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Secret Origins: The Story of DC Comics DVD Review (Article) - 11/18/2010 9:47:28 AM

Really?  No mention of Crisis on Infinite Earths?  I just don't see how you could do a documentary on DC without mentioning such an historic event?

TV Round-Up (Article) - 11/16/2010 1:26:08 PM

I would like the idea of a review compilation column if there were actual full reviews elsewhere on the site.  This current incarnation doesn't work for me.  And like KaraS said, it makes discussing individual shows difficult.

I get that the number of shows getting weekly reviews was probably getting daunting and time consuming.  I think certain shows would be just fine with the mini-review format.  Shows like "Brave and the Bold" or "Clone Wars" don't need a full review.  But I think the "big gun" shows, that have more meat to them and more fans, should keep getting full reviews.  A two paragraph blurb doesn't do a show like "The Walking Dead" or "Fringe" justice, and since both of those shows can generate quite a lot of conversation, they need their own threads to keep the comments section on this article from reaching the triple digits.

Mania staff, please consider reviving the full reviews for certain shows.  If you have trouble deciding which shows merit one, ask us; I *promise* we'll let you know.

Del Toro, Eick on HULK TV Series (Article) - 11/16/2010 7:56:19 AM

@ jfdavis - I agree that putting the Hulk on ABC increases its need to perform well with ratings.  Given the relatively lukewarm reception the past two movies have received, I don't know if it will be able to pull in the required numbers.  However, being on ABC is going to give them access to a lot of special effects money they wouldn't have on a smaller network, so that's a bonus.

Caprica Finishes On DVD First (Article) - 11/15/2010 10:19:22 AM

I *hate* this .5 nonsense, both on TV and with home video release.  Just give us a whole season at once.  Especially for the DVD and Blu-Ray releases.

GREEN LANTERN! (Article) - 11/15/2010 10:16:30 AM

@ joeybaloney - You do need to start watching Mad Men because it's awesome, but if you're expecting it to be funny you will be sorely disappointed.

GREEN LANTERN! (Article) - 11/15/2010 10:11:33 AM

I don't know anything about Youngblood, but if the creator of the comic legitimately thinks X3 is the best X-film, I have no respect for him and no interest in any of his work.

Calling it The Wolverine seems odd to me (I'm not used to referring to the character that way).  HOWEVER, the idea of it being a one off entirely unrelated to the previous X-films is the best news I've heard about it.  Lose all of that baggage and just focus on making a good movie!  Maybe getting a director famous for fighting against studio interference really can save this movie.

I'm not sold on the Green Latern costume.  I feel like they could have easily achieved the same look with a practical suit, and then he wouldn't look so cartoony (Reynold's head looks very disconnected from the suit to me).  The comedic tone of the footage probably has as much to do with the way ET has edited it together as the actual film.  I'm not concerned about it yet, but I will be disappointed if Reynolds tries to play Hal the same way Downey Jr. plays Tony Stark.  We have the Iron Man movies, let's have Green Lantern blaze it's own path.

BATMAN is Back! (Article) - 11/14/2010 11:11:16 PM

I think this is a bad idea because of the continuity issues it creates.  Have multiple versions of a superhero makes things confusing for all but the most diehard fans.  As a casual comic fan, I couldn't really tell you what differentiates Barry Allen's Flash from Wally West's, or Hal Jordan from Kyle Rayner from John Stewart (although at least with Green Latern I know Hal is the original).  Now we're going to have multiple Batmen running around, as if the various Robins and Batwomen weren't enough.

But at the same time, I see no reason to get too upset.  After the whole Death of Superman storyline we had lots of Super-people running around, even after Kal-El's return.  But eventually those characters dropped off the radar and now Clark is back in his rightful place as Superman.  Whether it's due to low readership, writer neglect, or another crossover, I'm sure that most of these new Batmen will drop off the radar, Dick Grayson will go back to being Nightwing, and Bruce Wayne will be the one true Batman in time for the next company wide event.

PS - I am also not a huge fan of Morrison.  I find most of his stories (including his current run with Dick Grayson and Damien) to be confusingly told and ultimately not good enough for the effort it takes to figure them out.  A great comic isn't hard to follow; it simply rewards those who pay close attention.  For instance, it is not particularly difficult to follow the plot of "Watchmen" on first reading; the book's depth comes from the little details, symbolism, and references you notice from closely or re-reading it.  But I picked up the first Batman and Robin trade (with Dick and Damian) and really had trouble just tracking the plot points.  I was prepared to write this off to the fact that I haven't been following the title that closely until I saw that the villains in the first two arcs (the characters which spawned most of my head-scratching) were mostly new.

DARK KNIGHT Babes & Tech (Article) - 11/13/2010 8:26:37 AM

Death4sale, I respectfully say you are wrong.  There were several Harley-centric episodes on TAS, but in every single one of them Harley was motivated by the Joker.  Usually he spurned her or they got in a fight and Harley was trying to take out Batman as a way to make Joker love her again.  Or there was that one episode where she tried to reform and was pulled back into the underworld by a series of misunderstandings, but wasn't going after Batman, she was just trying to stay out of trouble.

I personally think the Ventriloquist could make a really interesting and disturbing villain in a Nolan-directed Batman. Yeah, the concept is slightly out there, but a criminal suffering from multiple-personality syndrome is more believable than the overtly supernatural foes like Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, or Clayface.  I'm sure Nolan's design team could come up with a Scarface doll that's incredibly creepy and not funny at all.  But that is a stretch.

DARK KNIGHT Babes & Tech (Article) - 11/12/2010 10:12:32 AM

Oh, and Sony can try to convince us otherwise all it wants, but the fact is Green Hornet must be terrible or it wouldn't have a January release.  No good movies every come out in January.  They are either released in December to capitalize on all of that holiday box office potential, or held back until the spring or later so they aren't competing against the glut of Christmas tentpoles and Oscar contenders.

DARK KNIGHT Babes & Tech (Article) - 11/12/2010 10:09:23 AM

@ thefakejaredk83 - First, Jared's a pretty kick-ass name :-).  Secondly, I agree with you, that same group of actresses comes up for pretty much every movie.  Natalie Portman, Kiera Knightly, and Anne Hathaway in particular seem to "meet" with the production team on literally every movie that gets made.

I will be shocked if the female villain doesn't also serve a love interest; it would allow for the kind of multi-layered relationship that Nolan loves.  I think most fans know this, which is why Talia al Ghul and Catwoman have been the overwhelming favorite rumors for femme fatale.  I personally love Harley Quinn, but find the Joker so central to everything that motivates the character that it would be difficult to establish her without him onscreen.  I think it would also be distracting as she would be a constant reminder of Ledger's Oscar-winning turn and make you wonder what might have been if he were still alive.  And narratively, it wouldn't make sense because in Nolan's films, Joker is still alive.  The Harley Quinn I know wouldn't go around masterminding criminal plots when her beloved Mr. J is locked up is Arkham Asylum, she would try to break him out!

Although she's been in pretty much every Batman adaptation, I'd love to see Catwoman.  I think Nolan could do great things with her and convince a top notch actress to play her.  Talia is a close second, and since Liam Neeson is still alive we could see them interact in flashback.  Or maybe as BunyonSnipe suggests, we'll end up with both.

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