Wow, it has been a loooooooooooong time since I posted on here. Makes you curious how many online blogs/websites are left to fetter, I’m sure I have at least four other pages I have abandoned over the years and simply can’t remember how to login to them/remove them….
Anyway – hey, I’m back.
And NO I have not seen Star Wars yet and if I see a spoiler I will cry. Like awful blubbery tears with snot raging.
So instead I am going to post about DC movies/TV, which have surprised me in 2017 by me *actually* liking them.
To take you through my potted history with DC, I have never really been a fan of the serious/darker version of a comic book. I like my superheroes with humour thank you very much, and yes it can have it’s serious side but please, no rape or murder.
When I saw Man of Steel I thoroughly enjoyed it, story seemed good, the action was brilliant, and I thought “yay, I don’t have to take sides anymore!”. Then Batman Vs Superman came out and a colleague told me not to see it. And he was the biggest DC/Batman fan around. Like he lent me the cartoon films and we would discuss Arrow/The Flash rather than work. As the reviews weren’t great, and I wasn’t overly bothered with spending £10 to see it I didn’t bother. So I have still, yet to watch it.
In hindsight would have been good to have watched it before Suicide Squad – which was the *biggest* let down of my movie going life so far. I mean maybe SS wouldn’t have seemed so bad if I had? I at least would have known Superman was dead. DC was losing grace in my eyes, and because of that I really couldn’t be arsed to go see Wonder Woman – despite the amazing reviews and a friend telling me it was her favourite superhero movie ever.
So I waited, and then I realised I needed to watch it before I went to see Justice League.
(I wouldn’t ordinarily have bothered but Jason Mamoa is hot and a friend wanted to see it)
I think had I seen Wonder Woman in the cinema my opinion would have been raised, but I found it OK. 3 Stars. Worth a watch. Gal Gadot was fabulous, but it was a woman surrounded by men who needs the man to ignite her god-destroying ability. And come on, who in their right mind can believe David Thewlis as Ares? F*** off.
(I did a Classics degree, Ares should have been a dumb schmuck who just likes hitting things)
My expectations of Justice League were suitably low, I had a couple of cocktails beforehand and we went to see it in the IMAX.
I really *really* enjoyed this movie. DC you had redeemed yourself in the movie world! It was funny, good action, decent enough plot (although an awful lot of Marvel and DC storylines are markedly similar) – I think without The Flash it would have suffered from being too serious and boring but they used him well.
Speaking of The Flash, I know I said I used to discuss it and Arrow with my colleague, but I gave up on them all. Supergirl was OK for a bit, Arrow I blooming loved, and I was a fan of The Flash – but I think I got comic book adaptation fatigue. I’ve even not seen a couple of Marvel movies because it’s just too much, too many characters and storylines.
That being said, the surprise love of my TV life last year was Gotham. I was using it as a ‘something to knit by’ TV show (oh yeah, I’m a 30 year old knitter, deal with my coolness). I wasn’t keen when I first started and gave up after 2 episodes. Then Netflix got the show and it kept recommending it to me cos I watch all the Daredevil etc (Love DD, JJ, LC – tolerate IF and TP). So I gave in, I carried on where I left off, and then Fish Mooney (who I despised at first) ripped out her own eye (yes that took a while to happen) and it was like DAMN! This is why darker material is a GOOD THING in comic books!
Also, I came to accept the theatricality of it all – super grumpy James Gordon, overblown acting from all involved. The Penguin who used to haunt my nightmares as a child has now come to be one of my favourite villains, purely based on the performance of Robin Lord Taylor.
With Gotham and Justice League, I’m liking DC. Lego Batman is by far the best thing affiliated with it but that is based on the pure joy that is Lego.
I have to say though, no matter how much I dig the new movies or Gotham, it ain’t never gonna be Thor.