DC Fans: Can We Trust Warner Brothers?

The answer is clear to me if not to you.  The answer is no.

Justice League was symptomatic of the behind the scenes at Warner Brothers.  Kevin Tsujihara and the rest of the ‘suits’ totally ripped the heart out of that film.  Not to mention, but I will, imploding the box office and destroying any trust DC fans had with the Warner Brother leadership.  This would also effect DVD/blu ray sales.  Some fans are saying they won’t even buy a theatrical cut let alone an extended cut of what was presented.  We had hoped Tsujihara had learned his lesson with BvS on theatrical vs extended, but unfortunately, this 2 hour limit is a mantra for him.  He tried to do this with the Harry Potter films along with Diane Nelson.  (Do the research)

Speaking of Nelson, why is she still Geoff Johns’ boss?  He supposedly was ‘over’ the films.  I know he would never have the power that Kevin Feige has at Marvel STUDIOS.  DC Entertainment is a small cog in a giant WB wheel.  How much pushback did Johns have over all the decisions for Justice League?  And if he did have some pushback, how ardently did he fight to keep the intregity of the DCEU?  Justice League theatrical was a Marvel version of a DCEU film.  schwarma = brunch.  Male falling into female’s boobs.  Secret identities exposed.  Etc, etc, etc.  Plus Nelson did not know what the story was within Action #1 1938, a now multi-million dollar comic which Henry Cavill held at the premiere of Man of Steel.  So it’s a short leap from Johns to know-nothing Nelson then onto more DCU ignorants over her.

Jon Berg.  What exactly did he do besides making sure Zack Snyder didn’t go over budget?  — which he didn’t.  (about $215M)  The 300 million was the sum total of Whedon’s reshoots, CGIing Cavill’s moustache and Danny Elfman’s banal score.  So how did Jon Berg help DC Fans get the film they were promised?  He didn’t.  He’s gone now.  Buh-bye!  (who did he know or what did he know over some bigwig in the WB in order to get the job?)

Speaking of Henry Cavill’s moustache.  Reportedly Paramount refused to allow Cavill to shave it due to contractual restraints while MI6 was still in production.  Technically it still is since Cruise broke his ankle – so Henry still has to wear the stache.  (Don’t get me started on how Tom Cruise has to be the prettiest in his films.  And how all the good actors get killed off.)   They tossed WB a $15M penalty if Cavill shaved.  If Kevin Tsujihara had any balls, he’d had slapped the WB lawyers on that immediately — to pay for it (instead of Cavill) after getting the price lowered.  Lord knows WB lawyers were always at the ready when the Siegel or Shuster estates wanted due process.

Whedon.  God forbid he still is attached to Batgirl, let alone any other DCEU product.  The fake feminist, womanizer went out of his way to downgrade and/or insult every female character in Justice League.  Wonder Woman,  Lois Lane, Mera, Iris West, Martha Kent, Cyborg’s mother, and Heggra (Steppenwolf’s mother).   How is that conducive of building a universe for fans?  MPAA has reported for over a decade that female viewership is the MAJORITY of film audiences!

As a writer, Whedon disappointed on several fronts.  In the initial scene,  Batman knows parademons feed (literally) off fear.  But through a good third of the movie, a Russian family, who are near a parademon nest, cower in their humble cottage and the parademons ignore them.  Apparently fear seasoned with borscht isn’t as palatable to parademons.   Fans had to endure the Russian family instead of seeing something more iconic within the 2 hour mandate.

Secret Identities.  Whedon still is in Marvel mode on this one.  Batman says ‘Alfred’ while in the presence of a criminal.  Sloppy Batman — more like sloppy Marvelesque Whedon.  Also Lois comes to the rescue during the Justice League fight to shout “Clark!” in front of a cop.

Iconic moments.  We saw the trailers.  WB used a lot of Zack Snyder scenes we DC fans were looking forward to, but never got to see in the actual film.  It’s one of the reasons I rushed home after first viewing Justice League to see how badly WB had bait and switched.   WB apparently thinks very little of their fan base.

There’s a scene in one trailer probably taking place during the Justice League fight with Superman; Cyborg warns a cop (played by Mark McClure, former Jimmy of Superman the Movie) he better move.   There’s a tank flying and landing nearby.  The tank was green.  Why would that matter?  What if Snyder gave us the iconic vehicle over Superman’s head just before he tossed that tank?   WB suits would not know the significance of that moment just as they are totally illiterate in the DC Universe.  They think they can make Marvel movies (in this case, 2 hour popcorn schlock when compared to previous DCEU films) with DC characters.    DC and Marvel are two different animals and you can’t use the same formula for both.  A formula should not be used AT ALL.

Tsujihara and the rest of the WB suits could have changed Justice League’s release date into 2018 (especially if they’re not doing MOS2) — but refused to do so.  Why?  Because then they wouldn’t get their bonuses in 2017.  Let’s hope they don’t get an extra penny after demolishing THE film they have wanted and planned for over a decade.

Will I go see another DCEU film?  Absolutely.  Aquaman.  It’s Mamoa.  Hopefully with Tsujihara’s contract up in March, 2018, Aquaman won’t be butchered by its release in November, 2018.

June, 2018 should be the release of Man of Steel 2 for Superman’s 80th anniversary.  Is Warner Brothers going to do nothing about that?  There was a second film being shot along with Justice League.  Amy Adams rented a house for her family in London for months.  The amount of scenes that Amy was involved in (including ones on the cutting room floor) probably didn’t warrant a move to England if the only film she was in was Justice League.  Also actors from Suicide Squad and Chris Pine were seen on set in London.  For which film?  Obviously not Justice League.

Henry Cavill at ACE Comic Con (December 8 thru 10th, 2017)  said they were working on MOS2.  Amy Adams also has made that statement.  Working as opposed to worked.  Meaning they are continuing to work on it.

2019 is Batman’s 80th anniversary.  Rumors are Ben Affleck is not being Batman in The Batman film.  He’s going to do Flashpoint though???  Affleck is a great Batman and Bruce Wayne.  I would love to see his take on the solo film.  He’s more than earned it.  Yes, he relinquished the director’s seat — but writing, producing, acting and directing for a character like Batman would be too much for anyone.  Also, seeing what Warner Brothers put Zack Snyder through couldn’t have been positive.

Can fans trust Warner Brothers to give us iconic DCEU films?  Too many cooks spoil the broth.  Apparently WB hasn’t heard that one.  But then how would they get their bonuses?  Tsujihara’s contract may not be renewed in March, 2018.  If Warner Brothers is purportedly a ‘director’s studio’ — they need to make sure it stays that way and with proof being demonstrated in their films.  Quit interfering.  Quit pulling unrealistic mandates out of your ass and realize what a gold mine you have with the DCEU.

How could WB redeem themselves if they wanted to?  (They probably don’t — taking their bonuses to the bank.)  THE Zack Snyder cut.  Before he left, Snyder submitted a 3.5 hour cut which Warner Brother executives deemed unwatchable.  Explain please.  What does unwatchable mean exactly?   Would a DC fan find it so?

Apparently WB is paying bloggers to report there is no Zack Snyder cut.  More fake news, Warner Brothers?  After the trailers you gave us, it wouldn’t surprise me.  BUT the sound guy and the cinematographer state there is one.  It may not have every single special effect done, but A LOT of the film is completed.  JunkieXL even did a score which had individual hero themes along with the previous Han Zimmer music.

I have seen unfinished extended cuts before.  The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension being one of them.  DC Fans are not unfamiliar with ‘unfinished’ cuts of films.  The Richard Donner Cut finally made it into the hands of fans while WB took in the money.  We have the internet now.  Things happen a lot faster.

Give fans, all fans, the Zack Snyder Cut.  If WB expects to make money with a Whedon extended cut . . . guess again.  Your logic has been faulty so far, WB suits.  Give the fans what they want!!!

Fans want to see Cyborg’s back story with his mother.  William DeFoe as Vulko in Atlantis.  Kevin Costner as the returning ‘ghost’ of Pa Kent encouraging Clark to accept both sides of himself.   Flash not worried about brunch and falling into Wonder Woman’s boobs (which was achieved using body doubles since the actors refused).   Batman being more of a detective than fishing for parademons.  The breakout of Lex Luthor from prison by Deathstroke.  Lois Lane investigating Star Labs rather than puff pieces — and being ‘thirsty’.  (Ugh, Whedon.)  The proposal — yep, there was one.  The possible iconic Superman lifting a tank over his head.  Green Lanterns showing up to talk to Batman.  Oh yea, and Darkseid being his dark self.

Zack Snyder created a DC Universe world(s).  Things came full circle or were pleasantly resolved with each film.  Unless we get the Zack Snyder cut, we will never see that fullness of story and history ever again.

#ReleaseTheSnyderCut  The petition on change.org is now over 160,000 (even after routine email verification).  If you haven’t signed the petition and want to see what we were sold in the trailers, then do so now.  Fight the powers that be!

Fans of DC characters are ALL IN with the release of the Zack Snyder Cut!

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December 11, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. Leave a comment.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: Was it given justice?

Justice League, was to be the most important film of the DCEU.  This movie was talked about long before Man of Steel.  It was Warner Brothers goal line.  Everything about the DCEU was supposed to be about Justice League.

Zack Snyder knew before there could be a Justice League there had to be the establishment of Superman.  Just as Action Comics #1 of 1938 had done — it truly was the beginning of the DC Universe.   Detective Comics #27 which introduced Batman came the following year.  Then Wonder Woman in Sensation Comics in 1940.   The Trinity together (as they appeared in Batman v Superman).  Together in the sense of working along side one another but not being a team yet.

Michael Shanks, a Canadian Shakespearean actor who has done many sci fi films, compared superhero stories to great mythologies.   How epic they are.  How expansive.  Shanks played Hawkman in the Smallville television series and compared portraying a superhero mythology to acting in a Shakespeare play.

Zack Snyder gave us epic films in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.   The trailers for Justice League showed us how this next film would fit into this universe and expand it even further.  Fans were excited.  Snyder said in this film we would begin to see a lighter tone.  After all, in the previous film’s title, we were reaching the dawn.  Justice League was to be a brand new direction by Zack Snyder.  It wasn’t necessarily a sunny day, at first, but as most Superman fans know.  There is always hope.

Let me be clear.  I did not hate Justice League.  I liked it, but wanted to LOVE!!! it.  A friend asked me if I hated it after reading my timeline.  Nope.  The opposite of love is not hate, but indifference and I definitely was not indifferent after leaving the theater.

I went home and looked at the trailers for Justice League — and wondered where that film was.  This theatrical version of Justice League was a bait and switch.  The trailers were deceitful.  That, I despise!  I was expecting Shakespeare and ended up witnessing Benny Hill.  Ugh.

There are so many unexplained things in Justice League.  From the very first scene to the ending (which was horribly rushed).  This was no epic.  This was not a film that took care of its fans or its story.

Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO of Warner Brothers Entertainment, gave Justice League a two hour mandate.  If you look at other Warner Brother films, especially those based on books, anyone could see this was ludicrous.   It was Tsujihara who gave us the theatrical version of BvS:DOJ.  Later fans got the Ultimate Edition which included more scenes that not only built up characters but also clarified the plot.  Apparently Tsujihara didn’t learn from his previous error — put your best into the theatrical.

Joss Whedon shawarma’d Justice League.  Whedon directed the Avengers, runtime 2 hours and 23 minutes.  Apparently Richard Donner’s assistant (Kevin Feige at Marvel) who isn’t Geoff Johns (DC Entertainment President) knew that 2 hours is not long enough to delve into a superhero team’s histrionics and current plight.

Whedon was brought on as a writer for lighter moments before Zack Snyder left the film.  Obviously he doesn’t understand the DCU characters and their fans.

Fans were told Whedon was Zack Snyder’s choice, after a family tragedy, to take over editing and reshoots of the film.  But now after the film’s release, we find out it was Johns who chose Whedon.  He wanted something lighter — more formulmatic which Whedon is apparently used to.  Many of the reshoots contained things he had previously done in Marvel films.  (As well as Danny Elfman’s score — more about that later).

After the deceit of the trailers, where a good percentage weren’t in the theatrical film, we found out that Whedon’s addition of the Flash diving into Wonder Woman’s breasts was done with body doubles.  The actors had refused to do the scene in order to maintain the integrity of their characters and Zack’s vision.   Their reaction shots were either plucked from some other scene or the actor was not given the scenario.   More deceit!

And Whedon is still writing and presumably directing Batgirl.   Is he going to have Barbara Gordon face splat into someone’s crotch?   Or will he use the boob scenario again?  Cheap tricks which insult the audience and the characters on screen.  Especially women.

ah yes, women.  Whedon was outed as a fake feminist and womanizer (more deceit!) by his ex-wife in August of this year.  This was after an actress told of her casting couch experience with Whedon.  Ewwww

The women in this Whedon theatrical cut suffered greatly.  Lois Lane is told by her almost mother-in-law, Martha Kent, that Clark told her many times Lois was ‘thirsty’.  Really, Martha Kent with potty mouth?  And why would Clark tell his mother intimate details about a woman he was going to propose to?  Slap that boy upside the head with a kryptonite stick.  The Kents raised him better than that.

PLUS Lois was writing puff pieces (which Geoff Johns wrote about in the JL Art book — nice one, Geoffie.  This explains new 52.)   Amy Adams, who portrays Lois, had rented a residence in London for months during JL shooting but only had a few scenes in the film.   Lois was supposed to be investigating something at Star Labs.  Lois Lane always throws herself into her work during emotional upheavals.  Why not this time?   Lois Lane was the brunt of bad jokes and made to be only a love interest in this film.

Wonder Woman also had her fair share of jokes against her.   You can tell the Whedon reshoots of Wonder Woman because Gal has more makeup — especially  the red lipstick.  And the butt shots!!!  The camera found her ass at every opportunity — which had nothing to do with the story.

Yea, Yea, we get it.  Women are objects.  Thanks Warner Brothers for reminding all of us of this putrid concept.  (Whedon also shamelessly abused Black Widow in his Marvel films)

Zack Snyder portrays women as strong and vibrant.  Able to do amazing things.  Even if Amazons have ‘skimpy’ clothes, they are shown to be more than capable warriors and leaders.  They don’t need a man diving into their boobs.

Cyborg was to be the heart of the film.  A character of color, who depicts the merging of technology with being human.  This is a very modern conceptualization and should not be ignored or deleted from the film.  His background is unknown to us.  Who was he and what happened to him to have his father use a mother box on Victor to regenerate him.   Apparently we would have found out in the Zack Snyder cut he left Warner Brothers just before he left.  Ray Fisher, who portrayed Cyborg, work a “I ♥ ZS” to the San Diego Comic Con Justice League panel.   Why?  Whedon had short-shrifted his character.

Aquaman had Atlantis scenes cut involving Mera and also Willem Dafoe as Vulko.   How these cuts will adequately lead into the 2018’s Aquaman, only time will tell.  Cutting scenes, abbreviating the narrative, effects the storytelling and the entire line of films.

Iris West, another person of color in this film, was cut from Flash’s history.  Fans did not get to see the beginnings of that relationship.   Barry had friends, they just got cut from the film.

Superman’s battle with the Justice League was filmed by Snyder with the possibility of a few closeups done by Whedon.  But apparently, Superman did not recover so quickly.  There were possibly scenes involving Ma and Pa Kent as well as Lois to bring him back to himself.  Would have loved to see that — would be more like the Death of Superman story.

Lex and Deathstroke were cut from the film, but appeared in the after credits scene.  While the infamous race (probably from a Zack storyboard for additional shooting) between Flash and Superman was mid-credit.  Henry Cavill’s bajillion dollar CGI removed moustache was very apparent.

Also some fans were waiting for a certain scene between Clark and Bruce which involved a wedding invitation.  Since the ring conversation was removed from the film, that’s probably why we didn’t get to see it.   Those Russians who were living in fear but the Parademons ignored and didn’t eat them had to be in the film  because . . .  *shrugs*

I’m a DC fan.  Not a Marvel fan.  Which makes me a Zack Snyder fan because he understands this DCEU he has built and will build for the fans.

So take your shawarmas (known in the DCEU as brunch) and your Benny Hill jokes and shove them sideways.

Geoff Johns said the DCEU films were going to be optimistic and would bring back hope.

Does Lois doing puff pieces instead of hard core investigating give me hope?  Does it make me optimistic for the future of the DCEU?  Does Martha Kent confessing to Lois Clark thinks she’s thirsty establish a fun universe?   Answer:  NO!

Does Flash’s body double diving into Wonder Woman’s body double make me hopeful for the rest of the DCEU?    Nope.  Especially if Whedon is still doing Batgirl.  Guard that bat symbol on your chest well and don’t be falling headfirst into any crotches, Babs — especially before brunch.

Characters or cameos that weren’t in the film:  Darkseid, Vulko, Hal Jordan, Iris West, Cyborg’s mom and others.  (Darkseid as a constant threat could have made Steppenwolf more palatable — also fixing the CGI.)

The soundtrack. *head desk*  Whedon brought on Danny Elfman for the reshoots.  JunkieXl had done a soundtrack for Justice League but was dismissed when Snyder (who hand picked him) left.   To say Danny Elfman is a has-been is an understatement.  Utilizing some of the themes for characters in the Marvel universe, he incorporated them into his Justice League soundtrack.  Which was blah, meh, and banal.   Wonder Woman’s original theme has electric cello.  That grabs you by the spine and makes you stand to attention while giving you goosebumps.  Elfman used horns instead.  Some fans have replaced Elfman’s crap with the original theme during the terrorist threat with Wonder Woman’s save (taken from the trailer).  The difference is blatant.  Elfman, like Whedon, failed.

Reconstituting things from the Marvel Universe does not work well in the DC Universe.  DC fans want their characters to have integrity and not be watered down to fit into some ‘fun’ formula.   If you make the DC characters generic to Marvel’s, then how are you going to get an audience interested in reading DC Comics or enjoying the other DC products?

Fans disappointed in the Justice League film (disappointment doesn’t mean hate) have rose up to make their voices heard.  A petition was started on change.org for fans to see the Zack Snyder cut (it was 3 or 3 plus hours) with the JunkieXL score.   Disappointed or just curious as to what fans could have gotten for a Justice League film?  The petition has been getting tens of  thousands of signatures.   Why not consider signing it now — for a better future of the DCEU. here

Go and see Justice League.  Make your own decision and opinions.

I’m hoping there will be an announcement in December about Man of Steel 2 which should come out in June, 2018 for the 80th anniversary of Superman.  If there isn’t, Warner Brothers is a total fail.

Oh well, I’m not a stock holder.

Oh yea, is this unfortunate box office going to effect the Time Warner/AT&T merger?  Always something to worry about, right WB peeps?

November 24, 2017. Tags: , , , , . Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. Leave a comment.

Modern Movie-going Experience

I’ll admit I don’t go to the cinema much any more.  And I am not alone in that.

These days people have multiple forms of entertainment.  Where theater going used to be the only venue to see a film, now we have downloads, DVDs and blu rays.  We can stay at home and watch at our leisure.  We don’t have to drive somewhere, pay for tickets, and get highly priced refreshments while sitting through 20 minutes or more of previews.

Since studios can’t seem to get butts in the seats like they used to, they use other means to make a profit.   Like limiting the amount of time a film has for the theatrical release.  This is problematic . . .   I will explain.

Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros Entertainment, said he wanted Justice League to be less than 2 hours.  This is quantity over quality.  Since they can’t get people into the theaters, they limit their experience and then hope they’ll buy the extended cuts later.  The rub is . . . A film’s success is calculated by how well it did at the box office.  So why limit the experience with a film that was brutally squeezed into a two hour time frame?  Why have it critiqued on this amputated version?

After seeing Justice League, I went home and rewatched the trailers.  A LOT of what was in those trailers wasn’t in the theatrical film.  Some of the scenes that made me fork out my hard earned pay were non existent.   I felt cheated.  There was a bait and switch.   Am I going to see Justice League again in the theater?  You bet.  It’s the only game in town until the extended cut (and there better be an very EXTENSIVE extended cut).

The abbreviation of emotional beats as well as story formation especially about the villain are costing Justice League its much deserved criticism.

I actually liked the film, but even I could see how flawed it was.

This done — all so it could be under two hours.  That’s like trying to make the Mona Lisa into a postage stamp and still call it art.   No, it’s a postage stamp.

A big giant film should have room to breathe.  The audience should experience it fully.  The rough editing made it feel like turning pages of a comic book.  Problem with that is — when I read a comic book, I decide when to turn the page or return to a panel for the full effect before moving on.  Film doesn’t work like that.  As the audience, you are literally strapped in and taken to where it wants to go.  If the edits and storytelling are abrupt, then folks may not enjoy the experience.

Let me explain.  I love roller coasters.  I like wooden over steel because steel coasters bang you around too much.  Wooden coasters let you have the zeal and exhilaration without your skull being smacked around.  The glide is the ride.  Films should be the same way — not curt and ungracious.

The movie business is taking financial hits as well as having its deserved number of scandals.  But cheating movie goers and still thinking it is going to receive critical acclaim is completely illogical.

When I was young, we had intermissions.  Theaters sold more refreshments.  People didn’t miss a bit of what was on the screen so they could go to the bathroom or be disturbed by others who had to leave during the film.  There are still films that have intermissions and make a profit (think Bollywood).  In fact, it is usually the USA that gets short shifted.  American films that go international often have more scenes which American audiences don’t see.  Hallyu fans can tell you Korean films/tv shows often cut scenes from the original when distributing to international markets.

When I go to see a big film like Justice League, I expect to see all the team (which would include Hal Jordan) and some of their back stories if they haven’t been introduced before.   Even the ‘origins’ of Aquaman, Cyborg, and the Flash are more than enough for a 2 hour film, let alone the building of the team by Batman and Wonder Woman PLUS the resurrection of Superman.  Yea, you can cram all that into 2 hours — but you definitely give up quality storytelling and vision.  Not to mention, but I will, audience satisfaction.  “Oh geez, now I have to wait until the extended cut to see what was left out.”  (If you saw the trailers, you know there was A LOT left out.)

Give theatrical a decent amount of time to tell the story.  Some of these DCEU films have 6 hours of blood, sweat, and tears sitting around — and some fans would like to see that footage.   Make the theatrical experience what it once was.  People may decide to go there once again.  Let the downloads, DVDs, and blu rays be for behind the scenes and maybe a few more scenes.

This was my local theater going experience:

I went to see Justice League on November 16th.  It’s ‘official release’ was November 17th.  I had friends (in other countries) who saw it on the 15th.  In the theater I went to, there was no designation at the theater entrance as to where Justice League was playing.   You literally had to trust the number on the ticket for the correct theater.  There was no one to take your ticket (which I ordered in advance with a $1.50 surcharge).  Also one of the ticket lane screens was offline so everyone who pre-ordered or decided to use the machines had to wait in one line.  I always bypass the refreshments because of health reasons.  I made it into my seat and had to sit through at least six previews of ‘stuff’ I would never watch and would definitely not drive to a theater to see.  I was there for Justice League.  The theater was not packed.  It was a Thursday, so that could have been part of it.  I did see some die hard fans wearing Superman shirts (like me).

Are people staying home and waiting for the extended cut?  My son does that now.  He downloads the extended cut and has a more satisfactory experience.  So what does that mean for films and the theater business?  How can you gauge a film’s success by box office if a large portion of the audience is staying home waiting for the extended cut?  How can a film be critiqued by an abbreviated version displayed in theaters when the extended cut is often better?   It seems as if there are diminishing returns with this method of operation.

The film industry needs to take a good look at what it’s doing to its business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 17, 2017. Tags: , . Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. Leave a comment.

Fanboy Bias Misinterps Latest 2017 SDCC JL Trailer

Note:  Thanks to CoolestClips4K for putting all the trailers together, most recent to first. Explore and Enjoy while reading this blogpost.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVp2kanlyXk

I know everyone has their biases, but while watching dozens of YouTube vids of reactions to the JL 2017 SDCC trailer – it just made me depressed. The twists and the turns and the complete ignorance of logic. Oy!

Bias clouds perception. Keep that in mind, fanboys. I’ll admit I am a total Superman fan, but I hope to show with logic and reality, where this trailer/film leads.

Justice League is the 4th film of the new DCEU. The Justice League has not formed yet. If you watched Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (it’s even in the title!), we see where the seeds of forming such an alliance came to light. Justice League (part 1, more about that later) is the fruition of that idea. It’s about the Justice League. Not crossovers with television shows. Get it!?

Leading off with a robbery or terrorist act by humans this trailer begins inside what appears to be a museum. School children are involved as if they are visiting. This could possibly be the Louvre where Diana works (see the Wonder Woman movie). However, the next segment shows London, so that is also a possibility. Showing Diana in action right away is riding the crest of the popularity of her movie. Smart!

“The world remains in mourning after the death of the Superman.” We see London Bridge with a huge black and white banner of the S-shield. Hope is now dead.

In Metropolis, Lois Lane is standing under an umbrella looking at the debris of the Superman statue. Yes, Lois Lane, people. We are looking over her shoulder. (We will also be looking over someone else’s shoulder later in the trailer. Coincidence? I think not.) Lois was in the previous trailer. She is the key. (Batman v Superman: DOJ reference) Another clue is we see a bundle of Daily Planet newspapers in the rain with the headline, WORLD WITHOUT HOPE.

The voiceover then says, “What we are seeing is a crime wave around the world!” Now why would that be? Superman is dead. Superman could fly anywhere in the world to save people. Hope died. Evil rejoices and parties. Batman doesn’t do global. He’s stayed mostly in Gotham taking care of his costumed crazies. Wonder Woman doesn’t go far either, at least not at this time or as quickly as Superman could.

There’s a mention of Arkham Asylum in the voiceover. “And where is the Gotham Bat? The bat vigilante has been a no show.” Okay, Bats is not taking care of worldwide business. The Arkham mention could mean he’s locked all his villains up (temporarily) while he goes off to do what? They’ve shown us this in the previous trailers. Bruce is going after the other ‘metas’. Like Arthur Curry (Aquaman) and Barry Allen (The Flash). It takes time to do this, especially when riding a horse to isolated fishing villages. Diana doesn’t appear to be involved with this quest. Perhaps she’s to hold down the fort for whatever happens ‘locally’? Maybe it is Diana who ‘discovers’ Cyborg (she has a voice over regarding him in a previous trailer).

In BvSDOJ, Bruce was forewarned via his vision/dream of a future where Superman goes rogue because of the death of Lois Lane. Now, Superman is dead. That future has changed. Bruce may have more than one directive. These are simultaneous rather than in any order of importance. 1) Keep Lois Lane alive since Bruce was told by a ‘future’ Flash that Lois is the key. If Lois is alive, there’s hope – meaning Superman. How? Jor-El in Man of Steel probably entrusted a whole Kryptonian shipload of information to Lois while he told her how to use the baby ship. Superman is resurrected in this movie. Does Lois help with that? There’s a reason Kal-El has all the Kryptonian DNA within him. (Can’t be losing all that. There’s gotta be a fail safe.) 2) Find the other metas to help fight what’s coming. In the ‘dream’ Bruce was alone fighting parademons and rogue Superman. And the Omega symbol is still there looming. Bruce references this in his talk with Diana at Clark’s burial in Smallville as to why he wants to find the others.

The other thing to notice in these scenes of Batman. He’s not looking over Gotham. He is standing over Metropolis and looking down on the Kryptonian ship. (which I call the Metro Fortress of Solitude. Clark needs to rise up and get that thing to the Arctic. Just sayin.) That ship holds secrets. It had the ability to create Doomsday – so resurrecting Kal-El should be no problem. Is this also where battle scenes take place later in the trailer? Just asking.

“They said the age of heroes would never come again.” – Diana

“It has to. We don’t have any more time.” – Bruce

Do you feel the urgency?

Themyscira!!! Familiar territory after seeing the Wonder Woman film. This the past. If we saw Antiope (Robin Wright) we’d know for sure. Both Connie Nielsen (Hippolyta) and Wright were scheduled to show up in JL. Flashback!

“Something is coming.” – Hippolyta

It seems we’re looking at the tower where Diana took the ‘Godslayer’ sword, but that is not present. What we do see is a Mother Box coming to life and a Boom Tube. Talk about excitement! Seeing a Boom Tube cinematically is a true first in live action! The Amazons surround the Mother Box which has been in a place of prominence within the room. They are armored up. And out drops – Steppenwolf. Get your motor runnin & head on out the highway, baby. Cause this movie is gonna Rock!

* Spoiler Alert * I was curious who was playing Darkseid’s Uncle and reconnaissance main man. It’s Ciaran Hinds. Oh yes, please! First David Thewlis in Wonder Woman, now Ciaran. Majorly on board no matter how much CGI.

We’ve seen an inkling of Steppenwolf in the Ultimate Cut of BvSDOJ – a scene called Communion with Lex Luther in the Kryptonian ship. 3 mother boxes, too.

The Electro-axe looks amazing as Steppenwolf wreaks destruction on worlds.

“No protectors here” – Steppenwolf voiceover on a scene of Aquaman swimming towards a Neptune statue. (BTW my son hoped this was a reference to Martian Manhunter. Unfortunately he has been replaced by Cyborg. In our world of technocracy, we can see how Cyborg is more relative at this time.)

Diana turns and looks on a street. Cyborg looking through a crashed in window.

“No Lanterns.” – Steppenwolf. LANTERNS mention! A first in this new DCEU. Lanterns exist. But apparently Earth presently isn’t being protected. What happened to the Lantern in this sector? Has Hal Jordan not met Abin Sur yet? (more about that later)

We see the Wayne boathouse. (When is he going to get that mansion fixed up?) Bruce is looking at a hologram of SuperMAN, not Supergirl. Ask body builders or weight lifters about legs and their proportions. Plus it is a hologram and we don’t know what perspective the camera is coming from. Plus Steppenwolf says —

“No Kryptonian.” Singular, not plural. If Supergirl had been around, it would have been plural. So apparently Steppenwolf (and Darkseid, for that matter) are taking the path of least resistance. Earth annihilation is easy peasy at the moment.

Apokolips is aware of Kryptonians and Lanterns and who they protect. Big wonderful DCU going on here!

Barry Allen using the speed force to bend a window until it shatters. Is that Iris West (Kiersey Clemons) sitting behind him?

“This world will fall like all the others.” – Steppenwolf wielding the Electro-Axe. Sounds pretty confident since he’s under the impression there are no protectors of Earth.

“One misses the days when one’s biggest concerns were exploding windup penquins.” – Alfred. In a confined space – a plane or at the boathouse? That gets a rise out of Bruce who has been watching a monitor/tv. After an invasion of Kryptonians that only a Superman could handle, now comes Steppenwolf and parademons – no Earthly meta can handle alone. This film will prove even with a team of metahumans, no matter how heroic, they still need that extra spark – a super spark.

We see parademons and Steppenwolf inside a ship. Either Apokoliptian or they have taken over the Kryptonian ship. Then Steppenwolf looks up at a red sky. DC Comics readers know that a red sky means a crisis. The sky is on fire making it a good environment for Apokoliptians.

“This is crazy. All said we’re gonna die.” – Aquaman 5 metahumans facing Steppenwolf and hordes of parademons. It’s always darkest before the dawn.

Batman taking off in the Batmobile.

Inside the Batcave, Barry (I think, please correct me if I’m wrong) says, “Each of us in some way has held back.” Diana leaping through a crack in a walkway.

Uniformed up, Diana tells the rest, “Don’t engage alone. We do this together.” This takes us back to what happened at the end of Wonder Woman. Steve Trevor and Diana both had to do things on their own.

The Flash speed forcing. Some peeps have spotted a second figure in this shot speculating it is the Reverse Flash. Too soon. We don’t even have all the of Justice League introduced yet. Not saying there couldn’t be references, but if there is a second person in the shot it could be –- If you had watched the JL Behind The Scenes featurette, there is a scene of Flash ‘standing still’ as a half naked Clark moves past him. Not saying it is the same shot in the trailer. But could be part of the same scene/scheme.

“It’s really cool you guys get ready to do battle and stuff, but I’ve never done battle. I’ve just pushed at some people and run away.” – The Flash

Barry is talking about the enormity of the learning curve here. To go from pushing and running to doing battle with war dogs from Apokolips. THAT is daunting!

Intro the Flying Fox. Cyborg reaches in to take control of it. “Relax, Alfred, I’ll take it from here.”

“Uh, do I know you?” – Alfred. This is another reason why I think Cyborg may have been discovered by Diana and not Bruce. In the previous trailer, Cyborg tells Bats he thought the Batman wasn’t real. If Bruce had recruited him, then Cyborg would know he was real and Alfred would know who he was. Diana in the other trailer does all the expo on Cyborg.

More Flying Fox action. Twirling Steppenwolf. Red streak – laser? Heat vision? Steppenwolf is not prone to use Omega beams.

The Flash running at night. Diana and Steppenwolf going at it. The Electro-Axe in Atlantis heading for Aquaman. Batman taking on a parademon face to face. A building exploding with SWAT teams out front. Diana doing her hit bracelets thing towards Steppenwolf. (She is the God Killer after all. New Gods. Old Gods. You name it.) Batman leaping with a batarang against a blood red sky.

While we see these scenes, here is the voiceover:

“Superman was a beacon to the world. He didn’t just save people. He made them see the best parts of themselves.” – Batman/Bruce Wayne. Bruce should know since that’s exactly what Superman did for Batman in BvSDOJ. Drug him out of that Frank Miller funk and showed him the light! Amen!

Wonder Woman and Aquaman look up. “Alright!” – Aquaman

Cyborg flies down in a building.

“I don’t recognize this world.” – Alfred

“We don’t have to recognize it. We just have to save it.” – Bruce

Tsunami coming down a street. Aquaman using the Trident to stop it.

Fire around a tower that has been hit by a Batmobile shell?. Batman swerves to miss it as parademons hang on. The red sky is prevalent and is reflected on the Batmobile.

At night in a city, we see the boots of Aquaman, Wonder Woman, The Flash as Cyborg arrives. Then there is a full shot of them at the Superman Memorial with flowers and ballons behind them. As well as Metropolis police cars. Are they looking at Batman? Is he with someone else? This scene was also in the JL BTS featurette where Aquaman is twirling his Trident.

Amazons in full battle with the parademons. Diana running to capture her sword which is out of reach. The Flash runs by and tips it towards her. Next. Not sure if it’s the Flying Fox or some other vehicle/ship. Could be underwater. But it looks embryonic. Like a womb with a fire blast.  Birthing matrix??

Aquaman surfing a falling parademon through a building. Hair shake. Just a day’s work for the King of Atlantis. Awesome!

Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg and Commissioner Gordon on top of a building with the Bat Signal.

“How many of you are there?” – Commissioner Gordon

“Not enough.” – Batman

As seen in other trailers, the Batman Gordon relationship is alive and well.

“You really think that . . . “ Gordon turns to see the Flash. Barry looks around.

“Oh, wow, they just … they really just vanished. Huh. Oh. That’s rude.” The Flash speed forces out.

After some fade to black, we see a glass of liquor begin to vibrate. There are some faint booms. Twice. BvSDOJ fans will remember that Clark’s breaking the sound barrier had a similar pattern when he went to save Lois in the desert.

Alfred is working on a vehicle in the boathouse as a full moon shines above. He looks up. There is recognition in his expression. But there is surprise and ‘disbelief’ as well.

“He said you’d come. Now let’s . . . hope. . . you’re not too late.”

Some red in the lower corner of the frame. (No, it’s not the brown of a bomber jacket.) We’re peering over the shoulder of whomever it is. Seeing it from their perspective. Alfred lowers his gaze when he says hope as if reading the S-shield. People who think this is Hal Jordan seem to forget that.

This also tears apart the rumor that Supes would be showing up in his black and white suit while being mind whammied by Darkseid. (See how the ‘future’ was changed by the death of Superman in BvSDOJ above)

When we first saw the trailer, I asked my buds on Twitter if we could see something in Alfred’s glasses. The S-shield could be there if Henry Cavill (Superman) was standing beside the camera for Jeremy Irons (Alfred) to interact with. We would expect to see some lighting as well. Films aren’t made in the dark. Some peeps have said there is a S-shield in Alfred’s glasses. These are the folks who do the hard evidence and blowup clips and zoom in to see what’s there. Others see a light and say it’s green so it has to be Jordan.

Throughout this trailer, it has held Superman to the forefront. Scene after scene, despite the fact he is not before the camera. This is about the resurrection of Superman and the formation of the Justice League.

Who is the best combatant against Darkseid, Steppenwolf, and the parademons? Not Diana. Not Batman (see Morrison’s Batman RIP). Certainly not The Flash, Aquaman or Cyborg. SUPERMAN is the answer!

I’ve seen reaction vids of people saying they hope it’s not Superman showing up. * headdesk * That is pure bias against Superman. There’s no logic there. Go back to reading your Marvel Comics. (I know not all Marvel fans hate Superman, but one guy admittedly did.) They also said Joss Whedon had taken over the entire film. So any quips spoken in the film (and this trailer) – that was Whedon. Obviously they didn’t listen to what Ray Fisher (Cyborg) wearing a I love ZS shirt at the JL 2017 SDCC panel had to say. They had finished the CGI and other scenes already.

Besides Geoff Johns trumps Joss Whedon in the DCEU any day, fanboys.  Zack Snyder’s vision carries on throughout this universe.

This film is not about Green Lantern. He couldn’t save the day even if he did show up. You have to have Superman to defeat Apokoliptians. That’s why Darkseid will be the big bad in Justice League part 2. Justice League will be in full force by that time.

The Death of Superman story was in BvSDOJ. They went there. The rest of that story is in Justice League. Writers of Justice League stories have said: Superman has to be taken out in order for the rest of the team to shine because he could literally take care of every threat. The same is true for this film. Superman is out/’dead’ so we can see how the Justice League was formed and performs as a team without Superman . . . for a while. But the Justice League isn’t the Justice League without Superman.

About Hal Jordan . . . do I think Green Lantern is going to be in this film. YES! It’s not the Justice League without him. Unite the Seven. Unite the League. And now the trailers are saying ALL IN.

If fanboys had paid attention to the DCEU and its players, they would have known about the Hal misses Kal exchange on instagram. A Green Lantern shirt wearing person sent that message to Cavill. Later Gadot and Affleck laughed. And after the trailer there was a meme going around with a snapshot of a certain film which featured ‘Hal’ and ‘Kal’ with furrowed brows over the “No Lanterns. No Kryptonian” line from the trailer.

Okay, fanboys, get your Lois Lane heels on and get to investigating. You can’t diagnose a trailer correctly without much information and a shitload of bias.

Fanboys are probably thinking I’m bias because I’m a Superman fan. Yep, but there’s more to it than that. Don’t dismiss reality. This DCEU started with Superman. He is the foundation of the DCU, always has been, always will be. He is the beacon of hope. He is who every other hero looks up to. He inspires so people will aspire to be better.

DCEU has a plethora of films coming out. LONG TERM PLANS which do not turn on a dime because some fans have a gripe. This is business. People sitting in conference rooms planning out an entire universe, possibly universes!!! There are contracts involved. People are showing up at set sites which makes you go hmmmm. Keep up with the info!

Aquaman’s film date was moved from June to November, 2018. Why? Oh, I don’t know. * whistling * Maybe because June, 2018 is the 80th anniversary of a character who started it all. MOS2 or whatever they are calling it has to come out in June, 2018. Or their universe becomes invalid.

Right now they can’t even hint of it before Justice League because at present Superman is dead in the DCEU. But anyone worth their superhero fan status knows that Superman is resurrected and comes back bigger than ever.

So get ready to spend some money, fanboys. Keep the faith. Believe! After Justice League, Superman will show more of his stuff off in June, 2018. Why do I think that? Back before BvSDOJ was announced. MOS2 was slated for 2018. Then it got “taken off the list.” Not because it was canceled but because of what they are doing within the DCEU storyline. In 2015, CEO of Warner Brothers Kevin Tsujihara said there would be another Superman stand alone film. Do the research!

These films are interconnected. Some of them are even filmed at the same time. Batman in Suicide Squad while also in BvSDOJ. The Flash had cameos in Suicide Squad and BvSDOJ. Aquaman cameo in BvSDOJ. Wonder Woman in BvSDOJ and then Wonder Woman.

Like the Death of Superman in the comics, Superman was taken away from the books for a period so his come back would have the world rejoicing. They’re doing the same thing with the trailers and publicity for Justice League. Get ready for a MOS2 clip at the end of Justice League people!

There are many surprises in store for Justice League. Just follow who was in London during filming.

Kudos to Vegan Hero, who, in my opinion, had one of the best reaction videos. They reacted! Animated. Not silent. No talk over. Picked up a lot of things on first look. Smart. You can see it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aea0FROYHCI

There will be one more trailer before Justice League in November. Can’t wait.

PS The moustache fiasco – just more fake news in my opinion. Think about it. I don’t care who Tom Cruise is. Warner Brothers is not going to spend millions of dollars taking off a moustache using CGI when all Cavill has to do is shave and have MI6 give him a fake one. Remember these film productions are overseen by bean counters. Justice League has to make a profit. MI6 will just have to take the hit and have Cavill be prettier than Cruise. bwahahahha

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Freddy Krueger, One Big Ass DCE Nightmare

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Frank, Freddy Krueger, Miller and John, Dad Draws Better, Romita, Jr have announced they will be doing a Superman Year One book . . . for Superman’s 80th anniversary.

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Freddy is one of the propagators of the Dark Age of comics. (At least Alan Moore had the decency to use facsimiles of the Charlton characters and not actually Batman and Superman.) For 32 years, Krueger has created hordes that believe Superman must be destroyed at all costs because Batman is better. There are 30 years of articles and statements of Krueger’s hate for Superman. His treatment of the character in his stories, The Dark Knight Returns, The Dark Knight Strikes Again, All Star Batman and Robin and Dark Knight: Master Race shows his complete and utter disdain for the Man of Steel.

In a Rebirth world where Geoff Johns and Dan Jurgens are trying to bring Superman out of the trench of the Krueger inspired new 52, why is DC Entertainment giving Superman fans a kryptonite arrow in the back from Freddy?

Krueger considered Superman a bully. He was raised in Hell’s Kitchen and he knows a bully when he sees one or so he has stated in the past. In TDKR (1986) he made Superman a government shill so it was okay for Batman to have Green Arrow use a kryptonite arrow on Supes in a ‘fair fight.’ Freddy made it acceptable for Batman to cheat since Superman must be brought down at all costs.

Now Freddy is apparently having a ‘thief on the cross’ moment stating he’s always loved Superman and wants to do a Superman hero story (before he dies). And Superman fans are supposed to believe him? Freddy the atheist who doesn’t believe in thief on the cross moments? Superman fans are supposed to do a bohica (bend over here it comes again) for Freddy and DC Entertainment? Seriously?

DDB is no better. He bitched and complained about having to draw Superman during his DCE debut. He wanted to do Batman. Klaus Janson, DDB’s colorist on Superman, actually drew The Dark Knight Rises with Freddy. Janson said in an interview he wanted to be remembered for his Superman run rather than TDKR. Unfortunately for Klaus, DDB did not love the character and neither did new 52 editorial.

Freddy wrote and drew Superman with a spare no hate policy. His stories drip with it.

NOW, he wants ‘redemption’?

Some bean counter at DC Entertainment looked at the Dark Knight: Master Race numbers – a cultivation of over 30 years of Superman hate – and decided, oh yea, Freddy can write a Superman book along with his Igor, DDB. Marketing should be literally throwing themselves out windows. Who do you market a Freddy Superman book to? Superman fans? Batman fans? It was Freddy who purposely divided these two for TDKR.  Market a Superman book after Freddy’s complete MKUltra for 3 decades? Dream on!

Shall we talk about Freddy’s treatment of women. Oh let’s.

Selina Kyle (Catwoman)

In The Dark Knight Returns, Selina runs an escort service. Joker attacks her, ties her up & dresses her as Wonder Woman for Batman to find. Freddy has/had a dislike for ‘heroes’ who wore the American Flag as a costume.

In Batman Year One (1987), Freddy made Selina Kyle a crewcut wearing prostitute/dominatrix. We know Catwoman always carried a whip but this was more for self defense, not a tool of the trade.

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The Dark Knight Strikes Back has Wonder Woman being raped by Superman and liking it. This continues throughout the Dark Knight series producing 2 children which neither of them truly raise. All Star Batman and Robin touched on this as well only sans kids.

Sin City (1991)

All but one of the women are either prostitutes or strippers. The story is framed by male observers which places the women in a world where their worth is who you are sleeping with or who wants to sleep with you.

Lois Lane

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Freddy only killed Lois in TDKR, he’s never actually written her.

So what does this mean for a Superman story from Freddy? Back to the new 52 style of kicking Lois to the curb or killing her (like he did Electra in his Daredevil run)?

Freddy can’t write Lois Lane. She’s a woman he can’t manipulate into being lesser. He might not write her at all; the challenge would be so great. And that’s why Freddy can never write a true Superman story. Because he has never understood Clark Kent or what that character truly means to the world  — comic book world or real world.

Can Freddy write a power mad super being in a Superman suit? Sure, he’s done that before. But can he write Clark Kent? Can he write the Daily Planet? Can he write a female character who isn’t a sex worker or ends up dead in one issue?

Krueger has stated that comic book characters aren’t people, they’re just lines on a page. This is not a true believer. This is not a Superman fan.

Superman fans BELIEVE!

History and experience says Freddy, Frank Miller, Kruger cannot write Superman as a hero. Freddy destroys well – which may serve Batman’s story to some extent. But the Superman story is about building a better world. Being constructive and inspiring.

Does anyone believe at this stage of the game and his career, Freddy can pull this off?

Who exactly are they going to market this Superman Year One book to? The dark Batman/Superman hating fans he’s cultivated for decades? Superman fans who have shunned his books and interpretations?

For Superman’s 80th anniversary, don’t Superman fans deserve better than this nightmare of a decision?

 

**The author apologies for any detrimental statements about the real Freddy Krueger character that may be perceived in this blogpost.**

July 23, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. Leave a comment.

Superman Reborn: The Merge

or the story of why fans saw RED with the new 52 Superman (aka Loser) and were so BLUE while remembering and watching Post Crisis Superman do his thing.

Now they are merged.  Should they be purple?  Nah, that’s Lois’s color.  That’s why the Clark/Lois/Superman mythology works so well.  They are the royalty of the DC Universe.  The foundation.  The thing you cannot destroy without disaster to the ENTIRE multiverse.

Superman Reborn moves into Superman Reborn Aftermath stories in April.

Post Crisis Superman and New 52 Superman’s histories are merged.  (True, New 52 didn’t have much of a history – except for that abomination which Rucka writing Wonder Woman calls “The Lies”.)  Mr. Oz narrates.

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Working clockwise on this 2 page spreadsheet.  Kal-El is born on Krypton, son of Jor-El & Lara Lor-Van (PC & N52).  His mama had the L alliteration  He is sent to Earth in a rocket ship while Krypton explodes (PC & N52).  Gotta have that kryptonite causing problems.  He is found by Jonathan and Martha Kent in a cornfield.  (PC & N52).

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Clark Kent goes to Smallville High with Lana Lang (PC & N52).  Clark Kent gets a job at the Daily Planet. (PC)  As for New 52 – his timeline got discombobulated by Lord Vyndyktvx, but in Action 12 written by Grant Morrison we saw he had a hint he started reporting at the Daily Planet and not the Daily Star.

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Oh yea and the Kents were still alive.  New 52’s parents died when he was 18 during his senior prom — courtesy of Lord Vyndyktvx.

Clark telling Lois his secret is straight out of Post Crisis.  One of the most famous issues, Action v1 662.  According to George Perez who wrote New 52 Superman issues 1-6, Lois knew from the beginning.  Of course, Superman #1 started after the five year gap.

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Superman dies after the fight with Doomsday (PC).  New 52 had Superman fighting multiple Doomsdays.  SuperDoom. Virus Doom.  There was a memorial Superman statue but it was always unclear how that happened since there were multiple timelines in Morrison’s story.

Lois and Clark marry.  Post Crisis again.  New 52 never asked Lois out on a date.  Fans found out that during Andy Diggle’s run a kiss between Clark and Lois drawn by Tony Daniel was cut by editorial.  Is it any wonder Diggle walked away?  This, of course, was before the Fauxmance book happened months later.

Lois and Clark are expecting a child.  People at the Daily Planet know about it.  THIS is new.  Neither era had this in continuity.  New 52 Clark and Lois never kissed so how could they have a baby?  All  their sons were either born in the future or were a clone (Kon).

Let’s go back to the wedding panel.  New 52 hinted at this, again in Action #12.

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Oh yea, they got married there, too.  Notice the RED around the panels in Action 12.  Get it?

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Lois has the baby in the Fortress of Solitude. (PC in Convergence, N52)  Lois and Clark’s future son, Jonathan Lane Kent was born in the Fortress of Solitude.

The happy parents bring their child to the Daily Planet.  THIS is new, too.

After the merge, Lois with her son, Jonathan Samuel Kent watches now/always husband Superman descend from the sky.  (Superman Reborn)

Lots of villains in the middle and not all are space aliens.  This is a good sign especially with all the Daily Planet references.  Clark has his dual identity in tact thanks to Mxy.  So we’ll be expecting some investigative reporting by both Lois and Clark.  No more only being a battling alien.

Superman’s villains originally were corrupt and/or criminal humans while Batman’s villains were costumed psychos (which is a neon sign).  Hopefully both Clark Kent and Batman will get some good detective work done in this new phase of the DC Universe.

Clark and Lois.  Lois and Clark.  The only foundation for a successful DC Universe.  Learn it. Live it.

Class dismissed.

 

 

 

March 22, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. Leave a comment.

My thoughts on Mystery Clark . . . Is he new 52 Superman?

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Rebirth has been the best thing to happen to Superman since 2011. Order numbers are up and there are plenty of mysteries to go around in Action Comics as well as the revitalized DCU in general.

Four blasts from the dying new 52 Superman: One to new 52 Lois, one to new 52 blahna (sorry, her new book has not improved my opinion of the character), and one to Kenan the Super-dash-man. Lex did not receive superpowers. He has a suit. So the 4th blast went where?

As soon as new 52 Superman died, mystery Clark Kent appeared.

Side note:  For some reason unknown to sane people, DC had Phil Jimenez handle the death of new 52 Lois in blahna’s book. Not well done. Poorly executed. Bait and switch. Followed by worst protagonist ever!

First of all, let me say that I believe Dan Jurgens would never make a Clark a ‘bad guy’. He just loves the character too much. And Jurgens and his compatriots in the 90s were responsible for making Clark Kent the guy and Superman the job.

Mystery CK has the personality of Clark and the instincts of Superman. He weirds out Post Crisis Lois for a number of reasons. (see Action 973 below)mysteryclark1

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What I am seeing and hoping for (no matter how short-lived) is a psychological examination of a Clark Kent who no longer has to ‘worry’ about exposing his superpowers. If he doesn’t believe he has any then he would act differently in some ways. Not opposite. Just some aspects more energized.

For instance, new 52 Superman did not date Lois Lane. He has a 5 year gap in his story (which is still involved in Rebirth timeline) where we don’t know what happened. Also, Wonder Woman’s current stories are revealing what happened to her – one is called LIES. New 52 Superman would have had lies in his story as well. Hopefully we’ll see those exposed.

In Action 974, we see a Clark Kent who asked Post Crisis Lois out to talk, but ends up proposing. His ‘memories’ are coming back. Making up for lost time there, Clarkie?

I believe that mystery Clark is a version of new 52 Superman. His attraction to Lois and his ultra-protectiveness are true instincts of the Superman we all know and love.

What weirds out the Pre Flashpoint Lois is that she knows this is not her Clark. She and her Clark have been laying low for the past 10 years raising their son, Jonathan.

Sidenote: Is new 52 Lois truly dead? Is she in another Mr. Oz cell along with Tim Drake? Could Hawkman be joining them soon since he’s supposed to die? These are the questions we are asking aside from mystery Clark.

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Action 976 March 22nd

In the solicits, we have seen 2 Supermen on the cover of Action 976 during the REBORN storyline, in different supersuits. Post Crisis has blue lightening and collared possibly new 52 Superman has red. Reminiscent of the Red and the Blue Supermen. I wasn’t a fan so my comics for 1998 are not numerous. Notice that on Action 974 Mystery Clark has blue lightning around him.  This could be connected to the ominous blue glow which Post Crisis Superman found.  Here’s my point:   what if they are going with the same concept of a Superman Red and a Superman Blue but in different books and actually two different Supermen?

Fans were disappointed (to put it mildly) with the new 52 Superman because of the 5 year gap in story and the Superman mythology being radically changed. Rebirth and Reborn (to hit stores in March) should be rectifying that.

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(Jim Lee mafia did it!)

A Clark always goes after a Lois. This was what was wrong with the new 52. So Mystery Clark coming to the realization he should be with Lois (even if she isn’t HIS Lois) shows a super man in action. He goes after what he wants. Mystery Clark doesn’t have the mindset of worrying about exposing his superness. So he takes Lois on a ‘date’ in a limo and at the finest French restaurant. He can’t fly her in his arms to Paris, right? So Mystery Clark does what he can do. The intent is there. The instinct to show Lois how special she is to him is palatable. If you’ve ever read Action #1, 1938, Mystery Clark and the Clark Kent introduced for the first time are very similar. Before Smallville, before Superboy, before kryptonite, before flying – Clark Kent made a beeline for Lois Lane.

Many fans believe and want new 52 Superman redeemed. We want to see how the ‘new 52’ creators handle the courtship of Clark Kent/Lois Lane/Superman aka the triangle for two. Lois can still be ‘in the know’ about his ‘secret’ – which in the modern age has been the norm. How does that courtship look from the beginning if Lois knows Clark and Superman are one and the same? This makes for new avenues of storytelling.

Would we, could we be getting another Superman in the mix? If blahna can have her own book (over Lois having one), then new 52 Superman could perceivably have his own book.

Having Post Crisis/Pre Flashpoint Clark/Lois/Superman back is great ESPECIALLY now that they have Jonathan. Jon shares a book with Damian called Supersons which is fantastic.

But the Clark/Lois/Superman courtship is something fans have missed since 2011.

I don’t see why the DCU couldn’t be enlarged with having a redeemed new 52 Superman with his Lois.

We hardly knew this guy because he had no real background and he made A LOT of unSuperman-like decisions. Since the Multiverse is back, it’s big enough to include a refurbished ‘new 52’.

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At the end of Superman 17, we saw a shadowy figure with glasses peering at the Kent-White-Smith farmhouse.  In Action 974, we were justified to think it was Mystery Clark.

I believe it is not Lois Lane, Mystery Clark is admonishing in this panel, but Mr. Oz or The Powers That Be who irrecoverably changed new 52 Superman’s life for 5 years, real time.  This character knows how things should have been.  He knows he was cheated and diminished in the new 52.

March will bring us the REBORN story through the Superman and Action books.  Can’t wait.

February 23, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Announcements, Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. Leave a comment.

PANELS OF THE WEEK 9/14/16

ACTION COMICS:  Who/What is Clark Kent?

Written by Dan ‘the Man’ Jurgens with art by Patrick Zircher.

Did Mystery Clark who showed up in Action 957 know new 52 Lois Lane?  We never saw them meet on panel.  We were promised new 52 Lois would be Superwoman.  That lasted one issue and then she was dust.  So is this a clone with neuro programming or is this the Real new 52 Superman without his powers?

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The story Clark & Perry are talking about is last year’s DCYou storyline where Lois Lane was promoted as a betrayer of Superman’s dual identity.  New 52’s last nuclear blast at the Superman mythology.  And probably the reason for Rebirth.

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Clark uses closing time as a distraction so he can enter GENETICRON.  With a name like that it must have to do with genetics and time.  Mystery CK seems to know new 52 Lois Lane pretty well.

I highly recommend BUYING Action Comics from 957 on.  Put it on your pull list. 

For history buffs, see if you can find this 4 part arc by Maggin & Bates in the classic section of your LCS.  It begins with Superman v1 #296.

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Clark may be depowered while wearing the glasses but he has all the confidence of a super man.  He impresses Lois Lane & they have a dinner of beef bourguignon.  That’s right, it was in this arc where Lois and Clark’s code word for whoopie started.

NEW SUPER-MAN  Who is that wearing the S?

The Chinese Super-Man and his ‘Justice League’ counterparts are in as secret base under the sea.

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Is this the real new 52 Superman?  Or is this a red herring?  We know Grant Morrison’s Action stories stayed in the first year of the new 52.  The other #1’s jumped 5 years ahead.  Dr. Omen in this story has dealt with genetics.  Superwoman (not Lois) book mentioned Lex & Lena’s prisons were experimenting on villains.  It just gets curiouser and curiouser.

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Greg Rucka is writing Diana’s origins in this storyline drawn by Nicola Scott.

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Looks like a lot of understanding to me on a whole lot of levels.

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Did I mention the Amazons gave Steve his appendix back? Thanks, Nicola!

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In Rucka’s other storyline, THE LIES, we see Diana and Steve in the present.  The mystery of the mugshot is now solved in Wonder Woman #6.  Trevor carries this picture with him through the heat of battle.  Liam Sharp is responsible for the beauty of Diana and Steve in The Lies storyline.

Highly recommend you BUYING Wonder Woman.  Both storylines and art are (insert most fabulous word you can think of).

TITAN COMICS:  DOCTOR WHO THE THIRD DOCTOR: Bessie & Oh Shit!!!  **SPOILERS**

Paul Cornell’s first issue came out this week.  Jon Pertwee was my first Doctor Who.  Still is.  Some of you may be watching his son, Sean, as Alfred on GOTHAM.  I also loved Pertwee’s car, Bessie.

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There were actually a few “Oh Shits!” in this first issue.  My son’s favorite Doctor showed up.  But what made me squee  the most —

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Oh yea.  THE Master. The REAL one. YES YES YES!!!

Highly recommend this series.  Cornell has written some of the best Doctor Who television episodes.  He is a master.

Hope everyone had a good comic book week.  Hope there was something in some book that made you feel and wanting more.

This Saturday at 5pm EDT on talkshoe .Tej and I will be doing our G2FACTOR HARDCORE podcast.  We do reviews of comic books and DC movie news.  This week we’ll be doing Action Comics 963, Wonder Woman #6 with some other mentions.  Our PSR this week will be Superwoman #2.  A PSR is a Public Service Review for those people who won’t read the comic for their own mental health but want to know what’s going on.  We supply that service.

September 14, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. Leave a comment.

Why new 52 Failed

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It didn’t fail you say?  Then why did Action Comics’ (the former flagship of the DCU) order numbers fall to all time lows?  Why have Future’s End, Convergence, and Rebirth if the new 52 was doing so great?

The problem with new 52 was DC Entertainment didn’t understand the fundamentals of building a DC Universe.  Not a Wildstorm or a Marvel universe, but a DC UNIVERSE!

Yes, the new 52 had the ‘characters’ dressed in new costumes and it had a lot of splashpages.  But what it didn’t have was full throttle mythologies.  The new 52 was the experiment from hell, complete with a five year gap, no character development, and lots of infighting behind the scenes.  There was no clear vision.  There was no destination or a road map.  Connection between story and legend was gone.

First fundamental of any DC Universe — you have to have Clark/Lois/Superman.  Take a look at the panels above.  This shows why people have loved this story/character/legend/icons for generations.

New 52 barely lasted 5 years because they obliterated this fundamental.

Clark Kent wants Lois Lane.  He’s a stranger from a distant plant and he’s not disinterested.  He thinks humanity (and Earth girls) are great because he’s met Lois Lane.  Sure, she has her flaws (as every good character should).  But her flaws endear her to him.  He could have any woman in the multiverse.  He chooses and desires LOIS LANE.

This makes the dual identity a plethora for stories and character development for Clark.  It also catalysts the triangle for two which also gives readers insight into how this extraordinary being functions in a normal human world.  He desires a human existence because of Lois Lane (at first) and the Kents (who were written about much later).

The DC Universe would never have gotten off the ground if it wasn’t for Action Comics #1, 1938.  No Batman. No Wonder Woman.  No purchasing other comic companies with characters inspired by Superman.  No such word as superhero.

To give you an example, here is a panel from Action #1, 1938:

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Clark has finally gotten Lois Lane to say yes to a date.  Unfortunately the mobster wants to dance with Lois.  Despite her resistance to the idea, Clark still yields (because he’s not acting as Superman).  But Lois doesn’t yield.  She defends herself.  Within this panel, we see the dual identity and the triangle for two.  Clark/Superman knows Lois Lane is the woman for him despite what he says aloud.  He’s proud of her.  Admires her Chutzpah.  Lois Lane slaps a mobster because she doesn’t take shit from anybody.  Including Superman/Clark Kent.

I can just hear it now.  But in the Silver Age . . .   Even in the Silver Age the DC Universe was founded on Clark/Lois/Superman.  The Lois Lane comic was one of it’s best sellers for years.  In the Bronze Age, they brought back Golden Age Clark and Lois as a married couple.  It was called Earth 2.  The start of the Multiverse.  Clark & Lois are just that powerful of characters – they build universes.

So when new 52 made Superman nothing but a battling alien with no real Clark Kent identity or human ‘tethers’ like Lois, we knew this universe was doomed to fail.  Reducing the mythology just to Superman was never the point or the original creation.  When there are no “human tethers” or humanity, there’s not reader connection to the character or story.

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Same issue as the top panel, World of Krypton #4, 1988.  Superman has brought Lois Lane flowers and is telling her his Kryptonian family history.

This is what the Post Crisis/Pre-Flashpoint Superman is based upon.  A Superman which lasted 25 years. AND he still exists .  .  . He has been in the new 52 (mostly unbeknownst to readers or other characters) for ten years.  WHY?  Because he has a Lois.  And also, a son, Jon, who is both Human and Kryptonian.  The only way to rebuild a failed DC Universe which exiled Clark Kent and Lois Lane is to bring back what a true DC Universe is about.

In the new 52, there were no true love relationships except Animal Man and Aquaman/Mera.  The true iconic loves were as exiled as Clark and Lois.  It was a dismal universe.

In Rebirth those iconic loves are back, all except for new 52 Clark and Lois.  Currently, they’re dead.  Pre-Flashpoint Clark/Superman, Lois and Jon are up front and center.  Action Comics has been revitalized and order numbers are growing instead of plunging (something unheard of after a #1).

Would we like new 52 Superman/Clark and Lois redeemed and resurrected?  Absolutely.  There were writers who wanted to write their true story, but weren’t allowed to by DC Entertainment.

Superman fans as well as their hero believe everyone deserves a second chance.  And maybe that’s what Rebirth is all about.  Getting new 52 Clark and Lois right. Showing that this generation of writers and artists are just as capable of constructing a solid DC Universe as any creators before them.  The fundamental building block.  The dual identity.  The triangle for two.  Hope, aspiration and inspiration.  The full throttle Superman mythology.

Let’s hope Rebirth brings back hope so Superman fans can believe once again.

 

August 23, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , . BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. Leave a comment.

How Many Times has Lois Died?

Let’s limit this to just during the DC Entertainment era, shall we?

DC Entertainment refers to when Jim Lee and Dan Didio were officially made co-publishers. February, 2010.  They were taking over from Paul Levitz, who stepped down due to corporate changes in late 2009.

Bob Harras was officially announced as Editor-in-Chief in September, 2010.  Before that he was Editor-in-Chief at Marvel and later Editor-in-Chief at Wildstorm, Jim Lee’s company.

In October, 2010, the editorial retreat that created the new 52 was held.  We all know what happened there if what was published in the books was any indication.

There was a video game called DCU Online Legends and a month later a semi-monthly comic book was made.  It ran from February, 2011 to May, 2012.  Pre-Flashpoint & Pre-new 52.  But definitely a year after the new regime officially took over.  Lois is killed by her husband Clark on panel in the story.  Issue #14 October, 2011, delayed publication due to new 52 launch.  Eventually there is some time manipulation and she lives again, but she was never sighted in a panel to confirm.

 

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Flashpoint.  Lois Lane and the Resistance.   Lois was indeed on the first cover and in the first issue, but then in issues #2 and #3, Grifter (a Wildstorm character) and Britannia (apparently a new  female superhero created for Flashpoint) took over the book.  If you wanted to see Lois, you had to read Project Superman.  She met a young Kal (he never was Clark Kent).  She made a great impression on him. When he escaped his prison, he sought her out.  She died in his arms in August, 2011 on panel.  Her death was another cliche to motivate him to become Superman. Can you say Lois in refrigerator?

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October, 2011. A month after new 52 launch.  Superman Beyond. Digital comic.  Lois Lane Kent is already dead.  Here is a panel from #2.

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Earth 2, published May, 2012.  Part of the 2nd wave.  New 52 wasn’t a year old yet and they had a second wave.  Lois is dead again.  Dying much like she did in Kingdom Come.  DCE didn’t give her the decency to die his wife.  Fauxmance was just 2 months away.

 

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Tom Taylor (started writing E2 in issue 17) later, in November, 2013 (a month after the Fauxmance book) resurrected Lois, Clark’s wife, as the Red Tornado.  Because of .  . .

Injustice: Gods Among Us.  Video game April, 2013 (began development June, 2012).  Weekly digital comic.  Tom Taylor said he hated what he had to do with Superman.  In digital comic #30 he got to write a true Superman story in flashback.  What is with DCE and a dead Lois in their video games?  Yep, in digital #3, Lois is killed by her husband, Clark, who inadvertently killed their unborn child also.  Double whammy.  DCE now has reached babies in refrigerators.

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Did I forget any?  Lois being dead was becoming commonplace in the DCE/new 52 era.

Rebirth. Said to be a relaunch of new 52.  Relationships were back.  Pre-Flashpoint Superman and Lois were back along with their son, Jon.  New 52 Superman was dead, but new 52 Lois was reported to be getting a book called, Superwoman, in August, 2016.

This time, DCE didn’t just kill Lois.  They suckerpunched her fanbase with fraud.  In the first issue of Superwoman, new 52 Lois Lane dies.  Her powers go to Lana Lang, who already had electric super powers.

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Don’t look for new 52 Lois to be resurrected anytime soon.  “Down the road” maybe.  “Stick with it for a few months” is what we were told by the writer.  They had to ‘disguise’ six months of covers – so MAYBE after the new year?  Yea, yea.  Right. wink wink, nudge nudge.

Lois fans thought Rebirth was safe.  It’s not.  DCE is still pulling their dirty tricks.

No thanks.

 

August 19, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , . BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. Leave a comment.

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