Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Batman v. Superman Comic-Con Trailer

Trailers are this weird art form where they take clips from the movie, shuffle them around in a weird order, and create a little mini-movie with lines that are sometimes better than the actual movie. For the Batman v. Superman trailer, alas, this is not the case. The trailer stumbles about, offering occasional glimpses of something interesting, but mostly rather uninspired voiceover. I can feel Frank Miller rolling around in his comic-y grave.

So, what have we got here. A 9/11-esque crashing of the "Wayne Tower," right in front of Batman's eyes, inspiring him to take action against Supes. Seems pretty corny to me. As for Superman, some folks love him, some folks hate him. Is he a God or a man? God or a man? OK, we get the picture.

Since accidentally knocking down Wayne Tower would not be enough to set Batman flying, my guess is that Superman is framed. The obvious culprit here is the Loki-esque Lex Luthor, played here by Jessie Eisenberg, reprising his role from The Social Network. Maybe after Bats and Supes figure it out they can go after Lex together, World's Finest-style.

Superman being a dick.
To me, the trailer feels like a Superman movie with a little Batman rolled in. Clark goes through his typical identity crisis, does he feel like saving humans, does he feel like flying back to Krypton, does he feel like eating a hot dog today, that kind of thing. Which maybe is OK for a 21 page comic - maybe - but is probably not going to carry another 2+ hour movie. Especially with Batman as the villain. I mean, you know the guy isn't going to die.

My words of wisdom? Put the focus back on Batman, AVOID CORNINESS, copy the final chapter of The Dark Knight Returns, keep it simple, and go with the flow. Less talking, more action. Make Superman a bit of a putz, and make sure he gets his lily-white Kryptonian ass handed to him from a few different corners. That will be a lesson most of the audience will not soon forget.

Who can forget an image like this?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Beefy Bat-Signal

A friend of mine pointed me to this boston.com article, which points out that the 'new' bat-signal in the upcoming Batman v. Superman movie appears chubbier than 'lithe' former incarnations.

As several of the commenters have pointed out, there's nothing 'new' about this bat-signal. It's pretty much identical to one Frank Miller drew in 1986 in The Dark Knight Returns, on which Batman v. Superman is based.

Yeah, there's a Robin, too.
It's looking more and more like Batman v. Superman is basically pulled from the fourth chapter of The Dark Knight Returns. Which is probably wise, because there's way too much stuff in the whole graphic novel to make it all into a movie. Who knows, maybe they'll work backwards.

Thursday, May 28, 2015


Stick is Daredevil's mentor. Like Daredevil, he's blind. His eponymous walking stick doubles as his weapon of choice. His teaching style? Let's just say he's not exactly the go-easy-on-the kid type.

Frank Miller cut his teeth on Daredevil, and invented the mysterious Stick back in 1981. The panels shown here are from Daredevil: The Man Without Fear, a sort of "year one" for Daredevil which appeared in 1993. You can still hear some notes from The Dark Knight Returns, if you listen closely.