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The Dark Knight Rises

Since the release of  The Dark Knight Rises, I’ve been gobbling up a lot of criticism and commentary on the movie. A lot of it is political interpretations, of course, being that I tend to read political people. Some of it is quite smart and interesting, more of it is quite silly.  But most important had been one thread of criticism I’ve seen that I agree with whole-heartedly.

That is, that even at nearly three hours long, the movie still feels short. This is a grand world, with grand happenings and we’re forced to walk through only a few select sections of it. A lot could be gained for this movie by us seeing more of this world. What was life in Gotham like when it was under siege? How much of Bane’s army was normal citizens pushed to the brink by their circumstances? What was life like for your average Gothamite throughout this movie? What are their thoughts and feelings of the events?  (more…)

This is hilarious, nerdy, and awesome. It also includes cameos from many of those famous people you all seem so crazy about. Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Simon Pegg, and more. It’s very well done.

Jimmy Olsen Marries an Ape

I wish I had been inspired to write this by Adam Serwer’s awesome take on superhero marriages or Alyssa Rosenberg’s fantastic follow-up, but this is not so. Alas, I was inspired by an episode of the old 90s Spider-Man animated series airing in the wee hours of the morning on Disney XD.

In the episode Peter Parker is getting married to Mary Jane Watson when the wedding is rudely interrupted by the Green Goblin. Gobby grabs Mary Jane and Peter escorts Aunt May to safety while trying to find some privacy so he can put on his Spider-Man costume and fight off the intruders. (more…)

Peter Parker is a Dick

All the glory! All for me!

Yea, yea, I know, he’s Spiderman. Big deal. He’s still a massive dick.

Here’s the thing, he may go out and fight crime at night as a hobby, but what does he do for a living? That’s right, he’s a photographer.

One of the greatest young scientific minds in the world, so advanced that he was able to use a MacGuyver-esque budget to invent perhaps his most iconic superpowers, his webbing. Even without the radioactive spider bites, he would have been able to become a superhero based solely on his brain’s spectacular capacity for scientific discovery. (more…)