Thursday, May 19, 2016

Looking Forward: May 25th, 2016

Well next week is sure to be interesting.
  • Batgirl #52: I don't know, some bad guy and Babs goes on a road trip.
THEN THERE'S REBIRTH. To be perfectly honest, I may use Wednesday for all Rebirth talk, whatever that may be, and hold off on Batgirl until Thursday, because you know... New "I'll get to it when I get to it, this ain't my job" FHIZ and all that.

But Rebirth is going to be a big deal, clearly. Not only do we have that Rebirth issue, but there's also Justice League #50, which I think, for better or worse, is where Geoff Johns is gong to tell us who he wants the Joker to be... and then he runs off to "course-correct" DC's movies.

Can we talk about that? What does it fucking say, that ONE movie into your big shared universe, Warner Bros goes "Ah shit, we got to "course correct" this right now." Step one: Stop relying on Zack Snyder, thank you!

ANYWAYS. Yeah, Joker... I don't know how I feel about that, but I'll tell you when I do.


  1. Few thoughts.

    Regarding The Joker, it's odd that given his use and exploration of the character, Scott Snyder wasn't the one to reveal the identity. It was obviously hinted at in Death Of The Family. I always felt there was a bit of a tension (not a rivalry or animosity, per se) between Snyder and Johns' books, especially where use and portrayal of Batman is concerned. It probably doesn't help that Snyder and Capullo's Batman became DC's #1 book, overshadowing most of whatever was going on in Justice League during the New 52.

    Regarding the DC cinematic universe... I'm not sure there is much to say. I think it's obvious to everyone that Zack Snyder has a specific style and vision for what a superhero movie should look like: dark, bleak, and violent. He has three of them on his resume, and they all have the same tone and lack of humanity/heart. Warner/DC knew what this guy was about when they gave him the keys to the kingdom. Why they don't have the guts to remove him and change course, I don't know. (Goyer's scripting has been equally shoddy for MoS and BvS, IMO.)

    Anyway, Johns has been involved in these movies from the start. How much voice and influence, I don't know. But I don't see how reshuffling deck chairs is going to change much. The irony is Johns has some VP handcuffed to him, and he still answers to higher-ups at Warner and DC. So I don't think it's even accurate to say Johns is THE guy in charge at this point.

  2. "Geoff Johns is gong to tell us who he wants the Joker to be... and then he runs off to "course-correct" DC's movies." Holy fuck, I can't stop laughing!

    I'm not really sure if he should be the one telling us about the real Joker. Maybe a writer closer to Batman, Or maybe he should have left it as one of his dangling plot threads.

  3. How Snyder and johns view the joker comes down Synder really being a great horror writer and Johns being a traditional comics guy. Snyders Batman has really been at its core a horror comic and nothing is scarier than never knowing who your monster truly is.