LT and Drewtos are back with no music and no sound effects. Just some good ol’ fashioned comic book talk. Listen as we discuss Edge of Spider-Verse #1 and 2, Superior Spider-Man #33, The Wicked + The Divine #4, Ms. Marvel #8, MPH #3. Additionally, we share our thoughts on Greg Berlanti’s Supergirl TV series currently in production, the upcoming Deadpool movie, and Brian K. Vaughan’s digital series The Private Eye.
Hosted by thatlt and featuring drewtos of The Final Five
“Spider-centric” edited by thatlt and recorded on Saturday, September 20th, 2014.
Music: “Ropocalypse 2” by Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com)
"Ropocalypse 2" remixed by thatlt
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Weekly Ones is a weekly post written by me, Drewtos, where I review one brand spankin’ new #1 issue. First impressions are everything. This week I’m switching things up and rather than reviewing a #1 comic issue I will share my thoughts on the first episode of FOX’s new DC Comics series, Gotham, developed by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist).
In a classic “have your cake and eat it, too” scenario, Gotham tries to be both a Smallville-esq origin story for Bruce Wayne/Batman (David Mazouz) and a cop drama focusing on Detective Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and the GCPD. For lack of a better term, the shadow of the bat is cast over what can be a promising cop drama that takes place in a very cool, stylized universe. Hopefully, that shadow isn’t always looming around, blinding us from the real characters of Gotham.
I’m not a stickler for adaptations staying true to the comics completely. In fact, I appreciate when a show or movie gets creative and tells a story we already know in a new way. So, I’m all for the route they want to take this show in. I just hope these characters are better developed as the series progresses and we aren’t just left thinking in the back of our minds, “hurry up and become Batman, Bruce.”
Several aspects of Gotham are done right. The production value shows in the sets and camera work (not including the weird shaky-cam during a foot-chase scene). Gotham City is beautifully realized and is very reminiscent of the Gotham seen in Bruce Tiimm’s Batman: The Animated Series.
The cast is a mixed bag. While some actors shine, others either seem like they’re phoning it in or overacting. In my opinion, the only actors to really stand out were Ben McKenzie and Robin Taylor, who plays Oswald Cobblepot, even though that character in particular is very underdeveloped and has unclear motivations for his actions. Donal Logue does an OK job as Detective Harvey Bullock, but gets better towards the end as we find out what really drives his character. David Mazouz’s portrayal of Bruce Wayne is very compelling and heartbreaking in the very first scene, but it steers into campy territory later when the character decides he wants to “conquer fear”.
Other actors who share the spotlight include Erin Richards as Barbara and Victoria Cartagena as MCU Detective Renee Montoya. These actors definitely didn’t shine as brightly as the ones stated previously and it is made clear when they share what can be a very emotionally driven scene together. Jada Pinkett Smith’s portrayal of Fish Mooney (an original character created for the series) is fun to watch, but is also a little too campy at the same time which felt a bit jarring next to the serious portrayal of James Gordon.
Not much is seen from Sean Pertwee’s Alfred Pennyworth, Camren Bicondova’s Selina Kyle, or Cory Michael Smith’s Edward Nygma to make a valid opinion on these three.
This first episode mainly focused on building the world of Gotham rather than its characters, which is where it fails. You can tell the creators put a great deal of effort into making Gotham City feel like Gotham City, but we still need to see much more character development before we can begin to care about these people. Oswald Cobblepot is rushed into becoming a ruthless killer with little to no set up. Is he just mad people keep calling him Penguin? These issues can be resolved if the show gives us more back story on these characters from before they made a name in Gotham City. I’m sure it will as some threads left untied hint at the past lives of certain characters.
Overall, this pilot wasn’t that good, but the series does show some promise. I am interested in seeing how organized crime plays out in this universe Bruno Heller is building and how Ben McKenzie’s Gordon will have to deal with it and deal with the corruption in the GCPD. The pilot had its fair share of camp, which I don’t mind, but I hope they figure out a better way of balancing out the campiness of Gotham with the more serious Nolan-esq aspects so it doesn’t feel too jarring. Also, the opening and ending title is an uninspired knock-off of Arrow's.
I’m willing to give any Batman-related property a chance so I will definitely continue to keep watching this series. The biased DC fanboy in me says you should give Gotham a chance as well.
Did you watch the series premiere of Gotham? What did you think? Feel free to let us know in the answers section below.
The final chapter of Superman: Doomed hits store shelves Wednesday, August 24th. Are you picking this up? Let us know. Full solicitation info below.
Story by Greg Pak, Charles Soule
Art by Ken Lashley, Szymon Kudranski, Dave Bullock, Ian Churchill
Colors by Wil Quintana
Cover by Guillem March, Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: Wed, September 24th, 2014
A Man of Steel who has lost himself in the monster must once again go up against the first threat he ever faced as Superman in the form of a villain who now has the power to warp reality with a thought. But this time if he defeats Brainiac, Earth will be lost. Batman, Wonder Woman, Steel, Supergirl are joined by Starfire, Guy Gardner and Green Lantern Simon Bazz and even Swamp Thing to make a fateful decision about their friend.
So, the hosts of Fox & Friends are a little angry with some comic book related properties out there. In the recently released video and images from Sony Pictures’ new CGI-animated Popeye, Popeye is seen not smoking a pipe. According to these hosts might be Sony’s attempt at “wussifying popeye”. According to them smoking a pipe is a symbol of “freedom and masculinity” and every child should be aware of this. Is Big Tobacco sponsoring Fox & Friends?
Additionally, they seem upset with Marvel’s all-new female incarnation of Thor and the fact that Wonder Woman wears pants. I should add that the image they show of Wonder Woman is old and dates back before DC’s New 52 (way to go keeping your “news” current, FOX), but still, they’re mad she had pants at one point? Give me a break.
Check out the full video and watch as these hosts eash put their respective foot in their mouths.
Fantastic Four Reboot Pushed Back
Fantastic Four is a reboot of a franchise that, well, most people haven’t really asked for. Perhaps it’s because the original movies weren’t well received or maybe it’s just reboot-fatigue, but there has been far less excitement surrounding the film than for the many, many, many other superhero movies that are in production. 20th Century Fox may fall into the same trap that the recent Spider-Man
A Deadpool Movie? It’s Totally Happening!
Deadpool is one of Marvel’s most beloved and quirky characters. He breaks the fourth wall constantly and has a sense of humor as dark as his morality. When Deadpool appeared, played by Ryan Reynolds, in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, fans were excited – until they saw the bizarre interpretation of the character that involved sewing shut the mouth of a man best known for his witty…
Greg Berlanti’s ‘Supergirl’ Series Heads to CBS
Last week the news broke out that Arrow/The Flash producer Greg Berlanti, along with producer Ali Adler (Glee, Chuck), were working on a series based of the DC Comics character Supergirl. Now it has been confirmed that CBS has picked up Berlanti and Adler’s Supergirl, and it will go straight to series.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the basic premise for Supergirl is as follows: