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Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice or Whatever Happened to The Man of Steel 2?

Oh where, oh where, did Man of Steel 2 go, oh where, oh where could it be?

Funny thing happened in the Internet, Man of Steel 2 is officially not Man of Steel 2. The film is now titled, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice because Batman rules over all in the land of Warner Brothers. The comedy of this is simple, Man of Steel didn’t bring Warner Bros. the billion dollar figure so Batman here to save the billion dollar day. As this has been announced, I am legit laughing. Yes this sets this as a prequel for Justice League, that’s fine and I see where they’re coming from. That’s respectable enough that they want to boost up that upcoming movie, now I wonder whatever happened to The Man of Steel 2? Superman it seems has been crowded out of his own movie as Batman has taken the lead away from The Man of Steel. While I understand title flow at least Superman should have had a more prominent place in what was originally his movie. To be honest at this point the evolution of this film from Man of Steel 2 to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice leaves me less than enthused.

As with my lack of enthusiasm for the Justice League piece, I want to be proven wrong. When I see the trailer for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice I want to see myself wanting to be in that theater day one. As of right now though I’m just amused at this stage of the film. I will go further in stating that yes I like the Batman costume and Batmobile and I can’t wait to see those pictures of the film as they get released. Believe me until that trailer hits I will be keeping tabs on the progress of Batman V Superman. When the only thing I’m really enthusiastic about is the fact that the Batman costume looks cool, that’s not a good sign. There’s a lot to prove here too, this is Warner Brothers/DC Entertainment’s big set up to Justice League. Outside of Batman though, I’m not seeing much else to be Yay Batman V Superman yet.

Now if this turns out to be a cool movie come 2016, I’ll be happy to say I was wrong in my lack of enthusiasm. I will do the darned Dance of Joy if Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice turns out to be great. I joke that the surname here is as subtle as a hammer as to what they’re going for. While this will be our sequel to Man of Steel 2, I wouldn’t expect as much follow up as you realize. Man of Steel introduces Superman, Batman V Superman sets up Batman, Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman and more, boy this movie is going to be crowded with characters. Every character introduced in Man of Steel probably won’t be in the movie much taking a back seat to whatever other things are happening in the film. Oh they’re all back but as bit players, at least from what I can gather.

Aye yi yi, I don’t know at this point. Maybe I am being a bit cynical about this movie, the name, and everything else Justice League surrounding this. If this movie turns out to be amazing, I will be as happy as anyone else. I’m not kidding about doing the dance of joy outside of the theater if this turns out to be wonderful. Until then, let the first trailer of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice be my guide to see how much enthusiasm I will end up having for this movie in the interim.


How Does Ant-Man Get His Own Film Before Wonder Woman?

Today I just got a link sent to me via my pal Jess a.k.a @MadamComicBook on twitter from the dorkly website. It was a comic strip involving Wonder Woman and the lack of her own movie at DC Comics, linked here for your immediate reading. Wonder Woman being added into Batman vs. Superman/Man of Steel 2/Justice League prequel was a good thing, then we learn that a Wonder Woman movie may not be happening for awhile. I like how the comic strip breaks it down, quickly making you realize that a Wonder Woman movie shouldn’t be this hard. When there’s a Metal Men movie, Shazam! movie, Justice League Dark movie, and at least six other films hanging out in development outside of Justice League, why doesn’t Wonder Woman have her own movie? Oh sure she’ll get an introduction of sorts in Man of Batman Justice League of  Steel prequel, but isn’t she deserving of her own share of screen time? She’s one of the originals in the DC Universe and instead she’s just a small part in the DC Movie Universe, what sense does that make?

It’s been used before but when there’s a talking Raccoon, giant talking tree, and Ant-Man getting a movie before Wonder Woman, this is getting downright goofy. Now make no mistake I’m happy that Wonder Woman is popping up on screen and I have no issue at all with Gal Godot playing her because that’s fine by me. I would rather her get a full movie on her own to explore Wonder Woman as a character and give her a genuine introduction rather than part of an already bloated movie. It’s why I do get a little annoyed that Wonder Woman is just part of the machine of this movie that if it is not a complete mess I will be amazed. I’m already not enthused by the upcoming Justice League film and the handling of this entire franchise frustrates me, I don’t want to repeat myself so if you missed it, here you go and onwards with the rest of my thoughts on Wonder Woman.

If DC Comics and Warner Bros. would have thought this through, they could have done their Batman vs. Superman/Man of Steel 2, given the Wonder Woman cameo and then Wonder Woman gets her own film. Wonder Woman gets her own film and you can introduce another member of the Justice League there if you like and there you go. When Ant-Man alone gets his own film before one of the Trinity of the DCU, this doesn’t seem right to me. Now before we get into another deal here, I am looking forward to Ant-Man but still it has to be said. Even in DC’s development slate and a Metal Men movie is in development over Wonder Woman, we live in a weird movie world. Somehow no one at DC Entertainment/Warner Bros. can make heads or tails out of making a Wonder Woman film but can make sense out of Metal Men?

Wonder Woman’s movie situation has been on my mind for awhile, just finally found the way to express it thanks to a comic strip. I will be curious to hear what you all have to say on this yourselves. This is an issue that resonates throughout all of comics internet and beyond. Looking forward to some lively discussion.

(Special Note: Jess/MadamComicBook mentioned the Metal Men thing to me and I had to put that in here, Thanks Jess!)



Wesley’s Rhymes With Geek Round Up 4/29/14

Today is my Rhymes With Geek round up day, as it’s been one active day for me in the Rhymes with Geek Universe. Two major postings, one review and one cross posted feature. Which means it is time to make Rhymes with Geek magic happen as I update you on my activities in Rhymes With Geek for April 29, 2014.

Today I cross posted the Justice League Movie article I did here for Rhymes With Geek. Check it out here, with added editorial commentary from Dante Jordan in the mix! Happy to cross post that article from this site and it transferred over well. The only differences in the post from here to Rhymes with Geek are editorial and I added a cool Bruce Timm Justice League picture. Bruce Timm Justice League is amazing, no one can deny this unless you’re a troll. It’s cool to get the article out there a bit more, feel free to read it again as Dante added some cool commentary. It was an enjoyable article to write either way and Dante’s added insight makes it that much more of a fun read. Enjoyed seeing the article from my original content and seeing his view put in there was a blast for me to see.

As for my second piece of material, I reviewed Rai #1 from Valiant Entertainment. Feel free to check this review of magic and wonder right here. Just so I don’t repeat my review, please do read it as I had so much fun reviewing this comic. When read feel free to either leave me a comment here or on the review itself on Rhymes With Geek and tell me what you think. Either way, I’m happy for any and all feedback you give me.  I hope you all enjoy the review.

That’s it for the Rhymes With Geek Roundup for now. Just a nice way so you can know what I’m up to on my main gig in the Rhymes With Geek Universe. This was a larger than average day there so I wanted to make special note of it. On Thursday I have Uncanny Avengers Annual #1 planned for reviewing so don’t miss out! Bye for now.


Dealing With My Lack of Excitement About the Justice League Movie

Over Sunday the Comics Internet exploded with news of The Justice League Movie happening after Batman vs. Superman/Man of Steel 2. Zack Snyder is confirmed to direct the film and all we know is that the film is happening. You know, in all honesty I should be more excited about this. A few years back, heck even a few months ago, if you had told me Justice League was on the way I’d be dancing on the ceiling. Now I’m a bit subdued. My enthusiasm isn’t there for this Justice League film. I have no hate for Zack Snyder or anyone else involved in this movie, I’m just not feeling anything for this movie. Justice League should not leave me feeling nothing, I should be excited about this. Oh sure it’s happening, so yay for that but that’s all I got right now. In seeing reactions people have been showing excitement but I know there has to be more like me out there. There has to be more of us that think, “Took them long enough to make this happen.” and that’s all we can muster. In my case I know there’s more to my own lack of excitement, which I should dive into a bit.

DC Comics has done a number on me in the past few years. I was one of the biggest DC fans imaginable at one point. Most of my comic spending was DC Comics related. If I was reading a superheroes, it was DC Comics for me. I bought Image, a little Marvel, but that pile was DC fueled. Nowadays if I buy a DC Comic it’s few and far between. Even after seeing Man of Steel I felt a boost of energy coming out from that film but over time I don’t have that excitement anymore. DC Comics as a brand has done a number on my excitement for their movies. Now that being said, I like Arrow, I enjoy that TV show and will likely dig The Flash series, but that’s about most of what I dig in DC Comics land.

Right now the DC Movies have little excitement to them. I’m open minded about what they’ll do next. I’m waiting for that first bit of footage with Batman vs. Superman/Man of Steel 2 to appear to judge that film. No my lack of excitement doesn’t have to do with Ben Affleck, knock that whole thing out of your minds now. I really could care less about Ben Affleck as Batman, that is far from a big deal to me. Any of the casting for this film for that matter, doesn’t bother me in the slightest. It’s in the whole way this is being handled, the entire concept of a Justice League came out of, “Boy look at all that money Marvel/Disney is making off The Avengers, let’s do that!” and that’s all this entire thing screams to me. The same with the X-Men, the same with Spider-Man, and everything else, all of this springs out of a hollow copy to get that little slice of pie out of the Marvel Movies.

I want to be proven wrong, I want to be excited, and I want these movies that are coming out to be good. I will see them when they hit theaters without any doubt. I just want to see these movies prove to me that they are strong films without just trying to be The Avengers 2.0. Yes I know this has dived into subjects outside of The Justice League but it all comes together in the end. All of the studios want to be Marvel with their own particular franchise which is why this dovetailed a tiny bit.

Back to the subject at hand, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment/Comics don’t screw up with the Justice League. Have a strong game plan, have a strong script, and make this the best film you all can. If you’re just aiming to be the next big movie like The Avengers, you’ve already failed. Be unique, be your own thing, and prove why The Justice League is great. Get us excited for your film, heck get me excited, and you’ll be well on your way.


Conversation Piece: The DC New 52 and beyond

We’re now in the first full week of the DC Relaunch. There’s been a lot of great things coming out of this relaunch thus far, nicest bit being all the conversation about comics that’s sprouted out of this. Every day on twitter, there’s always some new conversation sparking from this. It’s starting to perk up in circles that are outside of the normal crowds. People are starting to get curious and this is a good thing. Now the ultimate test is going to be if this material keeps them going long term. We’re all curious but if that curiosity spreads into crowds outside of our own even better. I feel we’re in the midst of a paradigm shift, where things are looking like they’re truly starting to go somewhere and it seems for the better. We hope so. For there is a lot of good going on, there’s excitement in the air, people are asking questions, people are wondering how this is going to work, and for all the bad there is a lot of good.

Now as the New 52 spreads, this feeling should spread further into the rest of our fair industry. I’m just small cog in the comic machine yet this is an industry I feel passionate about, I love talking comics, I love reviewing comics, and with all this energy flowing around it’s been perking my energy back up to new heights. We’re starting to enter a better world for making better comics. I feel as if I’m part of a new world, a truly brave new world of comics that can only get better. Every day I come online for all the things that aren’t that great in my own life, I instantly get recharged by all the conversations around me involving comics. There’s an equal amount of positive and negative. The nicest thing being that there’s a conversation. Surprisingly civil too, which amazes and makes me quite proud of the things I’ve witnessed. Even if they disagree with something you say, at least you all know you’re both comic fans and that you can agree to disagree. We all have to realize that we’re all comic fans. We all love reading about these characters, seeing what they’re up to, and in turn love when new ideas sprout up that give us new characters to embrace. From the New 52 initiatives, to Marvel’s events, and to the limitless ideas coming out of Image, Boom! and many other companies. It’s all comics. We have a lot of amazing books coming out right now. My goodness, you have Marvel with Spider-Island which has been one of the best events they’ve done in quite a long time.

Everyone has amazing things going on right now, and that’s what I’m noticing more of on twitter, and in general internet chatter. We’re having to learn to focus more on the amazing. There are a lot of people who can’t focus on that, yet it seems that the level of people realizing how many cool things are going in comics are balancing this conversation out. I’m a little guy in this chatter, yet even if I don’t like something I want to explain why, and I’ll at least read something before I instantly condemn it. I don’t like the look of the Teen Titans costumes but am I still going to read the comic? Yes I am, for I want to see if this ends up being a good story. I’m not a big fan of Rob Liefeld, yet I found myself loving the Infinite and will end up taking a look at Hawk and Dove. There’s something to be said about this. We’re working on making things better, and I want to be part of making things better. Though really if anything amazingly stupid pops up I’m not going to hesitate to comment. Right now though, we’re at the dawn of something that could turn out to be amazing. From the New 52 to this spreading like wildfire into everything else that makes this industry great. Let’s see what happens and keep making comics better.

Spoiler filled thoughts! Justice League #1

Just posted up a review of Justice League #1 and couldn’t help but think of an idea for an interesting new idea for my blog. This is where you’ll get my more spoiler filled versions of thoughts I have on different comics I review throughout the week. Let’s get this started shall we?

Okay the alien in this issue fascinates me, I kind of wish at Fan Expo no one would have talked about the fact that Darkseid is going to be the main villain of this first story arc. I would have loved to have been surprised by that, but hey it was still cool to hear the alien spit that out before he burned to a crisp. That entire segment was a lot of fun to read, just seeing how Green Lantern of this universe interacted with Batman was absolutely priceless. The “You’re just a guy in a bat suit!?” made me laugh my head off. Yes I know it was kind of cheesy but really, you can’t deny that wasn’t a pretty good line. Though the counter to that was hilarious when Batman just grabs the ring. Perfectly paced piece and made me just keep smiling. The character interactions are what make this first issue shine.

I’ve heard comments on lackluster writing but I don’t see it, this is actually some of my favorite Geoff Johns writing in quite a long time. I feel like he’s having fun. There’s something liberating about having a blank canvas to play with, just making sure to keep the core of the characters alive. You still know all these characters, yet they’re in a brand new and dangerous world. Jim Lee is doing some of the best work I’ve seen of his recently, he’s giving his a-game for this book and it shows in every panel. I loved the Green Lantern constructs he created, and the giant flying bats at the Police helicopters was priceless.

The Vic Stone introduction has had many opinions across the net, and I liked it as you know from my review, but there’s this great segment I didn’t get to mention. I loved how he was looking at Green Lantern’s plane as it was flying over metropolis and his sadness over his Dad, yet this sort of wonderment across his face caught my attention. I can’t wait to see just what in the world happens to end up making him Cyborg in the relaunched DCU. This story strikes me as Vic Stone’s as much as the formation of the Justice League, for everyone else it seems is established except for him. Cyborg will more than likely be our point of view character when the team is up and running.

Now the last page with Superman is going to be interesting. I know there’s going to be a fight in the next issue, but I get the feeling it’s going to play differently than what we’d expect. I’m hoping as much since I’d rather it not be the typical Superhero misunderstanding fight. We’ll see though. If anything Jim Lee will be able to draw some amazing action sequences which will be awesome. So we win either way. I loved how Superman took out Green Lantern, just one fast red and blue blur of the over confident hero. That’ll teach you to underestimate Superman.

and that does it for the first installment of Spoiler filled thoughts. Every review I do for mycomicnetwork will get a treatment on here for the most part. Oh and really I can’t wait to find out what’s up with the  purple girl from Flashpoint #5 and how she relates to the relaunched DC Universe. Till next time!

My comics I plan to buy from the DC Relaunch! Part One

You know this list has been awhile in the making in my mind just solidifying just what I want to get. My comic guy is joking that I’m probably going to just grab all the titles and be done with it. Though I do plan on being a bit more selective to be honest since I can’t afford all these titles! There’s also some in there that just scream to me to stay far away from them. Let’s get this party started shall we?

Justice League #1: Now this was a given. Geoff Johns and Jim Lee that’s the epitome of enough said. This is going to be a fun one in just seeing how they rework the origin. I like the team they have actually and I’m curious who the other members will be outside of the initial seven since as Geoff said there’s going to be 14 of them by the end of it all. The thing I am also looking forward to is the team can tell a good story and I know the action is going to be a lot of fun. For Jim Lee is going to cut loose on this book and it’s going to be a blast. Yes it’s not an official big seven but I know they’re really wanting to push Cyborg and honestly I have no problem with that at all. Considering the other book on my list coming up later has Martian Manhunter in it.

Stormwatch #1: I’ve always liked Stormwatch mainly when Warren Ellis was writing it. Though embarassing 90’s comic collecting me moment here is I read it bad 90’s art and all when it first started out too. This one is written by Paul Cornell and it sounds great. You have Jack Hawksmoor with him being part of a group to grab Apollo and Midnighter. While you have Adam One who I’m not as familiar with but want to learn more about. I’m curious as to how it follows up from Superman#1 and seeing how this plays into this book. I’m hoping this works in a nice cohesive manner and at the same time for people that might not pick up Superman makes it easy for them to read just this title.

Superman #1: It’s George Perez writing which I’m not as sure about but I have read some stuff of his and liked it. Jesus Merino has a good art style and I am curious that George is doing the layouts how that’s going to influence the look of the series. Story wise and hearing the new status quo that’s coming about and the mentions of Lois and Clark breaking up I’m going to be interested to see how this goes. This is one that I can’t help but be curious about since it seems like Superman is going through some overhauls and I just wonder what in the world they’re going to do.  Alas I can’t help but be interested.

Action Comics #1: It’s Grant Morrison and Rags Morales on Superman. From what I’ve read it’s the template for this Superman and how he develops as a Superhero. It’s Grant Morrison on Superman. Honestly that’s all I really need. His take is going to be good just from the initial reports and Rags Morales being on the book is going to make the book absolutely great to read. If the writing wasn’t enough when you have an artist like Rags on there that just ups the ante on that title ten fold.

Aquaman #1: Another Geoff Johns title on the list but with Ivan Reis on the artwork side of things how could it not be? I’ve not really collected an Aquaman book regularly in quite a long time but this is going to break it. The Kurt Busiek one was the last one I read and probably one of the weaker bits of Busiek writing sadly. Wasn’t really bad but definitely not up to par. I’m hoping this Aquaman book launching out of Flashpoint could be a strong series and gets a good story start behind it. This could be the sort of book that I could like initially but trail off of quickly. Since my connection to Aquaman is minimal.

Justice League International #1: Anyone that even remotely knows me knows a big JLI nerd. I have the issues. I’ve read the series. If it’s JLI it’s going to be in my hands. Period. Though I am saddened that Judd Winick isn’t the one writing the title I’m hopeful that Dan Jurgens can do a solid job with it. The cast looks interesting and also seriously what in the world was up with the disappearing lady on the cover? She was there and now whoopsie she’s not there anymore. She has ceased to be. I swear to you that screams it was supposed to be a surprise or even the possibility of a last minute removal. I guess we’ll find out when the issue hits. On the art end the book is going to look good no matter what with Aaron Lopresti and yes I’m going to say it that the team lacks a Blue Beetle. The lament of the Blue Beetle fan. Why can’t Ted Kord be alive!?  Still can’t wait to read this book.

Wonder Woman #1: This book could be one of the more interesting on my list since this could go either way for me. I know I’m going to buy it since this series looks right up Azzarello’s alley and with Cliff Chiang on art you know it’s going to look amazing. The other thing is this book could be one that though it sounds great I could drift away from it. Unless it blows my mind in the first few issues it would be a book that though I am going to be picking up I could just as quickly drop. Though I’m steering towards it’s going to be awesome and we’ll keep with that.

The Fury of Firestorm #1: Gail Simone and Ethan van Sciver on a book that screams absolute fun? This book sounds nuts and I love it. It’s going to be parts fun, a bit trippy, and a crazy awesome time. I’m not kidding I’m really looking forward to this since it has everything involved to make this great. No joke I have the entire Ostrander run of Firestorm and even before. I cannot help but be interested. That and on the art end Yildiray Cinar is such a good artist and I’ll be curious to see this. Yes by golly I am a tiny winy bit of a Firestorm nerd.

Batgirl #1: Hi kids it’s Gail Simone on Batgirl. Outside of how they’re going to have Barbara Gordon be Batgirl again this book is going to be awesome by default. Gail has wanted this book for awhile and this should be straight on target in being a good read. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing her take on things. Really don’t care who you are it’s Gail Simone on Batgirl. There is really not that much more to be said for me. I hear Batgirl and then if wouldn’t have to know anything more than Gail Simone and I’m sold. Though I wonder what’s going to happen with Stephanie Brown and her place in the midst of this but right now I mainly think Gail Simone on Batgirl. That will be awesome.

Resurrection Man #1: One I love this comic for any issue I have read of Resurrection Man I’ve loved. That and this character had one of the most fun stories with Hitman involved. Story saved for another day but the point is I love that Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning are getting to work on this character again. When I saw this announced I was in shock. I couldn’t believe DC was bringing this back and it was one of the niftier surprises of the DC Relaunch for me. For no one has done anything with this character since DC One Million so for them to finally bring him back into play for this relaunch is a happy day for me. One of the top concepts I’d always hoped DC would bring back and it is finally happening.

Demon Knights #1: Paul Cornell writing the Demon Etrigan in the Dark Ages. There is no way in the almighty seven hells that this will not be cool. Including in the fact you’re going to have Madame Xanadu and different characters involved that they haven’t even mentioned yet. No joking I did have a nice happy moment over this one since really I restate again Paul Cornell writing the Demon Etrigan. This screams levels of awesome that I cannot describe to you at this moment.

Men of War #1: There are reasons why I am happy for this title and I wasn’t sure at first how I’d be with it initially. Until it clicked in my head that the writer of it is Ivan Brandon who wrote Viking and that book is awesome. It’s hard hitting, brutal, and great storytelling. If this book even has an inkling of the levels of amazing Viking does then this book will be cool. This could be a book that could go either way with me but honestly I’m steering towards I’m going to be the guy in the corner yelling, “This is awesome, This is awesome, GO READ IT, THIS IS AWESOME!” I add the capitalized letters for emphasis.

This has also evolved further than I was expecting so this is getting a part two. Catch you all in the next part!