Batman

What do you write about during the summer when you don’t really do a whole lot?  The past 6 weeks for example, have been full of kid swim lessons, a wedding of people you’ve never heard of, a bachelor party for which I will not write about… and… that’s about it.  The previous six weeks of summer… not a whole lot happened there either.

I saw Captain America: Civil War.  It was good.  What do you want me to say?  It was pretty much what the previews showed.  If you saw the previews, you saw 90% of the important parts of the movie.  The end was a little bit different than I expected, but I had some problems with the ending.  Like what happens if Iron Man doesn’t go after Captain America and The Winter Soldier?  The whole premise of the movie hinges on that one event happening.  If it doesn’t?  Then they just sit around staring at each other.  Super fun movie.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then you didn’t see the movie.  If you saw the movie, you get it.

So over the past few days, I saw two different Batman movies.  I finally saw Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice.  I also so Batman: The Killing Joke.  I’m not sure which was more surprising.  That I didn’t hate BVS as much as I thought I would, or that I didn’t like TKJ as much as I thought I would.

I know I am way behind the curve here on Batman V. Superman.  But it just looked terrible.  So I waited till it was on DVD to watch it.  I couldn’t justify spending ticket prices on this movie.  It wasn’t as bad as I assumed it would be.  It’s still not good.  The film is two and a half damn hours.  The first hour or so is just them standing around meeting each other.  LET’S GO!!!  I get it, gotta set up the trinity and all that.  But geezus, row across lake point!!  Move it along!  The worst part of the movie was the casting of Jesse Eisenberg.  I am not a huge fan to start with, but I would like to see who didn’t get the role.  A dog?  Phil?  There had to be someone better.  And maybe he will be better in Justice League.  Who knows.  But he was dreadful.

The thing I find most interesting about BVS happened in the aftermath of the film.  It was such a critical disaster that Warner Bros. decided to move people around on Justice League.  Ben Affleck is now an executive producer.  The obvious choice to make is the one that they refuse to actually make.  The reason BVS was so terrible, and the reason Justice League is going to suck beyond belief, is Zack Snyder.  The director needs to go.  But WB probably has too much money invested in him to replace him at this point.  Chicken sh*ts.  Snyder ruined this movie.  If WB and DC wonder why they are so far behind Marvel in their cinematic universe, they need to look no further than Snyder.

I was so excited to see The Killing Joke.  And it was such a letdown.  The second half of the movie is great.  It is very true to the graphic novel on which it is based.  I didn’t know what to expect, really.  I had heard rumors about a scene between Batman and Batgirl.  The internet went ape sh*t.  Apparently people have a huge problem with the two of them… being intimate.  I get that there is a huge age difference, and she was involved with Robin at one point in history.  But whatever, it didn’t bother me that much.  It was the aftermath that bugged me.  They turned her into this whiny, damsel in distress character that just wasn’t Batgirl for me.  To be fair, I haven’t read a lot of Batgirl books, so I am not as familiar with her history as others, and maybe this is true to her.  It just didn’t work for me.  Once they switched to the Batman/Joker dynamic, the movie got a lot better.  If you’re a fan of this particular book, it is worth checking out.  Just don’t have high expectations.

Up, up, and away!

Look!  Up in the Sky!  It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  Okay first of all that’s ridiculous.  No one has ever said look up in the sky at a bird.  Maybe if it were a hawk or something.  Or a condor.   And I only say look up in the sky at a plane to my daughters if the plane is really close.  If you run around yelling to look up in the sky, people are going to make sure to walk on the other side of the street to avoid you.

Anyway, I was not all that excited to watch the new Supergirl show.  The trailers made it look just awful.  This is our third attempt at Supergirl, and the other two have a very special place in my heart.  If you’ve never seen the original Supergirl movie starring Helen Slater, do it.  Sure, it only has a 7% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but that doesn’t mean anything.  This was followed up by Kara being portrayed on Smallville by Laura Vandervoort.  I didn’t watch Smallville from the beginning.  I started watching when the Green Arrow was added.  I was a big fan of Smallville.  I wish I had watched from the beginning.

So why would this be any different?  The show was created by Greg Berlanti, who created my favorite show, Arrow.  Also he created The Flash, which I…don’t hate.  So apparently this is his new wheelhouse.  Superman in movies has been horrendous.  From Superman Returns, to Man of Steel, everything DC puts on the big screen that involves the Man of Tomorrow is not worthy of a second viewing.  Barely worth a single viewing.  The only reason I have interest in seeing Batman Vs. Superman is because of the Batfleck.  It also looks horrible.  On TV however, Superman is done pretty well.  Like I said, I enjoyed Smallville.  I also remember liking Lois and Clark.  But that was a lifetime ago.  I may have to rewatch that series to confirm.  Two other things this series has going for it… Helen Slater from Supergirl, and Dean Cain who was Superman in Lois and Clark.  They are Kara’s adoptive parents on Earth, and they had a very small cameo so far.  But it was a neat tip of the cap to fans of the old shows and movies.

Kara was sent to Earth, like her cousin Kal-El, to avoid the destruction of their home planet, Krypton.  She was a teenager, and was sent to protect Kal while he grew up, since he was still a baby.  She was thrown off course and was sent to the Phantom Zone for 24 years while her cousin grew up.  When she finally arrived on Earth, he no longer needed her protection.  She went on to be an assistant at the media powerhouse CatCo.  She has never used her powers, until one day the plane her sister is on is about to crash.  James Olsen has left his job at the Daily Planet in Metropolis to come to work with Kara.  At the end of the episode, he reveals that he has known who she was the whole time because “he” told James where to find her.  I’m not positive, but I don’t think they mentioned Superman by name the entire show.  It was wierd.  Maybe they aren’t allowed to?  Maybe I missed it.

After watching it, the show wasn’t as bad as I had anticipated.  Melissa Benoist so far plays a better Kara Danvers than she does a Kara Zor-El/Supergirl.  Which makes sense.  She’s spent the last 24 years being Danvers and hiding Supergirl.  It will take some time for her to get used to being two different people.  So I guess in that sense, I think she did a great job!!  This show, like most shows isn’t firing on all cylinders after one episode.  The one problem I do have, is that it already is following a very familiar superhero show playbook.  Rule 1: Make sure you have a computer expert who knows your secret and can work with you behind the scenes.  Works on Arrow, worked on Smallville.  They even used this all the way back in 2002 for the Birds of Prey series.  But that was great because it was built in with Barbara Gordon as Oracle.  Awesome show.

Apparently the show got massive ratings.  So it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.  I just don’t know how long I’m going to stick with it.  I will give it a shot.  I gave up on Gotham after about half a season.  And it has taken about 3 seasons (I think) to finally be over Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  I have 4 episodes sitting in my DVR, and I’m just about to delete them.  I have a feeling at the end of season 1, this will end up in that group, and not the Arrow group.  But, to say that I think I could watch through season 1 is a positive sign, because I didn’t think I would make it through EPISODE 1.

No!  My Puddin’!

Wow, I’ve been gone a really long time!  Over two months now. It has been a long two months for me. I’ve really been struggling with.. well, everything to be honest. But I am working on finding my peace and being better inside and not letting every little thing bring me down. Including me.  It’s a daily struggle, but luckily I have amazing friends like Phil who keep inviting me to things like golf even though I’m terrible, and to sit with him at our beloved Sacramento Republic’s games even though it was pouring rain. Yes, it does rain in California!!

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Also, i told myself I needed to spend what little free time I had finishing my book. Almost 900 damn pages and I still can’t decide if I liked it or not. If you’re looking for a book that takes forever to read and won’t give you the satisfaction your looking for in the end, go get 11/22/63 by Stephen King. It’s just the book for you!!

However let’s not get bogged down with what has been keeping me away from posting for so long.  I want to talk about what brought me back. And no. I am not a happy camper. 

I can’t believe all the stuff I missed!  The amazing new Star Wars trailer. The disappointing, but predictably terrible Batman Vs Superman trailer.

And yesterday the first images from The Suicide Squad movie were released. I don’t care about Will Smith as Deadshot. What I do care about is Margot Robbie as my girl Harley Quinn. I am more obsessed with Harley than any grown man should be. Grown man may be a stretch.  Am I ashamed or embarassed by my stuff?  Nope!  In fact, I’ll show it to you!

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I had been looking forward to seeing what they did with her costume ever since they announced her in the movie. And I don’t know if they could have done a worse job of designing her outfit.  Between video games, TV shows and all the other versions, there were a ton of different choices the director could have gone with. And instead it’s a combination of a few of them and looks awful.

Granted, in the DC Universe, Harley doesn’t join the Suicide Squad until The New 52 which is when she was re-introduced with a red and blue look instead of her iconic black and red. As I sit here writing this, I am seeing David Ayers point of view on her, but at this point, she could be anyone. If I just saw a picture of her with no context, I’m not sure I would know it was Harley.

I saw someone on Twitter said it looks like a bad cosplay outfit put together based on a description without ever actually seeing Harley. That sounds about right. I thought it looked like a college girl trying to be punk for a boy when everyone can tell she was a cheerleader in high school. Then I realized, wow they nailed it!  With Harley’s origin, that’s not too far from the truth!!

I went to a Kings game during my hiatus, and turns out, that night was comic book night.  Lucky for me, I ran into, and took a picture with, someone dressed up as Harley.  I wouldn’t have gone with this particular version for the film, but it’s still better than what we will be forced to sit through in August, 2016.

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I am still planning on going to see it.  I will reserve further judgement of the movie until the trailer comes out, and even the actual film.  I was just so disappointed when I saw Harley.  She doesn’t look like the Clown Princess of Crime.  She looks like she could be anyone.  Just wasn’t what I was hoping we would see.  I am not sure which version of Quinn I would have used, but It would have been something a little more…I don’t know.  But it would have been a little more Harley, that’s for sure.

In my limited free time, I’ve been watching a lot of Harley fan films on YouTube. This may be my favorite. It’s much different than I would expect them to use in a movie, but I really loved the more psychotic version of her.  This short video is based on the idea of being inside Harley’s own mind and is brilliant. In her comic books, she’s not THIS insane, but come on. She’s not Hell’s Belle for nothin.