Forget Justice League, there’s a cooler team of DC characters beating them to the big screen. Check out Jai Courtney steal the show in the first official trailer for Suicide Squad, unless you count the Comic Con footage.
Set to make her first live action film appearance in the upcoming Batman V Superman, Wonder Woman is one of the most recognisable comic book characters of all time. Can she pull off her own movie?
US conservative group One Million Moms have launched a campaign against DC and Marvel asking them to stop featuring gay characters in their comic books.
Gay characters have been included in comic books for years, but later this month, in Astonishing X-Men issue 51, Northstar will marry his long term partner Kyle. Though this won’t be the first time a same sex couple has gotten married in comic books, it will be the first time it’s happened in the Marvel universe. This, teamed with DC’s decision to make Green Lantern gay when he is reinvented in the New 52, has sparked controversy with the conservative group One Million Moms, who think that by showing children positive representations of gay people they will grow up to think that it is okay to be gay, which the group believes ‘is a sin’.
‘Children desire to be just like superheroes. Children mimic superhero actions and even dress up in costumes to resemble these characters as much as possible. Can you imagine little boys saying, ‘I want a boyfriend or husband like X-Men?’’ A common misconception with comics is that they are for kids. There are some aimed at children, but not all of them are and some are pretty dark and have sex scenes. Yet somehow the group has no problem exposing their children to this, providing it’s with members of the opposite sex. Every form of media show relationships between men and women, yet most little boys don’t say things like ‘I want a girlfriend or wife’ and that’s because they are little boys not little adults, they want the heroes superpowers not their lovers.
One Million Moms recently launched a similar campaign to stop Toys R Us stocking the issue of Archie Comics Life with Archie were Kevin Keller and his partner get marriage. However, their plan failed and attention brought on by the groups boycott may even have helped sales as the issue sold out. Hearing of their campaign against Marvel and DC, some comic book writers contacted the group on Twitter. Dan Slott, author of Spider-Man, sent them a message acknowledging the effects of their previous failure ‘Dear @1milmoms, thank you for the boycotts. They increase sales as people buy extra copies to spite you. PLEASE boycott my book too. :-)’. Kurt Busiek, another of Marvel’s writers, took it even further by questioning the group itself ‘One Million Moms: There aren’t a million of them and their board is mostly men. If they lie about who they are, they’ll lie about anything’.
In their statement, One Million Moms says that featuring gay characters in comics ‘is ridiculous! Why do adult gay men need comic superheroes as role models? They want to indoctrinate impressionable young minds by placing these gay characters on pedestals in a positive light. These companies are heavily influencing our youth by using children’s superheroes to desensitise and brainwash them into thinking that a gay lifestyle choice is normal and desirable’. It’s clear that the group, who are a Christian group, hold a strong religious view, which seems backwards in today’s society, which, as Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said in a statement to Newsarama, is what Marvel try to represent.
‘For over 70 years, Marvel’s comics have reflected the world outside your window and Astonishing X-Men #50 carries on that tradition. We’re proud to create stories that are not only relevant to the issues facing a modern audience but that also explore these nuanced subjects in a compelling manner. We’ve planned the release of this comic for over a year but the recent discussion of gay marriage, spurred by the comments of President Obama, makes the release of Astonishing X-Men #50 even more timely. The passionate discourse between our fans on both sides of this matter shows that we’ve struck a chord with our millions of fans around the world.’
Issue 51 of Astonishing X-Men will be release later this month, on the 20th of June. While it doesn’t seem like One Million Moms will convince Marvel to ‘change and cancel all plans of homosexual superhero characters’ like their letters demand, it will be interesting to see what effect they have on sales. Having gay characters in the media can be really positive for young gay people, so stamping them out would be a huge step backwards. Hopefully, this issue will sell out and One Million Moms will learn that their hate is only inspiring people to go against them.
What do you think? Are you going to pick up Astonishing X-Men issue 51? Do you enjoy seeing representatives of various minority groups, not just gay people, in comics? Would you prefer if comics avoided dealing with real issues? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below. Also, please subscribe and, if you liked this post, click the like button.
A Superman sized kick in the teeth for anyone that’s been paying to play DC Universe Online, as Sony announce it will soon be free to play.
On the 1st of November DC Universe Online will have two new modes, free play and Premium. Free play, as the name suggests, doesn’t cost a thing, but has no voice chat and a limited number of character spaces and inventory slots. For a one off payment of five dollars, or the equivalent of five dollars, players can upgrade to a Premium account, this means voice chat and more slots. Some people may be used to paying and could want to continue, as crazy as that sounds, this will be an option, it’s called a Legendary account. With that you can the same features that players are currently enjoying, including the ability to buy more inventory slots. Legendary mode costs 15 dollars a month.
Before it came out, I thought DC Universe Online sounded amazing, but I decided not to buy it when I heard it cost a monthly fee. Bringing on a free play mode, with an optional upgrade, is a great way to bring on people that, like me, didn’t want to, or couldn’t, afford to invest so much into a game. In my opinion, it’s going to get some fans through the door.
What do you think? Are you already playing DC Universe Online? Did you not buy it due to the cost? Would you get it for the free play feature? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below. Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.
I know I said that today would be another remake, but that’s going to have to wait until tomorrow because this can’t wait. The villains for the upcoming Batman sequel, The Dark Knight Rises, have officially been revealed. Despite rumours, it has been declared that Tom Hardy will not be playing Hugo Strange; instead he will be portraying Bane. Anne Hathaway has also been cast in the film, as Catwoman. This news was a bit of a shock to people following the speculation as Nolan had said he was choosing villains that had not previously appeared in Batman movies and both Bane and Catwoman have.
For those of you that don’t know, Bane is a Batman comic villain, who was raised in prison. There he learned many lessons, worked on his body, becoming really strong, and read every book he could get his hands on. He appeared in the movie Batman and Robin, played by Robert Swenson. In the movie he was shown as a mindless henchman opposed to super smart. Catwoman, original known as The Cat, is a burglar that has, on many occasions, stolen Batman’s heart (cheesy but effective). She has been played by numerous actresses over the years and even has her own comic series. She’s the most popular female character in the Batman universe.
I can’t wait to see Nolan’s take on these characters, but I’ll have to wait awhile. The movie is set to be released on the 20th of July 2012, which, if I have my way, will be rainy with atmosphere setting lightning.
The battle between Marvel and DC has been a long one and there’s no end in sight, but DC could be pulling ahead with the upcoming release of its baby; DC Universe Online. The DC universe is filled with heroes, and villains, that have lived in the imaginations of fans for years, but now it’s time to come face to face with your favourite character. Will you fight alone side them or against them, the choice is yours.
The game looks amazing, no one could say otherwise. The only problem I have is the price. PS3 players won’t be used to having to pay to play online and DC Universe Online naturally has no offline mode, so players will either have to pay up or give it a miss. Will you pay €14.99 (£9.99) each month to play? There are other payment options; you could pay €27.99 for three months (saves €16.98), or even €49.99 for six (saves €39.95). Even if you use their best deal it’s still like buying a new game every six months. The price really got rid of any chances there were of me getting this game.
The story is clever and does explain the sudden rise in superheroes. In the future war wipes out everyone but Lex Luther. Then Brainiac comes to take over Earth, so Lex goes back in time to warn the Justice League. He then releases something that gives humans superpowers, which was made by brainiac so he could make an army. Lex instructs the Justice League to gather and train these new heroes, but some will naturally become villains.
You can design your costume, choose your powers and you even get to choose to between good and bad. I must admit that the game does sound tempting and if the prices weren’t so steep my desire to play might win out, but I just can’t justify that cost. Take a look at the trailer and let me know what you think and don’t forget to vote.