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First Look at Henry Cavill in Batman v. Superman and Other BvM Casting News

Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice Header Batman V Superman Set Photo Teases Henry Cavill as Clark Kent

A picture of Henry Cavill as Superman from the upcoming film, Batman v. Superman, has been released:

Batman v Superman: Henry Cavill as Superman Pic Released

Really, there aren’t any big surprises here. Biceps, cape, stony super-stare, the bold fashion choice of bright red boots…

 …no huge deviation from Man of Steel here. We’ve already seen the first photos of Ben Affleck as Batman, and even though I’m skeptical of Affleck’s ability to portray Bruce Wayne and his broody, batty alter-ego, there isn’t anything definitive for me to point to that says this movie will suck. Really, I can’t decide what I think about this film. Henry Cavill is a great Superman, but I don’t trust Ben Affleck as Batman. There are also rumors that everybody’s favorite Khal, Jason Momoa, will be playing Aquaman.

He won’t have a big part in Batman v. Superman, but he will play a larger role in the Justice League movie. These are all still rumors at this point, but this one has been circulating for so long, that I’m officially getting my hopes up that Momoa will be bringing some much needed bad-assery to one of the most made-fun-of superheroes ever.

But, once again, this movie doesn’t want anyone to get too comfortable, so we also have reports out there that Jessie Eisenberg will be Lex Luthor. Let me say that again:

Jesse

Eisenberg 

is Lex 

Luthor.

Here is a fan-made poster of Eisenberg as Luthor from Following the Nerd:

Sure, Jesse Eisenberg isn’t an awful actor. I actually am a pretty big fan of his. However, like Ben Affleck’s casting in Batman, I am 100% unsure that Eisenberg is going to be the right man for the job. I want to say he’ll rock it, just like I want to say Ben Affleck will be a great Batman, but I just don’t know if one of my favorite adorkable guy actors can be one of the most evil men in Metropolis…

Last but not least, we’ve got Gal Godot as Wonderwoman, who is slated to star in both Batman v. Superman and the Justice League movie.

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I’ll be honest here, I have no idea what I think of her. I’ve never seen the Fast and Furious movies, and I can’t remember her roles in Knight and Day and Date Night. Honestly, I’m just glad they are finally bringing Wonder Woman to the big screen. I’m hoping Godot does a great job, so we can maybe see a Wonder Woman standalone film in the future.

 Batman v. Superman will release in May of 2016, and the Justice League movie will come out soon after that. We’ll have to see how the two movies develop as time goes on, but these movies continue to be the movies that I am simultaneously incredibly excited for, but incredibly nervous about.

What do you think of Batman v. Superman and the Justice League movie? Are you happy with the casting, or do you think they missed the mark? Let me know in the comments!

 

Current Events – Review: DC’s Forever Evil

Forever Evil LogoIt took 9 long months, but it finally happened. Forever Evil #7 hit comic shops last week signifying the bitter end of DC’s latest universe-wide event, and although the epic was full of great moment after great moment, a clunky start and one very untimely delay did a whole lot to derail this otherwise exciting roller-coaster ride of a blockbuster event.

The Beginning

Although Forever Evil #1 was released on September 4th, 2013, you have to go way back The New 52 Free Comic Book Day Special Edition #1to Free Comic Book Day 2012 and DC’s The New 52 Free Comic Book Day Special Edition #1 to get to the real start of this ambitious series of events. That’s right, Forever Evil was nothing more than a single part of a much larger plan for DC Comics, a plan that we’re still currently seeing DC implement. In this FCBD issue we get new insights into Pandora, The Phantom Stranger, and The Question’s punishments before the Council of Eternity, as well as a foreshadowing of DC’s Trinity War, an event that promised a lot, but only delivered one thing: Another event.

Trinity War

Trinity WarI know a lot of people who had a huge problem with Trinity War, and not really because of what it was, but because of what they assumed it would be, and people just hate being wrong. While I like to think of it more as a surprise, many assumed that the “Trinity” in Trinity War was a reference to Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, or the new Trinity of Sin characters Pandora, The Phantom Stranger, and The Question, while still others assumed it referred to the three distinct Justice League teams of the DCU, The Justice League, The Justice League of America, and The Justice League Dark, with the latter being the most popular of the assumptions, probably due in great part to DC’s solicits for the event suggesting as much. This turned out to be a huge misdirection tactic, and despite the various Justice Leagues fighting over Pandora’s Box, the “Trinity” of the Trinity War shockingly referred to The Outsider’s plan to use Pandora’s Box to simultaneously hamstring all three Justice Leagues while bringing the Earth-3 incarnation of the Justice League into the New 52. “Trinity” always referred to the three of Earth-3, and never really had anything to do with the Trinity of Sin, Bats, Supes, and WW, or the 3 Leagues, and the misdirection meant to surprise was missed by many readers who simply couldn’t get over the fact that they had made a wrong guess. Admittedly, Trinity War was not the most interesting read ever written, but that page reveal of the Crime Syndicate standing in the DCU-proper was awesome, and made everything that came after it an exciting proposal. Well, almost everything.

Villain’s Month

With the release of Forever Evil #1 on September 4th, 2013, DC Comics also started a Villains Month Jokerpromotional campaign that seems to be turning into a DC Comics trend. During this premiere month for the event, DC halted their regular publishing line and released 52 comics starring the best and worst of DC’s villains. 3-D lenticular covers and fan-favorite villainous characters helped push this promotional stunt to success, and while most of the issues had absolutely nothing to do with the Forever Evil event overall, it was a new and different approach to selling and publishing comics, and the buzz that came along with the month-long endeavor helped to solidify the event as something special. Although this wasn’t enough to make Forever Evil anything more than some cool elements and even cooler moments wrapped up in a less than perfect event, as a single block in a bigger foundation, Forever Evil has changed the status quo in the DCU for the foreseeable future.

The Good

TCrime Syndicatehere were some really fun things going on within the pages of Forever Evil, as well as in the tie-ins surrounding the event. The members of the Crime Syndicate itself were wonderfully depicted, and from Ultraman’s Kryptonite addiction, Grid’s quest for emotions, Johny Quick and Atomica’s Bonnie & Clyde-esque relationship, Power Ring’s problems with his…well, Power Ring, and Superwoman’s love quadrangle and baby-daddy issues did a great job of making these carbon-copy character knockoffs more than simply carbon-copy character knockoffs. The kidnapping and outing to the world of Nightwing as Dick Grayson did a great job of establishing the Crime Syndicate as villains that were willing to go above and beyond what DC’s usual batch of badguys were willing to do. The mystery of the hooded man was an interesting element of the event, albeit a telegraphed aspect of the end of the series, and seeing long-time Lex Luthor cohorts Otis and Bizzaro was fun. Although Cyborg’s destruction at the beginning of the event left me bewildered at the repairs and upgrades he receives later on, the whole Firestorm Matrix prison that entrapped the Justice League was an ingenious plot device, but seemed a bit drawn-out as the overarching story-element of the Justice League of America tie-in arc. BizzaroDespite the awesomeness that surrounded Lex’s Injustice League team of Captain Cold, Bizzaro, Black Manta, Black Adam, and Lex himself, the happenstance that lead to each members’ joining the team seemed forced. Batman with a Yellow Lantern Ring, Sinestro making an appearance, Lex and Bats team-up, Dick’s death and resurrection, Captain Cold putting it to Johnny Quick, the reveal of the hooded man as Alexander Luthor as the power stealing Mazahs, and the fun moments and universe-redefining end of issue #7 of Forever Evil were quite enjoyable, but the changes to the status quo felt lost on a single character, Lex Luthor, and a single title, Justice League, than found to be universe-changing.

The Bad

While Forever Evil excels when it comes to interesting moments that make for blockbuster comic book events, the overarching plot devices that defined the actual story Hooded Manof Forever Evil were telegraphed from the beginning of the event, leaving readers wanting by the end. With the first issue reveal of a hooded man and the suggestion that he holds a certain amount of power over the Crime Syndicate let the cat out of the bag early in this event, and it wasn’t hard to guess that Lex Luthor would be at the center of overthrowing the Syndicate by the end of it all. Additionally, there were plenty of unexplained WTF moments in this series that left readers scratching their heads. Despite Cyborg being held together by nothing more than the green hue of a Green Lantern’s ring, Batman and Catwoman seem to have no problem taking Victor’s lifeless, useless, Cyborg-free body to the Red Room for repairs. It was very-well established that Victor dies without his cyborg implants, and as much sense as using Green Lantern’s power to keep him alive makes, him staying alive long enough for Batman to get him to the shop for repairs makes absolutely none. Then we have the convenient meetup of the Injustice League, with Lex and Bizzaro in the perfect location to see Black Adam get beat up by Ultraman without Ultraman seeing them, Black Manta in the perfect position to drag Black Adam out of the ocean, and Captain Cold just happening to get away from a fight he had no business getting away from way too close to Lex and Bizarro to make any damned sense at all. The biggest hurdle tripping up this event, however, had nothing to do with the story, and everything to do with boring tie-ins and untimely delays. Although the Justice League tie-ins starring the individual members of the Crime Syndicate were the shining stars of the tie-ins, the separate stories being told in Justice League of America the Dark family of DC titles, and just about every other DC comic fell flat on several levels. Justice League of America dealt with the Firestorm matrix prison that entrapped most of the JL members, and although the tie-in had some great elements, Martian Manhunter and Stargirl’s adventure was confusing, felt unimportant, and dragged for at least 3 issues too many than it should have. I understand why the story was part of the overall event, I’m just not sure it should have been. That same unimportant tone was heard in the Dark tie-in story known as Blight, and although it explored interesting details of how the Syndicate dealt with magic-using characters of the DCU, the 18-part, 4-title-spanning epic within an epic was way too unwieldy and uneventful to be anywhere close to entertaining. Although the Arkham War 1Arkham War and Suicide Squad tie-ins were way better than the others, by the end of the Forever Evil event itself they felt worthless and horribly useless in light of the new status quo established by the supported event. Furthermore, the almost two month delay of the release of the last issue, which in turn caused delays for most of the tie-in books, was an inexcusable circumstance when it comes to comic book events. Any steam that had been building to the climactic ending of Forever Evil escaped during this two month hiatus, and the ultimate end of the series that did nothing but setup yet another event was intriguing, but only for what may come after Forever Evil, and did nothing to remedy the mediocrity of the event as a whole.

The Verdict

When one judges Forever Evil based on its standing as a comic book event it loses much of its appeal due to underlying plot holes, bad tie-ins, and the use of gimmicky character moments that were the only driving force of the series from issue to issue. But Forever Evil isn’t just a single event. It’s only a small portion of something much bigger going on at DC, and we’ve been seeing that something bigger in the form of DC’s weekly event Futures End. Without Trinity War there is no Forever Evil, and without Forever Evil there Futures Endsimply is no Futures End. While we have yet to know for sure just how good Futures End will end up being, the very fact that DC is taking a chance with something so epic and all-encompassing is a great approach for a publisher that has been losing to Marvel when it comes to big events. Septembers are another piece of evidence that points to a categorical change to the way DC handles events, and while September 2013 saw DC make waves with Villain’s Month, September 2014 sees a similar month-long event with a series of one-shot issues featuring 3-D lenticular covers. Do you see the same trend I’m seeing? After the entire plan DC has implemented comes to fruition it may be a different story for Forever Evil, but, until that day comes, I have to score it as it is now, and wait for any future context to build itself. Perhaps, someday, Forever Evil will seem better than it was, but that day is not today.

Story: 2 Out of 5
Art: 3 Out of 5
Overall: 2.5 Out of 5

 

 

Opinion: DC’s Forever Evil and How to Ruin a Great Event

Forever_Evil_1It can’t be an easy thing to do a big crossover comic book event. There’s the epic story that needs to be told, the crossover and tie-in stories have to be laid out, and then there’s the promotion. But once all these aspects have been applied to the event, and that ball of success starts rolling, it’s hard to slow it down and nearly impossible to stop it. DC’s latest and still current event, Forever Evil had just about everything going for it, but that success has been all but ruined by one aspect of events that DC missed: The schedule.

The Good

The lead up to Forever Evil, if you remember, was another event called Trinity War, and Forever Evil 7while that lead up event was a really big bait and switch, the end reveal of the Crime Syndicate making their way to the DCU was a fantastic way to promote the Forever Evil event. The Crime Syndicate is just that damn cool, and the way they were introduced, along with the new status quo that came along with them, was a refreshing take to a DC event. The solicits that followed showed off a Lex Luthor led Justice League, a Justice League Dark “must-read” tie-in, the debut of the Metal Men, and some great crossovers like Arkham War and Rogues Rebellion. And a lot of that has been fun, if not a bit of a letdown overall. Arkham War 1

The delivery of the event was great at the beginning, and the pace and individual stories being told around the event were fun and different. The Rogues and goings on at Arkham were neat, all three Justice League books were fun in their own unique ways despite Justice League Dark being part of an enormous crossover, and the Forever Evil book proper was exciting from ish to ish. There was also a great use of just about every character involved, and the Crime Syndicate themselves are just plain old evil fun. So where did everything go so wrong?

The Bad

“When the unthinkable happens!” It’s an appropriate tagline, as is the word “Forever” in Forever Evil. The book has been coming out since September, and while the traditional 1 Forever Evil Teaserissue per month release has worked in the past, it’s too old-fashioned for the modern day reader. Sales slipped from month to month, and I think a lot of that had to do with the staggered release dates.

As though that wasn’t enough, issue 7, the last of the series, has been pushed back at least twice, forcing many of the tie-ins to also put off their release dates or risk spoiling the entire thing. This schedule screw up has all but derailed the entire event, and not only did Batgirl #30 spoil at least a part of the event, but now DC’s own solicits are doing so with the announcement of a new book starring Dick Grayson. Everything in Forever Evil started so very well, and now I, and many comic readers I’ve spoken with, just don’t really care anymore.

The Verdict

I’m not saying the last issue of Forever Evil is going to be a stinker. I want it to be good, ForeverEvil_Teaser_Ads_ALL.inddand Geoff Johns usually delivers. Events are big money makers for comic book publishers; If they weren’t they wouldn’t do them; and any hiccup in the process not only hurts sales for the event in progress, but hurts the reputation of the publisher, which certainly impacts sales of the any future events. While it’s definitely an arguable point, Marvel events over the past few years have just been better than DC’s, and Forever Evil showed some great promise of narrowing that divide. And it’s really hard to root for a publisher that throws a Batarang at their own event.

Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Comic Book Bureaucrats

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From time to time Outright Geekery brings you a slanted and biased opinion on some trivially specific topic of geekery. We call it Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot.

Power, esteem, respect, a cushy office and power! There’s nothing quite like a government job for security, authority and maybe doing some good in the world. Perks? Those aren’t perks; those are the tools of the trade, just like manipulation, charisma and outright dictatorship! Elected, appointed, stolen. It doesn’t really matter. The agenda? Usually it’s purely for personal gain, dressed in the guise of freedom, equality and safety. Either way, these are the Kings and Knights on the Chess Board of life who just love making the Pawns do their bidding. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely, and we absolutely power our way through a Top o’ the Lot featuring a who’s-who of bureaucratic blatherskites blustering blatantly buggy banter. We tell you one and one makes three because I’m. The. Cult. Of. Per. Son. Al. Ity. in Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Comic Book Bureaucrats.

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I wasn’t sure if iron-fisted dictatorship qualifies as bureaucracy, but I don’t care. Latveria is a Utopia under Doom’s benevolent rule…benevolent, that is, as long as you agree with whatever Doom says. Now that’s streamlined efficiency any bureaucrat could appreciate. There are no lines at the Doomstadt DMVs. Hey, just sayin’. Doom squeezes in just because he IS the red tape, and the epitome of what every other bureaucrat in the Lot believes themselves to be. Well, all but one.

5: Mitchell Hundred

MitchellHundred1Ex Machina wasn’t your typical comic book offering, and the most appealing parts of the title weren’t the super-heroics (although they were quite fun!), it was the political intrigue. Mayor Hundred wanted to do some real good for his city without hiding behind a mask, and the political ploys and tricks he used made for a great piece of graphic literature. Mayor Mitchell Hundred is a hell of a politician, which is the only thing that gets him into the Lot at all, but, deep down, he’s a really good man, which makes me like him way too much to call him out as a stereotypical bureaucrat. There’s other NYC mayors for that.

4: J. Jonah Jameson

Like Peter Parker didn’t have it bad enough time working at his paying gig snapping pics for Triple J, things elevated to a whole new level when Spidey’s JJJ2biggest critic became New York City’s top dog. The Anti-Spider Squad was soon created and everyone’s favorite friendly neighborhood web-slinger had one more pain in the ass to add to the monthly butt-kickings. The tides may be turning a bit as Spidey’s Superior counterpart has been putting Mayor Jameson in his place, but there’s no telling what Ultimate end Jonah will have to his political career (pun intended), because two Spidey’s swinging around NYC may be more than one mayor can handle.

3: Tony Stark, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.

IronmanFor a few brief months, between the events of Marvel’s Civil War and their Secret Invasion, Tony Stark was put in charge of the world’s most advanced and intrusive international espionage and action organization. And, man, was he a dick about the whole thing! It was Ironman’s way or the highway as Tony established teams of Avengers in all 50 States in the failed Initiative, opened a school to train young heroes that still exists to supply fodder for Avenger’s Arena’s Murder World, and transferred government funds to his own corporation in the form of no-bid contracts. But I’m sure a solid gold Heli-Carrier was a necessary expenditure. Proof that a good businessman doesn’t always make for a good politician (are you listening, Trump?), Stark did such a terrible job that he was replaced by…wait for it…Norman Osbourne! Tony may have been a mislead ideologue in his own right, but he’s got nothing on the next red-taper in the Lot. A good bureaucrat knows how to rile up a crowd and gain support, and nothing riles up the base like some good old-fashioned fear.Gold Hellicarrier

2: Senator Robert Kelly

“I stand in the shadow of a man who said a house divided against itself cannot stand. I stand in the shadow of a man for whom the preservation of the union — and the ideals and hopes and freedoms for which it stands — was worth any price, even his own life. Now, as then, this land we love faces a clear and present danger, to its liberty and its future. For Abraham Lincoln, the challenge was slavery. For us, on this cusp of the 21st century, it is mutants!”

SenatorKelly1Yeah, Kelly said that! He turned the inherently racial issue of slavery into a call to action for injustice against a different race! It wasn’t only a brilliant piece of storytelling thanks to legends Chris Claremont and John Byrne, but it stands as an identifying example of real-world social conflict. Looking back it seems a bit cheap taking the stereotypical fear-mongering political bureaucrat to a factor of asshole, but Senator Kelly worked as both the villain and the hapless patsy; just like a good bureaucrat. I wouldn’t mind seeing a return of this sort of political story in the current X-Titles, but Senator Kelly’s way with words back in the day give him the second spot in the Top o’ this Lot. While Kelly ran for the job of top U.S. bureaucrat, the character in the Top spot o’ the Lot made the Oval Office his bitch!

1: President Lex Luthor

President LuthorFirst he all but destroys Gotham City, and then runs on a platform that decries the current administration’s handling of Gotham City’s destruction! If that’s not the work of the most brilliant bureaucrat I have more. Luthor pulls a Kryptonite asteroid toward the Earth, blames Superman for it, and most of the planet believes him, including a team of heroes that he sends to kill Batman and Superman! He allowed alien invasions to occur just to sell more LexCorp weapons. He only served three years, but, oh, they were a grand few, and if it wasn’t for those pesky Tights and Capes who knows how great America could have been? Anyone currently reading DC’s Forever Evil cannot argue that Lex was right!

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Review: Forever Evil Issue #3

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Forever Evil #3
Written by: Geoff Johns
Art by: David Finch
Page Count: 32
U.S. Price: 3.99
Sale Date: Nov 6 2013

It’s not easy being right all the time. Just ask Lex Luthor! He’s been warning the DC Universe for years that its dependence on super-powered heroes would end up being humanity’s downfall. And the events of Forever Evil have shown, yet again, that Lex got it right! The heroes are gone, and humanity has nowhere else to turn to save them. So, since he couldn’t save humanity from itself, it’s up to Lex to save humanity from the grips of Forever Evil. But he’s going to need help. He’s getting a team together, and while I usually dig it when a new band gets together, I was left a bit wanting and confused by this effort.

The Good

This issue was all about getting the team together, a device used repeatedly in recent DC memory courtesy of the New 52 reboot, but it was different enough to make it feel new. Lex’s new Justice League is an intriguing group of villains turned unlikely heroes, and the entire feel of the team is just plain fun. Forever Evil as an event has, finally, found its footing, and the second act of the event is undeniably upon us with the delivery of a solid hook in the form of Lex’s new team. David Finch’s art is strong and does a great job of helping tell the story, with very creative use of Batman’s mask to paint overall emotion. Geoff Johns writing is the star of the issue, however, and he seamlessly takes the reader from one scene to the next with a pace that should come off as erratic, but instead helps set the unpredictable nature of the story itself. I mean, who could have seen a team headed by Lex Luthor and filled out with a clone of Superman and some of the worst villains in DC history, come together without the world becoming complete shit in the process? I just got the order wrong. Johns is able to communicate the sense of the chaotic mayhem of Forever Evil without harming the story contained in the pages of this single issue. It’s the little things Johns does that really shine in the ish, however, and the previously mentioned use of Batman mask in Bruce’s reaction to Nightwing’s current state, Lex and Bizarro taking time to stop and smell the flowers, and even Ultraman referencing Black Adam trying to harm him with words were simply brilliant morsels of geek goodness. But it had some problems.

The Bad

Although quite impressive, the art seemed rushed in more than a few places, and, while I just adore Finch’s work, I felt we were shorted a bit in the details department. As usual, this issue raises more questions than answers, with confusion ensuing. Firestorm shows powers that make hardly any sense, with the effects of those “new” powers possibly spoiling things in some Forever Evil tie-in issues; the loss of powers in a different character seemed like a forced afterthought, and is surely nothing more than a way to get to tell this story the way Johns’ wants to; and “oh, hey, there’s Black Manta!”, almost too convenient. Again, as usual, these are just nits that I like picking. The real trouble begins to sink in when you realize that Lex’s Injustice League team hasn’t yet reached its capacity. Bats and Cats have been solicited to be joining this team, and I’m worried I’ll have to sit through one, maybe two, more issues of getting a team together that will only have any meaning for the duration of Forever Evil. If it’s going to take four or five issues of a seven issue event just to get a team together for the event, and the event only, that leaves me a relative little time to actually see the team in action, which is, after all, the true appeal.

The Verdict

This is by far the worst issue of Forever Evil to date. I know, it’s only three issues in, and every modern day comic book event HAS to have at least one or two unnecessary issues, but, unfortunately, Forever Evil #3 is THAT issue. Equally unfortunate is the fact that some stuff DOES happen in this issue that will be integral to the rest of the event. Fortunately, however, readers probably won’t miss much of that if they skip this issue. So, if you really, really love Forever Evil pick this up. It’s worth reading just to see a team dynamic build, albeit a really slow build. But this issue is by no means required to get the gist of Forever Evil or enjoy anything that will follow it, so skip it.