Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Batman, Possible Power Shift, GL Promotion
Subject: Batman and Robin #3
Dear Rest of the Batman Books,
On the topic of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's "Batman and Robin #3".
decidedly not for kids
That is how you make a Batman comic.
That is all.
Shifting Tides at DC Comics
Word on the street is that DC Comics, a subsidiary of Warner Bros., is shifting offices within the mega-corp that is Time-Warner. While remaining within the moive side of the business, rather than the print and publishing side of the business, it sounds as if DC will now be under Diane Nelson instead of Alan Horn.
I've not worked in Hollywood, but its my assumption that Ms. Nelson has got to be toughest of the sharks to have become head of a division at a company like Warner Bros.. This is all good news.
1) I don't know anything about Alan Horn, but I do know what DC Comics has been like as an entity under his watch, and the movie production schedule has been shoddy at best. As Marvel spits out 2 - 3 movies a year, DC is getting one every two years or so to the silver screen.
Not to mention WB's inability to exploit anyone but Batman for kids' entertainment. That is completely ridiculous.
2) Horn has said, under oath, that he doesn't think the character of Superman is worth anything. Ie: he doesn't know how to bring it to the big screen, so it must not be possible.
Hogwash, says I and a whole lot of other Super-fans.
3) DC is probably unaware of how contentious their relationship is with their female readership. What may pass unnoticed on comic covers, in the overt sexualizing of DC's female charatcers, etc... may get a very different read from Paul Levitz's new boss.
Anyway, I would not want to be the Publisher having to explain the Guillem March Power Girl covers to the new boss.
4) New bosses mean new blood. While I do like Paul Levitz, in so far as I can tell, it would be nice to know that complacency is not the go word at DC. At minimum, even with no risk of turn over, it seems likely that everyone will be trying a little harder, and maybe actually worry a bit about the new executive looking over their shoulder.
I do hope this news is true. DC could use someone from up top looking down on what they're up to. I don't want anyone in particular to lose their job, but it'd be nice to see DC try a little harder to make less of their line so easy to dismiss.
Blackest Night Ring Promotion
Okay, this tidbit of marketing news puts a smile on my face.
I'm enjoying the heck out of Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi's epic over in the Green Lantern books "Blackest Night". In fact, as I type this, I'm wearing my official Blue Lantern shirt. Why, because these dudes are my new favorite dudes in comics.
Thus far, two key things have happened:
1) A whole spectrum of new colored Corps have begun to appear. Red = Rage, Blue = Hope, Yellow = Fear, etc...
2) The Black Lanterns have appeared. From an unknown source (so far) black rings have crossed the DCU, finding dead superheroes and those significant to our living superheroes, and raising the dead. Only, you know, EVIL.
It's some messed up stuff.
At any rate, DC will soon have a give-away promotion in which you can collect what will be cheap, plastic versions of the rings.
insert amazed/ delighted gasp here
In high school, I still remember DC putting out a Green Lantern ring, and I'm STILL mad I lost that thing (I bought one at a comic shop for $3 years later). So, yes, this sounds like a great idea to me.
I shall require, of course, a Blue Lantern ring for my everyday wear as well as one for display purposes.
Maybe when the new Flash ongoing materializes, we can see something similar for Barry's ring?