I am going to open this mini-review of the Justice League movie with this statement, DC books were the first american superhero comic books I started collecting, it started on a rainy afternoon in the early 1990’s, in the Waterstones bookstore in the heart of Leicester. I picked up Justice League Europe (part of the Giffen era) and I was hooked. It was humor, super-heroics, paced action and sang with the joy of hope. I was hooked and spent a lot to time and money, back collecting Justice League, International, Europe and a few crossovers. So, it is safe to say I’ve been fan of DC for over 25 years.
There’s been a lot of talk about the potential absence of Superman from the promotions for the Justice League. Plenty of people are likely familiar with what happened at the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it’s still hard to imagine that Supes won’t be a big part of the future of the DC Extended Universe. A lot of questions were left up in the air, and the assumption was that the Justice League would have to get started without him, at least in the beginning. Thankfully, news is starting to surface that Superman will still be a big part of the superhero team, much to the delight of fans.
You already know how I feel about the DCEU movies, but the prospect of leaving Superman out of the Justice League would be downright unforgivable. Superman has always been a founding member of the Justice League, and the idea of putting a movie together without the Kryptonian hero seems like blasphemy. The Justice League, not unlike Marvel’s Avengers, is made up of the heavy-hitters of the DC Universe. It’s literally a supergroup of comics’ biggest stars, with the core being made up of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern, and Martian Manhunter.
It’s well known that the movie will eschew Green Lantern and the Martian Manhunter in lieu of Cyborg, and that actually makes a lot of sense. Green Lantern is still tainted by his 2011 box office bomb, and the Manhunter would have likely been a tougher sell to new fans. Besides, Cyborg was made a founding member when DC rebooted the comics universe in 2011, and adds some much needed diversity to the cast. His costume will still be entirely CGI but recent looks at the suit make it obvious that it was clearly the only way.
What I can’t imagine though, is not having Superman. Superman has long been a staple of the DC universe, and is arguably the most recognizable and beloved superhero of all time. There’s a reason that Superman was the vehicle to kick off the DCEU, and continues to also be a focal point of DC’s digital efforts. Whether on the big or small screen, Superman’s presence looms over everything. A revamp of online casino games from DC and NextGen Gaming revealed that Superman was one of four heroes that were selected for the internet attractions. The other three heroes are Batman, the Flash, and Green Lantern, all notably founding members of the Justice League. The fact that he was even included in these games reinforces just how important the hero is to DC. One might even say that without Superman, there wouldn’t even be at DC. At least, not how it’s known today.
Given the high-profile of Superman on the merchandising tie-ins surrounding the film, it’d be silly for him not to get much screen time. Of course, Wonder Woman was also teased heavily in the lead-up to Batman v. Superman and she didn’t end up having a huge presence. Fans will have to wait and see how things will shake out for Superman, but if DC is smart, they won’t turn their back on the iconic comic book hero just yet.
Yes, you have read this articles title right, the DC Movie Universe (DCMU) is getting it all wrong with its gritty contemporary take on their superheroes, it should instead be aiming squarely at its Silver Age. Let Marvel be contemporary, let’s get retro DCMU! Continue reading
Welcome to the last Inside the Box DCnU52 special, together Jean (aka the Nerd Wife) and myself picked six titles off the rack at our local comic book store Chucks Comics to see what would make it into our box for the next month. This is the last week of the new 52 month so the last chance for DC to recruit new readers with their last set of easy accessible books. Below are my thoughts presented in the order I read the books in.
Justice League Dark #1 – Milligan & Janin – When things go bump in the night who are you going to call? DC’s more mystical characters have always been on the fringe and Justice League Dark wants to change that. I don’t know much about any of these characters – I know Shade because he appeared in Suicide Squad once, Zatanna and Deadman are about my limit because they appeared in the mainstream books; the rest I know little or nothing about and like a lot of the DCnU52 books this one totally fails to really explain them. Interesting, loved the concept of a sentient Power Plant that simply is bored, but that got brushed over. For me its not a keeper although I think Jean will want to keep it. Continue reading