Category: rants & nostalgia

Podcast of Doom (transcript): Survivor Series 2014 Predictions

[SFX: Intro music]

JIM DOOM: Hello and welcome to the latest Podcast of Doom. I’m your host, Jim Doom, and with me as always is Doom DeLuise.


JIM DOOM: Ever since Fin Fang Doom declared us to be a wrestling site also, we’ve made a little more effort to talk about wrestling —

DOOM DeLUISE: Definitely more of an effort than we’ve made to talk about comics.

[audience laughter]

JIM DOOM: — and last month, we previewed WWE Hell in a Cell. I don’t remember how we did, but shall we take this month like we did last month, and start from the bottom of the card and work up?


Breaking News:
Zack Snyder to Ruin Justice League Movie


Warner Brothers has decided to triple-down on veteran/terrible filmmaker Zack Snyder with the announcement late Sunday that Zack Snyder will ruin a Justice League movie, to be released sometime in 2018.

Snyder first ruined a movie based on DC Comics’ iconic superheroes with last year’s Man of Steel, a reboot of the Superman franchise, that many likened to Christopher Nolan’s reboot of the Batman franchise, because they hoped it would be as good. It wasn’t. Not even close.

Soon after the release of Man of Steel, Warner announced a planned sequel for Summer 2015, which would pit the titular Man against Batman, attempting and presumably failing to recreate the magic of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, only with characters that are much less interesting and a filmmaker who is much less talented.

“We figure that if Marvel can make a billion by teaming up a bunch of superheroes nobody heard of ten years ago, we should be able to make a trillion with Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman,” an unnamed Warner executive told reporters. “Sure, we haven’t made a good movie with anyone except for Batman, like ever, and half of those weren’t even any good. But who cares about quality? Clearly we don’t, so why should the audience? (more…)

Literal Superheroes

It’s a ghost town here. So have some drawings of literal superheroes, something I’ve been doing in my downtime. It’s what it sounds like: taking the name of the hero to the logical extreme:

It all started with a bored literal Spider-Man, almost taking Doppelganger too far:

Spider-man drawn as if he were a real spider, eight limbs and all

Then it snowballed from there …


300: Rise of an Empire Looks Orange, Blue, Terrible

300 rise of an empire teaser poster lena headeyBlue and Orange.

Orange and Blue.

What would Hollywood do without you?

As is the case with nearly every major Hollywood release these days, 300: Rise of an Empire only has two colors in its palette: Blue and Orange.

It’s one of those things where, once you see it, you can’t un-see it.

You can’t just sit through a movie anymore without noticing it.

So, up front, before we go any further, let me just say, if you haven’t noticed this before, if this is the first time this has been brought to your attention, I’m sorry.

I really am.

I kind of just ruined movies for you. Forever. Hit the jump. (more…)

Wars and Rumors of Wars

walking dead volume 20According to Rule #34 of the Rules of Acquisition, “War is good for business.”

That’s entirely different than Rule #34 of the Internet, but I can’t really get into that here.

But war is good for business, in a lot of ways.

Especially in movies and television and, of course, comic books, war drives profits up with every appearance, practically, which is why comic books, in particular, always seem to be building toward the next big war.

Not only is it good for business, it’s also, incidentally, a really easy storytelling gimmick to structure these books around.

Once a year, we’re treated to at least one giant war per company, and this year will be no different.

In DC, we’re being treated to the Trinity War, which pits the Justice League vs. Justice League of America vs. Justice League Dark.

For those of you wishing this would be where that “To be Continued” tag at the end of Justice League International finally picks up (which we were left hanging on prior to the New 52), well, sorry, there’s only room for three stupid Justice Leagues in this universe, and that ain’t one of ’em. (more…)

Catching up on Comics

sinestro as parallax green lantern 20On April 10th of this year, I moved out of the United States.

I left behind my friends, my family, and, most importantly, my comic books. Living in a new country on the opposite side of the planet from what I’m used to is very strange in many ways, but the one thing I’ve had a particularly hard time adjusting to is not having a comic shop nearby, where I can spend more money than I should every Wednesday afternoon.

Luckily, as Dr. Ian Malcolm so eloquently put it in the first Jurassic Park movie, “Life… finds a way.”

So now, nearly three months since I left America, and over five months since I stopped reading comics (I had to prepare myself), I’ve finally found a way to get caught up, and it is amazing. It hasn’t been that long, in the scheme of things, but I feel I’ve missed out on so much. (more…)

Spoilers Spoil Everything

marley & me spoilerI hate spoilers.

They’ve gotten progressively worse over the years, as people try harder and harder to be the first to get the scoops on all the latest movies, comics, TV shows, whatever, and I just don’t get the appeal.

It’s gotten so bad that discussions of spoilers of major plot points now come up months before the thing that’s being spoiled is even ready for mass consumption.

A few weeks ago, I was talking to some friends online about a recent blockbuster movie, and one of them mentioned a MAJOR plot detail, one that only appears after the credits roll, only to follow it with a non-ironic spoiler alert for what she wanted to talk about next. She’d grown so numb to spoilers that she didn’t even realize she WAS spoiling something for those of us who hadn’t seen it yet, as that post-credit detail was leaked online about six months ago.

To be fair, we’ve been guilty of spoilers here on Doomkopf from time to time, but we’re not alone. And the spoilers aren’t debuting on our blog, by any means, but I still find their presence here annoying. (more…)

Whatever Happened to the GD Batman?

all star batman and robinBack when it was coming out on a “regular” basis, All-Star Batman and Robin (or ASSBAR, as we used to call it) was consistently one of the best-selling and most hotly-debated comics of its era.

From 2005 to 2008, DC released 10 issues, written by Frank Miller and illustrated by Jim Lee. The release schedule was sporadic, with issues coming out once every six months or so.

The series was most famous for two things: First, Batman referred to himself in nearly every issue, at some point, as “The Goddamn Batman;” and, second, the tenth issue was recalled for accidentally going to print without properly editing out some colorful language.

Along with All-Star Superman, it was supposed to be DC’s answer to Marvel’s Ultimate line – – a starting point for new readers, where the biggest names in comic book publishing were going to be creating classic storylines for the uninitiated, free of the decades of continuity that had bogged down all of the other main DC titles, which had made them nearly impenetrable for people trying to break in.

But after those first ten issues, they just… stopped. Which begs the question, what happened? (more…)

Sony REALLY Hopes You Liked The Amazing Spider-Man

amazing spidermanLast summer, The Amazing Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, was released by Sony Pictures, and, if I’m not mistaken, it wasn’t exactly considered the best comic book movie of all time.

Matter of fact, I seem to recall it getting completely lost in the shuffle between The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. And now, a year later, I don’t think I could tell you a single major thing that happened in it. I just remember disliking it a great deal and hoping to never have to watch it again.

A quick browse through our archives shows that, indeed, I hated it, though Jim Doom thought it was pretty great.

Let’s look at some facts first, before I get to my point.

Hit the jump, and let’s get down to business. (more…)

The Guardians of the Galaxy Movie, On the Other Hand, Will Be Great

guardians of the galaxy

Yesterday, I had some fairly negative things to say about the prospects of an upcoming Justice League movie, because of how different it’s going to be from Marvel’s The Avengers, which was a huge success last summer.

But all that negativity got me to thinking. Maybe DC/WB shouldn’t try to copy the formula that made The Avengers so successful. One doesn’t have to look hard to find a formula that might work much more to their advantage: The formula Marvel is currently working on in regards to next summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Guardians are a pretty well-known team to comic book fans, but the general movie-going public has no clue what they’re all about, a fact that I don’t think is inevitably going to matter all that much. Whereas the Avengers took the long approach to developing each individual of their team in their own standalone movies before adding all the parts together for the team-up, Guardians is instead just throwing as much talent as they can possibly muster into a gigantic cast for a movie that will eventually, presumably, somehow tie into everything else in the Marvel Universe.

It’s a huge gamble. But I think it’s going to work. Let me explain why. (more…)