BW’s Morning Article Link: The Shirt Tales Get Stuck

Here’s another one from Branded In The 80s, but on a topic that’s closer to my nostalgia. Even as a kid I knew Shirt Tales started out as greeting card characters because I saw them in stores and the regular cast were joined by other animals. Shawn Robare breaks out some of his old Shirt Tales stickers for us to gawk at. How these turned into a series about crimefighting animals that are part of a secret international superhero team that live in a tree in a park despite not being animals that live inside a tree (for example, the kangaroo from later seasons or the tiger from the start) I don’t know, but I rather enjoyed the show so that’s all I need to know.

I also want to know why Tyg replaced Rick as team leader and Pammy’s potential love interest in the final season. What was with that?

Justice League Movie Trailer Drops

The movie logo may not have much to it, but it's still better than the New 52 one.

The movie logo may not have much to it, but it’s still better than the current comic one.

The second of the DC trailers was their attempt to ride the Avengers bandwagon with Justice League, a team-up of DC heroes. It continues to feel strange that I, a longtime DC fan, gets more excited for Marvel movies than I do DC ones. Maybe because the Marvel movies have more of what I look for, and ironically what drew me to DC over Marvel, than anything DC or Warner Brothers is producing, even shows like Supergirl (although I really want to get caught up on that…distractions have become my new norm, which scheduling problems have always been my norm) or The Flash (see previous parentheses). So what isn’t wowing me about the new trailer?

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BW’s Morning Video Link: There ARE Strong Female Heroes In Fiction


Jana Of The Jungle

There is a thought that there are no powerful women in fiction. While they are admittedly rare, they do exists, and I’ve even mentioned a few on this very site. For example Jana Of The Jungle, She-Ra, and Isis. And that’s just three. My old Reviewers Unknown colleague and still current friend Chris “Rowdy C” Moore recently posted his top 10 list of how to do strong female character the right way. Give it a watch.

Wonder Woman Movie Trailer Drops

Wonder Woman movie logo

I don’t cover San Diego Comic Con like I did in the old days in part because unlike its New York counterpart it’s no longer about the comics. All they care about are the TV shows and movies, some of which just happen to be based on comics. Sure, I don’t just review comics so if some piece of news or trailer comes out that interests me I’ll discuss it. However, why continue to call it Comic Con when comics are the least cared about part?

DC dropped three of them at this year’s SDCC, while all I’ve heard about from Marvel is the Doctor Strange movie. I don’t care about Doctor Strange, possibly less than the Fantastic Four, so I won’t be bothering with that. DC’s offerings is a different story.

We’re starting with Wonder Woman, a movie fans of the character, as well as those female things comics don’t seem to remember, have been waiting for. But are they getting the full experience? DC’s Diana now carries a sword and only fights gods and monsters and acting like the ancient Amazons instead of the original DC take because somebody is obsessed with writing about Greek mythology and not the Wonder Woman we all remember and love. Where does the movie go?

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BW’s Morning Article Link: Let’s Go Exploring


Exploring (Photo credit: Wikipedia and one of the few images I found that wasn’t a motorscooter for some reason)

I haven’t seen The Explorers, the 80s science fiction movie about kids building their own spaceship. I was just never drawn to it for some reason. However, I do find differences between a movie and novelization interesting. So I still liked this review by Shawn Robare of Branded In The 80s as he looks over the novelization of The Explorers and seems to prefer the book.

(I also finally added a “book spotlight” category and moved Chapter By Chapter to it.)

Chapter By Chapter> Star Wars: Shadows Of The Empire ch. 17

Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.

Chapter By Chapter Star Wars - Shadows Of The Empire

For those who came in late: Prince Xizor, leader of the criminal organization Black Sun, has a vendetta against Darth Vader for killing his family years ago, as well as wanting the prestige of being the Emperor’s right hand man. So he has put a bounty on the head of Luke Skywalker, the self-trained Jedi the Emperor wants to turn, trying to frame Vader to make him look bad, as well as sending Vader against Black Sun’s rivals. Meanwhile, Leia learns of the price on her friend’s head and after failing to rescue Han from Boba Fett, sends Dash Rendar to protect Luke while going to Black Sun hoping they can find the real culprit (not knowing Black Sun is behind Luke’s predicament). As for Luke, he, Artoo, and Dash are about to meet with Bothan spies on Leia’s behalf in order to find out what important information they have. (Fans should already know this answer.)

And with that let’s see what are heroes are up to now.

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BW’s Morning Article Links: Wanted This Joke Dead To Begin With

Batman: The Killing Joke

Batman: The Killing Joke (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Killing Joke is another reason I can’t get into Alan Moore stories, although for me Watchmen was bad enough. In it, Barbara Gordon (retired from being Batgirl at this point) is shot, paralyzed, and presumably raped by the Joker. DC decided to make this canon, which admittedly resulted in an interesting direction for Barbara as Oracle. In the new animated movie coming out, Barbara is still Batgirl and still shot, paralyzed, and presumably raped by the Joker to push Commissioner Gordon over the edge. (In this story Joker wants to prove one bad day can make anyone evil.) But it gets worse, and may tarnish Bruce Timm’s reputation as Batman’s best animated story creator. According to this report by ComicsAlliance Batman and Batgirl sleep together on the top of a building like she’s the New 52’s Catwoman. He also hinted at a Bruce/Barbara romance in Batman Beyond. And IO9 reports more disturbing changes to Barbara’s character. The movie also forgets that Barbara retired, but I’m thinking this isn’t in the movie version because Bruce Timm wanted to make Barbara hook up with Bruce Wayne. Read that sentence again and see if you get the same conclusion I did.

Granted, Barbara is supposed to be too old for Dick Grayson, the original Robin and current (again, thank you) Nightwing, yet that is a relationship that gets set up which ALSO happened in the DCAU and people think was a thing in the comics. (The original “Bat-Girl”, Betty Kane, was the one who dated Robin. Long story. In the Fox cartoon she was de-aged to the same age as Dick.) For some reason Timm really wants to set up the two Bats and it just comes off as fanfic, because this never happened in the comics, including The Killing Joke. Also there was no Batgirl as listed above. Fans defended the R rating to make this a faithful adaptation, but it looks like Timm is really running with the rating. Also that Telltale Games series I mentioned before is getting a “M for Mature” rating. And yet things like Justice League Action (more on that tomorrow) and Batman Unlimited keep pushing him to kids. And some of you get mad there’s a Rambo cartoon for kids? Throw in Gotham and I’m really concerned as to what DC and Warner Brothers are doing to the Dark Knight. This isn’t Spawn, people!

I’d do a full article but this is a book I was never interested in until it was sucked into DC canon, and I care less about the movie. While it’s nice to see Batman get a new animated theatrical movie, even with a limited run, it’s too bad this is the one we’re getting. I’ll happily miss it. Watch Mask Of The Phantasm instead.