t let that keep you from the movie though.  It’s still fun and getting the chance to see a live-action Harley Quinn is worth the price of admission alone. Just don’t go in expecting a dark action comedy on the level of Deadpool.

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batman-v-superman-dawn-of-justice_bb788b6f.jpgFinally got to see it last Saturday.  I went into it with one eye shut, simply because of the harsh criticism that’s been leveled against the movie for a while.  A large part of the Internet actually seems to be enjoying reporting the declining percentages in ticket sales, week after week.  Before I get into spoiler territory, let me just say the movie wasn’t bad.  Nor was it mediocre.  It was a good Superhero romp that delivered a lot of interesting ideas and wrapped them in a cool package, full of spectacle and bold artistic choices.

Now, into spoiler land …

In much the same way BvS was a reaction to the Man of Steel, I think a large part of my opinion about the film came out as a reaction to the critics.  A reaction that didn’t seem to surprise Zack Snyder one bit.  But the dude made it for his own inner fanboy which, in the face of such a passionate audience, demands respect from at least an artistic standpoint.  Even if you don’t agree with his choices.

A Batman and Superman that kills people is nothing new.  Keaton’s Batman did it.  So did Reeve’s Superman.  Nobody thought anything about it then. And if you don’t dig this spin on these characters, that’s cool.  Just do what I did when Andrew Garfield put on the Spidey suit: skip it.  Go back to the stuff you enjoyed.  Nobody’s taking that away.  These characters are myth and the thing about myth is that they’re going to be reinterpreted again and again, long after all of us are gone.

Character motivation was also a common problem people had with the film.  The motivations are there for everyone.  They’re just complex in the case of Superman and Batman.  Really simple in the case of Wonder Woman.  And … well, even though we thought we knew Lex’s motivation, we find out in his jail scene that we really don’t.  Not yet.  Which leads to the biggest–or at least loudest–criticism against the film: it being a commercial for future movies.

Like or not, these shared universe flicks are becoming more and more like the comic book counterparts–an ongoing serial.  And serials need hooks.  They need something to maintain interest while story tellers get to work on the next thing.  The major pro is that we always have something to look forward to.  The major con is that, essentially, it’s always act 2.  These stories are never going to finish.

All of this isn’t to say that the movie is perfect.  No story is perfect.  All you can do is tell the best story you can in the amount of time you’re given.  But I think BvS deserves more respect than it’s getting.  If you dug Man of Steel, I would at least give BvS a shot.

If not, just wait.

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lc29-bannerI’ll definitely be at LibertyCon in June, signing autographs and (I think) be on a few panels as well as have a reading.  I’ll have more details in the next couple of months.

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Superheroes in Prose #13: A Fabulous Anarchy, on sale now!

Hellz yeah …

 

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Daredevil Season 2 will be here March 18th. I had no idea it was just around the corner.  Can’t. Freaking. Wait.

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