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Justice League Review: It Was Fine, I Guess? Not Good, But Not Awful

November 17, 2017

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Justice League isn’t a terrible movie, and that in itself is a major achievement. Director Zack Snyder’s past two superhero outings were dour, unwieldy affairs that fundamentally misunderstood almost every character who appeared in them. Justice League is a much more conventional movie, leaner and even fun at times. It’s not great by any means. I wouldn’t even say it was good. But I didn’t leave the theater angry, so that’s a plus.

Everyone seems to have learned a few lessons from Wonder Woman, which is the far superior film by leaps and bounds. Justice League is lighter and funnier than its predecessors, though since those films weren’t light or funny in the slightest it really wouldn’t have taken much. But Snyder and his uncredited co-director Joss Whedon appear to be actively trying to set a new tone. There are jokes this time, and considerably less brooding and angst. The team bickers which each other instead of trying to kill each other. People smile sometimes. The success of this new approach is hit and miss, with a lot of corny dialogue and quips, but it’s a far better direction to move the franchise toward than the dark, miserable drama of the past.

In terms of plot, Justice League is a little bit thin. Steppenwolf and his evil plan to terraform the Earth and turn it into a hellscape is pretty standard stuff, and neither he nor his nondescript legion of Parademon minions bring much personality to the movie. Luckily, the good guys are far more endearing and enjoyable to watch. Jason Momoa’s gruff Aquaman is a good time, Ezra Miller’s socially awkward Flash is amusing, and the complicated interpersonal dynamics of bringing a group of very different heroes together for a common cause made for some decent scenes. Everyone is new at this team thing, and several members were new to their powers, so watching them all find their way together makes for an interesting angle. That’s really what the movie is about more so than the possible destruction of the world or how to bring back Superman (SPOILER ALERT: They bring back Superman! I know, I was shocked too).

Between assembling the League and Steppenwolf’s nefarious activities, we get a tour of the franchise as a whole and a peek at where things are going. We stop by Themyscira again, and I missed Patty Jenkins so much. The scenes there highlight that this was a film written, directed, and generally designed by men, as do many of Wonder Woman’s scenes. Nonetheless, the scene is a good reminder of the larger superhero world at play here. As is the visit to Atlantis, peeks into the backstories of the Flash and Cyborg (who was particularly cool; I’m excited to see more of Ray Fisher’s take on him moving forward), and a fun cameo that I won’t spoil. All of this will be fleshed out in solo films to come, and this is a franchise that could grow in interesting ways.

Watching the film, I realized that my main issue above all else was characterization. Having grown up on DC comic books and researched them extensively in my professional life, I feel like I know these characters very well. And as much as Momoa was fun, that wasn’t Aquaman. Ditto for Miller and the Flash. Affleck’s Batman and Cavill’s Superman have been off for multiple films now. No one feels right to me in the way that Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman does. She captures the spirit and legacy of Diana so well, in ways that the boys just don’t with their characters. It felt like I was watching Wonder Woman plus a bunch of alternate universe impostors.

In short, while they’ve made an okay movie with the characterizations they’ve decided to go with, it just doesn’t feel like the real Justice League to me. That’s 100% my personal taste, of course. But by not being true to the characters, I found this turn toward the light to be a little bit underwhelming. Composer Danny Elfman even integrated iconic bits of his own 1989 Batman score and John Williams’ Superman theme, which was super clever and cool, and it still didn’t move me because these versions of the characters don’t fit the iconic mold for me. For example, there’s a mid-credits scene with Superman and the Flash that is classic comic book fare and I should have loved it, but because the personalities are so different from my experience of the characters it fell flat. While I appreciated what they were trying to do, it just didn’t land for me in any emotionally resonant way. Meanwhile, I wanted to cheer every time Wonder Woman did anything rad because Gadot’s take on her connects with me so well. With everyone else, I felt a disconnect.

Speaking of Wonder Woman, I enjoyed her role in Justice League for the most part. The franchise painted itself into a corner by having her stay out of the public eye for a century in Batman v Superman, so trying to reconcile that with the engaged, inspirational character we saw in Wonder Woman was a bit awkward but narratively necessary. Her action scenes were excellent, especially her solo outing busting up an attempted bombing; there’s so much bullet deflecting, and it’s glorious. What I enjoyed the most, though, is that she’s the heart and soul of the team. No one particularly likes or trusts each other as the League comes together, but they all respect and admire Wonder Woman. There’s a scene where she and Batman are arguing in front of everyone and she gives him a forceful shove, and the Flash says something along the lines of “If she’d killed you, we would have covered for her.” As much as Batman is the one who works to assemble the team and Superman is set up as some sort of great, inspiring unifier, it’s Wonder Woman who brings them all together.

Another of my favourite ladies, Lois Lane, is in the mix as well, and although she isn’t given much to do, she does have a couple of amazing scenes. When SPOILER ALERT Superman comes back (I still can’t believe it! They pulled the wool over our eyes on that one!), Lois plays a pivotal role in what was the only really emotionally impactful moment in the entire film. Her connection with Superman is shown beautifully, and Adams and Cavill have great chemistry together that really makes for a powerful reunion. I wish that Lois could have had a bigger role, perhaps tracking down a big story or some such, but Adams make the most of the limited screen time she’s given.

Overall, Justice League isn’t awful and I’m glad about that. It’s not good either, and this cinematic universe really isn’t for me apart from Wonder Woman, but there was nothing egregious or terrible about it. I mean, the Amazons should have beaten the hell out of Steppenwolf; they screwed up there. But other than that, it is a run of the mill superhero film that isn’t entirely unpleasant to watch. It’s easily the second best movie from DC’s current superhero line. It’s just far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far behind the first best.

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Wonder Woman Annual #1 Review: A Delightful Assortment of Tales!

May 31, 2017

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Annuals are tricky comic books. They cost more than a regular issue, so readers expect some extra bang for their buck. They also tend to be disconnected from the ongoing arc(s) in the main series, so it’s easy for readers to question their relevance. An annual is an expensive collection of standalone stories, most of which aren’t by the usual creative team, and it’s never a surprise when they invariably sell fewer copies than the series’ regular issues do. I know I’ve skipped all sorts of annuals over the years. But this one I was excited for. It’s a “Year One” reunion  with Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott back together, and that alone is worth the price of admission. So much so that I’d completely forgotten who else was in the book, to be quite honest. Those stories turned out to be fun as well, though! I mean, there’s one where Wonder Woman plays fetch with a kaiju. That’s quality entertainment. We’ll get to it all, but first:

SPOILER ALERT!!

I am about to reveal important details from this very enjoyable comic book!

Do yourself a favour and go buy it now!

The first story is “And Then There Were Three” by Rucka and Scott. It was nice to have them back together after their stellar “Year One” run, and it was also great to have Rucka writing Batman and Superman again. He’s done fantastic work with both characters in the past, and in his hands they just felt right. DC’s trinity has been a little off kilter for me since the New 52 relaunch in 2011, and Rucka writing all three of them took me back to the characters as I know them best.

While the story tied into “Year One,” it didn’t have anything in the way of surprising revelations or information that added a key piece to the larger mysteries that have swirled throughout the “Rebirth” run. It was tangential, the story of Wonder Woman’s first meeting with Batman and Superman, but wow is it good. There are no big fights or drama, just great banter and a perfect distillation of their group dynamic. Superman teasing Batman is a dang delight, Alfred and Lois Laneare in the mix and amusingly so, and the end of the story, with Batman in awe of the pure heroism and love for the world at the core of Wonder Woman, is a great moment.

Plus it’s absolutely gorgeous. I wish Nicola Scott could draw Wonder Woman forever, and that Romulo Fajardo Jr. would be her eternal colorist. Scott has such a good handle on Wonder Woman, and captures her beautifully. She’s no slouch with Batman or Superman either! The entire story is exquisitely drawn from start to finish, from Metropolis to the Batcave to the Nevada desert, and makes for a wonderful opener to the annual.

Up next is “In Defense of Truth and Justice” by Vita Ayala and Claire Roe with colors by Jordie Bellaire. Ayala is an up an coming write at DC, and Roe is fresh off a run on Batgirl and the Birds of Prey. Their story pits Wonder Woman against the forces of Markovia as she works to save King Shark from an undeserved execution. I always love when Wonder Woman defends a villain who, though guilty of various crimes, is being treated an unfairly and needs help. These tales capture the compassionate core of the character, and Ayala and Roe do that well here, with some excellent action in the mix too. It’s a well executed story all around, with a great ending in which Wonder Woman tries to set King Shark on the right path moving forward with the help of one of her aquatic friends.

“The Curse and the Honor” by Michael Moreci and Stephanie Hans is just so pretty. The story itself is fine; the location is unnamed, but it looks like Wonder Woman is in a Japanese village, where she gives a warrior who has absorbed vengeful spirits the honourable death he deserves. But the art is stunning. Stephanie Hans always delivers amazing visuals, and this story is no exception. It’s a heavy tale, set in the winter so that Wonder Woman and her red cape appear in stark contrast to her surroundings. The art is lush and pretty, not so much finely detailed as atmospheric and moody. It is lovely all around; bringing in Stephanie Hans on this one was a very smart move from DC.

Continuing the Japanese influence, the final story is “The Last Kaiju,” written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing with art by David Lafuente and colors from John Rauch. As a giant kaiju approached a city on the Pacific coast, A.R.G.U.S. wants to light it up but Wonder Woman swoops in to deal with it directly. After a bit of fisticuffs, she ties it up in her golden lasso and learns that it’s not some mindless monster but a lost and lonely creature. Wonder Woman then defends the creature, flies it to Dinosaur Island where it can make friends, and they all play catch with a giant log. It’s cute and fun and again captured Wonder Woman’s compassionate core. Just like with King Shark, Wonder Woman willingly put herself in harm’s way to defend someone that no one else thought was worthy of defending. That’s always a great message for a Wonder Woman comic, and it’s nicely executed here.

All together, this was a pretty swell annual and definitely worth picking up. I came for Rucka and Scott’s take on DC’s trinity, but everything else was enjoyable as well. Plus it was great to see a wide variety of art styles and tones in the stories. It was an eclectic mix that all worked together to celebrate Wonder Woman’s heart and heroism. With the Wonder Woman movie coming just days from now, this is a fitting book to have on the shelves for new or returning fans.

Remembering Noel Neill, The First Live Action Lois Lane

July 5, 2016

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Noel Neill passed away last Sunday at the age of 95, having lived a long and fascinating life. She wore a number of hats during her time in show business; she was a model, a singer, and an actress in both film and television, but she was best known as Lois Lane. Neill was the first live action Lois, playing the character alongside Kirk Alyn’s Man of Steel in the 1948 serial film Superman and reprising the role in its 1950 sequel, Atom Man vs. Superman. After Phyllis Coates left the Adventures of Superman television series after one season in 1952, the producers immediately reached out to the original Lois, and Neill played Lois next to George Reeves’ Superman for the next five seasons of the program until it ended in 1958.

Neill was Lois Lane during the bulk of the run of the Adventures of Superman, making her the person that an entire generation of fans associated with the character. The show was a hit in its initial run, and remained popular in syndication for a long time as well. Until Margot Kidder took over the role in Superman: The Movie in 1978, Noel Neill WAS Lois Lane.

Neill’s Lois was pleasant and kind-hearted, a stark contrast to the no nonsense brashness that Coates and later Kidder imbued in the character. Neill brought a warmth and friendliness to the role, which fit the part; the program was aimed primarily at children from its second season on, and Neill’s Lois was a good match for its fun, sometimes silly tone. She often found herself in goofy adventures alongside Jimmy Olsen, caught up in a zany plan that required Superman to come save them.

But Neill’s Lois wasn’t all damsel in distress hijinks; in one notable episode, she wrote an editorial that encouraged women to come out and vote in order to get rid of a corrupt politician, leveraging her position at the Daily Planet to try to make a difference. Moreover, she was a constant presence at the newspaper, always chasing down leads and trying to land front page scoops. She was a respected career woman at a time when most of the women on television were homemakers, serving as a role model for young girls in the 1950s and offering them an alternative future to aspire to.

After the Adventures of Superman ended, Neill remained closely associated with Lois Lane and the Superman franchise. She cameoed as Lois’ mother in an early scene in Superman: The Movie, appeared in the Superboy TV show in 1991, and had a small role in Superman Returns in 2006. Neill was also a regular presence at comic book conventions over the decades, representing the show alongside Jack Larson long after most of the original cast had passed. By all accounts, she was delightful, kind, and encouraging to everyone she encountered at conventions, and was a wonderful ambassador for Lois Lane.

I was so sad to hear about her passing yesterday, but wow, what a life. She got to be Lois Lane, TWICE, and seemed to love every minute of it. As a young girl growing up in Minnesota, her father ran a newspaper and she dreamed of being a reporter; she even wrote some articles for Women’s Wear Daily before turning to show business. Then as Lois, she got to live her dream on the big screen and the small screen, and wholeheartedly embraced her association with the character from then on. She will be remembered and missed by legions of fans, young and old.

Finally, here’s a bio of Noel Neill that first appeared in Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane #7 in February 1959. When Lois’ new series began, many of the letters from young fans asked about Neill and wanted to know more about her, so DC put together this piece for them. Fans continued to ask about her even after the article ran, so DC reprinted it a few more times throughout the 1960s:

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It Looks Like Lois Lane Will be the New Superwoman in Upcoming Series by Jimenez and Lupacchino

April 12, 2016

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First, Newsarama noticed that a picture file of the cover of DC’s recently announced Superwoman title, which is part of their upcoming “Rebirth” line, was titled “Lois Spread_Colors_Final.” That was a bit of a hint. And now that DC is releasing previews of their upcoming line, Bleeding Cool‘s got the inside scoop: Lois Lane is Superwoman. Here’s the official description of the new series:

Imbued with the powers of Superman, Lois Lane pledges to use her powers to protect Metropolis as the new Superwoman. The only problem is, Lois’ new powers are killing her, and neither she nor her friend and confidant Lana Lang know what to do about it. Will Lois even survive long enough to find out the deadly secret of ULTRA-WOMAN?

Superwoman debuts this August, and is written and drawn by Phil Jimenez, along with Emanuela Lupacchino, and it sounds like it could be an interesting series. Look away if you don’t want to see any potential spoilers, but it sounds like the New 52 Superman is going to die and have several different replacements. The pre-New 52 Superman who currently stars in Superman: Lois and Clark will take over as THE Superman, but there will also be Gene Luen Yang’s new Chinese Super-Man, Lex Luthor’s wearing a suit with a Superman logo on it, and Lois will take to the skies as Superwoman. It’s all very reminiscent of the original death of Superman in the 1990s, when he was replaced by Cyborg Superman, the Eradicator, Steel, and Superboy.

There are currently two Lois Lanes in the DC universe, the New 52 Lois and the pre-New 52 Lois, and the description doesn’t specify which Lois will be Superwoman. I’m guessing it’s the New 52 Lois, though, seeing as she’s got the closest connection to the Superman who seems to be not long for the world. I’m not sure if she’ll continue with her journalistic alter ego or if she’ll just be Superwoman and the pre-New 52 Lois will take over at the Daily Planet; the details are a little sparse right now.

I do like that there are two Loises, though. Having Lois be Superwoman and ditch journalism just wouldn’t feel right, but with a second Lois around to continue on the newspaper front, DC can have their cake and eat it too. We’ll have the classic Lois, chasing down scoops, along with a new take on the character in her Superwoman guise.

Lois has gotten superpowers occasionally in the past, but only momentarily. In one Silver Age story, both Lois and Lana Lang got powers and immediately used their new abilities to fight over who would be the better wife for Superman. It sounds like today’s Lois is going to use her powers for more altruistic means, and I’m very excited to hear that she’s teaming up with Lana! They were rivals for decades in the Silver and Bronze Ages, and then were never close in the post-Crisis era. Having them finally become friends is a very cool change and I’m looking forward to seeing them work together.

However, I do have a bit of trepidation about the superpowers slowly killing her, only because it sounds a lot like the current plot of The Mighty Thor. Jane Foster is Thor, but she has cancer in her civilian identity and turning into Thor negates the effects of her chemotherapy. Phil Jimenez is a great writer, though, and I’m hopeful that he’ll have a very different angle on things that will make Superwoman stand out from The Mighty Thor.

While the bulk of DC’s “Rebirth” line is set to ship bi-monthly, Superwoman will be a normal, monthly title and its first issue will premiere on August 10. I’m definitely going to check it out. Honestly, it’s not the sort of Lois Lane series I was hoping for; I think that Lois is long overdue for a series that focuses on her adventures as a journalist, tracking down scoops for the Daily Planet and taking down villains, corrupt institutions, and more. But this sounds fun too. I love Jimenez and Lupacchino, the book will be gorgeous for sure, and it could be an interesting new direction for the character. I’m looking forward to it.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Review – Wonder Woman Steals the Show from the Angsty Boys

March 25, 2016

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I’ve been wary of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice from the get-go, having gotten burned by director Zack Snyder with the mess that was Man of Steel. From the moment it was announced, I’ve greeted the film with caution and snark. However, here’s my deep dark secret: I REALLY wanted this movie to be good. It’s Batman and Superman and Wonder Woman on the big screen, together! I was excited to see it, and no one in the theater last night was hoping for an awesome superhero movie more than I was. I wasn’t expecting it to be good, but I was hoping that it would be.

It was not. From the moment it started, it was super grim and so, so serious. And ridiculously dark, both tonally and visually. The movie spans a few months, and I don’t think that there was a single sunny day in the mix. Nearly every scene’s colour palette was muted and drab; it could have been black and white and not looked all that different. As for our stalwart heroes, they were both moping and broody and generally unpleasant. That vibe sort of fit for Batman, but it was a bad look on Superman.

Both heroes were also straight up dummies. No spoilers, but the bulk of the film’s conflict could have been avoided if Batman and Superman had just had a conversation instead of assuming the worst about each other and getting angrier and angrier. Plus they were clearly being manipulated by Lex Luthor all the while, and didn’t even notice because, again, they’re dummies. All of the furious planning and their eventual battle becomes increasingly idiotic as the film progresses, and all the while you know it’s going to end with them teaming up anyway, making everything feel both stupid and pointless.

Snyder also throws some religious themes in the mix that he must have thought were clever and deep but that ultimately made no sense. Luthor bloviates as some sort of anarcho-atheist, railing against the supposedly god-like Superman, hyping the confrontation with Batman as god versus man. It all falls very flat. Superman’s just not a god, no matter how many dramatically lit, serious shots of Superman impassively saving people Snyder puts in the film. First, that’s not Superman; Superman smiles when he saves people. And second, no hero is more human than Superman. That’s been the crux of the character forever. He’s an alien, but he was raised as a human and embodies humanity’s best qualities. The religious subtext, so unsubtle that it’s basically just text, is a failed attempt to make the movie more important and serious than it is. It just doesn’t fit, and Snyder’s increasing heavy handedness with it goes nowhere.

Essentially, both characters are just fundamentally wrong. Batman shouldn’t be stupid enough to get tricked into a fight with Superman, and Superman shouldn’t be angsty enough to lose his sense of who he is. Batman should be smart, Superman should be happy, and they are neither. Thus, we end up with a very dumb movie.

There are many more unpleasant things in the film. Batman basically kills a bunch of people, sometimes with guns, so that’s messed up. There are a lot of murders generally, really. Also, don’t get too attached to the female characters. And prepare to be annoyed by Lex Luthor, though I will say that given that Batman and Superman are so serious and dull throughout the film, Lex is one of the few characters that seems to have an actual personality, however irksome it may be.

But let’s get to the good stuff. Perry White and Alfred are pretty fun, and I think that Affleck could have been a decent Batman in a film that didn’t turn him into an angry moron. You all know who I really care about, though; let’s talk Lois Lane and Wonder Woman!

First up, Lois Lane! I thought that this was almost a great movie for Lois. Again, I’m going to try to dance around spoilers here, but Lois was in the thick of things for most of the film, launching a key investigation and playing an important role in the film’s final conflict. However, she never quite gets the job done, on any front. All of her brave feats turn into damsel in distress scenes in which Superman has to save her; he does so at least three times. It’s fun that Lois has such an active, often heroic role in the movie, but I would’ve liked her to see her brave plans through to the end more.

Her relationship with Clark was endearing and sweet, even though the whole movie gets weird and dark once Batman and Superman start feuding. They’re adorable together at the beginning of the movie, and Lois tried to keep Superman focused on his true heroic nature as things got progressively darker, with mixed success. Things got a little overdramatic by the end of the film, but the conclusion was a bizarre mess as a whole. Amy Adams still did a lot of teary eyed on-looking throughout the movie, but ultimately Batman v Superman was a consistently solid showcase for Lois, though her exploits didn’t reach the heights of her initial scoop in Man of Steel.

Wonder Woman, however, stole the dang show. With Batman and Superman busy being dummies and acting out, Wonder Woman was the only real superhero in the film. Gal Gadot is both intriguing and stunning, and her early background appearances as Diana Prince were eye-catching and far more interesting than the goings on in the foreground. She outsmarted both Lex Luthor and Bruce Wayne, nabbing a piece of tech that Bruce was using to hack Lex, but Diana was no thief; she was just trying to take back something that had been stolen from her, and later she returned Bruce’s tech to him. Even when engaging in sneaky espionage, she was honourable and honest.

And then, Wonder Woman. This will get into minor spoilers, but if you’ve seen the trailers then you know how things end up, Doomsday-wise. Wonder Woman in the Doomsday battle is a complete delight. She’s an Amazon, so she knows what to do with monsters, and throws herself into the fight. Literally, she LAUNCHES herself at Doomsday. While Batman and Superman are getting pummeled and jumping out of the way, Wonder Woman dances around Doomsday and lands blow after blow. When she gets knocked down, she smiles and gets right back into the thick of things. Throughout the battle, she uses her bracelets to block Doomsday’s eye blasts, defends herself with her shield, slices away at Doomsday with her sword, and then nabs the monster with her lasso. It’s all SUPER AWESOME.

Wonder Woman is basically the only character in the movie having fun. She’s sneaking into places as Diana Prince and outsmarting everyone, then having a blast on the battlefield as she fights Doomsday. There’s a joy and a confidence to Gadot’s portrayal of Wonder Woman that so perfectly captures the character for me, and I can’t wait to see her in her own film. We get a tease of her World War One past in Batman v Superman, but just a small look. If Gadot can bring the same spirit to Wonder Woman, it could be an amazing movie. She was the best part of this movie, by a considerable margin.

So overall, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a fairly stupid, overly dark, not particularly enjoyable film, but it’s worth seeing for the amazingness that is Wonder Woman. We get a quick look at some other heroes too, which is sort of fun, and the stage is very clearly set for who the Justice League will be facing in their upcoming film. It seems like it’s going to be an even darker fight, which is uncool. This universe is so deeply unpleasant, apart from Wonder Woman, and I’m not looking forward to Snyder’s next outing, at all. I don’t need him to grimdark and angst up a bunch of my other favourite characters. But so long as Wonder Woman is in it, I’ll be there.

Is Wonder Woman and Superman’s Romantic Relationship Over for Good?

December 14, 2015

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Wonder Woman and Superman got together a few years back in Justice League #12, and not much good has come of it since. They launched their own series in which Wonder Woman has played a constant second fiddle role and, with all the drama Superman’s been going through from the Doomsday virus to his identity being exposed, Wonder Woman’s hasn’t had much to do across the entire Superman line but be a concerned girlfriend. It’s bled over elsewhere too; DC’s line of animated movies has been building the romance, resulting in some truly terrible scenes, including an awkward standoff between Lois and Diana. The relationship just hasn’t been handled well on any front.

We’ve been seeing some cracks lately, though. Superman’s become a Super-jerk in the wake of his identity reveal and is treating everyone he knows poorly, including his girlfriend. A couple of months back, he outright told her, “I don’t know if I love you anymore,” and they sort of broke up but it was more of a postponing the conversation scene. They backburnered their relationship rather than fully breaking up.

But now, we’ve got a big hint that they may be done for good. There’s a new interview on Newsarama with Gene Luen Yang, the writer of Superman and the architect of the current identity reveal arc and it’s reverberations throughout the Superman line. When asked whether he’ll address the couple in the book, Yang responded:

Yes, absolutely. Wonder Woman and Superman’s relationship is obviously central to the Superman/Wonder Woman book. Pete Tomasi is a great writer, and he’s taking the bulk of that. He’s dealing with most of that.

But Wonder Woman is such an important character to Superman, both as a colleague in the Justice League and as a former romantic partner.

Calling Wonder Woman “a former romantic partner” suggests that they are done for good and that our long national nightmare is over, finally. We’ll have to wait and see how things play out across the books, but if the chief writer of the Super-books says they’re finished, that’s a pretty good sign. Superman hasn’t been in the main Wonder Woman series for a while either, which may be telling. Hopefully DC’s moved on from this plotline, and they’ll find something better to do with Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman Steals the Show in New Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer

December 3, 2015

A brand new trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice premiered last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and most of it isn’t particularly good. Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne are being snippy at each other, Lex Luthor is annoying, Superman and Batman fight it out, and Doomsday looks kind of terrible. Plus the trailer gives away basically the entire plot of the movie, unless they’ve got some clever twists up their sleeve. I feel like I could write a fairly accurate synopsis of how everything is going to go down at this point (Batman doesn’t like Superman because of the destruction in Metropolis, they fight, Luthor eggs them on, then sends in Doomsday, Wonder Woman shows up, they all team up to beat Doomsday and Luthor). And, like the dreary Man of Steel, it’s all very bleak and drab and joyless.

Then Wonder Woman shows up, and it gets AWESOME. The dumb boys are all busting each other up and then Doomsday attacks them and they’re like “OH NO!!” But then Wonder Woman comes in looking all cool with her shield and totally handles the situation:

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And the boys are awed by how rad she is and inspired to team up, Justice League style:

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Yet again, Wonder Woman is in a Batman v Superman trailer for all of three seconds but, yet again, they are the best three seconds of the trailer, BY FAR. I have very little hope for the rest of the movie; none of the characters feel right, heroes battling heroes is played out, and oh my lord the man angst. But I think the few scenes with Wonder Woman could be fantastic.  Gal Gadot looks fierce and awesome. I’m not anticipating that she’ll be in it a lot, but everything we’ve seen so far looks ridiculously cool. Here’s hoping for a Lois Lane team up, too! If Wonder Woman and Lois get to do something fun together, I might forgive the movie for it’s stupid looking Zod/Doomsday hybrid thing.

Here’s the full trailer if you’re interested. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is out on March 25, 2015. It’s not looking like it’s going to be very good, but WONDER WOMAN, you guys. WONDER WOMAN:


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