Way back in the year 2000, I was snooping around the DC Comics message boards and came across a debate over who the various members of the Justice League at the time would vote for in the 2000 Presidential election One particularly memorable individual insisted that all the various Leaguers would have obviously voted for George W. Bush except for that “treehugger” Aquaman.
There is one problem with this assumption: Aquaman at the time couldn’t really vote in an American election. He was the king of Atlantis. You know, foreign citizen. And given the way he was being written in his solo title at the time, it probably didn’t matter much to him who the president was. Plus, there aren’t many trees to hug on the bottom of the sea. Oh, and he’s a fictional character.
Sadly, I WILL have to come at you, bro. Despite being the biggest Aquaman supporter around (there isn’t a ton of competition), I gotta pan this one. It was a completely phoned in DC Universe Animated Original Movie; a franchise that has shown a tremendous decline in quality since the days of Under the Red Hood and Public Enemies.
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.
Earlier this week we learned that because the Flash/Green Arrow crossover (which bored the hell out of me, personally) was such a ratings bonanza, it was going to be an annual event and an expanded shared universe was on the way. Now, in addition to a rumored Atom series (starring former Superman Brandon Routh) and a possible Firestorm spinoff (being developed as a subplot in Flash), we have a cartoon in the shared universe????
With Superhero movies becoming more and more popular and prevalent these days, it’s time to discuss the gender balance (or lack there of) we tend to see in such movies. We are familiar with the popularity of Batman, Superman, Spider-man, Ironman, Aquaman(? – if only to Watson), etc. But where do the female superheros fit in this male dominated franchise? With kick-ass characters like Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Blackwidow, and more…how have we failed to properly tip the scales so that movie goers are seeing equal representation on screen?
I know everyone is just like me and SUPER excited about the world release of Justice League: Throne of Atlantis (aka- The Aquaman Animated Film That Watson Is Eagerly Awaiting!) But because he is the king of the oceans AND DC thought feting him once simply wasn’t enough, Aquaman is getting a Pacific AND Atlantic World Premiere!