The Batman Who Laughs only generates two emotions in me: boredom and annoyance.
I can't say I like/care for this "Infected" plot, either. Corrupted heroes? Good guys turned into bad guys? A villain brainwashing heroes into evil? Oh, wow, I haven't read that story in... the last month?
The Batman Who Jokes-- I mean, Laughs' "Join the Dark Side. We have spikes of villainy!" pitch is ridiculously predictable, too: he mind-rapes his victims until discovering their inner demons and their -justified or not- reasons to be unhappy. Then he feigns sympathy and suggests they will not need to struggle with their negative emotions if they go bad. Pretty standard stuff.
I reckon he turned Donna by pointing out that her best friends are utterly screwed up. So, why is she protecting their mentors who failed to protect her and her buddies/battle-brothers?
Speaking about standard stuff, the "Supergirl suffers survivor guilt" plot isn't a bad idea per se, but Supergirl has been put through a "Supergirl gets temporarily angsty but she gets over their death wish" plotline at least five times since 2009: Way of the World, Dark Supergirl in the JLA, the New 52, Red Daughter, Rebirth...
Oh, my God... A madman turns two -usually- upbeat heroines into loony villains with "evil" versions of their costumes. That was what happened to Mary Marvel after Infinite Crisis, wasn't it?
"Infected" is the new Countdown.
I don't think it has been clearly established.
Regardless, I suspect the real answer is: "Whoever the plot needs to win".
"I don't understand..."
A lot of people here don't care whether the Snyder's Cut exists or not, and they're sick of hearing about it.
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Superman is one of my absolute favorites, by the way.
Christopher Reeve. He was close to perfect.
"Are NONE of you gonna acknowldege the goddam GIRL OF STEEL, c'mon!"
What? I was the first to mention her.
I'm afraid Larfleeze will not see much use in the near future.
Most of rival Corps were specifically created for the build-up to the /Blackest Night/Brightest Day/War of Light. Once Geoff Johns myth arc was over, they were kind of purposeless. The Sinestro Corps and the Green Lanterns serve as antagonists, and the Zamarons had existed for decades, but nobody knew what to do with the rest, which is because they have fallen by the wayside.
Not that the Red Lanterns fared well. You only need to look at what happened to their book. First they tried to stop being mindless berserkers. Then they tried to be anti-heroes. Then most of them died. Then Sam Humphries brought them back in the first arc of "Green Lanterns", with no explanation as to why they were alive and had reverted to villainy, set up a future Red Lantern storyline and forgot about it.
A pity. They had potential in the right hands.
- Kara Zor-El (Supergirl)
- Barbara Gordon (Batgirl)
- Diana Prince (Wonder Woman)
- Zatanna Zatara (er, Zatanna)
- Kara Zor-L (Power Girl)
- Jessica Cruz (Green Lantern)
- Donna Troy (Wonder Girl)
- Stephanie Brown (Spoiler)
Runner-ups would be Black Canary, Cassandra Sandsmark...
I'm thankful for the existence of the DC Universe.
I'm thankful for the gigantic catalogue of back issues I can fall back on if I lose interest in the current mainstream continuity.
I'm thankful because my favorite ones still have ongoings, and it doesn't look like they'r getting fridged -again- for now.
I tend to avoid the 90's. There were some good runs... but most of it is stuff I don't care for or I strongly dislike, steeped in a status quo which feels so, so wrong to me...
If I try to read some random issue, I know something -anything- will make me think: "This isn't "my" DC Universe" or "This is even more outdated than a "Superman gaslighting Lois" Silver Age plot", and it'll pull me out from the story.
Maybe it'll be Mullet Superman pondering over being the Sole Survivor from Krypton and obsessed with being regarded as a human...
Maybe it'll be old Luthor cradling his baby daughter Lena...
Maybe it'll be Matrix Supergirl or Atlantean Power Girl or "Earrings and leather jackets are cool and timeless" Superboy complaining about his Earth dog Krypto...
Maybe it'll be Jerkass Batgod, Ponytailed Nightwing and Crippled Babs...
Maybe it'll be Leather Straps Wonder Woman or Darkstar Donna...
Maybe it'll be the Greatest and Only Green Lantern Kyle Rainer or Parallax Hal Jordan or Maimed Aquaman...
To be honest, I like the 2000-2011 period over the 90's.
Superman because then I'd fly into space.
Okay, full disclosure:
I loved The Simpsons up to Season 11. I stopped watching one or two seasons later because the quality dropped sharply and real life kept me too busy to pay attention to a show I no longer enjoyed.
I never watched or got the appeal of Family Guy and the like. The few times I watched bits of an episode or some random scene I found it unfunny and even downright dumb.
Batman: The Animated Series was excellent, but I wouldn't trust Bruce Timm with other DC characters. His Superman is the Batgod's punching bag and his <insert female character> is the Batgod's slobbering fangirl.
Anime ARE Japanese cartoons. Which leads me to...
Anime art style comes from American cartoons, mainly Disney, which is because I find it ironic when someone claims hating anime art style and loving Western cartoons art.
I used to be a huge Dragon Ball fan back when I was an early teen. Later I got sick of it and even resented its popularity. Still later, I got over my resentment. I'll never again love it how I used to again, but I respect its enduring popularity and I still enjoy reading the first story arcs every so often.
"this decision is already making news headlines, with most calling it the “biggest thing” to happen to Superman since his so called death in the early 90s, which is pretty much true."
Meh. I already heard that back when New Krypton began.
And I've heard Smallville fans claiming the creation of Chloe Sullivan was the greatest addition to the franchise in twenty-five years.
If you asked me, I'd say the only permanent changes to happen to Superman since he was punched to death by a brainless bony grey Hulk are arguably his marriage and the return of Kara Zor-El -and other Pre-Crisis stuff- to the mainstream universe. All the remaining post-Reign of Supermen characters (Earth Angel Supergirl, Strange Visitor, Chris Kent, Thara Ak-Var...) and developments (Electric Superman, the Dominus Effect, Our Worlds in War, New Krypton, Grounded, New 52 Superman...) have come and gone.
Bendis is obsessed with leaving his mark on every comic universe he touches, but I doubt Superman revealing his secret identity to the world will become a permanent change. "Truth" came out only five years ago, and DC pressed the "Retcon and Reset" button so hard it cracked.
"Bendis’ take on this will be interesting, but it’s not the first time."
It's even older. Superman was outed in "Whatever Happened to the Tomorrow Man"
"The Dutch stereotype character would be a pot head who talksh like thish and hash a penchant for pancakesh and whoresh"
And bikes. Don't forget bikes.
"If we deleted post on the grounds of grammatical errors"
...neither of my posts would survive. Sigh.
The 1990's were rought times for people who wanted to watch super-hero movies in theaters. Most of movies fell into the "Too bad to be liked but not enough bad to be remembered out of bile fascination" spectrum, which is because they were quickly forgotten.
Like that Hulk movie guest-starring Thor. Ugh.
Like other people have already said, J'onn has a different personality and powerset. Super-strength, super-endurance and flight are the only powers he shares with Superman. Everyone else is different.
... Well, after a fashion. He has some kind of eye beams. But as far as I know, they aren't heat beams.
J'onn hasn't at least six different types of super vision, hurricane/freezing breath or super-speed. Superman can't become intangible naturally (well, kind of. In some story he and Supergirl have phased through solid matter. But isn't one of their usual powers)
New 52 was an initiative to shake sales up. Such initiatives/events/crossovers always sell a lot at the beginning but they lose steam after one or two years.
Sales were again on the toilet, so DC tried another thing.
"True, apart from resetting the entire continuity"
The New 52 reboot isn't on him.
Flashpoint was supposed to end up with the original reality restored, but WB's higher-ups had demanded a shake-up to get comic sales up. DiDio wanted a reboot, Johns didn't but he was overruled, and his Flashpoint story was used as a vehicle.
"and destroying every tipe of preexistent legacy lol"
Completely untrue. Let's examine some facts:
* Johns has created prominent legacy characters like Miss Martian, Jaime Reyes, Courtney Whitmore and Jessica Cruz.
* His Flash run featuring Wally West is regarded as one of the definite Flash runs.
* Back in the early 00's, DC didn't know what to do with Kyle Rainer, Green Lantern sales were down and they only went up whenever Hal Jordan made some special appearance. Geoff Johns made a pitch, and editor Tomasi told him he could kill Kyle if he wanted. Johns refused to.
* In that vein, do you remember that scene in Green Lantern: Rebirth where Sinestro is mocking Kyle... and Hal defends and demands respect for Kyle?
* Dan DiDio wanted to get Nightwing killed in Infinite Crisis. Again, Johns refused and talked him out of it. He killed off Superboy -one of his favorite characters- in order to save Dick Grayson, and brought him back as soon as possible.
* After Infinite Crisis, DiDio stated in a pannel that the Matrix Supergirl had been retconned out of existence. Johns, who was attending that same panel, said Linda Danvers hadn't been wiped out at all.
* Speaking about Supergirl, he is one of the few DC writers who treats Kara Zor-El respectfully.
* If I'm not mistaken, he has written a very well-regarded Teen Titans run.
* And his JSA run was all about the Golden Age heroes mentoring the next generation.
* He wouldn't write the Rebirth one-shot unless he was allowed to bring the original Wally West back.
Johns have his favorites, but he respects legacy characters. Claiming he has destroyed every type of preexistent legacy when he has created, protected or built up a lot of legacy characters is factually false.
You may give thanks to "Green Lantern: Rebirth" for it. I had heard about other Green Lanterns before but I didn't care who was the main/greatest/whatever Green Lantern. Geoff Johns' mini-series made me a Hal fan.
Set a JSA movie in Earth-Two. Easy peasy.