DC Fans: Can We Trust Warner Brothers?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JUSTICE LEAGUE: Was it given justice?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oh well, I’m not a stock holder.

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

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

Modern Movie-going Experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This was my local theater going experience:

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Fanboy Bias Misinterps Latest 2017 SDCC JL Trailer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do you feel the urgency?

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

“Something is coming.” – Hippolyta

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Batman taking off in the Batmobile.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

While we see these scenes, here is the voiceover:

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

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

Cyborg flies down in a building.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Not enough.” – Batman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Where did the DCE Superman come from?

Recently my friends on twitter sent me this page from Jim Lee’s blog.  It is dated December 20, 2004.  This is 6 years after he sold Wildstorm to DC Comics and 6 years before he became co-publisher of DC Entertainment.

Here is the interview.

Fans of Superman know of Brian Azzarello’s “For Tomorrow” story drawn by Jim Lee.  They are especially familiar with Superman embracing his wife, Lois Lane in the air.   If you saw the cover for Justice League #12 in the new 52, you know Jim Lee used that panel to replace Lois Lane with Wonder Woman.

Despite the fact Azz didn’t like the Kent marriage, he never allowed the fauxmance in his new 52 Wonder Woman 3 year run.  Clark/Superman was neither mentioned nor appeared in that book.

Here are some excerpts from the interview which shows what Jim Lee thinks of Superman and Clark Kent.  Please read the interview in it’s entirety to garner your own insights and opinions.

Why we got a battling alien without human connections:

I think when you talk about pacing…yer really talking about action…that some fans feel there isn’t enough action…but there’s plenty of drama.

Let me say I wasn’t a big fan of the Superman as Everyman take. That he is like you and me but just purer or more noble. I think that takes the mystique out of what he truly is–which is stranger from an alien planet who feels at home but isn’t. Like an immigrant may feel…like me heh.

Clark Kent is the Everyman part of Superman. — me

How can a man who flies nearly as fast as the speed of light and been to other dimensions relate to a guy like me? Superman in real life would be bored sitting around waiting for Lois to cook him some bacon for breakfast–I know that sounds sexist…it’s a joke–work with me…

Clark Kent is how readers relate to the superbeing from another planet. — creators such as Mark Waid and others.

The one thing I would change if I had that ability to go back in time and undo things is…I wouldn’t have Clark and Lois be married. That said, I think you can still do some kickass stories with them married, but the triangular relationship between Superman, Clark and Lois was too good of one to toss.

The triangle for two didn’t have to be an adversarial one as Azz and Lee contend.  There was an organic progression (oops comic creator speak) of their relationship when Lois knew and Clark confessed.  Clark/Superman evolved to show introspection as well as his neverending battle.   Thus, adding to the character, not detracting from it. – me

The interviewer Kilgore T:

Personally, I don’t care for Lois Lane. TOO manly for me. Lois is the masculine part of the relationship. Superman, the nurturer, is the female. It doesn’t work.

Many fans thought this aspect of the most powerful being in the universe made it work completely and successfully.  — me

Lee’s response:

I agree. I never had the hots for her either…but we hope to change yer mind in 212.

which had the panel between Superman and Lois that he used for the Justice League #12 cover.

From 2005 to 2008, Jim Lee drew All Star Batman and Robin (which he never finished).  In that story, Superman was with Wonder Woman as they are in all of Frank Miller stories.  Since it was a previous Wildstorm insider who told us of supers with supers – perhaps the idea of the fauxmance was firmly planted and nurtured in Mr. Lee’s mind during this time.

Remember Jim Lee became co-publisher of DC Entertainment in early 2010 and the editorial retreat was in October, 2010, when the new 52 was created.  That means he had/has the power to decide what version of Superman readers get.  New 52 Superman is very much action oriented. Lee’s wreckage and destruction Supes.  And Lois, who did not raise his body temperature, was out as well as the marriage and any courtship.  He did make his and Kilgore’s idea of Superman so.

Dudebro comics!

Some creators have spoken a disdain for the internet.  Maybe because what gets put on the web, stays on the web.

 

 

 

 

May 31, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , . Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. 2 comments.

THE HOAX

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

hoax

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.

another identity
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.

journalist

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back to JL12

secrets from everyone

alone

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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action12

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.)

darkside of moon

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

secret from bats

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.

bs18LOIS

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.

THE HOSTILE TAKEOVER OF SUPERMAN

When in the course of certain events . . .

When I told my son, long time fanboy of comics for a few decades, that Jim Lee was made co-publisher of DC Comics, he grinned and made an obscene gesture as Mr. Lee’s proxy. Fanboys are notorious gossips and are not without very strong opinions. “I’m gonna fuck, DC.” When I inquired why Mr. Lee would do such a thing especially when he had been promoted to such a high level of the company, all he could say was, “You just watch.” I shrugged it off thinking it was some kind of strange fanboy behavior I’d never understand.

You may think I was prejudiced somehow by this interaction but honestly I couldn’t see the logical reason behind such a statement. In the course of the article, I will be presenting facts; gathering data, and journaling the ‘adventure’ that has been at least 4 years in the making.

Then came Flashpoint, originally constructed by Geoff Johns. The last issue showed DC was now going to combine the Vertigo, Wildstorm and DC universes and Grifter, a Wildstorm character, was to be on the Justice League at some point. The new universe was conceived in an editorial retreat in October, 2010. Bob Harras, formerly of Marvel and then Wildstorm under Jim Lee (now co-pub), was made Editor-In-Chief of DC Comics the previous month.

Evil laughter ensued from the house fanboy. I should probably add that he was mainly a Marvel fan, but also read some indies as well, and definitely was up on all the machinations of the publishing houses.

Before the new 52 actually occurred, I was at a comic book shop going through the sale bins looking for Superman comics. One of my son’s friends, another fanboy who actually did the ordering for a local comic book shop, came over to me with a Grifter comic and said, “This is the future of the DC universe!” If he had had a moustache, he would have twirled it. I told him to “get that shit away from me.” Was I worried about the new 52? Yea, I was. I was already having PTSD from WONK and Grounded. Flashpoint had fridged Lois again and Superman was only Kal-El, not Clark Kent. No Smallville. But the writer had added it was a cliché to kill off Lois – and it was, but it was not the last time she would be fridged in new 52 era.

The new 52 began on August 31, 2011 with Justice League declared the flagship of the universe with Geoff Johns as writer and the former head honcho of Wildstorm, Jim Lee drawing. Lee also redesigned most of the characters putting a ‘majestic’ collar on the Man of Steel. Superman was no longer the flagship character. His identity and stories would be guided by Justice League and their future plans.

All issues carried #1 on their covers. Aside from Justice League, all other books started in September, 2011. I have been doing statistics on the top 10 books of that time plus any others that involve Superman or that strike my fancy.

I started my statistics using October, 2011 order numbers involving the 2nd issues. This seemed a good place to start without the anomaly of the #1s.

Action Comics #2 orders were 153,855, still riding high from the #1s with top writer, Grant Morrison. He was creating a new Superman building 5 years in the past. Only Action Comics and Justice League have this five year gap. Again, Superman’s story would be contingent upon Justice League’s plans.

All prominent characters from the Wildstorm universe had their own books, except for one. Mr. Majestic. He was nowhere to be found in the new 52. Reason: He was being called Superman. An alien with no human ties who didn’t have much of a moral core and who had a superpowered girlfriend. Jim Lee had created Mr. Majestic because he thought it was dumb for Superman not to use his powers to their full extent. More on that later.

Superman #2 orders were 94,233. Veteran George Perez’s story took place in the present or five years in the future of Action Comics. The five year gap was a bottomless pit and even Superman “wished things could be different.” No one knew who this new Superman was and it certainly didn’t bode well when Perez left the book after issue 6 not knowing who this new Superman was or what editorial kept in or out of the book. Shades of things to come.

One year later, October, 2012, Issue #13, Morrison kept his story in the past despite rumblings of bringing it into the present and order numbers were 67,241. A loss of 56.3% (or -86,614) from it’s number 2 issue. Although Morrison fans have often said wait for the TPBs and not get the individual issues. what happened? Why did Morrison decide to keep the book in the past? He was not writing foundational Superman because of what was happening in Justice League after it jumped into the present. And Justice League being a team book certainly wasn’t giving Superman any foundation. The Kent marriage (hinted in Action 12) was declared dead before new 52 began and now everyone knew why. The fauxmance, lightswitched in Justice League #12 but with a HUGE multimedia campaign by Lee and Johns. Superman, aka new 52 Mr. Majestic, had a supergirlfriend now, Wonder Woman.

In Superman, Keith Giffen & Dan Jurgens wrote him for six months after Perez. These two top veterans who knew Superman inside and out were unable to breach the editorial barrier. They had to include Wildstorm baddie, Helspont, into the story. Superman and Action often had the character dealing with alternate realities and timelines but never anything about Clark Kent at the Daily Planet. Does anyone truly believe that these two creators would have Clark dating Lucy Lane as his ‘love interest’? By issue #13 in October, 2012, the book had yet another creator taking over. Scott Lobdell. A veteran of Marvel and then Wildstorm, just like his Editor-In-Chief, Bob Harras, who was at the editorial retreat in October, 2010. Orders for issue #13 were 52,155. A drop of 44.7% (-42,078).

In October, 2013, 2 years after the DCU was rebooted, Action Comics had abysmal numbers. Wasn’t that the reason given for the reboot? And the character of Superman was hard rebooted. Not reboot lite like Batman. What happened during that year? Andy Diggle took over Action for #19 and then quit to have Tony Daniel finish his run (20-21). He said he left for professional reasons. But later we learned, he would not write the fauxmance, which had never appeared or was even mentioned in Action Comics. So Bob Harras tapped Scott Lobdell to write both Action and Superman. Scott Lobdell’s final issue, Action #24 had 39,620 orders for a drop since #2 of 74.2% (-114,235 prints). The worst dive of any new 52 ‘top 10’ book. 114,235 orders is a top selling book on any given month. Why did DC Comics allow it’s first superhero to be desecrated to this point just 4 months after his hit movie, Man of Steel?

Greg Pak took over writing duties in November, 2013 and the fauxmance was mentioned for the first time in Action Comics. He was not allowed to use Lois Lane. Also Charles Soule got the job of writing the fauxmance book which debuted in October, 2013. It’s first issue with a double icon lineup failed to reach 100,000 orders.,

Lobdell continued to write Superman even after publicly sexually harassing a female creator on a comics panel in late 2013 and in March, 2014 Superman was at it’s lowest point with 33,633 orders (down 64.3% or -60,600). Lobdell’s last issue for Superman was May, 2014 with the Doomed event prelude. Geoff Johns and John Romita, Jr. took over the book in June, 2014 (#32) bringing up the orders to 89,140 (down only 5% or -5,093). Quite a jump. But for nearly three years, Superman fans were exposed to a concept of Superman they didn’t know and couldn’t trust. Johns will be bringing back Metropolis, the Daily Planet, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen and Perry White. Things that are staples of the Superman mythology.

Who was responsible for Superman falling to these depths of near obscurity? Especially during his 75th anniversary year in 2013?

Scott Snyder went to Dan Didio with a Superman story he wanted to write. Didio sent him to Jim Lee. Why? Lee decided he would draw the book and they would use it to celebrate Superman’s 75th anniversary. (Apparently if it wasn’t for Snyder, Superman would have had no other additional book but the fauxmance to celebrate his 75th anniversary.) Snyder’s story was classic Superman mythology involving Metropolis and Lois Lane.

Superman Unchained debuted in June, 2013 as the top comic with 251,456 orders to coincide with the Man of Steel film and perhaps to get the movie going public interested in the character again. The second issue was the top comic for July, 2013 with 165,754. Since comic book #1s usually are an anomaly statistically, I will continue to use the second issue stats. In August, Unchained was the top DC Comic at #2 with 136,319 (down 18% or -29,435). September brings unique books (or stunts) and so there was no Superman Unchained scheduled. However, it was scheduled for October, 2013, the same month as fauxmance book debut. Superman Unchained #4 got bumped to November, 2013. (more about this pattern later) So if any new readers jumped on board previously to September, this slowed down the momentum of the book. Plus new readers’ experience would not be good if they weren’t able to read their book on a regular basis. So much for rebooting the entire universe for new readers, right?

Unchained #4 was published in November and managed to be the 3rd highest DC Comic and was 4th for the month with 110,611, a drop of 55,153 from it’s 2nd issue or -33.3% (which is comparable to Batman’s drop from it’s #2 issue in October, 2011). Superman Unchained #5 was released on New Year’s Eve, highly irregular for a top selling book but had the 5th highest book for the month and 3rd DC Comic with the most orders. 96,322 orders which was a drop of 41.9% or 69,432 less orders than it’s 2nd issue.

In 2011, co-pubs Didio and Lee said that new 52 books would go out on time even if creators had to be added to a book to complete it. In 2013, that mandate got thrown out the window for one book in particular, Superman Unchained. The book that was based on standard Superman mythology and did not involve the fauxmance going on in the new 52.

On January 21, 2014, Scott Snyder tweeted that the final issue of Unchained #9 would be coming out on April 30th, 2014. He stated that the book was always only 9 issues long. That would mean that Snyder was finished scripting the book and fans would get an issue monthly. A solicit for April, confirmed Snyder’s statement.

For those of you who don’t know, your local comic book shop has to order books three months in advance, usually by only reading a solicit from the publisher and those are the numbers reflected in the monthly stats provided by Diamond, the distributor. More about that later.

Superman Unchained was not published in January or February, 2014. In March, 2014, fans got #6 which was 2nd only to Batman in orders. 94,147 orders which was a drop of 71,607 or -43.2% since issue #2.

On April 2, 2014, DC announced that they were canceling the last two issues of Unchained (8 & 9) but promised to resolicit. In other words the book was delayed so much, they could not use the order numbers accumulated for the original solicit dates. This way of doing business terrified some fans who did not understand, this is not unusual for a book involving Jim Lee. Fanboys can tell you all about Divine Right, a book written and drawn by Lee when he was head of Wildstorm. It took him two years for twelve issues with many resolicits. Another book was All Star Batman and Robin (an out of continuity book which had the fauxmance) which Lee never finished despite the fact Frank Miller, the writer, said there were four or five issues left. Ten issues were published between 2005 and 2008. In 2009, Lee acknowledged it was he who caused the delays in the book. In 2010, DC announced the book would finish under the name, Dark Knight: Boy Wonder and would run for 6 issues beginning in February, 2011. Lee never did those issues because he was working on Justice League for the new 52 by that time.

And I didn’t even mention WildC.A.T.S with Grant Morrison (only 1 issue published) or Batman: Europa (nothing published). Plus, supposedly “because he felt his role as publisher and his growing family demands interfered with his role as an artist, Lee left Image Comics and sold Wildstorm to DC Comics in late 1998, enabling him to focus once again on art.” It couldn’t be because Wildstorm products were notoriously late or incomplete? And what fan needs that kind of treatment?

But I digress . . .

Scott Snyder apologized for the delay of Superman Unchained (which wasn’t his fault). Lee only said the book would have more pages (meaning #9, we now realize), but never has said he was sorry for the still continuing delays. This from the co-publisher who adamantly said “books will be on time.” Question: What good is a promise of more pages from a creator who can’t even finish a ‘normal’ amount of pages?

Superman Unchained #7 was finally published in July, 2014. But the constant delays had taken it’s toll on fans. The book was no longer in the top 5 or top 10. 14th for the month with 69,523. A drop of 96,231 or -58% since it’s 2nd issue.

Another pattern fans have noticed with Unchained is that when it is solicited for a date which falls on the same day as the fauxmance, Unchained gets bumped. Superman fans can no longer trust a classic Superman mythology book will ever get published with any regularity especially while the artist, co-publisher, attendee of the 2010 editorial retreat, is connected with said book.

Superman Unchained #8 has been re-solicited for September 10th which is highly unusual for DC Comics stunt month. If released in September, it will be buried by Future’s End #1s. One shots. Remember #1’s sell more than other numbers because collectors join the party. It’s not about the story but that number on the cover.

If Lee waits around for an October or November release date for #8, then we may have a repeat of October, 2013. No Unchained. #12 of the fauxmance will be Charles Soule’s last issue and in November, the book will be taken over by Peter Tomasi. It appears that a bestselling book by Scott Snyder is not given the same consideration as a book which is more in line with what was decided in the 2010 editorial retreat.

The oversized #9 is not even on the horizon. It’s been over a year since Superman Unchained #1 appeared and Jim Lee couldn’t get 8 more issues done within that period of time, most of which was during Superman’s 75th anniversary.

Amongst all this new 52 demoralizing of Superman, Action #1 from 1938 has had phenomenal sales. In 2010, a book sold for 1.5 million dollars. In 2011, a book sold for 2.0 million dollars. Currently, there is bidding on a third book which is reaching over 2.0 million dollars.

Was turning Superman into Mister Majestic with everything but the S shield on his chest really worth it? And who keeps their job, degrading the most recognized character around the world? But I guess redesigning cereal box characters is more important than drawing a top selling Superman story to celebrate his 75th anniversary.

August 21, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. Leave a comment.

G2HARDCORE: CATCH UP ON THE DCU NEWS

Tej and Holli have had 2 shows under the G2HARDCORE format.

April 12 show

April 19 show

Also available on iTunes.

More information on the G2Factor page.

 

April 20, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Announcements, Lois Lane, Superman. Leave a comment.

RENAISSANCE MAN NO MORE

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When I was young I didn’t know what a Renaissance man was, but I knew what a Superman was/is/should be.

Superman to me was more than just a brawling alien who fought for Earth and its human inhabitants.  Being the Last Son of Krypton allowed this being to possess all the knowledge of the known galaxies. What does such a man do with all those advantages?  How can mere humans ever hope to relate to him?  How can a reading audience ever trust him to never be corrupted?  The answer is in his origins.  He took on a human identity.

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February 15, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. Leave a comment.

Superman or Superdouche?

THIS:

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OR THIS?:

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If you have read Superman #27, you know what I’m talking about.  Scott Lobdell has taken this character and made him into something no superhero should ever even verge on – a complete douche.

Aside from Scott Lobdell not having any idea what Superman is about and that he uses his own personal voice to animate Clark, what else could be going on here – storywise.  I think I’ve discussed the possible political behind-the-scenes machinations quite enough.  Besides, they are moot or will be come this summer.  Oh, there will still be politics and power plays but at least they seem to be turning in favor of Superman fans and their beloved Clark Kent.

Why would Superman, Clark, not trust Lois Lane to keep her mouth shut about his secret?  We know that Lois has had a history of keeping the secret even from Clark.  Why in this instance doesn’t he trust her?

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February 6, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Announcements, Baudy's Reviews, BaudyBlahBlahBlah, Lois Lane, Superman. 5 comments.

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