New ‘Justice League’ Image Totally Fails to Impress

justiceleague-ughWarner Brother released this image to USA Today for its promotional package on “must-see” movies in 2017, and I must say, the gambit totally backfired: This doesn’t make me want to see Justice League. It makes me want to laugh and then feel sorry for DC Comics.

The photo depicts most of the Justice League, DC’s team of superheroes meant to compete on the silver screen with Marvel’s Avengers. Included here are Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), the Flash (Ezra Miller) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa) — but the team’s final member, Superman (Henry Cavill), is nowhere to be seen.

That could be because Supes was killed in the abominable Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and producers are trying to keep his resurrection a scret. But I think he’s just hiding because he doesn’t want to be associated with another bloated, self-important turkey that collapses under its own weight.

“[Filming Justice League] was all about the filling-out of this massive comic-book pantheon with the biggest and coolest heroes we could,” director Zack Snyder told the newspaper.
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Not Even Superheroes Can Defeat Taxes

uuperhoeDeathIt’s April 15, the most dreaded day on the calendar here in the United States: the day tax returns are due. And no one likes to pay taxes — not even superheroes!

Here is a selection of comic book covers from the Golden Age to the Bronze dealing with rendering unto Uncle Sam. You’ll notice the frequent theme “Death & Taxes,” which I find very ironic because while no one beats taxes, most superheroes have conquered death — having died and been resurrected many times.

 

First Look at the New TV Flash!

flashWhen Grant Gustin (GLEE) makes his costumed debut as DC Comics’ Flash, “the fastest man alive,” in THE FLASH, the live-action pilot ordered by The CW, this is what he will be wearing.

From the neck up, it looks similar to the usual Flash costume, though the red is much darker, and the material looks leathery — which does not thrill me because it reminds me of the dreaded Daredevil movie! Ugh. The lightning bolts on the ears are a marked change from the wings Flash sports on the comics page.

The super duds were designed by Colleen Atwood, who won Oscars for Alice in Wonderland (2011), Memoirs of a Geisha (2006) and Chicago (2003), so she knows her stuff! And it least it looks nothing like the abomination that was Green Lantern’s costume back in 2010. Or even Wonder Woman’s fighting togs in her abortive new TV pilot — or even her comic book redesign.
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