Jun
22
2015
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Batman: Arkham Knight coming out tomorrow.

Here’s the link to it (Batman: Arkham Knight) if you haven’t ordered it yet.  …Which, admittedly, I have not. Still pretty deep in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt; there was apparently a whole bunch of stuff that I missed the first time, and besides: I’m making different life choices to see what happens.  Although there are limits to that: I cannot let that game world stay as utterly awful as it wants to be.

I’m sure that I’ll pick Arkham Knight up eventually, though.

Apr
17
2015
2

The leaked Batman v. Superman trailer.

[Dammit, it was working.  Sorry you missed it.]

Definite Dark Knight Returns vibe here. Or possibly Injustice: Gods Among Us.

Via @JohnEkdahl.

Jul
26
2014
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Jul
26
2014
6

…Look, I want to see Batman v. Superman, too.

But I have to ask: why the shocked cheers?

…They’re showing you Batman. Everybody knows that Batman v. Superman is coming. So it is not exactly a surprise to see Superman on the screen, there. Just saying, that’s all.

Moe Lane

PS: Batman would win, of course.

May
06
2014
7

The ‘Gotham’ television show trailer.

AoSHQ is, I think, horrified.

‘Gotham.’ It’s apparently like Smallville, except with more bloody exit wounds (I assume: I actually never watched Smallville). As to whether it will suck, or not… well, I may be more hopeful than AoSHQ. I think that the people doing it may have actually looked at the Year One source material.

Guess we’ll see.

Moe Lane

Apr
11
2014
2

“Batman: Strange Days.”

This is all kinds of awesome, compressed down below three minutes:

I could be convinced to watch the retro Batman and Superman animated series.  And some Wonder Woman, and maybe the old JLA…

Via Do-Gooder Press.

Oct
20
2013
4

New “Arkham Origins” trailer.

Via AoSHQ:

Yeah, I’m going to get sucked into this. Can’t Wish List it, alas.

Oct
14
2013
5

It’s remarkable how much the 1966 Batman film draws on HP Lovecraft.

The whole plot was more or less ripped off of from The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, or at least the central conceit was.  Add to that the simultaneous profound betrayal felt by Batman at a crucial moment in the movie – one that pretty much called into question the very pillars of his emotional stability as Bruce Wayne – and the final moments that evoked so perfectly Ken Hite’s thesis in The Man Who Shot Joseph Curwen, and you have a surprisingly Lovecraft-inspired movie.  I say ‘surprisingly’ because the movie is in itself not actually all that horrific.

(more…)

Aug
23
2013
18

Regarding the Ben Affleck #Batman…

…I’d be a lot more nerdrage about it if I actually had a good candidate for Batman.  It’s a hard role to cast.

Moe Lane

PS: My wife said Will Smith.  I said no.  My wife said point taken, but Will Smith ten years ago, playing Spider-man.  I said …THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN AWESOME.

PPS: You know who else is AWESOME?  Richard Dreyfuss. Via CNN:

 

Jul
25
2013
12

@JVLast speaks for me in this matter.

When it comes to WHAT MUST BE the essential nature and conflict in the upcoming Batman/Superman movie, take Jon’s words as if they had come from my throat, with my voice. I mean no disrespect to Nolan, mind, but Jon’s point is well-taken:

In Miller’s world, Superman and Batman embody two polar views of the human condition. Superman believes in the perfectibility of man and the eventual triumph of the City of God over the City of Man. Batman does not. In fact, he views even the City of Man as a tenuous achievement, and one which must be constantly defended against the depredations of human nature. He believes in the Enlightenment, but not in its inevitability. And because of this, he believes that an übermensch such as Superman is at least as much a threat to civilization as he is its savior.

This is satisfying in a way that using the Nolan Batman could not be. Christopher Nolan’s Batman exists in a very different universe that Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. A movie that sought to bring them together would struggle for coherence, because Nolan’s Batman would ultimately welcome a Superman. But a Superman-Batman movie must have tension between the two characters if it’s going to have anything interesting to say.

Although I will add this: Nolan’s Batman likewise labors under the burden of being, at the end, alone. There can only be one Dark Knight in Nolan’s universe at a time. Heck, the entire plot of The Dark Knight Rises would be nonsensical in the DCU.  But Miller’s Batman can live, easily enough, in a wider super-heroic milieu.

Moe Lane

Dec
21
2012
1

All that you needed to know about the 2012 apocalypse thing.

This is a true thing.

Nov
20
2012
3

Truly, the End Times are upon us.

I find this… disturbing.

In a cute sort of way. (more…)

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