WEGAF Reviews: Meet The Flag

Hey there everybody, Deneb here! Long time no see!

As it happens, there’s a reason why I’ve been away for so long – I’ve been working on a new, ongoing project – a webshow. It is called ‘WEGAF Reviews’ (‘WEGAF’ stands for Wild-Eyed Golden Age Fanatic), and it features me reviewing/riffing on old Golden Age comics, which, as you might know, I have somewhat of a passion for.

This here is the very first episode. For the foreseeable future, I’ll be posting one a week, and you can view them here or on YouTube. Hope you like ‘em!

How comic book movies have changed

superheroes-finalLet’s start this article with a digression. I saw the Flash Gordon movie for the first time a little while ago.

Yep. I sure did. The only reason you’re not seeing my review of it is that four other people have already tackled the material, and what’s left to say? It’s cheesier than Wisconsin, cornier than Nebraska and squarer than a diced cube – and oh, is it glorious. It’s a great big explosion of Technicolor ham, and I had me a darn good time while watching it.

And yet, even while a great big grin was plastered across my face, a tiny part of my brain was going ‘man, this would never have gotten made today.’ Not in any particularly critical way, mind you, but still, the thought did flash across my mind. Not long afterwards, so did the obvious follow-up – ‘why not?’

That, as is frequently the case, got me thinking – and that, as is also frequently the case, got me writing. And here we are now. And here I am about to delve into comic book movies across the ages, and how, as the title indicates, they have changed, and why. Join me, if you’ve got a few minutes to spare. Continue reading

Deneb does Super Mario Brothers

smb“I’m gettin’ arrested for bein’ a plumber!”

The Scoop: 1993 PG, directed by Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton and starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, Samantha Mathis, Fisher Stevens, Richard Edson, and Fiona Shaw.

Tagline: This Ain’t No Game.

Summary Capsule: Two plumbers from Brooklyn VS dinosaurs from another universe. Something like that, anyway. Continue reading

Deneb does The Adventures of Mark Twain

adventures_of_mark_twain__the_front_large“It’s just like piloting a river; you get to know the shape of it. Like following a hall at home in the dark, and even if you feel some fear, you know that no harm can come to you, for you’ve traveled that hallway a hundred times with nothin’ but bare feet and faith.”

The Scoop: 1985 G, directed by Will Vinton and starring James Whitmore, Chris Ritchie, Gary Krug, Michele Mariana, John Morrison and Carol Edelman.

Tagline: Where dreams become reality.

Summary Capsule: Mark Twain seeks Halley’s Comet on an airship, accompanied by some of his own characters. Things get strange. Continue reading

Five Potential Batman/Superman Movie Villains

1773297-superman_villains_gif.gifI wasn’t sure if I should do this one. I don’t like writing things that become dated quickly, and while the ‘Net is currently a-swarm with speculation about the upcoming Batman/Superman movie, I was hesitant to join in. Why? Because at this point we don’t know much of anything, but inevitably we will, and just as inevitably, two-thirds of the speculations in question will turn out to be more than somewhat incorrect. The idea of someone running across this article after the movie has been released and going ‘haw haw, boy, did he get it wrong’ is one that leaves a sour taste in my mouth, and for that reason, I contemplated skipping this article altogether. Who wants to write something that will shortly be rendered irrelevant?

Two things changed my mind. One, now that I’d gotten the idea for it, it wouldn’t let me go until I’d brought it into being, and two: the current speculation is for this upcoming Batman/Superman flick. Who says this will be the only one? We’ve got multiple Superman films, multiple Batman films; the two have already teamed up in countless spin-off media – it would be illogical to think that, now that the ice has been broken, as it were, this will be the only Supes/Bats movie ever made. And if I’m correct, well, my picks here could apply to any such future filmic event. That should stave off irrelevancy for a little while, yes?

So without further ado, I present to you my list of five potential villains for this – or any – Batman/Superman team-up movie. Continue reading