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« Reply #105 on: Aug 4th, 2012, 12:13pm »

Finally saw Batman/Superman: Apocalypse. I would love to talk about the good stuff, but Darkseid was wasted so badly that I can't. It's even more apparent when you watch the featurette on Darkseid's fascinating history. Oh well, at least it was better than Brainiac Attacks.

Looking forward to Dark Knight Rises.
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« Reply #106 on: Sep 11th, 2012, 10:47am »

The Dark Knight Returns Part One turned up today, but I'm not going to watch it until Part Two is released next year.

So why did I pre-order it if I'm not going to watch it? I love those shiny slipcases that come with the initial batch of this series cheesy - and this one is definitely the best yet. The cover art is very good as it is, but the shiny slipcase makes the cover art beautiful!

So why are we getting this as two seperate releases? The back of the box lists this film as 76 minutes, which is about right for one of these animated films. So with Part 2 factored in that would make the whole Dark Knight Returns double the length. I estimate that still makes it shorter than a film like, say, The Dark Knight Rises!

So yeah, that would make this a very long film for one that is animated, and much longer than ones in this series so far. But this isn't getting a cinematic release, so why can't people just stop the film halfway through if they want a break?

Ah, but I paid full price for this release which was the same price as all the other DCU Animated Blu-Ray films. So I can pay full price again if I want to see the rest of this film. I see what you did there DC. And no doubt there will be the inevitable Complete Dark Knight Returns Blu Ray sometime next year that edits the film into one presentation (like Watchmen: Ultimate Cut) with probable bonus material so we can go out and buy it all over again. *sigh*

Side note: Such is the world these days unfortunately.

Since my TPB point is going in a massively off topic tangent I shall link to my point in a new thread: http://thebatsquad.conforums3.com/index.cgi?board=current&action=display&num=1347384056

But the same approach is worryingly rumoured to be happening with The Dark Knight Rises. There is much talk of a Director's Cut coming to Blu Ray, and some say it will be on the initial release. But some are saying the Theatrical Cut is coming this year and the Director's Cut will be released just before Man Of Steel next summer so we can go out and buy it all over again! And I know what I'm like, even if they do that I'll probably just end up getting both versions. angry
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« Reply #107 on: Sep 11th, 2012, 9:07pm »

I'm waiting for the all-in-one edition of DKR. No need for two discs. What's odd is they release SEASONS of other kids dvds after saying 75 minutes is the max a kid can watch anything.
Why not release it as 5 "episodes" or something along those lines?
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« Reply #108 on: Sep 12th, 2012, 01:04am »

The Mini-Series option is a really good idea. Just think, they could have done four 40 minute episodes. Running time is pretty much what it is now, and you have one episode per chapter/original prestige. Perfect. And DC could have even charged double price for it (like we know they want to) because it's a series rather than a movie, thus making it a more sensible presentation of the material at the same running time and RRP it is now.

I do wonder what goes through the minds of the people in charge of the different DC divisions these days. And then I get scared and wish I'd never wondered it at all.
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« Reply #109 on: Oct 17th, 2012, 07:28am »

After reading the twelve issues of All-Star Superman (Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely) this summer, I thought it would be a nice autumn activity to watch the animated adaptation of the series. My girlfriend joined in on the fun and we both loved it. We both never liked Superman before but this adaptation (by Sam Lui and the late Dwayne McDuffie) made it happen. I am not his biggest fan but I like him and don't mind having him around.

I think they captured the series perfectly. They left out the Superboy chapter (which I would have loved to see), the chapter where Superman goes berserk (I can understand that) and the two Bizarro chapters (which I did not miss). The story was very well told, Superman and Clark Kent came across like they did in the series (i.e., genuinely optimistic and not just stupid/naive).

No one can capture Frank Quitely's art style so I am glad they did not try. The images still looked gorgeous at times, even though I missed the black and white scenes from the second issue. My only gripe is that Superman did not think up the answer to the unanswerable question himself in the animated movie.

EDIT: I will edit and add to this post that I have just seen Justice League: The New Frontier. I own the book but have not taken the time to read it yet. I wished to watch this, though. My girlfriend liked the basic premise of it (I do know that despite not having read the series) and we both enjoyed it tremendously. I loved the art style -- it looked very much like Darwyn Cooke. The story was solid and intriguing (even though the enemy was a tad boring and unexplained). I really enjoyed the fact that the creators did not shy away from showing blood or violence. I don't know if that's the case in the comics as well but it really added impact to the visuals.
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« Reply #110 on: Mar 2nd, 2013, 4:16pm »

I finally got round to watching both parts of The Dark Knight Returns. At first the horrible modern CG 'animated' look really bothered me, as did the poor acting (particularly Gordon). What surprised me most is that after a while I actually got absorbed into it and stopped noticing much of it. I'm not sure what it was exactly, but I'd say this was the most enjoyable adaptation for me. I need to give the original book another shot because, dare I say it, I got much more enjoyment watching it, while the book I found a bit of a chore. Maybe things have changed since the Reboot and all and maybe I'll have a new found appreciation for the book?

I haven't seen The New Frontier, so I must say I was very surprised at the level of violence in DKR. All the previous adaptations (that I've seen) still felt geared towards a casual (primarily young) audience. To me DKR felt like they were aiming for a more mature audience so they didn't dilute the material so much.
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« Reply #111 on: Jul 25th, 2013, 08:17am »

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/BatFreak/news/?a=84099

New film set in Arkham Asylum game series universe, not too bothered about that to be honest. I think the games and their approach to characters are very overated.

Batman & Son film, not sure how well this will work as a standalone, and worryingly nobody told Grant Morrison: http://www.newsarama.com/18471-morrison-on-batman-inc-finale-i-think-people-will-hate-it.html But if it leads to all of Morrison's epic being done that could be good if they can do it the justice it deserves.

Also a Reboot JLA adaptation, but nobody cares about Reboot.
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« Reply #112 on: Jan 21st, 2014, 03:47am »

Trailer is out, and has been getting very positive reactions. But am I alone in thinking that the trailer was absolute crap?



Deathstroke killed Ra's Al Ghul? Really?! And that first meeting of Bruce and Damian looks truly awful. Looks like this completely misses the point of Morrison's original.
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« Reply #113 on: Jan 22nd, 2014, 03:52am »

Deathstroke has become increasingly popular thanks to Arrow and his video game appearances, no surprise they're trying to put him everywhere.

I really don't like the anime style they're doing these days, I preferred the more classical animation of the previous ones. Glad to see they're finally breaking their streak of Geoff Johns adaptations, because lets face it; he sucks.
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« Reply #114 on: Jan 22nd, 2014, 10:11am »

I didn't realise Deathstroke was so popular, I was only ever really interested in him he'd try and destroy Dick, and then Dick would beat him senseless, I liked those bits cheesy Shoehorning him in here just seems stupid though.

Give me Rose though, I like Rose. Not in this film, don't shoehorn her in, but I much prefer Rose to Deathstroke.
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« Reply #115 on: Jan 22nd, 2014, 3:28pm »

on Jan 22nd, 2014, 03:52am, dudelovebaby wrote:
I really don't like the anime style they're doing these days, I preferred the more classical animation of the previous ones.


Again, we are no longer DC's target market. They are trying to get new fans / readers / viewers not keep the ones that they've had for decades.
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« Reply #116 on: Jan 23rd, 2014, 01:41am »

on Jan 22nd, 2014, 10:11am, Nick wrote:
I didn't realise Deathstroke was so popular, I was only ever really interested in him he'd try and destroy Dick, and then Dick would beat him senseless, I liked those bits cheesy Shoehorning him in here just seems stupid though.

Give me Rose though, I like Rose. Not in this film, don't shoehorn her in, but I much prefer Rose to Deathstroke.


I honestly hadn't even read the character in anything beyond that fight scene in Identity Crisis where he systematically dismantles the JL, only for Green Arrow to jam an arrow in his eye. But now even my eight year old cousin knows who he is.

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Again, we are no longer DC's target market. They are trying to get new fans / readers / viewers not keep the ones that they've had for decades.


Yet their Flashpoint adaptation bombed compared to their prior Justice League films. They're certainly doing a bang up job.

I can't imagine anyone thinking that style of animation isn't absolutely terrible though. The bodies are all disproportionate... Kelley Jones-ish even ( embarassed embarassed embarassed embarassed)
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« Reply #117 on: Jan 23rd, 2014, 08:34am »

Hey, Kelley Jones' stuff was expressionistic horror. This is bland assembly-line outsourcing.

Why is Kevin Conroy Deathstroke?

Another DC Animated attempted that feels like its underwater. The Fleischer influence gave the older stuff more life.
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« Reply #118 on: Jan 23rd, 2014, 09:28am »

Even though they called him Slade more than Deathstroke, I bet more people know him as the main villain from the Teen Titans show.

Since my last post I saw Dark Knight Returns Part 1, New Frontier, Doom, and Superman Unbound.

I liked them all. The only complaint I had with Returns was having Robin with glasses. I don't know when I'll get to Superman vs. the Elite, Flashpoint Paradox, and Dark Knight Returns Part 2.

The trailer for Son of Batman looks fine although Bruce having a son bothers me a bit along with the idea of Batman Inc.. Yes, count me in as the new reader type since my comic continuity mindset is back in the mid 90's.

The only visuals that bother me are the heavily obvious CGI that can be mostly found with vehicles that started in Justice League/Unlimited. That plane at the beginning of Batman: Year One almost made me cry.
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« Reply #119 on: Jan 25th, 2014, 5:10pm »

on Jan 23rd, 2014, 09:28am, JTurner954 wrote:
Even though they called him Slade more than Deathstroke, I bet more people know him as the main villain from the Teen Titans show.


More people than watched the Teen Titans show than watch Arrow and played Arkham Origins and Injustice? I can't see that being the case. Like I said, even my eight year old cousin knows Deathstroke now.

That being said, even though I have no particular allegiance to the character, as a DC fan I'd love to see him evolve into a household name. Hell, I'd be first in line if Warners made a Bloodwynd vs. Professor Pyg movie.

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The trailer for Son of Batman looks fine although Bruce having a son bothers me a bit along with the idea of Batman Inc.. Yes, count me in as the new reader type since my comic continuity mindset is back in the mid 90's.


Preach it. Late 80's-whole 90's-mid 00's DC is my heaven.
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