Over the past few years, mashing up genres has become the hot thing to do in the world of cosplay (which I am guilty of). However, if we are not cautious, we may find ourselves mashed up beyond recognition. Thanks College Humor for this hilarious take on what will probably soon be a reality and for reminding us why we are so awesomely weird. Btw- Joss, you are the man.
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First, I’d like to make it clear that I’m NOT making this about Ben Affleck. I actually support this decision and agree with people like Val Kilmer (“Give Ben a chance!”) and Joss Whedon that he’ll “crush it” as Bruce Wayne/Batman (as long as he gets the right material, keep reading for more on this). No, this breakup is a cumulative decision for a multitude of reasons that you’ll get a peek at below. Let’s start with number one:
We’re Going in Separate Directions
Look, DC, I love you. There’s no questioning that. We’ve had some great times together, including some of the best cinematic and comic book experiences of my life. However, all of your recent decisions have just proven to me that we’re just not in the same place right now. Continuuity issues and retcons plague your comic books and your movies, save one, have just been head scratchers of late. I’m in a place where I see how much fun all of my other friends are having in their Marvel relationships, and how GOOD and exciting their lives together have been. I need that feeling again.
I Feel Like We’re Just Going Through the Motions
Look DC, I know you’re just trying to play catch up with the other, prettier options out there. However, trust me when I say you can’t just try and emulate what everyone else is doing. You have to be your own entity or you’ll end up missing the point entirely. Don’t diversify just to be diverse in your comic books, there needs to be a reason for a change in your characters or your teams. Don’t make quick decisions just because of the success of others. Establish your own identity and then finding your own path to success will come naturally.
Your Friends Are Getting in the Way
I love spending time with you DC. However, your new friends have started to drive a wedge between us. It seems that David S. Goyer and Zack Snyder are in creative control of your most iconic character and are now deciding the direction in which to take the world’s greatest detective. This is a problem. After Man of Steel it has become quite apparent that this not-so-dynamic duo doesn’t get Superman and have left little to no faith in me that they’ll be able to do the Caped Crusader any justice at all.
Our Intimate Moments are Wonderful but There’s No Substance
Look, we both know what happnes in our alone time together is absolutely Earth shattering. Your animated films and TV shows put other companies to shame. With recent successes like Justice League Doom, Flashpoint Paradox, Wonder Woman, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, and Arrow it’s incredibly hard for me to tear away from you. But while I enjoy these works, most of my friends just don’t get the connection between them and myself. They look at them and can’t see past their cartoon presentation. THESE are what your live action films should emulate. Alas, they aren’t enough to keep me hanging around while the rest of our relationship together falls so flat.
There’s No Trust Between Us
While this is kind of a collection of the previous, I feel it deserves its own category. The aforementioned items may be reasons that I can no longer trust you, but it’s also become painfully obvious that a more glaring problem is that you no longer trust me. I’m your core audience. I’m the one that you could have relied on when everyone else abandoned you, yet you treat me with such disregard. Marvel is out there making comic book movies for comic book fans, while you’re making comic book movies for mainstream audiences. While I don’t want you to be exactly what others are, you need to be something that actually makes sense. Do you want to know why people pick apart the things that don’t make any sense at all in The Dark Knight Rises as opposed to making up reasonable excuses (like why SHIELD didn’t step in during
the events of Iron Man 3)? Because TDK series is “grounded in reality.” Do you know what happens to people who try to be Batman in “reality” DC? THIS. And nobody wants that.
You need to trust that comic book movies will bring comic book fans in droves to the theater, or the quality and believe-ability of your movie franchises will continue to decline.
Bonus Reason - Man of Steel.
Aaaah! SDCC is right around the corner! You’ve got your panel line up planned, but what about your the exhibit hall? Amidst all the chaos, your favorite exhibitors also have some great events, giveaways, and creator signings scheduled at their booths. Dark Horse announced their booth schedule today and they’ve got some pretty exciting stuff lined up, including signings with The Goon creator, Eric Powell, Angel and Faith writer, Christos Gage, Felicia Day, and . . . . . Joss Whedon!!!
Here’s the full Dark Horse line up. They’re booth number #2615.
Browncoats unite, the rumors are true! Just confirmed today, SDCC will be having a panel celebrating the 10th anniversary of the short-lived, but beloved cult TV show, Firefly! The best part? Both Joss Whedon AND Nathan Fillion, will be panelists on what is sure to be a packed house.
Hosted by SCIENCE, the panel will take place on Friday, July 13 at 12:30 PM in Ballroom 20. In addition to Whedon and Fillion, the panel will include writer Tim Minear, and cast members, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher, Michael Faerman, and “the rest of the crew of Serenity.” The panel will also include never-before-sceen footage and “numerous buzz worthy surprises.”
For more info and their full SDCC line up, check out the SCIENCE site.
Congratulations to the Avengers for setting back-to-back weekend records! I have to admit this is really, really cool. Growing up, there were two types of nerd, DC Comic and Marvel Fans (or Star Trek vs. Star Wars). I was a Marvel fan (with the exception of Batman, who is universally loved.) The old Marvel G.I. Joes written by Larry Hama were the first comic books I ever got into and it wasn’t before long that it spiraled into X-Men, Wolverine and other random assortment of Marvel properties.
Not only that, I loved watching the Marvel themed TV shows. I loved the old 1960’s Spiderman cartoon with the hit song, “spiderman, spiderman, does whatever a spider can…”, the old Incredible Hulk TV show with Lou Ferrigno, and of course, Spiderman and His Amazing Friends, with Iceman and Firestar. Spiderman and his Amazing Friends was one of the more popular 80’s cartoons and for its time featured good animation and decent plots. We used to play like we were these characters all of the time.
But there was one Marvel property I wanted desperately to like, but just couldn’t do it because they were well, just too cheesy (even by my 80’s elementary school standards) and that would be the Avengers. You can’t deny their place and history in the comic book world, but by the time I was a kid they were pretty second rate. I wanted to like them, I wanted them to be good, but they just weren’t. That is, until now.
It really started with the Ultimate series, where Marvel reworked them into a tougher, grittier and more realistic series of characters. Then the movies starting coming out, and the characters became popular again.
There has never been a movie like the Avengers. They have been building up to this movie with a series of FIVE other movies for years now. The stakes for Marvel, Disney, and director Joss Whedon were huge and many questions were raised as to whether or not they could pull it off, and they did, with amazing results.
Think of it this way, Iron Man 1 & 2, Thor, Captain America, and The Incredible Hulk were all on some level, decent movies that did well. Sure Iron Man 2 wasn’t nearly as good as the first one, and Hulk wasn’t as good as Captain America, but for all intents and purposes, all of those movies were decent, if not great, on one level of another. If you are a movie production company, say DC, wouldn’t you take those results any day? Look at Superman, Catwoman and the Green Lantern. (Dark Knight is all they have had.)
It’s great to see these old, classic characters be given a chance to shine. Did you ever think the Avengers would outsell X-Men comics? As a Joss Whedon fan I am thrilled to see him finally cement his place as one of the new talented directors. More importantly, as a Stan Lee fan I am thrilled to see the Avengers do so well.
I have to think the ole’ Generalismo has got to have a grin on his face. These last few years have seen the smash success of his greatest creations, from Spiderman, to the X-Men and now the Avengers. I hate to say it, but he is getting up there in age, and we don’t know how much longer he will be with us.
I have to think that as a writer and creator these films and comics will go down as a lasting tribute to his legacy. That when his time does finally come, he can rest in peace knowing he will always be remembered. Not just by comic fans and nerds, but by the greater population of movie going America, and the millions he inspired. And of course, by a young, red headed kid with whom it all started by staying up late at night and reading G.I. Joes. Here’s to you Stan, Excelsior! And we salute you.
From here, the parallel stories start to weave into each other and not much more can be said without major spoilers.The film surprises bit by bit, then snowballs with plot twists and reveals, until it culminates in an outrageous half hour finale of frenzied chaos, gleeful gore, and winks to classic villains and baddies that horror geeks love. Cabin is a treasure trove of horror fanatic goodies. The fiendishly clever script by was penned cult hero, Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and director of the the much-anticiated Avengers film), and Whedonverse followers will recognize the auteur’s self aware style. There are lots of witty one-liners, nerd references, and visual gags that are just the right amount of absurd, including a passing bit involving a collapsible bong. There’s also a very well-timed cameo that’s sure to delight sci-fi fans.
Marvel Studios just released a new set of posters to promote the upcoming Avengers extravaganza. All the characters are in their expected ‘hero’ stance with the exception of Scarlett’s Black Widow- who’s seemingly most heroic attribute is her butt. Nevertheless, not sure how this movie can live up to all this hype but…in Joss we trust.
Dang Joss Whedon is bringin’ it!
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Looks like a weird family photo. Everyone just looks a little off.
‘The whole enterprise is falling apart. Egos, tempers, uneasy alliances and bad attitudes are threatening the group, and failure would be catastrophic.’ – EW
Chris Evans aka Captain America, and Robert Downey Jr. aka Tony Stark/Ironman
Scarlett Johansson aka Black Widow, and Jeremy Renner aka Hawkeye.
Chris Hemsworth aka Thor with Joss Whedon, RDJ, and Chris Evans on the set of Avengers.