Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins Would Love to Direct A Superman Movie

Wonder Woman is currently knocking out the glass ceiling for female-led blockbuster movies – and definitely changing the perception for what female superhero movies can achieve in the market. Of course, a lot of what makes Wonder Woman connect with viewers is the passion and understanding that director Patty Jenkins (Monster) has for the DC Comics superheroine, who she’s always wanted to see on the big screen.

Now that Jenkins has made Wonder Woman a major box office success, fans are starting to wonder (pun) what’s next on the director’s slate – with the most obvious choice being Wonder Woman 2. However, during a recent QA on Reddit, Jenkins revealed she’d also love to work on another DC Comics superhero movie for the DC Extended Universe.

When asked if there was any DC Superhero movie she’d like to do, Jenkins answered, “It’s no secret that I love Superman but right now I’m just happy doing Wonder Woman.”


Wonder Woman‘s box office success is still very new, and there’s no telling (yet) when DC Films is looking to get a sequel into theaters; however, it’s long been rumored that the next Superman movie (tentatively titled Man of Steel 2) could be coming around 2020. There are still only rumors circling about who might direct the Superman sequel – and at this point, a lot of fans would wholeheartedly embrace the idea of Jenkins taking on the project.

It would be fitting, too, since Jenkins’ work on Wonder Woman has already drawn comparison to Richard Donner’s Superman movie, which inspired multiple generations with dreams of being superheroes. Seeing Jenkins bring “The Donner Effect” back to Superman would thrill all those who didn’t care for Zack Snyder’s more somber and violent take on the character.

Watch the Internet, as “Jenkins for MOS2” campaigns are sure to follow, shortly.

Wonder Woman is in theaters now, followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, The Batman, Dark Universe and Man of Steel 2 are currently without a release dates.


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10 Creators Who Made SUPERMAN Truly Super

In the ’80’s, after years of increasingly convoluted plot lines and character developments involving multiple realities, multiple versions of their characters, and an almost impenetrable swath of titles, DC made the decision to streamline its continuity, effectively rebooting their entire line, and starting over basically from scratch.

This approach allowed them to cherry pick not only the best parts of each character’s history, but big name creators eager to do definitive work on major DC characters. Perhaps the most notable, and successful of these reboots was John Byrne’s Man of Steel, which brought Superman forward into the modern day, redefining not only his origins, but his powers, his history, and his relationships along the way.

Byrne, hot off a critically acclaimed and well loved run on Marvel’s X-Men, was as big a name in comics as existed at the time, and in scoring him for their Superman reboot, DC not only made a huge coup, but a brilliant creative decision as well. Byrne’s take on Superman’s power level, his history, his world, and even his appearance are still some of the most defining characteristics that most people associate with Superman.

Byrne was not the first to redefine Superman’s place in the world, but he was certainly the most successful, with the ramifications of his run still being felt through numerous further reboots and revisions from DC in subsequent years.

From: https://www.newsarama.com/17570-10-creators-who-shaped-superman-s-first-75-years.html

Marvel & DC Movies Unite to Honor ‘Superman’ Director Richard …

It’s the Marvel / DC movie crossover that none of us expected, as Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and DC Films Head Geoff Johns sat down together, in order to pay homage to the Godfather to this entire blockbuster superhero movie genre: Richard Donner.

Donner’s work was honored at The Academy of Arts and Sciences (home of The Oscars), and a laundry list of big celebs all came out to honor the Superman, Lethal Weapon, Goonies, director. His work on Superman, Superman II, and Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut was what brought Feige and Johns out, for a rare sit-down and join photo for these competing superhero movie studios.

Comic book movie fans will geek out over the photo above; do you think Feige and Johns talked about anything exciting like an eventual DC vs Marvel crossover project? (Probably not, but it’s fun to hope!)

DC Films and Marvel are both having good starts to summer, thanks to Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, respectively. Marvel will release Thor: Ragnarok in the fall, and DC Films will put out Justice League a few weeks later. Let us know how you feel about the upcoming films by rating your anticipation, below!

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Marvel & DC Movies Unite to Honor ‘Superman’ Director Richard …

It’s the Marvel / DC movie crossover that none of us expected, as Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and DC Films Head Geoff Johns sat down together, in order to pay homage to the Godfather to this entire blockbuster superhero movie genre: Richard Donner.

Donner’s work was honored at The Academy of Arts and Sciences (home of The Oscars), and a laundry list of big celebs all came out to honor the Superman, Lethal Weapon, Goonies, director. His work on Superman, Superman II, and Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut was what brought Feige and Johns out, for a rare sit-down and join photo for these competing superhero movie studios.

Comic book movie fans will geek out over the photo above; do you think Feige and Johns talked about anything exciting like an eventual DC vs Marvel crossover project? (Probably not, but it’s fun to hope!)

DC Films and Marvel are both having good starts to summer, thanks to Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, respectively. Marvel will release Thor: Ragnarok in the fall, and DC Films will put out Justice League a few weeks later. Let us know how you feel about the upcoming films by rating your anticipation, below!

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From: http://comicbook.com/dc/2017/06/08/marvel-kevin-feige-dc-geoff-johns-richard-donner-tribute/

Injustice 2: The Video Game That Makes Batman and Superman as Ridiculous as They Should Be


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When Did Wonder Woman First Team Up With Batman and Superman?

In “When We First Met”, we spotlight the various characters, phrases, objects or events that eventually became notable parts of comic lore, like the first time someone said, “Avengers Assemble!” or the first appearance of Batman’s giant penny or the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth or the first time Spider-Man’s face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter. Stuff like that.

Today, reader Joe O. had a fascinating question. A few years back, I did a “When We First Met” on the first time that Wonder Woman shared a comic book panel with Superman and Batman.

That was a Justice Society story with a rare appearance of Batman and Superman as part of the team (they almost never were actually allowed to appear as part of the Justice Society back then, as DC’s position was that the most popular heroes shouldn’t be “wasted” on a team book. It was actually a funny thing where character would end up leaving as they grew more popular, like the Flash and Green Lantern also got elevated off of the team when they became popular heroes. Wonder Woman was a notable exception, but she was also the only female member for years, so I suppose that played a role in her not leaving the team – not to mention that she didn’t actually go on missions with the team back then for the most part, as she was the secretary for the team. And yes, that IS messed up)…

However, Joe’s question is when did Wonder Woman first have an actual team-up with Batman? When did she first have an actual team-up with Superman? Not just “they’re all together on a team,” but a standard “two heroes having a team-up” situation like how Batman and Superman had team-ups together for years in World’s Finest Comics.

The answer was surprising in just how long it took for it to happen. Remember, characters really didn’t appear in each other’s books that often back then, especially less popular characters appearing in more popular character’s books (as Superman’s editors would be, like, “We don’t need Green Lantern to sell this comic book”). And when they did appear in the pages of Superman, it was often as “the entire Justice League makes a cameo.”

So it really was not until the team-up books debuted that we had an actual chance of a real team-up between Wonder Woman and the World’s Finest Heroes. Brave and the Bold did not become an exclusive Batman team-up book until 1967 (although it was nearly that way in 1966, during the height of Bat-Mania, but then they went back to other heroes before settling on it being just a Batman team-up book). In one of the earliest issues, Batman does, indeed, team-up with Wonder Woman in 1968’s Brave and the Bold #78…

The story itself is bonkers as all hell, and in fact, I’ve decided to spotlight it for a “Remember to Forget” sometime this week, so be sure to look for that to see just how insane this story is (and not in a good way). However, it is, indeed, a Batman/Wonder Woman team-up.

Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane #93 LOOKS like it was a team-up of Superman and Wonder Woman (during the period where she had lost her powers and stopped wearing her traditional costume)….

But in reality, it was an evil alien villain pretending to be Wonder Woman to get Superman to marry her. The real Wonder Woman spends the issue captured.

When making Brave and the Bold a Batman team-up book went over well, DC briefly decided to turn World’s Finest Comics into a Superman team-up book (it did not last long before it went back to being just Batman/Superman stories). During that period, Superman had a team-up with Wonder Woman (during her powerless period) in World’s Finest Comics #204…

Interestingly enough, Clark Kent and Diana Prince get matched together on a computer dating service (the issue was by Denny O’Neill, Dick Dillin and Joe Giella)…

They then get dragged into the future where the Earth is unlivable and a robot tells them that there is a riot about to happen on a school campus in Superman and Wonder Woman’s time and a young man is going to die. If he dies, the future is doomed. They go back in time and manage to save a young man’s life who fit the description given by the computer, but then ANOTHER young man dies, and the issue ends with them not knowing if they succeeded in their mission!

Holy bleak ending, Batman!

Finally, just for the heck of it, I believe the first issue where the three heroes specifically teamed up together in a sort of “Trinity” situation was not until the classic Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Superman Annual #11 in 1985, “For the Man Who Has Everything”…

Alan Moore sure did have a huge influence on DC Comics during his time there.

Thanks for the suggestion, Joe! If anyone else has an idea for a future edition of When We First Met, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

From: http://www.cbr.com/when-did-wonder-woman-first-team-up-with-batman-and-superman/

How Is DC Doing After ‘Wonder Woman’?

The superhero wars started way back in 2013, with the release of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. That Superman film?—?and the DC Comics Extended Universe it established?—?was built to challenge Marvel, the industry’s dominant purveyor of caped-crusader fare (and by then already seven films into its own connected universe). DC’s franchise has been a booming financial success (the three films released before 2017 all cleared the $500 million mark globally), but have been dogged by poor reviews, and a general distaste for DC’s somber take on the genre. But after two critical flops in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad (neither of which cracked the much-desired billion-dollar worldwide gross mark), DC has a feel-good hit on its hands in Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman. So far, that film has racked up a 93 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a $100 million opening weekend. With its next big release, Justice League, on tap for November, it’s time to appraise where the DC universe stands. Does Wonder Woman mark a corner turned? Or is it just a brief, bright blip on a long, dark horizon?

The Box Office Is Booming?—?on Opening Weekend, at Least

Let’s get this out of the way: DC is still raking in the cash. Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Suicide Squad each made over $116 million in their first weekends at the box office. On average, DC actually outperformed Marvel in opening-weekend intake in 2016, as the roundly panned Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad beat out the lauded combination of Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange. Wonder Woman feels like an even bigger win for DC. With $100.5 million in its first weekend, Wonder Woman hugely outperformed expectations. Just a month ago, the movie was tracking at just $65 million. That figure gradually increased as the release date drew nearer, but considering what this movie was up against?—?solo-superhero debuts often make less, as do movies forced to contend with the sexist whims of a certain section of the viewing audience?—?Wonder Woman was not expected to crack the century mark. Yet it did?—?director Patty Jenkins is now the first female director to break $100 million domestically over an opening weekend and Wonder Woman is one of the most successful solo-superhero debuts ever (behind Deadpool, Man of Steel, and Spider-Man).

The question is: Can Wonder Woman maintain that momentum? With the DC extended universe, Warner Bros. and DC have yet to come close to having an Avengers ($623,357,910, fifth all-time domestically), or even a Civil War ($408,084,349). Wonder Woman is off to a great nine-figure start, and the overwhelmingly positive critical response and A-rating from CinemaScore suggest that its drop-off in the coming weeks will be gradual, not precipitous. (It helps that in June, Wonder Woman’s only real challengers will be a Mummy reboot and a laughably unnecessary FIFTH entry in the Transformers franchise.) It also seems possible that Wonder Woman will change DC’s trajectory and set the table for a huge box-office performance by Justice League. In 2010 and 2011, solid success from Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger built momentum for The Avengers, which then made over $200 million in its first weekend on the way to becoming the MCU’s most commercially successful entry. Thanks to Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot, DC has a similar energy brewing. And when Wonder Woman joins Batman, Aquaman, and the Flash for the first time in November, DC will be primed for its biggest hit yet.

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It Is Possible to Make a DC Movie With Jokes

Wonder Woman is plenty of firsts: the first superhero film with a female lead in more than a decade. The first superhero film directed by a woman. The first film?—?ever?—?with a female director to crack $100 million in its opening weekend (the highest-grossing opening weekend for a female-directed film, at that). It’s also the first genuinely fun and funny DC Comics movie?—?and while that broken barrier isn’t nearly as culturally important as the others, it portends a slightly brighter future for the universe of which it’s a part. For about 120 of its 141 minutes, Wonder Woman is a hoot: a fish-out-of-water comedy layered atop a superhero origin story, with a dash of rom-com tossed in for good measure. Gal Gadot’s Diana is knowingly naive, and Chris Pine flexes physical humor (along with a bunch of abs). The film bops right along until a boring, superhero-standard third act where Diana murders one guy and disintegrates another.

Thus far, DC’s movies have been marked by a self-conscious heaviness at odds with their colorful source material. In many ways, Wonder Woman is the DC film that most resembles a Marvel movie. Zippy, bouncy, a deep belief in the power of love: These are the ingredients Marvel has alchemized into a billion-dollar-bill printing press, and DC seems to have finally realized that its own projects might benefit from a similar tone.

It seems possible that DC will continue to keep things light?—?or at least lighter?—?going forward. Aquaman screenwriter Will Beall is on the record calling this fall’s Justice League “a lot more fun” than DC’s previous offerings. The repartee between Ezra Miller’s Flash and Ben Affleck’s Batman in the trailer certainly reads like Snyder checking off the box marked “Fun Banter”?—?and calls to mind another meeting between a billionaire and a cool teen. This feels significant, not least because the guy who’s received credit for shaping Marvel’s carefully maintained tone is now in the fold. Which leads us to …

DC Hired Marvel’s Biggest Hero

Back in March, news broke that Joss Whedon (director of the first two Avengers movies) had signed on to direct a Batgirl film for DC. At that time, our colleague Alison Herman wrote that, in hiring Whedon, “DC isn’t copying Marvel’s playbook so much as poaching its Super Bowl–winning coach (and lifting its playbook in the process).” That he signed on at all is faintly surprising; Whedon has spoken at length about how difficult he found making the Avengers films to be. But Whedon is also helping out with a non-Batgirl DC project: Justice League. The circumstances that led to Whedon’s involvement in Justice League are deeply sad?—?after director Zack Snyder suffered a family tragedy, Whedon stepped in to finish post-production. In any case: The film was already trending toward the kind of zippy, star-packed fare that Whedon mastered while at Marvel. And Joss Whedon will in all likelihood make a Batgirl movie with his now-familiar wit and talent for superhero ego management.

DC’s Future: More Secondary Characters, Hopefully More Risks

Justice League marks DC’s shift from featuring its biggest characters (Superman, Batman) toward highlighting secondary figures. Let’s start with the movies that have release dates: Aquaman is set for a Christmas 2018 release, and the various constituent parts suggest some fun is in order. James Wan can shepherd a massive blockbuster (he directed Furious 7), and the cast is stacked with heavyweights (Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe), great muscle (Jason Momoa, Dolph Lundgren), and youngish talent (Amber Heard, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II). The Rock will star in Shazam in 2019, unless he’s busy running for president. DC will attempt to market Cyborg, based on a Justice League member whose only recognizable human features are three-quarters of a face, in 2020. And, for some reason, DC will bring back the Green Lantern that year as well. It’s possible to do second-tier superhero movies like these with some amount of flair?—?hiring creative directors goes a long way, as Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy show. But B-team films can also go awry: just ask the folks who made the first two Thor movies. Wonder Woman suggests that DC has found the right side of that equation, handing the reins to Patty Jenkins and her clear-cut vision for a straightforward origin story.

Things look brighter in the realm of “still in development.” Ezra Miller’s Flash is a bright spot in the Justice League trailer; the studio’s pursuit of directors like Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man), and Sam Raimi (the other Spider-Man), suggests that DC views the character as a wise-cracking Spidey analogue?—?and is talking to the right people to make that kind of movie. And while DC found itself in hot water after Ben Affleck announced he wouldn’t direct The Batman, replacement Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Dawn of and War for the Planet of the Apes) is an extremely capable replacement.

Broadly speaking, things look good for DC?—?until, of course, we get a Suicide Squad sequel. These movies already make a ton of money; now we’ll find out if the studio will learn the combined lessons from its early failures and new, wondrous success. If the studio can resist the pull of the dark-n-broody template, build out a capable B-team of secondary characters, and prevent the Rock from running for office, the DC extended universe may well hit its stride. That’s a lot to ask, and will require a Superman-sized effort to pull off. If only DC knew somebody with heat vision and the power of flight …

From: https://theringer.com/dc-comics-extended-universe-wonder-woman-justice-league-d8a124ad3e6

At Frederick Comic Con, a search for ‘the quintessential hero’

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The 15 CREEPIEST Out of Context Comic Book Panels

One of the amusing things about how long comic books have been popular in the United States is that we can look back on the comics of the past and be amused (or sometimes shocked) by some of the language and customs that were common in comics of the 1940s and 1950s (and no, we don’t mean the rampant racism). Words change meaning over the years, so something that meant one thing in 1950 might mean a whole other thing in 2017, so Robin complaining about Batman only pretending to be gay had a whole other meaning back in the day.

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Even if we eliminated instances involving terms that have changed meaning over the years, there are dozens and dozens of examples of panels that are creepy looking at them out of context decades later. Here, we will feature 15 particularly weird examples of out of context comic book panels that creep us out today (ranked in order of how much the context excuses the creepiness of the panel).


Sexism, in general, was rampant in the early days of comics, and sadly, most of those instances were just what they appeared to be, so we won’t spotlight them on this list (like Reed Richards telling Sue that wives are meant to be kissed, not heard). In the case of Daredevil’s appalling behavior towards Black Widow in Daredevil #120 (by Tony Isabella, Bob Brown and Vince Colletta), though, the context matters to a certain extent.

Isabella, you see, wanted to break up Daredevil and Black Widow when he took the title over, so he decided to make some of the sexist subtext just plain text. The point is that Daredevil is supposed to look like a jerk, as this would lead to Black Widow eventually breaking up with him.


When it comes to Hal Jordan and Arisia, context certainly matters, but not as much as you might think at first. Arisia was introduced as the plucky young addition to the Green Lantern Corps. She was the “little sister” of the other Lanterns and she had a schoolgirl crush on Hal Jordan. When Steve Englehart took over the title, though, he worked under the theory that since Arisia was an alien, it doesn’t matter what she looked like, she was an adult.

So, all she needed to do was change her form and she could be with Hal. And so her ring made her appear to be older and Hal agreed to date her. Their friends, though, still thought of Arisia as a teenager, so they objected at first, and Hal notably felt weird about it in the early days of their relationship.


In Action Comics #152 (by the art team of Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye), Superman and Lois Lane are trapped and seemingly put into suspended animation for a thousand years! They wake up on the Earth of the future and discover that Lois Lane is a rarity in the future, as everyone is blonde! The women of the future are angry that their men all want Lois Lane. Superman “solves” the problem by dying all of their hair and doing their make-up so that they are all doubles of Lois!

Superman then figured out that they weren’t actually in the future but instead have only slept an hour or so on their trip to Venus! Superman flies them home. The context explains the oddity of thousands of people on Venus looking like Lois, but it doesn’t make Superman less of a dick.


When people look the early days of Wonder Woman by William Marston and H.G. Peter as a sort of feminist ideal, they have to overlook a few of Marston’s more extreme views. Marston, you see, believed that women were superior to men and as a result, things would be better if women just took over and forced people to obey them (hence Wonder Woman having a magic lasso that, you guessed it, forced people to obey her!).

Taken to its logical extreme, like in this early Wonder Woman story, slavery was not a bad thing so long as the mistress was a good one. That’s the sort of thing people sort of try to sweep under the rug when considering Marston and Peter’s early work.


While out of context, the above panel certainly suggests a scandalous encounter between Lois Lane and a Superman robot, the truth behind the panel is… well, basically just as creepy. In Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane #14 (by Otto Binder and Kurt Schaffenberger), Lois manages to trick her way into Superman being forced to allow her to stay in the Fortress of Solitude for three days and nights. Her plan is to prove to Superman that she could live there if they got married without incident.

Superman, though, just spends the whole three nights messing with her so that she will give up her plot, including forcing a Superman robot to spank her “accidentally.” Naturally, Lois’ plan did not work out for her in the end… so to speak.


One of the most infamous panels in comic book history is also one of the most out of context panels in comic book history. During a storyline involving the Psycho-Man (and his disciple, a new Hate-Monger), Sue Richards is slowly transformed into a creature filled with hate. She even began to dress in a spiked costume and called herself Malice.

When Reed realized that Sue’s hate was being fueled by her love for her family (the Psycho-Man literally switched the emotions), he realized that the only way to help her was to make her actually hate him, as that would eliminate the fuel for the Hate-Monger’s powers. That he felt he had to slap her to get her to hate him is still a fairly dickish thing to do, but it’s not nearly as bad as it looks out of context.


Amazingly enough, the first nine issues of Batman’s ongoing series were written and drawn by a single creative team (Bill Finger writing, Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson on pencils and inks and George Roussos on backgrounds). When you consider that every issue had four stories in them and that the same creative team was also doing the Batman feature in Detective Comics, that’s very impressive!

The first story that broke that pattern came in Batman #10, when Joseph Greene wrote an interesting story where Batman gets Robin his own Batplane for his birthday. That it was his birthday is why Bruce is spanking Dick even though Dick has done nothing wrong. They’re just birthday spankings, which was an actual tradition at the time (and probably still is somewhere in the country).


Even in context of crazy Superman/Lois Lane stories, the story of “The Romance of Superbaby and Baby Lois!” from Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane #42 stands out as especially crazy. The idea is that Lois Lane accidentally ends up with a photograph of Superman changing from his secret identity. While in a rush to get the film developed, she gets into a car accident and hits her head. The knock changed her personality to evil and she blackmails Superman into marrying her.

He tries to avoid it by tricking her into spraying herself with a de-aging spray. She won’t budge, even though it now looks like Superman is trying to marry a teenager, Jerry Lee Lewis style. She then sprays him with the de-aging spray and it gets to the point that they’re trying to get married as babies. Luckily, they get so young that they can’t exchange vows.


While the panel of Reed slapping Sue is taken out of context, it still is a case of Reed slapping Sue, and you’re certainly allowed to take that into consideration when judging Reed’s personality. However, when people pair it with a panel showing Reed slapping his young son, Franklin Richards, that’s going too far, as the context of the panel changes everything.

The panel comes from a What If…? coming were Reed and Sue’s second child lives and turns evil (killing Sue at childbirth). Franklin is the only person who knows that the baby is evil. Reed is driven mad by his daughter and takes it out on Franklin. Franklin eventually succeeds in stopping his sister, but not before she kills Reed. You can’t give Reed guff over alternate reality versions of himself!


In “The Joker’s Movie Crimes” from Batman #80 (by Bill Finger, Dick Sprang and Charles Paris), the Joker decides to branch out. Now he will not only commit crimes, but he will film the crimes and sell them to other criminals as a “How to” manual. His production company is raking in the dough but then he sees a film about Batman and Robin where the Joker looks like a fool.

Enraged, he decides to make a new movie about how to handle Batman and Robin! He repeatedly traps the Dynamic Duo and puts them through embarrassing scenarios, like having a goat kiss Batman on the mouth. In the end, it turned out that Batman was playing along until the film was finishes so that he could collect Joker’s full list of clients to arrest them, too! You’re not fooling us, Batman, you just wanted to try goat-kissing!


In the opening arc of the 2010 Wolverine ongoing series, a plot by a consortium of his rivals resulted in Wolverine being trapped in hell while a demon took control of Wolverine’s actual body. The X-Men had to be brought in to take the demon-possessed Wolverine down. When they realized what the situation was, however, a group of X-Men decided to save Wolverine by entering his brain and putting Wolverine’s consciousness back into control.

Of course, when you’re rooting through someone’s brains, you might actually walk into a room that is their inner-most sexual fantasies and see that Wolverine fantasizes about a teenage Squirrel Girl along with Emma Frost, Mystique, Spiral and Jessica Jones (back in her superhero days). At least Kitty Pryde and Jubilee weren’t in that room!


People sometimes forget that before the iconic “Born Again” storyline in the pages of Daredevil, David Mazzucchelli had been working on that title for a couple of years already. In Daredevil #209, Mazzucchelli (and inker Danny Bulanadi) drew a story written by noted science fiction writer Arthur Byron Cover, based on an idea by Harlan Ellison.

In the previous issue, the mother of the Death-Stalker, one of Daredevil’s enemies who died fighting Daredevil, forced Daredevil into a death trap. Daredevil escaped, but the bomb-filled robots dressed as little girls that she programmed to follow Daredevil remained active, so Daredevil had to surreptitiously eliminate these robots, even if it looked like he was murdering little girls. All while defending one of his childhood bullies in court!


One of the final stories that Stan Lee told as the regular writer on Amazing Spider-Man set up a plotline that incoming writer Gerry Conway had to ultimately figure out. You see, Lee decided to put an end to Aunt May’s constant babying of Peter Parker by having Peter’s girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, totally lay into Aunt May over her overbearing behavior. An admonished Aunt May then promptly disappeared for many issues before Peter finally found her working as a maid for Doctor Octopus (that would have been the first place we looked).

Before Gwen sent May running, though, she was over at Peter’s apartment (that he shared with Harry Osborn) being awfully nosy, she almost discovered his web-shooter formula after it spilled in his room while he was away! Who in the world would want to pick up sticky clear stuff that they found in a college student’s floor?!


In “The Duplicate Batman” from Batman #83 (by John Broome, Sheldon Moldoff and Bill Elder), Batman crashes the Bat-plane in a remote area where he is then trapped. Some crooks find out about it and hire someone to pretend to be Batman so that they can take advantage of the real Batman’s absence. The crook hit his head, though, and thought that he was Batman! Robin was fooled by the fake Batman and tells him stuff as if he is the real Batman. The leather thong, by the way, was used to stop an evil circus clown. Batman and Robin’s hands were bound, so Batman had to use his teeth to grip on to a leather thong along a rope and slide down to knock out the evil clown.


For a while there, World’s Finest Comics stopped being a Batman/Superman series, but as Brave and the Bold was solidified as a Batman team-up book, World’s Finest was going to be used as a Superman team-up book. It did not last very long before it went back to being only Batman/Superman team-ups again, but one of the stories that came out during that time was a Superman/Green Lantern team-up in World’s Finest Comics #201 (by Denny O’Neill, Dick Dillin and Joe Giella).

Superman and Green Lantern are tricked by Felix Faust into competing against each other. They were then each confronted by their greatest fears via Faust’s magic. Superman faces a monstrous version of his birth father, who tells Superman how disappointed he is in him. The guilt almost eats away at Superman but he manages to get himself together and stand up to his “father.”

We know that there are a lot more examples of this sort of thing out there, so feel free to share some with us in the comments section!

From: http://www.cbr.com/the-15-creepiest-out-of-context-comic-book-panels/

Wonder Woman: Complete DC Comics Easter Eggs and Reference Guide

This article consists of nothing but Wonder Woman spoilers. We have a spoiler-free review here if you prefer.

The Wonder Woman movie is here, and it expands the DCEU in new and exciting ways. It also draws on all elements of the over 75 year history of Wonder Woman to tell a fresh, exciting origin story. And oh yeah, it’s packed with DC Comics references.

So, here’s how this works…other than the intro (which I decided to do on its own), this isn’t chronological, I’m just making connections where I can. Now, it’s entirely likely there are things I missed, and that’s where you come in! If you spotted any cool DC Comics references or DCEU Easter eggs that aren’t in this article, drop ’em in the comments or give me a holler on Twitter. Together, we can make this the most comprehensive list of Wonder Woman coolness around!

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The opening of this movie, with a shot of planet Earth and Diana talking about how much she loves our world, is reminiscent of the opening pages of DC Universe: Rebirth. That story featured a different character’s monologue but it still contained a similar message. Whether this is coincidental or not (it probably is), Wonder Woman as a movie serves the same purpose as DC Universe: Rebirth did – it restores a sense of hope, optimism, and heroism to the DCEU.

She also mentions a “Great Darkness” that’s surrounding the world. Again, this reminds me of Rebirth, but it also calls to mind the villains of the upcoming Justice League movie. The Justice League will fight Steppenwolf in that film, but he’s the advance agent of Darkseid, the cosmic despot of the planet Apokolips. When Darkseid had been absent from the universe for hundreds of years and reappeared in the distant future in the pages of Legion of Super-Heroes, the story was called… ”The Great Darkness Saga.” While that story has nothing to do with Wonder Woman, it’s awesome and you should read it.

You may notice that the license plate on the Wayne Enterprises armored car starts with the letters JL. (It’s JL-828-VZM to be exact). That’s JL, as in “Justice League” and it’s amusing since Bruce is basically using Wayne vehicles to carry out unofficial Justice League business by delivering this photo (first seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) to Diana.

Wonder Woman Movie Setting

I love the fact that they set this movie against the backdrop of World War I. For one thing, it helps give the DCEU some real flavor and takes us further back than we’ve seen screen superhero narratives ever attempt (the natural fit is usually World War II, which we saw in Captain America: The First Avenger and the first season of the 1970s Wonder Woman TV series).

Characters like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman all came of age during World War II, but setting this movie there would have drawn comparisons to Captain America: The First Avenger. World War I was, meanwhile, especially senseless with no clear “villain” and its legacy would, well, inspire a follow-up. The exceptional brutality of World War I is the perfect counterpoint to Diana’s relative innocence.

By the way, if you want an incredible history of World War I, I can’t recommend Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History series on it, Blueprint For Armageddon, highly enough.

Wonder Woman Movie Heroes

Wonder Woman has been around almost as long as Batman and Superman, first appearing in All-Star Comics #8 in 1940 where she was created by Dr. William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter. How powerful was Wonder Woman? By the 1950s, when superhero comics were in steep decline, only three DC superheroes maintained continuous publication, and one of ‘em was Diana. You can guess who the other two were.

That same story introduced Steve Trevor. Etta Candy didn’t come along until about two years later in Sensation Comics #2. Incidentally, the civilian version of Etta that we meet here is more in line with those early comics. In more recent DC history, Etta is a military woman and quite the badass.

There had been some speculation that Steve’s ragtag band of good guys would end up being the World War I equivalent of the Blackhawks, but there was nothing in the movie to indicate that. For one thing, nobody flies a plane. As far as I can tell, these were all characters invented for the movie.

But let’s talk about that origin story for a minute…


OK, Wonder Woman’s origin story is a tricky thing, because there have been a few different versions, but they all follow the broad strokes we see here in this movie. In the original comics, Diana was indeed sculpted from clay and given life by the gods. Here, it’s just a story Hippolyta tells Diana to mask the fact that she’s actually a demi-god, and the daughter of Zeus.

That Zeus wrinkle is a fairly recent addition to the lore, coming into play when DC relaunched their entire publishing line with The New 52 initiative in 2011, which reset significant elements of continuity. A lot of people don’t love this change, but I’ve always been kinda down with it. But historically, all of Diana’s gifts came from an assortment of goddesses that gave her clay form life and power.

Overall, the way they streamline lots of different elements of the comic book history in this movie is really great and reminds me of the best big screen superhero origins like Superman: The Movie, Batman Begins, or even Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man.

– The expositional animation that explains why there aren’t any gods hanging around the DCEU these days is really clever and feels like a callback to the equally visually impressive animation that told Krypton’s history in Man of Steel.

– The “there are no children on Paradise Island” thing is basically as old as Wonder Woman herself, but I just want to mention that later in the movie when Diana sees a baby in London? I react the same way, except with doggies. I’m going to get my typing fingers bitten off petting strange dogs one day.

– The idea of Antiope as Hippolyta’s sister came from the character’s second DC Comics incarnation, which happens to be from the comics that inspired this movie the most: George Perez’s time as writer/artist in the ‘80s. For real, if you seek out one volume of Wonder Woman comics because of this movie, make it this one.

As for Antiope’s on-screen death, the only time I know of her dying in the comics was in the pages of Crisis on Infinite Earths, which had nothing to do with Germans or the pursuit of Steve Trevor.

– While we’re on the subject of Amazons…I didn’t realize that Ann Wolfe was credited as Artemis. Not be confused with the Greek goddess, the Amazon version of Artemis. At one point in the comics, she briefly replaced Diana as Wonder Woman.

– When Diana is on her quest to sneak the God Killer sword out, and she starts climbing up the tower wall, I was reminded of John Badham’s underrated Dracula movie from 1979, which featured a spooky as hell scene of Frank Langella as the Count scurrying along a wall at night. A more likely influence however is old adventure epics like The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) where Errol Flynn does much the same thing to steal a kiss with Maid Marian.

Speaking of that God Killer sword, that is indeed something from DC Comics, but it isn’t a weapon of Wonder Woman. Instead, that boon was granted to Slade “Deathstroke” Wilson by Hephaestus because he wanted Slade to kill the titan, Lapetus. In the comics, the Godkiller looks a lot more like the swords that Ares is wielding during the final battle.

Wonder Woman Movie Villains

Ares has been a factor in Wonder Woman’s life since some of her earliest appearances, notably Wonder Woman #1 in 1942. But the version we see in this movie, like so much else in the film, owes the most to Diana’s 1987 reinvention at the hands of the brilliant George Perez.

In that initial story arc (available here), which is set in modern times, we do see Ares possessing military figures and forcing them to do his bidding, although there, he was also aided by his nephews, Phobos and Deimos. Maybe they’ll be the villains of Wonder Woman 2

Dr. Poison/Dr. Maru is one of Wonder Woman’s earliest comic book foes, first appearing in 1942’s Sensation Comics #2. Like Diana, Steve, and Etta, she was created by William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter. She worked for the Nazis in those days, and her poisons were less explicitly the kind of horrific chemical warfare deployed during World War I, but I have to say, she’s a perfect fit for this movie.

I don’t recognize the symbol on her notebook as anything particularly relevant to the DCU or Wonder Woman history, but if I’m wrong, please correct me in the comments!

Miscellanous Cool DC Stuff

– Wonder Woman’s secret identity of “Diana Prince” has fallen by the wayside over the decade or so as DC instead focuses on the mythic elements of the character rather than disposable superhero tropes like a secret identity. Fun to hear it mentioned here, and the bit where she gets glasses (and Etta Candy’s remark about it) is both a nod to Superman and the fact that Diana Prince often wore specs, particularly when Lynda Carter played her on the legendary TV series from the 1970s.

– The imagery of Wonder Woman with sword and shield, especially the shield, I really associate with the George Perez comics (although it has been heavily utilized since then by many creators). That, in my mind, was the evolution of Diana from traditional superhero to more aggressive mythical heroine, and the sword and shield are two key components of that. It might have been Phil Jimenez who brought the sword to the forefront, and he’s another brilliant Wonder Woman artist.

– There are strong Superman: The Movie vibes throughout this film, notably in how it takes its time establishing the main character’s origins, but also in the snappy dialogue, and the comedic elements when our “alien” character first makes it to the big city. There are two fun Superman: The Movie inspired moments when they get to London. I feel like Diana’s brief struggle with a revolving door is one.

But the other is more overt…

But nowhere is that more apparent than in the alleyway where Diana and Steve are accosted by German spies. This is a lovely homage to Christopher Reeve’s Clark Kent catching a mugger’s bullet meant for Margot Kidder. But the way this bit kicks off, with Diana and Steve ducking into the alley right down to a gun appearing in frame from behind a wall, is a perfect nod to Superman: The Movie.

– Diana trying ice cream for the first time and telling the vendor he should be proud of his creation is almost right out of Justice League (2011) #1 by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee.

Steve brings everyone Edgar Rice Burroughs novels. Burroughs is famously the writer behind Tarzan and John Carter of Mars, two characters who have kind of fallen out of the spotlight. But at the time, this was cutting edge stuff, making Burroughs somewhat like the DC and Marvel of his day. Both Tarzan and Jon Carter have light parallels with Diana’s story as well since they both ended up being a “stranger in a strange land” (that’s a book that Burroughs didn’t write, but you knew that already).

– That shot of Diana hoisting a tank over her head reminds me a lot of Superman in The Dark Knight Returns. I’m sure there’s probably a Diana-specific image that’s appropriate, especially considering how active superheroes were advancing the war effort during World War II, I’m sure there are examples I’m missing, I just can’t think of any offhand right now. Please feel free to correct me in the comments.

– The moment when Diana wants to help the refugees, the wounded soldiers, and even the animals, struck me. When she says “I can help” it reminded me that for a while in the comics, she could indeed kind of “talk” to animals. Likely, one of the gifts from her namesake.

So what did you spot, DCEU fans? Let me know what I missed, and if it checks out, I’ll update this article. Shout ’em out in the comments or hit me up on Twitter!

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From: http://www.denofgeek.com/us/movies/wonder-woman/265390/wonder-woman-complete-dc-comics-easter-eggs-and-reference-guide

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