Building a DC Cinematic Universe. Part 1

•August 1, 2012 • Leave a Comment

So the Dark Knight has come and, um, risen to the challenge of capping off one of the greatest, if not the greatest, trilogies of all time. I’ll be honest, I was a little choked up about it after seeing it a second time. I guess it hit me that this was the last great effort for DC to have a superhero movie franchise, at least for a while. Sure, they have Man Of Steel coming out next year, but do you remember Superman Returns? Yeah.

Now that The Avengers have essentially conquered the universe, DC and Warner Brothers have taken notice. I think it’s safe to say that they are essentially embarrassed by the success Marvel is having year after year, and their failed attempts at franchise building (*cough, Green Lantern, *cough). And also since their biggest superhero franchise has ended with The Dark Knight Rises, they are looking to replicate the success of Marvel and try to bring their superhero team to the big screen in the next few years.

I wouldn’t say that was the best idea, especially before Man of Steel comes out and we know if it’s a success or not, but it’s good to know that they’re trying, right?

I’m sure that they head honchos at DC and Warner Bros have a plan in place to bring the Justice League to life, but even so, I thought I’d chime in with my thoughts on how to do it. Here they are:

Make Man of Steel the Iron Man of the DC Cinematic Universe.

What do I mean by that? I mean have Man of Steel be the first to establish the universe. Like Iron Man before it, have it be it’s own movie and then just have a quick after credits scene that references the bigger universe. You can even have the references before the end of the movie. Clark is a journalist, you can easily insert quick shots of headlines mentioning a guy that runs really fast, or a newly discovered island in which only women live in. Or better yet, have a shot of Tomar Re failing to save Krypton just as it explodes. The movie is done filming, but there’s still enough time to film these references, if they haven’t already. Plus, there’s already a rumor that Wonder Woman has a cameo in it.

Don’t copy Marvel’s model exactly.

I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing, I’m just saying that outright copying it would be a bad idea. Marvel and DC have been copying each other for decades in the comic books, doing it in the movies would just be a natural progression of that. However, DC has to somehow differentiate themselves from Marvel so it doesn’t look like a rip-off, even though it’s not really and Marvel did it first.

My suggestion is, instead of having a team-up movie first, they should do a Superman/Batman movie. I’m sure that that movie would do more than Avengers based on name recognition alone. A lot more people know who they are than they do The Avengers.

What DC is doing now instead is making a Justice League straight after Man Of Steel, which I think is a bad idea. Having a Superman/Batman movie, they have the chance to reintroduce their rebooted Batman into a cinematic universe and makes their series of movies different enough from Marvel that ordinary non-geeks can tell them apart.

After that they can set up the other individual movies, again after referencing them in the movie maybe, and finally culminating in Batman and Superman being joined by the rest of the League to face an even bigger threat than they did.

Make an Aquaman movie.

Hear me out, please.

I know what you’re gonna say, but I have a good excuse for making an Aquaman movie. First of all, who would’ve thought five years ago that we would get an awesome Iron Man? or a Thor movie? You see what I’m getting at? Regular folks didn’t know who Iron Man or Thor were before their respective movies came out, and see how well they did?

What makes an Aquaman movie different from Iron Man is the fact that everyone knows who Aquaman is. And Everyone makes fun of him. What better way to make him respectable and a cool character than making him a movie? They should take a hint from the current run by Geoff Johns and make Aquaman a badass.

If the general audience can buy Aquaman, they’ll buy anything.

Hire Gail Simone to write Wonder Woman.

It’s a weird world we live in when we can have a Jonah Hex movie and not a Wonder Woman movie. She is the third most recognizable hero in the DC Universe and the most recognizable female hero. Why haven’t we had a WW movie yet? Who knows. My guess is that the people writing her for movies don’t really get the character, and/or are guys. That and a lot of people writing movies are just pens-for-hire that don’t know that much about comics. That’s not always the case, but if you’re gonna write a comic book movie, at least show some love for the material.

Why not just get Gail Simone to write her? Is Hollywood really that sexist that they can’t hire a woman to write a movie about a woman? Gail Simone is one of the best writers in comics around, and wrote the excellent Wonder Woman animated movie. Plus, she loves comics, so she will definitely try to write something that doesn’t anger her as a fan of the material, like so many other writers.

Just hire her and be done with it.

Get Paul Dini to write Batman.

Again, another writer suggestion. This time, it’s Paul Dini, who wrote some of the best Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond and Justice League episodes and also wrote what is considered by many to be the best Batman movie ever, Mask of the Phantasm, and the two Arkham games. This guy gets Batman, and he also gets how he can fit with the rest of the DC Universe.

Nolan’s Batman, while awesome, could not fit in with the rest of the DC Universe. Dini can write a Batman in a more fantastical world and still make sense, and that’s exactly what we need for DC’s movie Universe.

Bring in the whole Green Lantern Corps.

One of the problems I had with the Green Lantern movie, is the limited screen time given to the Green Lantern Corps. I don’t know about you, but the Corps is the most appealing aspect of the Green Lantern Mythos. My favorite Lantern isn’t even human, and I’m guessing that’s the same for a lot of people.

I didn’t think that Ryan Reynolds did a horrible job, so bring him back, but also bring with him the likes of Kilowog, Isamot Kol, Sodam Yat and the rest. And might as well introduce the rest of the human Lanterns. You can make them establish the space aspect of the DC Universe and set up a threat too big even for the Corps to handle, and that’s where the Justice League comes in.

And while you’re at it, bring in the whole Emotional Spectrum and have ourselves a Blackest Night.

Those are my suggestions for a DC Cinematic Universe. Next time, I’ll tell you my suggestions for the Justice League and then the stories they can tackle together.

Until next time.

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Quick Thoughts: The Dark Knight Rises (spoilers)

•July 25, 2012 • 1 Comment

I saw The Dark Knight Rises last weekend, along with showings for Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, and just had to say something about it. I realized I’m not too good at reviews, or just too lazy right now to do one, so I’m just going to do my quick thoughts on what I thought about the movie in lazy bullet points. I might do a review, but who listens to my reviews anyway?

Be warned, Spoilers ahead:

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The Dark Knight Rises 13 minute behind the scenes featurette.

•July 10, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I haven’t done a regular non-opinion post in a while, but I thought this was a good video to share.

I don’t like to brag* but I was an extra on The Dark Knight Rises. I was in the crowd in Heinz field for the scene where they blow up the stadium. It was awesome for the first 10 hours before I got heatstroke and needed to leave. I did get to “act” though. First during the the faux kick return, cheering for my team, the Gotham city Rogues, and then running for my life as the explosives were set off. All in all, it was an awesome experience and got to see the Awesome Christopher Nolan in action, and caught a glimpse of Tom Hardy as well. Also, three batmobiles were on set to entertain the crowd.

Anyways, I’m telling you this because of this 13 minute featurette in which there are several shots of that particular scene. I was looking for me while watching it, but couldn’t find me. Anyways, if you do spot me, let me know in the comments!

*I Lied

Thoughts on: Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut.

•June 27, 2012 • Leave a Comment

So, yesterday we finally got our extended ending to one of the greatest video game trilogies of all time: Mass Effect. For those of you who don’t read the internet or don’t play games, Mass Effect 3 was released three months ago to a lot of critical acclaim, but with one very vocal complain: The ending.

First a little background. Mass Effect was always a series that focused on the choices you made, and how they affected the outcome of the story. The first game had very different endings, and the second game could have ended with the entire cast of characters dead! How’s that for deciding the outcome of a game? But with Mass Effect 3, the endings were all practically the same, just different colored explosions, but that’s not even the worst part about it.

The original endings to Mass Effect 3 offered no real closure to the characters that we grew to fall in love with over the course of three games. A lot of the ending had huge plot holes that made no sense in the cinematic, contradicted established canon, and just plain didn’t make sense. With The Extended Cut DLC, Bioware answered some of the complaints people had with the original ending, and for the most part, they succeeded.

Here are my thoughts on the new Endings:

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Quick Thoughts on Prometheus

•June 21, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I saw Prometheus about two weeks ago and I finally decided to write something about it. It’s not a review just some bullet points about it. At first I thought it was an OK film, but now I’m having second thoughts. Everyone seems to want to analyze it on some deeper level than I’m about to, but since I’m not deep at all, I’ll just spew some stuff that kinda bugged me.

There will be spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the movie, don’t read this, just watch the many trailers that spoil the movie anyway.

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Batman vs. The Avengers

•May 10, 2012 • 2 Comments

Now that The Avengers is out and Marvel characters are gaining a whole lot of new fans, I feel worried that the greatest superhero in comics has no chance to compete against the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Over the past couple of weeks I have read some articles on how Iron Man is a better superhero than Batman, on how The Dark Knight Rises just isn’t looking as fun or as big as The Avengers is. So I decided to take it upon myself the task of inventing a scenario where Batman comes out on top.

To be fair, The Avengers movie was frakkin’ awesome. It could easily be the best comic book movie ever. At least it’s the best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It had everything a Comic Book movie should be: Great fights, great humor, great villains, and at the end of the day a great hook for the next one. Ten years ago no one would’ve thought that a movie like this would be possible, now we know that it is and it can be hugely successful as well.

There’s just no beating a whole bunch of superheroes coming together to fight a big threat. This is also one of the reasons why I believe that The Dark Knight Rises will not be as successful as Avengers. The movie could turn out to be better, but like I said, there’s nothing better than superheroes coming together. The reason The Dark Knight did better than Iron Man 4 years ago was because no one knew who Iron Man was at the time. Now, everyone and their mothers know who he is and want to see him team up. There’s just not that going on with The Dark Knight Rises. So, I admit, I believe that The Avengers will beat Batman at the box office and it won’t even be close. I think even the most diehard Batman fanboy would have to agree.

However, I’m not going to talk about the box office here.

What I’m going to talk about is how Batman, the character, can beat The Avengers.

It is one of those unwritten rules that Batman fans like to throw around whenever a discussion like this comes up: Batman, given enough time to prepare, can beat any character in any universe. Non-Batman fans hate this, regardless of Marvel or DC camp. To be honest most arguments in favor of the “rule” are mindless cries of “Batman Wins every time!!!1!1!”. They’re not exactly well thought out and they can be easily refuted with minimal logic.

But, it is established in the DC universe that Batman has contingency plans to take out every single member of the Justice League, in case they ever went rogue. Those plans have played an important part in some stories and they provide insight into Batman’s character. He’s a paranoid bastard, essentially, but the stories are interesting nonetheless. Who’s to say that in the event of him having to take out The Avengers, he wouldn’t have some sort of plan? I mean, he is Batman.

So here are my thoughts on how Batman could take out The Avengers. I’m only going to address the movie Avengers, since there are far too many in the comics to include. Plus I’m lazy and I only thought about them.

In the interest of fairness, I feel I should state that I’m a huge Batman fan and I am going to be incredibly biased regarding the scenario. Batman will win here, I’m just going to point out the ways I think it could be done.

Please feel free to comment on your thoughts on who would win in the specific scenario. Also, please note that I’m not an expert on these characters. I’m more of a DC fan so if there’s some mistakes on a specific character’s abilities or powers, please correct me.

All right, Let’s kick this pig!

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I’m Back!

•May 4, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I have been away for a while.

8 months? Really? Holy crap!

I guess I forgot about this thing. I was in Canada, USA, and now back home in sunny (frak the sun, I like the cold) Mexico.

I know I promised more consistent updating and stuff and I didn’t deliver. I planned a whole series of Comic Book reviews that didn’t happen. I was held up in other matters while I was in Canada. Making robots.Not cool robots, but still. I have no excuse for not updating while I was in the US. I was just lazy.

But now, my promised comic book reviews will probably never be. There’s no comic book stores where I live so I can’t buy them. Maybe I’ll give comixology a try, but it’s just a different thing and feeling getting your books from the store instead of online, so who knows. I had planned on updating about stuff that happened between my last post and now, but I was too preoccupied with school and moving. And I was lazy.

What happens next is probably a new opinion oriented stuff. I’ll probably just write about whatever happens to be on my mind at that particular time. I might still do reviews of movies and stuff, but I would also like to start doing maybe more creative stuff like short stories and poems. They will probably not be good, but who reads this anyway.

So with that, I leave this post and hope that the next topic of discussion doesn’t take another 8 months to publish. I’ll try to post semi-regularly, but don’t get your hopes up.

Nobody reads this anyway.

 
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