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TNTM: Batman Day 2019 celebrates 80 years of the Caped Crusader

Batman is undoubtedly one of the most loved and recognizable super heroes.  I am not gonna rehash the origin of Batman.  If you don’t already know that you probably shouldn’t be reading this article.

He made his debut in Detective Comics #27 on March 30, 1939.  DC Comics celebrates Batman Day every year in September.  2019 marks the 80th anniversary of the Dark Knight and DC is throwing a party.

DC Comics has invited the world to celebrate Batman with the official #LongLiveTheBat and #Batman80 hashtags throughout 2019 up to Batman Day on September 21.  The campaign kicked off at SXSW with the release of 1.5 million bats flying from Austin’s Congress Bridge. DC Comics plans to have the Bat Signal light up the sky across major cities worldwide on Batman Day.

They are pulling out all the stops for this 80th anniversary.  Six Flags locations across America will have exclusive Batman experiences and merchandise.  Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Orlando and Sydney will host unique Dark Knight exhibits and photo opportunities. DC is promising an all-out takeover of the airwaves with special marathons of Batman TV shows and movies beginning in March all through September.

There will be special edition comic and graphic novel to commemorate this day as well.

Batman: Nightwalker: The Graphic Novel Batman Day 2019 Special Edition #1 features an excerpt from the upcoming DC graphic novel for young adults based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Marie Lu, adapted by writer Stuart Moore with art and cover by Chris Wildgoose.

The Batman Who Laughs Batman Day 2019 Special Edition #1 reprints the 2017 one-shot spinning out of Dark Nights: Metal, written by James Tynion IV with art by Riley Rossmo and a cover by Jaosn Fabok.  This reprint features a special card stock over-cover with a mask of the Batman Who Laughs!

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TNTM: DC Comics Superman – Red Son to be adapted for animated movie

In 2003 DC Comics published Superman: Red Son under their ElseWorlds imprint.  Red Son is set in a world where Superman’s rocket ship lands on a Ukrainian collective farm rather than in Kansas.

Instead of fighting for “Truth, Justice, and the American Way”, Soviet radio broadcasts describe Superman as “The Champion of the common worker who fights a never ending battle for Stalin, socialism, and the international expansion of the Warsaw Pact.”

The Ukranian landing of Superman goes about changing the course of history, as well as other superheroes.

Red Son has always been one of my top 5 Superman stories.  I am happy to see it finally making the leap from page to screen, even if only in animation.  Warner Bros. announced the feature was being planned for a release in the spring of 2020.

There was no mention of who specifically would be involved in the making of the film.  The Eisner nominated series has long been a popular alternate reality tale and has been featured in DC’s restructured multiverse.

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TNTM Vlog: Talk Nerdy to Me for the week of July 13, 2019

This week we talk about the Sith Troopers, Rip Torn’s passing, Batman Who Laughs, Flintstones, Axe Body Spray superheroes, Lion King live action movie, and so much more.

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TNTM: Batman Who Laughs infecting the DC Universe

Batman Who Laughs instantly became a fan favorite character ever since his first appearance in Dark Nights Metal #2/Teen Titans #12 (they both came out the same week).

We won’t count Dark Days: The Casting #1 since it was just an ad and not part of the story-line.  The creator/writer, Scott Snyder, says the first appearance is Dark Nights Metal #2 since those events occur before the events depicted in Teen Titans #12.  Either book is highly sought after due to the Batman Who Laughs appearance.

For those not in the know, let me explain just Batman Who Laughs.  The Batman Who Laughs is a version of Batman from Earth 22.  In that part of the Multiverse Joker learned Bruce Wayne is actually Batman.  He killed Commissioner Gordon and most of Batman’s villains. Joker then subjected Gotham to the chemicals that transformed him, much like the plot of the original Keaton Batman movie.

Batman fought and killed the Joker, but was exposed to a purified form of the chemicals as a result.  Those chemicals gradually turned him into a new Joker.  By the time Batman figured out what was happening, the process was irreversible. He thus became The Batman Who Laughs.  He killed most of his allies and turned his son, Damian, into a mini-Joker. The Batman Who Laughs becomes a follower of Barbatos and helps in his attempt to take over Prime-Earth (our part of the Multiverse).

The Batman Who Laughs is presumed dead after a battle with Prime-Earth Batman and Joker.  The new teaser for Batman/Superman #1 shows us he is not only alive, but deep into another plan to take over Prime-Earth.  The teaser graphic asks “Who are the Infected?”  It appears he is infecting our superheroes with his Joker chemicals and using them as pawns.  The Year of the Villain initiative is focusing heavily on Batman Who Laughs.  I, for one, couldn’t be happier.

DC’s Year Of The Villain #1 kicked off with a 32-page one-shot. It leads into to some of the biggest story arcs that make up Year of the Villain, with stories by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, plus details on Snyder’s The Batman Who Laughs, Tom King’s “City of Bane” story arc in Batman and the recently announced Batman/Superman by Joshua Williamson and David Marquez.

Joshua Williamson and David Marquez’s Batman/Superman #1 goes on sale August 28.

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The first arc of Batman/Superman will follow the two titular heroes as they hunt down six infected heroes in the DCU—people revealed to be infected by the Batman Who Laughs with a deadly pathogen that violently transforms them into the evilest versions of themselves. The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel must journey into the depths of Gotham City to learn which of their fellow heroes has been transformed into the horrifying horseman of their most dangerous and deranged foe ever.

But who are the Infected? Fans have already been shown a sneak preview of Batman/Superman #1, revealing that The Batman Who Laughs’ plot is bigger than either the Caped Crusader or the Man of Steel realized and showing the devious killer’s first sentinel: a jacked-up, Dark Multiverse-infected Shazam! Who else has been targeted for similar transformations?

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Video+Story: TNTM’s kinda-spoilery review Doom Patrol | Ezekiel Patrol | Episode 15

Well, we finally made it to the end of Doom Patrol season 1. There were a lot of ups and downs and way too much Cyborg. Overall, we were underwhelmed by this first season.

By now you should know we are not fans of having Cyborg appear in this series. It always felt kinda forced. There is no real comic book history to support his being there either. It’s like they were trying to leverage his name to boost the show. It didn’t work for us. Hopefully someone will make an edit of the season that contains NO Cyborg.

We were really hooked with the first few episodes. The story was shaping up like a typical reluctant superhero show. Then somewhere in the middle of the season it went off the rails. They lost focus on saving the Chief. A lot of the episodes were just Chief’s freaky friend of the week. Maybe 15 episodes were too much. They could have edited the whole thing down to 10 episodes and it would have been better.

Episode 14 gave us hope. Finally Mr Nobody broke the fourth wall again and agreed with us that there was a lot of character driven drivel and not much in the way of them looking for Chief. He even ripped Cyborg’s face off the Doom Patrol poster. Yes! we felt vindicated. They even put another Animal Mineral Vegetable Man reference in the episode.

That turned out to be false hope though. Episode 15, the final episode, was a bit lackluster. The Doom Patrol has tracked Mr Nobody and the Chief to the white space. The white space is the border area of the comics where there is no content. Rita figures out the true power in the white space is being able to narrate the story.

Mr Nobody may have bitten off more than he can chew in this episode. Ezekiel (cockroach) and Admiral Whiskers (rat) are towering all powerful monsters on Danny Street. Mr Nobody has to work with the Doom Patrol to escape. They all finally escape, but they seem to be tiny and it looks like Danny the Street has become Danny the Brick.

We believe Doom Patrol has some great characters. The story just seemed to ramble along on no certain path. Some of the episodes could be removed completely and have no effect on the plot. They could definitely take Cyborg out completely. Episode 14 would have been a much better season ender. DCU will be hard pressed to entice us into watching season 2.

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Video+Story: TNTM’s kinda spoilery review – Doom Patrol: Penultimate Patrol- Episode 14

This episode is titled “Penultimate Patrol”. I had to look up the meaning of that word. Now that I know the definition, the title is very fitting. Penultimate just means next to last. As this is the next to last episode… I get the joke.

Just when we thought we were rid of Cyborg, they bring him back in. Why must DC punish us?

We get a little bit of the impetus behind why Eric Morden became Mr. Nobody…unless that is just something he made up to help bait his trap for Doom Patrol.

Cyborg re-installs GRID and is able to locate the Beard Hunter using the tracking device Rita planted on him. They find that he is now a resident of Danny the Street.

Jane was about to torture some answers out of the Beard Hunter when Danny the Street confessed he knew where Chief was being held. Mr. Nobody had him in the white space on the comic book pages. The place where there is no content.

Flex Mentallo is able to open a portal into the white space (after a brief mistake of flexing the wrong muscle and causing a little inadvertent pleasure). Once inside the white space the Doom Patrol confronts Mr. Nobody. They believe they have defeated him only to find out it was part of his plan.

Mr. Nobody convinces Chief the only way to escape is to “Let the truth set you free”. Chief agonizes over this decision, but ultimately comes clean with the group. The accidents that gave them powers and changed their lives forever…. weren’t accidents! The Chief orchestrated each event.

Will the group support Chief? Will they leave him with Mr. Nobody? Will they rage and destroy the Chief in front of Mr. Nobody (which is probably what he wants anyway? Let us know in the comments.

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Video+Story: TNTM’s kinda-spoilery review of DC’s Doom Patrol | Flex Patrol – Episode 13

Last episode our intrepid heroes busted Cyborg…and Flex Mentallo… out of the Ant Farm.

Rita talks Cyborg into re-installing his GRID operating system after the nanites start turning him more into a robot than human. Cyborg decides to stay with his dad in the hospital after nearly beating him to death when Mr Nobody got into his head. Rita stays with Cyborg to help him through this tough time.

Meanwhile, back at the mansion… Jane and Robot Man try to get Flex’s memory to kick in. They do everything they can think of to trigger his memory. The only thing that works is bringing his wife back to him. Short lived reunion as she has had her body wired so if she comes back in contact with Flex, she dies.

We also find out that Larry and the Negative Spirit are in a symbiotic relationship. They need each other to survive.

The best part is when Mr Nobody gives his soliloquy at the end. Everything he says proves we have been right all season long. He says the past episodes have all been character driven drivel. He rips Cyborgs face off the Doom Patrol ad. He even promises we will be getting more superheroes doing superhero stuff! Can’t wait!

Do you agree with us that we have sat through enough backstory and should start seeing the Doom Patrol start doing heroic things to stop Mr Nobody? Let us know in the comments.

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Video+Story: TNTM’s kinda spoilery Doom Patrol – Episode 11: Frances Patrol review

This is another in the long line of episodes where we bash Cyborg for being unnecessary to the story. Difference is we are adding Rita to that list now as well. She hasn’t really used her powers to help much of anything.

Good news is this isn’t another of the “weird Chief’s friends list”. Larry (Negative Man) and Cliff (Robot Man) finally get closure on their past lives and will hopefully be able to move on.

Larry visits his old boyfriend from before his accident after much coercing from the negative spirit. Come to find out his boyfriend led a very happy life, but always wondered what became of Larry.

Cliff finds out his ex-crew chief (Bump) had raised his daughter after both him and his wife died in the car crash. He had some resentment towards Bump for sleeping with his wife and then going on to raise his daughter. The only thing that his daughter got from him after the crash was a watch. She had the watch engraved and gave it to Bump as a gift. Cliff and his wife died while she was still very young so Bump is the only real father she remembers.

Bump, being a typical Florida redneck, decided to wander into the swamp to encounter a legendary alligator named Frances (hence the name of the episode). Of course the alligator ate Bump, watch and all. She was despondent that she didn’t have the watch to remember Bump. Cliff takes it upon himself to find Frances and get the watch back.

(Read this in your best Ted Knight voice) Meanwhile back at the Doom Patrol HQ… Rita notices a man missing from an ad in a comic book that was given to Cyborg by Danny the Street. Rita was able to tell them it was a muscle man character from back in her day. We believe this muscle man is Flex Mentallo who has crossed paths with Doom Patrol in the comics.

Jane and Cyborg track down Flex’s family and go to question them. When they get there Cyborg is kidnapped by the Bureau of Normalcy and taken to the Ant Farm.

This was not a bad episode, but it is not our favorite either. The fact that Cliff and Larry finally get closure should help the store progress towards saving the Chief without them lamenting about their sordid pasts.

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Video+Story: TNTM’s kinda spoilery Doom Patrol | Hair Patrol review

Doom Patrol has no problems bringing on some of the more obscure characters from DC Universe. Episode 10 – Hair Patrol is no exception.

In this episode we are introduced to the Beard Hunter. This guy can track anyone down through space and time by ingesting their essence…. through their beard hair. Just imagine that clump of gook you use Drano to clear out in your bathroom sink. This guy eats that stuff and is able to know everything about you.

The Bureau of Normalcy recruits the Beard Hunter to find the Chief. There are several cut scenes that give us some more background on the Chief. We find out he spends a few years in the frozen wilderness with an ancient tribeswoman. This woman seems to be immortal and has the ability to summon a huge “owlbear” looking creature.

This episode is not one of our favorites, but it is still pretty interesting. It seems like the Doom Patrol is not getting any closer to finding and saving the Chief. It doesn’t seem like they are really focusing very hard on the task either. The episodes seem to be just enough to keep us interested until the next week. There better be a big payoff in the season finale or we might not watch season 2. You can string us along for a while, but you eventually need to give us the goods.

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Video: TNTM’s Doom Patrol | Jane Patrol kinda spoilery review

Episode 9 is by far our favorite episode of season 1. This episode is very focused on Crazy Jane’s mind. After her Karen persona gets pulled back into the Underground (this is what they call Jane’s mind), none of the personalities wants to go to the surface (what they call being the dominant personality). This causes her body to go into a catatonic state.

Robotman is able to enter her mind through Negative Man’s energy. Once inside her mind we see that some of the personalities look like Jane and others do not. We are introduced to a few new personalities that haven’t gone to the surface. Most of them do not like going to the surface as they find the real world stressful to deal with.

We also find out that the personalities are able to commit suicide by going to the well. One of the personalities, Miranda, had done that. Miranda’s station is filled with lots of dark and gory imagery. Jane is at the end of her rope and is going to visit the well to end it all.

Robotman is able to track her down to the well and helps her face the root of all her problems. As a child she was sexually abused by her father. She repressed all those memories until years later she was again sexually abused by a priest at a church. This explains her hatred of the church in the Nurnheim episode.

With Robotman’s help, Jane is able to stave off the suicidal tendencies for now. When Jane pops back to the surface we discover the others had some sort of kerfuffle. I imagine we will find out what happened with them in a future episode.

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Video+Info: Kinda spoiler-free review Doom Patrol episode 8

We mentioned Danny the Street a few episodes back and now we finally get to meet him.

Danny is a non-binary, gender-queer, sentient street.  He has the ability to teleport anywhere and blend into existing streets seamlessly.  He communicates through different signs on the street.  He plays host to a myriad group of characters who have been shunned by society.  In return for them living on Danny Street, they do their best to keep him happy and entertained.

Another of Crazy Jane’s personalities is introduced in this episode. We meet Karen who is obsessed with romantic comedy (romcom) movies.  Every time her personality is in charge she runs off to get back together with her boyfriend just like in the movies.  We find out her powers are kinda like a hypnotizing thing where she flashes her eyes and the people immediately think what she wants.

This was another episode of What is Cyborg contributing to the story.  Eight episodes in and we still believe he could be completely removed from the story with no affect on the plot.  We are really hoping we will get to see some kind of closure to the whole Chief is missing thing before the end of the season.

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Video+Story: Shazam! Movie Review and Audience Reactions at Alamo Drafthouse

Shazam, aka Captain Marvel… but that is a different story, is a superhero hearkening back from the Golden Age of comics. Shazam used to outsell Superman comics back then. Then for some unknown reason Shazam kinda faded into obscurity.

DC Comics attempted to reboot Shazam several times to no avail. They just couldn’t seem to catch that same lightning in a bottle (pun intended) they had in the beginning. There were even whispers that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would be playing Shazam’s enemy, Black Adam.

When they announced Zachary Levi would be playing the title character, I had some worries about him pulling it off. I had only seen him in Chuck, as Fandral in the Marvel movies, and most recently as Benjamin in the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel series. I was really hoping DC could build on the success of Wonder Woman and Aquaman.

All I can say is WOW! Shazam pulled a page right out of the Marvel movies book, right down to the bald villain. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the previous DC movies. They just didn’t seem to resonate with the audience at large. Let’s face it, the movie has to make money at the box office or the studio won’t invest money into future movies of the same kind. That’s just the business.

Shazam was a great movie from beginning to end. Asher Angel and Zachary Levi played their parts to perfection. I really connected with the Billy Batson character. I enjoyed following his journey from downtrodden orphan to realizing his powers and forming a family with the other foster kids. It had the right mix of action and humor. I would love to see Shazam cross-over into other DC Comics superhero movies. Maybe we will get lucky and they will make a movie based on “Kingdom Come”.

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Video+Story: TNTM’s Doom Patrol episode 7 kinda spoiler-free review

Doom Patrol continues it’s course into Crazyville.  In this episode titled “Therapy Patrol”, our heroes are all suffering from self-doubt that Mr. Nobody implanted in their minds.  We see the first scene played out from each characters point of view.

Robotman is the first to figure out they are falling into the same trap as the original Doom Patrol.  He suggests they all do a group therapy and get their fears and innermost thoughts out in the open so it won’t drive a wedge between the team.

The others reluctantly agree to participate and we learn a little more about their backstories.  Not a lot more is learned, but it does seem to add some texture to their origins.  We also learn that Mr. Nobody is not above using anything to derail their efforts to save the Chief.

We still believe that Cyborg could be taken completely out of this story and it wouldn’t affect it at all.  It seems like Cyborg was thrown in just to add a character that the mainstream audience would recognize.  While it doesn’t really hurt the story, it doesn’t help it either.

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Video+Story: TNTM’s kinda spoiler free review of Doom Patrol episode 6

Episode 6 of Doom Patrol delivers much more weirdness, in a good way.

Mr Nobody has sent our reluctant heroes on a search for the “Doom Patrol”. Crazy Jayne uses her Flit personality to take Rita and Negative Man to a school for kids with powers (sound like X-men to you?). At the school they discover that the Doom Patrol (Mento, Celsius, and Lodestone) have faced off against Mr Nobody in the past.

This encounter left them all mentally unbalanced. In fact, they are all being heavily medicated and living in an illusion in order to keep them from going off the deep end and using their powers indiscriminately.

The Doom Patrol’s caretaker, Tempest, tells them Mr Nobody sent them to the school so they would see what would happen if they went against him. Mr Nobody loves playing the mind games.

We also see Cyborg’s dad finally cut the apron strings and let Cyborg be his own person rather than trying to dictate and forcefully guide him in life. Robot Man and Cyborg bound a little in this episode, but we still can’t figure out exactly why Cyborg is in Doom Patrol.

I think Patrick has it right that Cyborg was written in as an afterthought as all his scenes could really be deleted and the story wouldn’t be affected. Cyborg is the Jar-Jar Binks of Doom Patrol.

Do you agree with our assessment of episode 6? Is the show weird but good for you or is it too much over the top for you to enjoy? Let us know in the comments.

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Video+Kinda Spoiler-Free Review: Doom Patrol episode 5 on DC Universe

We are now on episode 5 of what we like to call “Why is Cyborg here”. This episode is titled Paw Patrol for a reason you will find out later.

At the end of episode 4 we saw Mr. Nobody forging a kinda truce with The Chief in order to stop the Decreator. The only reason Mr. Nobody agreed is if there is nothing left he can’t rule over it.

This episode has a lot of Crazy Jane’s Doctor Harrison persona. The Chief and Mr. Nobody go back in time and have her create a cult to oppose the Decreator. Mr. Nobody names this entity…. The Recreator. Admittedly not one for catchy names. Their plan works and the Decreator is stopped from destroying all things.

We get to see a little more about The Chief, like his relationship to Baphomet, A little more about Rita’s emotions is dealt with, Negative Man has another pity party for himself, Robot Man does a bit more swearing, and Cyborg takes up space without really contributing again.

This was not our favorite episode, but it is still a pretty good episode in comparison to other shows on TV. Doom Patrol is a weird show just like it’s namesake comic book. The characters are really starting to discover themselves and we are introduced to new characters each week. We also get to see new Crazy Jayne personalities quite a bit.

Doom Patrol has been a good series so far and there are still ten episodes left in the season. DC Universe has another hit on their hands with this show. Do you agree with us that Doom Patrol is a really good series or do you think it is just meh? Let us know in the comments.

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