The Lego Batman Movie Review!

Lego Batman and the Justice League

There are two reasons I tensed up at the appearance of the Will Arnett voiced Batman in The Lego Movie, in what was otherwise a carefree smiling romp through the Chris Pratt victory hour.

The first was the idea that Lego Batman would mercilessly mock the Caped Crusader, telling me and every Batfan out there that our comic book hero was nothing but parody. The problem isn’t the jokes so much as the reflection of pop culture at large. Is Batman just a gag everywhere outside of actual comic book readership? Continue reading “The Lego Batman Movie Review!”

Dr. Strange Review!: Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Origin Movies

Doctor Strange movie review

I had a revelation reading Wild Cards, the George R.R. Martin co-edited superhero universe anthology, for the first time this past month. When new superhero stories are told with confidence, by effective and committed fans of the craft, it’s thrilling, exciting, and flat out FUN to learn where new characters come from, and to welcome them to this new universe you’re developing.

There’s a reason we fell for origin stories in the… origin… first place. Where we come from matters, establishing both motivation and character in the canonical carbonite template for all future character appearances. Continue reading “Dr. Strange Review!: Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Origin Movies”

Captain America 3: Civil War Review!

Captain America 3: Civil War

You’ll hear a lot about how good Captain America 3: Civil War is over the next few weeks, and about all the box office success it’s having, and it’s true, but that’s not what makes it amazing. I had impossibly high expectations, and Civil War met all of them and then raised me the best version of my favorite comic book character of all time, but that’s not what makes it amazing.

You know what makes Civil War amazing? Continue reading “Captain America 3: Civil War Review!”