Unlike some of our readers who may not have been born yet, I was a regular in the comic book stores in 1992 when DC pulled the ultimate publicity stunt and killed off the Man of Steel. His death in Superman #75 sold 3 million copies. It was a perfect storm. You had regular comic readers interested. Former comic readers interested. Non-comic readers. The young and old. Fans of the Superman movies or various TV shows. Everyone was talking about it. It was during a time when the death of a character seemed to actually mean something and didn’t happen every other day. Especially to such an iconic character. Sales were also boosted by occuring during the comic market boom as people were buying multiple copies as investments, hoping to cash in down the line. Especially the variant black polybagged version which featured the logo above. “Fans” were buying two copies. One to open and read and one to lock away in a pressure sealed vault for safe keeping.
As we know, the market boom crashed not long after and this issue has often been attributed as having a major role in that. But that’s a different column. We’re here today to talk about the potential latest death of Superman. More (including spoilers) after the break on the ongoing Final Days of Superman storyline in Superman #51, Batman/Superman #31 and Action Comics #51.
In this episode we talk about the things we’ve been geeking out on for the past few months and then play a cruel, cruel game of Spoiler Trivia. Ryan has to answer trivia questions and for every one he misses the questioner gets to reveal a spoiler about Batman v. Superman (because Ryan is so lame he still hasn’t seen it). Find out what happens after the break!
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.]
Look, we’re ambivalent at best here about Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Is A Dishwashing Soap, but we also have an obligation to our reader (hi, Jimmy’s mom) to pass along stuff, so here’s the final Batsoup trailer after the cut. It has a Batman action sequence, and Wonder Woman actually speaks. Draw your own conclusions.
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.
Over the weekend Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice released a new poster and a couple of new TV spots. You can check out the TV spots after the break. One of which contains the line I used in the title of this post. It’s only 30 seconds, but is cringe worthy. I know I may be the last of the converted, but I’m starting to have real concerns about this movie the more I see of it. (In fairness, the Bat-centered ad is not too bad.)
As for the poster, I think it points out another failure on the part of Warner Bros/DC. #whowillwin? Really? No one cares, and since this last trailer, I’d argue you could even change the title of the movie and remove the “v”. Hey, I know that two heroes meeting for the first time and fighting and eventually joining forces against some evil is one of the biggest tropes in comic books. And of course that’s what we all expected with this movie. But with the last trailer revealing said team-up (and adding Wonder Woman) to fight Doomsday, why even bother with the pretense anymore. The trailer even gives us the “conclusion” of their fight. Let it go WB/DC. #whowillwin? Not moviegoers by the looks of things. (I hope I’m wrong.)
In “some light at the end of the tunnel” news, Walking Dead alum Lauren Cohan has confirmed that she will play Martha Wayne in the film. I’m gonna guess it is a small, bullet hole filled flashback, but at least that is something to look forward to.
While watching last nights DC Films special on the upcoming Justice League related movies, I couldn’t help but feel that I was watching a fish swimming upstream or some other analogy that points out how far behind Marvel that DC is in this cinematic universe building.
On the positive side, the show did give us the new Suicide Squad trailer and the first look at the upcoming Wonder Woman solo movie, which you can see after the cut. After 74 years, Wonder Woman will finally make her big screen debut in March’s Batman v Superman and her standalone film is due June 23, 2017.