Among the many villains Batman has faced, one easily stands out: the wicked clown-faced criminal known as the Joker. This is a character we have seen plenty of times over the years, portrayed in different styles by multiple actors. There's the comical presentation of Joker by Cesar Romero in the 1960s Batman television series, and even, for that matter, the silly Joker in The Lego Batman Movie recently. For something mildly dark, there's Jack Nicholson's Joker in the 1989 Batman movie and Mark Hamill voicing the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series in TV in the 1990s. Then, if you really want an ultra dark Joker, look no further than Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning performance in The Dark Knight in 2008. With such a high bar set, it would be a challenge to reach the same level of excellence that Ledger achieved.
At the weekend I rewatched Wonder Woman, and not only was I (again) surprised how good this movie is, but also what this movie teaches us. It’s so inspiring and interesting when you notice the little life lessons during a story.
Aquaman is another one of those comic book superheroes that presents a protagonist unlike others than have been created before. We've seen superheroes with the ability to fly (Superman), change in size (Ant-Man), wield advanced crime-fighting technology (Batman and Iron Man), open portals at will (Dr. Strange), and wield great strength, even as a female (Wonder Woman). We have also seen a variety of settings with these past superheroes, mainly on Earth or elsewhere in the universe. Aquaman, a DC Comics creation, presents a hero who is not only superhuman in strength, but also aquatic, with the ability to breathe underwater and swim very fast. Naturally, this leads to the main setting of the ocean depths, where the city of Atlantis once ruled the seas. Both the character and the primary setting of Aquaman make this superhero action-adventure movie rather refreshing.
From 2010 to 2013, Young Justice and its second season Young Justice: Invasion aired on Cartoon Network. When it got cancelled, DC fans were outraged. Including me, as I perceive Young Justice as the best DC animated show, what with its compelling character arcs and its skillful juggling of many characters from DC Comics. When it was on Netflix, fans streamed the show over and over in hopes that the show would come back. And their efforts were not in vain, as the show got revived for the DC Universe streaming service. Sometimes, shows get cancelled and never revived. Other times, shows are revived with subpar quality. But Young Justice: Outsiders is, thankfully, an instance where the revival maintains excellent quality. Plus, the show got renewed for a fourth season!
DC cosmology is made up of a pantheon of gods, cosmic beings, space patrol police officers, superheroes, and alien species. Within this DC Universe, as defined by the DC comics relaunchDC Rebirth, stands the Source at the edge of the DC Universe, beyond the Source Wall. It lies at the edge of the Promethean Galaxy behind the Source Wall, which is ornate with the mummified statues of great beings that have attempted to breach the Source Wall.
Aside from Aquaman, Shazam, and Wonder Woman, the DCEU has been largely looked down upon by critics worldwide. Those same critics have been filled with praise for Marvel films. With Marvel now having had over a decade of both critical and box office success, I believe that DC's experiments will render their next phase more complete than ever before.
Note: This is not a comparison piece between Lana Lang and Lois Lane, or any of the other potential love interests in 'Smallville'. I don't believe in bringing down one character to bring up another. Additionally, watch out for spoilers.
Many people have compared the actors who have played Batman in live-action films. And just recently, fans have been debating whether or not Robert Pattinson is a good choice for Matt Reeves' The Batman. But one topic that has never really been debated is live-action Batman actors on television. The reason for this is that there has pretty much only been one: Adam West.