First off, let me just say that I love and respect Joss Whedon. He’s an amazing writer and director, having made some of the best TV shows ever, wrote amazing comics, and even wrote/directed one of the best superhero movies ever made (plus a less than stellar sequel). His approach to character and storytelling is nothing short of phenomenal. He’s not perfect, sure, but he’s one of the best and for good reason.
After having problems with Marvel regarding them interfering with Avengers 2, his vision for it, and the mixed reactions after it came out as well as the effect it’s had on his life, he left them. Then he decided to go to DC, which must’ve seemed like a major middle finger to Marvel/Disney, and make a Batgirl movie set in the DC Extended Universe, which he would write, direct, and produce. Not only that, but he took over post-production duties on Justice League after Zack Snyder left to be with his family following the death of his daughter. While the movie wasn’t a major game-changer, it was an okay movie, and it seemed to follow in the same course correction that the DCEU was taking after Wonder Woman became a huge success. Then it was announced that he was leaving Batgirl, and if I’m gonna be honest, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. Read More
So it’s been confirmed that Young Justice is coming back for a third season! Hooray! This has been something me and many other people have been hoping to happen for a LONG time. I’ll admit, at the time that it aired on TV, I didn’t get to watch it much, but what I did see of it was very good, and I’m glad it was well-received and had a strong loyal fanbase, and thankfully I’ve made up for that by watching ALL the episodes on the blu ray releases and loving how awesome it is to this day.
Young Justice was about a group of young superheroes trying to prove themselves to be full-fledged superheroes, instead of sidekicks as regarded by their mentors and older counterparts, by taking on covert missions against the Justice League’s enemies, who’ve formed their own group known as “The Light” (really just another nickname for the Secret Society of Super Villains or Legion of Doom). The show was like a mix of the youthful energy of Teen Titans and the scale/scope of Justice League/Justice League Unlimited, with the emotional depth and wider universe appeal of both added to it as well as that of the DC Universe as a whole. Read More
So after years of waiting and speculation, all the influences of the graphic novel in various media such as movies, shows, and video games, and even a Facebook page dedicated to petitioning Mark Hamill to be cast as The Joker for it, there’s finally an animated movie adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke, based on the graphic novel of the same name written by Alan Moore and drawn by Brian Bolland. Sadly I didn’t get to see it in theaters, but I’m amazed and happy that it got a theatrical release, limited as it was, so of course I went out and bought the blu ray/DVD combo as soon as I could. As far as DC animated movies are concerned, I like what I’ve seen of them. While they are hit or miss on the live-action comic adaptation side of things, they definitely are reigning champs of animation (but fuck Teen Titans GO!). Some of the recent animated movies they’ve done have been a bit iffy at times, though Justice League: Gods and Monsters is a clear exception to this, and now with Batman: The Killing Joke, it’s kind of in-between. I’m glad this movie got made and came out, but I can still find problems with it. Not too many, but some big ones. Read More