There’s a new Justice League cartoon out and this time it’s all about the action. Eleven minutes of action per episode and each episode is supposed to start right in the middle of the action, and so far these first seven episodes have certainly done that. Eleven minute episodes are the current “in thing” for cartoons nowadays, with popular shows like Adventure Time, Regular Show, Steven Universe, and even another DC show Teen Titans Go (divisive as it is among DC fans it’s still a popular show), and so it makes sense to get another DC show in that mould, one that also fills in the gap of action cartoons that’s been lacking the past few years. The one issue with these eleven minute shows to me is that they do take a while finding their feet and hitting their stride, probably at least twice as long as a twenty minute cartoon, I’m expecting the same will be true here. Though if these episodes are anything to go by when the show does hit its full potential it will be amazing.
I’ve made my thoughts on the Killing Joke known already, at great length in fact, but with this new animated movie there’s some new things to talk about. It’s another Bruce Timm project, something he’s apparently been trying to make for at least 10 years now, with Brian Azzarello writing and Sam Liu directing. The movie had a 30 minute Batgirl sequence at the beginning before the Killing Joke starts, because the comic was too short to make into a 70 minute movie. That sequence has become the centre of much attention as it includes Batgirl and Batman have rooftop sex, but that certainly not the end of rather questionable decisions made for this movie. The rest of the Batgirl additions aren’t particularly good, the Killing Joke parts are lacklustre at best, and all in all it’s a rather lame duck to the usually good quality of the DC Animated Movie scene. But much like the Killing Joke comic I can’t help but talk for far too long about how this movie fails and why this missed the mark so thoroughly.
Certainly the most “controversial” movie this year, in the geek circles at least, is the new Ghostbusters movie. From the first announcement of “reboot with an all-female cast” any attempt at a conversation about the movie was walking through a minefield. So that leads us to today, now that the movie is actually out, and it’s almost impossible to talk about the movie itself without in some way addressing the massive internet backlash against it. Let me address it now, the movie is good, I had a lot of fun watching it, as a giant Ghostbusters fan I had no problems with it. No childhood got ruined, can’t we all just enjoy a good fun movie. With that out of the way let’s talk about the actual movie itself.
The basic plot is that old friends Erin (Kristen Wiig) and Abby (Melissa McCarthy) along with Abby’s lab partner Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) discover an actual ghost, but when Erin loses her tenure and Abby and Holtzmann are ejected from their lab they decide study this paranormal phenomenon on their own. Joined by subway worker Patty (Leslie Jones), who also saw a ghost on a train line and called them in, the four of them need to figure out how to stop these ghosts before the man who summoned them begins the end of the world.
Because of the campaign to bring the Young Justice cartoon back with Netflix there’s no better time to talk about that wonderful cartoon. The show treated all of its characters well, but recently I’ve been thinking about one of them in particular. Zatanna the maiden of magic, the stage magician who can perform real magic by saying spells backwards, and the wife of Paul Dini. She’s certainly been around in the comic and animation world, with guest appearances in Batman the Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited, Batman the Brave and the Bold, even a small recurring role on Smallville, along with several video games. But by far her best incarnation was on the Young Justice cartoon series, where she was allowed to be more than a simple special guest star.
From the pages of a cult hit Marvel comic and several failed TV projects Jessica Jones finally found a home on Marvel’s Netflix line-up. I was sceptical of this series at first since it seemed like Marvel was using their Netflix deal to get one of their failed TV shows made, if they couldn’t sell it to a TV network then how good could their take on the comic really be. Then they made the show and it turned out incredible and it was a great thing a regular TV network didn’t make it; the series would’ve been butchered it if was on network TV. This show was made by the right people, for the right place, at the right time.
I’d like to just say go watch the show, do it without any spoilers or ideas of what to expect, it’s a great A+ series. Fair warning, the show deals with rape, PTSD, addiction, rape trauma, and an incredibly creepy David Tennant, among other things, though this isn’t Game of Thrones so no rape is actually shown on screen. This isn’t a happy-go-lucky series so if you are affected by any of that and want to watch the series prepare yourself beforehand.
The rest of this review will contain spoilers, lots of spoilers, since the show’s been out for over a month.