Somehow, just about every child on the planet is convinced that Phantom is actually Jack Frost. How this happened, no one exactly knows. Except that Hal, Flash, Green Lantern, and Harley Quinn did the deed. Danny has mixed feelings about all this.
You know the Green Lanterns have their own shared Instagram.
Hal is fed up that everyone on Earth gives him shit for never showing up for Justice League crisis’ and posts a “meanwhile, fifty light years away…” video of him battling an army of Red Lanterns or Anti-Monitors or whatever after every major battle so he doesn’t have to keep explaining himself.
Guy finds embarrassing footage or photos from wherever he can get it – mainly, the Watchtower security cameras – and posts them in an effort to destroy somebody’s reputation. He wasn’t originally out to get Hal, it’s just that Hal tends to embarrass himself the most.
Kyle posts extremely aesthetic photos of different planets and star systems. His favourite subject is Mogo. Mogo doesn’t understand why Kyle keeps taking weirdly angled photos of him, but is more than happy to model anyway.
John is the only one who uses the media platform to inform the public. He posts very informative short reports on new species he encounters, and the chemical make up of different planets. NASA likes him the most.
Every Green Lantern is addressed with the title Green Lantern, such as “Green Lantern John Stewart” or “Green Lantern Guy Gardner”, except Kyle and Hal. Kyle’s posts are mysteriously absent of text, leaving the public with many questions, because he hasn’t figured out what he wants to use as his artist’s name yet. Hal goes by “Green Lantern GL” because he’s too paranoid for anything else. Recently, Guy has taken it upon himself to make up names for him in his posts. His favourite so far is “Green Lantern Gigantic Lamp”. He’s the only one who finds his lame nicknames hilarious.
Bonus: Barry steals Hal’s phone and takes a bunch of selfies with Hal when Hal isn’t paying attention. Those always get the most likes. Hal has no idea that those are nothing compared to the amount of random videos and photos Barry takes with his own Flash snapchat.
Kyle Rayner recommendations/why you like him? I've realized he's the one green lantern I know approximately nothing about (except that he dated Donna Troy, which I take as a sign he's clearly not terrible)
Kyle’s pretty great! He’s just this nice, sweet dude who happened to end up with the most powerful weapon in the universe. His original thing was this upbeat eagerness: he became a Lantern when the Corps wasn’t around, so his early days with the ring were pretty different than the others. He was the new guy who just really liked being a superhero and doing cool things with his new powers. I think he was sort of the most relatable Lantern. Were the Lantern corps a boy band, he would be the sensitive one who did art and liked dogs a lot.
what should i read if i wanna start reading some good kyle rayner?
The good news is that the Green Lantern writers don’t seem to have the same problems that the Bat writers do so I can genuinely say ‘well, anything and everything’ and not feel like i’m subjecting you to torment. (I recently tried the new 52 and while there are parts I can’t stand, it’s not as bad as the rest of DC’s titles I suppose. Faint praise.)
But honestly, 2004′s Green Lantern: Rebirth is one of the best starting off points to catch up on Green Lanterns, because the entire current mythos is basically based on that (which retconned a bunch of stuff) so it’s kind of the foundation for everything that comes after.
So, for new people who don’t want to go back to the 90s, start with GL: Rebirth (not the Rebirth Green Lanterns title, which is different) and then maybe look at the 2005 Green Lanterns Secret Origins issue because it has some cute and interesting stories (both have Kyle) and bios for the Lanterns which will help. Proceed to ignoring the Rann-Thanagar war because while it’s kind of relevant the actual mini-series isn’t that interesting and kind of confusing, and ties into Infinite Crisis, and it barely has any good Kyle to be perfectly honestly (there’s an exception one-shot but it’s AFTER–) go instead into Green Lanterns: Recharge, which is a mini-series that basically picks up after Rebirth, once you finish that then read the Rann-Thanagar War Infinite Crisis special because it’s actually relevant to Kyle’s development (wiki the backstory of the war tbh, or if you want to read the whole war do so, but only if you’re interested in more than just Kyle) and from there into Kyle’s Ion series (these are all mini-series so it’ll be quick).
Ion feeds directly into the Sinestro Corps War crossover, which is pretty good event and it’s at this point you’ll have definitely realized that not only is Hal Jordan an epic Space Dad but he’s Kyle’s Space Dad in particular even if both of them haven’t realized yet.
(Countdown stuff is roughly here, which is where you get the team up of Kyle, Donna and Jason and Bob the Monitor that is better in theory than execution but still a Fun Mess).
After that Kyle goes into the Green Lantern Corps Vol 2 run where he’s partnered with Guy. It’s a solid run and it’s at this point you’ll have realized that not only is Kyle a hopeless romantic who gets into relationships mostly to be in love (i’m not joking) but that none of them hold together very well. Poor boy. Possibly the worst thing the GL writers do is tell that Kyle’s relationships were better and more meaningful than they were (Jade, uh, literally cheats on him but that’s before Rebirth so you’ll be forgiven for having thought she was the love of his life for awhile).
Partway through the run Blackest Night happens, but it’s easy to place as you just need to follow Green Lantern Corps right the way through until War of the Green Lanterns crossover, which ends Post-Crisis for the GLs. By this point you’ll know Kyle very well. Here, either skip the new 52 and go right to Rebirth (some of Kyle’s new 52 run is good but mostly it’s eh and sometimes confusing in the context of everything else, so a wiki is just as decent as he’s honestly quite isolated in it) where he features in the current Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, which will literally take those earlier thoughts of Hal Jordan as Space Dad and basically draw hearts around them.
OR, you can detour back to the mid 90s and go for classic Kyle. Honestly at any point that you maybe get bored during the Green Lantern Corps run (it’s really long), you can just skip back to reading Kyle’s old 90s stuff. There’s some good stuff back there but a lot of it just isn’t very relevant anymore, but it’s good trivia because you’ll be able to realize when the GL writers are handwaving shit (they do it a lot but unlike the Bat writers it tends not to be too offensive so you mostly roll your eyes and wait for the next writer to come along and handwave it back).
100 things that Robin (Dick Grayson) is no longer allowed to do:
Not allowed to watch TV while on patrol.
Not even if it’s a slow night.
My proper title in the field is “Robin” not “The Fun One,” “The Guy With a Sense of Humor,” “Smart and Handsome,” “Fashionista,” “Sexy Pants,” “Robin’ Your Heart,” or anything but “Robin.”
Not allowed to threaten anyone with “Romany magic.”
Not allowed to challenge anyone’s disbelief in said magic by asking for personal items.
Not allowed to get any body altering-surgeries, except if absolutely necessary for preservation of life. 6a) “Necessary for preservation of life” applies only when judged to be so by an adult authority figure.
Captain Marvel does not qualify as an adult authority figure.
Not allowed to play “assassin” with a suction-cup dart pistol and any member of the GPCD or JLA.
Not allowed to add classmates I dislike to the Bat-Computer villain database. 9a) Not even if they’re bullies.
Not allowed to print “Batman-approved” stickers and sell them to supplement my allowance. 10a) Not allowed to print “Bat-approved” stickers and sell them to supplement my allowance. 10b) Not allowed to print “Robin-approved” stickers and sell them to supplement my allowance. 10c) Not even if I do approve the product. 10d) Not allowed to print stickers.
Not allowed to monetize my crime-fighting persona in any way, shape, or form.
Not allowed out of my bedroom when President Luthor visited Gotham.
God may not contradict any of my orders. 13a) No deity may contradict any of my orders. 13b) No mythical creature may contradict any of my orders.
May no longer perform my “Bobbin’ Robin Dance” while in uniform. 14a) May no longer perform my “Bobbin’ Robin Dance.”
May not call any member of the GCPD or JLA unflattering names, even if I’m right. 15a) Exceptions may be made for Green Lantern Hal Jordan.
Must not taunt extra-terrestrials any more.
Must attempt not to antagonize extra-terrestrial ambassadors.
Must never ask Batman if he’s been smoking crack. 18a) Due to the very real possibility of an unknowingly drugged Batman, however, I may run blood tests at my discretion. 18b) “At my discretion” does not mean whenever I’m ticked off at Batman. 18c) I am not permitted to run a blood test without the knowledge, approval, and cooperation of Alfred or an adult member of the JLA. 18d) Green Lantern Hal Jordan’s knowledge, approval, and cooperation is not sufficient in order to run a blood test.
Not allowed to train stray dogs to follow Batman and Robin.
I do not have “Samson-like powers” and for as long as I live under Bruce Wayne’s roof I am required to keep my hair cut to a reasonable length. 20a) Alfred Pennyworth is the sole judge of what constitutes “a reasonable length.”
Must not tell any member of the GCPD or JLA that I am smarter than they are, especially if it’s true. 21a) Exceptions may be made for Green Lantern Hal Jordan.
Must never confuse rational extraterrestrials with extraterrestrial plants, animals, or rock formations.
Never tell Martian Manhunter that “We’re gonna conquer Mars!”
Don’t tell alien abduction jokes in front of extraterrestrial members of the JLA, even if they’re really funny.
Never take the batteries out of Alfred’s alarm clock (Even if I want to sleep in on the weekend).
The Green Lanterns, Green Arrow, and Martian Manhunter are not “After me frosted lucky charms.”
Not allowed to wake my teammates by repeatedly banging on the head with a bag of trash. If I do I deserve whatever I get.
Not allowed to let sock puppets take responsibility for any of my actions. 28a) Not allowed to delegate any of my responsibilities to sock puppets.
Not allowed to chew gum on patrol. 29a) Not allowed to chew gum in bed. 29b) Not allowed to chew gum.
Can’t have flashbacks to wars I was not in.
It’s “Dr. Thompkins,” not “Dr. Feelgood.”
Not allowed to ask for the day off on the basis that the world is going to end. 32a) Not even if the world is going to end.
I do not have super-powers. 33a) I do not need to inform criminals that I do not have super-powers.
Motivational posters are not allowed in the Bat-cave.
Face paint is not a mask.
I am not authorized to officiate a wedding.
I am not authorized to fire members of the GCPD or JLA.
I am not authorized to fire Batman.
Not allowed to trade Bat equipment for “magic beans.”
Not allowed to sell magic beans while on patrol. 40a) Not allowed to sell magic beans.
May not make posters depicting the failings of any adult authority figure in my life. 41a) Exceptions may be made for Green Lantern Hal Jordan.
Batman’s decisions do not need to be ratified by a ¾ majority.
Evil clowns are not a joke and I will not tell Batman or Alfred that there is one under my bed unless there is actually an evil clown under my bed.
There is no “Anti-Mime campaign” and I do not need to paint my face in solidarity.
I may not wear a tinfoil hat while on patrol unless informed otherwise.
I am not authorized to prescribe medication.
I may not trade Batman, Alfred, or any member of the JLA or GCPD to any foreign entity. 47a) Extraterrestrials qualify as a foreign entity.
I may not file for excused absences with my school on the grounds that “I was kicking serious bad-guy butt.” Even though it’s true.
The bottom half of my Robin uniform is not optional. 49a) The top half of my Robin uniform is not optional. 49b) No part of my Robin uniform is optional. I picked it out, I have to wear it.
Not allowed to quote Dr. Seuss to Martian Manhunter as “The greatest earth poet ever to live.”
Not allowed to ask extraterrestrial members of the JLA about the “Giant Space Ants.”
I am not to take orders from the “Giant Space Ants.”
I am not the “Bad cop.”
I am not allowed to steal any component of Batman’s uniform with the express purpose of mocking him. 54a) I am not allowed to steal any component of any JLA member’s uniform with the express purpose of mocking him or her. 54b) Exceptions may be made for Green Lantern Hal Jordan.
I am not allowed to take any Bat equipment to school for show-and-tell.
The bats in the Bat-cave are wild animals, not pets, and I must not try to train any of them to perch on my finger.
The bats in the Bat-cave belong in the Bat cave, not in the living room, not in any of the bedrooms, and absolutely not in the pantry or kitchen.
I cannot arrest children for being rude. 58a) I cannot arrest adults for being rude. 58b) Being rude is not a punishable offence.
I am neither the king, queen, princess, prince, duke, duchess, baron, baroness, lord, or lady of cheese and may not exact levies, tolls, or taxes on anyone who wishes to eat cheese.
If I ever put a potato in the Bat-mobile’s exhaust pipes again I will lose all front-seat privileges for the rest of my life.
May not refer to Alfred as “Mom.”
May not form any press gangs.
May not switch the coffee out for decaf. Ever.
May not challenge members of the GCPD or JLA to “the field of honor." Especially not the metahumans.
I may not attempt "Something I saw in my cartoons last Saturday.”
I may not inform reporters that Bruce Wayne is actually Superman. 66a) I may not inform reporters that Alfred is actually Batman.
Crucifixes, garlic, and silver do not ward off Batman and I should not test that theory.
“To kick bad-guy butt while wearing a ridiculous outfit” is a bad long-term goal to give my school counselor. Even though it’s true.
Must not take out the Bat-mobile with the express purpose of “squishing” things.
I must not confess to crimes that took place before I was born.
I do not get “That time of month” and I am not given time off for “Aunt Flo’s visit.”
Not allowed to taunt Commissioner Gordon with cigarettes when he’s trying to quit smoking.
Not allowed to use “It’s okay, my guardian’s rich” as an excuse for anything.
If the idea of something makes me laugh for an extended period of time it is safe to assume that I am not permitted to do it.
Must not mock Batman in front of the press.
I am not allowed to preface the disclosure of any previously sustained injury with “Hey, watch this!”
The chandeliers in the manor are off limits. No exceptions.
"Give it a few weeks" is not an appropriate response to the news of a JLA member’s death. 78a) Not even if I turn out to be correct afterwards.
I am not permitted to send written applications for the position of “Sidekick” to any other superhero.
Being grounded does not qualify me as a hostage and I shall not call the police.
His name is Penny-one in the field, not “Bat-butler.”
I am not to use a broadsword in an attempt to disprove “The pen is mightier than the sword.”
Alfred is not old enough to have fought in the War for American Independence and I should stop implying that he did.
Any song with a verse past number four must never be sung ever again. 84a) Every line of “99 bottles of beer on the wall” counts as one verse.
Putting candy into a prescription bottle and then downing them all at one go in full sight of an adult authority figure is not funny and I will be given an emetic every time I do so.
Potentially dangerous substances belong in the Bat-cave, not in my bedroom.
I am to sleep in my bed, not on the canopy, under the mattress, on the floor, or anywhere else in the bedroom.
If I become hungry on patrol I may ask for a protein bar from Batman: I may not go “Trick-or-treating,” begging, or ask for payment from any citizen in the form of food.
It is not okay to hide in the morgue in order to scare the medical examiner.
Video games are not training exercises.
I do not need “a more suitable host body.”
I am not to label things in the Bat-cave any more.
The phrase “Holy ____, Batman” is only permitted once per night.
“I’m drunk” is a bad response to any question posed to me by the press. I am not drunk, and saying otherwise is a good way to get the CPS to show up.
The JLA comm link is not a forum on which for me to voice my opinions.
Putting out advertisements for a ‘replacement Batman’ is not an acceptable way to vent frustrations.
I am not permitted to form a “Robin fan-club” and request funding from Bruce Wayne for the same.
I am not permitted to steal JLA equipment in order to pass it off as my science fair project for school. If I left my project until the last minute it is then my duty to make a crappy baking-soda-and-vinegar volcano and take the ‘C’.
When Batman engages a suspect, fetching popcorn is not the appropriate response.
I am not to call the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement on extraterrestrial members of the JLA.
Continuing and ending the first part, here are my TOP 10 favorite DC Universe Animated Original Movies.
#10. JUSTICE LEAGUE THE NEW FRONTIER
The first Justice League film, was an adaptation of the famous comic with the same name, and it turns out a great movie. With very simplistic designs and great animation, it’s set in the post-war 50s, and it focuses mainly on Martian Manhunter’s arrival on Earth and how he tries to blend in, passing as a detective but it also focuses more on Hal Jordan’s journey to becoming Green Lantern. While all this happens, there’s something called The Centre that is possessing and obsessing villains and regular people all over the world. The suspense of trying to found out what The Centre is and why it’s affecting everyone is what makes this movie great, but sadly, it can’t live up to it’s hype, and a giant island that produces dinosaurs from within isn’t exactly what I was expecting. What I can figure out is that it’s a movie about the Justice League, focusing on the heroes and how they reunite to work together, so the villain isn’t really that much important to the plot, cause they just need a threat to unite, but still, something more interesting would have made this movie even better. The opening scene is excellent, if you don’t get chills after watching a suicide in a first-person point of view… then your emotions are as dead as Mr. Freeze’s! Overall, a great movie with an excellent build up that dissapoints in the end. 7.5 out of 10.
#9. SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES
This movie was a lot of fun. A very simple plot, Luthor is the president so he declares Superman a public enemy and puts a billion dollar bounty on him. What follows is an hour of both heroes and villains alike trying to take Superman and Batman down, some wanting the billion dollars, some working for Luthor’s government. There’s not much more to it, it’s a simple movie, fast forward with a lot of action, great animation and featuring the talents of the classic voices of the DC Animated Universe… that makes it worth watching alone. Superman and Batman interacting is great, you can really tell they’re close friends and trust each other with their lives. People may complain about the muscled-up look most of the characters have in the movie, but it didn’t really bothered me, after all, if you are a superhero, you have to be in the best shape possible! What could have made this movie better, and it’s just a detail, but Luthor declares a public enemy to Superman alone, and Batman just tags along with him, so it takes the importance of the movie a little more towards Superman. I would have liked it more if Batman had been also thrown in as an accomplice or something like that, so they are all after him as much as they are after Superman. So basically, it’s a great, fun movie that doesn’t really do anything wrong, but doesn’t impress either. 7.5 out of 10.
#8. JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM
Very similar in spirit to Public Enemies, it has a simple plot: Vandal Savage provides villains of the Justice League with contingency plans made by Batman to kill the other members of the heroes. It would have worked much better as a twist if this hadn’t been revealed early on in the film description! That kinda ruined the moment, because it’s a great scene in the film, when Batman starts realizing that someone had used his contingency plans, so he rushes to help everybody. While I’ve already stated my dislike of Cyborg, he wasn’t bad in this film actually, he didn’t replace anybody, he was just the new guy helping out with cool tech, so I liked his character here, but you could tell, they were trying to slowly squeeze him into the Justice League movies as he apparently is getting very popular in the comics, like in the New 52… I could think of any other reason why replace great characters with Cyborg and Shazam into the league. But I won’t get into that again. The great voices return (Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, etc), so that alone makes it worth watching. Vandal Savage is a very interesting villain, so immortal as he is, it was obvious that the way he was going to loose would be kind of a cheat, that’s the only bad thing about the movie. A very fun, action packed movie, with great voice actors. 7,5 out of 10.
#7. BATMAN YEAR ONE
An adaptation of one of Batman’s most famous stories, being as great as it is by itself, kinda disappointed me. Still, it’s good enough to earn the #7 spot. Being one of the few (or maybe the only one) stories that I had actually read a bunch of times before the release of the movie, I was really excited. So when the movie is an extremely faithful adaptation, following the story page by page, dialogue by dialogue, and the comic you’re adapting, it’s one of the most acclaimed comics of all time, how can you go wrong? Well, for me, it lacked a little bit of soul, of heart. It felt sometimes like if they were doing it in automatic mode. Mainly this could be due to Ben McKenzie’s dull performance of Batman, in what was probably my least favorite Batman voice. He felt bored, dull, not interested at all. It didn’t feel like it was really Batman. Curiously enough, he’s going to play James Gordon in the upcoming series Gotham. Talking about Gordon, he steals the show here. Bryan Cranston pulls a great, very human Gordon and makes the story focus on him. While I loved the comic, when I was reading it and imagining it as a movie (I do that with every comic I read) I thought that it might not work very well as a movie. Because it doesn’t feel like one movie, but more like events that go through the year… and that’s kinda what it is supposed to be, so it’s just a weird feel that the film gives. I also think the climax scene was very anti-Batman, he isn’t even in his suit, it’s clear daylight… that was one of my main thoughts while reading the comic and thinking about an animated movie. Still, it is an awesome story, with great action, awesome scenes, moments, character designs and animation, and it’s as good as a Year One adaptation could be. 8 out of 10.
#6. SUPERMAN VS THE ELITE
I really liked this movie. While I think most people didn’t, I really enjoyed it. Most people hated Superman’s design, but well, I didn’t love it, but I didn’t have a problem with it either, I just loved the simple animation look this movie has. But most importantly, what makes this movie so good is the moral debate that is featured. Should criminals be killed or not? By the time I watched this movie, the same topic was in the air were I lived, since most people grew tired of not feeling safe and whenever they’d catch a robber, they’d beat him up, going to such extremes that in 1 case, the robber died. So it’s a topic very present in the actual world, and it was very well represented through the film. While the villains weren’t that interesting, and the dragon-lady sexual innuendoes were a bit annoying, they served their purpose, to give the people a definitive answer to crime. And that is so interesting! The villain here is not trying to kill everyone or conquer the universe, he’s putting an end to crime. How about that! Sadly, they had to turn The Elite into a lame villain because they were actually proving a point, so they became evil because Superman punched Manchester Black. It was kind of a bad escape to have an evil villain and a good Superman, but it ended up helping to make a great scene with an ‘evil’ Superman. Great film. 8.5 out of 10.
#5. GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS
This is a very underrated movie. I didn’t have much knowledge about the Green Lantern Corps, except for the most famous characters (Kilowog, etc) so maybe that helped the fact that I loved learning about characters that were new for me, and the stories itself are all of them very good, some better than others. The ones I liked the most were 'The first lantern’, 'Kilowog’ and specially 'Mogo Doesn’t Socialize’. Since I had never heard of Mogo, I was just as desperate as Bolphunga to find out where the heck was Mogo hiding, and the twist just blew my mind! I loved it, specially because it had a very different feel to the other segments, the backgrounds of the Mogo planet seemed different, and it reminded me of the movie 'Heavy Metal’. The Abin Sur segment was great too, dealing with prophecies and destiny, and the 'Laira’ segment was probably the one I didn’t really cared for, but it wasn’t bad either. The final battle with Krona was just a simple action scene to end the movie and give the film a sense of unity, but it’s nothing special as the segments are what shine here. I was pleasantly surprised with this one, and it remains one of my favorites. 8.5 out of 10.
#4. BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD
While I think this is an excellent movie, I think it is a little overrated. It’s by all means a Batman movie, Gotham City looks spectacular, the characters and locations chosen for the movie are perfect, voice actors, animation, character designs, it all works. Black Mask was a personal favorite character of mine, he is great in the movie, and is the perfect example of a good use of the PG 13 rating, it doesn’t feel forced just because he can curse he curses, no, it feels natural to his character, that’s the mistake some movies on this line are doing, they do stuff just because they have PG-13 rating (Harley and Deadshot sex scene? What purpose was that for? How did that improved the film?) instead of doing stuff that is natural to the characters and the story and that is PG-13 material, this movie and The New Frontier are good examples of this. I hope you understand what I’m trying to say. The voice actors were overall great, Bruce Greenwood does an excellent Batman that feels natural and right from the start. He was so good that they called him to play Batman on Young Justice. While John DiMaggio did a good Joker, I can’t help to feel like it’s Bender talking, so I didn’t like it that much. The other thing I didn’t like was how all the movie was played out like a mystery movie of finding out who is under the red hood, when it’s made pretty much obvious since the opening scene and all other references made during the movie. They didn’t even tried to distract us with something else, like they did with Andrea’s father in Mask Of The Phantasm and Jordan Pryce in Return of The Joker. So if it was obvious from the beggining, I’m not sure I would have played this one as a mystery, because, while Bruce gets the shock of his life when Jason’s and Red Hood’s blood samples match, I doubt anyone else felt that way watching the movie. I also didn’t like the ending, it left me hanging there thinking, 'so what happened?’. Still, it’s a classic Batman movie, it’s all a Batman movie should be. 9 out of 10.
#3. JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS
This was as close as we ever got to see the DC Animated Universe return. It was originally going to be a return to it, filling the gaps between Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, and it was going to be called 'Justice League: Worlds Collide’. Ultimately, that idea was turned down, yet the movie saw the light in a way that removed any links to the original series, for example, having Hal Jordan as Green Lantern instead of John Stewart. Still, if you use your imagination, it does work as a tie in to JLU, having the original members accepting to add new members, the invisible jet, etc. Alternate universes and stories are always fun, and this movie was no exception. Featuring a rouge Justice League called the Crime Syndicate and a heroic Lex Luthor, that world and ours collide for a very interesting movie. The amount of cameos is so high that you have to pause the movie if you want to catch them all, but the best ones are probably Harley Quinn re imagined as The Jester’s monkey pet, and Deathstroke as the president of the United States. While mid-way through the movie it has been just a fun adventure with not really any superb moments, there comes James Woods and his chilling performance as Owlman. He completly steals the show by tricking the Crime Syndicate into doing his own agenda, which is a very dark one: destroy all existence. The logic behind this action is actually very interesting, with the logic that in every decision, 2 universes are created for each one of them, so by destroying the original Earth (parallel Earths are created from this one), all reality will follow. The climatic Batman vs Owlman fight is amazing, a little dark maybe that because of Batman, 2 people died, that was very dark! It’s an excellent movie and one of DC’s very finest. 9.5 out of 10.
#2. JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE FLASHPOINT PARADOX
Well, this one was as dark as it can get. Probably an attempt to make a solo Flash movie, DC seems to be overly cautious when dealing characters that are not Batman or Superman. So they label it as a Justice League film, but with a focus on one of the members. A similar thing will be done on the next movie to be released, 'Throne Of Atlantis’, which will focus on Aquaman. So this film again is about an alternate universe, but this one is even worse than the Crime Syndicate one. The world is about to be destroyed because of a war between the Amazons and the Atlanteans, Batman is now Thomas Wayne, and he’s much more violent than the Batman we all know. All this because Flash went back in time to save his mother from murder. Actually, we weren’t supposed to know that before watching the film. But again, the movie description included that detail, so we all knew that before watching the film, so it’s another twist ruined, because you watch the movie and Flash just assumes it was Zoom who changed all reality, and he finally realizes it’s his own fault for going back in time to save his mother, in what is supposed to be an epic reveal in the movie… we all knew it before even the film started. So, not the movie’s fault, but the people who gave it away’s fault. Besides that detail, this movie is epic, the twists on the characters are great, I specially liked the Superman twist, it was dark, scary and emotional. Batman was really badass and his relationship with Barry was great. Again, the amount of cameos is huge and you have to keep an eye for them: Lex Luthor, Deathstroke, Abin Sur, Aqualad, Black Manta, Captain Atom, Etrigan, and the list goes on and on. Cyborg was handled well for the movie and I think he was a nice addition to the movie, it worked here. Pretty much an epic movie with epic characters and moments, very dark, very violent but not for the sake of it, it just had to be that way, and it works perfectly. 9,5 out of 10.
#1. BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS
I don’t think it’s a surprise that this one’s #1. Adapting the famous comic book, this one has an edge over the rest of them that makes the story more epic: It’s done in 2 parts, so you get a 150 minute movie instead of a 75 minute movie. This worked extremely well, because it was not rushed, they took every moment of the comic and adapted it 'nice and easy’ I’d say, without having to worry that much about running time. If the movie would be just one 75 minute movie, it would probably suffer a lot of cuts, the Two-Face subplot would be cut, probably Batman would have fought the mutant leader just once…. it wouldn’t have worked. Luckily, I can’t praise high enough the decision to make this a 2 part movie. Part 1 takes it’s time to reintroduce Batman, his first fight against the mutant leader and in the climax, the final fight and win, with an awesome cliffhanger teasing the Joker. Part 2 couldn’t come any sooner. Part 2 was even better, because of course, it’s the climatic end to an actual single story, so it’s only natural Part 2 would be more intense. One of the best scenes in animation takes place in the Batman Vs Joker ultimate fight. In one of the darkest moments, and with a lot of suspense, The Joker murders countless people and it’s one of the most chilling moments of the movie, with Batman being so pissed that he attemps to kill him. With now Gordon retired, Ellen Yindel is the Commissioner and she doesn’t accept Batman’s ways. So we have another element that it’s now almost a classic on Batman movies: Batman being chased by the police. One of the best moments is when Yindel yells at Batman 'Stop, you son of a b–’ and he just throws a punch at her, not really trying to actually hurt her, but in a 'I’m sick of you, stop bothering me’ kind of way. Peter Weller is an excellent old time Batman, I loved his performance, this movie was 100% accurate with castings and everyone did a stellar job. David Selby was a perfect Gordon, Ariel Winter did a fantastic take on Carrie Kelly/Robin, Michael Emerson maybe sounded a little weird for me at first as The Joker, but you’re into Part 2 five minutes and it just blows you away how chilling his performance is. I also specially loved Michael Jackson as Alfred, one of the best since Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Mark Valley also did a great job as Superman. Superman. The climax of the movie is one of the most famous comic book moments of all time, Batman Vs. Superman. In an epic battle that divides fans all around the world, Batman had all the help he could get in order to fight Superman, which he could beat once and for all in another epic moment. Watching this movie (or reading the comic , of course) one realizes how much this influenced The Dark Knight Rises, and for the best. I think I don’t need to list any more reasons why this movie is excellent and is up there with Mask of The Phantasm and Return of The Joker in the top batman animated movies. Just go and watch it, if you haven’t, you’re missing out on something huge. 10 out of 10.
oda said All of the Devil Fruits seem to have no real upward limit on how they can be used, except for the user's imagination. like a green lantern ring. so its quite possible that say someone can learn how to use wapols df to eat abstract concepts like pain. or the wash wash no mi on a persons mind a few examples or kumas ability to push things up to including the abstract concept of pain. or luffys gear 2 or gear 3
I have heard that idea before, but I’ll need to see a source on where Oda said “Devil Fruits are limited only by imagination” because I’m not seeing it myself.
However, even if Oda did say that Devil Fruits are only limited by the user’s imagination… the series itself has made it clear that this isn’t true. Hell, Oda has even directly said that some fruits are objectively better than others (vol. 79 SBS)
D: About the powers from the Dressrosa Arc that Doflamingo’s officers have… are they pretty much just improved versions of the abilities that the Baroque Works members had (so like Ton Ton → Kilo Kilo, Beta Beta → Doru Doru, Buki Buki → Supa Supa, and Pamu Pamu → Bomu Bomu)? from TaokaS43
O: It’s true that “superior” devil fruit abilities are a thing, but as of now, it’s pretty much just these four pairs
Ton Ton > Kilo Kilo, Hie Hie > Yuki Yuki, Magu Magu > Mera Mera, Buki Buki > Supa Supa
And many, many Devil Fruits have clear limitations on their powers. For example, Buggy’s. Buggy cannot make his feet fly, and he has a limited range for being able to move his body parts around in based on where his feet are
Bon-chan needs to touch a person’s face before he can transform himself into their appearance. Foxy’s Noro Noro beam slows things down for exactly 30 seconds. Shiki cannot make living things other than himself float. Gladius cannot make organic things other than himself rupture. Blackbeard is a logia, but he cannot become intangible due to the properties of the the fruit’s powers (it’s darkness/gravity, and thus draws things into himself–he can’t become intangible and spread out). Oda has also said that there is a limit to how much Marco can regenerate.
Some parts of DF powers can indeed to changed with training, and vary with the strength and imagination of the user. For example, Whitebeard’s earthquakes. If you gave someone really weak the Gura Gura no Mi, would they be able to create earthquakes as powerful as Whitebeard’s? Probably not. Could Luffy have used his Gear Fourth technique back at the start of the series, even if he did already have the idea for it? Heck no, because the technique is dependent on having Armament Haki. And Buggy–the area in which Buggy is able to control his body parts is probably linked to how strong he is. If Buggy was much, much stronger, he would probably have a larger area in which he could use his powers. And if he had Armament Haki, he could do things like coat his body party in Haki and pummel people with powerful blows from every direction. But is “imagination” alone enough to do those things? No, not even close. Buggy can’t make his feet fly too just by imagining it. Buggy can’t change the space he can use his powers in just by imagining it.
As Crocodile said,
It’s not just about having a DF power alone. Lots and lots of things go into how strong a DF user is. Is imagination a part of it? Hell yeah imagination is a part of it. Would Luffy ever have been able to come up with his Gears if he wasn’t as creative as he is? Nope. But it’s not just about imagination either. It’s about what the DF is capable of, imagination to come up with new ways of using it, the raw strength and stamina to use it’s abilities to the peak of what they are capable of, training to make sure you can do things well and effectively, and more (like Law needing extensive medical knowledge in order to make full use of his DF abilities). Oh, and lets also not forget that “Awakened” Devil Fruit users are also a thing. That is yet another factor that can change what a DF user can do.
So yeah, there are LOTS of factors that change what a Devil Fruit can do. However, that doesn’t change the fact that fruits still have a scope of possible powers that exists regardless of the user’s imagination and how strong they are. Like Bellamy’s fruit. Bellamy can turn his body parts into springs. How strong Bellamy himself is influences how powerful his springs are. Imagination and creativity could help Bellamy come up with all sorts of new, useful, and powerful ways to use his powers. And hell, if Bellamy became “Awakened,” he would apparently be able to change other shit into springs too and control them.
However, Bellamy can still only ever do shit with springs. Even with the wildest imagination possible, he’d still only be able to do spring related stuff. And that is very different from Law. Because Law’s powers aren’t something nearly as specific as “springs,” or “rubber” or “doors” or “magma.” His power is pretty much “I can do whatever the fuck I want”
His power can literally be described as “the ability to control everything within a defined amount of space” (an amount of space that can be as large as an entire mountain). That is sure as hell a lot more versatile and powerful than “springs.”
In the last part of the SBS question I posted earlier, Oda said, “a superior ability does not necessarily equate to the character’s strength. No ability alone guarantees victory in combat.” This is true. As I’ve been describing, there are many many factors that influence how strong a DF user is. However, some fruits are just way, way freaking better than other fruits. And Law’s DF is one of the most ridiculously powered in the entire series. If it wasn’t it wouldn’t be valued at 5 BILLION Beli. If you gave the Ope Ope no Mi to some weak jerk with no brains and no imagination, then he’d probably never become all that strong. But again, the point I’ve been making is about potential. Law’s DF fruit has far more potential and far more uses than almost any other fruit we’ve seen in the entire series.
i feel like the reason why superman always seems to have the most forgettable film adaptations is because the people who direct it always try to go the serious route with his story arcs when in reality dc knows that superman is kind of a bullshit hero with stereotypical powers and the small bit of superman I’ve dabbled in had a lot of comic relief in it, probably because there’s nothing special about him otherwise.
i mean look at how marvel is handling ant man like the marketing surrounding it. its very self aware and kind of like “yeah he’s a crappy hero but you can guarantee this movie is gonna be entertaining even if he kind of sucks” and even tho superman isn’t THAT awful the people who adapt it should have really picked up on marvel’s ability to keep their movies entertaining and silly at times and how audiences have reacted positively to it. even tho not every hero on their roster is a winner it doesn’t matter because they know how to adapt it and keep the story balanced so even boring heroes have movies worth saying something about.
that’s why marvel dominates the superhero film genre honestly – they know how to make their material work. meanwhile every big budget dc adaptation has been deathly serious except for like adam west as batman which was embarrassing and green lantern which was also embarrassing and a flop
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AN: I’m glad so many of you are enjoying this. It’s the first thing I’ve written since my favourite dog died suddenly, she was so intelligent and loving, she was like a child to me and I’ve been blocked ever since. I’ve never not been able to write before, not even when I was being stalked, and writing is how I deal with life’s problems, so I’ve been a total mess. I thought I’d break myself back in slowly with this little fantasy, so it’s great to know this has been so well received. :)