SDCC Debuts “The Killing Joke” And Here’s Why It Disappoints

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Over the course of the years, DC has presented a plethora of successful animated feature films that illicit a generally favorable reaction from fans – so when DC announced The Killing Joke would be included next, fans went crazy. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the “celebrated” graphic novel, it includes the character of Batgirl being shot and paralyzed by the Joker and pushed into the background until eventually becoming Birds of Prey leader, Oracle. The films creators stated beforehand that they really wanted to give Barbara Gordon a storyline as opposed to the lack of plot for her in the comic, but the film left me with a bad taste in my mouth and here’s a few reasons why:

Batgirl is merely used as a plot device.

In Batman The Killing Joke, they try to add character depth to Batgirl, but as it progresses you realize her main purpose is to fuel the feud between the Joker and Batman. After the major event of the plot occurs involving Barbara, she becomes a ghost in the film and her inclusion quickly dwindles which further proves her trauma wasn’t going to truly take her down a different path other than making Batman more gritty and angry, which we’ve all seen plenty of times before.

The film feels overtly sexist.

During the film’s duration, they add an extremely forced sex scene between Batgirl and Batman, completely tainting the mentor-like relationship they’ve always had. The sex scene didn’t act alone, but it’s the doe eyed Barbara Gordon and the rather cavalier Batman that fulfills cliches of media depicted relationships. Batgirl can’t just be a badass, she has to be distracted with her adoration for Batman (that shouldn’t even exist) and all of her scenes are focused on that unlike methods used for male comic book characters. It’s okay to care, it’s not okay for female heroes to only be portrayed as lovesick damsels who can’t function to the capabilities of their male counterparts.

Fascination with sexual violence.

Fans of the film and graphic novel are die-hard fans of The Killing Joke in a world with thousands of comics and truly moving tales, but what plot earns itself a film? Well that would be the one that deliberately suggests rape after a gruesome shooting and paralysis to a character who already fits the unfortunate tragedy stricken female. Having an audience become privy to the unbuttoning of a blouse after being shot in the spinal column serves no purpose other than twisted shock value.

Aside from my obvious major complaints, the character of Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) is one that deserves to be told, but there is no doubt in my mind that she deserves better. As I tried to find the positives out of Batman: The Killing Joke, I was often reminded of why I can never find a justified reason to back the original (or even new) creative material – and when a few audience members around me applauded after the most unsettling moments of the movie, I couldn’t fathom what was viewed as acceptable by those who enjoyed the film.


Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Receives An Epic Final Trailer

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As soon as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was announced, the instant anticipation set in for all DC Comics fans, as well as superhero lovers in general. Fans have either loved the trailers so far, or worried “too much” was shown regarding the plot – which I highly doubt is possible. Today, DC unveiled their final trailer for the epic battle arriving to theatres next month. In the trailer, we take a better look at the new Batman (played by Ben Affleck) and his concerns about an unstoppable being like Superman (Henry Cavill). Batman is shown to have some excellent combat methods and fight choreography of his own, eventually discovering a way to fight at a (mostly) level playing field. “He has the power to wipe out the entire human race. If we believe there is even a 1% chance that he is our enemy, we have to take it as an absolute certainty.” A scorned Bruce Wayne says about the Kryptonian after the events of Man of Steel.

Wonder Woman’s previous scene is shown again, with a brief extended image of her flying into battle against Doomsday – as well as a flirtation between the heroine (played by Gal Gadot) and the caped crusader. In the early 2000’s Justice League comic, there was an interesting romance developing between the pair, and I wouldn’t mind seeing it play out if it takes a similar approach. The battle between heroes never felt like it would stick, but this latest trailer truly builds-up the clash without giving away any major climactic moments. If anything, I’m extremely pleased that there are multiple acts to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and it’s evident that director Zack Snyder knows exactly how to make a spectacular superhero film.

Check out the trailer for Batman v Superman below!

New Batman Vs Superman Trailer Reveals An Iconic Villain



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Apparently DC knows that the upcoming Batman Vs Superman film is bound to succeed after revealing an early spoiler in the newest trailer for the hyped film. This particular trailer shows the first interaction between Batman and Superman, but as their everyday alter-egos Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent. The rivalry between the two is shown to be based on beliefs of vigilante justice (Superman isn’t quite down for the idea) and Batman takes issue with the events of Man of Steel that nearly leveled out an entire city and its population.

Lex Luthor also gets some spotlighted time in the trailer, amused by the war being waged between the two caped heroes, and describes it as the “greatest gladiator battle in the history of the world.” The trailer skips what I would assume is a large part of the story and shows the pair unite against a common enemy (plus a great Wonder Woman appearance!) known as Doomsday! Yes, the one and only Doomsday who is responsible for the death of Superman in the comics and is regarded as one of the most powerful foes in the DC universe. While some may be surprised the showed the enemy so soon, I believe it just successfully built up even more anticipation for the crucial film to kick start the rest of the DC film franchises we’re so eager to see.

The trailer gives away chunks of plot from the beginning, middle, and what I’d imagine is the end, but this is by far my favorite of the teasers we’ve received. The dynamics between characters radiates a true comic book vibe transferred to the big screen, in a very – very large scale film that is certainly prepared to raise the bar for all superhero films. Sure, the film will have a necessary gritty ambiance incorporated, but the fun, over the top comic inspirations seen in this trailer could be a perfect combination for a mixture of motion picture and original comic material. I’m seriously counting the days until Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice is released on March 25th, 2016 and watching the trailer below on repeat!