Wonder Woman

I’ll keep this brief: “Wonder Woman” is the most amazing superhero film I’ve seen yet.

It isn’t something built on hype. If anything, Warner and DC didn’t put as much marketing effort as it had with “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and still “Woman Woman” was an explosive powerhouse of great action and great storytelling.

I say great storytelling because “Wonder Woman” tells more than one. It’s a coming-of-age tale where Diana comes to understand her purpose, it’s a heroes’ journey, it’s a story about World War I, it’s a love story, it’s a story about gods and mortals, and most of all, it’s a superhero story.

I look back in previous superhero films and not one of them came close to actually being a superhero. In 2008 with “Iron Man,” Tony Stark developed his suit first to escape captivity, and then again, to destroy the weapons manufactured by his own company on enemy hands. “Thor” was just a spoiled battle hungry god who got a time out from his dad and was just making penance. And good ole “Captain America” was a weapon of the United States to punch the hell out of HYDRA. 

I’m not bashing Marvel here. I love their films but you’ve got to admit, the first fight scene with Diana coming out as Woman Woman for the first time, where she went out of her way to help people in desperate need, that’s a superhero moment there. She was willing to abandon her mission and her own safety to save lives. Literally save lives – civilian lives – out of immediate danger between the trenches of World War I.

That moment where Diana rose up that ladder: It was glorious. Of course the music helped stirred my emotions but it was no less the most epic thing I’ve seen in a superhero film. I had to dig way back in the attic of my mind to find something similar, and what came out was Sam Raimi’s own “Spider-Man 2” where our friendly wall-crawler stopped an overspeeding train.

The heroics doesn’t stop there. At some point every supporting character had done something heroic and things continue to build up to the final closing scenes.

“Wonder Woman” is an excellent example that DC and Warner can produce excellent superhero films within their Extended Universe. It tells a clear and comprehensive story with just the right amount of humor and excellent action. That’s why “Woman Woman” succeeded. It’s going to be a tough act to follow up but here’s to the future of “Wonder Woman.” 

Now let’s see if “Justice League” is on par with “Wonder Woman.”


DC Extended Universe

I don’t remember where I read, just that I read it. Ben Affleck, about him doing the standalone “Batman” film and his comments on “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

In the article, Affleck mentioned that people wanted a lighter tone in a story, and that people criticized DoJ for its dark tone. I find myself in disagreement. The tone of the film had nothing to do why the film didn’t sit right with me or to a bunch of people who didn’t like the film.

The idea of Superman being the world’s greatest threat is a solid concept. People are afraid of him and Bruce Wayne (Affleck) has seen it, witnessed it firsthand, and yes, he is afraid of the man. But when all of this winds down to Lex Luthor being a drooling baboon who manages to fix up the Man of Steel and the Bat on a last man standing match is just plain ridiculous. It could’ve been done in a better way. Something along the lines of the animated film “Return of the Dark Knight Part Two,” which has a simpler idea but ended up being vastly superior. Not to mention the actual fight scene was rather poor.

Anyhow, let’s move on from this. That film is now buried in the abysmal grave known as 2016. Let’s talk about the future.

The DC Extended Universe is gearing up with lots of cool stuff. “Wonder Woman” is just right over the horizon. Then we’ll be be seeing “Justice League.”

The next ones in line are: The Flash, Aquaman, Shazam, Cyborg, and the Green Lantern Corps, plus two more untitled films in pre-production. Somehow, “Justice League Part Two” is gone.

You see, I like to tinker on ideas. It helps me build on my own, motivates me to get some things down. Even this blog post is filler to help ease my mind and get back on track.

Beyond DC’s initial plans, I hope to one day see a Batman film that features the Red Hood, with Tim Drake having some focus. This would lead to a Teen Titans film, which should be damn fun. A “Green Lantern: Rebirth” storyline would be gold, followed by the “Sinestro Corps War” two or three years later. A Superman film titled “Superman: Prime” ought to blow the balls out of the fans. “Justice League: Infinite Crisis” and then maybe, just maybe, individual films with elements of “Countdown to Final Crisis,” which will loop to “Superman: Apokalips” that would lead to “Justice League: Final Crisis Part One.”

Then we can talk about “The Brave and the Bold” where major heroes team up with smaller, lesser known DC heroes to give them their own tiny spotlight. Come now, a Hal Jordan and Barry Allen crossover would be wicked cool. Then we can move on to the “Injustice” story lines and the “Convergence.”

Come on DC! You’ve got a lot of amazing material here. You cannot not fail with all of this source materials. Just have faith in them for crying out loud. With Geoff Johns in the helm, I do hope things would take a sweet turn in the future.

Do we need lighter toned stories? Not necessarily. The animated series “Justice League” and “Batman the Animated Series” were both dark and grim. Remember that Batman episode where some tugs drowned Matt Hagen with that clay formula-whatever that turned him to Clayface? That was sick and twisted for a TV cartoon. It was effective though. It’s all in the execution.We can have a few funny jibes here and there. But not Marvel level humor. DC can still excel and rival Marvel, only if they just get their shit right.