Videodrome, Owlman And Crisis In The Omniverse

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Barry Convex: “Why would anybody watch a scum show like Videodrome? Why did you watch it, Max?”
Max Renn: “Business reasons.”
–“Videodrome”

The image of a youngish James Woods had always been, to me, the iconic 1980s dark cyberpunk hero. That was probably largely based on his role in the 1983 classic David Cronenberg movie Videodrome.

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Abuse, Revenge, Repeat: The Long, Sad Story Of The Jason Todd Robin

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For over three decades, there has been a very complicated and “fated” relationship between the characters Robin the Boy Wonder and the Joker. And this is a relationship that seems to hinge on one particular character: Jason Todd.

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Michael Keaton (And Edward Norton) Agonistes: Another Look At Birdman

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That’s what I’m talking about. Bones rattling! Big, loud, fast! Look at these people, at their eyes… they’re sparkling. They love this shit. They love blood. They love action. Not this talky, depressing, philosophical bullshit.
–Birdman

About 5 minutes into 2014’s Birdman, you realize that this is all really a narrative about Michael Keaton turning down Batman Forever. About 15 minutes in, you also realize that this is all really a narrative about Edward Norton getting essentially kicked out of the Marvel movie franchise. Keaton and Norton: “heretics” of the modern Age Of The Capes and Masks.

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Playing Those Psychological Games: The Dark Mirror Of Jared Leto

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There was definitely a period of detachment. I took a pretty deep dive. But this was a unique opportunity and I couldn’t imagine doing it another way. It was fun, playing those psychological games.
Jared Leto on playing the Joker

Much has been made in the press about Jared Leto’s possible mental state while playing the Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad—with talk of him sending rats to co-stars and a therapist needed on-set. Continue reading “Playing Those Psychological Games: The Dark Mirror Of Jared Leto”

Tim Drake, Fanboy: Looking Back At “Batman: A Lonely Place Of Dying”

And Tim was less annoying than Jason Todd *how* exactly?

Some of the last comic books I collected before my “Vertigo”/indie period (a.k.a. “mainstream comics suck” phase) was the “A Lonely Place Of Dying” arc that ran through Batman and New Titans in 1989. This was the storyline that re-introduced Robin to the DC universe, in the form of bristle-haired Tim Drake.

And I heartily apologize to all Tim Drake fans when I say: he is absolutely dreadful in this arc. In fact, he out-Wesleys Wesley Crusher.

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