5. JLA:World War III
The superweapon Mageddon arrives and threatens the entire universe, and it’s up to the JLA to stop it. This would be an opportunity for the heads at DC to introduce a variety of characters at the same time, teasing future projects while giving a huge taste to fans of what to expect. The large cast would have to be cut down, but DC would have editing room to exclude anyone not necessary to the main story.
4. Justice League of America: The Tornado’s Path
Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman meet to vote on new members of the JLA. This can be a great setup story minus the Red Tornado storyline, which can be removed totally. The dialogue between the three heroes is what would make this a great joy to see on screen. The writing by best selling thriller writer Brad Meltzer really captures the personalities of these iconic characters and can be used to craft their screen presence in the DC movie universe.
3.Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman: Trinity
Witness the birth of a legendary alliance as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman join forces to battle Ra’s al Ghul who enlists the aid of the clone of Superman, known as Bizarro, and the deadly rogue Amazon Artemis. This story, which focuses on the big three, gives a balanced view into each character’s back story by putting them up against each of their arch nemisises. The understanding of each hero can be deeply explored and uncovered as the potential dark side of each is showcased in physical form.
2.Identity Crisis (Brad Meltzer)
When the spouse of a JLA member is brutally murdered, the entire super-hero community searches for the killer, fearing their own loved ones may be the next targets! Once again, best selling author Brad Meltzer writes a stunning story that showcases the human side of the world’s greatest heroes in a who-done-it for the ages. The thriller structure could make the movie version a unique film that would entertain a wide audience and allow the world’s greatest detective a chance to live up to his name.
1.Justice (Alex Ross and Jim Krueger)
Criminal masterminds act together but with a surprising plan that causes the public to believe they are fighting for a Utopian society. The anti Superman story arc can be further extended to include Batman by presenting other powerful beings making an effort to solve the world’s problems. This story of villains with apocalyptic visions would provide an epic story for a newly formed JLA.
Review: Godzilla vs. Kong
Godzilla vs. Kong reminds me that I was an idiot as a child. I allowed the 4:30 Movie too significant a piece of my brain pie. I existed in a headspace where The Planet of the Apes and Gamera were more science than fiction. I was certain skyscraper-sized monsters lived in the woods a few blocks away, and that ghosts were under my bed. Somewhere in possibility-land, a black and white Lon Chaney slowly becomes a werewolf in a handful of dissolving frames.
Cut to my final form, and I can’t help but think these movies are just a total waste of time and resources. Sure, the effects can be impressive but often they have as much weight as a video game. Buildings smash into dust, an actor says a line against a green screen, then Kong sits on a throne like a stereotypical king. Ah doi!
Sure, the hollow Earth with upside-down mountains in the sky is cool – but where’s that sun coming from? The MechaGodzilla fight has some great effects, but you can watch those on Youtube without having to sit through a bunch of lines like “Kong bows to no one.”
Maybe I just can’t enjoy normal human things anymore.
Now that Captain America is Black…
Now that Captain America is Black
- Bucky Barnes will change his name to Summer Soldier Buckquan because “Nah son! we ain’t doing sh*t in the winter!”
- Fearing for their lives, Police officers will fire 751 shots at Cap in the 4th of many incidents to come.
- In a new altered timeline, Thanos will win due to Cap being detained by a routine traffic stop. “How can you afford Vibraniun on a government salary? Please step out of the vehicle sir.”
- Captain America will form a Rap group with Black Panther called “Black-America.” The group will not be received well but will eventually have all their intellectual property stolen for decades to come without any due repar… I mean royalties. #MESSAGE
- Racists will be utterly confused when they tell Captain America to “Go back to where you came from.” Equally confused, Cap will pack up all his belongings and stay put.
- Cap will be accused of stealing Thor’s hammer the next time he picks it up.
- Cap’s shield will be replaced with a Vibraniun PlayStation Controller since black men are more comfortable throwing that.
- The battle decree will officially be changed from “Avengers Assemble” to “Yerrrrr! It’s on sight!”
- After 40 years of service, Cap will travel back in time to 1998 to finally get that last dance with his true love, Laura Winslow. They will Cha Cha Slide to “Before I let Go” as the credits role.
- Upon retirement, those jaded with having an Af-Am do such an amazing job will appoint a failed real estate charlatan to take up the mantle. The New Cap will immediately try and grab Scarlet by her “Johansson” and declare himself the best Captain America that ever did it during his inauguration.
Chadwick Boseman Forever!!
It is clear that Chadwick Boseman chose iconic roles like Thurgood Marshall, James Brown, Jackie Robinson and Black Panther with deliberate intent and for a specific purpose. In an age where positive roles for Black actors is often sparse, Chadwick managed to land and portray historical figures that made most respect his talents if not revel in his ability to transition effortlessly for one character to another. Even I had to give his African accent a solid B+ (It’s the highest grade the Nigerian Standards Bureau can give for an African accent to a non African FYI.)
Holding out and preparing for these dynamic roles came with both great frustration and incredible resolve I’m certain. Not to mention the taxing ordeal of battling Colon Cancer as the grueling scheduling of filming and increasing responsibility for positive representation loomed. Even under extreme duress, Chadwick’s commitment to others appeared to outweigh his own tribulations, unbeknownst to us all.
Black Panther may have been just a movie to some and that may be because some can easily rattle off 10 movies with a king of non Af-Am origin. It represented a lot more to others. Albeit imagined, imagery on cinema often accomplishes more to augment the social narrative and society itself than actual reality. If negative stereotypes influence perception then positive ones absolutely have the same converse effect.
Even in jest, the cultural misappropriation of raisins in potato salad on SNL skits directly spoke to the tampering of black culture to which T’challa championed, represented and aptly responded “Oh hell Nah Karen!”
If you don’t understand the relevance of representation, it’s probably because you are thoroughly represented. After all, no one is ever grateful for every breath they take until they are gasping for air.
R.I.P Chadwick Boseman. Thank you for breathing life into the possibility of Black excellence.