On this episode of Nerd & Tie we visit the DC Carnival of Sadness with news that Supergirl will be a procedural and that Zack Snyder wants a dark, gritty Green Lantern (oh, and there’s some Brainiac stuff in there too). We look forward to Community‘s season 6 premiere date, contemplate the return of The X-Files, and sing for joy at Simon Pegg co-writing the next Star Trek.
Trae also went to Nezumi Con, and talks about his experiences.
And he sings “Shake It Off.” Which you can listen to whenever you want.
Or you can go play Ski Free.
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So while some are passing around the rumor that Green Lantern won’t be in DC’s Justice League film plans, my favorite completely unsourced rumor of the day says quite the opposite: Zack Snyder wants to cast a “darker” and “broken” middle-aged Hal Jordan.
So… Grimdark Green Lantern.
Because the DC Carnival of Sadness must have its blood.
While there is literally nothing out there to back this up beyond one blog just sort of saying so, I find this completely believable. Of course, it could also be made up. Personally, I’d rather have no Green Lantern than a Hal Jordan Green Lantern, grimdark or not.
But that’s just me and my hatred of Silver Age incarnations.
In Warner Bros Shareholders meeting today, it was revealed that Wonder Woman will be getting her own film in 2017. They announced a whole lot of other stuff too, but that’s what I locked onto. Let’s go down the list of upcoming DC films:
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” directed by Zack Snyder (2016)
“Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer (2016)
“Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot (2017)
“Justice League Part One,” directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017)
“The Flash,” starring Ezra Miller (2018)
“Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa (2018)
“Justice League Part Two,” directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
“Cyborg,” starring Ray Fisher (2020)
“Green Lantern” (2020)
With that last one, hopefully by 2020 we’ll all have forgotten the Ryan Reynolds film…
So we came up with the term “DC Carnival of Sadness” as a joke (I say we, but really I think it was Pher in a pre-podcast conversation), due to DC Comics love of turning every cinematic adaptation into a grim-dark mess devoid of humor. Well, we may have been more on the ball than we expected, as Hitfix is reporting that this isn’t just coincidence, but instead may actually be the official DC Cinematic Universe policy.
From the article:
Last week was about the fifth time I’ve heard that there is a mandate at Warner Bros. regarding any of the DC superhero films in development, and it’s very simple and direct and to the point.
It would seem like a crazy rule to set for an entire series of films. How can you know what the tone is for every story you’ll be telling in a series before you’ve even started telling it? The thing is, DC has taken a few stabs at establishing this larger universe on film, and they’ve gotten smacked down for everything that hasn’t had Batman in it. “Man Of Steel” made money, and I’m certainly not the only person to like the film. I may be one of its more ardent defenders, but I’m not alone. I think you’d have a far harder time finding someone to defend “Green Lantern,” the studio’s other big attempt at launching one of the core Justice League characters with a film franchise of his own.
And that Green Lantern film really is the key. DC thinks the humor in Green Lantern is what was wrong with it, so they’re trying to avoid humor ever again. That’s… just… gnnnarg… waffle… fries…
…sorry, had a small stroke there. Green Lantern’s problem wasn’t the humor, it was that it was a bad movie. Star Trek IV and Star Trek V are both full of humor, but only one of those two made my ears bleed. DC is being short sighted and this, frankly, will not end well.
But this guarantees one thing: We’ll get to keep making fun of them.