Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Arcade is one of the X-Men's more outlandish villains, but if the movies can adapt Apocalypse and soon Mister Sinister, then why not him? It would be a nice change of pace from all the world conquering bad guys to have Arcade just messing with the X-Men' heads and springing death traps. With the team now finally sporting their more comic-accurate uniforms, it would make for some awesome visuals at least.
Monday, February 27, 2017
After the critical misfires of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, a lot is riding on the success of Wonder Woman. Lets hope that director Patty Jenkins finds the right mix of action, humor, heart and spectacle that the character deserves and can set the DCEU back on the proper track. I liked Jenkins's work on Breaking Bad, but that is such a different property than Wonder Woman, I remain cautiously optimistic.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Given their involvement in the legal system, I can definitely see these two crossing paths and making life difficult for one another. Two-Face has always been my favorite Batman villain, from his appearance to his relationship with Bruce Wayne, to his duality schtick.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
When I would read the JLA/JSA team-ups of my youth, one character looked cooler than the rest. Wesley Dodd's non-traditional superhero garb really stood out against all the ore "modern" looks. The hat, the creepy gas mask, the green and purple combo usually reserved for villains - it all worked perfectly!
Friday, February 24, 2017
I was glad to see Vixen back in the JLA line up with the debut of the new Justice League of America #1. She was the best addition from the Detroit-era League and works well in a team setting. I am also enjoying her live action appearances on DC's Legends of Tomorrow - one of the best realized heroes on TV.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
I am very encouraged by some of the production artwork coming from Thor: Ragnarok. I really like what I see and hope that they stick to the designs. Hela looks spot on, as does the Hulk's armor. Best of all, it looks like Thor will finally be wearing a helmet into battle, at least in the arena scenes.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
General Glory was a Captain America analogue that appeared on the pages of Justice League in the 90's. While he could have been simply a one note parody character, I likes the stories that were told with him and his relationship with Guy Gardner. I don't think he made is past the last few reboots though.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
I was glad to see The House of Mystery make an appearance in the Justice League Dark animated feature. While I thought that having Black Orchid as the embodiment of the house was an interesting spin, I did miss seeing Cain and Abel. I was hoping they would show up during the run of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, but no such luck. Perhaps they will finally get their chance on Justice League Action.
Monday, February 20, 2017
If you would like to hear the brief interview I did with I'ts All Geek To Me, you can find it on podcast right here (I am the first guest).
Logan looks to be a very different take on Wolverine than any past movie appearance. I read Old Man Logan in the comics, but the film appears to only have a few similarities, telling it's own tale of an older Wolverine. It's hard to tell though, the trailers have not given away much, which is a good thing. Let's hope that Hug Jackman's final turn in the role is the most memorable.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
I like pairing these guys together for obvious reasons, and this is their sixth team up. I wanted to add a golden-age style cover to the mix, so here goes!
As I said, Green Arrow and Hawkeye have met before on the blog - They first met in one of my very earliest STF covers... then they were at odds with a few fellow Avengers along for the tale... Next up they faced off against The Hulk and Solomon Grundy... then it was time to hone their skills... and finally they shared an adventure with Black Canary and Mockingbird.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
I enjoy reading about The Shining Knight in the way that I enjoy some of my favorite Captain America stories. The whole "man out of time" concept is always an interesting plot device and works even better with Sir Justin. I'm a big fan of The Seven Soldiers of Victory and All-Star Squadron as well, so wherever he shows up is usually a treat for me.
Friday, February 17, 2017
I am happy to be a guest on tomorrow's episode of I'ts All Geek To Me. I will be chatting with host James Enstall at 4PM EST. I'll try to get a link up once the interview is completed, but if you would like to listen live, you can do so by going here.
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The recent announcement that Black Lightning will be joining the rest of the DC TV lineup on the WB network has me optimistic that we may see The Outsiders in live action yet. Katana has already been established on Arrow, as has Stagg Industries, opening the way for Metamorpho. I don't imagine there would be any conflict in using Halo or Geo-Force, so why not eventually bring Batman's allies together?
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Reporter is a common seen occupation in the comics, either through supporting characters, the media commenting on a hero's actions or even the alter ego of the hero themselves. So a team of reporters seems to me like it would lend itself to all kinds of stories. Especially if the team members all had their own secrets to hide.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Like Aeon Flux, I think that Grendel would look very cool in cartoon form. His simple but effective design would lend itself very well to an animated series or feature. I can imagine it being aimed at older viewers, to keep the tone of his comic stories intact.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
As with yesterday's cover, this is another pairing that I have been meaning to get to for a while. I can just see Namor taking advantage of the fact that Aquaman isn't around to make the moves on Mera. It seems like they go to the same tailor - perhaps there's some history there that we don't know about...
Monday, February 13, 2017
The Hulk gets stronger the angrier that he gets, and if you manage to kill Grundy, he will just come back - this would definitely be a battle that would last a while. I think after a lot of property damage, I'd have to give the edge to ol' Jade Jaws.
These two met once before, fighting side by side against Green Arrow and Hawkeye...
Sunday, February 12, 2017
We got to see Misty Knight in live action in Netflix' Luke Cage, and now Colleen Wing is soon to get her chance to shine when Iron Fist is released on the network. I look forward to The Defenders, where I assume the two will meet at some point and hopefully begin their detective agency and partnership.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Even though he is not an exact replica from the comics, I have enjoyed seeing Ragman in action on the current season of Arrow. The effects they use for his living suit are effective, if a little bit fleeting - I often find myself rewinding to see what just happened. Again, not perfect, but it is still very cool to see characters like Ragman and Wild Dog get some exposure beyond the comics.
Friday, February 10, 2017
As if having a super-powered team of misfits with a wheelchair-bound leader wasn't enough to make them similar to one another, The X-Men and Doom Patrol even fought villainous groups with practically the same name! I'd love to see more of DC's Brotherhood, I always thought they were a formidable bunch back in the day.
This cover comes about from a suggestion my David Welsh, a Patron of this blog. Thank you very much, David!
Thursday, February 9, 2017
I watched the Justice League Dark animated movie last night and it was a lot of fun to watch Constantine, Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Deadman and The Demon fighting side by side. Batman was included as the connection to the traditional JLA, but I didn't mind as he works well with all of those characters. It's a visually cool 70 minutes and definitely has me anticipating the live action version that is finally starting to pick up steam.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
I had just finished reading Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park when the movie adaptation was announced. Dinosaurs had usually been pretty unconvincing on the big screen at that point, so I was glad that Stephen Spielberg would be directing, I knew he would pay close attention to the visuals. And did he ever, that first groundbreaking movie still stands up on present day viewings.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
It seems that Pierce Brosnan is close to signing on to joining the Deadpool sequel as Cable. I think this is great casting, I've always enjoyed Brosnan as an actor, especially his post-Bond career. I hope he comes complete with lots of pouches on his suit and oversized weaponry for Deadpool to comment upon, there's a lot of comedy to be mined from including a no-nonsense type like Cable into the mix.
Monday, February 6, 2017
I thought that this would be a fun match up. it would be nice to see Thunderbolt and Shazzan really go at it without having to hold back. It would be cool to see it animated - come to think of it, there's never been a cartoon Johnny Thunder & T-Bolt- let's change that, DC Animation!
Sunday, February 5, 2017
I am very interested to see how Doctor Strange will be utilized in Thor: Ragnarok, especially given the fact that the bulk of the film is supposed to be set off of Earth. Will Strange be there for a framing sequence or join the other characters on their otherworld adventure? I just hope he has plenty of screen time alongside The Hulk - that's at least two of the Defenders finally united in the movies!
This is the third meeting between these two - they previously shared the spotlight in STF #1044 and STF #81...
Saturday, February 4, 2017
This cover comes about as the result of a request from Gail Simone, writer of Secret Six, Birds of Prey, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Red Sonja and many more titles. Gail's stories are filled with humor, interesting plot twists and always intriguing character interaction. Thanks for all the great reading and for suggesting this pairing, Gail!
Friday, February 3, 2017
Even though they are among the last effects to be completed, I am glad that we got a glimpse of Rocket Raccoon and Groot in the Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 teaser trailer. it will be fun to watch the new dynamic, with Rocket teaching Baby Groot the ropes, and should make for some humorous moments. The toys will probably be flying off of the shelves as well!
Adam met Rocket once before, along with the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy...
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Filming on the Han Solo film has begun. I still think it's a tall order to try and recapture Harrison Ford's iconic character with a new actor in the role, but after being so pleasantly surprised with Rogue One, I am willing to keep an open mind.
Kirk probably still has a grudge against Solo after how their partnership ended... and Chewbacca will continue to get involved with The Federation right into the Next Generation...
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Cat-Man is the perfect example of a character just needing the right take. He had been around for decades as a C-list Batman villain that nobody took particularly seriously. Gail Simone made him a key member of the revamped Secret Six and gave him a new depth and back story that really impressed me. Now, instead of a joke, he's an interesting and highly competent character in the DCU that I always keep an eye out for.