I am honestly surprised there has been any poor reaction to this news. I heard this and was instantly struck by a feeling of…”Of course.” But I’m an Anne Hathaway fan. I think she’s extremely, painfully, attractive, but can still act, a deadly combo. And one Selina Kyle absolutely needs. If any actress can pull off this role, in so many ways, it would be Hathaway.
If you don’t want to see Hathaway in this role, in that costume, then I just don’t know what to say to you.
People seem less irked by the fact Tom Hardy is playing Bane as they are the fact that Bane is getting an appearance in the flick at all. To them I say, this surely isn’t going to be the insanely muscled Bane we know from his “Break You!” moment. This is going to be the Nolan version of the character, and that I have interest in seeing. I don't expect to see some loser luchadore stamping around the set, instead I want the muscled alpha-male that simply wants to take on the best. There is room for Nolan to considerably improve this character and the casting is just one thing that makes me think he's doing just that.
I kind of like that Nolan is using two of the Bat characters associated with some of the worst Bat cinema moments in history. I’m surprised Clooney isn’t getting a walk-on role. Ooh, he could play Hush, ha.
But mostly I just want to see Talia Al Ghul in the movie. It seems like the logical step to close this trilogy off.
As a final Bat flick thought; I want Nolan, Bale, and a few key others to make a blood oath to all come back in twenty years and make The Dark Knight Returns. It would be an effort of commitment but tell me these people don’t have that.
Starman is one of those series I have heard endless rave reviews about, though James Robinson’s more recent work seems to be failing him, and so I tried the first HC omnibus out. I have to say, I was underwhelmed. It all felt overwritten, slow, and (dare I say it) far too personal. It felt like a writer really putting a little too much of himself on the page, and I generally like it when a creator puts himself on the page. Something about this instance just does not click with me.
Tony Harris' art is pretty good, you can see it's earlier in his career, but I know it's not the sort of art style I like the most.
Are you a Starman fan? Let me know what you love about him so.
Thunderbolts – The Perennial Tie-In Comic
Most readers hate when their favourite title gets interrupted to go become another step in a grand design of another story. Usually, it means editorial mandates, shoe-horned and tenuous connections, and a lack or drop in quality. I agree, usually, but when it comes to Thunderbolts I’ve been starting to think they might just be the best comic to float from other story to other story.
Recently, Thunderbolts has crossed over heavily with Shadowland, Avengers Academy, and then the Scorched Earth tale in Hulk. But as a government mandated hit squad, shouldn’t it heavily be their job to be involved with all of these things? If there was some massive crossover type battle going on and the government didn’t send in their goon squad full of controlled criminals that I won’t care about if they die, then I’d be pissed. They’re the ultimate cannon fodder and so should be in the firing line each and every time, and they should be there first.
Not to mention, they shouldn’t be busy with other stuff cropping up because villains should be giving them a pass. These Thunderbolts are forced into servitude, the least they should get is left alone. No one should go out looking to mess with the Thunderbolts, that’s just harsh.
Templesmith Goes Digital
Marvel has an iApp, so do DC, Image, BOOM!, well now Ben Templesmith has his own one as well. IDW have gone their own route, without ComiXology, and they’ve created a slew of iApps for their comics. There’s a basic IDW iApp, then ones for Transformers, Star Trek, and now the Templesmith only one. It’s an interesting idea. I like Ben Templesmith as a creator, and he’s got a fair bit of work to be collected (though no more excessively than any other top level creator out there) and he makes for one hell of a logo.
Personally, I wish I just had one Comics iApp to check. As it is, I go to the different ComiXology ones each week to see what’s free, or on sale, and now I find that my phone has 7 comics iApps, as well as two other comics as standalone icons. This needs to be consolidated for easier management by us, the users.
But until then, it is worth getting the Templesmith iApp because you can sample the first issue of Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse for free, and it’s certainly worth checking out. The rest of the issues for this title are a buck each, and that’s very good value.
The only drawback of IDW’s line of iApps is that they don’t have the ComiXology Guided View technique of displaying the page. People might complain about the way ComiXology send us through their pages but the alternative is the same as reading a PDF and so on your phone you have to swipe and zoom and then manually work through the panels of a page. Major pain in the ass, to be honest.
Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
I’ve only just now been catching up on this show. Give me a break, I live in Australia and so entertainment, especially TV, is always behind. I’m digging it, that’s for sure. The animation is smooth, the writing is good, and I love that the story is continuing, so threads get picked up later. That’s a nice touch. Treating a cartoon like some longform show.
But the most impressive aspect of the show is that it’s finally making me like Hawkeye. I’ve never been much of a fan, before, but he’s a hell of a lot of fun in this.
I’m not sure if I’m going to buy Takio or not, I don’t generally get a lot of Bendis work, but I have to agree with one thing about this Icon all ages venture – the price. It’s only ten bucks, that’s pretty damn fine. I’m hoping that sort of accessibility should make it a pretty decent seller. People always mourn that there’s nothing out there for kids anymore so this should fill that void.
I also dig that it's a graphic novel and not single issues. Means you can instantly buy this for a younger member of your family, or yourself, and it's good to go.
While chatting with Tim Callahan over at CBR on his column When Words Collide about Daredevil, I threw out the idea that Daredevil would make for a fine MAX title. I stand by that assertion, his demeanour, his villains, and his world would make for an excellent title aimed at adults and able to completely cut loose. I would buy it in a heartbeat. Hell, I’d ever write it for free. And that got me thinking.
What other Marvel characters do you think should get the MAX treatment? Throw out a character, maybe even a short storyline pitch, in the comments below.
So, what’s on your mind this week? Anything to rant about. I had the death in Fantastic Four spoiled for me online, while moderating a comment here actually, so that sucked, but otherwise it’s been peaches and cream. I could have written a few of these as their own articles but I didn't want to write a bunch of short posts, hope you don't mind. Let me know if you’re faring better or worse.