I really, really hope the upcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE movie doesn’t suck. A sucky movie can ruin the day of a collector. I remember acquiring a McDonalds Happy meal toy of Electro from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. I was excited to get hold of the figure before it was officially available to the public–I won’t reveal how I managed it–even though I had reservations about the film itself. Then it came out and it sucked so hard it completely ruined my appreciation for the figure. I sold it on eBay.

I stopped by a K-Mart that was having a going-out-of-business sale recently. Everything was marked down, and I about whooped for joy when I found a Batman vs. Steppenwolf action figure 2-pack on the toy aisle. When I got to the register, though, the cashier told me they couldn’t sell it to me, because they had made a mistake and put it out on the shelves too early. “But you’ll be out of business by the time you’re supposed to put it out,” I argued. “What are they gonna do with the figures then?” But it was to no avail. This pissed me off, and I tracked down the figure set on the aforementioned eBay for not much more than I would have paid at the K-Mart. Y’hear that, K-Mart? Suck it!

I have since purchased a 12-inch Aquaman figure and a Parademon.

Please don’t suck, JUSTICE LEAGUE movie. PLEASE don’t suck.

Zack Snyder can’t catch a break. The media en masse are participants, either willingly or because they can’t help themselves, in the pile-on effect. It’s good business to, as Don Henley, sang: “Kick ’em when they’re up! Kick ’em when they’re down!” Also, to quote the former Eagle, “We can do the innuendo, we can dance and sing, but when it’s said and done, we haven’t told you a thing.” So, so true. If there ever was anything resembling journalistic integrity, the Internet killed it. Sites report on rumors, completely unverified rumors, and then other sites parrot them, and things that were never true to begin with become “common knowledge.”

There’s a RUMOR going around that the upcoming Justice League movie was “unwatchable.” Is it true? There’s not an ounce of proof to back it up, but it doesn’t matter. It makes for a good headline. We on the Internet live and die by the clicks. You might be thinking it’s hypocritical of me to say this, considering I also am paid to write articles for the Internet, and I also want to generate “hits.” I admit all that, but I have not knowingly written lies in an attempt to garner attention. If something I write about is just a rumor, I will state that it is just a rumor and I try to encourage my readers not to take it as more than that. (In fairness, some of those other sites have also added such disclaimers to their posts. SOME of them.) RUMORS ARE NOT FACTS, people. And MOST rumors end up not being true.

There’s no way that Snyder can win this one. If the movie ends up sucking, they’ll say it was because of him. And if it ends up being good, they’ll say it was Joss Whedon who came in and “saved” it. I feel bad for the guy. We’ll probably never know where one director’s influence ended and the other’s began. But it’s a guarantee at this point that any faults found with the film will be laid at Snyder’s feet, whether they belong there or not.

We all know that crap is king.

I think they may have lost me these past couple of issues. I think this series may have leapt over the proverbial Hammerhead. Are we really supposed to believe that they’d kill off Black Widow? This smacks of a publicity stunt and nothing more. In a story involving a Cosmic Cube, wherein everything can be put back to right at the end, do they expect any of us to believe it? I was willing to give Marvel the benefit of the doubt with this one. I found them turning Captain America into a Hydra agent, aka a Nazi, as distasteful as the next guy, but I figured they had a plan to wrap it up in a satisfying manner. Now I’m not so sure. When I saw that Steve Rogers, presumably the REAL Steve Rogers, was still alive but trapped in some other dimension or timeline or wherever the hell he is–and according to the Red Skull it IS Hell, literally–I breathed a sigh of relief. Now I’ve lost it again. This series is really starting to feel like it has gone off the rails. I think it might just turn into another case of “Clone fever,” wherein a story gets away from its writer, the writer paints himself into a corner, and there is no way to satisfactorily finish it. The only solution is to throw the whole thing out and start fresh.

If Marvel does choose to leave Natasha “dead” for a while, what you wanna bet we’ll get a NEW Black Widow who is a minority character? Just so Marvel can have another one. That’s another area where Big M is seemingly off the rails.

Enough. Get it together, Marvel, lest I become strictly a DC man. It could happen.

When I was a kid, I always hated when they’d start running the back-to-school commercials on TV. Today the deluge seems to hit right about the same time it did during my childhood–after the Fourth of July–even though they’ve shortened summer vacation to two instead of three months. I feel bad for the kids of today. By the time this article posts, many of them will already be back in school, and it’s the middle of freakin’ summer!

Anyway, have you seen the new commercials from Walmart featuring kids with their superhero-inspired backpacks and other accoutrements transforming into their heroes of choice? We see Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, as well as certain Transformers and Power Rangers. It’s cool, and provides a little twinge of nostalgia, bringing back memories of my own childhood, and the search for such epic clothes and supplies. I mean, if I HAD to go, I wanted to go in style.

Here’s something else that’s cool. Stan “The Man” Lee getting to hang out on the set of AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR and being paid homage by stars like Robert Downey Jr. (who told Stan “I owe it all to you”), Benedict Cumberbatch, and Tom Holland. Stan’s wife of almost 75 years recently passed away, and it’s nice to see him gifted with such light, love, and respect. He is more than deserving. And yes, we DO owe it all to him.