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Why Man of Steel Must Succeed

Posted by Lewigi , Dec 12 2012 · 157 views

You may have noticed my change to a Superman motif in recent days. While one may believe it's because of my argument for Superman in Kraggh's Works (insert weird music note characters here), it's actually because of the new handcuff poster for The Man of Steel. For the first time since I heard about Nolan's association with the picture, I actually felt hopeful about the upcoming film, which I had previously believed would try to heavily alter Superman in a TDK style for which Nolan has become so well known.
 
But even so, I still have reservations. Outside of Batman, DC has not had a successful film adaptation of one of its characters since Superman II. Green Lantern was a bust, (and rightly so) and Superman Returns, though a critical success, failed in the box office. The Man of Steel will be the first reboot since Batman Begins, and also the last DC adaptation until the Justice League film in 2015. Thus, It will be a test for Superman, for DC, and for the more fantastic side of superhero movies.
 
Firstly, The Man of Steel will test whether Superman will have a chance at hitting it big with a modern audience. The other big superheroes--Spider-Man, Batman, and the X-Men--have all found success, yet only Superman has struggled to conquer Hollywood of these superpowers among superheroes. The handcuff poster illustrates that this will still be Superman, but the realism will come with the world around him. It will be an exploration in the concept of how we in the Real World would react if someone that powerful could be accepted by a people like us, who traditionally fear a powerful change, like the inventions of the locomotive and the airplane to which Superman is so often compared. If The Man of Steel succeeds, Superman will most likely rebound, and will be once more seen as Batman's equal rather than an anachronism born of 1939. He may even have a shot at a half decent video game. If The Man of Steel fails, however, Superman risks falling into obscurity, much like when Disney threw out their hand drawn animators for a brief time following their consistent failures and PIXAR's consistent successes in the 2000's. They got the problem wrong--it was not the animation, but the story that caused their films to fail--yet until John Lasseter knocked some sense into them, they tossed traditional animation. Superman and the style of superhero he represents may be thrown out of cinema in favor of the "darker, grittier hero".
 
Secondly, The Man of Steel will test whether DC can do anything right without Batman. Green Lantern was a failure, both critically and financially, squandering a huge budget. Superman Returns, though successful with critics, failed to catch on like Batman Begins. If you ask me, Green Lantern squandered more than a budget, but also the characters and story of Green Lantern. They warped Parallax into some weird monster ink blot, and all the characters from Hal Jordan to Killowog to Thaal Sinestro and Abin Sur into bland, soulless special effects. Particularly with those gimmicky CG uniforms. Superman Returns, I haven't seen, but from what I've been told, it was less a terrible failure, and more just a disappointment because it was only a good film rather than a great one. The Man of Steel gives DC another chance, but if it fails to satisfy the studio folks, they may decide to shelve their current plans of Justice League, or perhaps decide not to give any of the DC characters besides Batman a shot at the big screen, instead restricting them to television shows like Smallville, Arrow, and Amazon or whatever they're calling the Wonder Woman show.
 
Lastly, the superhero film genre will suffer if The Man of Steel fails. Thanks to The Avengers, it wouldn't hurt quite as much as it could if The Avengers hadn't been a success, but it still poses a threat to restrict the genre to darker films like The Dark Knight. It's already evidenced in the darkening of Spider-man in The Amazing Spider-man, If The Man of Steel succeeds, however, it will solidify the base that has been built up by Marvel's more lighthearted films that a heroic hero like Superman or Captain America can still work in Hollywood.
 
Of course, this is all based upon speculation of how the movie industry would react to a failure, but then again, big companies have done silly and disappointing things before in response to failure. I suppose we'll have to wait and see until 2013.


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Cubs Sign Fujikawa

Posted by Lewigi , Dec 07 2012 · 130 views

Hopefully he'll be good enough to put a fire under Marmol.
 
Or howzabout he just pitches well enough that it doesn't matter what Marmol does?
 
Then again, i doubt the Cubs will really be in any closing opportunities this year anyway.


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In Defense of Superman v. Batman (Cuz it needs to be said)

Posted by Lewigi , Dec 06 2012 · 229 views

Or: In Which LewaLew Impersonates Kraagh
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Of course, I already posted this in Kraagh's Blog, but it needs to be said louder.
 
I. Relatability
 
A. Inherited Powers
Batman is the richest guy in the world. And he inherited all of his assets. The intensive training he underwent would be impossible without all that dough. Superman's abilities were inherited genetically. Both were born with great power. Batman's was just more indirect.
 
B. Clark Kent v. Bruce Wayne
Clark Kent has human problems. A romance, an actual job. A life. Bruce Wayne's life is a farce, to throw off suspicion. He would rather just be Batman all of the time. Kent is far more human than Wayne, even if he is from another planet. He was raised as a human, whereas Wayne has been little more than a empty shell since his parents died.
 
II. Rogues Galleries
 
A. Why Superman Sticks to Metropolis
And then you can compare the kind of trouble Metropolis gets in comparison to Gotham. Gotham gets rampant street level crime, while Metropolis gets scattered attacks by intergalactic conquerers, and untouchable white-collar criminals like Luthor. And Superman could bring world peace, but it would end up being something like Justice Lord Superman rather than Boy Scout Superman, and that's not something Superman is going to do.
 
B. Why Superman's Villains are Still a Challenge
It does take skill for Superman to take on the threats he handles. How would you trick Mxysptlk into saying his name backwards? Even Superman is weaker than Darkseid, so his skill is what wins him the fights there. And speaking of overpowered,
 
RABBIT TRAIL:
BTW, Batman is a perfect physical specimen, a supergenious, a multi-billionaire, and knows everything. And he accumulated all this skill, knowledge, ability, and resources before he reached the prime of his life. How realistic is that?
 
Vulnerability is one point I will give you.
 
Except for the fact that Superman's top villains are evenly matched. Darkseid is stronger, and has Omega Beams, Brainiac is smarter, about as strong, and more invincible, and Luthor is not well known as a criminal, or his crimes can't be proven in most stories, which makes him untouchable, a la Al Capone. And Superman is also vulnerable to magic, which means he has to outsmart people like Mxysptlk and other magical beings.
 
And let me throw in the Parasite for good measure, who can drain Superman's power, or General Zod, who has all of Superman's powers, or Amazo, who has Superman's powers, as well as those of the rest of the Justice League (which actually makes him more of a JL villain, but whatever). For what he goes up against, Superman is just as vulnerable as Batman.
 
C. Coolness of Villains
You can argue that Joker is an amazing villain, but you can't say that Darkseid, Luthor, or Zod aren't on his level. Zod is basically Hitler from Krypton, Luthor is a more realistic villain than anybody in Batman's bunch, and Darkseid is... Darkseid. He's what Zod and Hitler wish they were.
 
III. Gotham v. Metropolis
 
A. Realism
Honestly, if there was actually a town like Gotham, who would stick around? It is portrayed as having a ridiculous crime level, and yet it remains a city comparable to Chicago or New York. No one in their right mind in the middle class would willingly live there, particularly when the far more realistic city (and higher standard of living) in Metropolis is so nearby.
 
Metropolis is essentially NYC, except with a few more alien invasions, which is about the same of what Spider-Man gets in Marvel's version of NYC. As realism goes, Superman's hometown wins.
 
B. Coolness
Given the choice between NYC and one giant slum, which is the more interesting?
 
C. Sports
Apparently, Gotham's sports stadiums are so insecure, terrorists can sneak explosives underneath it. Which makes for a really cool movie scene, but probably also the least realistic movie of Nolan's trilogy.
 

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Bzpower Members' Teams

Here, the favorite teams of all the BZPower members I can find are listed. If you'd like me to add you, please comment in the Official Favorite MLB Teams Entry of the BaseBlog. I will try to add you as soon as possible.


National League

Central Division

Chicago Cubs: LewaLew, 55555, What?, Megan51, Makuta Jarvan

Cincinnati Reds: None

Pittsburgh Pirates: WERE DOING THIS

Milwaukee Brewers: Cherixon, Than the Moa

St. Louis Cardinals: Toa Onarax, Toaman25
 
 
West Division

San Francisco Giants: Nuju Metru, Iro, Great being Velika

Los Angeles Dodgers: None

Colorado Rockies: Shadix, Alpha123, xccj

Arizona Diamondbacks: Progenitus Worldsoul

San Diego Padres: thoron

 
East Division

Philadelphia Phillies: Akuna Toa of Sonics, Legolover-361, Sir Dr. Mr. Count Celu MD

New York Mets: Bambi

Atlanta Braves: None

Miami Marlins: None

Washington Nationals: None

 
 
 
American League

Central Division

Minnesota Twins: Zakitano, Takuma Nuva, Zerothemaster

Detroit Tigers: None

Cleveland Indians: Aho-Chan

Kansas City Royals: None

Chicago White Sox: terminallyCapricious

 
West Division

Texas Rangers: Rarity, tent163phantoka

Los Angeles Angels: thebeggarpie

Oakland Athletics: None

Seattle Mariners: Kakaru, Toa Kaithas, Swert
 
Houston Astros: Flaredrick: Forgotten One
 

East Division

New York Yankees: Captain Marvel, Kylus, Toa 11, Zarayna

Boston Red Sox: Chro, Iskandar

Toronto Blue Jays: Blade: Hero of Truth

Baltimore Orioles: Princess Grr (That's the Smeaginator, if he has another name change sometime again)

Tampa Bay Rays: Sumiki

 
 
2nd Favorites

Nuju Metru: New York Yankees

Iro: Oakland Athletics

WERE DOING THIS: New York Yankees

Zerothemaster: Colorado Rockies
 
Toa Onarax: Boston Red Sox
 
xccj: Seattle Mariners
 
Kakaru: Colorado Rockies
 
Flaredrick: Forgotten One: Texas Rangers
 
Great being Velika: Oakland Athletics
 

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