Welcome to the twenty-fifth edition of the Comic Connection! The main point of its existence is to share and discuss, to Connect through Comics. Its centrepiece is the Weekly Question, a question I will pose dealing with anything Comic related. Then I turn it over to you and to Twitter to offer any feedback/your opinion on the topic with your answers being featured on next week’s posting. I’ll also share some cool comic-related fan art along with links to my favourite blogs and people to follow on Twitter. With that said, let’s revisit last week’s question:
Last week I asked “If you had to pick just one power of Superman/Supergirl’s to have for your own, which one would it be?” To see my answer on the topic visit HERE. As for what the rest of you had to say…
@paul_bowler: The Superman power I would love to have would be flight, it would be so incredible to be ably to fly around the world! Superspeed would be handy as well!
@TFluharty: Flight. I’d save so much gas money.
@Onnensan: Flight. Save money on gas, and never bother with public transportation again.
@nardooo: Has to be fly! That would be awesome!
@BizarremoonS: Shoot lazers out of my eyes. Helps you win a staring contest 😉
@GuyFromEarth616: Definitely his invulnerability, that’s right, no more paper cuts for me.
“Ben Affleck as Batman: Yay or Nay?”
Unless you were living under a rock, you know that Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman in Man of Steel 2/World’s Finest/Superman VS Batman/Whatever You Want To Call It. Immediately, fandom was split on the decision with some people loving it and over people calling for the actor’s head and removal from the film. What side of the line am I on? Well, before I reveal that, let’s rundown the most common Pros and Cons associate with the decision. Without further ado:
He brings the Star Power to any movie he is in
Multi-time award winner in various categories including 2 Oscars
Perfect age (41) for the director’s take on Batman
A really good dramatic actor
Brings solid creative input to the movie
Just a really nice guy
Potential to direct the Justice League movie
He’s too identifiable which can cause a disconnect with the viewer’s immersion
His box-office is consistent but he doesn’t do astronomical numbers
Too old (41) for the role
His best performances come when he is the director, which he is not here
Has a history of making some lousy movies
Been there, done that with his portrayal of Daredevil
Not known for his action roles
I was always in disagreement with the decision to cast an older Batman. It works in the short-term but in the long-term it just means we need to cast yet another actor sooner rather than later. Also, I wanted a younger actor which would lend himself better to a more physically gifted Dark Knight. When the flood of names was hitting us of potential candidates, not once did Affleck come up which took me completely off-guard when the announcement came. I wasn’t overcome by full-blown nerd rage but I was definitely wary. Some of that wariness has subsided once I learned that he had signed up for multiple movies and he was considering lending his talents to the directorial chair for Justice League as well. People complain about Daredevil but they have to realize that was a long time ago and Affleck’s career has soared since then. He’s going to bring in his portion of the fan base that would never even watch a “comic book movie” and for those that say they’re going to swear off the movie because of his casting all I have to say is Ledger and Keaton. Fans rioted when they were cast and look how that turned out. So, after weighing everything…my answer is YAY, albeit just.
Comic Art Spotlight
Here I thought I’d share some of my favourite comic-related works of art from Lynne Yoshii. This will actually be the second of three consecutive weeks that I’ll be highlighting her. To check-out more from her, go to her DeviantArt page HERE.
In this section I’ll highlight the various WordPress based blogs that I recommend:
House of Flying Scalpels – http://houseofflyingscalpels.com/
Cover of the Week, Iconic Panel Art, and awesome reviews.
Sci-Fi Jubilee – http://scifijubilee.wordpress.com/
Really nice in-depth reviews from a perfect gentleman residing in the UK.
Sidekick Reviews – http://sidekickreviews.wordpress.com/
Blog I go to for excellent The Walking Dead and Arrow episode reviews.
The Indigo Tribe – http://indigotribe.wordpress.com/
A blog about all things Green Lantern including reviews and musings.
Arousing Grammar – http://arousinggrammar.com/
Great reviews that are a nice hybrid of commentary and full-page comic art.
The Pure Mood – http://thepuremood.com/
Reviews and thorough articles are the makeup for this blog that also has a podcast element to it.
Comic Book Junkie – http://comicbookjunkie.wordpress.com/
Previews of the coming week of comics, Cover VS Cover, and more.
X-Men X-Pert – http://xmenxpert.wordpress.com/
A great blog that covers all things related to the X-Verse.
Bag & Bored – http://bagandbored.net/
A comic book and entertainment review site run by a team of five. Varied content by a varied group.
Recommended People To Follow On Twitter
That wraps up the twenty-fifth edition of The Comic Connection. Have any comments? Anything you wanted to share? You know what to do.