Then again, I liked THE CROWMAN quite a bit, so I would react well to this, wouldn’t I? It does look like it’d be fun, in a BATMAN: YEAR ONE sort of way. Although I wonder… will any superheroes show up in it? Guess we’ll find out!
THE DOOM THAT CAME TO GOTHAM comes out tomorrow – on my birthday, no less! I am looking forward to it; the original graphic novel was very spiffy. I think DC’s just better at making faithful adaptations of its material than Marvel is, but that may just be my own biases talking.
And indeed! It is very, very weird. Funny weird, and heavily leaning into the way Jimmy Olsen has the Weirdness Magnet disadvantage at remarkable levels. It’s also entertainingly cranky about the way that online media is screwing up newspapers’ very existence, although possibly it’s entertaining me in a different way than was originally intended. Either way, check it out.
PS: The people who made this don’t make fun of the old-school Superman, although they do have some jokes at the modern Batman’s expense.
“I saw the movie,” said [DC Co-Chairman/CEO Peter] Safran, “There are a lot of incredibly talented people in front of and behind the camera in that film, but that was not releasable. It happens sometimes.”
Bolding mine. “Not releasable” is bad* enough, because it’s a more polite way to say BATGIRL was so radioactive, we sent it over to the Department of Energy for disposal. “It happens sometimes” is even worse, because the subtext there is The discussion’s over on this, folks. Seriously, BATGIRL must be at BATMAN AND ROBIN levels…
*Well, ‘bad’ for anyone who wanted to see this flick. I’m ready enough to believe that a studio executive might be able to recognize a stinker on sight.
Everybody’s feeling better and I could frankly use a couple hours off. BLACK ADAM promises to be – well, not mindless entertainment. But I’m not going in expecting any Deep Thoughts*.
*Although one of the things that strikes me now about SHAZAM! was how there was a surprising amount of dark, down there in the subtext. The worldview is surprisingly stark, not to mention Manichean. It ain’t easy to be good, and there’s virtually no mercy shown to those who fall too under the sway of evil. …I guess it really is a kid’s movie, then. Children aren’t exactly what you’d call nuanced about this stuff.