Friday, May 30, 2014

Days of Future Past wasn't long enough!

How funny is it that I'm beginning to enjoy the Marvel films, especially the X-men franchise, more so than DC's failed attempts at booting up their cinematic universe?

I don't blame Zack Snyder, Martin Campbell, or even Nolan's close ended Batman franchise for doing this. Nevertheless, I am beginning to wonder if there are intentional acts of sabotage being committed across the multiverse. These movies are very standalone, as if each director wants to keep the other competition out of their world. Man of Steel, granted, is the start of a new universe but Campbell's Green Lantern would never have fit inside that world. Nolan's Batman is too realistic as well. So in the upcoming months as people leak set photos of the new Batman/Superman film, I am intrigued to see what happens.

Maybe Zack will become some cinephile doppelganger of Geoff Johns?

Days of Future Past was a good one. I enjoyed the nuances, the subtle attention to detail in the continuum. It reminds me like Bioshock: Infinite; an immersible, pleasurable universe that is oddly familiar, yet widely divergent. Wolverine's lack of adamantium was an homage to the comicbook origins. Quicksilver's beatdown of a room of guards while listening to "Time in a Bottle" by Jim Croce was an homage to the mind-altering psychotropic drugs of the late 60s and early 70s, likewise. It was a "romp" (whatever that has come to mean in popular film critique).

This weekend I plan to do a few things, mostly write. It's very exciting to actually begin to have the back and fourth between me and Phil on the comic. I'm still tight lipped about it. The whole concept is a surprise that you'll all have to wait for to be revealed come November. This is a blessing I think. I'm able to really fine tune the script details as the time goes on. Right now I'm working on issue #5, but there are still script problems in issue #1. Luckily, me and Phil love comics just as much as fixing them.

Health problems aside, I've been taking it easy, trying to find a happy medium between work and play. Video games are a good outlet, along with jogging and exercise. There's some progress there, believe it or not. SPOILERS: I don't have cancer, according to my CT scan and ultrasound. One step at a time I guess.


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