I have a confession that is probably going to knock a few points off of my geek-cred score… I’ve never really read much in the way of DC comics. In fact, the only things I really remember reading are The Watchmen and Batman: The Killing Joke. While it’s true I’ve seen all the Batman and Superman movies countless times, I never really read the comics. I was a Marvel guy as a kid, and for whatever reason I was firmly entrenched on that side of the Fanboy Mason-Dixon line. X-Men, New Mutants, X-Force, Spiderman, Punisher, Incredible Hulk, these were my gospel. I was a ‘true believer’, also known as a true belliwar.
Something peaked my interest lately, I’m not sure what it was. Maybe it’s been all the Dark Knight Rises talk in the nerdosphere, maybe it’s been the revamped Superman talk… I’m not sure. Something compelled me to sit down this weekend and start digging into those two universes and so far, it looks like I may be hooked.
First off I sat down this afternoon and watched Batman: Under the Red Hood on Netflix. I’ve caught a few minutes here and there of Batman: The Animated Series, but it never really grabbed me. I’m not sure if it was the visual style, or some lingering preconceptions I had about the DC Universe. Either way, this was my first time watching a WB Animation Batman movie.
Anyway, I won’t dance around it… this movie absolutely blew me away. Not only was the animation of the highest caliber, but the story and characters were on a level far above anything I’ve ever seen in an animated series. I’ve already gone into Netflix and added every single available Batman title to my Instant Queue.
This compelled me to head over to my local Borders and pick up some DC Graphic Novels. After standing and staring at the shelf for a while I realized that I’ve missed out on a lifetime’s worth of stories and I really didn’t know where to start. I ended up picking up Superman: Earth One and Batman: The Long Halloween. I’m sure there might have been better choices, but I was going in with the eyes of a total DC noob.
I sat down and read through the entire Superman Earth One in just under an hour. So, I guess right there that says how much I enjoyed it. I’ve always found Superman to be a sort of (how shall I say this delicately) one-dimensional character. Don’t get me wrong, I love the hell out of the movies, I’ve just always felt like he less interesting than Batman.
I really enjoyed this retelling of Superman’s origin. It was much more interesting to see Superman as a reluctant, conflicted super hero rather than just flying into Metropolis one day and announcing he’s a hero. I’m not sure what direction they’re taking for the Zack Snyder reboot movie, but if this is any indication I may rescind my previous statements about it being a bad idea.
I’m glad I finally took the DC plunge, I feel like theres so much great content I’ve been missing out on. I’m already looking forward to picking up some more Superman Graphic Novels, I’m open to any suggestions from the DC Veterans around here. What should I pick up next?