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Wonder Woman Done Right

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There’s a good chance that by now you’ve seen the teaser image of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. And if you’re anything like me, you may have nearly spit out your morning coffee the first time you saw the picture.

Yep, this version of Wonder Woman is coffee-spitting good, and it’s making me even more excited for Batman v. Superman.  Our favorite Amazonian princess is finally getting some time to shine on the big screen and her character design is outstanding! The boots, the bracelets, the weapons… Everything about her costume just works. The pieces all come together to make an incredible ensemble.

Personally, I think this costume does justice (no pun intended) to Wonder Woman’s true essence. It has hints of the classic comic book design, while still fitting in with Zack Snyder’s gritty universe. Gadot is not overly sexualized in this costume, but she still maintains an aura of that special brand of Wonder Woman sexual magnetism.

But the thing I like most about this Wonder Woman is she is tough. The dark color scheme and rigid metal features of her costume help to emphasize her strength.  There is nothing more infuriating to me than artists and directors portraying Wonder Woman as weak.  Diana is a warrior, an Amazon, and one of the toughest characters in the DC universe! This costume hits the nail on the head in terms of getting that point across.

My one small criticism is that Gadot is not very muscular in this image. I would like to see her bulk up a little bit before the actual filming starts (after all, Wonder Woman is an Amazon!), but overall I’m very satisfied with this character design.

What do you think about the new Wonder Woman?  Leave your opinion in the comments section below!

 

Decoding Calendar Man

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Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Friday the 13th. This superstitious holiday also happens to fall on a full moon. That’s double the superstition, and that would make this particular day doubly appealing to one of Batman’s lesser-known villains, Calendar Man.

Julian Day, aka Calendar Man, is one of the most misunderstood villains in the Batman universe. He is a criminal who is obsessed with dates and holidays. His crimes usually occur on holidays and have a relationship to the date they are committed.

Often times, Calendar Man gets overshadowed by the abundance of Batman’s really cool villains. Between the Joker, Two Face, Scarecrow, and countless others, there’s a lot of competition for a super villain to break through in Gotham. That’s why Calendar Man is not very popular, which is a shame because he’s can be an interesting character.

The problem is, he can also be a very stupid character. Some comic book fans don’t like Calendar Man because of his occasional flamboyant costumes and lame holiday puns.

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…Yeah. I’ll admit, the costumes are lame. But! I still think that Calendar Man has his moments. For example, The Long Halloween is one of my favorite Batman books. It features Calendar Man as a Hannibal Lecter-type character offering advice. He was cool in that book, which shows his potential as a villain. If the comic book writers would just portray him as the sinister intellectual type all the time, he could be a great addition to the DC Universe.
Happy Friday the 13th, Julian! Long live Calendar Man.
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What do you think about Calendar Man? Let me know in the comments section!

Superman vs. Thor: Who would win?

Can you picture it? Superman and Thor throwing down in a one-on-one grudge match that levels half of Metropolis! The thought alone is making me giddy with excitement.

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If there’s one thing in this world that I love, it’s getting together with some like-minded superhero enthusiasts over a nice plate of hot wings and talking about who would win in a fight between two superheroes. And this is one of my all-time favorite match ups!

In the red corner we have Marvel’s Asgardian God of Thunder, and in the blue corner we have DC’s iconic Man of Steel.  Both of these guys are extremely powerful.  They are two of the most powerful superheroes in their respective universes… so that makes this fight especially juicy!

I’m sure that most of you are pretty familiar with these two characters, but here’s a quick rundown. Thor is the son of Odin and the Asgardian God of Thunder. He has super strength, the ability to fly, and a mystical hammer named Mjolnir that can do a bunch of cool stuff including manipulate the weather. Oh, and Thor also has super-awesome long blonde hair that flows righteously while he’s kicking frost giant butt.

See what I mean about the hair?

Now let’s meet his opponent. Superman is a Kryptonian (alien) who gains amazing super-human abilities from the Earth’s yellow sun. All of his cells are super-charged with solar radiation. This gives him super strength, super speed, the ability to fly, super hearing, and a wide variety of different types of super vision.  I’m probably leaving some stuff out, Supes has a lot of powers…

In terms of weaknesses, Thor’s main downfall is his arrogance.  He’s constantly mucking things up by over-estimating his abilities and charging in to battle head first.  Oh, Thor, when will you ever learn?  You know Odin is going to give you another one of his disappointed looks. (To see a disappointed Odin, click here).

Superman, on the other hand, has more concrete weaknesses.  For example, Kryptonite is a glowing green (and sometimes other colors) rock that Superman is especially vulnerable to.  Kryptonite can take away Superman’s powers and cause him physical harm if it is close enough.  Another lesser-known weakness for Superman is his vulnerability to magic.  That doesn’t mean magic drains his powers like Kryptonite, it just means the Supes doesn’t have any special resilience to magical stuff.  So attacks based in magic can be especially effective against Superman.

While it’s true that Superman has some clear weaknesses, I think most people would agree that he has the upper hand in this fight.  He’s faster than Thor, he’s stronger than Thor, and he’s got more powers than Thor (i.e. heat vision, freeze breath, etc).  This would not be an easy win for the Asgardian.

Still, it would be a close fight that could end up going either way.  Cars would be tossed, buildings would be smashed to rubble, Thor would say “Have at thee!” at least six times… And in the end, one man would stand victorious.

The question is, which man would it be?  I’ve been asking myself that question over and over for years now, and I think I’ve come to a conclusion.  I’m giving my vote to the underdog, Thor.

It’s not the obvious choice and a lot of people will probably disagree with me, but let me explain why I think Thor would win.  These two characters are in the same league when it comes to power. I  agree that Superman is probably more powerful than Thor, but I don’t think that there is a huge discrepancy.

Also, Thor’s power is entirely derived from Asgardian magic.  That plays right into one of Superman’s few vulnerabilities. I’m not saying that Thor’s powers would drain Superman’s abilities in any way, I just think that a blow from a mystical hammer like Mjolnir would pack an extra wallop.

I think Thor would come out on top, but that’s just my opinion.  Let me know who you think would win in the comment section below.  Like I said before, there’s nothing I love more that talking about hypothetical superhero fights with fellow comic book junkies!

A Brief Introduction…

Our story begins on a hot summer afternoon in Greystone City. A black sedan roars down the street, hurtling towards a busy intersection of innocent pedestrians!  Is there no one that can stop this out of control getaway car?

This looks like a job… (cue dramatic superhero music) for an unknown, mediocre blogger!

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And that’s how you make an entrance…  (Wait, you’re still reading? Huh, never thought I’d make it this far.  Keep going!  The next paragraph gets even better).

Okay, so maybe I went a little bit over the top with the intro.  But you have to admit, the wave of superhero stuff that has crashed over our society in the past few decades is pretty cool!  At least I think it’s pretty cool, and I’m guessing you do too if you’re reading this blog.

Let’s take a step back, I want to tell you a little bit about myself.  My name is Jordan. I’m a 21 year old college student and comic book junkie.  I know what you’re thinking.  Yes, I did have Spiderman pajamas equip with built-in armpit webs as a child.

In fact, I had a lot of cool superhero stuff as a child.  Hand-painted murals of comic book characters in my bedroom, an extensive collection of action figures, a motorized Batmobile…  The list is virtually endless.  I was raised on comics.  And that’s probably because my dad is just as big comic book nerd as I am.

You see, he grew up during a time when you could buy a stack of comic books for a dollar.  He’s got a collection of thousands of vintage comic books in his basement.  It’s pretty impressive.

I’m growing up during a time when anyone with a computer and some free time can publish his/her unfiltered brain-leakage on the internet. Unfiltered brain-leakage plus an unnatural superhero fetish equals my new blog, Cure for Kryptonite!

 

*Disclaimer:  I am not a comic book expert.  I have never operated a comic book shop, nor worked on producing any professional comic books.  I’m just an average guy who likes comics. So there’s a high probability that I’m going to get some facts mixed up, or you’ll disagree with some of my opinions.  But, hey, that’s what the first amendment is all about! This must be what Captain America was talking about…