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Return to Batman: The Brave & The Bold

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Return to Batman: The Brave & The Bold

While nothing can ever touch Batman: the Animated Series, this is a legitimate version of Batman and lots of fun. There are often nods of and echoes to Batman's lighter side, such as the Batman camp TV series from 1966 (and some of sillier Batman & Detective Comics from 1950's and 60's), as well as Batman's darker side, from his beginnings in the 1940's to even hints of things like Frank Miller's Dark Knight (a lot less of that, as this show was meant to be kid-friendly, even though there's plenty there for adult comic book geeks.

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Logan: A Tale of Disillusionment and Redemption

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Logan: A Tale of Disillusionment and Redemption

The tone of this movie, is darker and very different from all of the other X-Men movies, including the two other Wolverine movies. As I said, this is almost like a film noir. Yes, there is action and some of that very brutal (which also makes it somewhat different from all of the other X-Men movies). But the center of the film is on the people, the characters, and their relationships. It also deals with issues like Alzheimer's, aging, and caring for the aged, losing one's vision (both literally and figuratively), and family.

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Suicide Squad: Pleased this Comic Book Fan

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Suicide Squad: Pleased this Comic Book Fan

It's very flawed, but enjoyable. But not for the squeamish nor for people turned off by gun-fu. There are a *lot* rounds fired in this film. It's a bit gratuitous, but due to the nature of the characters and the setting, it didn't bother me.

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Gore, Grace, Horror & Hope: The Poetry of Netflix's Daredevil

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Gore, Grace, Horror & Hope: The Poetry of Netflix's Daredevil

But here's what I'll say about the second series of Marvel & Netflix's Daredevil so far (basically spoiler free. No plot giveaways here, anyway): As hard an R as the Deadpool movie is, this is even more so. What humor is to Deadpool (with a little horror thrown in), horror is to this 2nd season of Daredevil (with a little humor thrown in).

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D & D: Daredevil and Deadpool

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D & D: Daredevil and Deadpool

Daredevil & his armorer, Melvin Potter (no relation to a certain boy wizard), among the interesting and secondary characters and relationships in this series.

Daredevil & his armorer, Melvin Potter (no relation to a certain boy wizard), among the interesting and secondary characters and relationships in this series.

D's  guys (see what I did there?) Daredevil and Deadpool are two of my favorite characters in media right now.

And interestingly, I come at them from two very different directions:  Daredevil is a character I have been following since I was a kid. And I have loved the character in many different incarnations, written and drawn by many different hands, over a period of almost 50 years. 

Deadpool, is a character I just discovered by watching the new movie, released only about a month ago. For various reasons, I never read any of the comic books featuring this character until after I already saw the movie three times. 

But both of these D's, have crushed it recently: Daredevil, in the first season on Netflix last year, and now again in the second season which just dropped today. And Deadpool, released in movie theaters just a little over a month ago today. 

The differences in the approaches to these characters in the two different mediums could not be greater. Where Daredevil is dark and gritty, rooted in very realistic world, yet with shades of film noir, Deadpool's world and characters are absurd, Fantastical, Bigger than life, almost like a cartoon.

Yet, these two characters and the two works that feature them, have more in common than merely their red suits.

The thing that stands out for me right now, which they definitely share in common, is the sheer chutzpah, the nerve of the filmmakers (and in the case of Daredevil, the production company and means of presentation, Netflix itself) in bringing these creations to life. 

In so many ways, the odds of either of these creations coming to life at all, let alone as artistically and brilliantly as they have, were weighed heavily against them. 

Yet, both the Daredevil series on Netflix, and the recent Deadpool movie, not only exist now, but they both are crushing it in every way possible: artistically, financially, critically, and what maybe even more surprising, in the way they're pleasing the diehard fans of these characters in their source material (i.e. the comic books). 

I'll have more to say on this in future posts, and I will review the Daredevil series and the Deadpool movie on the review page, and in The Rabbi Geek Show podcast. 

Stay tuned and don't touch that dial!

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