Well, that didn’t take long. I remember a few years back, when Grant Morrison (the most overrated writer in the comics medium, in my opinion) “killed off” Batman by having Bruce Wayne sent back in time, wherein he had to fight his way back to the future. (It is worth noting that Marvel had done the exact same thing with Captain America the year prior. And with Cap, it worked.) While Bruce was gone, they stuck Dick Grayson in the Batsuit. Grayson fans were all atwitter, while I and all the other fans of the one true Batman gave vent to a collective groan. “It’s going to be a long time before we see Bruce again,” DC bigwigs promised at the time. Then—it seemed like just overnight—Bruce returned and claimed his rightful place as Batman. Why the rush? Why did DC change their plans? I suspect sales. Money talks, peeps. And it carries a BIG stick.

Looks like we’re about to see Bruce return as Batman in the current series. He hasn’t been out of the costume for very long at all. Are slumping sales again to blame? Was writer Scott Snyder’s plan always to bring Bruce back so soon, or has need necessitated it? I suspect the latter. Either way, color me happy. Get Commissioner Gordon as Robocop outta there. It’s time for the one and only BATMAN to retake center stage.

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I’ve been saying this for a while now, to pretty much anybody that will listen, but I have some serious doubts that the new BVS movie, unlike Superman, is going to be able to fly. I’m actually expecting a crash and burn. Not that I WANT a crash and burn; I WANT it to be as good as possible. I want to joyfully and gleefully announce to the world that I was wrong. Alas, I can’t lie to myself. I can’t deny the doubt is there. And rather than becoming lessened by each new trailer, piece of footage, or leaked fact concerning the film, I in fact become MORE convinced, the closer we get to the movie’s opening, that I am right. If the footage looks awesome—which it does—my rising hopes are soon enough squashed by some tidbit or snippet of an interview I read from one of the movie’s creators.

The latest case in point: Putting the Flash in the movie. Too many characters packed into the movie will make it top-heavy. As we already have Cyborg, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman in addition to Superman and Batman, the flick is sure enough starting to list now that the Scarlet Speedster is onboard. Couple that with the ridiculously bizarre miscasting of Ezra Miller as Barry Allen and what we have is, unfortunately, a recipe for another GEORGE CLOONEY AND ROBIN. Like I said, I hope I’m wrong.

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If I’m right in my belief that a complete reboot is coming, not only for Superman but for DC Comics in its totality, in the wake of the failed reboot that was the New 52—wait, if we’re rebooting a reboot, does that count as another reboot, or wouldn’t we be in fact retro-booting?—then the various creators pretty much have carte blanche to do whatever they want to the status quo. This could be either a good or bad thing, depending on how you look at it. Where Superman is concerned, I vote for the former. Besides, I expect SOME traces of the New 52 to make it into the new-old continuity, when and if it happens.

Does that mean I think Jimmy Olsen will stay dead? (He was killed in the recent SUPERMAN #46.) Nah. He may not even remain dead throughout the current run. Even so, I’m digging what Gene Luen Yang is putting Superman through. Depowered, with his secret identity no longer secret, and getting his ass soundly kicked on a regular basis—and now his best pal has been killed. It lets us see what Supes is really made of. A man’s
character is determined by how he conducts himself at his lowest point, and I expect this character will, by the end of it all, prove to us why they call him the Man of Steel.

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It’s guaranteed to get some notice. Stir up some controversy. Garner publicity. And sell comic books. Which is, at the end of the day, what it’s all about, right? Sure. But there’s a good way and a bad way to go about it. So which approach is Marvel taking right now? I’d say, for the most part, the right way. Sure, making Captain America a black man and Thor a woman is a stunt. Or stunts, plural. And having them kiss is an even bigger stunt. Throw in the fact that it’s going to be an INTERRACIAL kiss, and it’s all so much better! Feathers will get ruffled and second printings, and thirds and maybe fourths, will take place. Cha-ching!

Still, I think it’s okay. Remember Marvel back in the 90s? If so, my sympathies. The focus then, as now, was on making the mean green, and they used stunts and gimmicks galore to do it. Or tried to. The approach failed and ultimately led the company to bankruptcy, because the gimmicks and stunts were not supported by good storytelling. Marvel, in its haste to make money, had forgotten that the quality of the product actually played a part in it. The big M has since learned that lesson, and for dang sure Disney knows it. Thus while we still get stunts and gimmicks—like this kiss—they are backed up by solid story content and strong characterization. I’m cool with that.

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