We live in a golden age of super hero movies. What Marvel, and now DC, are doing with their cinematic universes is pretty special. The idea of taking the shared universe concept that is seen in many comic books, and applying it to film, was nothing short of brilliant. Since Marvel started this trend with Iron Man in 2008, we’ve gotten film after film ranging in quality from okay to excellent. Marvel has yet, by most accounts, to release a film that is generally considered to be bad. However, that doesn’t mean that their movies are flawless. In fact, almost all of their movies seem to have one glaring issue: the villain.
For years now I’ve been waiting for a truly great villain to show up in a Marvel film. Sadly, it just hasn’t happened yet. We either get villains with cheesy or unoriginal motivations, villains that share the same abilities as our hero, or villains that are just nameless, faceless masses of aliens and drones that pose no threat to our heroes. I was hoping Ultron would buck this trend, but I was left disappointed by him as well (Skynet anyone?) I mean, don’t get me wrong, their villains aren’t terrible, but none of them are very memorable. Out of all their villains, Loki is the probably the only compelling one. However, while he may be compelling, he just isn’t very intimidating.
This month’s Comic Block includes quite the exclusive: A variant cover of a crossover of epic proportions: Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War, issue #1.
Written by Mike Johnson, the series takes us on a journey through the cosmos as we witness the meeting of two of the biggest space science fiction franchises ever when the crew of Captain James T. Kirk’s U.S.S. Enterprise crosses paths with Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps.
We’re huge comic book fans here at Nerdy Stuff, so we jumped at the chance to interview Mike Johnson about his work on the book.
Archie Comics’ beloved Riverdale crew.
We’re going through another golden age of comics, haven’t you heard?
Comic books haven’t received this much attention since the ‘40s and ‘50s when cocksure psychotherapists wielded their paranoia drill and implanted warning signs for parents of heretic homosexual behaviors found within the pages of a Batman comic. The result, naturally, would be the desecration of their sons Christian souls and the emasculation of their walking testosterone bundles of joy.
Now, however, Marvel has managed to bring the conversation of comic books back to the forefront thanks to global mega successful film franchises they’ve built around characters like Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor.
Warner Bros. has finally released an official synopsis for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, so now is a good time to talk about the biggest problem with that trailer.
Comic book spoilers to follow.
Since 2008, Marvel has blasted movies to the top of the box office. At the same time, DC has stumbled with how to adapt any of their heroes except Batman.
This isn’t because Disney is better at exploiting their brands than Warner (okay, it’s a little bit that), but because at a fundamental level, Marvel’s heroes are more adaptable to the palates of modern audiences.
The most iconic DC characters were cooked up in the late 1930s as definitive heroes with clear cut black and white morals. Both Batman and Superman stop working correctly as characters when you remove that moral clarity. Batman just becomes a sort of crazy person who beats up people on the street, and Superman becomes a terrifying god-alien.
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