The Batsoup Trailer We All Really Wanted!

These guys are too mopey.
These guys are too mopey.

Last Friday, the Batman vs Superman trailer dropped a wee bit early.  And it was dark.  Really dark.  Maybe too dark?  Remember when those two characters were brighter?  Well, someone does.  See the remix below the cut…

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Slightly Misplaced Comic Book Hero Case Files #12: Element Girl

That's her on the right.
That’s her on the right.

There’s something off about a hero who is probably best known for being forgotten and then dying.

That’s more or less what happened to Element Girl.

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Gabbing Geek 29: South By Batsoup

Gabbing Geek 29: South By Batsoup!
Gabbing Geek 29: South By Batsoup!

The latest episode of Gabbing Geek is so fresh you’ll want to slap it!  Check it out now over at iTunes or wherever you get your podcasting goodness, or check out the web version to listen right now!  More details after the break.

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Bad Performances in Good Superhero Movies

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Steel is neither

On Tuesday, we talked about actors who gave a strong performance in a stinker of a superhero flick.  While it is always a shame to waste a strong performance in a turd of a film, isn’t is a greater sin to crap on the rug in an otherwise fine superhero motion picture?  Let’s take a look at some people who need to call the carpet cleaners, because they did just that!

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On Our Heroes Dying

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1931-2015

The entire geek portion of the Internet was united recently by the death of Leonard Nimoy.  It was enough to get a lot of stupid talk about a dress off my Facebook feed, so even if it wasn’t enough Nimoy was one of the people who led me to science fiction, he has my gratitude for that one final favor.

And while I am a little saddened by the death of a man who I honestly never met, I am also not as shocked as I was by some past deaths.  Nimoy’s health has been rather bad for a while now.  There’s a reason even when he did some acting work, that it was done to keep his actual appearance to a bare minimum.    But there’s something else to consider:  Nimoy was 83 years old.  As timeless as performances captured on camera can be, Spock got old, and he died.  He wasn’t the first, he won’t be the last, and its something we will all do ourselves.  What do we do when people we have never met, but have touched us in some way as we became the adults we are, die?

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Slightly Misplaced Comics Heroes Case Files #4: Tyroc

This may not end well.
This may not end well.

I’ve never been much of a fan of DC’s Legion of Superheroes.  I couldn’t begin to tell you why.  I do enjoy DC’s black-and-white reprints of various older books.  The Showcase Presents series gives the reader usually around 500 pages or so of old stories for a low price, and are a good way for the fan of Silver Age silliness to find the old stuff without breaking the bank.  This was how I was able to write columns in this series on both Captain Carrot and the Unknown Soldier.  But I have limits, and one of them is old Superman stories where Superman often saves the day using deception.  The reader will think Superman is in a bind of some kind (never a physical one), only to discover he was aware of the problem the whole time and had already beaten it and was just waiting for the end of the story to tell everyone.  My one attempt at a Legion Showcase was done by Superman’s writers and artists and the stories were about the same level of jumping out at the reader and shouting, “Psyche!”  But the Legion lasted a good long time, and has been rebooted tons of times since then.  One of the legendary runs was by writer Paul Levitz, who wrote the book for 15 years and during that time he managed to include every member of the Legion at some point, even the dead ones using flashbacks.

The one exception was Tyroc.

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Slightly Misplaced Comics Heroes Case File #3: Sleepwalker

And he's the good guy...
And he’s the good guy…

90s era Marvel comics have a reputation.  The guys who founded Image Comics were cutting their teeth there, and the characters they worked on seemed to take on many of the sorts of things fans today bemoan but which must have been selling back then, hence the reason for so many of them.  They were massive guys with guns, pouches, and bad-ass names and powers.  Bishop.  Cable.  Ghost Rider.  X-Force. Venom.  I think the Punisher had three separate titles going at one point.  Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man series showed the Hobgoblin going nuts, thinking he was a real goblin, finding religion, and ripping his own face off.

Then there was Sleepwalker.

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Obscure Geek of the Week- He Could Be Sitting Next to You!

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Who is the greatest Batman ever?  A popular choice is Christian Bale.  Others say Michael Keaton was and always will be the Dark Knight.  Old school geeks have an fondness for the great Adam West.  NONE of these are the right answer.  No.  It’s not Kilmer or Clooney.  Affleck is playing for second at best.  The right answer is this guy.  There never has been, nor ever will be, a better Batman than Kevin Conroy.

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Only a Lego Movie Can Make A Happy Batman?

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From Bat Anti-Shark Repellent Batman to Needing a Halls Mentho-Lyptus Batman, all iterations of Bruce Wayne’s psychosis….err….alter ego have displayed a certain degree of angst.  Even Adam West’s Batman, which was essentially a children’s comedy show, was SUPER-Serious.  So are we ready for a funny Batman (continuing the character introduced in the Lego Movie last year)?  Rising star directors Miller and Lord think so!

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