A Lie Like That


Panel of the evening from BATMAN UNIVERSE #4 (by Brian Michael Bendis, Nick Derington and Dave Stewart, from DC COMICS) for the poignant phrase . . . and now that I think of it, it’s a good description of current events IRL, no? 馃


Scott Snyder talks All Star Batman, The Button and Metal! | Bat Force Radio Ep 075

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Buzz – The CBU | Superheroes Having Kids

A question that came up in a comic book group on Facebook that I just had to share with my own Facebook group, The Comic Book Underground.

What’s your thought on Superman and Batman having kids?聽

Does it change the characters? Does it age Superman and Batman? Does it bother you?

Mine and my guys responses follows:

Brandon Rucker
Brandon Rucker One guy said “I like it. It’s DC restoring that sense of legacy it lost after Flashpoint. Also, I’m getting older and am a father too so the characters become even more relevant to me-like I’m growing older with them.”
Brandon Rucker
Brandon Rucker Another fella said: “I don’t mind it. Makes sense after 75+ years these guys would procreate. Superman and Lois Lane are the quintessential couple, it’s about time they did something other than make goo goo eyes and have a marriage that’s retconned in See More
Joe Gardner
Joe Gardner My break is almost over. I’ll answer after work.
Logan Dalton
Logan Dalton I’m cool with it, especially since Damian is such a great character. And I guess it makes sense that the “fathers” of the superhero genre have some kids of their own
Ryan Gaumer
Ryan Gaumer Most of their readers now have kids. I think it’s another example of the medium better reflecting the audience.
Michael Tennant
Michael Tennant I like it myself. Gives another dimension to play with in storytelling
Michael Tennant
Michael Tennant It gives vulnerability to Clark as well as giving him the opportunity to teach and be a mentor.
Michael Tennant
Michael Tennant With Bruce he examines his methods through the relationship with his actual son v that with his adopted children
Michael Tennant
Michael TennantOh and this is awesome
Michael Tennant's photo.

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Garbiel Guerrero
Garbiel Guerrero I’m good with them raising a child together.
Terrence Sage
Terrence Sage I dig it heavily. Jon and Damian can eventually be their own brand of Hero and honor what came before. Kal and Bruce having kids feels both old and new for DC Rebirth. We’ve seen this before but it feels like new ground.
Sean McPhillimy Taylor
Sean McPhillimy Taylor Batman 6 makes this discussion even more compelling, but it would be a major spoiler to explain why…
Stefan Zuber
Stefan Zuber If they did have kids it would only make sense. I mean they are after all “people” with, one would assume, natural instinct driven desires to procreate and have a family. Besides…it would be fun to read about father and son adventures with ones child.
Brandon Rucker
Brandon Rucker ^ Would be? It already is 馃檪
Stefan Zuber
Stefan Zuber Well it would be if one had children. Not all of us do. Lucky for you though
Brandon Rucker
Brandon Rucker So . . . in another 15-20 years can we expect a Spider-Baby, y’all?
Joe Gardner
Joe Gardner Not if you count Renew Your Vows from Secret Wars. And coming back this fall, apparently.
Joe Gardner
Joe Gardner I haven’t read the current Superman (I need to), and Snyder’s New52 run didn’t involve a lot of Damien, so I’m not terribly familiar with the Super Sons. But I hope to check out the series. But the Spidey series from Secret Wars with Peter, MJ, and AnnSee More
Sean McPhillimy Taylor
Sean McPhillimy TaylorBatman and Robin by Tomasi, even if just the final arc where Batman brings Damian back to life.
Adam Hank Johnson
Adam Hank JohnsonI love it. My son was born in 13. Damians death brought me into Batman. The wordless issue of Batman and Robin was powerful. Signed on for Tomasi had loved him on GLC. Slowly wanted more Batman and around Zero Year I discovered Spawn Art in a DC book and bought the past trades and added title. This is my Superman too awesome for him to have a son now as well. Every kid wants to be rich like Bruce or have Clark’s power. Everyman wants a son deep inside.Ultimate Entertainment draw.
Kais Slim Saidi
Kais Slim Saidi Clark having a son would not bother me.
The better question is how Bats and Supes are written. But they already have spiritual sons/daughters in the storylines I bother with and like, so they are father/uncle figures in some ways.

CURRENT EVENTS: Ben Affleck Cast As Batman/Bruce Wayne

Old news now, but last week the Internet, especially聽Twitter, nearly went supernova after the announcement of Warner Bros.‘ casting of Ben Affleck聽(Argo; The Town) for the role of ol’ Batty Boy himself and his alter-ego Bruce Wayne for the upcoming yet untitled聽Superman/Batman movie to
be directed by Zack Snyder (Man of Steel; Watchmen), presumably from a script by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Rises)聽and production from recent Batman movie franchise writer/director/producer of legend, Christopher Nolan (Inception; The Prestige), who also produced and wrote on this summer’s blockbuster Man of Steel movie featuring the boy scout in blue.

There’s also talk of a Justice League film down the line (and Affleck has signed a multi-picture deal), but let’s not get ahead of ourselves on that just yet. This summer’s un-eponymous Superman movie was successful enough (grossing $650 million world-wide) to green-light a sequel, which will effectively be this double-billed Superman/Batman movie scheduled to begin shooting in 2014 with a targeted release date of July 17, 2015. The movie would pit Affleck as the co-star against Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent. There’s a slight height difference between the two actors with Affleck being 6’3″-and-change to Cavill’s 6’1″, which is not something the filmmakers will be concerned with at all (although the geek police would have you know that DC Comics lists Superman at 6’3″ and Batman at 6’2″). At any rate, since movies, especially ones of this ilk, are made with lots of money to hopefully make back lots and lots and lots of money, it helps to have two stars who aren’t exactly hard on the eyes for the general public. The two marquee superheroes will be enough of an initial draw given that they’re the two most popular this side of Spider-Man and Iron Man. Affleck, though not really considered a “star draw” will have to beat out a lot of preconceived notions of his ability and suspect box office track record, sure, but I think there will be enough curiosity to get the general public to respond to that curiosity. Plus, smart money thinks he’ll pull off an upset to the naysayers.

From a press release quote courtesy of聽the Hollywood Reporter: “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman,” Snyder said in the press release. “He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”

However, like with the rebooted Superman franchise featuring Cavill as its lead, there was the initial groaning from a certain percentage of the fanboy corps when he was cast. This situation with Affleck’s casting is typical/standard/expected/cliche/over-reactionary. In other words, not surprising and very much par for the course. I don’t have anywhere near the space here to showcase any of it, but it’s not hard to find all over the Interwebs. Suffice it to say, this event has inspired petitions and website poles, many of which have a rather vociferous negative attack to the news.

Naturally I have a more wait-and-see, if not downright positive take. First, I actually like the casting of an actor who is naturally affable as Affleck. He could make Bruce Wayne far more likable for me than Christian Bale did in the recently concluded Dark Knight Trilogy (btw, I’m one of those people who liked Val Kilmer’s Bruce Wayne the best). Second, Afflect has some dramatic acting chops. Sure, the jury’s still out on the “action hero” aspect, but for a fit and strapping guy like him I imagine a lot of it will hinge on the script and direction. But make no mistake, dude CAN act (an aspect that many action movies tend to minimize). I think Affleck can bring a lot of depth to a character desperately in need of that aspect translating well onto the screen, because I think that has been inconsistent in the past (which is not at all a surprise when a movie is more plot-driven than character-driven).

Surprisingly there’s been a great deal of positive here and there amid all the backlash, so that’s been nice to see. For me, personally, I’m going to need two buckets of popcorn. One for the movie itself. Another for watching the show that will be the Affleck-as-Batman haters issuing mea culpas and caveats when he pleasantly shocks them with is portrayal of the once and forever Dark Knight.