For the first time in the history of these characters, we’ll be seeing Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman together on the big screen. And we’ll be seeing them all in costume. If there’s an image that could top seeing the Avengers together for the first time, it’s this one.
Remember that, prior to Iron Man‘s release in 2008, The Avengers and the characters that make up the team (including Captain America and Thor) were considered Marvel’s B-team by the general public. It wasn’t until Robert Downey Jr., a team up between screenwriters and comic book writers, and a risky plan, that these three characters became the household names they only were to those that managed to open a comic book. At Christmas, I was asked by a cousin who’d never seen Captain America or Avengers why Cap was a good character at all. This same cousin wouldn’t question Batman.
Zack Snyder recently spoke with Forbes about the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel, and he described some test photos that were done recently. It confirms that we’ll see all three characters in costume. It doesn’t confirm that we’ll see them all together, but it’s now a possibility.
With Batman there are a lot more titles than there are with Superman. Back around the time of the death of Superman storyline, there were four Superman titles each month, and they even added a fifth for the months when there would be a fifth Wednesday for a few years. Now it seems that Batman has become the most popular DC comics character, if I base that thought on the number of Batman titles alone.
In this entry I’m going to only feature the primary Batman titles. The next post will be about the Batman family titles, featuring characters that are spinoffs of the Batman universe.
Reading comics is always a double-edged sword. When I was a teenager I recognized the ridiculous nature of the artwork with regard to the women as artists draw them. I also recognize that they’re drawings. That doesn’t mean that for some they won’t be something of a challenge, though. Well, last week a new design was announced for Wonder Woman. It’s not the first time her costume has been redesigned, but it is the most drastic. The thing about it, though, is that it’s both realistic and functional. It’s also far more modest than anything that she’s worn in the past, outside of an all white full body costume at some point that I’d never seen before. I only wish that it had gone further with the modesty, but such is life.
Now, let me just say that I’ve never been that big of a fan of Wonder Woman. The character is one that I only knew about because when I was young I’d watch Super Friends. When the FX network was kicking off, they would show the old Batman show, followed by The Green Hornet, and I seem to remember watching the old Wonder Woman tv series there as well.
I also read some JLA and saw her again in the Justice League cartoon. Otherwise, I really had no interest in the character.
That being said, I think that the new costume is the right direction for DC Comics to take her. It’s something that adds a big more strength to her character and will earn her more respect.
This week was Nintendo’s Press Conference at E3. The announcements that were made completely topped last year’s show and puts Nintendo on top as the definite winner of this year’s E3. Last year I was a bit disappointed even though I was pleased by what was announced. I was hoping for three properties to be announced that weren’t. This year, those three properties were all accounted for: Donkey Kong, Kid Icarus and Zelda!
This year’s list is ridiculously long. I can’t even begin to tell you how much Nintendo has just blown my mind. While looking into the games that I wanted to write about, I found more games that Nintendo has announced at E3.
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Warner Brothers announced the purchase of a controlling share in Rocksteady Studios, who are the creators of the excellent Batman: Arkham Asylum video game. It’s almost as if they allowed Rocksteady to use the Batman license as a trial run, in anticipation of a purchase later on. Rocksteady certainly proved themselves, and I hope that they also give Superman a shot, once they’ve finished Arkham Asylum 2.