It appears to me, that since Marvel has a timeline of events in the form of the Marvel Universe Reading Order pages, I have to ask the question: Why not have one of those here for the DC Universe? I mean, as helpful as mythbank is, I would greatly appreciate someone putting in the reading order of the DCU. That way, everyone can be able to find out where things really started for the DCU and where they're going.
What's on your mind?
I think this can be an interesting topic for discussion.
Within some relatively few years, and unless the laws are changed -again-, the oldest DC -and Marvel- heroes will begin entering the public domain.
What will happen then? Copyright laws are confusing, and I will not claim to understand them. I have heard all sorts of things: Will be DC unable to prevent someone else from collecting their older comicbooks? Or publishing their own comics featuring Superman or wheover? I do not know.
Anyway... Is someone looking forward to it?
On the one hand, online fans are constantly complaining about our favorite characters being mishandled: they have been subjected to terrible stories, their personalities and backgrounds have been twisted into something unrecognizable by people who do not like and/or understand them, and they have been used as event cannon fodder when DC's own mismanagement and inability to acknowledge and fix their mistakes have made them less popular and profitable. 90's fans usually blame DiDio, but this has been going on for decades.
So... Would it be so bad if someone else got their hands on them? It is said that "a known evil is better than an unknown good"... but given recent revelations regarding Zack Snyder's aborted plans for the movieverse, I am wondering if the devil we do not know would be so bad.
On the another hand... What if the unknown devil IS just so bad? What if they do not understand or care for the characters either? I have seldom found a movie adapting a book which I regard as superior to the original material. Personal opinion, but it annoys me when people who often have not bothered reading the original books declare The Lord Of the Rings movies are superior. And I really dislike Coppola's Dracula.
I am worried about people who have never touched a comic because they could not care less for the original stories, and whose knowledge of the characters is entirely comprised of false preconceived ideas ("Superman is boring and unrelatable because he is overpowered and perfect", "Supergirl is trash, useless and superfluous because she is a Superman's buxom ripoff", "Silver Age Lex Luthor hated Superman because made him go bald", "Aquaman talks to fishes", "Wonder Woman is like Xena or Red Sonja"), get their hands on DC's IPs. No doubt they will perpetuate false and harmful tropes ("Superman would go mad evil if Lois got killed", "Lois Lane and Wonder Woman are infatuated with Bruce Wayne/Batman", "Supergirl is her cousin's carbon copy", "Aquaman and Hawkman are useless", "Batman beats everyone and everything") or will decide "fix" them (right like JMS and Azzarello decided to "fix" Wonder Woman. Or Loeb and Kelly "fixed" Kara Zor-El).
And what about the less popular characters? Would they endure? Or would they become forgotten throughout the ages?
And yet... Comics being adapted by laymen would be necessary bad? I mean, all we have some kind of gripe about the CW, the DCAU, the movieverse... DC-approved official material made by non-fans... or a specific character's fanboys coughBruceTimmcough. Nonetheless, most of comics featuring a character are average at best, and their stories are full of contradictions, plotholes and rehashes.
Likewise, comics have been dying for decades. Nowadays, children do NOT care for them (and to be honest, I completely understand why). Comic-book super-heroes cannot depend on their original medium to survive.
What if potential whatevermakers are able to grasp the essentials even if they have not read a lot of comics? Or improving the original material?
What if it is a good story anyway? How many people who watched Disney's Little Mermaid have read Andersen's tale? Also, you can be surprised to learn there are half dozen of anime shows adapting The Little Mermaid, and I am sure that neither of them is faithful to the original tale.
...What does "original tale" even mean, anyway? Andersen was adapting an older story, after all. Folklore collectors like The Brothers Grimm, Alexander Afanasyev, Andrew Lang... often changed the tales that they were collecting.
I have watched a lot of movies featuring Robin Hood but I have never read the original lays.
So maybe it would not be so bad.
Someone would like weighing on?
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What you guys think of Superman and Lois?
The thing I believe that we need to be updated as how Alfred becomes Bruce Wayne's father figure. Since Bruce Wayne has always had next of kin who should have been the ones to take him in, because honestly Alfred becoming Bruce legal guardian has always been unrealistic.
in the current continuity Martha Kane has three brothers. Philip Kane who is basically a re-imagined version of Philip Wayne. and then there was the newly-introduced Jacob kane he's the father of Bruce's cousins Kate Kane and Beth Kane, the third brother is unnamed if his name is ever revealed its most likely Nathan Kane he's the father of Bette Kane.
the first one that can be eliminated is the third one since we have very little information on him.
now Jacob kane would probably be a more interesting possibility since he actually had kids Bruce would actually had a much more healthy home environment. the only problem is Jacob Kane family gets caught in the middle of a terrorist attack that rips the family apart with his wife dying and his one of his daughters seemingly killed as well she's later to be revealed to be alive in the Batwoman run, this would not be too good for Bruce's mental state since he would have survived two tragedies. This is the main reason why I don't think Bruce Wayne would end up in Jacob Kane's care.
Finally there's Phillip Kane out of all of Bruce's next of kin he's the most likely to became the legal guardian, first of all he resides in Gotham so Bruce would grow up in his home City. But since Philip would have to put a lot of his time in the running Wayne Enterprises he would rarely be home. So Bruce would be put into the care of Philip's Butler who would just so happen to be Alfred Pennyworth. This would be the most logical way for Alfred to become Bruce's surrogate father since he would be filling the role Philip can't provide.
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This isn’t dc but I can’t type in “comics” so, have you guys heard of Astro city
But it’s a really good comic book series and I just wanted to spread it out there and they’re just not rip off superheroes they have a really good story and I would like to suggest it to y’all. (My fave is Gentleman)
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All characters now can live for very long and age very slowly in the Linearverse, which makes all past stories canon. Yes I know, it sounds unbelievable, but it's true. So all past stories (canon anyway) are canon. How are we going to be dealing with this? And what are your thoughts on it?
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I am honestly confused about this. I honestly thought from lots of research that I did that he is at least Low 1-A to 1-A 😐
Aka. I believe that Darkseid is far stronger than advertised
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not scary in terms of cruel acts like the Joker, but in terms of appearance.
Power Girl has weakness to raw organic material (wood, stones, etc.)
In the past when Paralax was stuck inside the central battery of green Laterns, it had a weakness in yellow.
are there any other examples of stupid weaknesses?