Captain Marvel SHAZAM! more than I expected, but I’m not sure if Black Adam needed a whole movie for himself. (It’s a bummer that SHAZAM! Fury Of The Gods got delayed until next year, but at least it should be coming out.) The supervillain has gotten more nuance since he became a fixture in Justice Society Of America comics, but they also amped up him being a brutal Middle Eastern dictator. Doing movies about him mass murdering is more in character makes more sense than Superman or Batman, but I’m not eager for WB to get stuck in this rut. If the movie is a hit, I worry we’ll be back to a glut of grimdark DC movies. If it bombs, I worry WB won’t attempt adapting any characters riskier than Batman. I’d like to see the Justice Society get more mainstream attention, but I don’t want them being upstaged just to show how badass Black Adam is.
Complicating matters is mess that Warner Brothers Discovery has quickly become. Even though this movie was made pre-David Zaslav trying to ruin the company from within, the current leadership will take credit if it’s successful. (Walter Hamada furiously quit as President Of DC-Based Film Production upon Zaslav unilaterally shelving Batgirl.) Some Twitter randos said it was right to cancel Batgirl because she’s an obscure character nobody cares about, implying Black Adam wasn’t cancelled because he’s much more popular. Seriously? For a movie claiming to open on Friday, it sure had a full day of Thursday screenings. Lightning strike “continue reading” if you want to get to SPOILERS. DC League Of Super-Pets spoilers are a bonus.
This is more of a misdirect than a spoiler. SHAZADAM is a snappier name, regardless.
There have been numerous aborted attempts to adapt Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed The Sandman to live action for years. Netflix is the first to see it to fruition. Or one could argue it’s runner-up to Fox’s Lucifer, whose eponymous piano bar Devil & Mazikeen were spin-offs. David Goyer is one of the executive producers, which is worrisome. Allan Heinberg as the other executive producer & showrunner is less alarming. I wasn’t sure what to make of its trailers. Does it live up to its reputation of being Sleepwalker done wrong?
His helm is inspired both by Wesley Dodds’s gas mask & Alien’s Space Jockey.
After a two year absence, San Diego Comic Con returned in collective figurative person to San Diego! As a germaphobe on a limited budget, I did not partake of the festivities directly. I enjoyed the virtual panels that I used to be able to stream at home, but they’ve been discontinued. While I couldn’t observe the Gremlins: Secrets Of The Mogwai panel, I’m relived Tze Chun meeting Greta went great. Despite what crazy people on The Twitter insisted, neither Henry Cavill nor Elizabeth Olsen showed up! The amount of Everything Everywhere All At Once cosplay I saw secondhand pleased me.
I was planning on doing one of my non-review blogs after Thor Part IV & Ms. Marvel’s inaugural season, but a heatwave of the non-Mick Rory variety struck. I can work when it’s too hot or too cold. I need a temperature-regulating gimp suit like Scorpius. Then I got hung up obsessing over SDCC tidbits from another timezone. So I realized nobody would bother reading a non-SDCC article from me. I doubt anyone even wants to read an SDCC retrospective from me, but sometimes you have to write a low stakes blog to remind visitors there’ll be better blogs soon. If you share my incredibly narrow interests, this armchair SDCC coverage is the overview for you! It goes action figures, Marvel, & DC. As usual, no actual comic book news will be involved!
“Are you here for Dom-Con too?” “No, we’re looking for the American Library Association conference.”
If you wanted a very verbose blog about customizing Lashina & her use within DC Comics, you’ve come to the right place! If not, just look at the pictures. Either way it gives you more fake nerd cred than reading a Thor 4 trailer reaction. The real nerd cred, however, comes from supporting #renewLegendsOfTomorrow until The CW bends to our will! The bastards just cancelled Legends Of Tomorrow the same day we lost Neal Adams & Batwoman? GRODD DAMN THEM! Now back #saveLegendsOfTomorrow & petition HBO Max to give it a proper wrap-up!
Post-Apocalyptic jump rope has a dress code.
When (Green) Arrow premiered, I thought it would be nifty if it was folded into the same continuity as Man Of Steel. It wasn’t, but the Beeboverse flourished as its own TV ecosystem. It wasn’t until this year that there would be a TV show directly tied into DC’s interconnected movies. Since the MCU can’t decide which television programs count prior to last year’s Disney+ boom, HBO Max isn’t that far behind the competition. Throw your dog the invisible bone for Peacemaker (& The Suicide Squad) SPOILERS!
If Djimon Hounsou can play two characters in this cinematic universe…
This January was even worse for me than usual, what with everything breaking behind the scenes. I’m glad to have survived into the latest Year Of The Tiger. I’m going to use my crummy start to the year as my excuse for missing a week after my Baron Zemo custom. I’ll rue this when I look back at 2022’s annual readership! Meanwhile my paranoid paean to God-Lyn suddenly did gangbusters during this break, so perhaps I should publish even less?
So to compensate, I’m dumping out a variety of Batman thoughts I’d been stockpiling. It’s a mess, but I streamlined it by saving the movie & cartoon bits for later. Note that these aren’t about The Batman, as I feel I’m the only person not enthused about that movie. (It’s not about the earlier cartoon either.) I don’t even plan on watching it in a cinema. I just really needed to put The Batman in the title out of SEO desperation. Maybe this way people will want to read this ramble in March.
The Batman is not gonna be as brilliant as Dan Pinto’s script from Ingrid Goes West. The Batman makes me miss Gotham. How can I already be nostalgic for something that only ended recently? An HBO Max TV show about the GCPD before the Batman & another about Penguin sound like they’ll be stretching the narrative pretty thin. If only there was some way to combine the two into something meaty…
I finally got my obligatory annual cat post out of the way. (Now they tell me the cat blogging tips?) That oughta keep the Meow Mafia off my lap for a little while. Now here’s SPOILERS for how the last four installments of “The Flash: Armageddon” & “Rivervale” transpired plus a bit of bonus Beebo & ZEP!
I finally got around to publishing my annual cat post! As usual, it contains anecdotes about my kitty & assorted cat links with minimal narrative cohesion. Many of the links I’d collected over the year turned out to be from retricted or deleted accounts the day before just to make this more challenging. I even found new things to say about Cats. So bully for you if that’s what you’ve been waiting for from my blog! If not, come back soon for the forthcoming The Flash Armageddon, Rivervale, Spider-Man: No Way Home, & Hawkeye reviews torrent! Maybe I’ll enjoy some of them more than Batwoman’s third season?
The Flash & Riverdale have returned for five part crossover events as the prologues to the rest of their seasons resuming in March! Which will be least comprehensible this season? Meanwhile Disney+ just teased a bunch of Marvel series by making the trailers unavailable to viewers until they signed up for the service. (“You have to pay to see our commercials!” is next level advertising evil.) Despite making an effort to promptly review Supergirl’s final season & Doom Patrol season three, all people wanted to read about this weekend (by a gargantuan margin) was my year-old She-Hulk blog. So I’ll over analyze thirty seconds of footage seen for hers & Ms. Marvel’s forthcoming series. This is another instance of me having to use almost all my tags in a single blog! There’s also going to abundant SPOILERS!
This blog has EVERYTHING: outsider pumpkin art, attempted horror film viewing, supernatural sleuths, Halloween hot takes, & Legends Of Tomorrow!