Diversity is a loaded word when it comes to the four-color world of comic books and superheroes. For some, it’s an eye-rolling attempt at political correctness to force characters of different colors and religious and sexual persuasions into stories that supposedly don’t need them. Others see it as cynical money grab by tone-deaf publishers, namely DC and Marvel, to improve sales by enticing noob readers into buying books with characters who look like them on the covers. Me, I see it as strips of the quilt that has made up my reading material in and out of comics since I foolishly ripped the pages out of a copy of Charlotte’s Web my mother gave me when I was seven to make paper airplanes. I don’t need to be able to relate to a character before I pick up a book no matter the genre because I’m just as likely to be the last survivor of the planet Krypton as I am the reincarnated soul of a bloodthirsty mercenary sent back to Earth as a spawn of Hell. So just make sure the yarn holds my attention and I’ll judge it on its own merits. However, when I do find a character I see some of myself in, I’m hooked for life. Heroes and a few villains like Easy Rawlins, Sherlock Holmes, Batman, Nino Brown, and Black Manta. But when I saw Black Lightning, the protector of Suicide Slum, on the cover of a Justice League of America comic in 1979, I said that’s me. (more…)
All comic book movies have some sort of connection to a story arc, regardless of all the Hollywood effects and big budget movie stars attached to it. The Avengers had a loose connection to the formation of the super group and the Christopher Nolan Batman series drew from the influential Batman: Year One, The Long Halloween and No Man’s Land.
With Justice League screenwriter Will Beale looking to draw inspiration from a storyline he has years of them to work with, but according to do our good friends over at the Latino Review he’s already zeroed in on his pick.
“In a nutshell, plotwise, the three issue arc involves Darkseid planning the destruction of Earth by blasting it with a ray that’ll move Apokolips (Darkseid’s planet) into the Earth’s place.”
This little blurb refers to issues #183 to 185 of Justice League America, a storyline from the 1980s run by Gerry Conway and George Perez. Arguably, there are better storylines to work with, but many see Darkseid as a great introductory villain to serious players like Brainiac, Doomsday, or, dare I say it, Epoch the Lord of Time. I personally would cry foul on all this, but the Latino Review has an oddly strong track record of making the right calls when it comes to these comic book movies.
They do however also have a track record of being attached to a lot of the rumors that have been started in the past year. Remember the whole mess that came about from Ben Affleck being rumored to direct? Until there’s some further proof to the claim we’ll have to keep an open mind and well be sure to keep you updated.
Justice League is due out in theaters sometime in 2015.