Like many people, I saw Batman V Superman: Dawn Is A Dish Detergent over the weekend. I actually went with a small group and got a small range of opinions. My group included:
My thirteen-year old niece. She’s a sucker for the Marvel movies, and since I was going home for Easter, I asked her if she wanted to see the movie. She said yes.
My brother. Another geek, mostly. I had initially asked him if he wanted to come along with our niece and myself and bring his oldest son (age 9) too. My brother wanted to see the movie first before he took his son. Understandable. Then he asked me to get another ticket when I bought them.
The open seat. Here’s where everything got complicated. The original person I got this for was my sister-in-law, who is not a geek. At all. But, she got sick Saturday. My brother asked his son. The kid wanted to go at first, then changed his mind for some reason no one understood. The last ticket was eventually used by my brother’s father-in-law, of little geek persuasion.
So, tickets in hand, this motely group went to see the movie. Review and SPOILERS after the cut.
[A note from Jimmy: I’ve hijacked this post and put my thoughts at the end. They are spoiler free, but since you have to read through Tom’s excellent review to get there…I guess it matters little.]
In 1993, DC Comics tried an experiment. They created a line of comics dedicated to giving minority writers and artists a chance to create their own superheroes. Dubbed “Milestone,” the initial comics had some success, the most noteworthy being Static, a teenage boy with electro-magnetic powers that managed to gain his own animated TV series and has been popping up around the DC Universe ever since.
Think about it: Casper the Friendly Ghost is really creepy. Not for the whole “wanting to be friends with people” thing, or even how the guys on Cheers observed that Casper must somehow lose all his friends between cartoons, or that one really warped episode where Casper befriends a fox pup that gets killed, only to have the fox’s ghost show up to immediately pick up where it left off with Casper (that’s some demented stuff right there). No, the fact is Casper is a kid, always will be a kid, and he’s a ghost hanging around for some reason. That’s some prime potential horror right there.
That sort of thing was realized a bit better with Secret.
We’re less than two months now from the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so the ad campaign is really kicking into high gear. After the cut, a new trailer (that doesn’t really show much new besides Diana on a plane). The trailer had me mostly until Lex showed up with his horrible “The red capes are coming” line. Seriously, WTF is going on with Luthor in this movie?
Also after the break, an image from a recent issue of Empire magazine that could be a huge (though not unexpected) spoiler.
2016. Did any of us think we’d live this long? Yeah, probably. We’re Geeks, not morbid.
So, what sort of Geek Entertainment has us here at Gabbing Geek at least a little curious? See behind the cut, with some items getting some expert Geek Commentary from the Geek Guru himself, Jimmy Impossible.
Marvel and DC both have many characters that share strong similarities with their cross-company rival. Sometimes it is a coincidence. Two people have the same idea, no matter how novel, independent of each other. Sometimes it is just because there are only so many archetypes. Of course there is going to be some nearly identical characters. Sometimes they aren’t even that similar. We just want to make this list longer. Other times, they are 100%, complete rip offs. When DC/Marvel did the Amalgamation back in the 90’s, they could have just used the original.
With Deimos becoming the main villain of this event, and Telos and his “Contest of Champions” being pushed to the wayside, Convergence is getting a bit more interesting. The main mini-series anyway, the tie-ins are still not adding much.
Be sure to catch up on all the Convergence happenings with coverage of:
Read on for Week Six spoilers after the break for Convergence #6, Convergence Batman Shadow Of The Bat #2, Convergence Green Lantern Parallax #2, Convergence Superboy #2, Convergence Supergirl Matrix #2 and Convergence Superman The Man Of Steel #2.
I’m a sucker for big crossover events. I’m not sure why. Maybe they appeal to the collector/OCD/completist side of me. I have to have check lists of all the tie-ins and make sure I read every single one. As such, I have read A LOT of crap over the years. Nothing worse than picking up a branded crossover issue and it having little or nothing to do with the main event. But I never learn. I’ve even tried the “I’ll just read the main story and not bother with the tie-ins” schtick…and I always fell like I’m missing something and end up getting all the tie-ins anyway. I’ve also tried the “I’m not going to read this crossover” approach…with minimal success. I wasn’t going to read Forever Evil…totally did. Avengers and X-Men: Axis…I have no interest in that…read the whole thing. You get the picture. (Side note: one of my few success stories of recent years is not reading The Black Vortex Guardians/X-Men crossover…don’t tell Jenny!)
With all that said, I am gearing up in an attempt to read all of DC’s Convergence as they are released. May is going to be real tough as I’m also going to attempt to read all of Marvel’s Secret Wars and if I can manage to lift the keys to my cell from Watson’s belt, I might escape for a weeks vacation in there as well. I’m sure there will be hits and lots of misses in both events. But it seems hypocritical if I don’t read them, seeing as they are what 80% (Editor’s note: 90%) of what my Gabbing Geek posts so far have been about.
So let’s get to it. Spoilers throughout for Convergence #0, New 52 Future’s End #48 and Earth 2: World’s End #26.