This Week's Geek - September 26, 2015

Happy Batman Day everybody. Get out there and pick up a Batman comic book or watch a Batman movie. 

This week I wanted to start off with talking about one of my favorite character in all of comics; Spider-Man. Peter Parker is a very tragic character who will do everything he can to help people. I read an article this week over at in which  confirmed the age of our next on-screen version of Peter Parker/Spider-Man played by Tom Holland. Just like in the comics, he will be starting off very young at 15 years old. I think this is great. The next Spider-Man film, directed by Jon Watts, won't be here until 2017, but we will see the character on screen in the massive Captain America: Civil War movie in 2016. Spider-Man was a huge part of the Civil War epic comic book story and I'm thrilled that Marvel and Sony worked things out in time for this movie.

Over at the Fox side of Marvel movies, Hugh Jackman said that he thought Tom Hardy would be an excellent replacement to take up the claws as Wolverine. Wolverine will be in the next X-Men: Apocalypse movie in 2016, and will appear in his third and final solo Wolverine movie in 2017. I like Tom Hardy well enough and think he could make a decent Wolverine. But, here's how I would handle Wolverine. Instead of recasting and continuing the Wolverine character that we know and have seen so many times already, why not turn Wolverine into a legacy character in the third and final solo film. Introduce Laura Kinney, aka X 23. They've already established that William Stryker was doing other experiments before and after Wolverine. They introduced Lady Deathstrike in X2. By introducing a cloned version of Wolverine you can get some great conflict and fights throughout the movie and by the end of the film establish a quasi father/daughter relationship between Logan and Laura. At the end of the film they could kill off Logan after passing on the mantle of the Wolverine to Laura. This would allow future X-Men movies to still have a Wolverine character and at the same time add a strong female character to the team. Anyways, that's how I would like to see the Wolverine character being handled rather than recasting another guy to play Wolverine yet again.

This morning I watched the newest teaser trailer for Netflix and Marvel's Jessica Jones series. I tried finding an official Netflix or Marvel release, but apparently it was released on the official Spanish Netflix channel. Not sure why neither Marvel or Netflix have shared this teaser, but either way, it's a great teaser, and shows us that like in the comics Jessica Jones has some some serious strength. Also, if you're a Breaking Bad fan, like myself, you will remember another scene featuring Krysten Ritter in a bed.

That's it for This Week's Geek. The next Reel Comics Heroes podcast episode will be covering Batman: The Movie from 1966.

This Week's Geek - September 20, 2015

This week I wanted to talk about one thing. Bill Finger. Bill added so much to the world of Batman, or The Bat-Man as he was called then. We'll never know how popular Batman would've become without Bill. But, for the most part, the world largely didn't even know who he was, or that he had any connection to Batman. Bob Kane has been credited as the sole creator of Batman, and because of tricky legal reasons was credited as such. This week DC announced that they would be adding Bill Finger's name to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well as the TV series Gotham. 

It is amazing to read just how much input Bill finger added to the character. For starters, the secret identity of Bruce Wayne was Bill's idea. Bill also provided Bruce Wayne with a keen scientific mind and extraordinary detective skills. As far as the look of Batman; Bill suggested Bob Kane's original sketch of Batman be altered (see original Bob Kane version below). Bill Finger recommended the domino mask be removed and replaced with a cowl, as well as removing the red and adding a cape instead of stiff wings.

Bill Finger created and/or co-created many other elements to the world of Batman. The Batmobile, Batcave, Robin's origin are a few of those elements. Even the name of Batman's city: Gotham was conceived by Bill. 

Villains such as The Riddler, The Penguin, Two-Face were in part created by Bill Finger as well. There's another villain who's popularity has, at times, rivaled that of the Dark Knight himself. The Joker was a collaboration of Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson. 

With all this being said, I also want to add that without Bob Kane, there would be no Batman. I do not believe that Bob Kane was an evil guy. But it wasn't until very late in Bob's life that he began to open up about how much influence Bill had on the creation and success of Batman.

The character of Batman has been a big part of my life. I realize how stupid that sounds. The very first comic book I ever owned was Batman #498. I saw it on a spinner-rack at the Osco Drug Store in Wanamaker, IN. and had to have it. The issue was released in August of 1993 (I was 10 years old), and was the next issue immediately after Bane broke Batman's back. I must've read that issue a hundred times (the issue itself looks like hell now). Batman is what started me down the road of comic books and have been a part of my life ever since. 

DC Comics has appointed September 26, 2015 as Batman Day. How should you celebrate? Go into a comic book store, or better yet; take a child into a comic book store, and pick up an issue of Batman (or any of the various Bat related titles).