Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Unsolicited Advice for CW, WB and DC Comics






Yesterday's news of the upcoming Flash television show was very exciting.  DC comics fans were all a buzz on twitter talking about the announcement, and although there was some negative feelings, I would say for the most part the reaction was mostly positive.  I for one, am very excited about the Scarlet Speedster getting his own show as his show might be able to highlight some other super powered heroes that may have not made it onto Green Arrow's television show.  And I think we all know who I'm talking about when I say other super powered heroes, right? *cough* Dr. Fate *cough*

With all the discussions about the new Flash show on twitter yesterday, I spoke to some like-minded comic book fans (@GL875 & @IndigoLantern) regarding the possibility of getting other heroes their own tv shows.  And here is my unsolicited ideas/advice to the CW/WB/DC Comics:

Make a DC Presents show where a hero is highlighted over a one season story arc.  American Horror Story, over on FX, has already set the precedent for one season arcs, so this would not be new to television audiences.  Moreover, if this show were to be a "supernatural" style show highlighting some of DC's dark characters this might resonate with audiences even more.  Characters such as the Spectre, Dr. Occult, Dr. Fate, Madam Xanadu, and the Phantom Stranger would make for great one arc seasons.  Also, in this way perhaps the threat that the main JL Dark would be taking on in their big screen film might be introduced and built up before the movie comes out.

I know everyone has their ideas to pitch the WB and DC Comics executives, thought I'd pitch in my two cents as well.  

Monday, July 29, 2013

Comics Give Back

For today's blog post I want to highlight some comic book charities that are doing something to give back to the community.

The first is comicsforheroes.org:

This is an organization that gives comics to our troops overseas, sends comics to schools and attempts to get comics in the hands of those that may not be able to afford them.  Here is their mission statement that is on their website:

"Comics For Heroes’ mission is to get comics to those who aren't able to get them on their own and promote everything good about comics. We do this by getting your donated comics to troops overseas and those not fortunate enough to be able to afford comics on their own, getting comics to kids in schools, trying to encourage people to pick up comics for the first time, spreading the word about the good that comics can do, and the positive influence they can have."

To donate to Comics for Heroes go to http://comicsforheroes.org/how-to-donate/how-to-donate/

The second comic charity I would like to bring to your attention is Comics for Kids:

They do not seem to have a website at the moment but you can look them up at the above link or on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Comicsforkids or contact them via twitter at @comics4_kids.

On their blog they give the following information about their charity:

"We are a non profit orgization based out of Tishomingo Mississippi. Our mission is to help kids love to read comics. We were founded in March of 2011. Our President and Founder is Michael Whitehead."

Lastly, I would be remiss if I did not mention DC Comics' We Can Be Heroes campaing:

DC is doing their part in fighting hunger in the Horn of Africa.  You can donate to the cause at https://donate.wecanbeheroes.org/

All three of these are great charities fighting to make a difference not only in our local communities but globally as well.  If you have some disposable income lying around that you don't know what to do with, please consider supporting these great causes.  

Friday, July 26, 2013

Dr. Fate Animated!

For this Friday I thought I would give you all images of the Good Doctor from his appearances in different animated shows.

Batman: Brave and the Bold

Young Justice (Aqualad as Dr. Fate)

Justice League Unlimited

Batman: Brave and the Bold

Superman: the Animated Series

Young Justice (Kid Flash as Dr. Fate)

Young Justice (Zatanna as Dr. Fate)



Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Happy New Comic Book Day!

Don't forget to pick up the Constantine and Justice League Dark issues today that continue the events of the Trinity War!


Next month we get to see Dr. Fate appear in the Justice League Dark issue!  So I leave you with the above image of Dr. Fate and Constantine together in live action (picture taken from http://www.comicbookmovie.com/).  How awesome would it be to see these two team up in a Justice League Dark movie on the big screen?  

Monday, July 15, 2013

Dr. Fate Fan Film

Since I've received a few inquiries about the Dr. Fate fan film by Gary Lobstein I decided to repost the links to the videos.  And it has been more than a year since I posted this so I think it's good to revisit Dr. Fate's first ever live-action feature film.  The videos are very low-budget but still fun to watch.  Gary Lobstein manages to put some cool effects into the film and I really like his take on the Dr. Fate costume.  So with that I give you the three-part Dr. Fate film:

Part 1: Dr. Fate and the Crawling Chaos

Part 2: A Question of Fate (Featuring The Question)


Part 3: Dr. Fate Returns

Friday, July 12, 2013

Fun Friday Post

I don't post much Jared Stevens (Fate) stuff because I wasn't a fan of this incarnation of the character but this picture brought a smile to my face.  Art by piopaulosantana on Deviant Art.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Dr. Fate's Live-Action Appearances

Yesterday's full release (no pun intended) of Axel Braun's Man of Steel Parody in stores marked the third time that Dr. Fate has made a live-action appearance.  I thought I would post a few pictures of all three of his previous appearances for everyone.  Here is hoping for more Dr. Fate in live-action films; whether they be fan films, television appearances, adult parodies or big screen appearances.  I just want to see more Doctor Fate on screen.  I'm really, really hoping that Guillermo Del Toro will put the Good Doctor in his Justice League Dark film.  With that, I give you Dr. Fate's live-action appearances:

1) Gary Lobstein's 2011 three part fan film "Dr. Fate and the Crawling Chaos"



2) Dr. Fate's appearance in WB's Smallville's "Absolute Justice" episode.



3) Vivid's Axel Braun Man of Steel XXX Parody.











Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Earth 2 October Solicitation

The DC Comics October solicitations are out on CBR.  Check out the solicit for Earth 2 #16


EARTH 2 #16
Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art by NICOLA SCOTT and TREVOR SCOTT
Cover by JUAN DOE
1:25 B&W Variant cover by JUAN DOE
On sale OCTOBER 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
The war against Steppenwolf and the Hunger Dogs is over…all hope is lost!

Sadly this issue will mark James Robinson's departure from the Earth 2 world, and it looks like he may be leaving us mid-arc.  I'm sure Tom Taylor will pick up where Mr. Robinson left off and do something great with the book but sucks to see JR leaving right in the middle of a story, especially when it sounds like our heroes are not faring well against Steppenwolf's forces.  On the bright side, we get another beautiful street art-style cover from Juan Doe.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Man of Steel XXX Parody Review



After much anticipation Axel Braun's Man of Steel Parody arrives in [adult] stores tomorrow and can actually be seen on line now at Vivid.com.  I have only seen the non-sex version of the movie, not because I'm a saint or because I am against adult material, I was just really interested in the story that Axel Braun was going to put on screen for his version of the Man of Steel.  And let me say that Mr. Braun has really put together something quite good.  Of course, it will not measure up to big budget films with special effects and even in terms of acting talent, but for what it is (a parody), it is quite good.

Lets begin with the good stuff:

The Story is quite interesting.  After killing Live Wire in a fight, Superman decides to leave Metropolis behind and give up his powers.  He enlists the powers of Dr. Fate to assist him with his decision.  (By the way, Superman flies to the Tower of Fate.  Can't tell you how awesome that was to see.)  Lex Luthor puts out a bounty on Superman's head and makes his own clone of Superman which turns out to be Bizzaro.  After hearing of the chaos Bizzaro is causing in Metropolis, Clark decides to get his powers back by going back into the fortress of solitude where Dr. Fate has left a gift for him (his black Superman suit).  Bizzaro tracks down Superman to the fortress of solitude and after a short battle, Superman sends Bizzaro into the Phantom Zone.  Wonder Woman shows up at the end and in what appears to be a nod to the New 52, she and Superman share a kiss.

The acting by both Ryan Driller (Clark Kent/Superman) and Eli Cross (Lex Luthor) is actually very good.  Much, much better than expected.  The stand out really being Eli Cross' portrayal  of Lex Luthor which was surprisingly brilliant and believable.  Also, Samantha Ryan's Lana Lang wasn't too bad at times.  It is also great to see these characters talk like we folks talk.  When Lana Lang offers the now powerless Clark Kent a beer and he declines it saying he is a "lightweight" makes the character seem more real and down to earth.  Of course, the other actors/actresses in the movie do their best with what acting abilities they have and one must remember that after all, this is an adult film where acting is not the first priority.  Having said that, you can tell that Ryan Driller and Eli Cross have at the very least taken the roles seriously and tried to bring a character to life rather than just wear a costume on screen as a prop to be taken off before the real "action" begins.

The continuity that Mr. Braun tries to bring to the screen is pretty spot on.  Before relinquishing his powers, Superman responds to Dr. Fate's accusation of being afraid by saying that he has faced Doomsday and Mogul, and he has died and come back to life.  Also, Luis Lane tells Lana Lang that Captain Atom attempted to stop Bizzaro but got his ass handed to him.  In the movie we also get to see Batman, Zatana, Silver Banshee and Angle Man.  This is a universe where all heroes and villains exist.  I hope that somewhere in the New 52, one of those Earth's is part of the Universe that Axel Braun has created.

The costumes were very faithful to the comic characters.  And Superman's costume was very close to the Man of Steel costume.  Great work!  Although, Dr. Fate's helmet is a bit large (and that is not a double entendre).

Now, onto the bad:

The acting, besides the actors I mentioned above the acting by the others leaves a lot to be desired.  Now,of course this is expected so I wasn't too disappointed with it.  But I again have to give credit to Mr. Driller and Mr. Cross for taking their roles seriously and doing a good job with their characters.

The action, or how little of it there was, kind of disappointed me.  I understand that this is an adult film and it really is about the sex, but I kinda wish the action scenes (and by action I mean fighting) were a little longer.  I have not seen Mr. Braun's Dark Knight parody, but from the trailers on Youtube, it looks like it contains some well choreographed fights.  Would have loved to see Bizzaro and Superman duke it out a little more.

Overall

Overall I thought Axel Braun (and his cast) did a great job within the genre of film that he works in.  He put together something that a fanboy like myself can enjoy as something fun, which I believe is his intent.  The story was a bit darker, which seems to be the trend for Superman now, as we see how Superman deals with the guilt of killing.  The acting by some of the lead actors (specifically Lex Luthor, Superman, and Lana Lang) is actually quite good.  It goes beyond cosplay porn and into the realm of well done fan films.  Not to say that it doesn't have it's issues, but for a porn parody I was quite happily impressed with the quality.  Makes one wonder what Mr. Braun might be able to do with a bigger budget and without having the confines of making an adult film.  I'll be picking up Mr. Braun's Dark Knight parody and other DC parodies just to see if he continues to build on the continuity he has created. Would be great to see a Justice League parody from him in the future, as well as a Justice League Dark.  

UPDATE
A quick update to my review after a second viewing of the movie.  Two more things I liked about the film:

1) Sasha Knox's portrayal of Livewire is actually pretty good.  Her acting is not half bad and her short battle with Superman is actually pretty cool.

2) I liked the fact that this Man of Steel did not need an origin story.  Superman already exists as Superman and so do all the other DC characters.  I both hope and wish that more studios and directors of the actual big screen films would take this route.  I hate having to sit through a story that I have heard countless times be told all over again.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Earth 2 # 14 Review


This month's Earth 2 issue was a blast!  In the last few issues we've been seeing the beginnings of a new team forming with Green Lantern, Flash and Dr. Fate joining forces to defeat Wotan and before that several Wonders joining forces to defeat Grundy.  Now we have the first time that they carry out a planned attack versus Steppenwolf and his forces in Dherain.  Green Lantern, Flash and Dr. Fate decide to beat the World Army to the punch and take down Steppenwolf on their own which leads to some of Nicola Scott's best art in some beautiful action-filled pages.  After getting the jump on some of Steppenwolf's army and defeating them, the three Wonders meet with agents of the World Army who are also there for the purposes of taking down Dherain's newly self-appointed dictator.  After a short stand off between the World Army and the three Wonders they are visited by Steppenwolf's Dogs of War who they will surely have to join forces in order to defeat.  In this issue we also get a glipmse of Mr. Terrific again, who has been MIA for a while.  I certainly hope that he sticks around Earth 2 permanently.  

Overall, this was a great issue.  Lots of action, new characters, and we slowly see what we used to know as the JSA, come together once more.  I really enjoyed seeing Dr. Fate in action again, and once again, Fate becoming a character which others look to for insight.  Although he may not be the leader, he certainly speaks with authority and his words carry a lot of weight.  My only complaint, and it's a small one, is that I would love to see him use the ankh symbol a little more.  He doesn't have to do it all the time, but it is something that is so associated with him that it feels weird not to see him use the ankh as a shield or energy blast.  

Lastly, this issue continued to demonstrate that James Robinson was building to something really big and something really special with Earth 2.  Although I have full confidence on Tom Taylor's ability to take Earth 2 and make it something really fantastic, I can't help but lament that we won't see all of Mr. Robinson's ideas for this great book come into fruition.   

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy New Comic Book Day!

Happy New Comic Book Day everyone!  Don't forget to pick up your copy of Earth 2 that comes out today!  Also, wishing everyone an early Happy 4th of July.

The Justice Society's Big Three

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Man of Steel XXX Parody Released Digitally, Out in Stores Next Week

Just an update on the Axel Braun Man of Steel Parody, apparently it has been released digitally  on the Vivid website and will be released in stores next week.  I can't believe I'm this excited over an adult film but from the trailer it really looks like a cool fan fiction film.  And check out this blurb about the film from Axel Braun himself: "I just wanted to humanize the character a bit” said Braun, I felt that Superman could use some of those elements that made Spider-Man so appealing, some of that vulnerability and not-so perfect life. The result is a beautifully engaging dramatic adult movie with a compelling story, plenty of sex, and some of the best acting I’ve seen in a long time."

Check out the entire article here: http://www.tonybatman.com/2013/06/25/vivids-man-of-steel-xxx-parody-released-online-now-in-stores-july-9th/ 






Monday, July 1, 2013

Dr. Fate Art

Awesome Dr. Fate (in the Kent V. Nelson costume) piece by http://tsart.deviantart.com/ on Deviant Art.  Funny that he is mislabeled as Dr. Faith on the bottom left corner, that is what my wife calls him no matter how many times I correct her.