February 5th, 2008

Comics

added bonus: mechanical spider

On Sunday, Z. and I sat down to watch Superman: Doomsday. It was decent. I wasn't a big fan of changing the cast from the JLU TV show, but the new crew did a good job. (Spike, for one, made a much smarmier [and creepier!] Lex. But Lex will always be the Kurgan to me.) The storyline changes actually helped it, as well. Doomsday is still just a plot device, but leaving aside the whole 'rise of the Supermen' angle made for a much closer story. They *almost* tied in Bizarro, and that would have been an improvement, but I wager they did it to make the story for the movie more concise and self-contained. Which is fine.

What I didn't expect was the graphic violence. Now, mind you, none of it was on screen. (I mean, except Superman dying, of course.) Wow. I mean, once Doomsday emerges, he kills dozens of people. And it's off-screen, but it's right off-screen, and there's no doubt as to what happens. And one of the news reports is, in fact, about a little kid being killed by Doomsday in a rampage. There's not much blood, but it's used a couple times, very effectively. It was a bit of a surprise, in the long run. [EDIT: oh, hey, I didn't even notice the PG-13 rating.]

(Z. didn't have a problem with any of this, but we did stop the movie once so I could help her catch up on the plot.)

Did I mention the slugfest with Doomsday was ten minutes of pure fight scene? It was, in fact, a treat. And the movie wasn't even half-over then.

Also on the DVD was a pretty decent documentary about the Death of Superman as a comics event. Very interesting hearing a lot of insiders talking about how they came to the decisions they did, and how the whole thing took shape. Great for comic book fans.

So, I dug it. Won't be buying it, but glad I saw it. If you liked the other DC cartoons, check it out. (Netflix link here.)

News

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"Less than four months before the 2004 election, it looked like President Bush might face a perilous accountability moment. An independent, bipartisan commission was set to report on the 'circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks.' The White House had a lot to lose from an unfettered, authoritative examination of those issues. The last thing Bush needed during a hotly contested reelection campaign was a reminder of his inattention to the threat of terrorism before 9/11, or of his initial paralysis when he heard the news, or of his misbegotten attempts to pin the blame on Iraq. Bush originally fought the establishment of such a commission. Even after he bowed to congressional pressure, he still only went along grudgingly. For instance, he famously refused to face the panel alone or in public, insisting instead on a private, unrecorded interview with Vice President Cheney at his side. But when the report finally came out, it was clear Bush had dodged another bullet. The commission spread the blame for 9/11 far and wide and emphasized needed structural changes over accountability. Now, it seems the White House may not have needed to be too apprehensive about the commission's report. It had an inside man. And he was one of the guys in charge."

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