2016 might have witnessed a fair amount of upheaval, but one thing remained constant: Hollywood’s love of superheroes is as strong as ever. While DC sat out 2015, Marvel saw three of their properties in theaters; this year The Big Two had six combined. Next year that will edge up to seven. In addition, geek-favorite franchises Star Trek and Star Wars continued their multi-year missions through galaxies far, far away. Almost all of them raked the ticket sales (analysists were divided on whether Star Trek Beyond fell short of breaking even or turned a modest profit). Either way, neither profit margins nor quantity of films produced equal quality. 2016 was a very mixed year in terms of artistic merit, as fans could be forgiven for experiencing whiplash when trying to create a double bill for some of these movies. Some films excelled by being able to break new ground, while others entertained with well-executed tried and true formulas. Some were an utter mess (and not simply in their murky CGI sequences). It could have been worse; viewers were denied anything quite as terrible as last year’s Fantastic Four. Then again, that is placing the bar quite low.
It’s almost back to business as usual as Alex had some last minute business that prevented him from joining the pod this week. Dean & Pat soldier on talking Black Monday Murders, Kill or Be Killed, Black Panther, Detective Comics, Doom Patrol, Moon Knight, Gotham Academy & Glitterbomb. In addition, Dean skips Paper Girls to watch the Bluejays with his dad, Pat finally saw most of Batman vs Superman Dawn Of Justice, Fantasy Football updates and Pat tries not to spoil Game of Thrones for Dean but kind of does before just using an X-Men metaphor.
They say that a hero is only as good as their villain, but what if there is no hero? What if the villain occupies their place and function in a story? Seems like that could be an interesting tale. It’s a relatively untapped narrative but one which should be like butter is to bread in comics. So before we watch the villains go wild, let’s examine the cast’s previous outings and what we want from them this go around before offering tips for others to follow… Continue reading Banking Bad:People want to watch a movie about Bad Guys?→
“The Future’s starting to look a lot brighter.”- Barry Allen, The Flash, 1991
Demonstrating the core concept of the Multiverse and parallel Earths, we have Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash on the CW and Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash in the DC Cinematic Extended Needs Less Adjectives Universe. Fans are mixed about this fact, but like the character both actors share Ezra Miller isn’t slowing down anytime soon… Continue reading Ezra Miller is the Flash→
With DC Rebirth, and the promotion of Geoff Johns to co-chair of the DC Cinematic Universe, the company has pledged to return to its roots of “Hope, Optimism, and Legacy” While that is all fine and Jim dandy, it strikes me as coming pretty late when you consider the story Kingdom Come. One of DC’s most classic series of it’s era by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, the comic could’ve saved DC a lot of trouble had they considered that story as the template to follow instead of Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns. Continue reading Hope and Optimism 20 Years Later→
Over the many years (and comic adaptations), many people have brought our favorite characters to life, some more than once. Maybe the first was a dud and the second was brilliant. Maybe they’ve nailed each casting and we rejoice seeing their names in the credits. Either way, here are the ten actors who’ve given the best multiple comic performances…
The NBC Podcast is back with our 25th giant size episode one year in the making. Listen to hear Alex, Dean & Patrick talk the best series of the last year, DC Rebirth, comic film and television adaptations, what they’re drinking, the NBA Finals & hear an original song by Alex. So grab a drink, kick back and enjoy the weekend with the NBC mind squad.
The fallout over Batman vs Superman Dawn Of Justice continues as a film that was setting sales records opening weekend has now fell behind their main competitors Captain America Civil War in total global box office despite having a two month head start. Executives are being let go and promoted, Ben Affleck & Geoff Johns are now going to be the saviors of the film universe just as current director Zach Snyder was supposed to be after Green Lantern failed to be the studios Iron Man. I have not seen Dawn Of Justice so I have no real insight into what made that particular film not work other then I thought Man of Steel was really stupid and by all indications, Dawn of Justice looked even stupider. Which isn’t to say I don’t want to see another Superman movie, a Superman movie that establishes an expanded DC Universe and as a byproduct an expanded DC Universe in and of itself; I would absolutely love that. I watch every Marvel & X-Men movie in theaters only because a few of those movies have been legitimately great and they rarely are anything less then decent. It takes a lot for me to not want to see a superhero movie in the theaters but Man of Steel was mostly garbage; so much so that having the same creative minds for the next film combined with the feeling that the film was going out of it’s way to pander to viewers like me, I didn’t see Dawn Of Justice. Keep in mind I saw the Deadpool movie, I hate Deadpool and I love both Batman & Superman with every fiber of my being. I am constantly getting into arguments with non comic readers as to why Superman is amazing, I wrote about it a coupletime’s here, my favorite comic of all time is a Batman one which in fact, is a story that Dawn of Justice was primarily based on, But by the time of it’s release, I had no desire to see the first major motion picture featuring both Batman & Superman together in addition to Wonder Woman, The Flash or Cyborg; all comic book character’s that I would also love to see in a movie, just not a movie that is probably terrible. What is so frustrating about DC’s failure to create a Superman movie that is borderline decent is that they had two great possible Superman films sitting right in front of them in Max Landis Superman American: Alien & Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. Had someone at the studio had the good sense to work with those film makers visions within a Superman film, they could’ve made at least one good Superman film that would’ve established many of the basic expanded universe concepts cinematic ally and a squeal that was not only an amazing movie, but one that could’ve have also established the larger DC Multiverse within the cinematic one.
It is generally agreed upon that comic book fans have recently been treated to a bounty of pleasures on the Silver Screen. Even films that are not entirely satisfying (such as last year’s Age of Ultron and Ant-Man) were still enjoyable experiences. Yet, nothing’s perfect, and the clunkers keep slipping past. Last year fans had to suffer through a Fantastic Four project so awful, it managed to outdo the mess that was 2014’s Amazing Spider-Man 2. The good news is that Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice never matches these nadirs. There are some positive elements to the movie; there are some pretty bad ones as well. The real problem is that there is very little which is actually great. Thus, while the overall film is not outright incompetent, it is also barely engaging or compelling.