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WB's Rumored Upcoming DC Universe Films

Ok, so I swear I'm not dead or anything, I'm just the WORST procrastinator in the world and haven't had any essay inspirations lately. Hopefully that will change soon. In the meantime, just thought I'd put my two cents in on the big rumor that surfaced yesterday.

Warner Bros. and DC comics seem to be finally ready to catch up with Marvel Studios and Disney in terms of films based on their various superhero properties. According to a rumor began by Deadline founder Nikki Finke, the film schedule looks like this:

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (May 2016)
Shazam (July 2016)
The Sandman (Christmas 2016)
Justice League (May 2017)
Wonder Woman (July 2017)
Flash/Green Lantern team up film (Christmas 2017)
Man of Steel 2 (May 2018)

Needless to say, there were a lot of surprises here. We all knew about "Batman vs. Superman," and a "Justice League" film following that former's heels was pretty much a given. A "Wonder Woman" solo film has been desired by fans for what seems like an eternity, so it seems a little unreal that it looks like we will finally be getting one.

But a "Sandman" film based off of Neil Gaiman's literary epic? That is completely unexpected, and leaves me a bit cynical about the validity of the list. But if it turns out to be true, I can't help but wonder how they will adapt it. I'm guessing they will be starting with the "Preludes and Nocturnes" arc, or something completely original altogether. If the former, I'm looking forward to how horrifying the Dr. Destiny sequences will be onscreen (though his past as a Justice League villain will likely be cut).

"Shazam" is likely to be geared more towards a younger audience, or at least it should be. T"Man of Steel" wasn't as kid-friendly as the Marvel films, and it looks like the general tone will stay the same throughout the Justice League-related features. But hopefully this is an indication that we'll be getting some diversity in tone and subject matter.   And I'm all over a Flash/GL "buddy cop" movie.

Looks like this a good time to be a DC comics fans. 

Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello Part 1

Wonder Woman: the Brian Azzarello Run Part 1

Ever since Azzarello and Chiang came onto the scene back in 2011, the Wonder Woman comic has been enjoying more critical acclaim than it ever has before. Several new fans have jumped onboard, claiming they never cared about the character or her world before, but they do now. Comic review sites rarely give any issue of this title a poor review, and the sales are more stable than they were previously.

So when it was announced in a recent interview on Newsarama that the team is wrapping up their storyline and preparing to leave, possibly in the upcoming fall season, many are already mourning their loss. They are hailing this run as the best the character has ever had, and are already despairing at a possible drop in quality with the new creative team.

I am not one of these people.

Don’t get me wrong: I’ve certainly enjoyed many aspects of this run, and it is leagues ahead of the crap we were getting in the years prior to the reboot. But there are many aspects of the run that I find problematic, at least in as far as the story stands now. While it can certainly be said that this book has been one of the very few consistently good titles to come out of the New 52, if not the best, I feel it is being elevated to a status that it doesn’t entirely deserve. The reasons for which I will be detailing the next few posts.

Part 1: The New Origin

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