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quiet frankly an all star superman, yeah i know it’s a cheesy joke

Over the ages superman has always embodied our highest aspirations. in the late 30’s he was a man of the people a socialist who fought the corrupt capatalist’s and industrialists who had bankrupted the common man. during the forties he was a patriot who waved the flag and carried an eagle on his forearm. Created by two jewish teenagers he even┬álanded a specifically “non-aryan sock” on the little moustacioud dictator whom the man of steel had by the neck┬áhe then grabbed Joseph Stalin (hitler’s then ally the story being published in 1941) and took then byt the scruff of their necks, hauled them off to the league of nations and as he does best saved the world in a handful of panels.

Superman has changed considerabley over the years from being the damaged “war veteran” in the 50’s. To being a confidant young yuppie in regan’s america in the late 80’s in john bryne’s man of steel. Kal-el of Krypton has changed and will always changed heat the turn of the century with stories like mark waid and alex ross’ “kingdom come” and joe kelly’s “what’s so funny about truth justice and the american way”. Stories in which superman embodiedded the lost ideals of the old generation and was considered outdated and too soft for the stormer generation who wanted superheroes like the authority to come down and kick the living snot out of the real bastards of earth. The Authority whom executed their villianous prey with out thinking about it and tried to put the question “how many people did we kill today in this fight?” out of their heads. superman seemed almost naive when he said the line to Princess Diana (Wonder woman for the uninitiated) as she readyied their justice league army they had built for battle “but you can’t have a war without people dying” this was the man of steel as underdog again fighting against the tide of public uproar. However both these books were published before the events of september 11th 2001 after which superheroes seemed trivial and nothing but paneled page filled fantasies. Infantile almost.

With the coming of a new superman film, directed by geek favourite Bryan Singer for his work in both his x-men films and wonderful indie film the usual suspects. Hopes were high as he planned to continue the Donner series only with a younger superman and lois and expertly cast lex luthor in kevin Spacey. Proving still that with all the criticism you can give Singer about his superman film he can always perfectly cast bald white guys. Compared to the previous outing DC had in Christopher nolan’s batman begins apart from everything else Nolan batman had the mob to fight and the sinister scarecrow which did scare me as a ten year old watching the film and Liam neeson’s villianous charm as ra’s al ghul who believed in entropy as the natural order and was a match for batman. Compared to Returns’ lex luthor who as ever was little more than a villianous real estate agent. The film was a widely considered failure, you don’t need me to tell you that with an emo superman who watched lois from afar rather creepily. infact if i imagine lois would have invested in lead lined bedsheets and a lead lined shower to prevent the super-emo from watching her and her husband in bed or her in the shower. The indie blockbuster was disheartening to superman fans and yet more fodder for the cannons of the comic fans who cried out that superman was outdated. A relic of a lost america a lot simplier.

The reason i’m saying this is because i’m asking the question what is superman of this century? Grant morrison redifened the character for most people with his series All star superman. a beautifully constructed comic with a brilliant lex luthor that was a throwback to the 50’s and 60’s lex as the super-genius who believes he could’ve saved the world if it wasn’t for this fascistic alien who thinks he’s better than the great Lex Luthor! i loved it and brilliantly superman wasn’t a messiah figure he was a brawler who fought bizarro and giant robots and was’t afraid to throw a punch, because bullies don’t like to be bullied back. But superman’s different in Morrison’s action comics. Thing is i love it though this socialist superman who fights less for the american way and more for the little guy, it’s brilliant and he dresses like a young person in the t-shirt and the boots and converse even recently in an issue. he’s very humble again and hegoes after the bad people regardless of their position in society from wife-beaters to corrupt politicians without killing because he’s that good. Oh an Morrison’s clark kent he’s an activist a mid-western farmboy who believes the pen in mightier than the sword bringing down corrupt Rupert Murdoch types with his columns in a tiny little metroplis newspaper. He also wants to change the world not just fight giant alien warlords he want to wipe out poverty he even argues with the justice league about doing so.

Recently however the trailer for the zack snyder directed Christopher Nolan produced man of steel. Now we know this is to done in the veil of batman begins with an “edgier” take on superman’s origin. And i thought ok that’s interesting and Henry Cavill seems rather promising and that the villian will be Zod rather than say brainiac in the style of the animated series that he destroyed Krypton giving him and superman an interesting realtionship as brainiac wishes to complete his kryptonian collection with kal-el and superman bitter at the artificial intelligence at it destroyed his homeworld and killed his mother and father. However upon witnessing the trailer i was unsure for the first time. First off in action comics clark kent isn’t a reporter anymore due to having to fake his death to mislead an assassin. Fairdo’s a straight ahead story meaning superman getts to pretend to be a fireman now for a while Johnny Clark and even tells Batman in a conversation “i felt like i outlived clark kent”.

johhny clark superman’s new secret identity

I’m still unsure as whether Morrison feels this way that there have been enough story’s with kent and it’s time to give superman something else to do in his spare time. Or that the character has actually outlived Clark and did it because as he says “i felt comprimised” as many people were learning his secret identity and he needed more time as superman less time as Clark. Or that DC stepped in and said that superman is a hero wheteher or not he’s in the costume or not and a journalist thanks to the inquiry about the phone hacking scandel of several of Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers. perhaps they as a company believed that a journalist was no longer a noble profession in the eyes of the public and had opted to make clark a fireman.The same speculation could be used as to why he is a fisherman in the new man of steel movie or that DC and Warner brothers have lost the rights to the superman origin and the changes were manditory then. however the reason’s he’s a fisherman and not a real-world hero like a fireman could be to do with the messianic portrayel of superman again as Christ figure as jesus is referred to as the fishermen of men. Morrison was widely regarded as drawing the messianic comparisants to superman better than bryan Singer whom had his suprman not even throwing a punch. However snyder has drawn parrallels to modern day comics work and Cavill has said the series Superman red son has been an inspiration despite superman being mid-western american he’s still the same guy. (i’d also like to point out that i consider this mark millar’s best work when he actually used to write comics as opposed to now when his content is generated to pursue movie projects)

So i’ll leave you with a question what do you think a superman of the 21st century needs to be and should he get involed in things like the middle eastern situation?
and what do you think of the man of steel trailers?

For the first i think he should without killing but by hearing the peoples opinions and dragging the dictators and African warlords hand cuffed in front of th u.n. to bejudged for their crimes against innocent civilians. #
and secondly i liked the trailers as the jor-el dialogue seems to be borrowing for his speech to clark at the end of Grant morrison’s all star run although the clark kent as loner angle and the bleak outlook of most of the trailer seems to be devoid of hope apart from the sonic boom flying superman at the end and i might’ve got a bit glassy eyed thinking again about the young clark in the jeans with the cape. But that’s me i couldn’t give a toss about titanic but a justice league episode where superman dies has me balling me eyes out like a big girls blouse.
thank you for bearing my ramblings if this is done a bit haphazardly it’s because i’m a little rusty but i look forward to knocking out more posts when i can. For more ramblings follow me on twitter @assemble124


yeah just

shield 5 still an amazing book and i’ve said it before it’s like the da vinci code in the marvel universe. there mr hickman put that quote on the cover! Oh and look at this cover. every cover of these books is like a piece of artwork i could hang on my wall and smile as i pass it everyday.

my second choice is avengers earth’s mightiest heroes 2. i’ve slowly begun to realise that as much as i like the dark, gritty deconstruction of heroes i just love light hearted fun.

I was recently at my little cousins house and he was watching avengers. as i sat there thinking about the direction and type of character they’ve turned hank pym into and how thor’s portrayed well. But then i stopped and thought this is wonderfully light hearted. the villians don’t have to throw a baby out a window, no one’s swearing and i thought i wish more comics were like this. So as one reader of comics and lover of this industry i have to say. As much as i love then seriousness and dark and realistic takes on characters or deconstruction of heroic archetypes. i’ll still always want a world where the skies are primary colours, were someone can make a joke during a fight were heroes are praised and not sued for blowing up a building thanks for reading and i await your opinion on the matter.

avengers assemble!

Recently christopher nolan said “superman and batman cannot exsist in the same universe” and like most fanboys my kneejerk reaction was “WTF of course they can look at 70 years of continuity” but then i thought about it and creatively they can’t.

now i know how contreversial that statement is but think about it they can’t.
Here are 2 men who both fight crime yet in one city darkseid can attack every other week or a villian can throw a dumper truck at a hospital, cops wear armor and can shoot parisite with lasers. And in another it’s dark there’s drug dealers being beaten up and cops are just cops, no one throws cars no one leaps tall buildings with single bounds a crashing plane isn’t caught it just crashes but a mob boss never gets away.

In terms of tone as well batman won’t go out in day and superman rarely at night. You have a murderous psycopaths

Superman films should be about peoples problems blown up to heroic level mythological level even e.g. having a den but the den’s a crystal ice palace in the artic, having friends but they live in the future and expanding them you know lois dosen’t understand .

Batman films should be about taking super heroic themes i.e. fighting a guy who’s in a mask or driving on rooftops or jumping off buildings, taking those ideas those themes and brigning them down to a realistic level.
So therethore they cannot exist side by side or even on the same plane of reality

BUT…. and this is only hypothetically.But a director with a good script and some good ideas behind him might pull it off. Zack synder for example currently signed on to direct superman (can’t wait to see lex luthor’;s head being ripped off, as blood splatters at the camera in slow motion) could he make a superman vs batman film work. Anyway what are your opinions? i do love audience participation join the debate. is nolan right? who could direct supes vs bats? start commenting

i’ll do a comparision of this and spider-man shattered dimensions but this trailer looks amazing.

if you didn’t have at least one geekgasim read more DC comics

Now most people hate the 60’s batman t.v. show but their are things i like about it. it was sycadelic it was funny and it was the first real superhero parody that the internet is full of

now come on be honest one of those made you laugh if only a little bit now the 60’s are long dead but they’ll always be somethings that make you go “wow either they’re just having a laugh or they were on some really good drugs” batman and robin is an example of that.

but luckily we have batman brave and the bold to keep alive that brilliant show and it gave us adam west
here’s my favourite episode it’s a bit darker than the 60’s tv show but it has kevin conroy,mark hammil and adam west

batman arkham city

now let me just say i loved the first batman arkham asylum game and you’ve seen the teaser trailer you’ve played the first game and now dc has realesed the name of the arkam asylum sequal ARKHAM CITY ok it not that bad but the teaser looks good at afterwards i’ll give my thoughts on the trailer

So the teaser trailer came out 7 months ago and fast acting as this blog is i’m going to give my opinion on the trailer and what i think the game plot will be.

so after seeing the teaser i think this i’ll be like gotham turf war. the supergansters (super-gansters like supervillians but all they care about is money and have gangs like blackmask,penguin,etc.) so for example as you see the “i want you” poster this is of two face who wants any escaped inmates from gotham as in the story the man who laughs joker breaks all the inmates out of arkham or in batman begins to create chaos they break all the inmates out of arkham and this is much easier as they now have moved the asylum to the gotham suburbs as in the first game it was destroyed by rioting inmates.

So if you look you see an inmate being thrown out of the window and you see people fighting down past the iceberg lounge around a fire.
now in the gang wars storyline to cope with the gangwar he rallies a batman family army with nightwing and tim drake and a hole host of batman’s allies so that could work well and be able to change around characters. now in the poster you see catwoman and in the teaser you see catwoman. if you look closely you can see a yellow sign which from an angle resembles an R for robin.

so now for the sum up this game i believe will be set with riots breaking out all across gotham and batman having to call in back-up maybe you’ll get to drive around gotham in free play in the bat-mobile that’ll be can even use detective mode to find out where villians are throughout the city. but the plot is that quincy sharp takes credit for the apprehensio of the joker and uses this as the drivig force of his political campaign to become mayor. after becoming mayor sharpe buy’s out a large part of the cities slums (as neither blackgate or arkham are sutable for housing prisoners) after this he let’s the inmates run free inside the prison walls so havoc and chaos insue and batman must save the city. overall i can’t wait and think if this game is half as good as the original it will rock!

thank you for reading my late night ramblings on things you already know or could hae found out about without me.
copyright aidan mc collum 2010

so marvel’s got all these movies in the pipeline.
thor’s done it’s in post-preduction,captain america is filming now i think x-men first class is in pre-production (matthew vaughen is writing the screen play and directing that’s coming out next year) and the avengers is set to film next year,along with the spider-man reboot and deadpool.

what renyolds looks like in the suit

but wait hold up i just read an article that say’s otherwise(

the entire C.G.I. costume in it's full glory OH WAIT!!!!

this is the movie i want more than green lantern

beacause of the dilema of ryan renyolds in role of hal jordan this year and next year protraying wade wilson in the deadpool movie.
but no warner brothers won’t allow that they want green lantern to be a triolgy with one film coming out after another every year (like twilight) uhhhhh if they do this it will next to kill the deadpool movie.

So they are set to film the movie soon so will he just jump ship onto WB. i doubt it they might buy him out like “we’ll give you this much money if you pull out of deadpool” but ryan reynolds if given the choice between a massive comic book trilogy or deadpool maybe will he drop deadpool and just say “na i’ll stick with green lantern sure”
if e can find a way to do both good on him that’ll be amazing but if deadpool is dropped or pushed back.

WB is being such a bitch just beacause marvel is whipping their ass in movies. marvel promised an avengers movie. now what are we getting in 2012 avengers assemble!
Where’s the world’s finest movie we where promised in that scene in I AM LEGEND “uhh oh no that was just a joke” said the WB exec. to the uproar of fans who wanted batman vs superman.

Now WB is like oh shit how can we stop the avengers movie? we can’t oh shit how can we stop the x-men first class movie uhhh we can’t
oh shit how can we stop the spider-man movie uhhh we can’t
oh shit how can we stop the deadpool movie uuuuh oh wait we can by turning green lantern into a trilogy and twilighting it and you know one of those movies will suck.

so in conclusion to this rant i say fuck you WB you’re just jealous bitches!

so the avengers cast was revealed at san diego and in my typical style i’ve taken forever to give my thoughts is anyone wats to know what i thought about the thor teaser trailer it sucked and i know as much about the thor game as i did before FUCK ALL over all the cast looks good and i love robert downey jr. as tony stark that much i don’t need to talk about him but here’s the rest of the cast.

iron man/robert downey jr. (amazing he is my iron man,i hope he’s the leader)

captain america/chris evans (a lot of people have their doubts but i want to be one of those that has faith in him ad i believe he will do a good job come on chris i have faith in you!)
thor/chris hemmsworth (there’s been some buzz that chris hemmsworth isn’t doing a good job as thor, why don’t they have 2 actors one as thor and one as dr. donald blake?)

nick fury/samual l jackson (this character was designed for him but i don’t know something about him in iron man 2 that i didn’t like about him in that we’ll see how he goes i still have high hopes)

hawkeye/jeremy renner (interesting to have hawkeye in the film well see how he’s handled, i loved jeremy renner in the hurt locker and i hope he will be a good hawkeye and a good clint barton 2 very different things)

war machine/don chedle (meh what do i say about him he’s good but i don’t know what war machine is doing on the original avengers. maybe that the goverment want iron man is that they have war machine but no tony stark a soilder who can take orders but the downside is that they don’t have the genuis mind of tony stark we’ll see if that makes it into the film.

black widow/scarlet johannson (okay see’s only in this for 2 reasons she was in that film and jon faverau seen them and his first thought was i need to change my pants, on a serious note if they had a scene at the end of iron man 2 where her and fury talk about the god in arozona the soilders weapon in the case the idea that they be talking russian and it was subtitled to show that the black widow was russian now that would have been a good scene.

hulk/mark ruffalo (no one knows what happened between edward norton and marvel most think it was he was a dick apparantly he doesn’t get on well with directors or writers or most other people in his films. in an interview the director of fight club said he does talk to him anymore and that he was an “asshole”.

agent colson/clark clegg (haha everyone’s favourite shield lackey is back and might see a bit of action plus he will be in the thor movie.

loki/tom hiddleson(yes loki is in the avengers movie maybe but he is my favourite villian, but i care a lot more about the actor as i’ve always seen loki as a shakespearean actor much like dr doom in the fantastic four animated tv show (see below) or how loki was in the hulk vs thor animated film.)

writing and directing=joss whedon (yes get in there baby hahaha i can’t believe this is happening amazing the best director marvel could have got, however joss wheadon has said “don’t get your hopes up it might suck” he was joking but he is rewriting the script and he can handle a team with so much (astonishing x men) this could be another buffy or another firefly, it’ll just be nice to see all the characters and all the films tied up and then maybe a sequal.
hope you’ve enjoyed reading this and i hope to start posting a lot more soon thanks for reading and bye copyright aidan mc collum 2010

In the autumn time (or fall for you americians) marvel and dc are both bringing out animated series and they both look amazing.
i’ll start off with the on ei want to see most marvel’s the avengers. having seen the cast at comic con the next 2 years are avengers mad with marvel publishing 6 or 7 avengers books a month. this series looks brilliant one thing i love is that this taxi driver is reading a newspaper called excelsior with one the cover headlines like vigilante “punishes” again and man-like “thing” stalks upstate.
hehehehe i’m already full of fanboy glee.
with supervillians like
whirlwind,wreaker,grey gargole,constrictor,arnim zola,griffin,what looks like a different design of taskmaster,hydra and the greatrest avengers villian ever loki god of mischief.
the cast of heroes is by far not up to the challenge of taking up these villians. Iron man,thor,ant-man/giant man ,wasp,hulk,captain america, nick fury ,someone who i think will be maria hill, james rhodes (war machine but not in armor) pepper potts, black panther ,hawkeye,black widow and other heroes like wonder man will appear and this does certainly look good.
The idea is simple i think loki will create a day where the earth’s mightiest superheroes will band togeher to fight the foe no single hero could withstand and in doing so will help create the avengers. then they’ll go with the more fairytale idea that they find captain america in an iceberg. what do you think tell me in the comments below.
personally i can’t wait and think that this will breathe some life into certain characters i loved the original justice league series when i was younger even though i didn’t know green lantern,hawkgirl,flash. but looking back on it they’re my justice league i loved them all and then justice league unlimited came out and when i went to dublin years ago i got the infinate crises hardcover and beacause of justice league i knew most of the characters and just hope some kid has same experience with the avengers.

Now for all you dc fanboys young justice. I’d like to start off by saying that this is not teen titans. i liked the teen titans animated series the way that they were completely independant there was some batman stuff with robin like i remeber in the first episode robin has this mugger cornered and the mugger says “this is’nt your town” and robin just says “it is now.”
But young justice is more like avengers academy the way batman will give them missions or the way the justice league has 16 members.
this show looks amazing all the justce league look like they did in crises of two earths which makes them look awesome.
the cast consists of

superboy (open for a good storyline with lex luthor)

robin (hope it’s tim drake definately my favourite robin although maybe not as the producers said this dc universe only started 10 years ago)

kid flash (whom i liked in the teen titans so interesting to see how they handle him)

aqualad (hope he’s just like his mentor arogant, war hungry, loud mothed and generally good fun to watch)

miss martian (don’t know who that is but just wikied her and looks interesting say’s she’s a white martian)

artemis (probabely just their as opposed to speddy/red arrow beacause they need another girl on the team looks good though)

dc is apparantly making a comic to go with the series and will be written by art balatazar and art by mike norton.

the justice league looks good and will offer support to the team and individually mentor certain heroes like superman and superboy or flash and kid flash and so on i hope that theirs some interaction with catain marvel\billy batson who although he appears a full grown adult he’s only ten and whenn he utters the magic word frail little mild mannered billy batson is transformed using the magic of shazam. or something like that.
batman will be their headmaster type character giving the team missions and surprisingly will make aqualad the leader? i’d like to see robin and superboy not ask whyeven though robin is the most senior. But batman clearly has some reason behind the matter and i hope there will be a scene where they spar with batman and he wipes the floor with them. ha that’d be so cool.
tell me what you think in the comments

personally i can’t wait and this show looks amazing as i said i hope this becomes like their justice league that introduses them to 70 years of brilliant characters and fantastic story lines.

now the bad part with avengers jeph leob will be the producer of the show so hopefully red hulk stays completly away from this universe.
and with young justice it might just be teen titans just afew years later i’m hoping the arrival of the justice league will change that.

i can’t wait for both these series and i hope that like me these get people into comics more at such a young age comment below.