Oct 142014
 

It took me a few weeks, but I think I’ve finally nailed down the biggest weakness this show has to overcome, thanks to this episode.

I mean, it’s not a bad episode overall, but it highlights what is currently the show’s biggest shortcoming.
Like so many other Batman adaptations out there, it’s hard to make the city’s good people anywhere near as memorable as its villains. Arkham shows us that Gotham is having the same issue.

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Oct 072014
 

This week presents an interesting question regarding how this series is going to proceed. To be honest, I imagine it’s one the show’s going to be mulling over for quite some time, at least as far as this first season is concerned.

There’s always that challenge that comes with adapting comics – especially when you do it with a television show budget – of just how much you want to own up to those comic book roots. Movies don’t have that problem anywhere near as much, thanks to audiences coming around at the box office and studios offering some creative freedom, but shows still need to balance that with what they can afford on a week to week basis.

Which is part of why Gotham has some solid footing to start with, but it also places some tricky expectations on the show that this week touches on.

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Sep 302014
 

Inspired by the success of Garfield Minus Garfield, Fox once again brings us Batman Minus Batman.

Okay, that came across as more of an insult than I meant it to. I’m still pretty on board with this show as of this episode. It’s showing some bits of improvement over the pilot, but it also has still got a ways to go to really get there. At the same time, it has enough positives to keep me watching in the meantime, so there’s that.

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Sep 232014
 

Well, it’s officially Fall.

This means I look to get a good deal busier as more shows step up to the plate for the season. It stands to be an interesting spread coming up.

Especially with regards to one particular aspect of entertainment – the long running DC-Marvel turf battle has been slowly spilling over from movie theaters into living rooms. Last year saw the first rounds between Arrow and Agents of SHIELD end in a pretty close race – Agents had ratings, but Arrow had built up a solid following. Marvel remains king at the box office, but DC’s kicking pretty hard on the air. Born of the surprise success of Arrow, they’ve now got three new titles coming out this season to try and solidify their hold. Of those, right now Gotham is probably the most high profile on the table.

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Jul 172014
 

Silverwolf: Hello everyone and welcome to another exciting roundtable! I’m Silverwolf, the awesome editor!

Elessar: And I’m Elessar the awesome…I just realized I don’t know my offiical title? God Emperor?

Silverwolf: Sure, you can take that one, but stay away from my Psykers! Anyway, 40K jokes aside, we’re here to talk about comic book fans requests vs. actual purchases.

In short, Internet forums (and local shops) tend to explode with vitriol whenever either Marvel or DC publishes a “derivative” title (i.e. another Avengers or Bat-family title). They demand “something different” more often than not. Yet, at the same time, whenever those companies do try something off the beaten path (such as All-Star Western) the fan following is merely a trickle, whereas the umpteenth X-Men title sells well enough to survive despite a lack of “innovation.” Your thoughts, Elessar?

Elessar: Oh that’s not just comics fans. That’s everything. It’s a commonly known phenomena. When asked what kind of coffee they want, they’ll say they want a rich dark roast, because they think it sounds good but that’s not what they buy. That’s why American Hustle (a good, but totally generic movie) made 250 million while Cloud Atlas struggled to even match it’s budget.

No, I'm not bitter about it, what made you think that?

No, I’m not bitter about it, what made you think that?

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Apr 232014
 

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In lieu of Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn’s admission that they are “struggling with” their decision to debut Captain America 3 the same day as rival studio’s Batman vs. Superman on May 6, 2016, I decided to compile a few reasons why I believe the onus is on Warner Bros. to change their release date, not Disney/Marvel.

Full disclaimer: I want both films to succeed, and even if both were released on the same day, I’d probably see them both that day. These are just my realisitc views on the matter from the perspective of an average moviegoer. Not a comic book nerd.

1. Captain America is now a “mainstream” hero.

After the critical and commercial success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (see Silverwolf and Elessar’s reviews), Cap has now solidified himself as a mainstream hero. Up until this point, Cap was looked upon as a secondary hero to his Marvel counterpart Iron Man. Robert Downey Jr. has no doubt made Iron Man a household name, and I believe Chris Evans has done the same with Captain America. In other words, in the eyes of the mainstream audience, he’s not inferior to Batman anymore in terms of popularity.  Continue reading »