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So If I Were To Make a DCCU…

Posted in Uncategorized by Andrew Hickey on November 2, 2014

Anyone interested in superhero stuff has seen by now that DC have planned a series of films to last until the sun collapses into itself and becomes a brown dwarf, or until Marvel put out a film with a female lead, whichever comes last. And anyone who’s looked at the list of films for five minutes has thought “My God, this is awful. It’s like they’ve forgotten that superhero films could possibly be any good!”
So I thought I’d outline what *I* would do if I were going to do a DC Cinematic Universe based around the same kind of idea as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with threads that go from one film to another, revamps of more obscure characters, and so on.

Well, *actually* what I’d do is just Seven Soldiers: The Film Series, and I really don’t know why they’re *not* doing something like that since they have the option, but given that that’s not an option, here’s what I’d do. There’s ten films here, so obviously there’s only the bare bones, but you’ll get the idea.

There’s a story arc, but what I’d want to do is something a little different from the Marvel films, which all have a very similar feel, a sort of glossiness they share. I’d want to make the films radically different in tone, but deal with similar themes — particularly the legacy hero thing that *used* to be a big deal in DC pre-Nu52.

We start with a fairly straight adaptation of All-Star Superman — in fact this could just use the script from Dwayne McDuffie’s animated adaptation, except that at one point Luthor has a videophone call from a mysterious figure who talks about “Project Omega”.

No need for an origin story here, any more than there is for Superman. We do super spy-fi Batman here, of the type that’s never really appeared in the films. Batman is training his new teenage assistant, Carrie Kelly, who has taken the name of “Robin” — Batman doesn’t think he needs an apprentice, but Alfred thinks it’s good for him. After the fall of Lexcorp, Wayne Enterprises has to take over, but there’s a second bidder for the company — has the Penguin suddenly become respectable? And how has he managed to raise the funds? And why is his company called Dark Side Enterprises?
B-plot about The Ventriloquist, just because I like the Ventriloquist.
At the end of the story, Batman gets sucked into a time vortex that seems to have been created by some rogue Lexcorp tech from Project Omega.

Wonder Woman
Here’s where the big plot really starts going. We see Wonder Woman’s origin — the first new Amazon to be created in millennia, given life by the breath of Athena… and we see Paradise Island starting to crumble as the Old Gods die and their protection is lost. Princess Diana, last child of the Amazons, has to venture to the world of humans as an ambassador to save her island from destruction — and she also saves the human world, too, when she helps save them from the Thanagarian invasion. An invasion masterminded by a sinister, dark, figure…

Blue & Gold
Booster Gold, a nonentity from the twenty-fifth century, suddenly finds himself back in the twenty-first, where his flight ring, flying robot, and force field make him an instant celebrity. Jaime Reyes, a poor Mexican-American kid in El Paso who’s been quietly saving people’s lives as The Blue Beetle (an identity passed on by his mentor, aging scientist Ted Kord). gets annoyed when Booster takes credit for his achievements in order to promote his new reality TV show, but the two eventually have to team up to stop the dinosaur that’s destroying downtown Austin.
Why is there a dinosaur? According to the mysterious time traveller who turns up at the end, “time is in flux… the fall of the Gods and the rise of the New Gods is rewriting history…”

Shining Knight
The first half of this is an Arthurian epic, about the fall of Camelot, while the second half is pretty close to the Seven Soldiers story, except that instead of the Sheeda we have the New Gods of Apokolips, and Sir Justin (who is played explicitly as what we would understand as a trans man) is brought forward by the same rips in time that saw Booster Gold brought back).

This is the grimungritty dark vigilante film people would *expect* the Batman film to be — Batwoman is investigating a sinister religious cult. The (Renee Montoya) Question is investigating the drugs being dealt at the Dark Side Club (run by the Penguin, who’s not fallen all the way down to the bottom after being defeated, but there are rumours about who’s really behind it all), and Maggie Sawyer (whose appearance has been seeded in the Batman film) is investigating corruption in the police department. When all these turn out to be linked, the three have to work together — but can they put their pasts behind them to do it?

Flashback to the end of Superman, with Superman flying off to “fix the sun”. In the crowd is John Henry Irons, a construction worker who was saved by Superman. He decided that if Superman wasn’t in the world any more, the world needed a NEW Superman, so he fashioned himself a suit of armour and rocket boots. Will that be enough to stop Lex Luthor from wreaking revenge on the city of Metropolis?

Black Canary
Dinah Lance is a serious crimefighter — the greatest martial artist of her generation, trained by her mother, the first Black Canary. But she’s down on her luck, as her mother is dying of the long-term effects of the radiation exposure she suffered when fighting Aquarius, and Dinah needs to find the money to pay for her treatment. Oracle — the wheelchair-bound information genius daughter of Commissioner Gordon, who provides her with a tip for how she can earn more money.
Ollie Queen is the billionaire founder of a social media site and Olympic bronze-medallist archer (he mentions this fact all the time, and expects people to remember it. No-one does). He thinks of himself as progressive and left-wing, but he is in fact a sexist, domineering, arsehole who is *far* less competent than he thinks and completely unaware of his privilege. He wants to play at being a superhero, and is willing to pay Black Canary a million dollars if he can follow her on patrol for a week.
Can Dinah keep Ollie from getting in her way long enough to investigate the threat that Oracle has found — a computer virus that jumps to humans?

Rip Hunter: The Search For Bruce Wayne (TV miniseries)
These two stories go the other way from how they did in the comics, and would be adapted accordingly, but this is basically a combination of the “Search for Bruce Wayne” and “Return of Bruce Wayne” post-Final Crisis miniseries. Batman was sucked into a time rip at the end of Batman, and he’s been scattered through time, ending up in different identities throughout history. Rip Hunter takes Booster, Blue Beetle, Skeets and Ryan (Atom) Choi with him to collect the various aspects of Batman and pull them together into one person. In a surprising twist at the end of the last episode, in the future and guest-starring the Legion of Super-Heroes, Superman returns to Earth, setting up:

Justice League: The Final Crisis
Rip, Booster, Beetle, Batman, Atom and Superman get back to our time to find that the Old Gods have been destroyed and the New Gods have taken their place. There’s war in Heaven, and a computer virus here on Earth that is taking over everyone’s mind and turning them into zombies wishing only to die for Darkseid. Combining elements of Final Crisis and Rock Of Ages,this shows the formation of a new superhero team — the Justice League, consisting of Booster, Beetle, Batman, Atom, Superman, Black Canary, Wonder Woman, Batwoman, Shining Knight, and Wonder Woman, plus possibly the introduction of a couple of new heroes. The Justice League act as the resistance, and work to overthrow the tyrrany of Darkseid. But can they do it before Anti-Life destroys the universe, and who is Lex Luthor *really* working for…?

And this sets up the second batch of films — Adam Strange, Aquaman, Flash, Hawkman, Green Lantern, LEGION… culminating in the Rann-Thanagar War.

So how would YOU make a better series of DC films than DC/Warner?

Linkblogging For 09/06/10

Posted in linkblogging by Andrew Hickey on June 9, 2010

And after that heaviness, a few links:

I’m through to the FINAL!!! in the Pop World Cup, but unfortunately from the comments it looks like I’m getting thrashed by Nigeria. Please go there and vote for Germany.

Obverse Books, who publish the Iris Wildthyme Doctor Who spinoff books, have announced they will be working with Lawrence Miles on a new series of Faction Paradox short story collections, the first coming out next year. News will presumably be up soon on their news page.

Jennie wants people’s views on the Fantastic Film Weekend in Bradford, which I’ll probably blog about tomorrow.

Andrew Rilstone wonders whether, as a Doctor Who fan, he’s allowed to like Doctor Who.

And if you want the world’s single greatest timesink of all time, go and play The Wikipedia Game

Linkblogging for 23/09/09

Posted in films, linkblogging, music, politics by Andrew Hickey on September 23, 2009

Posting will probably be light for the next few days, as it’s a busy time at work. To tide you over, here are some links.

Al Ewing is reviewing Beatles: Rock Band one song at a time. The interesting thing here is that Ewing – as he admits himself – knows almost nothing of the band’s music and is using this as a way of getting into them…

In other Beatles posts, Jog has a post on the comic insert in Magical Mystery Tour, along with some thoughts on how this would translate into the digital age in comparison with the film and album.

Todd Alcott continues his look at Kubrick with A Clockwork Orange part 2 .

For those of you who think I’m too hard on the anti-immigrant propaganda coming from people like racist UKIP, this is why.

James Graham has more on the ridiculous events at conference, which appear to involve the leadership briefing against the party…

And Chris Dillow has an interesting post on a fundamental disconnect in the debate between the religious and ‘new atheists’.

Linkblogging For 17/09/09

Posted in films, linkblogging, music by Andrew Hickey on September 17, 2009

Only a quick set of links today – we’re busy at work at the moment – but I’ll do a spotify playlist on Friday, my next Beatles review on Saturday, and probably a BFAW on Sunday. I may well post a lot this weekend actually – my wife’s going away for the weekend, and a good chunk of my friends won’t be online because of the Lib Dem Conference.

One other thing before I do that – I’ve noticed quite a few people subscribing to my shared items in Google Reader. Just to give you fair warning – I share a LOT of stuff, because I use the ‘shared’ feature partly as a reminder-to-self thing, so don’t be surprised if you get overwhelmed with the stuff I share…

First up, BCB Radio now have a music blog. While I’m outside their area, living as I do on the correct side of the Pennines, I know several of their DJs (those who know my band The National Pep will have heard several of them on our stuff, for a start, and you’ll have seen a few in the comments here).

Tilt Araiza, my songwriting partner, is one of those DJs, and he put together this Spotify playlist which is the first music I’ve listened to other than the Beatles mono box for a week – covers of (almost) all the White Album, by everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to The Breeders to Youssou N’Dor. Good stuff.

And speaking of Tilt, I don’t believe I ever linked this, but he and I used to do a podcast, partly to promote The National Pep (for which he used to be vocalist/drummer and is still involved with the songwriting) and partly just to play some obscure music. I think they’re surprisingly listenable.

In other stuff – Todd Alcott continues his look through Kubrick’s work.

Steven at Unspeak has a brief spoiler-free review of Dan Brown’s new thing, while the Daily Mash has a different take on it.

And Hayden Childs is exasperated with eMusic after the Sony deal.

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Linkblogging for 05/09/09

Posted in comics, linkblogging, music, politics by Andrew Hickey on September 6, 2009

Odd… I posted this yesterday, but it disappeared. Here it is again. Working on the first of the posts mentioned below now…

I’ve had to take a few days off the hyperblogging, as some of you have probably noticed, because it’s been a tough week at work and my brain’s not been up to it. But for those of you who’ve been enjoying this series of posts on (as Millennium Elephant so delightfully put it) Quantum Comic Dynamics , they are returning tomorrow. I plan to do one a day for the next week, and that should finish the series. They will be:
Sunday – Can You Rewrite History, Even One Line? Doctor Who, The Web Of Time, And A Response To Millennium
Monday – Degrees Of Freedom – Mister Miracle, Darkseid, and Morrison Doing Kirby (or Why Kirby Matters)
Tuesday – Modernism Vs Post-Modernism – Why Can’t Comics Reviewers Define Terms?
Wednesday – Crisis On Multiple Blogs – A Response To Pillock’s Response To Me (this and subsequent posts may be delayed by my Big Beatles Post which I plan to make at some point)
Thursday – A Bit Of Fun – the briefest possible outline of the fanfic giganta-novel this sparked off in my brain.
Friday – Canon And Fugue – A return to the subject this started with – canon and continuity
Saturday – In Conclusion – I’ll link all the hyperposts separately, plus Pillock and Millennium’s responses and any other interesting thoughts people have had along these lines, plus links to various other resources on these subjects. I must say, the response has been hugely gratifying – I thought this stuff was going to be seen as grounds for dismissing me altogether as a navel-gazing moron. Thank you all.

Anyway, today’s links…

The 10:10 Project wants people to sign up and try to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions by 10% in a year. It’s an obviously worthwhile idea (even if you’re one of the libertarian minority who read my blog, and who tend to dismiss global warming, most things that one can do on an individual level to cut emissions tend to make sense *even if you don’t accept that carbon emissions are dangerous per se*). Unfortunately, almost all their suggestions are aimed squarely at middle-class homeowners who go on several foreign holidays a year, like to keep their house ridiculously hot, and are in the habit of throwing away food, none of which applies to me. But if it does to you, please do sign up (I did anyway, just to show willing).

Just noticed that someone had put Ghostwatch up on Google Video. This is by far the scariest drama I’ve ever seen, though I suspect its effect will vary a lot based on age and nationality. It’s a pitch-perfect recreation of the kind of light-entertainment pseudo-documentary that still fills up the TV schedules – a live investigation of ‘Britain’s Most Haunted House’ along with interviews with parapsychologists, audience phone-ins and so on, broadcast on Hallowe’en. Except of course, this being fiction, stuff starts happening…
The power of the show (for me at least) comes from the fact that the people presenting it are *exactly* the kind of people who would have presented a real documentary like that – people who were in fact all over the TV in programmes just like that at the time (early 1990s) it was broadcast. If you’re used to those faces being in ‘non-fiction’, to them telling you the truth and being ‘themselves’, then this breakdown of the walls between fiction and reality is absolutely terrifying.
I’m not sure how much anyone who wasn’t around in the UK in the late 80s/early 90s would get out of this, but I suspect Orson Welles would have approved…

33 1/3 have posted a great ‘mix tape’ featuring the Monkees, the La’s, Johnny Guitar W atson and Larry Williams, and other such good stuff.

Chris Bird points out how the rich benefit disproportionately from taxation.

Archive Binge is a service that will supply you an RSS feed of a webcomic you’ve just discovered, so you can catch up a few strips at a time rather than have to read through the whole thing.

And pillock lists ten things Star Wars got wrong


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