Justice League Concerns

JL BannerHey. Ok, I need to get this out there. I’ve stated thousands of times previously that I am a DC fanboy. Tried and true. I don’t understand what the hell Marvel is doing with their comics and I cant find any enjoyment when I try to read their recent books.  But when it comes to the movie-side of things, I love what Marvel is doing and cant figure out what the hell DC is doing.

I’ve previously written about my opinion on the state of DC movies and my desires to see Warner Bros. make better movies, especially following Suicide Squad.  But in the end, I am a mark for all comic book movies. I want them, I eat them up and I will continue to drop my money on tickets.  I’ve been really looking forward to Thor: Ragnarok which drops November 3rd and Justice League, two weeks later, on November 17th.

However, I have some concerns about JL. It was recently announced that the run time for the movie is literally a minute-shy of two hours. Is this problematic?  Probably not but I do think its pretty short for a comic book movie, no? Granted, it doesn’t need to be three hours in length, but when it cant crack the two-minute mark?  That makes me question what’s up.

I have tried to champion this movie to anyone who threw shade at it (is that right? Is that what all the cool kids say now?  Throwing shade?) but its been difficult when the marketing hasn’t done itself any favours.  The most recent, and final, trailer dropped earlier this month and it looks alright but it hasn’t hooked me even deeper and it should have. It should have made me fucking pop with excitement. It should have made those who were on the fence jump off and say ‘fucking right!’ but it didn’t.

Visually, it still looks too CGI’d.  But the music in the trailer? Oh for fucks sake…”Heroes”? Seriously?  Come on, Warner Bros.  Did you not see what Marvel did with Thor and the might Zeppelin?  If not, check it out!  JL Flash

And don’t even get me started on what the hell they did to The Flash.  That’s for a whole other post.

In the meantime, I will enjoy the buzz and excitement of Thor; bought my tickets the day they allowed and I cant wait to go with my son. I am still looking forward to Justice League – which,  by the time your reading this, tickets have just gone on sale – but I have concerns.  I really want to love this movie. But I also have to realize…I cant keep making excuses to justify how great it could be. I just need it to be that great.

We’ll see…

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Jason Fabok

FabokThis past May, during Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) 2017, DC artist Jason Fabok was going to be appearing and signing at Gotham Central Comics located in Mississauga, Ontario. In the last couple of years I had become a Fabok fan, especially during his Justice League: Darkseid War run.

In the months leading up to FCBD, DC had published a 4-part crossover event titled The Button, which ran in Batman 21/22 and Flash 21/22.  Fabok had done covers for all four issues and was the artist for the two Batman issues.  Personally, I love Fabok’s rendition of Batman. I honestly hold it up with the greats who have drawn the Dark Knight such as Jim Lee, Greg Capullo, Neil Adams…actually, there are way too many to list.  But his depiction of Batman holds up to those greats and that’s not an easy thing to do.

In my former professional career, I had met a handful of celebrities, a mix of actors and button 1musicians. But I had never met any comic book creators (artists/writers) before and I wanted to get my copies of The Button signed by Fabok. As it turns out, the final issue, Flash 22, was delayed by about a week so I couldn’t get Jason to sign that cover. Fucking figures, doesn’t it?

Not that you overly care, but where I live and where Gotham Central Comics is…well, its a commitment to drive there.  One that my wife thought was way too much and considered whether she had made a grave error in accepting my proposal oh so many years ago. But off we went, with the two kids, and drove out to the comic shop and lined up with the hopes that we weren’t too late.

button 2I got there in the afternoon and was fortunate enough to get to meet Jason and chat with him for a couple of minutes. The guy was really down to earth and just…normal. And I don’t mean that in any derogatory way, just that he wasn’t full of ego and bluster. He was one of us…except with talent.  Jason signed my copies and was gracious enough to take a pic with me that day.  I also purchased two prints of his which he signed and they adorn my basement wall, as do the signed covers of The Button.

The whole thing was cool, he was cool and it was a great experience, if only for a few minutes.  I eventually was able to get Fabok to sign the 4th issue, Flash #22, during Toronto’s Fan Expo that took place this past summer, completing the run.

button 3Jason Fabok is a gracious and cool dude and he is really making his mark in comics. If you ever get a chance to meet him, I would suggest you do.

As an aside, my pal Sammy has a radio show and he interviewed Jason during Fan Expo and you can here it here .

 

 

I Want My DC Movies. Now!

 

dc-logoThe last couple of days have seen a lot of news items about Ben Affleck and his decision to drop out of directing The Batman. A lot of better articles have been written about what it means, what the future of DC movies looks like now and whether the world is going to explode. So I wont contribute to the “well, what does it mean?!?” conversation.

Instead, allow me to say: WHAT THE HELL, DC/WB?!?!?  FOR F*CK’S SAKES!

In the last 8-months, DC/WB movies have lost 3 directors from their DC-based properties. Almost 12-months ago, I sat and watched a TV special hosted by DC overlord Geoff Johns and Kevin Smith discussing the future slate of DC movies and what to expect. And then in March of 2016, they kicked it all off with Batman vs Superman.

Oh and I know, a lot of people thought it was a pant load but I didn’t mind it, espeically the much better Extended Cut.  I still think that there are a lot of issues with the movie but that’s neither here nor there.  Then Suicide Squad came out in August 2016 and I started to get slightly worried about what the hell was going on.

The Justice League movie was announced and once again, Zack Snyder was directing his 3rd DCEU (DC Extended Universe) movie, following Man of Steel and BvS. Again, we could go on about that decision but the reality is, the movie is coming out this November.  That’s a lot better than what is going on with The Flash movie, which has gone through 3 directors itself and is now in a page-1 re-write. You know what that means? It means that the entire script gets re-written but they keep the characters involved.  Well, that’s good to hear, since they’re all based on comic book characters!!

I know that Wonder Woman is coming out this June and that the Justice League is out in November.  And filming of Aquaman is about to start or has just commenced this week (the below pic was taken at the table-read with cast and director).  But I want a Flash movie. I want to see The Batman movie! I don’t want stupid delays and hold ups and shit like that.

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And I whole heartedly put all the blame on Warner Bros. for just screwing around.  Marvel didn’t have these issues because they had a plan, they mapped it out and they make great fucking movies. Marvel movies are made by fans of the source materials.  So far, the driving force behind DC movies are the idiots wearing suits and drinking $20 coffee beverages with intricate names that belong in NASA handbooks.

Please, DC. Please WB…just take a breath and get The Flash going, get a director for The Batman and get rolling on that…just get going. Because Marvel has the next 10 years planned out and if its anything like the first 10 years, you’re in some deep shit just to be competitive.

Ok wait.

I hate to end this on an anti-DC feel because I’m a DC fanboy.  So here, take a look at the upcoming Wonder Woman and Justice League  trailers. You gotta admit…they look pretty badass.