In younger days, I had good amount of interest in Superman comic/myths. The large part came from old cartoons like Justice Friends, Superman TAS, and Justice League.
That Superman in the cartoons was hero who wants to be human, but he can’t due to his God like powers. This made Kal-El (birth name) more self aware and careful around human beings. Kal knows his powerful character. So, Superman holds most of his power back.
However, Kal will use 100% of his power to stop monsters like Doomsday, Brainiac, and any monster that match Superman’s powers. But Superman doesn’t forget about the people in those type of fights.
Superman is the hope and light of mankind, Kal never lets that type of thinking go to his head. Superman will always find a way. Makes his character likable.
Now. Man of Steel directed by Zack Snyder and written by David S. Goyer. Zack Snyder who can’t direct interesting character out of paper bag, and Goyer is another story I won’t get into. However, I will say this. David Goyer doesn’t know spit about comics.
This leads into unlikable Superman. In Man of Steel Superman is depressing to watch, destroying a lot public property, acting before thinking, and finally using 100% of his powers while civilization try to dodge falling building pieces. This wasn’t our Superman anymore.
This Superman is emo hipster. And don’t give that BS of he’s new to super hero business. Kal has saving people before Zod came to Earth. Plus, the ending Man of Steel just proves that Superman is way out of touch.
Which leads mean to Batman Vs Superman. Superman is now a God from the look of the trailer that was shown a couple days ago. Superman is just like Frank Miller book, “The Dark Knight Returns.” A book a never liked, because it made Superman a lapdog for the Government without reasons, mix with “I’m A God” type think.
WB is using this dark and gritty way too much for its film. It’s really awful, we the viewers can’t enjoy a decent Superman film. Now, I’m hoping Old-Batman (Ben) will beat down Kal. Knocking God-Kal off his high horse. The film itself, I have no real interest in it.
I’m just tried of this dark and gritty mess without reason.
I should note that, I’m not bashing folks for liking this Nolan style filming WB has fully embraced. In all honest this might help them bring more of the bat-family and Batman villain to the mainstream light. Rest of the comic book films will either sink or swim depending on the martial/ idea WB has. Cyborg and Shazam might swim well in Nolan pool. While, Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and other DC heroes. Yeah… they’er doing sink to the bottom of watch-ability pool. CW DC heroes can swim in Nolan pool, because they were built up from Nolan/TDK style. Arrow you can see it, but Flash you can’t see which is a good. So, I can see WB using Flash TV show as cheat sheet on to create a Shazam and or Cyborg film.
Overall, Superman of Today is, depressing, lack joy/humor of said characters, and lack color of life. You can say, “Thor is godlike superhero.” I would agree with that, but Thor went through a lot personal issue and or deal with demons about himself. Thor had no choice, but become more humble, show humanity to others, peaceful, and down right become a thinker than a spoiled child fighter. The Thor we know and love wouldn’t be the same if his father (Odin) didn’t force his son through these of being worthy to wield Mjölnir. Superman never went through these type of trials, thanks to having two different opinionated fathers like Jor-El (biological father) & Jonathan Kent (adoptive father). So, this isn’t my comic book Superman, but wolves in sheep’s clothing while doused Nolan/TDK trilogy fire.
[Editor’s Note: If you haven’t been watching our Discussion Vidcasts, you might not realize that Isaiah Mullins is clearly insane – so read this piece with that in mind and also note that his opinion doesn’t necessarily reflect the opinion of Geeks of the Round]
If you guys haven’t heard already, Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix is a powerhouse hit and pretty much the best damn original show on Netflix. It’s much better than House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, because Daredevil has a arc/end game.
Now that’s out the way. I would like to explain why Daredevil spoiled the hell out of me. Daredevil’s show creators weren’t afraid to show real side of Hell’s Kitchen, while keeping things real with the viewers. As an example, Daredevil knows he can kill his enemies (because he was trained by a real bad ass killer who’s blind like him), however he chooses not to despite what his master says.
This where a lot comic book shows have failed. Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and The Flash don’t kill the bad guys either, but the writers don’t explain enough why they don’t kill. Example: Arrow won’t kill because of his best friend, but that’s really stupid. Daredevil doesn’t kill because he will become what he hates so much. That’s real, folks!
The show is never ending non-stop awesome comic book material while making the characters understandable. They tell you why the Kingpin is doing the things he’s doing, why Foggy was hurt by Matt, and why Daredevil must stop the bad guys. Also, the show gives a lot of awesome supportive characters that make the story much stronger.
Plus, Daredevil was a true comic book show, while keeping things fresh with the hero and villains. Easter Eggs that will connect with other shows like Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist which will lead up to Defenders. Also, this shares the same universe as The Avengers. YES!
Overall, Daredevil puts all the basic cable comic book TV show to shame. Daredevil doesn’t have BS fillers and love triangles, but instead has smart storytellers that makes the viewers think, with realistic fight scenes like The Raid films.
[Editor’s Note: So tell us what you think? Do you believe Isaiah has a point? Or do you think he is insane as well? Let us know in the comments down below!]
This review will be in a detail bullet point.
- The film is based on the non-fictional novel of the same name. Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief written by Lawrence Wright.
- Lawrence does star in the film and he gives a clear break of Scientology from third person view.
- People of Scientology tried to stop the film showing on HBO. Luckily for us, HBO didn’t back off, nor the creator of the film Alex Gibney.
- Alex Gibney is a well-known director of documentary films like We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (the winner of three prime time Emmy awards), and Taxi to the Dark Side (winner of the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature), focusing on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed at Bagram Air Force Base in 2002.
- Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is a film that’s really hard to watch, but at the same time you have to watch it. Before, I start this review off. Let’s go back to the root cause of Scientology within the film
- We get a good amount of information about the creator of L. Ron Hubbard. This scumbag of the human race life is filled with nothing lies, hurting the ones he loves, and bullying people out of their money. Hubbard was born Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, March 13, 1911.
- Hubbard started out a Sci-Fi writer and still holds the Guinness World Record for the most audio books published by one author. For the most part the film points out that basics of mythos behind Scientology that came from Hubbard sci-fi books that he published.
- Hubbard left the Navy because, according to the Church of Scientology: “The U.S. Navy attempted to monopolize all his research and force him to work on a project ‘to make man more suggestible’. When he was unwilling, he says they tried to blackmail him by ordering him back to active duty to perform this function. Having many friends he was able to instantly resign from the Navy and escape this trap.”
- As you already know this was a lie. Hubbard spent the last months of his service in a hospital, being treated for a duodenal ulcer. . He was removed both times from the USS YP-422 and USS PC-815 when his superiors found him incapable of command.
- Also, the film also made shocking acclaim that Hubbard kidnapped his own children. Kidnapped, mind you, from his ex-wife. Hubbard went with the child to Cuba.
- Hubbard was a real time moocher. One of the main reasons why Hubbard created Scientology, so he didn’t have to pay taxes
- Hubbard is pretty much Jim Jones, because Hubbard ideas, just like Jones, destroyed a lot of lives.
- Hubbard spent most of his life remaining for on a ranch near Creston, California, where he died in 1986.
Before I tell you folks why I love watching Powers and personally think that Powers is getting us ready for the awesome Daredevil Netflix show, I want to tell you the backstory of how Powers came to be.
Powers is an ongoing comic book created by Brian Michael Bendis & Michael Avon Oeming. Back in April 2000, Powers (the Comic) was originally produced by Image Comics until 2004. The rights of material switched to Marvel Comics with the imprint name of Icon Comics. The reason for this move was Bendis was creating a new comic book publishing label, with Marvel backing him all the way.
The ideas and inspiration for the Powers comic books were from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons masterpiece novel The Watchmen. Bendis also looked at other types of media like films, books, and cartoon shows, mostly crime fiction and police procedural type materials. That love gave birth to Powers comic book series. Once made in April 2000, Powers gained a lot respect and awards within the comic industry. Powers big wins were the Eisner for Best New Series for 2001, and Bendis won the Best Writer Eisner Award in 2002 and 2003. It was a new take on crime drama in the world of comics.
Powers (the comic book series) is like an X-Men origin story mixed with Avengers type storytelling. It’s a world where people have full knowledge and co-exist with people with super powers. The human race calls them the word “Powers” due to the fact of their many powers they all have. How a person gets a power is when teenagers are going through puberty with a random evolution. Our hero’s name is Christian Walker. Walker, whose super hero alias was Diamond, lost his powers due to a big event with the main villain of the series, Wolf. Walker knows how a power thinks, act and how they use their own power. So Walker joined the new police division in LA called the Powers Division. The Powers Division is like the MIB and Ghostbusters combined. Early on Walker gets a new partner. This partner is a low-level human rookie named Deena Pilgrim. Their mutual first impressions were rocky at best for the two cops. However, they soon become best friends. Their bond is like a father and daughter relationship in the comics. Walker and Pilgrim pretty much agree that you can still make a difference in the world without the use of powers.
Now that we got that out of the way. I would like to explain why I love watching Powers. Since the announcement back on March 19, 2014, Powers has become the first line of original television series on the PlayStation Network. I was really interested in this idea because I didn’t read many Powers comics. My local comic store didn’t promote the comic book enough at the time when it released in April 2000. When I heard about this idea of a Powers TV show, I did research into Powers comic books and saw that it was a really interesting tale of a superhero. Then, on October 11th 2014, a trailer for the Powers show was premiered at New York Comic-Con. I was blown away by the sheer magic of it. It had one of my favorite actors Sharlto Copley, who played in the hit film and a personal favorite of mine, District 9. It also had Susan Heyward as Deena Pilgrim-Christians, Olesya Rulin as Calista, Noah Taylor as Johnny Royalle, Michelle Forbes as Retro Girl, Logan Browning as Zora, and finally Eddie Izzard as “Big Bad” Wolfe.
Izzard and Copley make the show amazing to watch. Heyward and Taylor are 100% perfect secondary characters, being the eyes of the viewers giving us a front line seat at the war between Walker and Wolf. We see that good vs evil is not black and white. We also see both sides of the characters and the reasons what they do in this universe makes perfect sense. Powers doesn’t play around with all the myths behind a superhero like Arrow, Flash, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. do. I’m not knocking them, and I do appreciate all the work they did for the new generation of comic book viewers/readers. However, I became very tired of all these comic book shows playing the same Dark Knight Trilogy card, instead using amazing comic film success like The Avengers to build your own brand.
Powers does everything right plus more. It’s dark, but not too dark to be called an emo show. The main characters are human and not just cardboard cutouts of the comic book counterparts. Knowing the fact they did change some things around, the show is still using 90% of the comic source material instead of pissing on already established storylines like The Walking Dead. Lastly, Bendis has the final say on storyline, so that helps bridge the gap between comic book reader and casual viewers. Powers always keeps you guessing what’s going to happen next.
This middle of the road path is going to push the new Daredevil show premiering on Netflix into a new level of awesome. I say this because Powers isn’t bound to rules of television shows like Arrow, Flash, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. You have more control of the show, no commercials and writers will be able to push the superhero show in favor of comic book fans like me. Additionally they will be able to keep making fresh ideas easier to understand for new viewers; so in other words the makers of this show aren’t insulting our intelligence with bullshit city storytelling.
Overall: Powers is a show I love to watch. It’s using more of the source material of a comic book. You have actors and actress having fun playing with these characters we never seen before on-screen. Also, shows like Powers and upcoming Marvel’s Netflix shows won’t be held back due network TV rules and regulations. I hope we get more shows like this.
If you’ve been watching Powers as well, what do you think of it so far? Let us know in the comments!