Author: Jerry Whitworth

Make It So: Justice League the Movie

Make It So: Justice League the Movie by Jerry Whitworth   Most of my Make It So articles have been about projects that make sense to me to be produced but have yet to be realized. For this installment, I’m going to break tradition and discuss a movie recently announced to be in development. The Justice League of America is DC Comics’ premier super hero team generally featuring their biggest icons like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman (of these, the final film in the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy will be in theaters next month, the first in a new Superman film series begins the summer of next year, and Wonder Woman has also been recently announced to be developed for film which was previously featured in Make It So). Developing the Justice League in a live action format is nothing new.   An early attempt was largely a sequel to the Batman television series of the 1960s called Legends of the Superheroes. Seeing Adam West, Burt Ward, and Frank Gorshin returning to their roles of Batman, Robin, and Riddler, respectively, the show was produced by Hanna-Barbera as a live action version of the popular Challenge of the Super Friends series. However, the show was played up for laughs rather deliberately than the former Batman series which was played straight faced and after airing two specials, it quietly went away...

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Make It So: Star Trek: The Series

Make It So: Star Trek: The Series by Jerry Whitworth   Hard to believe it has been seven years since there was a Star Trek series on television. And yet, at the box office, the Star Trek franchise was rebooted three years ago amidst controversy while becoming the highest earning film in the history of the Star Trek film franchise (with a sequel being shot currently and set to be released the summer of 2013). And while I’m sure this sequel will do well at box office, why stop there? Science fiction shows have fizzled out as late. Fringe is on the way out in 2013, Alcatraz was canceled, we’ll find out in a few weeks how the second season of Falling Skies will be received, and it appears the space opera is dead. So, why not put a new Star Trek series on television? When Star Trek: Enterprise died, it was blamed on fans being burned out on the franchise (considering you had Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager on air within a year of nearly running at the same time together and Enterprise pick up as Voyager wrapped, this should be of little surprise). But, that was again seven years ago and a hot, new Star Trek film again premiered three years ago with another soon to come, the time is ripe for a new series....

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Young Justice: The New Class

Young Justice: The New Class by Jerry Whitworth   As Young Justice entered its second season, Invasion, five years have passed since the first’s finale and members have moved on as new heroes have risen to make up the next generation of the Team. Some of these members were speculated to be joining in the earlier article Young Justice: We Want You! With Wonder Girl and Blue Beetle already discussed in detail in that piece (with the caveat the Wonder Girl chosen was Cassie Sandsmark), we’ll focus on the heroes we didn’t see coming.   ROBIN With Dick Grayson moving on, becoming the hero Nightwing and new control for the Team, another youth has stepped into his former role in Tim Drake. The base character in the comics was an ingenious, affluent youth that deduced the identity of Batman and Robin at the age of nine and after seeing Batman beginning to go over the edge in wake of the demise of his second Robin Jason Todd at the hands of the Joker, he was forced to approach the hero about his behavior (realizing the role of Robin was a balance that kept Batman from sliding into the darkness). After the death of Tim’s mother and his father Jack left a paraplegic, Batman accepted Tim as his new Robin. Years later, Jack would be killed as part of a...

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What’s Old is New Again: The Crusaders

What’s Old is New Again: The Crusaders by Jerry Whitworth MLJ Magazines was founded by Maurice Coyne, Louis Silberkleit, and John L. Goldwater (using the initials of their first names for the company’s name) in 1939 after Coyne and Silberkleit worked as partners in Columbia Publishing, which produced pulps. MLJ published comics covering a large breadth of genres, as many such publishers did during the Golden Age. Also following the trends of the industry, they devoted a sizable chunk of content to superhero comics, most prominently the patriotic hero the Shield (who has often been compared to Timely’s Captain America, despite premiering over a year before his contemporary). Some other notable heroes included the Black Hood (who was also featured in pulps and radio serials), Black Jack, Bob Phantom, Captain Commando, Captain Flag, Comet, Doc Strong, Falcon, Fireball, Firefly, Fox, Hangman, Inferno, Kardak, Madam Satan, Marvel, Mister Justice, Mister Satan, Steel Sterling, Web, Wizard, and Zambini. However, despite this stable of characters, what really caught on with the audience was a normal teenager named Archie Andrews and his friends in Riverdale (and beyond in the case of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Josie and the Pussycats). Archie’s adventures are still wildly popular and continue to be published today with the company officially changing their name to Archie Comics.   As superhero comics were reborn in popularity during the Silver...

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Make It So: D&D/M:TG Crossover

Make It So: D&D/M:TG Crossover by Jerry Whitworth Wizards of the Coast is a company founded in 1990 by Peter Adkison largely known for their collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. Developed by Richard Garfield and hitting the market in 1993, Magic was one of the first collectible card games ever created featuring a module around players taking on the role of sorcerers with their deck of cards acting as a library of spells used in a duel against opposing players. The concept proved very successful, setting the stage for future such games developed for Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, OverPower (modules developed for Marvel, DC, and Image Comics), Spellfire: Master the Magic (Dungeons and Dragons), and Star Wars. In 1997, Wizards purchased Tactical Studies Rules Inc (TSR, Inc), developer of the Dungeons and Dragons series of role-playing games. TSR was founded in 1973 by Gary Gygax and Don Kaye as a vehicle for Gygax and Dave Arneson’s concept Dungeons and Dragons as the pair couldn’t find a company willing to publish their game. Despite early success, spawning two subsequent editions, over a dozen campaign settings, a popular animated television series, toyline, a vast library of novels, and many several video games, popularity in the company would wane and eventually go bankrupt, setting the stage for its acquisition and another edition shortly thereafter under Wizards. Despite obvious similarities, Wizards has not released...

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Make It So: Wonder Woman the Movie

Make It So: Wonder Woman the Movie by Jerry Whitworth Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed Batman film trilogy will come to an end in July and Bryan Singer’s love letter to Richard Donner’s Superman films is being rebooted to make way for a new vision from Zack Snyder (famous for adapting comics like 300 and Watchmen to film). Comic book movies are big business and has been a wild success for Marvel Studios culminating into May’s release of the Avengers so it would make sense for DC Comics to complete the trinity and bring Wonder Woman to film (though, instead we got Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern). With the hit-or-miss nature of the film industry today and the losses studios have eaten from a decline in people watching their product in theaters, Hollywood has developed a fear of certain conventions that teeter on superstitious. One such fear is having an action film with a female lead. However, if the success of the Hunger Games is any indication, people will go to a movie as long as they have some investment or interest in the material. And Wonder Woman’s no stranger to live action, starring in a popular television series in the 1970s with Miss World USA Lynda Carter as the titular character (a recent treatment by David E. Kelley tried to resurrect the character on television before his concept was...

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