Monday, June 23, 2014

Exegesis of the Non-Theological Variety

This entire post is commentary on the following article: "10 DC Superhero Team-Ups We’d Like to See After Batman V Superman & Green Lantern/The Flash" You've been warned.

10. "Fish Out of Water" jokes aside, awesome idea. In fact, the similarity of Ben Affleck to Jason Mamoa's Stargate: Atlantis co-star Joe Flanigan (Or vice versa? Whatever...) makes this an even more interesting proposition.  Hell, they could make a live action movie of the Batman: Brave and the Bold with Black Manta using Aquaman's jealous brother to destroy Atlantis. I'd watch...

9.  I'm not feeling this one. If there are more variations on any characters in the DC Universe than these two, I'm unaware of them.  The most well-known versions, are mob daughter Helena Bertinelli and Power Girl isn't an alternate universe Supergirl but her clone. "Batman and Catwoman had a daughter?" Well, yes, and no... A live action version of this would make as much sense as Canadian science fiction...

8. Love this! Viewers of the Justice League cartoon can see this.  To give you a taste, I recommend the fan fic story "A Cold Reception in Central City" which as you might remember was written by me. Also watch the episodes "Brave and the Bold," "Maid of Honor" and "This Little Piggy." Need more proof? A "shipper video" not created by me:

7. Not gonna happen. Also, Miguel Ferrer played Martian Manhunter at least once. Implying only African Americans have a deep enough voice is kind of racist...

6. I like this idea although when did Green Arrow become a bigger DC hero than Hawkman?

5. This is a fantastic idea.  Anyone who has seen Man of Steel knows this version of Superman is not the "Boy Scout" he used to be so the difference between these two characters is different than even in the  Justice League cartoon:

4. This is analogous to a Black Widow/Hawkeye movie. Would I watch it? Probably. Would general audiences? Doubt it.

3. Too obvious...

2. Not as interesting as a Batman/Wonder Woman movie.  In that scenario, you're replacing Superman with Wonder Woman.  Here you have two super-strong people kicking ass.  Sure, it would be enjoyable but what's actual target the audience? Women who like Michael Bay movies?

1. This does not count as a team-up.  Batman and Robin go together like ham and cheese or bacon and eggs.  Personally, I'd rather see a Batman/Batgirl movie anyway.  If they ever did add a sidekick to the Nolan-verse, I thought it would be awesome for Ellen Page to show up as Barbara. This is not as interesting to me with Ben Affleck but maybe Emma Watson instead? (Daniel Radcliffe reportedly wanting to be Robin did not cross my mind until about a second after...)          

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Something For Everyone?

1. Took the cat to the vets for nail trim. Paid $20! For 5 minutes of work! (Those against raising the minimum wage, don't comment. The tech won't see much if any of that money so the argument is beyond moronic.) Officially, I have a roommate who's never here and has a severe cat allergy anyway. Also, it takes my aunt coming over just to get him the carrier so doing it at home isn't an option. Plus, he's at least 11 years old and isn't as cooperative as he was when he arrived at age 8; which was hardly at all anyway. The point is, if I ever could do it at home I certainly can't now.  This is the second issue I've had with this local clinic. A few years ago, they stopped stocking the cat's medicine in a form he'd actually take due to lack of popularity. (Those who know me know how I hate this explanation...) To their credit, the first time (first 2 times actually) I brought Amos in after my medical issues of last year, they actually asked how I was doing...

2. Remember I did a whole blog post on Antman? Well, recently it was announced the equally derided character at rival DC comics, Aquaman will be in the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and then the follow-up Justice League. Both members are founding members of he premiere teams Avengers and Justice League.  Antman's 4 appearances in cartoon form showed him to be an arrogant jerk to be sure but taken seriously. On the hand, Aquaman, in one episode of Super Friends pulled a fourth of of a billion ton asteroid with a scooter.  Anyway, I find it amusing...

3. Last night, the city council voted for a 5 cent "bag tax" for when you don't bring reusable bags with you. The law also requires places to stop using Styrofoam. I certainly don't have a problem with the second point but I do question the the first part. Currently, I use plastic bags to scoop out the litter box and line the wastebaskets.  How do people who are against paper and plastic bags dispose of cat poop? Do they create a pocket dimension like Green Lantern to put it in?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Primary Thoughts

I have been eligible to vote for about 17 and half years. This is the first year I can remember, living and in two states where a lot of stuff actually happened during the primary elections.  This is the current state of affairs in this country of ours.  Sure, incumbents moving on to other things or retiring leaving seats open has always happened and are one thing but this year, people are turning on the incumbents. Oddly, in offices as in innocuous as county sheriff.

Here in Cumberland County, Maine, the democrat Kevin Joyce had two incidents at the jail where where prisoners sneaked into the other part to "get to know" another prisoner better. This seemed to be challenger Mark Edes entire reason for running. (The fact, to me, that security is a Republican issue yet there isn't one running speaks a volume or two about my county.) I admit I voted for Edes since if he felt he could do a better job might as well give him a shot. To be clear, I have no problem with Joyce and am not disappointed at all he pulled it out.

I don't live in the 2nd Congressional District but why would that stop me from commenting? Democratic incumbent Mike Michaud decided to run for Governor this year so this left his seat.  I am so glad I do not live in this district as, judging just by the primaries, this race to November will be ugly. Democrat Emily Cain, though claiming she's known for reaching across the aisle seems straight forward party line (including Obama/Clinton hand-motions). On the other side, Bruce Poliquin's ads, admittedly aimed at Republicans, imply he's 2/3 of a Warren Zevon song; specifically guns and money. I'm curious to see how they try to bridge the gap.

Back in town, we had to decide on a proposed ordinance change to create a commission to oversee possible sale of open space within city limits.  This started when the Eastland hotel wanted to buy the adjacent and frankly crappy Congress Square Park. More "activist-minded" residents, spoke out. The city should not have license to do that without proper authority which, on the surface, makes a lot of sense. (Except for why do we elect them at all if we don't trust them with city business? Keep in mind, the council already can't touch the "real parks" such as Deering Oaks. Anyway, the measure passed. Hopefully, a new offer to revitalize the space so that attracts more than the homeless and skateboarders (Even though there are actual signs that say no loitering or skateboarding...) can still be possible.   (I will say though, what does one do in a park if you can't loiter?)           

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