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May 23, 2016

Weekly Wonder Woman: May's titles and movie news

Posted on May 23, 2016 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Yes, I know - why call it Weekly Wonder Woman when the last one was more than a month ago and I'm not going to doing one next week, either, since I'm on holiday? Sigh. All I can do is apologise and confess that since I'm doing volunteer work on Fridays, most of my Friday work ends up on Monday instead, and I therefore usually have to choose on Monday between writing about tele (this 'ere blog's raison d'être) and WWW, which can take a good couple of hours to do (even if it doesn't look like it). Guess which one wins.

However, today, I have the time to do both. Yay! Plus Rebirth is on the way. DC's partial reboot of its universe, it's best summarised as "Hey fanboys? Yes, you guys who all buggered off when the nu52 started and who were the ones who actually bought comics? Want to have storylines exactly like they used to be 10 years ago? Want old Superman and Batman back? Well here you go!”

That means, following issue #52 of a whole range of titles, big changes will be afoot, numbering will return to issue #1, nu52 Superman will disappear/die (although maybe not) to be replaced by the old one who was married to Lois Lane and has a kid, and all manner of other things will happen. So I'd better do something to mark the change, hadn't I?

We've already seen a little of what Rebirth means for our Diana, although here's the full schedule:

Rebirth Checklist

Paulo Siqueira is also no longer illustrating Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1.

But after the jump, we'll see how the nu52 has effectively ended for our Diana when we look at Wonder Woman #51-52, as well as for Superman as we take a gander at Superman-Wonder Woman #28-29, Batman-Superman #32 and Action Comics #52. Finishing things up, the Darkseid War is nearly ending over in Justice League #49 (that's got to make up some ground, hasn't it…? Oh, it's going to end on Wednesday with issue #50 instead of #52. Do you reckon they planned it that way?), while Wonder Woman has to deal with her sister, Cassandra, and niece Wonder Girl, over in Teen Titans #19.

Meanwhile, the action hasn't been stopping for various Elseworlds Wonder Women. Wondy has to deal with Superman dying (again) in Dark Knight III #4continues her WW2 fight in Norway against the Titan in the acclaimed The Legend of Wonder Woman #24-26 (which has recently been granted a second volume)and is having her sexy origin retold yet again in the rather massive Wonder Woman - Earth One

All that after the jump. But for those of you with an interest in Movie Wonder Woman, here's some video of Movie Themyscira:

Here's a picture of Connie Nielsen as Diana's Movie mum, Hippolyta.

Hippolyta on Themyscira

And here's a picture from the final day of filming:

Yes, I've been saving this all up. Soz.

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April 26, 2016

I've just invented the 'Containment moment'

Posted on April 26, 2016 | comments | Bookmark and Share

You will, of course, recall Containment, America/The CW's remake of Belgium's Cordon. Episode two was on last night and within the first few seconds I was laughing.

Containment quotes Socrates

Oh dear. Quoting Socrates. Well, to be exact quoting a slightly loose translation of section 42a of Plato's Apology, which is an account of Socrates' trial, in which Plato says Socrates said:

ἀλλὰ γὰρ ἤδη ὥρα ἀπιέναι, ἐμοὶ μὲν ἀποθανουμένῳ, ὑμῖν δὲ βιωσομένοις: ὁπότεροι δὲ ἡμῶν ἔρχονται ἐπὶ ἄμεινον πρᾶγμα, ἄδηλον παντὶ πλὴν ἢ τῷ θεῷ.

θεῷ, there, referring to Zeus, of course, but I guess the all-American Containment wasn't going there.

So why was I laughing? Because it reminds me of Joe Queenan's America (aka Red Lobster, White Trash, & the Blue Lagoon), in which he deliberately decides to read all the worst books, watch the worst movies, eat the worst food, attend the worst events, etc that America and Americana have to offer.

This includes reading Tom Clancy novels. He notes that Clancy and similarly bad authors all have a habit of quoting much better authors at the beginning of books and even chapters of books in order to give their sub-standard works an intellectual veneer that makes them seem better than they are.

I'm going to start calling these quotes 'Containment moments' from now on.

As a brief aside, Queenan suggests it might be an idea to return the favour of the 'Containment moment' and preface classic works of literature with quotes from lesser authors, imagining, for example, what would happen if a play of Shakespeare's was preceded with:

The Hughes 500D is an extremely quiet helicopter due to sound baffles in the Allison 250-C20B engine. 

Tom Clancy

That would be aces.

Batman's problems at Ikea

Posted on April 26, 2016 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Now only has his bat cape been recalled for causing marks and scratches on the neck…

Ikea wants its bat capes back

…it also wants its Gothem* lamps back. How will they light the bat signal at an affordable price now?

Gothem lamp recalled

* Yes, I know that it's Gotham city.

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