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Schrödinger’s Batman v. Superman

  I know I’m guilty of doing this in the past with other movies, but we’ve got calm down with the judgement of a movie that hasn’t come out yet. Like the titular characters of the film, fans (and haters) have taken up arms on whether or not Batman v. Superman will please moviegoers and whether or not it will be able to support an ongoing franchise. In fact people are saying some outrageously strong remarks about this film that they have not seen.

It is really easy, sometimes, to get caught up in mob mentality and brutalize a person we know nothing about, or to road rage and say whatever we feel like from protection of our home, but we need to remind ourselves that we are not privy to what is going on behind the scenes.

The fact is, unless you are part of a select few, or have psychic abilities, you don’t know yet what is going to happen in the film, how solid the acting is, what the director is aiming for, or the emotional reaction other viewers will have of the film. Neither does having read a ton of comics or seeing other films in the genre mean anything. We shouldn’t even judge it on Man of Steel. In fact, having watched other films should tell us to expect the unexpected. It could go in a million directions.

For example, in public opinion

Spider-Man by Sam Raimi, the sequel were arguably better, the 3rd was much worse. All from the same director.

The same goes for X men, but with a different director for part 3

Nolan’s Batman was a roller coaster, Dark knight Rises is when the roller coaster is slowing down, yeah it seems disappointing, but don’t forget you’re at a freaking amusement park.

Iron Man was great, the same director did not meet our expectations with 2 (in popular opinion, not in mine), 

Avengers 2 did not live up to the sequel, but appeared as though it could have without studio interference.

Star Wars was heavily controlled by the studio, and a Star Wars writing group, and was great. 

Abrams gave us exactly what we wanted for Star Wars and we ate it up, while he gave us something completely different and new for Star Trek… And we completely ate it up.

And finally, knowing what The Amazing Spider-Man was like helped us enjoy the Amazing Spider-Man more than we probably should have.

There is no mold.

Zack Snyder is laying down new ground with Batman v. Superman, and we need to wait until we get a chance to walk on it before we judge. We also need to remember that this is a piece of art for him. 

Is he in it for the pay check? Yes. Are you in your job for the pay check? You might say, “No, I do it because it is what I love to do” and that is great, but ultimately, the pay check helps you to live and is a necessity. But if it was only about money, you would not be doing what you are doing, and neither would he. He is making this movie for the fans, for the studio and for himself. So don’t go shitting on it. This is his career. He is not trying to piss people off, this is his story, give him, and the other people who worked on it, the chance to tell it. He has been picked specifically for this project, so have faith.

It is time that people who think a movie is going to be good go see the movie, and those who do not, don’t go. I think that buying a ticket for the sake of giving yourself some ammo for the online bashing of the creators is unhelpful, counterproductive, and frankly, against what most of these characters are all about.

So I challenge you. If you did not enjoy Man of Steel, and don’t think BvS will be any good, take your family out to dinner on March 25th, maybe play a game, and stay away from BvS fan sites . If the movie doesn’t look good but you love superheroes, save your judgement, buy a ticket, then critique it fairly, and if you can’t wait to see it, awesome, but understand that not everyone will agree with you.

Until we see it, it is both the greatest movie in the world and the worst, Schödingers Batman v. Superman, if you will, so we should save action until we know.

This turned into more of a rant than I wanted it too. Thanks for reading anyways.

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1920/2000: The Dooms that Came to Sarnath and Gotham


I finally did it! I found Batman: The Doom that came to Gotham! This is a series of 3 prestige format books written by Mike Mignola and Richard Pace with art by Troy Nixey and Dennis Janke that draws from the works of H. P. Lovecraft.

This is not an impossible book to find, but it is rare. The cheapest I could find it on Ebay was just shy of $100. The last time I was in my comic shop they had a set for $75, which I couldn’t do. I used to work there so I thought maybe next time I’d be able to haggle it down, but I didn’t have to. I found it today in a used comic store for $8 a piece.

Which, I found out when I got home, will mean nothing in a month, when it is finally released as a trade. But whatever, I’m going to have this victory. Continue reading

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Halloween part 2: The Long Halloween! – Batmonth Finale (1996-1997)

 Here we go! The day I’ve been waiting for and building up to all month. The greatest book ever written. Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s piece du resistance. The story of a series of murders on 12 of the major celebrations between Halloween and the following Halloween that Batman, Jim Gordon, and Harvey Dent unite to solve. I have the Absolute Edition volume of it, and it is beautiful.

The full size versions of Tim Sales spreads are still not big enough to do the images justice. I just want a massive print of the first page framed and hanging over on my bed.

I love this book for so many reasons. Firstly, this book truly represents the passing of the torch. When the book begins Gotham city is a real place. Mobs are its biggest problem. Corruption exists, but is slowly being dealt with by Gotham’s real hero – James Gordon. Batman exists, but he’s kind of like a desert fork – yeah he’s around, but he’s really only there for a small purpose. But with this book, Joker declares himself the biggest bad, a large portion of the mob is wiped out through the holiday killings, and Dent tips the scales by bringing all the villains together in the end. From this point on, Batman’s justice is what Gotham asks for.  Continue reading

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Halloween Part 1: The Origin of… Two-Face

 It’s Halloween. I’ve been spending the month reading comics that both take place before The Long Halloween and that introduce the key players. Joker, Catwoman, Riddler, Mad Hatter, Poison Ivy, The Scarecrow, an extensive history both of Bruce Wayne, various accounts of his early days in the costume, his relation with Superman, his Halloween adventures. I believe I have covered everything going into my reading for today. With one exception: Two Face!

Harvey Dent’s transformation from D.A. to villain is precisely why I like TLH. But I can’t let the book tell the whole story. So I went to 5 other sources to paint the whole picture, or show me various angles of his origin. Continue reading

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Batman: Zero Year (2011-2012)

The  Zero Year is the New 52 story of Batman’s early days. Written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Greg Capullo, this is the 3rd arc in their storyline, and takes place 6 years ahead of modern continuity. It retells the first encounter that Batman has with the Red Hood, Riddler, Lucius Fox, Gordon, and shows us how he fails, learns, and struggles to get back up in his first attempt to bring justice to Gotham. Continue reading

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The Complete History of Bruce Wayne: A Study of Before He Was Batman (1939, 1956, 1980, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2011, 2012)

Bruce Wayne’s history is a convoluted one. Every writer paints a different picture of who he is, what he values he holds, how far he is willing to go and where he comes from.

The basics are universal, and we learned them early on, in Batman’s 7th appearance Detective #33. I discussed them in my first Batmonth post. We know that as a young boy his parents were gunned down by a robber in front of him. As a result, he vowed to rid Gotham City of crime, a vow which has driven him to the peak of human performance, and mental ability aided by the massive inheritance his parents left him.batman

For some, that is all we need to know. But is that the whole story? No. But from here the details get fuzzier and fuzzier. I will do my best to put forth all the knowledge I have from here on. Continue reading

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1995: Ghosts – The Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special #3

batman-legends-ghostsThe third and final Halloween special that Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale wrote before plunging into the year long epic – Batman: The Long Halloween.

And it felt a little rushed.

Inspired by and mirroring Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, this story follows a food poisoned Bruce through the standard 4 ghost encountering story.

Before any apparitions appear, it is a typical night for Bruce. While reconnecting with Lucius Fox, a man he met several years back, The Penguin arrives at the party and robs the guest. Bruce confronts the little man, who shoots him and leaves him to fall to his death. This gives Bruce a chance to switch identities and confront the Penguin for real. Seriously Gotham, either A) stop having elaborate parties for the wealthy and important to make yourselves feel important and wealthy, or B) maybe invite the Penguin. He’s wealthy, have you thought that maybe he does these things because he doesn’t feel included. He’s always been one of you, just spend some time with him, maybe he’s a nice guy on the inside. Or C) step up your freaking security. Do you want your baubles and wallets and watches taken? You can afford the extra few dollars. Gordon will do it. He needs the money, and he has before.  Continue reading