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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SUPERMAN???

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You won’t be seeing this guy anytime soon if at all ever.

In its quest to show Superman is unrelatable to a modern audience, DC Entertainment continues tearing the character apart. And you thought the new 52 was bad? DCYOU is Superman destruction in hyperdrive.

Since Superman is known in every HOUSEHOLD around the globe, the DCYOU version would be unrecognizable to the ‘man on the street’ (that would include males from 14 to 34 years old, DC Entertainment, just saying).

Anyone who was born since 1938 (and some folks before) knows these aspects of Superman:

THE CAPE: His indestructible baby blanket cape has ripped. Yes, an indestructible thing ripped. Why did it rip? So he can protect his now powerless hands.

S-SHIELD: Yes, he has one. BUT, in the new 52 his S-shield formulated his majestic collared, biological Kryptonian armor. (Because y’know, Martha Kent wasn’t worthy enough to even assist in making one.) In the DCYOU, the S-shield apparently only had enough power to create jeans, t-shirt, and workboots before it was taken away by the Fortress of Solitude. (Don’t worry the Fortress of Solitude was taken away, too.) Now he apparently gets his S t-shirts from Target/Walmart/K-Mart or Superheroes Discount. See more information regarding the supersuit under POWERS.

SPITCURL: Gone since the new 52 along with the red trunks.  Superman always had great hair, but not anymore.  He’s got a buzzcut which he does not use his heat vision to trim.

FLYING: Yes, I know Richard Donner proved a man could fly but DC Entertainment seems determined to prove that premise wrong. ‘Superman’ no longer flies or leaps tall buildings. His addiction to a new power has rendered him powerless. Yes DCYOU Superman has an addictive personality now. His strong will died at the birth of the new 52.

POWERS: He has none. Nope, not even electrical powers. His most important power was using his heart first to make decisions but that was sacrificed in the new 52.  His powerlessness makes him dependent on Batman to pick him up naked (don’t know what happened to indestructible cape) so Alfred could make him new costumeS (plural). (Alfred is worthy, Martha Kent is not.)

CLARK KENT: Nope. He’s currently without identity. He’s a man without a name. Clark Kent was a non-entity in the new 52. Superman was/is a battling alien without human tethers. And Clark Kent ‘died’ in Batman/Superman Annual 2. As to Jonathan and Martha Kent, they died. (no human tethers) The new 52 Superman acted as if he didn’t learn anything during his 18 years with them. Superman had to bury them twice. First, their UNTIMELY deaths by 5th dimensional character, Lord Vyndyktvx and the second, when they were zombies via the Ultrahumanite.

DAILY PLANET: Clark left the Daily Planet after he started dating Wonder Woman. (Remember, no human tethers). Supposedly started a blog with Cat Grant where he wrote less than 3 articles. Geoff Johns (Richard Donner’s former assistance and now Chief Creative Office for DCE) tried to bring Clark back to the DP, but that was just a blip on the radar which immediately faded for the DCYOU.

METROPOLIS: Not so much. Not when he has to hang with the Justice League (remember, no human tethers). DCYOU Superman is now spreading his vigilantism to Gotham, too. He can’t fly so I guess the rest of the world that can’t be reached by a motorcycle full of gas is safe.

LOIS LANE: Is seen ever so slightly more than Clark Kent, but she is restricted by so many laws. DC Entertainment’s law of supers with supers – she’s not a super so she can’t be with Clark/Superman. (But if he’s powerless & more or less nameless how can he still be dating Wonder Woman? It’s not Lois, so it’s okay to break the rule.) Lois is dating another guy who is rarely seen and makes Superman so despondent. (Clark hasn’t liked any kind of challenge since the new 52 began.) The reason for the boyfriend, 5 years of story that readers have never seen so Superman could date Wonder Woman. Recently Peter Tomasi writer (and also an editor at DCE) has Wonder Woman wanting to be a reporter along side Clark. Then there’s the anyone-but-Lois law fans are VERY familiar with. Lois Lane is not allowed to be in Action Comics (yes, the book that launched everything and the superhero genre, too) since Greg Pak took over (don’t blame Greg, it’s editorial’s fault). Pak has Lana Lang filling the pages of Action. With DCYOU he will not only be adding Jimmy Olsen but a new female character with the initials LL (not Lois, remember the law) who will be a friend to Superman and play an important role. Lois will appear in the Superman book, written by newcomer Gene Luen Yang, but she’s been introduced in the DCYOU as a backstabbing betrayer of Superman’s dual identity (rarely seen) which makes him lose everything. Previous to all this, DCE actually had a Lois Lane solo book but deemed it not worthy of a PR team to promote it. So when we say Lois is a non-entity, we mean DCE is getting rid of her. How do you introduce a beloved character as the purveyor of so much destruction when she has always been THE ONE to believe in the Man of Steel? How does DCE turn that around? They don’t. They haven’t. And they obviously don’t want to.

FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE: Gone. Recently rebuilt because Wonder Woman imploded the Phantom Zone. The FOS is running on all cylinders brainwise. It recognizes this ‘new’ Superman is a phony and takes the indestructible cape (most of it) and the biological S-shield. DCE says the FOS made Superman’s life too easy and too comfortable. This is reminiscent of their statements regarding Lois Lane at the new 52 launch. She was a beautiful trophy wife who made Superman’s life perfect. So now he has a beautiful trophy super girlfriend – what’s the difference? (not Lois so is okay) And Superman’s life is never perfect if you actually deal with his dual identity and his love of humanity, but DCE hasn’t wanted to go there.

Introducing DCYOU Superman:  He rides a Tossr motorcycle which he uses as a weapon while wearing ripped cape remnants on his hands. Wears an S t-shirt, jeans and workboots he bought at the store. He’s basically a vigilante without the Superman status. He could be a nutjob who has convinced himself he’s Superman. But then wouldn’t he be wrapping a red blanket around his neck and jumping off garage roofs? So if you want your Superman to be a Marvel character, this is the guy for you. (Marvel would probably respect the character more than DC Entertainment has the last 5 years.) Where’d he get the motorcycle – he’s the Man of Steal now.

If you’re already a Superman fan, don’t worry this character is not meant for you. DCE is looking for future readers. (much like their new reader hunt. Loyal readers were 98%) Future readers are children, right? WRONG. Kids get the real Superman – all the things DCE has taken from him and the red trunks, too. So what are future readers? An early online survey of the new 52 in 2011 revealed that 23% of their readership was female. That would be about 1 out of 4 readers. DCE execs were wondering why women were more comfortable with online surveys. Even this small percentage of females was too large for the target audience DCE announced they were going for – 14 to 34 year old males. A few years later a survey revealed that their audience was 47% female. Doubled. (almost female to male equality) This occurred when DCE was still shooting for that male target audience. DCE gave 18 million dollars to a company who had a target audience of 18 to 34 year old males so they could make videos for them. DCE has acknowledged their audience has changed but do they like that idea? Perhaps their target audience is allergic to online surveys – is that what DCE wants everyone to believe? (even at 53 to 67% responses from males) Or is it more likely, especially with Superman’s abysmal order numbers, males a running away in droves to await the next lightswitch crisis before they spend their money. And DCE has made their Superman as un-female friendly as possible. New 52 superdouche, anyone?

Future readers appear to be the same ole target audience they’ve been focusing on. But blaming 14 to 34 year old males who don’t read comics yet does them a disservice. How do DCE execs know what these potential readers want? How did they know what the new readers (a mere 2%) wanted? They didn’t. It was what the DCE executives wanted. So Nielsen and Diane Nelson can survey till they are blue in the face if the boyz at the top don’t want Superman to rise from the ashes of his order numbers. A phenomenon DCE execs created.

How much better would Superman stories/orders be if DCE execs even considered males and females like all the things they have taken away from the character. Superman’s mythology.

DCYOU/Divergence is breaking the chains of Superman’s mythology.  So DCYOU Superman is Superman unhinged – not really Superman in any reality.

Fans do not care if DC Entertainment doesn’t like or understand Superman. At this point, it appears DCE execs/editorial despise the character and all he means to his fans. As businessmen (yea, they are mostly males), they need to buck up and give the people what they want. Meaning make some money with this character without these ridiculous restrictions on his mythology.  Isn’t that what business is about?  Making money.  Does Lee/Harras/Didio want to be known as the destroyers of Superman? We shall see, won’t we.

Remember the rule: IF you don’t like it, don’t buy it. The only way to change things is to take a stand and let your voice be heard. Vote with your purchases (or lack thereof).

Let’s not allow the real Superman to go down without a fight or protest from his FANS!

P.S.  Don’t worry Batman fans, your hero gets to keep everything.  He’s still the billionaire playboy with a manor, a batcave, batmobile, batplane, etc., utility belt, cowl, Alfred, 5 Robins, and still fighting in Gotham City,  Plus Joker is immortal and Batman becomes a god in the Darkseid War.  No regressions for him.  Is it any wonder Batman sells 200 to 400% more books than any Superman book?  He gets to keep ALL of his mythology plus given even more added abilities.

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THE HOAX

“All is not what it seems.”
Skew your view.
I once was blind, but now I see.
Wake UP!

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These panels (click to enlarge) are from Batman/Superman #18 and were the guidestones to a revelation.

The fauxmance (monikered by Christine of G2Factor) is a hoax.

I’ll wait until the tittering and the sad “oh, you poor deluded thing” faces subside. Hear me out.

I’ve been wrong before and I’m not afraid to be wrong again. Dangerous, right?

Why would the fauxmance be a hoax?

Because the new 52 is the anti-life equation. Hey, just enjoy the ride.

Here is the anti-life equation (pre-52):

loneliness + alienation + fear + despair + self-worth
÷ mockery ÷ condemnation ÷ misunderstanding
× guilt × shame × failure × judgment
n=y where y=hope and n=folly,
love=lies, life=death, self=dark side

Isn’t that what our heroes and we readers have been living through the past three plus years?

How would that happen? It has to do with the timeline of the new 52. How the stories were presented.

First, Action Comics occurred 6 months before Justilce League #1 in the stories.
Second, Justice League #1-6, occurred five years before all the other #1s (which includes Superman #1)
Superman books and Justice League were the only books to have a five year gap. Why? To pull off the scam. The hoax. The ruse.

In the first six books of Justice League, we have the ‘formation’ of the team and their first battle is with Darkseid. Justice League War, the animation, is loosely based on this. Did Darkseid truly lose that battle, especially since the other #1 book heroes weren’t quite what they once were pre-52. Dark-dark-dark, gritty, cosmic and epic. No hope. Battle-battle-battle.

One thing different in the new 52 is Cyborg being on the Justice League. He now has Apokoliptian technology. Why? So he can boom tube the team around? How’s that every 1000th trip or so landing on Apokolips working for everybody? So Cyborg either consciously or unconsciously has a connection to Darkseid. Victor has global surveillance capabilities. Talk about no privacy! And as every Superman fan knows, Clark has secrets (dual identities and lives).

I’m a Superman fan. And part of being fans of something is that we get into this frame of mind sometimes thinking that the-powers-that-be just don’t know what they are doing. And if TPTB are very clever, they prove us wrong. I have commented that the new 52 is not very clever – but if they can pull off this hoax and turn things around, I’ll give them a nod to their cleverness. And MAYBE consider forgiving them. Or I could be just giving them more credit than they deserve. Time will tell.

So if Darkseid didn’t lose the intellectual/emotional battle and Cyborg can be used as an Apokoliptian pawn, then how are our heroes ever going to protect the ones they love? By making the world think that the Justice League is their only life. In Superman’s case, battling alien, no human tethers, dead human parents, etc.

The five year gap is an insurance policy, a safety net, especially in the Superman books. Once the flagship character of the DCU, his stories are now tied to the new flagship, Justice League. And to be quite frank, the new 52 Justice League flagship is like the Exxon Valdez. There have been delays in getting events to occur probably due to creators leaving midvoyage, books being canceled and Trinity War having eighteen months of hype which produced a fizzle into Forever Evil. Gee, just what readers and heroes under the anti-life equation needed, more evil. This effected readership greatly. Fans have left in droves. Action Comics is now under the 40,000 watermark AGAIN! Time for all to be revealed.

Sometime during the five year gap (between JL 6 & 7) someone came up with a plan (probably Bats) so the Justice League could still have secrets from the world and Darkseid (via Cyborg). Superman has always been on Darkseid’s radar. In JL 5 years previous, he is captured by DeSaad to make a clone army to find Darkseid’s daughter (giant plotline nugget just dropped?? Doubt it.) Earth 2 Superman in the new 52 also suffered clonng at the hands of DeSaad and recently sacrificed himself to save the world. (Earth 2 Superman was the better Superman in the new 52 even though we didn’t get to see him much.)

Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor’s relationship (one of the best things about Justice League) was very public. Clark likes his private life secret. So in order to protect the ones they love and to convince the world they only have lives being superheroes, the fauxmance was created.

Action #0 which came out a month after JL#12 in real time but occurred before Action #1 in storytime, has Clark Kent in love with Lois Lane’s writing and she admires his blog. Lois still gets to name Superman. General Lane knows there’s something going on with those two even if it’s a deep admiration thang. Readers don’t know what happened in the five year gap.  I have always contended TPTB would never be able to convince anyone that the fauxmance was real if there was ever a hint of Superman/Clark and Lois Lane’s relationship. Thus the safety net.

In the Justice League War animation, reviewers said the fauxmance sounded forced, and it read like that in the books as well. Let’s investigate.

Wonder Woman is sitting atop the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, USA’s Capitol. Why? Because it’s Grecian architecture? It is one of the most technologically protected spots on the Earth. VERY PUBLIC. Superman joins her and they have this conversation about loneliness and secrets and protecting people. She’s just dumped her boyfriend, Steve Trevor, for the second time after he saved the Justice League’s ass from David Graves and his lesser gods. (whatever happened to that guy?) And she also fires him as the Justice League liaison minutes before sitting on the memorial. Perhaps the reason this not-so-romantic conversation seemed so forced is because Superman and Wonder Woman are just bad actors. The big question remains why were they doing this? Editorial mandate only? There had to be some story value especially with a huge gaping hole of five years involved.

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In Action 10 which could have occurred before this scene since it it was in the previous 5 year timeline, it was revealed Clark was a reporter – Cyborg and Wonder Woman were present.

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back to JL12

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So if Superman’s secret identity was revealed in the five years previously, then who benefited from knowing he was Clark Kent that night he was on top of the Lincoln Memorial? Who needed to know he had to keep secrets and he was lonely? Clark quit the Daily Planet shortly after this. Was it to protect Lois? And Cat Grant came up with the idea of the blog which Clark rarely wrote for – was it to protect her also? If he was only identified as Superman, what purpose would that serve? It was a ruse to keep Darkseid off the scent of his true life. Plus by playing the loneliness, alienation and fear card, Darkseid would think his anti-life equation was working perfectly. Wonder Woman and the fauxmance are just a decoy in order to protect Lois and Superman’s life as Clark Kent.

In Action 12, a must for any Superman fan, we see how Clark’s original timeline went. He left the Kents alive in Smallville to join the Daily Planet (not the Daily Star) in Metropolis. He meets Lois Lane. This book came out the same month as JL12 and is in the five years previous timeline.

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See how he fights the parademons with the Justice League and then marries Lois Lane. This all happened before Lord Vyndyktvx changed everything. Before Lord V killed his parents, before Clark ended up at the Daily Star, and before the fauxmance/hoax may or may not have happened.

In Justice League International Annual #1 which also came out the same DAY as JL12 and was in the ‘present’ timeline, we get to see Booster Gold react to the fauxmance the same way we did.

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Booster from the Future told present day Booster, Superman and Wonder Woman needed to be stopped. Yes, please. The fauxmance was on all the monitors/live cams at JLI headquarters so it was a very public display. Clark is a very private person so had he changed so much in the new 52? DCE kept trying to sell (shove into any one of our orifices) the fauxmance idea. Superman didn’t act like Superman. His strong will seemed to have disappeared. Why? He didn’t know who he was half the time. Didn’t know his own mind and heart as he was constantly bombarded with villains who attacked emotionally and psychologically. He also had multiple timelines, alternate realities, visited alternate universes. No reader could truly get a bead on the character or who he was. And there was the abyss of the five year gap – missing stories, missing character building, etc.

I asked my cohost of G2Factor’s HARDCORE if all the fauxmance snoggings were public. Tej researched and found the answer was YES. There has been no private kissy kissy. What does this mean? The fauxmance is a sham. It is for the world’s and Darkseid’s benefit. Readers have been punk’d royally by DC editorial.

Lois didn’t lie about the secret romance.

We’ve seen Lois talk about the other side of the moon before in the new 52. Superman Annual #2, drawn by Dan Jurgens. “His cape has kept me warm on the dark side of the moon.” Is there Clois hanky panky going on the far side of the moon out of the detection of Cyborg and Darkseid? Note: this also was the issue fans saw Superman hold Lois Lane in his arms for the FIRST TIME. (Thanks again to Tej for the research.)

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Another thing, if Clark and Lois can keep it secret from Batman, then Cyborg and Darkseid haven’t got a chance.

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The Kandorians or whomever is controlling the Kandorians obviously believed the fauxmance hype. That’s why they shot Batman. Kara didn’t even know & stil doesn’t since Lois tried to cover up the secret romance while they were taking the ‘bullet’ out of Bruce.

Batman/Superman 18 also held another first. Superman screaming Lois Lane’s name as he tries to save her. A monumental moment for fans.

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Next time you pick up a Superman story in the new 52, keep this in the back of your mind. The Superman/Wonder Woman ‘romantic’ relationship is a hoax. Some of it will start to make sense.

I would encourage Clois fans to post on tumblr and/or twitter examples of the new 52 secret romance, because they are out there. Too many to show in this particular blogpost.

One thing bothers me. Wonder Woman may be starting to believe the lie. I say that because what would make Brian Azzarello pitch for Wonder Woman after he heard what DC editorial was going to do to her character. Wonder Woman has been a train wreck in the new 52 (less so in Azz’s book). But there are examples that DC editorial may be contemplating a giant continuous catfight. Citing Justice League 13 “It was a kiss, not a commitment,” said by Superman. Also, Wonder Woman’s perspective boxes during the Zod & Faora fight in the fauxmance book. “After the last battle.” Even in Throne of Atlantis which is loosely based on the Justice League arc of the same name. Lois Lane is saved by Wonder Woman (never happened in the books) and she says, “I wouldn’t want to be on her bad side.” Let’s hope things have changed and we won’t get an insipid catfight.

This summer is the Darkseid War. Will the veil be lifted and all revealed?

Meanwhile I’m sitting in my happy space with hope – and that’s all a Superman fan requires. Hope.

Don’t stop believing.

Besides . . . Convergence!

January 27, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. 1 comment.

Earth 2 #19 Review

Here’s the Earth 2 #19 review I did exclusively for HenryCavillOnline.com.  This is their tumblr account.

Enjoy!

January 14, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Baudy's Reviews, Lois Lane, Superman. Leave a comment.

Superman 26: More Beginning of the End?

SPOILERS!!!

WARNING:  SOME OF THE PICTURES MAY NOT BE CONDUCIVE TO GOOD MENTAL OR EYE HEALTH!

(Click on the pics if you need to enlarge them)

First let me state, IMO, Scott Lobdell needs to be immediately removed from writing Superman.  I don’t think he understands females very well.  Or perhaps it is editorial that doesn’t and he’s just getting the writer’s cred.  There may have been sexual harassers or other despicables writing Superman previously, but Lobdell has been publicly outted and that is horrible for the character and bad for business.  Readers, especially female readers, won’t be comfortable in purchasing any Superman story.

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January 5, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. 2 comments.

RAMBLE, RAMBLE, RAMBLE, RAMBLE, RAMBLE

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(the title – think Steve Martin)

So it’s been a while . .  .

Superman’s story still seems to be a jumble in the new 52.  It’s never been constructed, more like chimps tossing caca against their cage & laughing hysterically at how clever they are.

Scott Snyder’s Superman Unchained is the exception but it’s not truly in new 52 continuity.  It is very much the Superman mythology we know except Clark’s wearing Kryptonian armor (with a collar to look more majestic (Jim Lee is drawing)) and he’s blogging instead of being a reporter for the Daily Planet.  This week we found out that Snyder may not be on the book very long.  This was a story he wanted to tell if he only got the chance to tell one Superman story.  We thank him for that.  At least we have this story which totally GETS what Superman means to people, who he is as a character, and how he relates to Earth being an alien raised in Kansas.

Plus there’s the added bonus, Snyder has said he will not be addressing the fauxmance in his book.  Thank you!

The timeline from what we’ve been privy to at this time – Superman Unchained #3 in August, skips September for Villains month, and then there will be six more issues, running from October to March.  The Forever Evil DCE wide story arc runs during this time period also.  Coincidence?  Perhaps not.  What do you follow with after the villains have taken over especially in superhero books?  The heroes win.  Forever is about six months in comic books.

Some real surprises this week from strange sources:  Superman Annual #2 by Scott Lobdell and Injustice: Gods Amongst Us #30 by Tom Taylor.  Lobdell wrote a solid story about Lois Lane investigating and the narration boxes were from her point of view.  Yes, I’m waiting for you to digest that.  Proof positive, he can actually write or he may have been influenced by Superman vet, artist and writer Dan Jurgens who gave us some stunning Superman and Lois scenes.  Lois is dying (of course she is since DCE has only killed her off five time previously in their universe) and she is now involved in the Psi War arc besides being Jon and Kon’s mom.  She is now one of the 20.  Yea, Lobdell has a fascination with these number stories.

Taylor redeemed himself in I:GAU #30 by writing the Superman we all know and love.  Unfortunately, fans are very well aware that both of these writers will go back to giving us the crap we refuse to buy because that’s what the DCE is all about.

Case in point:  Didio said at the Boston Comic Con that he didn’t want to bring back fan favorite characters unless it’s done naturally.  (Yea, light switch the freaking fauxmance and shove it down our throats, hypocrite.)  This was an answer to a Stephanie Brown question.  Yes, I hear the resounding, “ohhhhh” across the cognitive airwaves.  So I guess Stephanie Brown is a mushroom now, cause she hasn’t seen the light of day for two years and the new 52 is basically shit – so yea, in order to have her grow naturally, somebody is going to have to go into a cave (obviously) and pluck her into existence!

BTW, if you’re ever in the presence of Dan Didio – just say the word ICON and see if he flinches.  Make sure you say it as if you’re not calling him an icon.  Because he’s not.  He’s expendable.  Icons are not expendable.

Recently I realized Action Comics has not mentioned the fauxmance even when Lobdell is writing it.  I’m wondering if it ever will.  After Lobdell’s run (23 & 24), Greg Pak takes over and he’s writing young new 52 Superman (the Bruce Springsteen blue jeaned guy).  This happens while Lobdell takes Superman, Supergirl, and Superboy back to Krypton with H’El.

Lobdell has said he’s writing something that’s never been done before at any of the publishing houses.  So my guess is – he’s going to write the Supers out of existence – it is Forever Evil after all.  I say this because in a recent interview, he talked about using Parasite to suck the energy (psionic) out of Lois Lane (Superman Annual 2).   Could part of Lobdell’s story be how the humans manage without their ‘saviors’ during Forever Evil?  If we see how badass Lois Lane is without a Superman to save her, will the Silver Age be washed from people’s minds?  Hope so.  This super douchery the new 52 Superman has been doing is irritating as hell – especially in this day and age.

Plus, Lobdell is the one who made Lois Jon’s mother and Kon’s mother x 2.  Superboy 22 was to have the boys duking it out, but that story was skipped (along with the solicit and cover).  Justin Jordan walked away from Superboy so maybe he didn’t want to write a book that wasn’t about the character especially if the character was written out of existence?

Dallying in some wishful thinking here . . . so Lois (or her connection) may be the key to getting the Supers back.  She has psionic powers now – and we do know that Harvest went back in time to get samples of Superman’s and Lois’ DNA for Jon (or was it Kon?) – what if he got the Lois sample during this time period?  That would explain Kon’s psionic powers.  In Superboy 22, Kon was supposed to feel a connection to Lois Lane, but we didn’t get to see that part of the story.  Maybe saved for another time? Also, in one of the JL books, Superman has a hissy fit when he finds out Doctor Psycho was in Kahndaq – previously Doctor Psycho and Superboy had teamed up in his book.

The fauxmance book begins in October the same time as the Forever Evil arc starts.  Coincidence?  Nahhh.  During SDCC this year, the romance was majorly down played and it was said it was going to be all action since apparently the power twins get cockblocked by the evil villains.  Ahhh, poor babies.  (bwahahahahahahahaha)   BUT Tony Daniel apparently didn’t get the memo for the Boston Comic Con and he said they were ‘hot’ and ‘sexy’ – that’s the reason they’re together, right?  That’s what the whole match (dot) com thing said – it was all about their eugenics and how they never would give a human a passing glance.  Humans aren’t worthy.  August 22nd, 2012 will be burned in my brain forever as the beginning of the viral perversion of Superman and his mythos.  Way to celebrate the 75th anniversary, asswipes.

I still think it’s Didio’s way of knocking out the Superman and Wonder Woman mythologies so his precious Batman can reign supreme.  Destroy the other parts of the Trinity and leave Batman to rule the DCU.  Watch his master plan unfold, minions.  (Maybe we should start calling him, Iconkiller)

So what will be happening in Action during Forever Evil, Pak (as I mentioned before) is returning to the early days of Superman in Metropolis.  (At least one issue will be crossover for Batman Zero Year – Batman must infiltrate everything, don’t ya know)  Could he be laying a foundation for the 4 to 5 year gap?  Greg keeps hinting at exploring Superman’s relationship to one of his cast members.  Wishful thinking again – what if it IS Lois?  With Superman back in Krypton in the Superbooks, then exploring his connection to Lois just makes sense.  Now, I know the fauxmance book starts just before this but that cannot last forever especially if they’re downplaying the hentai aspect.   Is this when we see the buildup of Superman, Lois Lane, and the true mythology?   Not expecting a damn thing because the DCE has ripped my heart out and stomped it too many times already – and that is not conducive for me spending money on them – I’m not a masochist or stupid.

I’m truly dreading this evilness taking over comic books (both off panel and on).   Even Adventures of Superman (which you SHOULD be reading) gave us a preview of how evil works in AOS #15.   It was a well constructed story.  But I don’t like feeling that way after reading a comic book, especially a superhero comic book.  Yes, HERO!  Meaning good, defeating evil, etc.  Great thing about AOS, lots of one shots in these weekly chapters.  BUY IT!

Smallville Season 11 has always been an oasis for Superman fans.  Superman done right.  The only time we got an inkling of it being ‘damaged’ by the East Coast authority —  Didio threw a tantrum about Bryan Q. Miller using Stephanie Brown (he wrote Batgirl with Stephanie previous to the new 52) – trashing Bryan in an interview when it was obvious West Coast had approved it.  But Didio absolutely despises the character, poor little mushroom.   So a hair color and name change later – we got Barbara Gordon – or as we fondly call her, StephBabs.  She’s an icon!  *snicker*

To continue, Bryan is currently writing an episode called OLYMPUS featuring Diana and Steve Trevor.  If you want to read how a story stays true to both the Superman and the Wonder Woman mythologies, then this is the book for you.  It’s a digital-first so it’s in weekly chapters.  We even get Clark Kent reporting.  *fans reader after they faint*  Compilation prints come out 2nd week of the month now.

Some have suggested since Miller has a comic book and television show background, he should be writing a Wonder Woman television series.  (But he can’t give up Smallville Season ## — THAT would be totally douche.)

So while the new 52 (except Unchained) goes to hell (H’El) literally, we still have Superman Unchained (except in September), Adventures of Superman, Smallville Season 11 – and we’ll keep an eye on Batman/Superman and Action Comics.  But the fauxmance (that which shall not be named) book is ipecac to me.  I see that shit and I puke!  Not a masochist . . . or a bulimic.

Is there hope?  Pockets of it, yes.  Will we see a brighter future for Superman stories – time will tell.  It’s all in the execution and whether or not the prevailing mindset remains in tearing down heroes’ mythologies, inner cores, and what has kept them popular for over seven decades.  MAYBE March will be the turning point.  But then it’s DCE/DC Comics – undermining icons since 2011, err. . . 2002.

A word regarding Brian Azzarello:  Recently at Boston Con, he appeared not ‘happy’ about Didio presiding over the DCU panel.  Brian, as you may recall, found out what DCE/Didio was going to do with Wonder Woman in the new 52.  (Can you say arm appendage for Superman? – which makes him look douche, too.)  What he heard made him realize it would destroy the character so on the spot he made a pitch for the Amazon.  Superman does not appear in the Wonder Woman book – as Brian does not see that relationship (fauxmance) the same way DCE does.  Didio obviously is very well aware of it since Brian pitched his idea & never included Superman.  So why the smarmy cover-over at Boston Con?  There was no subtext, Didio, Azzarello was pretty direct.  He doesn’t like the fauxmance – and guess why, because he knows like Johns knows, what it does to the characters.  That’s right, Didio, the characters – and it’s worse for the icons and their mythologies.   Except Batman gets to keep everything, right? – and probably will after Didio is done with the rest of the Trinity.

So kudos to Azzarello!  Stay just the way you are.

August 8, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Superman. 5 comments.

Confessions of a Superman Fan . . .

As a Superman fan, what am I afraid of? 

I fear we will never see the Lois and Clark romance in the new 52.  DC Entertainment has literally left out 5 years of story about this mythic couple.  For what?  So Superman can boff Wonder Woman? 

It’s like getting one of those alerts when your television goes blank.  Due to technical difficulties . . .  yea, like DC Entertainment has no heart or soul.  A mere technicality, right?  And they won’t allow Superman to have any heart or soul either.  It’s all physical and super with none of what truly is Superman’s strength. 

How long are they going to continue this battling alien and ONLY this battling alien crap? 

Does DC Entertainment think that I’ll start liking Wonder Woman because she’s screwing Superman?  Uh, sorry.  I hate her for that.  Before she was a non-entity to me, now I seeth every time I see a picture of her.  Oh don’t worry.   I instantly hit purple rage when I see or hear Didio, Lee, Harras, Johns, etc spout their bullshit.  I am fair. 

Sorry, dudes, but I’m not going to like Wonder Woman because .  .  . I’ve never really thought much of her.  She’s not dating Steve Trevor – I did enjoy her when she was in Justice League and seeing that relationship start to unfold, however temporarily it lasted.  I admit part of that was because if she was with Trevor, she couldn’t be with Superman.  I’ve read that story about her wanting to be with married Superman and marrying him in an alternate reality (while in continuity) and having his kid while he pined for Lois.  That was so total bullshit.  First of all Diana would have more honor and dignity than to do that. 

Seems like neither Superman or Diana have dignity anymore.  They aren’t true to themselves let alone to anyone else.  Aren’t superheroes supposed to be better than us?  Have a few more scruples?  I mean, I know the Batman boys would love to be a billionaire who kicks ass and screws anyone he wishes, but I expect better than that from Superman and Wonder Woman.  Clark works from his heart first and to have him totally not acknowledge what it is telling him – especially when he was working with Lois Lane for five years is intrinsically wrong on so many levels.  The same goes for Diana.

Now we find out that Diana and Steve . . . “totally did it” according to tweets by Charles Soule.  Too bad the readers never got to see that ‘sexual detail’ (riff off of marital detail used by Jim Lee to get rid of the Kent marriage during their infamous editorial retreat in October, 2010).

This is what bothers me.  What readers will see first (even though it all may have happened after something in the past five years) is Diana and Clark getting it on in the sky, in the bed, wherever.   We’ve already seen them kiss multiple times and so has the mass media with variant covers and a statue.   

Is it all to get Wonder Woman more exposure so they can do a film about her?  Drive up interest in the character?  Does DC Entertainment have so little faith in the character?  Superman is a hot commodity with his new film so pairing him up with Wonder Woman (especially since DCE knew about the time table of the film) would raise her Q rating?  I think Lee and Didio need to take another look at the August 22nd, 2012 announcement of the kiss on CBS – Wonder Woman did not fare well.  She was called a homewrecker and a sexy sidekick.  The entire news panel rejected the idea of a Superman and Wonder Woman hookup!  People were literally throwing their arms up as if bracing themselves for an attack. 

This is DCE’s strategy to get new readers?  Controversy doesn’t bring in new readers.  Sorry, it just pisses off the people who do read and buy DC Comics.

When are we going to see Clark and Lois kiss?  That’s the romance I want to see.   It’s a pillar of Superman’s mythology and without it, he is not Superman.   Did DCE think we wouldn’t notice that not only has Lois been kicked to the curb, but Clark Kent, journalist has as well. 

Jim Lee was asked what he liked about drawing Superman.  He said wreckage and destruction.  Is that what the co-pub thinks of Superman?  Just a machine that destroys? 

The alienation of Superman continues probably because Lee and Didio think Clark Kent’s humanity is boring.   He must be super all the time.  And if he does have downtime then it should be with another super being like Lee’s Mister Majestic and Zealot partnership.   Lee has stated that he created that character because he thought it was ridiculous that Superman did not use his powers to their fullest extent.  So he created Majestic without Clark’s moral core.   Superman is wearing Majestic’s collar now and is dating a super being like Lee’s predecessor. 

I have been informed the reason people liked Majestic was because he WASN’T Superman.  But I don’t think that has stopped Lee from bringing Mr. Majestic to new 52 readers in Kryptonian armor and with a super girlfriend.   More destruction and less humanity.  Not truly Superman.

With the screwed up timeline of only seeing what has taken place 4 (for 3 issues by Diggle who left) or 5 years after Action #1, readers will think that Clark and Lois never clicked.  That they just ignored each other.  Didn’t have chemistry.  Diana will be shown doing all the Lois things ‘first’ with Clark.  This grieves me.  It sickens me.  Do Didio and Lee hate Lois Lane that much that they would sully one of the epic love stories in comics/modern fiction? 

Apparently so.

Also glaringly evident, Didio and Lee think that 18 to 34 year old males are turned off by romance between Superman and Lois Lane.  Or maybe they think they should be?  Is that why they are putting Superman and Wonder Woman between the sheets before we even get to Clark and Lois hold hands?  

According to Charles Soule, we’re going to see pillow talk as well as battling in his new book between the two super beings.  We’ll actually see that relationship progress.

Meanwhile, we have been told Clark and Lois are best friends.  We have not seen that progress or even be developed.  Why?  So Diana can easily replace Lois in the minds of new readers?   One woman is as good as another, right?  Well, perhaps not if Lee and Didio are of the Larry Niven persuasion.   I doubt those two are afraid Lois would die from super sex since they have no qualms about letting her die numerous times in the past two years. 

Getting rid of Lois from Superman mythology seems to be the name of the game.  Oh, she’s been around over five years supposedly, but what readers will get to see is Diana did it first.  She’s the one Superman had the great relationship with, who he confided in, who he’s best friends with – all because Didio and Lee wanted Superman not to relate to humans and be a battling alien all the time. 

Not Superman.

June 20, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Announcements, Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Superman. Leave a comment.

My, How the Mighty Have Fallen!

WARNNG:  Not for the young or faint of heart . . .

So DC Entertainment has made it official canon, Superman will partner (in every sense of the word) with Wonder Woman in their own book.   Taking into account that he’s also in the Batman/Superman book as well, it appears the Trinity is getting the spotlight but not as a trio – unless . . .  (never mind).  Looks like Superman’s getting more books but  ONLY as the battling alien.

As we all know Clark Kent, journalist/blogger, is nowhere to be found except in Scott Snyder’s Superman Unchained.  But for artist and co-pub, Jim Lee, Superman is all about destruction and wreckage.

The new 52 Superman is far more removed from his previous incarnations than the Superman portrayed in Man of Steel.   And one creator is worried that the movie people won’t take care of the character of Superman.   Have they been reading the new 52 Superman?  Have they heard or seen the interviews or panels and the imbecilic statements made about his character and mythology said by Didio and Lee?

One thing the movie has in spades over the new 52 version is HEART!  The new 52 Superman is a clusterfuck.   He can’t feel hot showers anymore, yet he eats hot dogs (even though he doesn’t need to eat) – all within the same issue.  Editorial mandates of no rescuing Lois, not being with Lois, not being Clark reporting, putting him with Wonder Woman so they can fuck while flying and writers who don’t TAKE CARE of what they put into the mythos – like not feeling the sensation of hot water anymore are dragging Superman to an all-time low.

I love Superman and his mythology.  It’s an ancient story.  A being with the powers of a god falls in love with a mortal.  While wearing a ‘disguise’ the powerful being tries to woo said human.   Siegel and Shuster added these elements to their creation of Superman.  Two worlds coming together.   The physically powerful with, in the case of Lois Lane, an intelligent woman with Chutzpah who took no bullshit.    The story components may be ancient but what rich and heart felt tales have been told time and time again over 75 years.  Superman, his mythology and what that means to generations still is a strong concept which will live longer than we mere mortals – if he has the proper care and handling.

Now to make Superman edgy and gritty and relevant to a modern audience – (would that be a more cynical  audience?) they have him kiss, date, and screw Wonder Woman, the most powerful female in the DC Universe, who is not mortal but a demi-goddess.

Sidenote:  (My male child reader of comic books would like to know how Superman stays hard while in the supernatural vagina.)

Their target audience of 18 to 34 year old males must want some beautiful, powerful female demi-goddess to pound their cocks into right?  And why not imagine you’re Supeman and you’re fucking Wonder Woman?  Her pussy can take it, she’s a supernatural Amazon!  Larry Niven would be so proud of what he’s created, I’m sure – and to bring it to life in an ongoing comic in continuity.  No need to worry about exploding vaginas anymore – problem solved.  Didio and Lee are masterminds of subtlety.  [sarcasm] Along with Bob Harras, they seem to be bringing down two of DC Comics greatest icons.  But that doesn’t matter, Batman has umpteen books and Didio just loves that.  Right, Dan?

It will soon be an all Batman world.  Next year is his 75th anniversary – how they going to celebrate that – give him another book???

So why am I so blatantly pissed?  This —

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Superman: Man of Steel #131, 2002.

Manchester Black is emotionally and psychologically torturing Lois Lane Kent in order to draw Superman out.  This is Lois’ greatest secret fear.   AND DC ENTERTAINMENT HAS MADE IT CANON IN THE NEW 52.

Back then, stories and characters were written so you could feel their emotions.   I shared  Lois’ fear.  I lived it with her.  I still carry it with me.  This story called NEVERENDING BATTLE is one of my favorites and it had repercussions after the final panel throughout the rest of Superman’s stories.

Dan Didio, Jim Lee, Geoff Johns, Bob Harras and Diane Nelson have brought Superman fans Lois Lane’s greatest fear – and ours too.   We do not appreciate it at all.  They have destroyed Superman’s mythology and do not care.

Some may say that DC can get Clark and Lois back together, but it has been my experience with the new 52 that editorial will not allow it.  If they were to get Clark and Lois back together – that is a HUGE mountain some writer and artist are going to have to climb – and personally, I don’t think the new 52 has anyone GREAT enough to pull it off.   Especially with the current administration.

Superman fans have been waiting almost 2 years for a snippet of Clark Kent doing journalism or Lois Lane and him on a date or just reporting together.  But the new 52 Superman apparently is a coward when it comes to his heart.  New 52 Action #1 started six months storywise before Justice League and then Superman #1 occurred five years later.  Clark never asked Lois out on a date?  He fought along side Diana for five years with the only pick up line being “You’re strong,” and then BAM!  David Graves lesser gods (and the Evil Empire that runs DC Comics) slaps them together on top of the Lincoln Memorial talking about loneliness and secrets – and they kiss with 2 variant covers.  Oh yea, and a statue for $250.  It’s on Jim Lee’s desk as we speak.

Five days later, a floating Superman in the Watchtower tells Diana, “It was a kiss not a commitment.”

Meanwhile back in Metropolis, in new 52 Action #1.  Clark went to work for the Daily Star not the Daily Planet.  He saved Lois’ life, not in the usual Superman way, but by giving her lifesaving surgery with his fingernail (Action 12).  Don’t worry, that’s all gone.  Removed by Lord Vyndktvx – which personally I think is a compilation of Didio and Lee.

So for five year and a half years (or more) Clark Kent/Superman has known Lois Lane and yet . . . he’s never asked her out for a date.  Oh, he’s pined for her and thinks she’s the most amazing woman he’s ever met (this is after he started dating Wonder Woman).  There was plenty of romantic tension in Diggle’s Action 19 where we get got to see a glimpse of that chemistry we know so well.  Scorching!  This occurred 1 year before Superman #1.  (Wonder why Clark was so shocked Lois was sleeping with the guy she was dating for 1 year?  See, no timeline for any of this has been established by DC Entertainment. Dan Didio admitted so at a recent retailer’s roadshow.) But Diggle mysteriously quit for professional reasons after one issue.  He made no bones about his love for Lois Lane either.

There is no hope in DC Comics/Entertainment especially for Superman and his mythology.  Lois Lane has been fridged 5 times in 2 years and pushed aside so Superman can fuck Wonder Woman – because as the males who weren’t raised by women who taught them to respect females, all know – Wonder Woman’s vagina is the only one that can contain Superman’s sperm.   It says so in Mark Waid’s Kingdom Come.  Even though Waid expressed his story was never supposed to be used as a template – it’s deeply rooted in the minds of the men who run DC Comics.  And they want to share that with the 18 to 34 year old male population as canon for the character who stands for Truth, Justice, and the American Way.

So yes, having a Superman/Wonder Woman book to celebrate Superman/Lois/Clark Kent’s 75th anniversary (complete with 75th anniversary logo, no doubt) makes perfect sense, right?   Stupidity and ego much, Evil Empire?

Needless to say, I will only be buying non-new 52 merchandise.  But unfortunately the 75th anniversary logo has yet to be sighted on the digital-first non-new 52 downloads of Smallville Season 11 and Adventures of Superman.  Two books I buy in digital and print.

I am giving Scott Snyder’s Superman Unchained a try because he is DC’s golden boy and if it wasn’t for him – Superman would not have this book.  He is also featuring Lois in the main part of the story.  She will be investigating.   Still early days yet and if DC keeps pushing Lois’ greatest fear at fans – we may walk completely.  But we probably don’t meet their beloved target demographic anyway.

Oh well, no skin off DC’s nose since they want new readers.  Readers who spend their time in the bathroom or under the covers reading Superman/Wonder Woman with Rosey Palm.  Apparently.

My, how the mighty have fallen.

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BABIES IN REFRIGERATORS. A STEP TOO FAR?

DC Entertainment has no shame.  They have gone from killing women as a plot point, to now killing  babies.

In Injustice: Gods Among Us, Superman finds out his wife, Lois Lane, is pregnant.  They both want this child.  Joker has other ideas.  He’s in Metropolis, not Gotham City.  Kryptonite is missing from STAR labs which only Batman knows about.  Scarecrow has had some of his mind gases stolen.  Guess who!  Joker kidnaps Lois and puts a remote for an explosive device on her.  Superman realizes he can’t see Lois.  He implores Batman to help him.  The Justice League is called in.  Superman finds his wife with Joker and Harley Quinn on a submarine. Superman then sees Doomsday.  Since Lois was unconscious for the surgery, there was no means for her to call out to her husband to let him know he was hallucinating.  Superman takes pregnant DoomsdayLois into space and after Batman yells at him, he realizes he has just killed his wife and baby.

Joker mocks the pregnancy as the loss of Lois’ life blows up Metropolis killing millions.   Superman becomes a tyrant.

This is a digital-first comic and a video game created by the Mortal Kombat people for DC Entertainment.  The author of the comic has said this was the worst thing he has ever done to a character he has loved.  Writers gotta eat.

This is not a one off, in fact, if fans had thought about the road DC Entertainment (organized in 2009) has gone down with Superman – this is the ultimate for them.  He is definitely a battling alien.  No human connections.  And as a tyrant, he has to kill.  No one rules over billions without some deaths along the way.  That’s reality.  And DC Entertainment is definitely going for reality with this game/comic – a bleak, nihilistic world where a beloved, once-morally-stellar hero is twisted into a killer.

Dan Didio and Jim Lee were officially made Co-Publishers of DC Entertainment on February 18, 2010 replacing Paul Levitz who was President & Publisher of DC Comics.  Levitz stepped down from his post in September, 2009 to serve as the Contributing Editor and Overall Consultant for the newly formed DC Entertainment.  Didio and Lee probably took on their publisher roles long before February, 2010.  Later that year at a “writer’s retreat”, the new 52 was born but was not implemented until August 31, 2011.

Jim Lee was/is the Executive Creative Director for DC Universe Online.  There was a video game called DCU Online Legends with an accompanying print bi-monthly comic.  More about that later.  Lee was integral in the development of Didio’s reboot of the DC Universe into the New 52.  He designed Superman’s new Kryptonian armor sans red panties but with a collar.  Lee is also the creator of Mister Majestic, a mockery of Superman created in the Wildstorm universe.  Lee thought a powerful alien should not be held back by a moral core or relate to humans.  Mister Majestic wears a collar – and Lee said the collar made Superman look more ‘majestic.’  The new 52 Superman has been alienated with no human connections.  He is currently “dating” Wonder Woman after a HUGE promo of this lightswitched bullship in Justice League, written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Co-Publisher Lee.  At the writers’ retreat of 2010, it was decided to put Superman in a love triangle – and then the ideas just flowed.   (like piss, shit or vomit?)

Jim Lee, Dan Didio, Geoff Johns and Bob Harras probably gave the green light for Lois Lane and Superman’s baby to be killed, making him the ultimate battling alien and killer.  Is it a step too far?  Do they truly know Superman and what he means to generations of fans?  Do they care?  All evidence would say they don’t as they have systematically have been destroying Superman for years.

Clark Kent has been gone for years.  No journalist (or blogger) stories.  He’s barely on the page.  It’s the battling alien all the way.  From World of New Krypton (2009), Grounded, Flashpoint, and the new 52 – Superman no longer has the dual identity inner conflict or personhood.  He has to battle every villain from every age and new ones to bide his time.

Lois Lane has suffered, too.  With Clark’s human side absent, she has paid the consequences.  Since Flashpoint (August, 2011) masterminded by Geoff Johns, Lois has been fridged five times.

In Flashpoint: Project Superman, Kal-El’s ship does not land in Smallville (meaning no Clark Kent), but Metropolis.  Eventually a young Kal and Lois Lane meet.  She leaves such an impression on him he seeks her out when he escapes his underground cell years later.  Fans appreciated the ‘cliche’ line in this panel and not so much the clichéd statement in the other panel.  True refrigeration.

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“It takes a sacrifice to birth a hero” must be a mantra in the halls of DC Entertainment.

Superman Beyond (#0 issue in August, 2011, now a digital-first series) and Earth 2 (May, 2012) both had Lois’ death pre-story.  In Superman Beyond, we assume she died of natural causes as Superman has gray hair.  In Earth 2, she was killed by Darkseid.  Also in James Robinson’s Earth 2 series, Superman dies in the first issue (maybe).

In the DCU Online: Legends comic book series, Lois also dies.  It debuted on February 2, 2011, and was an expansion of the story of the DC Universe Online MMORPG video game.  The series was written by the game’s story co-writer Marv Wolfman and Tony Bedard with Tom Taylor penning issues 16 and 17.  Yes, the same Tom Taylor that is writing Injustice: Gods Among Us, but Lois died in issue 14 (August, 2011).  Superman didn’t become a tyrant, he flew off in anger and grief to return later to help save the day.  Marv Wolfman did give us a happy ending even though we never saw Lois on panel again.  With the help of Luthor and the Justice League, they played a time reversal card to make it all better.

To show you how Superman’s story and the DC Universe has changed, I give you these panels.  Lois and Superman have both been infected by Brainiac (with the help of Lex Luthor).  Superman is unable to control his powers or his mind because of it.  When kryptonite caged by his friends in the Justice League, Lois, Superman’s wife, gives them all a pep talk.

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Those days are gone.  Love is gone.  Hope is gone.  And with the latest incarnation of Superman in a video, the universe is a dark, gritty, bleak place where gamers play for hours.

Superman is no longer a light amongst the darkness – he’s been drug down to our level.  Not a boy scout or a champion of the oppressed – but he makes a damn fine tyrant, don’t ya think?

At this time it is not known whether or not Wonder Woman will be Superman’s main squeeze as they rule the world.  She’s taken sloppy seconds before in Kingdom Come and may not be his number one pick for a mate in the new 52 even though DC Entertainment is spending money hand over fist to make it so.

Let’s talk a little numbers, shall we?  World of New Krypton when this battling alien with no human connections idea became prominent.  Superman was not in Action Comics for two years and not in the Superman book for one year while this went on.  DC Entertainment.  March, 2009 had the highest amount of orders with 50,048; lowest amount of orders 32,407 with its last month, February, 2010.  Next came Last Stand of New Krypton, three issues (February & March, 2010) with an average of 36,215 orders.  Which lead into the War of the Supermen (remember there were 100,001 Kryptonians flying around), 4 issues with an average order of 44,669.   The WONK series brought in a whopping [sarcasm] 39,667 per issue orders with its run.

Superman returned to his book with Superman #700.  He also returned to his wife, Lois Lane after the big war.  Orders were  67,571.

But then Superman decided to go on walkabout in his red undies.  Not much Clark Kent until the quick cleanup at the end of the series before Flashpoint.  Superman #701 (July, 2010) had 54,506 but Grounded finished with 35,919 orders.  An average of 42, 956 over its run.

Superman finally returned to Action Comics continuity (after a 2 year absence) in #901, May, 2011 and ended in #904, August, 2011 with an average of 41,407 a month.   By this time the new 52 was announced and the Kent marriage walked off together into the sunset.

Let’s go back to more current history.  The new 52.  Superman #1 and Action #1 were released in September, 2011.   In October of that year, Action had 153, 855 orders and Superman with 94,233.  Grant Morrison decided not to go into the present timeline after six issues and has extended his run through #18 of March, 2013.   In December, 2012, Action had 61,298.  The largest drop (60.16%) of orders over the time span.   Morrison was touted as the big draw to the book, not Superman.  The Superman book ended 2012 with 51,225, a drop of 45.64%.

The Superman Unbound animation which is being developed is based on Geoff Johns Brainiac (Action 864 through 870) series of 2008.  Superman was in his tights mostly.  Clark was not being a journalist, but he was the son of a farmer.  Johns killed Jonathan Kent in this series.  Alienation and Refrigeration!  The Boyz of DC Entertainment.  Then the following issue of Action #871 brought the New Krypton stories in Action for a year minus Superman/Clark/Kal-El and the next year was the Lex Luthor Action series.  On Free Comic Book Day, we will receive part of the Brainiac story.   The average orders for the Brainiac series were 50,169 per issue.  Not as large as Morrison’s worst month of new 52 and only slightly worse than Superman’s December, 2012 numbers.

Let’s take a look at some numbers where Clark Kent was a journalist/reporter/blogger (as well as Superman).  George Perez wrote the new 52 Superman in issues #1 thru #6.  He left the book not knowing what editorial was going to keep of his story.  DC Entertainment has problems with creators staying on.  The new Superman book has had 4 writers on it so far.  Issue #1 was not only the foundation of the present time Superman mythology but Clark wrote a story for Daily Planet – used via narration boxes.  We have not seen that since.  Average orders for Perez’s new 52 run (just counting #2 thru #6 since September 2011 was a fluke) were 76, 842.  In his run, we saw the dual identity and the triangle for two.  Not so much now.

Action Comics #1 published in the Spring of 1938, had Superman leaping around bringing a criminal to justice and exonerating an innocent from execution.  As Clark Kent, he asked Lois Lane for a date, yet again and took her to a speak easy.  A mobster interrupted their dance and while Clark remained mild mannered, he didn’t protect his oppressed dance partner.  Never mind.  Lois can handle herself.  She slaps the mobster and gives Clark what for.  Leaving in a cab, the mobster collides with it and kidnaps Lois.  Superman appears to save the day and bring the bully to justice.  He whisks Lois away into the Metropolis night.  Clark Kent and Superman are one and the same.  They cannot be dissected.  He needs his whole story – and as we have seen under these people within DC Entertainment, as his numbers go down, fans won’t get their whole Superman back until they are gone.  The current DC Entertainment’s  vision of Superman is myopic and they don’t deal with his heart and spirit.

In 1938, the world was on the brink of yet another world war and in the middle of a financial depression.  Superman was an inspiration to our ancestors.  He showed them they could be their own Superman and save their world if they only take action.  He righted wrongs.  He stood up for the downtrodden.  He was a man who could fly (eventually).  He had a heart and a true love – a woman with Chutzpah, an analytical mind and a strong will, but with a good heart.  They were loners and yet when together, they became a whole.

In 2013, the world is in and out of wars (mostly in) at the drop of a hat and we are in a worldwide financial crisis.  Where is our Superman?  Where is our hope that things can get better?  Where is our inspiration that leads us to aspire?  He’s alienated and can’t relate to humans.  He has to fight aliens and psychotic villains.  He’s not like us in any way.  He’s powerful and majestic.  He doesn’t assimilate and isn’t proud of his human upbringing.  He’s an emotional coward.  He lives in so many altered states, alternate worlds and alternate timelines – he doesn’t know who he truly is and neither do the people who read his books.   So why bother spending money on them?  Many have quit and are not likely to come back.  Trust has been broken.

We NEED a Superman.  A better Superman than we are being given by DC Entertainment.

We still haven’t seen what Andy Diggle will do in Action or rather what he’s allowed to do since his first Action issue has been moved to #19.  Scott Snyder will be writing the Man of Steel book.  He may have more freedom since he has had success with the Batman book (Didio’s fav character!).  The Man of Steel movie appears in June, 2013.

But just imagine you’re a Superman fan.  A beaten and battered Superman fan with a gun pointed at you, because it has been torture to see what the Boyz at DC Entertainment have done to the original superhero and his mythology.

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Now imagine you’ve been told someone new is going to come into the room.  Should you be excited (with a grain of hope) or do you expect the worst?   Or do you become so numb, you just don’t care.  Something you have loved has died and something inside of you has died, too.

Where is Superman?

Recently DC Entertainment saw fit to cancel Superman Family Adventures, a book for Everyone about Classic Superman.  This monthly book of joy will no longer exist after April, 2013.  DC Entertainment does not feel it necessary to build a fanbase of younger readers so they will keep on reading comics throughout their lives.  Wise business sense?

In April, DC Entertainment has deemed their books ‘WTF certified’ – again younger readers needn’t bother.

In March, Kevin Sujihara will become the CEO of Warner Brothers Entertainment over movie, television, DC Comics, and other businesses.   Since 2005, Tsujihara has been President of Warner Brother Home Entertainment which included home video, digital distribution, videogames, anti-piracy, and emerging technology operations.  Paul Levitz, while President/Publisher of DC Comics worked with Kevin Tsujihara within the company.  Mr. Tsuijihara would have been involved with Smallville DVDs (a moneymaker), Timm animations, digital distribution, and video games involving Superman.

He’s a new person in the room.  He has power.  Should Superman fans hope?

Or did all hope die with Lois and Clark’s baby . . . the most disgusting thing called entertainment many people have ever seen.

It takes a sacrifice to birth a hero – isn’t it about time the Boyz of DC Entertainment make a sacrifice of themselves (their control, their egos, their jobs)?

February 1, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Announcements, Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Superman. 4 comments.

New Year, Same Ole Song

A Lois-less week in the comics.  Yes, I know she’s not the ‘main’ character in the mythology but apparently Clark Kent isn’t either.   No Lois Lane or Clark Kent in Superman 15, Superman Family Adventures 8 or Smallville Season 11 #28, Effigy.  What a let down after Geoff Johns put Lois in the first two issues of his Throne of Atlantis crossover.

DC Comics seems to be pulling another WONK or Grounded during this fauxmance phase.  Superman is alienated so his human aspect is to be ignored.  Has Clark even done a blog/newspaper story since Superman #1?

In the narrative boxes of Superman #14, we found out Lois has won a Pulitzer – how & why?  That five year gap is very convenient for tossing bricks into, but DC is not building anything with them.  And in so doing, we have no foundation for new readers or loyal readers to know who these new 52 characters are.   Villains we have by the boatload, but knowing the main characters . . . not so much.

Pardon me, but I’m a bit of a wing nut regarding this next topic:  Where in the hell are the results of the 2nd Nielsen survey done six months ago?  The reason I keep harping on this is because I want to know if the results were different than what DC Comics publishing perceived as their target audience (males 14 to 34 years old)?  Why is that important?  Because if DC misunderstood their audience and they write stories through a male gaze for a male focus group then sales are going to fall.  In other words if there are more females (> perceived 7% or 1st electronic survey 20%) reading their comics, they are not going to appreciate what is being done to female characters or to their favorite male characters if DC is making them a douche.

Case in point:  Wonder Woman in the bullship.   Diana is kickass Wonder Woman in her own book even though she is confronted by male subplots at every turn.  BUT in Justice League and Superman, because of the fauxmance, she doesn’t know herself and she follows Superman’s lead.  This alliance is doing nothing for her character development.   In Justice League & Aquaman #15s she defers to Superman in defying Batman or the rest of the League.  Since she’s confessed to not knowing her own mind, this is a problem.  Wonder Woman is better than that.   She doesn’t deserve her only line in Superman #15 to be asking Superman if he called them (her) while the guys strategize about the situation.  Really?  That’s what you’ve reduced her to – arm candy for Superman?  She wants to call him beloved . . . two kisses and a pair of glasses and she’s totally enamored?  How far did he put his tongue down her throat?  Is this DC editorial’s way of blaming Diana for the bullship like they blame Clark’s despondency in Superman #1 on Lois?  See what a male gaze does to female characters?

Superman and Lois Lane’s legendary love story has been put on hold since the reboot because of the planned fauxmance.  So Lois has not been investigating on her own.  She had one appearance in Superboy #1 but that was dropped.  She made another appearance in Batgirl, but not sure what that was about.  And now Clark is accusing her of selling out her integrity for cover ‘puff pieces’ as an television producer.   This is in Lobdell’s Superman.  In Justice League, Lois appears to be reporting with Jimmy Olsen in the present timeline.  So which is it?  If fans have to have the bullship in both books shouldn’t Lois’ position at the Daily Planet be clear?  Is she back to reporting or is she a sell out producer in the new media division?   And how in the hell did she get off that roof in the rain?  She can save herself and probably had to with the power twins completely deaf to what Vulko was telling them.  At least readers can count on Geoff Johns’ Lois – always to be Lois.

Scott Lobdell gave interviews this week about his H’El on Earth crossover with the other Super books (except Action) .  He said that Lois is her own person.  Lois is Lois, but none of the writers have shown us Lois hard-news investigating.  In recent Superman issues, we’ve seen she is moving in with her ‘place holder for Clark’ boyfriend.  So it’s about her boyfriend and not Lois being an independent, intrepid reporter.  That’s not being her own person.  Next time we’ll see Lois, apparently, is when she has a housewarming party – at her apartment.  Clark will be there, but the visit will get interrupted – remember he can’t spend 5 minutes with Lois without the obligatory interruptus.  He can pump iron in the middle of the Earth for 5 days and not do any reporting – but once he gets into a panel with Lois, it’s am-scray.  So predictable and boring.   It’s the ‘Anyone But Lois’ show again.  Where is the legendary love story?   It has served the mythology well for 75 years.  And if DC has a larger female audience than previously perceived, could mean a rise in sales if they wrote it — but, but . . . they’ve had this love triangle crap in their heads for 2 years . . . it’s going to be a lonnnnnngggg collllldddddd winter.  And may not get better in the Spring when the 75th anniversary of Superman happens.  Or the Summer when Man of Steel debuts.  Sounds a little hopeless, huh.  *sigh*  I have no faith in the current administration of DC Comics where Superman is concerned.

Andy Diggle expressed a desire to write Lois Lane, but if editorial says no, then his hands are tied.  Lobdell appears to be placing Cat Grant into the fray of Clark’s ‘women’.  Scott Snyder’s yet-unnamed-title . . . I’m not sure about this one.  He said Lois would be in the feature, but that was after a fan (Chris) asked him why he didn’t mention her.  He’s mentioned Lana quite a bit – so expect Clark to have yet another female distraction.

So far Johns and Lobdell have written Lois as Lois.  She’s about the only character fans can grab onto during this bullship mess.  Because of this very bad editorial idea, icons are going to get damaged.  Johns knows this.  And maybe that’s the reason Lobdell said Superman is going to be too busy (1.5 hour battle & multiple crossovers) to have his alliance with Wonder Woman in the Superman book.  In fact, the narrative box Lobdell put in Superman 15 regarding the fauxmance seemed to up the stakes from Justice League, but Scott did say in the interview that it is the same relationship as JL.  Better to let Johns handle it.  Having multiple writers would be a catastrophe – this is intricate storytelling – like trying to disarm a bomb.  Since the Trinity War was born in books with Justice League in the title, let Johns handle it.  It’s all about damage control.  We’re talking multi-million dollar, multimedia properties.  Ones that a corporation depends on to be successful in future ventures.  Damage those and heads will roll.

Action Comics – Grant Morrison still has two issues left at this writing.  In #16 next week, Superman battles the corporate Superman, Superdoom (Action #9).  Let’s hope Clark kicks his ass for twisting a successful, viable mythology into a alienated, angsty, no heart or soul villain.  I’m kind of liking these ‘behind the scenes’ storylines.  Lord Vyndktvx – who is that in real life?   I am hoping Mxy comes back to set it all straight.  He is my favorite villain.  Not Lex Luthor or Zod . .  . gimme Mxy.  Why, you may ask?  Because like Superman, Mxy is a powerful being (probably the most powerful in the universe) and yet his thing is messing with Superman – and Superman gives as good as he gets.  It’s fun.  Something sorely lacking in the new 52.  After issue #17 (Morrison’s last) maybe we’ll be able to see what the past 18 issues have been about.  No real character foundation – and there’s still the five year gap that has miscellaneous bricks in it.  When DC wants to do the legendary love (Clark and Lois), then we might get a glimpse of what’s in there.   Big maybe with the current administration.

I am still in the foxhole waiting for it all to blow over .  Like it says in the song . . . Somebody saaavvvveeee meeee.   I’m a Superman fan with a pocketful of money that DC Comics doesn’t want.  Oh, I forgot . . . I’m female.

Oh yea, my other favorite topic:

When in the hell is the Trinity War so this bullshit can end???

Join us this Sunday on G2Factor as we discuss Superman Family Adventures #8, Smallville Season 11 #28 Effigy and Superman #15.

January 4, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Announcements, Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Superman. 6 comments.

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